Book Review: Life Lessons from Hobbes by Hannah Dawson

Born in Wiltshire in 1588, Thomas Hobbes was an English philosopher whose masterpiece, Leviathan, established the foundation for Western political thought and inspired both hate and awe. As Jacob Phillips writes, Hobbes revealed the darker side of human nature and the value of authority, but he also showed us how to flourish, how to be fearless and free, so that […]

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    Book Review: The War That Ended Peace: How Europe abandoned peace for the First World War by Margaret MacMillan

Book Review: The War That Ended Peace: How Europe abandoned peace for the First World War by Margaret MacMillan

Beginning in the early nineteenth century, and ending with the assassination of Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand, historian Margaret MacMillan sets out to uncover the huge political and technological changes, national decisions and the small moments of human muddle and weakness that led Europe to the First World War. Christopher Prior finds this book effective in providing the reader with a […]

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Book Review: Progressive Politics After the Crash: Governing from the Left edited by Olaf Cramme, Patrick Diamond and Michael McTernan

Those who hoped the collapse of financial markets would usher in the end of neoliberalism and rehabilitate support for traditional social democratic policies programmes have been disappointed. Instead, neoliberals have thus far shaped the discourses surrounding austerity, shrinking the State and slashing welfare. How and why this has been the case, and how the centre-Left might successfully counter-attack this narrative, […]

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Book Review: Linguistic Minorities in Democratic Context

Linguistic Minorities in Democratic Context aims to blend a discussion of the role of language minorities in politics with a detailed understanding of applied language policy in a variety of contexts ranging from Quebec, the Basque Country and Wales, to Gaelic Scotland and Northern Ireland. Zalfa Feghali writes that this book lays the foundations for more work to be done […]

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Book Review: Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice

Martha C. Nussbaum makes the case that amid the fears, resentments, and competitive concerns that are endemic even to good societies, public emotions rooted in love – in intense attachments to things outside our control – can foster commitment to shared goals and keep at bay the forces of disgust and envy. Jules Evans finds this book an interesting read […]

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Book Review: Diversity Management in Spain: New Dimensions, New Challenges

In Diversity Management in Spain, Ricard Zapata-Barrero argues that Spain represents a context of “multiple diversity”, where two frameworks interact: an old, unresolved one, arising from democratic transition, and a new one due to immigration in the twenty-first century. Verena Wisthaler writes that the book reminds us that historical languages and identities also need to be addressed in debates about […]

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