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Korea The Impossible Country

Author : Daniel Tudor
ISBN : 9781462910229
Genre : History
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South Korea's amazing rise from the ashes: the inside story of an economic, political, and cultural phenomenon Long overshadowed by Japan and China, South Korea is a small country that happens to be one of the great national success stories of the postwar period. From a failed state with no democratic tradition, ruined and partitioned by war, and sapped by a half-century of colonial rule, South Korea transformed itself in just fifty years into an economic powerhouse and a democracy that serves as a model for other countries. With no natural resources and a tradition of authoritarian rule, Korea managed to accomplish a second Asian miracle. Daniel Tudor is a journalist who has lived in and written about Korea for almost a decade. In Korea: The Impossible Country, Tudor examines Korea's cultural foundations; the Korean character; the public sphere in politics, business, and the workplace as well as the family, dating, and marriage. In doing so, he touches on topics as diverse as shamanism, clan-ism, the dilemma posed by North Korea, the myths about doing business in Korea, the Koreans' renowned hard-partying ethos, and why the infatuation with learning English is now causing huge social problems. South Korea has undergone two miracles at once: economic development and complete democratization. The question now is, will it become as some see Japan, a rich yet aging society, devoid of energy and momentum? Or will the dynamism of Korean society and its willingness to change—as well as the opportunity it has now to welcome outsiders into its fold—enable it to experience a third miracle that will propel it into the ranks of the world's leading nations in terms of human culture, democracy, and wealth? More than just one journalist's account, Korea: The Impossible Country also draws on interviews with many of the people who made South Korea what it is today. These include: Choi Min-sik, the star of "Old Boy". Park Won-soon, Mayor of Seoul. Soyeon Yi, Korea's first astronaut Hong Myung-bo, legendary captain of Korea's 2002 FIFA World Cup team. Shin Joong-hyun, the 'Godfather of Korean Rock'. Ko Un, poet. Hong Seok-cheon, restaurateur, and the first Korean celebrity to 'come out'. And many more, including a former advisor to President Park Chung-hee; a Shaman priestess ('mudang'); the boss of Korea's largest matchmaking agency; a 'room salon' hostess; an architect; as well as chefs, musicians, academics, entrepreneurs, homemakers, and chaebol conglomerate employees.

Impossible Country

Author : Brian Hall
ISBN : 9781446467343
Genre : Travel
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'Here is art which conceals art, and intellect which conceals intellect, so that by the end of the book one feels that one understands something one had not understood before. Mr Hall is witty and amusing, but not snide; he has a lightness of touch which allows him to write of extremely serious matters without solemnity; he knows how to convey a great deal in a few words' Sunday Telegraph 'He is an observant and witty believe implicitly that he has met the people he writes about, and that they said what he quotes them as saying' Sunday Times

Das Unm Gliche Exil

Author : George Prochnik
ISBN : 9783406697579
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Um 1930 war Stefan Zweig zum weltweit meistübersetzten lebenden Schriftsteller avanciert. Doch dieser Erfolg des 1881 geborenen Wieners wurde schon bald überschattet vom Machtantritt Hitlers. Der Kosmopolit verließ den alten Kontinent und ließ sich 1941 in dem von ihm als "Land der Zukunft" gepriesenen Brasilien nieder. "Endlich ein Ruhepunkt", hoffte er nach seiner Ankunft in der tropischen Stadt Petrópolis. Ein halbes Jahr später, am 23. Februar 1942, schieden er und seine junge Frau Lotte "aus freiem Willen und mit klaren Sinnen" aus dem Leben. Am Tag, da er seinen Pass verlor, im Alter von 58 Jahren, habe er entdeckt, bekannte Stefan Zweig, "dass man mit seiner Heimat mehr verliert als einen Fleck umgrenzter Erde". Ausgerechnet diesem in Wien geborenen Weltbürger entglitt im Exil zunehmend das Leben. Höchst einfühlsam erzählt George Prochnik, selbst Nachfahre von Wiener Emigranten, diese tragische Geschichte eines Aufbruchs in die neue Welt, der von England über die USA nach Brasilien führt. Zugleich macht er sichtbar, welche Abgründe die geistige Welt des alten Europa, die Zweig in seinen nachgelassenen Erinnerungen so grandios heraufbeschworen hat, von der Nord- und Südamerikas trennten.

The Impossible Indian

Author : Faisal Devji
ISBN : 9780674068100
Genre : History
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This is a rare view of Gandhi as a hard-hitting political thinker willing to countenance the greatest violence in pursuit of a global vision that went beyond a nationalist agenda. Guided by his idea of ethical duty as the source of the self’s sovereignty, he understood how life’s quotidian reality could be revolutionized to extraordinary effect.

The Impossible Exile

Author : George Prochnik
ISBN : 9781783781157
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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By the 1930s Stefan Zweig, born to an affluent Jewish family in Vienna, had become the most widely translated living author in the world - his novels, short stories, and biographies were instant bestsellers. Zweig was also an intellectual, and a patron of the arts. In 1934, following Hitler's rise to power, Zweig left Vienna for England, then New York, and, finally, Petrpolis, a suburb of Rio de Janeiro. His life in exile became increasingly isolated, and in 1942 he and his wife, Lotte Altmann, were found dead. They had committed suicide, just after Zweig had completed his famous autobiography, The World of Yesterday.The Impossible Exile tells the tragic story of Zweig's extraordinary rise and fall, the gulf between the world of ideas in Europe and in America, and the struggle of the refugees forced into exile. It reveals how Zweig embodied, through his work, thoughts, and behaviour, the end of an era - he witnessed, and embodied, the implosion of Central Europe as an ideal of Western civilization.

A Documentary History Of Communism In Russia

Author : Robert Vincent Daniels
ISBN : 0874516161
Genre : History
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An extensive revision of the valued but unobtainable 1960 edition. Nearly 300 key documents are now readily available in translation.

One Country

Author : Ali Abunimah
ISBN : 9781429936842
Genre : History
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A provocative approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—one state for two peoples—that is sure to touch nerves on all sides The Israeli-Palestinian war has been called the world's most intractable conflict. It is by now a commonplace that the only way to end the violence is to divide the territory in two, and all efforts at a resolution have come down to haggling over who gets what: Will Israel hand over 90 percent of the West Bank or only 60 percent? Will a Palestinian state include any part of Jerusalem? Clear-eyed, sharply reasoned, and compassionate, One Country proposes a radical alternative: to revive an old and neglected idea of one state shared by two peoples. Ali Abunimah shows how the two are by now so intertwined—geographically and economically—that separation cannot lead to the security Israelis need or the rights Palestinians must have. He reveals the bankruptcy of the two-state approach, takes on the objections and taboos that stand in the way of a binational solution, and demonstrates that sharing the territory will bring benefits for all. The absence of other workable options has only lead to ever greater extremism; it is time, Abunimah suggests, for Palestinians and Israelis to imagine a different future and a different relationship.

Afghanistan Mission Impossible

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Curbing Corruption In Asian Countries

Author : Jon S. T. Quah
ISBN : 9780857248190
Genre : Political Science
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As corruption is a serious problem in many Asian countries their governments have introduced many anti-corruption measures since the 1950s. This book analyzes and evaluates the anti-corruption strategies employed in Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand.

Canadian Politics Sixth Edition

Author : James Bickerton
ISBN : 9781442607057
Genre : Political Science
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The sixth edition of Canadian Politics offers a comprehensive introduction to Canadian government and politics by a highly respected group of political scientists. For this edition, the editors have organized the book into six parts. Part I examines Canadian citizenship and political identities, while Parts II and III deal with Canadian political institutions, including Aboriginal governments, and contain new chapters on the public service and Quebec. Parts IV and V shift the focus to the political process, discussing issues pertaining to culture and values, parties and elections, media, groups, movements, gender, and diversity. The chapters on Parliament, bureaucracy, political culture, political communications, social movements, and media are new to this edition. Finally, three chapters in the last section of the book analyze components of Canadian politics that have been gaining prominence during the last decade: the effects of globalization, the shifting ground of Canadian-American relations, and the place of Canada in the changing world order. Of the 21 chapters in this edition, 9 are new and the remainder have been thoroughly revised and updated.

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