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Ginseng and Borderland: Territorial Boundaries and Political Relations Between Qing China and Choson Korea, 1636-1912

by Seonmin Kim

A free ebook version of this title will be available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.  Ginseng and Borderland explores the territorial boundaries and political relations between Qing China and Choson Korea during the period from the early seventeenth to the late nineteenth centuries. By examining a unique body of materials written in Chinese, Manchu, and Korean, and building on recent studies in New Qing History, Seonmin Kim adds new perspectives to current understandings of the remarkable transformation of the Manchu Qing dynasty (1636–1912) from a tribal state to a universal empire. This book discusses early Manchu history and explores the Qing Empire’s policy of controlling Manchuria and Ch...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: 224 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 20 June 2018 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
1 review

The Believer: How an Introvert with a Passion for Religion and Soccer Became Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Leader of the Islamic State

by William McCants

In The Believer Will McCants tells the story of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State (a.k.a. ISIS), a group so brutal and hardline that even al-Qaida deemed them to extreme. Baghdadi, an introverted religious scholar with a passion for soccer, now controls large swaths of land in Iraq and Syria. McCants shows how Baghdadi became radicalized in the Saddam Hussein era and found his path to power after connecting with other radicals in an American prison during the Iraq war, culminating in his declaration of a reborn Islamic empire bent on world conquest....

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Specific Groups, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Freedom & Security, International, Terrorism
Size: 21 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 20 June 2018 onward  

Africa-Europe Research and Innovation Cooperation: Global Challenges, Bi-regional Responses

by Andrew Cherry and James Haselip

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.This edited volume is concerned with the evolution and achievements of cooperation in research and innovation between Africa and Europe, and points to the need for more diversified funding and finance mechanisms, and for novel models of collaboration to attract new actors and innovative ideas. It reflects on the political, economic, diplomatic and scientific rationale for cooperation, while also examining practical developments, illustrated with examples, in the fields of food security, health, and climate change. The need to mobilise scientific knowledge and to ensure equality and fairness in the cooperation are recurrent themes. Africa-Europe Cooperation in Research and Innovation is essential reading for policy makers and researchers ...

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International, Practical Politics
Size: 147 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 20 June 2018 onward  

Rating: 2.90 / 5
2 reviews

The Prince of Counterterrorism: Washington's favorite Saudi, Muhammad bin Nayef, is the scourge of al-Qaida and Iran but no friend of those who want to see major reforms in the kingdom

by Bruce Riedel

In The Prince of Counterterrorism, Brookings Senior Fellow Bruce Riedel tells the story of Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef (MBN) and his contributions to the security of the kingdom and the Arab world. In the spring of 2015, King Salman removed his brother from the line of succession, and chose instead  his nephew, MBN, as his heir. Riedel explains why this decision is critical for the U.S. as MBN has been America's closest Saudi ally in the fight against terrorism, even helping to thwart attacks from al-Qaida on the U.S. However, while MBN's leadership is critical in countering the growth of groups like al-Qaida and ISIS, Riedel shows why he is unlikely to support social reforms within the kingdom.THE BROOKINGS ESSAY: In the spirit of its commitment to high-quality...

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Freedom & Security, International, Terrorism
Size: 19 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 20 June 2018 onward  

IS THE GOVERNMENT ONLINE?: SOCIAL MEDIA AS A MAIN BATTLEFIELD FOR THE POLITICAL COLLISIONS

by Ali Salim

Young generation spends more time reading twitter or FB news line than reading the news in newspapers or official portals. That’s why Social Media have a big role in the forming of the political position by people in all ages and genders.
When the information is about any news or discoveries it once; when it comes to the inculcation of the life position, it can be called informational warfare. Everything happen in the world has its own pros and cons, it depends from which point of view it will be seen. The same political situation can be described for simple social media’s users from totally different points of view with different positions. And readers will get the first information as the truth....

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Government, International
Size: 45 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 20 June 2018 onward  

Rating: 3.00 / 5
1 review

The Wall: The Real Costs of a Barrier between the United States and Mexico (The Brookings Essay)

by Vanda Felbab-Brown

In her Brookings Essay, The Wall, Brookings Senior Fellow Vanda Felbab-Brown explains the true costs of building a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border, including (but not limited to) the estimated $12 to $21.6 billion price tag of construction. Felbab-Brown explains the importance of the United States’ relationship with Mexico, on which the U.S. relies for cooperation on security, environmental, agricultural, water-sharing, trade, and drug smuggling issues. The author uses her extensive on-the-ground experience in Mexico to illustrate the environmental and community disruption that the construction of a wall would cause, while arguing that the barrier would do nothing to stop illicit flows into the United States. She recalls personal interviews she has had with people living in border a...

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Government, International
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 18 June 2018 onward  

Sincerity in Politics and International Relations (Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics)

by Sorin Baiasu and Sylvie Loriaux

This edited volume examines concepts of sincerity in politics and international relations in order to discuss what we should expect of politicians, within what parameters they should work, and how their decisions and actions could be made consistent with morality.The volume features an international cast of authors who specialize in the topic of sincerity in politics and international relations. Looking at how sincerity bears on political actions, practices, and institutions at national and international level, the introduction serves to place the chapters in the context of ongoing contemporary debates on sincerity in politics and international theory.  Each chapter focuses on a contemporary issue in politics and international relations, including corruption, public hypocrisy, cynicism, ...

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, International, Political Parties, Practical Politics
Size: 221 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 18 June 2018 onward  

Islam Explained: 2 in 1 Bundle (Learn about Islam Book 3)

by Dogan Can

Islam Explained - 2in1 BundleIn this book you will find much information on the religion and the people of Islam. Many non-Muslims have so many questions that they are simply afraid to ask. This new book asks those questions and provides the answers. Whether you are an atheist, a Christian, a Jew or a Hindu, or a non-practicing Muslim, this book is for you. It is written in easy language but takes on important topics. In this book you will also learn:What the difference is between Christianity, Judaism and IslamWhat family structure is like for Islamic familiesWhat really is a fatwaThe history of some of the Islamic caliphates and why this is important todayWhy Islam is so popular in its messages, and why some people convert As the world becomes increasingly diversified, becoming more ...

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International, Religion & Spirituality, Islam
Size: 57 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 16 June 2018 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
1 review

Africa's Lions: Growth Traps and Opportunities for Six African Economies

by Haroon Bhorat and Finn Tarp

Examining the economic forces that will shape Africa's future.Africa’s Lions examines the economic growth experiences of six fast growing and/or economically dominant African countries. Expert African researchers offer unique perspectives into the challenges and issues in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, and South Africa.Despite a growing body of research on African economies, very little has focused on the relationship between economic growth and employment outcomes at the detailed country level. A lack of empirical data has deprived policymakers of a robust evidence base on which to make informed decisions. By harnessing country-level household, firm, and national accounts data together with existing analytical country research—the authors have attempted to bridge this gap...

Genre: Business & Finance, Biographies & Primers, Economics, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Globalisation, International
Size: 285 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 14 June 2018 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
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The Consequences of Chaos: Syria

by Elizabeth G. Ferris and Kemal Kirisci

The massive dimensions of Syria's refugee crisis—and the search for solutionsThe civil war in Syria has forced some 10 million people—more than half the country's population—from their homes and communities, creating one of the largest human displacements since the end of World War II. Daily headlines testify to their plight, both within Syria and in the countries to which they have fled.The Consequences of Chaos looks beyond the ever-increasing numbers of Syria's uprooted to consider the long-term economic, political, and social implications of this massive movement of people. Neighboring countries hosting thousands or even millions of refugees, Western governments called upon to provide financial assistance and even new homes for the refugees, regional and international organizatio...

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Freedom & Security, International
Size: 225 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 14 June 2018 onward  

US Nation-Building in Afghanistan

by Conor Keane

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Genre: History, Asia, Middle East, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: 256 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 14 June 2018 onward  

Democracy Promotion as Foreign Policy: Temporal Othering in International Relations (Interventions)

by Cathy Elliott

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Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Government, Ideologies, International
Size: 215 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 14 June 2018 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
1 review

Globalization and Capitalist Geopolitics: Sovereignty and state power in a multipolar world (Rethinking Globalizations)

by Daniel Woodley

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Genre: Business & Finance, Economics, Politics & Social Sciences, Government, Globalisation, International
Size: 291 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 13 June 2018 onward  

Global History and New Polycentric Approaches: Europe, Asia and the Americas in a World Network System (Palgrave Studies in Comparative Global History)

by Manuel Perez Garcia and Lucio De Sousa

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Genre: History, Asia, Historical Study, World, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Globalisation, International
Size: 352 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 12 June 2018 onward  

Russia's Turn to the East: Domestic Policymaking and Regional Cooperation (Global Reordering)

by Helge Blakkisrud and Elana Wilson Rowe

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Genre: Business & Finance, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, International
Size: 167 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 11 June 2018 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Making Medicines in Africa: The Political Economy of Industrializing for Local Health (International Political Economy Series)

by Maureen Mackintosh and Geoffrey Banda

This book is open access under a CC-BY license. The importance of the pharmaceutical industry in Sub-Saharan Africa, its claim to policy priority, is rooted in the vast unmet health needs of the sub-continent. Making Medicines in Africa is a collective endeavour, by a group of contributors with a strong African and more broadly Southern presence, to find ways to link technological development, investment and industrial growth in pharmaceuticals to improve access to essential good quality medicines, as part of moving towards universal access to competent health care in Africa. The authors aim to shift the emphasis in international debate and initiatives towards sustained Africa-based and African-led initiatives to tackle this huge challenge. Without the technological, industrial, intelle...

Genre: Business & Finance, Economics, Industries & Professions, Professional & Technical, Medicine, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, International, Education & Reference, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy, Physics
Size: 360 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 08 June 2018 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
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Negotiating Bioethics: The Governance of UNESCO’s Bioethics Programme (Genetics and Society)

by Adèle Langlois

The sequencing of the entire human genome has opened up unprecedented possibilities for healthcare, but also ethical and social dilemmas about how these can be achieved, particularly in developing countries. UNESCO’s Bioethics Programme was established to address such issues in 1993. Since then, it has adopted three declarations on human genetics and bioethics (1997, 2003 and 2005), set up numerous training programmes around the world and debated the need for an international convention on human reproductive cloning. Negotiating Bioethics presents Langlois' research on the negotiation and implementation of the three declarations and the human cloning debate, based on fieldwork carried out in Kenya, South Africa, France and the UK, among policy-makers, geneticists, ethicists, civil societ...

Genre: Professional & Technical, Medicine, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, International, Science & Maths, Biological Sciences
Size: 212 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 08 June 2018 onward  

Rating: 3.00 / 5
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Multiculturalism and Conflict Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific: Migration, Language and Politics

by K. Shimizu and W. Bradley

This book is open access under a CC BY license.Japan has recently promoted a number of initiatives that can be termed an opening to the world and the Asia-Pacific in particular. These have origins in Japan's globalization generally and multicultural policies more specifically. The chapters in this book are grouped in three parts—theories, language, and migration—and they explicate details of multiculturalism in the Asia-Pacific, largely focused on Japan, but including cases that extend beyond Japan as well. Alternative understandings based on analyzing conflicts and moving towards reconciliation underscore the urgency of viewing multiculturalism in Japan and the Asia-Pacific from perspectives that are firmly based in the region. Themes such as immigration, identity, foreign language ed...

Genre: Nonfiction, Education & Reference, Education, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, International, Foreign Languages, Science & Maths
Size: 240 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 07 June 2018 onward  

MYANMAR: REINTEGRATING INTO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

by Chenyang Li and Chaw Chaw Sein

Located at the junction of East Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia, Myanmar is one of the most important countries in the world's geopolitical landscape. Its ongoing political and economic reforms arouse growing concern from the international community, especially great powers like the US, Japan, India and China. Will the demostic reform bring Myanmar back to the international community? How and to which extent does the demostic reform change Myanmar's relations with other countries?This book is based on papers presented at an international conference on Myanmar held at the Institute of Myanmar Studies in Yunnan University, China in 2014. Based on their long-term observation and studies, experts from China, Laos, Myanmar, Germany, Singapore and the US share their opinions on Myanmar's do...

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: 423 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 07 June 2018 onward  

Nils Petter Gleditsch: Pioneer in the Analysis of War and Peace (SpringerBriefs on Pioneers in Science and Practice)

by Nils Petter Gleditsch

This book presents Nils Petter Gleditsch, a staff member of the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO) since 1964, a former editor of the Journal for Peace Research (1983-2010), a former president of the International Studies Association (2008-2009) and the recipient of several academic awards as a pioneer in the scientific analysis of war and peace. This unique anthology covers major themes in his distinguished career as a peace researcher. An autobiographical, critical retrospective puts his work on conflict and peace into a broader context, while a comprehensive bibliography documents his publications over a period of nearly 50 years. Part II documents his wide-ranging contributions on globalization, democratization and liberal peace, on international espionage, environmental security,...

Genre: Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Law, Politics & Social Sciences, International, Science & Maths
Size: 171 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 07 June 2018 onward  

India’s Rise: Toward Trade-Led Growth

by C. Fred Bergsten

A new study by C. Fred Bergsten shows that India could increase its exports by $500 billion per year by joining the next stage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. Bergsten argues trade liberalization would enable India to increase its annual economic growth to 8 to 10 percent, as targeted by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Millions of new jobs would be created as a result, and poverty would be substantially further reduced. By contrast, India will lose as much as $50 billion of current exports because of increasing discrimination against it by other countries if it remains outside the new global trade network. This network includes the plurilateral agreements on international services, environmental goods, and government procurement now being negotiated ...

Genre: Business & Finance, Economics, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 05 June 2018 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
1 review

Against Corruption: A book of essays

by Christone Lagarde and Great Britain: Cabinet Office

Corruption is the cancer at the heart of many of the world’s problems. It destroys jobs and holds back growth. It fuels instability and terrorism. It traps the poorest in poverty. It even corrodes trust in the sports we love.In this collection of essays leading politicians, activists, journalists and academics begin a global debate about how we can fight back....

Genre: Business & Finance, Economics, Reference, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Government, Social Sciences, Globalisation, International
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 02 June 2018 onward  

Rating: 3.50 / 5
2 reviews

A Conspicuous Silence: American Foreign Policy, Women, and Saudi Arabia: A Selection from The Hillary Doctrine: Sex and American Foreign Policy

by Valerie M. Hudson and Patricia Leidl

Hillary Rodham Clinton was the first to clearly state that: "the subjugation of women is a direct threat to the security of the United States." This declaration has come to be known as the Hillary Doctrine, and it was formally incorporated into the first Quadrennial Diplomatic and Development Review of U.S. foreign policy in 2010. If the Hillary Doctrine is justified, then how is it that Secretary of State Clinton never addressed issues of extreme gender inequality in Saudi Arabia? And how has Saudi Arabia sought to export that inequality to other states, such as Yemen? This chapter explores the complexities of the Hillary Doctrine in practice, the realities of pursuing gender equality on the national stage, the strategies Clinton and those working under her innovated to introduce gender i...

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: 46 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 30 May 2018 onward  

Toward a US-China Investment Treaty

by Jeffrey J. Schott and Cathleen Cimino

The United States and China are the two largest economies in the world; in terms of direct investment in each other’s economies, they are also among the world’s underperformers. Negotiations to produce a US-China Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) could change that situation dramatically, delivering a significant economic payoff to both countries. In this volume, experts at the Peterson Institute for International Economics analyze the roadblocks to those talks and outline steps that a BIT must take to encourage foreign investment and to establish reciprocal rules for the treatment of firms and protection of investments. US-China BIT negotiations were initiated under the presidencies of George W. Bush and Hu Jintao, but progress faltered in 2008 as US economic priorities shifted in the ...

Genre: Business & Finance, Economics, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 28 May 2018 onward  

Mobile Professional Voluntarism and International Development: Killing Me Softly?

by Helen Louise Ackers and James Ackers-Johnson

This book is open access under a CC BY license.This book explores the impact that professional volunteers have on the low resource countries they choose to spend time in. Whilst individual volunteering may be of immediate benefit to individual patients, this intervention may have detrimental effects on local health systems; distorting labour markets, accentuating dependencies and creating opportunities for corruption. Improved volunteer deployment may avoid these risks and present opportunities for sustainable systems change. The empirical research presented in this book stems from a specific volunteering intervention funded by the Tropical Health Education Trust and focused on improving maternal and newborn health in Uganda. However, important opportunities exist for policy transfer to ot...

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, International
Size: 173 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 27 May 2018 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
1 review

How Generations Remember: Conflicting Histories and Shared Memories in Post-War Bosnia and Herzegovina (Global Diversities)

by Monika Palmberger

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.This book provides a profound insight into post-war Mostar, and the memories of three generations of this Bosnian-Herzegovinian city. Drawing on several years of ethnographic fieldwork, it offers a vivid account of how personal and collective memories are utterly intertwined, and how memories across the generations are reimagined and ‘rewritten’ following great socio-political change. Focusing on both Bosniak-dominated East Mostar and Croat-dominated West Mostar, it demonstrates that, even in this ethno-nationally divided city with its two divergent national historiographies, generation-specific experiences are crucial in how people ascribe meaning to past events. It argues that the dramatic and often brutal transformations that Bosnia...

Genre: History, Europe, Historical Study, Military, UK, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Ideologies, International, War & Peace
Size: 254 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 26 May 2018 onward  

Freshwater Governance for the 21st Century (Global Issues in Water Policy)

by Eiman Karar

The objective of this book is to broadly illustrate the key aspects of water governance, mapping the spectrum of decision-making from techno-centric and eco-centric approaches, to hybrid concepts and people-centric approaches. Topics covered include the challenges for water-governance models, the polycentric model, the integration challenge, water in the decision-making hierarchy, and the rise of water-sensitive design, while also taking into account interdependencies between stakeholders, as well as the issue of scale. The book’s content is presented in an integrated and comprehensive format, building on detailed case studies from around the world and the authors’ working experiences in the water sector. Combining essential insights with accessible, non-technical language, it offers...

Genre: Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Law, Technology & Engineering, Politics & Social Sciences, International, Science & Maths, Biological Sciences
Size: 250 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 25 May 2018 onward  

R.J. Rummel: An Assessment of His Many Contributions (SpringerBriefs on Pioneers in Science and Practice)

by Nils Petter Gleditsch and Nils Petter Gleditsch

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Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Ideologies, International, Political History & Theory
Size: 138 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 25 May 2018 onward  

Rating: 3.60 / 5
17 reviews

Britain and the EU: In or Out?

by Financial Times

Britain has had an ambivalent attitude to the European Union ever since it joined 40 years ago. So what does prime minister David Cameron's promise to hold a referendum on whether the UK should stay in the union mean? What would a "Brexit" entail for Britain, Europe, and the world? These are the questions answered in Britain and the EU, an ebook of 10,000 words, compiled from news and comment published in the Financial Times, the global business newspaper which combines expert UK political coverage with unrivalled reporting on the European Union. The ebook's publication in April 2013 comes less than a year after the runaway success of the FT's first ebook, If Greece goes.... which looked at the consequences of Athens' feared expulsion from the eurozone....

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: 66 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 25 May 2018 onward  

Rating: 3.60 / 5
8 reviews

If Scotland Goes

by Financial Times

The FT’s latest ebook is a guide to what would happen if Scotland were to vote for independence in a referendum in September 2014. While the outcome is far from certain, a yes vote would have a profound effect not only on the 5.3m people of Scotland, but also on the economic future and fundamental character of the UK. We introduce Alex Salmond, the Scottish first minister and driving force behind the independence campaign. We examine the difficult economic issues, led by an independent Scotland’s choice of currency, and the potential benefits independence would bring for example in a separate immigration policy. We include observations from an expatriate Scot that give a flavour of the personal and social backdrop to the constitutional choice. This collection of articles - a mixture of...

Genre: Business & Finance, Finance, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: 64 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 24 May 2018 onward  

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