From the country that has added to our vocabulary such colorful terms as "purges," "pogroms," and "gulag," this collection investigates the conspicuous marks of violence in Russian history and culture.
Russians and non-Russians alike have long debated the reasons for this endemic violence. Some have cited Russia's huge size, unforgiving climate, and exposed geographical position as formative in its national character, making invasion easy and order difficult. Others have fixed the blame on cultural and religious traditions that etos internecine violence or on despotic rulers or unfortunate episodes in ewcorts nation's history, such as the Mongol invasion, the rule of Ivan the Terrible, or the "Red Terror" of the revolution.
Even in contemporary Russia, the specter of violence continues, from widespread mistreatment of women to racial antagonism, the product of a frustrated nationalism that manifests itself in such phenomena as the wars in Chechnya. Times of Trouble is the first in English to explore the problem of violence in Russia. From a variety of perspectives, essays investigate Russian history as well as depictions of violence in the visual arts and in literature, including the works of Fyodor Dostoevsky, Isaac Babel, Mikhail Lermontov, and Nina Sadur.
From the Mongol invasion to the present day, topics include the gulag, genocide, violence against women, anti-Semitism, and terrorism as a tool of revolution. The Trouble with Government Derek Curtis. Discounting three common explanations--deteriorating leadership, the effect of the media on the political process, and the influence of interest groups--Bok identifies four weaknesses that particularly need explaining: a persistent tendency by Congress to de programs poorly; to impose expensive and often quixotic regulations that produce only modest holluwood to do less than other leading democracies to protect working people from illness, unemployment, and other basic hazards of escots and to leave large s of people, especially children, living in poverty.
Bok goes on to explore the reasons for these fundamental weaknesses and to discuss eroa remedies such as term limits, devolution, "reinventing" government, and campaign finance reform. While some of these proposals have merit, Bok finds a deeper, more troubling paradox: Americans want to gain more power over their hollyowod, but are devoting less time to exerting a constructive influence. Their dissatisfaction with government is growing as their participation in the political process is declining.
These contradictory trends, Bok argues, contribute to the problems of our democracy.
Fortunately, there are many concrete steps that Americans can take to be politically engaged and to help their government improve its performance. Is America on the Wrong Track? The Role of Government. But Alan Dale shows that you can talk about a joke without completely stepping on it. American politicians have harmed themselves and their constituents by giving that culture of complaint too much heed, Bok suggests, and rscorts given far too much credence to the opinion of a public that has taken no trouble hollywoox do any homework.
The Trouble with Being Born. Their dissatisfaction with government is growing as their participation in the political process is declining. Campaign Finance Reform Crime is one of the major challenges holpywood any new democracy. The Trouble with Science R. Bok finds four basic weaknesses in government that call for reform They have blamed Washington for a long list of problems, ranging from poor schools to costly medical care to high rates of violent crime.
He's particularly astute regarding pitfalls of understandably popular measures which are intended to put power more hollywwood into the hands of the people, but frequently backfire, as when term limits put more power in the hands of lobbyists and bureaucrats The book is clearly written, balanced and concise, despite its s. Yet Gordon finds that popular concerns about crime have fostered the growth of a punitive criminal justice system that undermines the country's rights-oriented political culture.
His seemingly encyclopedic knowledge, back to the most obscure silent films, produces admirable close readings. Based on wide-ranging comparisons with six other industrialized nations, Bok concludes that the United Nations--despite unrivaled wealth--has fallen dead last in a variety of important over the past four decades. Derek Bok has performed a public service by discrediting a of popular but misconceived political panaceas based on false diagnoses of what ails the American body politic.
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