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Hans Peter Broedel

reconcile the apparent ubiquity of demonic power with a transcendent principle of evil, some clerics began to insist upon the necessity for human mediation of the diabolic side of the supernatural. Such a striking dislocation of diabolic agency from the being of the devil stands in stark contrast to the thinking of earlier ages, and requires some explanation. The basic Christian devil of the Fathers had been a relatively coherent, consistent figure, who competently played out his well-defined role in God’s creation. This is not to say that the conception of the devil had

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Marta Iñiguez de Heredia

be found in how Congolese non-elites judge authorities from their lived experience, even if this is shown only in the ‘whispered language’ far from the hype of a politician’s parade. Thirdly, discursive resistance illustrates that criticism is a form of resistance to the unanimity that peacebuilding claims, subverting the official discourse and revealing dissent. Ideals constitute a platform on which both power and resistance operate. The claims to construct the good state, bring democracy, development and peace, become long-term claims on which peacebuilders and

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Deciphering power in Russia
Andrew Monaghan

decision-making, and seek to parse rumours of firings and appointments to attempt to divine ‘who is up and who is down’, ‘cracks in Kremlin unity’, power struggles and the implications of ‘clan feuding’. There was much speculation during the war in Ukraine, for instance, about the shrinking inner circle of advisors to Putin and the rising influence of ‘hardliners’. Rumours also circulated for months about

in The new politics of Russia
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Time and space
Saurabh Dube

subaltern studies powerfully pointed in newer historical directions, the endeavor also appeared as privileging the spectacular moments of the subalterns’ overt rebellions over these people’s more routine, everyday negotiations of power. This suggested, in turn, inadequate, abbreviated articulations of culture and consciousness, of religion and caste, within the project. Unsurprisingly, seeking a research

in Subjects of modernity
Atul Bhardwaj

recognised itself as the dominant regional power; as far back as the 1950s, Washington’s strategic community identified the Pacific as an “American Lake”. At that time the United States was consumed by the war in Korea and throughout the 1960s it fought in Vietnam. US troop numbers in East Asia peaked around this time, at around 800,000 by the late 1960s. 1 It was only in the 1970s, after the Sino-Soviet split, that it temporarily retreated from the region. In 1963 President John F. Kennedy announced the establishment of an “Atlantic community” by which the United

in The United States in the Indo-Pacific
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Terrell Carver

citizenship roles that were almost universally limited to men. In this work, leadership (or ‘guardianship’) is conceived as membership of a class of warriors and rulers constrained to serve the best interests of the community. They are explicitly divorced from the more usual self- and family-centred concerns which all too often tempt those who exercise public power into material corruption at community expense. The ‘dialogue

in Political concepts
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The cinematic afterlife of an early modern political diva
Elisabeth Bronfen and Barbara Straumann

In the American TV mini-series Political Animals (2012), Sigourney Weaver plays Elaine Barrish Hammond, a divorced former First Lady who serves as Secretary of State. In a trailer for the series, Hammond explains her own will to power by invoking a comparison to historical female politicians: ‘I took this job as Secretary of State because I feel I can make a difference. Eleanor

in The British monarchy on screen
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Disrupting the critical genealogy of the Gothic
Jenny DiPlacidi

violent pursuit of his niece positions the female as passive victim to an aggressive male sexuality that, while condemned for its violation of the incest taboo, nonetheless adheres to a familiar structure of power and sexuality. The reactions to these different configurations of incest in The Mysterious Mother and The Castle of Wolfenbach reveal a marked discomfort with incestuous behaviour that

in Gothic incest
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Rhiannon Vickers

of the Attlee government is attractive to study because it spans so many politically and historically significant issues. To start with, this period was unique in that it was the first time that there was a majority Labour government in British political history, with a clear mandate and programme of reform. Whereas the two minority Labour governments of the inter-war period had had to rely on support from the Liberals to pass legislation, this time Labour had power as well as office. It was also seen as the first time that Labour could really try its hand at

in The Labour Party and the world, volume 1
Regional elections and political parties
Cameron Ross

democracy has been further consolidated by a third round of regional elections conducted over the period 1999–2001. Manipulation of the electoral system However, the cynical nature in which President Yeltsin manipulated the election process in the regions has done much to damage the develop- FAD6 10/17/2002 5:45 PM Page 93 Regional elections and political parties 93 ment of a democratic political culture. Yeltsin’s victory over the parliamentarians signalled a victory of executive power over legislative power which eventually led to the development of a semi

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