threatened to render them a party comme les autres. Such isolated electoral success has not been matched, but the integrated ‘realistic’ Green strategy epitomised by Dominique Voynet has come close, and better still has brought the Greens into the incumbent fold. If for the Green vote the environment retains primacy in issues terms, mainstream left-wing economic and social considerations have also risen in importance. Similarly, the reactionary idealism that returned the PCF to the wilderness in the mid-1980s has been replaced by a more pragmatic ‘liberal’ programme

in The French party system
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The scientific world

’s preoccupations with the relation between the imagined and the real in his ‘Man with the Blue Guitar’.2 The second seems to be a deliberate reworking of Keats’s ‘“Beauty is truth, truth beauty”’. But in both instances the effect is to deflate a romantic idealism in which truth is consistently aesthetically pleasing, in favour of a more strenuous ‘seeing’ of ‘things as they are’. Although Thomas is both nostalgic and romantic in his tapping of history and his vision of an ideal, not to see that tendency in Thomas as working in conjunction with a strenuous realism and constant

in R. S. Thomas
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Rethinking anarchist strategies

information about ourselves for the purpose of ‘fitting in’. Conversely, many people have no idea how steeped they are in their community’s culture until they have moved away from it, and are confronted with a different way of living which perhaps puts them in a ‘minority’ position. I myself (full of youthful idealism and internationalism!) did not really become aware of the extent to which I was actually ‘English’ until I lived in France. I then came to the conclusion that I was perhaps idiosyncratically but quintessentially an Englishman abroad; a majority of English

in Changing anarchism
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strongly implicates not only the Belgian but also the British metropole in the atrocities of the Congo. Further scrutiny of Conrad’s reification theme additionally involves looking at how market values and reasoning inform idealism itself. The 1993 publication of Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic was a landmark for metropolitan postcolonial studies.23 The book initiated an expressly anti-nationalist form of diasporic cultural studies. This opposed the ‘hybrid’ formation of black Atlanticism to the ‘essentialising’ ideology of Afrocentrism, and argued the category of

in Postcolonial contraventions
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An introduction

introduction to The Fate of Art and only then to refer to the political project of German Idealism and Romanticism,6 where the failure to reconcile art and politics remains a notorious trouble spot for those who would forge an aesthetic critique of modernity. In some ways the more rigorous term for this dilemma (and again it is one to which we will return below) is post-aestheticism. If the current volume allows room for a constructive difference of view on these and other issues, then it will partially have served its purpose. The essays collected here, then, reflect a

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strategic point on a crucial deepsea shipping lane – the only lane in the area capable of providing safe access through the region to US submarines. Within Timor, the leading party was a nationalist, anti-colonialist and broadly socialist spectrum which contained, and was perhaps in 1975 increasingly dominated by, Marxist elements – moreover one which took a posture of non-negotiable idealism. Within the prevailing preoccupations of the Cold War, dominated by the strategic trajectories of the superpowers, and not too burdened by the local concerns of small players, this

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. Consequently, Schelsky argued, his project did not amount to writing the history of the university for its own sake; rather, it was a matter of highlighting a past that was still relevant. René König’s opinion from 1935 was still valid: ‘The idea of the university found in German idealism is the normative frame within which all German university reforms are drawn up.’ Schelsky wanted to approach the classic German university in order to find out what was still valid. That was the overarching goal of his investigation; but in order to achieve it, it was necessary to

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Writing home in recent Irish memoirs and autobiographies (John McGahern’s Memoir, Hugo Hamilton’s The Speckled People, Seamus Deane’s Reading in the Dark and John Walsh’s The Falling Angels)

complexity of any autobiographical narrative that seeks to capture both the intensity of childhood feelings and the more circumspect nature of adult recollection. It is not surprising, therefore, that initially McGahern appears to invoke the romantic idealism of Wordsworth, for whom the child is father of the man: There are many such lanes all around where I live, and in certain rare moments over the years while walking in these lanes I have come into an extraordinary sense of security, a deep peace, in which I feel that I can live for ever. I suspect it is no more than

in Irish literature since 1990
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Postcolonial women writers in a transnational frame

context suggests, Vera is concerned throughout The Stone Virgins heavily to qualify the valorised meanings of ‘independence’, ‘nation’, ‘land’, by plunging her characters without apparent explanation into horrifying situations of civil conflict and physical torture. Even the shreds of idealism that in the earlier novel clung to these terms are obliterated. The mutilated Nonceba, Thenjiwe’s younger sister, alone survives the agonies inflicted upon the community. For the rest, the expectations of independence, with which Mahlatini the store-owner fully identified, are

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observing the competitive nature of international politics and concluding that realism rather than idealism Vic08 10/15/03 10:25 PM CONCLUSION Page 195 195 must be the guide’.5 Thus, for some in the Labour Party, collective security should be sought through the United Nations, whereas for others, collective security is assured through the establishment of NATO. For some in the Labour Party, disarmament is a tenet of faith, and should be sought at all times, whereas for others, disarmament is desirable in principle but unrealisable in practice because of the

in The Labour Party and the world, volume 1