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Sol Plaatje and W.E.B.Du Bois

understand why South Africa should be so Godforsaken, as far as her political and industrial morality is concerned.8 Plaatje’s perception of African-American achievements here develops from his observation of the national specificity of the USA. Admire African Americans as he does, Plaatje admires even more the objectively superior social, educational and economic opportunities that the USA as a country supplies its black citizens. As he sees it, these material conditions supply the possibility for Negro accomplishment. That he feels inspired by African Americans’ example

in Postcolonial contraventions
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Introduction The idea of the just war is in danger of becoming one of the political clichés of the new century. From an object of neglect and indifference it has been transformed into the dominant image of war in the post-cold war age. Moral distaste for war and things military, widely felt during an era of superpower rivalry and nuclear confrontation, has given way (in some circles at least) to

in Political concepts
Civilisation, civil society and the Kosovo war

war provides an opportunity to study what the West believes to be the foundation of a new European order. 2 This opportunity should be used because the reflexive confusion which followed the end of the Cold War finally seems to have settled into a new kind of political order. To appreciate how the West is constructing this order should be of concern to anyone who wants to understand what the twenty-first century has to

in Mapping European security after Kosovo

4 Claims to legitimate authority and discursive attacks We don’t believe in the authorities anymore. When you say … ‘there, that’s the new administrator, everyone may clap but with a certain mockery …’ Him also, what is he going to do? (Peasant Union Member (no. 151) 2010) We could wonder about the role of that whispered language within the political system of unanimity. It is, to my mind, a way of softening the overwhelming and restrictive official language in order to make it more bearable; it is an antidote. Irony and humour are the weapons of the powerless

in Everyday resistance, peacebuilding and state-making
The nature of the development-security industry

, cannot simply be moralised away via derogatory labelling. Such overt normativity via the labelling of acts as criminal effectively delegitimises conflict and conflict actors (Keen, 2002/03). In other words, one of the dangers of the discourse lies in the portrayal of conflict actors as morally inferior and void of political ambitions or status (Meron, 1995), which may result in morality and normative judgements replacing thorough political analysis (Douzinas, 2003). Further, portraying leaders as greedy ‘justifies open-ended and repeated international intervention on

in Building a peace economy?
A case study in the construction of a myth

-Restoration context It is accepted amongst historians that it is difficult to comprehend the vicissitudes of early modern English religious life without reference to the Puritans (staunch Calvinists). They campaigned against the hierarchical and Erastian nature of Anglicanism, proposing instead an independent presbyterian non-hierarchical Church polity based upon the biblical example of the simple, pure apostolic Church. Regardless of the fact that one of the main aims of the Puritans was to create an independent Church free from the stains of politics and mundanity, in effect

in The Enlightenment and religion
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. Would the papers be primarily concerned with the notion of ‘trial’ in the abstract, or would each essay be on particular kinds of trial, or on individual trials? If the latter, would these be famous trials or typical examples of a genre? Would they concentrate on procedure and on the jurisprudence of trial, on social context and background, on politics, or on trial as ritual, as drama or as symbol? The approach of the lawyer and legal historian to the subject of trial or trials will be different from that of the social, political or economic historian; the lawyer is

in Judicial tribunals in England and Europe, 1200–1700

the use that New Labour made of these ideas in the context of policies aimed at promoting work. New Labour developed several narratives or subplots to the ‘politics of community’, which were fashioned by different actors at different times. The most salient subplot was the one developed by Tony Blair, who stressed the relevance of duty. The second

in The Third Way and beyond
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Gender and a new politics in Achebe

BOEHMER Makeup 3/22/05 2:55 PM Page 54 John's G5:Users:john:Public:John's Mac: John's Jobs 3 Of goddesses and stories: gender and a new politics in Achebe The Almighty looking at his creation through the round undying eye of the Sun, saw and pondered and finally decided to send his daughter, Idemili, to bear witness to the moral nature of authority by wrapping around Power’s rude waist a loincloth of peace and modesty. (Chinua Achebe, Anthills of the Savannah)1 Although he published the autobiographical meditation Home and Exile in 2002, Chinua Achebe

in Stories of women

also always existed in an ‘international society’ with trade, diplomacy, law, morality and, inevitably, war, shaping their relations. state A political association that establishes sovereign power within a defined territorial area and possesses a monopoly of legitimate violence. The modern state arose from the break-up of European Christendom during the

in Understanding political ideas and movements