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important in a world whose rules they did not write,
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fitting that Amorim should find comfort in a foundational tale of great power struggle. He has
worked in foreign service for most of the last fifty years. He is the most decorated living
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Jairo Lugo-Ocando and Gabriel Andrade
of risk within globalisation has been duly noted by authors such as
Beck, Peter Bernstein, Niklas Luhmann and Rifkin, amongst others. 25 According to Anthony
Giddens, our society is increasingly preoccupied with the future,
something that pushes to the centre stage the notion of risk. 26 Historically
speaking, the notion of risk derives from the uncertainties that
modernity has created. It is overall different from how we, as
of classical antiquity onto
Greece’s post-war modernity and precarious state of affairs.
The Good Life was produced as part of the MP film
series The Changing Face of Europe (1951), with each film
focusing on one country and one theme (e.g. agriculture, health), but
within the framework of European and international co-operation. 34 Apart from this
common thread, each film in the series has a
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culture and its organic humanitarian
knowledge, whose mastery he demonstrates by educating his readers about
it. The Balti culture is represented in the book as itself a bearer of
naive knowledge, outside the paradigms of modernity. Indeed, Mortenson
is often quoted emphasising the danger of imposing ‘modern’ values and
mechanisms on a people who ‘still held the key to a kind of