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Review – International Order in Diversity

Review – International Order in Diversity

Though an empirically intriguing and entertaining read, Phillips and Sharman’s book falls short on theory and contains fallacious historical investigation.

Review – Cuba and Revolutionary Latin America: An Oral History

Review – Cuba and Revolutionary Latin America: An Oral History

The personal recollections in Kruijt’s book on players in revolutionary Latin America are so valuable that they eclipse the weaker explanatory, even slippery passages.

Review – The Child Soldier’s New Job

Review – The Child Soldier’s New Job

By critically examining the use of child soldiers in privatised wars Ellesoe’s documentary forces viewers to challenge the commercialisation of the monopoly on violence.

Review – Antonio Gramsci

Review – Antonio Gramsci

McNally’s edited book acquaints novices with the substance of Gramsci’s thought, but fails on its own terms by ignoring the supposed universality of Gramscianism.

Review – Russia and the Idea of Europe

Review – Russia and the Idea of Europe

Neumann’s book provides a well informed survey of Russian intellectual history over the last two centuries and stimulating insights into Russians’ perceptions of Europe.

Review – The Responsibility to Protect and the International Criminal Court

Review – The Responsibility to Protect and the International Criminal Court

By tracing the relation between R2P and the ICC in the Kenyan case, Sharma’s study reveals unexpected outcomes of a collision between national and international law.

Review – Connected Sociologies

Review – Connected Sociologies

As sociology’s imagined European centre comes apart, Bhambra’s book will remain a vital text for those wishing to understand where we have been and where we are going to.

Review – 1979 Revolution: Black Friday

Review – 1979 Revolution: Black Friday

By departing from cliché this game takes its subject and audience seriously, and delivers engaging edutainment about a key event that has shaped the Middle East.

Review – Martin Wight on Fortune and Irony in Politics

Review – Martin Wight on Fortune and Irony in Politics

This title offers a new and interesting contribution, not only for the English school, but also for the entire discipline of International Relations.

Review – Gendering European Integration Theory. Engaging new Dialogues.

Review – Gendering European Integration Theory. Engaging new Dialogues.

Although the volume lacks a deeper gender-blind approach, it prepares the ground for a more meaningful dialogue between gender studies and the wider social sciences.

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Review – International Responses to Mass Atrocities in Africa

Insightful case studies that support the authors’ concept of R2P³ make this book an indispensable read not only for academics, but everyone who deals with R2P.

Review – Splinterlands

Review – Splinterlands

Feffer’s novel is a compelling, short and readable account of what may happen to our world when forms of global integration disintegrate and there is no common future.

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