Judging Russia The Role of the Constitutional Court in Russian Politics 1990-2006

History / Military

M. A. Littauer, J. H. Crouwel – Wheeled Vehicles and Ridden Animals in the Ancient Near East
Alexei Trochev – Judging Russia: The Role of the Constitutional Court in Russian Politics 1990-2006
Akron Railroads (Images of Modern America) by Craig Sanders
Postcards from the Edge: Remote British Lighthouses in Vintage Postcards by Christopher Nicholson
Visionary Women and Visible Children, England 1900-1920: Childhood and the Women’s Movement by Berry Mayall

M. A. Littauer, J. H. Crouwel – Wheeled Vehicles and Ridden Animals in the Ancient Near East

Brill | 1979 | ISBN: 9004059539 | English | 202 pages | PDF | 15.25 MB
The present survey of the evidence for transport by wheeled vehicle and on the ridden animal in the Near East covers Mesopotamia, Iran, the Levant, and Anatolia. Material from Transcaucasia, Egypt, and Cyprus is considered only when it complements or illuminates the areas of primary interest. Chronologically, the study covers a period ranging from the later 4th millennium B.C., when wheeled vehicles are first attested in the Near East, to the time of the conquests of Alexander the Great, ca 330 B.C.
Missing pages: 144-159, 184.

Alexei Trochev – Judging Russia: The Role of the Constitutional Court in Russian Politics 1990-2006

Published: 2008-04-28 | ISBN: 0521887437 | PDF | 384 pages | 1.51 MB
This book is the first in-depth study of the actual role that the Russian Constitutional Court played in protecting fundamental rights and resolving legislative-executive struggles and federalism disputes in both Yeltsin’s and Putin’s Russia. Trochev argues that judicial empowerment is a non-linear process with unintended consequences and that courts that depend on their reputation flourish only if an effective and capable state is there to support them. This is because judges can rely only on the authoritativeness of their judgments, unlike politicians and bureaucrats, who have the material resources necessary to respond to judicial decisions. Drawing upon systematic analysis of all decisions of the Russian Court (published and unpublished) and previously unavailable materials on their (non-)implementation, and resting on a combination of the approaches from comparative politics, law, and public administration, this book shows how and why judges attempted to reform Russia’s governance and fought to ensure compliance with their judgments.

Akron Railroads (Images of Modern America) by Craig Sanders

English | October 31st, 2016 | ASIN: B01MA5NSJU, ISBN: 1467117307 | 99 Pages | EPUB | 32.46 MB
In the six decades preceding 1960, Akron’s network of railroads had been relatively stable. Then a series of mergers began that year, changing the face of the city’s railroad network.
By the early 1970s, the industrial base—particularly the rubber industry—that had sustained the region’s economy was in decline, and the fortunes of the railroad industry fell with it. The self-described “rubber capital of the world” was hit hard, and the production of tires for the automotive industry all but disappeared. The 1960s also saw a precipitous decline in rail passenger service, with the last passenger trains discontinued in 1971. A restructuring of the railroad industry that began in the mid-1970s left the Akron region with three railroad companies. Some railroad lines were abandoned, while others saw the scope of their operations changed or reduced. Today’s rail network in Akron may be slimmer, but the railroads are financially healthy and continue to play a major role in meeting the region’s transportation needs.

Postcards from the Edge: Remote British Lighthouses in Vintage Postcards by Christopher Nicholson

English | January 1, 2010 | ISBN: 1904445594 | EPUB | 144 pages | 49 MB
We’ve been sending one another postcards for well over a century now – usually brief messages to our friends and family telling them about the weather on our holidays or where we’re visiting next on our travels. A hundred years ago we sent postcards with more serious messages – important, personal information about births, marriages and deaths, urgent requests for help, or just to keep in touch before the use of the telephone became widespread. The choice of subjects featured on postcards today is vast, but amongst the most popular has always been the lighthouse – a symbol of safety and reliability, and evidence of Man’s basic instinct to warn and reassure. Over the years, almost every British lighthouse has featured on a postcard of some description, and the ones with easy access are regularly updated with different views.
This new book from Christopher Nicholson, author of the highly-acclaimed Rock Lighthouses of Britain, concentrates on vintage postcards featuring the remotest lighthouses of all. Within these pages are snapshots of the past and moments in time from the very edge of Britain – granite pillars rising from sea-swept reefs or the lights on uninhabited storm-lashed islets dotted around the coasts of England, Wales and Scotland. Some of these cards are artists’ impressions, some are hand-tinted, while others are real sepia or black and white photographs – but they all show how things used to look and how life used to be at the very extremes of offshore Britain.

Due to their age these postcards are now valuable documents of social history – keepers posing with their families or being relieved at the end of their stint of duty – and they also illustrate the changing appearance of the lighthouses, together with the appalling weather the keepers endured. Proof, if such were needed, that there was nowhere too isolated nor weather too rough that would daunt the determined postcard photographer! It was perhaps because of the very remoteness of the lighthouses that drew people to buy the postcards and these evocative photographs will invoke an appreciation of those bygone times. With chapters on ‘pillar lights’, ‘island lights’, ‘relief days’, ‘wild winds and white water’ and ‘curiosities’ the author has been given unique access to the collections of private individuals and lighthouse authorities to compile a fascinating and nostalgic work.
Each lighthouse featured is accompanied by interesting historical details as well as a selection of vintage postcard views with extended captions – some over a century old.

Visionary Women and Visible Children, England 1900-1920: Childhood and the Women’s Movement by Berry Mayall

English | 27 Nov. 2017 | ISBN: 3319612069 | 244 Pages | PDF | 2.41 MB
This book addresses the inter-linked lives and fortunes of children and women in the first two decades of the twentieth century in England. This was a time of shifts in thinking and practice about children’s and women’s status, lived lives and experiences. The book provides a detailed explanation of how children experienced home, neighbourhood and elementary school; as well as discussing the impact of the women’s movement, namely its suffrage and socialist work. These two concerns are linked by the work women did about and for children. Essentially, the book explores childhood and womanhood; generation and gender; and socialism and feminism. Using existing studies on women’s work, and autobiographies and interviews about childhood, Mayall argues that women played a large part in re-thinking childhood as a special period in life, and children as participants in learning and in politics. This book will appeal to students and researchers in the fields of history, education and sociology, particularly those interested in the women’s movement, and the history of childhood.