Russia and the Arabs Behind the Scenes in the Middle East from the Cold War to the Present

History / Military

Telling, Turning Moments in the Classical Political World by Jan H. Blits
Making the Foreign Serve China: Managing Foreigners in the People’s Republic by Anne-Marie Brady
Russian Art and American Money, 1900-40 by Robert C. Williams
Russia and the Arabs: Behind the Scenes in the Middle East from the Cold War to the Present by Yevgeny Primakov
Mrs Moreau’s Warbler: How Birds Got Their Names by Stephen Moss

Telling, Turning Moments in the Classical Political World by Jan H. Blits

English | 16 Jan. 2011 | ISBN: 073916449X | 192 Pages | EPUB | 1.17 MB

Turning, Telling Moments in the Classical Political World examines developments in the classical political world which are both turning and telling moments. All the moments-from Theseus’s founding of Athens to Augustus’s establishment of the Principate-possess the double character of being turning points and revealing fundamental aspects of the ancient political world. By examining ancient histories as works of reflection rather than works of research, Blits reveals the way ancient historians understand-and intend us to understand-the ancient world.

Making the Foreign Serve China: Managing Foreigners in the People’s Republic by Anne-Marie Brady

English | 2003 | ISBN: 0742518612 | 320 Pages | PDF | 16.9 MB

This book provides the first detailed analysis of a crucial and distinctive element of Chinese foreign policy. Anne-Marie Brady follows the development of the Chinese Communist Party’s “foreign affairs” system since 1921, focusing on waishi, the external policies intended to influence and control both foreigners themselves as well as Chinese citizens’ contact with and perception of outsiders. The term also comprises China’s external relations―both official state-to-state and so-called unofficial or “people-to-people” diplomacy. In effect, waishi activities encompass all matters related to foreigners and foreign things, not merely diplomacy. By managing the foreign presence in China and China’s contacts with the outside world and by controlling the Chinese population, the author argues that waishi has proven to be one of the most effective tools in the CCP’s repertoire for building and then sustaining its hold on power.
Drawing for the first time on policy documents that underpin the phenomena they describe, Brady analyzes trends and developments in waishi during each chronological period. The book elucidates how the CCP’s policies evolved: In the 1930s, the need for a broad united front in international relations warred with the desire to control the foreign presence in China; in the 1940s and 1950s, the Sino-Soviet alliance and ridding China of the traces of the “semi-colonial” past took precedence; in the 1960s, the Sino-Soviet split led to China’s claim as the center of world revolution; and in the past twenty years of reform, the focus has been the ongoing quest to create a modern nation-state as China opens up to the outside world.

Russian Art and American Money, 1900-40 by Robert C. Williams

English | 1990 | ISBN: 0674781228 | 320 Pages | PDF | 52.1 MB

Excellent research, well written and reads almost like a detective story! The book gives us the story of purchasing the Russian art after the Russian Revolution by the American art collectors. Many of those items from the Hermitage collection are now in the Washington Gallery of Art.

Russia and the Arabs: Behind the Scenes in the Middle East from the Cold War to the Present by Yevgeny Primakov

English | 2009 | ISBN: 046500475X | 432 Pages | PDF | 6.4 MB

Part memoir, part history, Russia and the Arabs reveals the past half-century in the Middle East from a viewpoint seldom seen by Westerners. Yevgeny Primakov, formerly the head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, Foreign Minister, and Prime Minister of Russia, exposes how key political events unfolded through the personal interactions and rivalries among notable leaders from Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin to Anwar Sadat and Saddam Hussein, whom he knew personally. He shows how the 1967 and 1973 Arab-Israeli wars developed, exposes Russia’s previously unknown role in the 1991 Gulf War, and assesses Russia’s Middle East policies alongside those of other foreign players, including the United States. The author’s first-hand accounts of behind-the-scenes encounters and his insights into what really drove the region’s key events make Russia and the Arabs an essential read for everyone interested in world affairs.

Mrs Moreau’s Warbler: How Birds Got Their Names by Stephen Moss

English | May 1, 2018 | ISBN: 1783350903 | EPUB | 368 pages | 5.6 MB

Swallow and starling, puffin and peregrine, blue tit and blackcap. We use these names so often that few of us ever pause to wonder about their origins. What do they mean? Where did they come from? And who created them?
The words we use to name birds are some of the most lyrical and evocative in the English language. They also tell incredible stories: of epic expeditions, fierce battles between rival ornithologists, momentous historical events and touching romantic gestures.
Through fascinating encounters with birds, and the rich cast of characters who came up with their names, in Mrs Moreau’s Warbler Stephen Moss takes us on a remarkable journey through time. From when humans and birds first shared the earth to our fraught present-day coexistence, Moss shows how these names reveal as much about ourselves and our relationship with the natural world as about the creatures they describe.