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Africa in world history : from prehistory to the present [Monograph] - 2nd edTable of contents
Gilbert, E. \ Reynolds, J.T. \ 2008
history - politics - economics - economic development - culture - society - colonization - colonialism - agriculture - africa - world - world history

This comprehensive survey is the first to provide a view of African history in the wider context of World History. The text illustrates how Africans have influenced regions beyond the continent's borders, how they have been influenced from outside, and how internal African developments can be compared and contrasted to those elsewhere in the world. Identifying and presenting key debates within the field of African history, this volume encourages students to address the many oversimplified myths regarding the continent and its people.


Used in course: RHI-51806 African History
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Africa in world history : from prehistory to the present [Monograph] - 3rd ed
Gilbert, E. \ Reynolds, J.T. \ cop. 2012
africa - history - influences - civilization - western world

Provides a view of African history in the wider context of world history. Africa in World History is the first comprehensive survey to illustrate how Africans have influenced regions beyond their continent’s borders, how they have been influenced from the outside and how internal African developments can be compared to those elsewhere in the world. By identifying and presenting key debates within the field of African history, this volume encourages students to confront the many oversimplified myths regarding Africa and its people.


Used in course: RHI-51806 African History
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Boeren in Nederland : geschiedenis van de landbouw 1500-2000 [Monograph]
Bieleman, J. \ 2008
agriculture - horticulture - arable farming - farming - mixed farming - sandy soils - loess soils - dairy farms - rural areas - urbanization - welfare economics - netherlands - history - agriculture as branch of economy - welfare state - agricultural history

In Boeren in Nederland beschrijft landbouwhistoricus Jan Bieleman hoe een land van steden en industrieën toch bij uitstek een landbouwnatie is gebleven. Bieleman legt een glashelder verband tussen de verstedelijking, de groeiende welvaart en de landbouw, die daar telkens weer adequaat op wist in te spelen. Boeren in Nederland. De geschiedenis van de landbouw 1500-2000 is een sterk uitgebreide en geactualiseerde bewerking van Bielemans Geschiedenis van de landbouw in Nederland 1500-1950, dat sinds zijn verschijnen een standaardwerk is


Used in course: RHI-50506 Agrarian History
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Collapse : how societies choose to fail or survive [Monograph] - 2nd reprinted ed., [with a new afterw.]
Diamond, J. \ cop. 2011
history - social change - environmental policy - society - agricultural society - environmental degradation - world history - agricultural history - pre-industrial society - civilization

Environmental damage, climate change, globalization, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of societies around the world, but some found solutions and persisted. Collapse moves from the Polynesian cultures on Easter Island to the flourishing American civilizations of the Anasazi and the Maya and finally to the doomed Viking colony on Greenland. Similar problems face us today and have already brought disaster to Rwanda and Haiti, even as China and Australia are trying to cope in innovative ways.


Used in course: RHI-50806 Growth and Scarcity in Historical Civilizations
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Common wealth : economics for a crowded planet [Monograph]
Sachs, J.D. \ 2008
economic policy - economics - environment - demography - globalization - politics - government policy - poverty - world - sustainable development

The global economic system now faces a sustainability crisis, Jeffrey Sachs argues, that will overturn many of our basic assumptions about economic life. The changes will be deeper than a rebalancing of economics and politics among different parts of the world; the very idea of competing nation-states scrambling for power, resources, and markets will, in some crucial respects, become passŽ. The only question is how bad it will have to get before we face the unavoidable. We will have to learn on a global scale some of the hard lessons that successful societies have gradually and grudgingly learned within national borders: that there must be common ground between rich and poor, among competing ethnic groups, and between society and nature. The central theme of Jeffrey Sachs's new book is that we need a new economic paradigm-global, inclusive, cooperative, environmentally aware, science based- because we are running up against the realities of a crowded planet. The alternative is a worldwide economic collapse of unprecedented severity. Prosperity will have to be sustained through more cooperative processes, relying as much on public policy as on market forces to spread technology, address the needs of the poor, and to husband threatened resources of water, air, energy, land, and biodiversity. The "soft issues" of the environment, public health, and population will become the hard issues of geopolitics. New forms of global politics will in important ways replace capital-city-dominated national diplomacy and intrigue. National governments, even the United States, will become much weaker actors as scientific networks and socially responsible investors and foundations become the more powerful actors. If we do the right things, there is room for all on the planet. We can achieve the four key goals of a global society: prosperity for all, the end of extreme poverty, stabilization of the global population, and environmental sustainability. These are not utopian goals or pipe dreams, yet they are far from automatic. Indeed, we are not on a successful trajectory now to achieve these goals. Common Wealth points the way to the course correction we must embrace for the sake of our common future.


Used in course: RHI-10506 Introduction to International Development Studies
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Democracy in Europe [Monograph]
Siedentop, L. \ 2000
democracy - political systems - constitution and law - government - european union - europe - state

Britain and much of Europe is hypnotized by the struggle between integrationists and nation-starters, and is set to drift towards "unification" with little idea of its consitutional options. In ths text, Siedentop sets out the key issues for those who wish to construct a Europe that is prosperous, fair and free. rejecting knee-jerk hostility to the idea of a "united states of Europe", Siedentop argues that the main enemy of freedom at national level is precisely the kind of unaccountable, dirigiste and bureaucratic government now developing in Brussels. In its place he champions a steady and openly debated progress towards sovereign democratic institutions which combines a Jeffersonian committment to democracy with a very British attachment to gradual reform and pragmatic government.


Used in course: RHI-52806 History of European Integration and Modernization
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The EU's decision traps : comparing policies [Monograph]
Falkner, G. \ 2011
european union - policy - government policy - politics - comparisons - europe

Fritz W. Scharpf's renowned model of the 'joint-decision trap' suggestes that the requirements of (nearly) unanimous decisions in the EU's Council of Ministers, combined with conflicting preferences among member governments, will systematically limit the problem-solving effectiveness of European policies. However, certain conditions have significantly changed in the 25 years since the theory was first posited. In particular, the unanimity rule has been replaced by qualified-majority voting in most issue areas, and successive rounds of enlargement have augmented the diversity of member state interests and preferences. This volume examines the continued relevance of the model. It presents a comparative study on the differential politics in EU policies. Looking at the political dynamics in an array of EU activities, it analyses breakthroughs as well as stalemates and asks why leaps occur in some areas whilst blockages characterise others. The dynamics that allow the EU to escape various forms of decision trap are analysed in-depth, including those suggested by 'rationalist' theorists (supranational-hierarchical steering, treaty-base games, and arena shifting) and those suggested by 'constructivist' approaches (socialisation). The volume concludes that when the EU is confronted with a high degree of problem pressure in a given issue area, these mechanisms will often not be available because most remain outside politicians' immediate grasp.


Used in course: RHI-10806 Economics and Governance in Historical Perspective
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The European Union : an introduction [Monograph]
Corner, M. \ 2014
european union - international organizations - history - europe

The EU is one of the most notoriously complex international organisations. It is the only supranational organisation where nation-states agree to share sovereignty in some areas but not in others. At the heart of the EU debate across Europe are two opposing groups: one aims to devolve more sovereignty to the EU, with the aim of creating a European 'super-state' and the other wishes to devolve less, effectively relegating the EU to a mere discussion forum. In this accessible and engaging book, Mark Corner provides an essential introduction to the history and modern workings of the EU. Focusing on key themes in the union's development and the debates surrounding future enlargement, this book answers the key questions related to the EU and provides a 'one-stop shop' for anyone curious about future of Europe.


Used in course: RHI-10806 Economics and Governance in Historical Perspective
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The European economy since 1945 : coordinated capitalism and beyond [Monograph]
Eichengreen, B. \ 2007
economic development - economic growth - economic policy - economic recovery - economics - unemployment - innovation adoption - innovations - investment - history - europe - political economy - Economic history

Used in course: RHI-10806 Economics and Governance in Historical Perspective
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European integration, 1950-2003 : superstate or new market economy? [Monograph]
Gillingham, J. \ 2003
history - europe - european union - european union countries - integration - international cooperation - politics - economic cooperation - states

Integration is the most sifnificant European historical development of the past fifty years, eclipsing in importance even the collapse of the USSR. Yet, until now, no satisfactory explanation is to be found in any single book as to why integration is significant, how it originated, how it has changed Europe, and where it is headed. John Gillingham corrects the inadequacies of the existing literature by cutting through the genuine confusion that surrounds the activities of the European Union and by looking at his subject from a truly historical perpective. The late twentith century was an era of great, though insufficiently appreciated, accomplishment that intellectually and morally is still emerging from the shadow of an earlier era of depression and modern despotism. This is a work, then, that captures the historical distinctiveness of Europe in a way that transcends current party political debate.


Used in course: RHI-52806 History of European Integration and Modernization
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Farmers on welfare : the making of Europe's common agricultural policy [Monograph]
Knudsen, A.C.L. \ 2009
agricultural policy - cap - europe - european union - state - agriculture - welfare state - history - european union countries

In 2007 the farm subsidies of the European Union's Common Agricultural Policy took over 40 percent of the entire EU budget. How did a sector of diminishing social and economic importance manage to maintain such political prominence? The conventional answer focuses on the negotiations among the member states of the European Community from 1958 onwards. That story holds that the political priority, given to the CAP, as well as its long-term stability, resides in a basic devil's bargain between French agriculture and German industry. In Farmers on Welfare, an account of the making of the single largest European policy, Ann-Christina L. Knudsen suggests that this accepted narrative is rather too neat. In particular, she argues, it neglects how a broad agreement was made in the 1960s that related to national welfare state policies aiming to improve incomes for farmers. Drawing on extensive archival research from a variety of political actors across the Community, she illustrates how and why this supranational farm regime was created in the 1960s, and also provides us with a narrative history of how national and European administrations gradually learned about this kind of cooperation. By tracing how the farm welfare objective was gradually implemented in other common policies, Knudsen offers an alternative account of European integration history.


Used in course: RHI-10806 Economics and Governance in Historical Perspective
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Five centuries of farming : a short history of Dutch agriculture 1500-2000 [Monograph]
Bieleman, J. \ 2010
history - agriculture - horticulture - arable farming - livestock farming - mixed farming - sandy soils - agribusiness - netherlands - agricultural history - Agriculture - Agriculture Economic aspects

Where the lower reaches of the rivers Rijn, Maas and Schelde have passed through the Northwest-European plain to finally flow out into the North Sea, a unique country of towns had come about during the Late Middle Ages. Since then, due to its natural and central location, this country, the Netherlands, has turned into a true crossroads of European trade connections between east and west, north and south. A highly urbanised country emerged and as the urban economies prospered they have had a great impact on the surrounding countryside. This in turn has affected the rural communities and has stimulated all kinds of agrarian activities. Highly productive agribusiness complexes have been the result. Today experts rank Dutch agriculture and horticulture as one of the most productive in the world. Milk production per cow and arable farming and horticulture, productivity per man-hour is amongst the highest known. This book is meant to give an overview of the historical processes of five centuries of farming and it makes clear that the old farming society was only seemingly static. This account of Dutch agricultural history demonstrates how Dutch farmers and horticulturist have always been keen on resetting their aims when the ever changing economic environment induced them to do so.


Used in course: RHI-50506 Agrarian History
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Geographies of development : an introduction to development studies [Monograph] - 3rd ed
Potter, R.B. \ 2008
development studies - economic development - social geography - development - natural resources - environment - urban areas - rural areas - globalization - developing countries

The aim of this textbook is to move away from the traditional approach whereby topics such as agriculture, industry, urbanization, trade and aid are dealt with separately. Rather, key topics such as development ideology, globalization, modernity, gender, ethnicity, tourism, land degradation and environmental sustainability are integrated throughout the text. The theme of the book is that ideas concerning development have been many and varied, and have been highly contested, varying from time to time and from place to place.


Used in course: RHI-10506 Introduction to International Development Studies
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Geschiedenis van de landbouw in Nederland, 1500 - 1950 : veranderingen en verscheidenheid [Monograph]
Bieleman, J. \ 1992
agriculture - history - netherlands - agricultural history

Used in course: RHI-50506 Agrarian History
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Global transformations : politics, economics and culture [Monograph]
Held, D. \ 1999
globalization - politics - international trade - migration - environmental protection - history - world - political science - state organization - state - military activities

In this book, the authors set forth a new model of globalization that lays claims to supersede existing models, and then use this model to assess the way the processes of globalization have operated in different historic periods in respect to political organization, military globalization, trade, finance, corporate productivity, migration, culture, and the environment. Each of these topics is covered in a chapter which contrasts the contemporary nature of globalization with that of earlier epochs.


Used in course: RHI-20306 Globalization in Historical Perspective; XTO-12806 Society, History & Globalisation
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Guns, germs and steel : the fates of human societies [Monograph] - [New ed. with] 2003 afterword
Diamond, J. \ 2003
human population - history - society - food production - civilization - cultural history - well-being - ethnology

This book attempts to provide a short history of everybody for the last 13,000 years. The book's emphasis is on the search for ultimate explanations, and on pushing back the chain of historical causation as far as possible.


Used in course: RHI-50406 Capita Selecta History
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Hamburgers in het paradijs : voedsel in tijden van schaarste en overvloed [Monograph] - Zesde druk
Fresco, L.O. \ 2013
food - food supply - food production - agriculture - agricultural history - environmental impact

Hamburgers in het paradijs is Louise O. Fresco's magnum opus over het beheer van de aarde in een tijd van ongekende groei en mondialisering. Ze neemt de lezer mee op een unieke culturele reis door de geschiedenis en de toekomst van ons voedsel. Met een even verhelderende als fijnzinnige pen schrijft ze over de meest uiteenlopende onderwerpen, van het eerste brood tot gentechnologie, van klimaatverandering tot megastallen, van het nut van de hamburger tot de problemen van 'slow food'.


Used in course: RHI-11306 Social Transitions in Historical Perspective
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History of Africa [Monograph] - 3rd ed
Shillington, K. \ 2012
history - africa - textbooks

In this single volume, History of Africa offers readers an illustrated introduction to the history of Africa, from earliest times through to the present day. Kevin Shillington traces the history of the continent through the ancient world to medieval, modern and contemporary Africa. He explores the early emergence of farming; the kingdoms of Ancient Egypt, Aksum and Meroe; medieval empires; the spread and impact of Islam; the role of trade and religion; and the development of Africa’s wide range of pastoral, agricultural and hunting societies.


Used in course: RHI-51806 African History
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International development : issues and challenges [Monograph]
Kingsbury, D. \ [2008]
development studies - development theory - development aid - economic development - globalization - poverty - politics - community development - environment - developing countries - gender - international conflicts

This book presents a comprehensive overview of the major themes and issues in international development. It gives a broad-ranging new introduction to the theory, practice and study of development. .Designed to replace "Key Issues in Development", this text provides a critical interdisciplinary introduction to the theory, practice and study of development and to such key challenges in the twenty-first century as securitization and attempts to address global warming.Designed to replace Key Issues in Development, this new text provides a critical interdisciplinary introduction to the theory, practice and study of development and to such key challenges in the 21st century as securitization and attempts to address global warming.


Used in course: RHI-10506 Introduction to International Development Studies
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A history of the modern world - [2]: Since 1815 [Monograph] - 10th edCompanion website
Palmer, R.R. \ Colton, J. \ Kramer, L. \ cop. 2007
history - economics - politics - europe

Conceived and written as a history of the modern world rather than a truncated Western Civilization book his text is one of the most highly praised history texts ever published. This ninth edition that includes two new color inserts highlighting fine art, additional pedagogy to guide students through challenging material, and full, up-to-date inclusion of current events.


Used in course: RHI-11306 Social Transitions in Historical Perspective; RHI-20306 Globalization in Historical Perspective; RHI-52806 History of European Integration and Modernization
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