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  • 19 Mar 2024
    Roy van Wijk

    No one hates like a Greek neighbour? Athens and Boiotia in a different perspective

    Anyone who has ever watched the Six Nations in Rugby or the World Cup in Football probably is familiar with the sentiment of beating a neighbouring country or rival brings among the faithful. What these competitions show is how overcoming a detested neighbour in head-to-head contests can provide incomparable feelings of victory. Is this feeling […]

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  • 24 Jan 2024

    2023 Retrospect: Emotions and Politics

    Blog #5 of the Psychology and its Antecedents series As we look to the launch of a new year – a clean slate to create happiness – a review of the year just finishing seems to have exacted a toll through considerable swings in emotional experience. Certainly, all of us as individuals experienced joys and […]

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  • 23 Jan 2024
    Nancy November

    Opera in the Viennese Home from Mozart to Rossini

    It’s always difficult to step outside one’s comfort zone. In the case of this book, the process of getting ready to step outside took a decade. This may seem unreasonably long, since the step did not even involve much of a shift—really from a study of chamber music in Vienna around 1800 to a study […]

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  • 15 Nov 2023
    Barbara Pezzotti

    Plunging Crime Fiction into the Mediterranean Sea

    My passion for crime fiction started very early, thanks to my aunt Andreina who was an avid reader of the genre. She had an extensive collection of “Gialli Mondadori”, a crime series published by the Milanese publisher Mondadori that sports a distinctive yellow book cover (hence the name “gialli” which, in Italian, means yellow). Since […]

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  • 12 Oct 2023
    John A. Jarratt

    Essential Electromyography

    This book, based on the author’s 25 years of practising and teaching the specialty of clinical neurophysiology, is aimed at two groups of clinicians. First and foremost, at new trainees in clinical neurophysiology. It is an exciting time for them. They are about to learn a completely new diagnostic approach which benefits from all the […]

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  • 25 Sep 2023
    Raymond Hickey

    Life and Language beyond Earth

    This book addresses the question ‘Do beings exist on planets beyond our Solar System with whom we could engage in meaningful exchange?’ To approach this issue we can break it down as follows: Four basic questions about life and language beyond Earth 1)       Is there any life beyond Earth? 2)       Is there intelligent life beyond […]

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  • 25 Sep 2023
    Spike Gibbs

    Political Peasants? Local authority in late medieval and early modern England

    In the classic 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, one scene sees King Arthur debate with two self-proclaimed anarcho-syndicalist peasants, who outline a complex democratic system of decision making which contrasts with Arthur’s claim to power as King through the gift of Excalibur. The scene is clearly played for laughs, placing contemporaneous political debates […]

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  • 13 Sep 2022
    James McCann, Walter J. Stone

    Power and Polarization in a Republic at Risk

    Representation in the United States has always been a risky proposition. In principle, congressional lawmakers have strong incentives to collaborate on the creation of policies that constituents demand, even as they check and balance each other and the president. Ultimately the public interest is served through the fair and timely channeling of group pressures through […]

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