Language : English
Published : 2018-04-12
Pages : 416
The 2,500 year story of democracy: how it has survived, how it has been practised, and how it has been imagined, from ancient Greece to the twenty-first century.
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“… they all beheld a strange animal. It seemed to move with great speed; it had a red body and a black haed; its breast was white; it was strong and active in build…”
And thus began the legacy of the mysteries of old Singapore – the legendary rajahs that ruled the island, the patriotism and treachery enacted in the place atop Fort Canning Hill, the aura surronging Redhill, Radin Mas, Kusu and Sisters Islands, and many more.
You will feel a sense of reverence and awe you witness the events that have helped shape the majestic character of our nation!
“If Heaven had not given birth to Confucius (alias Zhong Ni), the ages would have been a long, long night.” Confucius was a man who truly believed in learning, and he himself pursued learning all his life. He was convinced that learning was for the purpose of serving the government and, ultimately, serving the people. Confucius was also a dedicated educator who taught everyone without discrimination. Unable to reinstate li in the governance of his homeland, he ignored convention by teaching privately so that his learning could be passed on. It is said that Confucius had over 3,000 students. He was revered in later ages as the “Sage Teacher”. He wrote the noteworthy Spring and Autumn Annals and compiled many other notable works. Most importantly, he was a great thinker. During his life, he worked to reform and create a peaceful world. Today his thinking, known as Confucianism, is still a great source of inspiration for many people.
In this important new book, High argues that poverty reduction policies are formulated and implemented in fields of desire. Drawing on psychoanalytic understandings of desire, she shows that such programs circulate around the question of what is lacking. Far from rational responses to measures of need, then, the politics of poverty are unconscious, culturally expressed, mutually contradictory, and sometimes contrary to self-interest.
Based on long-term fieldwork in a Lao village that has been the subject of multiple poverty reduction and development programs, High’s account looks at implementation on the ground. While these efforts were laudable in their aims of reducing poverty, they often failed to achieve their objectives. Local people received them with suspicion and disillusionment. Nevertheless, poverty reduction policies continued to be renewed by planners and even desired locally. High relates this to the force of aspirations among rural Lao, ambivalent understandings of power and the “post-rebellious” moment in contemporary Laos.
History is always fascinating with the rise and fall of kingdoms and dynasties, the twists and turns of events, and the triumphs and tragedies of the individual. Asiapac Books is launching the “History Express” series to enhance the understanding of our civilisation in an enjoyable way. Participants of this journey into history will gain deeper insight into today’s world. Chinese History presents an easy-to-read record of imperial China, from the little-known Xia, Shang and Zhou Dynasties (2070-771 BC), to the Qing Dynasty (AD 1644-1911). It will help you to comprehend and interpret China’s history in its proper context, plus provide vivid illustrations, and questions and answers to enhance your appreciation of great people and happenings. In short, you get Chinese history in a nutshell – or should we say, at your fingertips?