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Imperial Matter: Ancient Persia and the Archaeology of Empires

ISBN: 9780520290525 9780520964952 Year: Pages: 330 DOI: 10.1525/luminos.13 Language: English
Publisher: University of California Press
Subject: Archaeology --- History --- Migration
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What is the role of the material world in shaping the tensions and paradoxes of imperial sovereignty? Scholars have long shone light on the complex processes of conquest, extraction, and colonialism under imperial rule. But imperialism has usually been cast as an exclusively human drama, one in which the world of matter does not play an active role. Lori Khatchadourian argues instead that things—from everyday objects to monumental buildings—profoundly shape social and political life under empire. Based on the archaeology of ancient Persia and the South Caucasus, Imperial Matter advances powerful new analytical approaches to the study of imperialism writ large and should be read by scholars of empire across the humanities and social sciences.

A Nuclear Refrain

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ISBN: 9781950192618 9781950192625 Year: Pages: 146 DOI: 10.21983/P3.0271.1.00 Language: English
Publisher: punctum books
Subject: Sociology
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"A Nuclear Refrain is a spatial fiction that critiques the 
policy of nuclear deterrence, the concept of Mutually Assured 
Destruction, and the UK’s decision to replace its Vanguard submarines, 
so-called Trident replacement. We challenge that decision via extending 
our geographical imaginations into the past, present, and future. Noting
 the more usual economic, moral, and strategic objections to Trident and
 its replacement, A Nuclear Refrain considers the issues from 
less familiar perspectives: the emotional and embodied, empire and the 
establishment, and the impact on democratic potentialities.
Set against the authors’ ongoing participation in extensive public 
protests against the UK’s decision to replace Trident in 2016, A Nuclear Refrain
 disrupts familiar academic and policy forms of writing. It is “an 
uncomfortable hybrid between academia and fiction,” intent on 
discomfiting the reader to spur the radical reimagining of a world 
profoundly shaped by the threat of nuclear weapons. Inspired by author 
and social critic Charles Dickens, this book draws on the form of A Christmas Carol.
 Transported by “ghosts” of the nuclear past, present and future, a 
pro-Trident British policy maker, the Right Honourable Roger C. 
Bezeeneos, has his perceptions sorely challenged. But will Roger allow 
his feelings to influence his decision-making? Will he recognize the 
yearning for empire-lost that mobilizes the British establishment? And 
will he admit the limiting of political participation that a commitment 
to nuclear deterrence determines? It’s your call, Roger."

Abwesenheit von Rom: Aristokratische Interaktion in der späten römischen Republik und in der frühen Kaiserzeit

ISBN: 9783946054016 9783946054009 9783946054023 Year: Pages: 362 DOI: 10.17885/heiup.43.32 Language: German
Publisher: Heidelberg University Publishing (heiUP)
Subject: History
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The immense ideological significance that the city of Rome held since the times of the late republic corresponded until the 2nd century AD with the actual supremacy of the urbs within the Imperium Romanum: Rome was the place where socially and politically influential players and groups met; it was where they tried to create an atmosphere of mutual understanding and agreement through complex ways of interaction. Until well into the imperial era the senatorial aristocracy considered the interacting presence of Rome as a major constant of their lifestyle. At least until the 1st century AD the emperors could not disengage themselves from the reference framework that the city was. Therefore, the forms and the reasons for aristocratic and imperial absence are of particular interest. Which role the absence of Rome played in the system of aristocratic interaction and which implications it had for politics and the society of the late republic and the early imperial era is the subject of the present study. Astrid Habenstein's work was awarded by the Historical Institute at the University of Bern with the prize for the best PhD-thesis in 2012.

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