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the case of the Balkans
Monika Eriksen

8 Monika Eriksen Value-oriented aspects of EU-isation: the case of the Balkans The Balkans is an area noted for complex ideas of entrenched nationalism operating in an environment lacking traditional identity-based boundaries. Moreover, it is characterised by conflict, political instability and arrested economic development. This often isolated and least understood region is returning to the agenda of European politics in the context of the EU’s enlargement initiatives. These efforts also serve as an opportunity to examine whether the EU, as well as providing

in The European Union and its eastern neighbourhood
Royal exile in British Asia
Robert Aldrich

China. In the march eastwards, the British faced off indigenous emperors, kings, maharajas and sultans, defeating them in battle, annexing territory or establishing protectorates, and extending imperium in the Orient. 1 Victoria’s assumption of the title Empress of India in 1876 attested to her sovereignty over vast Asian domains and paramountcy over surviving dynasties. The

in Banished potentates
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Siam Bhayro and Sebastian Brock

This paper presents the newly rediscovered ‘Syriac Galen Palimpsest’. The manuscript has been subjected to the latest imaging techniques, which has allowed scholars to identify its undertext as containing a Syriac translation of Galens Book of Simple Drugs. After discussing the history, imaging and identification of the manuscript, we proceed to consider its significance for our understanding of the transmission of Greek medical lore in Syriac and Arabic, for which the Book of Simple Drugs serves as a convenient model. Several common misconceptions,regarding the Syriac medical traditions are addressed, including the assumed inferiority of the Syriac translations, compared to the Arabic ones, and the role of Syriac as an intermediary between Greek and Arabic.

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
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Local Understandings of Resilience after Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban City, Philippines
Ara Joy Pacoma, Yvonne Su, and Angelie Genotiva

root causes of vulnerability and capacities of local people are uncovered when research is framed from locally appropriate and culturally grounded perspectives of local experts ( Hsu et al. , 2019 ; Su and Le Dé, 2020 ). Despite the resilience-oriented interventions made by humanitarians, Haiyan-affected households in Tacloban City, Philippines still perceived resilience based on their local contexts, anchored on their needs and priorities. To explore this, we investigate the following questions: how do disaster-affected households understand resilience after

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Gothic Homonyms and Sympathetic Distinctions
Julia Wright

This essay situates Lewis‘s ‘Anaconda’ (1808) in relation to an early imperial Gothic tradition which represents colonial spaces as threats to English character. Lewis draws on orientalist discourse to describe the orient not only as a source of wealth but also as the site of a potentially fatal trauma for English subjects; Ireland is similarly represented but key differences suggest a lesser threat to the English psyche (and so the imperial project). Sensibility, as the foundation of civility that bears with it the risk of emotional susceptibility, emerges in ‘Anaconda’ as a register of national superiority, imperial vulnerability, and differences between colonies.

Gothic Studies
Kristen J. Davis

The following considers Richard Marsh’s 1897 gothic novel The Beetle in relation to fin-de-siècle anxieties, specifically sexual deviancy, empire, and venereal disease. While the domestic Contagious Diseases Acts had been revealed in the 1880s, continued high rates of VD amongst British soldiers in particular continued the debate as to who was responsible for spreading diseases such as syphilis both at home and abroad. At a time of ‘colonial syphiliphobia’, to extend Showalter’s term, The Beetle suggests the necessity of regulating venereal disease in the Empire to protect Britain’s ‘racial superiority’ and conservatively warns against the potential consequences of dabbling with the sexually ‘deviant’ and dangerous Orient.

Gothic Studies