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The myth of the Flood in Anglo-Saxon England
Author: Daniel Anlezark

The story of the Flood, inherited by the Anglo-Saxons during their conversion to Christianity, was transformed by them into a vital myth through which they interpreted the whole of history and their place in it. The dual character of the myth, with the opposition between threatened destruction and hope of renewal, presented commentators with a potent historical metaphor, which they exploited in their own changing historical circumstance. This book explores the use of this metaphor in the writings of the Anglo-Saxons. It is the integration of a well-known biblical story into the historical and cultural self-definition of a group of people converted to Christianity and its worldview. The Flood in the Bible is clearly a punishment, though the sin is not so well defined. This forms part of a historical pattern of sin and punishment extending back to Eden, and progressed to the sin and exile of Cain. For Bede the historian, the Flood was a key event in the earlier history of the world; for Bede the theologian, the Flood was an event replete with mystical significance. In Exodus and Andreas all the poems share an interest in two themes, which emerge from the biblical story of the Flood and its theological interpretation: covenant and apocalypse. Noah is the 'one father' not only of Israel, but of the whole human race, and his introduction widens the concept of 'inheritance' in the Exodus. The book concludes with a detailed discussion of the significance of the Flood myth in Beowulf.

Chinua Achebe’s critique of cosmopolitics
Laura Chrisman

need only look at the recent advertisement of David Horowitz (aka 10 Big Lies About Slavery!), for corroboration of this phenomenon.9 What chapter10 21/12/04 11:25 am Page 162 162 Postcolonial theoretical politics Achebe does through the historical metaphor of the colonial Post Office is to connect even the most ostensibly ‘liberal’ cosmopolitanism with this reactionary racist hegemony. They all share the refusal to ‘pay back’; they are all, in effect, ‘killers’. Achebe’s militance is uncompromising. But it is worth recalling that throughout this book he talks

in Postcolonial contraventions
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Reinterpreting Russia in the twenty-first century
Andrew Monaghan

, for instance, should be cause for concern. Leo Labedz’s assertion in the 1980s that there is far too much non-scholarly, melodramatic discussion of Soviet politics, one in which observers simplify, stereotype and mythologise through interpretative flights of imagination and the use of historical metaphors, and in which the key to Soviet politics was sought in the writings of avowed enemies of the regime

in The new politics of Russia
Chinese practices of centring
Stephan Feuchtwang

than saying, as we can of any cosmology and its rituals, that we can in principle write its history. In China, the cosmos and its positions surround and are an analogy for the living world and its politics. The yin world is an historical metaphor for the yang world. Returning to the yang world, to strengthen or nourish the life of a living person, she or he performs exercises that unblock and increase the circulation of qi within the organic systems that constitute a living body so that they can respond to qi running in circuits outside the body, just as a

in Framing cosmologies
Scenarios in south east Europe
Christian Giordano

développement (Paris). 89 Christian Giordano Sahlins, M. (1981), Historical Metaphors and Mythical Realities (Ann Arbor). Schultze-Jena, L. (1927), Makedonien. Landschafts- und Kulturbilder (Jena). Seton-Watson, H. Eastern Europe Between the Wars 1918–1941 (Boulder and London). Sterbling, A. (1995), ‘A qui appartient la terre Transylvaine?’, in E. Conte and C. Giordano (eds), Paysans au-delà du mur. Etudes Rurales, Nos 138–140 (Paris), 87–101. Teichova, A. (1988), Kleinstaaten im Spannungsfeld der Grossmächte. Wirtschaft und Politik in Mittel- und Südosteuropa in der

in Potentials of disorder
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Daniel Anlezark

creatures, but God’s covenant with Noah also offered a sign of hope for those who submitted humbly to the Creator’s will. The dual character of the myth, with the opposition between threatened destruction and hope of renewal, presented commentators with a potent historical metaphor, which they exploited in their own changing historical circumstance. This book explores the use of this metaphor in the

in Water and fire
Ethnic minorities and localities in China’s border encounters with Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam
Victor Konrad and Zhiding Hu

's territorial vision has moved beyond the historical metaphor of the ‘wall’ to define edges and limits, yet articulate borderlands creation that combines cross-border engagement with territorial integrity (Sidaway and Woon, 2017 ). In these new borderlands, extensive infrastructure enhancement, economic development, cultural viability and political positioning all play roles in rescaling and rearticulation of border space, and shaping coexistent spaces of exception and integration (Hu and Konrad, 2018 ). New spaces of exception and integration allow and enable substantially

in Border images, border narratives
Andrew Whiting

the extent that it has sparked discussions surrounding the need for greater arms control within cyberspace, much like that which already exists surrounding nuclear weapons ( Kaspersky Labs, 2012b ). The comparison between the need for an arms control treaty similar to that which already exists for nuclear weapons may be a coincidence. However, nuclear weapons and in particular the Cold War are frequently compared to the emerging threat of cyber-weaponry alongside a succession of other relevant military historical metaphors and analogies. With the emergence

in Constructing cybersecurity
The cosmo-logics of power
Marshall Sahlins

polity, the more ancient dynasty may be traditional by documentation and the more recent one archival. The history of the West African Nupe kingship thus repeats itself, in something like an historical metaphor of a mythical reality. The kingdom of old established by the legendary conquering hero Tsoede in the country of his Nupe maternal kin was duplicated by the nineteenth-century Fulani conquest, as ruled by one Masaba – whose maternal kin, among whom he was raised, were likewise Nupe. S.F. Nadel writes: 139 Cosmological constitutions The twofold process of

in Framing cosmologies
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The cosmological frame in anthropology
Allen Abramson and Martin Holbraad

. Britons reach for telescopes as BBC and Brian Cox spark interest in astronomy. The Observer, 21 January. Malinowski, Bronislaw. 1948. Magic, Science and Religion and Other Essays. Glencoe, IL: The Free Press. Sahlins, Marshall. 1976. Culture and Practical Reason. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press. —— 1981. Historical Metaphors and Mythical Realities: Structure in the Early History of the Sandwich Islands Kingdom. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press. —— 1985. Islands of History. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press. —— 1996. The

in Framing cosmologies