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Peter Burnell

1 Perspectives peter burnell The Looking-Glass for the Mind; or Intellectual Mirror (1792) (Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edn, 1989) In the last decade or so democratization has been the focus of a burgeoning political science literature. Democratization is multifaceted and multidimensional. As both an idea and a practical phenomenon it belongs exclusively to no single discipline or branch of academic learning, and to no one geographical area. The purpose of this book is to show how our knowledge and understanding of democratization are enriched by studying

in Democratization through the looking-glass

This long-awaited volume featuring contributions from top African international lawyers and voices from the continent critically explores the notion of international investment law from an African perspective. It does so by confronting some of the very hard questions with regard to the relationship between international investment and development that have either eluded or not been properly addressed in contemporary scholarships. After many years of popularity, investment treaties have recently caused increasing concern among States, most prominently for the unbalanced nature of their content, the often inadequate safeguard of the regulatory powers of the host State and the shortcomings of international investment arbitration. Some States have upgraded their investment treaties, others have revised their investment treaty model, and others have opted for facilitation agreements. This innovative monograph critically explores all these contentious issues from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Anna Green and Kathleen Troup

In this chapter we look at the work and perspectives of historians in the field of postcolonial history. The decades immediately following the Second World War have often been described as the ‘age of decolonization’. During the second half of the twentieth century the European powers granted independence to, or were forced out of, colonies acquired over the previous four centuries. 1 The magnitude of European imperial expansion may be measured both by its unprecedented geographic spread, and the millions of human beings whose lives and cultures were

in The houses of history
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Sara Haslam

3 Personal perspectives A Call: The Tale of Two Passions, was published in 1910, and declares its interest in the plurality of passion in its title. A splintered image of the protagonist emerges early on: Grimshaw’s father was English, his mother Greek; orphaned at 3, he was adopted by relations who also died; Greek Orthodox until public-school age, he assumed the mantle of the Church of England on entering Winchester; when older, close friendships with women confuse further an inability to decide which of them he desires – and whether he can legitimately

in Fragmenting modernism
Ideology and hagiographic narration
Eva von Contzen

4 Putting the saint in perspective: ideology and hagiographic narration It is a myth that it is possible to tell a story ‘neutrally’. Every story is always and necessarily the result of a selective process aimed at presenting some events in specific ways and not mentioning others. Since this selective process underlies the writer’s social, historical, cultural and biographical idiosyncrasies, every story is loaded with ‘perspectives’ in the broadest sense, ranging from the standpoint, background and beliefs of the poet, his implicit and explicit evaluation of

in The Scottish Legendary
Stephen Snelders

78 3 Slaves and medicine: black perspectives To Dutch doctors and surgeons, the beliefs of the African slaves and especially their belief in the treef as a taboo animal, motivated the slaves’ laziness and fatalism and hindered the proper realization of medical policies and treatments. Their opinion was a one-​sided and prejudiced view that ignored existing Afro-​Surinamese health practices. In 1769, when Schilling wrote about his observations of leprosy treatment among the slaves in Suriname, he claimed that in general there was no treatment, and that the

in Leprosy and colonialism
Tamsin Badcoe

logic is to invest in the idea that there is something magnificent to be attained in acquiring the ability to navigate: the ability to recover from being cast adrift is praised as a skill most requisite for ‘al men’, even those whose seas are made only of paper and the imagination. 9 Like The Faerie Queene , which invites Elizabeth I to recognise the realm over which she governs in Spenser’s ‘fayre mirrhour’ (II.pro.4), the treatises by Cuningham and Waghenaer rely on the metaphor of the perspective glass to organise a complete, yet

in Edmund Spenser and the romance of space
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Sara Haslam

2 Novel perspectives D. H. Lawrence’s essay ‘Why the Novel Matters’,1 focuses on issues of communication and plurality as displayed by the effective novel. Christopher Gillie cites this important essay at the beginning of his book on English literature from 1900 to 1940; he uses it to help create the relevant context for the modernist revolution.2 The ideas in it echo those found in Chapter 1 of this book: the fight for communication that the novel represents; the ability of writing to stretch and extend human experience; the novelistic provision, in tune with

in Fragmenting modernism