Daily Archives: March 11, 2021

The new scramble for Africa | The Economist

The Economist – Mar 8, 2019

The past decade has seen a big surge of foreign interest in Africa—involving China, India and Russia. If the continent handles this new “scramble” wisely, the main winners will be Africans themselves.

Scramble for Africa – Viva la France?!? – MP Teil 7

What could go wrong?

Streamed live on Mar 4, 2021

Biden marks anniversary of COVID-19 shutdown –


Guardian News

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The Future of Transportation: Ending Our Addiction To Oil


Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics

Published on Mar 11, 2021

The Future of Transportation: Ending Our Addiction To Oil Date: Thursday, December 04, 2008 – 07:00PM More video info at https://iop.harvard.edu/node/1829

Biden’s full speech on the anniversary of coronavirus lockdowns – 3/11


Washington Post

Streamed live 2 hours ago

President Biden will address the nation on March 11, marking the first anniversary of the coronavirus crisis and shutdowns across the U.S.

The address is scheduled to be given hours after Biden signed into law a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill during a brief Oval Office event. This authorized a flurry of new federal spending and a temporary yet dramatic increase in anti-poverty programs to help millions of families still struggling amid the pandemic.

The Post’s Libby Casey will anchor live coverage and be joined by reporters Rhonda Colvin, James Hohmann and Joyce Koh.

A History of the Upper Guinea Coast: 1545-1800: Rodney, Walter Rodney

Walter Rodney is revered throughout the Caribbean as a teacher, a hero, and a martyr. This book remains the foremost work on the region.

  • Publisher : Monthly Review Press (January 1, 1970)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 290 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0853455465
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0853455462
  • Item Weight : 13.4 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.67 x 8.5 inches

Iron, Gender, and Power: Rituals of Transformation in African Societies (African Systems of Thought) Eugenia W. Herbert

“[Herbert] has constructed a model of power relationships structured upon gender and age, and derived from male transformative processes, and in so doing has written a notable, and most enjoyable, book.” ―African History

“Herbert examines with great care and thoroughness the relationships between gender and power and the rationales that give them social form. . . . [Her] analytical ability is outstanding.” ―Patrick McNaughton

“This book is a well-written and essential study of the place of belief in African material culture.” ―International Journal of African Historical Studies

Herbert relates the beliefs and practices associated with iron working in African cultures to other transformative activities―chiefly investiture, hunting, and pottery making―to propose a gender/age-based theory of power.

About the Author

EUGENIA W. HERBERT is E. Nevius Rodman Professor of African History at Mount Holyoke College and author of Red Gold of Africa: Copper in Precolonial History and Culture.

  • Publisher : Indiana University Press; First Edition (January 22, 1994)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 296 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0253208335
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0253208330
  • Item Weight : 1.12 pounds
  • Dimensions : 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches

Red Gold of Africa: Copper in Precolonial History and Culture: Eugenia W. Herbert

The classic history of copper working and use throughout Africa
A finalist for the 1985 Herskovits Prize

Review

Red Gold of Africa is researched with a depth of scholarship that will leave future historians green with envy. It is also written with a literary eloquence which makes each new idea a joy to savor. The judgements are made with humane detachment and cool humor to enhance their persuasive force. The book is a masterpiece.”—Journal of African History

“Eugenia W. Herbert addresses the subject from a multidisciplinary perspective, examining technology, history, oral tradition, economics, symbolic anthropology, and archaeology.”—American Historical Review

Red Gold of Africa is a sensitive piece of scholarship, an important addition to the literature for those who seek understanding of culture through its material and technological rendition.”—Technology and Culture

From the Back Cover

Red Gold of Africa is researched with a depth of scholarship that will leave future historians green with envy. It is also written with a literary eloquence that makes each new idea a joy to savor. The judgements are made with humane detachment and cool humor to enhance their persuasive force. The book is a masterpiece.”-Journal of African History

  • Publisher : University of Wisconsin Press; New edition (January 1, 2003)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 438 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0299096041
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0299096045
  • Item Weight : 1.57 pounds
  • Dimensions : 9.22 x 6.1 x 0.99 inches

Flora’s Empire: British Gardens in India (Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture): Eugenia W. Herbert

Winner of the 2012 J. B. Jackson Book Prize from the Foundation for Landscape Studies

Like their penchant for clubs, cricket, and hunting, the planting of English gardens by the British in India reflected an understandable need on the part of expatriates to replicate home as much as possible in an alien environment. In Flora’s Empire, Eugenia W. Herbert argues that more than simple nostalgia or homesickness lay at the root of this “garden imperialism,” however. Drawing on a wealth of period illustrations and personal accounts, many of them little known, she traces the significance of gardens in the long history of British relations with the subcontinent. To British eyes, she demonstrates, India was an untamed land that needed the visible stamp of civilization that gardens in their many guises could convey.

Colonial gardens changed over time, from the “garden houses” of eighteenth-century nabobs modeled on English country estates to the herbaceous borders, gravel walks, and well-trimmed lawns of Victorian civil servants. As the British extended their rule, they found that hill stations like Simla offered an ideal retreat from the unbearable heat of the plains and a place to coax English flowers into bloom. Furthermore, India was part of the global network of botanical exploration and collecting that gathered up the world’s plants for transport to great imperial centers such as Kew. And it is through colonial gardens that one may track the evolution of imperial ideas of governance. Every Government House and Residency was carefully landscaped to reflect current ideals of an ordered society. At Independence in 1947 the British left behind a lasting legacy in their gardens, one still reflected in the design of parks and information technology campuses and in the horticultural practices of home gardeners who continue to send away to England for seeds.

Reviews

“An excellent history of British gardens in India. . . . [Herbert] writes with gentle wit, elegance and love of her subject which are rare in books on garden history.”—Financial Times

“I found myself entertained on every page. Herbert’s achievement is that under the guise of a study of Britannia’s role as gardener she has written a thoroughly scholarly—indeed, groundbreaking, in every sense of the word—history of the British entanglement in India. She has flung her net far and wide, and drawn in a wealth of unfamiliar sources, both exotic and homely, to build up a rich tapestry of the Indian landscape. . . . full of insights and wonderfully readable, Flora’s Empire is as much a treat for the general reader as it is for those who relish ‘the glory of the garden.'”—Charles Allen, editor of Plain Tales from the Raj

About the Author

Eugenia W. Herbert is Professor Emeritus of History at Mount Holyoke College and the author of several books, including Twilight on the Zambezi: Late Colonialism in Central Africa.

  • Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press; First Edition /First Printing (September 21, 2011)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 440 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0812243269
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0812243260
  • Item Weight : 2.7 pounds
  • Dimensions : 7.1 x 1.2 x 10.1 inches

Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization: Branko Milanovic

One of the world’s leading economists of inequality, Branko Milanovic presents a bold new account of the dynamics that drive inequality on a global scale. Drawing on vast data sets and cutting-edge research, he explains the benign and malign forces that make inequality rise and fall within and among nations. He also reveals who has been helped the most by globalization, who has been held back, and what policies might tilt the balance toward economic justice.

“The data [Milanovic] provides offer a clearer picture of great economic puzzles, and his bold theorizing chips away at tired economic orthodoxies.”
The Economist

“Milanovic has written an outstanding book…Informative, wide-ranging, scholarly, imaginative and commendably brief. As you would expect from one of the world’s leading experts on this topic, Milanovic has added significantly to important recent works by Thomas Piketty, Anthony Atkinson and François Bourguignon…Ever-rising inequality looks a highly unlikely combination with any genuine democracy. It is to the credit of Milanovic’s book that it brings out these dangers so clearly, along with the important global successes of the past few decades.
―Martin Wolf, Financial Times

Reviews

“The data [Milanovic] provides offer a clearer picture of great economic puzzles, and his bold theorizing chips away at tired economic orthodoxies.”―The Economist

“In this fascinating book, Milanovic is able to articulate the study of inequality between and within countries in the clearest possible way. A must-read.”Thomas Piketty, Paris School of Economics

“This outstanding book adds significantly to recent works by Thomas Piketty, Anthony Atkinson and François Bourguignon. Milanovic concludes that inequality is rising within most countries, although global inequality, albeit huge, has been falling. Unfortunately, he sees no end to the current upswing in inequality in the high-income countries. That creates disturbing political dangers.”Martin Wolf, Financial Times

“[Milanovic] makes a case that the rapid growth of poorer countries since 1988 has brought the first decline in inequality since the Industrial Revolution…The very rich or the very corrupt may still hide their wealth in tax havens. Politicians in developed countries may decry rising inequality. But global trends and new data tell an alternative story about the progress already made to lift the poor.”―Christian Science Monitor

“Branko Milanović’s much underestimated Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization, now being published in many languages, tells us more than any other recent book about the state of the world we live in and, at a time when hope is so urgently needed, offers us thought-provoking insights into the world we could become.”Gordon Brown, The Guardian

“Continuing with his extraordinarily important work on the empirics of global inequality, Branko Milanovic in this book expands on that work to lay the basis for a more theoretical understanding of the evolution of inequality. It is seen to be the product of two forces: Kuznets cycles of rising and decreasing within-nation inequalities, and convergence of mean incomes among countries. The relative strength of these two forces has profound political implications: Shall we live in the world of class cleavages, or of huge international income gaps? Is the world to be ruled by the global top 1 percent, or by a large global middle class?”Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University

“[Milanovic] believes that growing inequality within countries will not threaten capitalism as a system for allocating economic resources but will pose a serious threat to liberal democracy. As middle classes everywhere get squeezed, the United States will become even more plutocratic, and nativistic populism will become more mainstream in Europe―a process that is already under way, aided in no small part by the influx of migrants, a feature of globalization that is likely to only intensify.”Richard N. Cooper, Foreign Affairs

“[Milanovic] brings an enormous scope of knowledge of recent and past income trends…The data assembled in the book are incredibly useful and will be eye-opening to most readers…There is an enormous amount of valuable material in a short book and he does raise a number of important basic moral questions that deserve careful thought. The book is well worth reading.”Dean Baker, Huffington Post

“Branko Milanovic has written an outstanding book. Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization is informative, wide-ranging, scholarly, imaginative, and commendably brief. As you would expect from one of the world’s leading experts on this topic, Milanovic has added significantly to important recent works by Thomas Piketty, Anthony Atkinson, and François Bourguignon…Ever-rising inequality looks a highly unlikely combination with any genuine democracy. It is to the credit of Milanovic’s book that it brings out these dangers so clearly, along with the important global successes of the past few decades.”Martin Wolf, Financial Times

“Milanovic offers us not just a plethora of facts about income inequality that will surely make his readers think twice. More importantly, he shows us the power of bringing the facts into focus by putting a new lens over these pressing issues―a global perspective…If you do read it, your focus will be sharper, you will be able to see further, perhaps even globally, and your image of a whole host of public policy challenges will be clearer and much more nuanced.”Miles Corak, American Prospect

About the Author

Branko Milanovic is Visiting Presidential Professor and Core Faculty at the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He was formerly Lead Economist in the World Bank’s research department. His books include Global Inequality (Harvard) and The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality.

  • Publisher : Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press; Illustrated edition (April 9, 2018)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 067498403X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0674984035
  • Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches