Geopolitics

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  • Borderlines

    £25.00

    Borderlines

    Europe’s internal borders have rarely been ‘natural’; they have more often been created by accident or force. Successive powers have redrawn the map of our continent, with varying degrees of success: the fingerprints of Napoleon, Alexander I, Castlereagh, Napoleon III and Bismarck are all there, but the present shape of Europe is mostly the work of the Allies in 1919 and Stalin in 1945. In this book, writer and political historian Lewis Baston journeys along and across key borders from west to east Europe, to explore their history. He explores how places and people heal from the scars, physical and psychological, left by a Europe of ethnic cleansing and barbed wire fences.

    £25.00
  • Bullsh*t comparisons

    £16.99

    Bullsh*t comparisons

    Is Boris Johnson really like Winston Churchill? Are electric cars actually greener than petrol ones? Which is the world’s most successful university? Is Lisbon the new Barcelona? Should we compare the achievements of younger and older siblings even when we know it damages their self-worth? We make comparisons every day, but how helpful are they? Looking across a dazzling range of situations both familiar and unfamiliar, this title is a ground-breaking examination of the role of comparison in modern society, illuminated by examples spanning from the FIFA World Footballer of the year, to wine-tasting in London, hospital care in Sierra Leone and avocado farming in Colombia. Challenging us to think critically about the use of comparison through accessible, personal, and often amusing research, Andrew Brooks reveals the uses and abuses of comparisons in a book that isn’t like anything else you have read.

    £16.99
  • Downfall

    £18.99

    Downfall

    Evgeny Prigozhin emerged as one of the most dangerous warlords in the world and as one of Vladimir Putin’s chief rivals in Russia’s tumultuous political climate, exiled after leading Wagner’s attempted coup and killed in a mysterious plane crash. But what is the truth about this enigmatic figure, his role in the war with Ukraine, and the chaos unleashed across Russia by his turn against Putin? And, the aftermath of his death, what is next for Russia in the new stage of late Putinism that Prigozhin’s life forged? Drawing on years of research, this book traces the rise of Russia’s most prominent non-state actor and examines the political climate that propelled a convicted gangster with no government office to the formidable role he has come to occupy.

    £18.99
  • Fifty miles wide

    £12.99

    Fifty miles wide

    Award-winning travel writer Julian Sayarer cycles through Israel and occupied Palestine – with a new introduction by the author.

    £12.99
  • How to win an information war

    £20.00

    How to win an information war

    In the summer of 1941, Hitler ruled Europe from the Atlantic to the Black Sea. Britain was struggling to combat the Nazi propaganda machine, which crowed victory and smeared its enemies. But inside Germany, there was one notable voice of dissent from the very heart of the military machine: Der Chef, a German whose radio broadcasts skilfully questioned Nazi doctrine. But what audiences didn’t know was that Der Chef was a fiction, a character created by the British propagandist Sefton Delmer. This is the incredible true story of the complex and largely overlooked significance of Delmer’s role.

    £20.00
  • Israelophobia

    £12.99

    Israelophobia

    ‘Israelophobia’ will explore how – in the words of Howard Jacobson – prejudice against Israel is ‘old hatred decanted into new bottles’. By coining a new term, ‘Israelophobia’, it will cut through arguments about where criticism of Israel ends and antisemitism begins, allowing for robust debate while exposing dangerous, hate-fuelled rhetoric.

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    £12.99
  • Judgement at Tokyo

    £30.00

    Judgement at Tokyo

    The definitive account of the Tokyo war crimes trials of 1946-8, WWII and the beginning of the end of the European empires in Asia and the impact the settlement has had on post-war China and Japan, the wider history of East and South Asia – and of the world – to this day.

    £30.00
  • Night of power

    £30.00

    Night of power

    ‘INCOMPARABLE DEPTH AND UNDERSTANDING?AND EXTRAORDINARY COURAGE’ NOAM CHOMSKY

    The final work from foreign correspondent Robert Fisk, picking up the story in the Middle East where his internationally bestselling The Great War of Civilisation left off, starting with the aftermath of the Iraq invasion in 2005.

    £30.00
  • Night train to Odesa

    £17.99

    Night train to Odesa

    When Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine, Jen Stout left Moscow abruptly, ending up on a border post in southeast Romania, where she began to cover the human cost of Russian aggression. Night Train to Odesa begins in Russia and continues to focus on people in Ukraine. It is the account of a young female reporter with no backup or security.

    £17.99
  • Policy of Deceit

    £14.99

    Policy of Deceit

    The untold story of Britain’s role in the Israel-Palestine conflict

    £14.99
  • Putin and the Return of History

    £25.00

    Putin and the Return of History

    Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has reshaped history. In the decades after the collapse of Soviet communism, the West convinced itself that liberal democracy would henceforth be the dominant, ultimately unique, system of governance. Putin is a paradox. In the early years of his presidency, he appeared to commit himself to friendship with the West, suggesting that Russia could join the European Union or even NATO. He said he supported free-market democracy and civil rights. But the Putin of those years is unrecognisable today. So, what happened? Was he lying when he proclaimed his support for freedom, democracy and friendship with the West? Or, was he sincere? This book examines these questions in the context of Russia’s thousand-year past, tracing the forces and the myths that have shaped Putin’s politics of aggression.

    £25.00
  • Putin’s prisoner

    £20.00

    Putin’s prisoner

    Aiden Aslin joined the Ukrainian marines in 2018, compelled to defend his adopted homeland from the growing threat of Russian invasion. In February 2022, as Russia mounted a full-scale offensive, Aiden and his unit were stationed at the frontline at Mariupol. Pinned down at a Mariupol steelworks, after a month-long siege and running out of supplies, Aiden was part of the mass surrender of over a thousand Ukrainian troops, in April 2022. Then his real ordeal began. Singled out for his British passport, Aiden was interrogated, tortured, stabbed, turned into a propaganda zombie, tried by a kangaroo court and then sentenced to death. A victim of a catalogue of abuses of international law, Aiden struggled to cling on to any hope of survival. Certain that he was going to be executed, he was eventually freed in a prisoner exchange and permitted to return home.

    £20.00
  • The architecture of modern empire

    £10.99

    The architecture of modern empire

    Over a lifetime spent at the frontline of solidarity and resistance, Arundhati Roy’s words have lit a clear way through the darkness that surrounds us. Combining the skills of the architect she trained to be and the writer she became, she illuminates the hidden structures of modern empire like no one else, revealing their workings so that we can resist. Her subjects: war, nationalism, fundamentalism and rising fascism, turbocharged by neoliberalism and now technology. But also: truth, justice, freedom, resistance, solidarity and above all imagination – in particular the imagination to see what is in front of us, to envision another way, and to fight for it. Arundhati Roy’s voice – as distinct and compelling in conversation as in her writing – explores these themes and more in this collection of interviews with David Barsamian, conducted over two decades, from 2001 to the present.

    £10.99
  • The last days of the Ottoman Empire

    £12.99

    The last days of the Ottoman Empire

    The Ottoman Empire had been one of the major facts in European history since the Middle Ages. By 1914 it had been much reduced, but still remained after Russia the largest European state. Stretching from the Adriatic to the Indian Ocean, the Empire was both a great political entity and a religious one, with the Sultan ruling over the Holy Sites and, as Caliph, the successor to Mohammed. Yet the Empire’s fateful decision to support Germany and Austria-Hungary in 1914, despite its successfully defending itself for much of the war, doomed it to disaster, breaking it up into a series of European colonies and what emerged as an independent Saudi Arabia. Ryan Gingeras explains how these epochal events came about and shows how much we still live in the shadow of decisions taken so long ago.

    £12.99
  • The Maze Runner

    £8.99

    The Maze Runner

    When Thomas arrives in the Glade, a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre maze, all he remembers is his first name. But he’s not alone. Like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why they’re there, or what’s happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything to find out.

    £8.99
  • The Russo-Ukrainian war

    £10.99

    The Russo-Ukrainian war

    ‘The Russo-Ukrainian War’ is the comprehensive history of a conflict that has burned since 2014, and that, with Russia’s attempt to seize Kyiv, exploded a geo-political order that had been cemented since the end of the Cold War. With an eye for the gripping detail on the ground, both in the halls of power and down in the trenches, as well as a keen sense of the grander sweep of history, Serhii Plokhy traces the origins and the evolution of the conflict, from the collapse of the Russian empire to the rise and fall of the USSR and on to the development in Ukraine of a democratic politics. Based on decades of research and his unique insight into the region, he argues that Ukraine’s defiance of Russia, and the West’s demonstration of unity and strength, has presented a profound challenge to Putin’s Great Power ambition, and further polarised the world along a new axis.

    £10.99