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By Robert Harris, Jeremy Paxman

ISBN-10: 0099441594

ISBN-13: 9780099441595

A better type of Killing was once first released to nice acclaim in 1982. The authors have written a brand new creation and a brand new Epilogue to take account of the occasions that experience occurred because the early Eighties - together with the break-up of the previous Soviet Union and the black industry that seemed in chemical and organic guns, the purchase of those guns by way of quite a few 3rd global states, the makes an attempt of assorted nations like Iraq to accumulate arsenals of those guns and, so much lately, using those guns in terrorist assaults. because the authors indicate, the 2 generations because the moment international struggle lived with the specter of nuclear annihilation. Now a brand new iteration needs to discover ways to stay with guns which are extra insidious and in all probability extra devastating.

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Compelling... the authors clarify why governments have shrouded such weapon programmes in much more secrecy than their nuclear paintings. (Financial occasions 20020530)

An soaking up and unsettling historical past, an exhaustive exploration of a little-known yet possibly apocalyptic element of war, the whole lot wearing the punch of Armageddon. It reminds us that the area may well finish now not with a nuclear bang yet in whimpers of fevered anguish. (Chicago Sun-Times 20020530)

The top account of gasoline and germ struggle on hand for the lay reader (Washington submit 20020530)

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In a transnational framework, moreover, any aspirations for a significant reduction of the complexity and heterogeneity of values will be disappointed. Why should this be different when ‘hot’11 political issues are discussed on a European scale? 12 Given their overwhelming heterogeneity, how could EU citizens ever arrive at common normative standards for the evaluation of European policy action with regard to these delicate issues, even if we view an affirmation of diversity as part of the European identity (on the latter point see Delanty 1995; Eriksen and Fossum 2004; Fossum 2004; Fuchs 2011, 2013; Olsen 2005; Reif 1993; Wallace 1985; Zielonka and Mair 2002).

18 This communitarian understanding – a widespread, if rather simplistic, reading of the philosophical ideas underlying the original communitarian project – has been criticised. After decades of intense discussions about national, ethnic and European identities, the concept of ‘collective identity’ seems to have lost all clear-cut analytical contours (Niethammer 2000). Brubaker and Cooper (2000) even proposed completely giving up this term, replacing it with other more precise categories. Still, ‘collective identity’ is an indispensable concept of cultural and political sociology, necessary to theorise Theoretical building blocks 25 and conduct empirical research about value-oriented collective action.

This means that they confuse the ontological dimension (numerical identification) with the hermeneutic dimension of the ethical self-understanding of the members of a community. Research on European identity has occasionally fallen into this trap. 20 These strategies, however, have often paid little attention to the question as to whether at all, and if yes, to what degree (some of) these ‘objective’ features are considered relevant by the individuals concerned. Some of those typical identification strategies are more plausible than others – however, pure categorisation of people according to some criteria does not yet constitute group membership, nor does it establish mutual obligations of any kind.

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