Category Archives: Demographic Sociology

Populism and Euroscepticism after the European Parliament Elections

The total 751 members of Parliament represent the 500 million citizens of the European Union, although that number will be reduced to 705 once the UK exits the EU. While it is a known fact that Britains exit destabilizes the Union, many of its Eurosceptic representatives will no longer have a voice in Parliament — leaving a potentially more united institution in their wake. However, should Brexit be delayed, Britain would hold elections along with the rest of Europe — thereby providing representatives to a body the British people have ultimately voted to withdraw from.

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Global Population: History, Geopolitics, and Life on Earth (Columbia Studies in International and Global History)

img2Concern about the size of the world’s population did not begin with the “population bomb” in 1968. It arose in the aftermath of World War I and was understood as an issue with far-reaching ecological, agricultural, economic, and geopolitical consequences. The world population problem concerned the fertility of soil as much as the fertility of women, always involving both “earth” and “life.”

Global Population traces the idea of a world population problem as it evolved from the 1920s through the 1960s. The growth and distribution of the human population over the planet’s surface came deeply to Continue reading

The Story of the Moors in Spain

imgThe story of the Moors in Spain “reads like a dream.” Under their rule, thrift and prosperity prevailed throughout the country. “Palatial cities rose under their hand. Aqueducts, rivaling those of the Roman Campagna, brought the streams from the mountains to city and field. Great districts, naturally sunburnt and barren, were made by skilful irrigation to blossom into wonderful fertility. Under their rule Spain was a rich, a prosperous, and, to a great degree, a happy land. Ample revenue of their monarchs enabled them to undertake and complete works of regal splendor, of which the admired Alhambra and the Mosque—now Continue reading

A History of Modern Libya

imgDirk Vandewalle is one of only a handful of scholars who have made frequent visits to Libya over the last four decades. His formidable knowledge of the region is encapsulated in his history of Libya which was first published in 2006. The history – based on original research and interviews with Libya’s political elite – traces Libya’s history back to the 1900s with a portrait of Libya’s desert terrain, its peoples and the personalities that shaped it development. It then examines the harrowing Continue reading

Revolution, Revolt and Reform in North Africa

imgProviding an account of the recent revolutions or reform movements that constituted part of the Arab Spring, this book focuses on these transformative processes in a North African context.

Whilst the longer term outcomes of the Arab Spring revolts are not entirely clear, the revolutionary or reform processes in North Africa are further along than the events taking place in Levant or the Arabian Peninsula, elections having Continue reading

The Middle East and North Africa (Regions of the World)

imgThe Middle East and North Africa form a bridge between Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia. This unique position has made it an area of rich culture and an important center for trade. Its immense energy resources are also vitally important for the global economy. This title explores how the region is working to solve its political and religious tensions.