През лятото на 2006 г. сред една разкаляна нива в Южнаа Анлия група хора се събира, за да разпродава всевъзможни неща от багажниците на колите си.
This is a book about te relationship between scale and the theory and practice of public administration—in particular, what happens to the conventional wisdom about good government when the scale factor is a very small one.
King Husain of Hejaz is remembered today as an inadequate ruler during whose reign the administration of the Holy Land of Islam degenerated into anarchy and pillage by the bedu over whom he exercised only nominal control.
At simplest, this is the story of an adoption. Simple stops there. How is this different?
Cold War in a Hot Place is a humorous and sideways look at something that dominated our lives in the 1960s and 70s.
This is an exercise in nostalgia, selecting those occasions when something rather surprising happened while I happened to be passing through, quite often, unusual places.
На пръв поглед може би изглежда странно, че тази книга се появява в университетско издателство, а – както някои биха казали, – и че изобщо се издава.
Студената война поставя Европа и САЩ пред общи въпроси и трае дълго, от 1945 до 1990 г. Общият интерес на две поколения – да се предпази западната демокрация от разпростиращия се международен комунизъм - помогна да се създаде илюзията за "обща идентичност". Но илюзиите рядко надживяват времето си.
Randall Baker was born in Wales in 1944, and is currently a professor at Indiana University, USA. In 1990 he made his first visit to the Caucasus when he stayed at the Moscow State University research station in Kabardino-Balkaria, As a result of that, in 1992 he adopted the son of the director, who was tragically killed in an avalanche on Mount Elbrus.
В края на 2008 г. Рандал Бейкър се пенсионира като професор в университета на американския щат Индиана и решава да се установи завинаги в България.
'The book is magnificent and must have taken massive research. It shows how much better the Congress of Vienna was as compared with the peace of Versailles a century later.' The Late Lord Pilkington of Oxenford, House of Lords, London, February 3rd, 2011
In his travels throughout Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, and Macedonia, Randall Baker finds himself caught up in the paradoxes of a region pursuing a beckoning future of democracy while at the same time refusing to give up its incredibly tangled past. He experiences the zany mix of ethnic memories, madcap activities, and unlikely dreams that pass for history in the Balkans in his encounters with a wide cast of colorful, yet typical, characters.
Or, why it is still fun and profitable to destroy our life-support system
It is not uncommon for an older man to fall in love with a younger woman, but for someone aged, well, let's say "around 65," to fall in love with a beautiful maiden who is 1,329 years old this year, may be said to be "pushing it."
The Cold War gave Europe and the USA a common purpose, and it lasted a long time, from 1945 until 1990. For two generations, this common interest — protecting "Western Democracy from the spread of international Communism" — helped create an illusion of a "common identity". Illusions seldom outlive their utility.
Professor Baker came to Bulgaria as a Fulbright Scholar in 1992, before there was even a Fulbright Commission Sofia. The challenge — to start the country's first program for Public Administration at the New Bulgarian University, which at that time did not actually exist.