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Against the “Hun”: Anti-Germanism at the Seattle Public Schools and the University of Washington, 1917-1918
In 1917-1918, during World War I, anti-German feelings swept the United States. Educational institutions were not immune. This paper describes in detail events at the University of Washington and the Seattle Public Schools to explicate how anti-Germanism operated at the institutional level, and its long-term effects.
La Lucha por el Agua, la Lucha por la Vida: The Political Economy of Water Privatization in Cochabamba, Bolivia
This paper examines the failure of the attempt to privatize the water utilities in the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia. A large popular uprising against dramatically rising costs for water was not effectively managed by a weak central government.
Shipbreaking at Alang, India: “What is the right thing for this place?”
As ship scrapping became more difficult in Western countries due to regulation and high employee costs, companies outsourced to India and Bangladesh. This paper focuses on the Alang shipbreaking yard, where workers have few protections and the work is done with hand tools. Complex questions of international legal regimes, ...
Drug Wars: South Africa’s Embattled Mother-to-Child Transmission Prevention Policy
The government of post-apartheid South Africa refused to dispense antivirals to HIV-infected mothers to prevent transmission of the disease to their children. This paper examines the logic of that policy in the context of the African National Congress' long experience resisting apartheid.
Girls Just Want To Have Fun: American and Japanese Evaluations of the Japanese Moga During the Interwar Years
Modan garu or moga describes the young Japanese women in the 1920's who adopted dress and customs akin to those of the flappers in the United States. The moga represented a break with the established role of women in Japanese society, and as such, were the topic of both scholarly and popular commentators. This paper examines ...
Remembering Laughter and Tears In a Drawer: Music as a Response to Soviet Repression
After World War II, Stalin reimposed censorship on cultural expressions. Shostakovich responded to repression by incorporating references to his own and Jewish works in his music. His work, From Jewish Folk Poetry, is closely examined.
Chairman Mao: Great Leader, Great Teacher, Great Supreme Commander, Great Helmsman and the Great Leap Forward
The Great Leap Forward brought famine and other disasters to China, but did not impair Mao's standing with the Chinese people. This paper explores how the Hundred Flowers Campaign prepared the population for acceptance rather than protest.
Clad in Plaid: Finding the Nation in Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley
Sir Walter Scott is the de facto national author of the Scots, writing from the early 19th century and still sending significant ripples across contemporary society despite modernity and globalization being issued from the bi-centennial gap. It is the purpose of this paper to examine the meticulous lengths Scott took in ...
Beyond the Mosque Walls: Legal Constructions 'Apostasy' and 'Blasphemy' in Egypt's Public Sphere
Apostasy, or the renunciation of belief, was criminalized in Egypt in the 1990's. What followed was a robust debate in the public sphere about the issue. This paper analyzes the Egyptian press to find substantial evidence that public debate is widespread, contrary to commonly-held assumptions about the Muslim world.
Reinventing Traditionalism: The Influence of Critical Reconstruction on the Shape of Berlin's Friedrichstadt
Critical Reconstruction is an architectural and city planning theory developed by the German architect, Josef Paul Kleihues in the 1960's. This paper explores the theory's application in the Berlin district of Friedrichstadt. The political and historical significance of Critical Reconstruction as a guiding principle for ...