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Understanding Socialism

Gregory N. Heires Portside
Here is a new book that offers a concise but rounded introduction to socialism for our times.


Democracy, from King Hammurabi's Time to Tomorrow

Stephanie J. Smith New Politics
Democracy briskly and transparently recasts traditional world histories and world populations frequently left out of the narrative into a consideration of how different political alliances, including those of repressed and typically underrepresented groups, demand democracy through use of language and direct action. Democracy connects the local and the global, as well as the past and present, in understanding the complex and shifting notions of democracy.
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