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HBCU Politics™ Political Book Feature – The J Curve: A New Way to Understand Why Nations Rise and Fall

Locate nations on the J Curve — left for authoritarian, right for democratic. Then figure out how to force those on the left to open their societies, rather than encouraging them to shut them tighter by further isolating them. The West’s isolation of Kim Jong-il’s North Korea gives him the cover he needs to extend … Continue reading

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HBCU Politics™ Political Book Feature – Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s

In the mid 1930s, North America’s Great Plains faced one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in world history. Donald Worster’s classic chronicle of the devastating years between 1929 and 1939 tells the story of the Dust Bowl in ecological as well as human terms. Now, twenty-five years after his book helped to define the … Continue reading

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HBCU Politics™ Political Book Feature – Asia In The Pacific Islands: Replacing The West

A spectacular transition is in the Pacific Islands, as a result of which all our lives will be radically different. While the original Pacific people came from Asia, for most of the past century and earlier, nearly all Pacific Islands nations were colonies of ‘Western’ powers. But in the last fifty years or so, Asia … Continue reading

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HBCU Politics™ Political Book Feature – The Myth of Continents: A Critique of Metageography

In this thoughtful and engaging critique, geographer Martin W. Lewis and historian Kären Wigen reexamine the basic geographical divisions we take for granted, and challenge the unconscious spatial frameworks that govern the way we perceive the world. Arguing that notions of East vs. West, First World vs. Third World, and even the sevenfold continental system … Continue reading

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HBCU Politics™ Political Book Feature – Energy for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines

The near-meltdown of Fukushima, the upheavals in the Middle East, the BP oil rig explosion, and the looming reality of global warming have reminded the president and all U.S. citizens that nothing has more impact on our lives than the supply of and demand for energy. Its procurement dominates our economy and foreign policy more … Continue reading