Sibirica: Interdisciplinary Journal of Siberian Studies

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Sibirica: Interdisciplinary Journal of Siberian Studies.

From the Berghan website for the journal:

Sibirica is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal covering all aspects of the region and relations to neighboring areas, such as Central Asia, East Asia, and North America.

“The journal publishes articles, research reports, conference and book reviews on history, politics, economics, geography, cultural studies, anthropology, and environmental studies. It provides a forum for scholars representing a wide variety of disciplines from around the world to present findings and discuss topics of relevance to human activities in the region or directly relevant to Siberian studies.”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 2 (2002) to present.

Access Sibirica via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or from this link.

Nelson Mandela Archive

The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory has created an online portal for the exploration of archival material relating to Nelson Mandela.

Nelson Mandela early life

It is possible to view the site as an online exhibition where the digitised exhibits are interspersed with explanatory text. Clicking the digitaised images gives access to the item within the larger collection and gives access to a detailed description to each item.

By browsing the archive you can also watch videos and read digitised versions of primary sources, which include diaries, letters and drafts of speeches.

The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory delivers the core-work of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1999 to support its Founder’s ongoing engagement in worthy causes on his retirement as President of South Africa. The Foundation is registered as a trust, with its board of trustees comprising prominent South Africans selected by the Founder.The Centre of Memory was inaugurated by Nelson Mandela on 21 September 2004, and endorsed as the core work of the Foundation in 2006. The Centre focuses on three areas of work: the Life and Time of Nelson Mandela, Dialogue for Social Justice and Nelson Mandela International Day.

Transcripts for videos are available in the the details section on the portal.

 

Political Theology

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Political Theology.

From the T&F website for the journal:

“The purpose of the journal is to foster scholarship in the area of political theology. Political Theology investigates the connections between religious and political ideas and practices. The journal is interdisciplinary, drawing on theology, religious studies, politics, philosophy, ethics, cultural studies, social theory, and economics. It reflects the diversity of religious and theological engagements with public and political life. The aims of the journal are to:

  • Examine the explicit or implicit religious background to political movements, ideas, and practices
  • Examine the political implications of religious movements, ideas, and practices
  • Interrogate the way power operates at the intersection of religion and politics
  • Reflect on the tradition of political theology in a global context, including voices from marginalized communities and a variety of religious traditions.
  • Provide a bridge between discussions of political theology in different academic disciplines”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (2000) to present.

Access Political Theology via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

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CIA CREST Library

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States of America is required to declassify all records after a period of 25 years. These documents have been made available online in the CREST archive. 

Over 12 million pages have been made available as full text in electronic format. It has only been possible to view these records online from January 2017, previously access was only available on site the National Archives in Maryland.

The CREST collection covers a myriad of topics, such as the early CIA history, the Cold War, Vietnam, the Berlin Tunnel project, the Korean War, and the U-2 reconnaissance aircraft. The documents also extensively address developments on terrorism, as well as worldwide military and economic issues.

The CREST Archive is freely accessible and can be used by anyone.

For a more detailed search you may want to use the U.S. Declassified Documents Online (USDDO) database by Gale. USDDO offers access to over 600,000 pages of primary source information from presidential libraries, the Department of State, Department of Defense, CIA, FBI, United Nations, and National Security Council, amongst others. The documents cover the period 1900-2008.

U.S. Declassified Documents Online’s greatest value lies in the wealth of facts and insights that it provides in connection with the political, economic, and social conditions of the domestic U.S. and foreign countries. Materials as diverse as State
Department political analyses, White House confidential file materials, National Security Council policy statements, CIA intelligence memoranda, and much more offer unique insights into the inner workings of the U.S. government and world events in the twentieth and twenty-first century.

A modern interface allows researchers in foreign policy, public policy, international law and security, modern history, area studies, journalism, and more to easily locate and analyse records from numerous agencies and libraries

USDDO is provided by subscription and requires a Raven login for off-campus access.

Alabama Review

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Alabama Review

From the Project Muse website for the journal:

The Alabama Review is a peer-reviewed academic journal that presents the best of scholarship on the history of the state. Published by the Alabama Historical Association in cooperation with the Auburn University history department, the Review covers a wide range of topics: pre-Revolutionary War colonization, Native Americans, state and regional politics, the Confederacy and the Civil War, Reconstruction, industrialization, education, the civil rights movement, and religion are only some of the subjects you will find in the pages of the Review. In addition to regular articles, the journal features book reviews and notes, annotated documents, and research opportunities”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 60 (2007) to present.

Access Alabama Review via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

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Encyclopedia of political thought

The University of Cambridge now has access to the Encyclopedia of political thought.  The Encyclopedia can be accessed via this link:

http://ezproxy.lib.cam.ac.uk:2048/login?url=http://www.encyclopediaofpoliticalthought.com/

The Encyclopedia examines the history of political thought, contemporary political theory, and political philosophy. The entries range in size from shorter definitions and biographies to extended treatments of major topics and traditions. Tracing the evolution of political thinking from antiquity to the present, the scope of this unprecedented resource emphasizes the richness and diversity of the field’s traditions.

  • Offers over 900 A-Z entries including shorter definitions and biographies as well as extended treatments of major topics from over 700 contributors from around the world.
  • Examines the history of political thought from antiquity to contemporary political theory and political philosophy
  • Reflects diverse traditions in the evolution of political theory and political science
  • Addresses the theorists, their key theories and methods from within the western canon as well as from non-western perspectives

“A central problem for constitutionalism is the enforcement of constitutional norms. In the USA, there is no effective dissent from the practice, established in 1803 by Chief Justice Marshall in Marbury v. Madison, that courts in appropriate cases may overturn statutes as unconstitutional. But the idea of a constitutional court, though gaining ground around the world, is not a necessary component of constitutionalism. Legislatures and executives may feel bound by constitutional norms, even though they have the formal power to disregard them. Not since 1707 have British monarchs vetoed legislation enacted by parliament, though they have the “legal” authority to do so. In the USA, decisions to impeach and convict federal officials, such as the president and judges, are wholly in the hands of Congress under the constitution itself, but the impeachment power has been used only sparingly and when, occasionally, it was misused, the Senate refused to convict. That said, it is also indisputable that constitutional norms can change so that what was once thought to be perfectly plain and acceptable to one generation becomes unthinkable, as a matter of constitutional law, to another. The most spectacular example in American history is the Supreme Court’s change of mind on the question of racial segregation from its 1896 decision in Plessy v. Ferguson to its decision in 1954 in Brown v. Board of Education.”

— Lieberman, J. K. 2014. Constitutionalism. The Encyclopedia of Political Thought. 730–732

Inscription on the wall of the Supreme Court Building from Marbury v. Madison, in which Chief Justice John Marshall outlined the concept of judicial review

Moreana

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Moreana.

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From the Edinburgh University Press  website for the journal:

“Founded in 1963, Moreana publishes academic research about the person, historical milieu, and writing of the English humanist, Thomas More. In addition, the journal promotes research in cultural, historical, religious, and political contexts of the sixteenth century.”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 37 (2000) to present (the most recent volume currently available is 2007).

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