Book Reviews

Book Reviews

Essays from the History of Georgia: XIX-XXI Centuries

This work Professor Otar Janelidze should be extremely interesting to those representatives of the new generation of our country who are now studying our history. It will, in addition, help the general public, as well as foreign readers who are interested in objectively learning more about the exact facts and dates of often dramatic events in the modern and modern history of Georgia.” – David Lordkipanidze, Academician, General Director of the Georgian National Museum

“With his work, Professor Otar Janelidze was able to give a foreign language reader a short but memorable idea of the new and modern history of Georgia. The most indelible impression is made by the accessible language of the book, the presentation of events in a historical sequence, as well as the professional approach to the studied historical process.” – Jamil Hasanli, Professor, Baku State University, Azerbaijan

Genesis, Institutions, and Instruments of the European Union: A Concise Guide on Euro-Multilateralism

“A thoughtful, comprehensive but concise, multidisciplinary, accurate, timely and balanced analysis of the complex interplay between geopolitics, history and institutions building of a pivotal world region – Europe. We finally have an all-in reader that was otherwise chronically missing in international literature. Timely as it is, it will contribute to the revitalization of a very idea of multilateralism. Globally-known cross-continental settings such as the G-7 (which I architectured as a senior governmental minister) and OECD (which I helped shape as its Secretary) would have been unthinkable without the most comprehensive and through multilateral undertaking – that one that took root in post WWII Europe. Authors give a fair account to these less visited history (of peace and institutions building) chapters. Overall, this book undeniably features the unionistic Europe as a sine qua non for the Old Continent and its neighborhood, but also as a beacon of hope and vision for other continents. This is a must-read book for scholars and practitioners – all those wondering about the nature of social and state interaction through times and spaces. It is a concise chronicle of Europe’s presence and multilateralised future, of an unparallel alternative. Professor Bajrektarevic’s new book clearly reminds us that “Europe might (temporarily) get out of fashion, but its very idea remains uncontested.” – Honorable Donald J Johnston PC OC QC, Former Minister of the Canadian Government, Secretary General of the OECD (1996-2006)

“Many rooms can be filled with political and scientific literature about European integration and multilateralism. Notwithstanding this, Professor Anis H. Bajrektarevic has written an excellent, concise and easily accessible book that is of real added value and deserves a place on many bookshelves. During the high times of multilateralism, it was a strike of genius by then elder statesmen to bring together the core of the economies of France and Germany, joined by Italy and what later would be the Benelux countries. At times when multilateralism is under pressure and war has erupted again on the European continent, it is good to remind readers that European integration was the result of diplomatic creativity and political courage. It is good to describe the way it went and is now working. More than ever European integration and multilateralism needs new generations of well-informed and trained practictioners and of supporting citizens. This book by Professor Anis and Nora Wolf will help to unleash the support and interest of readers which European integration and multilateralism need and deserve.” – Yves Leterme, Prime Minister of Belgium (2008 – 2011)

Rehabilitation in Neurotrauma: Current Concepts, Practices and Recommendations

“There is a scarcity of books on the topic of rehabilitation following neurotrauma in the existing neurosurgical literature, yet neurotrauma occurs so frequently, and is the condition that neurosurgeons, especially those in the LMIC countries in the Asian-Australian region and in the rest of the world, encounter the most. As neurosurgeons, whilst we may not be directly involved in the rehabilitation of these patients (although we would have operated on many of them immediately following the neurotrauma), knowing and understanding what management and further care they will need following our neurosurgical interventions is an important part of the care continuum. I applaud and highly commend Prof. Virenda D Sinha and the authors of this book for their tremendous effort to give us a book that will help and update us in managing patients who suffer the aftermath of neurotrauma. It is what most of us need in the continual care of our patients. I am sure the readers will appreciate the efforts that have gone into the publication of this book, and I am thankful to Prof. Sinha and his team for this book.” – Dr. Seow Wan Tew, President, Asian Australasian Society of Neurological Surgeons (AASNS)

Catatonia on the Consultation Liaison Service and Other Clinical Settings

“Because catatonia occurs in various settings and—contrary to some beliefs, is not rare—it could present a diagnostic and management problem for those not familiar with this syndrome/disorder. Consultation liaison psychiatrists could be called to evaluate patients with catatonia in a medical or surgical setting, in the emergency room, nursing homes, or even at child and adolescent clinics. Brendan Carroll and David Spiegel, the editors of this volume, gathered a group of clinicians to put together a comprehensive and useful text on catatonia. As they write, this book is not supposed to be another perfunctory review of catatonia; it also intends to bring forth some new ideas about this entity and its conceptualization…To read more, click here.– Richard Balon, MD, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA, published in Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, November 2015, Vol. 27, No. 4

Economic Crises: A Review and Directions for Research

The book is well designed, discussing factors that caused economic crises theoretically, as well as empirically in some countries. The book is very much useful to academicians, policymakers, researchers and readers. It’s a good book of treasure for the further enrichment of knowledge about economic crisis and determinant factors.” – Himachalam Dasaraju, Professor, Commonwealth Visiting Fellow, UK, Sri Venkateswara University, India

Positive Youth Development: Digital Game-Based Learning

This book explores the potential of gamification, that is, the application of game-design elements in an education context. It aims to improve student engagement and learning while providing in-depth feedback allowing students, teachers, parents, and youth workers to explore different topics relevant for older children and adolescents…” READ MORE >>> – Leopold Štefanič, published in Sodobna pedagogika/Journal of Contemporary Educational Studies Let./Vol. 73 (139)

Western Sahara: Reasons for Extemporaneous Colonization and Decolonization, 1885–1975

Published in the Journal of Central and Eastern European African Studies – “The well-structured and detailed book deals with the Spanish colonisation of Western Sahara and the Spanish period, followed by the withdrawal of the Spaniards, which is essential to understanding the current conflict. The authors present in a short introduction the reason for the choice of topic, the research they have carried out and the structure of the book. From this, it turns out that a lot of material has been kept in Spanish archives that could not be researched until now. Furthermore, several people who were themselves active shapers of the daily life of the former Spanish Sahara and then the organisers and executors of the Spanish departure were interviewed. The book is already a curiosity for that reason alone, and because the Spanish archival material researched on this topic has not been published in English yet….” READ FULL REVIEW>>> – János Besenyő, Head of Africa Research Institute, School on Safety and Security Sciences, Óbuda University, Budapest, Hungary

Is China Encircling India?

“In this book, Aminul Karim has sought to analyze the recent Chinese advances in the Indian Ocean and their ramifications for India and the greater region. The book is a must read for scholars and researchers on China. Universities and research organizations should procure copies of the book for use by their members. The book will also be a useful read for the general readers who have interest in the phenomenon called China…” READ FULL REVIEW>>> Md. Touhid Hossain, Former Foreign Secretary

Between I and We: Unifying Psychology and Sociology Along the Amygdala-Prefrontal Cortex Continuum

“We think that it is time to give a rapprochement between psychology and sociology another honest try – this time around with the help of the bridging services of neurology. Hence, our new book: Between I and We – Unifying Psychology and Sociology Along the Amygdala-Prefrontal Cortex Continuum, enlists centuries of human exploration and experience, to provide the first disciplined attempt to bring together humanity’s two ancient-yet-ever-renewing efforts at self-understanding. We do this by mapping a common cognitive and behavioral path that merges what we know about the conscious and unconscious, the rational and irrational, the pragmatic and the incorporeal – at both the individual and the group levels – along the unifying continuum of the Amygdala-Prefrontal Cortex spectrum. This is a continuum that describes the relative, proportional, inter-relations between the instinctive-reactive (amygdala) and the contemplative-responsive (prefrontal cortex), the fast and the slow, the coarse and the nuanced…To read the full article, click here– Featured online by The Safe Communities Institute (SCI) at the University of Southern California Price School of Public Policy, https://sci.usc.edu/

The Communitarian Nation-State Paradox in Lebanon

The Communitarian Nation-State Paradox in Lebanon presents itself as a comprehensive critical anthology of the Lebanese consociational model. Edited by political scientist Imad Salamey, who has made major contributions to the field of Middle East politics, this book comprises twelve high profile Lebanese scholars – from diverse political, social and academic backgrounds – providing heterogeneous, but coherent, perspectives on Lebanon’s power-sharing and its related tensions that brought the country towards periodical stalemates and conflicts. Written in a clear and accessible language, this is a thoroughly researched volume and suitable for academia but also non-experts interested in Lebanon and, more broadly, MENA politics. Overall, Imad Salamey, and the other scholars, provide a timely debate through Lebanese lenses that makes the book a distinguished and much-needed contribution in a field often dominated by Western scholarship.” To read the full review, click here – Vito Morisco, Doctoral Researcher, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS), University of Exeter, UK