Politics – May 2013

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|May 27, 2013|Politics and International Relations|0 comments

Empires and boundaries : race, class, and gender in colonial settings / edited by Harald Fischer-Tiné, Susanne Gehrmann. The Sunshine Policy : in defense of engagement as a path to peace in Korea / Chung-in Moon.  Days of God : the Revolution in Iran and its consequences / by James Buchan. Negotiating censorship in modern Japan / edited by Rachael Hutchinson. Mao’s Last Revolution / Roderick MacFarquhar and Michael Schoenhals

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Webinar week at UK Data Service: Five free online sessions

By Victoria Bird|May 2, 2013|Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

Social scientists from all sectors are invited to participate in a series of webinars designed to introduce the data and resources available through the newly formed UK Data Service. All webinars are free of charge and open to anyone in the UK and overseas. Spaces are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please reserve your spot by booking at the links below. An introduction to data available from

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Politics and International Relations – April 2013

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|April 27, 2013|Politics and International Relations|0 comments

Paths toward the modern fiscal state : England, Japan, and China / Wenkai He. Battleground Telangana : chronicle of an agitation / Kingshuk Nag. Chinese foreign policy : an introduction / Marc Lanteigne. Peacemaker : twenty years of inter-Korean relations and the North Korean nuclear issue : a memoir / by Lim Dong-won. North Korea in transition : politics, economy, and society / edited by Kyung-Ae Park and Scott Snyder.

Several useful resources for Social Scientists

By Victoria Bird|April 12, 2013|China and Inner Asia, Korea, Politics and International Relations, South East Asia|0 comments

Reproduced with permission from LSE’s Heather Dawson’s excellent “social science sites of the week” email- a round up of new and interesting news for Social Scientists. Thanks Heather! Amnesty international annual review of the Death Penalty. The Amnesty international annual review of the Death Penalty was released this week. See which country executed the most people. The site also has images and video content. Also useful is the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty which

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Trial ProQuest Social Sciences Premium Collection

By Victoria Bird|April 9, 2013|Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Law, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

We currently have trial access to the ProQuest Social Sciences Premium Collection until 7 July 2013. The trial provides access to the following resources, in addition to those the Library already currently subscribes to from ProQuest: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA) (1987 – current) ERIC (1966 – current) PAIS International (1914 – current) PILOTS: Published International Literature On Traumatic Stress (1871 – current) ProQuest Criminal Justice (1981 – current) ProQuest

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SAGE international studies blogging awards

By Victoria Bird|April 9, 2013|Politics and International Relations|0 comments

Winners of SAGE sponsored international blogging awards announced: Best Group Blog – The Disorder of Things Best Individual Blog – Daniel Drezner Most Promising New Blog – Political Violence @ A Glance Best Blog Post – John M. Hobson, “Eurocentrism, Racism: What’s in a Word?” (The Disorder of Things) Special Achievement Award – Marc Lynch The awards seek to recognise the impact that the English-language international studies blogging community has on scholarly communication. More information can be found on the

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EIU Country Data

By Victoria Bird|March 20, 2013|Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

You can now access the Economist Intelligence Unit’s CountryData database to find detailed financial information for 50 countries, from 1980 to the present- and with forecasts for up to 2030 for some key variables. It’s also possible to obtain summary information of the EIU Country Outlook reports. EIU CountryData contains over 280 variables, divided into the following major categories: Gross domestic product, Fiscal and monetary indicators, Demographics and income, Foreign payments, External debt stock,

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Statistics, databases and websites – guidance for SOAS students beginning dissertations

By Victoria Bird|March 19, 2013|Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

Beginning research for your dissertation can make you feel a little lost, especially when you are searching for statistics or other data. Statistics and other factual databases are not just for Mathematicians, or Economists- they can provide powerful evidence for any Social Science discipline. This post will introduce some of the sources for non-specialists. Start point- Library databases A good start point is to consider what you actually need in

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Archives ouvertes de l’IFPO / IFPO Open Archives

By Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb|March 12, 2013|Anthropology and Sociology, Art and Archaeology, History, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Politics and International Relations, Religions|0 comments

The French Institute for the Near East (Ifpo) collections serves the advancement of knowledge on the Middle East in general and Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, the Palestinian territories and Iraq in particular, in all the disciplines of humanities and social sciences, from Antiquity to our times. From its three firmly grounded scientific departments (Contemporary Studies, Medieval and Modern Arab Studies and Archaeology and Ancient History), Ifpo has developed a large academic spectrum,

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