Public Spirit In The Thrift Tragedy

Author: Mark Carl Rom
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Pre
ISBN: 0822974835
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Public Spirit In The Thrift Tragedy. Winner of the Harold Lasswell Award of the American Political Science Association The FSFIC failed spectacularly during the 1980s, costing taxpayers an estimated $200 billion. In this award-winning analysis, Rom examines the political causes of this “thrift tragedy.” He directly confronts-and rejects-the dominant scholarly “public choice” view that public officials were motivated mainly be self-interest. Instead, Rom argues that politicians and bureaucrats generally acted in the “public spirit” by attempting to obtain the common interest as they saw it. Using new evidence and innovative methods, Rom demonstrates that FSLIC's failure unfolded because of commitments that officials had made in the past and their uncertainties about how to fulfill these obligations in the future.

The Great Kanto Earthquake And The Chimera Of National Reconstruction In Japan

Author: J. Charles Schenking
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231535066
Size: 63.72 MB
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The Great Kanto Earthquake And The Chimera Of National Reconstruction In Japan. In September 1923, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake and subsequent firestorms devastated nearly half of Japan’s capital, killing more than 120,000 people and leaving two million homeless. Using a rich array of source material, J. Charles Schencking tells for the first time in English or Japanese the graphic tale of Tokyo’s destruction, while explaining how and why the disaster compelled people to reflect on the state of urban, consumer society. He also examines how the unprecedented calamity encouraged many inhabitants to entertain new types of modernity as they rebuilt their world. Some residents hoped this catastrophe would lead to a grandiose, awe-inspiring new city; some pushed for more creative infrastructure to enable the state to better manage traffic. Others focused on rejuvenating society—morally, economically, and spiritually—to combat the perceived deterioration of Japan. Schencking explores the inspiration behind these dreams and the extent to which they were realized. He investigates why Japanese citizens of all walks of life responded to elite overtures for renewal with ambivalence, reticence, and, ultimately, resistance. Moreover, he examines how and why the earthquake rattled their deep-seated fears about modernity. His research not only sheds rare light on Japan’s experience with and interpretation of the earthquake, it challenges widespread assumptions that disasters unite stricken societies, creating a “blank slate” for radical transformation. National reconstruction, Schencking demonstrates, proved to be illusive.

Salem Witchcraft

Author: Charles W. Upham
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 048614545X
Size: 10.64 MB
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Salem Witchcraft. Painstakingly researched history of Salem village and the notorious witchcraft trials held there in the late 17th century. Fascinating, classic account of one of the darkest episodes in early American history.