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By Peter Berresford Ellis

ISBN-10: 1841197904

ISBN-13: 9781841197906

For hundreds of years, the Celts held sway in Europe. Even after their conquest by way of the Romans, their tradition remained full of life, making sure that a lot of it persevered to feed an never-ending fascination with Celtic historical past and myths, paintings and treasures. A most well known authority at the Celtic peoples and their tradition, Peter Berresford Ellis provides an invigoration evaluate in their global. along with his reward for making the scholarly available, he discusses the Celts' mysterious origins and early background and investigates their wealthy and complicated society. His use of lately exposed reveals brings interesting insights into Celtic kings and chieftains, structure and humanities, medication and religions, myths and legends, making this crucial studying for any look for Europe's historic prior.

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By de‹nition, refugees confound conventional categories of belonging. 63 Where, then, does their history belong? Displaced persons sit uncomfortably between German and eastern European histories. Consequently, they are often treated as a subject apart. During the long Cold War, historical scholarship on eastern Europe generally neglected displaced persons, even though they represented a signi‹cant part of the population “lost” after the war. In their countries of origin, they were largely excised from the history books, an embarrassing reminder of the fact that not everyone returned home to participate in the heroic project of national reconstruction.

One approach is to examine movements across national boundaries and their role in shaping the nation. Another is to look at the role of global forces in creating nation-states. 77 Refugees would seem to be an obvious topic to examine from a 24 Between National Socialism and Soviet Communism transnational perspective, since they by de‹nition move across national borders and are obliged to deal with unfamiliar cultural contexts. Moreover, their existence undermines the perceived stability of national categories and the naturalness of the nation-state order, while also drawing analytic attention to the role that mobility and displacement play in the formation of communities and societies.

This makes it superior to theories of ethnic relations, which emphasize relations with the host society and think about social groups in terms of ethnic minorities and majorities. Looking at Kurdish refugees in contemporary Britain and Finland, sociologist Östen Wahlbeck notes that conditions in the home country are often much more important and real than conditions in the host society. Hence the concept of the minority has little meaning. Political developments at home have a strong impact on refugee communities, and refugee politics are often oriented toward the home country.

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