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Disastrous Ventures: German and British Enterprises in East New Guinea up To 1914
The colonies of German New Guinea (GNG) and British New Guinea (BNG), which from 1906 became the Territory of Papua, experienced different paths of development. The establishment of these colonies in the late 19th century, and all of the major events and decisions relating to them up to 1914, were motivated primarily by commercial considerations. This book examines the circumstances leading to the founding of German New Guinea (GNG) and British New Guinea (BNG). It analyses the impact of government policy and the growth of capitalist enterprises in East New Guinea during its first 30 years (1884-1914).The establishment costs of GNG were accepted by the Neu Guinea Compagnie (NGC) until 1899. Until then the company's performance was a haphazard and experimental undertaking which was costly in both human and financial terms.The recruitment of South Sea labour into Australia stopped when Britain seized control over the southeast quadrant of New Guinea. In the absence of a cogent development plan BNG was largely left to the gold prospectors, with no meaningful plantation industry being established until the Australian federal government assumed administrative control over the Territory in 1906.Neither colony had any military significance. Both colonies shared a common European morality in their administrations. By 1914 GNG had become a commercially viable enterprise, but BNG, now Papua, had failed to take advantage of the 1902-1912 boom in tropical produce. Given their similar size and geography, the economic performance of the two colonies should also have been similar. Why this did not occur is explained by the divergent policy positions taken by the two colonial administrations.
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Iconic Representations in Dostoevsky's Post-Siberian Fiction
The transforming potential of iconic beauty is vital to a full understanding and appreciation of the writer's works and religious philosophy. This study therefore aims to develop and affirm the theological and artistic importance of the concept of transformation through Dostoevsky's characterisation and narrative in the post-Siberian works by examining the role and function of the spiritual beauty manifested through icons. The research provides the basis for a deeper understanding of the function of transformative beauty in Dostoevsky's works during an important period of his creative output and contributes to a reviving interest in the conceptualisation of beauty within a theological and literary framework.Works incorporated in the analysis include A Gentle Creature, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, The Devils and The Brothers Karamazov.
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ConVivio - Journal of ideas in Italian Studies
Convivio provided a forum for contemporary thought on a variety of issues in Italian culture. It is a bilingual digest of academic issues of broad disciplinary interest for advanced university students of Italian Studies and for an educated public.
This journal ceased publication in the year 2002 and is not currently accepting submissions.
Back-issues of Convivio are published here with the expressed written authority of Piero Giorgio.