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By Josef Chytry

Mountain of Paradise demanding situations traditional taxonomies of worldwide civilizations through introducing a brand new and bold candidate: the civilization of higher California shortly incubating because the evolution of California right into a veritable «nation-state» or «world commonwealth» in keeping with modern commentators and students. via a chain of reflective essays it clarifies the momentous implications of this declare via a radical account of the genealogical origins of «California», permutation into its speculative second of self-identity because of lengthy artistic interchange with ecu idea and philosophy, development to prestige of a socio-economic powerhouse by means of the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, invention of fantastically Californian versions of political economic system through the Nineteen Seventies and Eighties, and current domination over areas previously labeled as «Greater California». In its diversity and originality Mountain of Paradise constitutes a strong contribution to present political, social, fiscal and international thematics.

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