By Matthew Reilly
The hot York nation Library. A silent sanctuary of data; a 100-year-old labyrinth of towering bookcases, slender aisles and spiralling staircases. For healthcare professional Stephen Swain and his eight-year-old daughter, Holly, it's the website of a nightmare. For one evening, the nation Library is to be the venue for a competition. a competition during which Stephen Swain is to compete – no matter if he likes it or no longer. the principles are easy: seven contestants will input, just one will go away. along with his daughter in his hands, Swain is plunged right into a terrifying struggle for survival. He can decide to run, to conceal or to struggle – but when he desires to stay, he has to win.
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However, given the relative numerical insignificance of the nonHan peoples, it is remarkable how much emphasis was placed upon the alleged deviations of the gradualists with regard to the national question. Thus, the general secretary of the party, Deng Xiaoping, was accused of abetting the 1959 Tibetan revolution. And a pamphlet aimed at bringing down the chief-of-state was entitled Completely Purge Liu Shaoqi for His Counter-Revolutionary Revisionist Crimes in United Front, Nationalities, and Religious Work (1967).
It is in the revolutionary interest of the Chinese Soviet Government to insure actual independence and freedom of the non-Han nationality states” (cited in Dryer 1977, 63). In accord with this policy, the fourteenth article of the 1931 founding constitution of the Soviet Government of China read: The Soviet Government of China recognizes the right of self-determination of the national minorities in China, their right to complete separation from China, and to the formation of an independent state for each national minority.
Given that the land masses of the world are divided into some three thousand homelands over which the political borders of fewer than two hundred countries have been superimposed, it is hardly surprising that most states are not just multinational but also multihomeland. This is of the greatest significance when assessing the probable political instability of tomorrow’s world, for the demands of ethnonational movements tend to be coterminous with their homeland. In terms of geography, it is for the homeland that ethnonational groups demand greater autonomy or full independence.