Journey to Britannia: From the Heart of Rome to Hadrian's Wall, AD 130

By Bronwen Riley

It really is advert a hundred thirty. Rome is the mind-blowing middle of an unlimited empire and Hadrian its most complicated and compelling ruler. far flung Britannia is likely one of the Romans' such a lot challenging provinces: the following the sunlight is seldom obvious and 'the surroundings within the state is usually gloomy'.

What awaits the traveler to Britannia? how can you get there? What do you want to pack? What language will you communicate? How does London evaluate to Rome? Are there any vacationer sights? And what risks lurk in the back of Hadrian's new Wall?

Combining an intensive diversity of Greek and Latin resources with a legitimate figuring out of archaeology, Bronwen Riley describes an epic trip from Rome to Hadrian's Wall at Britannia's - and the empire's - northwestern frontier. during this strikingly unique image of Roman Britain, she brings vividly to lifestyles the smells, sounds, shades and textures of trip within the moment century advert.

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Gandhi in His Time and Ours: The Global Legacy of His Ideas

By David Hardiman

Gandhi used to be the author of an intensive type of politics that has proved powerful in struggling with insidious social divisions inside of India and in different places on the planet. How did this new type of politics occur? David Hardiman exhibits that it used to be in keeping with a bigger imaginative and prescient of another society, person who emphasised mutual admire, resistance to exploitation, nonviolence, and ecological harmony.

Politics was once only one of the various instructions within which Gandhi sought to turn on this specially own imaginative and prescient, and its perform concerned experiments in terms of his competitors. From representatives of the British Raj to Indian advocates of violent resistance, from right-wing non secular leaders to upholders of caste privilege, Gandhi faced entrenched teams and their much more entrenched ideologies with a deceptively easy ethic of resistance. Hardiman examines Gandhi's methods of carrying out his conflicts with these kind of teams, in addition to together with his critics at the left and representatives of the Dalits. He additionally explores one other key factor in Gandhi's lifestyles and legacy: his principles approximately and attitudes towards women.

Despite inconsistencies and boundaries, and screw ups in his own lifestyles, Gandhi has turn into a beacon for posterity. The uncompromising honesty of his politics and ethical activism has encouraged such figures as Jayaprakash Narayan, Medha Patkar, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Petra Kelly and inspired a chain of recent social movements―by environmentalists, antiwar campaigners, feminists, and human rights activists, between others―dedicated to the primary of a extra simply world.

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Bonds of Empire: West Indians and Britishness from Victoria to Decolonization

By Anne Spry Rush

Within the first 1/2 the 20th century Britishness used to be a vital part of the tradition that pervaded existence within the colonial Caribbean. Caribbean peoples have been inspired to spot with social constructions and cultural values touted as intrinsically British. Many middle-class West Indians of color duly followed Britishness as a part of their very own id. but, as Anne Spry Rush explains in Bonds of Empire, at the same time they re-fashioned themselves, West Indians recast Britishness of their personal photograph, basing it on hierarchical principles of respectability that have been ordinarily British, but in addition on extra smooth expectancies of racial and geographical inclusiveness. Britain turned the point of interest of an imperial British identification, an identification which stood break away, and but in detail regarding, their powerful emotions for his or her tropical homelands.

Moving from the heights of empire in 1900 to the independence period of the Nineteen Sixties, Rush argues that middle-class West Indians used their realizing of Britishness first to set up a spot for themselves within the British imperial global, after which to barter the demanding situations of decolonization. via a spotlight on schooling, voluntary association, the demanding situations of struggle, radio broadcasting, and British royalty, she explores how this procedure labored within the day-by-day lives of West Indians in either the Caribbean and the British Isles. Bonds of Empire therefore lines West Indians' participation in a posh means of cultural transition as they manipulated Britishness and their courting to it not just as colonial peoples but additionally as Britons.

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British Gothic Cinema

By Barry Forshaw

From the movies produced through the Hammer studios and their competitors within the Forties and Nineteen Fifties, to the flicks of the twenty first century and their present recognition, Forshaw presents a definitive, wide-ranging research of British horror cinema. starting with a full of life dialogue of the good literary antecedents, British Gothic Cinema discusses the flowering of the style in the course of the 20 th century and the headline-grabbing severe and institution revulsion over the unheard of degrees of violence and sexuality. It additionally explores the impolite future health of the sector and its carrying on with effect. With enthusiasm and scholarship, Forshaw celebrates the British cinema's lengthy love affair with the Gothic and the macabre, either persevering features of contemporary movie and tv.

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A Man of Contradictions: A Life of A. L. Rowse

By Richard Ollard

He proclaimed himself a genius and raged opposed to the slightest feedback from fellow students; he used to be a Marxist who despised the 'Idiot People'; he will be beneficiant and affectionate but hurled insults at his pals; he inveighed opposed to Puritanism yet used to be himself in lots of methods a Puritan: A. L. Rowse was once a guy of many contradictions.

In this clear-sighted and soaking up biography, Richard Ollard examines the various aspects of Rowse's Protean character to bare a guy who, no matter what he used to be responding to - public affairs, the humanities, usual attractiveness or occasions in his own existence - did so with large strength and passion.

'An urbane learn of the distinguished historian.' Antonia Fraser, Daily Mail

'Strikes an ideal stability among the Jekyll Rowse and the Hyde Rowse.' Bevis Hillier, Spectator

'Excellent.' Katherine Duncan-Jones, TLS

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The Diversity Illusion: What We Got Wrong About Immigration & How to Set It Right

By Ed West

2002 - ICM study polling for the BBC: forty seven in line with cent of white Britons believed immigration had broken British society (a trust shared through 22 in line with cent of black and Asian Britons) and 28 in keeping with cent believed it had benefited it. 2012 - YouGov polling for the Sunday occasions: eleven consistent with cent of individuals think that immigration long ago decade has been 'a great point for Britain' - sixty seven in keeping with cent imagine it has had a detrimental impression. not just does a transparent majority of the British public now appear to wish immigration all yet stopped, it has develop into highly ambivalent even approximately multiculturalism, post-war immigration and the very proposal of 'diversity'. How may this take place? during this ground-breaking research, Ed West investigates who's answerable for Britain's present situation and why mass immigration hasn't ever been placed to the vote. He uncovers mismanagement all through a fifty-year country of denial by way of the British institution on either the left and the fitting, and fresh governments expanding immigration for electoral virtue. Ed West compellingly argues that Britain may still withstand the true effect of immigration opposed to the mounting issues -even at the Left -about its results. the image of recent Britain he paints is a forceful caution to forestall subscribing to the range phantasm.

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Not Our War: Writings Against the First World War

Some of the voices during this publication got here to oppose international warfare I after reflecting on event, others hostile it on precept sooner than a shot used to be fired—they can have been few in quantity, yet progressively their effect rose. This anthology offers different voices of fellows and girls who wondered and adverse the warfare: liberals, radicals and pacifists, anarchists and socialists, infantrymen and noncombatants. Featured writers comprise: James Connolly, Eugene Debs, Emma Goldman, Keir Hardie, Jean Jaurès, Louis Lecoin, V. I. Lenin, John Maclean, Errico Malatesta, Sylvia Pankhurst, Siegfried Sassoon. they're American, Asian, British, French, German, Irish, Italian, and Russian. the various texts are newly translated or look in English the 1st time.

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Encyclopedia of Modern British Army Regiments

By P. D. Griffin

The present-day regiments of the British military, many courting again to the 17th century, have lengthy and special histories. Campaigns in battle and peace internationally, from Flanders to the North West Frontier and from Spain to New Zealand, are nonetheless celebrated in regimental customs and conflict honors. because the first variation of this publication, there were dramatic cuts in security spending and accomplished function adjustments for lots of of the Army's oldest regiments. A reappraisal of the makeup and traditions of the Army's easy development blocks, its regiments, is hence well timed. The regiments and corps of the British military, many protecting conventional titles similar to Dragoon Guards, Hussars, Lancers and Fusiliers, are thought of so as of priority. information given for every regiment contain insignia, conflict honors, anniversaries, customs, mascots, gown differences, marches, nicknames, headquarters and recruiting parts. additionally, there's a 'family tree' for every regiment, displaying its lineage because its unique beginning. a big variety of colour and black & white photographs illustrate key moments in each one regiment's heritage and its present actions around the globe.

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Coleridge: Darker Reflections, 1804-1834

By Richard Holmes

Richard Holmes's Coleridge: Early Visions received the 1989 Whitbread e-book of the 12 months Prize. Coleridge: Darker Reflections, the long-awaited moment quantity, chronicles the final thirty years of his occupation (1804-1834), a interval of family turmoil. His marriage foundered, his opium habit elevated, he quarreled bitterly with Wordsworth, and his son, Hartley (a talented poet himself), turned an alcoholic. yet after a determined time of transition, Coleridge reemerged as a brand new form of philosophical and meditative writer, an exceptional and bold poet, and a lecturer of genius.

Holmes lines the advance of Coleridge right into a legend one of the more youthful iteration of Romantic writers--the "hooded eagle among blinking owls"--and the impact he had on Hazlitt, De Quincey, Byron, Shelley, Keats, Walter Scott, Carlyle, and J. S. Mill, between others. And he rediscovers Coleridge's strength as a conversationalist and a ceaseless generator of rules. As Charles Lamb famous, "his face whilst he repeats his verses hath its historic glory, an Archangel a bit damaged."

Although Coleridge's later lifestyles used to be no longer a cheerful one, it really is consistently attention-grabbing. As Holmes brings it vividly to lifestyles in those pages, we believe his hopeless heartaches, his moments of elation, his electrifying creativity and boundless strength, his unfailing skill to rescue himself from the darkest abyss. the result's a brilliantly lively, beautifully distinct, wondrously provocative portrait of a unprecedented artist and a fair extra amazing person.

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Withnail and Us: Cult Films and Film Cults in British Cinema (Cinema and Society)

By Justin Smith

Withnail and Us charts the adventure of cult in tradition via an exploration of British cult movies and their fanatics. it truly is approximately our weird and wonderful and enduring fascination with as soon as imprecise or surprising videos, from A Clockwork Orange to The Wicker Man. what's it approximately convinced movies that provokes such obsessive fan devotion? What impells humans to distant destinations looking for filmic relics? Why do they assemble in teams to re-enact scenes learnt via middle? Is any movie worthy re-viewing over a hundred instances? From 1968 and all that, in the course of the cultural by-ways of the Nineteen Seventies, this publication makes an attempt to provide an explanation for such unusual practices, and to track their origins within the makings of a few striking movies, together with Tommy, the guy Who Fell To Earth, Quadrophenia, Withnail & I, Trainspotting and Performance.  organize to go into the world of the unwell!

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