An Ideological Analysis
Plaid Cymru is generally regarded as the foremost advocate of Welsh nationalism; but in this study of its political philosophy, Dr Alan Sandry challenges the conventional assumption that it conforms to the traditional model of a nationalist party. Sandry’s exhaustive analysis shows Plaid Cymru’s ideology to be diverse and complex, sharing convictions and agendas with the Greens, decentralist Liberals and welfare state Socialists.
Black, Green, Red and Tartan
A Communist and a Scottish nationalist, the poet Hugh MacDiarmid (1892–1978) was, in the words of Bob Purdie, ‘a man in constant revolt’ against the Scottish culture of his day. This study of MacDiarmid’s politics discusses his relationship to fascism and right-wing ideas in the 1920s; his involvement with Social Credit; his participation in Scottish nationalist politics in the 1920s and 1930s; his Marxism; and his politics during and after the Second World War.
Isaac and Isaiah
The Covert Punishment of A Cold War Heretic
David Caute tells the story of Isaiah Berlin’s bitter feud with Isaac Deutscher, not simply as Anglo-American liberal versus Leninist socialist, but as a complex ideological clash between two of the most politically influential intellectuals of the Cold War era.
The Enlightened Mr Parkinson
The Pioneering Life of a Forgotten English Surgeon
In 1817, James Parkinson defined the disease that bears his name so precisely that it is still diagnosed today by recognizing the symptoms he identified. In this study, the story of Parkinson’s significant contributions to the Age of Enlightenment is told through his three passions – medicine, radical politics and fossils. The book restores a neglected pioneer to his rightful place in history and creates a vivid portrait of life as an ‘apothecary surgeon’ in Georgian London.