Japan and the Art of Survival
Japan suffered three disasters in March 2011 - earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown - which have been followed by a long period of recovery. This book connects the political and economic response to those events with the series of crises and stubbornly resilient reconstructions that have punctuated Japanese history. Drawing on his years of experience reporting from Japan, Pilling shares insights from interviews with the country's leaders and the stories of a cross-section of citizens young and old.
How to be English
in 100 Objects, Occasions and Peculiarities
David Boyle presents an entertaining compendium of 100 cultural phenomena, traditions and foibles that contribute to our sense of what it is to be English. Growing things on allotments, the obsession with apologies (‘it is important somehow not to be out-apologised’), cross-dressing pantomime dames and the Last Night of the Proms ... Each piece of Englishness has its own short chapter in which Boyle, with erudition and affection, discusses its contribution to our national consciousness.
Women of the World
The Rise of the Female Diplomat
It was not until 1946, after decades of campaigning, that British women were allowed to represent their nation abroad. Helen McCarthy tells the story of the struggle to enter the diplomatic world, played out against a backdrop of war, superpower rivalry and global transformation. She explores the ways in which women influenced foreign affairs before 1946; tells the stories of women who subsequently made the diplomatic grade; and asks whether their presence has changed the way diplomacy is done.
Culture, Northern Ireland, and the Second World War
Exploring the impact of the Second World War on literature and culture in Northern Ireland between 1939 and 1970, Woodward argues that the war challenged the entrenched political and social make-up of the province. The study looks at how the war is reflected in autobiographical fiction and memoir, including Benedict Kiely's Land Without Stars (1946); poetry and particularly the work of Louis MacNeice, John Hewitt and WR Rodgers; the visual arts; and political writing.
Voices of Indian America
'This land belongs to us, for the Great Spirit gave it to us when he put us here.' Sitting Bull's speech is among the treasures presented in this magnificent survey of Native American culture. Published to mark the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian, the book combines chapters by Native American scholars, poets and tribal leaders with illustrations of art and artefacts from across the Americas and across time, from ancient traditions to the 'new narrative' of today.
The History of a Way of Thinking
In his 'account of the labor done by Judaism in the workshops of Western thought', Nirenberg shows how thinking about Judaism or 'the Jewish Question' has been a feature of Western thought since antiquity. Starting in ancient Egypt some 650 years before Christ, he traces the manifestations of anti-Judaism and discusses how this way of thinking in the past continues to shape how we think about the world now.
'It is often the case with the English,' writes Linda Proud, 'that the more something is treasured, the less it is spoken of.' Here she argues that the values of truth, freedom, peace and wisdom underpin our way of life, and explores how they find expression in the language, law and religion that have shaped our nation. Her lyrical yet well-researched text is accompanied by 90 watercolours that celebrate the beauty and character of our cities and our countryside.
I Hope I Don't Intrude
Privacy and Its Dilemmas in Nineteenth-Century Britain
David Vincent's study takes its title from the catchphrase of the eponymous hero of Paul Pry, a hugely successful play first staged in London in 1825. The book tackles the complex subject of privacy in 19th-century Britain by examining the way in which the tropes, language and imagery of the play resonated through society and reveals contemporary concerns with secrecy, intimacy and the evolution of public and private spheres.
A New Way of Looking at Our World
For decades the Prince of Wales has studied a wide range of disciplines in his quest to understand how modern industrialization has led us to a state of disharmony with our world. In this book, with its holistic and well-argued approach, he takes the discussion of sustainability and climate change in a new direction, incorporating the traditional wisdom of the past with modern science to create a new, more balanced vision of our world.
The Worldly Kingdom
Tourist brochures portray Thailand as an 'exotic' country with a rich cultural heritage and strong religious tradition; the reality is more complex. This revealing study charts the development of the Thai nation-state, its changing boundaries, the modification of its ethnic and linguistic make-up, class and gender relations, the role of institutions and ideologies, the emergence of a modern culture, and Thai perceptions of others - principally Burmese, Chinese and Westerners.
Beacon for Change
How the 1951 Festival of Britain Helped to Shape a New Age
The 1951 Festival of Britain brought a breath of excitement and optimism to the drab post-war years of rationing and austerity. This absorbing book explores the intentions of its creators, charts the effect of its satellite festivals all over Britain, and records how it transformed London's South Bank with buildings such as the Royal Festival Hall and the futuristic Skylon, spawned the Miss World contest, introduced Britons to Scandinavian design ... and offered them their first experience of soft lavatory paper.
Recent years have witnessed destructive earthquakes in Haiti, Japan and New Zealand, and history is littered with accounts of similarly devastating events that have destroyed cities and killed millions of people. This study examines two millennia of major earthquakes and their effects on societies around the world; the ways in which cultures have mythologized them through religion, the arts and popular culture; and the science of measuring, understanding and trying to predict them.
The Art of Death
Visual Culture in the English Death Ritual C.1500-C.1800
In contrast to our modern customs of death, with their mostly unostentatious brevity, the ritualized process of dying and commemoration in pre-industrial England was drawn out in ways which can sometimes seem bizarre. The focus of this book is the period's rich culture of visual artefacts connected with death - both the symbols and devices which warned the living to 'remember their end' and the monuments that were produced to keep alive the memory of the departed.
The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life
Before and During the Holocaust. Three volumes.
Profiling more than 6,500 Jewish communities, with over 600 photographs, 17 pages of maps, a chronology and glossary, these volumes are the product of three decades of work at Yad Vasham, the Holocaust Remembrance Authority of Israel. The alphabetically arranged entries provide details of the history, people and customs of communities, large and small, that thrived throughout much of Europe, north Africa and the Middle East during the early part of the 20th century, but were changed irrevocably by the Holocaust.
Barry Miles's evocative study of the decade of flower children, acid, free love and Grannie Takes a Trip explores every aspect of the hippie movement - its music, poetry, writers and drugs - from Haight-Ashbury in 1965 to the Oz obscenity trial in 1971. The book is illustrated with artwork and photographs from posters, albums and counter-culture publications such as International Times and the early Rolling Stone, and with photographs of musicians from the Byrds to Led Zeppelin.
Britain's Chief Rabbis & the Religious Character of Anglo-Jewry, 1880-1970
Benjamin J Elton presents a radical reinterpretation of Britain's Chief Rabbis from Nathan Adler to Immanuel Jakobovits; and by placing them in their intellectual context, reveals their impact on the religious life of Anglo-Jewry.
Empire and the Question of Belonging
Studying the ideological foundations of British imperialism in the early 20th century and focusing on the concept of imperial citizenship, Gorman presents intellectual biographies of four contemporary figures: Lionel Curtis, John Buchan, Richard Jebb and Thomas Sedgwick.
Part of the Introductions to Chinese Culture series, this book covers the great variety of unique festivals that have evolved over the course of China's long history, describing a representative selection of 42 traditional and statutory events. Like all the books in the series, it is written by a noted expert in the field, well illustrated with colour photographs and offers an ideal introductory survey for both students and general readers.
Part of the Introductions to Chinese Culture series, this book provides an accessible overview of one of China's most distinctive cultural traditions. Xu Chengbei traces the history of Peking Opera from its origins to the present day, and devotes chapters to its conventions and appreciation. Like all the books in the series, it is well illustrated with colour photographs and offers an ideal introductory survey for both students and general readers.
Designing Modern Britain
Cheryl Buckley's history of British design culture examines how design and society have interacted from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 21st, and explores the connected themes of modernity and identity. Among the issues discussed are the spread of international modernism in Britain, the rise of eco-conscious design, the role of galleries and retailers, the celebrity designer and the influence of the heritage industry.
Gossip from the Forest
The Tangled Roots of Our Forests and Fairytales
Forests are among our most ancient, primal landscapes, and fairytales one of our earliest and most vital forms of storytelling. In this richly layered book, Sara Maitland travels the length of Britain, exploring woodlands from the New Forest to Galloway, through the changing seasons of a year. Each journey is paired with an enchanting retelling of an ancient fairytale, evoking the secrets and silence, the joys and terrors of the woods in a magical blend of nature writing and fiction.
This guide to key debates in Irish Studies tells the story of the island from prehistory until 1921 and the subsequent separate development of Ireland and Northern Ireland with their substantial differences. The material is arranged in twelve chapters focusing on aspects including physical geography, religion, international relations and economic systems. Each chapter ends with prompts for further reading and a selection of essay questions to encourage students to formulate their own response to the material presented.