Originating in a conference held in 2003 to commemorate the centenary of Frank Ramsey’s birth, and with an introduction by Professor Lillehammer, this volume of 10 essays discusses Ramsey’s philosophical work in relation to topics including universals; Wittgenstein’s theory of judgement; subjective decision theory; and success semantics.
The Biology of Temporary Waters
Temporary waters include intermittent streams and ponds, episodic rain puddles, seasonal limestone lakes, water-retaining structures of plants and man-made containers. This study focuses on the remarkable properties and adaptations of the obligate temporary-water species these habitats support.
Shetland and the Outside World 1469–1969
Originally written in 1969 and covering a range of topics, including Udal Law, Hanseatic trade, fisheries, and Shetland and Norway in the Second World War, these 14 essays illuminate Shetland’s history over the 500 years since Christian I of Denmark pawned the islands to Scotland in 1469.
England and the Continent in the Eighth Century:
The Ford Lectures, Oxford 1943
Wilhelm Levison presents a meticulously detailed survey of English influence upon continental ways of thought and life during the 8th century, placing particular emphasis on the exchange of learning and scholarship and the work of, among others, Willibrord, Boniface and Alcuin. Slightly off-mint.
The Black Prince of Florence
The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro de' Medici
The illegitimate son of Lorenzo II and a maidservant, Alessandro de’ Medici ruled Florence for six turbulent years until he was assassinated in 1537. This first complete account of his life charts the rise through the intrigue-ridden courts of Renaissance Italy of the model for Machiavelli’s Prince, assesses the qualities of a ruler branded a tyrant by his enemies after his death, and considers the possible ethnic origins of this ‘first European ruler of colour’.
Shadows of Revolution
Reflections on France, Past and Present
France has experimented with many different forms of government, becoming ‘the most intense political laboratory the world has ever known’. In these essays by renowned American historian and journalist David Bell, he reflects on the Revolution’s influence on 19th-century politics, the development of anti-Semitism and the Vichy regime. He concludes by exploring how the cultural patterns established in the Revolution continue to shape modern French identity, drawing parallels between them and the Arab Spring and the terrorist attacks of 2015.
Pursuing Social Holiness
The Band Meeting in Wesley's Thought and Popular Methodist Practice
One of Methodism’s earliest traditions was the ‘band meeting’, at which a small group of people came together and confessed their sins, in order to grow in holiness and to foster community. Drawing extensively on personal accounts by those who attended them, Watson explains why Wesley considered regular band meetings so important, shows how they grew from a synthesis of Anglican and Moravian concepts of piety and suggests why they declined during the 19th century.
A Russian Life in Science
Born to a family of priests in provincial Russia, Ivan Pavlov (1849–1936) made his home and professional life in imperial St Petersburg, suffered the destruction of his world during the Bolshevik Revolution, and successfully rebuilt his career in the 1930s. In this definitive biography, Todes reinterprets the physiologist's famous research on conditional reflexes and weaves his life, values and science into the tumultuous period of Russian history between the reigns of Tsar Nicholas I and Stalin.
Fire and Movement
The British Expeditionary Force and the Campaign of 1914
Britain sent 120,000 volunteer soldiers to France at the outbreak of the First World War, a modest number next to the German and French armies. This study of the early months of the war examines the BEF's commendable performance in the opening battles of Mons, Le Cateau and the Aisne, but puts the British contribution into proper context, revealing its shortcomings and dispelling the myth that the German forces were unthinking hordes and the French a disorganized rabble.
Alan Jay Lerner
A Lyricist's Letters
The lyrics penned by Alan Jay Lerner (1918-1986) contributed to the success of some of Broadway's best-known shows, such as Brigadoon, Camelot and My Fair Lady. This collection of witty letters offers insights into his creative process and the highs and lows of a four-decade career, as he negotiates with a host of famous correspondents - composers (Leonard Bernstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber), producers (Herman Levin, Frederick Brisson) and stars of stage and screen (Katharine Hepburn, Dirk Bogarde).
The End of Glory
Illuminating the question of why Napoleon chose to gamble on total victory at the risk of utter defeat, this study focuses on the dramatic two years between the retreat from Moscow in 1812 and the Emperor's abdication in 1814. Price shifts away from the usual emphasis on Waterloo, to the conflicts of 1813; he examines the battle of Leipzig in particular; and explores the reasons why Napoleon rejected the offers of a compromise peace extended to him during that year.
Power and Terror in the Third Reich
The infamous Gestapo secret police were in fact anything but secret – their methods were publicized in the Nazi press from early on to make sure that opponents of the regime understood who they were dealing with. This study of the organization considers whether it was indeed the all-powerful, all-knowing instrument of terror of its reputation, tracing its origins and history, examining the crimes of the Third Reich and investigating the fate of former officers after the war.
The Profligate Son
Fashionable Vice and Financial Ruin in Regency Britain
William Jackson was a charming, popular public schoolboy with the world at his feet, until his attempts to keep up with his Regency dandy friends set him at odds with his family and led to his ruin. This account draws on papers that have lain in the archives for two centuries to reveal how an appalled father recorded his son's descent into a murky underworld of debt, disease, prostitution and crime, culminating in his transportation to Australia for fraud.
Shakespeare: Staging the World
Staging the World
Shakespeare's plays still enthral us four centuries after they were written, but what fed his imagination? Beautifully illustrated with more than 200 paintings, sculptures, artefacts and documents, this catalogue of a joint British Museum-Royal Shakespeare Company exhibition explores the London of 1612, the Gunpowder Plot, English views of Venice, of Moors and of Jews, and the 'brave new world' beyond the Atlantic, bringing to life not just the texture of Shakespeare's times, but the ideas that were in the air.
The Children of Henry VIII
Henry VIII fathered four living children, each by a different mother. The relationships between his daughter Mary, the illegitimate son Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond, Edward, who died at the age of 15, and Anne Boleyn's daughter Elizabeth were often scarred by jealously, mutual distrust and even hatred. In this study, John Guy draws on a wide range of sources to tell the stories of these four key figures in the dynastic history of England.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
This is the first printed supplement to the Oxford DNB (2004) and includes entries on 819 men and women who shaped recent British history and who died between 2001 and 2004. The earliest person by birth date is the dancer and choreographer Dame Ninette de Valois (1898–2001), but the majority of subjects grew up in the interwar years. Among the notable figures in this supplement are Barbara Castle, John Peel, Francis Crick and Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. No jacket.
The Institutions of the Market
Organizations, Social Systems, and Governance
Approaching markets as dynamic institutional ensembles, which can be analysed as structured social systems, the 15 essays in this volume address themes of market agents, process and governance, including regulation and public policy.
Factory Production in Nineteenth-Century Britain
This anthology brings together writings that suggest the scope of responses – from wondrous celebration to apocalyptic horror – elicited by the advent and establishment of the factory system in 19th century Britain. Addressing complex questions about the possible effects of mass production on human life and labour, the collection includes important works by Adam Smith, Ruskin, Carlyle and Morris alongside extracts from lesser-known factory tourists' tales and inspectors' reports, a Luddite pamphlet and a cotton mill worker's autobiography.
Ancient Slavery and Abolition
From Hobbes to Hollywood
Focusing on Britain, North America, the Caribbean and South Africa from the 17th century, these 13 essays provide a groundbreaking study of the role played by the interpreters of ancient Greek and Roman texts in the debates over the abolition of slavery.
Mathematics for the Curious
For readers who are free of exams and the stress of having to get it right, Peter Higgins offers a chance ‘to wonder at the mathematical scenery’. Exploring questions such as ‘How many matches are played in a tennis tournament?’ and ‘What are your chances of winning the lottery?’ he gives an entertaining account of what mathematics can do.
Monetary and Financial Integration in East Asia
The Relevance of European Experience
East Asia’s recent economic integration is in many ways similar to that undergone in Western Europe following the Second World War. In an invaluable guide for anyone interested in the interface between Asian and European economics and finance, the authors analyse the Asian experience from both European and Asian perspectives and explore the parallels within the regions, but also the significant differences in politics, history and economics.
Codes, Tricks, Spies, Thieves and Symbols
Focusing on arcane and curious aspects of language, Blake's intriguing book 'explores the reasons for obscurity and secrecy, and touches on some of the fascinating beliefs that underlie the constraints on using language freely'. He begins with word games and the former uses of anagrams and palindromes, then discusses topics including riddles, ciphers and codes, secret language in the Bible, allusion, and the 'everyday oblique' such as euphemism and oxymora.
The Nature and Structure of Content
In a book 'addressed to both friends and foes of propositions', Jeffrey King formulates and defends a detailed account of the metaphysical nature of structured propositions. In addition to explaining what it is that binds together the constituents of structured propositions and imposes structure on them, King deals with some of the standard objections to accounts of propositions and shows how and why propositions manage to have truth conditions and represent the world as being in a certain way.
Modernism and Democracy
Literary Culture 1900-1930
The emergence of Anglo-American modernist literature coincided with that of the mass democratic state, yet writers such as Yeats, Eliot and Pound were notoriously hostile towards modern democracy. Focusing on poetry, Potter reassesses the relationship between modernism and democracy by analysing the reactions of a wide range by writers, including women such as Gertrude Stein, HD and Mina Loy, and argues that the widespread scepticism about mass democracy was central to the work of modernist women writers.
Cataloging the World
Paul Otlet and the Birth of the Information Age
Working in an era when 'the closest thing anyone had ever seen to a database was a drawer full of index cards', the visionary Belgian information theorist Paul Otlet (1868–1944) aimed to create a global information network, the 'Mundaneum'. He had amassed some 15 million entries in a 'Universal Bibliography' and over 70,000 boxes of documentary material by 1940, when it was destroyed by the Nazis. Alex Wright introduces this extraordinary figure, his achievements and the legacy that survived.
Volume 14. First published in 1936.
Covering the forty-four years from the outbreak of the Franco- Prussian war to the eve of the First World War, Ensor surveys a period which saw the 'conversion of English government into a democracy', great advances in education and literacy, the slump in agriculture, the first threat to manufacturing industry from foreign competition, and world-wide imperial expansion. First published in 1936. Book club reprint.
Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through
the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary
Beginning with 'From swelt to zonk: words for dying', this book follows the semantic development of words in timelines for each of 15 topics, using an extraordinary linguistic tool: The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary.
It's Been Said Before
A Guide to the Use and Abuse of Clichés
While most people agree that cliches are to be avoided, there is no general agreement on what is and what is not a cliche: for the lexicographer Orin Hargraves they are 'the sterile offspring of a mind that is not engaged in creativity'. By analysing hundreds of examples, he presents a thorough guide to identifying tired, overused phrases that prompts us to examine how we express our ideas and to construct our speech and writing thoughtfully.