The World Makers
Scientists of the Restoration and the Search for the Origins of the Earth
How and when did the world come into existence, where did people come from, and how will the world end? William Poole explores the interaction of the Bible and science as sources in the intellectual debates of late 17th-century England, and describes the emergence of the experimental natural philosophy that questioned the Genesis story.
The Popular Press in Britain, 1896 to the Present
Beginning in 1896, when the first edition of the Daily Mail launched a new style of journalism designed to provide entertainment, appeal to women, and create news as well as report it, this study examines continuities and changes in the content of popular newspapers. In chapters on war, politics, monarchy and celebrity, gender and sexuality, class and race, the authors look at how the tabloid press has shaped British society.
Modern Theories of Politics
Based on Dr Sembou’s series of lectures for beginning students of political philosophy at the University of Oxford, 2003–4, this volume aims to introduce the main ideas and arguments and the most important writings of the major political thinkers of modernity: Hobbes, Locke, Bentham, John Stuart Mill, Rousseau, Edmund Burke, Hegel and Karl Marx.
A highly respected poet and editor, Mick Imlah (1956–2009) was noted for his critical pieces, whether writing on canonical figures, such as Anthony Trollope and WB Yeats, or in response to fellow poets and contemporaries. This volume brings together his essays on 40 writers, plus eight book reviews on topics as diverse as aviation and the social history of drink, and an interview from Oxford Poetry in 1983.
A History of Political Trials
From Charles I to Charles Taylor
While the creation of international tribunals to try heads of state for crimes against humanity are usually hailed as new, breakthrough victories for human rights, this study argues that such trials have a long history. In cases from Charles I in 1649 to Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia, in 2012, Laughland examines the constitutional issues raised by political trials and ‘special tribunals’, discussing the nature of the Prosecution and the often ignored Defence as well as procedural shortcomings.
Social Theory in the Tropics
Jointly written by an English scholar and a South American professor, this study examines the work of the Brazilian sociologist and anthropologist Gilberto Freyre (1900–1987). Probably the most famous public intellectual of 20th-century Brazil, Freyre is chiefly remembered for the sociological trilogy that began with the famous Casa Grande & Senzala (1933), translated as The Masters and the Slaves.
The Enlightened Physician
Achille-Cleophas Flaubert, 1784–1846
Described by a contemporary as ‘a truly enlightened physician, dedicated to and worthy of the lofty mission which he pursues in the world’, Achille-Cleophas Flaubert (1784–1846) survived Robespierre and the Terror and thrived under Napoleon. Writing the biography of the man, Geoffrey Wall also tells the story of a generation who had ‘grown up as the citizens of a republic that mutated into an empire’.
Driven to Innovate
A Century of Jewish Mathematicians and Physicists
Celebrating the remarkable Jewish accomplishment in mathematics and physics, Ioan James profiles 20 mathematicians and 15 physicists born after 1800. He tells the life stories of each man or woman, setting them in historical context, from the German mathematician Carl Jacobi (1804–1851), born in the ‘years of opportunity’ following the legal emancipation of Jews in Europe, to the Polish mathematical logician Alfred Tarski (1901–1983). Off-mint.
The Concept of Utopia
Arguing for ‘the continued necessity of utopian thinking in a still largely hostile climate’, and against the assumption of ‘utopia’ as a political blueprint or literary fiction, this influential work offers an analytical introduction to the concept and its articulation in the theoretical work of thinkers including Marx, Engels, Karl Mannheim, Georges Sorel, Ernst Bloch, Herbert Marcuse and William Morris. First published in 1990; reissued with a new author’s preface.
Clearing a Space
Reflections on India, Literature and Culture
In the essays assembled in Clearing a Space, the novelist, musician and critic Amit Chaudhuri draws on his own experience as an Indian writer of fiction in English to reflect on what it means to be a modern Indian in relation to history, and on aspects of Indian culture and literature.
A Cinematic Artist
The Films of Man Ray
Although better known as an artist and photographer, Man Ray was one of the key figures in the cinematic avant-garde of the early 20th century. This is a systematic study of his four films – Le Retour à la raison (1923), Emak Bakia (1926), L’Etoile de mer (1928) and Les Mystères du Chateau du Dé (1929) – and his ‘home movies’ featuring friends and lovers. Slightly off-mint.
The Century's Midnight
Dissenting European and American Writers in the Era of the Second World War
Professor Bush’s study focuses on ideologically sophisticated European and American writers during the period dominated by the Second World War. A wide range of writers is examined, but the book is structured around five central figures: the novelist Victor Serge, the editors Dwight Macdonald and Dorothy Norman, the cultural critic Lewis Mumford, and the poet Muriel Rukeyser.
A Tale of a Tub
The Battle of the Books
Described by Frank Ellis as ‘an amazing comic book’, Jonathan Swift’s story of Peter (Catholic), Martin (Anglican) and Jack (Dissenter) and their inheritance (a jacket apiece) is a satire on ‘the numerous and gross Corruptions in Religion and Learning’. Swift also takes aim at religious fanaticism and the contemporary debate about the Ancient and Moderns in two accompanying works: The Battle of the Books and The Mechanical Operation of the Spirit. This complete edition includes Sir Andrew Fontaine’s original illustrations (1710).