Historical Tales and National Identity
An Introduction to Narrative Social Psychology
Drawing on social, political, cognitive and psychodynamic areas of psychology, László outlines a theory and methodology which provide tools for a better understanding of the relation between the present psychological condition of a society and representations of its past.
The Medieval Military Orders
This volume from the Seminar Studies series introduces the history of the Templars, Knights Hospitaller, the Teutonic Knights and less well-known orders such as the leprous knights of St Lazarus. It sets the history of these institutions against a background of social change, conquest and holy wars fought in Spain, the Baltic and the Holy Land, and also provides a comprehensive documents section, notes on sources, a glossary and maps.
Although generally thought of as the hero of Agincourt, recent studies have depicted Henry V as an obsessive egoist. Matusiak's biography takes a fresh look at the life and nine-year reign of Henry and gives a more balanced view of the king, looking at the often neglected role of those who supported him, notably Henry and Thomas Beaumont; and showing Henry as indeed a man of prodigious gifts whose military achievements made a profound impression on his contemporaries.
Criticism and Debates
Combining classic critical essays with new voices and perspectives, this students' text highlights topics such as gender, sexuality, nationhood and language that feature in current debates on medieval literature. Routledge Criticism and Debates in Literature series.
Colloquial Scottish Gaelic
The Complete Course for Beginners
The recent resurgence of pride in Celtic identity has led to increased interest in Scottish Gaelic; this textbook provides a step-by-step introduction to the language as it is spoken today, using short dialogues covering a range of everyday situations. With a grammar summary, glossaries and English translations of the dialogues, the course is especially suitable for independent learners. Free online audio files, recorded by native speakers, complement the book.
Islamic Fundamentalism Since 1945
Islamic fundamentalism has grabbed the headlines as both a threat to the West and a potentially revolutionary trend in the Middle East. This authoritative study provides a much-needed overview of its origins and diverse strands, the effects of colonialism on Islam, secularism and the Islamic reaction, the effects of globalization, and political violence in the 9/11 era. This fully revised and updated edition also examines recent developments in the wake of the Arab Spring of 2011.
A Practical Linguistic Guide
A unique and engaging approach to the study of Early Modern English, this book provides students with a solid grounding for understanding the language of Shakespeare and its place within the development of English. Johnson covers all aspects of the playwright's language – vocabulary, grammar, sounds, rhetorical structure, etc. – and gives illuminating background information on the linguistic context of the Elizabethan age. The book includes practical exercises and activities, including suggestions for further work.