From Myths to Knowledge
This book is a history of humanity’s long struggle towards the answers to two questions: how old is Earth and how does it move within the solar system? But the author also uses that story to delineate a philosophy of science. As he explains the bold innovations of thinkers such as Copernicus, Galileo, Halley and Darwin, he emphasizes the importance of Enlightenment values in facing the threat from modern fundamentalist movements of East and West. Foreword by Tariq Ali.
The Darkest Days
The Truth Behind Britain's Rush to War, 1914
Contrary to recent historical consensus, which argues that Britain’s entry into the First World War was unavoidable, this well-researched, forensic examination of political events in Britain during the 13 days leading up to outbreak, reveals that key politicians and organizations, including cabinet members, Kier Hardy and Liberal Party ‘Radicals’, offered a path to neutrality, and proposes that political blunders and misguided allegiances to France and Russia resulted in a catastrophic conflict that was far from inevitable.
The Amistad Rebellion
An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom
On 28 June 1893, the Spanish slave schooner Amistad set sail from Havana to deliver its human cargo. Four days later, its captives escaped and killed the captain, but were captured by the US Navy and imprisoned in Connecticut. Using newly discovered evidence, this powerful account reclaims the rebellion, which inspired Steven Spielberg’s film, for its instigators, the African rebels whose struggle for justice went all the way to the Supreme Court and changed the course of history.
and the Story of Free Improvisation
In the early 1960s the Sheffield-born guitarist Derek Bailey created an uncompromisingly abstract free-form jazz. This biography features excerpts from interviews with Bailey himself and with other avant-garde musicians, including Gavin Bryars, who worked with him as he developed this new idiom.
The Dignity of Chartism:
Essays by Dorothy Thompson
Starting with an introduction to the work of Dorothy Thompson (1923–2011) by Stephen Roberts, this book collects 16 essays, including a previously unpublished study of Halifax Chartism, spanning the whole career of ‘the pre-eminent historian of Chartism’. With introductory notes and additional footnotes.
Class War Conservatism and Other Essays
In sections entitled The Capitalist State, Marxism and the Problem of Power, Britain, and After 1989, this collection contains 18 essays by an outstanding socialist thinker and teacher, writing on his familiar themes, including class power and working-class representation.
Everything to Nothing
The Poetry of the Great War, Revolution and the Transformation of Europe
In this cultural history of the First World War, the conflict and the tremendous changes it wrought are seen from the perspective of poets and writers from all over Britain and Europe, including those who wrote propaganda or embraced the new violence, as well as more familiar 'war poets'.
Outlaws of the Atlantic
Sailors, Pirates, and Motley Crews in the Age of Sail
Rather than the masters and commanders, Marcus Rediker's history takes a bottom-up approach, looking at the maritime history of the Atlantic from the viewpoint of sailors, slaves, indentured servants, pirates, smugglers and rebels. In the 'age of wooden ships and iron men' he shows how Jack Tar, as sailors were commonly known, influenced the wider histories of political thought, literature and commerce, and how revolutionary ideas were generated among the motley (or multi-ethnic) crews of the Atlantic.
Israel and Palestine
Reappraisals, Revisions, Refutations
With characteristic rigour, balance and readability, one of the world's foremost experts on the Israel-Palestine conflict charts its development from the 1917 Balfour Declaration to the 2008 invasion of Gaza. Shlaim assesses the impact of key figures such as Yasser Arafat, Ariel Sharon, Edward Said and Benny Morris, re-examines the role of the US, explores the many missed opportunities for peace, and considers the troubled region's future prospects.