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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 2:23 pm    Post subject: books - llyfrau Reply with quote

At Arm's Length - Geraint Talfan Davies

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Arms-Length-Geraint-Talfan-Davies/dp/1854114360

There is no review on that page, but to get an idea about the kinds of thing he would be writing about, consider his past recent history -

http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G1-159863697.html

http://www.theatre-wales.co.uk/critical/critical_detail.asp?criticalID=199

http://www.nickbourne.org.uk/record.jsp?type=speech&ID=29

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200506/ldhansrd/vo060503/text/60503-15.htm

http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/whats-on/tm_objectid=16728767&method=full&siteid=50082&headline=keep-arts-council-chief--minister-urged-name_page.html

http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/newsstory.php/11193
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/we-shall-be-heard-images-of-american-activists-841571.html

A taste of the contents of 'We Will Be Heard' by Bud and Ruth Schultz, published by Merrell, £14.95. To buy a copy for a special price, including p&p, call 08700 798 897, or visit www.independentbooksdirect.co.uk - stories of individual activists persecuted by state.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Packed with asides to republican / radical history - a satisfying read

' The Laughter of Triumph - William Hone and the Fight For The Free Press ' Ben Wilson 2005, Faber and Faber isbn 0-571-22470-9

http://books.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,,1483284,00.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/the-laughter-of-triumph-by-ben-wilson-752319.html

http://www.lrbshop.co.uk/product.php?productid=925
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice Title, " The Troublemakers' Teaparty " by Charles Dobson, see - http://www.vcn.bc.ca/citizens-handbook/teaparty.html - an updated version of The Citizen's Handbook, how to do grass roots activism etc. see also - http://books.google.com/books?id=I6WscprTXT0C&pg=PA61&dq=on+guerilla+gardening&sig=agziGYj6Pudeg4O6gaAn30d1VIY#PRA1-PT1,M1
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Angus Calder is a Scottish republican author who died recently, I think that these two books would prove interesting, if I had the cash and time...

"The essays in Revolving Culture: Notes From the Scottish Republic (1994) stress change and diversity and are not anti-English but cherish a republican spirit that, he believed, most English people lack or have lost. More scathingly he looked elsewhere to say: "I like to imagine Scotland as a nation reasserting republican virtue against the corruption of the republican ideal in the US." He was a socialist and a nationalist but too free a spirit and sceptical ever to sign up to a party line." ( from http://education.guardian.co.uk/obituary/story/0,,2284671,00.html )

Revolving Culture: Notes from the Scottish Republic

http://www.amazon.com/Revolving-Culture-Notes-Scottish-Republic/dp/1850436479/ref=sr_1_29?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215124027&sr=1-29

Scotlands of the Mind

http://www.amazon.com/Scotlands-Mind-Angus-Calder/dp/1842820087/ref=sr_1_31?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215124027&sr=1-31

There were several obituaries, and there is this -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angus_Calder
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.diesel-ebooks.com/cgi-bin/item/555157430X/The-Radical-Enlightenment-Pantheists-Freemasons-and-Republicans-eBook.html

http://www.amazon.com/Radical-Enlightenment-Pantheists-Freemasons-Republicans/dp/1887560742

I haven't read that despite i having been around a long time but it has an encouraging review by Michael Heyd in
The Journal of Modern History, Vol. 55, No. 2 (Jun., 1983), pp. 308-309
( The University of Chicago Press ). Gist is that Freemasonry enabled both political and religious radicalism ie thinking for yourself.

This is the book that I am reading and it is very good and in Cardiff Public Library - though it does dwell on Spinoza too much I think...

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=8nb0tpZvXBMC&dq=Radical+Enlightenment&pg=PP1&ots=iFB4klVWLK&sig=QIcTfX1IaS7_ExKMAAKf7JDR_4Y&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=1&ct=result

http://www.amazon.com/Radical-Enlightenment-Philosophy-Modernity-1650-1750/dp/0199254567/ref=pd_sim_b_3
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.princeton.edu/~ppettit/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Pettit

Republicanism: A Theory of Freedom and Government
by Philip Pettit - 1999 - 352 pages

seems to be available on line - read something serious for a change ?

if you have 'athens' (available via National Library Of Wales reader's ticket, free ) you can use - http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/oso/public/content/politicalscience/9780198296423/toc.html

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=AOfYtIyWOZsC&dq=philip+pettit+republicanism&printsec=frontcover&source=bn&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=4&ct=result#PPA91,M1

http://www.questia.com/library/book/republicanism-a-theory-of-freedom-and-government-by-philip-pettit.jsp

http://www.amazon.com/Republicanism-Theory-Freedom-Government-Political/dp/0198296428

reviews

www.unipv.it/deontica/opere/carter/pettit.doc

http://74.125.77.132/search?q=cache:BZRlWQR5W4AJ:www.unipv.it/deontica/opere/carter/pettit.doc+philip+pettit+republicanism&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=5&gl=uk

This is how ... it can get anyway, republican thought (abstract, one paragraph ):

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=985236
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i went into UCC's library to look at Pettit's book because it is tedious to read on-line, and started digging around the shelves and looked at the following -

The Republican Tradition, H.A.L. Fisher

This book was published in 1911 and I think that it is an interesting historical piece, full of Edwardian confidence that the lessons of Republicanism have been absorbed by the countries of Western Europe and as a result Monarchism has been strengthened by moderate political reforms - ha! - what did he think after the war ? Useful and readable historical passages and available on-line :

http://www.archive.org/stream/republicantradit00fishiala/republicantradit00fishiala_djvu.txt

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_Fisher
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/EDfisher.htm

He also wrote a book " Bonapartism " but I haven't found a full text, just

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=eJ5JfaO8sG4C&dq=H+A+L+Fisher+Bonapartism&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=EhPVQhsb0t&sig=xUHvIjN5PR_URZtqFXtiwWXo3R4&hl=en&ei=pTqgSY2fLaSLjAfyt7jlCw&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=1&ct=result#PPA10,M1
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Republicanism : a shared European Heritage, Martin Van Gelderen and Quentin Skinner.

This is interesting from the historical perspective of how monarchies used and abused Republican ideas and how Republicanism left them behind. It comes in two volumes of academic essays. Readable but not widely available - an ebook if you subscribe to Questia.

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=yBY8M6xCvysC&dq=Republicanism+:+a+shared+european+heritage+Skinner+Gelderen&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=zzlyMjf0Ga&sig=75QOVbFkMn5uTVnqfIkiiKEqWB0&hl=en&ei=3zygSdfSKOTCjAe7j7jWCw&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=10&ct=result#PPP1,M1
http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=hxqM6_EeQUUC&dq=Republicanism+:+a+shared+european+heritage+Skinner+Gelderen&printsec=frontcover&source=bn&hl=en&ei=3zygSdfSKOTCjAe7j7jWCw&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=4&ct=result

http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=105945038

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Republicanism in the Modern World, John Maynor

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Republicanism-Modern-World-John-Maynor/dp/0745628087
read the back cover - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/reader/0745628087/ref=sib_rdr_bc?ie=UTF8&p=S06Q&j=0#reader-page

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The Idea of the Republic, Norberto Bobbio & Maurizo Viroli translated by Allan Cameron

This book is really a series of conversations that focus on Italian politics but the introduction is a very good brief argument of the relevance of republicanism in modern politics.

http://www.amazon.com/Idea-Republic-Norberto-Bobbio/dp/0745630979
read the back cover -
http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0745630979/ref=sib_dp_ptu#reader-link
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( I'll add this in as a p.s.- good book )

http://www.amazon.com/Republican-Theory-Political-Thought-Virtuous/dp/0312220537

Republican Theory in Political Thought : Virtuous or Virtual ?

Bill Brugger ( Prof Politics Flinders University, Australia ) 1999 MacMillan 0333 751418


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.tnr.com/booksarts/story.html?id=8ce23131-a3f0-4896-b04d-a5b4005b8a61&p=1

New Republic's lengthy and interesting book review of " Democracy and Knowledge - Innovation and Learning in Classical Athens " by Josiah Ober, Princetown University Press.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://lwbooks.co.uk/books/archive/citizen_society.html

one of the authors writes for Next Left and is a member of Demos ( which one ? )

the intro is a nice quick review of recent developments :

http://lwbooks.co.uk/books/archive/citizen_society_intro.html
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

(From Israel-palestine topic)

http://thenewpress.com/index.php?option=com_title&task=view_title&metaproductid=1178

I am flicking through " The Other Israel - Voices of Refusal and Dissent " by Roane Carey and Jonathan Shainin, published 2002 by New Press, New York ( yes, it is in Cardiff Library ) - it is an interesting and provocative read but fills me with despair that things hae got so much worse since. Atleast it will not be forgotten that Israelis could claim that all of its citizens agreed with their state's policies. Amazon link -

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Other-Israel-Voices-Refusal-Dissent/dp/product-description/156584789X

One of the links that a search turned up was to http://www.connexions.org/CxLibrary/CX7152.htm - this is a useful site to search for material on, not just for Israeli material.

See also the links on these pages about these authors :

http://unjobs.org/authors/jonathan-shainin
http://unjobs.org/authors/roane-carey
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 3:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://fsi.stanford.edu/events/republicanism_liberalism_and_empire_in_postrevolutionary_france/

Republicanism, Liberalism, and Empire in Post-revolutionary France - a pdf file downloadable - author Jennifer Pitts - Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago.

" The republican tradition continues to frame French debates on empire, as it has done since the Revolution. French republicanism and Anglophone liberalism have shared numerous features in relation to empire: both are egalitarian traditions of moral universalism, and both uphold an ideal of political emancipation that has tended to entail assimilation to a European political model. This paper explores the course of French debates over empire from the period of Napoleon through the July Monarchy — the broader context for the thought of the iconic liberal republicans Constant and Tocqueville — with particular attention to the ways in which liberal and republican registers were deployed in both support and critique of empire, and to how the articulation of liberal and republican agendas in France was affected by the Algeria conquest. It also discusses the first Algerian contribution to French public deliberation about the conquest, Hamdan Khodja’s 1833 text Le Miroir, a work that self-consciously inhabited both a liberal cosmopolitan and a Muslim perspective and that was nearly alone in French debates in making a principled argument for Algerian ... "

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http://fsi.stanford.edu/publications/the_terror_of_natural_right_republicanism_the_cult_of_nature_and_the_french_revolution/

same website as above, but not free to read

The Terror of Natural Right: Republicanism, the Cult of Nature, and the French Revolution - author Dan Edelstein, Stanford University

" In The Terror of Natural Right, Dan Edelstein argues that the revolutionaries used the natural right concept of the “enemy of the human race”—an individual who has transgressed the laws of nature and must be executed without judicial formalities—to authorize three-quarters of the deaths during the Terror. But the significance of the natural right did not end with its legal application. Edelstein argues that the Jacobins shared a political philosophy that he calls “natural republicanism,” which assumed the natural state of society was a republic and that natural right provided its only acceptable laws. Ultimately, he argues that what we call the Terror was in fact only one facet of the republican theory that prevailed from Louis’s trial until the fall of Robespierre."
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It being some 450 years ago, the political dimensions of Rawlins White's martyrdom have been more or less forgotten so I suspect that this book will not be dealing in that ( and the author died recently, so I can not ask him.) If you like historical novels this may well prove to be an enjoyable read ( I fancy it but I do not have the time.) When I came across this I also in googling for the author came across the fact that the local branch of the Orange Order ( LOL etc ) have adopted Rawlins White as their mascot ... to be honest that makes me want to throw up : Rawlins White died asserting the necessity of religious tolerance whereas Orangists are committed sectarians and deeply actively hostile to Catholics, whereas Rawlins White most probably actually counted himself to be a Catholic ...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rawlins-White-Jon-Ewbank-Manchip/dp/1604542160

Rawlins White : Patriot to Heaven by Jon Ewbank Manchip White - ISBN-13: 978-1604542165

Rawlins White: Patriot to Heaven is set in South Wales during 1555, a period of intense religious upheaval. Queen " Bloody " Mary has ascended the throne of England and is intent to return her subjects to the " Catholic faith," and commences a violent and pitiless campaign against so-called Protestant heretics and heretical practices. Rawlins White, a respected community leader and ship owner, must struggle between his beliefs and those that are imposed by the state.

Jon Ewbank Manchip White apparently has written some interesting stuff -

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jon-Ewbank-Manchip-White/e/B001HCW9WM/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Manchip_White

Jon Ewbank Manchip White ( 23 June 1924 – July 31, 2013 ) was the Welsh American author of more than thirty books of non-fiction and fiction, including Mask of Dust, Nightclimber, Death By Dreaming, Solo Goya, and his final novel, Rawlins White: Patriot to Heaven, published in 2011. White was also the author of a number of plays, teleplays, screenplays and volumes of short stories and poetry. ...

White was born in 1924 in Cardiff, Wales, to shipping company owner Gwilym Manchip White. When White was young his father contracted tuberculosis, and at the age of eight White was sent away to boarding school in England to reduce his risk of infection.

White did well enough in school to earn an Exhibition in English to St Catharine's College, Cambridge in 1941, and studied there until enrolling in the Royal Navy in 1943 to fight in World War II. After initially putting to sea helping to ferry men and supplies across the English Channel, White joined the Welsh Guards, where he served until the end of the war. On VE Day, White met his future wife, nurse Valerie Leighton.

White returned to Cambridge after his military service, and in 1950 he graduated with an Honours degree in English, prehistoric archaeology, and oriental languages, receiving a diploma in anthropology. White's Egyptology studies earned him an offer to work for the Keeper of the Egyptian and Assyrian Department at the British Museum, but he opted instead to become a story editor for the newly created BBC Television Service, where he read scripts and worked on episodes of his own, including serial adaptations of Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford and his own Witch Hunt, famous - or notorious - for depicting the first, if brief, scene of a group of men and women, all naked, engaged in sexual congress.

After a brief stint in the British Foreign Service, White went back to writing for television and film, including five years spent travelling and living in places such as Madrid and Paris, as a script doctor with Samuel Bronston Productions. There amongst other Bronston productions, he made contributions to such epic films as El Cid and 55 Days at Peking. He was also a script doctor on the science fiction film "The Day of the Triffids." [2] Later he finished his movie career as Walt Disney's European story editor, based in Berlin. By 1962, White was back to writing for television, including writing an episode of The Avengers (Series 2 episode).

Throughout his film and television career, White has been a prolific writer of novels and nonfiction, including books on travel, art and anthropology. In 1967 White left screenwriting and the UK behind to move to the United States and become writer-in-residence at the University of Texas at El Paso, where he began the school's creative writing department and eventually became a full professor. Ten years later White was hired by the Department of English at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where he became the Lindsay Young Professor of English and founded another creative writing department. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Tennessee, Phi Beta Kappa, a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and of the Welsh Academy.

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/jon-manchip-white-novelist-who-fell-out-of-love-with-britain-8820227.html

Jon Manchip White: Novelist who fell out of love with Britain

Jon Manchip White was primarily a narrator of extraordinary events which take place in exotic settings. Most of his novels, some 20 in all, have to do with a race, or an escape, or a test of endurance, skill or moral fibre. Not strong on characterisation, he was an adroit raconteur and liked gripping yarns. ... Another favourite theme is the reward or punishment of antisocial behaviour. In three of his novels the main character is on the run from conventional society: in No Home But Heaven (1956) a gypsy is in conflict with the welfare state; The Mercenaries (1958) is an escape drama set in Argentina after the fall of Peron; Hour of the Rat (1962) deals with the trial of a British civil servant who has killed a member of a Japanese delegation, his former persecutor in a prisoner of war camp. ... He was born in Cardiff in 1924. His comfortable home was in Cathedral Road, one of the city's grandest boulevards. His father was the only member of his family not to go to sea, though he made a living as part-owner of a shipping company. The slump was having a severe effect and his father struggled to stave off bankruptcy. In 1932 he contracted tuberculosis and his son was sent to a boarding school in London. During the holidays he was employed by the Western Mail as Our Theatre Correspondent. ...

... In 1965 he moved to the US, a place which had engaged his sympathies since his time in Cambridge, when he had written a dissertation on the Pueblo Indians. In 1967 he was appointed writer-in-residence at the University of Texas at El Paso. Ten years later he moved to Knoxville, where he became Professor of English. He became a US citizen in the 1970s. ... His right-of-centre politics – he sneered at "socialists and crypto-socialists" and was especially caustic about New Statesman readers – were expressed in What to Do When the Russians Come: a Survivor's Handbook (1984), an hysterical tract warning that the Soviet Union was about to engulf the world, which he wrote with Robert Conquest. ... Although he kept in touch with friends in Wales, White was not remembered in the land of his birth. When my Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales appeared in 1986 he wrote me a tart letter complaining he had been omitted. ... At the time of avisit to Cardiff in 1990 he was writing a memoir which appeared as The Journeying Boy: Scenes from a Welsh Childhood (1991). It is an attempt to lay ghosts of his past, particularly his father's consumption, and takes the form of an expatriate's fond memories of a city and its docklands which had changed so much that he barely recognised them.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Britain-Ireland-Jon-Ewbank-Manchip-White/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=n%3A271343%2Cp_lbr_books_authors_browse-bin%3AJon%20Ewbank%20Manchip%20White
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