Friday, 12 November 2010
The first critical study devoted to iconic band The Smiths
Why pamper life’s complexities? Essays on The Smiths
Edited by Sean Campbell and Colin Coulter
In recent years, public and critical appreciation of The Smiths has been at its height, yet the most important British band after The Beatles have rarely been subject to sustained academic scrutiny. Why pamper life’s complexities? remedies this by bringing together diverse research disciplines to place the band in a series of enlightening social, cultural and political contexts.
The book discusses a range of very timely issues, from Thatcherism, Catholicism, class and sexuality to suicide, fandom, the city of Manchester, cultural iconography and the cult of Morrissey. The essays breach the boundaries of music history, rock biography and pop culture studies to give a groundbreaking critical analysis of the band.
Why pamper life’s complexities? will be launched on 26th November at Waterstones Deansgate. The event will provide fans with a unique opportunity to take part in a panel discussion chaired by Dave Haslam, legendary Manchester DJ (Haçienda) and author of Manchester, England (Sunday Times’ Pop Music Book of the Year). The panel discussion will be followed by a drinks reception and book signing.
TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW
Tickets for the launch cost £3, and can be purchased online at www.wegottickets.com, or on the door. More details can be found on the Manchester University Press homepage (www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk), or by contacting Bethan Hirst on 0161 275 2310.
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Monday, 13 September 2010
Liszt's Chopin, by Meirion Hughes, will be available in the UK next month. Pre-order your copy now, and get a special 10% bloggers discount by quoting OTH197 (available until 31/12/2010)
As usual, more information about Liszt's Chopin can be found on our website
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
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The book will be launched towards the end of November at a super special launch event - details coming soon!
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Tuesday, 31 August 2010
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NEW Issue Three is now available
Thursday, 26 August 2010
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MUP published a full analysis of Richard Lester’s career earlier this year. Indelibly associated with the Beatles, the ‘swinging sixties’ and his joyous sex comedy The Knack, Lester has tended to be categorised as a modish director whose heyday passed when that decade’s optimism slid into disillusionment and violence. This book presents an alternative view of his work.
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More details about Ewan MacColl's popular autobiography are available on our website.
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Thursday, 19 August 2010
The brand new Dictionary of British politics, by Bill Jones has been reviewed on the Liverpool Hope University website.
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Friday, 30 July 2010
'A phenomenally detailed picture of the lives of barbers and surgeons, based not on the prescriptive regulations of guilds or colleges, but on the careers, work and family relationships of the individuals involved . . . . Cavallo's work provides a splendid model for further research.'
Katharine Park, Department of the History of Science, Harvard University
To read the full review please follow http://shm.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/hkp076
More reviews for this title can be found here....
Histoire sociale/Social history review (Volume 42, Number 84, November, on p. 490) by E. Cohen http://www.utpjournals.com/hssh/hssh.html
For Jacobson Schutte's review in Renaissance Quarterly (63:1, Spring 2010, pp. 239-40) http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/rq/2010/63/1
Fellow MUP author, Evelyn Welch, reviews Artisans of the body in History Workshop journal http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/history_workshop_journal/v068/68.welch.html
Rebecca Messbarger writes for The American Historical Review http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/ahr.114.4.1184?journalC
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
Anyone interested in shipyard workers, or simply enthusiasts in Modern British Social and Economic History should visit a new exhibtion at Chatham Historic Dockyard in Kent. A series of paintings by artist Stanley Spencer, commissioned to record the World War II effort, have gone on display for the first time since a full-scale restoration.
Check out details of the exhibition.
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
Collaboration and interdisciplinarity in the Republic of Letters
Essays in honour of Richard G. Maber
Edited by Paul Scott
This collection of fifteen essays by distinguished scholars covers aspects of interdisciplinarity and collaboration within the Republic of Letters. The essays include historical, theological, and literary topics and all focus on different means of communication of individuals between other intellectuals, with the past, and through the arts.
The book will be launched on 19th July at the Thirteenth International Conference for 17c Studies, to be held at Durham castle between 19th and 22nd July.
Those interested in attending the launch should contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Britain on the Bottle: Alcohol and the State sees Mark Whitaker investigating the history of the politics of alcohol.
More information about the series can be found at
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Disasters represent opportunities for governments. The way in which they react can reinforce their appeal with the electorate or alienate voters forever because deep emotions are stirred. A major terrorist outrage such as 9/11 constituted precisely such an opportunity and my immediate sense in its aftermath was that the feelings of outrage it inspired were liable to be exploited. This premonition was more than borne out, as we know. Those in the US administration who were already pressing for an assault on Saddam Hussein took their opportunity immediately. The need to close Afghanistan to terrorist training camps presented a more difficult challenge, which has not been solved. Under the pressure of public feeling measures were taken in the name of security that appealed to the general tendency of governments to enhance their own powers. Undoing the powers that Western and other governments then bestowed on themselves will be a long and patient task for human-rights campaigners—undertaken for the most part without the same sense of public urgency. The danger constituted by terrorism is, nevertheless, one of the least significant faced by the citizen of a Western democracy. In terms of reducing mortality, greater enforcement of speed-limits would probably have been more effective than the `War on Terror’. It is argued, of course, that we cannot know this; that attempted outrages were prevented of which we know nothing. But the effects of the ‘War on Terror’ can surely be described as a disaster in themselves. When the US criticizes human rights abuses in other countries, it is now seen to be entirely hypocritical, since the content of its own past critiques was used to establish the preferred destinations of those illegally rendered to torture during the Bush years (with the alleged complicity of other Western nations). Though the US in South and Central America and the UK in its colonial wars and in Ireland had clearly been active or instrumental in torture before then, it seemed that torture was at least off the official menu before 9/11. No longer. Powers that were awarded to the police in the UK in order to deal with terrorist groups are now used against non-violent protesters. The view already preached by Osama Bin Laden that the US and UK and other Western countries intended an assault on Islam has been reinforced and with it the view that violence is a legitimate recourse for Muslims opposed to the killing of fellow-Muslims in the ‘War on Terror’.
The considerations that motivate the declaration of such a ‘war’ are of course multifarious. And in the West there is a genuine perplexity concerning Islamist violence. I sense that the great public-relations victory scored by Israel over its Arab neighbours is coming to an end in Europe but how many, even now, are familiar with the history of Israel’s accumulation of territory? In America, Israel retains its dominance of public opinion on the Middle East.
For me, the organisation of a lecture series on the ‘War on Terror’ and the editing and writing involved in turning those lectures into a book constituted a quest for clarification of many of these issues economic, legal, historical, and ethical. We put our questions to specialists and received a wide variety of opinions, with some of which I was in fundamental disagreement. (Needless to say these pieces appear in full and they undoubtedly represent important strands of opinion.) By the end of that process, I was beginning to feel moderately well informed. The judgements made above are those at which I have arrived. If I say that many of my suspicions were confirmed in the course of the process, I am no doubt open to the accusation of having sought the evidence required to confirm my prejudices. I have little to say about this other than to suggest reading the Oxford Amnesty Lectures 2006: “War on Terror”. Every bit of it seems to me as pertinent as at the time of writing.
Find out more about the newly published War on Terror, editied by Chris Miller
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
On 7th January Lois S. Bibbings appeared on Ireland's 4FM McGurk Show and discussed Telling Tales about men with Derek Davis.
Bibbings's book provides an intriguing account of how conscientious objectors to compulsory military service — who opposed the war because of religious, moral and political belief — were viewed and treated in England during WWI .You can listen to the 4FM McGurk Show interview here (12:09, MP3, 4.2MB).
This is only the second time the award has been given, the first recipient being Isabel Hofmeyr of Princeton University.
Although the book has but one mention of Bunyan, the committee agreed that the book's contribution to dissenting studies was 'exceptional'.
To find out more about the International John Bunyan Society follow this link: http://www.arts.ualberta.ca/~dgay/Bunyan.htm