Alice Roberts is going looking for the Celts and their treasures in a story background to accompanying a brand new BBC sequence.
We comprehend much concerning the Roman Empire. The Romans left monuments to their glories and written histories charting the exploits in their heroes. yet there has been one other historical humans in Europe - feared warriors with chariots, iron swords, beautiful jewelry, swirling tattoos and weird rituals and ideology. for centuries Europe used to be theirs, no longer Rome's. They have been our ancestors, and but the size in their achievements has principally been forgotten. They have been the Celts.
Unlike the Romans they didn't write their historical past, so the tales of many heroic Celtic women and men were misplaced. And but we will be able to notice their deeds. . . you simply need to understand the place to appear.
From Denmark to Italy; Portugal to Turkey Alice Roberts takes us on a trip throughout Europe, revealing the awesome tale of the Celts: their actual origins, how they lived and thrived, and their enduring smooth legacy
Using ground-breaking linguistic learn, as well as the most recent archaeology and genetics, Alice Roberts will discover how this impressive and complex tradition grew from the fringes of the continent and humiliated the may possibly of Rome.
The Celts accompanies a considerable BBC sequence offered via Alice Roberts and Neil Oliver, and exhibiting in October 2015.
By Patricia Hollis
First released in 1997, Patricia Hollis's biography of the pioneering Labour MP Jennie Lee (1904-1988) gained either the Wolfson background Prize and the Orwell Prize. it's the definitive learn of this amazing girl, her stormy political occupation, and her marriage to Aneurin Bevan. In a brand new preface to this variation Hollis provides insights into Lee's lifestyles which emerged next to first booklet, and likewise attracts on her personal adventure as a Labour Minister from 1997-2005.
'Lee's lives and loves, passions and drives are superbly and albeit explored in Patricia Hollis's compelling book.' THES
'Superbly researched, engrossingly written, scrupulously honest.' Gerald Kaufman, day-by-day Telegraph
'What makes it fairly attention-grabbing is the author's personal first-hand wisdom of politics and of the Labour movement.' TLS
'One of the simplest political biographies of contemporary years' Alan Watkins, New Statesman
By Linda Colley
The uk; nice Britain; the British Isles; the house countries: this sort of wealth of other names implies uncertainty and rivalry - and a capability to invent and modify. In a yr that sees a Scottish referendum on independence, Linda Colley analyses a few of the forces that experience unified Britain long ago. She examines the mythology of Britishness, and the way a long way - and why - it has pale. She discusses the Acts of Union with Wales, Scotland and eire, and their barriers, whereas scrutinizing England's personal fractures. and she or he demonstrates how the united kingdom has been formed via circulation: of British humans to different nations and continents, and of individuals, principles and impacts getting back from in other places. As acts of union and disunion back develop into more and more appropriate to our day-by-day lives and politics, Colley considers how - if in any respect - the items will be prepare anew, and what this could suggest. in response to a 15-part BBC Radio four sequence.
Definitely the right spouse to Bradshaw's consultant booklet. Showcasing in color all that's nice approximately Bradshaw's advisor. nice British Railway trips has been a highly winning television programme, that's now into its 3rd sequence on BBC2. a lot as Michael Palin outfitted up a devoted fan base for shuttle around the world, so Michael Portillo has performed likewise for fanatics of trains in his explorations the size and breadth of the uk from the window of a educate seat. either captivating and insightful, Michael back makes use of Bradshaw's publications, and now undertakes 5 distinct trips that have been built through the Victorians from 1830-1900. throughout 25 episodes he delves into this attention-grabbing and vibrant interval of our historical past, and exhibit how the fashionable British panorama was once made out of this Victorian legacy. From Windsor to Weymouth, nice Yarmouth to London, Oxford to Milford Haven, Berwick to Barrow, and eventually Dublin to Belfast - Michael will return in time to exhibit parts of remarkable Victorian engineering and layout throughout Queen Victoria's dominions. Key components of the programme and tie-in ebook will show off how the world's first actual fixed-track educate in Merthyr Tydfil operated; how the world's first electrical teach provider ran in Southend to its recognized pier; and he additionally celebrates the big variety of strains that spread out alternate and mobility to the Victorian periods. vacationing on various current, and from time to time restored, Victorian educate traces, he meets their passionate supporters who lovingly paintings on them, and in addition seems to be on the sleek panorama to inform the tale of the way every one quarter was once formed by way of their Victorian forebears. Lavishly produced, this may once more be a 'must have' buy for all educate fanatics, in addition to those that easily are looking to discover their background and what's now on hand to view and commute upon within the twenty first century to move them again in time.
By Ed West
2002 - ICM learn polling for the BBC: forty seven in keeping with cent of white Britons believed immigration had broken British society (a trust shared via 22 consistent with cent of black and Asian Britons) and 28 in step with cent believed it had benefited it. 2012 - YouGov polling for the Sunday instances: eleven in line with cent of individuals think that immigration long ago decade has been 'a great point for Britain' - sixty seven in keeping with cent imagine it has had a adverse influence. not just does a transparent majority of the British public now appear to wish immigration all yet stopped, it has develop into highly ambivalent even approximately multiculturalism, post-war immigration and the very inspiration of 'diversity'. How may possibly this ensue? during this ground-breaking research, Ed West investigates who's liable for Britain's present situation and why mass immigration hasn't ever been placed to the vote. He uncovers mismanagement all through a fifty-year nation of denial via the British institution on either the left and definitely the right, and fresh governments expanding immigration for electoral virtue. Ed West compellingly argues that Britain may still withstand the genuine influence of immigration opposed to the mounting matters -even at the Left -about its effects. the image of recent Britain he paints is a forceful caution to prevent subscribing to the variety phantasm.
This booklet is a theoretically wealthy and empirically grounded account of united kingdom exchange union engagement with weather swap over the past 3 a long time. It bargains a rigorous critique of the mainstream neoliberal and ecological modernisation ways, extending the options of Marxist social and employment kin concept to the weather realm. The e-book applies insights from employment relatives to the political economic system of weather swap, constructing a version for figuring out exchange union behaviour over weather issues. The powerful interdisciplinary strategy attracts jointly classes from either actual and social technology, delivering an unique empirical research into the weather politics of the united kingdom alternate union stream from excessive point officers all the way down to office weather representatives, from problems with weather jobs to staff’ weather action.
This booklet might be of serious curiosity to scholars and researchers in environmental politics, weather switch and environmental sociology.
By Ron Ramdin
By Jad Adams
After forty years in the home of Commons, Tony Benn is still one of many UK's such a lot debatable politicians. From 1951 to the Gulf battle in 1991, Benn has staked out the excessive ethical floor and challenged the Labour management to come back with him. Benn's inheritance of his father's peerage gave him the 1st chance to conflict opposed to the structure. the govt refused to permit him to take his seat within the Commons, yet he hostile them with grim tenacity till they replaced the legislations. within the past due Nineteen Sixties he used to be the country's major radical, arguing for a extra open society. He used to be by myself whilst he first argued for a referendum over Britain last within the universal industry, yet inside 5 years a referendum had turn into nationwide coverage, and Benn had accomplished his moment constitutional switch. Jad Adams has gained either Royal tv and British Press awards and is the writer of "Aids: The HIV Myth".
By Arun Kundnani
'Before you could resolve an issue you want to comprehend it. Arun Kundnani not just is aware the roots and ramifications of latest racism yet explains it basically, linking the neighborhood, the worldwide, the political and the cultural. An incisive publication at a decisive moment.' Gary Younge 'An illuminating research of the old improvement of British racism, and the way this has advanced into the present debates concerning the demonisation of immigrants, asylum-seekers, Muslims, the warfare on terror, segration, assimilation, multi-culturalism and Britishness.' Herman Ouseley, former Chair of the fee for Racial Equality 'Kundnani expertly dismantles the racism informing a lot of present political discourse. this can be an incredible contribution to the fight opposed to racism.' Councillor Salma Yaqoob, Vice-Chair of recognize 'Kundnani courses us in the course of the heritage and origins of the nebulous varieties of state-of-the-art "new" racism, putting fiscal and political exploitation again on the center of the problem. a useful ebook for complicated times.' John Pandit, member of Asian Dub origin 'Cutting in the course of the media-hyped public hysteria on concerns round multiculturalism Kundnani has produced a hugely obtainable and necessary old research of racism shaping modern policy-making.' Ruhul Tarafder, 1990 belief Is Britain turning into a extra racist society? Arun Kundnani appears to be like at the back of the media hysteria to teach how multicultural Britain is less than assault by means of govt guidelines and vitriolic press campaigns that play upon worry and inspire racism. Exacerbated via the assaults of 9-11 and 7/7, Kundnani argues new type of racism is rising that's in response to a scientific failure to appreciate the factors of pressured migration, worldwide terrorism and social segregation. the result's a weather of hatred, specifically opposed to Muslims and asylum seekers, and the erosion of the human rights of these whose cultures and values are perceived a
By Chris Dillow
New Labour's certain inspiration is that equality and potency are companions, now not enemies. This, the ebook argues, is an instance of managerialist ideology - the assumption that trade-offs among conflicting values may be controlled away by way of smart regulations, that administration can exchange politics.
This isn't actual. New Labour's major fiscal rules - tax credit, the minimal salary, increasing better schooling and selling macroeconomic balance - haven't got rid of the trade-off among equality and potency. despite the fact that, the failure of managerialism isn't purely a failure of specific
policies. There are deeper flaws in it. It fails to acknowledge the a number of and conflicting meanings of the beliefs of equality and potency. And it assumes that governments have wisdom and rationality which are in reality unattainable.
The e-book is a plea to take away managerialism, and exchange it with real politics. we must always ditch the concept that a important elite can deal with away social difficulties, and as a substitute debate approximately conflicting beliefs.