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  • by Philip Thody
    £136.49

    Presents the history of Europe since 1945. The book covers the rise and fall of the socialist ideal, the movement towards European unity, and the ending of the European Empires.

  • - A Graphic Guide
    by Philip Thody
    £3.99 - 8.49

    INTRODUCING guide to the father of existentialism and one of 20th century philosophy's most famous characters. Jean-Paul Sartre was once described as being, next to Charles de Gaulle, the most famous Frenchman of the 20th century. Between the ending of the Second World War in 1945 and his death in 1980, Sartre was certainly the most famous French writer, as well as one of the best-known living philosophers. Introducing Sartre explains the basic ideas inspiring his world view, and pays particular attention to his idea of freedom. It also places his thinking on literature in the context of the 20th century debate on its nature and function. It examines his ideas on Marxism, his enthusiasm for the student rebellion of 1968, and his support for movements of national liberation in the Third World. The book also provides a succinct account of his life, and especially of the impact which his unusual childhood had on his attitude towards French society.

  • - A Graphic Guide
    by Philip Thody
    £3.99 - 9.49

    INTRODUCING guide to the cult author, semiologist and analyzer of advertising, Roland Barthes. Roland Barthes is best known as a semiologist, a student of the science of signs. This sees human beings primarily as communicating animals, and looks at the way they use language, clothes, gestures, hair styles, visual images, shapes and colour to convey to one another their tastes, their emotions, their ideal self-image and the values of their society. Introducing Barthes brilliantly elucidates Barthes' application of these ideas to literature, popular culture, clothes and fashion, and explains why his thinking in this area made him a key figure in the structuralist movement of the 1960s. It goes on to describe how his later insistence on pleasure, the delights of sexual non-conformity, and the freedom of the reader to interpret literary texts in the light of ideologies such as existentialism, Marxism and Freudianism, as well as structuralism itself, continues to make him one of the most dynamic and challenging of modern writers. This is the perfect companion volume to Introducing Semiotics.

  • - Forbidden English, Forbidden American - Law, Politics and Language in Contemporary France
    by Philip Thody
    £68.49

    A study of the attempt by French politicians to use the law to forbid the use of words of English and American origin. It compares some of these words and lists expressions in use in America and England which are difficult to render in French with some untranslatable French turns of speech.

  • - A Conservative Estimate
    by Philip Thody
    £45.49

  • - A Study of French Political Culture
    by Philip Thody
    £22.99 - 29.99

  • by Philip Thody
    £22.99 - 29.99

    Europe Since 1945 is an exciting new survey of the history of Europe since the end of World War Two. In the second half of the twentieth century Europe has known a period of peace and stability unprecedented in its history and virtually unparalleled in the rest of the world. Europe explains the reasons for this state of affairs.Thought- provoking and wide ranging, this book discusses political, economic, social and cultural change in modern Europe. Covering both Western and Eastern Europe comprehensively and featuring extensive analysis of the 1990s, this book includes examination of:* the Cold War* War at the edges - Northern Ireland and Yugoslavia* the European Union* the issues of Nationalism* the end of the dictatorships* economic prosperity, the EEC and the Euro* the break-up of the European Empires and the consequences.

  • by Philip Thody
    £19.99 - 28.49

    An Historical Introduction to the European Union is a chronological political history of European integration from the 1950s to the present. It also includes a contextualising survey of wider European history since the 1600s, and places unification against a background of world politics. This clearly written introduction to the essential history, economics and politics of the European Union assumes no prior knowledge. It offers a detailed account of the Union with sections on: * how the Union works * basic principles of the Union * arguments over contested practices, including agriculture * issues of the cold war, enlargement, and the role of the United States * language * single European currency With an annotated bibliography, chronology and guide to the institutions of the European Union, An Historical Introduction to the European Union incorporates the most recent research and detailed treatment of the policies of the European Union.

  • - Critical Issues and Themes
    by Philip Thody
    £20.99

    By studying the nature of disbelief, the treatment of childhood, the presentation of moral and political problems, the taste for experimentation and the greater liberty now available for the description of sexual experiences, this introduction to twentieth-century literature seeks to define what distinguishes the literature of the twentieth century from that of the periods preceding it. Particular attention is given to the problem of realism, especially in the context of the 'magical realism' practised by European as well as non-European authors.

  • by Philip Thody
    £17.99

    This study of Sartre's novels deals with the expression they give to his philosophical and political ideas. Particular attention is given to the technique of narration and to the contribution which Sartre made to the development of the ideas which led to the development of Le Nouveau Roman of the 1950s. The novels are linked to Sartre's whole works, especially to his formal philosophy, critical ideas and plays, and attention is also given to their relationship with his own life.

  • by Philip Thody
    £17.99

    This book offers a new evaluation of Albert Camus, leading novelist and a pioneer of existentialism. Thody analyses Camus 'development as a prose writer and the creation of such classics as The Stranger. The book places Camus' philosophies and themes in context and provides helpful discussion for new readers of Camus and students.' '...an excellent introduction to Albert Camus...interweaving of fact, fiction, biography, and allegory gives a warmth and direction to this book.' J.C.McLaren, University of Delaware.

  • - A Conservative Estimate
    by Philip Thody
    £38.99

  • - A Graphic Guide
    by Philip Thody
    £4.99

    INTRODUCING guide to the father of existentialism and one of 20th century philosophy's most famous characters. Jean-Paul Sartre was once described as being, next to Charles de Gaulle, the most famous Frenchman of the 20th century. Between the ending of the Second World War in 1945 and his death in 1980, Sartre was certainly the most famous French writer, as well as one of the best-known living philosophers. Introducing Sartre explains the basic ideas inspiring his world view, and pays particular attention to his idea of freedom. It also places his thinking on literature in the context of the 20th century debate on its nature and function. It examines his ideas on Marxism, his enthusiasm for the student rebellion of 1968, and his support for movements of national liberation in the Third World. The book also provides a succinct account of his life, and especially of the impact which his unusual childhood had on his attitude towards French society.

  • - A Graphic Guide
    by Philip Thody
    £6.99

    INTRODUCING guide to the cult author, semiologist and analyzer of advertising, Roland Barthes. Roland Barthes is best known as a semiologist, a student of the science of signs. This sees human beings primarily as communicating animals, and looks at the way they use language, clothes, gestures, hair styles, visual images, shapes and colour to convey to one another their tastes, their emotions, their ideal self-image and the values of their society. Introducing Barthes brilliantly elucidates Barthes' application of these ideas to literature, popular culture, clothes and fashion, and explains why his thinking in this area made him a key figure in the structuralist movement of the 1960s. It goes on to describe how his later insistence on pleasure, the delights of sexual non-conformity, and the freedom of the reader to interpret literary texts in the light of ideologies such as existentialism, Marxism and Freudianism, as well as structuralism itself, continues to make him one of the most dynamic and challenging of modern writers. This is the perfect companion volume to Introducing Semiotics.

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