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Visions of Nationhood: Prelude to the Nigerian Civil War, 1960-1967

G.N. Uzoigwe (1964, Modern History)

Visions of Nationhood is a refreshingly bold and informed study of why Nigeria’s three dominant sub-national groups—the Hausa-Fulani of the Northern Region, the Igbo of the Eastern Region, and the Yoruba of the Western Region—were collectively unable to reconcile their conflicting visions of Nigerian nationhood, and thus created situations that forced the Nigerian military to topple the government of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa within six years of Nigerian independence.

My Life of Crime: Cases and Causes

Sir Ivan Lawrence QC (1957, Jurisprudence)

From humble beginnings in Brighton in the 1930s, Ivan Lawrence has had an amazingly varied and interesting life – as a criminal defence lawyer, later Queen’s Counsel, taking part in many of the twentieth century’s most infamous trials; as Conservative MP for Burton-on-Trent for 23 years, during which time he initiated the National Lottery with a private member’s Bill; and as a proud and happy husband and father.

The Fortune Hunter: A German Prince in Regency England

Peter James Bowman (1990, Modern Languages)

The two decades after Waterloo marked the great age of foreign fortune hunters in England. Each year brought a new influx of impecunious Continental noblemen to the world’s richest country, and the more brides they carried off, the more alarmed society became.

The most colourful of these men was Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau (1785-1871), remembered today as Germany’s finest landscape gardener. In the mid-1820s, however, his efforts to turn his estate into a magnificent park came close to bankrupting him. To save his legacy his wife Lucie devised an unusual plan: they would divorce so that Pückler could marry an heiress who would finance further landscaping and, after a decent interval, be cajoled into accepting Lucie’s continued residence. In September 1826, his marriage dissolved, Pückler set off for London.

The UK Banking System and its Regulatory and Supervisory Framework

Carlo Gola (1984, Economics)

The banking industry has witnessed a fundamental technological breakthrough, with the new paradigm based on the 'originate-to-distribute' model. These developments posed new challenges for both regulators and market players. Describing the evolution of the UK banking industry, including the effects of the sub-prime mortgage market crisis and the collapse of the Northern Rock, the book offers a convenient background for non-specialist readers to recent developments, such as the over-the-counter (OTC) derivative market and the credit risk transfer (CRT).

Godley Gifts

Christ Church, Oxford is commemorated in the name of Christchurch, New Zealand. The Province of Canterbury with its principal centre at Christchurch was founded in 1850 and so-named by John Robert Godley, an Irishman from Killegar in County Antrim. J. R. Godley (Harrow and Christ Church) matriculated in 1832 and in 1848 established a colonising society (The Canterbury Association) in Whitehall, London, which arranged the passage to New Zealand of the first 3,500 'Canterbury Pilgrims'. Godley himself went to New Zealand two years later to found Canterbury and Christchurch, taking with him his wife Charlotte and his 2-year old son, Arthur (later first Baron Kilbracken of Killegar).


How Parables Work

Humphrey Palmer (1949, Classics)

This book tries to explain just how Jesus made use of 'parables'. A parable is, of course, a sort of comparison: Look, B is just like A! Our question is, how did Jesus put this relationship to work. In the book this 'way of working' is explained, and then applied to the 70-odd parables which have come down to us. The book claims that it fits them all, i.e. makes good sense of them. This occupies chapters 2 - 9. Other approaches to the parables, of which there are many, are not considered in these chapters; but some are briefly presented in chapter ten.

The book is aimed at a 'general reader'; someone who has come across some of the parables, maybe took a shine to them; or, indeed, has got let in for leading a study group on this subject. The reader of this book would, no doubt, be glad to discover what Jesus meant by the parables, what he used them for. This book seeks to answer just that question. Other meanings - symbolic, prophetic, eschatological ... have been also looked for, in the parables. But did Jesus mean them in those ways? Price is £15 post free; from Palmer, 82 Plymouth Rd, Penarth, Wales, CF64 5DL. Further details, and ways to buy, on website:

China Counting

Barnaby Powell (1962, Jurisprudence)

China is now the global counting house, trading Western debt and cashing Western obligations – financially, socially and diplomatically. By 'buying' its own democratic electorate with easy credit, the West has ceded power to the Chinese. China's primary goal, however, is internal stability and external security, aiming neither for international dominance nor military confrontation. Its governing Party has a national mandate – of, by and for the people – a main street mandate for a resurgent China.

Mackinnon and Powell show how China is determining its destiny. This book interprets China's policy of gradual global expansion and the alternatives it offers to open capitalism and liberal democracy. It sifts constants from variables to reveal a China positioning itself for recognition as an equal.

This book is available to purchase on the publisher's website here.

Fantasy, Myth and the Measure of Truth

Bill Gray (1971, Modern Languages)

Fantasy, Myth and the Measure of Truth offers a detailed examination and discussion of the highly contested tradition of epic or high fantasy culminating in Pullman's His Dark Materials. This trajectory of mythopoeia or myth-making has its roots in the quest by a range of Romantic writers to transpose certain spiritual and moral values, once believed to be the prerogative of organized religion, into new myths. Critical of myths that are merely escapist fantasies, this study is also suspicious of totalizing 'grand narratives' that repress dissenting voices. The study nevertheless argues that, at its best, this mythopoeic tradition, which includes E.T.A. Hoffmann, George MacDonald, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Philip Pullman and - debatably - J.K. Rowling, can show the power of the creative imagination to generate, through stories that are imaginatively true, a renewed spiritual and moral vision.

This book can be purchased on the publisher's website here.

Pocket Emergency Medicine

Dr Gareth Rhys Chapman (2005, Medicine)

Pocket Emergency Medicine is a bedside handbook written by a previous medical student at the House. Gareth Chapman is now practising medicine in Brighton, and came to realise that there was no easily portable well-researched compact text for doctors to refer to in an emergency for a brief refresher of management plans for patients. This quick-reference guide zeroes in on the most common clinical emergencies - the breathless patient, hypotension/falling blood pressure, disordered consciousness, metabolic emergencies, poisoning, low urine output, acute chest pain, the acute abdomen, the agitated patient, and advanced life support - to supply critical information when it is most needed. Including tabbed subsections for easy navigation of the key presentations, with emergency drug doses, algorithms, helpful graphs and tables, Pocket Emergency Medicine is the perfect aid for the on-call medical student and junior doctor.
Published by Wiley-Blackwell publishing, and available from January 2010 RRP £7.99.

A.V. Dicey

Peter Raina, SCR Member

Albert Venn Dicey (1835-1922) was elected to the Vinerian professorship of English Law in the University of Oxford in 1882. Dicey established himself as a great expert on constitutional history when in 1885 he published his Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution, a major classic on the British constitutional system. Dicey's writings have achieved an almost canonical status, and his views are judged almost entirely on this volume. However Dicey developed his views further and extensively in a series of lectures he delivered in the late 1890s in which he focused his thoughts on the sovereignty of Parliament, the relationship between Parliament and the people, and the role of constitutional conventions. Dicey would not defend every detail of the British Constitution, but was quite prepared to consider certain constitutional innovations, such as the principle of referendum to give special status to Constitutional Acts, or that the House of Lords should have more representative legitimacy. Dicey also toyed with the idea of a Constitutional Convention as a basic form of protection for constitutional rules: he argued about constitutional safeguards to remedy the defects of the party system and recognised the adaptability of an unwritten constitution to changed circumstances. All these aspects of Dicey's thought are reflected in these lectures, published here for the first time.

You can purchase a copy of this book on the publishers website here.

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