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The Victorian Studies Reader
Kelly Boyd & Rohan McWilliam, 2007, Routledge

Selected as an 'Outstanding Academic Title' in the 2008 CHOICE awards, The Victorian Studies Reader gathers together, in one volume, some of the key pieces on Victorian history, society and culture. The book draws on new trends in looking at the Victorian Age and includes sections on:

  • periodization
  • politics
  • consumerism
  • intellectual life
  • sexuality
  • empire

Also reading: N. Auerbach (1990) Private Theatricals: The Lives of the Victorians (Harvard University Press); K. Boyd & R. McWilliam [Eds.] (2007) The Victorian Studies Reader (Routledge); A. Briggs (1988) Victorian Things (B. T. Batsford); T. Deary & M. Brown (2007) The Vile Victorians (Scholastic); K. Ferry (2012) The Victorian Home (Shire Publications Ltd); C. A. Meadows (2000) The Victorian Ironmonger: Third Revised Edition (Shire Publications Ltd); G. E. Mingay (1986) The Transformation of Britain 1830-1939 (Paladin); S. Mitchell (2008) Daily Life in Victorian England: Revised Edition (Greenwood Press); S. Rutherford (2008) The Victorian Asylum (Shire Publications Ltd); J. Sacks (2010) Victorian Childhood (Shire Publications Ltd); M. Sweet (2002) Inventing the Victorians (Faber & Faber); F. M. L. Thompson (1990) Rise of Respectable Society - A Social History of Victorian Britain 1830-1900 (Harvard University Press)

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Four Horsemen, Ross Ashcroft, 2012

Twenty-three leading thinkers explain how the world really works and the fundamental flaws in the economic system which have brought our civilization to the brink of disaster. The film pulls no punches in describing the consequences of continued inaction – but its message is one of hope. If more people can equip themselves with a better understanding of how the world really works, then the systems and structures that condemn billions to poverty or chronic insecurity can at last be overturned.

Also: This Is England, Shane Meadows, 2006; The Corporation, Joel Bakan, 2006; The Crisis of Civilization, Dean Puckett, 2011; The World According to Monsanto, Marie-Monique Robin, 2009; The War You Don't See, John Pilger, 2010; The New Rulers of the World, John Pilger, 2001; In the Valley of Elah, Paul Haggis, 2007; Maangamizi, Martin Mhando, Ron Mulvihill, 2001; Tyrannosaur - Paddy Considine, 2011

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Featuring Senser, Rafeef Ziadah, Alex Harvey Band, Rage Against the Machine, Sigur Ros, Karine Polwart, Simon Munnery, Efterklang, Professor Elemental, Benjamin Zephaniah, Bjork, Crass, Antiproduct, Radiohead, Eva Cassidy, Dan & Dan, Liza Minnelli, John Agard, Pharrell Williams, and The Mighty Boosh.

Recent Spotify® downloads: Akata Meso, D'Gary; Songs from the Silk Road, by Banco De Gaia; Duniya...The Intrinsic Passion Of Mysterious Joy, by Loop Guru; 96° In The Shade, by Third World

Love, virtue, knowledge, art, worship - lose yourself in any of these, and you will find your true self. © Y. Y. Islam 2014, all rights reserved. All mind maps produced using Inspiration ® 7.5 English edition.