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This book arose out of a challenge. The challenge was made by Bob Geldof to the British academic and historian Michelle Brown. Pop singers raise huge sums of money for Band Aid and touch the hearts of people from all walks of life. But to give money can be an easy way out. How does the so called intellientsia respond with their minds(not just their hearts and pockets) to the appalling disparities in the conditions of members of the human race. This a challenge that a number of notable and gifted people have responded to enthusiastically. They range from John Simpson and Martin Bell to Former President Mary Robinson and the noted US feminist intellectual Charlotte Bunch. Other noted authors include Sir David Ramsbothom, Ricardo Navarro, Founder of the Friends of the Earth and Simon Counsell, Director of The Rainforest Foundation. Ultimately the purpose of this book is to make people think and connect wires, to encourage them to question their own place within the world , to acknowledge personal and collective responsibility and to discuss a range of situations and issues that have been changed by individuals. The book is also published to coimcide with Britian's Presidenct of the G8 and EU and ther associated drive to focus on issues of global social justice through the newly established Commission for Africa.
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Richard J. Kelly is a Professor and Head of Department at the School of Literature, Arts and Cultural Studies at Kinki University in Osaka, Japan. He specializes in the study of medieval literatures, in particular the Christian prose and poetry of the Anglo-Saxon period (mid 5th to early 12th century), and is an authority on the early English language. He is the author of a number of books as well as several academic papers in books and journals, ranging in content from medieval literature, culture, art and manuscripts to linguistics and textual transmission. His most significant works are Stone, Skin and Silver (1999), The Blickling Homilies (2003) and You're History! How People Make the Difference (2005).Review:
'This is a powerful book. The voices it contains will not whisper softly to you or be discreet or polite. They will shout their dismay with a loud intelligence and though the end impression will be that of a coherent collective anxiety, each voice is entirely singular...It is often brilliant, sometimes shocking, usually frightening and always thoughtful. You feel within its pages a real attempt to understand our age and plot a way around its iniquities in order to move forward more appropriately in a just world.' Sir Bob Geldof
Shortened excerpt from Martin Bell chapter. (Church Times)
Extract from Terry Waite's essay in the Guardian.
'Admirable endeavour... consistent level of intelligence on display here... editor and historian Brown's essay, It's Positively Mediaeval, which chastises the west's smug view of its superior role in the development of a civilisation in which we, enlightened humanity, have ''been freed from religion while the unenlightened remain in thrall'', is worth the cover price alone.' Glasgow Herald
'This worthy book should read by everyone above the age of reason.' (Vincent Banville Irish Examiner, (Cork))
"Did you ever hear that quiet but insistent voice deep inside yourself that starts to murmur, often in reposnse to something outside, and just won't go away....That's what's ultimately responsible for this book", said Michelle.'
'(T)his book challenges, encourages, and inspires us.'< (Andrew McGuninness, The Kilkenny Voice)
'You're History, continues Geldof " is often brilliant, sometimes shocking, usually frightening and always thoughtful....' 'This book does not offer easy solutions. It's challenging and provocative.' (Colette Sheridan)
"Powerful individual voices have come together here to make a collective roar which is hard to ignore." (Martin Noonan The Irish Times)
"Ultimately the purpose of the book is to encourage people to think. If knowledge is power, these essays are missives of mass instruction." (Martin Noonan The Irish Times)
"[the book is] very enlightening... delivering much information for intellectual readers... the style is very standardized and made easy for reading, [yet] it is serious enough to be taught in the classroom" (Journal of Irish Studies, Toshi Furomoto)
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