The History and Politics of Star Wars: Death Stars and Democracy - Routledge Studies in Modern History (Paperback)Chris Kempshall (author)
The book lies at the intersection of history and politics, with Cold war themes sitting alongside those of the war on Terror as well as radicalisation and power.
The author published a paper on the First World War and video games that garnered thousands of hits on social media.
The book studies how the business elements of the Star Wars franchise have impinged upon the message behind the films.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 236
Weight: 400 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
'Kempshall's book opens the door for many others to analyze specific points in our world's history and how they connect to Star Wars, its creators, and its stories. It is a vast, brilliant overview of many decades of events, and is possibly the most comprehensive account of the specific connections between fact and fiction when it comes to Star Wars, and belongs on every bookshelf." - Dork Side of the Force
""The History and Politics of Star Wars" is an utterly comprehensive and thoroughly enjoyable work of scholarship, accessible to any Star Wars fan with even a passing interest in the franchise's social, cultural, and moral underpinnings." - Star Wars 7x7
"The History and Politics of Star Wars is an eloquently written title on the franchise, the Expanded Universe and the huge impact Lucas's vision still has on audiences worldwide. Apart from the probably thousands hours of research, one can easily guess that this is the work a serious fan, a historian and a critic. Recommend reading for Star Wars fans, students of sociology, international relations and film studies." - Dr. A. E Ebert, PopCultureShelf.com
"It's really impossible to review this book in a way that does it justice because of the nature of the work. Partly an encyclopaedia of the politics of the Star Wars universe and partly an accessible discussion of the intersection between military history and a pop culture phenomenon, there's so much here to love that Kempshall's book is an easy recommendation for any 'Star Wars' fan." - Neale Monks, SFCrowsnest
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