A Short History of Power

A Short History of Power How Societies Create and Sustain Oppression, and How to Resist It

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Publisher's Synopsis

'You could not ask for a more eloquent guide than this book. Essential' Sathnam Sanghera

An eye-opening book about how societies are designed to support those in power, at the expense of those without it.

In the 1950s, over 10,000 Kenyans were killed by the British during the Mau Mau uprising against a government determined to install a sympathetic post-independence regime and continue to exploit the resources of its former colonies.

After the Iranian revolution in 1979, the Islamic Republic systematically removed freedoms from women, relegating them to second-class citizens in the name of religious teachings.

There have been fifty-seven prime ministers of the United Kingdom, of whom forty-three have been privately educated, creating a society built by and for the privileged.

These are just some of the stories through which Dr Jack Davy illustrates the key factors that allow societies to create and sustain oppressive systems. Some are historical. Others have played out right before our eyes over the last decade. All are rooted in the systems in which we all participate. Read this book, and take action.

'Sharp and insightful. Jack Davy makes complex ideas accessible in this powerful book about the roots of inequality' Caroline Dodds Pennock, author of On Savage Shores: How Indigenous Americans Discovered Europe

'A deeply humane book with true hope in its message' Ray Mattinson, Blackwells

Book information

ISBN: 9781529413953
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Imprint: Quercus
Pub date:
DEWEY: 303.3
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 238g
Height: 129mm
Width: 198mm
Spine width: 25mm