The History and Politics of Star Wars: Death Stars and Democracy

The History and Politics of Star Wars: Death Stars and Democracy - Routledge Studies in Modern History

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Publisher's Synopsis

This book provides the first detailed and comprehensive examination of all the materials making up the Star Wars franchise relating to the portrayal and representation of real-world history and politics.

Drawing on a variety of sources, including films, published interviews with directors and actors, novels, comics, and computer games, this volume explores the ways in which historical and contemporary events have been repurposed within Star Wars. It focuses on key themes such as fascism and the Galactic Empire, the failures of democracy, the portrayal of warfare, the morality of the Jedi, and the representations of sex, gender, and race. Through these themes, this study highlights the impacts of the fall of the Soviet Union, the War on Terror, and the failures of the United Nations upon the 'galaxy far, far away'. By analysing and understanding these events and their portrayal within Star Wars, it shows how the most popular media franchise in existence aims to speak about wider contemporary events and issues.

The History and Politics of Star Wars is useful for upper-level undergraduates, postgraduates, and scholars of a variety of disciplines such as transmedia studies, science fiction, cultural studies, and world history and politics in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

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Book information

ISBN: 9781032318875
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Imprint: Routledge
Pub date:
DEWEY: 791.4375
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 236
Weight: 394g
Height: 154mm
Width: 234mm
Spine width: 18mm