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The History and Politics of Star Wars


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Introduction: A long time ago...?, 1. 'For a safe and secure society': Totalitarianism, imperialism, and the Emperor, 2. 'How liberty dies': Republics, democracy, and the fall of civilisation, 3. 'Built on hope...': Rebellion, resistance, and the depiction of warfare, 4. 'Keepers of the peace, not soldiers': Jedi, the Force, and the complicated morality of intra-state operatives, 5. 'We don't want them here': Aliens, androids, and far outsiders, Conclusion: Always in motion the future is...

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Chris Kempshall is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Exeter and a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Army Leadership, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He is a historian of the First World War as well as popular representations of history in modern media. He has authored numerous academic works, including The First World War in Computer Games (2015) and British, French and American Relations on the Western Front, 1914-1918 (2018).


"Kempshall's book 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

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