[Free eBook] Sean O’Casey: A Life by Garry O’Connor [20th C Irish Political Playwright Biography]

Sean O’Casey: A Life by British author Garry O’Connor, an award-winning playwright and novelist also known for his theatre biographies, is his biography of the titular late Irish playwright, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1988 by Hodder & Stoughton.

This biography apparently focuses on the early/mid-20th century Irish playwright and memoirist Séan O’Casey‘s reinvention of his identity as he embraced his national heritage and mingled political and social consciousness with his creative work, becoming the first to write plays about Dublin working class folk, among other pioneering contributions to drama.

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[Free eBook] The Political Origins of Inequality: Why a More Equal World Is Better for Us All by Simon Reid-Henry [Political Science History & Current Affairs]

The Political Origins of Inequality: Why a More Equal World Is Better for Us All by Simon Reid-Henry, a lecturer in geography (both historical and political) at the University of London, is his accessibly-written political history and analysis, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for June.

This book covers the historical roots leading to present-day global issues with development and various forms of inequality—economic, social, authoritative, and otherwise—between various groups, and also contains an exhortation to greater individual political awareness and action.

Offered worldwide through June, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Mobile Bodies, Mobile Souls: Family, Religion and Migration in a Global World [Academic Anthropology & Culture Essays]

Mobile Bodies, Mobile Souls: Family, Religion and Migration in a Global World edited by Mikkel Rytter, a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at Aarhus University, & Karen Fog Olwig, a professor in the Anthropology Institute at the University of Copenhagen is the is the 7th title in the in the Proceedings of the Danish Institute in Damascus series of mixed historical archaelogical and current cultural anthropology studies, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is their featured English-language Free Book of the Month selection for June. This volume contains ethnographic essays focusing on modern culture and the how the intermingling subtitular factors affect each other and shape the domestic and social lives of migrating persons.

The essays cover not only the experiences of immigrants from the Middle East to the Nordic countries, as one might expect, but also people in areas like the Caribbean and Peru, and focused subgroups such as women and the families of “guest workers” imported for labour who later became middle-class in ensuing generations.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through June, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook & Audiobook] Velfærd by Carsten Jensen [Danish Academic Social Welfare Political Essay]

Velfærd (Welfare) by Carsten Jensen, a professor in the Department of Political Science at Aarhus University, is the 50th in the Tænkepauser (Reflections) series of Danish-language accessibly-written short essays intended to introduce laypersons to assorted academic topics, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This political science essay examines the social welfare state in Denmark.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through June 16th, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Creating Freedom: Power, Control, and the Fight For Our Future by Raoul Martinez [Political Philosophy]

Creating Freedom: Power, Control, and the Fight For Our Future by London-resident author Raoul Martinez, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and artist, is his political philosophy treatise cum awareness activism manifesto, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Canongate Books.

This is the book which accompanies the eponymous 2012 documentary which netted him a Best Documentary nom at the London Raindance Film Festival and won the Hollywood Artist Festival’s Activist Spirit 2012 Award, and is being made free as part of a special publisher giveaway to help spread political awareness for the current British elections.

The book focuses on the historical roots and ensuing development of certain conditions which are hot topics in current events especially the dichotomy between so-called “freedom” in present society and actual liberty.

Offered in the UK only, possibly just through June 8th to coincide with the British elections, available at multiple retailers. An additional audio interview with the author is available worldwide.

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[Free eBook & Audiobook] Reformationen by Bo Kristian Holm [Danish Academic History & Theology Essay]

Reformationen (The Reformation) by Bo Kristian Holm, an associate professor studying theology at the School of Culture & Society at Aarhus University, is the 49th in the Tænkepauser (Reflections) series of Danish-language accessibly-written short essays intended to introduce laypersons to assorted academic topics, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This Danish-language essay covers the roots of the Protestant Reformation sparked by the posting of Martin Luther’s 95 theses in the 16th century, and the ensuing theological and political effects which carry on to this day.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through May 8th, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook & Audiobook] Demokrati by Svend-Erik Skaaning [Danish Academic Political Science Essay]

Demokrati (Democracy) by Svend-Erik Skaaning, a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Aarhus University, is the the 48th in the Tænkepauser (Thinking Breaks) series of Danish-language accessibly-written short essays meant to introduce academic topics to a general audience, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This essay covers democracy in its good and bad points, apparently based on the premise of Winston Churchill’s observation about how democracy would be the worst form of government, if it were not for all the other even worse forms of government that have been tried.

Offered through April 10th, available DRM-free worldwide with an accompanying MP3 audiobook.

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[Free eBook] Lincoln’s Constitution by Daniel Farber [US Law & Political Issues History]

Lincoln’s Constitution by author and historian Daniel Farber, the Sho Sato Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, among other honours, is his history of constitutional law issues related to the US Civil War, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher the University of Chicago Press.

This is an accessibly-written history cum analysis of how the titular president dealt with constitutional issues arising from the US Civil War, placing them into their historical context with the assorted events and political pressures surrounding Lincoln’s decisions, and extrapolating the lessons to be learned in their applicability to current interpretations of the law today (as of circa 2003, when this was originally published).

Offered worldwide throughout the month of March, available directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] The Fear of Barbarians: Beyond the Clash of Civilizations by Tzvetan Todorov [Political Philosophy]

The Fear of Barbarians: Beyond the Clash of Civilizations by Tzvetan Todorov, an award-winning Bulgarian-French historian, critic, and essayist, is his political philosophy book tying together historical attitudes leading into current events, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher University of Chicago Press.

This is an English-language translation of the original French La peur des barbares : au-delà du choc des civilisations, published in 2008 by Robert Laffont, translated by Andrew Brown. Apparently, this book gives a slightly different take on the roots of the current tensions between Middle East and West, drawn from the author’s own personal experience growing up in communist Bulgaria and immigrating to France, evaluating and arguing for a shift in the balance between fear of imported ideology and ideals of freedom and tolerance, as used by western locals and applied to foreign immigrants.

Offered worldwide, available through the month of February, directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Oplysningens verden: Idé, historie, videnskab, kunst [Danish 18th C Enlightenment World History & Culture]

Oplysningens verden (The World of the Enlightenment: Ideas, history, knowledge, art) edited by Ole Høiris & Thomas Ledet is a volume in their Verdensbøger (World Books) series of Danish-language self-contained titles which provide a comprehensive introductory overview to cultural and historical periods, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher the Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This Danish-language series is fully equivalent in style and content to the Oxford University Press’ The Oxford Illustrated History of… or Routledge’s The World of… English series. This volume contains a comprehensive introduction to the Age of Enlightenment which followed the Renaissance in Western Europe, which was at its peak during the 18th century. Included are essays about art, literature, philosophy, etc. about both the Nordic regions and the wider world, lavishly illustrated with period paintings and photographs of documents and other artifacts.

Offered through the month of December, available worldwide DRM-free.

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