were purchased by a group of relatives and subsequently passed
to James’s son John, but they were now massively encumbered with
debt. In an attempt to relieve the financial pressure, several of James
Stirling’s eight sons turned to the colonies. His third son,
Archibald Stirling, went to Jamaica as a merchant in 1733, but failed to
prosper. Two years later, he made his way to India; he was more
educated. Shakespeare attended a grammar school in Stratford where students
were literate in English when they entered, and at school they learned Latin
and were introduced to Greek. Spenser attended Merchant Taylors’ School
in London where Hebrew was also part of the curriculum.
A number of graduates of this distinguished grammar school contributed to
the celebrated King James's translation of the Bible. Students were trained to
Emilia Bassano Lanier
provided the model for Shakespeare’s Jessica in The
Merchant of Venice.
A dark Venetian Jew
When Baptiste Bassano,
Venetian converso Jew and court musician, died in 1576, he
left his daughter Emilia penniless; she would receive a legacy of
£100 only on attaining the age of twenty-one. For reasons
Edward Sherburne, the East India Company, and the transformation of Stuart political practices
preferred Gilan silk, because only Sherwan silk was available. The annotation summed up the
situation: ‘we must be grateful with what they [Persian merchants] will deliver us.
Therefore you [the Company] take all manner of trash’. 1 Similar annotations – summative, analytic, and
cross-referencing – mark hundreds of other letters in the India Office records.
These letters did not arrive in London already annotated. Instead, they were
painstakingly read and processed by or at the direction of the Company
Pablo Corro‘s 2014 book Retóricas del cine chileno (Rhetorics of Chilean Cinema) is a
wide-ranging examination of the style and concerns that have come to characterise
Chilean film-making from the 1950s to the present day. Corro demonstrates how ideas
of national cinema are always to some extent dependent on transnational currents of
cinematic ideas and techniques, as well as on local political contexts. The chapter
presented here, Weak Poetics, adapts Gianni Vattimo‘s notion of weak thought to
discuss the growing attention paid by Chilean films to the mundane, the everyday and
the intimate. Corro‘s dense, allusive writing skilfully mirrors the films he
describes, in which meaning is fragmented and dispersed into glimpsed appearances and
acousmatic sounds. Corros historicisation of this fracturing of meaning allows the
cinema of the everyday to be understood not as a retreat from politics, but as a
recasting of the grounds on which it might occur.
Architecture, Building and Humanitarian Innovation
filtered the harsh strip lighting above. The
architects then suspended large blankets around the edge of each parasol, clipped on
with cable ties around simple plastic plumbing pipe from a builder’s
merchant. This enclosed the space beneath in fabric dividers, and inside each
parasol ‘room’ they added a small lamp, plant and a pair of earphones.
When the office lights were switched off, people could now read without disturbing
their neighbours; when the lights were on, they
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Merchants of Violence: How the Fight against Ebola Became Part of the
Moving between Britain and Jamaica this book examines the world of commerce, consumption and cultivation created and sustained through an engagement with the business of slavery. Tracing the activities of a single extended family – the Hibberts – it explores how the system of slavery impacted on the social, cultural, economic and political landscape of Britain during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Integrating an analysis of the family as political and economic actors with an examination of their activities within the domestic and cultural sphere, the book provides an overview of the different ways in which slavery reshaped society both at home and out in the empire. From relatively humble beginnings in the cotton trade in Manchester, the Hibberts ascended through the ranks of Jamaica’s planter-merchant elite. During the abolition campaigns they were leading proslavery advocates and played a vital role in securing compensation for the slave owners. With a fortune built on slavery, the family invested in country houses, collecting, botany and philanthropy. Slavery profoundly altered the family both in terms of its social position and its intimate structure. The Hibberts’ trans-generational story imbricates the personal and the political, the private and the public, the local and the global. It is both the personal narrative of a family and an analytical frame through which to explore Britain’s participation in, and legacies of, transatlantic slavery. It is a history of trade, colonisation, exploitation, enrichment and the tangled web of relations that gave meaning to the transatlantic world.