In this challenging book Cyril Belshaw uses anthropological themes not only to identify the connections between global and personal issues but to set forth a programme of solutions. Professor Tom... More > Moynihan writes:
“His most… empowering insight is his insistence on a holistic account of what has to be done…. to consider the smallest, most intimate, most personal detail…. along with the largest most systemic considerations… he builds a vision of world governance that has deep roots in radical thinking….”
Among the topics he links together are issues of youth maturity, violence health and crime, poverty, corporate organization, nationalism and fiscal structures, world government – and what we need to do to achieve our goals. He challenges you ro create your own goals and build our future.< Less
Towers Besieged was first published in 1974 and rapidly attained the status of a classic analysis of the principles which guide university operations. The arguments and conclusions are as relevant... More > today as ever before since academic life, despite great innovation in knowledge, is fundamentally conservative and resistant to change. From a basis of fundamental principles Belshaw works out the logic of policy issues such as organisation, faculty affair, curriculum choices, research responsibility, the public interest and international involvement. He retains as chapter of historical interest about the anti-rational controversies of the early seventies and their implications for academic choices. The issues are significant for the lay public which, through its taxes, pays the bulk of the costs.
The author draws on his experience as a member of numerous committees and groups responsible for university decisions, some of which, for the time, had radical implications.< Less
The anthropologist author continues his experiences as he travels to meet colleagues and then after retirement for his own explaration. That introduces him to foods of several countries. But his wife... More > dies under strange circumstances, he is accused, imprisoned in France and Switerland, is subjected to a strange trial and found not guiltry. he has trouble adjusting afterwards but pursues new objectives in the digital age.< Less
In the first of two volumes cyril Belshaw describes his career from its beginning in the Solomon Islands colonial service to travels in France where his love of food comes to the fore. He reveals... More > what goes on in university life and international academica, otherwise a mystery to many. His travels take him to the Soviet Union and other communist countries, to soul searhching in Israel and Angkor. He has an admired friend in Thailand and dislikes the old Nigeria and Myanmar. The varied life with its ups and downs piques the curiosity of equally varied readers.< Less
Cyril Belshaw's career began as a colonial officer in the South Pacific where he later did fieldwork with his family. He describes the arcne world of academia and recounts his work for United Nations... More > and other international organisatiions. He travels widely in countries such as the Soviet Union, Thailand, Israel and Cambodia and in Africa. His long concluding chapter, before he moves on to Volume II celebrates the food and country of France.< Less