Bubión – The story of an Alpujarran village
Between Granada and the Mediterranean lies the Sierra Nevada, and on the southern slopes of that mountain range are the villages of the Alta Alpujarra. Bubión is one of these.
The story of these villages is set in the context of major developments in Spanish history: occupation by the Moors in 711; the fall of Granada to the "Catholic Monarchs in 1492; the subsequent battles in the Alpujarra between Moors and Christians, leading to the expulsion of the Moors; the Civil War of 1936-39; and present-day challenges arising from the growth of tourism and the current economic crisis.
Michael Tracy knows the Alpujarra well and has a house in Bubión. In writing this book, he has been helped by many local inhabitants.
"A very important book for the people of the village ... We feel part of this wonderfulbook, which speaks of our history, of our customs and opens a window to the world". Maria José Piñar Santos, Director of the Bubión Cultural Centre.“A treasure for traveller and student alike: The charming character of the scores ofwhite villages that dot the Sierra Nevada mountain side is captured in this book and givenspecial meaning and understanding. I found this fascinating and readable little book to bea valuable travel companion, as well as a rich source of information for anyone interestedin the roots of Western culture and the particularly inviting characteristics of southern Spainin the present day.”" Weyman Fussel on Amazon.
Published on 1 March 2013, ISBN 978-2930-5900-42.
96 pages, including 21 colour pictures and numerous illustrations accompanying the text.
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A European Life – from war to peace
In these Memoirs, Michael Tracy describes his experiences living in several European countries and working in various contexts. They extend from his childhood in Scotland during the Second World War, his education at a famous "public school" (Fettes College in Edinburgh) and at Cambridge University; and his work in several international organisations, particularly the Council of Ministers of the European Union where he could observe at close quarters the EU's decision-making process.
The Memoirs also relate to his academic career, lecturing in various European universities, including Wye College in England and the College of Europe in Bruges. In Moscow in 1991 he witnessed at close quarters the collapse of the Soviet Union, and subsequently was involved in a new institute in St. Petersburg. Subsequently he had advisory roles in the countries of Central/Eastern Europe during their transition to market economies and accession to the European Union.
The final chapter assesses issues facing both the European Union and Russia. Michael pays special attention to Britain's relations with "Europe" – a matter in which he has been involved from the outset.
This Memoir is written with a light, often humorous touch. He has dedicated it "to those who think Europe matters, and even more so, to those who don't"... And he concludes: "We can be grateful that at least within the European Union, twenty-seven nations have created links which make war between them inconceivable, showing that former enemies can work and progress together."
The World of the Edwardian Child
as seen in Arthur Mee's Children's Encyclopædia, 1908-1910
For Britain, the early years of the twentieth century – the "Edwardian" period - were the culmination of a glorious era. Tracy's book provides a vivid and comprehensive overview of life and thought in Edwardian society, based on Arthur Mee's Children's Encyclopædia - a work of over five thousand pages first published between 1908 and 1910.
"Michael Tracy has done us an invaluable service by revealing to us the shape and ambition of the Encyclopædia, and by opening up to us a world of childhood that has now vanished." Professor Hugh Cunningham
"A delightfully presented book - a treasure house that does Arthur Mee credit. His contributors and artists emerge again across a century. This book is as easy to browse in as the originals, and could become a special gift." Pamela More on Amazon
Published 2008. 260 pages, 17 x 24 cm.; 74 black-and-white illustrations and 5 in colour, mostly full-page.
5-page index. Selective bibliography. Biographies of Arthur Mee and contributors.
ISBN: softback 978-2-9600047-5-5, hardback 978-2-9600047-4-8
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soft-cover £12; hardback £15