At last--an analysis of the historical patterns that influenced the creation and storyline of the Star War s saga Star Wars took place long ago in a galaxy far, far away, but its epic stories are based on our own history. From Ancient Egypt and the Roman Empire to the French Revolution and the Vietnam War, Star Wars and History explores the major historical turning points, heroes, and villains in human history and their impact on the creation of the Star Wars saga. Star Wars and History shows how the atomic and hydrogen bombs led to the Death Star; how Princess Leia's leadership in the Rebel Alliance resembled the daring work of intrepid women in the French Resistance during World War II and the Mexican Revolution; historical parallels between the Jedi Code and Bushido as well as those linking the Jedi culture with that of the Templar Knights and other warrior monks; and all of the history that underlies the Star Wars galaxy. Read how our own civilization's civil wars, slavery, international corporation states, and teenage queens were transformed into the epic Star Wars history and discover how Tatooine reflects the lawless frontiers of the past and Coruscant our own history of glittering and greedy capitals. The first book devoted to analyzing the actual historical events in our past that influenced the creation of the space fantasy, Star Wars Features 12 essays by a wise "council" of history scholars, written in close collaboration with George Lucas and Lucasfilm Gives new insights into central Star Wars characters and historical figures who helped inspire them (including Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Queen Amidala, Yoda, Jabba the Hutt, Lando Calrissian, Emperor Palpatine, and others) Includes both stunning photos from the Lucasfilm Image Archives and historical photos that demonstrate the parallels between both worlds Filled with fascinating historical comparisons and background that will take your experience of the Star Wars saga to a new level, Star Wars and History is an essential companion for every Star Wars fan.
Introduction 000 Part I Only Imperial Stormtroopers Are So Precise? The Wars in Star Wars 000 1 Why Rebels Triumph 000 How ?Insignificant? Rebellions Can Change History William J. Astore 2 ?Part of the Rebel Alliance and a Traitor? 000 Women in War and Resistance Janice Liedl and Nancy R. Reagin 3 Elegant Weapons for Civilized Ages 000 The Jedi and Warrior-Monks throughout History Terrance MacMullan 4 ?A House Divided? 000 The Causes and Costs of Civil War Paul Horvath and Mark Higbee Part II Join Me, and Together We Can Rule the Galaxy as Father and Son? Political Histories in Star Wars 000 5 I, Sidious 000 Historical Dictators and Senator Palpatine?s Rise to Power Tony Keen 6 Teen Queen 000 Padme Amidala and the Power of Royal Women Janice Liedl 7 ?There?s Always a Bigger Fish? 000 Power, Politics, and the Rule of the Ruthless Kevin S. Decker 8 Nuclear Weapons and the Death Star 000 Lori Maguire Part III Excuse Me, Sir, but That R2-D2 Is in Prime Condition, a Real Bargain? Economy and Society in a Galaxy Long, Long Ago 000 9 From Slavery to Freedom in a Galaxy Far, Far Away 000 Paul Finkelman 10 ?Greed Can Be a Powerful Ally? 000 The Trade Federation, the East India Companies, and Chaotic Worlds of Trade Michael Laver 11 Coruscant, the Great Cities of Earth, and Beyond 000 Katrina Gulliver The Jedi Council 000 Acknowledgments 000 Notes 000 Index 000