Category: History

Mark Twain and the Colonel: Samuel L. Clemens, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Arrival of a New Century

By Philip McFarland

In Mark Twain and the Colonel, Philip McFarland tells the tale of the wealthy years of yank historical past among 1890 and 1910 in the course of the totally engaged involvement of 2 of its most important contributors.

The narrative unfolds in six sections, every one targeting a unique element of the us of the early 20th century that keeps to topic to at the present time: the USA as an imperialist kingdom, the United States as a continental country, the United States as a racial kingdom, the US as a company country, the US at domestic, and the USA striving for peace.

In this brief span of years, the the USA of the past due 19th century will movement considerably towards the the USA we all know this present day, thank you partly to the effect and activities of Mark Twain and Theodore Roosevelt, of the main influential figures of the age.

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A Companion to the Neronian Age

An authoritative assessment and precious source for college kids and students of Roman historical past and Latin literature in the course of the reign of Nero.

  • The first e-book of its style to regard this period, which has won in reputation in contemporary years
  • Makes a lot very important learn to be had in English for the 1st time
  • Features a stability of recent study with validated serious lines
  • Offers an strange breadth and variety of fabric, together with tremendous remedies of politics, management, the imperial courtroom, artwork, archaeology, literature and reception studies
  • Includes a mixture of tested students and groundbreaking new voices
  • Includes precise maps and illustrations

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The Last Man on the Mountain: The Death of an American Adventurer on K2

By Jennifer Jordan

“A interesting story. . . . Readers who're into high-altitude experience tales won’t be disappointed.”―Associated Press

In 1939 the Savage Mountain claimed its first sufferer. Born into colossal wealth but uneasy with a lifetime of rest, Dudley Wolfe, of Boston and Rockport, Maine, got down to turn into the 1st guy to climb K2, the world’s second-highest mountain and, within the opinion of mountaineers, an excellent extra bold problem than Mt. Everest. even supposing just about center age and green at excessive altitude, Wolfe, with the group chief, made it greater than the other individuals of the excursion, yet he couldn’t come back down. struggling with altitude affliction and critical dehydration, he used to be deserted at approximately 25,000 toes; it'd be one other sixty-three years sooner than the writer found his is still. sixteen pages of images; 2 maps

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The Making of Modern South Africa: Conquest, Apartheid, Democracy

By Nigel Worden

The recent variation of The Making of contemporary South Africa presents a entire, present creation to the foremost issues and debates in regards to the historical past of this debatable state. Engagingly written, the writer presents a pointy, analytical assessment of the hot South Africa. 

  • Examines the main matters in South Africa's background, from pre-colonial to offer, together with colonial conquest; the institution of racism, segregation, and apartheid; resistance hobbies; and the eventual founding of democracy
  • Contains an extra ultimate bankruptcy that takes the tale to the current and considers the demanding situations and compromises of the 1st twenty years of democracy
  • Updated with fabric on post-apartheid period and present concerns in South Africa
  • The merely booklet that provides direct suggestions to bibliographical fabric and readings on key debates
  • Provides a pointy, analytical evaluate of the hot South Africa
  • Extensive references are given to the major writings on every one subject and the debates among scholars

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Reassessing Jewish Life in Medieval Europe

By Robert Chazan

This ebook reevaluates the present inspiration that Jews in medieval Christian Europe lived below an appalling regime of ecclesiastical trouble, governmental exploitation and expropriation, and unceasing well known violence. Robert Chazan argues that, whereas Jewish lifestyles in medieval Western Christendom was once certainly beset with grave problems, it was once however an atmosphere wealthy in possibilities; the Jews of medieval Europe overcame stumbling blocks, grew in quantity, explored cutting edge fiscal thoughts, and shaped enduring new different types of Jewish residing. His study additionally presents a reconsideration of the legacy of medieval Jewish existence, that is usually depicted as both damaging and projected because the underpinning of the twentieth-century catastrophes of antisemitism and the Holocaust. Dr. Chazan's study proves that, even supposing Jewish existence within the medieval West laid the root for a lot Jewish affliction within the post-medieval international, it additionally encouraged massive Jewish ingenuity, which lies on the root of amazing Jewish successes within the sleek West.

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Vanished Kingdoms: The Rise and Fall of States and Nations

By Norman Davies

An evocative account of fourteen eu kingdoms-their upward push, adulthood, and eventual disappearance.

There is whatever profoundly romantic approximately misplaced civilizations. Europe's previous is suffering from states and kingdoms, huge and small, which are scarcely remembered this day, and whereas their names can be unfamiliar-Aragon, Etruria, the dominion of the 2 Burgundies-their tales may still switch our psychological map of the previous. We encounter forgotten characters and well-known ones-King Arthur and Macbeth, Napoleon and Queen Victoria, correct as much as Stalin and Gorbachev-and detect how defective reminiscence might be, and what sort of we will glean from those misplaced empires. Davies friends in the course of the cracks within the mainstream bills of modern day states to dazzle us with impressive tales of slightly remembered pasts, and of the strains they left behind.

This is Norman Davies at his most sensible: sweeping narrative background packed with unforeseen insights. Vanished Kingdoms will entice all enthusiasts of unconventional and thought-provoking heritage, from readers of Niall Ferguson to Jared Diamond.

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Plagues in World History (Exploring World History)

By John Aberth

Plagues in global History offers a concise, comparative global heritage of catastrophic infectious illnesses, together with plague, smallpox, tuberculosis, cholera, influenza, and AIDS. Geographically, those ailments have unfold around the whole globe; temporally, they stretch from the 6th century to the current. John Aberth considers not just the various impression that sickness has had upon human historical past but additionally the numerous ways that humans were in a position to impact illnesses easily via their cultural attitudes towards them. the writer argues that the facility of people to change sickness, even with out the trendy wonders of antibiotic medications and different clinical remedies, is a fair extra the most important lesson to benefit now that AIDS, swine flu, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, and different possible incurable health problems have raged around the world. Aberth's comparative research of the way various societies have spoke back some time past to illness illuminates what cultural methods were and will remain optimal in scuffling with the plagues of today.

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Vikings in America

Whilst Columbus claimed to have chanced on the United States in 1492, and the Borgia Pope claimed it as a brand new international for Catholic Spain, the Vatican begun a 500 hundred yr conspiracy to hide the real tale of Viking the USA. during this groundbreaking new paintings by way of the writer of The Early English cost of Orkney and Shetland, the genuine volume of the Viking discovery and colonisation of the japanese seaboard of the United States is totally tested, considering the hot archaeological, linguistic and DNA proof which vitamins the old account. For 4 centuries or extra, from their first visits round advert a thousand to the eve of the Columbus voyages, the Vikings explored and settled millions of miles of the coasts and rivers of North the US. From New York's new york to the Canadian excessive Arctic the recent international was once a playground for Viking adventurers. And the identify the Vikings gave to this New international - the USA.

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The Reluctant Communist: My Desertion, Court-Martial, and Forty-Year Imprisonment in North Korea

By Charles Robert Jenkins, Jim Frederick

In January of 1965, twenty-four-year-old U.S. military sergeant Charles Robert Jenkins deserted his publish in South Korea, walked around the DMZ, and surrendered to communist North Korean squaddies status sentry alongside the world's such a lot seriously militarized border. He believed his motion could get him again to the States and a brief penitentiary sentence. in its place he chanced on himself in one other type of felony, the place for 40 years he suffered less than essentially the most brutal and repressive regimes the area has identified. This fast moving, harrowing story, advised evidently and easily by means of Jenkins (with journalist Jim Frederick), takes the reader in the back of the North Korean curtain and divulges the interior workings of its remoted society whereas supplying a robust testomony to the human spirit.

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The Death Penalty: An American History

By Stuart Banner

The dying penalty arouses our passions as does few different concerns. a few view taking one other person's existence as simply and moderate punishment whereas others see it as an inhumane and barbaric act. however the depth of feeling that capital punishment provokes frequently obscures its lengthy and sundry background during this country.

Now, for the 1st time, we have now a finished heritage of the demise penalty within the usa. legislation professor Stuart Banner tells the tale of ways, over 4 centuries, dramatic alterations have taken position within the methods capital punishment has been administered and skilled. within the 17th and eighteenth centuries, the penalty was once common for a laundry checklist of crimes--from adultery to homicide, from arson to stealing horses. Hangings have been public occasions, staged ahead of audiences numbering within the hundreds of thousands, attended via men and women, old and young, black and white alike. Early on, the grotesque spectacle had explicitly spiritual purposes--an occasion replete with sermons, confessions, and final minute penitence--to advertise the salvation of either the condemned and the gang. in the course of the 19th century, the execution turned desacralized, more and more secular and personal, in keeping with altering mores. within the 20th and twenty-first centuries, mockingly, because it has turn into a quiet, sanitary, technological technique, the loss of life penalty is as divisive as ever.

By recreating what it used to be prefer to be the condemned, the executioner, and the spectator, Banner strikes past the debates, to offer us an remarkable knowing of capital punishment's many meanings. As approximately 4 thousand inmates are actually on demise row, and nearly 100 are at the moment being carried out every year, the livid debate is not likely to decrease. The dying Penalty is precious in knowing the yank approach of the last word punishment.

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