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The History of Chinese Feudal Society

The History of Chinese Feudal Society

Author: Tung-tsu Chu Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/07/2020

Feudalism is one of the most studied topics in the field of history but without a consensus on its central characteristics, it remains a slippery concept. The History of Chinese Feudal Society provides a comprehensive analysis on the rise and fall of feudalism in China. Drawing on a vast resource of archival materials, it is the first study to investigate feudalism in China from the perspective of sociology and to compare feudalism in China to feudalism in the West. The author proposes that land ownership and the relationship between land owners and farmers are the two determining factors of feudalism with the Yin Dynasty marking a transitional stage to feudalism while the Zhou Dynasty saw the establishment of feudalism as a political system and central institution. This book was written by one of the best-known Chinese historians and has been a classic best-seller for decades. Students and scholars of Chinese history, especially Chinese feudalism, will find it to be an essential reference in their study and research.

Companion to Ancient Greek and Roman Music

Companion to Ancient Greek and Roman Music

Author: Tosca Lynch, Eleonora Rocconi Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/07/2020

Save The Humans? Common Preservation in Action

Save The Humans? Common Preservation in Action

Author: Jeremy Brecher Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/07/2020

Mortality, Trade, Money and Credit in Late Medieval England (1285-1531)

Mortality, Trade, Money and Credit in Late Medieval England (1285-1531)

Author: Pamela Nightingale Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/07/2020

The eleven articles in this volume examine controversial subjects of central importance to medieval economic historians. Topics include the relative roles played by money and credit in financing the economy, whether credit could compensate for shortages of coin, and whether it could counteract the devastating mortality of the Black Death. Drawing on a detailed analysis of the Statute Merchant and Staple records, the articles chart the chronological and geographical changes in the economy from the late-thirteenth to the early-sixteenth centuries. This period started with the triumph of English merchants over alien exporters in the early 1300s, and concluded in the early 1500s with cloth exports overtaking wool in value. The volume assesses how these changes came about, as well as the ways in which both political and economic forces altered the pattern of regional wealth and enterprise, in ways which saw the northern towns decline, and London rise to be the undisputed financial capital of England.

The Routledge Companion to Marine and Maritime Worlds 1400-1800

The Routledge Companion to Marine and Maritime Worlds 1400-1800

Author: Claire Jowitt Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/07/2020

The Routledge Companion to Marine and Maritime Worlds, 1400-1800 explores early modern maritime history, culture, and the current state of the research and approaches taken by experts in the field. Ranging from cartography to poetry and decorative design to naval warfare, the book shows how once-traditional and often Euro-chauvinistic depictions of oceanic 'mastery' during the early modern period have been replaced by newer global ideas. This comprehensive volume challenges underlying assumptions by balancing its assessment of the consequences and accomplishments of European navigators in the era of Columbus, da Gama, and Magellan, with an awareness of the sophistication and maritime expertise in Asia, the Arab world, and the Americas. By imparting riveting new stories and global perceptions of maritime history and culture, the contributors provide readers with fresh insights concerning early modern entanglements between humans and the vast, unpredictable ocean. With maritime studies growing and the ocean's health in decline, this volume is essential reading for academics and students interested in the historicization of the ocean and the ways early modern cultures both conceptualised and utilised seas.

Crude Britannia How Big Oil Shaped a Country's Past and Future

Crude Britannia How Big Oil Shaped a Country's Past and Future

Author: James Marriott, Terry Macalister Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/07/2020

Taking the reader on a journey - from North East Scotland, Merseyside and South Wales to the Thames Estuary and London - this is the story of Britain's oil-stained past, present and future; of empire, economic deprivation and political influence. For decades, BP and Shell extracted the minerals, finance and skills of the UK. Working behind the scenes, Big Oil profoundly influenced they country's culture. Then, at the start of the 21st Century, the tide seemed to go out - Britain's refineries were quietly closed; the North Sea oilfields declined. Now, while the country goes through the seismic upheavals of Brexit and the climate emergency, many believe the age of oil to be almost passed. The authors speak to oil company executives and traders, as well as refinery workers, film makers and musicians, activists and politicians, putting real people at the heart of a compelling story.

An American Diary 1857-8: Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon

An American Diary 1857-8: Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon

Author: Jr., Joseph W. Reed Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/07/2020

'I am one of the cracked people of the world,' Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon wrote of herself, 'and I like to herd with the cracked ... queer Americans, democrats, socialists, artists, poor devils or angels; and am never happy in an English genteel family life. I try to do it like other people, but I long always to be off on some wild adventure.' Reformer, feminist, free-thinker, later to endow the founding of Girton College, Barbara Bodichon went to the United States on a marriage journey. First published in 1972, her journal of that trip, published in its original form for the first time, contains timely observation and incisive criticism of the American South before the Civil War, and gives a vivid portrait of a lively woman of her times, the friend of George Eliot and other leading figures of her age. This edition includes a fascinating introduction about the English visitor in the United States, from Dickens to Trollope. There is also a biographical study of Barbara Bodichon herself, giving an account of her life and of the causes, notably Women's Rights, to which she devoted her time and energy.

Mad and Bad Real Heroines of the Regency

Mad and Bad Real Heroines of the Regency

Author: Bea Koch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/07/2020

Regency England is a world immortalized by Jane Austen and Lord Byron in their beloved novels and poems. The popular image of the Regency continues to be mythologized by the hundreds of romance novels set in the period, which focus almost exclusively on wealthy, white, Christian members of the upper classes. But there are hundreds of fascinating women who don't fit history books limited perception of what was historically accurate for early 19th century England. Women like Dido Elizabeth Belle, whose mother was a slave but was raised by her white father's family in England, Caroline Herschel, who acted as her brother's assistant as he hunted the heavens for comets, and ended up discovering eight on her own, Anne Lister, who lived on her own terms with her common-law wife at Shibden Hall, and Judith Montefiore, a Jewish woman who wrote the first English language Kosher cookbook.As one of the owners of the successful romance-only bookstore The Ripped Bodice, Bea Koch has had a front row seat to controversies surrounding what is accepted as 'historically accurate' for the wildly popular Regency period. Following in the popular footsteps of books like Ann Shen's Bad Girls Throughout History, Koch takes the Regency, one of the most loved and idealized historical time periods and a huge inspiration for American pop culture, and reveals the independent-minded, standard-breaking real historical women who lived life on their terms. She also examines broader questions of culture in chapters that focus on the LGBTQ and Jewish communities, the lives of women of color in the Regency, and women who broke barriers in fields like astronomy and paleontology. In MAD AND BAD, we look beyond popular perception of the Regency into the even more vibrant, diverse, and fascinating historical truth.

Against the Empire Polity, Economy and Culture during the Anglo-Kuki War, 1917-1919

Against the Empire Polity, Economy and Culture during the Anglo-Kuki War, 1917-1919

This book explores the Kuki uprising against the British Empire during the First World War in the Northeast frontier of India (then Assam-Burma frontier). It sheds light on how the three-year war (1917-1919), spanning over 6,000 square miles, is crucial to understanding present-day Northeast India. Companion to the seminal The Anglo-Kuki War, 1917-1919, the essays in this volume: * Examines several aspects of the Anglo-Kuki war, which had far-reaching consequences for the indigenous Kuki population, including economy, politics, identity, indigenous culture and belief systems, and traditional institutions during and after the First World War itself; * Highlights finer themes such as the role of the chiefs and war councils, symbols of communication, indigenous interpretation of the war, remembrance, and other policies which continued to confront the Kuki communities; * Interrogates themes of colonial geo-politics, colonialism and the missionaries, state making, and the frontier dimensions of the First World War. Moving away from colonial ethnographies, the volume taps on a variety of sources - from civilizational discourse to indigenous readings of the war, from tour diaries to oral accounts - meshing together the primitive with the modern, the tribal and the settled. This book will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of South and Southeast Asian Studies, area studies, modern history, military and strategic studies, insurgency and counterinsurgency studies, tribal warfare, and politics.

Controversial Histories - Current Views on the Crusades Engaging the Crusades, Volume Three

Controversial Histories - Current Views on the Crusades Engaging the Crusades, Volume Three

Author: Felix Hinz Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/07/2020

Engaging the Crusades is a series of volumes which offer windows into a newly-emerging field of historical study: the memory and legacy of the crusades. Together these volumes examine the reasons behind the enduring resonance of the crusades and present the memory of crusading in the modern period as a productive, exciting and much needed area of investigation. Controversial Histories assembles current international views on the Crusades from across Europe, Russia, Turkey, the USA and the Near and Middle East. Historians from the related countries present short narratives that deal with two questions: What were the crusades? And what do they mean to us today? Narratives are from one of possible several typical points of view of the related country and present an international comparison of the dominant image of each respective historical culture and cultures of remembrance. Bringing together 'victim perspectives' and 'perpetrator perspectives', 'key players' and 'minor players', they reveal both shared and conflicting memories of different groups. The narratives are framed by an introduction about the historical and political significance of the crusades, and the question of history education in a globalized world with contradicting narratives is discussed, along with guidelines on how to use the book for teaching at the university level. Offering extensive material and presenting a profile of international, academic opinions on the Crusades, Controversial Histories is the ideal resource for students and educators of crusades history in a global context as well as military history and the history of memory.

American Antifa The Tactics, Culture, and Practice of Militant Antifascism

American Antifa The Tactics, Culture, and Practice of Militant Antifascism

Author: Stanislav Vysotsky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/07/2020

Since the election of President Trump and the rise in racism and white supremacist activity, the militant anti-fascist movement known as antifa has become increasingly active and high profile in the United States. This book analyses the tactics, culture, and practices of the movement through a combination of social movement studies and critical criminological perspectives. Based on extensive fieldwork and interviews with activists, this book is the first scholarly sociological analysis of contemporary antifascist activism in the United States. Drawing on social movement studies, subculture studies and critical criminology, it explains antifa's membership, their ideology, strategy, tactics and use of culture as a weapon against the far right. It provides the most detailed account of this movement and also cuts through much of the mythology and common misunderstandings about it. This book will be of interest to scholars and students in sociology, political science, anthropology, criminology, and history; however, a general audience would also be interested in the explanation of what drives antifa tactics and strategy in light of the high-profile conflicts between fascists and antifascists.

American Antifa The Tactics, Culture, and Practice of Militant Antifascism

American Antifa The Tactics, Culture, and Practice of Militant Antifascism

Author: Stanislav Vysotsky Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/07/2020

Since the election of President Trump and the rise in racism and white supremacist activity, the militant anti-fascist movement known as antifa has become increasingly active and high profile in the United States. This book analyses the tactics, culture, and practices of the movement through a combination of social movement studies and critical criminological perspectives. Based on extensive fieldwork and interviews with activists, this book is the first scholarly sociological analysis of contemporary antifascist activism in the United States. Drawing on social movement studies, subculture studies and critical criminology, it explains antifa's membership, their ideology, strategy, tactics and use of culture as a weapon against the far right. It provides the most detailed account of this movement and also cuts through much of the mythology and common misunderstandings about it. This book will be of interest to scholars and students in sociology, political science, anthropology, criminology, and history; however, a general audience would also be interested in the explanation of what drives antifa tactics and strategy in light of the high-profile conflicts between fascists and antifascists.