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General & world history

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Famous Affinities of History The Romance of Devotion

Famous Affinities of History The Romance of Devotion

Author: Lyndon Orr Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/07/2020

Famous Affinities of History by London Orr is collection of biographies that profiles history's most famous romantic couples. The stories of Antony and Cleopatra; Napoleon and Marie Walewska; Honore de Balzac and Evelina Hanska and other famous couples are dealt with in an interesting manner. This book gives us an insight into the lives and lifestyles of popular figures of history.

A History of the Athenian Empire

A History of the Athenian Empire

Author: Phillips Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/07/2020

A History of the Athenian Empire

A History of the Athenian Empire

Author: Phillips Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/07/2020

Imperial China A Beginner's Guide

Imperial China A Beginner's Guide

Author: Dr. Peter Lorge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/07/2020

In 221 BCE, the Qin state conquered its neighbours and created the first unified Chinese empire in history. So began the imperial era, where dynasties claiming divine assent ruled for more than 2,000 years, until the last emperor abdicated in 1912. It was a period of immense change and claims to consistency. As borders shifted and rulers struggled to exert control over every region of their diverse territories, elites held that they were inheritors of a rich, pre-imperial culture. But just as imperial China changed the world with the compass, printing, gunpowder, the gun and more, it too was changed when it came into contact with others through trade, exploration and war. For anyone curious about imperial China, Peter Lorge introduces the major ruling dynasties, religions, arts, thinkers, inventions, military advancements, economic developments and historians of this fascinating period.

Cultural Violence and Destruction of Human Communities New Theoretical Perspectives

Cultural Violence and Destruction of Human Communities New Theoretical Perspectives

Author: Fiona (University of Chicago, USA) Greenland Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/07/2020

This volume brings together leading sociologists and anthropologists to break new ground in the study of cultural violence. First sketched in Raphael Lemkin's seminal writings on genocide, and later systematically defined by peace studies scholar Johan Galtung, the concept of cultural violence seeks to explain why and how language, symbols, rituals, practices, and objects are so frequently in the crosshairs of socio-political change. Recent conflicts in the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia, along with renewed public interest in the repertoire of violence applied to the control and erasure of indigenous populations, highlights the gaps in our understanding of why cultural violence occurs, what it consists of, and how it relates to other forms of collective violence.

Cinematic Settlers The Settler Colonial World in Film

Cinematic Settlers The Settler Colonial World in Film

This anthology adds to the burgeoning field of settler colonial studies by examining settler colonial narratives in the underanalyzed medium of film. Cinematic Settlers discusses different cinematic genres, national traditions, and specific movies in order to expose related threads, shared circulations of knowledge, and paralleled representations. Organized into thematic groupings-conquest, settlement, natives, and space-the contributors explore the question of how film compares to written genres and other visual media in representing and effecting settler colonialism on a global scale. Striving for inclusiveness, the volume covers different eras and settler colonial situations in Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Hawaii, the American West, Canada, Latin America, Russia, France, Algeria, German Africa, South Africa, and even the next frontier: outer space. By showing how films offer layered, contested, and dynamic settler colonial narratives that advance settler hegemonic readings, the essays enable students to better analyze and understand the complex history of diversity and colonialism in film. This book is important reading for undergraduate classes on the history of empire, colonialism, and film.

Cinematic Settlers The Settler Colonial World in Film

Cinematic Settlers The Settler Colonial World in Film

This anthology adds to the burgeoning field of settler colonial studies by examining settler colonial narratives in the underanalyzed medium of film. Cinematic Settlers discusses different cinematic genres, national traditions, and specific movies in order to expose related threads, shared circulations of knowledge, and paralleled representations. Organized into thematic groupings-conquest, settlement, natives, and space-the contributors explore the question of how film compares to written genres and other visual media in representing and effecting settler colonialism on a global scale. Striving for inclusiveness, the volume covers different eras and settler colonial situations in Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Hawaii, the American West, Canada, Latin America, Russia, France, Algeria, German Africa, South Africa, and even the next frontier: outer space. By showing how films offer layered, contested, and dynamic settler colonial narratives that advance settler hegemonic readings, the essays enable students to better analyze and understand the complex history of diversity and colonialism in film. This book is important reading for undergraduate classes on the history of empire, colonialism, and film.

Rise and Fall A History of the World in Ten Empires

Rise and Fall A History of the World in Ten Empires

Author: Paul Strathern Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/07/2020

Rise and Fall opens with the Akkadian Empire, which ruled over a vast expanse of the region of ancient Mesopotamia, then turns to the immense Roman Empire, where we trace back our western and eastern roots. Next Strathern describes how a great deal of western classical culture was developed in the Abbasid and Umayyid Caliphates. Then, while Europe was beginning to emerge from a period of cultural stagnation, it almost fell to a whirlwind invasion from the East, at which point we meet the Emperors of the Mongol Empire . . . Combining breathtaking scope with masterful concision, Paul Strathern traces connections across four millennia and sheds new light on these major civilizations - from the Mongol Empire and the Yuan Dynasty to the Aztec and Ottoman, through to the most recent and biggest Empires: the British, Russo-Soviet and American. Charting 5,000 years of global history in ten succinct chapters, Rise and Fall makes comprehensive and inspiring reading to anyone fascinated by the history of the world.

A Companion to the Russian Revolution

A Companion to the Russian Revolution

Author: Daniel Orlovsky Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/07/2020

Dictators The Cult of Personality in the Twentieth Century

Dictators The Cult of Personality in the Twentieth Century

Author: Frank Dikoetter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/07/2020

'Brilliant' NEW STATESMAN, BOOKS OF THE YEAR 'Enlightening and a good read' SPECTATOR 'Moving and perceptive' NEW STATESMAN Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, Mao Zedong, Kim Il-sung, Ceausescu, Mengistu of Ethiopia and Duvalier of Haiti. No dictator can rule through fear and violence alone. Naked power can be grabbed and held temporarily, but it never suffices in the long term. A tyrant who can compel his own people to acclaim him will last longer. The paradox of the modern dictator is that he must create the illusion of popular support. Throughout the twentieth century, hundreds of millions of people were condemned to enthusiasm, obliged to hail their leaders even as they were herded down the road to serfdom. In How to Be a Dictator, Frank Dikoetter returns to eight of the most chillingly effective personality cults of the twentieth century. From carefully choreographed parades to the deliberate cultivation of a shroud of mystery through iron censorship, these dictators ceaselessly worked on their own image and encouraged the population at large to glorify them. At a time when democracy is in retreat, are we seeing a revival of the same techniques among some of today's world leaders? This timely study, told with great narrative verve, examines how a cult takes hold, grows, and sustains itself. It places the cult of personality where it belongs, at the very heart of tyranny.

A Musical Offering

A Musical Offering

Author: Luis Sagasti Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2020

Animal Trade Histories in the Indian Ocean World

Animal Trade Histories in the Indian Ocean World

Author: Martha Chaiklin Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/07/2020

This book examines trades in animals and animal products in the history of the Indian Ocean World (IOW). An international array of established and emerging scholars investigate how the roles of equines, ungulates, sub-ungulates, mollusks, and avians expand our understandings of commerce, human societies, and world systems. Focusing primarily on the period 1500-1900, they explore how animals and their products shaped the relationships between populations in the IOW and Europeans arriving by maritime routes. By elucidating this fundamental yet under-explored aspect of encounters and exchanges in the IOW, these interdisciplinary essays further our understanding of the region, the environment, and the material, political and economic history of the world.