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Rebel Women All You Wanted to Know about Women's History from 1800 to the present day

Rebel Women All You Wanted to Know about Women's History from 1800 to the present day

Author: Rosalind Miles Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/11/2019

More than twenty-five years ago The Women's History of the World, by the brilliant historian, journalist and academic, Rosalind Miles, burst upon the world. It was instantly lauded and applauded by everyone from A.S. Byatt ('Witty, balanced, inexorable . . . and splendid') to the Washington Post ('an inspiration'). The book went on to be a longstanding Sunday Times bestseller, was translated into almost 40 foreign languages and became a New York Times bestseller. Now it is time for Rebel Women: All you wanted to know about women's history from 1800 to the modern day. This is history as made by women: famous, infamous and little known, whose actions changed the course of the world. We begin with the French Revolution when one woman took on the Fraternite of man, then it's off to America to round up the other rebels who paved the way, fighting side by side for freedom with their men. In Australia we celebrate a mass mooning by female convicts of Queen Victoria's Vice-Regent and his lady wife, and the dogged, often desperate courage of all the women who dared to think that they could change the world. Along the way we highlight the age-old cruelties and injustices suffered by women worldwide which the modern age has done little to challenge or change like forced marriage and femicide, while recording every milestone in the long march of women towards equality and the full life. In a colourful pageant of astonishing women, we track through to the birth of modern womanhood with the one small question of the Swinging Sixties which changed everything: Betty Friedan's Is This all? Women in space, women in jail, women in-skirts, women in burkas, women in power - all female life is there. We end in the current day - breathless but thrilled with what women can and have and will do. Brave, brilliant, unrivalled in its wit and erudition, Rebel Women is a hugely readable book.

Rebel Women All You Wanted to Know about Women's History from 1800 to the present day

Rebel Women All You Wanted to Know about Women's History from 1800 to the present day

Author: Rosalind Miles Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/11/2019

More than twenty-five years ago The Women's History of the World, by the brilliant historian, journalist and academic, Rosalind Miles, burst upon the world. It was instantly lauded and applauded by everyone from A.S. Byatt ('Witty, balanced, inexorable . . . and splendid') to the Washington Post ('an inspiration'). The book went on to be a longstanding Sunday Times bestseller, was translated into almost 40 foreign languages and became a New York Times bestseller. Now it is time for Rebel Women: All you wanted to know about women's history from 1800 to the modern day. This is history as made by women: famous, infamous and little known, whose actions changed the course of the world. We begin with the French Revolution when one woman took on the Fraternite of man, then it's off to America to round up the other rebels who paved the way, fighting side by side for freedom with their men. In Australia we celebrate a mass mooning by female convicts of Queen Victoria's Vice-Regent and his lady wife, and the dogged, often desperate courage of all the women who dared to think that they could change the world. Along the way we highlight the age-old cruelties and injustices suffered by women worldwide which the modern age has done little to challenge or change like forced marriage and femicide, while recording every milestone in the long march of women towards equality and the full life. In a colourful pageant of astonishing women, we track through to the birth of modern womanhood with the one small question of the Swinging Sixties which changed everything: Betty Friedan's Is This all? Women in space, women in jail, women in-skirts, women in burkas, women in power - all female life is there. We end in the current day - breathless but thrilled with what women can and have and will do. Brave, brilliant, unrivalled in its wit and erudition, Rebel Women is a hugely readable book.

The Gravediggers The Last Winter of the Weimar Republic

The Gravediggers The Last Winter of the Weimar Republic

Author: Hauke Friederichs, Rudiger Barth Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/11/2019

November 1932. With the German economy in ruins and street battles raging between political factions, the Weimar Republic is in its death throes. Its elderly president Paul von Hindenburg floats above the fray, inscrutably haunting the halls of the Reichstag. In the shadows, would-be saviours of the nation vie for control. The great rivals are the chancellors Franz von Papen and Kurt von Schleicher. Both are tarnished by the republic's all-too-evident failures. Each man believes he can steal a march on the other by harnessing the increasingly popular National Socialists - while reining in their most alarming elements, naturally. Adolf Hitler has ideas of his own. But if he can't impose discipline on his own rebellious foot-soldiers, if he can't even control his rages, what chance does he have of seizing power? In The Last Winter of the Weimar Republic, Barth and Friedrichs draw on a vast array of primary sources to render the last days of the Weimar Republic in urgent, kaleidoscopic detail. Despite its precarious state, Germany was by no means fated to plunge into the abyss. The lesson of its final descent is both terrible and timely.

Eastern Resonances in Early Modern England Receptions and Transformations from the Renaissance to the Romantic Period

Eastern Resonances in Early Modern England Receptions and Transformations from the Renaissance to the Romantic Period

Author: Claire Gallien Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2019

The concept of resonance collapses the binary between subject and object, perceiver and perceived, evoking a sound or image that is prolonged and augmented by making contact with another surface. This collection uses resonance as an innovative framework for understanding the circulation of people and objects between England and its multiple Asian Easts. Moving beyond Saidian Orientalism to engage with ongoing critical conversations in the fields of connected history, material culture, and thing theory, it offers a vibrant range of case studies that consider how meanings accrue and shift through circulation and interconnection from the sixteenth to the early nineteenth century. Spanning centuries of traveling translations, narratives, myths, practices, and other cultural phenomena, Eastern Resonances in Early Modern England puts forth resonance not just as a metaphor, but a mode of investigation.

The Boundless Sea Self and History

The Boundless Sea Self and History

Author: Gary Y. Okihiro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2019

The last book in a trilogy of explorations on space and time from a preeminent scholar, The Boundless Sea is Gary Y. Okihiro's most innovative yet. Whereas Okihiro's previous books, Island World and Pineapple Culture, sought to deconstruct islands and continents, tropical and temperate zones, this book interrogates the assumed divides between space and time, memoir and history, and the historian and the writing of history. Okihiro uses himself-from Okinawan roots, growing up on a sugar plantation in Hawai'i, researching in Botswana, and teaching in California-to reveal the historian's craft involving diverse methodologies and subject matters. Okihiro's imaginative narrative weaves back and forth through decades and across vast spatial and societal differences, theorized as historical formations, to critique history's conventions. Taking its title from a translation of the author's surname, The Boundless Sea is a deeply personal and reflective volume that challenges how we think about time and space, notions of history.

The Boundless Sea Self and History

The Boundless Sea Self and History

Author: Gary Y. Okihiro Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2019

The last book in a trilogy of explorations on space and time from a preeminent scholar, The Boundless Sea is Gary Y. Okihiro's most innovative yet. Whereas Okihiro's previous books, Island World and Pineapple Culture, sought to deconstruct islands and continents, tropical and temperate zones, this book interrogates the assumed divides between space and time, memoir and history, and the historian and the writing of history. Okihiro uses himself-from Okinawan roots, growing up on a sugar plantation in Hawai'i, researching in Botswana, and teaching in California-to reveal the historian's craft involving diverse methodologies and subject matters. Okihiro's imaginative narrative weaves back and forth through decades and across vast spatial and societal differences, theorized as historical formations, to critique history's conventions. Taking its title from a translation of the author's surname, The Boundless Sea is a deeply personal and reflective volume that challenges how we think about time and space, notions of history.

Framing Animals as Epidemic Villains Histories of Non-Human Disease Vectors

Framing Animals as Epidemic Villains Histories of Non-Human Disease Vectors

Author: Christos Lynteris Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2019

This book takes a historical and anthropological approach to understanding how non-human hosts and vectors of diseases are understood, at a time when emerging infectious diseases are one of the central concerns of global health. The volume critically examines the ways in which animals have come to be framed as `epidemic villains' since the turn of the nineteenth century. Providing epistemological and social histories of non-human epidemic blame, as well as ethnographic perspectives on its recent manifestations, the essays explore this cornerstone of modern epidemiology and public health alongside its continuing importance in today's world. Covering diverse regions, the book argues that framing animals as spreaders and reservoirs of infectious diseases - from plague to rabies to Ebola - is an integral aspect not only to scientific breakthroughs but also to the ideological and biopolitical apparatus of modern medicine. As the first book to consider the impact of the image of non-human disease hosts and vectors on medicine and public health, it offers a major contribution to our understanding of human-animal interaction under the shadow of global epidemic threat.

Island Stories Britain and its History in the Age of Brexit

Island Stories Britain and its History in the Age of Brexit

Author: David Reynolds Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2019

What does Brexit do to our sense of history? On the basis that you cannot map the future if you have no sense of the past, Cambridge professor of international history and best-selling author of The Long Shadow, sets out his profound, multi-cultural interpretation of the many Island Stories that make up Britain's history. On 23 June 2016 the British electorate voted to leave the European Union. The margin was narrow (4%) yet decisive. Out meant out but nobody in the governing class had a clue where the country was actually going: there was no exit strategy. The country's future seemed more uncertain than at any time since 1940. And not just its future; also its past. How should we tell the story of British history in the light of Brexit? For a half-century until now the direction, if not the pace, had seemed clear. Former US Secretary of State Dean Acheson declared in 1962 that Britain had lost an empire but not yet found a role. Over the next decade British leaders, Tory and Labour, tried to find a new role within Europe; eventually Britain joined the EEC in 1973. But in 2019 that European role and identity - always a strain for the British - seems to be played out. `Becoming European' is no longer a plausible historical narrative for the nation. The Brexit vote forces us to think again about `our island story'. Having `lost' their future, the Brexit British have also lost their past. At this time of profound change, political and international history really matter. This new book by Professor David Reynolds borrows from the title of the Whiggish classic Our Island Story but is, instead, about `stories', plural - about the different ways in which to see our complicated past. The four main chapters look at four alternative ways of narrating `our island story' in the wake of Brexit. And, in doing so, they draw on some of the narratives that have been offered - by voices from the past such as Joseph Chamberlain, Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher and by figures from the current Brexit debate including Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg. It is a classic of its kind by one of the great professional historians of modern times and offers readers clear questions by which to navigate Britain's present.

Cities of Splendour in the Shaping of Sephardi History

Cities of Splendour in the Shaping of Sephardi History

Author: Jane Gerber Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2019

Sephardi identity has meant different things at different times, but has always entailed a connection with Spain, from which the Jews were expelled in 1492. While Sephardi Jews have lived in numerous cities and towns throughout history, certain cities had a greater impact in the shaping of their culture. This book focuses on those that may be considered most important, from Cordoba in the tenth century to Toledo, Venice, Safed, Istanbul, Salonica, and Amsterdam at the dawn of the seventeenth century. Each served as a venue in which a particular dimension of Sephardi Jewry either took shape or was expressed in especially intense form. Significantly, these cities were mostly heterogeneous in their population and culture-half of them under Christian rule and half under Muslim rule-and this too shaped the Sephardi world-view and attitude. While Sephardim cultivated a distinct identity, they felt at home in the cultures of their adopted lands. Drawing upon a variety of both primary and secondary sources, Jane Gerber demonstrates that Sephardi history and culture have always been multifaceted. Her interdisciplinary approach captures the many contexts in which the life of the Jews from Iberia unfolded, without either romanticizing the past or diluting its reality.

In the Shadow of the Mongol Empire Ming China and Eurasia

In the Shadow of the Mongol Empire Ming China and Eurasia

Author: David M. (Colgate University, New York) Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2019

During the thirteenth century, the Mongols created the greatest empire in human history. Genghis Khan and his successors brought death and destruction to Eurasia. They obliterated infrastructure, devastated cities, and exterminated peoples. They also created courts in China, Persia, and southern Russia, famed throughout the world as centers of wealth, learning, power, religion, and lavish spectacle. The great Mongol houses established standards by which future rulers in Eurasia would measure themselves for centuries. In this ambitious study, David M. Robinson traces how in the late fourteenth century the newly established Ming dynasty (1368-1644) in China crafted a narrative of the fallen Mongol empire. To shape the perceptions and actions of audiences at home and abroad, the Ming court tailored its narrative of the Mongols to prove that it was the rightful successor to the Mongol empire. This is a story of how politicians exploit historical memory for their own gain.

Trade and Cultural Exchange in the Early Modern Mediterranean Braudel's Maritime Legacy

Trade and Cultural Exchange in the Early Modern Mediterranean Braudel's Maritime Legacy

Author: Maria (University of Exeter) Fusaro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2019

The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II by Fernand Braudel revolutionised the study of Mediterranean history on its publication in 1949. Now, 60 years 'after Braudel', this book brings together work by area specialists and the latest research on the sea itself in the early modern period, the maritime trade that flourished there, the ships which travelled it and the men who sailed them. It opens up the subject to English-speaking readers interested in maritime history, naval history, the history of the early modern world and the historiographical legacy of Braudel.

The The Worlds of the Indian Ocean 2 Hardback Book Set The Worlds of the Indian Ocean From the Fourth Millennium BCE to the Sixth Century CE

The The Worlds of the Indian Ocean 2 Hardback Book Set The Worlds of the Indian Ocean From the Fourth Millennium BCE to the Sixth Century CE

Author: Philippe (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris) Beaujard Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2019

Europe's place in history is reassessed in this first comprehensive history of the ancient world, centering on the Indian Ocean and its role in pre-modern globalization. Philippe Beaujard presents an ambitious and comprehensive global history of the Indian Ocean world, from the earliest state formations to 1500 CE. Supported by a wealth of empirical data, full color maps, plates and figures, he shows how Asia and Africa dominated the economic and cultural landscape and the flow of ideas in the pre-modern world. This led to a trans-regional division of labor and an Afro-Eurasian world economy. Beaujard questions the origins of capitalism and hints at how this world-system may evolve in the future. The result is a reorienting of world history, taking the Indian Ocean, rather than Europe, as the point of departure. Volume 1 provides in-depth coverage of the period from the fourth century BCE to the sixth century CE.