Download E-books Imperium PDF

By Ryszard Kapuscinski

The Polish journalist whose The football War and The Emperor are counted as classics of up to date reportage now bears witness in Imperium to the disintegration of the Soviet Union. This magisterial e-book combines youth reminiscence with unblinking journalism, a radar for the reality with a willing appreciation of the absurd.

Imperium starts off with Ryszard Kapuscinski's account of the Soviet career of his city in japanese Poland in 1939. It culminates fifty years later, with a forty-thousand-mile trip that takes him from the haunted corridors of the Kremlin to the deserted gulag of Kolyma, from a miners' strike within the arctic circle to a panic-stricken bus trip throughout the war-torn Caucasus.

Out of passivity and paranoia, ethnic hatred and non secular fanaticism that experience riven generations of jap Europeans, Kapuscinski has composed a symphony for a collapsing empire—a paintings that interprets historical past into the hopes and sufferings of the people condemned to dwell it.

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Download E-books 1616: The World in Motion PDF

By Thomas Christensen

The realm of 1616 was once an international of movement. huge, immense galleons wearing silk and silver around the Pacific created the 1st precise international economic system, and the 1st overseas megacorporations have been rising as financial powers. In Europe, the deaths of Shakespeare and Cervantes marked the tip of an period in literature, because the spirit of the Renaissance was once giving solution to new attitudes that might result in the Age of Revolution. nice adjustments have been additionally occurring in East Asia, the place the final local chinese language dynasty was once getting into its ultimate years and Japan was once starting its lengthy interval of warrior rule. Artists there, as in lots of components of the realm, have been rethinking their connections to old traditions and experimenting with new instructions. ladies all over have been redefining their roles in kinfolk and society. Slave buying and selling used to be moving huge numbers of individuals, whereas others have been migrating looking for new possibilities. the 1st travelers, touring no longer for alternate or exploration yet for private achievement, have been exploring this new globalized global.

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Download E-books Warrior: A Visual History of the Fighting Man PDF

By R. G. Grant

Concentrating on the frontline squaddies who fought for his or her tribes, their towns, their overlords and their countries-from the traditional Greeks who repelled the invading Persians within the fifth century to the united states Marines in motion in Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf, this visible heritage paints a compelling portrait of the frontline soldier via 2,500 years of background. The 3rd in a sequence of illustrated army historical past books, following the hugely winning Battle and Weapon, Warrior positive factors vibrant bills of lifestyle, education, and strategies of the normal scuffling with guy. writer BIO: R.G. furnish is a background author who has released greater than 20 books, together with titles at the innovative struggle, international conflict I and II, and the Vietnam battle. he is additionally the writer of DK's conflict, Weapon, and Flight: a hundred Years of Aviation.

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Download E-books Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman Empire: A Study of Elite Communities (Classical Culture and Society) PDF

By William A. Johnson

In Readers and studying tradition within the excessive Roman Empire, William Johnson examines the method and tradition of analyzing one of the elite in second-century Rome. The research proceeds in case-study type utilizing the critical surviving witnesses, starting with the groups of Pliny and Tacitus (with a glance at Pliny's instructor, Quintilian) from the time of the emperor Trajan. Johnson then strikes directly to discover elite studying throughout the period of the Antonines, together with the clinical neighborhood round Galen, the philological neighborhood round Gellius and Fronto (with a glance on the curious examining conduct of Fronto's scholar Marcus Aurelius), and the highbrow groups lampooned by way of the satirist Lucian. alongside the way in which, facts from the papyri is deployed to aid to appreciate higher and extra concretely either the mechanics of interpreting, and the social interactions that surrounded the traditional booklet. the result's a wealthy cultural background of person interpreting groups that differentiate themselves in attention-grabbing methods even whereas in mixture displaying a coherent analyzing tradition with interesting similarities and contrasts to the analyzing tradition of at the present time.

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Download E-books Western Society: A Brief History, Volume 1: From Antiquity to Enlightenment PDF

By Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, John P. McKay, Bennett D. Hill, John Buckler, Clare Haru Crowston

In keeping with the hugely acclaimed A background of Western Society, this short variation bargains a welcome new method for today’s classrooms.  A full-color layout, vast studying aids, wealthy representation application, and cheap cost mix with vigorous, descriptive writing and compelling first-hand debts to supply the main bright account on hand in a concise variation of what existence was once like for peoples of the past. 

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Download E-books The Alcoholic Empire: Vodka & Politics in Late Imperial Russia PDF

By Patricia Herlihy

The Alcoholic Empire examines the superiority of alcohol in Russian social, monetary, non secular, and political lifestyles. Herlihy seems at how the country, the church, the army, medical professionals, lay societies, and the czar all attempted to conflict the matter of overconsumption of alcohol within the overdue imperial interval. given that vodka produced crucial executive profit and used to be a spine of the nation economic climate, many that fought for a sober Russia believed that the one technique to shop the rustic via progressive swap. This publication lines temperance job and politics facet by way of part with the tip of the tsarist regime, whereas exhibiting how the matter of alcohoism persisted to pervade Soviet and post-Soviet society. Illustrated via undying and incisive sayings concerning the Russian love of vodka and by way of poster paintings and work, this e-book will attract Russian and eu historians and people attracted to temperance historical past.

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Download E-books Fiva: An Adventure That Went Wrong PDF

By Gordon Stainforth

In 1969, teenage dual brothers Gordon and John Stainforth set out from their domestic in Hertfordshire, England, to climb
the optimum rock face in Europe Norway's Troll Wall. The course they precise is named Fiva.
Poor judges in their personal skills, adventure, and kit, they started the climb confident they might go back to their tent in time for afternoon tea.
Within hours of beginning the course, issues went extraordinarily flawed. Fiva is the tale that Gordon Stainforth lived to inform, forty years later. whereas it is a story that climbers will include, the journey is person who all readers of non-fiction experience will get pleasure from and locate soaking up. it is a tale of innocence, concord, younger folly, and of probability, danger,
and extra chance.

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Download E-books In Amazonia: A Natural History PDF

By Hugh Raffles

The Amazon isn't what it sort of feels. As Hugh Raffles exhibits us during this desirable and cutting edge booklet, the world's final nice desolate tract has been reworked time and again via human task. In Amazonia brings to lifestyles an Amazon whose attract and fact lie as a lot, or extra, in what humans have made up of it as in what nature has wrought. It casts new mild on centuries of come upon whereas describing the dramatic remaking of a sweeping panorama via citizens of 1 small neighborhood within the Brazilian Amazon. Combining richly textured ethnographic learn and vigorous historic research, Raffles weaves a desirable tale that alterations our figuring out of this zone and demanding situations us to reconsider what we suggest via "nature."

Raffles attracts from a variety of fabric to demonstrate--in distinction to the tendency to downplay human organization within the Amazon--that the sector is an consequence of the in detail intertwined histories of people and nonhumans. He strikes among a close narrative that analyzes the construction of medical wisdom approximately Amazonia over the centuries and an soaking up account of the intense adjustments to the fluvial panorama performed during the last 40 years by means of the population of Igarapé Guariba, 4 hours downstream from the closest city.

Engagingly written, theoretically artistic, and vividly illustrated, the publication introduces a various variety of characters--from sixteenth-century explorers and their local competitors to nineteenth-century naturalists and modern ecologists, logging corporation executives, and river-traders. A common heritage of a distinct sort, In Amazonia indicates how people, animals, rivers, and forests all perform the making of a sector that is still this present day on the heart of debates in environmental politics.

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Download E-books The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) PDF

By Nick Groom

The Gothic is wildly various. it might seek advice from ecclesiastical structure, supernatural fiction, cult horror motion pictures, and a particular type of rock song. It has encouraged political theorists and social reformers, in addition to Victorian domestic décor and modern type. This Very Short Introduction captures the historical past of the Gothic from precedent days to the current. It covers the sack of Rome by way of the barbarian tribes, mediaeval structure, pop culture within the 16th century (including ballads and Revenge Tragedy), political theories of the 17th and eighteenth centuries, the increase of the Gothic novel, the Victorian Gothic Revival, and the effect of Gothic tradition on movie, song, and type. It contains usual Gothic novels such Frankenstein and Dracula, whereas additionally masking Gothic gardening, slasher video clips, and the present Goth scene. it's the in simple terms account of the Gothic that describes the total heritage of the time period, proposing it in all its richly complicated and perversely contradictory glory.

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