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  • Download E-books 69 A.D.: The Year of Four Emperors PDF

    By Gwyn Morgan

    The 12 months of 4 Emperors, so the traditional assets guarantee us, was once some of the most chaotic, violent, and scary classes in all Roman historical past. It used to be a time of assassinations and civil struggle, of armies so uncontrolled they'd no qualms approximately occupying town of Rome, and of formidable males who ruthlessly seized energy simply to have it wrenched from their grasps.
    In 69 AD, Gwyn Morgan deals a clean examine this era, in line with concerns to which inadequate awareness has been paid long ago. First, that we have to get to the bottom of instead of cherry-pick among the conflicting money owed of Tacitus, Plutarch and Suetonius, our 3 major assets of knowledge. And moment, that the position of the armies, as specified from that in their commanders, has too frequently been exaggerated. the result's a remarkably actual and insightful narrative background, full of colourful photographs of the major members and new insights into the character of the Roman military.
    A strikingly bright account of historic Rome, 69 AD is an unique and compelling account of 1 of the easiest identified yet probably least understood sessions in all Roman background. it's going to have interaction and enlighten all readers with a love for the tumultuous cleaning soap opera that used to be Roman political life.

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  • Download E-books Who Was Jesus? PDF

    By Ellen Morgan

    This attention-grabbing addition to the best-selling Who Was...? sequence doesn't settle questions of theology. in its place, it offers younger readers with a biography that covers what's identified traditionally approximately Jesus and locations in his lifestyles within the context of his global whilst Jerusalem was once a part of the Roman Empire. In an even-handed and easy-to-read narrative, this title—illustrated with 80 black-and-white drawings—also explains the early origins of Christianity and the way it grew to become a huge faith.

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  • Download E-books Frontier Fictions: Shaping the Iranian Nation, 1804-1946 PDF

    By Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet

    In Frontier Fictions, Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet appears on the efforts of Iranians to safeguard, if now not extend, their borders within the 19th and early 20th centuries, and explores how their conceptions of nationwide geography prompted cultural and political switch. The "frontier fictions," or the ways that the Iranians seen their usually fluctuating borders and the conflicts surrounding them, performed a dominant position in defining the kingdom. On those borderlands, new rules of citizenship and nationality have been unleashed, refining older principles of ethnicity.

    Kashani-Sabet continues that land-based conceptions of nations existed ahead of the appearance of the trendy geographical region. Her concentrate on geography permits her to discover and rfile absolutely quite a lot of features of recent citizenship in Iran, together with love of fatherland, the hegemony of the Persian language, and frequent curiosity in archaeology, shuttle, and map-making. whereas many historians have inquisitive about the idea that of the "imagined neighborhood" of their causes of the increase of nationalism, Kashani-Sabet is ready to supplement this attitude with a truly tangible rationalization of what connects humans to a selected position. Her procedure is meant to complement our realizing not just of Iranian nationalism, but additionally of nationalism everywhere.

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  • Download E-books The Future Of The Past: Big Questions in History (Pimlico) PDF

    Before everything of the recent millennium, the way forward for the prior deals a clean interpretation of the problems and advancements that experience formed our global over the past thousand years. by way of bringing jointly the services of participants of the historical past school at Cambridge collage, them all leaders of their selected fields, a piece of historical past has been created that's either attention-grabbing and exact. instead of coming near near historical past as a sequence of earlier occasions, this e-book examines a few of the key concerns dealing with mankind at the present time and locations them right into a large old context by means of analyzing their improvement in the course of the a long time.

    By viewing heritage via issues comparable to spiritual authority, civil liberty, political ideology, demographic swap and fiscal cycles, The way forward for the Past demanding situations many long-held ideals and allows the reader to mirror upon the dramatic adjustments of the previous and the demanding situations of the long run.

    As Europe reshapes itself, the query of the way it was once outlined long ago involves the fore; as Britain reviews devolution, its ancient contours and identification are being probed afresh; because the effect of the us progressively extends around the globe, it compels a reappraisal of the heritage and responsiveness of Western highbrow, cultural and political traditions.

    By exploring those matters, The way forward for the Past presents an authoritative but obtainable advent to the research of heritage and demonstrates how the altering current can revitalize our perspectives of the previous.

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  • Download E-books Weapon: A Visual History of Arms and Armor PDF

    By DK Publishing

    For 4,000 years guns, and the soldiers who used them, have acted because the leading edge of heritage, utilizing ax, spear, bow, sword, gun, and cannon to figure out the increase of kingdoms and the autumn of empires. From the stone axes of the earliest conflict to the heavy artillery of today's sleek armies, this awe-inspiring booklet portrays for the 1st time the full spectrum of weaponry. A impressive, unparalleled visible connection with the layout, functionality and heritage of fingers and armor from all over the world. Combines in particular commissioned images and complex layout with authoritative textual content and exhaustive insurance. fantastically photographed and richly designated catalogues show - usually at genuine measurement - all of the significant forms of weapon, from spears to machine-guns. Profiles the soldiers who've deployed the guns to devastating influence, from the Roman legionary to the USA army Seal. contains good points that show off person guns in gorgeous aspect.

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  • Download E-books Finding Atlantis: A True Story of Genius, Madness, and an Extraordinary Quest for a Lost World PDF

    By David King

    The untold tale of a desirable Renaissance guy on an adventurous hunt for a misplaced civilization—an epic quest via castles, courts, mythologies, and the impressive global of the imagination.

    What do Zeus, Apollo, and the gods of Mount Olympus have in universal with Odin, Thor, and the gods of Valhalla? What do those, in flip, need to do with the colors of Hades, the pharaohs of Egypt, and the glories of fabled Atlantis? In 1679, Olof Rudbeck shocked the realm with the reply: they can all be traced to an old misplaced civilization that after thrived within the a long way north of Rudbeck’s local Sweden. He may spend the final thirty years of his lifestyles looking for the facts that might turn out this remarkable theory.

    Chasing down clues to that misplaced golden age, Rudbeck mixed the reasoning of Sherlock Holmes with the bold of Indiana Jones. He excavated what he inspiration used to be the acropolis of Atlantis, retraced the trips of classical heroes, opened numerous burial mounds, and consulted wealthy collections of manuscripts and artifacts. He ultimately released his findings in a 2,500-page tome titled Atlantica, a outstanding paintings replete with heroic quests, unique lands, and marvelous creatures.

    Three hundred years later, the tale of Rudbeck’s adventures seems to be in English for the 1st time. it's a exciting narrative of discovery in addition to a cautionary story concerning the risky dance of genius and insanity.

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  • Download E-books 1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War PDF

    By Charles Emmerson

    Today, 1913 is necessarily considered in the course of the lens of 1914: because the final 12 months prior to a battle that will shatter the worldwide fiscal order and tear Europe aside, undermining its international pre-eminence. Our views narrowed through hindsight, the area of that 12 months is decreased to its such a lot frivolous features—last summers in grand aristocratic residences—or its so much damaging ones: the unresolved rivalries of the nice eu powers, the phobia of revolution, violence within the Balkans.

    In this illuminating heritage, Charles Emmerson liberates the area of 1913 from this “prelude to warfare” narrative, and explores it because it used to be, in all its richness and complexity. touring from Europe’s capitals, then on the top in their worldwide succeed in, to the rising metropolises of Canada and the us, the imperial towns of Asia and Africa, and the boomtowns of Australia and South the United States, he offers a breathtaking view of a global crackling with percentages, its destiny nonetheless unsure, its outlook nonetheless open.

    The global in 1913 was once extra sleek than we keep in mind, extra just like our personal instances than we predict, extra globalized than ever prior to. The ideal underpinned worldwide flows of products and cash, whereas mass migration reshaped the world’s human geography. Steamships and sub-sea cables encircled the earth, besides new applied sciences and new principles. Ford’s first meeting line cranked to existence in 1913 in Detroit. The Woolworth construction went up in long island. whereas Mexico was once in the middle of bloody revolution, Winnipeg and Buenos Aires boomed. An period of petro-geopolitics opened in Iran. China looked to be awaking from its imperial shut eye. Paris celebrated itself because the urban of light—Berlin because the urban of electricity.

    Full of attention-grabbing characters, tales, and insights, 1913: looking for the area prior to the good War brings a misplaced international vividly again to lifestyles, with provocative implications for the way we comprehend our earlier and the way we expect approximately our destiny.

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  • Download E-books Alcuin: Achievement and Reputation (Education and Society in the Middle Ages and Renaissance) PDF

    By Donald A Bullough

    During this significant highbrow biography of Alcuin (d. 804), the main widespread Anglo-Saxon pupil on the court docket of Charlemagne, Donald Bullough deploys a lifetime's services within the research of early medieval manuscripts. targeting Alcuin's early years in Northumbria after which his time on the Carolingian courtroom, Bullough reassesses the chronology of Alcuin's occupation and writings, assesses his use of patristic and insular writings, and explores the modern importance of his huge output. on the middle of this booklet lies a primary reassessment of the courting of Alcuin's letters: in so doing, it finds the styles of highbrow alternate and textual neighborhood that characterized the 1st part of the Carolingian Renaissance. It therefore bargains a uniquely exact and nuanced exploration of the lifestyles and concepts of the main influential early medieval student.

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  • Download E-books The Russian Cosmists: The Esoteric Futurism of Nikolai Fedorov and His Followers PDF

    By George M. Young

    The 19th and early 20th century observed the emergence of a debatable university of Russian thinkers, led by way of the thinker Nikolai Fedorov and united within the conviction that humanity was once getting into a brand new level of evolution within which it needs to imagine a brand new, energetic, managerial position within the cosmos. within the first account in English of this interesting culture, George M. younger deals a dynamic and wide-ranging exam of the lives and ideas of the Russian Cosmists.

    Suppressed throughout the Soviet interval and little spotted within the West, the information of the Cosmists have in contemporary a long time been rediscovered and embraced by means of many Russian intellectuals and at the moment are famous as necessary to a local Russian cultural and highbrow culture. even though they have been scientists, theologians, and philosophers, the Cosmists addressed themes ordinarily constrained to occult and esoteric literature. significant subject matters contain the indefinite extension of the human lifestyles span to set up common immortality; the recovery of lifestyles to the useless; the reconstitution of the human organism to allow destiny generations to dwell past earth; the law of nature to carry all manifestations of blind traditional strength below rational human keep an eye on; the transition of our biosphere right into a "noosphere," with a sheath of psychological task surrounding the planet; the impression of cosmic rays and at present unrecognized debris of power on human background; functional steps towards the reversal and eventual human regulate over the move of time; and the virtues of human androgyny, autotrophy, and invisibility.

    The Russian Cosmists is a vital contribution to scholarship referring to Russian highbrow historical past, the way forward for know-how, and the background of western esotericism.

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  • Download E-books Alfred the Great: War, Kingship and Culture in Anglo-Saxon England PDF

    By Richard Philip Abels

    This biography of Alfred the good, king of the West Saxons (871-899), combines a delicate examining of the first assets with a cautious overview of the newest scholarly examine at the background and archaeology of ninth-century England. Alfred emerges from the pages of this biography as a superb warlord, an efficient and creative ruler, and a passionate student whose piety and highbrow interest led him to sponsor a cultural and non secular renaissance. Alfred's victories at the battlefield and his sweeping administrative suggestions not just preserved his local Wessex from viking conquest, yet all started the method of political consolidation that might culminate within the production of the dominion of britain.

    Alfred the good: struggle, Kingship and tradition in Anglo-Saxon England strips away the varnish of later interpretations to get well the ancient Alfredpragmatic, beneficiant, brutal, pious, scholarly in the context of his personal age.

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