Category: History

Romantic Readers: The Evidence of Marginalia

By H. J. Jackson

When readers jot down notes of their books, they display anything of themselves—what they think, what amuses or annoys them, what they've got learn sooner than. yet an in depth exam of marginalia additionally discloses different and engaging information about the time during which they're written. This e-book explores examining practices within the Romantic Age via an research of a few 2,000 books annotated by way of British readers among 1790 and 1830.
This interval skilled an excellent elevate in readership and a increase in publishing. H. J. Jackson indicates how readers used their books for paintings, for socializing, and for leaving messages to posterity. She attracts at the annotations of Blake, Coleridge, Keats, and different celebrities in addition to these of little identified and unknown writers to find how humans have been interpreting and what this may let us know approximately literature, social background, and the heritage of the book.

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Vanished Kingdoms: The Rise and Fall of States and Nations

By Norman Davies

An evocative account of fourteen ecu kingdoms-their upward push, adulthood, and eventual disappearance.

There is anything profoundly romantic approximately misplaced civilizations. Europe's earlier is suffering from states and kingdoms, huge and small, which are scarcely remembered this day, and whereas their names should be unfamiliar-Aragon, Etruria, the dominion of the 2 Burgundies-their tales should still swap our psychological map of the earlier. We come upon forgotten characters and well-known ones-King Arthur and Macbeth, Napoleon and Queen Victoria, correct as much as Stalin and Gorbachev-and realize how defective reminiscence should be, and what sort of we will be able to glean from those misplaced empires. Davies friends throughout the cracks within the mainstream money owed of modern day states to dazzle us with outstanding tales of slightly remembered pasts, and of the strains they left behind.

This is Norman Davies at his top: sweeping narrative heritage packed with unforeseen insights. Vanished Kingdoms will attract all fanatics of unconventional and thought-provoking historical past, from readers of Niall Ferguson to Jared Diamond.

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The Battlecruiser Hood (Anatomy of the Ship)

By John Arthur Roberts

The destruction of the HMS Hood by means of the Bismarck in 1941 was once probably the most stunning episodes within the heritage of the Royal army. equipped in the course of global warfare I, it used to be the biggest, quickest and the most good-looking capital ships on the planet. This access within the Anatomy of a boat series—now in paper—features an in depth description of each point of the liked battlecruiser. as well as studying the genesis of its layout and its modern value, this extraordinary examine good points brilliant line drawings, technical info, and the Hood's complete provider history.

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The Thousand-Year Flood: The Ohio-Mississippi Disaster of 1937

By David Welky

In the early days of 1937, the Ohio River, swollen via heavy wintry weather rains, all started emerging. And emerging. And emerging. by the point the waters crested, the Ohio and Mississippi had climbed to checklist heights. approximately 400 humans had died, whereas one million extra had run from their houses. The deluge brought on greater than part one billion money of harm at a time while the good melancholy nonetheless battered the nation.

Timed to coincide with the flood's seventy-fifth anniversary, The Thousand-Year Flood is the 1st finished historical past of 1 of the main damaging failures in American heritage. David Welky first exhibits how many years of payment placed Ohio valley farms and cities in danger and the way politicians and planners again and again neglected the hazards. Then he tells the gripping tale of the river's inexorable upward thrust: citizens fled to refugee camps and better flooring, cities imposed martial legislations, prisoners rioted, pink go nurses persevered terrifying stipulations, and FDR dispatched hundreds of thousands of reduction employees. In a panorama fraught with dangers—from unmoored gasoline tanks that turned floating bombs to robust currents of filthy floodwaters that swept away entire towns—people rapidly raised sandbag barricades, piled into overloaded rowboats, and marveled at water that stretched so far as the attention might see. within the flood's aftermath, Welky explains, New Deal reformers, utopian dreamers, and hard-pressed locals restructured not just the flood-stricken valleys, but additionally the nation's dating with its waterways, adjustments that proceed to impact lifestyles alongside the rivers to this day.

A amazing narrative of hazard and adventure—and the combination of heroism and generosity, greed and pettiness that often accompany disaster—The Thousand-Year Flood breathes new lifestyles right into a interesting but little-remembered American story.

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Texas Got It Right!

By Sam Wyly

“It ain’t bragging if it’s true.” –a rodeo bull rider

Why are jobs relocating from the as soon as Golden country of California to the Lone superstar nation of Texas? Why are the easiest and the brightest relocating from Chicago and Detroit to Austin and Houston and Dallas? Why are Massachusetts, ny, Ohio, and Illinois wasting congressmen in 2012 whereas Texas profits 4? Why is it that Texas is growing to be whereas the opposite substantial states in the USA are flat or flat-out broke?

According to Sam and Andrew Wyly, it’s uncomplicated: Texas obtained it correct! The Lone megastar State’s lengthy culture of jogging the trail much less traveled has made it a regularly renewing hotbed of invention and entrepreneurial can-do. From the birthplace of complete meals, Southwest airways, and eco-friendly Mountain strength has come the innovation that has quadrupled America’s ordinary fuel and oil reserves long ago ten years, growing stable jobs around the state and in a foreign country. the main military-friendly kingdom within the union is now best the rustic in its use of high-tech windmills and is making it much more likely that we’ll quickly deliver an finish to wars over Arab and Persian oil.

The Wylys’ new full-color, absolutely illustrated ebook of actual boasts, Texas obtained It Right!, argues that the state’s good fortune tales can motivate the remainder of the rustic. This astute and provocative examine Texan rules, background, and tradition is choked with principles begging to be exported to the opposite, much less lucky forty nine states.

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Nubia and Egypt 10,000 B.C. to 400 A.D.: From Prehistory to the Meroitic Period

By Larry Ross

This is often the 1st publication to assert that the Black Nubians performed a vital function within the upward push of historical Egyptian civilization. Ross is the 1st student to argue that there's a shared starting place of Nile Valley Civilization among Nubian and Egyptian cultures. Nubia at the present time is called the geographical regions of Sudan and South Sudan, and has been misrepresented for hundreds of thousands of years by way of Egyptian resources, which minimized the function the folks performed in global background. This booklet attracts on fresh archaeological findings that declare Pharonic symbolism, sacred bark, and serekh, are of Nubian foundation, no longer Egyptian.

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The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914

By Christopher Clark

One of The big apple occasions e-book Review’s 10 top Books of the Year

Winner of the Los Angeles Times ebook Prize (History)

The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to warfare in 1914 is historian Christopher Clark’s riveting account of the explosive beginnings of global battle I.

Drawing on new scholarship, Clark deals a clean examine international struggle I, focusing no longer at the battles and atrocities of the conflict itself, yet at the advanced occasions and relationships that led a bunch of well-meaning leaders into brutal conflict.

Clark lines the trails to struggle in a minute-by-minute, action-packed narrative that cuts among the foremost selection facilities in Vienna, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Paris, London, and Belgrade, and examines the many years of heritage that educated the occasions of 1914 and information the mutual misunderstandings and accidental signs that drove the situation ahead in a couple of brief weeks.

Meticulously researched and masterfully written, Christopher Clark’s The Sleepwalkers is a dramatic and authoritative chronicle of Europe’s descent right into a warfare that tore the area apart.

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The Blue Death: Disease, Disaster, and the Water We Drink

By Robert D. Morris

With the willing eyes of a scientist and the sensibilities of a pro author, Dr. Robert Morris chronicles the interesting and every now and then scary tale of our ingesting water. His gripping narrative vividly recounts the epidemics that experience shaken towns and countries, the scientists who reached into the invisible and emerged with arguable truths that will keep hundreds of thousands of lives, and the industrial and political forces that hostile those researchers in a ferocious struggle of rules.

In the gritty international of nineteenth-century England, amid the ravages of cholera, Morris introduces John Snow, the surgeon who proved that the lethal ailment might be hidden in a drop of water. a long time later within the deserts of Africa, the tale follows Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch as they raced to discover the reason for cholera and a way to avoid its unfold. within the 20th century, burgeoning towns might subdue cholera and typhoid through bending rivers to their will, construction mammoth filtration crops, and effervescent toxic fuel via their ingesting water. even though, with the arriving of the recent millennium, the demon of waterborne affliction is threatening to reemerge, and a growing to be physique of analysis has associated the chlorine depended on for water therapy with melanoma and stillbirths.

In The Blue Death, Morris dispels notions of fail-safe water structures. alongside the way in which he unearths a few stunning truths: the hundreds of thousands of miles of leaking water mains, always evolving microorganisms, and the looming danger of bioterrorism, that may bring about disaster. throughout time and around the globe, this riveting account deals alarming information regarding the common and man-made dangers found in the very water we drink.

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The Rise of Western Christendom: Triumph and Diversity, A.D. 200-1000

This 10th anniversary revised variation of the authoritative textual content on Christianity’s first thousand years of historical past includes a new preface, extra colour photos, and an up-to-date bibliography. the fundamental normal survey of medieval eu Christendom, Brown’s vibrant prose charts the compelling and tumultuous upward push of an establishment that got here to wield huge, immense non secular and secular power.

• Clear and shiny heritage of Christianity’s upward thrust and its pivotal function within the making of Europe
• Written via the prestigious Princeton student who originated of the sector of research often called ‘late antiquity’
• Includes an absolutely up to date bibliography and index

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The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility (The Princeton Economic History of the Western World)

By Gregory Clark

How a lot of our destiny is tied to the prestige of our mom and dad and grandparents? How a lot does it effect our youngsters? greater than we want to think. whereas it's been argued that inflexible classification buildings have eroded in prefer of larger social equality, The Son additionally Rises proves that flow at the social ladder has replaced little over 8 centuries. utilizing a singular technique--tracking kin names over generations to degree social mobility throughout international locations and periods--renowned financial historian Gregory Clark unearths that mobility premiums are less than conventionally envisioned, don't fluctuate throughout societies, and are proof against social rules.

Clark examines and compares surnames in such different circumstances as glossy Sweden and Qing Dynasty China. He demonstrates how destiny depends upon ancestry and that most societies have equally low social mobility premiums. demanding well known assumptions approximately mobility and revealing the deeply entrenched strength of inherited virtue, The Son additionally Rises is certain to advised extreme debate for years to come.

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