The Roman Republic: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

By David M. Gwynn

The increase and fall of the Roman Republic occupies a different position within the heritage of Western civilization. From humble beginnings at the seven hills beside the Tiber, town of Rome grew to dominate the traditional Mediterranean. Led by means of her senatorial aristocracy, Republican armies defeated Carthage and the successor kingdoms of Alexander the nice, and taken the encompassing peoples to east and west into the Roman sphere. during this Very brief Introduction, David M. Gwynn presents a desirable advent to the background of the Roman Republic, starting from the origins of Rome and the vibrant Roman legends that encompass the principles of the town, to the overthrow of the monarchy in 509 BC, the 500 years of republican rule, the increase of Julius Caesar and Caesar Augustus, and the institution of the Principate. Gwynn considers the political constitution of the Republic, together with its detailed structure, and he highlights literary and fabric assets, bringing to lifestyles the tradition and society of Republican Rome. He additionally displays at the Roman values and ideology of the time, to be able to make clear the Republic's dramatic upward thrust and fall. eventually, Gwynn displays at the amazing legacy of the Roman Republic, together with its modern day resonance and legacy in literature and in movie, the place it's always offered as a version, a resource of concept, but in addition a warning.

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From Hellenism to Islam: Cultural and Linguistic Change in the Roman Near East

The 8 hundred years among the 1st Roman conquests and the conquest of Islam observed a wealthy, regularly transferring mix of languages and writing platforms, felony constructions, spiritual practices and ideology within the close to East. whereas the various ethnic teams and cultural types usually clashed with one another, version was once as a lot a attribute of the sector as clash. This quantity, emphasizing the inscriptions in lots of languages from the close to East, brings jointly collectively informative stories through students in different fields. jointly, they display how the several languages, peoples and cultures interacted, competed with, attempted to disregard or have been encouraged by way of one another, and the way their relationships developed through the years. it is going to be of significant price to these drawn to Greek and Roman heritage, Jewish historical past and close to jap stories.

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Black Reconstruction in America: Toward a History of the Part Which Black Folk Played in the Attempt to Reconstruct Democracy in America, 1860-1880

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois was once a public highbrow, sociologist, and activist on behalf of the African American group. He profoundly formed black political tradition within the usa via his founding position within the NAACP, in addition to across the world during the Pan-African flow. Du Bois's sociological and old learn on African-American groups and tradition broke floor in lots of parts, together with the heritage of the post-Civil battle Reconstruction interval. Du Bois was once additionally a prolific writer of novels, autobiographical money owed, innumerable editorials and journalistic items, and a number of other works of history.

Black Reconstruction in the USA tells and translates the tale of the two decades of Reconstruction from the perspective of newly liberated African american citizens. even though lambasted by way of critics on the time of its booklet in 1935, Black Reconstruction has in basic terms grown in ancient and literary significance. within the Nineteen Sixties it joined the canon of the main influential revisionist historic works. Its maximum fulfillment is weaving a reputable, lyrical historic narrative of the opposed and politically fraught years of 1860-1880 with a strong severe research of the dangerous results of democracy, together with Jim Crow legislation and different injustices. With a sequence creation by way of editor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and an creation through David Levering Lewis, this version is vital for an individual attracted to African American historical past.

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America's Geisha Ally: Reimagining the Japanese Enemy

By Naoko Shibusawa

During international warfare II, Japan was once vilified via the United States as our hated enemy within the East. even though we unusual "good Germans" from the Nazis, we condemned all jap indiscriminately as fans and savages. because the chilly conflict heated up, besides the fact that, the U.S. govt determined to make Japan its bulwark opposed to communism in Asia.

But how was once the yank public made to simply accept an alliance with Japan so quickly after the "Japs" were demonized as subhuman, bucktoothed apes with Coke-bottle glasses? during this revelatory paintings, Naoko Shibusawa charts the amazing reversal from hated enemy to important best friend that happened within the twenty years after the struggle. whereas basic MacArthur's career Forces pursued our nation's strategic targets in Japan, liberal American politicians, newshounds, and filmmakers pursued an both crucial, even though long-unrecognized, objective: the dissemination of a brand new and palatable photo of the japanese one of the American public.

With huge learn, from career memoirs to army files, from courtroom records to Hollywood movies, and from charity tasks to newspaper and journal articles, Shibusawa demonstrates how the evil enemy used to be rendered as a feminized, submissive country, as an immature adolescence that wanted America's benevolent hand to steer it towards democracy. apparently, Shibusawa finds how this obsession with race, gender, and adulthood mirrored America's personal anxieties approximately race family members and fairness among the sexes within the postwar global. America's Geisha Ally is an exploration of the way belligerents reconcile themselves within the wake of conflict, but additionally bargains perception into how a brand new superpower adjusts to its position because the world's preeminent force.

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Pagan Spain

By Richard Wright

A masterful chronicler of the African American adventure, Richard Wright (1908-1960) was once probably the most arguable and insightful writers the US has produced. In 1957 the booklet of Pagan Spain, marked a profound switch in his literary and highbrow lifestyles and mirrored a mode more desirable for polemic than for shuttle writing.

certainly, as Pagan Spain portrays midcentury Spain as a rustic of tragic good looks, political oppression, and contradictions, Wright amalgamates instantaneously polemic, trip narrative, historical past, and journalistic essay. He combines, in addition, first-person narrative, eyewitness reporting, remark, anecdotes, vignettes, and dramatic monologue.

on the time this e-book used to be initially released, the Spanish, regardless of a powerful Catholic background, have been proven as embracing a primitive and primeval religion. increasing his reviews in this paradox, Wright models a candid portrait of a rustic scarred through civil warfare and with an excoriating condemnation of Francisco Franco's dictatorship. during this opinionated travelogue Wright sees himself as a humanist and reporter, a nonpartisan freedom fighter who's perpetually probing, tracing, reading, and denouncing the symptoms of evil he affiliates with white patriarchy and Western imperialism.

Pagan Spain, much less a journalistic account of a humans and an unique locale than it's a sociological critique of a corrupt process of presidency, is Wright's merely nonfiction booklet near to a eu kingdom. It unearths the notable contradictions inside himself in addition to inside of Spain. As a black guy within the Nineteen Fifties he castigates the West for its colonialism and imperialism, whereas as an highbrow he embraces the secular humanism of Western Civilization. His conflicted emotions in regards to the West are ideally fitted to his research of Spain, a rustic allied with the West but additionally faraway from it. The publication is a bold portrait of a rustic in turmoil.

The creation through religion Berry places Pagan Spain in context with the trajectory of Wright's philosophical concept. She notes how his dissatisfaction with the Franco govt was once, partially, the results of his disillusionment with the Communist social gathering, of which he have been a member.

Richard Wright is the writer of Native Son, Uncle Tom's Children, Black Boy, The colour Curtain, and different books.

religion Berry is the writer of Langston Hughes: prior to and past Harlem and is the editor of A Scholar's judgment of right and wrong: chosen Writings of J. Saunders Redding, 1942-1977 and of the imminent publication From Bondage to Liberation: Writings via and approximately Afro-Americans from 1700 to the Present.

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In Bed with the Tudors: From Elizabeth of York to Elizabeth I

By Amy Licence

?Tudors a highly renowned subject?First ever ebook at the intercourse lives of the Tudors?Comprehensive assurance of all of the significant Tudors: Henry VII, Elizabeth of York, Prince Arthur, Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, Catherine Parr, Henry VIII's numerous mistresses, Edward VI, Mary Tudor and Elizabeth ILearn what went on in the back of closed doorways within the Tudor courtroom. Illegitimate little ones, adulterous queens, impotent kings, and an entire dynasty resting on their shoulders. intercourse and childbirth have been relatively actually an issue of lifestyles or loss of life for the Tudors - Elizabeth of York died in childbirth, of Henry VIII's queens have been beheaded for infidelity, and Elizabeth I's optionally available virginity signaled the dying of a dynasty.Amy Licence courses the reader throughout the births of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York's sons, Arthur and Henry, Catherine of Aragon's next marriages to either one of those males, Henry VIII's different 5 better halves and his mistresses, and the intercourse lives of his daughters. This ebook info the studies of a majority of these girls, from fertility, belief and being pregnant via to the supply chamber, directly to maternal and child mortality. each one woman's tale is a mix of particular own conditions, set opposed to their historic second: for a few the fun have been short, for others it was once a query that eventually made up our minds their fates.

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We Sell Drugs: The Alchemy of US Empire (American Crossroads)

By Suzanna Reiss

This historical past of US-led foreign drug keep an eye on offers new views at the financial, ideological, and political foundations of a chilly battle American empire. US officers assumed the helm of overseas drug regulate after global battle II at a second of exceptional geopolitical impact embodied within the growing to be fiscal clout of its pharmaceutical industry.

We promote medications is a examine grounded within the transnational geography and political economic climate of the coca-leaf and coca-derived commodities industry stretching from Peru and Bolivia into the us. greater than a slim biography of 1 well-known plant and its both recognized spinoff products—Coca-Cola and cocaine—this ebook situates those commodities in the better panorama of drug construction and intake. analyzing efforts to manage the circuits during which coca traveled, Suzanna Reiss offers a geographic and criminal foundation for contemplating the old development of designations of legality and illegality.

The e-book additionally argues that the criminal prestige of any given drug is basically premised on who grew, synthetic, disbursed, and fed on it and never at the features of the drug itself. Drug regulate is a robust device for ordering overseas alternate, nationwide economies, and society’s conduct and day-by-day lives.

In a ancient panorama lively via struggles over political financial system, nationwide autonomy, hegemony, and racial equality, We promote medicines insists at the socio-historical underpinnings of designations of legality to discover how drug keep an eye on turned an important weapon in announcing keep an eye on of household and foreign affairs.

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Dickens's England: Life in Victorian Times

Victorian England was once, in Tennyson's word, an lousy second of transition. A society established principally on agriculture, conventional values, and social hierarchies used to be reworked into one either prompted and unsettled via exceptional development in technology, know-how, undefined, urbanization and inhabitants, and profound wondering of politics, morality, and faith. Its writers energetically published their responses to the days and the impact that any such swiftly altering international had upon them. This number of the very best, wittiest, and most unique Victorian writing makes use of cautious observations and acute reviews to convey to existence the range, the power, and the usually harsh truth of the society that produced and encouraged one in every of England's most famed authors.

In addition to Dickens, Pritchard makes use of decisions that hide all points of Victorian existence, together with Henry Mayhew (on the London poor), Elizabeth Gaskell and Engels (on the economic periods and conditions), William Cobbett and Francis Kilvert (on rural life), Trollope (on Church life), Huxley and Darwin (on technological know-how and evolution), and Carlyle, Ruskin, and Matthew Arnold (on paintings and culture). He additionally presents excerpts from vacationing commentators resembling the americans Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville. including 50 illustrations, those decisions mix to precise the spirit of what Elizabeth Barrett Browning known as this stay, throbbing age, that brawls, cheats, maddens, calculates, [and] aspires.

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The Wheel: Inventions and Reinventions (Columbia Studies in International and Global History)

By Richard W. Bulliet

In this e-book, Richard W. Bulliet specializes in 3 significant levels within the evolution of the wheel and their courting to the wishes and pursuits of human society. He starts in 4000 B.C.E. with the 1st wheels affixed to axles. He then follows with the innovation of wheels turning independently on their axles and concludes 5 thousand years later with the caster, a unmarried rotating and pivoting wheel.

Bulliet's best discovering is easy wish to flow issues from position to put didn't force the wheel's improvement. If that have been the case, the wheel might have been invented at any time nearly anyplace on this planet. via dividing the historical past of this know-how into 3 conceptual stages and targeting the categorical males, girls, and societies that introduced it approximately, Bulliet expands the social, monetary, and political importance of a device we in simple terms partly comprehend. He underscores the position of gender, strive against, and pageant within the layout and manufacture of wheels, including shiny imagery to demonstrate every one level in their development.

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Twice a Stranger: The Mass Expulsions that Forged Modern Greece and Turkey

By Bruce Clark

In the dismantling of the Ottoman Empire following global struggle I, approximately million voters in Turkey and Greece have been expelled from homelands. The Lausanne treaty led to the deportation of Orthodox Christians from Turkey to Greece and of Muslims from Greece to Turkey. The move used to be hailed as an answer to the matter of minorities who couldn't coexist. either governments observed the alternate as an opportunity to create societies of a unmarried tradition. The critiques and emotions of these uprooted from their local soil have been by no means solicited.

In an evocative e-book, Bruce Clark attracts on new archival learn in Turkey and Greece in addition to interviews with surviving individuals to envision this remarkable workout in ethnic engineering. He examines how the alternate was once negotiated and the way humans on each side got here to phrases with new lands and identities.

Politically, the inhabitants trade completed its planners' ambitions, however the huge, immense human agony left shattered legacies. It coloured kin among Turkey and Greece, and has been invoked as an answer by means of advocates of ethnic separation from the Balkans to South Asia to the center East. This considerate ebook is a well timed reminder of the results of grand coverage on traditional humans and of the problems for contemporary international locations in contested areas the place humans nonetheless establish strongly with their ethnic or spiritual community.

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