The Ancient Near East: History, Society and Economy

By Mario Liverani

The old close to East
reveals 3 millennia of historical past (c. 3500–500 bc) in one paintings. Liverani attracts upon over 25 years’ worthy of expertise and this own odyssey has enabled him to retrace the heritage of the peoples of the traditional close to East. The heritage of the Sumerians, Hittites, Assyrians, Babylonians and extra is meticulously designated by way of one of many top students of Assyriology.

Utilizing learn derived from the newest archaeological unearths, the textual content has been absolutely revised for this English version and explores Liverani’s present pondering at the historical past of the traditional close to East. the wealthy and sundry illustrations for every ancient interval, augmented by way of new pictures for this variation, offer insights into the fabric and textual assets for the traditional close to East. Many spotlight the ingenuity and technological prowess of the peoples within the old East. by no means sooner than to be had in English, The historical close to East represents one of many maximum books ever written at the topic and is a needs to learn for college students who would not have had the opportunity to discover the intensity of Liverani’s scholarship.

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Dark Water: Flood and Redemption in the City of Masterpieces

By Robert Clark

This dramatic, superbly written account of the flood that ravaged Florence, Italy, in 1966 weaves heartbreaking stories of the catastrophe and tales of the heroic international efforts to save lots of the city’s treasures opposed to the historical historical past of Florence’s wonderful art.

On November four, 1966, Florence, one of many world’s so much ancient towns and the repository of probably its maximum artwork, was once struck by means of a enormous calamity. A low-pressure process were stalled over Italy for 6 weeks and at the earlier day it had started to rain back. Nineteen inches fell in twenty-four hours, greater than half the yearly overall. by way of o’clock within the morning twenty-thousand cubic toes of water according to moment used to be relocating towards Florence. quickly manhole covers in Santa Croce have been exploding into the air as jets of water all started taking pictures out of the now crushed sewer approach. Cellars, vaults, and strong-rooms have been filling with water. evening watchmen at the Ponte Vecchio alerted the bridge’s jewelers and goldsmiths to return quick to rescue their wares. by way of then the water used to be relocating at 40 miles in step with hour at a top of twenty-four toes. At 7:26 a.m. all of Florence’s electrical civic clocks got here to a cease. The Piazza Santa Croce used to be below twenty-two ft of water. underneath the skin, twelve ft of dust, sewage, particles, and oil sludge have been commencing to ooze and settle into the cellars and crypts and room after room above them. Six-hundred-thousand lots of it will smother, clot, and encrust the city. 
Dark Water 
brings the flood and its aftermath to lifestyles in the course of the voices of witnesses previous and current. younger American artists wade heedlessly throughout the inundated urban sporting their child with a view to witness its devastated attractiveness: the Ponte Vecchio buried in particles and Ghiberti’s panels from the doorways of the Florence Baptistery, mendacity heaped in yard-deep dust; the swamped Uffizi Gallery; and, within the urban libraries, a thousand million pages of Renaissance and vintage books, soaked in mire. A Life magazine photographer, stowing away on a military helicopter, arrives to catch a drama that, he felt, “could merely learn through Dante” amid the flooded tombs of Machiavelli and Michelangelo in Giotto and Vasari’s Santa Croce. A British scholar, one in every of hundreds of thousands of “mud angels” who rushed to Florence to store its artwork, spends a month scraping dust and mould from Cimabue’s excellent and neglected Crocifisso as intrigues and infighting between overseas artwork specialists and connoisseurs swirl round him. and through the 40th anniversary commemorations of 2006 the writer asks himself why paintings issues so a great deal to us, and the way good looks turns out to someway shop the area even within the face of overwhelming disaster.

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The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

By Peter Frankopan

“This is background on a grand scale, with a sweep and ambition that's infrequent… A proper old epic of brilliant variety and achievement.” —William Dalrymple, The Guardian 
The epic heritage of the crossroads of the world—the assembly position of East and West and the birthplace of civilization

It was once at the Silk Roads that East and West first encountered one another via alternate and conquest, resulting in the unfold of rules, cultures and religions. From the increase and fall of empires to the unfold of Buddhism and the appearance of Christianity and Islam, correct as much as the good wars of the 20 th century—this publication exhibits how the destiny of the West has continually been inextricably associated with the East.

Peter Frankopan realigns our figuring out of the area, pointing us eastward. He vividly re-creates the emergence of the 1st towns in Mesopotamia and the delivery of empires in Persia, Rome and Constantinople, in addition to the depredations through the Mongols, the transmission of the Black loss of life and the violent struggles over Western imperialism. in the course of the millennia, it was once the urge for food for international items that introduced East and West jointly, riding economies and the expansion of countries.

From the center East and its political instability to China and its monetary upward push, the enormous quarter stretching eastward from the Balkans around the steppe and South Asia has been thrust into the worldwide highlight in recent times. Frankopan teaches us that to appreciate what's at stake for the towns and international locations equipped on those complicated alternate routes, we needs to first comprehend their amazing pasts. excess of a heritage of the Silk Roads, this ebook is actually a revelatory new historical past of the area, promising to destabilize notions of the place we come from and the place we're headed subsequent.

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The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes: How a Stone-Age Comet Changed the Course of World Culture

Newly stumbled on medical facts validating the legends and myths of old floods, fires, and climate extremes

• offers new clinical proof revealing the reason for the top of the final ice age and the cycles of geological occasions and species extinctions that followed

• Connects actual information to the dramatic earth alterations acknowledged in oral traditions around the globe

• Describes the upcoming possibility from a continual cycle of catastrophes and extinctions

There are a few confusing mysteries within the background of Earth that experience but to be satisfactorily defined through mainstream technological know-how: the extinction of the dinosaurs, the vanishing of historic Indian tribes, the formation of the mysterious Carolina Bays, the disappearance of the mammoths, the surprising finishing of the final Ice Age, and the reason for large underwater landslides that despatched vast tsunamis racing around the oceans millennia in the past. Eyewitness bills of those occasions are chronicled in wealthy oral traditions passed down via generations of local peoples. The authors’ fresh medical discoveries hyperlink a majority of these occasions to a unmarried cause.

In The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes Richard Firestone, Allen West, and Simon Warwick-Smith current new medical facts a couple of sequence of prehistoric cosmic occasions that explains why the final Ice Age ended so unexpectedly. Their findings validate the ever-present legends and myths of floods, fires, and climate extremes handed down by means of our ancestors and convey how those mythical occasions relate to one another. Their findings additionally aid the concept we're coming into a thousand-year cycle of accelerating hazard and doubtless a brand new cycle of extinctions.

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A Concise History of Modern Europe: Liberty, Equality, Solidarity

By David S. Mason

Highlighting the main occasions, principles, and members that experience formed glossy Europe, this clean and vigorous publication presents a succinct historical past of the continent from the Enlightenment to the current. Drawing at the enduring subject matter of revolution, David S. Mason explores the reasons and effects of revolution: political, fiscal, and clinical; the improvement of human rights; and problems with eu identification and integration. He intentionally avoids an in depth chronology of each nation and period of time through emphasizing the main an important occasions in shaping modern Europe. Fourteen concentrated chapters handle such topical matters because the Enlightenment; the French Revolution and Napoleon; the economic Revolution; the theories and impression of Marx and Darwin; the revolutions of 1848, 1917, and 1989; the unifications of Germany and Italy; eu imperialism; the 2 international Wars; the chilly struggle and decolonization; and the evolution and enlargement of the eu Union. Any reader desiring a vast assessment of the sweep of eu historical past due to the fact that 1789 will locate this e-book, released in a primary variation below the name Revolutionary Europe, an enticing and cohesive narrative.

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From Eve to Dawn, A History of Women in the World, Volume 3: Infernos and Paradises, The Triumph of Capitalism in the 19th Century

By Margaret Atwood, Marilyn French

Compliment for the former volumes:

“French supplies us grand thought at its top. . . . hugely recommended.”—Library Journal

“Beautifully sourced and referenced. . . . jam-packed with interesting aspect and robust arguments . . . titanic and valuable.”—Publishers Weekly

Writing approximately what she calls the “most cheering interval in lady history,” overseas best-selling writer Marilyn French recounts how 19th century ladies dwelling lower than imperialism, industrialization, and capitalism geared up for his or her personal schooling, a extra equitable salary, and the vote.

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Histoire de la France contemporaine, t. II. Monarchies postrévolutionnaires: (1814-1848)

By Bertrand Goujon

Prise entre l. a. légende dorée napoléonienne et le mythe républicain, attaquée de toutes elements pour des raisons politiques et idéologiques et privée des courants qui auraient pu s’en revendiquer et los angeles défendre, l. a. monarchie censitaire a longtemps fait l’objet d’un refoulement collectif et a été traitée comme une uncomplicated parenthèse réactionnaire, une hérésie au regard du sens de l’histoire, a fortiori de l’histoire de France.

C’est faire naïvement crédit aux bruyantes proclamations de retour en arrière ; c’est se montrer plus royaliste que le roi de ne pas voir combien, par sa redéfinition de los angeles légitimité du pouvoir, par son renouvellement du group of workers politique, par le pragmatisme inédit d’un pouvoir soucieux de se concilier ses administrés, par l’acclimatation du parlementarisme et de certaines libertés civiles et politiques, par sa recomposition tendue des hiérarchies sociales, par son effervescence intellectuelle et artistique, los angeles Restauration, puis los angeles monarchie de Juillet, sont synonymes de rénovation, et donnent alors au will pay une position à half dans le live performance des nations.

La France et les Français s’engagent dans une douloureuse réinvention de leur passé et s’adonnent à des projets d’avenir qui bouleversent les rapports de strength et recomposent les lignes de clivage d’une société en pleine transformation.

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La verdadera historia de las sociedades secretas (Freak)

By Daniel Tubau

La verdadera historia de las sociedades secretas intenta descubrir el saber oculto de los influyentes masones y francmasones, los misteriosos rosacruces, los esenios y sicarios contemporáneos de Jesucristo, los magos persas y los sacerdotes egipcios, los asesinos del Viejo de l. a. Montaña, los conspiradores del priorato de Sión y, por supuesto, los templarios.
Daniel Tubau nos guía a través de un sinfín de ceremonias iniciáticas, cultos mistéricos, lenguajes secretos, símbolos y contraseñas o l. a. asombrosa Cábala, que intenta descifrar los planes de Dios.

Personajes tan fascinantes como Aleister Crowley («la Bestia 666»), el conde de Saint Germain, que presumía de ser inmortal, o el célebre aventurero Giacomo Casanova, masón y rosacruz, desfilan por estas páginas. El autor intenta descorrer el velo del misterio y revelan el verdadero secreto de sociedades secretas como las que protagonizan libros de éxito como El código Da Vinci, El péndulo de Foucault o El enigma sagrado. Pero el lector también podrá descubrir otras organizaciones no menos asombrosas, como los golf equipment del Fuego Infernal de Francis Dashwood, los Gormogones de Philip Wharton, o los angeles Escuela de l. a. Noche de Walter Raleigh.

Gran parte de los angeles vida de Daniel Tubau gira en torno a l. a. narrativa audiovisual en su triple faceta de guionista, director y profesor. Tras más de veinte años trabajando en productoras, actualmente es free-lance.
Anualmente, imparte cursos de guión en los angeles Universidad Carlos II, l. a. Universidad Juan Carlos I o los angeles Escuela de Cine de Madrid (ECAM), su interés por las nuevas tecnologías y el mundo electronic se refleja en sus talleres de creación de sequence internet. Es además autor de libros de filosofía (Silvia en el río de Heráclito) y de ciencia ficción (Recuerdos de l. a. period analógica) además del título para guionistas Las paradojas del guionista, también publicado en Alba.

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