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Five thousand years ago there began the most momentous revolution in human history. Starting in Mesopotamia, city civilization emerged for the first time on earth, to be followed in Egypt, India, China and the Americas. The ideals of these ancient civilizations still shape the lives of the majority of mankind. In Search of the First Civilizations (previously published as Legacy) asks the intriguing question: what is civilization? Did it mean the same to the Chinese, the Indians and the Greeks? What can the values of the ancient cultures teach us today? And do the ideals of the West - a latecomer to civilization - really have universal validity? In this fascinating historical search, Michael Wood explores these ancient cultures, looking for their essential character and their continuing legacy. A brilliant exploration. Sunday Times Well-written, gorgeous and guaranteed to induce thought... Wood takes great care to put everything in a large historical perspective, which is actually more disturbing than comforting. New York Post
For thousands of years we have been enthralled by tales of Troy and its heroes. Achilles and Hector, Paris and the famed beauty Helen remain some of the most enduring figures in art and literature. But did these titanic characters really walk the earth? Was there ever an actual siege of Troy? In this extensively revised edition, historian Michael Wood takes account of the latest dramatic developments in the search for Troy. His wide-ranging study of the complex archaeological, literary and historical records has been brought up-to-date. Detailing the rediscovery in Moscow of the so-called jewels of Helen and the re-excavation of the site of Troy begun in 1988, which continues to yield new evidence about the historical city, In Search of the Trojan War takes a fresh look at some of the most excited discoveries in archaeology. A dazzling and exhaustive analysis. Washington Post This beautifully illustrated book vividly evokes themes that are central to our civilizations quest for its past. The New York Times Book Review
In Hitler's Shadow War, World War II scholar Donald M. McKale contends that the persecution and murder of the Jews, Slavs, and other groups was Hitler's primary effort during the war, not the conquest of Europe. According to McKale, Hitler and the Nazi leadership used the military campaigns of the war as a cover for a genocidal program that centered on the Final Solution. Hitler continued to commit extensive manpower and materials to this "e;shadow war"e; even when Germany was losing the battles of the war's closing years.
';The work that brought down a presidency...perhaps the most influential piece of journalism in history' (Time)from Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, #1 New York Times bestselling authors of The Final Days. The most devastating political detective story of the century: two Washington Post reporters, whose brilliant, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation smashed the Watergate scandal wide open, tell the behind-the-scenes drama the way it really happened. One of Time magazine's All-Time 100 Best Nonfiction Books, this is the book that changed America. Published just months before President Nixon's resignation, All the President's Men revealed the full scope of the scandal and introduced for the first time the mysterious ';Deep Throat.' Beginning with the story of a simple burglary at Democratic headquarters and then continuing through headline after headline, Bernstein and Woodward deliver a riveting firsthand account of their reporting. Their explosive reports won a Pulitzer Prize for The Washington Post, toppled the president, and have since inspired generations of reporters. All the President's Men is a riveting detective story, capturing the exhilarating rush of the biggest presidential scandal in US history as it unfolded in real time.
Slavenka Drakulic attended the Serbian war crimes trial in the Hague. This important book is about how ordinary people commit terrible crimes in wartime. With extraordinary story-telling skill Drakulic draws us in to this difficult subject. We cannot turn away from her subject matter because her writing is so engaging, lively and compelling. From the monstrous Slobodan Milosevich and his evil Lady Macbeth of a wife to humble Serb soldiers who claim they were 'just obeying orders', Drakulic brilliantly enters the minds of the killers. There are also great stories of bravery and survival, both from those who helped Bosnians escape from the Serbs and from those who risked their lives to help them.
What Greek philosopher thought writing would harm a student's memory? Was the poet Byron's daughter the first computer programmer? Who plays more video games, women over 18 or teenage boys?In Alphabet to Internet: Media in Our Lives, Irving Fang looks at each medium of communication through the centuries, asking not only, "e;What happened?"e; but also, "e;How did society change because of this new communication medium?"e; and, "e;How are we different as a result?"e; Examining the impact of different media on a broad, historical scale-among them mass printing, the telegraph, film, the internet, and advertising-Alphabet to Internet takes us from the first scratches of writing and the origins of mail to today's video games, the widespread and daily use of smartphones, and the impact of social media in political uprisings across the globe. A timeline at the end of each chapter places events in perspective and allows students to pinpoint key moments in media history.Now in its third edition, Alphabet to Internet presents a lively, thoughtful, and accessible introduction to media history.
Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you? Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying of ALS - or motor neurone disease - Mitch visited Morrie in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final 'class': lessons in how to live.TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world.
The magnificent new biography that revolutionizes our understanding of Stalin and his worldIn January 1928 Stalin, the ruler of the largest country in the world, boarded a train bound for Siberia where he would embark upon the greatest gamble of his political life. He was about to begin the largest programme of social reengineering ever attempted: the root-and-branch uprooting and collectivization of agriculture and industry across the entire Soviet Union. Millions would die, and many more would suffer. How did Stalin get to this point? Where did such great, monstrous power come from?The first of three volumes, the product of a decade of scrupulous and intrepid research, this landmark book offers the most convincing portrait and explanation yet of Stalin's power, and of Russian power in the world. The book is as much about the Russia that Stalin inherits and reshapes as about the man himself. It gives a brilliantly nuanced picture of the sequence of catastrophes that disposed of the social structures, armies, rivals and close colleagues that should have stood in Stalin's way, as he emerged from obscurity to shoulder the terrifying responsibility of upholding Russian power in the world.
Since the 1950s, China and India have been locked in a monumental battle for geopolitical supremacy. Chinese interest in the ethnic insurgencies in northeastern India, the still unresolved issue of the McMahon Line, the border established by the British imperial government, and competition for strategic access to the Indian Ocean have given rise to tense gamesmanship, political intrigue, and rivalry between the two Asian giants. Former Far Eastern Economic Review correspondent Bertil Lintner has drawn from his extensive personal interviews with insurgency leaders and civilians in remote tribal areas in northeastern India, newly declassified intelligence reports, and his many years of firsthand experience in Asia to chronicle this ongoing struggle. His history of the "e;Great Game East"e; is the first significant account of a regional conflict which has led to open warfare on several occasions, most notably the Sino-India border war of 1962, and will have a major impact on global affairs in the decades ahead.
To many in the West, the name Cambodia still conjures up indelible images of destruction and death, the legacy of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime and the terror it inflicted in its attempt to create a communist utopia in the 1970s. Sebastian Strangio, a journalist based in the capital city of Phnom Penh, now offers an eye-opening appraisal of modern-day Cambodia in the years following its emergence from bitter conflict and bloody upheaval. In the early 1990s, Cambodia became the focus of the UN's first great post-Cold War nation-building project, with billions in international aid rolling in to support the fledgling democracy. But since the UN-supervised elections in 1993, the nation has slipped steadily backward into neo-authoritarian rule under Prime Minister Hun Sen. Behind a mirage of democracy, ordinary people have few rights and corruption infuses virtually every facet of everyday life. In this lively and compelling study, the first of its kind, Strangio explores the present state of Cambodian society under Hun Sen's leadership, painting a vivid portrait of a nation struggling to reconcile the promise of peace and democracy with a violent and tumultuous past.
To an extraordinary extent we continue to live in the shadow of the classical world. At every level from languages to calendars to political systems, we are the descendants of a 'classical Europe', using frames of reference created by ancient Mediterranean cultures.As this consistently fresh and surprising new book makes clear, however, this was no less true for the inhabitants of those classical civilizations themselves, whose myths, history, and buildings were an elaborate engagement with an already old and revered past filled with great leaders and writers, emigrations and battles. Indeed, much of the reason we know so much about the classical past is the obsessive importance it held for so many generations of Greeks and Romans, who interpreted and reinterpreted their changing casts of heroes and villains. Figures such as Alexander the Great and Augustus Caesar loom large in our imaginations today, but they were themselves fascinated by what had preceded them.The Birth of Classical Europe is therefore both an authoritative history, and also a fascinating attempt to show how our own changing values and interests have shaped our feelings about an era which is by some measures very remote but by others startlingly close.
Tough, resolute, fearless, Alexander was a born warrior and ruler of passionate ambition who understood the intense adventure of conquest and of the unknown. When he died in 323 BC aged thirty-two, his vast empire comprised more than two million square miles, spanning from Greece to India. His achievements were unparalleled - he had excelled as leader to his men, founded eighteen new cities and stamped the face of Greek culture on the ancient East. The myth he created is as potent today as it was in the ancient world. Robin Lane Fox's superb account searches through the mass of conflicting evidence and legend to focus on Alexander as a man of his own time. Combining historical scholarship and acute psychological insight, it brings this colossal figure vividly to life.
Plutarch's vivid and engaging portraits of the Spartans and their customs are a major source of our knowledge about the rise and fall of this remarkable Greek city-state between the sixth and third centuries BC. Through his Lives of Sparta's leaders and his recording of memorable Spartan Sayings he depicts a people who lived frugally and mastered their emotions in all aspects of life, who also disposed of unhealthy babies in a deep chasm, introduced a gruelling regime of military training for boys, and treated their serfs brutally. Rich in anecdote and detail, Plutarch's writing brings to life the personalities and achievements of Sparta with unparalleled flair and humanity.
Just after the iron curtain fell on Eastern Europe John Steinbeck and acclaimed war photographer, Robert Capa ventured into the Soviet Union to report for the New York Herald Tribune. This rare opportunity took the famous travellers not only to Moscow and Stalingrad - now Volgograd - but through the countryside of the Ukraine and the Caucasus. A RUSSIAN JOURNAL is the distillation of their journey and remains a remarkable memoir and unique historical document. Steinbeck and Capa recorded the grim realities of factory workers, government clerks, and peasants, as they emerged from the rubble of World War II. This is an intimate glimpses of two artists at the height of their powers, answering their need to document human struggle
Between 58 and 50BC Caesar conquered most of the area now covered by France, Belgium and Switzerland, and twice invaded Britain. This is the record of his campaigns.Caesar's narrative offers insights into his military strategy & paints a fascinating picture of his encounters with the inhabitant of Gaul and Britain, as well as offering lively portraits of a number of key characters such as the rebel leaders and Gallic chieftains. This can also be read as a piece of political propaganda, as Caesar sets down his version of events for the Roman public, knowing that he faces civil war on his return to Rome.
The image of Poland has once again been impressed on European consciousness. Norman Davies provides a key to understanding the modern Polish crisis in this lucid and authoritative description of the nation's history. Beginning with the period since 1945, he travels back in time to highlight the long-term themes and traditions which have influenced present attitudes. His evocative account reveals Poland as the heart of Europe in more than the geographical sense. It is a country where Europe's ideological conflicts are played out in their most acute form: as recent events have emphasized, Poland's fate is of vital concern to European civilization as a whole. This revised and updated edition tackles and analyses the issues arising from the fall of the Eastern Block, and looks at Poland's future within a political climate of democracy and free market.
Christianity and European-style monarchythe cross and the scepterwere introduced to Scandinavia in the tenth century, a development that was to have profound implications for all of Europe. Cross and Scepter is a concise history of the Scandinavian kingdoms from the age of the Vikings to the Reformation, written by Scandinavia's leading medieval historian. Sverre Bagge shows how the rise of the three kingdoms not only changed the face of Scandinavia, but also helped make the territorial state the standard political unit in Western Europe. He describes Scandinavias momentous conversion to Christianity and the creation of church and monarchy there, and traces how these events transformed Scandinavian law and justice, military and administrative organization, social structure, political culture, and the division of power among the king, aristocracy, and common people. Bagge sheds important new light on the reception of Christianity and European learning in Scandinavia, and on Scandinavian history writing, philosophy, political thought, and courtly culture. He looks at the reception of European impulses and their adaptation to Scandinavian conditions, and examines the relationship of the three kingdoms to each other and the rest of Europe, paying special attention to the inter-Scandinavian unions and their consequences for the concept of government and the division of power.Cross and Scepter provides an essential introduction to Scandinavian medieval history for scholars and general readers alike, offering vital new insights into state formation and cultural change in Europe.
Machiavelli praised his military genius. European royalty sought out his secret elixir against poison. His life inspired Mozart's first opera, while for centuries poets and playwrights recited bloody, romantic tales of his victories, defeats, intrigues, concubines, and mysterious death. But until now no modern historian has recounted the full story of Mithradates, the ruthless king and visionary rebel who challenged the power of Rome in the first century BC. In this richly illustrated book--the first biography of Mithradates in fifty years--Adrienne Mayor combines a storyteller's gifts with the most recent archaeological and scientific discoveries to tell the tale of Mithradates as it has never been told before. The Poison King describes a life brimming with spectacle and excitement. Claiming Alexander the Great and Darius of Persia as ancestors, Mithradates inherited a wealthy Black Sea kingdom at age fourteen after his mother poisoned his father. He fled into exile and returned in triumph to become a ruler of superb intelligence and fierce ambition. Hailed as a savior by his followers and feared as a second Hannibal by his enemies, he envisioned a grand Eastern empire to rival Rome. After massacring eighty thousand Roman citizens in 88 BC, he seized Greece and modern-day Turkey. Fighting some of the most spectacular battles in ancient history, he dragged Rome into a long round of wars and threatened to invade Italy itself. His uncanny ability to elude capture and surge back after devastating losses unnerved the Romans, while his mastery of poisons allowed him to foil assassination attempts and eliminate rivals. The Poison King is a gripping account of one of Rome's most relentless but least understood foes.Some images inside the book are unavailable due to digital copyright restrictions.
One of the most important scholars of our century, Gershom Scholem (1897-1982) opened up a once esoteric world of Jewish mysticism, the Kabbalah, to concerned students of religion. The Kabbalah is a rich tradition of repeated attempts to achieve and portray direct experiences of God: its twelfth-and thirteenth-century beginnings in southern France and Spain are probed in Origins of the Kabbalah, a work crucial in Scholem's oeuvre. The book is a contribution not only to the history of Jewish medieval mysticism but also to the study of medieval mysticism in general and will be of interest to historians and psychologists, as well as to students of the history of religion.
Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of Ardennes 1994 by Antony Beever, read by Sean Barrett. On 16 December 1944, Hitler launched his last gamble in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes on the Belgian/German border. Although Hitlers generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCOs were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east. The Ardennes offensive, with more than a million men involved, became the greatest battle of the war in western Europe. In January 1945, when the Red Army launched its onslaught towards Berlin, the once-feared German war machine was revealed to be broken beyond repair. The Ardennes was the battle which finally broke the Wehrmacht.
Mother's Milk, Mother's Ruin, and Ladies' Delight. Dutch Courage and Cuckold's Comfort. These evocative nicknames for gin hint that it has a far livelier history than the simple and classic martini would lead you to believe. In this book, Lesley Jacobs Solmonson journeys into gin's past, revealing that this spirit has played the role of both hero and villain throughout history.Taking us back to gin's origins as a medicine derived from the aromatic juniper berry, Solmonson describes how the Dutch recognized the berry's alcoholic possibilities and distilled it into the whiskey-like genever. She then follows the drink to Britain, where cheap imitations laced with turpentine and other caustic fillers made it the drink of choice for poor eighteenth-century Londoners. Eventually replaced by the sweetened Old Tom style and later by London Dry gin, its popularity spread along with the British Empire. As people today once again embrace classic cocktails like the gimlet and the negroni, gin has reclaimed its place in the world of mixology. Featuring many enticing recipes, Gin is the perfect gift for cocktail aficionados and anyone who wants to know whether it should be shaken or stirred.
Acclaimed historian Helen Castor brings us afresh a gripping life of Joan of Arc. Instead of the icon, she gives us a living, breathing young woman; a roaring girl fighting the English, and taking sides in a bloody civil war that was tearing fifteenth century France apart. Here is a portrait of a 19-year-old peasant who hears voices from God; a teenager transformed into a warrior leading an army to victory, in an age that believed women should not fight. And it is also the story behind the myth we all know, a myth which began to take hold at her trial: that of the Maid of Orleans, the saviour of France, a young woman burned at the stake as a heretic, a woman who five hundred years later would be declared a saint. Joan and her world are brought vividly to life in this refreshing new take on the medieval world. Helen Castor brings us to the heart of the action, to a woman and a country in turmoil, a world where no-one - not Joan herself, nor the people around her, princes, bishops, soldiers or peasants - knew what would happen next.
In the second volume of his celebrated history of the Hundred Years War, Jonathan Sumption examines the middle years of the fourteenth century and the succession of crises that threatened French affairs of state, including defeat at Poitiers and the capture of the king.
Det danske monarki er et af verdens ældste, og det konstitutionelle monarki, vores nuværende styreform, går helt tilbage til 1849. Men egentlig er det en mærkelig størrelse, for hvad er det egentlig monarkiet kan og skal? I "Blot til pynt?" undersøger historiker Claus Bjørn det danske monarki – særligt i forholdt til det politiske system, men også som øverste myndighed for udenrigstjenesten, militær og Folkekirken.Claus Bjørn (f. 1944) er uddannet mag.art. i historie og blev i 1971 ansat ved Historisk Institut ved Københavns Universitet som lektor i landbohistorie. Han har udgivet et væld af bøger om dansk landbohistorie, landboreformerne og landbrugets andelsbevægelse. Claus Bjørn har desuden været redaktør på tidsskriftet "Fortid og Nutid" og næstformand i Landbohistorisk Selskab.
Havet trængte ind over marker, huse og hele landsbyer, da en voldsom storm ramte det nordvestlige Jylland i 1825. Det ændrede livet i og ved Limfjorden. Nordsøen gennemskar tangen mellem Agger og Harboøre, og saltvand og nye arter truede fjordens sild, ål og helt, mens østers og rødspætter kom til. Fiskerne tog snurrevoddet i brug, og driftige folk byggede moler, moderne diger og høfder. Købstæderne Lemvig, Thisted og Nykøbing Mors blomstrede og gav Limfjordens dronning, Aalborg, kamp til stregen. Nu kunne man sejle mod vest og hente jern, kul og tobak og eksportere stude, korn og flæsk. Udkant var det på ingen måde, og indbyggerne så området som centrum og orienterede sig internationalt mod Norge, Tyskland og Storbritannien.
Bind 1 af "Dråby og omegn" handler om grundlæggende forhold ved Dråbys opståen og udvikling. Herunder om udforskning af virkeligheden bag de gamle myter om sejlads, storhedstid, kirke, borge, kloster samt Ebeltoft. Blandt hertil knyttede emner er bynavnet Dråby og Dråby Sø, Råbæk, Gungesø (Boeslum Sø). Der udvikles en ny teori om havn for snekker (krigsskibe) ved Vibæk ved Ebeltoft i vikingetiden. Adelige og godserne Skærsø hovedgård samt storgården Boeslumgård ved Boeslum omtales i særlige kapitler. De forsvundne storgårde Æbelsøgård og Rane Ladegård ved Elsegårde sættes i forbindelse med Hjelm med Marsk Stig samt Rane Jonsen. På det religiøse område behandles emner som hedenskab, overtro, trolddom, kirken, præster, præstegårde, kirkeejere og kirkebetjente.
Bogen skildrer forhistorien og begyndelsen til det moderne velstandssamfund fra tidernes morgen og indtil slutningen af det 19. århundrede. Der fokuseres på, hvordan mennesker gennem det organiserede livtag med naturen skaber deres eksistensgrundlag i samspil med den elitekontrollerede statsmagt. Fra det 16. til 18. århundrede indledes i Vesteuropa en ny og markedsøkonomisk udvikling, som bryder igennem i det 19. århundrede. Private virksomheder er, i samspil med nationalstaten, omdrejningspunktet for det nye dynamiske samfund. Det resulterer på alle måder i et opbrud i samfundslivet, som for alvor folder sig ud i det følgende århundrede. Udviklingen i det 20. og 21. århundrede belyses i et efterfølgende bind 2.
I Vesten har vi for vane at sige, at Anden Verdenskrig begyndte i 1939 med Hitlers overfald på Polen. I Østasien ved de bedre: De første skud faldt allerede to år tidligere. Kina var blevet offer for japansk aggression og kæmpede en desperat kamp for overlevelse. Allerblodigst gik det for sig i Shanghai, hvor op imod en million kinesiske og japanske soldater i efteråret 1937 tørnede sammen i et tre måneder langt opgør, som i omfang og brutalitet kan måle sig med de største slag i Europa få år senere. Slaget om Shanghai i 1937 var på mange måder et varsel om den altødelæggende verdenskrig, der var under opsejling. Det var et slag, hvor moderne teknologi i form af kampvogne, hangarskibe og landgangsfartøjer spillede en afgørende rolle, og hvor bombefly viste deres evne til at sprede død fra luften. Imens rapporterede de internationale korrespondenter hjem til et sultent publikum i Europa og Nordamerika. Det var en forbavsende moderne krig. I Døden ved Yangtze-floden beskriver den danske Asienkorrespondent Peter Harmsen begivenhederne i alle detaljer og med journalistisk tæft. Vi lærer, hvordan krigen tog sig ud for den menige japanske marineinfanterist i Shanghais ruiner og for den idealistiske, unge kinesiske pilot, der med bare et par måneders uddannelse i bagagen skulle tage kampen op mod en overmægtig fjende. Vi ser også slaget fra andre synsvinkler: ikke bare generalernes, men også de civiles. Tusindvis af udlændinge boede i Shanghai i 1937, inklusiv mange danskere. Harmsens bog er oprindelig udkommet på engelsk som Shanghai 1937: Stalingrad on the Yangtze. Den er blevet en salgssucces i USA og Storbritannien og har været på New York Times’ eftertragtede bestsellerliste. Den er oversat til kinesisk og rumænsk, og den er grundlaget for en dokumentar i spillefilmslængde, som den amerikanske instruktør og tredobbelte Emmy-prisvinder Bill Einreinhofer netop har færdiggjort.
Den første lutherske dogmatik blev udgivet i 1521. Den blev ikke skrevet af Luther, men af en af hans nære medarbejder, Philip Melanchthon, der også stod for udarbejdelsen af Den Augsburgske Bekendelse i 1530. Luther var fuldstændig vild med denne bog. Han var så begejstret for den, at han aldrig selv udgav en egentlig dogmatik. I stedet koncentrerede Luther sig om det pædagogisk formidlende for børn og unge med udgivelsen af Katekismerne. Luther satte Melanchthons evner og forfatterskab utrolig højt og i særdeleshed altså hans troslære Locien. Ifølge Luther formåede Melanchthon at udtrykke reformationens og Luthers egne tanker mere præcist og systematisk end Luther selv. Ved flere lejligheder udtaler Luther, at der kun er to ting, der er nødvendig for at blive en god teolog, nemlig at læse flittigt i Skriften og at studere Melanchthons dogmatik. »Bogen fortjener ikke blot at opnå udødelighed, men også at blive indlemmet blandt kirkens hellige skrifter« skriver Luther i 1525. Bogen bringes nu her i en ny oversættelse fra den latinske originaludgave tilrettelagt for nutidens læsere.
Kloden rundt gik unge i ekstase over det, voksne så som fire langhårede og middelmådige musikere. Også i Danmark skreg pigerne sig hæse, da The Beatles den 4. juni 1964 lagde K.B. Hallen ned. Og mere end det. Med jeans, langt hår og arbejderbaggrund gav Beatlemania ungdommen frihed til et taktfast nej tak til autoriteter i 1960’erne og 1970’erne. The Beatles var med hele vejen, da ungdom blev anerkendt som værdifuld i en tid, hvor kvinder vristede sig fri af normer, og pop blev et kvalitetsstempel. I dag er der ikke meget Yesterday over She loves you og alle de andre populære sange. Og når bandet bruges politisk eller kommercielt, kan der næsten gå Beatlemania i nutiden. Lyt med, når Rasmus Rosenørn, museumsinspektør på RAGNAROCK, Museet for pop, rock & ungdomskultur, skruer op for historien om pop, pigtråd og især Beatlemania.