Category Archives: History

Football Nation: Sixty Years of the Beautiful Game

| December 15, 2016 | admin | 0

By Andrew Ward

Soccer is on the center of British nationwide id. via greater than 40 interesting tales, "Football kingdom" unearths the hidden and not-so-hidden heritage of the sport on the grounds that 1945. From the mass audiences of austerity Britain while footballers have been amateurs throughout the arrival of the Premiership after the Hillsborough catastrophe to the current day while top-flight avid gamers command a better weekly salary than the typical spectator can earn in a yr, Andrew Ward and John Williams exhibit the reality in regards to the nationwide video game because it as soon as was once and is this present day. "Football state" is knowledgeable, wryly fun, usually incredible and consistently greatly exciting. It bargains a completely clean point of view at the background of the attractive video game in Britain.

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The Case for Israel

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The Case for Israel is an ardent safety of Israel's rights, supported via undeniable proof.
  • Presents a passionate examine what Israel's accusers and detractors are announcing approximately this war-torn country.
  • Dershowitz accuses those that assault Israel of foreign bigotry and backs up his argument with demanding facts.
  • Widely revered as a civil libertarian, criminal educator, and protection lawyer extraordinaire, Alan Dershowitz has additionally been a passionate even though now not uncritical supporter of Israel.

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River of Darkness: Francisco Orellana's Legendary Voyage of Death and Discovery Down the Amazon

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By Buddy Levy

From the acclaimed writer of Conquistador comes this exciting account of 1 of history’s maximum adventures of discovery. With cinematic immediacy and meticulous cognizance to historic element, here's the real tale of a mythical sixteenth-century explorer and his death-defying navigation of the Amazon—river of darkness, pathway to gold.

In 1541, the brutal conquistador Gonzalo Pizarro and his well-born lieutenant Francisco Orellana trigger from Quito looking for los angeles Canela, South America’s rumored Land of Cinnamon, and the fabled El Dorado, “the golden man.” using a tremendous retinue of mercenaries, enslaved natives, horses, searching canines, and different animals around the Andes, they watched their proud day trip start to collapse even prior to they descended into the nightmarish jungle, following the process a strong river. quickly hopelessly misplaced within the swampy labyrinth, their numbers diminishing day-by-day via illness, hunger, and Indian assaults, Pizarro and Orellana made a fateful selection to split. whereas Pizarro ultimately lower back domestic barefoot and in rags, Orellana and fifty-seven males, in a couple of fragile craft, persevered downriver into the unknown reaches of the strong Amazon, serenaded by way of local conflict drums and the eerie cries of unique predators. Theirs stands out as the higher glory.
 
Interweaving eyewitness money owed of the search with newly exposed info, blood brother Levy reconstructs the seminal trip that has electrified adventurers ever for the reason that, as Orellana turned the 1st ecu to navigate and discover the complete size of the world’s biggest river. Levy offers a long-overdue account of the local populations—some peaceable and alluring, supplying sustenance and life-saving assistance, others ferociously adverse, subjecting the invaders to gauntlets of unremitting assault and intimations of terrifying rituals. And here's the Amazon itself, a robust presence whose each twist and switch held the promise of latest wonders either normal and man-made, in addition to the ubiquitous probability of death—a river that might carry Orellana in its impossible to resist embody to the tip of his lifestyles.

Overflowing with violence and sweetness, the Aristocracy and tragedy, River of Darkness is either riveting historical past and a wide ranging experience that would sweep readers alongside on an epic voyage not like the other.

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UnRoman Britain: Exposing the Great Myth of Britannia

| December 15, 2016 | admin | 0

By Stuart Laycock, Miles Russell

When we expect of Roman Britain we have a tendency to consider a land of togas and richly adorned palaces with Britons fortunately going approximately their a lot greater day-by-day company lower than the benign gaze of Rome. This photo is to an outstanding volume a fiction. in reality, Britons have been a few of the least enthusiastic individuals of the Roman Empire. a number of followed Roman how you can curry want with the invaders. much by no means followed a Roman way of life in any respect and remained unimpressed and riven by way of deep-seated tribal department. It wasn't till the overdue third/early fourth century small minority of landowners grew fats at the merits of exchange and loved the type of way of life we've got been taught to go together with interval. Britannia was once a far-away province which, whereas priceless for a few significant fiscal reserves, quickly grew to become a high priced and difficult drawback for Rome, very like Iraq for the British govt this day. large efforts by way of the country to manage the hearts and minds of the Britons have been met with at worst adversarial resistance and uprising, and at most sensible via steadfast indifference. the tip of the Roman Empire principally got here as "business as ordinary" for nearly all of Britons as they only hadn’t followed the Roman lifestyle within the first place.

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Julius Caesar: The Pursuit of Power

| December 15, 2016 | admin | 0

A army genius worshiped for his braveness; a fierce flesh presser well known for his shrewdness and mercy; an excellent author and speaker. it truly is no ask yourself that during his lifetime, Julius Caesar held the positions of army tribune, praetor, consul, pro‑consul, and dictator. yet even his fantastic ambition couldn't make him emperor, although it did in achieving the conquest of Cleopatra, ruler of the main marvelous country in all of recognized civilization. during this biography of Caesar, Bradford steers clear of the clichés and legends to chop correct to the center of whom Caesar quite was—a guy who established his complete life at the pursuit of power.

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A World of Letters: Yale University Press, 1908-2008

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By Nicholas A. Basbanes

For Yale collage Press, which celebrates its hundredth birthday in 2008, the century has been an eventful one, punctuated without few surprises. the clicking has released greater than 8,000 volumes over the years, rankings of bestsellers and award-winners between them, and those books have come to fruition during the efforts of a number of colourful authors, editors, administrators, board contributors, and others of highbrow and literary renown.

 

With an ear continually cocked for an enticing story, considered one of today’s top storytellers offers an anecdote-rich chronicle of the Press’s first a hundred years. Nicholas Basbanes, whom David McCullough has referred to as “the prime authority of books approximately books,” quick convinces us that the Press’s background, whereas bookish, can be full of life and interesting. Basbanes explores the saga at the back of the purchase of Eugene O’Neill’s blockbuster play, the best-ever Yale bestseller Long Day’s trip into Night; the debate sparked in 1965 by way of e-book of The Vinland Map; the origins of the groundbreaking Annals of Communism sequence, initiated within the wake of the Soviet Union’s dying; and lots of extra highlights from Press annals. Basbanes appears on the purposes in the back of the publisher’s impressive monetary good fortune, and he completes A global of Letters with a glimpse on the new tasks that might propel the click right into a moment interesting century.

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The Death of Caesar: The Story of History's Most Famous Assassination

| December 15, 2016 | admin | 0

By Barry Strauss

During this tale of the main recognized assassination in historical past, “the final bloody day of the [Roman] Republic hasn't ever been painted so brilliantly” (The Wall road Journal).

Julius Caesar used to be stabbed to loss of life within the Roman Senate on March 15, forty four BC—the Ides of March in line with the Roman calendar. He was once, says writer Barry Strauss, the final casualty of 1 civil warfare and the 1st casualty of the subsequent civil conflict, which might finish the Roman Republic and inaugurate the Roman Empire. “The demise of Caesar offers a clean examine a well-trodden occasion, with tremendous storytelling bound to encourage awe” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

Why was once Caesar killed? For political purposes, often. The conspirators desired to go back Rome to the times while the Senate governed, yet Caesar was hoping to cross alongside his new powers to his kin, specially Octavian. The imperative plotters have been Brutus, Cassius (both former allies of Pompey), and Decimus. The final was once a number one basic and shut good friend of Caesar’s who felt betrayed via the good guy: He used to be the mole in Caesar’s camp. yet after the assassination every little thing went flawed. The killers left the physique within the Senate and Caesar’s allies held a public funeral. Mark Antony made a super speech—not “Friends, Romans, Countrymen” as Shakespeare had it, yet anything inflammatory that brought on a rebellion. The conspirators fled Rome. Brutus and Cassius raised a military in Greece yet Antony and Octavian defeated them.

An unique, new standpoint on an occasion that turns out renowned, The loss of life of Caesar is “one of the main riveting hour-by-hour bills of Caesar’s ultimate day i've got read....An totally impressive learn” (The Times, London).

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Hurricane Hazel: Canada's Storm of the Century

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By Jim Gifford

On October 15, 1954, typhoon Hazel battered southern Ontario, leaving in its wake a bad toll: millions homeless, million in estate harm, and, worst of all, eighty one humans useless. Hazel destroyed bridges, submerged cities, and drowned unsuspecting Ontarians of their houses and automobiles. Raymore force in Weston was once decimated whilst the Humber River swelled through 8 ft, taking the lives of 32 citizens in just one hour. In Etobicoke, 5 volunteer firemen drowned whereas attempting to achieve marooned motorists. cities and villages from Toronto north to Timmins felt Hazel’s fury.

After the hurricane, humans walked the now-surreal streets in their cities: vehicles upside-down and wrapped in strength traces, iceboxes and useless cows striking from timber, homes flattened, toys and furnishings floating down the street.

On the fiftieth anniversary of the hurricane, Jim Gifford has captured that deadly evening within the voices of these who survived it, from citizens who lived alongside the surging Humber River to a policeman who rescued households from their rooftops to firemen and Boy Scouts who looked for sufferers alongside the riverbanks. together with greater than a hundred never-before-published photos, Hurricane Hazel: Canada’s hurricane of the Century files one of many worst normal mess ups in Canadian history.

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U.S. Diplomacy Since 1900

| December 14, 2016 | admin | 0

By Robert D. Schulzinger

Curiosity in U.S. overseas family has soared to nice heights within the early twenty-first century. lengthy popular because the so much finished and available American international relations survey to be had, U.S. international relations considering the fact that 1900 hasn't ever been extra correct. Now in its 6th variation, the ebook chronicles the foremost occasions within the historical past of U.S. international kinfolk, from the Spanish-American-Philippine struggle to the current. during this enticing narrative, Robert D. Schulzinger discusses public rules approximately overseas relatives and explains how U.S. overseas coverage is made; he locations U.S. international kinfolk within the context of the growing to be interdependence and globalization of overseas affairs.

Updated to incorporate an entire account of the second one Bush management, the hot version additionally addresses the advancements that either preceded and the 9-11 terrorist assaults. within the aftermath of this violence, Schulzinger considers even if the U.S. has turn into an empire and, if this is the case, how that empire is outlined. The 6th version additionally presents up-to-date, streamlined, and superior fabric all through and lines an array of bright new photographs.

In this dynamic textual content, scholars will stumble upon the most recent scholarship within the historical past of foreign affairs, which contains important insights from comparable disciplines within the social sciences and humanities--including paintings on gender, race, ethnicity, and highbrow heritage. wonderful by means of its mixture of narrative and research and by means of its in-depth reasons of the way and why coverage is created, U.S. international relations due to the fact that 1900, 6th version, is a useful source for college students of diplomatic background, overseas family, and political science.

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