Category: History

  • The Spanish Civil War: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

    By Helen Graham

    Amid the numerous catastrophes of the 20th century, the Spanish Civil conflict keeps to exert a specific fascination between heritage buffs and the lay-reader alike. This Very brief Intoduction integrates the political, social and cultural heritage of the Spanish Civil battle. It units out the household and foreign context of the warfare for a normal readership. as well as tracing the process struggle, the booklet locates the war's origins within the cumulative social and cultural anxieties provoked by means of a means of fast, asymmetric and accelerating modernism happening everywhere Europe. This shared context is vital to the continuing feel of the war's significance. The publication additionally examines the myriad of political polemics to which the warfare has given upward thrust, in addition to the entire most up-to-date ancient debates. It assesses the influence of the battle on Spain's transition to democracy and at the country's modern political tradition.
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  • Bastard Prince: Henry VIII's Lost Son

    It took Henry VIII 28 years, 3 other halves, and a holiday with Rome ahead of he secured a valid male inheritor. but he already had the illegitimate Henry Fitzroy. Fitzroy was once born in 1519 after the king's affair with a gentlewoman named  Elizabeth Blount. He was once the one illegitimate offspring ever stated through Henry VIII, and Cardinal Wolsey used to be even considered one of his godparents. The Duke of Richmond, Fitzroy was once expert as befitted a Renaissance prince and the places of work bestowed upon him integrated Lord Lieutenant of the North and Lord Admiral of britain; certainly rumors abounded that Henry VIII meant to make him King of eire. extensively mentioned to resemble his father, in either seems to be and personality, he weathered the tricky years of the Reformation much better than both his sisters. This paintings examines simply how shut he got here to being topped King Henry VIX of England.

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  • From Beirut to Jerusalem

    By Thomas L. Friedman

    "If you are in basic terms going to learn one ebook at the heart East, this can be it."---Seymour M. Hersh

    One of the main thought-provoking books ever written concerning the heart East, From Beirut to Jerusalem is still very important to our realizing of this complicated and unstable quarter of the area. Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas L. Friedman drew upon his ten years of expertise reporting from Lebanon and Israel to jot down this now-classic paintings of journalism. In a brand new afterword, he updates his trip with a clean dialogue of the Arab Awakenings and the way they're remodeling the world, and a brand new examine family among Israelis and Palestinians, and Israelis and Israelis. wealthy with anecdote, historical past, research, and autobiography, From Beirut to Jerusalem will proceed to form how we see the center East for a few years to come.

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  • Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation

    “A very good, unique, and critical work….Fitzpatrick presents a stunningly clean examine the influence of JFK’s assassination at the American people.”
    —Doris Kearns Goodwin

    For Letters to Jackie, famous historian and information Hour with Jim Lehrer commentator Ellen Fitzpatrick combed via actually millions of condolence messages despatched through usual americans to Jacqueline Kennedy following the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, in 1963. the 1st publication ever to ascertain this impressive assortment, Letters to Jackie offers 250 intimate, heartfelt, eye-opening responses to what used to be arguably the main devastating occasion in 20th century the US, delivering a desirable standpoint on a novel time within the background of our nation.


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  • Toronto Sketches: The Way We Were

    By Mike Filey

    Mike Filey's "The method We Were" column within the Toronto sunlight is still one of many paper's preferred gains. In Toronto Sketches Filey brings jointly the superior of his columns.

    Each column seems to be at Toronto because it was once, and contributes to our figuring out of the way Toronto turned what it truly is. Illustrated with pictures of the city's humans and areas of the earlier, Toronto Sketches is a nostalgic trip for the long-time Torontonian, and a voyage of discovery for the newcomer.
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  • A Death in Jerusalem

    By Kati Marton

    An account of the 1948 assassination of count number Folke Bernadotte, a Swedish U.N. mediator within the Arab-Israeli clash, discusses his homicide by means of the Israeli Stern Gang, whose club incorporated Yitzhak Shamir, and the explanations for the killing. 12,500 first printing.
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  • Prosperity's Predicament: Identity, Reform, and Resistance in Rural Wartime China (Asia/Pacific/Perspectives)

    By Gail Hershatter

    This vintage within the annals of village stories could be broadly learn and debated for what it unearths approximately China's rural dynamics in addition to the character of country strength, markets, the army, social family members, and faith. equipped on terribly intimate and distinct study in a Sichuan village that Isabel criminal begun in 1940, the booklet offers an unheard of background of chinese language rural lifestyles throughout the struggle with Japan. it really is a necessary source for all students of latest China.
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  • History: A Very Short Introduction

    There are lots of tales we will inform concerning the previous, and we're not, possibly, as unfastened as we would think in our number of which tales to inform, or the place these tales finish. John Arnold's addition to Oxford's well known Very brief Introductions sequence is a stimulating essay approximately how humans learn and comprehend historical past. The e-book starts off by way of inviting us to contemplate numerous questions provoked via our research of historical past, after which explores the ways that those questions were responded long ago. Such key thoughts as causation, interpretation, and periodization are brought in terms of concrete examples of the way historians paintings, hence giving the reader a feeling of the buzz implicit in studying the past--and ourselves.

    The target all through History: a really brief Introduction is to debate theories of background in a basic, pithy, and obtainable demeanour, instead of delve into particular sessions. it is a e-book that would entice all scholars and basic readers with an curiosity in historical past or historiography.

    About the Series:
    Oxford's Very brief Introductions sequence bargains concise and unique introductions to quite a lot of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary idea to background, and Archaeology to the Bible. no longer easily a textbook of definitions, every one quantity during this sequence presents trenchant and provocative--yet continuously balanced and complete--discussions of the vital concerns in a given self-discipline or box. each Very brief advent offers a readable evolution of the topic in query, demonstrating how the topic has constructed and the way it has prompted society. finally, the sequence will surround each significant educational self-discipline, providing all scholars an available and ample reference library. regardless of the sector of research that one deems very important or beautiful, regardless of the subject that fascinates the final reader, the Very brief Introductions sequence has a convenient and cheap advisor that would most probably turn out indispensable.
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  • The Ball is Round: A Global History of Soccer

    By David Goldblatt

    During this striking journey de strength of a ebook, David Goldblatt describes the increase of soccer, from a chaotic people ritual to a zone of the global-entertainment undefined. it is the tale of gamers and executives, fanatics and vendors, golf equipment and nationwide groups; a chronicle of who received and who misplaced. yet it is also a heritage of states and markets, funds and tool. And, in particular, how these types of forces engage. it's a background which makes an attempt to find the place the road among the world of glory and the world of strength has been crossed, that celebrates the affection of the sport, yet understands that it may be obtained. hence the booklet describes and bills for the careers of Pele and Maradona, Puskas and George most sensible; the histories of the Wunderteam and the incomparable Hungarians, the anti-futbol of Estudiantes de los angeles Plata and the futbol arte of Brazil 1970. It explores the cultural meanings and political makes use of of soccer in Peron's Argentina, Adenauer's West Germany, Stalin's Soviet Union and Mussolini's Italy. It levels from the postcolonial politics of African soccer to the producing historical past of the soccer boot; from the heritage of stadium structure to the structure of strength in worldwide football's prime associations.
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