By James J. O'Donnell
The dream Alexander the good and Julius Caesar shared of uniting Europe, the Medi-terranean, and the center East in one group shuddered after which collapsed within the wars and mess ups of the 6th century. Historian and classicist James J. O'Donnell—who final introduced readers his masterful, anxious, and revelatory biography of Saint Augustine—revisits this previous tale in a clean method, bringing domestic its occasionally painful relevance to today's matters. With unforeseen element and in his hauntingly vibrant variety, O'Donnell starts off at a time of obvious Roman revival and brings readers to the instant of coming near near cave in that simply preceded the increase of Islam. unlawful migrations of peoples, non secular wars, international pandemics, and the enticements of empire: Rome's finish foreshadows today's crises and gives tricks the right way to navigate them—if current leaders will heed this tale.
By David G. McComb
At the Gulf fringe of Texas among land and sea stands Galveston Island. formed regularly via wind and water, it really is one in all earth's ongoing creations—time is perpetually new. right here, at the coastline, embraced by way of the waves, an individual can nonetheless think the heart beat of nature. And but, for the entire idyllic chances, Galveston's heritage has been something yet tranquil. throughout Galveston's sands have walked Indians, pirates, revolutionaries, the richest males of nineteenth-century Texas, squaddies, sailors, bootleggers, gamblers, prostitutes, physicians, entertainers, engineers, and preservationists. significant occasions within the island's previous contain hurricanes, yellow fever, smuggling, vice, the Civil conflict, the construction of a clinical college and port, raids by means of the Texas Rangers, and, regularly, the fight to dwell in a precarious situation. Galveston: A heritage is on the leading edge of a pattern in writing city biographies emphasizing know-how because the dynamic strength in city improvement. David McComb explores this usually contradictory dating among expertise and town, and gives a advisor to either Galveston background and the dynamics of city improvement.
By Arnaldo Momigliano
During this vintage research of cultural disagreement Professor Momigliano examines the Greeks' perspective towards the modern civilizations of the Romans, Celts, Jews, and Persians. reading cultural and highbrow interplay from the fourth during the first centuries B.C., Momigliano argues that during the Hellenistic interval the Greeks, Romans, and Jews loved an unique particular courting that assured their lasting dominance of Western civilization.
By André N. Chouraqui
Original 12 months of publication: 1968
With the tragic destruction of important and East ecu Jewries, the Oriental Jewish groups have grown in value within the balance-sheet of Jewish existence.
This publication is the results of two decades of analysis into the Jewish groups of North Africa and covers a interval of greater than thousand years within the historical past of these communities.
Though the origins of the North African Jewish groups are vague, one simple truth is obvious: Jews have been current and have been fascinated about the historic improvement of that a part of the area, in particular in the course of its domination by means of the Roman Empire, the reigns of the Vandals and Byzantines, and as much as the emergence and next conquest of that area by means of the Moslems towards the top of the 7th century. the writer deals a desirable research of this virtually unknown interval of North African Jewish history.
In the second one a part of the booklet the writer discusses the historical past of the trendy Algerian, Tunisian, and Moroccan Jewish groups. uncomplicated evidence emerge: the typical destiny which makes those numerous groups a unmarried unit, and their range of beginning and culture. the writer makes an attempt a cultural research of this variety through featuring a quick yet interesting exposition of the Oriental, Spanish, mystical, and Arab-Berber parts of those groups, and an account in their reactions to trendy tendencies and affects. hence, it seems that those groups, secluded until eventually lately and trustworthy to their traditions, constituted while the most excellent examples of a quick transition from the Oriental culture to the trendy world.
The writer offers us a cautious account of the heritage of those groups lower than French domination and describes their demographic constitution, their social adjustments, and their folklore and traditions. His description of lifestyles within the ghetto is efficient and ambitious, and explains why the emancipation has taken at the personality of a social explosion.
Dr. Chouraqui, who used to be a private adviser of best Minister Ben Gurion at the query of integration, deals a willing research of the issues dealing with Jews of North Africa in Israel.
The ebook is obviously written and amply documented. It comprises various statistical tables, felony texts, bibliographies, and indexes.
Between East and West is a precious contribution to our knowing of “the forgotten million” that after comprised the nice Jewish groups of North Africa.
Source: Retail PDF through library. now not marked as retail due to removing of watermarks and navigation on the best of every web page, yet nonetheless retail quality.
By David Laskin
Millions of impoverished Northern eu immigrants have been promised that the prairie provided "land, freedom, and hope." The disastrous snowstorm of 1888 printed that their loose home used to be now not a paradise yet a troublesome, unforgiving position ruled via average forces they neither understood nor managed, and America’s heartland may by no means be the same.
This P.S. variation good points an additional sixteen pages of insights into the publication, together with writer interviews, instructed interpreting, and extra.
By Ann Field, Gretchen Scoble
"Take borage for braveness. ship a bouquet of yarrow to claim warfare. grasp a spray of rue on the door to maintain witches at bay." Like plants, herbs are steeped in fantasy and magic, secrets and techniques and lore. for hundreds of years, their powers were referred to as upon to seduce fanatics and dispel witches, ship hidden messages and brew effective elixirs, attract the palate and soothe the brain. Illustrated with mesmerizing collages by way of acclaimed artist Ann box, this pleasant tribute to the that means and magic of herbs bargains a latest creation to an age-old culture. The textual content attracts on botanical, mythological, and historic resources around the world, from historic Rome to Victorian England, from Asia to the Americas, featuring profiles of over 50 herbs favourite throughout the a while. mixing truth, folktale, typical background, and unique paintings, The that means of Herbs explores the language and lore of nature's such a lot flexible and strong presents.
By Derek Bok
Larger schooling in the United States is a landmark work--a finished and authoritative research of the present situation of our faculties and universities from former Harvard president Derek Bok, one of many nation's most dear schooling specialists. Sweepingly formidable in scope, it is a deeply trained and balanced review of the numerous strengths in addition to the weaknesses of yank larger schooling this present day. At a time whilst schools and universities have by no means been extra very important to the lives and possibilities of scholars or to the development and prosperity of the kingdom, Bok offers an intensive exam of the whole method, private and non-private, from neighborhood schools and small liberal arts schools to nice universities with their learn courses and their scientific, legislations, and company colleges. Drawing at the most effective reports and knowledge, he determines which criticisms of upper schooling are unfounded or exaggerated, that are problems with actual predicament, and what may be performed to enhance matters.
Some of the topics thought of are long-standing, similar to debates over the undergraduate curriculum and issues over emerging collage charges. Others are more moderen, comparable to the increase of for-profit associations and big open on-line classes (MOOCs). extra themes comprise the standard of undergraduate schooling, the stagnating degrees of faculty commencement, the issues of college governance, the strengths and weaknesses of graduate schooling, the surroundings for study, and the advantages and downsides of the pervasive pageant between American faculties and universities.
Offering a unprecedented survey and assessment of yank better schooling as a complete, this booklet offers a fantastic foundation for a clean public dialogue approximately what the method is doing correct, what it must do higher, and the way the subsequent area century will be made a interval of growth instead of decline
By Carl J. Ekberg, Marie-Sol de La Tour d'Auvergne
In 1790, Pierre-Charles de Lassus de Luzières accumulated his spouse and youngsters and fled innovative France. His trek to the United States was once brought on by means of his "purchase" of 2 thousand acres positioned at the financial institution of the Ohio River from the Scioto Land Company—the establishment that infamously swindled French dealers and offered them valueless titles to estate. whilst de Luzières arrived and discovered he were defrauded, he selected, in a momentous choice, to not go back domestic to France. as an alternative, he dedicated to a lifestyles in North the USA and started making plans a stream to the Mississippi River valley.
De Luzières dreamed of constructing an unlimited advertisement empire that may stretch around the frontier, extending the whole size of the Ohio River and likewise down the Mississippi from Ste. Genevieve to New Orleans. even though his grandiose target used to be by no means learned, de Luzières energetically pursued different very important tasks. He based the town of latest Bourbon in what's now Missouri and recruited American settlers to maneuver westward around the Mississippi River. The spotlight of his profession used to be being appointed Spanish commandant of the recent Bourbon District, and his 1797 census of that group is a useful old rfile. De Luzières used to be an important political participant in the course of the ultimate years of the Spanish regime in Louisiana, yet most probably his maximum contributions to American heritage are his large commentaries at the Mississippi frontier on the shut of the colonial era.
A French Aristocrat within the American West: The Shattered desires of De Lassus de Luzières is either a story of this awesome man's existence and a compilation of his wide writings. partly I of the booklet, writer Carl Ekberg deals a radical account of de Luzières, from his lifestyles in Pre-Revolutionary France to his dying in 1806 in his apartment in New Bourbon. half II is a compilation, in translation, of de Luzières's so much compelling correspondence. in the past little or no of his writing has been released, although his letters represent one of many greatest our bodies of writing ever produced via a French émigré in North America.
Though de Luzières's presence in early American background has been principally missed through students, the paintings left at the back of through this not going frontiersman advantages nearer inspection. A French Aristocrat within the American West brings the phrases and deeds of this interesting guy to the general public for the 1st time.
By Ian Shaw
The Oxford historical past of old Egypt uniquely covers 700,000 years of old Egypt, from c. 700,000 BC to advert 311. Following the tale from the Egyptians' prehistoric origins to their conquest via the Persians, Greeks, and Romans, this booklet resurrects a desirable society replete with notable ancient info. It investigates such matters because the altering nature of existence and demise within the Nile valley to a couple of the earliest masterpieces of paintings, structure, and literature within the historic international. The authors--an foreign workforce of specialists operating on the innovative in their specific fields--outline the important series of political occasions, together with distinctive examinations of the 3 so-called 'intermediate periods' which have been formerly considered as 'dark ages' and are just now starting to be higher understood. in addition they learn cultural and social styles, together with stylistic advancements in paintings and literature. Addressing the problems surrounding this specified tradition, vividly touching on the increase and fall of ruling dynasties, exploring colourful personalities, and uncovering astonishing proof, The Oxford heritage of historical Egypt is sure to counterpoint our realizing of this forever interesting civilization.
"Brimming with...intriguing facts...also offers a prime evaluate of le progrès Egyptien--from the interval whilst Homo erectus first stalked the land correct as much as Octavian's positive access into Egypt in 30 BC."--The Times (London) (on the former version)