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The Discovery of France: A Historical Geography

The Discovery of France: A Historical Geography

  • Author: Graham Robb
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN: 9780393068825
  • Category: History
  • Page: 480
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"A witty, engaging narrative style…[Robb's] approach is particularly engrossing." —New York Times Book Review A narrative of exploration—full of strange landscapes and even stranger inhabitants—that explains the enduring fascination of France. While Gustave Eiffel was changing the skyline of Paris, large parts of France were still terra incognita. Even in the age of railways and newspapers, France was a land of ancient tribal divisions, prehistoric communication networks, and pre-Christian beliefs. French itself was a minority language. Graham Robb describes that unknown world in arresting narrative detail. He recounts the epic journeys of mapmakers, scientists, soldiers, administrators, and intrepid tourists, of itinerant workers, pilgrims, and herdsmen with their millions of migratory domestic animals. We learn how France was explored, charted, and colonized, and how the imperial influence of Paris was gradually extended throughout a kingdom of isolated towns and villages. The Discovery of France explains how the modern nation came to be and how poorly understood that nation still is today. Above all, it shows how much of France—past and present—remains to be discovered. A New York Times Notable Book, Publishers Weekly Best Book, Slate Best Book, and Booklist Editor's Choice.

The Discovery of France

The Discovery of France

  • Author: Graham Robb
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9780330427616
  • Category: Bicycle touring
  • Page: 454
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We may think we know its history, its culture and its people from long-ago lessons at school.However, the notion of "the French" as one nation is relatively recent and actually rather misleading; in order to discover the "real" past of France, it's not only necessary to go back in time, but also to go at a slower pace than modern life generally allows.The result of 14,000 miles covered by bicycle (and four years spent in the library), here, at last, is a book that tells the whole story.

Aufstieg und Fall des Alten Ägypten

Aufstieg und Fall des Alten Ägypten

Die Geschichte einer geheimnisvollen Zivilisation vom 5. Jahrtausend v. Chr. bis Kleopatra

  • Author: Toby Wilkinson
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9783570552759
  • Category:
  • Page: 825
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Die Macht der Geographie

Die Macht der Geographie

Wie sich Weltpolitik anhand von 10 Karten erklären lässt

  • Author: Tim Marshall
  • Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag
  • ISBN: 3423428562
  • Category: History
  • Page: 304
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Wie Geografie Geschichte macht Weltpolitik ist auch Geopolitik. Alle Regierungen, alle Staatschefs unterliegen den Zwängen der Geographie. Berge und Ebenen, Flüsse, Meere, Wüsten setzen ihrem Entscheidungsspielraum Grenzen. Um Geschichte und Politik zu verstehen, muss man selbstverständlich die Menschen, die Ideen, die Einstellungen kennen. Aber wenn man die Geographie nicht mit einbezieht, bekommt man kein vollständiges Bild. Zum Beispiel Russland: Von den Moskauer Großfürsten über Iwan den Schrecklichen, Peter den Großen und Stalin bis hin zu Wladimir Putin sah sich jeder russische Staatschef denselben geostrategischen Problemen ausgesetzt, egal ob im Zarismus, im Kommunismus oder im kapitalistischen Nepotismus. Die meisten Häfen frieren immer noch ein halbes Jahr zu. Nicht gut für die Marine. Die nordeuropäische Tiefebene von der Nordsee bis zum Ural ist immer noch flach. Jeder kann durchmarschieren. Russland, China, die USA, Europa, Afrika, Lateinamerika, der Nahe Osten, Indien und Pakistan, Japan und Korea, die Arktis und Grönland: In zehn Kapiteln zeigt Tim Marshall, wie die Geographie die Weltpolitik beeinflusst und beeinflusst hat.

The Discovery of Middle Earth: Mapping the Lost World of the Celts

The Discovery of Middle Earth: Mapping the Lost World of the Celts

  • Author: Graham Robb
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN: 039308163X
  • Category: History
  • Page: 387
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Describes a discovery the author made in the Alps, which uncovered a treasure trove of Druid celestial mathematics that mapped out the entire geography of ancient Europe, and discusses the implications of this new information.

Die Seelen der Nacht

Die Seelen der Nacht

Roman

  • Author: Deborah Harkness
  • Publisher: Blanvalet Verlag
  • ISBN: 3641093384
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 832
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Eine Liebe, stärker als das Leben selbst ... Diana Bishop ist Historikerin mit Leib und Seele. Dass in ihr zudem das Blut eines uralten Hexengeschlechts fließt, versucht sie im Alltag mit aller Kraft zu ignorieren. Doch als Diana in der altehrwürdigen Bodleian-Bibliothek in Oxford ein magisches Manuskript in die Hände fällt, kann sie ihre Herkunft nicht länger verleugnen: Hexen, Dämonen und Vampire heften sich an ihre Fersen, um ihr das geheime Wissen zu entlocken – wenn nötig mit Gewalt. Hilfe erfährt Diana ausgerechnet von Matthew Clairmont, Naturwissenschaftler, 1500 Jahre alter Vampir – und der Mann, der Diana bald schon mehr bedeuten wird als ihr eigenes Leben ... Ein mitreißender, wundervoll erzählter Roman über Magie, Abenteuer und Romantik.

Bruno Chef de police

Bruno Chef de police

  • Author: Martin Walker
  • Publisher: Diogenes Verlag AG
  • ISBN: 3257601816
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 352
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Bruno Courrèges – Polizist, Gourmet, Sporttrainer und begehrtester Junggeselle von Saint-Denis – wird an den Tatort eines Mordes gerufen. Ein algerischer Einwanderer, dessen Kinder in der Ortschaft wohnen, ist tot aufgefunden worden. Das Opfer ist ein Kriegsveteran, Träger des Croix de Guerre, und weil das Verbrechen offenbar rassistische Hintergründe hat, werden auch nationale Polizeibehörden eingeschaltet, die Bruno von den Ermittlungen ausschließen wollen. Doch der nutzt seine Ortskenntnisse und Beziehungen, ermittelt auf eigene Faust und deckt die weit in der Vergangenheit wurzelnden Ursachen des Verbrechens auf.

Im Herzen der See

Im Herzen der See

Die letzte Fahrt des Walfängers Essex

  • Author: Nathaniel Philbrick
  • Publisher: Heyne Verlag
  • ISBN: 3641146631
  • Category: History
  • Page: 352
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Die wahre Geschichte hinter dem Klassiker Moby Dick – verfilmt mit Starbesetzung Was jetzt als »Major Motion Picture« in die Kinos kommt – produziert von Oscar-Preisträger Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind – Genie und Wahnsinn) –, hat schon als Buch seine Leser gefesselt. Nathaniel Philbrick erzählt die wahre Geschichte jener Ereignisse, die Herman Melville zu seinem Roman Moby Dick inspiriert haben: Im November 1820 wird der Walfänger Essex mitten auf dem Pazifik von einem Pottwal gerammt. Das Schiff kentert, doch die 20 Mann starke Besatzung kann sich auf drei kleine Beiboote retten. Knapp 4000 Kilometer westlich der südamerikanischen Küste beginnt für die Männer eine beispiellose Odyssee: Drei Monate lang segeln sie in offenen, notdürftig aufgetakelten Booten und ohne ausreichend Proviant über eine feindliche See – und stoßen dabei an die Grenzen ihrer Menschlichkeit.

Arabia Petraea

Arabia Petraea

  • Author: Alois Musil
  • Publisher: Рипол Классик
  • ISBN: 5876593559
  • Category: History
  • Page: 550
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Arabia Petraea. Volume 2. Edom. Part 2. Topographischer Reisebericht.

Suite française

Suite française

Roman

  • Author: Irène Némirovsky
  • Publisher: Albrecht Knaus Verlag
  • ISBN: 3641147352
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 512
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Eine der größten literarischen Wiederentdeckungen der letzten Jahre Sommer 1940: Die deutsche Armee steht vor Paris. Voller Panik packen die Menschen ihre letzten Habseligkeiten zusammen und fliehen. Angesichts der existentiellen Bedrohung zeigen sie ihren wahren Charakter ... Der wiederentdeckte Roman „Suite française“ von Irène Némirovsky wurde 2005 zur literarischen Sensation. Über 60 Jahre lag das Vermächtnis der französischen Starautorin der 30er Jahre unerkannt in einem Koffer – bis der Zufall dieses eindrucksvolle Sittengemälde aus der Zeit des Zweiten Weltkriegs ans Licht brachte.

The Debatable Land

The Debatable Land

The Lost World Between Scotland and England

  • Author: Graham Robb
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 1509804722
  • Category: History
  • Page: N.A
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‘A book worth reading’ Andrew Marr, Sunday Times The Debatable Land was an independent territory which used to exist between Scotland and England. At the height of its notoriety, it was the bloodiest region in Great Britain, fought over by Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and James V. After the Union of the Crowns, most of its population was slaughtered or deported and it became the last part of the country to be brought under the control of the state. Today, its history has been forgotten or ignored. When Graham Robb moved to a lonely house on the very edge of England, he discovered that the river which almost surrounded his new home had once marked the Debatable Land’s southern boundary. Under the powerful spell of curiosity, Robb began a journey – on foot, by bicycle and into the past – that would uncover lost towns and roads, reveal the truth about this maligned patch of land and result in more than one discovery of major historical significance. Rich in detail and epic in scope, The Debatable Land takes us from a time when neither England nor Scotland could be imagined to the present day, when contemporary nationalism and political turmoil threaten to unsettle the cross-border community once more. Writing with his customary charm, wit and literary grace, Graham Robb proves the Debatable Land to be a crucial, missing piece in the puzzle of British history. Includes a 16-page colour plate section.

If Mayors Ruled the World

If Mayors Ruled the World

Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities

  • Author: Benjamin R. Barber
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • ISBN: 030016467X
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 416
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"In the face of the most perilous challenges of our time--climate change, terrorism, poverty, and trafficking of drugs, guns, and people--the nations of the world seem paralyzed. The problems are too big for governments to deal with. Benjamin Barber contends that cities, and the mayors who run them, can do and are doing a better job than nations. He cites the unique qualities cities worldwide share: pragmatism, civic trust, participation, indifference to borders and sovereignty, and a democratic penchant for networking, creativity, innovation, and cooperation. He demonstrates how city mayors, singly and jointly, are responding to transnational problems more effectively than nation-states mired in ideological infighting and sovereign rivalries. The book features profiles of a dozen mayors around the world, making a persuasive case that the city is democracy's best hope in a globalizing world, and that great mayors are already proving that this is so"--

Two Roads to War

Two Roads to War

The French and British Air Arms from Versailles to Dunkirk

  • Author: Robin Higham
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • ISBN: 161251085X
  • Category: History
  • Page: 448
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Two Roads to 1940 is a comparative study of the French and British air arms, from 1918 to 10 May 1940. Higham seeks the answer to the question “Why was the Armée de l’Air defeated in June 1940 whereas the Royal Air Force won the Battle Over Britain in September?” To reach a conclusion, the structure, the men and matériel, the government, and the economic infrastructure were analyzed. The story reveals that the French, dominated by the Armée de l’Terre, was hypnotized by “1918”; in contrast, the independent RAF evolved in the interwar years into a sophisticated, scientifically based force, which got the Air Defence of Great Britain (1924-1936) ready, was supported by government practices and consistency, as well as the necessary technical support for Fighter Command (1936-). Thus in 1940 the RAF could meet the Luftwaffe challenge. But the RAF also suffered from three major errors; no Air Officer Commander-in-Chief to control all the air commands, the almost fatal miscalculations of the power of Bomber Command, and the Army Ordnance’s refusal to develop the .50-caliber machine-gun instead of the .303. Serious historians and buffs should find the story salutary, as well as a detailed explanation of why air forces fail

SPQR

SPQR

Die tausendjährige Geschichte Roms

  • Author: Mary Beard
  • Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
  • ISBN: 3104031444
  • Category: History
  • Page: 656
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Wer hätte gedacht, dass Alte Geschichte so spannend und gegenwärtig sein kann? – Ein neuer Blick auf das alte Rom! Unkonventionell, scharfsinnig und zugleich akademisch versiert – dies trifft nicht nur auf die hochrenommierte Althistorikerin und Cambridge-Professorin Mary Beard selbst zu, sondern auch auf ihre neue große Geschichte des Römischen Reichs und seiner Bewohner: SPQR - Die tausendjährige Geschichte Roms. Begeistert erzählt sie die Geschichte eines Weltreichs, lässt uns Kriege, Exzesse, Intrigen miterleben, aber auch den römischen Alltag – wie Ärger in den Mietshäusern und Ciceros Scheidung. Sie lässt uns hinter die Legenden und Mythen blicken, hinterfragt sicher Geglaubtes und kommt zu überraschenden Einsichten. So erscheint Rom ganz nah – in seinen Debatten über Integration und Migration – und dann doch auch faszinierend fern, wenn es etwa um Sklaverei geht. Die Geschichte Roms für unsere Zeit. In prächtiger Ausstattung, mit über hundert s/w Abbildungen und umfangreichem farbigen Bildteil. »Bahnbrechend [...], anregend [...], revolutionär [...] ein völlig neuer Zugang zur Alten Geschichte.« Spectator »Aufregend, psychologisch scharfsinnig sowie mitfühlend kritisch.« Sunday Times »Meisterhaft [...], diese große Geschichte Roms erweckt die ferne Vergangenheit grandios zum Leben.« The Economist »Ungemein packend [...] ebenso unterhaltsam wie gelehrt.« Observer »Wer hätte gedacht, dass Geschichte so spannend sein kann?« Independent

Soul, Self, and Society

Soul, Self, and Society

The New Morality and the Modern State

  • Author: Edward L. Rubin
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199348677
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 336
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Political and social commentators regularly bemoan the decline of morality in the modern world. They claim that the norms and values that held society together in the past are rapidly eroding, to be replaced by permissiveness and empty hedonism. But as Edward Rubin demonstrates in this powerful account of moral transformations, these prophets of doom are missing the point. Morality is not diminishing; instead, a new morality, centered on an ethos of human self-fulfillment, is arising to replace the old one. As Rubin explains, changes in morality have gone hand in hand with changes in the prevailing mode of governance throughout the course of Western history. During the Early Middle Ages, a moral system based on honor gradually developed. In a dangerous world where state power was declining, people relied on bonds of personal loyalty that were secured by generosity to their followers and violence against their enemies. That moral order, exemplified in the early feudal system and in sagas like The Song of Roland, The Song of the Cid, and the Arthurian legends has faded, but its remnants exist today in criminal organizations like the Mafia and in the rap music of the urban ghettos. When state power began to revive in the High Middle Ages through the efforts of the European monarchies, and Christianity became more institutionally effective and more spiritually intense, a new morality emerged. Described by Rubin as the morality of higher purposes, it demanded that people devote their personal efforts to achieving salvation and their social efforts to serving the emerging nation-states. It insisted on social hierarchy, confined women to subordinate roles, restricted sex to procreation, centered child-rearing on moral inculcation, and countenanced slavery and the marriage of pre-teenage girls to older men. Our modern era, which began in the late 18th century, has seen the gradual erosion of this morality of higher purposes and the rise of a new morality of self-fulfillment, one that encourages individuals to pursue the most meaningful and rewarding life-path. Far from being permissive or a moral abdication, it demands that people respect each other's choices, that sex be mutually enjoyable, that public positions be allocated according to merit, and that society provide all its members with their minimum needs so that they have the opportunity to fulfill themselves. Where people once served the state, the state now functions to serve the people. The clash between this ascending morality and the declining morality of higher purposes is the primary driver of contemporary political and cultural conflict. A sweeping, big-idea book in the vein of Francis Fukuyama's The End of History, Charles Taylor's The Secular Age, and Richard Sennett's The Fall of Public Man, Edward Rubin's new volume promises to reshape our understanding of morality, its relationship to government, and its role in shaping the emerging world of High Modernity.

Overbooked

Overbooked

The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism

  • Author: Elizabeth Becker
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1439160996
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 448
  • View: 2007
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A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist presents a sobering assessment of the $6.5 trillion global tourist business that explains its indelible impact on the world economy, the environment and culture, revealing how historical and ecological sites throughout the world are being destroyed by tourism and how regional industries and farms are closing down in favor of tourist businesses.

Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life

Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life

  • Author: Karen Fields,Barbara J. Fields
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • ISBN: 1844679942
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 302
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The election of Barack Obama was supposed to herald the dawn of a post-racial age in America—a meaningless term without a grasp of what "racial" means. Most people assume that racism grows from the perception of human difference: the fact of race gives rise to the practice of racism. In this myth-busting reflection, the sociologist Karen E. Fields and the historian Barbara J. Fields argue the opposite: the practice of racism produces the illusion of race, through what they call racecraft. And racecraft is intimately entwined with other forms of inequality in American life. So pervasive are the devices of racecraft in American history, economic doctrine, politics, and everyday thinking that the presence of racecraft itself goes unnoticed. That the post-racial age has not dawned, the Fieldses argue, reflects the failure of Americans to develop a legitimate language for thinking about and discussing inequality across the board. That failure should worry all who care about democratic institutions.

A Source Book in Geography

A Source Book in Geography

  • Author: George Kish
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • ISBN: 9780674822702
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 453
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This remarkable volume presents a panorama of geographical writings from Hesiod to Humboldt, from the beginnings of geographical thought in the Western world to the emergence of topical specialization. It includes a wealth of material from non-Western sources, particularly Moslem and Chinese, that has not been collected before. The selections are arranged chronologically, and contain geographical theory, descriptions of terrestrial phenomena by early observers, and excerpts from major voyages of discovery. Some are obvious classics: Socrates on the nature of the Earth, Ezekiel's description of the commerce of Tyre, Columbus' first glimpse of the West Indies, Buffon on the history of the Earth, and Kant's geographical lectures. Yet more commonly, Mr. Kish provides a sense of the discovery with such finds as the ambassador's report to the Caliph of Baghdad on the lands and customs of the Norsemen, the study of the Tartar Empire by John of Monte Corvino, Archbishop of Peking, and Jefferson's private memo to Alexander von Humboldt seeking information on the American West. Each section is highlighted by a brief but engagingly written introduction by the editor. Throughout, the unique cultural and professional perspective of George Kish is very much in evidence.

Die versunkene Stadt Z

Die versunkene Stadt Z

Expedition ohne Wiederkehr - das Geheimnis des Amazonas

  • Author: David Grann
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9783442156665
  • Category:
  • Page: 413
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