Category: History

  • Download E-books A Classless Society: Britain in the 1990s PDF

    By Alwyn W. Turner

    "Superb" NICK COHEN, writer of What's Left?

    "Tremendously entertaining" DOMINIC SANDBROOK, Sunday Times

    "Like his prior histories of the Seventies and Eighties, A Classless Society is a very finished paintings. Turner writes brilliantly, making a compelling narrative of the last decade, weaving contrasting components including a traditional storyteller's aplomb... enticing and unique" IRVINE WELSH, Daily Telegraph

    "Ravenously inquisitive, darkly comical and coolly undeceived... Turner is a grasp of the telling detail" CRAIG BROWN, Mail on Sunday

    When Margaret Thatcher was once ousted from Downing highway in November 1990 after 11 years of sour social and financial clash, many was hoping that the last decade to return will be extra 'caring'; others was hoping that the extra radical rules of her revolution may possibly also be overturned. throughout politics and tradition there has been an obvious craving for whatever the Iron woman had famously brushed aside: society.

    The 'New Britain' to emerge will be a contradiction: economically unequal yet culturally classless. when Westminster agonised over sleaze and the ERM, the rustic outdoors turned the playground of the Ladette. It was once additionally a interval that may see previous ethical certainties swept apart, and as soon as venerable associations descend into farce - undefined, on the subject of the Royal relatives, by means of tragedy.

    Opening with a warfare within the Gulf and finishing with the assaults of eleven September 2001, A Classless Society is going looking for the last decade whilst glossy Britain got here of age. What it reveals is a kingdom anxiously grappling with new applied sciences, tentatively embracing new existence, and, chiefly, forging a brand new experience of what it capability to be British.

    "Deserves to turn into a classic" EDWINA CURRIE

    "Rich and encyclopaedic" ROGER LEWIS, Daily Mail

    "Excellent" D.J. TAYLOR, Independent
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  • Download E-books Higher Education in America PDF

    By Derek Bok

    Larger schooling in the United States is a landmark work--a entire and authoritative research of the present of our schools and universities from former Harvard president Derek Bok, one of many nation's most dear schooling specialists. Sweepingly bold in scope, it is a deeply knowledgeable and balanced evaluate 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 vital to the lives and possibilities of scholars or to the growth and prosperity of the state, Bok presents an intensive exam of the complete procedure, private and non-private, from neighborhood schools and small liberal arts schools to nice universities with their learn courses and their scientific, legislation, and enterprise colleges. Drawing at the most suitable reviews and knowledge, he determines which criticisms of upper schooling are unfounded or exaggerated, that are problems with actual obstacle, and what should be performed to enhance matters.

    Some of the themes thought of are long-standing, corresponding to debates over the undergraduate curriculum and issues over emerging collage expenses. Others are more moderen, comparable to the increase of for-profit associations and large open on-line classes (MOOCs). extra subject matters contain the standard of undergraduate schooling, the stagnating degrees of school commencement, the issues of college governance, the strengths and weaknesses of graduate schooling, the surroundings for study, and the advantages and disadvantages of the pervasive pageant between American faculties and universities.

    Offering a unprecedented survey and assessment of yank larger schooling as a complete, this booklet offers a great foundation for a clean public dialogue approximately what the method is doing correct, what it must do larger, and the way the subsequent sector century might be made a interval of growth instead of decline
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  • Download E-books The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo PDF

    By Tom Reiss

    WINNER OF THE 2013 PULITZER PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY

    General Alex Dumas, is a guy nearly unknown this day, yet his tale is strikingly familiarbecause his son, the novelist Alexandre Dumas, used his larger-than-life feats as notion for such classics as The count number of Monte Cristo and The 3 Musketeers.
         yet, hidden behind General Dumas's swashbuckling adventures used to be an excellent extra fantastic secret: he was once the son of a black slavewho rose better within the white global than any guy of his race might earlier than our personal time. 
         Born in Saint-Domingue (now Haiti), Alex Dumas made his method to Paris, the place he rose to command armies on the peak of the Revolutionuntil he met an implacable enemy he couldn't defeat.
         TIME journal referred to as The Black Count "one of these quintessentially human tales of energy and braveness that sheds gentle at the ancient second that made it possible." it's also a heartbreaking tale of the iconic bonds of affection among a father and son.  

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  • Download E-books Gymnastics of the Mind: Greek Education in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt PDF

    By Raffaella Cribiore

    This ebook is right away an intensive examine of the tutorial process for the Greeks of Hellenistic and Roman Egypt, and a window to the monstrous landscape of academic practices within the Greco-Roman global. It describes how humans realized, taught, and practiced literate talents, how colleges functioned, and what the curriculum comprised. Raffaella Cribiore attracts on over four hundred papyri, ostraca (sherds of pottery or slices of limestone), and pills that function every thing from workouts concerning letters of the alphabet via rhetorical compositions that represented the paintings of complex scholars. the phenomenal wealth of surviving resource fabric renders Egypt a great area of reference. The booklet makes tours past Egypt to boot, relatively within the Greek East, by way of analyzing the letters of the Antiochene Libanius which are keen on education.

    The first half explores the stipulations for instructing and studying, and the jobs of academics, mom and dad, and scholars in schooling; the second one vividly describes the development from ordinary to complicated schooling. Cribiore examines not just college routines but in addition books and commentaries hired in education--an uncharted sector of study. this permits the main finished review to this point of the 3 major levels of a liberal schooling, from the trouble-free instructor to the grammarian to the rhetorician. additionally addressed, in exceptional aspect, are lady schooling and the position of households in schooling. Gymnastics of the Mind should be an crucial source to scholars and students of the traditional global and of the heritage of education.

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  • Download E-books An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 (Newbery Honor Book) PDF

    By Jim Murphy

    1793, Philadelphia. The nation's capital and the most important urban in North the US is devastated through an it sounds as if incurable illness, reason unknown . . .

    In a strong, dramatic narrative, seriously acclaimed writer Jim Murphy describes the disease often called yellow fever and the toll it took at the city's citizens, referring to the epidemic to the main social and political occasions of the day and to 18th-century clinical ideals and practices. Drawing on first-hand money owed, Murphy spotlights the heroic position of Philadelphia's loose blacks in struggling with the sickness, and the Constitutional trouble that President Washington confronted whilst he used to be pressured to depart the city--and all his papers--while escaping the lethal contagion. the hunt for the fever's motives and treatment, no longer came across for greater than a century later on, presents a suspenseful counterpoint to this riveting precise tale of a urban lower than siege.

    An American Plague's quite a few awards contain a Sibert Medal, a Newbery Honor, and designation as a countrywide ebook Award Finalist. completely researched, generously illustrated with attention-grabbing archival prints, and unflinching in its dialogue of clinical info, this booklet bargains a glimpse into the stipulations of yank towns on the time of our nation's beginning whereas drawing well timed parallels to modern day epidemics. Bibliography, map, index.

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  • Download E-books Nothin' But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times, and Hopes of America's Industrial Heartland PDF

    By Edward McClelland

    The higher Midwest and nice Lakes sector turned the "arsenal of democracy"-the maximum production heart within the world-in the years in the course of and after global struggle II, because of common merits and a welcoming tradition. many years of unheard of prosperity undefined, memorably punctuated through riots, moves, burning rivers, and oil embargoes. a colourful, quintessentially American personality bloomed within the region's towns, suburbs, and backwaters.

    But the innovation and that outlined the Rust Belt additionally helped to hasten its loss of life. An air conditioner invented in Upstate big apple reworked the South from a sweaty backwoods to a non-unionized business competitor. Japan and Germany recovered from their defeat to construct fuel-efficient autos within the stagnant Seventies. The tentpole factories that paid staff so good additionally crammed the air with soot, and poisoned waters and soil. the roles drifted in other places, and plenty of of the folk quickly suit.

    Nothin' yet Blue Skies tells the tale of ways the country's business heartland grew, boomed, bottomed, and hopes to be reborn. via a propulsive mixture of storytelling and reportage, celebrated author Edward McClelland offers the increase, fall, and revival of the Rust Belt and its people.

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  • Download E-books The Life We Were Given: Operation Babylift, International Adoption, and the Children of War in Vietnam PDF

    By Dana Sachs

    In April 1975, ahead of the autumn of Saigon, the U.S. executive introduced "Operation Babylift," a hugely publicized plan to evacuate approximately 3 thousand displaced Vietnamese childrens and position them with adoptive households in a foreign country. Chaotic from begin to end, the challenge gripped the world-with a aggravating airplane crash, foreign media snapping photos of bewildered young ones touring to their new houses, and households clamoring to undertake the waifs.

    Often offered as a superb humanitarian attempt, Operation Babylift supplied a chance for nationwide catharsis following the trauma of the yankee adventure in Vietnam. Now, thirty-five years after the warfare ended, Dana Sachs examines this unheard of occasion extra conscientiously, revealing how a unmarried public-policy gesture irrevocably altered millions of lives, now not constantly for the higher. even though lots of the teenagers have been orphans, many weren't, and the rescue provided no hazard for households to later reunite.

    With sensitivity and stability, Sachs deepens her account via together with a number of views: delivery moms making the wrenching determination to relinquish their youngsters; orphanage staff, army team of workers, and medical professionals attempting to "save" them; politicians and judges trying to untangle the controversies; adoptive households ready anxiously for his or her new little kids; and the youngsters themselves, suffering to appreciate. specifically, the ebook follows one such baby, Anh Hansen, who left Vietnam via Operation Babylift and, many years later, again to reunite along with her delivery mom. via Anh's tale, and people of many others, The existence We have been Given will motivate impassioned dialogue and spur discussion at the human price of conflict, overseas adoption and reduction efforts, and U.S. involvement in Vietnam.


    From the Hardcover edition.
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  • Download E-books The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 PDF

    In The Quartet, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Joseph Ellis tells the unforeseen tale of America’s moment nice founding and of the lads so much responsible—Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, John Jay, and James Madison:  why the 13 colonies, having simply fought off the imposition of a far off centralized governing strength, could choose to subordinate themselves anew. those males, with the aid of Robert Morris and Gouverneur Morris, formed the contours of yankee background by means of diagnosing the systemic dysfunctions created through the Articles of Confederation, manipulating the political approach to strength the calling of the Constitutional conference, conspiring to set the schedule in Philadelphia, orchestrating the talk within the kingdom ratifying conventions, and, eventually, drafting the invoice of Rights to guarantee kingdom compliance with the constitutional payment, created the recent republic. Ellis provides us a dramatic portrait of 1 of the main an important and misconstrued sessions in American historical past: the years among the top of the Revolution and the formation of the government.

    The Quartet
     unmasks a delusion, and as a substitute offers an excellent extra compelling truth—one that lies on the middle of realizing the production of the USA of America. 

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  • Download E-books History of the Jews in Russia and Poland, Volume 1 PDF

    By Simon Markovich Dubnow

    Original yr of publication: 1916

    Translator's Preface
    It isn't my purpose to expatiate in those prefatory comments at the current paintings and its writer. A heritage of the Jews in Russia and Poland from the pen of S. M. Dubnow wishes neither justification nor advice. The wish of a piece of this type has lengthy been keenly felt by means of these attracted to Jewish existence or Jewish letters, by no means extra keenly than to-day whilst the flare of the area conflagration has thrown into ghastly aid the tragic plight of the biggest Jewry of the Diaspora. As for the writer, his energy of greedy and featuring the extensive facets of common Jewish heritage and his lifelong, painstaking labors within the specific box of Russian- Jewish background healthy him in singular degree to deal with the duty to which this paintings is dedicated.

    In what follows I simply desire to render account of the English translation and of the shape of the unique which it has endeavored to reproduce.

    The translation is predicated upon a piece in Russian which was once specially ready through Mr. Dubnow for THE JEWISH e-book SOCIETY OF the United States. these accustomed to sleek Jewish literature within the Russian language be aware of that the writer of our ebook has handled an identical topic in his normal background of the Jewish humans, in 3 volumes, and in a couple of specific reviews released by way of him within the periodical Yevreyskaya Starina (“Jewish Antiquity”). Upon this fabric Mr. Dubnow has freely drawn for the current paintings, after subjecting it to a cautious revision, and so supplementing and co-ordinating it that to all intents and reasons the booklet issued herewith is a brand new and self sufficient booklet. furthermore, the background of Russian Jewry after 1881, comprising the ugly period of pogroms and expulsions, has been written by means of Mr. Dubnow solely anew, and may seem for the 1st time as a part of this paintings. the current book may perhaps hence adequately declare to provide the 1st accomplished and systematic account of the heritage of Russo-Polish Jewry.

    The paintings is split into 3 volumes. the 1st quantity comprises the background of the Jews of Russia and Poland from its beginnings till the dying of Alexander I., in 1825.

    Source: Retail PDF through library. now not marked as retail due to elimination of watermarks and navigation on the best of every web page, yet nonetheless retail caliber.
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  • Download E-books The Cambridge History of Science Volume 4: Eighteenth-Century Science PDF

    By Roy Porter

    This quantity deals to common and professional readers alike the fullest and so much entire survey of the improvement of technological know-how within the eighteenth century. it truly is designed to be learn as either a story and an interpretation, and likewise for use as a piece of reference. whereas top recognition is paid to Western technological know-how , area can be given to technological know-how in conventional cultures and to colonial technological know-how . The members, international leaders of their respective specialties, have interaction with present historiographical and methodological controversies and strike out positions in their personal.
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