Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous Idea (Modern Library Chronicles)

By Mark Kurlansky

During this well timed, hugely unique, and arguable narrative, New York occasions bestselling writer Mark Kurlansky discusses nonviolence as a special entity, a plan of action, instead of a trifling mind set. Nonviolence can and will be a method for overcoming social injustice and finishing wars, he asserts, that's why it's the hottest approach to those that converse fact to strength.

Nonviolence is a sweeping but concise heritage that strikes from historic Hindu occasions to present-day conflicts raging within the center East and somewhere else. Kurlansky additionally brings into concentration simply why nonviolence is a “dangerous” concept, and asks such provocative questions as: Is there any such factor as a “just war”? might nonviolence have labored opposed to even the main evil regimes in history?

Kurlansky attracts from background twenty-five provocative classes at the topic that we will use to impact switch this day. He indicates how, repeatedly, violence is used to suppress nonviolence and its practitioners–Gandhi and Martin Luther King, for instance; that the acknowledged deterrence price of status nationwide armies and large guns arsenals is, at top, negligible; and, encouragingly, that a lot of the exertions essential to start a stream to finish warfare is already whole. It easily has to be embraced and accelerated.

Engaging, scholarly, and brilliantly reasoned, Nonviolence is a piece that compels readers to examine heritage in a wholly new method. this isn't only a manifesto for our instances yet a trailblazing e-book whose time has come.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Grimm Legacies: The Magic Spell of the Grimms' Folk and Fairy Tales

By Jack Zipes

In Grimm Legacies, esteemed literary pupil Jack Zipes explores the legacy of the Brothers Grimm in Europe and North the United States, from the 19th century to the current. Zipes unearths how the Grimms got here to play a pivotal and strange position within the evolution of Western folklore and within the background of the main major cultural style within the world--the fairy tale.

Folklorists Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm sought to find and defend a wealthy abundance of reports emanating from an oral culture, and inspired associates, colleagues, and strangers to assemble and proportion those stories. accordingly, thousands of amazing people and fairy stories poured into books all through Europe and feature saved coming. Zipes appears to be like on the transformation of the Grimms' stories into kid's literature, the Americanization of the stories, the "Grimm" facets of up to date stories, and the stories' utopian impulses. He indicates that the Grimms weren't the 1st students to show their consciousness to folks stories, yet have been very important in increasing readership and atmosphere the excessive criteria for folk-tale accumulating that proceed throughout the present period. Zipes concludes with a glance at modern variations of the stories and increases questions about authenticity, target market, and consumerism.

With erudition and verve, Grimm Legacies examines the lasting common effect of 2 brothers and their gathered stories on contemporary storytelling international.

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Think Like an Egyptian: 100 Hieroglyphs

Gain insights right into a vanished international with this specific examine strong Egyptian hieroglyphs.

Barry Kemp offers 100 of the Egyptian hieroglyphs, their pronunciations, their background, and meanings, revealing points of day by day lifestyles in historical Egypt.

Kemp explains the myriad meanings in the back of symbols for actual gadgets corresponding to "Sun" and "Serpent," and ideas equivalent to "Truth" and "to love," construction an image of the ancient and mythological references that have been the cornerstones of Egyptian thought.

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1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

By Charles C. Mann

A deeply attractive new heritage of ways ecu settlements within the post-Colombian Americas formed the area, from the bestselling writer of 1491. featuring the newest learn by means of biologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians, Mann exhibits how the post-Columbian community of ecological and monetary alternate fostered the increase of Europe, devastated imperial China, convulsed Africa, and for 2 centuries made Mexico City—where Asia, Europe, and the hot frontier of the Americas dynamically interacted—the heart of the area. during this heritage, Mann uncovers the germ of trendy fiercest political disputes, from immigration to exchange coverage to tradition wars. In 1493, Mann has back given readers an eye-opening medical interpretation of our earlier, unequaled in its authority and fascination.

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Hitler's Children: The Story of the Baader-Meinhof Terrorist Gang

By Jillian Becker

First released in 1977 within the US and Britain to common severe acclaim, Hitler's young children fast grew to become a world-wide most sensible vendor, translated into many different languages, together with eastern. It tells the tale of the West German terrorists who emerged out of the 'New Left' scholar protest circulate of the overdue Nineteen Sixties. With bombs and bullets they began killing within the identify of 'peace'. just about all of them got here from wealthy, knowledgeable households. They have been 'Hitler's youngsters' not just in they'd been born in or instantly after the Nazi interval - a few of their mom and dad having been contributors of the Nazi get together - but in addition simply because they have been as fiercely opposed to person freedom because the Nazis have been. Their declared ideology was once Communism. They have been beneficiaries of either American reduction and the West German monetary miracle. Despising their immeasurable presents of prosperity and freedom, they 'identified' themselves with 3rd international sufferers of wars, poverty and oppression, whose plight they blamed on 'Western imperialism'. actually, their terrorist task used to be for no higher reason than self-expression. Their desires of major a revolution have been ended while one after one other of them died in shoot-outs with the police, or was once blown up together with his personal bomb, or was once arrested, attempted, and condemned to lengthy phrases of imprisonment. All 4 leaders of the pink military Faction (dubbed 'the Baader-Meinhof gang' by means of reporters) devoted suicide in felony.

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Toyotomi Hideyoshi: The Background, Strategies, Tactics and Battlefield Experiences of the Greatest Commanders of History

By Stephen Turnbull

Osprey Command sequence #6

Arguably the best army commander within the historical past of the samurai, Toyotomi Hideyoshi rose from the ranks of the peasantry to rule over all Japan. A scholar of the nice unifier Oda Nobunaga, Hideyoshi could later avenge the homicide of his grasp on the conflict of Yamazaki.

After consolidating his place, Hideyoshi went at the offensive, conquering the southern island of Kyushu in 1587 and defeating the Hojo in 1590. via 1591, he had complete the reunification of Japan. This ebook seems on the whole tale of Hideyoshi's army accomplishments, from his days as a tactical chief to his domination of the japanese

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The Railway Navvies: A History of the Men who Made the Railways

By Terry Coleman

First released via Hutchinson 1965
Book membership affiliates 1966
Pelican Books 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1976
Penguin Books 1981, 1986
Pimlico, 2000

This is the definitive tale of the lads who equipped the railways - the unknown Victorian labourers who blasted, tunnelled, drank and brawled their method throughout nineteenth-century England.

Preached at and plundered, sworn at and swindled, this anarchic elite continued perils and mess ups, and carved out of the English nation-state an industrial-age structure remarkable in grandeur and audacity because the construction of the cathedrals.

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Madness and Democracy: The Modern Psychiatric Universe (New French Thought Series)

By Marcel Gauchet, Gladys Swain, Catherine Porter

How the insane asylum turned a laboratory of democracy is published during this provocative examine the remedy of the mentally unwell in nineteenth-century France. Political thinkers reasoned that if govt used to be to relaxation within the arms of people, then measures can be taken to appreciate the private reaches of the self, together with the nation of insanity. Marcel Gauchet and Gladys Swain retain that the asylum initially embodied the progressive wish of curing the entire insane by way of saving the glimmer of sanity left in them. Their research of why this utopian imaginative and prescient failed eventually constitutes either a robust argument for liberalism and an instantaneous problem to Michel Foucault's indictment of liberal institutions.

The construction of a synthetic surroundings used to be intended to inspire the mentally ailing to reside as social beings, in stipulations that resembled up to attainable these winning in genuine existence. The asylum was once for this reason the 1st example of a latest utopian neighborhood during which a scientifically designed surroundings used to be presupposed to in attaining whole keep an eye on over the minds of an entire class of people. Gauchet and Swain argue that the social domination of the interior self, faraway from being the hidden fact of emancipation, represented the failure of its overly confident beginnings.

Madness and Democracy combines wealthy info of nineteenth-century asylum existence with reflections at the an important function of subjectivity and distinction inside of modernism. Its ultimate success is to teach that the teachings discovered from the failure of the asylum ended in the increase of psychoanalysis, an pastime occupied with person care and at the cooperation among psychiatrist and sufferer. via linking the increase of liberalism to a bankruptcy within the background of psychiatry, Gauchet and Swain supply a desirable reassessment of political modernity.

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Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before

By Tony Horwitz

Boldly Going the place Captain prepare dinner Has long gone Before

Two centuries after James Cook's epic voyages of discovery, Tony Horwitz takes readers on a wild experience throughout hemispheres and centuries to recapture the Captain's adventures and discover his embattled legacy in ultra-modern Pacific. Horwitz, a Pulitzer Prize-winner and writer of Confederates within the Attic, works as a sailor aboard a duplicate of Cook's send, meets island kings and wonder queens, and carouses the South Seas with a hilarious and disgraceful shuttle significant other, an Aussie named Roger. He additionally creates an excellent portrait of cook dinner: an impoverished farmboy who grew to become the best navigator in British background and without end replaced the lands he touched. Poignant, probing, antic, and exhilarating, Blue Latitudes brings to lifestyles a guy who helped create the worldwide village we inhabit today.

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