Download E-books Southern Cross: The Beginnings of the Bible Belt PDF

By Christine Leigh Heyrman

In an amazing historical past, a piece of strikingly unique learn and interpretation, Heyrman exhibits how the evangelical Protestants of the late-18th century affronted the Southern Baptist majority of the day, not just by way of their competition to slaveholding, struggle, and sophistication privilege, but additionally via their espousal of the rights of the bad and their encouragement of women's public involvement within the church.

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Download E-books The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History PDF

By Rian Thum

For 250 years, the Turkic Muslims of Altishahr―the great desolate tract zone to the northwest of Tibet―have led an uneasy life less than chinese language rule. this present day they name themselves Uyghurs, they usually have cultivated a feeling of historical past and id that demanding situations Beijing’s respectable nationwide narrative. Rian Thum argues that the roots of this background run deeper than fresh conflicts, to a time whilst manuscripts and pilgrimage ruled understandings of the previous. past broadening our wisdom of tensions among the Uyghurs and the chinese language executive, this meditation at the very proposal of historical past probes the bounds of human interplay with the past.

Uyghur old perform emerged from the flow of books and folks throughout the Qing Dynasty, whilst crowds of pilgrims listened to heritage readings on the tombs of Islamic saints. over the years, amid lengthy trips and relocating rituals, at oasis markets and wasteland shrines, traditional readers tailored community-authored manuscripts to their very own wishes. within the procedure they created a window right into a forgotten Islam, formed by means of the veneration of neighborhood saints.

Partly insulated from the remainder of the Islamic international, the Uyghurs developed a neighborhood heritage that's right now targeted and assimilates parts of Semitic, Iranic, Turkic, and Indic traditions―the cultural imports of Silk highway tourists. via either ethnographic and ancient research, The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History deals a brand new realizing of Uyghur old practices, detailing the striking potential through which this humans reckons with its prior and confronts its nationalist aspirations within the current day.

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Download E-books Part of Our Lives: A People's History of the American Public Library PDF

Regardless of dire predictions within the overdue 20th century that public libraries wouldn't live to tell the tale the flip of the millennium, their numbers have purely elevated. of 3 americans common a public library once or more a 12 months, and approximately that many are registered debtors. even supposing library experts have argued that the general public library services basically as a civic establishment worthwhile for retaining democracy, generations of library consumers inform a unique tale.

In Part of Our Lives, Wayne A. Wiegand delves into the guts of why american citizens love their libraries. The publication lines the heritage of the general public library, that includes documents and stories from as early as 1850. instead of examining the phrases of library founders and bosses, Wiegand listens to the voices of daily buyers who adored libraries. Drawing on newspaper articles, memoirs, and biographies, Part of Our Lives paints a transparent and interesting photograph of usa citizens who worth libraries not just as civic associations, but in addition as public areas that advertise and hold community.

Whether as a public area, a spot for gaining access to details, or a house for studying fabric that is helping buyers make experience of the area round them, the general public library has a wealthy heritage of that means for thousands of american citizens. From colonial occasions in the course of the contemporary technological revolution, libraries have always tailored to higher serve the wishes in their groups. Wiegand demonstrates that, even if cultural specialists (including a few librarians) have usually disparaged examining books thought of now not "serious," the ordinary studying fabrics clients received from public libraries have had a transformative impact for plenty of, together with humans resembling Ronald Reagan, invoice Moyers, Edgwina Danticat, Philip Roth, Toni Morrison, Sonia Sotomayor, and Oprah Winfrey.

A daring problem to standard pondering the yankee public library, Part of Our Lives is an insightful check out certainly one of America's such a lot liked cultural institutions.

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Download E-books The Carthaginians (Peoples of the Ancient World) PDF

The Carthaginians unearths the advanced tradition, society and achievements of a well-known, but misunderstood, historical humans. starting as Phoenician settlers in North Africa, the Carthaginians then broadened their civilization with affects from neighbouring North African peoples, Egypt, and the Greek international. their very own cultural effect in flip unfold around the Western Mediterranean as they imposed dominance over Sardinia, western Sicily, and eventually southern Spain.

As a reliable republic Carthage earned respectful compliment from Greek observers, significantly Aristotle, and from many Romans – even Cato, differently infamous for insisting that ‘Carthage needs to be destroyed’. Carthage matched the good city-state of Syracuse in strength and ambition, then clashed with Rome for mastery of the Mediterranean West. For a time, led via her maximum normal Hannibal, she did develop into the top energy among the Atlantic and the Adriatic.

It was once mainly after her destruction in 146 BC that Carthage got here to be depicted by way of Greeks and Romans as an alien civilization, harsh, gloomy and bloodstained. Demonising the sufferer eased the embarrassment of Rome’s aggression; Virgil in his Aeneid used to be one of many few to provide a extra delicate imaginative and prescient. Exploring either written and archaeological facts, The Carthaginians unearths a posh, multicultural and leading edge humans whose achievements left an indelible influence on their Roman conquerors and on history.

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Download E-books Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors PDF

By Peter Ackroyd

"An impressive publication . . . Peter Ackroyd is arguably the main gifted and prolific author operating in Britain today." ―Daily exhibit (UK)

In Foundation, acclaimed historian Peter Ackroyd tells the epic tale of britain itself. he is taking us from the primeval forests of England's prehistory to the dying, in 1509, of the 1st Tudor king, Henry VII. He courses us from the construction of Stonehenge to the founding of the 2 nice glories of medieval England: universal legislation and the cathedrals. He describes the successive waves of invaders who made England English, regardless of being themselves Roman, Viking, Saxon, or Norman French.

together with his remarkable ability for evoking time and position and his acute eye for the telling aspect, Ackroyd recounts the tale of warring kings, of civil strife, and international wars. yet he additionally supplies us a bright feel of ways England's early humans lived: the houses they equipped, the garments they wore, the nutrients they ate, even the jokes they instructed. All are dropped at existence throughout the narrative mastery of 1 of Britain's best writers.

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Download E-books Postmodern Imperialism: Geopolitics and the Great Games PDF

By Eric Walberg

The sport motif turns out to be useful as a metaphor for the wider competition among international locations and monetary platforms with the upward push of imperialism and the pursuit of worldwide energy. This video game has passed through significant variations because the times of Russian-British contention, with the increase first of Communism after which of Islam as global forces opposing imperialism. the most topics of Postmodern Imperialism: Geopolitics and the nice video games comprise: * US imperial approach as an outgrowth of British imperialism, and its transformation following the cave in of the Soviet Union; * the importance of the production of Israel with admire to the imperial undertaking; * the repositioning of Russia in international politics after the cave in of the Soviet Union; * the rising position of China and Iran in Eurasia; * the rising competition to the united states and NATO. because the serious literature on NATO, the hot Russia, and the center East is fragmented, this paintings brings those components jointly in old viewpoint with an realizing from the Arab/ Muslim world's standpoint, because it is the main target of the entire "Great Games”. It strives to bridge the space among Western, Russian and heart jap readers with an research that's obtainable and appeals to all serious thinkers, and while offers the instruments to investigate the present online game because it evolves. the good video games of yore - Britain vs. Russia and their empires within the nineteenth century, and the united states vs. the Soviet Union within the twentieth century - not translate basically because the US vs. Russia or Russia/ China. an immense new participant is a collective one, NATO, which this day is as very important because the emperor's outfits to justify the worldwide achieve people imperialism. this present day, the "playing box” - the geopolitical context - is broader than it was once in both the nineteenth or twentieth century video games, notwithstanding Eurasia remains to be "center field”, the place many of the world's inhabitants and effort assets lie. The lifestyles of Israel is an anomaly which heavily complicates the shaping of the geopolitical video game. Its roles in the good video games as either colony and an imperial strength in its personal correct, is analyzed within the context of the background of Judaism and its family with either the western Christian and the Muslim worlds.

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Download E-books The Everyday Atlantic: Time, Knowledge, and Subjectivity in the Twentieth-Century Iberian and Latin American Newspaper Chronicle (SUNY series in Latin American and Iberian Thought and Culture) PDF

By Tania Gentic

Rethinks the suggestions of state, imperialism, and globalization by means of analyzing the typical writing of the newspaper chronicle and weblog in Spain and Latin America.

In The daily Atlantic, Tania Gentic bargains a brand new figuring out of the ways that members and groups understand themselves within the twentieth-century Atlantic international. She grounds her research in first-time comparative readings of day-by-day newspaper texts, written in Spanish, Portuguese, and Catalan. referred to as chronicles, those daily literary writings are a precursor to the web publication and demonstrate the ephemerality of id because it is represented and acquired day-by-day. during the textual content Gentic bargains clean readings of recognized and lesser-known chroniclers (cronistas), together with Eugeni d’Ors (Catalonia), Germán Arciniegas (Colombia), Clarice Lispector (Brazil), Carlos Monsiváis (Mexico), and Brazilian blogger Ricardo Noblat.

>While prior ways to the Atlantic have all for geographical crossings by means of topics, Gentic highlights the typical moments of analyzing and idea during which discourses of state, postcolonialism, and globalization come into clash. Critics have usually evaluated in isolation how ideology, ethics, have an effect on, and the physique tell identification; besides the fact that, Gentic skillfully combines those ways to illustrate how the chronicle exposes daily representations of self and community.

Tania Gentic is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Georgetown college.

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