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 Uniforms of the Armed Forces of Eastern European Countries
Uniforms of the Armed Forces of Eastern European Countries
Author: Defense Intelligence Agency
Uniforms of the Armed Forces of Eastern European Countries
U.S. Government Printing Office
1991
Format: PDF
Pages: 164
Size: 119 Mb
Language: English

This book presents the uniforms, rank insignia, and badges of the former Warsaw Pact countries, plus Yugoslavia. At this time East Germany had already been re-united with West Germany, and is not included. Ground forces, air forces, and navies are covered, for all orders of dress. Each country's chapter includes a foldout chart of ranks matched to the U.S. equivalents.

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 Kookaburra Technical manual. Series 1, no.9: P-47 Thunderbolt Described Part 2
Kookaburra Technical manual. Series 1, no.9: P-47 Thunderbolt Described Part 2
Author: Geoff Duva
Kookaburra Technical manual. Series 1, no.9: P-47 Thunderbolt Described Part 2
Kookaburra Technical Publications
1969
Format: PDF
Size: 13,7 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 28
Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, technical drawings, profiles.

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 Daily Life in the Mongol Empire
Daily Life in the Mongol Empire
Daily Life in the Mongol Empire
Author: George Lane
Greenwood
2006
Pages: 340
Language: English
Format: pdf
Size: 33.8 Mb

The Mongol Empire comes to life in this vivid account of the lives of ordinary people who lived under the rule of Ghengis Khan. The book allows the reader to enjoy traditional Mongol folktales and experience life in a yurt, the tent in which the nomadic Mongols lived. It explains why the Mongols had a reputation for being savage barbarians by describing their fur-lined clothes and their heavy, meat- and alcohol-based diet. It supplies first-hand accounts of fighting in Ghengis Khan's decimalized army, and explores the various tasks that were left up to the women, such as loading and unloading the wagons when traveling. Highschool students and undergraduates can compare and contrast religious beliefs and various laws of the Mongols with those of other cultures they are studying. From traditional medicinal treatments to the Great Yasa law system, readers young and old can enjoy this comprehensive, in-depth study of everyday living during the Mongol Empire.

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 Historical Atlas of Islam
Historical Atlas of Islam
Historical Atlas of Islam
Author: Malise Ruthven, Azim Nanji
Harvard University Press
2004
Pages: 208
Language: English
Format: pdf
Size: 51 Mb

Among the great civilizations of the world, Islam remains an enigma to Western readers. Now, in a beautifully illustrated historical atlas, noted scholar of religion Malise Ruthven recounts the fascinating and important history of the Islamic world.
From the birth of the prophet Muhammed to the independence of post-Soviet Muslim states in Central Asia, this accessible and informative atlas explains the historical evolution of Islamic societies. Short essays cover a wide variety of themes, including the central roles played by sharia (divine law) and fiqh (jurisprudence); philosophy; arts and architecture; the Muslim city; trade, commerce, and manufacturing; marriage and family life; tribal distributions; kinship and dynastic power; ritual and devotional practices; Sufism; modernist and reformist trends; the European domination of the Islamic world; the rise of the modern national state; oil exports and arms imports; and Muslim populations in non-Muslim countries.
Lucid and inviting full-color maps chronicle the changing internal and external boundaries of the Islamic world, showing the principal trade routes through which goods, ideas, and customs spread. Ruthven traces the impact of various Islamic dynasties in art and architecture and shows the distribution of sects and religious minorities, the structure of Islamic cities, and the distribution of resources.
Rich in narrative and visual detail that illuminates the story of Islamic civilization, this timely atlas is an indispensable resource to anyone interested in world history and religion.

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 Plants and Empire: Colonial Bioprospecting in the Atlantic World
Plants and Empire: Colonial Bioprospecting in the Atlantic World
Author: Londa Schiebinger
Plants and Empire: Colonial Bioprospecting in the Atlantic World
Harvard University Press
2007
Format: PDF (rar+3%)
Size: 1,25 mb
Language: English
Pages: 320
Plants seldom figure in the grand narratives of war, peace, or even everyday life yet they are often at the center of high intrigue. In the eighteenth century, epic scientific voyages were sponsored by European imperial powers to explore the natural riches of the New World, and uncover the botanical secrets of its people.

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 Description de l'Egypte, ou, Recueil des observations et des recherches qui ont été faites en Egypte pendant l'expédition de l'armée française. Planches : Etat Moderne.
Description de l'Egypte, ou, Recueil des observations et des recherches qui ont été faites en Egypte pendant l'expédition de l'armée française. Planches : Etat Moderne.
Description de l'Egypte, ou, Recueil des observations et des recherches qui ont été faites en Egypte pendant l'expédition de l'armée française. Planches : Etat Moderne.
Author:
Imprimerie impériale
1809, 1817
Language:French
Format:pdf

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 Atlas historique: L'histoire du monde en 317 cartes
Atlas historique: L'histoire du monde en 317 cartes
Atlas historique: L'histoire du monde en 317 cartes
Author: Georges Duby
Larousse
1991
ISBN: 2035030099
Pages: 313
Language: French
Format: PDF
Size: 59 MB

Voici ce qui vous attend:
Préface
Le Monde Ancien jusqu'à l'an Mille
L'Europe depuis l'an Mille
Les Pays d'Europe
L'Asie
L'Afrique
L'Amérique
L'Océanie
L'Antarctique
Le Monde Actuel
Index

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 Fort Vaux (Battleground Europe)
Fort Vaux (Battleground Europe)
Author: Christina Holstein
Fort Vaux
Pen and Sword Military
Battleground Europe
2011
Format: EPUB
Pages: 192
Size: 11 Mb
Language: English

The bitter fight for Fort Vaux is one of the most famous episodes in the Battle of Verdun - it has achieved almost legendary status in French military history. The heroic resistance put up by the fort's commander, Major Raynal, and his small, isolated garrison in the face of repeated German assaults was remarkable at the time, and it is still seen as an outstanding example of gallantry and determination.

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 Empire of the Islamic World
Empire of the Islamic World
Author: Robin S. Doak
Empire of the Islamic World
Facts on File
2004
Format: pdf
Size: 7.44 mb
Great Empires of the Past
Language:English
This well-written reference resource explores the Islamic Empire's society, culture, and daily life, including architecture and art; astronomy and mathematics; customs, holidays, sports, and foods; government systems; industry and trade; language and literature; military structure and strategy; and mythology and religious beliefs. While Islam, the world's second-largest religion, is the most obvious legacy of the Islamic Empire, the political and scientific contributions are equally formidable. Islamic Empire addresses these and other important connections to our modern world.

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 Flowers in the Blood: The Story of Opium
Flowers in the Blood: The Story of Opium
Author: Jeff Goldberg
Flowers in the Blood: The Story of Opium
Skyhorse Publishing
2014
Format: pdf/epub
Size: 15 Mb
Language: English

Opium has played a dramatic and varied role in human history, inspiring religious veneration, scientific exploration, the bitterest rancor, and the most fanciful ecstasy. Now, authors Jeff Goldberg and Dean Latimer have provided a complete, insightful history of opium. Flowers in the Blood lifts the veil of mystery that has surrounded opium down through the ages. Inside, discover:
• Why a three-thousand-year-old statue of a Greek goddess was crowned with poppies
• The formulas for Hippocrates’s ancient opium remedies
• Why the Islamic councils of the wise vilified hashish but venerated opium
• Why there was no opium problem in nineteenth-century England and America despite unprecedented and unrestricted consumption of opiates
• What really provoked the Opium Wars in China
• Why John Jacob Astor quit the opium trade
• The unique role played by Chinese opium in the birth of the American labor movement
Along the way, the authors provide details of the addictions of S. T. Coleridge, Thomas De Quincey, and other literary opium-eaters of the nineteenth century, as well as chronicling the progress of antidrug laws and the ongoing search for an addiction cure.
Originally published in 1981, this edition of Flowers in the Blood has been updated with a new preface by Goldberg. At times disconcerting—raising serious questions about attitudes and approaches toward powerful drugs and their control—Flowers in the Blood is an essential addition to the literature of opium, and a wide-awake look at the stuff that dreams (and nightmares) are made of.

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 Chinas buried Kingdoms
Chinas buried Kingdoms
Author: Time-Life Books
Chinas buried Kingdoms
Lost Civilizations
Time Life
1993
Format: pdf
Pages: 180
Size: 22 Mb
Language: English, English

China's rich past is brought to life in this stunning presentation of the archaeological record of the Shang, Zhou, Qin, and Han dynasties. As with other books in this series, and with all Time-Life Books, the present volume is impressively illustrated with color photographs, maps, drawings, and charts.
Readers will be especially interested in the well-known terra cotta army of Qin Shihuangdi, China's first emperor, and the lesser-known tomb of Lady Xin of the Han Dynasty, remarkably well preserved more than two millenniums after her death. The text is informative, presenting much detail in a manner accessible to general readers (though the use of pinyin romanization should have been accompanied by the more traditional and, for many people, more recognizable, Wade-Giles system). Recommended for general collections serving young adult as well as older readers.

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 100 of the Worst Ideas in History: Humanity's Thundering Brainstorms Turned Blundering Brain Farts
100 of the Worst Ideas in History: Humanity's Thundering Brainstorms Turned Blundering Brain Farts
Author: Michael Smith, Eric Kasum
100 of the Worst Ideas in History: Humanity's Thundering Brainstorms Turned Blundering Brain Farts
Sourcebooks
2014
Format: PDF
Size: 25.7 Mb
Language: English

What were they thinking?
Ever since Adam snacked on the forbidden fruit and was chased naked out of the Garden of Eden, mankind has bitten off a bevy of bad ideas.
From skinny-dipping Presidents to toxic tooth fillings to singing pop stars who can't carry a tune, 100 of the Worst Ideas in History is a celebration of humanity's historical—and often hysterical—missteps that have started wars, sunk countries, wrecked companies, scuttled careers, lost millions, and even endangered the Earth.
Discover:
- How a confused chauffeur helped start World War I
- How a Chicago White Sox game helped hasten the demise of disco
- The toad that nearly ate Australia
- The most dangerous children's game ever invented
- And so much more (of so much less!)
Spanning politics, pop culture, fashion, sports, technology, and more, this irreverent and witty book is packed with fun photos and sidebars, tracing how these thundering brainstorms turned into blundering brain farts-and the astonishing impacts our faux pas and foibles still have on us today.

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 The Seafarers - The Venetians
The Seafarers - The Venetians
Author: Colin Thubron
The Seafarers - The Venetians
Time-Life Books
1981
Format: PDF
Pages: 184
Language: English
Size: 61.8 MB

Another one of those old Time-Life books, heavily illustrated, with a chatty text broken down into bits easy to comprehend. Generally good jobs, and this one is as good as any. Very good introduction to the Venetians. It wasn't just gondolas being pushed along by fellows with big mustaches. These were the shock troops of the West, at one time. How did you think the Parthenon got blown up? It didn't last forever. The Med was the world's oyster as Europe came stumbling out of the Dark Ages, led by the Italian city-states, Venice in the commercial and military lead. But there were further shores, trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific and trans-India Ocean. And the Venetians were no better with these than the Greeks had been. The Portuguese, the Spaniards, the English, the French, everybody wound up surpassing them. They were eaten by the French. There's a special value to this particular Time-Life installment, though. This one was written by Colin Thubron, one of the best living travel writers in the English language.

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 The New Cambridge History of Islam (6-Volume Set)
The New Cambridge History of Islam (6-Volume Set)
The New Cambridge History of Islam (6-Volume Set)
Author: composite authors
Cambridge University Press
2010
Pages: 4328
Language: English
Format: pdf
Size: 150.3 Mb

The New Cambridge History of Islam is a comprehensive history of Islamic civilization, tracing its development from its beginnings in seventh-century Arabia to its wide and varied presence in the globalised world of today. The six volumes reflect the geographical distribution and the cultural, social and religious diversity of the peoples of the Muslim world. Four volumes cover historical developments and two are devoted to themes that cut across geographical and chronological divisions, ranging from social, political and economic relations to the arts, literature and learning. Each volume's introduction sets the scene for the ensuing chapters and examines relationships with adjacent civilizations. Written by a team combining established authorities and rising scholars in the field, this will be the standard reference for students, scholars and all those with enquiring minds for years to come.

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 Painting Wargaming Figures
Painting Wargaming Figures
Author: Javier Gomez Valero
Painting Wargaming Figures
Pen & Sword Military
2015
Format: EPUB
Pages: 192
Size: 9 Mb
Language: English

Javier Gomez, a highly talented figure painter of long experience and excellent reputation, shares the secrets of his success in this accessible 'how-to' guide to painting miniatures. He takes the reader step-by-step through the whole process, from choice of materials (unlike other available guides it is not linked to any specific figure manufacturer) and preparation of the miniatures to basing and even advice on photographing the finished item. Techniques such as dry-brushing, ink-washing, shading and highlighting are all explained clearly with the help of step-by-step photographs and color charts.

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 Orden und Ehrenzeichen aus aller Welt (Kunker Auktion №259)
Orden und Ehrenzeichen aus aller Welt (Kunker Auktion №259)
Author: Collective
Orden und Ehrenzeichen aus aller Welt (Kunker Auktion №259)
Fritz Rudolf Kunker GmbH & Co. KG
2015
Format: PDF (e-book)
Pages: 300
Size: 70 Mb
Language: German

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 History of Cartography
History of Cartography
Author:
History of Cartography
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
2012
Format: pdf
Language: English
Size: 13 mb

This work is subject to copyright. All rights are reserved, whether the whole or part of the material is concerned, specifically the rights of translation, reprinting, reuse of illustrations, recitation, broadcasting, reproduction on microfilm or in any other way, and storage in data banks. Duplication of this publication or parts thereof is permitted only under the provisions of the German Copyright Law of September 9, 1965, in its current version, and permission for use must always be obtained from Springer. Violations are liable to prosecution under the German Copyright Law.
The use of general descriptive names, registered names, trademarks, etc. in this publication does not imply, even in the absence of a specific statement, that such names are exempt from the relevant protective laws and regulations and therefore free for general use.
The use of general descriptive names, registered names, trademarks, etc. in this publication does not imply, even in the absence of a specific statement, that such names are exempt from the relevant protective laws and regulations and therefore free for general use.

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 The Iron Age in Northern Britain: Celts and Romans, Natives and Invaders
The Iron Age in Northern Britain: Celts and Romans, Natives and Invaders
Author: D.W. Harding
The Iron Age in Northern Britain: Celts and Romans, Natives and Invaders
Routledge
2004
Format: PDF (rar+3%)
Size: 21,42 mb
Language: English
Pages: 368
The Iron Age in Northern Britain examines the impact of the Roman expansion northwards, and the native response to the Roman occupation on both sides of the frontiers. It traces the emergence of historically-recorded communities in the post-Roman period and looks at the clash of cultures between Celts and Romans, Picts and Scots.
Northern Britain has too often been seen as peripheral to a 'core' located in south-eastern England.

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 Pacific Eldorado: A History of Greater California
Pacific Eldorado: A History of Greater California
Author: Thomas J. Osborne
Pacific Eldorado: A History of Greater California
Wiley-Blackwell
2013
Format: PDF
Size: 13.4 Mb
Language: English

Osborne's work is the first history text to explore the sweep of California's past in relationship to its connections within the maritime world of the Pacific Basin.
- Presents a provocative and original interpretation of the entire span of California history
- Reveals how the area's Pacific Basin connections have shaped the Golden State's past
- Refutes the widely held notion among historians that California was isolated before the onset of the American period in the mid-1800s
- Represents the first text to draw on anthropologist Jon Erlandson's findings that California's first human inhabitants were likely prehistoric Asian seafarers who navigated the Pacific Rim coastline

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