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 Historical dictionary of Georgia
Historical dictionary of Georgia
Author: Alexander Mikaberidze
Historical dictionary of Georgia
The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
Historical dictionaries of Europe № 50
2007
ISBN: 978-0-8108-5580-9, 0-8108-5580-1
Pages: 774
Format: pdf
Size: 22,7 mb
Language: English
Quality: excellent

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 From Eden to Exile: Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible
From Eden to Exile: Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible
Author: Eric H. Cline
From Eden to Exile: Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible
National Geographic
2007
Format: epub/pdf
Size: 15 Mb
Language: English

Eric H. Cline uses the tools of his trade to examine some of the most puzzling mysteries from the Hebrew Bible and, in the process, to narrate the history of ancient Israel. Combining the academic rigor that has won the respect of his peers with an accessible style that has made him a favorite with readers and students alike, he lays out each mystery, evaluates all available evidence—from established fact to arguable assumption to far-fetched leap of faith—and proposes an explanation that reconciles Scripture, science, and history.
Numerous amateur archaeologists have sought some trace of NoahÕs Ark to meet only with failure. But, though no serious scholar would undertake such a literal search, many agree that the Flood was no myth but the cultural memory of a real, catastrophic inundation, retold and reshaped over countless generations. Likewise, some experts suggest that JoshuaÕs storied victory at Jericho is the distant echo of an earthquake instead of IsraelÕs sacred trumpets—a fascinating, geologically plausible theory that remains unproven despite the best efforts of scientific research.
Cline places these and other Biblical stories in solid archaeological and historical context, debunks more than a few lunatic-fringe fantasies, and reserves judgment on ideas that cannot yet be confirmed or denied. Along the way, our most informed understanding of ancient Israel comes alive with dramatic but accurate detail in this groundbreaking, engrossing, entertaining book by one of the rising stars in the field.

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 Bessarabia and Bukovina
Bessarabia and Bukovina
Bessarabia and Bukovina
Author: Ion Nistor
Bucharest: Academia
1939
Format: djvu
Language: English
Pages: 71
Size: 2 МБ

Nistor I. Bessarabia and Bukovina.

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 Ireland: A Reference Guide from the Renaissance to the Present
Author: John P. McCarthy
Ireland:a reference guide from the Renaissance to the present
Facts On File, Inc.
2006
Format: PDF
Size: 9,21 mb
Language: English

This encyclopedia, part of the Facts On File European Nations Series, is the latest in a number of excellent reference books on the Emerald Isle. The first 179 pages form a well-written and concise history. The largest section is the A-Z historical dictionary with articles on important people, all 32 counties, culture, politics, and geographic features. The entries range in length from one paragraph to more than a page. The third section is a chronology extending from 8000 BCE to 2005. Two appendixes containing a list of leaders from 1922 to 2005 and 12 maps precede a 10-page bibliography organized by historical periods.
Although the title says this work covers the Renaissance to the present, coverage in fact spans the full spectrum of Irish history. For example, St. Brigid and St. Patrick have entries. In English history, the Renaissance began with the Tudors, but no Irish Renaissance period has been identified. Some important figures are left out, such as actor Peter O'Toole; however, other actors, such as Liam Neeson, are included. The entry for Dervla Murphy does not identify her as a writer although most entries give this type of information. The article on astronomer William Parsons, third Earl of Rosse, does not provide his dates.

This is the fourth Ireland encyclopedia published since 2000, joining The Encyclopedia of Ireland: An A-Z Guide to Its People, Places, History and Culture (Oxford, 2000); Encyclopedia of Ireland (Yale, 2003); and Encyclopedia of Irish History and Culture (Scribner, 2004). The main attraction to this work is the coverage up through the year 2005, when the Provisional IRA announced it would disarm. Despite some editorial flaws, this is a well-researched and well-written encyclopedia. It should be an important purchase for public and academic libraries with a strong demand for information on Irish history.

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 The Cambridge World History of Human Disease
The Cambridge World History of Human Disease
The Cambridge World History of Human Disease
Author: composite authors
Cambridge University Press
1993
Pages: 1201
Language: English
Format: pdf
Size: 68.75 Mb

Combining recent medical discoveries with historical and geographical scholarship, The Cambridge World History of Human Disease traces the concept of disease throughout history and in each major world region. It offers the history and geography of each significant human disease--both historical and contemporary--from AIDS to yellow fever, and touches on the variety of approaches that different medical traditions have used to fight disease. Accessible to laypeople and specialists alike, The Cambridge World History of Human Disease offers an extraordinary glimpse of what is known about human health as the twenty-first century begins.

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 Beschreibung der Reise von Konstanz nach Jerusalem
Beschreibung der Reise von Konstanz nach Jerusalem
Author: Konrad von Grunenberg
Beschreibung der Reise von Konstanz nach Jerusalem
Konrad von Grunenberg
1487
Language: German
Pages: 102
Format: PDF
Size: 94,42 mb

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 22 Walks in Bangkok: Exploring the City's Historic Back Lanes and Byways
22 Walks in Bangkok: Exploring the City's Historic Back Lanes and Byways
Author: Kenneth Barrett
22 Walks in Bangkok: Exploring the City's Historic Back Lanes and Byways
Tuttle Publishing
2014
Format: epub, pdf
Size: 62.8 Mb, 34.2 Mb
Language: English

Take a series of unforgettable strolls down the back lanes of historic Bangkok!
Bangkok is one of the world's greatest cities and a leading tourist destination, visited by millions each year. But it can be a bewildering place also. First-time visitors, not knowing what to expect, encounter endless boulevards connected by a vast maze of tiny side streets. A stroll down any of these lanes can reveal fascinating surprises—beautiful palaces and mansions, shophouses and shrines, restaurants and markets. But how to find your way through the maze?
22 Walks in Bangkok helps you discover hidden gems found throughout the city by presenting each neighborhood as a distinct village—explaining how it evolved, and describing its historic landmarks in detail. Author Ken Barrett is a long-time Bangkok resident and experienced journalist, and he introduces the important temples, churches, shrines and mosques in loving detail, sketching their history and distinctive features. The reader is skillfully guided through the old neighborhoods of Bangkok from the center to the periphery, along narrow lanes and byways rarely seen by foreigners.
22 Walks in Bangkok leads the visitor on a unique journey of discovery and enables you to appreciate this fascinating city in new and exciting ways.

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 La Historia del Helicoptero en el Ejercito del Aire
La Historia del Helicoptero en el Ejercito del Aire
Author: J. Sanchez Mendez
La Historia del Helicoptero en el Ejercito del Aire
Eurocopter Espana
2013
Format: PDF (e-book)
Pages: 206
Size: 12 Mb
Language: Spanish

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 Distant Ties: Germany, the Ottoman Empire, and the Construction of the Baghdad Railway
Distant Ties: Germany, the Ottoman Empire, and the Construction of the Baghdad Railway
Author: Jonathan S. McMurray
Distant Ties: Germany, the Ottoman Empire, and the Construction of the Baghdad Railway
Praeger
ISBN: 0275970639
2001
Format: PDF
Size: 9,4 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 168
As the first study to document the Baghdad Railway construction, rather than the rhetoric surrounding it, this work challenges nearly a century of scholarship on German imperialism and Ottoman decline--scholarship that has too often hinged on the alleged Great Power victimization of the Ottoman Empire. McMurray unearths a fascinating, intercultural dimension of the railway and provides a comprehensive, detailed account of the Ottoman contribution. His work denies the German character of the railway by showing it to be an exclusively Ottoman enterprise designed by German engineers, funded by international capital, and built by a veritable army of Ottoman subjects.

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 Corpus Scriptorum Historiae Byzantinae. Cantacuzenus
Corpus Scriptorum Historiae Byzantinae. Cantacuzenus
Corpus Scriptorum Historiae Byzantinae. Cantacuzenus
Ed. Weber
1928,1931,1932
Format: PDF
Size: 86,47 mb

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 Illustrirtes Reisebuch
Illustrirtes Reisebuch
Author: unter Mitbenutzung ämtlicher Quellen hrsg. von C. F. Jahn
Illustrirtes Reisebuch
Verlegt von M. Simion in Berlin
1849
Pages: 761
Language: German/das Deutsche
Format: PDF
Size: 111,40 MB

Illustrirtes Reisebuch. Ein Führer durch Deutschland, die Schweiz, Tyrol, Italien und nach Paris, London, Brüssel, Amsterdam, Kopenhagen, Stockholm, Warschau.

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 The Battle of Britain: Extraordinary Courage and Unbreakable Spirit
The Battle of Britain: Extraordinary Courage and Unbreakable Spirit
Author: Nigel Cawthorne
The Battle of Britain: Extraordinary Courage and Unbreakable Spirit
Arcturus Publishing Limited
2012
Format: EPUB
Pages: 208
Size: 14 Mb

The Battle of Britain presents in photographs the many aspects of the momentous campaign, from tactics, personalities, and aircraft to its effect on the lives of civilians. Lavishly illustrated, it is a tribute to a nation that pulled together in the face of overwhelming odds, and united, saved and guided the world.

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 Zaginione Królestwa
Zaginione Królestwa
Author:Davies Norman
Zaginione Królestwa
ZNAK
2010
Format: pdf
Size: 106.52 MB
Language: Polish

Norman Davies zabiera nas w oszałamiającą podróż przez wieki dziejów. Pokazuje egzotyczne stolice i mówiące niemal wymarłymi językami narody. Przedstawia nam nieznaną historię Europy, ale i opowiada o nas samych: o Galicji, Prusach, Wielkim Księstwie Litewskim. Czy jakiś inny historyk miałby na tyle wyobraźni, żeby połączyć ze sobą upadek ZSRR, historię Gdańska i państwo barbarzyńskich Wizygotów? Po lekturze Zaginionych Królestw nikt już nie będzie mógł traktować uporządkowanego świata historii ze szkolnych podręczników jak prawdy objawionej. Burgundia nie będzie kojarzyć się wyłącznie z winem, a Aragonia z Aragornem z Tolkienowskiego Władcy Pierścieni.

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 Cumin, Camels, and Caravans: A Spice Odyssey
Cumin, Camels, and Caravans: A Spice Odyssey
Author: Gary Paul Nabhan
Cumin, Camels, and Caravans: A Spice Odyssey
University of California Press
224
Format: epub/pdf
Size: 17.5 Mb
Language: English

Gary Paul Nabhan takes the reader on a vivid and far-ranging journey across time and space in this fascinating look at the relationship between the spice trade and culinary imperialism. Drawing on his own family’s history as spice traders, as well as travel narratives, historical accounts, and his expertise as an ethnobotanist, Nabhan describes the critical roles that Semitic peoples and desert floras had in setting the stage for globalized spice trade.
Traveling along four prominent trade routes—the Silk Road, the Frankincense Trail, the Spice Route, and the Camino Real (for chiles and chocolate)—Nabhan follows the caravans of itinerant spice merchants from the frankincense-gathering grounds and ancient harbors of the Arabian Peninsula to the port of Zayton on the China Sea to Santa Fe in the southwest United States. His stories, recipes, and linguistic analyses of cultural diffusion routes reveal the extent to which aromatics such as cumin, cinnamon, saffron, and peppers became adopted worldwide as signature ingredients of diverse cuisines. Cumin, Camels, and Caravans demonstrates that two particular desert cultures often depicted in constant conflict—Arabs and Jews—have spent much of their history collaborating in the spice trade and suggests how a more virtuous multicultural globalized society may be achieved in the future.

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 Piracy. The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates
Piracy. The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates
Piracy. The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates
Author: Adrian Johns
University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226401195
2011
Pages: 640
Format: Mobi
Size: 14,7МБ
Quality: Good
Language: English

Since the rise of Napster and other file-sharing services in its wake, most of us have assumed that intellectual piracy is a product of the digital age and that it threatens creative expression as never before. The Motion Picture Association of America, for instance, claimed that in 2005 the film industry lost $2.3 billion in revenue to piracy online. But here Adrian Johns shows that piracy has a much longer and more vital history than we have realized - one that has been largely forgotten and is little understood. "Piracy" explores the intellectual property wars from the advent of print culture in the fifteenth century to the reign of the Internet in the twenty-first. Brimming with broader implications for today's debates over open access, fair use, free culture, and the like, Johns' book ultimately argues that piracy has always stood at the center of our attempts to reconcile creativity and commerce - and that piracy has been an engine of social, technological, and intellectual innovations as often as it has been their adversary. From Cervantes to Sonny Bono, from Maria Callas to Microsoft, from Grub Street to Google, no chapter in the story of piracy evades Johns' graceful analysis in what will be the definitive history of the subject for years to come.

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 The Seafarers - The Explorers
The Seafarers - The Explorers
Author: Collective
Time Frame AD 1950-1990 - The Nuclear Age
Time-Life Books
1979
Format: PDF
Pages: 182
Language: English
Size: 40 MB

Essay: Man's ever-enlarging view of his planet
Chapter i First giant stride on the route to India
Essay: Evolution of the shipwright's art
chapter 2 West from Spain to a vast New World
Essay: A natural kingdom to enrapture the senses
Chapter 3 East from Portugal to an empire of spices
Essay: Marvels of India Oriental through Western eyes
Chapter 4 The soldier who completed Columbus' quest
Essay: That unique, that most famous ship, the "Victoria"
chapter 5 The death and the triumph of Magellan
Essay: After discovery: the spoils of exploitation

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 The Swiss, the Gold and the Dead
The Swiss, the Gold and the Dead
Author:Jean Ziegler
The Swiss, the Gold and the Dead
Penguin Putnam Inc.
1999
Format:PDF
Size:10.13 MB
ISBN: 0151003343
Language: English

A Swiss sociologist examines the relationship between Swiss bankers and Nazi Germany during the Holocaust, detailing how Switzerland's leading financial institutions provided Hitler with loans, favorable foreign exchanges, and the means to launder gold looted from concentration camp victims.

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 Challenge of Battle: The Real Story of the British Army in 1914
Challenge of Battle: The Real Story of the British Army in 1914
Challenge of Battle: The Real Story of the British Army in 1914
Author: Adrian Gilbert
Osprey Publishing
Osprey General Military
ISBN: 978 1849088596
2014
Language: English
Pages: 311
Format: PDF
Size: 6,5 MB

Winston Churchill described the opening campaign of the First World War as ‘a drama never surpassed.’ The British Expeditionary Force (BEF) played an immensely significant role in the colossal clash of Europe’s armies in 1914, which has gone on to be one of the greatest stories of 20th century history. Although pride in the British Army’s achievements was reflected in the official accounts of the fighting they were, understandably, restrained about its shortcomings and this set the template for subsequent accounts of the campaign, which were tamely accepted with little or no attempt at critical engagement. Challenge of Battle will give an un-obscured view of the true historical appreciation of the British Army’s opening campaign in the West, detailing both successes and failings of the BEF at war.
Using first-hand accounts, Adrian Gilbert presents an examination of the BEF’s leadership, organisation and tactics, and for the first time it will be described how British commanders were to come to terms with the fearsome nature of modern warfare, as its soldiers returned to Europe to fight a first-rate opponent for the first time in nearly 100 years.

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 From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia
From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia
Author: Pankaj Mishra
From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
2012
Format: pdf/epub
Size: 15.2 Mb
Language: English

A surprising, gripping narrative depicting the thinkers whose ideas shaped contemporary China, India, and the Muslim world
A little more than a century ago, as the Japanese navy annihilated the giant Russian one at the Battle of Tsushima, original thinkers across Asia, working independently, sought to frame a distinctly Asian intellectual tradition that would inform and inspire the continent’s anticipated rise to dominance.
Asian dominance did not come to pass, and those thinkers—Tagore, Gandhi, and later Nehru in India; Liang Qichao and Sun Yatsen in China; Jamal al-Din al-Afghani and Abdurreshi al Ibrahim in the ruins of the Ottoman Empire—are seen as outriders from the main anticolonial tradition. But Pankaj Mishra shows that it was otherwise in this stereotype-shattering book. His enthralling group portrait of like minds scattered across a vast continent makes clear that modern Asia’s revolt against the West is not the one led by faith-fired terrorists and thwarted peasants but one with deep roots in the work of thinkers who devised a view of life that was neither modern nor antimodern, neither colonialist nor anticolonialist. In broad, deep, dramatic chapters, Mishra tells the stories of these figures, unpacks their philosophies, and reveals their shared goal of a greater Asia.
Right now, when the emergence of a greater Asia seems possible as at no previous time in history, From the Ruins of Empire is as necessary as it is timely—a book essential to our understanding of the world and our place in it.

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