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 Ainu: A Story of Japan's Original People
Ainu: A Story of Japan's Original People
Author: Kayano Shigeru, Peter Howlett
Ainu: A Story of Japan's Original People
Tuttle Publishing
2003
Format: PDF
Size: 24.8 Mb
Language: English

Grade 3-6
The Ainu: A Story Of Japan's Original People by Kayano Shigeru is an absorbing account of Japan's indigineous people, whose legends and presence stretch back before the coming of the ethnic Japanese population before recorded history from what is now known as the Chinese mainland and the Korean penninsula. Presenting both the unique aspects of Ainu culture and the modern realities of how Ainu live today in a straightforward and friendly tone with soft yet realistic color illustrations, The Ainu: A Story Of Japan's Original People is very highly recommended.

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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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 Wydawnictwo Militaria 040 - Ploeszti 1943
Wydawnictwo Militaria 040 - Ploeszti 1943
Format:PDF
Pages: 48
Size:12.93 МБ

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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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 Desert Shield – Desert Storm: 20th Anniversary of the Gulf War
Desert Shield – Desert Storm: 20th Anniversary of the Gulf War
Desert Shield – Desert Storm: 20th Anniversary of the Gulf War

Faircount Media Group
2011
ISBN: No
Pages: 58
Language: English
Format: PDF (e-book)
Size: 17 MB

Throughout this January and February America and its allies everywhere have been recognizing and commemorating the 20th anniversary of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

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 The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
Penguin
Author: Niall Ferguson
2009
Pages: 448
Format: PDF
Size: 8 mb
Language: English

Niall Ferguson makes a strong, compelling case for the development of money and banking as a catalyst for the advancement of civilization. Yet while some critics praised his clear, comprehensible writing, punctuated with anecdotes and historical details, others were nonplussed by his explanations and narrative detours. Several critics also bemoaned the book's choppy and uneven structure—an echo of the episodic, six-part television series it was meant to accompany. So it seems the UK critics liked the book less because they had seen the show. Though perhaps best suited to readers with a fundamental understanding of financial terms and theories, Ferguson's latest work provides valuable insight into the inner workings of the global economy, past and present. For interested readers, it demonstrates how our current fiscal meltdown fits into the bigger historical picture and laments humanity's perennial inability to learn from this history.

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 Strange But True, America: Weird Tales from All 50 States
Strange But True, America: Weird Tales from All 50 States
Author: John Hafnor
Strange But True, America: Weird Tales from All 50 States
Lone Pine Productions
2009
Format: PDF/ePub
Size: 13 Mb
Language: English

Strange But True, America is a 50-state tour de force of every oddball fact missing from standard travel and history books. Richly illustrated by veteran artist Dale Crawford, the book's 101 weird tales and matching drawings are crafted to surprise. Author John Hafnor employed a deeply curious research style to unearth the little-known tales, each building to a twist ending that assures reader interest. The book pulls few punches in redefining much of America s previously unquestioned folklore.

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 The History of the World
The History of the World
: The History of the World
Author : J. M. Roberts
Oxford University Press
: 2013
Pages: 1280
Format : pdf
Size : 3,7 MB
Language : English
J.M. Roberts's renowned History of the World is widely considered the finest available one-volume survey of the major events, developments, and personalities of the known past, offering generations of readers a tour of the vast landscape of human history. In this new edition, Bancroft Prize-winning historian Odd Arne Westad has completely revised this landmark work to bring the narrative up to the twenty-first century, including the 9/11 attacks and the wars in the Middle East. Westad utilizes the remarkable gains in scholarship in recent decades to enhance the book's coverage of early human life and vastly improve the treatment of India and China, Central Eurasia, early Islam, and the late Byzantine Empire, as well as the history of science, technology, and economics. The result is a truly remarkable work of compression and synthesis, sweeping through thousands of years of history, weaving the stories of empires, art, religion, economics, and science into a lucid and engaging narrative. Ranging from the early hominids and the emergence of Mesopotamian civilizations and ancient Egypt, the book illuminates such topics as the Roman Empire, the explosive arrival of Islam, the rise and fall of samurai rule in Japan, the medieval kingdoms of sub-Saharan Africa, the Mongol conquests, and the early modern expansion of Europe across the globe also covered are the struggle for American independence, the French Revolution, the colonial empires, Japan's startling modernization, and the World Wars.

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 Historiography. Ancient, Medieval and Modern
Historiography. Ancient, Medieval and Modern
Author: Breisach Ernst
Historiography. Ancient, Medieval and Modern
The Uinversity of Chicago Press
1994
Format: PDF
Size: 26 Mb
Language: English

In this pioneering work, Ernst Breisach presents an effective, well-organized, and concise account of the development of historiography in Western culture. Neither a handbook nor an encyclopedia, this up-to-date third edition narrates and interprets the development of historiography from its origins in Greek poetry to the present, with compelling sections on postmodernism, deconstructionism, African-American history, women’s history, microhistory, the Historikerstreit, cultural history, and more. The definitive look at the writing of history by a historian, Historiography provides key insights into some of the most important issues, debates and innovations in modern historiography.

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 The Wahhabi Mission and Saudi Arabia
The Wahhabi Mission and Saudi Arabia
The Wahhabi Mission and Saudi Arabia
Author: David Commins
I.B. Tauris
2006
Pages: 287
Language: English
Format: pdf
Size: 4.2 Mb

This is a definitive and authoritative account of the conservative interpretation of Islam that is the official creed of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Wahhabism. Muslim critics have dismissed it as a heretical innovation that manipulated a backward people to gain political control. David Commins dismisses the clichés, examines the nature of Wahhabism, and offers original findings as to how Wahhabism rose to dominance in Arabia and projected its influence in the Muslim world. He also assesses the challenges that it faces from radical militants within the Kingdom.

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 Bolszewicy i samuraje. Walka dyplomatyczna i zbrojna o rosyjski Daleki Wschód (1917 - 1925)
Bolszewicy i samuraje. Walka dyplomatyczna i zbrojna o rosyjski Daleki Wschód (1917 - 1925)
Author:Wojciech Materski
Bolszewicy i samuraje. Walka dyplomatyczna i zbrojna o rosyjski Daleki Wschód (1917 - 1925)
Warszawa : PWN
1990
Format: pdf
Size: 78.92 MB
Language: Polish

Wypadki rozgrywające się na rosyjskim Dalekim Wschodzie w latach 1917- 1925 wpływały nie tylko na sprawy wewnątrz-rosyjskie i stosunki Rosji Radzieckiej (ZSRR) z państwami angażującymi się w zbrojną interwencję. Odcisnęły swoje piętno na konferencjach międzynarodowych tych lat — paryskiej (1919), genueńskiej (1922), haskiej (1922), lozańskiej (1922- 1923), a przede wszystkim waszyngtońskiej (1922) — wpłynęły też na bieg spraw wewnętrznych w Czechosłowacji, Chinach i Japonii, w mniejszym stopniu w Stanach Zjednoczonych, Wielkiej Brytami, Francji, Włoszch, Kanadzie, Jugosławii, Rumunii, a także w Polsce.

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 Scorched Earth
Scorched Earth
Scorched Earth (The Third Reich)
Time-Life Books; First Edition edition
Author: Time-Life Books
1991
Language:English
Format:pdf
Size:27 Mb

1 Hitlers Ill-Fated Gamble 15
1 Ebb Tide in the East 49
3 The Collapse in the Center 91
4 Crisis in the Balkans 133

ESSAYS
A Pall off Destruction 4
The Grueling Retreat off the 197th 78
Yugoslavia in the Grip off Chaos 122
The Uprising in Warsaw 164

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 The palace of Minos: Index
The palace of Minos: Index
Author: Evans, Sir Arthur
The palace of Minos: Index
London : Macmillan and Co. Limited
1936
Format: DjVu
Size: 182,84 mb
Language: English

With special sections classified in detail and chronologically arranged by Sir Arthur Evans ...

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 Medals, Orders, Decorations and Militaria
Medals, Orders, Decorations and Militaria
Author: Collective
Medals, Orders, Decorations and Militaria (Baldwin's Auction)
Noble Investnments (UK) PLS Group
2014
Format: PDF (e-book)
Pages: 148
Size: 15 Mb
Language: English

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 Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History ( 5 volume set)
Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History ( 5 volume set)
Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History
Berkshire Publishing Group
Author: William H. McNeill, Jerry Bentley and David Christian
2005
Pages: 2220
Format: PDF
Size: 118 mb
Language: English

Grade 10 Up–Although the 538 articles in this set are arranged alphabetically, the approach is thematic, with entries and sidebars "showing connections and interactions, through trade, warfare, migration, religion, and diplomacy over time and place." Volume one opens with an overview of human history that serves as a guide to the Encyclopedia, and alphabetic and thematic lists of the entries appear in each book. Much prehistory is treated in this work, which bills itself as covering "250,000 years of human existence." However, readers may wonder why some subjects were included, or even given their own entry, and others weren't. For example, there is no entry for the Peloponnesian Wars, but the extensive index will lead students to information under entries for "Greece, Ancient," "International Organizations," "Oral History," "Thucydides," "Warfare, Naval," and "Engines of History." This last is an example of the somewhat obscure and/or unusual headings that sometimes appear. An up-to-date bibliography follows every article. The black-and-white photos are of uneven quality; many lack sufficient contrast. The maps included are insufficient to clarify the discussions of empires, countries, wars, and movements of peoples. This set would be useful as a supplement to general encyclopedias

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 The Stoa of Attalos II in Athens
The Stoa of Attalos II in Athens
The Stoa of Attalos II in Athens (Agora Picture Book 2)
Author: American School of Classical Studies
Sparkes, B., Talcott, L.
1882
ISBN: 0876616015
Pages: 36
Format: PDF
Size: 14 mb
Language English
Named after its donor, the King of Pergamon, the Stoa of Attalos was originally built around 150 B.C. Between 1953 and 1956 this long, columned, marble building was rebuilt by the American School of Classical Studies to store and display finds from the Agora excavations. Using original materials and techniques, the modern builders learned much about the construction and purpose of stoas, a ubiquitous classical building type. This heavily illustrated account presents some of their findings.

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 New Larousse Encyclopedia Of Mythology
New Larousse Encyclopedia Of Mythology
New Larousse Encyclopedia Of Mythology
Crescent Books
Author: Felix Guirand, Richard Aldington, Delano Ames, Robert Graves
1987
Pages: 500
Format: PDF
Size: 2 mb
Language: English

Here, in all their wonder and splendor, are the Mythologies of Mankind.. from pre-biblical Egypt and pre-Homeric Greece to the farthest researches of Africa, the Orient, the Pacific and the Americas.. all gathered into one mammoth volume of unprecedented scope and beauty, and illustrated with an incomparable scope and beauty, and illustrated with an incomparable assemblage of authentic paintings, sculpture, symbols, idols, ritual and sacrificial objects, many rarely seen by modern Western eyes.

This monumental work is the first complete encyclopedia of world anthology. Originally published in France by the famous house of Larousse, it contains of course all the well-loved myths of Classical Antiquity. But more than half the book is devoted to the strange and unfamiliar mythologies of civilizations...from Peru to Persia, from Tahiti to Togoland.

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 Illustrated History of Furniture
Illustrated History of Furniture
Illustrated History of Furniture (Reprint 1893)
El Paso Norte Press
Author: Frederick Litchfield and James H. Ford
2006
Pages: 328
Format: PDF
Size: 12 mb
Language: English

Frederick Litchfield created an enduring classic study of functional art with his Illustrated History of Furniture. This reprinting is presented out of a deep appreciation for the excellent scholarship and many illuminating insights that he so generously shared.

The first chapter, which refers to Ancient Furniture and covers a period of several centuries, is introductory to those that follow, rather than a serious attempt to examine the history of the furniture during that space of time. The fourth chapter, which deals with a period of some hundred and fifty years, from the time of King James the First until that of Chippendale and his contemporaries, and the last three chapters, are more fully descriptive than some others, partly because trustworthy information to these times was more accessible, and partly because it is probable that English readers will feel greater interest in the furniture of which they are the subject. The French meubles de luxe, from the latter half of the seventeenth century until the Revolution, are also treated more fully than the furniture of other periods and countries, on account of the interest which has been manifested in this description of the cabinet maker's and metal mounter's work.

Evidence of this appreciation may be found in the enormous prices realized at notable auction sales, when such furniture has been offered for competition to wealthy connoisseurs. Such furniture cannot be cheap certainly, but the real cost is sometimes borne by the artist who produces, rather than by the man who may happen to buy it. It is often forgotten that the price paid is that of the lives and sustenance of the workers and their families.

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 The Rise of Islam
The Rise of Islam
Author: Toney Allman
The Rise of Islam (Understanding World History Reference Point)
Referencepoint Press
2014
Format: PDF
Size: 11.7 Mb
Language: English

Islam, as a faith and as a political power, rose to world dominance in an astoundingly brief timespanlittle more than one hundred years. From the fascinating events of Muhammads life to the founding of a vast empire, the rise of Islam is the story of a people, a vibrant culture, and the growth of a civilization. Without Islams contributions, it is doubtful that Western civilization could have developed as it did.

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