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The Hellenistic Age, the three extraordinary centuries from the death of Alexander in 323 B. C. to Octavian's final defeat of Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium, has offered a rich and variegated field of exploration for historians, philosophers, economists, and literary critics. Yet few scholars have attempted the daunting task of seeing the period whole, of refracting its achievements and reception through the lens of a single critical mind. Alexander to Actium was conceived and written to fill that gap. In this monumental work, Peter Green--noted scholar, writer, and critic--breaks with the traditional practice of dividing the Hellenistic world into discrete, repetitious studies of Seleucids, Ptolemies, Antigonids, and Attalids. He instead treats these successor kingdoms as a single, evolving, interrelated continuum. The result clarifies the political picture as never before. With the help of over 200 illustrations, Green surveys every significant aspect of Hellenistic cultural development, from mathematics to medicine, from philosophy to religion, from literature to the visual arts. Green offers a particularly trenchant analysis of what has been seen as the conscious dissemination in the East of Hellenistic culture, and finds it largely a myth fueled by Victorian scholars seeking justification for a no longer morally respectable imperialism. His work leaves us with a final impression of the Hellenistic Age as a world with haunting and disturbing resemblances to our own. This lively, personal survey of a period as colorful as it is complex will fascinate the general reader no less than students and scholars.
The unifying theme of this text is the development of the skills necessary for solving equations and inequalities, followed by the application of those skills to solving applied problems. Every section ending in the text begins with six simple writing exercises. These exercises are designed to get students to review the definitions and rules of the section before doing more traditional exercises.
Algebra, in this book, is presented with utmost fun and thought-provoking applications, making it an interesting, friendly and engaging book for students.
This book offers a fresh approach to algebra that focuses on teaching readers how to truly understand the principles, rather than viewing them merely as tools for other forms of mathematics. It relies on a storyline to form the backbone of the chapters and make the material more engaging. Conceptual exercise sets are included to show how the information is applied in the real world. Using symbolic notation as a framework, business professionals will come away with a vastly improved skill set.
The book provides CS1 users with a meaningful and motivating introduction to object-oriented programming. The author introduces key object-oriented topics using Alice 2.0, then circles back to the same concepts in Java. Alice was developed to help teach introductory programming techniques in a less syntax-intensive environment, and addresses some of the barriers that currently prevent many users from successfully learning to program.
Albanese (emerita, comparative religions, U. of California--Santa Barbara) introduces students to the variety of religions in the US, and to the theories and practices of studying religion. She considerably shortened and revised the 2007 fourth edition to account for changes in classes and students, and for this fifth takes account of changes in the religious landscape since then--including findings from the 2010 census. She covers the original cast, new-made in America, patterns of expansion and contraction, and American religion and American identity. Among specific topics are tradition and change among Native Americans, the presence of Roman Catholicism, the protestant churches and the mission mind, African American religion and nationhood, 19th-century new religions, Eastern peoples and Eastern religions, and many centers meeting.
Using extensive materials from both published and private sources, this concise text focuses on United States-Soviet diplomacy to explain the causes and consequences of the Cold War. It explores how the Cold War was shaped by domestic events in both the U. S. and the Soviet Union and presents a variety of other points of view on the conflict--Chinese, Latin American, European, and Vietnamese. The text includes both engaging anecdotes and quotes from primary sources to support key points and exemplify policies, and recent scholarship and materials from openings of the U. S. , Soviet, and Chinese archives.
The first volume of a two-volume survey of American Architecture, this book covers architectural developments from Jamestown to the Civil War.
This book, sixth in the series of 'Organisms and environments', presents a peek at the rich and unique ways of life that evolved in the heart of America and dismantles many of the myths about these ways of life, and about the bison in particular, to reveal the animal itself: ruminating, reproducing, and rutting in its full glory. He portrays the bison with an element of appeal to conserve its wildness and consider the importance of the wild in our lives. A beautifully written book by a recognized expert on one of the great icons of the American West.
For anyone who has looked at a map of the United States and wondered how Texas and Oklahoma got their Panhandles, or flown over the American heartland and marveled at the vast grid spreading out in all directions below, American Boundaries will yield a welcome treasure trove of insight. The first book to chart the country's growth using the boundary as a political and cultural focus, Bill Hubbard's masterly narrative begins by explaining how the original thirteen colonies organized their borders and decided that unsettled lands should be held in trust for the common benefit of the people. Hubbard goes on to show--with the help of photographs, diagrams, and hundreds of maps--how the notion evolved that unsettled land should be divided into rectangles and sold to individual farmers, and how this rectangular survey spread outward from its origins in Ohio, with surveyors drawing straight lines across the face of the continent. Mapping how each state came to have its current shape, and how the nation itself formed within its present borders, American Boundaries will provide historians, geographers, and general readers alike with the fascinating story behind those fifty distinctive jigsaw-puzzle pieces that together form the United States.
This is a United States History book that covers up to 1900 in two review units and devotes the remaining seven units to the 20th century. The major topics include the Progressive Era, the Depression, The Rise of Dictators and World War II, The Cold War, Vietnam, and Civil Rights Movements, Hemispheric Relations and Global Influence. The extensive use of primary sources helps users view historical controversies through multiple perspectives.
Like its predecessors, the Ninth Edition of Dennis Gilbert's The American Class Structure in an Age of Growing Inequality, focuses on the socioeconomic core of the American class system. Drawing on classic and contemporary studies, Gilbert describes our class structure and shows how class affects our everyday lives, from the way we raise our children to the way we vote. The major theme running through the book is the increasing inequality in American society. Gilbert describes the shift in the mid-1970s from an "Age of Shared Prosperity" to an "Age of Growing Inequality. " Using the most recent wage, income, and wealth statistics, and accounts of the shifting balance of class power in national politics, the author traces the widening disparities between the privileged classes and average Americans. He repeatedly returns to the question, "Why is this happening?" A variety of economic, political, and social factors are examined, and the competing explanations of influential writers are critically assessed, concluding with the author's synthesis of the book's lessons about the power of class and the forces behind growing inequality.
Arguing that since the end of the Cold War, American foreign policy makers have pursued a well-defined grand strategy aimed at preserving and expanding an American Imperium, Bacevich (international relations, Boston U. ) contends that the strategy is continuous with policies pursued during the Cold War. The stated goal of containing communism was only incidental to a larger goal of worldwide commercial integration, a process that is seen as inexorable and beneficent, but paradoxically requires the use of overwhelming military power in response to challenges. The author calls for recognition of the empire, so that it can be better governed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
Approaching the American history survey course in an innovative way, this mid-length text features a more expansive definition of political history that includes all forms of politics, not just electoral politics, while simultaneously incorporating cultural history. With the specific aim of expanding history beyond elite actors, The American Experiment emphasizes everyday work, family life, customs, and objects of cultural history to address its four themes: the role of government, American identity, the broad concept of "culture," and America and the world. The Third Edition features an enhanced thematic approach that helps students understand America's development as an experiment in politics, culture, and identity, within a global context.
The 2011--2012 edition of American Government and Politics Today: The Essentials contains many pedagogical aids and high-interest features to assist both students and instructors. Some of the features are: The Politics of Boom and Bust; What If?; Margin Definitions; Did You Know?; Which Side Are You On?; Questions for Discussion and Analysis; Key Terms; Chapter Summary; Selected Print and Media Resources; E-mocracy, and many more.
Each chapter of this book contains new features, updated information and tabular data, and, whenever feasible, the most current information available on the problems facing the nation. The effects of emerging technology, including the Internet, are emphasized throughout.
Largely critical of recent attacks on the state of American higher education coming from advocates of privatization, reinventing government, total quality improvement, and so on, the eighteen contributions in this collection are presented by Altbach (higher education, Boston College), Berdahl (emeritus, higher education, U. of Maryland at College Park), and Gumport (education, Stanford U.) as an attempt to situate American higher education in broad social context in order to evaluate the legitimacy of the arguments of its critics. Papers explore the roles of external constituencies such as the federal government, state governments, the courts, and nongovernmental entities; as well as internal constituencies such as the faculty, the students, and administration. Others examine particular issues, including autonomy and accountability, academic freedom, finance, technology, graduate education, the curriculum, race, and the commercialization of higher education. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A paperback reprint of the important collection of essays on federal Indian policy originally published in 1985 by the U. of Oklahoma Press.
In this college textbook, Wilkins (American Indian studies, political science, law, and American studies, U. of Minnesota) considers the relationship of American Indian governments to the American political system with emphasis on the sovereignty of tribal nations. He analyzes the status of indigenous peoples and their citizenship, the concept of tribal sovereignty and the issues policymakers have, and their relationship with the government's branches. He provides an overview of federal Indian policy in history, descriptions of tribal governments, political economy and gaming, participation, interest-group activities and social activism, and the effect of the media. This edition integrates new census data; discussions of changes to elections, US House and Senate personnel, and legislation on Indian rights and the state-tribal relationship; and information on George W. Bush's terms in office. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The complete story of American history in one comprehensive middle school program The American Journeyis a student-friendly presentation of American history from pre-exploration to the present. Its unparalleled author team, including National Geographic, ensures accuracy in every detail of the narrative, maps, and charts. This program emphasizes skill development--from reading maps to analyzing primary and secondary sources to exploring the connections between history and geography, economics, government, citizenship, and current events.
American Sovereigns is a path-breaking interpretation of America's political history and constitutionalism that explores how Americans struggled over the idea that the people would rule as the sovereign after the American Revolution. National and state debates about government action, law, and the people's political powers reveal how Americans sought to understand how a collective sovereign--the people--could both play the role as the ruler and yet be ruled by governments of their own choosing.
In this fourth edition, Sanford Levinson extends McCloskey's magisterial treatment to address the Court's most recent decisions, including its controversial ruling in Bush v. Gore and its expansion of sexual privacy in Lawrence v. Texas.
For generations, scholars, law enforcement personnel, politicians, and the media have tried to understand and explain youth gangs and violence. This insightful collection contains the work of leading scholars, integrating previously published articles with new material to provide the most comprehensive information about the status of American youth gangs. The contributors attempt to answer crucial questions for understanding gangs: What is a gang? What are the risk factors associated with joining a gang? What is the nature of gang violence? How involved are girls in gangs and gang violence? The contributors¿ multifaceted approach to these questions and their ensuing discussions describe the varied and individual responses to gang violence. The topics are grouped in four sections: The first section explores the issues and ramifications of current terminology and survey information. In the second section, nontraditional gangs, such as female gangs and hybrid gangs, are discussed. The third section attempts to examine gang activities objectively and place them in a proper perspective. The final section looks at historical and current response techniques to youth gangs, such as suppression, prevention, and legal injunctions.
In the past, disabled individuals have faced a wide variety of obstacles that prevented them from fully participating in all that American society has to offer. They have struggled with obtaining employment, and have been denied access to many services most Americans take for granted. In this publication, Margaret C. Jasper examines the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and discusses the rights disabled individuals are entitled to under the statute. This easy-to-use resource is packed with facts on areas governed by the ADA including employment, public entities and transportation, public accommodations, state and local government services and telecommunications. Ideal for anyone interested in this area of law, this newly revised second edition includes coverage of the latest information regarding the ADA.
In this comprehensive survey, Williams offers concise descriptions of the background, beliefs, practices, and leaders of America's most influential and distinctive religious movements and denominations. Thoroughly revised and updated, this third edition of America's Religions incorporates the latest scholarship on religion and considers timely issues such as status of Muslims in the United States after September 11, 2001; the impact of religion on American politics, especially concerning the emergence of the Religious Right; and the intense battles fought within the Catholic Church and other denominations over the status of gay marriage and accusations of clergy members' sexual abuse. This edition also includes thirty-eight new illustrations of key persons in American religious history and notable places of worship.
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