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A vibrant account of the people who shaped Britain's early history, The Birth of Britain is the first of Churchill's popular and accessible four-volume A History of the English-Speaking Peoples. Here, Churchill guides the reader through the establishment of the constitutional monarchy, the parliamentary system, and the people who played lead roles in creating democracy in England. Based on the research of modern historians as well as a wealth of primary source material, this history was respected by scholars as well as the public in its day-a testament both to its integrity as a work of historical nonfiction and its accessibility to laypeople. Churchill used primary sources to masterful effect in this work-quoting directly from ancient and medieval documents to provide valuable insights into the characters of many ancient and medieval figures who played a lead role in early British history. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Sir Winston Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 "for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values." Over a 64-year span, Churchill published over 40 books, many multi-volume definitive accounts of historical events to which he was a witness and participant. All are beautifully written and as accessible and relevant today as when first published. During his fifty-year political career, Churchill served twice as Prime Minister in addition to other prominent positions-including President of the Board of Trade, First Lord of the Admiralty, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Home Secretary. In the 1930s, Churchill was one of the first to recognize the danger of the rising Nazi power in Germany and to campaign for rearmament in Britain. His leadership and inspired broadcasts and speeches during World War II helped strengthen British resistance to Adolf Hitler-and played an important part in the Allies' eventual triumph. One of the most inspiring wartime leaders of modern history, Churchill was also an orator, a historian, a journalist, and an artist. All of these aspects of Churchill are fully represented in this collection of his works. ABOUT THE SERIES Over two decades in the making, A History of the English-Speaking Peoples provides an in-depth look at how history was affected by Britain, America, and English-speaking nations throughout the world--from the time of Julius Caesar's invasion to the Boer War of 1902. Midway through the writing of this work, Churchill was called back to government service--ultimately taking the role of Prime Minister during World War II. Once he finally published the work, in the 1950's, it became a best-seller--receiving excellent reviews not only from the public, but also from professional scholars and academics. It is a work of narrative history that has stood--and will continue to stand--the test of time.
In Volume 2 of Winston Churchill's epic four-volume account of British history, he details the turbulent period of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries--taking us from the dramatic clashes of the powerful Tudor and Stuart families through the growth of monarchic power, the Protestant Reformation, England's Civil War, and the discovery of the Americas. Churchill's prose is eminently readable--making historical characters and events come to life with compelling insight and analysis. As a pre-eminent wartime leader himself, Churchill possessed a unique understanding of the pressures of leadership--and the minds of those who were faced with the burden of shaping history. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Sir Winston Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 "for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values." Over a 64-year span, Churchill published over 40 books, many multi-volume definitive accounts of historical events to which he was a witness and participant. All are beautifully written and as accessible and relevant today as when first published. During his fifty-year political career, Churchill served twice as Prime Minister in addition to other prominent positions--including President of the Board of Trade, First Lord of the Admiralty, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Home Secretary. In the 1930s, Churchill was one of the first to recognize the danger of the rising Nazi power in Germany and to campaign for rearmament in Britain. His leadership and inspired broadcasts and speeches during World War II helped strengthen British resistance to Adolf Hitler--and played an important part in the Allies' eventual triumph. One of the most inspiring wartime leaders of modern history, Churchill was also an orator, a historian, a journalist, and an artist. All of these aspects of Churchill are fully represented in this collection of his works. ABOUT THE SERIES Over two decades in the making, A History of the English-Speaking Peoples provides an in-depth look at how history was affected by Britain, America, and English-speaking nations throughout the world--from the time of Julius Caesar's invasion to the Boer War of 1902. Midway through the writing of this work, Churchill was called back to government service--ultimately taking the role of Prime Minister during World War II. Once he finally published the work, in the 1950's, it became a best-seller--receiving excellent reviews not only from the public, but also from professional scholars and academics. It is a work of narrative history that has stood--and will continue to stand--the test of time.
English history from 1688 to 1815. This period includes the English, French, and American revolutions, all of which had enormous impact on world development.
Allan H. Meltzer's monumental history of the Federal Reserve System tells the story of one of America's most influential but least understood public institutions. This first volume covers the period from the Federal Reserve's founding in 1913 through the Treasury-Federal Reserve Accord of 1951, which marked the beginning of a larger and greatly changed institution.
Allan H. Meltzer's monumental history of the Federal Reserve System tells the story of one of America's most influential but least understood public institutions. This first volume covers the period from the Federal Reserve's founding in 1913 through the Treasury-Federal Reserve Accord of 1951, which marked the beginning of a larger and greatly changed institution. To understand why the Federal Reserve acted as it did at key points in its history, Meltzer draws on meeting minutes, correspondence, and other internal documents (many made public only during the 1970s) to trace the reasoning behind its policy decisions. He explains, for instance, why the Federal Reserve remained passive throughout most of the economic decline that led to the Great Depression, and how the Board's actions helped to produce the deep recession of 1937 and 1938. He also highlights the impact on the institution of individuals such as Benjamin Strong, governor of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in the 1920s, who played a key role in the adoption of a more active monetary policy by the Federal Reserve. Meltzer also examines the influence the Federal Reserve has had on international affairs, from attempts to build a new international financial system in the 1920s to the Bretton Woods Agreement of 1944 that established the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, and the failure of the London Economic Conference of 1933. Written by one of the world's leading economists, this magisterial biography of the Federal Reserve and the people who helped shape it will interest economists, central bankers, historians, political scientists, policymakers, and anyone seeking a deep understanding of the institution that controls America's purse strings.
A History of the First World War in 100 Objects narrates the causes, progress and outcome of the First World War by telling the stories behind 100 items of material evidence of that cataclysmic and shattering conflict.From weapons that created carnage to affectionate letters home and from unexpected items of trench decoration to the paintings of official war artists, the objects are as extraordinary in their diversity and story-telling power as they are devastating in their poignancy.Each object is depicted on a full page and is the subject of a short chapter that 'fans out' from the item itself to describe the context, the people and the events associated with it. Distinctive and original, A History of the First World War in 100 Objects is a unique commemoration of 'the war to end all wars'.
The author traces the roots of anti-Semitism that burgeoned through the ages and provides a comprehensive description of how and why the Holocaust occurred.
History of the Inca Empire: An account of the Indians' customs and their origin together with a treatise on Inca legends, history, and social institutionsby Bernabe Cobo
The Historia del Nuevo Mundo, set down by Father Bernabe Cobo during the first half of the seventeenth century, represents a singulary valuable source on Inca culture. Working directly frorn the original document, Roland Hamilton has translated that part of Cobo's massive manuscripts that focuses on the history of the kingdom of Peru. The volume includes a general account of the aspect, character, and dress of the Indians as well as a superb treatise on the Incas--their legends, history, and social institutions.
A comprehensive history drawing upon a wide array of documents and on research by Palestinians, Israelis, and others. Tessler (political science, U. of Wisconsin) assesses the conflict on the Israelis' and the Palestinians' terms, beginning with the early history of Jews and Arabs before there was a conflict in Palestine to the beginning of peace negotiations in the early 1990s.
This textbook provides an overview of Jewish history beginning in ancient times, and Bible students will find these parts of this book to be an extremely useful reference. The book features pieces by several dozen authors, each with a unique perspective and expertise in the historical time being presented.
A national bestseller, this brilliant 4000 year survey covers not only Jewish history but he impact of Jewish genius and imagination on the world. By the author of Modern Times: The World From the Twenties to the Eighties.
Spanning 350 years of Jewish experience in this country, A History of the Jews in America is an essential chronicle by the author of The Course of Modern Jewish History.With impressive scholarship and a riveting sense of detail, Howard M. Sachar tells the stories of Spanish marranos and Russian refugees, of aristocrats and threadbare social revolutionaries, of philanthropists and Hollywood moguls. At the same time, he elucidates the grand themes of the Jewish encounter with America, from the bigotry of a Christian majority to the tensions among Jews of different origins and beliefs, and from the struggle for acceptance to the ambivalence of assimilation.
Historian Sachar writes of the history of the Jews over the past 400 years, from Western Europe's 17th century age of mercantilism, to the 21st century struggle for Soviet Jewry. While he addresses the rise of Zionism and the birth of the State of Israel, he does not provide a comprehensive examination of the independent nation, explaining that it deserves its own separate treatment. He includes less common subjects such as the Sephardic-Oriental diaspora, and the Jews of Africa and of Moslem regions, and concludes with a prognosis for the 21st century. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
The History of the Labor Movement in the United States, Vol. 1: From Colonial Times to the Founding of the American Federation of Laborby Philip S. Foner
Textbook on: Early trade unions and labor parties; The 10-hour movement; Northern labor and slavery; Labor and the Civil War; Rise of the Knights of Labor; Depression 1873-78 and strikes; Labor political action, and more.
History of the Labor Movement in the United States Vol. IV: The Industrial Workers of the World 1905-1917by Philip S. Foner
Dedicated to Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, this is the stirring account of IWW battles West and East.
The Second Edition of A History of the Later Roman Empire features extensive revisions and updates to the highly-acclaimed, sweeping historical survey of the Roman Empire from the accession of Diocletian in AD 284 to the death of Heraclius in 641. Features a revised narrative of the political history that shaped the late Roman EmpireIncludes extensive changes to the chapters on regional history, especially those relating to Asia Minor and EgyptOffers a renewed evaluation of the decline of the empire in the later sixth and seventh centuriesPlaces a larger emphasis on the military deficiencies, collapse of state finances, and role of bubonic plague throughout the Europe in Rome's declineIncludes systematic updates to the bibliography
When we think of the Italian Mafia, we think of Marlon Brando, Tony Soprano, and the Corleones--iconic actors and characters who give shady dealings a mythical pop presence. Yet these sensational depictions take us only so far. The true story of the Mafia reveals both an organization and mindset dedicated to the preservation of tradition. It is no accident that the rise of the Mafia coincided with the unification of Italy and the influx of immigrants into America. The Mafia means more than a horse head under the sheets-it functions as an alternative to the state, providing its own social and political justice. Combining a nuanced history with a unique counternarrative concerning stereotypes of the immigrant, Salvatore Lupo, a leading historian of modern Italy and a major authority on its criminal history, has written the definitive account of the Sicilian Mafia from 1860 to the present. Consulting rare archival sources, he traces the web of associations, both illicit and legitimate, that have defined Cosa Nostra during its various incarnations. He focuses on several crucial periods of transition: the Italian unification of 1860 to 1861, the murder of noted politician Notarbartolo, fascist repression of the Mafia, the Allied invasion of 1943, social conflicts after each world war, and the major murders and trials of the 1980s. Lupo identifies the internal cultural codes that define the Mafia and places these codes within the context of social groups and communities. He also challenges the belief that the Mafia has grown more ruthless in recent decades. Rather than representing a shift from "honorable" crime to immoral drug trafficking and violence, Lupo argues the terroristic activities of the modern Mafia signify a new desire for visibility and a distinct break from the state. Where these pursuits will take the family adds a fascinating coda to Lupo's work.
This comprehensive work provides a penetrating analysis of modern Middle Eastern history, from the Ottoman and Egyptian reforms, through the challenge of Western imperialism, to the American invasion of Iraq and Iran's new influence in the region. After introducing the reader to the region's history from the origins of Islam in the seventh century, A History of the Modern Middle East focuses on the past two centuries of profound and often dramatic change. Although built around a framework of political history, the book also carefully integrates social, cultural, and economic developments into a single, expertly crafted account. In updating this fourth edition of the late William Cleveland's popular introductory text, Martin Bunton addresses recent transformative developments in the Middle East, charting the decline in the peace prospects between Israelis and Palestinians, elaborating upon the resurgence of Islam, and devoting a new chapter to "America's Troubled Moment in the Middle East," which details the aftermath of the Iraq war and Iran's nuclear ambitions.
From the preface: This book is intended to introduce Middle Eastern history to students and general readers who have not previously studied the subject. In the pages that follow, the term Middle East refers to the region from Egypt in the west through Iran in the east, and from Turkey in the north to the Arabian Peninsula in the south. I am aware that sound arguments exist for extending the geographical coverage to include Arab North Africa, the Sudan, and Islamic Afghanistan. However, for purposes of coherence and manageability, I concentrate on the central Middle East and therefore have eliminated from this edition the section on the independent Islamic republics of Central Asia. The primary chronological focus of the book is from the late eighteenth to the early twenty-first centuries. Most of the chapters in Part Five have been revised, reorganized, and updated. Thus, Chapter 23 introduces the second intifada and attempts to place it in both its local and regional contexts, and Chapter 24 examines the impact of the election of an Islamist-oriented majority government in Turkey in 2002 as well as the significance of the clash between Iranian President Khatami's efforts to introduce reforms and the established ulama's ability to maintain the status quo. And finally, although this book is an examination of the past, not of the present or the future, the dramatic events of September 11, 2001, and the US military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq to which those events gave rise warranted, in my opinion, some analysis, however tentative and incomplete. This I have provided in an Epilogue.
This book is for readers who will live in a new century of worldwide economic, political, and cultural interactions. The book goes beyond the histories of specific nations and people to describe broad historical trends that have affected people throughout the modern world. The authors have sought to explain the rise of nation-states and the global conflicts that have molded the world's diverse societies over the last several centuries, and has emphasized the evolving global economy, the importance of science and technology, the significance of religious traditions, the international diffusion of new ideas, the changing mores of social life, and the complex relations between Western cultures and other cultures around the world.
From the back cover: This wide-ranging study of the Pacific Islands provides a dynamic and provacative account of the peopling of the Pacific, and its broad impact on world history. Spanning nearly 50,000 years of human presence in an area which comprises one-third of our planet - Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia - the narrative follows the development of the region, from New Guinea's earliest settlement to the creation of the modern Pacific states.
Leon Trotsky is considered by many, alongside Lenin of course, as the author of the Russian Revolution, and is also considered by his admirers to be one of the most astute Marxist analysts of history and politics. It is perhaps no surprise therefore that his history of the Russian Revolution, first published in English in 1932, should be considered by those admirers to be his masterpiece, with Afro-Trindidadian writer C.L.R. James, once calling it "the greatest history of an event that I know." Trotsky's narrative of the revolution is told in the third person and is not a memoir. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
"During the first two months of 1917 Russia was still a Romanov monarchy. Eight months later the Bolsheviks stood at the helm. They were little known to anybody when the year began, and their leaders were still under indictment for state treason when they came to power. You will not find another such sharp turn in history especially if you remember that it involves a nation of 150 million people. It is clear that the events of 1917, whatever you think of them, deserve study."--Leon Trotsky, from History of the Russian Revolution Regarded by many as among the most powerful works of history ever written, this book offers an unparalleled account of one of the most pivotal and hotly debated events in world history. This book reveals, from the perspective of one of its central actors, the Russian Revolution's profoundly democratic, emancipatory character.Originally published in three parts, Trotsky's masterpiece is collected here in a single volume. It serves as the most vital and inspiring record of the Russian Revolution to date."[T]he greatest history of an event that I know."--C. L. R. James"In Trotsky all passions were aroused, but his thought remained calm and his vision clear.... His involvement in the struggle, far from blurring his sight, sharpens it.... The History is his crowning work, both in scale and power and as the fullest expression of his ideas on revolution. As an account of a revolution, given by one of its chief actors, it stands unique in world literature."--Isaac Deutscher