Antique Maps

By Carl Moreland, David Bannister

Vintage Maps is now firmly validated as a definitive reference paintings. With wide details at the basic old heritage, info of the entire significant map-makers and sensible suggestion on gathering outdated maps, it presents an exceptional creation for the newbie in addition to a mass of distinct and obviously geared up info for the professional and the intense collector. a gorgeous variation in itself, this undying quantity inspires the beauty of maps from the earlier and the appeal of all of the remote places they recommend, to teach them not just as ancient artefacts but in addition as artistic endeavors.

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Voyages in World History, Volume 1: To 1600

By Valerie Hansen, Kenneth Curtis

For classes entitled global Civilizations or global heritage. quantity II can be utilized for contemporary international heritage. classes are typically semesters or 3 quarters in size and are Freshman/Sophomore point. a few faculties supply a one-semester direction - those tend to be for those that have gotten academics and should study out of the college of schooling. it is a transforming into direction, and it can be exchanging Western Civ. at a few colleges or extra to the curriculum as well as Western Civ. Enrollment for global heritage is set 420,000 scholars in line with yr.

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The Islamic Gunpowder Empires in World History (Essays in World History)

By Douglas E. Streusand

Islamic Gunpowder Empires provides readers with a historical past of Islamic civilization within the early glossy global via a comparative exam of Islam’s 3 maximum empires—the Ottomans (centered in what's now Turkey), the Safavids (in glossy Iran), and the Mughals (ruling the Indian subcontinent). writer Douglas Streusand explains the origins of the 3 empires; compares the ideological, institutional, army, and monetary individuals to their luck; and analyzes the motives in their upward thrust, enlargement, and supreme transformation and decline. Streusand depicts the 3 empires as part of an built-in overseas process extending from the Atlantic to the Straits of Malacca, emphasizing either the connections and the conflicts inside that approach. He provides the empires as complicated polities during which Islam is one political and cultural part between many. The remedy of the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires comprises modern scholarship, dispels universal misconceptions, and gives a good platform for additional learn.

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Me the People: One Man's Selfless Quest to Rewrite the Constitution of the United States of America

By Kevin Bleyer

The usa structure promised a extra ideal Union. It’s a disgrace nobody troubled to write down a extra ideal Constitution—one that didn’t set off greater than centuries of arguments approximately what the darn factor really says.
Until now.  
Perfection is handy. a brand new, stronger structure is right here. and also you are keeping it.

But first, a few ancient context: within the eighteenth century, a attorney named James Madison collected his neighbors in Philadelphia and, over 4 lengthy months, wrote 4 brief pages: the structure of the USA of the USA. now not bad.
In the 19th century, a president named Abraham Lincoln freed a complete humans from the failings in that structure by way of signing the Emancipation Proclamation.  lovely impressive.
And within the 20th century, a physician on the Bethesda Naval medical institution added a baby—but not only any child. simply because within the twenty-first century, that child may turn into a guy, that guy might turn into a patriot, and that patriot may rescue a rustic . . . by means of single-handedly rewriting that Constitution.
Why? we expect of our structure because the painstakingly designed blueprint drawn up via, in Thomas Jefferson’s phrases, an “assembly of demigods” who laid the root for the sturdiest republic ever created. in point of fact, it used to be no blueprint in any respect yet an Etch A comic strip, a haphazard sequence of mistakes, shaken fresh and redrawn numerous instances in the course of a summer time of petty debates, drunken ramblings, and determined compromise—as a lot the made of an “assembly of demigods” as a confederacy of dunces.
No ask yourself George Washington needed it “had been made extra perfect.” No ask yourself Benjamin Franklin stomached it basically “with all its faults.” The structure they wrote is a sizzling mess. For starters, it doesn’t point out slavery, or democracy, or maybe fb; it performs favorites one of the states; it has typos, smudges, and misspellings; and its Preamble, its most famed passage, used to be written through a guy with a peg leg. Which, should you give it some thought, provides our structure infrequently a leg to face on.
[Pause for laughter.]
Now cease giggling. since you carry on your palms no mere e-book, however the most crucial record of our time. Its writer, Daily Show writer Kevin Bleyer, paid each expense, bore each burden, and stored each receipt in his quest to guarantee the salvation of our nation’s founding constitution. He flew to Greece, the birthplace of democracy. He bused to Philly, the house of independence. He went toe-to-toe (face-to-face) with Scalia. He extra nightly confabs with James Madison to his day-by-day consultations with Jon Stewart. He tracked down now not one yet John Hancocks—to make his model two times as reputable. He even learn the structure of the United States.
So organize yourselves, fellow patriots, for the main major literary occasion of the twenty-first, 20th, 19th, and latter a part of the eighteenth centuries. Me the folk won’t simply shape a extra ideal Union. it's going to keep America.

Praise for Me the People
“I could particularly learn a structure written through Kevin Bleyer than by way of the sharpest minds within the country.”—Jon Stewart

“Bleyer takes a pink pencil to democracy’s so much hallowed laundry record. . . . Uproarious and fascinating.”Reader’s Digest

“I knew James Madison. James Madison used to be a pal of mine. Mr. Bleyer, you're no James Madison. yet you convinced are a heck of much more fun.”—Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, writer of the number 1 New York occasions bestseller Team of Rivals

From the Hardcover edition.

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Double Entry: How the Merchants of Venice Shaped the Modern World - and How Their Invention Could Make Or Break the Planet

By Jane Gleeson-White

A desirable exploration of the way an easy process used to degree and checklist wealth spawned a cultural revolution. arrange to have your proposal of accounting replaced forever.

Our global is ruled by means of the numbers generated by means of the debts of countries and companies. we rely on those numbers to direct our governments, our associations, businesses, economies, societies. yet the place did they arrive from and the way did they develop into so powerful?

the reply to those questions starts off at the hours of darkness a while in northern Italy with a brand new type of list conserving perfected by way of the retailers of Venice known as double-entry bookkeeping. the tale of double access stars a Renaissance monk, mathematician, magician and relentless better half of Leonardo da Vinci, his 27-page treatise for retailers, renaissances in paintings and arithmetic, and revolutions in communications and industry.

the increase and metamorphosis of double-entry bookkeeping is one in every of history's best-kept secrets and techniques and one in every of its most crucial untold stories. Why? First, since it made attainable the wealth and cultural efflorescence that was once the Renaissance. moment, since it enabled capitalism to flourish, so altering the economies of the realm endlessly. 3rd, simply because over a number of centuries it grew right into a subtle process of numbers which within the twenty-first century governs the worldwide economic system. and at last, and most importantly, simply because at the present time bookkeeping has the aptitude to make or holiday the planet.

As mum or dad journalist Jonathan Watts wrote in October 2010: 'So it has come to this. the worldwide biodiversity hindrance is so serious that outstanding scientists, political leaders, eco-warriors, and non secular experts can now not shop us from ourselves. the army are powerless. yet there is one final desire for all times in the world: accountants.'

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Breve historia de los vikingos

Era necesaria una historia sobre los vikingos, que se sobrepusiera a los mitos que se han establecido como verdad absoluta, de pueblo beligerante y aguerrido exclusivamente y nos llevara a conocer un poco más: Breve Historia de los Vikingos es esa obra. El audio libro no sólo se cierra en los aspectos puramente técnicos y cronológicos de los vikingos, sino que también se adentra en l. a. vida cotidiana de los artesanos, campesinos y comerciantes nórdicos y nos detalla su mitología y sus prácticas religiosas para tener así una visión completa de esta influyente cultura.

Entre el S. IX y el S. XI, irrumpen los vikingos en los angeles escena europea, esta será su época de esplendor pero finalmente cederán ante el imparable empuje del catolicismo romano. Enmarcado en estos siglos nos descubrirá Manuel Velasco l. a. rica cultura vikinga, no sólo asistiremos a su valor como guerreros, navegantes y constructores de naves, sino que veremos también su desconocida y rica actividad comercial, que les llevó a establecer una ruta desde Groenlandia hasta Constantinopla, e incluso hasta Bagdad.

El autor divide el libro en cinco apartados: en el primero de ellos nos introducirá a los angeles vida vikinga hasta en sus más pequeños detalles, así descubriremos cómo los vikingos jamás llevaron cuernos en los cascos o cómo sólo eran llamados vikingos aquellos que salían de expedición y saqueo; en l. a. segunda parte nos desplegará l. a. rica mitología vikinga, que se conserva tan bien porque fue uno de los últimos pueblos cristianizados y, aun así, conservó un fuerte carácter sincrético; en los angeles tercera parte nos enseñará, los angeles expansión de los vikingos y l. a. influencia nórdica en lugares tan dispares como Italia o Rusia; dedicará los angeles cuarta parte a describir, hasta el último detalle el ocaso vikingo en batallas tan legendarias como Stamford Bridge o Hastings; y en los angeles quinta nos hablará de l. a. vigencia de los pueblos del norte en l. a. cultura renowned real.

Please be aware: This audiobook is in Spanish.

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The New World (A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Volume 2)

By Winston S. Churchill, Brian Weiser

Within the 16th and 17th centuries England underwent a startling sequence of changes. The turbulent reigns of the Tudors and Stuarts witnessed the Protestant Reformation, the expansion of strong monarchies, the English Civil warfare, and the colonization of the hot global. during this, the second one quantity of his background of the English talking Peoples, Sir Winston Churchill became his significant rhetorical and analytical acumen to weaving a compelling and insightful narrative of those formative centuries.

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Bringing the War Home: The Weather Underground, the Red Army Faction, and Revolutionary Violence in the Sixties and Seventies

By Jeremy Varon

During this first accomplished comparability of left-wing violence within the usa and West Germany, Jeremy Varon makes a speciality of America's climate Underground and Germany's pink military Faction to contemplate how and why younger, middle-class radicals in filthy rich democratic societies grew to become to armed fight in efforts to overthrow their states. in response to a wealth of fundamental fabric, starting from interviews to FBI reviews, this publication reconstructs the inducement and beliefs of violent companies lively in the course of the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies. Varon conveys the serious passions of the era--the warmth of ethical function, the intensity of Utopian longing, the feel of hazard and depression, and the pleasure over transitority triumphs. Varon's compelling interpretation of the common sense and bounds of dissent in democratic societies presents remarkable insights into the function of militancy in modern protest activities and has broad implications for the United States' present "war on terrorism."
Varon explores Weatherman and RAF's powerful similarities and the explanations why radicals in several settings built a shared set of values, languages, and techniques. Addressing the connection of old reminiscence to political motion, Varon demonstrates how Germany's fascist earlier motivated the brutal and escalating nature of the West German clash within the 60s and 70s, in addition to the explanations why left-wing violence dropped sharply within the usa through the Nineteen Seventies. Bringing the conflict Home is an interesting account of why violence develops inside of social hobbies, how states can reply to radical dissent and types of terror, how the rational and irrational can mix in political events, and at last how ethical outrage and militancy can play either optimistic and harmful roles in efforts at social swap.

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