Empire for Liberty: A History of American Imperialism from Benjamin Franklin to Paul Wolfowitz

How may possibly the USA, a kingdom based at the rules of liberty and equality, have produced Abu Ghraib, torture memos, Plamegate, and warrantless wiretaps? Did the United States got down to turn into an empire? And if this is the case, how has it reconciled its imperialism--and often times, its crimes--with the assumption of liberty so forcefully expressed within the announcement of Independence? Empire for Liberty tells the tale of guys who used the rhetoric of liberty to extra their imperial goals, and divulges that the search for empire has guided the nation's architects from the very beginning--and keeps to take action today.

Historian Richard Immerman paints nuanced graphics of six unparalleled public figures who obviously encouraged the process American empire: Benjamin Franklin, John Quincy Adams, William Henry Seward, Henry Cabot hotel, John Foster Dulles, and Paul Wolfowitz. every one performed a pivotal function as empire builder and, aside from Adams, did so with out occupying the presidency. Taking readers from the founding of the republic to the worldwide battle on Terror, Immerman indicates how every one individual's impact arose from a willing sensitivity to the worries of his occasions; how the trajectory of yank empire used to be relentless if now not immediately; and the way those sensible and strong participants formed their rhetoric approximately liberty to fit their needs.

yet as Immerman demonstrates during this well timed and provocative booklet, liberty and empire have been on a collision path. And within the international battle on Terror and the career of Iraq, they violently collided.

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Mockingbird Song: Ecological Landscapes of the South: Ecological Landscapes of the South

By Jack Temple Kirby

The yankee South is mostly hotter, wetter, weedier, snakier, and extra insect infested and ailment providers than different areas of the rustic. it's appealing to the scientifically and poetically minded alike. With Mockingbird Song, Jack Temple Kirby bargains a private and passionate recounting of the centuries-old human-nature courting within the South. displaying violent cycles of progress, abandonment, dereliction, resettlement, and reconfiguration, this courting, Kirby indicates, has the occasionally melodious, occasionally cacophonous vocalizations of the region's emblematic avian, the mockingbird.

In a story voice marked through the intimacy and exuberance of a storyteller, Kirby explores all the South's peoples and their landscapes--how people have used, yielded, or manipulated various environments and the way they've got handled forests, water, and animals. bringing up historical past, literature, and cinematic portrayals alongside the best way, Kirby additionally relates how southerners have thought of their a part of Earth--as a resource of either sustenance and delight.

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Henry VIII: The Life and Rule of England's Nero

By John Matusiak

A compelling and groundbreaking examine of Henry VIII as a deeply fallacious person, this book vigorously demanding situations outdated assumptions and new interpretations alike—now in paperback

Tudor historian John Matusiak paints an absorbingly intimate portrait of a guy utterly not worthy for energy: his character, his ideals, his relationships, his follies, his hole triumphs, and his bitter disappointments are all on complete demonstrate during this biography. This is on no account another account of the "old monster" and his dealings. The "monster" displayed here's, not less than, a more moderen variety, extra beset by means of anxieties and insecurities, and extra tightly surrounded than ever by means of those that equated loyalty with worry, self-interest, and blind obedience. This compelling and groundbreaking ebook additionally demonstrates that Henry VIII's priorities have been constantly basically martial instead of marital, and accepts neither the need of his all-consuming quest for a male inheritor nor his want eventually to sever ties with Rome. because the tale unfolds, Henry's predicaments end up principally of his personal making, the trails he selected neither the one nor the simplest to be had. For Henry VIII was once not just a foul guy, but additionally a foul ruler who didn't in achieving his goals and blighted the reigns of his rapid successors.

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Parzival and Titurel (Oxford World's Classics)

Written within the first decade of the 13th century, Parzival is the best of the medieval Grail romances. It tells of Parzival's development from younger folly to knighthood on the court docket of King Arthur, and of his quest for the Holy Grail. Exuberant and gothic in its telling, and profoundly relocating, Parzival has encouraged and motivated works as various as Wagner's Parsifal and Lohengrin, Terry Gilliam's movie The Fisher King, and Umberto Eco's Bandolino.
This high-quality translation, the 1st English model for over 25 years, conveys the facility of this advanced, wide-ranging medieval masterpiece. The advent areas Eschenbach's paintings within the wider context of the improvement of the Arthurian romance and of the Grail legend. This variation additionally contains an index to right names and a genealogical desk, and is the 1st to mix Parzival with the fragments of Titurel.

About the Series: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made on hand the broadest spectrum of literature from around the world. every one reasonable quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, supplying the main exact textual content plus a wealth of alternative helpful gains, together with professional introductions by way of major experts, voluminous notes to explain the textual content, up to date bibliographies for extra examine, and masses more.

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Los templarios y otros enigmas medievales

By Juan Eslava Galán

¿Existieron el rey Arturo y sus caballeros de l. a. Tabla Redonda? ¿Qué period el Santo Grial? ¿Por qué lo buscó Hitler afanosamente? Con el rigor y los angeles amenidad habituales, Juan Eslava Galán analiza l. a. historia, sus reglas y el origen de sus leyendas.
«Los aspirantes eran sodomizados durante los angeles iniciación. El que algo quiere, algo le cuesta».
Descubrí a Eslava Galán como novelista con En Busca del Unicornio pero como historiador le descubrí en este libro, una recopilación de diversos enigmas de los angeles edad media narrados con los angeles amenidad y el conocimiento que le son habituales. Los enigmas en cuestión son los siguientes:
- Los Templarios.
- El Rey Arturo.
- El Santo Grial.
- Los Cátaros.
- los angeles Caída de Constantinopla.
- El Tesoro de Salomón.
- Fernando IV: El Rey que murió a plazo fijo.
- Esplendor y caída de los Almohades.
- Vikingos en España.
- l. a. violación de Florinda y los angeles pérdida de España.
Los últimos cuatro enigmas están dedicados a l. a. Edad Media en España, y en mi opinión quizás podrían haberse tratado con más extensión, pero eso no les priva de interés ni de calidad. Eslava Galán domina l. a. materia de los angeles que habla, y los angeles expone de un modo claro y accesible, pero no por eso menos profundo.
Es un libro breve y agradable, que puede leerse rápidamente y con gran provecho, y que deja ganas de más. ¿Que otra cosa se le puede pedir a un libro?

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Story of Ireland

By Neil Hegarty

The historical past of eire has frequently concerned about the localized struggles of spiritual clash, territoriality and the struggle for domestic Rule. yet from the early Catholic missions into Europe to the include of the euro, the genuine tale of eire has performed out at the higher foreign stage.

Story of eire offers this new tackle Irish background, hard the narrative that has been advised for generations and drawing clean conclusions concerning the method the Irish have lived. Revisiting the foremost turning issues in Irish background, Neil Hegarty re-examines the authorized tales, demanding long-held myths and looking out not just on the dynamics of what occurred in eire, but in addition on the function of occasions out of the country. How did Europe's sixteenth century non secular wars tell the marvelous violence inflicted at the Irish by means of the Elizabethans? What was once the influence of the French and American revolutions at the Irish nationalist circulation? What have been the implications of Ireland's coverage of neutrality in the course of the moment international warfare? tale of eire units out to reply to those questions and extra, rejecting the introspection that has usually characterised Irish history.

Accompanying a landmark sequence coproduced via the BBC and RTE, and with an advent by way of sequence presenter, Fergal Keane, tale of eire is an epic account of Ireland's historical past for a brand new new release.

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Women in Purple: Rulers of Medieval Byzantium

In the 8th and 9th centuries, 3 Byzantine empresses--Irene, Euphrosyne, and Theodora--changed background. Their mixed efforts restored the veneration of icons, saving Byzantium from a merely symbolic and ornamental artwork and making sure its impression for hundreds of years to come.

In this exhilarating and hugely interesting account, one of many most excellent historians of the medieval interval tells the tale of the way those attention-grabbing girls exercised imperial sovereignty with consummate ability and infrequently ruthless strategies. although they received entry to the all-pervasive authority of the Byzantine ruling dynasty via marriage, all 3 endured to put on the imperial red and wield great strength as widows. From Constantinople, their very own Queen urban, the empresses undermined opponents and ruled like males. They performed international relations around the recognized global, negotiating with the likes of Charlemagne, Roman popes, and the good Arab caliph Harun al Rashid.

Vehemently rejecting the ban on holy photos instituted by means of their male kinfolk, Irene and Theodora used craft and tool to opposite the professional iconoclasm and fix icons to their position of adoration within the jap Church. In so doing, they profoundly altered the process background. The art--and not just the art--of Byzantium, of Islam, and of the West could were very varied with no them.

As Judith Herrin lines the surviving facts, she conjures up the complicated and deeply non secular international of Constantinople within the aftermath of Arab conquest. She brings to existence its monuments and palaces, its courtroom ceremonies and rituals, the position of eunuchs (the "third sex"), bride exhibits, and the impression of warring priests and patriarchs. in line with new study and written for a common viewers, Women in Purple reshapes our figuring out of an empire that lasted one thousand years and splashes clean gentle at the courting of girls to power.

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Winter King: Henry VII and the Dawn of Tudor England

By Thomas Penn

A clean examine the eternally interesting Tudors—the dramatic and missed tale of Henry VII and his founding of the Tudor Dynasty—filled with spies, plots, counter-plots, and an uneasy royal succession to Henry VIII.

It was once 1501. England were ravaged for many years via conspiracy, violence, murders, coups and countercoups. via good fortune, guile and ruthlessness, Henry VII, the 1st of the Tudor kings, had clambered to the head of the heap—a fugitive with a flimsy declare to England’s throne. for lots of he remained a usurper, a fake king.

But Henry had an important asset: his queen and their youngsters, the residing embodiment of his hoped-for dynasty. Queen Elizabeth used to be a member of the home of York. Henry himself was once from the home of Lancaster, so among them they united the opponents that had fought the bloody century-long Wars of the Roses. Now their older son, Arthur, used to be approximately to marry a Spanish princess. On a chilly November day sixteen-year-old Catherine of Aragon arrived in London for a marriage that might mark a triumphal second in Henry’s reign.

In this extraordinary publication, Thomas Penn re-creates the tale of the tragic, magnetic Henry VII—a controlling, paranoid, avaricious monarch who used to be coming into the main perilous years of his lengthy reign.

Rich with drama and perception, Winter King is an striking tale of pageantry, treachery, intrigue and incident—and the fraught, risky delivery of Tudor England.

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The Twentieth Century: A People's History

By Howard Zinn

Containing simply the twentieth-century chapters from Howard Zinn's bestselling A People's historical past of the us, this revised and up-to-date version comprises new chapters -- overlaying Clinton's presidency, the 2000 Election, and the "war on terrorism."

Highlighting not only the standard phrases of presidential administrations and congressional actions, this ebook will give you a "bottom-to-top" standpoint, giving voice to our nation's minorities and letting the tales of such teams as African americans, girls, local american citizens, and the workers of all nationalities be informed of their personal phrases.

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Thomas Paine: Enlightenment, Revolution, and the Birth of Modern Nations

By Craig Nelson

A clean new examine the Enlightenment highbrow who turned the main arguable of America's founding fathers

regardless of his being a founding father of either the USA and the French Republic, the author of the word "United States of America," and the writer of Common Sense, Thomas Paine is the least renowned of America's founding fathers. This edifying biography through Craig Nelson strains Paine's course from his years as a London mechanic, via his emergence because the voice of progressive fervor on continents, to his ultimate days within the throes of dementia. by way of acquainting us as by no means sooner than with this advanced and combative genius, Nelson rescues a huge from obscurity-and supplies us a desirable paintings of background.

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