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The Schopenhauer Cure

    Formát: EPUB
Počet stran: 403
Velikost: 499 kB
Knižní žánr: beletrie
Jazyk: angličtina
ISBN: 0-06-621441-6
Cena: 12.86 USD
Přečteno: NE
Vloženo: 02.07.2014, 12:11

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Suddenly confronted with his own mortality after a routine checkup, eminent psychotherapist Julius Hertzfeld is forced to reexamine his life and work -- and seeks out Philip Slate, a sex addict whom he failed to help some twenty years earlier. Yet Philip claims to be cured -- miraculously transformed by the pessimistic teachings of German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer -- and is, himself, a philosophical counselor in training. Philips dour, misanthropic stance compels Julius to invite Philip to join his intensive therapy group in exchange for tutoring on Schopenhauer. But with mere months left, life may be far too short to help Philip or to compete with him for the hearts and minds of the group members. And then again, it might be just long enough.





Ian S. Hornsey
The History of Beer and Brewing

    Formát: PDF
Počet stran: 762
Velikost: 59,67 MB
Knižní žánr: literatura faktu
Jazyk: angličtina
ISBN: 0-85404-630-5
Přečteno: NE
Vloženo: 02.07.2014, 12:08

Anotace:

A History of Beer and Brewing provides a comprehensive account of the history of beer. Research carried out during the last quarter of the 20th century has permitted us to re-think the way in which some ancient civilizations went about their beer production. There have also been some highly innovative technical developments, many of which have led to the sophistication and efficiency of 21st century brewing methodology. A History of Beer and Brewing covers a time-span of around eight thousand years and in doing so: * Stimulates the reader to consider how, and why, the first fermented beverages might have originated * Establishes some of the parameters that encompass the diverse range of alcoholic beverages assigned the generic name 'beer' * Considers the possible means of dissemination of early brewing technologies from their Near Eastern origins The book is aimed at a wide readership particularly beer enthusiasts. However the use of original quotations and references associated with them should enable the serious scholar to delve into this subject in even greater depth.





The Arab-Israeli Conflict

    Formát: EPUB
Počet stran: 284
Velikost: 461 kB
Knižní žánr: historie
Jazyk: angličtina
ISBN: 978 1 86189 527 1
Cena: 24.37 USD
Přečteno: NE
Vloženo: 02.07.2014, 11:59

Anotace:

Though more than sixty years have passed since the signing of the proclamation of the State of Israel, the impact of that epochal event continues to shape the political policies and public opinion of not only the Middle East but much of the world. The consequent conflict between Arabs and Israelis for sovereignty over the land of Palestine has been one of the most bloody, intractable, and drawn-out of modern times. It continues today in cycles of aggressive violence followed by temporary, tenuous ceasefires that are marked and complicated by resolute opinions and fractious religious ideologies. In this timely volume, noted military historian Ian J. Bickerton cuts through the complex perspectives in order to explain this struggle in objective detail, describing its history from the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire following World War I to the present day.

In concise and clear prose, Bickerton argues that the present problem can be traced to the fact that each side is trapped by a conception of their past from which they seem unable to break free. This attachment and reaction to history has had a negative influence on the decision-making of Arabs and Israelis since 1948. Ultimately, Bickerton maintains that the use of armed force has not, and will not, resolve the issues that have divided Israelis and Arabs.

The Arab-Israeli Conflict is a plea for reasoned diplomacy in a situation that has been dominated by extreme violence. This book will appeal to a wide general audience seeking a balanced understanding of this enduring struggle that still dominates headlines.





Drink

    Formát: EPUB
Počet stran: 581
Velikost: 4,1 MB
Knižní žánr: literatura faktu
Jazyk: angličtina
ISBN: 978-1-4406-3126-9
Cena: 16.12 USD
Přečteno: NE
Vloženo: 02.07.2014, 11:51

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A spirited look at the history of alcohol, from the dawn of civilization to the modern day

Alcohol is a fundamental part of Western culture. We have been drinking as long as we have been human, and for better or worse, alcohol has shaped our civilization. Drink investigates the history of this Jekyll and Hyde of fluids, tracing mankind's love/hate relationship with alcohol from ancient Egypt to the present day.

Drink further documents the contribution of alcohol to the birth and growth of the United States, taking in the War of Independence, the Pennsylvania Whiskey revolt, the slave trade, and the failed experiment of national Prohibition. Finally, it provides a history of the world's most famous drinks-and the world's most famous drinkers. Packed with trivia and colorful characters, Drink amounts to an intoxicating history of the world.





Killing the Bismarck
Destroying the Pride of Hitler´s Fleet

    Formát: EPUB
Počet stran: 410
Velikost: 4,59 MB
Knižní žánr: literatura faktu
Jazyk: angličtina
ISBN: 9781848849600
Cena: 3.29 USD
Přečteno: NE
Vloženo: 02.07.2014, 11:41

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'A HARROWING INSIGHT INTO THE UNREMITTING CRUELTY OF WAR AT SEA, AS WELL AS THE COURAGE AND COMPASSION OF FRAIL HUMANS PITTED AGAINST SAVAGE WEATHER AND PLUNGED INTO BRUTAL COMBAT...'In May 1941, the German battleship Bismarck, accompanied by heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen, broke out into the Atlantic to attack Allied shipping. The Royal Navy 's pursuit and subsequent destruction of Bismarck was an epic of naval warfare. Astonishingly, nearly seventy years on, this new book by Iain Ballantyne, Killing the Bismarck, alters our perception of this legendary episode, by focusing on the eyewitness accounts of British sailors, marines and carrier aviators, some of them published for the first time in a compelling narrative. During this action-packed story we go aboard cruisers playing a lethal cat and mouse game as they shadow Bismarck and experience the horror of the British battlecruiser Hood's destruction, a disaster that filled the men of pursuing Royal Navy units with a thirst for revenge. We fly in Swordfish torpedo-bombers as valiant aircrews take off in atrocious weather and defy storms of anti-aircraft fire during desperate bids to cripple Bismarck. We sail in destroyers as they make daring torpedo attacks, battling mountainous seas. During the final showdown battleships Rodney and King George V, supported by cruisers, destroy the pride of Hitler's fleet in a close-quarters battle, the terrible reality of which has never been fully depicted in print before. We also experience Winston Churchill's anxious vigil and learn of the key role the victory played in establishing the 'Special Relationship' between the USA and UK. The author analyses the myths surrounding Bismarck and her destruction, considering whether they have any substance. Included are portraits of the short fighting lives of legendary British warships, such as the battleship Prince of Wales and destroyer Cossack as well as men who sailed to death or glory in them. Providing a harrowing insight into the unremitting cruelty of war at sea, as well as the courage and compassion of frail humans pitted against savage weather and plunged into brutal combat, Killing the Bismarck is delivered with the verve of a novel, taking the reader on a roller-coaster ride in which each twist and turn yields new shocks.





The French Revolution

    Formát: EPUB
Počet stran: 341
Velikost: 5,7 MB
Knižní žánr: literatura faktu
Jazyk: angličtina
ISBN: 978-0-14-192715-2
Cena: 14.46 USD
Přečteno: NE
Vloženo: 01.07.2014, 01:22

Anotace:

Concise, convincing and exciting, this is Christopher Hibbert's brilliant account of the events that shook eighteenth-century Europe to its foundation. With a mixture of lucid storytelling and fascinating detail, he charts the French Revolution from its beginnings at an impromptu meeting on an indoor tennis court at Versailles in 1789, right through to the 'coup d'etat' that brought Napoleon to power ten years later. In the process he explains the drama and complexities of this epoch-making era in the compelling and accessible manner he has made his trademark.

Writing in The Times, Richard Holmes described the book as 'A spectacular replay of epic action .' while The Good Book Guide called it, 'Unquestionably the best popular history of the French Revolution'.





The Great Railroad Revolution

    Formát: EPUB
Počet stran: 415
Velikost: 4,18 MB
Knižní žánr: literatura faktu
Jazyk: angličtina
ISBN: 978-1-61039-180-1
Cena: 2.99 USD
Přečteno: NE
Vloženo: 01.07.2014, 01:17

Anotace:

America was made by the railroads. The opening of the Baltimore & Ohio line––the first American railroad––in the 1830s sparked a national revolution in the way that people lived thanks to the speed and convenience of train travel. Promoted by visionaries and built through heroic effort, the American railroad network was bigger in every sense than Europe’s, and facilitated everything from long-distance travel to commuting and transporting goods to waging war. It united far-flung parts of the country, boosted economic development, and was the catalyst for America’s rise to world-power status.

Every American town, great or small, aspired to be connected to a railroad and by the turn of the century, almost every American lived within easy access of a station. By the early 1900s, the United States was covered in a latticework of more than 200,000 miles of railroad track and a series of magisterial termini, all built and controlled by the biggest corporations in the land. The railroads dominated the American landscape for more than a hundred years but by the middle of the twentieth century, the automobile, the truck, and the airplane had eclipsed the railroads and the nation started to forget them.  

In The Great Railroad Revolution, renowned railroad expert Christian Wolmar tells the extraordinary story of the rise and the fall of the greatest of all American endeavors, and argues that the time has come for America to reclaim and celebrate its often-overlooked rail heritage.





China and the World since 1945

    Formát: EPUB
Počet stran: 178
Velikost: 278 kB
Knižní žánr: historie
Jazyk: angličtina
ISBN: 978-0-203-80496-4
Cena: 37.44 USD
Přečteno: NE
Vloženo: 29.06.2014, 23:04

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The emergence of China as a dominant regional power with global influence is a significant phenomenon in the twenty-first century. Its origin could be traced back to 1949 when the Chinese Communist Party under Mao Zedong came to power and vowed to transform China and the world. After the ‘century of humiliation’, China was in constant search of a new identity on the world stage. From alliance with the Soviet Union in the 1950s, China normalized relations with America in the 1970s and embraced the global economy and the international community since the 1980s. This book examines China’s changing relations with the two superpowers, Asian neighbours, Third World countries, and European powers.

China and the World since 1945 offers an overview of China’s involvement in the Korean War, the Sino-Soviet split, Sino-American rapprochement, the end of the Cold War, and globalization. It assess the roles of security, ideology, and domestic politics in Chinese foreign policy and provides a synthesis of the latest archival-based research on China’s diplomatic history and Cold War international history

This engaging new study examines the rise of China from a long-term historical perspective and will be essential to students of Chinese history and contemporary international relations.





Alexis de Tocqueville
Prophet of Democracy in the Age of Revolution

    Formát: EPUB
Počet stran: 748
Velikost: 6,85 MB
Knižní žánr: biografie
Jazyk: angličtina
Cena: 13.45 EUR
Přečteno: NE
Vloženo: 29.06.2014, 23:03

Anotace:

Alexis de Tocqueville was one of the greatest political thinkers of all time. Born a French aristocrat, he lost nearly his entire family in the Reign of Terror, and he spent most of his adult life struggling for liberty under the unsuccessful regimes of nineteenth-century France. 

At age twenty-five he travelled to America and encountered democracy for the first time. This firsthand experience contributed to his incisive writing on liberty and democracy. The ancien régime launched the scholarly study of the French Revolution, and Democracy in America remains the best book ever written by a European about the United States. This is a brilliant account of his life.





Hérodotos
The Histories
Landmark edition

    Formát: EPUB
Počet stran: 1108
Velikost: 22,04 MB
Knižní žánr: historie
Jazyk: angličtina
ISBN: 978-0-307-53654-9
Cena: 10.99 USD
Přečteno: NE
Vloženo: 29.06.2014, 22:35

Anotace:

From the editor of the widely praised The Landmark Thucydides, a new Landmark Edition of The Histories by Herodotus.Cicero called Herodotus "the father of history," and his only work, The Histories, is considered the first true piece of historical writing in Western literature. With lucid prose, Herodotus's account of the rise of the Persian Empire and its dramatic war with the Greek city sates set a standard for narrative nonfiction that continues to this day. Illustrated, annotated, and filled with maps—with an introduction by Rosalind Thomas, twenty-one appendices written by scholars at the top of their fields, and a new translation by Andrea L. Purvis—The Landmark Herodotus is a stunning edition of the greatest classical work of history ever written.





The 900 Days
The Siege of Leningrad

    Formát: EPUB
Počet stran: 788
Velikost: 7,35 MB
Knižní žánr: literatura faktu
Jazyk: angličtina
ISBN: 9780786730247
Cena: 12.99 USD
Přečteno: NE
Vloženo: 29.06.2014, 22:27

Anotace:

The Nazi siege of Leningrad from 1941 to 1944 was one of the most gruesome episodes of World War II. Nearly three million people endured it; just under half of them died. For twenty-five years the distinguished journalist and historian Harrison Salisbury pieced together this remarkable narrative of villainy and survival, in which the city had much to fear-from both Hitler and Stalin.





Hans Schäufler
Panzer Warfare on the Eastern Front

    Formát: EPUB
Počet stran: 427
Velikost: 3,59 MB
Knižní žánr: literatura faktu
Jazyk: angličtina
ISBN: 978-0-8117-1079-4
Cena: 16.86 USD
Přečteno: NE
Vloženo: 29.06.2014, 22:09

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Vivid narrative of tank combat on the brutal Eastern Front during World War II.
Describes clashes between German Tigers and Soviet T-34s.
Covers the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, Stalingrad, Kursk, and more.
Contains numerous firsthand accounts.





Russia
A History

    Formát: EPUB
Počet stran: 544
Velikost: 4,77 MB
Knižní žánr: historie
Jazyk: angličtina
ISBN: 978–0–19–956041–7
Přečteno: NE
Vloženo: 29.06.2014, 22:02

Anotace:

Now fully updated to 2001, this is an authoritative and highly readable introduction to a thousand years of Russian history. From the formation of the Russian state in the 14th century to the political power struggles of the 1990s and the uncertainties of the new millennium, this new history offers a fresh and systematic account of Russian history across six tumultuous centuries. Drawing on the best contemporary scholarship, thirteen international experts reassess and reinterpret the history of one of the world's great powers.

For too long Russian history has been dominated by myths and counter-myths, concocted by those seeking either to legitimize the existing order or to destroy it. New insights into areas previously cloaked in secrecy and an extraordinarily rich array of illustrations, make this book essential reading for anyone interested in Russia and its place in the world.

"[A] brisk, exciting tour of Russia's long journey from its Kievan origins to the early Yeltsin years...stunningly beautiful illustrations and transparent prose."--The Los Angeles Times





After the Reich
The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation

    Formát: PDF
Počet stran: 641
Velikost: 3,61 MB
Knižní žánr: historie
Jazyk: angličtina
ISBN: 978-0-465-00337-2
Cena: 14.99 USD
Přečteno: NE
Vloženo: 29.06.2014, 13:00

Anotace:

When the Third Reich collapsed in 1945, the Allied powers converged on Germany and divided it into four zones of occupation. A nation in tatters, in many places literally flattened by bombs, was suddenly subjected to brutal occupation by vengeful victors. Rape was rampant. Hundreds of thousands of Germans and German-speakers died in the course of brutal deportations from Eastern Europe. By the end of the year, Germany was literally starving to death. Over a million German prisoners of war died in captivity, where they were subjected to inadequate rations and often tortured. All told, an astounding 2.25 million German civilians died violent deaths in the period between the liberation of Vienna and the Berlin airlift. A shocking account of a massive and vicious military occupation, After the Reich offers a bold reframing of the history of World War II and its aftermath. Historian Giles MacDonogh has unearthed a record of brutality which has been largely ignored by historians or, worse, justified as legitimate retaliation for the horror of the Holocaust. Drawing on a vast array of contemporary firstperson accounts, MacDonogh has finally given a voice to tens of millions of civilians who, lucky to survive the war, found themselves struggling to survive a hellish peace.





1938
Hitler´s Gamble

    Formát: EPUB
Počet stran: 331
Velikost: 2,46 MB
Knižní žánr: historie
Jazyk: angličtina
ISBN: 978-0-465-02012-6
Cena: 9.99 USD
Přečteno: NE
Vloženo: 29.06.2014, 12:57

Anotace:

In this masterful narrative, acclaimed historian Giles MacDonogh chronicles Adolf Hitler’s consolidation of power over the course of one year. Until 1938, Hitler could be dismissed as a ruthless but efficient dictator, a problem to Germany alone; after 1938 he was clearly a threat to the entire world.It was in 1938 that Third Reich came of age. The Führer brought Germany into line with Nazi ideology and revealed his plans to take back those parts of Europe lost to “Greater Germany” after the First World War. From the purging of the army in January through the Anschluss in March, from the Munich Conference in September to the ravages of Kristallnacht in November, MacDonogh offers a gripping account of the year Adolf Hitler came into his own and set the world inexorably on track to a cataclysmic war.





The Rise & Decline of the American Empire
Power and its Limits in Comparative Perspective

    Formát: EPUB
Počet stran: 265
Velikost: 2,81 MB
Knižní žánr: politologie
Jazyk: angličtina
ISBN: 978–0–19–964610–4
Cena: 43.73 USD
Přečteno: NE
Vloženo: 29.06.2014, 12:49

Anotace:

The Rise and Decline of the American "Empire" explores the rapidly growing literature on the rise and fall of the United States. The author argues that after 1945 the US has definitely been the most dominant power the world has seen and that it has successfully met the challenges from, first, the Soviet Union and, then, Japan, and the European Union. Now, however, the United States is in decline: its vast military power is being challenged by asymmetrical wars, its economic growth is slow and its debt is rising rapidly, the political system is proving unable to meet these challenges in a satisfactory way. While the US is still likely to remain the world's leading power for the foreseeable future, it is being challenged by China, particularly economically, and also by several 
other regional Great Powers. 

The book also addresses the more theoretical question of what recent superpowers have been able to achieve and what they have not achieved. How could the United States be both the dominant power and at the same time suffer significant defeats? And how could the Soviet Union suddenly collapse? No power has ever been omnipotent. It cannot control events all around the world. The Soviet Union suffered from imperial overstretch; the traditional colonial empires suffered from a growing lack of legitimacy at the international, national, and local levels. The United States has been able to maintain its alliance system, but only in a much reformed way. If a small power simply insists on pursuing its own very different policies, there is normally little the United States and other Great Powers will do. Military intervention is an option that can be used only rarely and most often with strikingly limited results.





1177 BC
The Year Civilization Collapsed

    Formát: EPUB
Počet stran: 258
Velikost: 4,35 MB
Knižní žánr: historie
Jazyk: angličtina
ISBN: 978-0-691-14089-6
Cena: 11.87 USD
Přečteno: NE
Vloženo: 29.06.2014, 12:41

Anotace:

In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the "Sea Peoples" invaded Egypt. The pharaoh's army and navy managed to defeat them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilizations. After centuries of brilliance, the civilized world of the Bronze Age came to an abrupt and cataclysmic end. Kingdoms fell like dominoes over the course of just a few decades. No more Minoans or Mycenaeans. No more Trojans, Hittites, or Babylonians. The thriving economy and cultures of the late second millennium B.C., which had stretched from Greece to Egypt and Mesopotamia, suddenly ceased to exist, along with writing systems, technology, and monumental architecture. But the Sea Peoples alone could not have caused such widespread breakdown. How did it happen?

In this major new account of the causes of this "First Dark Ages," Eric Cline tells the gripping story of how the end was brought about by multiple interconnected failures, ranging from invasion and revolt to earthquakes, drought, and the cutting of international trade routes. Bringing to life the vibrant multicultural world of these great civilizations, he draws a sweeping panorama of the empires and globalized peoples of the Late Bronze Age and shows that it was their very interdependence that hastened their dramatic collapse and ushered in a dark age that lasted centuries.

A compelling combination of narrative and the latest scholarship, "1177 B.C." sheds new light on the complex ties that gave rise to, and ultimately destroyed, the flourishing civilizations of the Late Bronze Age--and that set the stage for the emergence of classical Greece.





To Have or To Be
The Nature of the Psyche

    Formát: EPUB
Počet stran: 143
Velikost: 193 kB
Knižní žánr: psychologie
Jazyk: angličtina
Přečteno: NE
Vloženo: 29.06.2014, 12:38

Anotace:

To Have Or to Be? is one of the seminal books of the second half of the 20th century. Nothing less than a manifesto for a new social and psychological revolution to save our threatened planet, this book is a summary of the penetrating thought of Eric Fromm. His thesis is that two modes of existence struggle for the spirit of humankind: the having mode, which concentrates on material possessions, power, and aggression, and is the basis of the universal evils of greed, envy, and violence; and the being mode, which is based on love, the pleasure of sharing, and in productive activity. To Have Or to Be? is a brilliant program for socioeconomic change.





Marx´s Concept of Man

    Formát: EPUB
Počet stran: 214
Velikost: 1,14 MB
Knižní žánr: psychologie
Jazyk: angličtina
ISBN: 978-1-4804-0209-6
Cena: 13.19 USD
Přečteno: NE
Vloženo: 29.06.2014, 11:54

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An exploration of how Marx’s ideas have been misused and misunderstood, from the New York Times–bestselling author of Escape from Freedom.
 In the Western world, and especially in the United States, Karl Marx is perceived as the spiritual godfather of Lenin and Stalin—someone bent on creating a state where everyone worships a centralized bureaucracy. Social philosopher Erich Fromm argues that Marx has been entirely misrepresented and misunderstood, and that Marx’s ideas have been misappropriated to further causes antithetical to his true intentions. Fromm’s study presents Marx as a humanist and social scientist. Painstakingly traveling through Marx’s oeuvre, Fromm shows how Marx’s real goal was to eliminate man’s alienation, and allow individuals to live and appreciate a life of freedom. Furthermore, Fromm believes, Marx would have considered the Communist governments of Russia and Cuba as wrong-headed. Marx’s Concept of Man also includes a selection of Marx’s Early Writings, brought to English-speaking readers for the first time in 1961. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Erich Fromm, with rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate. 





Douglas Boyd
Lionheart
The True Story of England´s Crusader King

    Formát: EPUB
Počet stran: 288
Velikost: 3,42 MB
Knižní žánr: biografie
Jazyk: angličtina
ISBN: 978 0 7509 5475 4
Cena: 2.99 USD
Přečteno: NE
Vloženo: 28.06.2014, 16:04

Anotace:

When people think of Richard the Lionheart they recall the scene at the end of every Robin Hood epic when he returns from the crusade to punish his treacherous brother John and the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham. In reality Richard detested England and the English, was deeply troubled by his own sexuality and was noted for greed, not generosity, and for murder rather then mercy. In youth Richard showed no interest in girls, but a taste for cruelty and a greed for gold that would literally be the death of him. To save his own skin, he repeatedly abandoned his supporters to an evil fate, and his lack of interest in women saw the part of queen at his coronation played by his formidable mother, Queen Eleanor. His brief reign bankrupted England twice, destabilized the powerful empire his parents had put together and set the scene for his brother's ruinous rule. So how has Richard come to be known as the noble Christian hero associated with such bravery and patriotism? This book reveals the scandalous truth about England's hero king—a truth that is far different to the myth that has endured for eight centuries.





Understanding Terrorism and Political Violence
The Life Cycle of Birth, Growth, Transformation, and Demise

    Formát: PDF
Počet stran: 304
Velikost: 4,16 MB
Knižní žánr: sociologie
Jazyk: angličtina
ISBN: 978–0–203–93027–4
Přečteno: NE
Vloženo: 28.06.2014, 16:02

Anotace:

This book explains the lifecycle of terrorist organizations from an innovative theoretical perspective, combining economics with social psychology. It provides a new approach to understanding human behaviour in organized society, and then uses this to analyze the forces shaping the lifecycle of violent political movements.





European Medieval Tactics 1
The Fall and Rise of Cavalry 450-1260

    Formát: PDF
Počet stran: 68
Velikost: 9,65 MB
Knižní žánr: historie
Jazyk: angličtina
ISBN: 978 1 84908 504 5
Přečteno: NE
Vloženo: 28.06.2014, 15:56

Anotace:

Osprey's elite title on the rise and fall of European medieval cavalry during an 800 year period. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire there was a decline in professional cavalry forces, and infantry dominated in the Germanic successor barbarian kingdoms. In the Carolingian and Norman periods from the 9th to the 11th centuries, under the impact of Viking, Saracen and Magyar advances, the cavalry arm gradually expanded from the small remaining aristocratic elite. Even so, the supposedly complete dominance of the knight in the 12th and 13th centuries is grossly exaggerated, as integrated cavalry and infantry tactics were nearly always the key to success. 

This is the first in a two-part treatment of medieval tactics, covering developments in both cavalry and infantry tactics. Throughout the period there was a steady evolution of training in both individual and unit skills, of armor and weapons, and thus of tactics on the battlefield. This book covers key moments in this story of evolution from Hastings in 1066 to Legnano in 1176. It also details the later development of cavalry versus cavalry tactics and the two key set piece battles of Bouvines in 1214 and Pelagonia in 1259, the former an example of abject failure of cavalry tactics and the latter a stunning success.





A Brief History of Neoliberalism

    Formát: EPUB
Počet stran: 237
Velikost: 779 kB
Knižní žánr: ekonomie
Jazyk: angličtina
ISBN: 978 0 19 928326 2
Cena: 10.99 USD
Přečteno: NE
Vloženo: 28.06.2014, 11:20

Anotace:

Neoliberalism-the doctrine that market exchange is an ethic in itself, capable of acting as a guide for all human action-has become dominant in both thought and practice throughout much of the world since 1970 or so. Writing for a wide audience, David Harvey, author of The New Imperialism and The Condition of Postmodernity, here tells the political-economic story of where neoliberalization came from and how it proliferated on the world stage. Through critical engagement with this history, he constructs a framework, not only for analyzing the political and economic dangers that now surround us, but also for assessing the prospects for the more socially just alternatives being advocated by many oppositional movements.





Britain´s War Machine

    Formát: EPUB
Počet stran: 422
Velikost: 4,68 MB
Knižní žánr: literatura faktu
Jazyk: angličtina
ISBN: 978-0-19-983267-5
Cena: 40.07 USD
Přečteno: NE
Vloženo: 28.06.2014, 11:17

Anotace:

The familiar image of the British in the Second World War is that of the plucky underdog taking on German might. David Edgerton's bold, compelling new history shows the conflict in a new light, with Britain as a very wealthy country, formidable in arms, ruthless in pursuit of its interests, and in command of a global production system. Rather than belittled by a Nazi behemoth, Britain arguably had the world's most advanced mechanized forces. It had not only a great empire, but allies large and small.

Edgerton shows that Britain fought on many fronts and its many home fronts kept it exceptionally well supplied with weapons, food and oil, allowing it to mobilize to an extraordinary extent. It created and deployed a vast empire of machines, from the humble tramp steamer to the battleship, from the rifle to the tank, made in colossal factories the world over. Scientists and engineers invented new weapons, encouraged by a government and prime minister enthusiastic about the latest technologies. The British, indeed Churchillian, vision of war and modernity was challenged by repeated defeat at the hands of less well-equipped enemies. Yet the end result was a vindication of this vision. Like the United States, a powerful Britain won a cheap victory, while others paid a great price. 

Putting resources, machines and experts at the heart of a global rather than merely imperial story,Britain's War Machine demolishes timeworn myths about wartime Britain and gives us a groundbreaking and often unsettling picture of a great power in action.





Death to Tyrants!
Ancient Greek Democracy and the Struggle against Tyranny

    Formát: EPUB
Počet stran: 322
Velikost: 2,59 MB
Knižní žánr: historie
Jazyk: angličtina
ISBN: 978-0-691-15690-3
Cena: 49.06 USD
Přečteno: NE
Vloženo: 27.06.2014, 23:50

Anotace:

Death to Tyrants! is the first comprehensive study of ancient Greek tyrant-killing legislation--laws that explicitly gave individuals incentives to "kill a tyrant." David Teegarden demonstrates that the ancient Greeks promulgated these laws to harness the dynamics of mass uprisings and preserve popular democratic rule in the face of anti-democratic threats. He presents detailed historical and sociopolitical analyses of each law and considers a variety of issues: What is the nature of an anti-democratic threat? How would various provisions of the laws help pro-democrats counter those threats? And did the laws work?

Teegarden argues that tyrant-killing legislation facilitated pro-democracy mobilization both by encouraging brave individuals to strike the first blow against a nondemocratic regime and by convincing others that it was safe to follow the tyrant killer's lead. Such legislation thus deterred anti-democrats from staging a coup by ensuring that they would be overwhelmed by their numerically superior opponents. Drawing on modern social science models, Teegarden looks at how the institution of public law affects the behavior of individuals and groups, thereby exploring the foundation of democracy's persistence in the ancient Greek world. He also provides the first English translation of the tyrant-killing laws from Eretria and Ilion.

By analyzing crucial ancient Greek tyrant-killing legislation, Death to Tyrants! explains how certain laws enabled citizens to draw on collective strength in order to defend and preserve their democracy in the face of motivated opposition.

David A. Teegarden is assistant professor of classics at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.





American Nations
A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America

    Formát: EPUB
Počet stran: 394
Velikost: 1,29 MB
Knižní žánr: literatura faktu
Jazyk: angličtina
ISBN: 978-1-101-54445-7
Cena: 12.89 USD
Přečteno: NE
Vloženo: 27.06.2014, 23:13

Anotace:

An endlessly fascinating look at American regionalism and the eleven "nations" that continue to shape North America

According to award-winning journalist and historian Colin Woodard, North America is made up of eleven distinct nations, each with its own unique historical roots. In American Nations he takes readers on a journey through the history of our fractured continent, offering a revolutionary and revelatory take on American identity, and how the conflicts between them have shaped our past and continue to mold our future. From the Deep South to the Far West, to Yankeedom to El Norte, Woodard reveals how each region continues to uphold its distinguishing ideals and identities today, with results that can be seen in the composition of the U.S. Congress or on the county-by-county election maps of presidential elections.





The Worlds of Medieval Europe

    Formát: PDF
Počet stran: 479
Velikost: 8,04 MB
Knižní žánr: historie
Jazyk: angličtina
ISBN: 0-19-512169-4
Přečteno: NE
Vloženo: 27.06.2014, 22:22

Anotace:

The Worlds of Medieval Europe updates and revises traditional textbook representations of the Middle Ages by balancing the conventional focus on political affairs, especially those of northern Europe, with equally detailed attention to medieval society as it developed in the Mediterranean. The result is a nuanced portrayal of a multifarious western world that was sharply divided between its northern and southern aspects. By also integrating the histories of the Islamic and Byzantine world into the main narrative, the text brings new life to the continuum of interaction--social, cultural, and intellectual, as well as commercial--that existed among all three societies. In addition, it describes ways in which the medieval Latin West attempted to understand the unified and rational structure of the human cosmos, which they believed existed beneath the observable diversity and disorder of the world. This effort to re-create a human ordering of "unity through diversity" provides an essential key to understanding medieval Europe and the ways in which it regarded and reacted to the worlds around it. The Worlds of Medieval Europe is an ideal text for undergraduate courses in medieval history, Western civilization, the history of Christianity, and Muslim-Christian relations. It also serves as an excellent supplement for courses on the history of a specific country in the medieval period, the history of medieval art, or the history of the European economy.





Structural Anthropology

    Formát: EPUB
Počet stran: 432
Velikost: 1,97 MB
Knižní žánr: antropologie
Jazyk: angličtina
ISBN: 9780786724437
Cena: 16.99 USD
Přečteno: NE
Vloženo: 27.06.2014, 22:16

Anotace:

The “structural method,” first set forth in this epoch-making book, changed the very face of social anthropology. This reissue of a classic will reintroduce readers to Lévi-Strauss’s understanding of man and society in terms of individuals—kinship, social organization, religion, mythology, and art.





Dreams

    Formát: EPUB
Počet stran: 294
Velikost: 9,85 MB
Knižní žánr: psychologie
Jazyk: angličtina
ISBN: 978-0-691-15048-2
Přečteno: NE
Vloženo: 27.06.2014, 22:08

Anotace:

Author, psychiatrist and scholar, painter, world traveler, and above all visionary dreamer, Carl Jung was one of the great figures of the twentieth century. A comprehensive compilation of his work on dreams, this popular book is without parallel. Skilfully weaving a narrative that encompasses all of his major themes - mysticism, religion, culture and symbolism - Jung brings a wealth of allusion to the collection. He identifies such issues as the filmic quality of some dreams, and the differences between 'personal dreams' - dreams that exist on the individual level - and 'big dreams' - dreams that we all experience, that come from the collective unconscious. Dreams provides the perfect introduction to his concepts to those unfamiliar with Jung's work. Perfectly illuminating his user-friendly approach to life, Dreams is the ideal addition to any Jung collection.





C. H. W. Jones
The Relations between the Laws of Babylonia and the Laws of the Hebrew Peoples

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    Formát: EPUB
Počet stran: 123
Velikost: 242 kB
Knižní žánr: právo
Jazyk: angličtina
Přečteno: NE
Vloženo: 27.06.2014, 22:04

Anotace:

The present book is to show that there exists a definite and unmistakable relationship between Jewish law and Babylonian law. 






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