The Age of Reform

This publication is a landmark in American political suggestion. It examines the fervour for development and reform that coloured the full interval from 1890 to 1940 -- with startling and stimulating effects. it searches out the ethical and emotional factors of the reformers the myths and desires during which they believed, and the realities with which that they had to compromise.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

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The Wall: Rome's Greatest Frontier

By Alistair Moffat

Hadrian's Wall is the biggest, such a lot superb and the most enigmatic old monuments in Britain. not anything else methods its immense scale: a land wall working seventy three miles from east to west and a sea wall stretching at the least 26 miles down the Cumbrian coast. a lot of its forts are as huge as Britain's so much ambitious medieval castles, and the broad ditch dug to the south of the Wall, the vallum, is bigger than any surviving prehistoric earthwork. in-built a ten-year interval through greater than 30,000 squaddies and labourers on the behest of a rare emperor, the Wall consisted of greater than 24 million stones, giving it a mass more than all of the Egyptian pyramids prepare. no less than one million humans stopover at Hadrian's Wall every year and it's been exact an international history website. during this new booklet, in keeping with literary and historic assets in addition to the most recent archaeological examine, Alistair Moffat considers who equipped the Wall, the way it used to be equipped, why it was once equipped, and the way it affected the local peoples who lived in its amazing shadow. the result's a special and interesting perception into one of many Wonders of the traditional international.

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The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire

By Jack Weatherford

The Mongol queens of the 13th century governed the most important empire the realm has ever identified. but someday close to the top of the century, censors minimize a piece from The mystery heritage of the Mongols, leaving a unmarried tantalizing quote from Genghis Khan: “Let us present our girl offspring.” in basic terms this trace of a father’s legacy for his daughters remained of a miles higher story. 

The queens of the Silk course became their father’s conquests into the world’s first really overseas empire, fostering alternate, schooling, and faith all through their territories and developing an economy that stretched from the Pacific to the Mediterranean. Outlandish tales of those robust queens trickled out of the Empire, stunning the voters of Europe and and the Islamic world.

After Genghis Khan’s demise in 1227, conflicts erupted among his daughters and his daughters-in-law; what started as a warfare among strong ladies quickly grew to become a battle opposed to ladies in energy as brother grew to become opposed to sister, son opposed to mom. on the finish of this epic fight, the dynasty of the Mongol queens had doubtless been extinguished ceaselessly, as even their names have been erased from the old record.. 
probably the most strange and significant warrior queens of background arose to avenge the wrongs, rescue the tattered shreds of the Mongol Empire, and repair order to a shattered international. placing on her quiver and selecting up her bow, Queen Mandhuhai led her squaddies via victory after victory. In her thirties she married a seventeen-year-old prince, and he or she bore 8 young children in the middle of a profession spent battling the Ming Dynasty of China on one aspect and a chain of Muslim warlords at the different. Her unparalleled good fortune at the battlefield provoked the chinese language into the main frantic and dear section of wall construction in heritage. Charging into conflict even during pregnancy, she fought to reassemble the Mongol state of Genghis Khan and to maintain it for her personal childrens to rule in peace.
on the end of his magnificently researched and ground-breaking narrative, Weatherford notes that, regardless of their secret and the efforts to erase them from our collective reminiscence, the deeds of those Mongol queens encouraged nice artists from Chaucer and Milton to Goethe and Puccini, and so their tales live to tell the tale at the present time. With The mystery historical past of the Mongol Queens, Jack Weatherford restores the queens’ lacking bankruptcy to the annals of history.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Atlantic History: Concept and Contours

By Bernard Bailyn

Atlantic background is a newly and quickly constructing box of old examine. Bringing jointly parts of early sleek ecu, African, and American history--their universal, comparative, and interactive aspects--Atlantic background embraces necessities of Western civilization, from the 1st contacts of Europe with the Western Hemisphere to the independence pursuits and the globalizing commercial revolution. In those probing essays, Bernard Bailyn explores the origins of the topic, its swift improvement, and its impression on old examine.

He first considers Atlantic historical past as a topic of old inquiry--how it advanced as a manufactured from either the pressures of post-World struggle II politics and the inner forces of scholarship itself. He then outlines significant issues within the topic over the 3 centuries following the ecu discoveries. The massive contribution of the African humans to all areas of the West, the westward migration of Europeans, pan-Atlantic trade and its function in constructing economies, racial and ethnic kin, the unfold of Enlightenment ideas--all are Atlantic phenomena.

In studying either the historiographical and old dimensions of this constructing topic, Bailyn illuminates the dynamics of historical past as a self-discipline.

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Fuck: An Irreverent History of the F-Word

By Rufus Lodge

An fun, informative, debatable and totally irreverent heritage of the world's favorite word.

F, U, C and okay -- 4 letters which may reason outrage, scandal, embarrassment or fast aid in case you hit your thumb with a hammer.

In this wide-ranging and often hilarious background of the F-word, Rufus hotel searches out the origins of our language's most well liked obscenity, and chronicles its dramatic arrival in our daily lives. As he discovers, the F-word may be heard between aristocrats and astronauts, rock stars and royals, poets and politicians, even within the corporation of pop Ted and Basil Brush.

No-one is secure from the F-word's outrageous development, as blameless animals, aromatic moms and squeaky-clean television hosts are dragged into the fray. the forged of characters comprises Shakespeare, the Beatles, Andy Murray, T.S. Eliot, Elton, Camilla and everybody unlucky sufficient to reside in an Austrian city with a truly embarrassing name.

F*** is a cavalcade of beneficial anecdotes, old examine, filthy jokes and definitions too devious for any respectable dictionary -- sure to make you giggle, and develop your vocabulary*.

* The writer takes no accountability for any embarrassment triggered while readers drop the F-bomb after interpreting this book.

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A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War

By Amanda Foreman

10 top BOOKS • THE ny occasions booklet REVIEW • 2011

The Washington submit • the recent Yorker • Chicago Tribune • The Economist • Nancy Pearl, NPR • Bloomberg.com • Library magazine • Publishers Weekly
during this tremendous narrative, Amanda Foreman tells the interesting tale of the yank Civil War—and the most important function performed by means of Britain and its voters in that epic fight. among 1861 and 1865, millions of British electorate volunteered for carrier on each side of the Civil warfare. From the 1st cannon blasts on fortress Sumter to Lee’s give up at Appomattox, they served as officials and soldiers, sailors and nurses, blockade runners and spies. via own letters, diaries, and journals, Foreman introduces characters either humble and grand, whereas crafting a wide ranging but intimate view of the battle at the entrance strains, within the criminal camps, and within the nice towns of either the Union and the Confederacy. within the drawing rooms of London and the workplaces of Washington, on muddy fields and aboard packed ships, Foreman finds the choices made, the ideals held and contested, and the non-public triumphs and sacrifices that finally ended in the reunification of America.

“Engrossing . . . a sprawling drama.”—The Washington Post

“Eye-opening . . . immensely formidable and immensely accomplished.”—The New Yorker

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Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America

By John M. Barry

An American epic of technology, politics, race, honor, excessive society, and the Mississippi River, Rising Tide tells the riveting and approximately forgotten tale of the best ordinary catastrophe this kingdom has ever identified -- the Mississippi flood of 1927. The river inundated the houses of approximately 1000000 humans, helped opt for Huey lengthy governor and made Herbert Hoover president, drove thousands of blacks north, and remodeled American society and politics perpetually.
A New York Times amazing booklet of the yr, winner of the Southern publication Critics Circle Award and the Lillian Smith Award.

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History of Modern Latin America: 1800 to the Present (2nd Edition) (Wiley Blackwell Concise History of the Modern World)

By Teresa A. Meade

Now to be had in a fully-revised and up-to-date moment version, A historical past of contemporary Latin America bargains a complete and available creation to the wealthy cultural and political historical past of this bright quarter from the onset of independence to the current day.

• contains insurance of the hot establishing of diplomatic family members among the U.S. and Cuba in addition to a brand new bankruptcy exploring monetary development and environmental sustainability
• Balances debts of the lives of trendy figures with these of standard humans from a various array of social, racial, and ethnic backgrounds
• beneficial properties first-hand money owed, records, and excerpts from fiction interspersed during the narrative to supply tangible examples of historic ideas
• Examines gender and its impact on political and financial switch and the real function of pop culture, together with song, artwork, activities, and films, within the formation of Latin American cultural identity�
• comprises all-new learn questions and themes for dialogue on the finish of every bankruptcy, plus complete updates to the recommended readings

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Barbarism: Triumph in the West (Barbarism and Religion, Volume 6)

By J. G. A. Pocock

This 6th and ultimate quantity in John Pocock's acclaimed series of works on Barbarism and faith examines Volumes II and III of Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, wearing Gibbon's narrative to the tip of empire within the west. It makes common assertions: first, that this is often in truth a mosaic of narratives, written on assorted premises and not absolutely synthesized with each other; and moment, that those chapters assert a development of either barbarism and faith from east to west, leaving a lot background in the back of as they achieve this. The value of Barbarism and faith is already obvious. Barbarism: Triumph within the West represents the end result of a amazing try and observe and current what Gibbon was once asserting, what he intended by way of it, and why he stated it within the ways in which he did, in addition to an unprecedented contribution to the historiography of Enlightened Europe.

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Ancient Mesopotamia at the Dawn of Civilization: The Evolution of an Urban Landscape

By Guillermo Algaze

The alluvial lowlands of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in southern Mesopotamia are well known because the “cradle of civilization,” due to the dimensions of the tactics of urbanization that came about within the region through the second one 1/2 the fourth millennium BCE.
            In Ancient Mesopotamia on the sunrise of Civilization, Guillermo Algaze attracts at the paintings of contemporary fiscal geographers to discover how the original river-based ecology and geography of the Tigris-Euphrates alluvium affected the advance of city civilization in southern Mesopotamia. He argues that those common stipulations granted southern polities major aggressive benefits over their landlocked opponents somewhere else in Southwest Asia, most significantly the facility to simply delivery commodities. in the end, this led to elevated exchange and fiscal task and better inhabitants densities within the south than have been attainable in other places. As southern polities grew in scale and complexity in the course of the fourth millennium, innovative new varieties of hard work association and checklist preserving have been created, and it truly is those socially created ideas, Algaze argues, that finally account for why totally built city-states emerged past in southern Mesopotamia than in different places in Southwest Asia or the world.

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