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The Shortest History of Germany

By James Hawes
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  • Publisher : The Experiment
  • Isbn : 161519570X
  • Pages : 256
  • Category : History
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An internationally bestselling, fresh, and entertaining take on the 2,000-year history of Germany—a country at the heart of the West’s survival As the West grapples with the rise of populism, some cite Germany as one of the last global powers capable of restoring Europe’s fading glory and upholding Western liberal values seemingly under threat around the world. But how did Germany get here? How did it rebuild in the tragic aftermath of WWII? What about Germany allowed for the rise of Nazism in the first place? And what can we learn from the history of a people who did not develop a modern nation until 1871? James Hawes answers all these questions and more. With over 100 maps, images, and diagrams, The Shortest History of Germany locates the true roots of the horrors of Nazi Germany in a way that no book has done before, and it shows how an ancient Roman divide—the limes Germanicus—has fundamentally defined not only German history, but also the Germany we think we know today.

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Murray's History of Chess is regarded as the most authoritative and most comprehensive history of the game. Murray's aim is threefold: to present as complete a record as is possible of the varieties of chess that exist or have existed in different parts of the world; to investigate the ultimate origin of these games and the circumstances of the invention of chess; and to trace the development of the modern European game from the first appearance of its ancestor, the Indian chaturanga, in the beginning of the 7th century. The first part of the book describes the history of the Asiatic varieties of chess, the Arabic and Persian literature on chess, and the theory and practice of the game of shatranj. The second part is concerned with chess in Europe in the Middle Ages, its role in literature and in the moralities, and with medieval chess problems, leading up to the beginning of modern chess and the history of the modern game through to the 19th century.

The Oxford Illustrated History of the Reformation

By Peter Marshall
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  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Isbn : 0191045500
  • Pages : 320
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 199
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The Reformation was a seismic event in history, whose consequences are still working themselves out in Europe and across the world. The protests against the marketing of indulgences staged by the German monk Martin Luther in 1517 belonged to a long-standing pattern of calls for internal reform and renewal in the Christian Church. But they rapidly took a radical and unexpected turn, engulfing first Germany and then Europe as a whole in furious arguments about how God's will was to be 'saved'. However, these debates did not remain confined to a narrow sphere of theology. They came to reshape politics and international relations; social, cultural, and artistic developments; relations between the sexes; and the patterns and performances of everyday life. They were also the stimulus for Christianity's transformation into a truly global religion, as agents of the Roman Catholic Church sought to compensate for losses in Europe with new conversions in Asia and the Americas. Covering both Protestant and Catholic reform movements, in Europe and across the wider world, this beautifully illustrated volume tells the story of the Reformation from its immediate, explosive beginnings, through to its profound longer-term consequences and legacy for the modern world. The story is not one of an inevitable triumph of liberty over oppression, enlightenment over ignorance. Rather, it tells how a multitude of rival groups and individuals, with or without the support of political power, strove after visions of 'reform'. And how, in spite of themselves, they laid the foundations for the plural and conflicted world we now inhabit.

A History of Free Verse

By Chris Beyers
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  • Publisher : University of Arkansas Press
  • Isbn : 1557287023
  • Pages : 285
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 532
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This book examines the most salient and misunderstood aspect of twentieth-century poetry, free verse. Although the form is generally approached as if it were one indissoluble lump, it is actually a group of differing poetic genres proceeding from much different assumptions. Separate chapters on T.S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, H.D., and William Carlos Williams elucidate many of these assumptions and procedures, while other chapters address more general theoretical questions and trace the continuity of Modern poetics in contemporary poetry. Taking a historical and aesthetic approach, this study demonstrates that many of the forms considered to have been invented in the Modern period actually extend underappreciated traditions. Not only does this book examine the classical influence on Modern poetry, it also features discussions of the poetics of John Milton, Abraham Cowley, Matthew Arnold, and a host of lesser-known poets. Throughout it is an investigation of the prosodic issues that free verse foregrounds, particularly those focusing on the reader's part in interpreting poetic rhythm.

The History of Freedom

By Baron John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton
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  • Publisher : Library of Alexandria
  • Isbn : 1465550216
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A World History of the Seas

By Michael North
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Isbn : 1350145467
  • Pages : 328
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Reads : 757
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Offering an introduction to the world's seas as a platform for global exchange and connection, Michael North offers an impressive world history of the seas over more than 3,000 years. Exploring the challenges and dangers of the oceans that humans have struggled with for centuries, he also shows the possibilities and opportunities they have provided from antiquity to the modern day. Written to demonstrate the global connectivity of the seas, but also to highlight regional maritime power during different eras, From Harbour to Horizon takes sailors, merchants and migrants as the protagonists of these histories and explores how their experiences and perceptions of the seas were consolidated through trade and cultural exchange. Bringing together the various maritime historiographies of the world and underlining their unity, this book shows how the ocean has been a vital and natural space of globalization. Carrying goods, creating alliances, linking continents and conveying culture, the history of the ocean played a central role in creating our modern globalized world.

On War

By Carl Von Clausewitz
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  • Publisher : Graphic Arts Books
  • Isbn : 1513274201
  • Pages : 736
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 215
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On War (1832) is a treatise on the philosophical aspects of warfare by Prussian general, scholar, and strategist Carl von Clausewitz. Published posthumously by the author’s wife—who edited his manuscript and wrote the book’s introduction—On War is one of history’s most important works on warfare and military strategy, and continues to be studied to this day. With a background in art, culture, and history, and with extensive experience as a combat veteran, Clausewitz sought to understand the military success of such figures as Napoleon and Frederick the Great. What interested Clausewitz the most was how these leaders effectively mobilized entire nations to launch military campaigns larger and more violent than any in European history. Although he initially began with the theory that war was one aspect of a population’s struggle for survival, he eventually came to believe that war was a method of imposing the will of one state on another. By privileging politics and philosophy in his study of warfare, Clausewitz changed the way military figures, politicians, and scholars thought of and perpetrated the process of war. Most crucially, Clausewitz suggests that war serves no purpose in and of itself, but rather acts as an instrument of a political party or group. In addition, Clausewitz believed that strong moral and political motivations—especially in the case of defense—greatly increased the chance of victory. On War was read and interpreted by Vladimir Lenin, Mao Zedong, and Dwight Eisenhower, and has, for over a century and a half, continued to shape the concept and conduct of war. With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of Carl von Clausewitz’s On War is a classic of history, philosophy, and military theory reimagined for modern readers.

Nazi Billionaires

By David de Jong
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Isbn : 1328497941
  • Pages : 546
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 524
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“Meticulously researched …compels us to confront the current-day legacy of these Nazi ties.” —Wall Street Journal A groundbreaking investigation of how the Nazis helped German tycoons make billions off the horrors of the Third Reich and World War II—and how America allowed them to get away with it. In 1946, Günther Quandt—patriarch of Germany’s most iconic industrial empire, a dynasty that today controls BMW—was arrested for suspected Nazi collaboration. Quandt claimed that he had been forced to join the party by his archrival, propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, and the courts acquitted him. But Quandt lied. And his heirs, and those of other Nazi billionaires, have only grown wealthier in the generations since, while their reckoning with this dark past remains incomplete at best. Many of them continue to control swaths of the world economy, owning iconic brands whose products blanket the globe. The brutal legacy of the dynasties that dominated Daimler-Benz, cofounded Allianz, and still control Porsche, Volkswagen, and BMW has remained hidden in plain sight—until now. In this landmark work of investigative journalism, David de Jong reveals the true story of how Germany’s wealthiest business dynasties amassed untold money and power by abetting the atrocities of the Third Reich. Using a wealth of previously untapped sources, de Jong shows how these tycoons seized Jewish businesses, procured slave laborers, and ramped up weapons production to equip Hitler’s army as Europe burned around them. Most shocking of all, de Jong exposes how America’s political expediency enabled these billionaires to get away with their crimes, covering up a bloodstain that defiles the German and global economy to this day.

The World's Greatest Military Spies and Secret Service Agents

By George Barton
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  • Publisher : Read Books Ltd
  • Isbn : 1528792270
  • Pages : 248
  • Category : True Crime
  • Reads : 750
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First published in 1917, “The World's Greatest Military Spies and Secret Service Agents” contains real accounts of men and women throughout history who have risked their lives in daring exploits for the sake of flag and country. A collection of nineteen unbelievable stories related to historical espionage and spying not to be missed by those with a keen interest in history. Contents include: “The Alsatian Smuggler Who Helped Napoleon to Capture the Austrian Army”, “Belle Boyd, The Confederate Girl Who Saved Stonewall Jackson”, “The Indian Scout Who Was the Hero of King Philip’s War”, “How the Suicide of a Staff Officer Once Averted War Between Austria and Russia”, “The Romantic Side of Major André’s Unsuccessful Exploit”, “The Strange Adventures of the Chevalier D’eon at the Russian Court”, “How Napoleon’s Chief Spy Hoodwinked the Emperor of Austria”, etc. Read & Co. History is proudly republishing this classic work now in a brand new edition complete with the introductory chapter 'The Ethos of the Spy' by Hamil Grant.

Polymers in Concrete

By José Aguiar,Lech Czarnecki
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  • Publisher : Trans Tech Publications Ltd
  • Isbn : 3038134929
  • Pages : 222
  • Category : Technology & Engineering
  • Reads : 544
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Volume is indexed by Thomson Reuters BCI (WoS). The field of “polymers in concrete” is rather well consolidated within the construction industry, and its future will be one of benefiting fully from the synergy between the organic and mineral materials. Concrete-polymer composites (C-PC) exhibit excellent adhesion strength and durability in aggressive environments and the good performance of these materials makes innovative applications possible; including new technologies for restoring and renovating buildings.