Arabia and the Arabs: From the Bronze Age to the Coming of Islam (Peoples of the Ancient World)

By Robert G. Hoyland

Lengthy prior to Muhammed preached the faith of Islam, the population of his local Arabia had performed a major position in international heritage as either retailers and warriors
Arabia and the Arabs presents the one up to date, one-volume survey of the sector and its peoples, from prehistory to the arrival of Islam
Using a variety of resources - inscriptions, poetry, histories, and archaeological facts - Robert Hoyland explores the most cultural parts of Arabia, from old Sheba within the south, to the deserts and oases of the north. He then examines the most important topics of
*the economy
*society
*religion
*art, structure and artefacts
*language and literature
*Arabhood and Arabisation
The quantity is illustrated with greater than 50 photos, drawings and maps.

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The Witches: Salem, 1692

By Stacy Schiff

The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Cleopatra, the number one nationwide bestseller, unpacks the secret of the Salem Witch Trials.
It all started in 1692, over a very uncooked Massachusetts iciness, while a minister's daughter started to scream and convulse. It ended below a yr later, yet now not earlier than 19 women and men have been hanged and an 80-year-old guy overwhelmed to demise.
The panic unfold fast, related to the main trained males and renowned politicians within the colony. friends accused pals, mom and dad and youngsters one another. other than suffrage, the Salem Witch Trials signify the one second while ladies performed the primary function in American historical past. In curious methods, the pains could form the long run republic.
As psychologically exciting because it is traditionally seminal, THE WITCHES is Stacy Schiff's account of this fantastical story-the first nice American secret unveiled absolutely for the 1st time by means of certainly one of our such a lot acclaimed historians.

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Thomas Jefferson: Lawyer, Architect, Planter, Statesman, Father of Liberty

By Nathan Daniel

Thomas Jefferson: legal professional, Architect, Planter, Statesman, Father of Liberty Thomas Jefferson grew up on his father’s ranch in Western Virginia. He got here from a kin that owned slaves, was once filthy rich and had a wealthy background in agriculture. His paternal hyperlinks have been both wealthier, together with his mom coming from a line of 1 of the main aristocratic households within the heritage of the land. The affluence from whence he used to be pointed out although, didn't blind his imaginative and prescient. From an early age, he had his paintings lower out, championing for the rights of the oppressed. We stick to his trip via existence, highlighting many of the significant spectacles in his existence, in his pursuit of reforms and the liberation of a rustic. We additionally see the rigors and tribulations that he needed to plow through in a bid to rid the rustic of the colonial rule that have been verified through nice Britain, via releasing one colony after the opposite, until eventually the full nation was once freed from colonial rule. We additionally examine the foremost occasions just like the creation of a unitary kind of forex that has due to the fact that lived directly to see the USA buck develop into an incredible bench marking forex world wide. the next is an perception into the lifestyles, the fight and the eventual reforms that have been caused through Thomas Jefferson, the daddy of Liberty

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Cycles of Time and Meaning in the Mexican Books of Fate (Joe R. and Teresa Lozana Long Series in Latin American and Latino Art and Culture (Hardcover))

By Elizabeth Hill Boone

In groups all through precontact Mesoamerica, calendar clergymen and diviners trusted pictographic almanacs to foretell the destiny of newborns, to steer humans in making a choice on marriage companions and auspicious marriage ceremony dates, to grasp while to plant and harvest vegetation, and to achieve success in lots of of life's actions. because the Spanish colonized Mesoamerica within the 16th century, they made a decided attempt to break those books, during which the Aztec and neighboring peoples recorded their realizing of the invisible international of the sacred calendar and the cosmic forces and supernaturals that adhered to time. this present day, just a couple of of those divinatory codices live to tell the tale. Visually advanced, esoteric, and strikingly attractive, painted books comparable to the well-known Codex Borgia and Codex Borbonicus nonetheless function portals into the traditional Mexican calendrical structures and the cycles of time and which means they encode.

In this finished examine, Elizabeth Hill Boone analyzes the whole extant corpus of Mexican divinatory codices and provides a masterful rationalization of the style as a complete. She introduces the sacred, divinatory calendar and the calendar clergymen and diviners who owned and used the books. Boone then explains the photograph vocabulary of the calendar and its prophetic forces and describes the organizing ideas that constitution the codices. She exhibits how they shape almanacs that both provide normal goal assistance or concentration topically on particular elements of existence, reminiscent of beginning, marriage, agriculture and rain, go back and forth, and the forces of the planet Venus. Boone additionally tackles significant parts of controversy—the nice narrative passage within the Codex Borgia, which she freshly translates as a cosmic narrative of construction, and the disputed origins of the codices, which, she argues, grew out of a unmarried non secular and divinatory system.

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China and Iran: Ancient Partners in a Post-Imperial World (Donald R. Ellegood International Publications)

By John W. Garver

Iran's nuclear aspirations more and more dominate its relatives with the U.S. and Europe. China is still considered one of Iran's most powerful allies at the safety Council, and likewise its probably provider of expertise and guidance, outfitted on a long time of shut financial and army kin. Iran is having fun with robust new impression within the heart East and Asia following list oil earnings and Shi'i victories in Iraqi parliamentary elections. Like Iran, China fought for many years to extend its self-reliance and geopolitical impact after painful reports lower than ecu colonialism, which spurred nationalist revolutions.

With China and Iran: historical companions in a Post-Imperial World, John Garver breaks new flooring at the courting among the People's Republic of China and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Grounding his survey within the dual techniques of civilization and tool, Garver explores the connection among those historical and proud peoples, each one of which think about the opposite a peer and a companion of their mutual decision to construct a post-Western-dominated Asia. Successive governments of either China and Iran have well-known significant nationwide features in one another, functions that let the international locations to accomplish their very own nationwide pursuits via cooperation. those pursuits have various - from countering Soviet expansionism to resisting U.S. unilateralism - however the cooperative dating among the 2 international locations has remained constant.

In his compelling research, Garver explores the evolution of Sino-Iranian relatives via a number of stages, together with Iran lower than the shah and ahead of the 1979 revolution; from the 1979 revolution to 1989, a 12 months marked either by way of the tip of the Iran-Iraq warfare and the start of clash in Sino-U.S. kinfolk; and from 1989 to 2004. China and Iran contains dialogue of the present debates on the foreign Atomic power business enterprise over Iran's nuclear courses and China's position in supporting those courses and in assisting Iran in foreign debates. Garver examines China's involvement in Iran's efforts to modernize its army, together with China's supply of guns, capital items, and engineering providers in trade for Iranian oil, suggesting hyperlinks among this power trade and China's aid for Iran in political arenas.

In present day political weather, the place China is well-known as a emerging and more and more influential worldwide energy and Iran as essentially the most robust countries within the heart East, this publication offers a vital research of an issue of maximum significance to students and most of the people this present day.

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Hitler: The Memoir of the Nazi Insider Who Turned Against the Fuhrer

By Ernst Hanfstaengl

Of American and German parentage, Ernst Hanfstaengl graduated from Harvard and ran the relatives company in manhattan for a dozen years ahead of returning to Germany in 1921. unintentionally he heard a then little-known Adolf Hitler conversing in a Munich beer corridor and, mesmerized through his amazing oratorical energy, was once confident the guy might a few day come to strength. As Hitler’s fanatical theories and ideas hardened, in spite of the fact that, he surrounded himself with rabid extremists equivalent to Goering, Hess, and Goebbels, and Hanfstaengl grew to become estranged from him.

yet with the Nazi’s significant unforeseen political triumph in 1930, Hitler turned a countrywide determine, and he invited Hanfstaengl to be his international press secretary. it truly is from this targeted insider’s place that the writer presents a bright, intimate view of Hitler—with his neuroses, repressions, and transforming into megalomania—over the subsequent a number of years. In 1937, 4 years after Hitler got here to energy, family among Hanfstaengl and the Nazis had deteriorated to one of these measure that he was once compelled to escape for his lifestyles, escaping to Switzerland. here's a portrait of Hitler as you’ve hardly ever obvious him.

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World Civilizations

By Philip J. Adler

Brief chapters, nice tales, and a whole bunch examine instruments! Adler and Pouwels's global CIVILIZATIONS is a colourful creation to international heritage established to satisfy the calls for of your learn time table. it really is truly written, full of charts and illustrations, and loaded with assessment positive factors so you will be brand new in school and prepared for the try. And, simply because global CIVILIZATIONS deals huge assurance of Asia, Africa, and the center East, you will have well timed historic insights into the problems that make modern-day information. Get global CIVILIZATIONS and become aware of how having all of the details you must understand for the attempt fairly does equivalent a greater grade.

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The Temple of Solomon: From Ancient Israel to Secret Societies

By James Wasserman

A completely illustrated heritage of the Temple of Solomon

• Examines the Temple of Solomon within the Hebrew Scriptures, the recent testomony, and Apocryphal writings

• Explores its function within the founding of Freemasonry, the legends of the Knights Templar, the doctrines of the Kabbalah, and the lessons of Islam

• Explains the sacred nature of the Temple Mount--the website of the Temple of Solomon--and the secrets and techniques which could nonetheless be hidden there

• Richly illustrated, together with many images and photographs from infrequent information

The religious middle of many esoteric societies, the Temple of Solomon used to be situated atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, a domain honored by way of the 3 nice monotheistic religions because the intersection of Divine and human. equipped through King Solomon on the top of old Israel’s energy, the Temple of Solomon housed the golden Ark of the Covenant in its Holy of Holies, a sacred chamber the place you can actually speak without delay with God. Centuries after the temple’s destruction, the Temple Mount was once used because the headquarters for the Knights Templar throughout the Crusades, and numerous legends have come down throughout the centuries in regards to the secrets and techniques they could have exposed there, together with discovery of the Holy Grail or the Ark of the Covenant.

Richly illustrated with biblical and Masonic illustrations, photos, and old and sleek paintings--many from infrequent archives--this ebook explores the Temple of Solomon within the Hebrew Scriptures, the hot testomony, and Apocryphal writings in addition to its function within the founding of Freemasonry, the legends of the Knights Templar, the doctrines of the Kabbalah, and Muhammad’s visionary trip from the Temple Mount throughout the heavens. trying to comprehend the strong hope of many faiths and mystery societies to re-create the temple via ritual and prayer, James Wasserman explains why it was once outfitted, the paranormal forces King Solomon could have utilized in its production, what its destruction intended for Jews and Christians alike, and why the Knights Templar in addition to a number of glossy mystery societies named their orders after it. Detailing the sacred structure of this completely proportioned mystical edifice via phrases and paintings, the writer finds the Temple of Solomon because the confirmation of God’s presence in human affairs, the non secular root of Western tradition, and a major monument to the Divine approximately forgotten in today’s secular instances yet sorely had to bridge the divide among our old earlier and our religious destiny.

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The Best of Our Spies

By Alex Gerlis

“Intriguing novel packed with awesome insights into the human tales at the back of the good fight opposed to Hitler. attention-grabbing read.” Gavin Esler, broadcaster and author. France, July 1944: a month after the Allied landings in Normandy and the liberation of Europe is underway. within the Pas de Calais, Nathalie Mercier, a tender British detailed Operations government undercover agent operating with the French Resistance, disappears. In London, her husband Owen Quinn, an officer with Royal military Intelligence, discovers the reality approximately her function within the Allies’ subtle deception on the center of D-Day. Appalled yet decided, Quinn units off on a deadly hunt via France looking for his spouse. With assistance from the Resistance he reveals Nathalie, yet then the bitterness of conflict and its insatiable urge for food for revenge, meet up with them in dramatic model. in line with actual occasions of the second one global warfare the easiest of Our Spies is an exhilarating story of foreign intrigue, love, deception and espionage.

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The Reluctant Communist: My Desertion, Court-Martial, and Forty-Year Imprisonment in North Korea

By Charles Robert Jenkins, Jim Frederick

In January of 1965, twenty-four-year-old U.S. military sergeant Charles Robert Jenkins deserted his submit in South Korea, walked around the DMZ, and surrendered to communist North Korean squaddies status sentry alongside the world's so much seriously militarized border. He believed his motion might get him again to the States and a brief reformatory sentence. as an alternative he came upon himself in one other kind of legal, the place for 40 years he suffered below probably the most brutal and repressive regimes the realm has identified. This fast paced, harrowing story, advised it seems that and easily by means of Jenkins (with journalist Jim Frederick), takes the reader in the back of the North Korean curtain and divulges the internal workings of its remoted society whereas supplying a strong testomony to the human spirit.

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