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The Last Palace

Author : Norman Eisen
Publisher : Crown
Page : 416 pages
File Size : 51,7 Mb
Release : 2018-09-04
Category : History
ISBN : 9780451495808

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A sweeping yet intimate narrative about the last hundred years of turbulent European history, as seen through one of Mitteleuropa’s greatest houses—and the lives of its occupants When Norman Eisen moved into the US ambassador’s residence in Prague, returning to the land his mother had fled after the Holocaust, he was startled to discover swastikas hidden beneath the furniture in his new home. These symbols of Nazi Germany were remnants of the residence’s forgotten history, and evidence that we never live far from the past. From that discovery unspooled the twisting, captivating tale of four of the remarkable people who had called this palace home. Their story is Europe’s, and The Last Palace chronicles the upheavals that transformed the continent over the past century. There was the optimistic Jewish financial baron, Otto Petschek, who built the palace after World War I as a statement of his faith in democracy, only to have that faith shattered; Rudolf Toussaint, the cultured, compromised German general who occupied the palace during World War II, ultimately putting his life at risk to save the house and Prague itself from destruction; Laurence Steinhardt, the first postwar US ambassador whose quixotic struggle to keep the palace out of Communist hands was paired with his pitched efforts to rescue the country from Soviet domination; and Shirley Temple Black, an eyewitness to the crushing of the 1968 Prague Spring by Soviet tanks, who determined to return to Prague and help end totalitarianism—and did just that as US ambassador in 1989. Weaving in the life of Eisen’s own mother to demonstrate how those without power and privilege moved through history, The Last Palace tells the dramatic and surprisingly cyclical tale of the triumph of liberal democracy.

The Last King in India

Author : Rosie Llewellyn-Jones
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Page : 356 pages
File Size : 42,7 Mb
Release : 2014
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9781849044080

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The Last King in India by Rosie Llewellyn-Jones Pdf

Story of Wajid 'Ali Shah, King of the Indian state of Oudh, who was characterized by the British as a debauched ruler who focused on his pleasures rather than ruling, but is seen by Indians as a gifted poet who was robbed of his throne by the East India Company in 1856.

The Palaces of Crete

Author : James Walter Graham
Publisher : Princeton University Press
Page : 386 pages
File Size : 44,6 Mb
Release : 2017-03-14
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 9781400886708

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A desire to recreate Minoan palaces, villas, and houses of the Late Bronze Age inspired the author of this book to undertake an eight year research program that has radically modified our conception of the appearance of Cretan dwellings. He not only interprets the use of the rooms that partially survive but reconstructs the guest suites and banquet halls of the vanished upper storeys. Written both as a preparation for a visit to Crete and as an actual guide to the sites," the book is prefaced with an account of the island's geography, history, and culture in antiquity, and packed with illustrations including photographs, plans, reconstructions, and a map of the island showing the sites. Originally published in 1987. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905. Originally published in 1962. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Self-bunning Lady

Author : Ran Xiaohu
Publisher : Funstory
Page : 1429 pages
File Size : 53,9 Mb
Release : 2020-03-18
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9781648575228

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One comb, two combs, three combs free, four combs clean, five combs strong, six combs Golden Sister Lan girls in love, seven combs great, eight combs unstoppable ... When I was eight, I poisoned my father and went to the Aunt House to become a Self-bunning Lady. From then on, I stepped into the world of the real Self-bunning Lady.

Korea Journal

Author : Anonim
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 790 pages
File Size : 40,6 Mb
Release : 1961
Category : Korea
ISBN : UCAL:B3636132

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An Inconstant Landscape

Author : Thomas G. Garrison,Stephen Houston
Publisher : University Press of Colorado
Page : 492 pages
File Size : 42,6 Mb
Release : 2019-01-15
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 9781607327646

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An Inconstant Landscape by Thomas G. Garrison,Stephen Houston Pdf

Presenting the results of six years of archaeological survey and excavation in and around the Maya kingdom of El Zotz, An Inconstant Landscape paints a complex picture of a dynamic landscape over the course of almost 2,000 years of occupation. El Zotz was a dynastic seat of the Classic period in Guatemala. Located between the renowned sites of Tikal and El Perú-Waka’, it existed as a small kingdom with powerful neighbors and serves today as a test-case of political debility and strength during the height of dynastic struggles among the Classic Maya. In this volume, contributors address the challenges faced by smaller polities on the peripheries of powerful kingdoms and ask how subordination was experienced and independent policy asserted. Leading experts provide cutting-edge analysis in varied topics and detailed discussion of the development of this major site and the region more broadly. The first half of the volume contains a historical narrative of the cultural sequence of El Zotz, tracing the changes in occupation and landscape use across time; the second half provides deep technical analyses of material evidence, including soils, ceramics, stone tools, and bone. The ever-changing, inconstant landscapes of peripheral kingdoms like El Zotz reveal much about their more dominant—and better known—neighbors. An Inconstant Landscape offers a comprehensive, multidisciplinary view of this important but under-studied site, an essential context for the study of the Classic Maya in Guatemala, and a premier reference on the subject of peripheral kingdoms at the height of Maya civilization. Contributors: Timothy Beach, Nicholas Carter, Ewa Czapiewska-Halliday, Alyce de Carteret, William Delgado, Colin Doyle, James Doyle, Laura Gámez, Jose Luis Garrido López, Yeny Myshell Gutiérrez Castillo, Zachary Hruby, Melanie Kingsley, Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, Cassandra Mesick Braun, Sarah Newman, Rony Piedrasanta, Edwin Román, and Andrew K. Scherer

The Blackford Oakes Mysteries Volume One

Author : William F. Buckley
Publisher : Open Road Media
Page : 677 pages
File Size : 44,7 Mb
Release : 2018-02-13
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9781504051378

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The Blackford Oakes Mysteries Volume One by William F. Buckley Pdf

Now in one volume—the first three New York Times bestsellers starring a Cold War–era CIA superspy. Following the rules kept Blackford Oakes alive when he was an air force pilot during World War II, and it kept him in line as a student at Yale. But as a CIA agent, he knows that sometimes rules need to be broken . . . Saving the Queen: It’s 1952 and Oakes tackles his first assignment in London. He must uncover a spy within Buckingham Palace and protect the young queen from assassination. Stained Glass: In this National Book Award winner, Oakes must silence a righteous nationalist stirring up trouble in East Germany, because failure to do so could push the United States and the USSR into World War III. Who’s on First: The Hungarian Uprising of 1956 erupts, leaving Oakes trapped in Budapest. He soon finds himself in a race to stop the Soviets from launching a satellite—before KGB spies put an end to him.

Martial Emperor of Couching Phoenix

Author : Miao NianYiTian
Publisher : Funstory
Page : 705 pages
File Size : 51,9 Mb
Release : 2019-11-21
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9781647597467

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Martial Emperor of Couching Phoenix by Miao NianYiTian Pdf

A new book, Star Martial Emperor had been published. Interested friends could search for the name of the book.) Drug police officer, Zhao Mingzhe, had met with an accident while carrying out an undercover mission. He had been reborn into a foreign world and had discovered that as a man, he had become a concubine engaged to a woman.Fortunately, Zhao Mingzhe had inherited the legacy of the War God, Zhao Zilong. After countless conspiracies, he had stepped onto a section ...

Ottoman Harem

Author : Ahmed Akgunduz
Publisher : IUR Press
Page : 363 pages
File Size : 47,5 Mb
Release : 2015-06-26
Category : History
ISBN : 9789491898068

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Thirty years ago, we have published The Ottoman Harem in Turkish and I have given a copy to Şükran Vahide (Mary Weld) to evaluate and to translate to English. She has translator the Risâle-i Nur Collection completely and is a native in English. When she had completed the translation, she told me “Dr. Akgunduz! I have enjoyed translating this book and I think that this book is very important in historical and religious sense.” I have spent five years preparing this work Male and Female Slavery in Islam and the Ottoman Ḫarem. The product of those five years’ work has now been published in English. The subjects discussed in this book are as follows: Part One; the distortions and misrepresentations of male and female slavery and the Ḫarem, together with some examples. Part Two; male and female slavery in non-Muslim societies and in other religions. Part Three; the institutions of male and female slavery in Islamic law. Part Four; aspects of the practice of slavery, male and female, in the Ottoman state. Part Five; an investigation of the question: what is the Ḫarem? Part Six; a lady governess’s memoirs of the Ḫarem. Part Seven; the replies to a number of important questions on these subjects. My request of readers is that they read the sections they are interested in, and particularly that they study Parts One, Five, and Seven. I realize that Part Two is a slight digression, but I am of the opinion that the comparison is necessary in order to illuminate slavery in Islam and in the Ottoman state. “Ahmed Cevdet Pasha says: “To own slaves in Islam is to be a slave.” What should be realized here is that Islam did not introduce slavery. So how was slavery practised in other societies and religions? How did other religions and peoples act towards slaves? Since “Everything is known through it opposites,” it is essential to know this in order to understand male and female slavery in Islamic law and the Ḫarem in Ottoman society. The women in the Sultan’s Ḫarem lived under very strict discipline. They lived an enclosed life in their apartments, just as they paid great attention to these matters when they were out on trips or travelling. Since it was thus, does it conform to historical fact to show them to be immodest and overly free and easy, as in the films made recently? Does this reflect history as it was lived or is it make-belief? This should be pondered over fairly and reasonably.”

What’s wrong?

Author : Věra Klontza-Jaklová
Publisher : Masarykova univerzita
Page : 86 pages
File Size : 43,7 Mb
Release : 2017-01-01
Category : Crafts & Hobbies
ISBN : 9788021087354

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What’s wrong? by Věra Klontza-Jaklová Pdf

Jedním z nejprobádanějších a nejčastěji citovaných problémů egejské doby bronzové je otázka absolutní datace výbuchu santorinské sopky, potažmo celé pozdní doby bronzové ve velmi širokém regionu od Egypta přes Přední východ po střední Evropu. Názory a výsledky přírodních věd a tradiční archeologie se neshodují a jejich argumentace umísťují událost od poloviny 17. století až po konec 16. století před Kr., výjimečně i později. Práce analyzuje jednotlivé argumenty i metodologické přístupy a snaží se odpovědět na otázku neshody jednotlivých přístupů. Tzv. mínojská erupce (nebo santorinská katastrofa) ovlivnila nejenom životy lidí ve velmi širokém regionu, ale také globální klima. Jedná se tedy o klíčovou událost pozdní doby bronzové. Její přesné datování umožní synchronizaci regionálních chronologických systémů mediteránních a evropských regionů a tvorbu přesného časového rámce, který je nutností pro další řešení kauzálních otázek historie doby bronzové.

The Courts of Pre-colonial South India

Author : Jennifer Howes
Publisher : Psychology Press
Page : 296 pages
File Size : 42,8 Mb
Release : 2003
Category : History
ISBN : 0700715851

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This book investigates how the material culture of South Indian courts was perceived by those who lived there in the pre-colonial period. Howes peels away the standard categories used to study Indian palace space, such as public/private and male/female, and replaces them with indigenous descriptions of space found in court poetry, vastu shastra and painted representations of courtly life. Set against the historical background of the events which led to the formation of the Ramnad Kingdom, the Kingdom's material circumstances are examined, beginning with the innermost region of the palace and moving out to the Kingdom via the palace compound itself and the walled town which surrounded it. An important study for both art historians and South India specialists. The volume is richly illustrated in colour.

Flora Unveiled

Author : Lincoln Taiz,Lee Taiz
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Page : 545 pages
File Size : 46,8 Mb
Release : 2017
Category : Science
ISBN : 9780190490263

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Sex in animals has been known for at least ten thousand years, and this knowledge was put to good use during animal domestication in the Neolithic period. In stark contrast, sex in plants wasn't discovered until the late 17th century, long after the domestication of crop plants. Even after its discovery, the "sexual theory" continued to be hotly debated and lampooned for another 150 years, pitting the "sexualists" against the "asexualists". Why was the notion of sex in plants so contentious for so long? "Flora Unveiled" is a deep history of perceptions about plant gender and sexuality, beginning in the Ice Age and ending in the middle of the nineteenth century, with the elucidation of the complete plant life cycle. Linc and Lee Taiz show that a gender bias that plants are unisexual and female (a "one-sex model") prevented the discovery of plant sex and delayed its acceptance long after the theory was definitively proven. The book explores the various sources of this gender bias, beginning with women's role as gatherers, crop domesticators, and the first farmers. In the myths and religions of the Bronze and Iron Ages, female deities were strongly identified with flowers, trees, and agricultural abundance, and during Middle Ages and Renaissance, this tradition was assimilated into Christianity in the person of Mary. The one-sex model of plants continued into the Early Modern Period, and experienced a resurgence during the eighteenth century Enlightenment and again in the nineteenth century Romantic movement. Not until Wilhelm Hofmeister demonstrated the universality of sex in the plant kingdom was the controversy over plant sex finally laid to rest. Although "Flora Unveiled" focuses on the discovery of sex in plants, the history serves as a cautionary tale of how strongly and persistently cultural biases can impede the discovery and delay the acceptance of scientific advances.


Author : Ken Dark,Ferudun Özgümüş
Publisher : Oxbow Books
Page : 565 pages
File Size : 50,7 Mb
Release : 2013-11-29
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 9781782971818

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Constantinople by Ken Dark,Ferudun Özgümüş Pdf

Istanbul, Europe’s largest city, became an urban centre of exceptional size when it was chosen by Constantine the Great as a new Roman capital city. Named ‘Constantinople' after him, the city has been studied through its rich textual sources and surviving buildings, but its archaeology remains relatively little known compared to other great urban centres of the ancient and medieval worlds. Constantinople: Archaeology of a Byzantine Megapolis is a major archaeological assessment of a key period in the development of this historic city. It uses material evidence, contemporary developments in urban archaeology and archaeological theory to explore over a thousand years of the city’s development. Moving away from the scholarly emphasis on the monumental core or city defences, the volume investigates the inter-mural area between the fifth-century land walls and the Constantinian city wall – a zone which encompasses half of the walled area but which has received little archaeological attention. Utilizing data from a variety of sources, including the ‘Istanbul Rescue Archaeology Project’ created to record material threatened with destruction, the analysis proposes a new model of Byzantine Constantinople. A range of themes are explored including the social, economic and cognitive development, Byzantine perceptions of the city, the consequences of imperial ideology and the impact of ‘self-organization’ brought about by many minor decisions. Constantinople casts new light on the transformation of an ancient Roman capital to an Orthodox Christian holy city and will be of great importance to archaeologists and historians.

T&T Clark Encyclopedia of Second Temple Judaism Volume Two

Author : Loren T. Stuckenbruck,Daniel M. Gurtner
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
Page : 912 pages
File Size : 43,8 Mb
Release : 2019-12-26
Category : History
ISBN : 9780567660954

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T&T Clark Encyclopedia of Second Temple Judaism Volume Two by Loren T. Stuckenbruck,Daniel M. Gurtner Pdf

The T&T Clark Encyclopedia of Second Temple Judaism provides a comprehensive reference resource of over 600 scholarly articles aimed at scholars and students interested in Judaism of the Second Temple Period. The two-volume work is split into four parts. Part One offers a prolegomenon for the contemporary study and appreciation of Second Temple Judaism, locating the discipline in relation to other relevant fields (such as Hebrew Bible, Rabbinics, Christian Origins). Beginning with a discussion of terminology, the discussion suggests ways the Second Temple period may be described, and concludes by noting areas of study that challenge our perception of ancient Judaism. Part Two presents an overview of respective contexts of the discipline set within the broad framework of historical chronology corresponding to a set of full-colour, custom-designed maps. With distinct attention to primary sources, the author traces the development of historical, social, political, and religious developments from the time period following the exile in the late 6th century B.C.E. through to the end of the Bar Kokhba revolt (135 C.E.). Part Three focuses specifically on a wide selection of primary-source literature of Second Temple Judaism, summarizing the content of key texts, and examining their similarities and differences with other texts of the period. Essays here include a brief introduction to the work and a summary of its contents, as well as examination of critical issues such as date, provenance, location, language(s), and interpretative matters. The early reception history of texts is also considered, and followed by a bibliography specific to that essay. Numerous high-resolution manuscript images are utilized to illustrate distinct features of the texts. Part Four addresses topics relevant to the Second Temple Period such as places, practices, historical figures, concepts, and subjects of scholarly discussion. These are often supplemented by images, maps, drawings, or diagrams, some of which appear here for the first time. Copiously illustrated, carefully researched and meticulously referenced, this resource provides a reliable, up-to-date and complete guide for those studying early Judaism in its literary and historical settings.