Category «History»

The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times, and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon

By William M. Adler

In 1914, Joe Hill, the prolific songwriter for the economic staff of the realm (also referred to as the Wobblies), used to be convicted of homicide in Utah and sentenced to dying by way of firing squad, igniting foreign controversy. within the first significant biography of the novel old icon, William M. Adler explores a rare existence and provides persuasive proof of Hill's innocence. Hill may develop into prepared labor's so much honored martyr, and a hero to folks singers akin to Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan. His tale shines a beacon at the early-twentieth-century American event and exposes the roots of concerns serious to the twenty-first century.

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The Roman Republic: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

By David M. Gwynn

The increase and fall of the Roman Republic occupies a unique position within the historical past of Western civilization. From humble beginnings at the seven hills beside the Tiber, the town of Rome grew to dominate the traditional Mediterranean. Led via her senatorial aristocracy, Republican armies defeated Carthage and the successor kingdoms of Alexander the nice, and taken the encircling peoples to east and west into the Roman sphere. during this Very brief Introduction, David M. Gwynn presents a desirable creation to the heritage of the Roman Republic, starting from the origins of Rome and the bright Roman legends that encompass the principles of town, to the overthrow of the monarchy in 509 BC, the 500 years of republican rule, the increase of Julius Caesar and Caesar Augustus, and the institution of the Principate. Gwynn considers the political constitution of the Republic, together with its specific structure, and he highlights literary and fabric assets, bringing to lifestyles the tradition and society of Republican Rome. He additionally displays at the Roman values and ideology of the time, so one can make clear the Republic's dramatic upward thrust and fall. eventually, Gwynn displays at the extraordinary legacy of the Roman Republic, together with its modern day resonance and legacy in literature and in movie, the place it's always offered as a version, a resource of thought, but in addition a warning.

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Eight Pieces of Empire: A 20-Year Journey Through the Soviet Collapse

By Lawrence Scott Sheets

A two-decade trip, panoramic in scope but intimate intimately, in the course of the hopes, sorrows, and conflagrations of an unraveled empire and the folks dwelling in it.

Not with a bang, yet with a quiet, ten-minute deal with on Christmas Day 1991: this is often how the Soviet Union met its finish. Lawrence Scott Sheets, who used to be then residing in Moscow as a tender international correspondent, went to the guts of the capital to witness the reaction. “In the streets round pink Square,” he writes, “life went on as traditional. One wouldn't have recognized that three hundred million humans had simply turn into voters of alternative countries.”

But within the wake of that one deceptively calm second, clash and violence quickly undefined. the various emergent new nations started to shed totalitarianism, whereas others sought to restore their very own lifeless empires or have been led via slightly or completely unreformed ex-Soviet leaders who equipped both or maybe extra repressive political machines. because the overdue Nineteen Eighties, Sheets lived and stated from the previous USSR and observed firsthand the reverberations of the cave in of empire throughout Russia, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Ukraine, and Chechnya. Eight items of Empire attracts readers into the folk, politics and daily existence within the quarter, portray a brilliant portrait of a tumultuous time.

On the twentieth anniversary of the autumn of the USSR, Sheets’ tales approximately humans residing via those tectonic shifts of fortune—a trio of woman saboteurs in Chechnya, the chaos of newly autonomous Georgia within the early Nineteen Nineties, younger hustlers desirous to strike it wealthy within the post-Soviet financial vacuum—reveal the underreported and dazzling ways that the ghosts of empire nonetheless hang-out those lands and the area.

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East Sails West: The Voyage of the Keying, 1846-1855

In December 1846, the Keying, a chinese language junk bought via British traders, set sail from Hong Kong for London. Named after the chinese language Imperial Commissioner who had signed away Hong Kong to the British, manned by way of a chinese language and ecu team, and sporting a traveling exhibition of chinese language goods, the Keying had a bothered voyage. After quarrels at the means and a diversion to manhattan, culminating in a felony dispute over arrears of wages for chinese language individuals of the staff, it ultimately reached London in 1848, the place it went on exhibition at the River Thames until eventually 1853. It used to be then auctioned off, towed to Liverpool, and at last damaged up. during this account of the send, the workforce and the voyage, Stephen Davies tells a narrative of ignored possibilities, with an erratic direction, overambitious goals, and achievements born of fortunate breaks―a microcosm, in reality, of early Hong Kong and of the family members among China and the West.

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How We Forgot the Cold War: A Historical Journey across America

By Jon Wiener

Hours after the USSR collapsed in 1991, Congress started planning to set up the authentic reminiscence of the chilly struggle. Conservatives ruled the court cases, spending thousands to painting the clash as a triumph of fine over evil and a defeat of totalitarianism equivalent in importance to global battle II. during this provocative ebook, historian Jon Wiener visits chilly battle monuments, museums, and memorials around the usa to determine how the period is being remembered. The author’s trip presents a historical past of the chilly warfare, person who turns many traditional notions on their heads.

In a fascinating travelogue that takes readers to websites resembling the life-size sport of Berlin’s “Checkpoint Charlie” on the Reagan Library, the fallout take care of show on the Smithsonian, and shows approximately “Sgt. Elvis,” America’s most famed chilly conflict veteran, Wiener discovers that the chilly struggle isn’t being remembered. It’s being forgotten. regardless of an incredible attempt, the conservatives’ monuments weren’t equipped, their old websites have few viewers, and plenty of in their museums have now shifted concentration to different issues. Proponents of the idea of a heroic “Cold warfare victory” failed; the general public didn’t purchase the reputable tale. full of life, readable, and well-informed, this booklet expands present discussions approximately reminiscence and historical past, and increases exciting questions about renowned skepticism towards authentic ideology.

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The Roaring Twenties (Eyewitness History (Hardcover))

By Thomas Streissguth

Covers the social, political, and fiscal heritage of the Nineteen Twenties, together with advancements in technological know-how, from astrophysics to laboratory technology to discoveries and innovations; the production of recent expert activities leagues; the hard work union circulation; censorship, and writers, artists, and moviemakers. This quantity captures the complexities of the Nineteen Twenties.

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Nathaniel's Nutmeg: Or the True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed the Course of History

By Giles Milton

The tiny island of Run is a mere speck in the course of the Indonesian archipelago--remote, tranquil, and now mostly overlooked. at the start of the 17th century, notwithstanding, Run's harvest of nutmeg grew to become it into the main profitable of the Spice Islands, precipitating a fierce and bloody conflict among the omnipotent Dutch East India corporation and a small band of ragtag British adventurers led by means of the intrepid Nathaniel Courthope. the end result of the scuffling with used to be some of the most magnificent bargains in historical past: Britain ceded Run to Holland, yet in go back used to be given one other small island, Manhattan.A wonderful event tale of unthinkable hassle and savagery, the navigation of uncharted waters, and the exploitation of latest worlds, Nathaniel's Nutmeg is a extraordinary bankruptcy within the background of the colonial powers.

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The Texan Army 1835-46 (Men-at-Arms, Volume 398)

By Stuart Reid

The volunteer military that fought the Mexican dictator Santa Anna from 1835 to 1836 was once immortalized within the epic conflict of the Alamo. Taking hands at the beginning to struggle for the recovery of the liberal Mexican structure of 1824, the volunteers have been finally battling for outright Texan independence. This booklet describes and illustrates the gang of guys who, regardless of the variety in their origins, gear, weaponry and get dressed, have been united in a typical reason that reached its fruits within the victory of San Jacinto. The turbulent decade (1836–46) of Texan independence is additionally lined, and the little-studied military and army of the Republic of Texas tested.

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