By Arnulf Krause
Nach dem Ende der Völkerwanderungszeit breiteten sich die Franken im Westen Europas aus, wo sie sich im Gegensatz zu vielen anderen germanischen Völkern trotz einiger Auseinandersetzungen als Verbündete Roms und später als Nachfolger des Imperium Romanum sahen. Begründet wurde das Reich durch König Childerich, dem sein Sohn Chlodwig, der einer der mächtigsten Merowingerherrscher werden sollte, auf den Thron folgte. Chlodwig erweiterte das Reich durch Kriege gegen benachbarte Völker und Stämme und entledigte sich seiner Konkurrenten innerhalb des Reiches. Auch der Beginn des Abendlandes durch den Übertritt des Herrschers zum Christentum ist durch den Merowinger gesetzt worden. Während seiner Regentschaft fand ein Übergang bei den Franken vom Heidentum zum Christentum statt und somit auch eine Vermischung von Bräuchen, die zum Teil noch heute erhalten sind. Der Historiker Arnulf Krause erzählt von der Entstehung des Frankenreichs und der Blütezeit des Merowingergeschlechts, aber auch von dem Niedergang nach dem Tode Chlodwigs und der Machtübernahme durch die Karolinger.
Arnulf Krause ist promovierter Germanist und Skandinavist, erfolgreicher Sachbuchautor und Experte für germanische Heldensagen und die Dichtung der Edda. Er lehrt als Honorarprofessor am Institut für Germanistik, Vergleichende Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft der Universität Bonn.
By J. A. Froude
The reminiscence of no English sovereign has been so execrated as that of Mary Tudor. For generations after her demise her identify, with its horrid epithet clinging around it just like the blouse of Nessus, was once a bugbear in millions of Protestant houses. it's precise that just about three hundred people have been burnt on the stake in her brief reign. yet she herself was once extra vulnerable to mercy than virtually any of her predecessors at the throne. Stubbs speaks of her father's "holocausts" of sufferers. The persecution of Papists below Edward used to be now not much less rigorous than that of Protestants below Mary. while her checklist is in comparison with that of Philip of Spain, together with his Council of Blood within the Netherlands, or of Charles IX. in France, she seems to be as an apostle of toleration. Why, then, has her reminiscence been coated via centuries with scorn and obloquy
By Allis Radosh
“[This] revelatory account of Truman's important contributions to Israel's founding. . .is advised. . . with an splendor proficient through thorough research."
—Wall road Journal
"Even realizing how the tale ends, A secure Haven had me sitting at the fringe of my seat.”
A dramatic, certain account of the occasions major as much as the production of a Jewish place of origin and the real tale at the back of President Harry S. Truman’s debatable selection to acknowledge of the kingdom of Israel in 1948, drawn from Truman’s long-lost diary entries and different formerly unused archival materials.
By Maya Jasanoff
NATIONAL ebook CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER
This groundbreaking ebook deals the 1st international heritage of the loyalist exodus to Canada, the Caribbean, Sierra Leone, India, and beyond.
At the top of the yankee Revolution, sixty thousand american citizens unswerving to the British reason fled the U.S. and have become refugees during the British Empire. Liberty’s Exiles tells their tale. This awesome new account of the founding of the us and the shaping of the post-revolutionary international strains impressive trips just like the considered one of Elizabeth Johnston, a tender mom from Georgia, who led her growing to be relations to Britain, Jamaica, and Canada, questing for a house; black loyalists corresponding to David George, who escaped from slavery in Virginia and went directly to discovered Baptist congregations in Nova Scotia and Sierra Leone; and Mohawk Indian chief Joseph Brant, who attempted to discover autonomy for his humans in Ontario. bold, unique, and personality-filled, this ebook is without delay an intimate narrative background and a provocative research that adjustments how we see the revolution’s “losers” and their legacies.
By Harry Rutstein
Una travesIa fascinante con mAs de a hundred fotografIas siguiendo el increIble viaje de Harry Rutstein, el Unico hombre en l. a. Historia que ha recorrido el mismo camino de Marco Polo, partiendo desde Venecia y cruzando por Israel, TurquIa, IrAn, AfganistAn, PakistAn, hasta llegar finalmente a los angeles China. Desde Venecia hasta PekIn, reviva, paso a paso, los casi veintiUn mil kilOmetros que recorriO aquel comerciante que, con su historia, cambiO los angeles percepciOn del mundo. Harry Rutstein, el Unico hombre en los angeles Historia que ha podido repetir los angeles ruta que siguiO Marco Polo en el siglo XIII, nos relata l. a. crOnica intensa de ese largo viaje, realizado durante diez aNos en tres diferentes expediciones. Utilizando todos los medios disponibles: caballos, camellos, tractores, balsas hechas de piel de cabra ha conseguido autentificar el legendario viaje del mercader del siglo XIII. AsI, en este fascinante libro, partiremos con El en esta audaz aventura saliendo de Venecia, desembarcando en Acre (Israel), para luego, volvernos a embarcar hasta Marmaris (TurquIa) para, desde allI, iniciar l. a. mAs espectacular travesIa por tierra, pasando por IrAn, AfganistAn, PaquistAn y llegando hasta PekIn, en China. Harry Rutstein, en este intenso libro de viajes-muy ilustrado, con miles de anEcdotas y datos histOricos y culturales-, con un estilo muy Agil y sencillo, logra ademAs explicar cOmo fue realmente el trabajo de aquel mercader del siglo XIII que se iniciO con el comercio directo entre el Este y el Oeste y ampliO los imperios mercantiles de l. a. Europa medieval.
Millennialists in the course of the a long time have seemed ahead to the apocalyptic second that may significantly remodel society into heaven in the world. they've got introduced withering opinions in their personal civilizations and promised either the upcoming annihilation of the forces of evil and the arrival of an ideal society. And all their offers have always failed. We have a tendency, for this reason, to push aside those prophets of doom and salvation as crackpots and madmen, and never unusually historians of our secular period have tended to underestimate their impression on our sleek global. Now, Richard Landes deals a lucid and ground-breaking research of this broadly misunderstood phenomenon.
This long-awaited examine indicates that many occasions regularly considered as secular--including the French Revolution, Marxism, Bolshevism, Nazism--not purely include key millennialist parts, yet persist with the apocalyptic curve of enthusiastic release, unhappiness and (often catastrophic) re-entry into "normal time." certainly, as Landes examines the specific millennialism at the back of such fresh occasions because the emergence of worldwide Jihad seeing that 1979, he demanding situations the typical proposal that sleek background is essentially pushed by way of secular pursuits. via concentrating on ten generally various case reviews, none of which come from Judaism or Christianity, he indicates that millennialism is not just a cultural common, but additionally a very adaptive social phenomenon that persists around the glossy and post-modern divides. even as, he additionally bargains useful perception into the social and mental components that force such beliefs.
Ranging from historic Egypt to modern day alien craft cults and international Jihad, Heaven on Earth either provides an eye-opening revisionist argument for the importance of millennialism all through historical past and indicators the reader to the alarming unfold of those ideologies in our international today.
By Glyn P. Norton
This quantity offers the 1st entire therapy of the problems that contributed to shaping the best way writers thought of literature from the overdue heart a while to the past due 17th century. those concerns touched nearly each aspect of Western highbrow recreation, in addition to the old, cultural, social, clinical, and technological contexts during which that job developed
By Alan Woods
Bolshevism: the line to Revolution : a background of the Bolshevik get together from the Early Beginnings to the October Revolution
THIS is an in depth historical past of the Bolshevik celebration from its earliest beginnings as much as the October Revolution, written by means of a number one member of the Socialist attraction crew. it is going to be a great addition to any Marxist’s bookshelf simply because, as Alan Woods himself issues out: ‘With a number of honourable exceptions, akin to the paintings performed by way of the French Marxist historians Pierre Broué and Marcel Liebman, it's most unlikely to discover a background of the Bolshevik celebration well worth the difficulty of reading.’
By Jill Lepore
Pulitzer Prize Finalist
Anisfield-Wolf Award Winner
Over a frigid few weeks within the iciness of 1741, ten fires blazed throughout new york. With every one new fireplace, panicked whites observed extra facts of a slave rebellion. finally, 13 black males have been burned on the stake, seventeen have been hanged and multiple hundred black women and men have been thrown right into a dungeon underneath urban corridor.
In New York Burning, Bancroft Prize-winning historian Jill Lepore recounts those dramatic occasions, re-creating, with path-breaking learn, the nascent long island of the 17th century. Even then, the town used to be a wealthy mosaic of cultures, groups and hues, with slaves making up a whole one-fifth of the inhabitants. Exploring the political and social weather of the days, Lepore dramatically indicates how, in a urban rife with country intrigue and terror, the specter of black uprising united the white political pluralities in a frenzy of racial worry and violence.
“[A]n first-class book...” —The Economist
Financial Times Asia editor David Pilling offers a clean imaginative and prescient of Japan, drawing on his personal deep adventure, in addition to observations from a move part of jap citizenry, together with novelist Haruki Murakami, former top minister Junichiro Koizumi, industrialists and bankers, activists and artists, young ones and octogenarians. via their voices, Pilling's Bending Adversity captures the dynamism and variety of up to date Japan.
Pilling’s exploration starts with the 2011 triple catastrophe of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown. His deep reporting finds either Japan’s vulnerabilities and its resilience and pushes him to appreciate the country’s prior via cycles of trouble and reconstruction. Japan’s survivalist mentality has carried it via super hassle, yet can be the resource of serious destruction: It used to be the nineteenth-century fight to push back colonial cause that ended in Japan’s personal imperial activity, culminating within the devastation of global warfare II. Even the postwar monetary miracle—the production and trade explosion that introduced remarkable monetary progress and earned Japan foreign clout could have been a much less natural victory than it appeared. In Bending Adversity Pilling questions what was once misplaced within the country’s blind, aborted climb to no 1. With an identical rigor, he revisits 1990—the 12 months the industrial bubble burst, and the start of Japan’s “lost decades”—to ask if the turning element could be considered otherwise. whereas monetary fight and nationwide debt are a fact, post-growth Japan has additionally effectively maintained a sturdy lifestyle and social solidarity. And whereas existence has develop into much less convinced, opportunities—in specific for the younger and for women—have diversified.
Still, Japan is in lots of methods a rustic in restoration, operating to discover a manner ahead after the occasions of 2011 and many years of gradual development. Bending Adversity closes with a mirrored image on what the 2012 reelection of leading Minister Shinzo Abe, and his radical antideflation coverage, may perhaps suggest for Japan and its destiny. expert all through through the insights shared by means of Pilling’s many interview matters, Bending Adversity conscientiously engages with the social, religious, monetary, and political lifetime of Japan to create a extra nuanced illustration of the oft-misunderstood island state and its people.
The monetary Times
“David Pilling fees a vacationing MP from northern England, dazzled by means of Tokyo’s lighting fixtures and awed through its bustling prosperity: ‘If it is a recession, i would like one.’ no longer the least of the benefits of Pilling’s highly relaxing and perceptive book on Japan is that he areas the denunciations of 2 allegedly “lost many years” within the context of what the rustic is actually like and its real achievements.”
The Telegraph (UK)
“Pilling, the Asia editor of the Financial Times, is perfectly put to be our guide, and his insights are a true rarity whilst only a few Western newshounds converse the essence of the world’s third-largest economic climate in whatever however the such a lot superficial methods. right here, there's a impressive number of interview matters combined with nice reportage and truth selection... he does get humans to assert really good things. The novelist Haruki Murakami tells him: “When we have been wealthy, I hated this country”... well-written... valuable.”
Publishers Weekly (starred):
"A probing and insightful portrait of up to date Japan."