Popular Culture in Ancient Rome

By J. P. Toner

The mass of the Roman humans constituted good over ninety% of the inhabitants. a lot old background, notwithstanding, has all in favour of the lives, politics and tradition of the minority elite. This e-book is helping redress the stability by means of concentrating on the non-elite within the Roman global. It builds a bright account of the typical lives of the hundreds, together with their social and family members existence, overall healthiness, rest and spiritual ideals, and the ways that their pop culture resisted the domination of the ruling elite.

The publication highlights formerly under-considered elements of pop culture of the interval to provide a fuller photograph. it's the first booklet to take totally under consideration the extent of psychological health and wellbeing: given the actual and social atmosphere that the majority humans confronted, their total psychological health and wellbeing reflected their terrible actual healthiness. It additionally finds attention-grabbing information about the ways that humans solved difficulties, turning often to oracles for suggestion and tips whilst faced by way of problems. Our realizing of the non-elite global is extra enriched in the course of the depiction of sensory dimensions: Toner illustrates how attitudes to sniff, contact, and noise all assorted with social prestige and created clash, and the way the emperors attempted to unravel those disputes as a part of their regeneration of city life.

Popular tradition in old Rome bargains a wealthy and obtainable creation to the usefulness of the idea of pop culture in learning the traditional global and should be loved via scholars and normal readers alike.

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In Amazonia: A Natural History

By Hugh Raffles

The Amazon isn't really what it sort of feels. As Hugh Raffles indicates us during this appealing and cutting edge booklet, the world's final nice wasteland has been reworked many times by way of human job. In Amazonia brings to lifestyles an Amazon whose attract and fact lie as a lot, or extra, in what humans have made up of it as in what nature has wrought. It casts new gentle on centuries of come across whereas describing the dramatic remaking of a sweeping panorama by means of citizens of 1 small neighborhood within the Brazilian Amazon. Combining richly textured ethnographic study and energetic old research, Raffles weaves a desirable tale that adjustments our realizing of this zone and demanding situations us to reconsider what we suggest by means of "nature."

Raffles attracts from quite a lot of fabric to demonstrate--in distinction to the tendency to downplay human corporation within the Amazon--that the area is an end result of the in detail intertwined histories of people and nonhumans. He strikes among an in depth narrative that analyzes the creation of clinical wisdom approximately Amazonia over the centuries and an soaking up account of the extreme differences to the fluvial panorama conducted over the last 40 years by way of the population of Igarapé Guariba, 4 hours downstream from the closest city.

Engagingly written, theoretically creative, and vividly illustrated, the e-book introduces a various variety of characters--from sixteenth-century explorers and their local competitors to nineteenth-century naturalists and modern ecologists, logging corporation executives, and river-traders. A common heritage of a unique type, In Amazonia indicates how people, animals, rivers, and forests all perform the making of a area that is still this present day on the heart of debates in environmental politics.

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Mark Twain and the Colonel: Samuel L. Clemens, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Arrival of a New Century

By Philip McFarland

In Mark Twain and the Colonel, Philip McFarland tells the tale of the wealthy years of yank heritage among 1890 and 1910 in the course of the absolutely engaged involvement of 2 of its most crucial members.

The narrative unfolds in six sections, each one concentrating on a special element of the USA of the early 20th century that keeps to subject to today: the United States as an imperialist state, the United States as a continental country, the USA as a racial kingdom, the USA as a company state, the US at domestic, and the US striving for peace.

In this brief span of years, the the United States of the past due 19th century will movement considerably toward the the USA we all know this day, thank you partially to the impact and activities of Mark Twain and Theodore Roosevelt, of the main influential figures of the age.

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Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Real West

By Bill O'Reilly

The must-have significant other to invoice O'Reilly's ancient series Legends and Lies: the true West, a desirable, eye-opening examine the reality in the back of the western legends all of us imagine we know

How did Davy Crockett retailer President Jackson's existence in simple terms to finish up loss of life on the Alamo? was once the Lone Ranger according to a true lawman-and used to be he an African American? What striking detective paintings ended in the trap of Black Bart, the "gentleman bandit" and one of many west's most famed stagecoach robbers? Did Butch Cassidy and the Sundance child rather die in a hail of bullets in South the USA? Generations of american citizens have grown up on television exhibits, video clips and books approximately those western icons. yet what relatively occurred within the Wild West? all of the tales you're thinking that you recognize, and others that may astonish you, are here--some heroic, a few brutal and bloody, all riveting. integrated are the legends featured in invoice O'Reilly's ten week run of ancient episodic specials-from package Carson to Jesse James, Wild invoice Hickok to document Holliday-- observed via bonus chapters on Daniel Boone and Buffalo invoice and Annie Oakley.

Frontier the USA was once a spot the place intuition mattered greater than schooling, and braveness was once worthwhile for survival. It used to be a spot the place success made a distinction and legends have been made. seriously illustrated with brilliant paintings that extra brings this historical past to existence, and advised in fast moving, immersive narrative, Legends and Lies is an impossible to resist, adventure-packed experience again into probably the most storied period of our nation's wealthy history.

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Women and Their Gardens: A History from the Elizabethan Era to Today

By Catherine Horwood

From the golden age in English historical past to today’s gardeners and architects, this quantity acknowledges women’s contributions to gardening in Britain and round the world spanning greater than 4 centuries. regardless of turning out to be greens for his or her kitchens, tending herbs for his or her medication cabinets, and educating different girls in regards to the craft sooner than agricultural colleges formally existed, girls were mere footnotes within the horticultural annals for specimens amassed in a foreign country. those pioneers’ effect at the form of gardens immediately is illustrated the following in a method either obtainable and scholarly. providing an extraordinary bouquet, this assortment stocks the tales of greater than 2 hundred ladies who've been concerned with garden layout, plant amassing, flower arranging, botanical paintings, backyard writing, and education.


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Explorers of the Nile: The Triumph and Tragedy of a Great Victorian Adventure

By Tim Jeal

Nothing obsessed explorers of the mid-nineteenth century greater than the search to find the resource of the White Nile. It used to be the planet's such a lot elusive mystery, the prize coveted in particular others. among 1856 and 1876, six larger-than-life males and one amazing girl authorised the problem. displaying severe braveness and resilience, Richard Burton, John Hanning Speke, James Augustus furnish, Samuel Baker, Florence von Sass, David Livingstone, and Henry Morton Stanley risked their lives and reputations within the fierce pageant. Award-winning writer Tim Jeal deploys attention-grabbing new study to supply a vibrant tableau of the unmapped "Dark Continent," its jungle deprivations, and the courage—as good as malicious tactics—of the explorers.

On a number of forays embarked on east and crucial Africa, the tourists gone through virtually impenetrable terrain and suffered the ravages of flesh-eating ulcers, paralysis, malaria, deep spear wounds, or even demise. they found Lakes Tanganyika and Victoria and have become the 1st white humans to come across the kingdoms of Buganda and Bunyoro. Jeal weaves the tale with genuine new aspect and examines the tragic accidental legacy of the Nile seek that also casts a protracted shadow over the folks of Uganda and Sudan.

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1688: The First Modern Revolution (The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History)

For 200 years historians have considered England’s excellent Revolution of 1688–1689 as an un-revolutionary revolution—bloodless, consensual, aristocratic, and primarily, good. during this wonderful new interpretation Steve Pincus refutes this conventional view.

By increasing the interpretive lens to incorporate a broader geographical and chronological body, Pincus demonstrates that England’s revolution was once a ecu occasion, that it came about over a couple of years, no longer months, and that it had repercussions in India, North the USA, the West Indies, and all through continental Europe. His wealthy old narrative, in line with plenty of recent archival learn, lines the transformation of English overseas coverage, non secular tradition, and political economic climate that, he argues, used to be the meant end result of the revolutionaries of 1688–1689.

James II built a modernization application that emphasised centralized keep an eye on, repression of dissidents, and territorial empire. The revolutionaries, in contrast, took good thing about the recent fiscal percentages to create a bureaucratic yet participatory nation. The postrevolutionary English nation emphasised its ideological holiday with the previous and predicted itself as carrying on with to conform. All of this, argues Pincus, makes the fantastic Revolution—not the French Revolution—the first really glossy revolution. This wide-ranging ebook reenvisions the character of the wonderful Revolution and of revolutions regularly, the explanations and effects of commercialization, the character of liberalism, and finally the origins and features of modernity itself.

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Australians, Volume 1: Origins to Eureka

By Thomas Keneally

The outstanding first quantity of acclaimed writer Thomas Keneally's significant new three-volume background of Australia brings to lifestyles the big diversity of characters who've shaped Australia's nationwide story</B> Convicts and Aborigines, settlers and infantrymen, patriots and reformers, bushrangers and gold seekers—it is from their lives and their tales that Tom Keneally has woven a colourful historical past to do complete justice to the wealthy and colourful nature of Australia's unique nationwide personality. the tale starts off via taking a look at eu profession via Aboriginal eyes, moving between the town slums and rural hovels of 18th-century Britain and the shorelines of Port Jackson. Readers spend time at the low-roofed convict decks of transports and notice the bewilderment of the Eora humans as they see the 1st ships of turaga, or "ghost people." They stick with the day-by-day around of Bennelong and his spouse Barangaroo and the tribulations of warrior Windradyne. Convicts like Solomon Wiseman and John Wilson locate their toes or even fortune, whereas Henry Parkes' arrival as a penniless immigrant offers few clues to the nationwide statesman he was once to become. Chinese diggers trek to the goldfields, and revolutionaries like Italian Raffaello Carboni and black American John Joseph bring readers the drama of the Eureka rebellion. Tom Keneally has dropped at existence the excessive and the low, the convict and the freed from early Australian society. this can be really a brand new historical past of Australia, via an writer of remarkable literary ability and event, whose personal humanity permeates each web page.

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Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography

By David S. Reynolds

In his poetry Walt Whitman got down to surround all of the US and in so doing heal its deepening divisions. This magisterial biography demonstrates the epic scale of his success, in addition to the desires and anxieties that impelled it, for it locations the poet securely in the political and cultural context of his age.

Combing throughout the complete diversity of Whitman's writing, David Reynolds indicates how Whitman amassed concept from each stratum of nineteenth-century American existence: the convulsions of slavery and melancholy; the raffish dandyism of the Bowery "b'hoys"; the exuberant rhetoric of actors, orators, and divines. We see how Whitman reconciled his personal sexuality with modern social mores and the way his vigorous courtship of the general public presaged the vogues of advertisements and star. Brilliantly researched, captivatingly informed, Walt Whitman's America is a victorious paintings of scholarship that breathes new lifestyles into the biographical style.

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Big Trouble: A Murder in a Small Western Town Sets Off a Struggle for the Soul of America

By J. Anthony Lukas

From the writer of Common Ground -- essentially the most acclaimed books of contemporary years -- comes a grand narrative of the us because it charged, filled with wish and trepidation, into the 20th century.

J. Anthony Lukas, a masterful storyteller, tells a enthralling story -- of a bad homicide, an excellent trial, and the fight they trigger for the soul of the USA.

Big Trouble starts off on a snowy night at Christmas time 1905 within the little city of Caldwell, Idaho, to which the state's former governor, Frank Steunenberg, had again to go his relatives financial institution whereas considering his political destiny. As he walked domestic that evening, he sensed all approximately him the daring, exuberant, unashamedly acquisitive spirit of Caldwell's younger marketers, who -- as his brother had written -- have been "here for the money." Like such a lot of within the West at the moment, those brothers believed their clients for enriching themselves have been unlimited, that the longer term opened extensive ahead of them.

ANd but the governor suffered premonitions that he and his buddies were not totally in charge of their very own future, that anything malign threatened their healthiness.

Now, as he the plume of his frozen breath, his boots crunching 8 inches of freshly frozen snow, he became via his backyard gate and a bomb hooked up to the gatepost blew him "into eternity."

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