A History of Histories

Author: John Burrow

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307268527

Category: History

Page: 512

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Treating the practice of history not as an isolated pursuit but as an aspect of human society and an essential part of the culture of the West, John Burrow magnificently brings to life and explains the distinctive qualities found in the work of historians from the ancient Egyptians and Greeks to the present. With a light step and graceful narrative, he gathers together over 2,500 years of the moments and decisions that have helped create Western identity. This unique approach is an incredible lens with which to view the past. Standing alone in its ambition, scale and fascination, Burrow's history of history is certain to stand the test of time.

A History of Histories

Epics, Chronicles, Romances and Inquiries from Herodotus and Thucydides to the Twentieth Century

Author: John Wyon Burrow

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated

ISBN: 0375413111

Category: History

Page: 517

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An analysis of the study of the past and its implications in the Western world, from ancient times to the present day, looks at the work of individual historians and how they presented the past in terms of their perspectives, beliefs, and historical perio

A History of Histories

Epics, Chronicles, Romances and Inquiries from Herodotus and Thucydides to the Twentieth Century

Author: John Wyon Burrow,John Burrow

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 014028379X

Category: History

Page: 576

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'BRILLIANT . . . A MASTERLY OVERVIEW. HIS BOOK ABOUNDS IN CHARACTER, CONTEXT, SENSE AND WIT' DOMINIC SANDBROOK, EVENING STANDARD This is the extraordinary story of how we have understood and interpreted the past over the last 2,500 years. From the 'father of history' Herodotus to Medieval chroniclers, and from Gibbon's epic depiction of the Roman Empire to today's TV dons, this unique and gripping book explores the defining accounts of the great and terrible events in history, showing what they tell us about their times, and ours . 'A TOUR DE FORCE OF ELEGANT, WITTY AND READABLE EXPOSITION . . . JOHN BURROW MORE THAN STANDS COMPARISON WITH ANY NUMBER OF HIS SUBJECTS' PAUL CARTLEDGE, INDEPENDENT 'HIGHLY ENJOYABLE . . . BRIMMING WITH ACUTE OBSERVATIONS, AND OFTEN VERY WITTY. ANYONE WHO WANTS TO KNOW WHAT HISTORICAL WRITING HAS CONTRIBUTED TO OUR CULTURE SHOULD START HERE' KEITH THOMAS, GUARDIAN 'AN EXEMPLAR OF HOW HISTORY SHOULD BE WRITTEN . . . BURROW'S NARRATIVE FLOWS LIKE THE HISTORY THAT HE ADMIRES' MICHAEL BINYON, THE TIMES 'AWE-INSPIRINGLY ABITIOUS' TOM HOLLAND, DAILY TELEGRAPH 'ENTERTAINING AND INSIRATIONAL . . . CONVERSATIONAL, DISCURSIVE, WITTY AND PENETRATING' BRAIN YOUNG, LITERARY REVIEW

The History of Pakistan

Author: Iftikhar Haider Malik

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313341370

Category: History

Page: 237

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A history of the Indo-Muslim nation proves an overview of the area, a discussion of the pre-Pakistan history of the region, the coming of Islam, and the political history of the nation from independence throught the 2008 elections.

A History of the Vietnamese

Author: K. W. Taylor

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107244358

Category: History

Page: N.A

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The history of Vietnam prior to the nineteenth century is rarely examined in any detail. In this groundbreaking work, K. W. Taylor takes up this challenge, addressing a wide array of topics from the earliest times to the present day - including language, literature, religion, and warfare - and themes - including Sino-Vietnamese relations, the interactions of the peoples of different regions within the country, and the various forms of government adopted by the Vietnamese throughout their history. A History of the Vietnamese is based on primary source materials, combining a comprehensive narrative with an analysis which endeavours to see the Vietnamese past through the eyes of those who lived it. Taylor questions long-standing stereotypes and clichés about Vietnam, drawing attention to sharp discontinuities in the Vietnamese past. Fluently written and accessible to all readers, this highly original contribution to the study of Southeast Asia is a landmark text for all students and scholars of Vietnam.

A Concise History of the Caribbean

Author: B. W. Higman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139495151

Category: History

Page: N.A

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A Concise History of the Caribbean presents a general history of the Caribbean islands from the beginning of human settlement about seven thousand years ago to the present. It narrates processes of early human migration, the disastrous consequences of European colonization, the development of slavery and the slave trade, the extraordinary profits earned by the plantation economy, the great revolution in Haiti, movements toward political independence, the Cuban Revolution, and the diaspora of Caribbean people. Written in a lively and accessible style yet current with the most recent research, the book provides a compelling narrative of Caribbean history essential for students and visitors.

The History of Somalia

Author: Raphael Chijioke Njoku

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313378576

Category: History

Page: 211

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This book vividly depicts Somalia from its pre-colonial period to the present day, documenting the tumultuous history of a nation that has faced many challenges.

Indonesia

Peoples and Histories

Author: Jean Gelman Taylor

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300105186

Category: History

Page: 420

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Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim nation, is now in the midst of dramatic upheaval. This history of Indonesia provides an overview from the prehistoric period to the present and explores the connections between the nation's many communities and the differences that propel contemporary breakaway movements. ?Taylor's approach challenges and opens the mind.”?Jaime James, Los Angeles Times Book Review ?Taylor's new book is groundbreaking: it takes us on a grand journey from the earliest material cultures of the archipelago to Indonesia's turbulent present.”?Laurie J. Sears, author of Shadows of Empire: Colonial Discourse and Javanese Tales ?Clear, erudite, and authoritative, this book provides a rich coverage of the vast tapestry of Indonesian society.”?Ben Kiernan, Yale University ?A rich and fascinating excursion into Indonesian history that is guided not only by the usual commanding authority of political events, but by the story of how different peoples, as communities, have interacted over the centuries to produce an Indonesia that, although diverse, can also be called a nation.”?Foreign Affairs

The History

Author: Herodotus

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226327754

Category: History

Page: 710

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David Grene, one of the best known translators of the Greek classics, splendidly captures the peculiar quality of Herodotus, the father of history. Here is the historian, investigating and judging what he has seen, heard, and read, and seeking out the true causes and consequences of the great deeds of the past. In his History, the war between the Greeks and Persians, the origins of their enmity, and all the more general features of the civilizations of the world of his day are seen as a unity and expressed as the vision of one man who as a child lived through the last of the great acts in this universal drama. In Grene's remarkable translation and commentary, we see the historian as a storyteller, combining through his own narration the skeletal "historical" facts and the imaginative reality toward which his story reaches. Herodotus emerges in all his charm and complexity as a writer and the first historian in the Western tradition, perhaps unique in the way he has seen the interrelation of fact and fantasy. "Reading Herodotus in English has never been so much fun. . . . Herodotus crowds his fresco-like pages with all shades of humanity. Whether Herodotus's view is 'tragic,' mythical, or merely common sense, it provided him with a moral salt with which the diversity of mankind could be savored. And savor it we do in David Grene's translation."—Thomas D'Evelyn, Christian Science Monitor "Grene's work is a monument to what translation intends, and to what it is hungry to accomplish. . . . Herodotus gives more sheer pleasure than almost any other writer."—Peter Levi, New York Times Book Review

The History of Radiology

Author: Adrian M. K. Thomas,Arpan K. Banerjee

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191669709

Category: Medical

Page: 240

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In 1890, Professor Arthur Willis Goodspeed, a professor of physics at Pennsylvania USA was working with an English born photographer, William N Jennings, when they accidentally produced a Röntgen Ray picture. Unfortunately, the significance of their findings were overlooked, and the formal discovery of X-rays was credited to Wilhelm Roentgen in 1895. The discovery has since transformed the practice of medicine, and over the course of the past 130 years, the development of new radiological techniques has continued to grow. The impact has been seen in virtually every hospital in the world, from the routine use of ultrasound for pregnancy scans, through to the diagnosis of complex medical issues such as brain tumours. More subtly, X-rays were also used in the discovery of DNA and in military combat, and their social influence through popular culture can be seen in cartoons, books, movies and art. Written by two radiologists who have a passion for the history of their field, The History of Radiology is a beautifully illustrated review of the remarkable developments within radiology and the scientists and pioneers who were involved. This engaging and authoritative history will appeal to a wide audience including medical students studying for the Diploma in the History of Medicine of the Society of Apothecaries (DHMSA), doctors, medical physicists, medical historians and radiographers.

A History of China

Author: John A.G. Roberts

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 0230345360

Category: History

Page: 400

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It has been said that the twenty-first century will be China's century. Such a remark highlights the importance of being informed about China's long and tumultuous history. J. A. G. Roberts traces the main course of that history, from the earliest times, through the centuries of imperial government, to the present day. Chapters on China's imperial history identify the main political and economic changes, whilst introducing key social themes. Turning to the modern period, Roberts then traces the dramatic events of the Opium Wars, the 1911 Revolution and the Republican era. The book ends with a detailed discussion of China under Communist rule and a wide-ranging review of new developments, including China's economic achievements and its costs. Thoroughly revised and expanded in the light of the latest research, and now featuring a helpful chronology, this up-to-date, authoritative overview of China's past is ideal for students and general readers alike.

Grenada

A History of Its People

Author: Beverley A. Steele

Publisher: MacMillan Caribbean

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 444

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Grenada: A History of its People blends up-to-date scholarship from primary sources with fascinating detail of its people and their often turbulent struggle for survival. It provides a detailed chronological historical analysis but focuses especially on the story and everyday lives of its inhabitants from the earliest days of settlement by the Arawaks to the overthrow of revolutionary Prime Minister, Maurice Bishop, in 1981 and beyond. The author combines her knowledge and understanding of the island and its people with her considerable narrative skills to produce a highly readable, informative and entertaining overview of Grenada's remarkable history. - Publisher.

The History of Armenia

From the Origins to the Present

Author: S. Payaslian

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230608582

Category: History

Page: 296

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A timely and concise overview of Armenian history

A Concise History of Hungary

Author: Miklós Molnár

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521667364

Category: History

Page: 370

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A comprehensive history of the land, people, society, culture and economy of Hungary.

A Little History of Religion

Author: Richard Holloway

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300222149

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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For curious readers young and old, a rich and colorful history of religion from humanity’s earliest days to our own contentious times In an era of hardening religious attitudes and explosive religious violence, this book offers a welcome antidote. Richard Holloway retells the entire history of religion—from the dawn of religious belief to the twenty-first century—with deepest respect and a keen commitment to accuracy. Writing for those with faith and those without, and especially for young readers, he encourages curiosity and tolerance, accentuates nuance and mystery, and calmly restores a sense of the value of faith. Ranging far beyond the major world religions of Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, and Hinduism, Holloway also examines where religious belief comes from, the search for meaning throughout history, today’s fascinations with Scientology and creationism, religiously motivated violence, hostilities between religious people and secularists, and more. Holloway proves an empathic yet discerning guide to the enduring significance of faith and its power from ancient times to our own.

A History of India

Author: Peter Robb

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 0230345492

Category: History

Page: 400

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This fresh and up-to-date interpretation of India's rich and extraordinary history, written by a leading authority in the field, explores themes in ancient, medieval and especially modern India. Peter Robb's accessible study analyses India's civilizations, empires and regions through the ages, and now also evaluates present-day developments and opportunities. A History of India, Second Edition • examines the relationships between politics, religious belief, social order, environment and economic change • assesses, from c. 1860, British colonialism, Indian nationalism and nation-building, popular protest movements, religious revivals, and re-inventions of caste, community and gender • discusses long-term economic development, the impact of global trade, and the origins of rural poverty • has been revised in the light of the latest scholarship, and now features a Chronology as well as a fully reworked final chapter which brings the story up to the present day and carefully considers India's prospects and new roles in the world. Centred around clearly expressed and well argued topics, issues and explanations, A History of India remains the ideal introduction for all those who wish to understand the drama and vitality of India's past, its present situation and its future challenges.

A Little History of Economics

Revised Version

Author: Niall Kishtainy

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300206364

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 249

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A lively, inviting account of the history of economics, told through events from ancient to modern times and the ideas of great thinkers in the field What causes poverty? Are economic crises inevitable under capitalism? Is government intervention in an economy a helpful approach or a disastrous idea? The answers to such basic economic questions matter to everyone, yet the unfamiliar jargon and math of economics can seem daunting. This clear, accessible, and even humorous book is ideal for young readers new to economics and for all readers who seek a better understanding of the full sweep of economic history and ideas. Economic historian Niall Kishtainy organizes short, chronological chapters that center on big ideas and events. He recounts the contributions of key thinkers including Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, and others, while examining topics ranging from the invention of money and the rise of agrarianism to the Great Depression, entrepreneurship, environmental destruction, inequality, and behavioral economics. The result is a uniquely enjoyable volume that succeeds in illuminating the economic ideas and forces that shape our world.

What is the History of the Book?

Author: James Raven

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1509523219

Category: History

Page: 196

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James Raven, a leading historian of the book, offers a fresh and accessible guide to the global study of the production, dissemination and reception of written and printed texts across all societies and in all ages. Students, teachers, researchers and general readers will benefit from the book's investigation of the subject's origins, scope and future direction. Based on original research and a wide range of sources, What is the History of the Book? shows how book history crosses disciplinary boundaries and intersects with literary, historical, media, library, conservation and communications studies. Raven uses examples from around the world to explore different traditions in bibliography, palaeography and manuscript studies. He analyses book history's growing global ambition and demonstrates how the study of reading practices opens up new horizons in social history and the history of knowledge. He shows how book history is contributing to debates about intellectual and popular culture, colonialism and the communication of ideas. The first global, accessible introduction to the field of book history from ancient to modern times, What is the History of the Book? is essential reading for all those interested in one of society's most important cultural artefacts.

The Briefest History of Time

The History of Histories of Time and the Misconstrued Association Between Entropy and Time

Author: Arieh Ben-Naim

Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company

ISBN: 9789814749848

Category: Entropy

Page: 244

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The aim of this book is to explain in simple language what we know about time and about the history of time. It is shown that the briefest (as well as the lengthiest) history of time can be described in one or two pages. The second purpose of the book is to show that neither entropy, nor the Second Law of Thermodynamics has anything to do with time. The third purpose is to educate the lay reader how to read popular science books, critically. Towards this goal, detailed reviews of four books on time are presented. There are many popular science books on Time, on the beginning of Time and the end of Time. This book is unique in the following two senses: It explains in simple terms what Time is, and why it is not related to entropy It critically reviews a few popular science books which perpetuate all kinds of unfounded ideas about the relationship between Time and the Second Law

A Concise History of Australia

Author: Stuart Macintyre

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139915533

Category: History

Page: N.A

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Australia is the last continent to be settled by Europeans, but it also sustains a people and a culture tens of thousands years old. For much of the past 200 years the newcomers have sought to replace the old with the new. This book tells how they imposed themselves on the land, and brought technology, institutions and ideas to make it their own. It relates the advance from penal colony to a prosperous free nation and illustrates how, as a nation created by waves of newcomers, the search for binding traditions was long frustrated by the feeling of rootlessness, until it came to terms with its origins. The third edition of this acclaimed book recounts the key factors - social, economic and political - that have shaped modern-day Australia. It covers the rise and fall of the Howard government, the 2007 election and the apology to the stolen generation. More than ever before, Australians draw on the past to understand their future.