Class, Leisure and National Identity in British Children's Literature, 1918-1950

Author: Hazel Sheeky Bird

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137407433

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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This book places children's literature at the forefront of early twentieth-century debates about national identity and class relations that were expressed through the pursuit of leisure. Focusing on stories about hiking, camping and sailing, this book offers a fresh insight into a popular period of modern British cultural and political history.

The Pamirs and the source of the Oxus

Author: George Nathaniel Curzon Curzon (Marquis of),George Nathaniel Curzon Curzon of Kedleston (Marquess),Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain)

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Pamir

Page: 83

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The Conquests of Alexander the Great (Revised Edition)

Author: Alison Behnke

Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books

ISBN: 1467703761

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 149

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As legend has it, a young prince, Alexander, once subdued a wild stallion others couldn't control. Impressed by the youngster's bravery, his father, King Philip of Macedonia, predicted that Alexander would need to find a kingdom big enough for his ambitions. And when Alexander became king, that's exactly what he did. Alexander and his well-trained armies first gained the support of the Greek city states. Then in the mid-300s B.C., he conquered Egypt and the Persian Empire. With his brilliant military tactics, Alexander took over lands including modern-day Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and northern India. Although he lived only thirty-three years, Alexander and his armies spread Greek culture and customs to these conquered lands, joining Western and Eastern ideas to produce a new culture called Hellenism, which influenced the ancient world for centuries to come.

The Oxus Treasure

Author: John Curtis

Publisher: British Museum Publications Limited

ISBN: 9780714150796

Category: History

Page: 64

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In May 1880 Captain F.C. Burton, a British political officer in Afghanistan, rescued a group of merchants who had been captured by bandits while travelling between Kabul and Peshawar. With them was a rich and impressive collection of gold and silver objects dating back to the fifth and fourth centuries BC. From the banks of the River Oxus, the entire hoard was, in due course, bequeathed to the British Museum. Consisting of around 170 objects, including vessels, a gold scabbard, armlets, coins and much more, the collection is an example of ancient goldsmithery at its very best. With exciting and descriptive insight placing the treasure into historical and cultural context, this book takes a closer look at the individual wonders that make up the Oxus Treasure one of the British Museums most celebrated and cherished collections.

Halfway House to Heaven

Unravelling the Mystery of the Majestic River Oxus

Author: Bill Colegrave

Publisher: Bene Factum Pub Limited

ISBN: 9781903071281

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 176

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A remarkable true story of survival during World War II, eloquently told, sparkling with moments of humor and optimism that shine all the brighter for the surrounding darkness In September 1939, as a 10-year-old boy, Michal Giedroyc watched the Russian security police seize his home in Eastern Poland. His father, a senator and judge, was imprisoned while his mother, with Michal and his two sisters, were left on the streets of the local town to fend for themselves. Later they were transported in cattle trucks to the wastes of Soviet Siberia, with hundreds of thousands of other deportees. "Here, by the will of the rulers of the Soviet Empire, we were to toil and die." Eighteen months of deprivation and hunger on a collective farm brought them to the brink of extinction. Exhausted, half starved, and ill, Michal's mother and her children set off on a second grueling journey that would take them across Central Asia to Persia, the Middle East, and finally England. In one dramatic incident their survival hinged remarkably on the just two simple objects—a potato and a penknife. Woven into the narrative are memories of a gentler prewar period when the Giedroyc family revived a failing country estate and enjoyed an idyllic way of life that vanished forever in 1939.

From the Oxus River to the Chinese Shores

Studies on East Syriac Christianity in China and Central Asia

Author: Li Tang,Dietmar W. Winkler

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 3643903294

Category: History

Page: 472

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Syriac Christianity spread along the Silk Road together with Aramaic culture and liturgy. Because of this, the staging posts of Christian merchants along the trade routes grew into missionary centers. Thus, the mission of the Church of the East stretched from Persia to Arabia and India, and from the Oxus River to the Chinese shores. This book contains a collection of studies on the Church of the East in its historical setting. It sheds new light on this subject from various perspectives and academic disciplines, providing fresh insights into the rich heritage of Syriac Christianity. (Series: orientalia - patristica - oecumenica - Vol. 5)

In Search of the Phoenicians

Author: Josephine Quinn

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400889111

Category: History

Page: 360

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Who were the ancient Phoenicians, and did they actually exist? The Phoenicians traveled the Mediterranean long before the Greeks and Romans, trading, establishing settlements, and refining the art of navigation. But who these legendary sailors really were has long remained a mystery. In Search of the Phoenicians makes the startling claim that the “Phoenicians” never actually existed. Taking readers from the ancient world to today, this monumental book argues that the notion of these sailors as a coherent people with a shared identity, history, and culture is a product of modern nationalist ideologies—and a notion very much at odds with the ancient sources. Josephine Quinn shows how the belief in this historical mirage has blinded us to the compelling identities and communities these people really constructed for themselves in the ancient Mediterranean, based not on ethnicity or nationhood but on cities, family, colonial ties, and religious practices. She traces how the idea of “being Phoenician” first emerged in support of the imperial ambitions of Carthage and then Rome, and only crystallized as a component of modern national identities in contexts as far-flung as Ireland and Lebanon. In Search of the Phoenicians delves into the ancient literary, epigraphic, numismatic, and artistic evidence for the construction of identities by and for the Phoenicians, ranging from the Levant to the Atlantic, and from the Bronze Age to late antiquity and beyond. A momentous scholarly achievement, this book also explores the prose, poetry, plays, painting, and polemic that have enshrined these fabled seafarers in nationalist histories from sixteenth-century England to twenty-first century Tunisia.

The Sands of Oxus

Boyhood Reminiscences of Sadridding [sic] Aini

Author: Sadriddin Aĭnī

Publisher: Mazda Pub

ISBN: 9781568590783

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 275

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Chronicles the influential Tajik author's growth to manhood in pre-revolutionary Uzbekistan and includes two of his autobiographical novellas

The Encyclopedia Britannica

A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information

Author: Hugh Chisholm

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Encyclopedias and dictionaries

Page: N.A

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The Sands of Oxus

Boyhood Reminiscences of Sadridding [sic] Aini

Author: Sadriddin Aĭnī

Publisher: Mazda Pub

ISBN: 9781568590783

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 275

View: 1819

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Chronicles the influential Tajik author's growth to manhood in pre-revolutionary Uzbekistan and includes two of his autobiographical novellas

The Encyclopædia Britannica

A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information

Author: Hugh Chisholm

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Encyclopedias and dictionaries

Page: N.A

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The Hidden People of North Korea

Everyday Life in the Hermit Kingdom

Author: Ralph Hassig,Kongdan Oh

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442237198

Category: Political Science

Page: 252

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This unique book, now fully updated, provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of life in North Korea today. Drawing on decades of experience, noted experts Ralph Hassig and Kongdan Oh explore a world few outsiders can imagine. In vivid detail, the authors describe how the secretive and authoritarian government of Kim Jong-un shapes every aspect of its citizens' lives, how the command socialist economy has utterly failed, and how ordinary individuals struggle to survive through small-scale capitalism. Weighing the very limited individual rights allowed, the authors illustrate how the political class system and the legal system serve solely as tools of the regime. The key to understanding how the North Korean people live, the authors argue, is to realize that their only allowed role is to support Kim Jong-un, whose grandfather founded the country in the late 1940s. Still a cypher, Kim Jong-un, as did his father before him, controls his people by keeping them isolated and banning most foreigners. North Koreans remain hungry and oppressed, yet the outside world is slowly filtering in, and the book concludes by urging the United States to flood North Korea with information so that its people can make decisions based on truth rather than their dictator's ubiquitous propaganda.