Category: History

  • The Tears of Re: Beekeeping in Ancient Egypt

    By Gene Kritsky

    In response to Egyptian mythology, whilst the traditional Egyptian solar god Re cried, his tears become honey bees upon touching the floor. consequently, the honey bee used to be sacrosanct in historical Egyptian tradition. From the paintings depicting bees on temple partitions to the use of beeswax as a therapeutic ointment, the honey bee used to be a pervasive cultural motif in old Egypt as a result of its connection to the solar god Re. Gene Kritsky can provide a concise advent of the connection among the honey bee and historic Egyptian tradition, during the lenses of linguistics, archeology, faith, wellbeing and fitness, and economics. Kritsky delves into old Egypt's multifaceted society, and strains the significance of the honey bee in every little thing from dying rituals to exchange. In doing so, Kritsky brings new proof to mild of ways complex and engaging the traditional Egyptians were.

    This richly illustrated paintings appeals to a wide variety of pursuits. For archeology fanatics, Kritsky delves into the archeological proof of Egyptian beekeeping and discusses newly found tombs, in addition to facts of artifical hives. Linguists may be enthusiastic about Kritsky's dialogue of the 1st documented written proof of the honeybee hieroglyph. And someone attracted to historical Egypt or historical cultures as a rule might be intrigued through Kritsky's therapy of the 1st documented beekeepers. This e-book presents a distinct social remark of a group up to now faraway from smooth people chronologically conversing, and but so interesting a result of attractive advances their society made. Beekeeping is the most recent facts of the way sooner than their occasions the Egyptians have been, and the resultant narrative is as alluring as any other point of historical Egyptian culture.
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  • The Mediterranean in the Ancient World

    By Fernand Braudel

    This basic reader's background of the traditional mediterranean combines a radical grab of the scholarship of the day with an nice historian's present for inventive reconstruction and encouraged analogy. wide notes enable the reader to understand thestate of scholarship on the time of writing, the dimensions and breadth of Braudel's studying and the issues the place orthodoxy has replaced, occasionally vindicating Braudel, occasionally proving him fallacious. mainly the publication deals us the opportunity to situate Braudel's mediterranean, born of a lifetime's love and information, extra truly within the climates of the sea's historical past.
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  • A Short History of England: The Glorious Story of a Rowdy Nation

    By Simon Jenkins

    The heroes and villains, triumphs and failures of English heritage are immediately familiar—from the Norman Conquest to Henry VIII, Queen Victoria to the 2 international wars. yet to appreciate their complete importance we have to comprehend the entire tale. A brief background of England sheds new mild on the entire key participants and occasions in English background by means of bringing them jointly in an enlightening account of the country’s beginning, upward thrust to international prominence, after which partial eclipse. it's the definitive narrative of ways today’s England got here to be.

    With sixteen Pages of wonderful, Full-Color Illustrations
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  • The Pessimist's Guide to History: An Irresistible Compendium of Catastrophes, Barbarities, Massacres, and Mayhem - from 14 Billion Years Ago to 2007

    By Doris Flexner, Stuart Berg Flexner

    The vintage irreverent examine the past—now up to date with much more appalling evidence!

    Fourteen billion or so years in the past, the large Bang exploded—and it's been downhill from there. for each miraculous discovery all through historical past, there were thousands of devastating epidemics; for each benevolent despot, 1000 like Vlad the Impaler; for each cup half-full, a bigger cup half-empty. This captivating, enlightening, and devilishly enjoyable chronicle of mess ups and dastardly deeds brings to gentle the darkest occasions in historical past and the main abysmal calamities to strike the planet . . . to date.

    88 BC: Mithridates VI Eupator presents an early instance of genocide by means of massacring 100,000 Romans.

    1347: Saint Vitus' Dance Epidemic shimmies throughout Europe like a perilous disco fever, leaving its sufferers twitching, uncontrollably jumping, and foaming on the mouth.

    1888: Jack the Ripper stalks during the darkish alleys of Whitechapel, England, turning the world's oldest career into the world's most threatening one.

    1939: A Swiss chemist wins a Nobel Prize for constructing DDT—and the surroundings will get one other nail within the coffin.

    2005: storm Katrina devastates the Gulf Coast. In a vintage double whammy, the govt. reaction additionally devastates the Gulf Coast.

    and masses, even more!
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  • Encountering Gorillas: A Chronicle of Discovery, Exploitation, Understanding, and Survival

    By James L. Newman

    Gorillas, the most important of the apes inhabiting our planet, were a resource of worry, awe, and notion to people. during this booklet, James L. Newman brings a life of examine of Africa to his compelling tale of the wealthy and sundry interplay among gorillas and people for the reason that earliest touch. He illuminates the complicated dating over time in the course of the interlinked topics of discovery, exploitation, figuring out, and carrying on with survival. Tragically, the variety of free-living gorillas—facing habitat loss, illness, and poaching—has declined dramatically over the process the previous century, and the way forward for the few that stay is very doubtful. whilst, these in zoos and sanctuaries now lead even more safe lives than they did past. Newman follows this transition, highlighting the jobs performed by means of key members, either people and gorillas. one of the former were adventurers, opportunists, writers, and scientists. The latter comprise genuine gorillas, comparable to Gargantua and Koko, and fictional ones, particularly King Kong and potent Joe younger. This considerate and interesting publication is helping us know the way our picture of gorillas has been either distorted and clarified via tradition and technological know-how for hundreds of years and the way we now regulate the future of those really good nice apes.
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  • Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets (Incerto)

    By Nassim Nicholas Taleb

    Fooled through Randomness is a standalone publication in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s landmark Incerto sequence, an research of opacity, success, uncertainty, likelihood, human mistakes, hazard, and decision-making in an international we don’t comprehend. the opposite books within the sequence are The Black Swan, Antifragile, and The mattress of Procrustes.

    “[Taleb is] Wall Street’s valuable dissident. . . . [Fooled through Randomness] is to traditional Wall highway knowledge nearly what Martin Luther’s ninety-nine theses have been to the Catholic Church.”
    Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker

    eventually in paperback, the word-of-mouth sensation that may switch how you take into consideration the markets and the world.This ebook is set success: extra accurately how we understand good fortune in our own stories.

    Set opposed to the backdrop of the main conspicuous discussion board during which success is fallacious for skill–the global of business–Fooled by way of Randomness is an irreverent, iconoclastic, eye-opening, and without end wonderful exploration of 1 of the least understood forces in all of our lives.
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  • Holy Madness: Romantics, Patriots and Revolutionaries, 1776-1871

    By Adam Zamoyski

    The Enlightenment had dislodged Christianity from its vital place within the lifetime of ecu societies.

    Man’s quest for ecstasy and transcendence flooded into parts corresponding to the humanities, spawning the Romantic movement.

    By the past due eighteenth and early 19th century this secular quest for salvation gave upward push to a common hope for perfect communities.

    In ‘Holy Madness’, Adam Zamoyski lines how worship and commitment initially channelled during the church was once refocused at the explanation for the folk and the nation.

    This dramatic trip starts off in the US in 1776 and is going correct as much as the final discomfort of the Paris Commune in 1871, taking within the French revolution, the Irish uprising, the Polish uprisings, the warfare of Greek liberation, the Russian riot, the Hungarian struggles for freedom, the liberation of South the United States and the Italian Risorgimento.

    On an enormous canvas, Adam Zamoyski combines an exciting voyage via those extraordinary occasions with illuminating graphics of the foremost gamers – Lafayette, Garibaldi, Lamartine, Kossuth, Mazzini, Napoleon, Paine, Benjamin Franklin, Coleridge, Byron, Bakunin, Rousseau and Bolivar.

    ‘Zamoyski is a fluent and interesting author, and has been drastically praised for the fashion, sweep and authority of his prior bold and in lots of methods impressive book.’ – Hilary Mantel, day-by-day Telegraph

    ‘Splendidly descriptive, packed with tune and color. it's not not like a symphonic poem, with operative bits the following and there...both fascinating and learned...Zamoyski sweeps throughout 3 generations of revolutionaries...a tapestry-like essay woven with a hundred strands of romantic history.’ –The Times

    ‘Bold narrative heritage at its so much imaginative.’ –Observer

    Count Adam Stefan Zamoyski is a historian and a member of the traditional Zamoyski kinfolk of Polish the Aristocracy. His books comprise ‘The final King of Poland’, ‘The Forgotten Few’, and ‘Paderewski’.
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  • Architecture and Mathematics in Ancient Egypt

    By Corinna Rossi

    Corinna Rossi explores using numbers and geometrical figures via the traditional Egyptians of their architectural initiatives and structures. while past architectural stories have hunted for "universal principles" to give an explanation for the whole historical past of Egyptian structure, Rossi reconciles the methods of architectural historians and archaeologists through checking out architectural theories. This e-book is key analyzing for all students of historical Egypt and the structure of historic cultures.
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  • Scouting for Boys: A Handbook for Instruction in Good Citizenship

    Scouting for Boys introduced one of many biggest, quickest starting to be hobbies in heritage. Scouts of every age will get pleasure from this impressive choice of crime fixing counsel, open air expeditions, warfare tales, and first-aid education. Lord Robert Baden-Powell is helping boys and leaders develop into powerful, ready voters via intriguing adventures on the earth of scouting.
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