Sweetness and Light: The Mysterious History of the Honeybee

By Hattie Ellis

Do you know that Abraham Lincoln and Muhammad Ali either fed on bee pollen to spice up strength, or that beekeepers in nineteenth-century Europe seen their bees as a part of the family members? Or that when guy, the honeybee, Apis mellifera, is the main studied creature on this planet? And that all through historical past, honey has been hugely valued by way of the traditional Egyptians (the first recognized beekeepers), the Greeks, and eu monarchs, in addition to Winnie the Pooh?

In Sweetness and Light, Hattie Ellis leads us into the hive, revealing the interesting tale of bees and honey from the Stone Age to the current, from Nepalese honey hunters to city hives at the rooftops of recent York urban. Uncovering the secrets and techniques of the honeybee one after the other, Ellis indicates how this small insect, with a collective importance lots more than its person measurement, can hold us via previous and current to inform us extra approximately ourselves than the other residing creature.

Show description

Continue reading "Sweetness and Light: The Mysterious History of the Honeybee"

Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan

By William Dalrymple

From the prizewinning historian, a masterly retelling of the 1st Afghan battle, might be the West's maximum imperial catastrophe within the East: an incredible parable of neocolonial ambition and cultural collision, folly, and hubris.

In the spring of 1839, the British invaded Afghanistan for the 1st time. Led by way of lancers in scarlet cloaks and plumed shakos, approximately 20,000 British and East India corporation troops poured during the excessive mountain passes and re-established at the throne Shah Shuja ul-Mulk.

On the way in which in, the British confronted little resistance. yet after years of profession, the Afghan humans rose in resolution to the decision for jihad and the rustic exploded into violent uprising. the 1st Anglo-Afghan battle resulted in Britain's maximum army humiliation of the 19th century: a whole military of the then strongest state on this planet ambushed in retreat and totally routed by means of poorly built tribesmen.

Return of a King is the definitive research of the 1st Afghan conflict, instructed in the course of the lives of unforgettable characters on each side and utilizing for the 1st time modern Afghan money owed of the clash, together with an important new fabric in Russian, Urdu and Persian from data in South Asia. Prize-winning and bestselling historian William Dalrymple's masterful retelling of Britain's maximum imperial catastrophe is a robust and significant parable of colonial ambition and cultural collision, folly and hubris, for our times.

Show description

Continue reading "Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan"

The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square

By Ned Sublette

Named one of many best 10 Books of 2008 via The Times-Picayune.
 
Winner of the 2009 Humanities publication of the yr award from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.
Awarded the hot Orleans Gulf South Booksellers organization booklet of the 12 months Award for 2008.
 

New Orleans is the main elusive of yank towns. The made of the centuries-long fight between 3 potent empires--France, Spain, and England--and between their respective American colonies and enslaved African peoples, it has constantly gave the look of a international port to so much american citizens, baffled as they're through its advanced cultural inheritance.

 

The global That Made New Orleans offers a brand new viewpoint in this insufficiently understood urban by way of telling the awesome tale of latest Orleans’s first century--a story of imperial warfare, non secular clash, the hunt for treasure, the unfold of slavery, the Cuban connection, the tough aristocracy of sugar, and the very assorted revolutions that created the U.S. and Haiti. It demonstrates that New Orleans already had its personal specific character on the time of Louisiana’s statehood in 1812. via then, vital roots of yank tune have been firmly planted in its city swamp--especially in the dances at Congo sq., the place enslaved Africans and African american citizens seemed en masse on Sundays to, as an 1819 customer to town placed it, “rock the city.” 

 

This e-book is a logical continuation of Ned Sublette’s earlier quantity, Cuba and Its song: From the 1st Drums to the Mambo, which used to be hugely praised for its synthesis of musical, cultural, and political history. Just as that ebook has turn into a customary source on Cuba, so too will The international That Made New Orleans long stay crucial for knowing the gorgeous and tragic tale of this so much American of towns.

Show description

Continue reading "The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square"

Higher Education in America

By Derek Bok

Better schooling in the United States is a landmark work--a accomplished and authoritative research of the present situation of our schools and universities from former Harvard president Derek Bok, one of many nation's most useful schooling specialists. Sweepingly formidable in scope, this can be a deeply trained and balanced evaluate of the numerous strengths in addition to the weaknesses of yankee greater schooling this present day. At a time while faculties and universities have by no means been extra very important to the lives and possibilities of scholars or to the growth and prosperity of the kingdom, Bok offers an intensive exam of the whole approach, private and non-private, from neighborhood faculties and small liberal arts faculties to nice universities with their study courses and their clinical, legislations, and company faculties. Drawing at the foremost stories and information, he determines which criticisms of upper schooling are unfounded or exaggerated, that are problems with actual predicament, and what might be performed to enhance matters.

Some of the themes thought of are long-standing, comparable to debates over the undergraduate curriculum and issues over emerging collage bills. Others are newer, akin to the increase of for-profit associations and large open on-line classes (MOOCs). extra issues contain the standard of undergraduate schooling, the stagnating degrees of faculty commencement, the issues of college governance, the strengths and weaknesses of graduate schooling, the surroundings for examine, and the advantages and disadvantages of the pervasive festival between American schools and universities.

Offering a unprecedented survey and overview of yankee better schooling as an entire, this ebook offers an effective foundation for a clean public dialogue approximately what the method is doing correct, what it must do higher, and the way the following sector century might be made a interval of growth instead of decline

Show description

Continue reading "Higher Education in America"

If Rome Hadn't Fallen: How the Survival of Rome Might Have Changed World History

By Timothy Venning

This can be a interesting exploration of the way the background of Europe, and certainly the realm, could have been assorted if the Western Roman Empire had survived the crises that pulled it aside within the 4th and fifth centuries.

Dr. Timothy Venning starts off via exhibiting how that survival and restoration may well plausibly have occurred if numerous quite minor issues were diversified. He then strikes directly to talk about a sequence of situations which would have altered the process next background dramatically. might the survival of a robust Western Empire have assisted the japanese (Byzantine) Empire in halting the growth of Islam within the center East and North Africa? How may the Western Roman Empire have dealt with the Viking chance? might they also have exploited the Viking discovery of the USA and proven winning colonies there?

While unavoidably speculative, all of the eventualities are mentioned in the framework of a deep figuring out of the foremost riding forces, tensions and tendencies that formed ecu heritage and support to shed gentle upon them. In so doing they assist the reader to appreciate why issues panned out as they did, in addition to what could have been.

Show description

Continue reading "If Rome Hadn't Fallen: How the Survival of Rome Might Have Changed World History"

The Tube Has Spoken: Reality TV and History (Film and History)

By Julie Anne Taddeo

That includes usual humans, celebrities, video game exhibits, hidden cameras, daily events, and funny or dramatic events, fact television is without doubt one of the quickest becoming and critical pop culture developments of the earlier decade, with roots achieving again to the times of radio. The Tube Has Spoken offers an research of the turning out to be phenomenon of fact television, its evolution as a style, and the way it's been formed through cultural background. This choice of essays seems at a large spectrum of exhibits airing from the Nineteen Fifties to the current, addressing the most well known courses together with Alan Funt's Candid digital camera, mammoth Brother, spouse switch, child state, and the largest Loser. It bargains either a multidisciplinary strategy and a cross-cultural viewpoint, contemplating Australian, Canadian, British, and American courses. additionally, the e-book explores how pop culture shapes glossy western values; for instance, either An American relations and its British counterpart, The relatives, exhibit the decline of the based on materialistic pressures and the fashionable ethos of individualism. This assortment highlights how truth television has altered the tastes and values of audiences within the 20th and twenty-first centuries. It analyzes how truth television courses mirror the tensions among the person and the group, the transformative energy of expertise, the production of the fame, and the breakdown of private and non-private spheres.

Show description

Continue reading "The Tube Has Spoken: Reality TV and History (Film and History)"

That Devilin' Tune: A Jazz History, 1900-1950

By Allen Lowe

That Devilin’ song is an invaluable antidote to the Ken Burns television sequence, CDs and books facing jazz history.

Where Burns emphasizes his “great man” idea, Lowe, whereas no longer neglecting Armstrong, Parker and Ellington, speaks of the evolution of jazz extra by way of hobbies that have been based by way of a couple of musicians. He provides extra emphasis to major yet less-well-known artists, because it does take a few musicians to create and flesh out a genre.

Also vital is Lowe’s loss of dogmatism concerning precisely what jazz is. He realizes that the tune we regard as jazz is just a part of a gaggle of African-American musical kinds and consistently relates it to different genres comparable to the blues, minstrel and gospel track, ragtime and R&B; therefore we see jazz rising from a bigger middle of track. (jazztimes.com)

Show description

Continue reading "That Devilin' Tune: A Jazz History, 1900-1950"

The Society of Timid Souls: or, How To Be Brave

By Polly Morland

A trip into the fashionable lifetime of an historic advantage ­– bravery – and a quest to appreciate who could own it and how
 
With The Society of Timid Souls, or the right way to Be Brave, documentary filmmaker Polly Morland units out to enquire bravery, a high quality that she has constantly felt she lacked.  The ebook takes proposal from a vividly eccentric, and radical, self-help workforce for stage-frightened performers in Nineteen Forties long island, which coincided with the terrifying peak of global warfare II and was once referred to as The Society of Timid Souls.  Seventy years later, as nervousness approximately every little thing from terrorism to monetary meltdown keeps, Morland argues that braveness has develop into a advantage in crisis.  we're, she says, all Timid Souls now.

   Despite a profession during which she has filmed in rebel-held Colombian jungles and on the fringe of Balkan mass graves, interviewing convicted murderers, drug-traffickers, and terrorists, Morland herself hasn't ever felt brave.  frequently, the very reverse.  So she units out to find how and why braveness is completed in an age of hysteria and even if it might probably also be learned.  Drawing on her interviews and encounters with infantrymen and civilians, bullfighters and big-wave surfers, dissidents combating for freedom and melanoma sufferers combating for his or her lives, Morland examines bravery around the spectrum: from the 1st early life act of defiance via Bernard Lafayette, a pace-setter of the civil rights circulate who later confronted down the KKK in Alabama, or the reflexive will-to-survive of  Vjollca Berisha, a Kosovo Albanian who continued a bloodbath by means of enjoying useless one of the our bodies of her family, to the small acts of daily bravery that quietly punctuate our lives, in schoolyards, exertions wards, and hospices the area over.

   Along the way in which, Morland attracts realization to a couple of the myths of bravery which have been conjured and perpetuated through the years and argues that, frequently, braveness exists as a lot within the telling as within the doing.  straight away an exploration of what bravery ability and a chronicle of the author's own trip between those that include it, The Society of Timid Souls is a profound, approachable meditation in this such a lot valued and mysterious of human qualities.  In atmosphere off at the path of the lionhearted, Polly Morland reveals out greatly approximately what makes a few of us outstanding, and what of the intense all of us share.

Show description

Continue reading "The Society of Timid Souls: or, How To Be Brave"

A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World

By William J. Bernstein

Acclaimed by way of readers and critics all over the world, A superb Exchange is a sweeping narrative historical past of worldwide trade—from Mesopotamia in 3000 B.C. to the firestorm over globalization today—that brilliantly explores trade’s colourful and contentious previous and gives new insights into its future.

Show description

Continue reading "A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World"

The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean

By Eric H. Cline

The Greek Bronze Age, approximately 3000 to a thousand BCE, witnessed the flourishing of the Minoan and Mycenean civilizations, the earliest enlargement of exchange within the Aegean and wider Mediterranean Sea, the improvement of inventive thoughts in quite a few media, and the evolution of early Greek non secular practices and mythology. The interval additionally witnessed a violent clash in Asia Minor among warring peoples within the quarter, a clash normally believed to be the historic foundation for Homer's Trojan warfare. The Oxford guide of the Bronze Age Aegean offers a close survey of those attention-grabbing points of the interval, etc, in sixty-six newly commissioned articles.

Divided into 4 sections, the guide starts with Background and Definitions, which includes articles developing the self-discipline in its old, geographical, and chronological settings and in its relation to different disciplines. the second one part, Chronology and Geography, includes articles studying the Bronze Age Aegean by way of chronological interval (Early Bronze Age, center Bronze Age, past due Bronze Age). all the sessions are additional subdivided geographically, in order that person articles are excited by Mainland Greece in the course of the Early Bronze Age, Crete throughout the Early Bronze Age, the Cycladic Islands in the course of the Early Bronze Age, and an analogous for the center Bronze Age, via the past due Bronze Age. The 3rd part, Thematic and particular Topics, comprises articles reading thematic themes that can not be performed justice in a strictly chronological/geographical therapy, together with faith, country and society, alternate, conflict, pottery, writing, and burial customs, in addition to particular occasions, resembling the eruption of Santorini and the Trojan struggle. The fourth part, Specific websites and Areas, includes articles analyzing crucial areas and websites within the Bronze Age Aegean, together with Mycenae, Tiryns, Pylos, Knossos, Kommos, Rhodes, the northern Aegean, and the Uluburun shipwreck, in addition to adjoining parts similar to the Levant, Egypt, and the western Mediterranean.

Containing new paintings by means of a global workforce of specialists, The Oxford guide of the Bronze Age Aegean represents the main entire, authoritative, and up to date single-volume survey of the sector. it is going to be imperative for students and complicated scholars alike.

Show description

Continue reading "The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean"