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Richard the Lionheart vs. Saladin: The Fight for Jerusalem (Histo...
by Francis Hayes

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English

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140

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August 18, 2017

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It is the most holy city in the world – the center of true worship for 3 key faiths. Yet, for centuries Jerusalem has been at the heart of a desperate struggle between East and West. Towards the end of the Twelfth Century, this enmity gave rise to two of the greatest warriors of that – or any – age; Richard the Lionheart and Saladin. The clash of these two men as they fought for control of the Holy Land is an epic story of courage, faith and despotism.
The Refugee Crisis Uncovered: Why do we fear refugees?
by D J

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English

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Publication Date

August 18, 2017

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The truth behind the fear of the refugee. A brief outline of the history of what the figure of the refugee stands for, and what they remind us of.
Twelve Capitalisms An Economic History of Civiliation: Volume On...
by John Paul Maynard

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English

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Publication Date

August 18, 2017

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Twelve Capitalisms: An Economic History of Civilization<br /><br />This 3-volume treatise is a reference book to be sold to libraries. It consists of 88 stand-alone essays, on world economic history, arranged chronologically, from the Paleolithic to the rise of religious-racial nationalism in the 21st century. The first volume, Early Ventures by Land and Sea, shows that the very evolution of our species was influenced by, and led to, trade, gifts, and travel into the unknown. Exogamy was only one reason for our common ancestors to migrate, travel a seasonal circuit, make contact with strangers. We accompany the Australopithecines, Homo erectus, and our own species, on the breakout from Africa, and the discovery by Europe and Asia in all their parts. In chapter three we look at the Neolithic Revolution in Anatolia, Palestine, Iraq, Iran, India and China. From this we argue that there existed a world economic system long ago, in Africa and Asia. <br />The second volume has to do with Europe. The peninsula was rather isolated, late in picking up the ‘Neolithic package.’ It faced grave threats within and without. Eight hundred years ago, one would not have predicted that Europe would re-organize itself, lead the advance, consolidate itself, and become highly charged, expanding to control almost all the earth. Russia was a big arena where ‘Christian civilization’ was imposed by force on indigenous peoples. This was almost as important for Europe as the discovery and settlement of the Western Hemisphere, from the late 15th century on. Traditionally economists and historians trace our current world system from Europe, from the Europe of the Renaissance: Venice, Antwerp, Amsterdam, London. But our book makes it clear that what triggered economic re-organization in Europe, came from outside it. Islamic economies, for example, greatly stimulated economic growth not just in the Dar al Islam, but outside as well. The Muslims contributed much, and also served as a conduit for Greek learning, Babylonian mathematics and Chinese maritime technology, plus printing and book-making. As we will see, there is suspicion that modern science and medicine owe much to the more advanced Islamic civilizations. <br />Volume Three – Capital Breaks Free – examines the past three hundred years, in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. With the historical background sketched out, we can examine modern corporate capitalism in the greater frame of a global world system. <br />Both the left and the right speak of capitalism as a system. It is not. It is an operation done on a system. But even this characterization gives capital investment a more active command power, than is warranted. Most capitalist plots fail. The big economic breakthroughs seem to come from fear, war, disasters, and ‘panics’ – financial collapses. We will look closely at those collapses in examining the United States. We examine what might be done to forestall the crashes. We also look at the dominant social trend – rural flight and the sprawl of the cities. climate.<br /><br /><br />Today many speak of the new global economy, but the world economic system came into being at least 3,000 years back.<br />
Iran Before Islam
by Amir Ali Siassi

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English

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Publication Date

August 17, 2017

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The familiarity with our country's history is a good preface necessary for understanding people's tastes and the contextual understanding of current developments in the future. The enthusiastic translator of this book talked about Iran's Golden Era when we were the most authoritative. This book is practical for both teenagers and adolescents, who want to know more about <br />their homeland's history, as well as older people, who until now have not known about our country's ancient history. With hope that those reading this book enjoy gaining more understanding of Iran's history.
Sono Sionista (Italian Edition)
by Ariel Shimona Edith Besoz...

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Italian

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166

Publication Date

August 17, 2017

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Non è facile scrivere di Israele soprattutto se si intende farlo in maniera incisiva e pacata, non alzando i toni ma cercando di mantenere fermezza e decisione contro accuse, faziosità e stereotipi che spesso sui social network e fra la gente non mancano mai di presentarsi. Una sfida accolta e portata a termine con efficacia dalla scrittrice Ariel Shimona Edith Besozzi e dal suo libro "Sono Sionista", che in pagine sintetiche e scorrevoli descrive la sua esperienza in Israele, unendo aspetto religioso e laico dello Stato ebraico, entrambi imprescindibili, raccontando retroscena e curiosità della quotidianità, descrivendo luoghi, città, paesaggi suggestivi in un'opera che è molto di più di un saggio apologetico e politico ma che oscilla fra romanzo e testimonianza, fra cronaca dei fatti e diario emotivo e partecipe in grado di unire, religiosità, cultura, poesia e politica in un insieme omogeneo e molto originale.Preceduto da due accurate introduzioni del professor Ugo Volli e della giornalista Deborah Fait, il libro di Ariel Shimona Edith Besozzi è un coinvolgente viaggio nell'identità ebraica e nella difesa di Israele.Il testo è schietto e coraggioso e affronta diversi temi. Fra questi l'identità ebraica dell'autrice, il suo rapporto molto intenso con la Terra d'Israele, da difendere a ogni costo e con razionale fermezza dall'odio, dalle bugie e dalle deformazioni di certa informazione parziale, ingiusta e molto pericolosa, ricordi famigliari e personali, la descrizione delle città e dei luoghi, dalla vivace e giovane Tel Aviv, al Mar Morto, alla spirituale Gerusalemme.L'autrice nel libro evoca anche diverse parentesi religiose, dalle festività di Rosh Ha Shanà, a Kippur, mischiando, come raramente accade, riferimenti all'ebraismo e considerazioni oggettive e più "laiche" citando la Torah, i Salmi e altri testi sacri.Pagine piene di poesia e di suggestioni che si alternano a lucide analisi politiche ed etiche.Un libro forte, coinvolgente e scorrevole, che si interroga anche sulla Shoah, sulla Memoria, su temi profondi e non banali che riguardano sia il mondo ebraico sia la dialettica con il mondo esterno, con una pluralità di spunti e riflessioni. Un testo per capire, nella complessità dell'oggi, la situazione israeliana, l'identità ebraica e noi stessi.
Consorts of the Caliphs: Women and the Court of Baghdad (Library ...
by NYU Press

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English

Pages

176

Publication Date

September 05, 2017

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<div><em></em></div><br /><div> </div><br /><div><strong>Lyrical biographical sketches of the concubines of ancient Baghdad</strong></div><br /><div> </div><br /><p> <em>Consorts of the Caliphs </em>is a seventh/thirteenth-century compilation of<br />anecdotes about thirty-eight women who were consorts to those in power, most of<br />them concubines of the early Abbasid caliphs and wives of latter-day caliphs<br />and sultans. This slim but illuminating volume is one of the few surviving<br />texts by the prolific Baghdadi scholar Ibn al-Sa'i,<br />who chronicled the academic and political elites of his city in the final years<br />of the Abbasid dynasty and the period following the cataclysmic Mongol invasion<br />of 656 H/1258 AD.</p><br /><p>In this work, Ibn al-Sa'i is keen to<br />forge a connection between the munificent wives of his time and the storied<br />lovers of the so-called golden age of Baghdad. Thus, from the earlier period,<br />we find Harun al-Rashid pining for his brother’s beautiful slave, Ghadir, and<br />the artistry of such musical and literary celebrities as Arib and Fadl, who<br />bested the male poets and singers of their day. From times closer to Ibn al-Sa?i’s own, we<br />meet women such as Banafsha, who endowed law colleges, had bridges built, and<br />provisioned pilgrims bound for Mecca; slave women whose funeral services were<br />led by caliphs; and noble Saljuq princesses from Afghanistan.</p><br /><p>Informed by the author’s own sources, his<br />insider knowledge, and well-known literary materials, these singular<br />biographical sketches bring the belletristic culture of the Baghdad court to life,<br />particularly in the personal narratives and poetry of culture heroines<br />otherwise lost to history.</p><br /><p> </p>
Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American...
by Suzy Hansen

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English

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274

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August 15, 2017

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<p><b>Suzy Hansen left her country and moved to Istanbul and discovered America</b></p><p>In the wake of the September 11 attacks and the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, Suzy Hansen, who grew up in an insular conservative town in New Jersey, was enjoying early success as a journalist for a high-profile New York newspaper. Increasingly, though, the disconnect between the chaos of world events and the response at home took on pressing urgency for her. Seeking to understand the Muslim world that had been reduced to scaremongering headlines, she moved to Istanbul.</p><p>Hansen arrived in Istanbul with romantic ideas about a mythical city perched between East and West, and with a naïve sense of the Islamic world beyond. Over the course of her many years of living in Turkey and traveling in Greece, Egypt, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran, she learned a great deal about these countries and their cultures and histories and politics. But the greatest, most unsettling surprise would be what she learned about her own country—and herself, an American abroad in the era of American decline. It would take leaving her home to discover what she came to think of as the two Americas: the country and its people, and the experience of American power around the world. She came to understand that anti-Americanism is not a violent pathology. It is, Hansen writes, “a broken heart . . . A one-hundred-year-old relationship.”</p><p>Blending memoir, journalism, and history, and deeply attuned to the voices of those she met on her travels, <i>Notes on a Foreign Country </i>is a moving reflection on America’s place in the world. It is a powerful journey of self-discovery and revelation—a profound reckoning with what it means to be American in a moment of grave national and global turmoil.</p>
Babylon (Illustrated)
by George Rawlinson

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English

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187

Publication Date

August 13, 2017

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The Babylonians, who, under Nabopolassar and Nebuchadnezzar, held the second place among the nations of the East, were emphatically a mixed race. The ancient people from whom they were in the main descended—the Chaldaeans of the First Empire—possessed this character to a considerable extent, since they united Cusbite with Turanian blood, and contained moreover a slight Semitic and probably a slight Arian element. But the Babylonians of later times—the Chaldaeans of the Hebrew prophets—must have been very much more a mixed race than their earlier namesakes—partly in consequence of the policy of colonization pursued systematically by the later Assyrian kings, partly from the direct influence exerted upon them by conquerors. Whatever may have been the case with the Arab dynasty, which bore sway in the country from about B.C. 1546 till B.C. 1300, it is certain that the Assyrians conquered Babylon about B.C. 1300, and almost certain that they established an Assyrian family upon the throne of Nimrod, which held for some considerable time the actual sovereignty of the country. It was natural that under a dynasty of Semites, Semitic blood should flow freely into the lower region, Semitic usages and modes of thought become prevalent, and the spoken language of the country pass from a Turanian or Turano-Cushite to a Semitic type. The previous Chaldaean race blended, apparently, with the new comers, and people was produced in which the three elements—the Semitic, the Turanian, and the Cushite—held about equal shares. The colonization of the Sargonid kings added probably other elements in small proportions, and the result was that among all the nations inhabiting Western Asia there can have been none so thoroughly deserving the title of a "mingled people" as the Babylonians of the later Empire...
Kandahar: The History and Legacy of One of Afghanistan’s Oldest...
by Charles River Editors

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English

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62

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August 03, 2017

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*Includes pictures<br />*Includes accounts of the city<br />*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading<br />*Includes a table of contents<br /><br />The city of Kandahar dates back to the middle of the first millennium BCE, originally as a Persian town on the edge of the great Registan Desert in southeastern Afghanistan that was reestablished and repopulated by Alexander the Great in the 4th century BCE. The ancient site of Kandahar developed on a rocky ridge some 3 kilometers to the west of the present-day city of the same name, which was founded in the 18th century. <br /><br />Kandahar was strategically located on the trade routes connecting India and the Middle East, and for this reason it was the target of many conquerors throughout the ages. The city has been in the hands of Persians, Greeks, Arabs (from the 7th century), Turks (10th century), Mongols (12th century) and Indians (16th century). Later it was conquered by the Safavid-Persians and the Ghilji, a tribe instrumental in the emergence of the modern state of Afghanistan. Nonetheless, as one writer put it, “The Arab Muslim armies that arrived in the 7th century were following the routes used previously by Persian and Greek invaders, but none of these empires, or the nearly 20 empires and dynasties that came late, found Afghanistan easy to conquer and control. The Afghan peoples, though internally divided, tend to unite in fierce opposition to outsiders.” <br /><br />The old city of Kandahar was abandoned following its near-total destruction in 1738, but a few years later a new city was founded a few kilometers to the east, at the location of present-day Kandahar. Between 1748 and 1773 this was the capital of the new kingdom of Afghanistan. Subsequently, the city was temporarily conquered by British troops during the Anglo-Afghan wars, and has been the site of considerable fighting and destruction during the ongoing conflicts in the region.<br /><br />Almost half of Kandahar’s history is interlinked with the rise and dominance of Islam in southeastern Afghanistan. Indeed, there is a bias towards the Islamic period in the city’s narrative, because of two factors: the near-total destruction of the city’s pre-Islamic archaeological remains in 1738 CE, and the lack of excavation (and interpretation of excavated materials) in the modern period, due in part to the ongoing conflicts that the country faces. However, on a broader scale, the story of Kandahar is one of great cultural, political, and religious fusion. Throughout antiquity and the modern period, this region has been closely linked to the processes of cultural and mercantile exchanges between the neighboring regions of the east, north and west. Kandahar encountered diverse collection of religions because of its position on the frontiers between India, the Middle East, and the Silk Road. One of the earliest religious systems of the region was Zoroastrianism and the worship of Ahura Mazda, which continued to persist in the region up to the 10th and 11th centuries CE. With the conquests of Alexander the Great the region encountered the Greek pantheon of deities. Around the time of the Mauryan dynasty, Buddhism extended from India into Afghanistan. Islam arrived to the region in the 7th century CE, and for a period of time Gautama and Muhammad were venerated equally by the population of Kandahar.<br /><br />Kandahar: The History and Legacy of One of Afghanistan’s Oldest Cities looks at the remarkable city and its impact on the region. Along with pictures depicting important people, places, and events, you will learn about Kandahar like never before.
From Korti to Khartum: A Journal of the Desert March from Korti t...
by Col. Sir Charles W. Wilso...

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English

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604

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July 11, 2017

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From 1884 to 1885, British Army officer Charles William Wilson took part in the Khartoum Relief Expedition, commanded by Garnet Wolseley. He was part of the advance rescue force led by Sir Herbert Stewart. After Stewart was mortally wounded Brigadier-General Wilson took command of this group of about 1,400 men. On two Nile steamers Wilson’s Desert Column reached Khartoum in the afternoon of 28 January 1885. It came two days too late: Khartoum had been seized by the Mahdists in the early hours of January 26. Between 5,000 and 10,000 inhabitants were slaughtered, among them Major-General Charles George Gordon.<br /><br />This book, first published in 1886, is Charles William Wilson’s Journal of the march from Korti to Gubat, and of the voyage in General Gordon’s steamers to the junction of the two Niles. The Journal formed part of a daily journal that Wilson kept whilst employed in the Sudan, and sent home by nearly every mail. It was transcribed from his field-notes immediately following his return to Korti, whilst all the events which it describes were still fresh in his memory. Wilson released it to the public upon strong encouragement of his friends back home in England, allowing the reader to read for himself the vivid account “of courage […] of discipline […] of dash […] of endurance […].”<br /><br />Richly illustrated with a special picture and map pack.

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