By Burton Stein
The Vijayanagara rajas governed a considerable a part of the southern peninsula of India for over 300 years, starting within the mid-fourteenth century. in this epoch the zone used to be reworked from its medieval previous towards a contemporary colonial destiny. targeting the later 16th- and seventeenth-century historical past of Vijayanagara, this ebook information the trend of rule proven during this vital and long-lived Hindu state that was once by way of different, frequently smaller kingdoms of peninsular India till the onset of colonialism. via an research of the politics, society, and financial system of Vijayanagara, the writer addresses the vital query of the level to which Vijayanagara, as a medieval Hindu country, should be considered as a prototype of the polities and societies faced by means of the British within the overdue eighteenth century. The booklet hence offers an realizing and appreciation of 1 of the nice medieval kingdoms of India in addition to a extra normal overview of the character of the country, society, and tradition at the eve of ecu colonial rule
By David S. Potter
A significant other to the Roman Empire presents readers with a advisor either to Roman imperial historical past and to the sector of Roman stories, taking account of the newest discoveries.
- This better half brings jointly thirty unique essays guiding readers via Roman imperial heritage and the sphere of Roman studies
- Shows that Roman imperial historical past is a compelling and colourful subject
Includes major new contributions to varied parts of Roman imperial history
Covers the social, highbrow, fiscal and cultural background of the Roman Empire
Contains an in depth bibliography
By Christiane Bird
A narrative nearly unknown within the West, approximately of the center East’s such a lot outstanding figures—Oman’s Sultan acknowledged and his rebellious daughter Princess Salme—comes to existence during this narrative. From their capital at the sultry African island of Zanzibar, Sultan acknowledged and his descendants have been shadowed and all yet shattered via the increase and fall of the nineteenth-century East African slave trade.
“As sensible, liberal, and enlightened a prince as Arabia has ever produced.” That’s how explorer Richard Burton defined Seyyid stated Al bin Sultan Busaid, who got here to energy in Oman in 1804 whilst he was once fifteen years previous. in the course of his half-century reign, stated governed with uncanny contradiction: as a believer in a tolerant Islam who received strength via bloodshed and perfidy, and as an open-minded, intellectually curious guy who tested family members with the West whereas construction an enormous advertisement empire at the backs of tens of hundreds of thousands of slaves. His daughter Salme, born to a concubine in a Zanzibar harem, scandalized her kinfolk and other people through eloping to Europe with a German businessman in 1866, changing to Christianity, and writing the first-known autobiography of an Arab woman.
Christiane chicken paints a beautiful portrait of violent kinfolk feuds, overseas intrigues, and charismatic characters—from Sultan acknowledged and Princess Salme to the wildly filthy rich slave dealer Tippu Tip and the indefatigable British antislavery crusader Dr. David Livingstone. The Sultan’s Shadow is a brilliantly researched and irresistibly readable foray into the stark brutality and decadent great thing about a vanished international.
By E. H. Gombrich
In 'A Little background of the area' Ernst Gombrich tells the tale of guy from the stone age to the atomic bomb. There emerges a colorful photo of wars and conquests, grand artworks, the unfold and boundaries of technology and tribes evolving in the direction of society.
By Robert Lacey
Elizabeth II was once no longer born to be queen. She got here into the realm on April 21, 1926, the similar of the fashionable Princess Beatrice, first-born daughter of the Duke of York, destined to flutter at the royal fringe. So whereas Lilibet was once mentioned with virtually non secular recognize for the crown, there appeared no probability of her inheriting it. Her head was once by no means grew to become by way of the non-public prospect of grandeur—which is why she could turn out so excellent at her task. Elizabeth II's loss of ego used to be to end up the paradoxical mystery of her greatness.
For greater than thirty years, acclaimed writer and royal biographer Robert Lacey has been collecting fabric from contributors of the Queen's internal circle—her acquaintances, kinfolk, inner most secretaries, and major ministers. Now, in The Queen, Lacey deals a lifetime of the distinguished monarch, advised in six succinct chapters, accentuated by way of based colour and black-and-white pictures that catch the distinct style of passing eras and show how Elizabeth II adapted—or, on events, regally declined to adapt—to altering times.
By Theodore H. White
“[White] revolutionized the artwork of political reporting.” —William F. Buckley
A nationwide bestseller, The Making of the President 1964 is the severely acclaimed account of the 1964 presidential crusade, from the assassination of JFK notwithstanding the conflict for energy among Lyndon B. Johnson and Barry Goldwater. writer Theodore H. White made background along with his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Making of the President series—detailed narrative histories that revolutionized the best way presidential campaigns have been said. Now again in print with a brand new foreword by means of fellow Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jon Meacham, The Making of the President 1964 joins The Making of the President 1960, 1968, and 1972, in addition to Theodore Sorensen’s Kennedy and different classics, within the burgeoning Harper Perennial Political Classics series.
By J. Anthony Lukas
From the writer of Common Ground -- probably the most acclaimed books of contemporary years -- comes a grand narrative of the USA because it charged, jam-packed with desire and trepidation, into the 20 th century.
J. Anthony Lukas, a masterful storyteller, tells a enthralling story -- of a bad homicide, a superb trial, and the fight they trigger for the soul of the USA.
Big Trouble starts off on a snowy night at Christmas time 1905 within the little city of Caldwell, Idaho, to which the state's former governor, Frank Steunenberg, had back to move his relatives financial institution whereas considering his political destiny. As he walked domestic that evening, he sensed all approximately him the daring, exuberant, unashamedly acquisitive spirit of Caldwell's younger marketers, who -- as his brother had written -- have been "here for the money." Like such a lot of within the West at the moment, those brothers believed their customers for enriching themselves have been unlimited, that the longer term opened broad sooner than them.
ANd but the governor suffered premonitions that he and his acquaintances were not totally in command of their very own future, that anything malign threatened their health and wellbeing.
Now, as he the plume of his frozen breath, his boots crunching 8 inches of freshly frozen snow, he became via his backyard gate and a bomb hooked up to the gatepost blew him "into eternity."
By Stephen Teo
In Minneapolis and the Age of Railways, Don Hofsommer provides Minneapolis from the 1860s into the Fifties, while railroads served as a different hyperlink among urban and geographical region. Rails carried wheat and helped make Minneapolis the flour milling capital of the realm; introduced logs to Minneapolis to be processed into lumber that outfitted cities and farms around the prairies; and added coal and all demeanour of synthetic items and item to Minneapolis, its tremendous hinterland to the north and west, and past to the Rockies and the Pacific, making the expansion of America’s northern heartland attainable. Railroads additionally supplied effective, long-distance transportation for millions of people that traveled through Minneapolis. The Milwaukee highway and nice Northern passenger terminals in Minneapolis have been shiny places—the center of the city—pumping passengers, mail, and show parcels into the nation’s steel-rail cardiovascular system.
Illustrated with greater than 2 hundred interval photos and maps detailing the town and the tracks that crossed it, this striking publication displays a time now not goodbye in the past while the locomotive ruled the panorama and set the pace for the nation—the age of railways.
Don L. Hofsommer is professor of historical past at St. Cloud nation collage. he's the writer of many books on railroad heritage, together with The Tootin’ Louie: A heritage of Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway and The nice Northern Railway: A History, either released via Minnesota.
By Richard Miles
The 1st full-scale historical past of Hannibal's Carthage in a long time and "a convincing and enchanting narrative." (The Economist )
Drawing on a wealth of latest study, archaeologist, historian, and grasp storyteller Richard Miles resurrects the civilization that historical Rome struggled so mightily to expunge. This enormous paintings charts the whole lot of Carthage's historical past, from its origins one of the Phoenician settlements of Lebanon to its apotheosis as a Mediterranean empire whose epic land-and-sea conflict with Rome made a legend of Hannibal and formed the process Western heritage. Carthage has to be Destroyed reintroduces readers to the traditional glory of a misplaced humans and their generations-long fight opposed to an implacable enemy.