Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

"Fascinating.... Lays a beginning for figuring out human history."―Bill Gates

during this "artful, informative, and pleasant" (William H. McNeill, New York overview of Books) e-book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental elements formed the fashionable international. Societies that had had a head commence in nutrition construction complex past the hunter-gatherer level, after which built faith --as good as nasty germs and effective guns of warfare --and adventured on sea and land to beat and decimate preliterate cultures. an enormous strengthen in our knowing of human societies, Guns, Germs, and Steel chronicles the best way that the trendy international got here to be and stunningly dismantles racially dependent theories of human historical past. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Phi Beta Kappa Award in technology, the Rhone-Poulenc Prize, and the Commonwealth membership of California's Gold Medal.

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Dinner with a Cannibal: The Complete History of Mankind's Oldest Taboo

By Carole A Travis-Henikoff

Presenting the historical past of cannibalism in live performance with human evolution, Dinner with a Cannibal takes its readers on an unbelievable journey worldwide and during historical past, interpreting its topic from each perspective so one can paint the magnificent, multifaceted panoply that's the fact of cannibalism. on the center of Carole A. Travis-Henikoff’s publication is the query of the way cannibalism started with the human species and the way it has develop into an unspeakable taboo this present day. At a time while technological know-how is being battered through religions and failing instructing equipment, Dinner with a Cannibal offers slices of a number of sciences in a readable, comprehensible shape nested inside a wealth of information. With heritage, paleoanthropology, technology, gore, intercourse, homicide, battle, culinary tidbits, scientific evidence, and anthropology filling its pages, Dinner with a Cannibal provides either the sunshine and darkish facet of the human tale; the tale of the way we got here to be all the pieces we're today.

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Romans and Barbarians: Four Views from the Empire's Edge, 1st Century AD

By Derek Williams

From 27 B.C. to A.D. 117, the Roman desires of boundless empire started to falter. The very dimension in their conquests made them challenging to control, and the caesars additionally needed to settle for the size of intractability of the issues posed by means of the barbarians. The interval coated through the ebook is one among nice switch and the outlet of a brand new period. For the as soon as powerful Romans this used to be a time whilst energy used to be passing; for the barbarians it used to be the past due Iron Age: a time of transition whilst inner stresses and worry of Roman aggression have been growing risky shifts within the tribal equilibrium.

Romans and Barbarians sees the conflict of cultures from the perspective of 4 members whose curious destiny it was once to enterprise or be despatched past the outer watchtowers of the Roman empire. They bore witness from the grassy steppe of Europe's southeastern nook; from around the grim Carpathians, towering past the Danube; from the fearsome German woodland; and from past the Firth of Forth within the desolate tract of northern-most Britain. every one portrait finds assorted facets of the Sarmatian, German, and Celtic peoples dealing with the empire's ecu frontiers. jointly those 4 viewpoints offer a wealthy portrait of the classical and Iron Age worlds, together uncomprehending but unusually not able to do with out one another. the result is a skein of violence, tragedy, misadventure, and braveness, providing a preview of the harsh yet inventive forces from whose fusion glossy Europe was once finally to emerge.

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Bicycle: The History

By David V. Herlihy

During the 19th century, the bicycle evoked a thrilling new global during which even a terrible individual may perhaps trip afar and at will. yet was once the “mechanical horse” really destined to herald a brand new period of highway commute or wouldn't it stay only a plaything for dandies and schoolboys? In Bicycle: The heritage (named through Outside journal because the no 1 ebook on bicycles), David Herlihy recounts the saga of this far-reaching invention and the passions it aroused. The pioneer racer James Moore insisted the bicycle may turn into “as universal as umbrellas.” Mark Twain used to be extra skeptical, enjoining his readers to “get a bicycle. you won't remorse it—if you live.”

Because we are living in an age of cross-country bicycle racing and high-tech mountain motorcycles, we might forget the many years of improvement and ingenuity that remodeled the fundamental thought of human-powered transportation right into a wonder of engineering. This vigorous and engrossing historical past retraces the extreme tale of the bicycle—a heritage of disputed patents, amazing innovations, and neglected possibilities. Herlihy indicates us why the bicycle captured the public’s mind's eye and the myriad ways that it reshaped our world.

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Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West

By Tom Holland

Within the 5th century B.C., a world superpower was resolute to deliver fact and order to what it considered as terrorist states. The superpower used to be Persia, incomparably wealthy in ambition, gold, and males. The terrorist states have been Athens and Sparta, eccentric towns in a terrible and mountainous backwater: Greece. the tale of ways their electorate took at the nice King of Persia, and thereby stored not just themselves yet Western civilization besides, is as heart-stopping and fateful as any episode in background. Tom Holland’s incredible learn of those serious Persian Wars skillfully examines a clash of severe value to either historic and glossy historical past.

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Clash of Crowns: William the Conqueror, Richard Lionheart, and Eleanor of Aquitaine-A Story of Bloodshed, Betrayal, and Revenge

By Mary McAuliffe

Clash among England and France was once a truth of existence for hundreds of years, yet few discover that its origins date from the time of the Vikings, whilst a Norse chieftain named Rollo demonstrated himself and his progeny in Normandy. during this compelling and exciting background, Mary McAuliffe takes the reader again to these darkish and turbulent occasions whilst Rollo’s descendants, the dukes of Normandy, asserted their dominance over the vulnerable French monarchy—a dominance that grew to become specially threatening after Duke William conquered England in 1066, giving him a royal crown.

Despite this crown, William the Conqueror and his royal successors remained dukes of Normandy, with feudal duties to their overlord, the king of France. This certainly fostered an ongoing hostility among the French and English crowns that, as McAuliffe convincingly indicates, grew to become ever extra explosive because the power and territorial holdings of the English monarchs grew. clash erupted on a regular basis through the years, and Eleanor of Aquitaine’s desertion of 1 camp for the opposite purely extra gas to the long-simmering feud.

McAuliffe takes the reader again to this dramatic period, offering the attention-grabbing history and context for this “clash of crowns.” She deals colourful insights into Richard Lionheart and Eleanor of Aquitaine in addition to lesser-known French and English monarchs, in particular Philip II of France. Philip proved a decided opponent of Richard Lionheart, and their cutthroat contention not just created deadly divisions in the 3rd campaign but in addition culminated in an incendiary faceoff at Richard’s newly equipped Château-Gaillard, the doubtless impregnable gateway to empire. the result might form the process English and French background through the centuries that undefined.

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The Etruscan World (Routledge Worlds)

The Etruscans should be proven to have made major, and in certain cases probably the 1st, technical advances within the important and northerly Mediterranean. To the Etruscan humans we will characteristic such advancements because the tie-beam truss in huge wood buildings, surveying and engineering drainage and water tunnels, the advance of the foresail for speedy long-distance crusing vessels, superb suggestions of steel construction and different pyrotechnology, autopsy C-sections in drugs, and extra. In artwork, many technical and iconographic advancements, even supposing they definitely occurred first in Greece or the close to East, are first noticeable in extant Etruscan works, preserved within the lavish tombs and items of Etruscan aristocrats. those contain early portraiture, the 1st full-length painted portrait, the 1st standpoint view of a human determine in huge paintings, really expert recommendations of bronze-casting, and reduction-fired pottery (the bucchero phenomenon). Etruscan contacts, via alternate, treaty and intermarriage, associated their tradition with Sardinia, Corsica and Sicily, with the Italic tribes of the peninsula, and with the close to japanese kingdoms, Greece and the Greek colonial global, Iberia, Gaul and the Punic community of North Africa, and stimulated the cultures of northern Europe.

In the prior fifteen years extraordinary advances were made in scholarship and study thoughts for Etruscan stories. Archaeological and medical discoveries have replaced our photograph of the Etruscans and provided us with new, really good details. due to the paintings of dozens of foreign students, it truly is now attainable to debate subject matters of curiosity that can by no means earlier than be researched, corresponding to Etruscan mining and metallurgy, cloth creation, meals and agriculture. during this quantity, over 60 specialists offer insights into some of these facets of Etruscan tradition, and extra, with many contributions on hand in English for the 1st time to permit the reader entry to investigate that won't rather be to be had to them. Lavishly illustrated, The Etruscan global brings to existence the tradition and fabric previous of the Etruscans and highlights key issues of improvement in study, making it crucial studying for researchers, lecturers and scholars of this attention-grabbing civilization.

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Global History: A Short Overview

By Noel Cowen

This brief ebook bargains a transparent and fascinating creation to the heritage of humankind, from the earliest activities of individuals to the modern epoch of globalization. Cowen strains this complicated historical past in a fashion which bargains either a compelling narrative and an analytical and comparative remedy. Drawing on a brand new point of view on international heritage, he lines the intersection of swap in economics, politics and human ideals, analyzing the formation, expansion and bounds of human societies. worldwide heritage indicates how a lot of human heritage encompasses 3 intersecting forces - buying and selling networks, increasing political empires and crusading creeds.

leaving behind the bounds of a Eurocentric view of the realm, the publication bargains a few clean insights. Its periodization embraces flow throughout continents and around the millennia. The indigenous American civilizations are integrated, for example. The publication additionally levels over the early civilizations of China and Europe in addition to the Russian and Islamic worlds. smooth American and eastern civilizations are, furthermore, a spotlight for awareness. the writer examines nationwide and local histories when it comes to wider issues, sequences and worldwide traits. In end, he seeks to handle the query of the level to which a world society is commencing to crystallize.

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