1066 and All that

A Memorable History of England, Comprising All the Parts You Can Remember, Including 103 Good Things, 5 Bad Kings and 2 Genuine Dates
Author: Walter Carruthers Sellar,Robert Julian Yeatman
Publisher: Methuen Pub Limited
ISBN: 9780413775276
Category: History
Page: 167
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75th Anniversary edition of a top-selling humour classic The first date in English History is 55 B.C., in which year Julius Caesar (the memorable Roman Emperor) landed, like all other successful invaders of these islands, at Thanet. This was in the Olden Days, when the Romans were top nation on account of their classical education, etc. Since its publication in October 1935 1066 and All That has itself becomes part of our humour history. The authors made the claim that 'All the history you can remember is in the book' - and, for most of us, they were probably right. But it is their own unique interpretation of events that has made the book a classic; an uproarious satire upon textbook history and our confused recollections of it. 4 million copies sold worldwide since original publication, and continues to sell strongly 75th Anniversary gift-book edition. The perfect humour title for Christmas Brand new illustrations by Steven Appleby (Bloomsbury's The Secret Thoughts of Dogs/ Cats/ Babies)

1089 oder das Wunder der Zahlen

eine Reise in die Welt der Mathematik
Author: David J. Acheson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783866470200
Category:
Page: 189
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Das Buch beginnt mit einem alten Zaubertrick - Man nehme eine 3-stellige Zahl, etwa 782, kehre sie um, ziehe die kleinere von der größeren ab und addiere dazu die Umkehrung. Also - 782 - 287 = 495, dann 495 + 594. Und schon ist man mitten in der Wunderwelt der Mathematik, denn das Ergebnis ist immer - 1089. Mit solchen und vielen weiteren Beispielen aus Alltag, Geschichte und Wissenschaft gelingt es David Acheson, die faszinierende Welt der Mathematik zu erschließen - ein geistreicher Überblick, eine für jeden verständliche Einführung.

Licht aus dem Osten

Eine neue Geschichte der Welt
Author: Peter Frankopan
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644122814
Category: History
Page: 944
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«‹Eine neue Geschichte der Welt› – dieses Buch verdient den Titel voll und ganz.» Peter Frankopan lehrt uns, die Geschichte neu zu sehen – indem er nicht Europa, sondern den Nahen und Mittleren Osten zum Ausgangspunkt macht. Hier entstanden die ersten Hochkulturen und alle drei monotheistischen Weltreligionen; ein Reichtum an Gütern, Kultur und Wissen, der das Alte Europa seit jeher sehnsüchtig nach Osten blicken ließ. Frankopan erzählt von Alexander dem Großen, der Babylon zur Hauptstadt seines neuen Weltreichs machen wollte; von Seide, Porzellan und Techniken wie der Papierherstellung, die über die Handelswege der Region Verbreitung fanden; vom Sklavenhandel mit der islamischen Welt, der Venedig im Mittelalter zum Aufstieg verhalf; von islamischen Gelehrten, die das antike Kulturerbe pflegten, lange bevor Europa die Renaissance erlebte; von der Erschließung der Rohstoffe im 19. Jahrhundert bis hin zum Nahostkonflikt. Schließlich erklärt Frankopan, warum sich die Weltpolitik noch heute in Staaten wie Syrien, Afghanistan und Irak entscheidet. Peter Frankopan schlägt einen weiten Bogen, und das nicht nur zeitlich: Er rückt zwei Welten zusammen, Orient und Okzident, die historisch viel enger miteinander verbunden sind, als wir glauben. Ein so fundiertes wie packend erzähltes Geschichtswerk, das wahrhaft die Augen öffnet.

Die Meerschweinchen-Weihnacht


Author: N. N.
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3104030979
Category: Fiction
Page: 64
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Früher war mehr Schweinchen ... *** Das Weihnachtsbuch für die ganze Familie in zauberhafter Geschenkausstattung *** Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, wie sie noch nie zu sehen war – mit Meerschweinchen in den Hauptrollen. Niedlich, possierlich und urkomisch stellen die haarigen Gesellen in entzückenden Kostümen die berühmtesten Szenen der Heiligen Nacht nach: die Empfängnis, die Vermählung von Maria und Joseph, die Geburt Jesu, den Auftritt der Heiligen Drei Könige. Ein ganz zauberhaftes Geschenkbuch zum Schmunzeln.

The Saxon Chronicle


Author: James Ingram
Publisher: Рипол Классик
ISBN: 5876473529
Category: History
Page: 463
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With an English Translation, and Notes, Critical and Explanatory to Which Are Added Chronological, Topographical, and Glossarial Indices. A short grammar of the anglosaxon language; a new map of the England during the heptarchy; plates of coins, & c.

A History of International Thought

From the Origins of the Modern State to Academic International Relations
Author: Lucian Ashworth
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317678257
Category: Political Science
Page: 320
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International thought is the product of major political changes over the last few centuries, especially the development of the modern state and the industrialisation of the world economy. While the question of how to deal with strangers from other communities has been a constant throughout human history, it is only in recent centuries that the question of ‘foreign relations’ (and especially imperialism and war) have become a matter of urgency for all sectors of society throughout the world. This book provides the first comprehensive overview of the evolution of Western international thought, and charts how this evolved into the predominantly Anglophone field of International Relations. Along the way several myths of the origins of International Relations are explored and exposed: the myth of the peace of Westphalia, the myths of Versailles and the nature of the League of Nations, the realist-idealist ‘Great Debate’ myth, and the myth of appeasement. Major approaches to the study of international affairs are discussed within their context and on their own terms, rather than being shoe-horned into anachronistic ‘paradigms’. Written in a clear and accessible style, Ashworth’s analysis reveals how historical myths have been used as gatekeeping devices, and how a critical re-evaluation of the history of international thought can affect how we see international affairs today.

The Seaforth Bibliography

A Guide to More Than 4000 Works on British Naval History 55BC – 1815
Author: Eugene Rasor
Publisher: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1473812399
Category: History
Page: 900
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This remarkable work is a comprehensive historiographical and bibliographical survey of the most important scholarly and printed materials about the naval and maritime history of England and Great Britain from the earliest times to 1815. More than 4,000 popular, standard and official histories, important articles in journals and periodicals, anthologies, conference, symposium and seminar papers, guides, documents and doctoral theses are covered so that the emphasis is the broadest possible. But the work is far, far more than a listing. The works are all evaluated, assessed and analysed and then integrated into an historical narrative that makes the book a hugely useful reference work for student, scholar, and enthusiast alike. It is divided into twenty-one chapters which cover resource centres, significant naval writers, pre-eminent and general histories, the chronological periods from Julius Caesar through the Vikings, Tudors and Stuarts to Nelson and Bligh, major naval personalities, warships, piracy, strategy and tactics, exploration, discovery and navigation, archaeology and even naval fiction. Quite simply, no-one with an interest and enthusiasm for naval history can afford to be without this book at their side.

The Britons


Author: Christopher A. Snyder
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 047075821X
Category: History
Page: 352
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This book provides a fascinating and unique history of the Britons from the late Iron Age to the late Middle Ages. It also discusses the revivals of interest in British culture and myth over the centuries, from Renaissance antiquarians to modern day Druids. A fascinating and unique history of the Britons from the late Iron Age to the late Middle Ages. Describes the life, language and culture of the Britons before, during and after Roman rule. Examines the figures of King Arthur and Merlin and the evolution of a powerful national mythology. Proposes a new theory on the Anglo-Saxon settlement of Britain and the establishment of separate Brittonic kingdoms. Discusses revivals of interest in British culture and myth, from Renaissance antiquarians to modern day Druids.

In Defence Of History


Author: Richard J. Evans
Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 1847087906
Category: History
Page: 384
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In this volume, English historian Richard Evans offers a defence of the importance of his craft. At a time of deep scepticism about our ability to learn anything from the past, even to recapture any serious sense of past cultures and ways of life, Evans shows us why history is both possible and necessary. His demolition of the wilder claims of postmodern historians, who deny the possibility of any realistic grasp of history, seeks to be witty and well balanced. He takes us into the historians' workshop to show us just how good history gets written, and explains the deadly political dangers of losing a historical perspective on the way we live our lives. This new edition contains an extensive afterword by the author.

The Oxford Companion to English Literature


Author: Dinah Birch
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191030848
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 1184
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The Oxford Companion to English Literature has long been established as the leading reference resource for students, teachers, scholars, and general readers of English literature. It provides unrivalled coverage of all aspects of English literature - from writers, their works, and the historical and cultural context in which they wrote, to critics, literary theory, and allusions. For the seventh edition, the Companion has been thoroughly revised and updated to meet the needs and concerns of today's students and general readers. Over 1,000 new entries have been added, ranging from new writers - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Patrick Marber, David Mitchell, Arundhati Roy - to increased coverage of writers and literary movements from around the world. Coverage of American literature has been substantially increased, with new entries on writers such as Cormac McCarthy and Amy Tan and on movements and publications. Contextual and historical coverage has also been expanded, with new entries on European history and culture, post-colonial literature, as well as writers and literary movements from around the world that have influenced English literature. The Companion has always been a quick and dependable source of reference for students, and the new edition confirms its pre-eminent role as the go-to resource of first choice. All entries have been reviewed, and details of new works, biographies, and criticism have been brought right up to date. So also has coverage of the themes, approaches and concepts encountered by students today, from terms to articles on literary theory and theorists. There is increased coverage of writers from around the world, as well as from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, and of contextual topics, including film and television, music, and art. Cross-referencing has been thoroughly updated, with stronger linking from writers to thematic and conceptual entries. Meanwhile coverage of popular genres such as children's literature, science fiction, biography, reportage, crime fiction, fantasy or travel literature has been increased substantially, with new entries on writers from Philip Pullman to Anne Frank and from Anais Nin to Douglas Adams. The seventh edition of this classic Companion - now under the editorship of Dinah Birch, assisted by a team of 28 distinguished associate editors, and over 150 contributors - ensures that it retains its status as the most authoritative, informative, and accessible guide to literature available.

Other Combatants, Other Fronts

Competing Histories of the First World War
Author: Alisa Miller,Laura Rowe,James Kitchen
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443828122
Category: History
Page: 325
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The First World War is a subject that has fascinated the public as well as the academic community since the close of hostilities in 1918. Over the past thirty years in particular, the historiography associated with the conflict has expanded considerably to include studies whose emphases range between the economic, social, cultural, literary, and imperial aspects of the war, all coinciding with revisions to perceptions of its military context. Nevertheless, much of the discussion of the First World War remains confined to the experiences of a narrow collection of European armies on the battlefields of Northern France and Belgium. This volume seeks to push the focus away from the Western Front and to draw out the multi-spectral nature of the conflict, examining forgotten theatres and neglected experiences. The chapters explore the question of what ‘total war’ meant for the lives of people around the world implicated in this momentous event, broadening current debates on the First World War as well as developing, reinforcing, and refining the existing categories of analysis. The chapters are grouped into sections that reflect neglected elements of the transnational interpretation of the conflict and aspects of the total war debate. These encompass alternative forms of mobilisation, issues of neutrality, ideas of racial identity, and the scope of violence. The volume thus not only expands First World War studies but also contributes to the wider discourse on the shifting nature of warfare in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. With chapters by leading scholars and early career researchers, this volume draws on a diverse range of original archival research undertaken across disciplinary and national boundaries. The contributions to the volume provide an analysis of the conflict that draws out its full breadth and complexity. The First World War demonstrated the critically important relationship between national mobilisation and total war, and saw multiple mobilisations and re-mobilisations of European populations. This theme is explored at the national, regional, and local levels through examinations of the Sicilian province of Catania, the role of science in France and Britain, and the utilisation of the narrative of maritime heroism surrounding the British sailor Jack Cornwell. For Europe’s neutrals the First World War was often as total in its effects as for those states engaged in military operations. Chapters analyse the diverse range of these experiences of neutrality, from the economy and people of the Netherlands to the attitudes of Switzerland’s intellectuals. Racial interpretations of modern conflict have defined much of the historiography of total war. The complexities of racial analysis with respect to total war are highlighted in chapters dealing with white colonial internees in German East Africa, the treatment of prisoners of war in Europe, and the recruitment of India’s ‘primitive’ peoples for service in labour units. The final section of the volume considers the scale and broad scope of the violence unleashed during the First World War. Chapters on the continuation of German naval war culture after the conflict, the shaping of personal narratives of the war in the Ottoman Empire, and anti-alien violence among veterans in Canada serve to reinforce the extent to which the conflict affected wider aspects of twentieth-century history around the globe. Other Combatants, Other Fronts sheds light on the diverse experiences of neutral and belligerent states, and their combatants and civilians, during the tumultuous events of 1914-18. This brings to the fore the extent to which the mechanisms of conflict developed during the struggle had a truly global reach, and the impact this has had ever since in defining modern conflict. The collection reinforces the notion that although the First World War was a vast and often bewildering industrial conflict, it was ultimately a very human phenomenon.

Mad Dogs and Englishmen

A Grand Tour of the British Empire at its Height
Author: Ashley Jackson
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1849168016
Category: History
Page: 240
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At its peak the British Empire covered approximately one quarter of the Earth's total land area and ruled over the same proportion of the world's population: its boundaries stretched from Birmingham to Bombay, from Cairo to Cape Town, and from Winnipeg to Wagga-Wagga. In this unique book, Ashley Jackson takes the reader on a richly informative tour of the empire 'on which the sun never set', examining the representations of empire that informed the world view of hundreds of millions of people. In a sequence of elegantly written chapters Mad Dogs and Englishmen examines every aspect of the largest imperium the world has seen, from its district commissioners to dependent territories, from its armed forces to its architecture, and from its music to its monarchy. Ashley Jackson's text is as accessible as it is scholarly, and is amplified and embellished by imperial imagery from an exceptionally wide range of media. Authoritative, sumptuous, and written by a scholar who is steeped in knowledge of the period, Mad Dogs and Englishmen evokes the fascinating sights and sounds that the British Empire presented to its citizens, and thereby brings a unique period of British and world history unforgettably to life.

Das Sündenhaus

Historischer Thriller
Author: Antonia Hodgson
Publisher: Knaur eBook
ISBN: 3426450119
Category: Fiction
Page: 416
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Mörderische Rache in Fountains Abbey - Antonia Hodgson setzt ihre preisgekrönte historische Thriller-Serie ("Das Teufelsloch", "Der Galgenvogel") fulminant fort. Frühjahr 1728. Auf eine »Bitte« von Englands Königin Queen Caroline reist Tom Hawkins, mit allen Wassern gewaschener Gentleman, zum Herrenhaus von John Aislabie in Yorkshire. Doch die ländliche Idylle entpuppt sich für Tom schnell als Hexenkessel: Die Queen wird von Aislabie erpresst, denn der ehemalige Schatzkanzler war mitverantwortlich für die »Südseeblase«, den größten Finanzskandal des 18. Jahrhunderts. Aislabie wiederum erhält seit einiger Zeit zunehmend blutigere Drohbriefe. Ehe Tom es sich versieht, gerät er zwischen alle Fronten und mitten hinein in einen mörderischen Racheplan. Britischer (Galgen-)Humor, Tempo und authentische Einblicke in die Intrigen des 18. Jahrhunderts - das ist Antonia Hodgson!

Die Besteigung des Rum Doodle


Author: William E. Bowman
Publisher: Kein & Aber AG
ISBN: 395403011X
Category: Humor
Page: 224
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»Die Besteigung des Rum Doodle« ist eine grandiose Bergsteigersatire aus den 50er Jahren, die niemals auf Deutsch erschienen ist. Das Buch genießt Kultstatus in Alpinistenkreisen und führte sogar dazu, dass ein ganzer Berg in der Antarktis »Rum Doodle« getauft wurde. Erzählt wird die abenteuerliche Geschichte einer Expedition, bei der so gut wie alles schief geht. Der Expeditionsleiter, ein ehrgeiziger und nicht zu beirrender Herr, ist mit der Zusammenstellung eines geeigneten Teams beauftragt. Er rekrutiert sieben sehr britische Gentlemen. Doch bald zeigt sich, dass keiner von ihnen seiner Aufgabe gewachsen ist. Der Navigator findet trotz Einsatz eines Kompasses nicht zum Ort der Vorbesprechung in London. Der Arzt ist ständig krank. Der Hauptkletterer leidet an Antriebslosigkeit. Die Qualitäten des Kochs spotten jeder Beschreibung. Der Übersetzer versteht die Sprache der Einheimischen nicht, und es werden 30 000 statt 3 000 Träger engagiert. Ein Missgeschick jagt das nächste und am Ende, na klar, haben sie den falschen Berg bestiegen.

Zeiten der Erkenntnis

Wie uns die großen historischen Veränderungen bis heute prägen
Author: Ian Mortimer
Publisher: Piper ebooks
ISBN: 3492969917
Category: History
Page: 432
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Welches der vergangenen zehn Jahrhunderte hat die größten Veränderungen erlebt, welches hat uns als Menschheit am weitesten vorangebracht? Mit dieser Frage beginnt Ian Mortimer seine Reise durch die Geschichte des europäischen Westens, vom 11. Jahrhundert bis heute. War es das 15. Jahrhundert als das Zeitalter der Entdeckungen? Oder doch das 16. mit dem Erfindung des Buchdrucks und der Reformation? Auf den ersten Blick würden die meisten von uns vielleicht auf das 20. Jahrhundert tippen, denn die Gründe liegen auf der Hand: Flugzeuge, Raumfahrt, Internet, der Siegeszug der Demokratie, die Globalisierung und vieles andere mehr. Warum diese »Froschperspektive« zu kurz greift (wir mit unserer Vermutung aber dennoch nicht ganz falsch liegen), erklärt Ian Mortimer – witzig, philosophisch und so klug wie prägnant.

Traveler

Im Auge des Bösen
Author: John Twelve Hawks
Publisher: Page und Turner
ISBN: 3641090539
Category: Fiction
Page: 1408
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Eine gläserne Welt. Ein unsichtbarer Gegner. Eine letzte Hoffnung. Die Brüder Michael und Gabriel Corrigan sind die letzten Überlebenden der Traveler, einer Riege von Propheten, die seit Jahrhunderten die Menschen lehren, was Freiheit bedeutet. Doch Freiheit ist der Bruderschaft der Tabula verhasst, denn ihr Ziel ist es, mit Hilfe eines weltweiten Überwachungsnetzes die gesamte Menschheit zu kontrollieren. Das Leben der Brüder soll wie das ihrer Vorfahren ausgelöscht werden, und nur Maya, eine junge entschlossene Frau, weiß, in welcher Gefahr Michael und Gabriel schweben. Sie macht sich auf, die letzten Traveler vor den Tabula zu retten, bevor die Freiheit den Menschen für immer verloren geht ... Ein packender Verschwörungsroman über eine düstere Zukunft, die längst begonnen hat.