The City Trilogy

Five Jade Disks, Defenders of the Dragon City, and Tale of a Feather
Author: Hsi-kuo Chang
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 023150246X
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 464
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Taiwan's most innovative science fiction writer presents three tales of intrigue, espionage, betrayal, political strife, time travel, and Chinese history and mysticism. After thousands of years of civil unrest and countless wars, the weary Huhui people of Sunlon City have once again succumbed to a ruthless and overpowering enemy. In Five Jade Disks, the first book in the trilogy, the imperialistic Shan have enslaved the inhabitants of Sunlon City and imposed a harsh martial order. As the Shan fight to retain control of the restless Huhui natives, an unstable rebel alliance prepares to win back its homeland. Amidst the confusion of revolt, Miss Qi, a determined young girl, emerges as an unlikely leader. With the help of her friends and the loyal Green Snake Brotherhood, Miss Qi discovers that an ancient cult and its insidious and unusually powerful leader may hold the key to the rebels' victory—or may yet be the cause of their undoing. As she rushes to put the pieces together, the rebels, divided by internal factions, strive to band together in a heroic attempt to overthrow the Shan. The story continues in Defenders of the Dragon City. The Shan have been defeated, but the victory celebrations of the Huhui are quickly brought to an end. After deserting Sunlon City, the Shan regroup and return for one final and bitter attempt to destroy the weakened rebel forces. During their exile, the Shan turn their aggressions against the indigenous races of the Huhui planet, a colorful mix of peaceful tribes resembling serpents, eagles, and leopards. Forced into the war to save their remaining territory, the indigenous peoples join the Huhui in their continuing struggle against the Shan. The third novel, Tale of a Feather, opens with images of chaos and devastation. The conflict with the Shan has left the city in flames, and refugees are fleeing in droves through the main gates. Taking advantage of the turmoil, a ruthless dictator assumes control of the weak interim government and begins a treacherous campaign to eliminate his adversaries. In this volatile atmosphere, Miss Qi continues her desperate search to discover the origin of the mysterious Bronze Statue Cult and come to terms with the dark power it wields over her people. The trilogy, first published in Taiwan in the late 1980s and early 1990s and widely considered to be a modern classic, is now presented for the first time in English and in a single volume. In these allegorical tales, Chang confronts some of the most serious and divisive issues of our time, including the burden of history and the ravages of oppression, racism, and ethnic displacement.

Starting with Locke

Author: Greg Forster
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1847065821
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 159
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Introduces students to the life, work and ideas of one of the most important thinkers of the Modern period.

Lady Sedna’s Ascension Handbook

Author: Lady Sedna; Sophia Ovidne
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1503500063
Category: Self-Help
Page: 260
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We are becoming a new species of human being. Our consciousness and the cells of our physical bodies are being transformed by light and love. We are beginning to experience living in a new dimension but here on Earth, right now. This transformation to a new way of being is known as ascension. Lady Sedna is one of the most senior elders among the Ascended Masters, training and guiding apprentices along the Ascension Path until they are fully operational as a being of love, wisdom, and power, and utilizing their mastery for the benefit of this planet and her people. In over one hundred messages she has channeled through Sophia Ovidne, Lady Sedna has brought together a kind of user manual for ascension. It contains the criteria for reaching ascension, and also for maintaining this position, for the challenges from our everyday world are always knocking at our door and threatening to unseat us from our thrones. However, this is not an instruction manual with detailed steps for Enlightenment. Each pilgrim’s journey is too unique and customized for that. But in her messages, Lady Sedna finds a way to provide answers to everyone who searches for one. Her insight, compassion, understanding, and straightforwardness, make her an ideal mentor as we struggle to embrace and to figure out what is happening to us as we are transformed from base metal into gold. There are few people on Earth who yet have this knowledge and experience to be able to share it with us and assist us. This handbook is a gift from heaven, a map when we are lost and confused, a balm when we are frustrated and hurting, and an inspiration when we are stuck in the lower levels and need reminding how to fly.

The English Rebel

One Thousand Years of Trouble-making from the Normans to the Nineties
Author: David Horspool
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0670918261
Category: History
Page: 496
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The English have a rich and glorious history of making trouble for themselves. One hundred and forty years before the French Revolution, the English executed their king and instituted a radical revolutionary government. In 1215, more than 570 years before the United States ratified its Bill of Rights, England's barons forced King John to accept the Magna Carta. In 1926 over 1.5 million strikers brought the nation to its knees. From the Peasants' Revolt to the suffragettes, from Oliver Cromwell to Arthur Scargill, this ground-breaking and hugely enjoyable book describes a rich and continuous tradition of resistance, rebellion and radicalism, of violent and charismatic individuals with axes to grind, and of social eruptions and political earthquakes that have shaped England's whole culture and character.

Sin: A Guide for the Perplexed

Author: Derek R. Nelson
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 0567325512
Category: Religion
Page: 168
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Christianity concerns itself with salvation. But salvation implies something from which one must be saved, as reconciliation implies an estrangement and redemption a loss. The classical theological symbol naming the problem to which salvation is the solution is sin. Interpreting the meaning of sin, however, has become difficult for two reasons: sin has become a taboo subject in popular discourse, and has acquired an extremely broad meaning in recent theology. Sin: A Guide for the Perplexed is intended as a mid-level, comprehensive introduction to the notion of sin and its significance for Christian theology. Nelson situates and interprets biblical material on sin, and then offers a lucid history of the doctrine. He elucidates Augustine's conception of original sin and defends it against its many caricatures. Special attention is paid to sin as an ordinary, yet highly interruptive, phenomenon in the lives of individuals. This is supplemented by a careful look at the non-individualistic dimensions of sin, and an appreciation of how sin relates to other key theological commitments.

A Textbook of Christian Ethics

Author: Robin Gill
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9780567031112
Category: Religion
Page: 451
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A new, updated third edition of the most successful and widely used textbook on Christian ethics.

Der Mensch in der Revolte

Author: Albert Camus
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644485313
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
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«Unsere Verbrecher sind nicht mehr jene entwaffneten Kinder, die zur Entschuldigung die Liebe anriefen. Sie sind im Gegenteil erwachsen und haben ein unwiderlegbares Alibi, die Philosophie nämlich, die zu allem dienen kann, sogar dazu, die Mörder in Richter zu verwandeln.» Mit der hier vorliegenden Essaysammlung setzt der Autor die Tradition der französichen Moralisten fort. Das strenge und anspruchsvolle Werk ist eine Absage an die Auffassung, daß Geschichte ein sinnvoller Ablauf sei. Er versucht nachzuweisen, daß die politischen Ideen von der Mitte des 18. Jahrhunderts bis heute Konstruktionen und Utopien waren, da sie das Absolute wollen, und deshalb notwendig ins Absurde, in Terror und legitimierten Mord einmünden mußten.

The Renaissance and Reformation in Northern Europe

Author: Margaret McGlynn,Kenneth R. Bartlett
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1442607165
Category: History
Page: 312
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This updated version of Humanism and the Northern Renaissance now includes over 60 documents exploring humanist and Renaissance ideals, the zeal of religion, and the wealth of the new world. Together, the sources illuminate the chaos and brilliance of the historical period—as well as its failures and inconsistencies. The reader has been thoroughly revised to meet the needs of the undergraduate classroom. Over 30 historical documents have been added, including material by Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, William Shakespeare, Christopher Columbus, Miguel de Cervantes, and Galileo Galilei. In the introduction, Bartlett and McGlynn identify humanism as the central expression of the European Renaissance and explain how this idea migrated from Italy to northern Europe. The editors also emphasize the role of the church and Christianity in northern Europe and detail the events leading up to the Reformation. A short essay on how to read historical documents is included. Each reading is preceded by a short introduction and ancillary materials can be found on UTP's History Matters website (

Hegel's Philosophy of Right

Subjectivity and Ethical Life
Author: David James
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1441144218
Category: Philosophy
Page: 172
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In this important new book, David James offers an innovative interpretation of a key element of Hegel's political thought. James seeks to identify the basic aims of Hegel's philosophy of right through an analysis of his approach to subjectivity. He argues that the basic aim of Hegel's philosophy of right is to accommodate subjectivity within a framework of universally valid ethical norms and that an analysis of how Hegel attempts to do this provides a key to understanding his philosophy of right. This in turn makes possible a highly unified interpretation of the project that determines the shape and structure of his theory of modern ethical life. The ways in which Hegel uses the term subjectivity have never before been analysed in sufficient detail. James shows that Hegel's understanding of this term depends very much on the context in which he is using it and by analysing this carefully shows that this concept is essentially related to his theory of freedom. This fascinating book offers a unified interpretation of Hegel's philosophy of right and will make an important contribution to the study of Hegel's political thought.

How to be Critically Open-Minded: A Psychological and Historical Analysis

Author: J. Lambie
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137301058
Category: History
Page: 239
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In a lively and subversive analysis, psychologist John Lambie explains how to see another person's point of view while remaining critical – in other words how to be 'critically open-minded'. Using entertaining examples from history and psychology, Lambie explores the implications of critical open-mindedness for scientific and moral progress.

The Doctrine of State and the Principles of State Law

Author: Friedrich Julius Stahl
Publisher: WordBridge Publishing
ISBN: 9076660093
Category: Law
Page: 508
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Friedrich Julius Stahl was one of Germany's leading constitutional scholars in the 19th century, prior to the advent of Bismarck and the establishment of a united Germany. The Doctrine of State and the Principles of State Law is the centerpiece of his magnum opus, the Philosophy of Law. This is the first English-language translation of this key work of legal and political philosophy. It is written from a Christian and conservative background, but cognizant of and generous toward the liberal mainstream of constitutional opinion that characterized his day. Historians, legal scholars, and philosophical fellow-travelers all will gain greatly by perusing this magnificent yet forgotten work.

Walking on the Edge

Consolidating Multiethnic Macedonia, 1989-2004
Author: Židas Daskalovski
Publisher: Globic Press
ISBN: 0977666239
Category: Political Science
Page: 244
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This book is a pioneering attempt to engage political scientists and analysts working on Macedonia with some of the most controversial subjects of recent Macedonian history. The book scholarly defines some of the basic terms and definitions of the Macedonian democratization and provides intellectually challenging account of the issues of democratic consolidation. It answers questions such as: What was the nature of the Macedonian democratization? What was the most problematic aspect that prolonged the consolidation to democracy? Were the Albanians integrated into the system? Why did Macedonia experienced a brief conflict in 2001? Who were the members of the National Liberation Army and what was their agenda? What was the reaction of the international community? Is the European Integration a real perspective?

Rebel on the Right

Henry Page Croft and the Crisis of British Conservatism, 1903-1914
Author: Larry L. Witherell
Publisher: University of Delaware Press
ISBN: 9780874136227
Category: Philosophy
Page: 291
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It is argued that it was the Conservative party that experienced the most serious difficulties in the decade prior to 1914, losing three consecutive elections, ousting its own leader in 1911, and being divided into several factions. This book accepts that argument in order to provide a more detailed picture of the political dynamics at work during this crucial period. Through exploring the political manifestations of Edwardian conservatism and peeling away the layers of traditional assumptions, this book makes a major contribution to our understanding of the development of modern British politics. This crisis of Edwardian conservatism is found in the membership, activities, and ideologies of the Conservative party's right wing. Rebel on the Right reconstructs the political career and activities of one of the more colorful, controversial, and prominent members of that wing.

Winning the Heart of God

Author: Robb Thompson
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc
ISBN: 1418556955
Category: Religion
Page: 227
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Certainly you can find all sorts of contests to compete in and a host of valuable prizes to covet in today's society. But in this book, Robb Thompson tells you how to win the true ultimate prize of life on this earth - the heart of your heavenly Father. Using men and women in the Bible as examples, Dr. Robb Thompson vividly explains what it means to be a person after God's own heart. In the process he tackles the all-important concepts of submission and covenant loyalty - scriptural principles that largely have been swept under the collective rug in Christendom today. As Dr. Thompson succinctly asks, "What else do you have in life if you don't have the heart of the Father?" That's a question that only you can answer for yourself. All the more reason for you to read this book!

Directional Drilling

Author: Tom Inglis
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9780860107163
Category: Science
Page: 260
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Some 35 years ago I was somewhat precariously balanced in a drilling derrick aligning a whipstock into a directional hole in North Holland by the Stokenbury method, and no doubt thinking to myself that I was at the very forefront of technology. During the intervening period it has become obvious to many of us that some of the most significant technical advances in the oil business have been made in drilling, and particularly in the fields of offshore and directional drilling. It has also become apparent that the quality of the technical literature describing these advances has not kept pace with that of the advances themselves in many instances. A particular glaring example of this has been in the field of directional drilling where a large literature gap has existed for many years. I am delighted to see this gap now filled with the present volume by my friend Tom Inglis. Indeed it is only after reading his comprehensive book that I realise the extent of my own ignorance of the latest techniques of directional drilling and how desirable it was to have an authoritative text on the subject. I feel sure that this volume will be welcomed by the industry and warmly recommend it to all who are in any way involved and interested in the fascinating world of drilling.

The Negro in the American Rebellion

His Heroism and His Fidelity
Author: William Wells Brown,John David Smith
Publisher: Ohio University Press
ISBN: 082141528X
Category: History
Page: 223
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Largely ignored by scholars, "The Negro in the American Rebellion"--written by a former slave--is a powerful transitional text, one that confronted squarely the neo-slavery of the Reconstruction era.