History without the Boring Bits: A Curious Chronology of the World

By Ian Crofton

A strikingly assorted tackle global historical past, from the previous editor-in-chief of The Guinness Encyclopedia

Conventional chronologies of worldwide heritage be aware of the reigns of kings and queens, the dates of battles and treaties, the e-book dates of significant books, the of entirety of well-known constructions, the deaths of iconic figures, and the years of significant discoveries. yet there are different extra attention-grabbing tales to inform, tales which could carry the previous vividly and excitingly to existence. think a publication that tells you the date of the traditional Roman legislation that made it criminal to damage wind at banquets; the identify of the defunct medieval pope whose putrefying corpse was once subjected to the humiliation of a tribulation earlier than a courtroom of legislation; the id of the priapic monarch who sired extra bastards than the other king of britain; and final yet now not least the date of the loss of life in London of the 1st goat to have circumnavigated the globe—twice. think a booklet full of such deliciously disposable info, and you have got History with out the dull Bits. via turns strange, brilliant, trivial, and enlightening, this book offers wealthy pickings for the browser, and leisure and proposal aplenty if you have grown weary of extra traditional works of history.

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Witches and Witchcraft (Shire Library)

Within the 16th and 17th centuries, complete groups, fairly in valuable Europe have been gripped by means of a terror of witches and witchcraft, and pursued witches with a purpose to deliver them to justice. Professor David Nash unlocks the occasionally opaque heritage of the phenomenon of witchcraft in Britain, Europe and the USA. The e-book explores the improvement of witchcraft and trust in witches, the obsession with witches and witchcraft that spawned witch-hunting, the hey-day and decline of witch-hunting, and the interesting 'afterlife' of witchcraft: overlaying not just the survival of a few ideals into the 19th century however the educational curiosity in witchcraft within the early 20th century, which culminated within the curiosity proven within the phenomenon through specialists serving the pursuits and beliefs of Nazi Germany. one of the issues that the writer will study are the geographical unfold and local variations in witchcraft and witch-hunting throughout Britain, Europe and the United States; the theories at the upward push of witch-hunting; and gender adjustments: why such a lot of extra ladies have been accused and convicted of witch-hunting than males.

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Jews in an Iberian Frontier Kingdom: Society, Economy, and Politics in Morvedre, 1248-1391 (Medieval and Early Modern Iberian World)

By Mark D Meyerson

This booklet treats the tumultuous heritage of the Jews within the colonial nation of Valencia via concentrating on one city, Morvedre. in accordance with archival assets, it explores the Jews' actions as settlers and officers, their function within the new kingdom's financial improvement, and their quickly altering family with the Christian conquerors and the topic Muslims. It dissects the Jewish community's inner social and political struggles whereas it handled the monarchy's heavy financial calls for. It additionally considers the controversies surrounding Jewish moneylending and the Jews' embattled place throughout the rebellions and wars that rocked the dominion within the fourteenth century. The e-book is critical for college kids of Jewish historical past, Spanish historical past, and interfaith kin within the center a while.

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A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel

By Allis Radosh

“[This] revelatory account of Truman's important contributions to Israel's founding. . .is informed. . . with an beauty proficient by means of thorough research."
Wall road Journal

"Even realizing how the tale ends, A secure Haven had me sitting at the fringe of my seat.”
—Cokie Roberts

A dramatic, designated account of the occasions prime as much as the construction of a Jewish place of birth and the genuine tale at the back of President Harry S. Truman’s debatable selection to acknowledge of the country of Israel in 1948, drawn from Truman’s long-lost diary entries and different formerly unused archival materials.

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A Companion to World History (Wiley Blackwell Companions to World History)

A spouse to global History offers over 30 essays from a global workforce of historians that either determine carrying on with parts of rivalry, war of words, and divergence in international and international background, and element to instructions for additional debate.

  • Features a various forged of participants that come with tested international historians and rising scholars
  • Explores a variety of issues and subject matters, together with and the perform of worldwide heritage, key principles of global historians, the instructing of global background and the way it has drawn upon and challenged "traditional" educating techniques, and international ways to writing international history
  • Places an emphasis on non-Anglophone ways to the topic
  • Considers problems with either scholarship and pedagogy on a transnational, interregional, and world/global scale

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Spanish Civil War: The Spanish Civil War (History in Dispute)

By Kenneth W. Estes

Bargains scholars diversified severe views on significant ancient occasions, drawn from all time sessions and from all elements of the globe. each one quantity has a thematic, period or subject-specific concentration and includes approximately 50 entries. Entries start with a quick review summarizing the talk through or extra signed, point-counterpoint essays.

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The Secret of Chanel No. 5: The Intimate History of the World's Most Famous Perfume

By Tilar J. Mazzeo

“Who knew that any such tiny bottle housed such a lot of secrets?” —Michael Tonello, writer of Bringing domestic the Birkin

Tilar J. Mazzeo, writer of the New York Times bestseller The Widow Clicquot (an Amazon better of the Month e-book in October 2008) returns with a charming historical past of the world’s most renowned, seductive, and well known body spray: Chanel No. five. Mazzeo’s sweeping tale of the long-lasting smell (known as “le monstre” within the perfume undefined) stretches from Coco Chanel’s early luck to the increase of the seminal perfume in the course of the Fifties to the affirmation of its bestseller prestige in today’s crowded body spray market.

“Here is the lifetime of one of many twentieth century’s best and deeply complex girls, a desirable cultural heritage, and the tale of a unprecedented perfume.” —Chandler Burr, New York Times odor critic and writer of The excellent Scent

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The History of Myanmar (The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations)

By William J. Topich

This textual content offers an intensive exam of the background of Myanmar from Neolithic instances to the present.

• offers a chronology of the main occasions in Myanmar's history

• Maps of early Kobang Burma and of Indochina (showing the proposed Burma-Siam-China railway) is helping supply point of view

• A bibliography of vital fabrics permits persevered examine of Myanmar

• comprises greater than forty enticing biographical sketches of the most important figures within the background of Myanmar

• precious indexes provide effortless connection with key terms

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Royal Affairs: A Lusty Romp Through the Extramarital Adventures That Rocked the British Monarchy

By Leslie Carroll

A humorous, raucous, and delightfully soiled heritage of 1,000 years of bedroom-hopping secrets and techniques and scandals of Britain?s royals.

Insatiable kings, lecherous queens, kissing cousins, and wanton consorts?history hasn't ever been rather a lot fun.

Royal unions have consistently been the stuff of scintillating gossip, from the passionate Plantagenets to Henry VIII?s alarming head count number of other halves and mistresses, to the Sapphic crushes of Mary and Anne Stuart correct on up throughout the scandal-blighted coupling of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Thrown into loveless, prepared marriages for political and fiscal achieve, many royals have been pushed to indulge their pleasures outdoor the marital mattress, undertaking scrumptious flirtations, lurid love letters, and rampant intercourse with voluptuous and prepared partners.

This approximately pathological lust made for essentially the most titillating scandals in nice Britain?s heritage. not often risk free, those affairs have disrupted dynastic alliances, endangered lives, and such a lot of all, fed the salacious interest of the general public for hundreds of years. Royal Affairs will satiate that interest through bringing this arousing historical past alive.

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