The Revolution and the Civil War in Spain

The tragic defeat of the Spanish Civil battle has lengthy involved those that proceed to fight for social justice. Pierre Broué and Émile Témine’s long-out-of-print heritage info the inner political dynamics that led the preferred entrance to carry again radical measures that might have galvanized the operating classification and the peasant base of the revolution and decisively weaken Franco’s fascist forces.

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By the Rivers of Water: A Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Odyssey

By Erskine Clarke

In early November 1834, an aristocratic younger couple from Savannah and South Carolina sailed from big apple and commenced an odd seventeen yr odyssey in West Africa. Leighton and Jane Wilson sailed alongside what used to be for them an unique sea coast, visited towns and villages, and infrequently ventured up nice rivers and historic paths. alongside the best way they encountered not just many varied landscapes, peoples, and cultures, but in addition a lot of persons all alone odysseys--including Paul Sansay, a former slave from Savannah; Mworeh Mah, a super Grebo chief, and his appealing daughter, Mary Clealand, at Cape Palmas; and King Glass and the clever and funny Toko in Gabon. Leighton and Jane Wilson had freed their inherited slaves, and have been to turn into the main influential American missionaries in West Africa throughout the first 1/2 the 19th century. whereas Jane demonstrated colleges, Leighton fought the overseas slave alternate and the imperialism of colonization. He translated parts of the Bible into Grebo and Mpongwe and thereby helped to put the root for the emergence of an indigenous African Christianity.

The Wilsons again to big apple as a result of in poor health overall healthiness, yet their odyssey was once no longer over. dwelling within the booming American city, the Wilsons welcomed into their good-looking domestic viewers from worldwide as they labored for the speedily increasing Protestant venture circulation. because the Civil battle approached, despite the fact that, they heard the siren voice in their Southern native land calling from deep inside their stories. They sought to withstand its seductions, however the name turned extra insistent and, ultimately, impossible to resist. even with their years of struggling with slavery, they gave themselves to a heritage and a humans devoted to conserving slavery and its deep oppression—both an act of deep love for a spot and other people, and the desertion of an ethical vision.

A sweeping transatlantic tale of fine intentions and sour effects, By the Rivers of Water unearths far-off worlds associated by way of deep faiths.

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Seeds of Wealth: Five Plants That Made Men Rich

By Henry Hobhouse

Seeds of Wealth is a suite of chic essays concentrating on the commercial and cultural outcomes of the exploitation of trees, tobacco, rubber, and the wine grape. those money plants have had, for the earlier 3 centuries, a profound impression on our international. during this fascinating account, Hobhouse illustrates how bushes deficiency sparked an commercial revolution, tobacco bring about a filthy rich and younger kingdom, the rubber tree created international locations, and wine supplied the top, middle, and pocketbook with wealth.

This ebook deals evidence of ways the doubtless beside the point may have common unintentional effects. In proposing international historical past from his personal standpoint, Henry Hobhouse bargains an outline of ways nature has unwittingly contributed to the construction of human wealth and financial growth.

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The Meaning of Herbs: Myth, Language & Lore

By Gretchen Scoble

"Take borage for braveness. ship a bouquet of yarrow to claim warfare. hold a twig of rue on the door to maintain witches at bay." Like plants, herbs are steeped in fantasy and magic, secrets and techniques and lore. for hundreds of years, their powers were known as upon to seduce enthusiasts and dispel witches, ship hidden messages and brew powerful elixirs, appeal to the palate and soothe the brain. Illustrated with captivating collages through acclaimed artist Ann box, this pleasant tribute to the which means and magic of herbs deals a modern advent to an age-old culture. The textual content attracts on botanical, mythological, and old assets around the globe, from old Rome to Victorian England, from Asia to the Americas, offering profiles of over 50 herbs preferred during the a while. mixing truth, folktale, ordinary background, and unique paintings, The which means of Herbs explores the language and lore of nature's such a lot flexible and robust presents.

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Inventing Niagara: Beauty, Power, and Lies

American citizens name Niagara Falls a average ask yourself, however the Falls should not very average anymore. in truth, they're a examine in artifice. Water diverted, riverbed reshaped, breaking point stabilized and panorama redesigned, the Falls are extra a monument to man's meddling than to nature's energy. Held up for instance of whatever actual, they're hemmed in with fakery -- waxworks, haunted homes, IMAX motion pictures and ersatz Indian stories. a logo of yank appear future, they're shared with politeness with Canada. logo of nature's energy, they're thoroughly human-controlled. Archetype of ordinary good looks, they belie an unpleasant environmental legacy nonetheless effervescent up from less than. On each point, Niagara Falls is a monument to how the United States falsifies nature, reshaping its contours and redirecting its strength whereas claiming to undergo its will.

Combining heritage, reportage and private narrative, Inventing Niagara lines Niagara's trip from chic icon to engineering surprise to camp spectacle. alongside the best way, Ginger Strand uncovers the hidden heritage of America's waterfall: the Mohawk leader who wrested the Falls from his followed tribe, the respected city father who secretly assisted slave catchers, the wartime employees who unknowingly helped construct the Bomb and the construction contractor who got and bought a pharaoh. With an uncanny skill to 0 in at the buried fact, Strand introduces us to underwater dams, freaks of nature, legendary maidens and 280,000 radioactive mice buried at Niagara.

From LaSalle to Lincoln to Los Alamos, Mohawks to Marilyn, Niagara's tale is America's tale, a story of goals based at the mastery of nature. At a time of accelerating environmental obstacle, Inventing Niagara exhibits us how realizing the cultural background of nature can help us reconsider our position in it this present day.

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Germs, Genes, & Civilization: How Epidemics Shaped Who We Are Today

By David P. Clark

In Germs, Genes and Civilization, Dr. David Clark tells the tale of the microbe-driven epidemics that experience time and again molded our human destinies. you will discover how your genes were formed via millennia spent combating opposed to infectious illnesses. you will learn the way epidemics have remodeled human historical past, time and again, from old Egypt to Mexico, the Romans to Attila the Hun. you will learn the way the Black loss of life epidemic ended the center a while, making attainable the Renaissance, western democracy, and the medical revolution. Clark demonstrates how epidemics have again and again formed not only our health and wellbeing and genetics, but in addition our background, tradition, and politics. you will even learn the way they might effect faith and ethics, together with the methods they might support set off cultural cycles of puritanism and promiscuity. might be such a lot attention-grabbing of all, Clark finds the newest clinical and philosophical insights into the interaction among microbes, people, and society - and previews what simply could come next.

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The Roaring Nineties: A New History of the World's Most Prosperous Decade

By Joseph E. Stiglitz

How one of many maximum financial expansions in heritage sowed the seeds of its personal collapse.

together with his best-selling Globalization and Its Discontents, Joseph E. Stiglitz confirmed how a lost religion in free-market ideology ended in a few of the fresh difficulties suffered by way of the constructing international locations. right here he turns an identical mild at the United States.

The Roaring Nineties deals not just an insider's illuminating view of policymaking but in addition a compelling case that even the Clinton management was once too heavily tied to the monetary community―that besides huge, immense fiscal good fortune within the nineties got here the seeds of the destruction visited at the economic climate on the finish of the decade.

This groundbreaking paintings by way of the Nobel Prize-winning economist argues that a lot of what we understood concerning the Nineties' prosperity is inaccurate, that the theories which have been used to lead international leaders and anchor key enterprise judgements have been essentially outmoded. certain, jobs have been created, know-how prospered, inflation fell, and poverty used to be decreased. yet even as the root was once laid for the commercial difficulties we are facing this day. Trapped in a near-ideological dedication to loose markets, policymakers accredited accounting criteria to slide, carried deregulation additional than they need to have, and pandered to company greed. those chickens have now come domestic to roost.

The paperback encompasses a new advent that stories the continuing failure of the Bush administration's guidelines, that have taken a nasty state of affairs and made it worse.

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