Executioners: Taking a Life for a Life

By Phil Clarke

A few humans kill for the sheer thrill of it, others for revenge or for monetary achieve. Executioners kill as the nation employs them to do it - yet who chooses to be an executioner ... and why? This ebook investigates the heritage of capital punishment the world over, and the interesting lives and careers of the folk who're hired to convey the last word penalty.

1. Early different types of Execution
2. The Spanish Inquisition
3. The Witch Hunters
4. Impalement
5. Newgate felony, London
6. Tyburn Gallows, London
7. The Guillotine
8. Hanged, Drawn and Quartered
9. the electrical Chair
10. The gasoline Chamber
11. deadly Injection

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The Problem of the Poor in Tudor and Early Stuart England (Lancaster Pamphlets)

By A.L. Beier

This pamphlet examines contemporary learn into the negative legislation of Tudor and Stuart England. Dr Beier asks the query ‘who have been the poor?’ and in answering it locations the ‘problem of the negative’ in its historic context, interpreting it when it comes to medieval provisions for facing poverty. He exhibits how a ways laws was once stimulated through fiscal adjustments, through principles approximately poverty and via the pursuits of the legislators themselves. Dr Beier evaluates the various interpretations of the terrible legislation, from those that have noticeable them as an early ‘welfare kingdom’ to those that have thought of them to be the manifestation of a ‘Protestant ethic’. the foremost poor-law statues are summarized in an appendix, and there's a valuable bibliography.

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Defining Neighbors: Religion, Race, and the Early Zionist-Arab Encounter (Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern World)

By Jonathan Marc Gribetz

As the Israeli-Palestinian clash persists, aspiring peacemakers proceed to go looking for the appropriate territorial dividing line that may fulfill either Israeli and Palestinian nationalist calls for. the existing view assumes that this fight is not anything greater than a dispute over genuine property. Defining Neighbors boldly demanding situations this view, laying off new gentle on how Zionists and Arabs understood one another within the earliest years of Zionist payment in Palestine and suggesting that the present singular specialise in obstacles misses key parts of the conflict.

Drawing on archival files in addition to newspapers and different print media from the ultimate many years of Ottoman rule, Jonathan Gribetz argues that Zionists and Arabs in pre-World conflict I Palestine and the wider heart East didn't reflect on each other or interpret every one other's activities essentially by way of territory or nationalism. really, they tended to view their friends in non secular terms--as Jews, Christians, or Muslims--or as individuals of "scientifically" outlined races--Jewish, Arab, Semitic, or differently. Gribetz indicates how those groups perceived each other, now not as strangers vying for ownership of a land that every considered as completely their very own, yet particularly as deeply regularly occurring, if every now and then mythologized or distorted, others. Overturning traditional knowledge in regards to the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian clash, Gribetz demonstrates how the possible intractable nationalist contest in Israel and Palestine was once, at its commence, conceived of in very diverse terms.

Courageous and deeply compelling, Defining Neighbors is a landmark e-book that essentially recasts our knowing of the trendy Jewish-Arab come across and of the center East clash today.

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From Eve to Dawn, A History of Women in the World, Volume 4: Revolutions and Struggles for Justice in the 20th Century

By Margaret Atwood, Marilyn French

“The matters [French] increases can't be overlooked. . . . No background you'll learn, post-French, will ever glance a similar again.”—The Times (London)

From the writer of The Women’s Room, the best-selling novel that outlined the problems that ignited the women’s circulate, comes a colourful historical past of the political revolutions of the 20th century, finishing with a considerate research into feminist events through the global and into the future.

Marilyn French got her PhD from Harvard and taught at Harvard college and Holy go College.

Margaret Atwood is better identified for her novels The Handmaid’s Tale and The Blind Assassin.

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Ghost on the Throne: The Death of Alexander the Great and the War for Crown and Empire

Alexander the nice, probably the main commanding chief in historical past, united his empire and his military through the mammoth strength of his will. His dying on the age of thirty-two spelled the top of that unity.

The tale of Alexander’s conquest of the Persian empire is understood to many readers, however the dramatic and consequential saga of the empire’s cave in continues to be nearly untold. it's a story of loss that starts off with the best lack of all, the dying of the Macedonian king who had held the empire jointly.

With his death, it was once as though the solar had disappeared from the sunlight procedure, as though planets and moons started to spin crazily in new instructions, crashing into each other with incredible force.

Alexander bequeathed his energy, legend has it, “to the strongest,” forsaking a mentally broken part brother and a posthumously born son as his merely heirs. In an odd compromise, both figures—Philip III and Alexander IV—were increased to the kingship, fast changing into prizes, pawns, fought over by way of a half-dozen Macedonian generals. every one successor may perhaps confer legitimacy on whichever basic managed him.

At the book’s heart is the monarch’s such a lot full of life defender; Alexander’s former Greek secretary, now reworked right into a normal himself. He used to be a guy either interesting and unique, a guy jam-packed with tips and connivances, just like the enthroned ghost of Alexander that offers the ebook its name, and turns into the deciding on think about the precarious fortunes of the royal family.

James Romm, amazing classicist and storyteller, tells the galvanizing saga of the boys who Alexander and located themselves incapable of maintaining his empire. the outcome used to be the undoing of an international, previously united in one empire, now ripped aside right into a nightmare of warring realms suffering for domination, the template of our personal instances.

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All the King's Men

By Robert Marshall

In 1942 Claude Dansey, deputy head of MI6, infiltrated Henri Déricourt, double agent extraordinaire, into the rival British wartime mystery carrier, SOE. the consequent path of destruction and betrayal ended in the lack of over 400 British and French brokers. Recruited because the guy SOE so desperately wanted, Déricourt penetrated the center of PROSPER, SOE's greatest community in France. while he renewed touch with Karl Boemelburg, head of German counter-espionage in Paris. each circulate, code and dispatch from the British brokers was once made identified to Boemelburg; Déricourt gave him every thing. His treachery ultimately resulted in the disastrous fall of the PROSPER community, and to the arrest of approximately 1000 women and men, 1000s of whom died in focus camps. used to be it patriotism that drove Dansey, or used to be the Déricourt plan purely a part of the key struggle among MI6 and SOE, a conflict within which Dansey held the entire guns? all of the King's males is the dramatic account on probably the most ruthless mystery operations of the second one international struggle.

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Roman Britain: A New History

By Guy de la Bédoyère

“Lucid and interesting . . . should still take pleasure of position at the bookshelf of experts and non-specialists drawn to Roman Britain.” —Minerva

This illuminating account of england as a Roman province units the Roman conquest and profession of the island in the better context of Romano-British society and the way it functioned.

The writer first outlines occasions from the Iron Age interval instantly previous the conquest in advert forty three to the emperor Honorius’s recommendation to the Britons in 410 to fend for themselves. He then tackles the problems dealing with Britons after the absorption in their tradition by way of an invading military, together with the function of presidency and the army within the province, faith, trade, know-how, and way of life. For this revised variation, the textual content, illustrations, and bibliography were up-to-date to mirror the most recent discoveries and learn in contemporary years.
The very good illustrations function reconstruction drawings, dramatic aerial perspectives of Roman is still, and photographs of Roman villas, mosaics, cash, pottery, and sculpture.

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Dangerous Games: The Uses and Abuses of History (Modern Library Chronicles)

By Margaret MacMillan

Acclaimed historian Margaret MacMillan explores the following the various ways that historical past impacts us all. She indicates how a deeper engagement with historical past, either as contributors and within the sphere of public debate, might help us comprehend ourselves and the realm greater. yet she additionally warns that heritage will be misused and bring about false impression. background is used to justify spiritual pursuits and political campaigns alike. Dictators could suppress background since it undermines their rules, agendas, or claims to absolute authority. Nationalists may perhaps inform fake, one-sided, or deceptive tales in regards to the previous. Political leaders may perhaps mobilize their humans by way of telling lies. it really is vital that we've got an realizing of the earlier and stay away from those and different universal traps in pondering to which many fall prey. This brilliantly reasoned paintings, alive with incident and figures either nice and notorious, will compel us to envision heritage anew—and skillfully illuminates why you will need to deal with the previous with care.

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A Renegade History of the United States

By Thaddeus Russell

This provocative standpoint on America’s background claims that the country’s personality was outlined no longer by way of the beliefs of the elites and intellectuals, yet by way of those that all through  have lived at the fringes of society historyslaves, immigrants, gangsters, and others who challenged the conventions in their day.

“Raucous, profane, and thrillingly unique, Thaddeus Russell’s A Renegade background of the United States turns the myths of the ‘American personality’ on their heads with an extraordinary mixture of wit, scholarship, and storytelling aptitude” (Steven Johnson, writer of Everything undesirable is nice for You and The Invention of Air ).

An all-new, wonderful, and debatable tale of the us: It was once now not “good” electorate who validated American liberty, broadcasts Thaddeus Russell, yet “immoral” and “degraded” humans at the fringes of society whose subversive life legitimized the taboo and made the US the land of the free.

In shiny photos of renegades and their “respectable” adversaries, Russell exhibits that the nation’s historical past has been pushed by way of clashes among these drawn to protecting social order and people extra drawn to pursuing their very own wishes. The extra those unintended revolutionaries—drunkards, prostitutes, gangsters, unassimilated immigrants, “bad” blacks—persevered, the extra American society replaced for the higher.

This isn't the heritage taught in textbooks or classrooms—this renegade ebook will upend every thing you think in regards to the American previous.

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