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Victoria's Daughters
Victoria's Daughters
Paperback      ISBN: 0312244967
Five women who shared one of the most extraordinary and privileged sisterhoods of all time... Vicky, Alice, Helena, Louise, and Beatrice were historically unique sisters, born to a sovereign who ruled over a quarter of the earth's people and who gave her name to an era: Queen Victoria. Two of these princesses would themselves produce children of immense consequence. All five would face the social restrictions and familial machinations borne by ninetheenth-century women of far less exalted class. Researched at the houses and palaces of its five subjects-- in London, Scotland, Berlin, Darmstadt, and Ottawa-- Victoria's Daughters examines a generation of royal women who were dominated by their mother, married off as much for political advantage as for love, and passed over entirely when their brother Bertie ascended to the throne. Packard, an experienced biographer whose last book chronicled Victoria's final days, provides valuable insights into their complex, oft-tragic lives as scions of Europe's most influential dynasty, and daughters of their own very troubled times.
Metahistory: The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe
Metahistory
The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe
Paperback      ISBN: 0801817617
From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life : 1500 to the Present
From Dawn to Decadence
500 Years of Western Cultural Life : 1500 to the Present
Hardcover      ISBN: 0060175869
One of the century's great intellectuals synthesizes his thinking on art, scholarship, manners, morals, and religion to offer his critique of Western culture today, which he sees in a period of decadence and serious decline. Original.
Peoples and Empires: A Short History of European Migration, Exploration, and Conquest, from Greece to the Present
Peoples and Empires
A Short History of European Migration, Exploration, and Conquest, from Greece to the Present
Paperback      ISBN: 0812967615
Describes the history and influence of European contact with other regions of the world, discussing the role of migration, exploration, and conquest in shaping world political boundaries and culture.
Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization
Black Athena
The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization
Paperback      ISBN: 0813512778
Could Greek philosophy be rooted in Egyptian thought? Is it possible that the Pythagorean theory was conceived on the shores of the Nile and the Euphrates rather than in ancient Greece? Could it be that Western civilization was born on the so-called Dark Continent? For almost two centuries, Western scholars have given little credence to the possibility of such scenarios. In Black Athena, an audacious three-volume series that strikes at the heart of today's most heated culture wars, Martin Bernal challenges Eurocentric attitudes by calling into question two of the longest-established explanations for the origins of classical civilization. The Aryan Model, which is current today, claims that Greek culture arose as the result of the conquest from the north by Indo-European speakers, or "Aryans," of the native "pre-Hellenes." The Ancient Model, which was maintained in Classical Greece, held that the native population of Greece had initially been civilized by Egyptian and Phoenician colonists and that additional Near Eastern culture had been introduced to Greece by Greeks studying in Egypt and Southwest Asia. Moving beyond these prevailing models, Bernal proposes a Revised Ancient Model, which suggests that classical civilization in fact had deep roots in Afroasiatic cultures. This long-awaited third and final volume of the series is concerned with the linguistic evidence that contradicts the Aryan Model of ancient Greece. Bernal shows how nearly 40 percent of the Greek vocabulary has been plausibly derived from two Afroasiatic languages-Ancient Egyptian and West Semitic. He also reveals how these derivations are not limited to matters of trade, but extended to the sophisticated language of politics, religion, and philosophy. This evidence, according to Bernal, confirms the fact that in Greece an Indo-European people was culturally dominated by speakers of Ancient Egyptian and West Semitic. Provocative, passionate, and colossal in scope, this volume caps a thoughtful rewriting of history that has been stirring academic and political controversy since the publication of the first volume.
Courtly Love: The Path of Sexual Initiation
Courtly Love
The Path of Sexual Initiation
Paperback      ISBN: 0892817712
A comprehensive examination of the rituals and philosophies that created and sustained medieval troubadour culture • Debunks the myth of the platonic nature of courtly love, showing the many sexual similarities to the Tantric practices of India • Reveals how the roots of courtly love go back to the matriarchal cultures of neolithic times The widespread turmoil that shook Western Europe as it entered the new millennium with the year 1000 prompted a vast reevaluation of the chief tenets of society. Foremost among these was a new way of looking at love and the place held by women in society. The Christian-inspired tradition that at best viewed women with contempt--and often with outright fear and loathing--was replaced by a new perspective, one in which women enjoyed a central role as the inspiration for all male action. For several hundred years courtly love, with its emphasis on adultery, carnal pleasures, and the power of the feminine, dominated European culture despite its flouting of conventional Christian morality. Medieval historians by and large have tended to regard courtly love as a sterile parlor game for the upper classes. To the contrary, Jean Markale shows that the stakes were much higher: the roots of the ritual re-created here go all the way back to the great mother goddess. In addition, the platonic nature attributed to these relationships is based on a misunderstanding of courtly love; underneath the refined poetry of the troubadours' verses flourished a system of sexual initiation that rivaled Indian Tantra.
The Setting Of The Pearl: Vienna Under Hitler
The Setting Of The Pearl
Vienna Under Hitler
Hardcover      ISBN: 0195146794
Presenting the history of the Revolutionary era, this volume is in the Oxford History of the United States.
Budapest 1900: A Historical Portrait of a City and Its Culture
Budapest 1900
A Historical Portrait of a City and Its Culture
Paperback      ISBN: 0802132502
"Lukacs's book is a lyrical, sometimes dazzling, never merely nostalgic evocation of a glorious period in the city's history. . . . {His} true sympathy lies . . . not with the famous expatriates, but with the writers and intellectuals who lived and died at home: the poets Endre Ady and Mihaly Babits; the novelists Ferenc Herczeg, Sandor Hunyady, Frigyes Karinthy, Dezso Kosztolanyi, Gyula Krudy, Kalman Mikszath, and Zsigmond Moricz; the political essayist DezsoSzabo; the playwright Erno Szep; the literary historian Antal Szerb; and others. . . . {John Lukacs} sets out to explain Hungarian literature to English-speaking readers. Though I have no idea whether or not he will succeed, few interpreters of Hungarian literature have made a more touching and eloquent attempt." -- The New York Review of Books
LA Place De LA Concorde Suisse
LA Place De LA Concorde Suisse
Paperback      ISBN: 0374519323
La Place de la Concorde Suisse is John McPhee's rich, journalistic study of the Swiss Army's role in Swiss society. The Swiss Army is so quietly efficient at the art of war that the Isrealis carefully patterned their own military on the Swiss model. La Place de la Concorde Suisse is John McPhee's rich, journalistic study of the Swiss Army's role in Swiss society. The Swiss Army is so quietly efficient at the art of war that the Isrealis carefully patterned their own military on the Swiss model.
The Columbia Companion to British History
The Columbia Companion to British History
Hardcover      ISBN: 0231107927
Over four thousand entries cover important individuals, events, organizations, movements, and concepts in the political, social, economic, religious, and cultural history of Great Britain