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  • Download E-books The Highly Civilized Man: Richard Burton and the Victorian World PDF

    Richard Burton used to be certainly one of Victorian Britain's so much protean figures. A soldier, explorer, ethnographer, and polyglot of infrequent energy, in addition to a poet, commute author, and translator of the stories of the Arabian Nights and the Kama Sutra, Burton exercised his ample abilities in a various array of endeavors. even though most sensible remembered as an adventurer who entered Mecca in hide and sought the resource of the White Nile, Burton traveled so extensively, wrote so prolifically, and contributed so forcefully to his generation's such a lot contentious debates that heprovides us with a singularly panoramic point of view at the global of theVictorians.

    One of the good demanding situations confronting the British within the 19th century used to be to make feel of the multiplicity of peoples and cultures they encountered of their imperial march all over the world. Burton performed a tremendous function during this venture. Drawing on his wide-ranging stories in different lands and severe interest approximately their population, he performed an intellectually formidable, hugely provocative inquiry into racial, spiritual, and sexual alterations that revealed his personal society's norms to scrutiny.

    Dane Kennedy bargains a clean and compelling exam of Burton and his contribution to the widening international of the Victorians. He advances the view that the Victorians' efforts to connect aspiring to the diversities they saw between different peoples had a profound impression on their lonesome feel of self, destabilizing identities and reshaping attention. Engagingly written and vigorously argued, The hugely Civilized Man is a vital contribution to our knowing of a notable guy and an important era.

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  • Download E-books Why Was Charles I Executed? PDF

    By Clive Holmes

    The execution of Charles I in 1649, via the proclamation of a Commonwealth, used to be a rare political occasion. It a sour Civil struggle among parliament and the king, and their abject failure to barter a peace settlement.Why the king was once defeated and achieved has lengthy been a principal query in English heritage. The previous solutions, no matter if these of the historian S R Gardiner or of Lawrence Stone, not fulfill. Clive Holmes provides transparent solutions to 8 key questions about the interval, starting from why the king needed to summon the lengthy Parliament as to if there has been in reality an English Revolution at all.

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  • Download E-books Seasons on Harris PDF

    By David Yeadon

    The Outer Hebrides of Scotland epitomize the evocative attractiveness and remoteness of island existence. the main dramatic of all of the Hebrides is Harris, a tiny island shaped from the oldest rocks in the world, a panoramic panorama of hovering mountains, wild lunarlike moors, and massive Caribbean-hued shores. this is often the place neighborhood crofters weave the mythical Harris Tweed—a hardy textile reflecting the energy, toughness, and integrity of the existence there.

    In Seasons on Harris, David Yeadon, "one of our greatest commute writers" (The Bloomsbury Review), captures, via stylish phrases and line drawings, lifestyles on Harris—the humans, their folkways and humor, and their centuries-old Norse and Celtic traditions of crofting and fishing. the following Gaelic continues to be spoken in its purest shape, track and poetry ceilidh evenings flourish within the neighborhood pubs, and Sabbath Sundays are saw with Calvinistic strictness. Yeadon's e-book makes us care deeply approximately those proud islanders, their folklore, their historical past, their demanding situations, and the imperiled way forward for their conventional island lifestyles and liked tweed.

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  • Download E-books Fascism: 100 Questions Asked and Answered PDF

    After international struggle , 'fascist' turned the F notice of political debate to be utilized liberally opposed to an individual who left-wing polemicists disliked. yet what did it particularly suggest and what did its British supporters particularly stand for? during this pre-War ebook written in handy query and resolution shape by means of Oswald Mosley, the chief of the British Union of Fascists demanding situations the simplistic nature of the stereotypical photo. It recognizes that if he were elected to energy political occasion conflict may were dropped at an finish. rather than vote casting for various celebration labels common Elections will be in accordance with an occupational franchise. below the program everyone may vote in accordance with their vocation: miners balloting for a call of mining applicants; farm employees for agricultural applicants; medical experts for medical professionals and nurses; and cloth staff for fabric employee applicants. There might also have been occupational applicants for housewives and pensioners. during this means, Mosley believed govt of specialists elected by means of specialists will be created: a physique much better outfitted to supply sturdy govt than one in keeping with a multi-party geographical franchise. different questions and solutions coated through Mosley in equivalent intensity contain freedom of speech; reform of the banking method; and the jobs of alternate unions within the glossy place of work. Fascism can have misplaced the battle of semantics yet its real nature merits nearer scrutiny.
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  • Download E-books The Amiens Truce: Britain and Bonaparte 1801 - 1803 PDF

    By John D. Grainger

    In 1801 Britain and Bonaparte made an armistice, which grew to become the Treaty of Amiens in March 1802. within the short interval of peace which undefined, British attitudes underwent an enormous switch, in order that while struggle started back in may perhaps 1803 there has been very little dissent from the view that the struggle needed to be fought to a end and Bonaparte's energy destroyed. This used to be partially the results of Bonaparte's underhand equipment in the course of negotiations; however it was once additionally as a result of the end reached by means of the numerous British viewers to France through the period of peace that Bonaparte was once tremendous risky, anger at his stealthy political advances in Europe and the US, and outrage at his detention and imprisonment of British civilians whilst warfare started back. the perspective of the British executive headed via Henry Addington, and specifically the diplomatic equipment of the overseas Secretary Lord Hawkesbury (later the major Minister Lord Liverpool) have been decisive in countering Bonaparte's tools; they obtain their due during this first specified exam of occasions, according to unique fabrics.
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  • Download E-books British Infantryman in the Far East 1941-45 (Warrior) PDF

    By Alan Jeffreys

    This identify makes a speciality of the adventure, strategies, education and guns of the British soldier from the autumn of Malaya and Singapore till the Reconquest of Burma in the course of international struggle II (1939-1945). It takes a detailed examine jungle war education in India and the resultant motion in Burma, tracing the advance of strategies and doctrine: this shaped the foundation for the victories within the Arakan and the battles of Kohima and Imphal. The soldier's view of India, the leisure on hand on depart, nutrition rationing and different offers equivalent to cigarettes, the advent of the forces newspaper SEAC, and the scientific difficulties of malaria are all explored intimately.
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  • Download E-books Monarchy and Matrimony: The Courtships of Elizabeth I PDF

    By Susan Doran

    Monarchy and Matrimony is the 1st complete learn of Elizabeth I's courtships. Susan Doran argues that the cult of the `Virgin Queen' was once invented by means of her ministers, and that Elizabeth used to be compelled into celibacy by means of political necessity.
    Doran's designated exam of different matches relies on broad archival learn throughout Europe. instead of concentrating on Elizabeth's character and photograph, she perspectives the query inside of a much wider political and spiritual context. She exhibits how the query of Elizabeth's marriage used to be divisive for England, affecting either political lifestyles and diplomacy, and inspiring renowned propaganda within the type of performs, poetry and paintings.
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  • Download E-books Reading the Gaelic Landscape: Leughadh Aghaidh na Tire PDF

    By John Murray

    This booklet is a needs to for an individual who's attracted to the Scottish Highlands and its historical tongue. it's going to inspire humans to learn and comprehend the possible imprecise Gaelic phrases and in addition presents an perception into panorama background. The textual content will enhance the event of walkers, climbers, sailors, poultry watchers and fishers by way of sketching the Gaelic context the place they get pleasure from and pursue their pursuits. outside lovers will now not fight with unusual spellings and phrases as they are going to collect a brand new measurement of position via an figuring out of position names within the Highlands.

    The publication takes a distinct and entire strategy, because it expands and categorizes present position identify vocabulary and gives commentaries on Gaelic ecology, tradition and panorama among each one part. particular issues explored comprise how Gaelic poets like Sorley MacLean and Duncan Bàn MacIntyre used Highland panorama symbolically of their paintings. The lyrical conventional of the sheiling and Fingalian legend is hooked up during this method in addition. position names also are used to take a position approximately species extinctions and the background of the legendary Caledonian wooded area. Readers will find out about different features of position and the way those were recorded, via a deeper figuring out of a language, particular to the panorama of the Scottish Highlands, and targeted in its conception of that landscape.
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