Download A Short History of South-East Asia by Peter Church (.ePUB)

A Short History of South-East Asia, 6th Edition by Peter Church
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Overview: Explore the fascinating history of south-east Asia

A Short History of South-East Asia, Sixth Edition is the latest in a series of updated texts spotlighting this fascinating region. With revised chapters for all of the countries in this geographic area, this interesting text paints a remarkable overview of the characters and events that have shaped this part of the world. Founded upon a deeply perceptive observation of the late founding Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew, this book brings shape to the idea that ‘to understand the present and to anticipate the future, one must know enough of the past, enough to have a sense of the history of a people.’ With an approachable writing style and comprehensive content, this unique text was written for business readers interested in improving their understanding of this important region.

With globalization continuing to gain momentum, south-east Asia is emerging as an important business sector for many industries. Not only does this open up professional opportunities, it exposes individuals in other parts of the world to the unique histories and cultures of the area. If you are interested in learning more about the region, this abbreviated text is a wonderful resource.

Explore historic and political developments that have taken place throughout south-east Asia

Quickly navigate text organized by country, allowing you to dive into the events that have shaped Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam

Gain an important global perspective, which can prove valuable on personal and professional levels

Leverage your new understanding of the region’s past to better understand its present and anticipate its future

A Short History of South-East Asia, Sixth Edition is an abbreviated history of south-east Asia written with business readers in mind.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Download The Vikings in Western Christendom by C. F. Keary (.ePUB)

The Vikings in Western Christendom by C. F. Keary
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Overview: The Vikings were no longer the exiled younger brothers of the Danish race. It was on them now, and not on the Danes of the Fatherland, that the thoughts of men dwelt.’ Written by the scholar C.F. Keary, this is a comprehensive look at the life of the Vikings in the ninth century, in the context of Western Europe as Christianity’s influence diminished.

Keary starts with the European domination of the Roman Empire, distinguishing Christians from so-called ‘heathens’ who worshipped their own gods. Many of these had been formerly converted from heathens into Christians, as happened in Ireland and England.

The ‘heathen’ Vikings were from Denmark, Sweden and Norway, and expanded their lands and ways of living to these Christian areas through violent battle.

Infighting in Ireland led to the easy conquest of their land by the Vikings. Soon they entered Paris, burning houses and slaying residents, meeting the efforts of the French King, Charles the Bald. So influential was the Viking method of fortified camps that the French used it to try and hold them back. All army manoeuvres are described in great detail, taking the reader back 1200 years.

When the Vikings tried to invade Germany, the leader Charles the Fat called for an amalgam of armies at the diet of Worms, but he could not resist the onslaught either.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The Story of Britain by Patrick Dillon
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Overview: A definitive history of Britain which tells the story of two islands, Britain and Ireland, and all the people, Scottish, Irish, Welsh and English, who have lived in them.

A comprehensive history of Britain that delves into some edgy and less well-known events as well as shining a light on the more traditional narratives of Scottish, Irish, Welsh and English history – William the Conqueror’s arrival in 1066, Magna Carta, the Great Fire of London, the execution of Charles I, the abolition of slavery, the Battle of Britain and many more, as well as all the famous characters we know and love (or hate).
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Download Ethnicity in Ancient Amazonia by Alf Hornborg (.PDF)

Ethnicity in Ancient Amazonia: Reconstructing Past Identities from Archaeology, Linguistics, and Ethnohistory by Alf Hornborg , Jonathan D. Hill
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Overview: A transdisciplinary collaboration among ethnologists, linguists, and archaeologists, Ethnicity in Ancient Amazonia traces the emergence, expansion, and decline of cultural identities in indigenous Amazonia.

Hornborg and Hill argue that the tendency to link language, culture, and biology–essentialist notions of ethnic identities–is a Eurocentric bias that has characterized largely inaccurate explanations of the distribution of ethnic groups and languages in Amazonia. The evidence, however, suggests a much more fluid relationship among geography, language use, ethnic identity, and genetics. In Ethnicity in Ancient Amazonia, leading linguists, ethnographers, ethnohistorians, and archaeologists interpret their research from a unique nonessentialist perspective to form a more accurate picture of the ethnolinguistic diversity in this area.

Revealing how ethnic identity construction is constantly in flux, contributors show how such processes can be traced through different ethnic markers such as pottery styles and languages. Scholars and students studying lowland South America will be especially interested, as will anthropologists intrigued by its cutting-edge, interdisciplinary approach.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History > Archaeology > South America

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Download A Brief History of Vice by Robert Evans (.ePUB)

A Brief History of Vice: How Bad Behavior Built Civilization by Robert Evans
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Overview: A celebration of the brave, drunken pioneers who built our civilization one seemingly bad decision at a time, A Brief History of Vice explores a side of the past that mainstream history books prefer to hide. History has never been more fun—or more intoxicating.

Guns, germs, and steel might have transformed us from hunter-gatherers into modern man, but booze, sex, trash talk, and tripping built our civilization. Cracked editor Robert Evans brings his signature dogged research and lively insight to uncover the many and magnificent ways vice has influenced history, from the prostitute-turned-empress who scored a major victory for women’s rights to the beer that helped create—and destroy—South America’s first empire. And Evans goes deeper than simply writing about ancient debauchery; he recreates some of history’s most enjoyable (and most painful) vices and includes guides so you can follow along at home.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History > World > Civilization & Culture

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Trip like a Greek philosopher.
Rave like your Stone Age ancestors.
Get drunk like a Sumerian.
Smoke a nose pipe like a pre–Columbian Native American.

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Download The Last 100 Days by Will Davies (.ePUB)

The Last 100 Days: The Australian Road to Victory in the First World War by Will Davies
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Overview: In March 1918, with the fear of a one-million-man American army landing in France, the Germans attacked. In response, Australian soldiers were involved in a number of engagements, culminating in the Second Battle of Villers-Bretonneux and the saving of Amiens, and Paris, from German occupation.

Then came General John Monash’s first victory as the Commanding Officer of the newly formed Australian Corps at Hamel. This victory, and the tactics it tested, became crucial to the Allied victory after 8 August, the ‘black day of the German Army’. On this day the major Allied counteroffensive began, with the AIF in the vanguard of the attack. The Australians, with the Canadians to the south and the British across the Somme to the north, drove the Germans back, first along the line of the Somme and then across the river to Mont St Quentin, Peronne and on to the formidable Hindenburg Line, before the last Australian infantry action at Montbrehain in early October.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Download Without a Country by J. Malcolm Garcia (.ePUB)

Without a Country: The Untold Story of America’s Deported Veterans by J. Malcolm Garcia
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Overview: Many Americans believe service in the military to be a quintessential way to demonstrate patriotism. We expect those who serve to be treated with respect and dignity. However, as in so many aspects of our politics, the reality and our ideals diverge widely in our treatment of veterans. There is perhaps no starker example of this than the continued practice of deporting men and women who have served.
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Download Orkney: A Historical Guide by Caroline Wickham-Jones (.ePUB)

Orkney: A Historical Guide, Fully Revised & Updated Edition by Caroline Wickham-Jones
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Overview: Orkney: A Historical Guide is a marvelous companion to the fascinating Orkney islands, offering a broad overview of their history. Starting with the prehistoric period, from which survives the famous settlement of Skara Brae, it goes on to discuss the flowering of the Celtic Church in the sixth and seventh centuries and the subsequent invasion by the Vikings, who settled there in large numbers and established a powerful Norse earldom.

This was perhaps the most dynamic period of Orkney’s history, and is characterised in the famous Orkneyinga Saga, one of the major literary works of its time. Orkney lies only twenty miles north of mainland Scotland, yet for many centuries its culture was more Scandanavian than Scottish. Strong westerly winds account for the scarcity of trees on Orkney and for the tradition of well-constructed stone buildings.
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Download Churchill and the King by Kenneth Weisbrode (.ePUB)

Churchill and the King: The Wartime Alliance of Winston Churchill and George VI by Kenneth Weisbrode
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Overview: For fans of The King’s Speech, the intriguing bond between monarch and prime minister and its crucial role during World War II.

The political and personal relationship between King George VI and Winston Churchill during World War II is one that has been largely overlooked throughout history, yet the trust and loyalty these men shared helped Britain navigate its perhaps most trying time.

Despite their vast differences, the two men met weekly and found that their divergent virtues made them a powerful duo. The king’s shy nature was offset by Churchill’s willingness to cast himself as the nation’s savior. Meanwhile, Churchill’s complicated political past was given credibility by the king’s embrace and counsel. Together as foils, confidants, conspirators, and comrades, the duo guided Britain through war while reinspiring hope in the monarchy, Parliament, and the nation itself.

Books about these men as individuals could fill a library, but Kenneth Weisbrode’s study of the unique bond between them is the first of its kind.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Download The Later Reformation in England by Diarmaid MacCulloch (.PDF)

The Later Reformation in England 1547-1603 by Diarmaid MacCulloch
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Overview: The English Reformation was the event that chiefly shaped English identity well into the 20th century. It made the English kingdom a self-consciously Protestant state dominating the British Isles, and boasting an established Church that eventually developed a peculiar religious agenda, Anglicanism. Although Henry VIII triggered a break with the Pope in his eccentric quest to rid himself of an inconveniently loyal wife, the Reformation soon slipped from his control, and in the reigns of his Tudor successors, it developed a momentum that made it one of the success stories of European Protestantism. In this book, MacCulloch discusses the developing Reformation in England through the later Tudor reigns: Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I. He provides a narrative of events, then discusses the ideas that shaped the English Reformation, and surveys the ways in which the English reacted to it, how far and quickly they accepted It, and assesses those who remained dissenters. This new edition is fully updated to take account of new material in the field that has appeared in the last decade.
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