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Pure America: Eugenics and the Making of Modern Virginia by Elizabeth Catte
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Overview: Between 1927 and 1979, more than 8,000 people were involuntarily sterilized in five hospitals across the state of Virginia. From this plain and terrible fact springs Elizabeth Catte’s Pure America, a sweeping, unsparing history of eugenics in Virginia, and by extension the United States. Virginia’s twentieth-century eugenics program was not the misguided initiative of well-meaning men of the day, writes Catte, with clarity and ferocity.

It was a manifestation of white supremacy. It was a form of employment insurance. It was a means of controlling “troublesome” women and a philosophy that helped remove poor people from valuable land. It was cruel and it was wrong, and yet today sites where it was practiced like Western State Hospital, in Staunton, VA, are rehabilitated as luxury housing, their histories hushed up in the service of capital.

As was amply evidenced by her acclaimed 2018 book What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia, Catte has no room for excuses; no patience for equivocation. What does it mean for modern America, she asks here, that such buildings are given the second chance that 8,000 citizens never got? And what possible interventions can be made now, repair their damage?
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Framing the Early Middle Ages: Europe and the Mediterranean, 400-800 by Chris Wickham
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Overview: The Roman empire tends to be seen as a whole whereas the early middle ages tends to be seen as a collection of regional histories, roughly corresponding to the land-areas of modern nation states. As a result, early medieval history is much more fragmented, and there have been few convincing syntheses of socio-economic change in the post-Roman world since the 1930s. In recent decades, the rise of early medieval archaeology has also transformed our source-base, but this has not been adequately integrated into analyses of documentary history in almost any country.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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In Framing the Early Middle Ages Chris Wickham aims at integrating documentary and archaeological evidence together, and also, above all, at creating a comparative history of the period 400-800, by means of systematic comparative analyses of each of the regions of the latest Roman and immediately post-Roman world, from Denmark to Egypt (only the Slav areas are left out). The book concentrates on classic socio-economic themes, state finance, the wealth and identity of the aristocracy, estate management, peasant society, rural settlement, cities, and exchange. These are only a partial picture of the period, but they are intended as a framing for other developments, without which those other developments cannot be properly understood.

Wickham argues that only a complex comparative analysis can act as the basis for a wider synthesis. Whilst earlier syntheses have taken the development of a single region as ‘typical’, with divergent developments presented as exceptions, this book takes all different developments as typical, and aims to construct a synthesis based on a better understanding of difference and the reasons for it. This is the most ambitious and original survey of the period ever written.

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Download New York Panorama by Federal Writers’ Project (.ePUB)

New York Panorama: Essays from the 1930s by Federal Writers’ Project
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Overview: Published in the waning years of the Great Depression, this anthology promises “a comprehensive view of the metropolis, presented in a series of articles prepared by the Federal Writers’ Project of the Works Progress Administration of New York City.” Its 26 essays capture the city’s pace by day and night during the 1930s, covering its history from Dutch trading post to world-class marketplace; art studios and galleries; skyscrapers and other architectural marvels; popular music, from folk tunes to swing; Broadway theaters and movie palaces; the thriving world of radio broadcasts and newspaper publishing; as well as aspects of sports, industry, transportation, government, education, social programs, and many other facets of urban life, climaxing in an anticipation of the World’s Fair of 1939 and its triumphant visions of the future. Vintage photos throughout the book provide atmospheric images of vanished, changed, and enduring city landmarks.
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Download The Crimean War: Europe’s Conflict with Russia by Hugh Small (.ePUB)

The Crimean War: Europe’s Conflict with Russia by Hugh Small
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Overview: In the winter of 1854, Britain and France, with Europe-wide support, invaded Russia and besieged the fortress of Sebastopol in the Crimea. Their object was to curtail Russian expansion. It was the most destructive conflict of the century, with total fatalities comparable to those of the American Civil War.

Hugh Small, whose biography of Florence Nightingale first exposed the truth about her wartime hospital, now shows how the history of the Crimean War was manipulated to conceal Britain and Europe’s failure. Only since the collapse of the Soviet Union has it become clear how much had been at stake in the Crimea. The failure of Britain’s politicians to control their generals led to the collapse of the peacekeeping arrangements of the ‘Concert of Europe’ – a sort of early UN Security Council. Russian expansion continued unchecked, leading to the divisions seen today in Ukraine.

Small is equally revealing about the battles. His carefully-researched account of the famous Charge of the Light Brigade overturns the modern conclusion that it was a blunder by senior officers. It was the ordinary cavalrymen who insisted on it – as the Commander-in-Chief admitted in parliament at the time.
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Download Empire of the Seas by Brian Lavery (.ePUB)

Empire of the Seas: How the Navy Forged the Modern World by Brian Lavery
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Overview: The year 1588 marked a turning point in our national story. Victory over the Spanish Armada transformed us into a seafaring nation and it sparked a myth that one day would become a reality – that the nation’s new destiny, the source of her future wealth and power lay out on the oceans. This book tells the story of how the navy expanded from a tiny force to become the most complex industrial enterprise on earth; how the need to organise it laid the foundations of our civil service and our economy; and how it transformed our culture, our sense of national identity and our democracy.
Brian Lavery’s narrative explores the navy’s rise over four centuries; a key factor in propelling Britain to its status as the most powerful nation on earth, and assesses the turning point of Jutland and the First World War. He creates a compelling read that is every bit as engaging as the TV series itself.
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Download The Conquest of the Ocean by Brian Lavery (.ePUB)

The Conquest of the Ocean by Brian Lavery
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 157.9 MB
Overview: A captivating tale spanning 5,000 years of the oceans’ history, The Conquest of the Ocean tells the stories of the remarkable individuals who sailed seas, for trade, to conquer new lands, to explore the unknown.
From the early Polynesians to the first circumnavigations by the Portuguese and the British, these are awe-inspiring tales of epic sea voyages involving great feats of seamanship, navigation, endurance, and ingenuity. Explore the lives and maritime adventures, many with first-person narratives of land seekers and globe charters such as Christopher Columbus, Captain James Cook, and Vitus Bering.
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Download The Men Beyond the Stones by Andretta Schellinger (.ePUB)

The Men Beyond the Stones: Stonehenge: Klickitat’s WWI Memorial by Andretta Schellinger
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Overview: Standing as a silent sentry above the Columbia River, Maryhill’s Stonehenge serves as a memorial for the 14 brave young men from Klickitat County, who served and died during World War I. More than just names and basic information, this book details their service and sacrifice. Included is a short biography of the visionary behind Stonehenge, Samuel Hill. Also included is a soldier from the community who was inadvertently overlooked during construction.
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Download Hidden History of Florida by James C. Clark (.ePUB)

Hidden History of Florida by James C. Clark
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Overview: Florida has a history as diverse as its residents. And much of that is still hidden. Since the arrival of the Spanish in 1513, the state has played host to strange stories. A heartbroken senator entered a mental institution over unrequited love for an heiress. Thousands of British pilots trained in flight schools across the state. And the true, and darker, story of Pocahontas is linked with the “first barbecue.” Author and historian James C. Clark unearths a history hidden beneath swamps and sand for years.
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Download Guanches Legend and Reality by Jonás Pérez-Camacho (Jonas Perez)(.PDF)

Guanches. Legend and Reality: The Mysterious People of the Canary Islands by Jonas Perez-Camacho
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Overview: The lost Canary Islands – in the Atlantic Ocean – are a mystery in themselves.
Since ancient times the islands have been surrounded by a halo of mysticism; that increased since the Europeans made their first incursions, and discovered the strange race that lived in them.
The old descriptions tell us that both men and women stood out for their beauty and strength; and that surprised, even more, for his nobility.
The origins of the first inhabitants of the Canary Islands are still a mystery.
A great mystery.
The volcanic origin of the islands rules out the possibility that any population existed. Therefore, the first inhabitants of the islands must have come from somewhere.
But where? And what is more unusual, how did they get there?
To answer these questions we will have to ask others like: Who were they? Who made up this strange ethnicity that inhabited the islands? Were they Vikings or Romans, Phoenicians or Egyptians? Or maybe, heirs of ancient peoples that have disappeared over time?
Is the Berber origin theory valid on all the islands? Moreover, is it valid for any?
Written in clear, concise language, the book answers some of these questions, but, above all, it poses further questions: How did they live? How did they dress? What was their society like? Did they live in cities? How did they have fun? Did they really disappear as we have been told?
The primitive and rough image we have of the Guanches today will be dispelled as we immerse ourselves in the fascinating and mysterious world of the ancient inhabitants of the Canary Islands.
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Download The Spanish Inquisition: A Historical Revision by Henry Kamen (.ePUB)

The Spanish Inquisition: A Historical Revision, Fourth Edition by Henry Kamen
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Overview: In this completely updated edition of Henry Kamen’s classic survey of the Spanish Inquisition, the author incorporates the latest research in multiple languages to offer a new―and thought-provoking―view of this fascinating period. Kamen sets the notorious Christian tribunal into the broader context of Islamic and Jewish culture in the Mediterranean, reassesses its consequences for Jewish culture, measures its impact on Spain’s intellectual life, and firmly rebuts a variety of myths and exaggerations that have distorted understandings of the Inquisition. He concludes with disturbing reflections on the impact of state security organizations in our own time.
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