Download Storage in Ancient Complex Societies by Linda R. Manzanilla (.ePUB)

Storage in Ancient Complex Societies: Administration, Organization, and Control by Linda R. Manzanilla, Mitchell S. Rothman
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Overview: The ability to accumulate and store large amounts of goods is a key feature of complex societies in ancient times. Storage strategies reflect the broader economic and political organization of a society and changes in the development of control mechanisms in both administrative and non-administrative―often kinship based―sectors. This is the first volume to examine storage practices in ancient complex societies from a comparative perspective. This volume includes 14 original papers by leading archaeologists from four continents which compare storage systems in three key regions with lengthy traditions of complexity: the ancient Near East, Mesoamerica, and Andes. Storage in Ancient Complex Societies demonstrates the importance of understanding storage for the study of cultural evolution.
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The Promise and the Dream: The Untold Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. And Robert F. Kennedy by David Margolick
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Overview: No issue in america in the 1960s was more vital than civil rights, and no two public figures were more crucial in the drama of race relations in this era than Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy. Fifty years after they were both murdered, noted journalist David Margolick explores the untold story of the complex and ever-evolving relationship between these two American icons.

Assassinated only sixty-two days apart in 1968, King and Kennedy changed the United States forever, and their deaths profoundly altered the country’s trajectory. In The Promise and the Dream, Margolick examines their unique bond and the complicated mix of mutual assistance, impatience, wariness, awkwardness, antagonism, and admiration that existed between the two, documented with original interviews, oral histories, FBI files, and previously untapped contemporaneous accounts.

At a turning point in social history, MLK and RFK embarked on distinct but converging paths toward lasting change. Even when they weren’t interacting directly, they monitored and learned from, one another. Their joint story, a story each man took some pains to hide and which began to come into focus only with their murders, is not just gripping history but a window into contemporary America and the challenges we continue to face.

Complemented by award-winning historian Douglas Brinkley’s foreword and more than eighty revealing photos by the foremost photojournalists of the period, The Promise and the Dream offers a compelling look at one of the most consequential but misunderstood relationships in our nation’s history.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Download Britain’s Korean War by Thomas Hennessey (.PDF)

Britain’s Korean War: Cold War diplomacy, strategy and security 1950-53 by Thomas Hennessey
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Overview: Available in eBook for the first time, this book assesses the strains within the ‘Special Relationship’ between London and Washington and offers a new perspective on the limits and successes of British influence during the Korean War. The interaction between the main personalities on the British side – Attlee, Bevan, Morrison, Churchill and Eden – and their American counterparts – Truman, Acheson, Eisenhower and Dulles – are chronicled. By the end of the war the British were concerned that it was the Americans, rather than the Soviets, who were the greater threat to world peace. British fears concerning the Korean War were not limited to the diplomatic and military fronts these extended to the ‘Manchurian Candidate’ threat posed by returning prisoners of war who had been exposed to communist indoctrination. The book is essential reading for those interested in British and US foreign policy and military strategy during the Cold War.
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Download Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Near East by Douglas R. Frayne (.PDF)

A Handbook of Gods and Goddesses of the Ancient Near East: Three Thousand Deities of Anatolia, Syria, Israel, Sumer, Babylonia, Assyria, and Elam by Douglas R. Frayne, Johanna H. Stuckey
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Overview: From the tragic young Adonis to Zašhapuna, first among goddesses, this handbook provides the most complete information available on deities from the cultures and religions of the ancient Near East, including Anatolia, Syria, Israel, Sumer, Babylonia, Assyria, and Elam.

The result of nearly fifteen years of research, this handbook is more expansive and covers a wider range of sources and civilizations than any previous reference works on the topic. Arranged alphabetically, the entries range from multiple pages of information to a single line—sometimes all that we know about a given deity. Where possible, each record discusses the deity’s symbolism and imagery, connecting it to the myths, rituals, and festivals described in ancient sources. Many of the entries are accompanied by illustrations that aid in understanding the iconography, and they all include references to texts in which the god or goddess is mentioned.

Appropriate for both trained scholars and nonacademic readers, this book collects centuries of Near Eastern mythology into one volume. It will be an especially valuable resource for anyone interested in Assyriology, ancient religion, and the ancient Near East.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Download Cap Badge by R. H. Medley (.ePUB)

Cap Badge: The Story of Four Battalions of The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment and the Hertfordshire Regiment (TA) 1939–1947 by R. H. Medley
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 14.68 MB
Overview: The backbone of the British Army has always been the County regiments. This is an account of a typical British regiment from Dunkirk to 1947.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Download Last Call for Liberty by Os Guinness (.ePUB)

Last Call for Liberty: How America’s Genius for Freedom Has Become Its Greatest Threat by Os Guinness
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Overview: The hour is critical. The American republic is suffering its gravest crisis since the Civil War.

Conflicts, hostility, and incivility now threaten to tear the country apart. Competing visions have led to a dangerous moment of cultural self-destruction. This is no longer politics as usual, but an era of political warfare where our enemies are not foreign adversaries, but our fellow citizens. Yet the roots of the crisis are deeper than many realize. Os Guinness argues that we face a fundamental crisis of freedom, as America’s genius for freedom has become her Achilles’ heel. Our society’s conflicts are rooted in two rival views of freedom, one embodied in “1776” and the ideals of the American Revolution, and the other in “1789” and the ideals of the French Revolution. Once again America has become a house divided, and Americans must make up their minds as to which freedom to follow. Will the constitutional republic be restored or replaced? This grand treatment of history, civics, and ethics in the Jewish and Christian traditions represents Guinness’s definitive exploration of the prospects for human freedom today. He calls for a national conversation on the nature of freedom, and poses key questions for concerned citizens to consider as we face a critical chapter in the American story. He offers readers a checklist by which they can assess the character and consequences of the freedoms they are choosing. In the tradition of Alexis de Tocqueville, Guinness provides a visitor’s careful observation of the American experiment. Discover here a stirring vision for faithful citizenship and renewed responsibility for not only the nation but also the watching world.
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Download From Eve to Dawn, Volume III by Marilyn French (.ePUB)

From Eve to Dawn by Marilyn French (A History of Women in the World Volume III: Origins, Book 3)
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Overview: From the New York Times–bestselling author: “A rare find: a page-turning, can’t-put-it-down history text.” —Library Journal

Writing about what she calls the “most cheering period in female history,” Marilyn French recounts how nineteenth-century women living under imperialism, industrialization, and capitalism nonetheless organized for their own education, a more equitable wage, and the vote.

Focusing on the United States, Great Britain, and countries in Africa, French argues that capitalism’s success depended on the exploitation and enslavement of huge numbers, including women, but the act of working outside the home alongside other women, rather than in isolation, provided women with the possibility of organizing for emancipation.
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Download The Panic of 1792 by Charles River Editors (.PDF)+

The Panic of 1792: The History and Legacy of America’s First Financial Crisis by Charles River Editors
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Overview: During the Revolution, relatively little consideration had been given to the role of the federal government in the new nation, and the precise role and authority of an overarching entity with responsibility for all states within the union was a major problem. Having fought against and defeated a distant government that imposed seemingly arbitrary rules on the colonies, many people were suspicious about the role of the federal government. The only federal institution during the war was the Continental Congress, which had little real power and was unable to levy taxes from individual states. When the Constitution was drafted in 1787 and George Washington became the first president six years after the end of the Revolutionary War, he immediately began the task of creating the new federal administration.

One of the most urgent tasks Washington faced was the establishment of a treasury to oversee the finances of America and regulate its currency. This was desperately needed, both because the banking sector barely existed and because America was completely and comprehensively out of money. Indeed, it faced the very real possibility of becoming bankrupt since the massive costs of the Revolution had required borrowing on a vast scale. Banks in Holland provided some of the money, but the bulk came from Britain’s great European rival, France. France provided loan after loan to the Continental Congress, and by the time the war ended, the interest alone on these loans was crippling. Congress could not tax states directly, instead relying on financial requisitions, but few of them were actually paid. The balance of trade was heavily biased in favor of imports, with gold leaving the country at an alarming rate. To overcome this, Congress simply printed more and more paper money, which quickly lost its value. As Thomas MacGraw put it, “The War of Independence not only impoverished the country but also left it burdened with the highest public debt it has ever experienced, measured against the income of its government. ”
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Download Water from an Ancient Well by Kenneth McIntosh M.Div. (.ePUB)

Water from an Ancient Well: Celtic Spirituality for Modern Life by Kenneth McIntosh M.Div.
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Overview: Using story, scripture, reflection, and prayer, this book offers readers a taste of the living water that refreshed the ancient Celts. The author invites readers to imitate the Celtic saints who were aware of God as a living presence in everybody and everything. This ancient perspective gives radical new alternatives to modern faith practices, ones that are both challenging and constructively positive. This is a Christianity big enough to embrace the entire world.
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