From one of the subcontinent’s most important and controversial writers comes this definitive history of post-Partition India, now revised and updated with extensive new materialTold in lucid and beautiful prose, the story of India’s wild ride toward and since Independence is a riveting one. Guha includes vivid sketches of the major “provincial” leaders, workers, tribals, but also writes with feeling and sensitivity about lesser-known Indians—peasants, women, and Untouchables.
India After Gandhi Revised and Updated Edition: The History of the World's Largest Democracy #ad - Massively researched and elegantly written, occasionally the most exasperating, this is the work of a major scholar at the height of his powers, a brilliant and definitive history of what is possibly the most important, and certainly the most interesting country in the world. This tenth anniversary edition, published to coincide with seventy years of India’s independence, is revised and expanded to bring the narrative up to the present.
The Eternal City: A History of RomePegasus Books #ad - Ferdinand addis tells this rich story in a grand narrative style for a new generation of readers. The magnificent and definitive history of the Eternal City, narrated by a master historian. Why does rome continue to exert a hold on our imagination? how did the "caput mundi" come to play such a critical role in the development of western civilization?ferdinand addis addresses these questions by tracing the history of the "Eternal City" told through the dramatic key moments in its history: from the mythic founding of Rome in 753 BC, the painting of the Sistine chapel, via such landmarks as the murder of Caesar in 44 BC, Mussolini's March on Rome of 1922, the trial of Galileo, the coronation of Charlemagne in AD 800 and the reinvention of the imperial ideal, the release of Fellini's La Dolce Vita in 1960, and the Occupy riots of 2011.
City of the seven hills, spiritual home of catholic christianity, and tempted empire-builders, writers, dreamers, enduring symbol of our common European heritage—Rome has inspired, charmed, city of the artistic imagination, and travelers across the twenty-seven centuries of its existence.
Gandhi Before IndiaVintage #ad - It tells the dramatic, profoundly moving story of how Gandhi inspired the devotion of thousands of followers in South Africa as he mobilized a cross-class and inter-religious coalition, pledged to non-violence in their battle against a brutally racist regime. In this remarkable biography, the author makes clear the fundamental ways in which Gandhi’s ideas were shaped before his return to India in 1915.
It will radically alter our understanding and appreciation of twentieth-century India’s greatest man. . It explores in abundant detail gandhi’s experiments with dissident cults such as the Tolstoyans; his friendships with radical Jews, heterodox Christians and devout Muslims; his enmities and rivalries; and his often overlooked failures as a husband and father.
Researched with unequaled depth and breadth, on every level, Gandhi Before India is, and written with extraordinary grace and clarity, fully commensurate with its subject. Gandhi before india gives us equally vivid portraits of the man and the world he lived in: a world of sharp contrasts among the coastal culture of his birthplace, High Victorian London, and colonial South Africa.
In 1893, when gandhi set sail for south Africa, he was a twenty-three-year-old lawyer who had failed to establish himself in India. Ramachandra guha—hailed by time as “indian democracy’s preeminent chronicler”—takes us from Gandhi’s birth in 1869 through his upbringing in Gujarat, his two years as a student in London and his two decades as a lawyer and community organizer in South Africa.
Gandhi Before India #ad - It was during his years in england and south africa, guha shows us, that Gandhi came to understand the nature of imperialism and racism; and in South Africa that he forged the philosophy and techniques that would undermine and eventually overthrow the British Raj. Here is the first volume of a magisterial biography of Mohandas Gandhi that gives us the most illuminating portrait we have had of the life, the work and the historical context of one of the most abidingly influential—and controversial—men in modern history.
Aristotle's Children: How Christians, Muslims, and Jews Rediscovered Ancient Wisdom and Illuminated the Middle AgesMariner Books #ad - The philosopher’s ideas spread like wildfire across Europe, including the soul of man, offering the scientific view that the natural world, was a proper subject of study. A superb storyteller who breathes new life into such fascinating figures as Peter Abelard, Albertus Magnus, St. Thomas aquinas, roger Bacon, William of Ockham and Aristotle himself.
Los angeles times “rubenstein’s lively prose, his lucid insights and his crystal-clear historical analyses make this a first-rate study in the history of ideas. Publishers Weekly. Europe was in the long slumber of the middle ages, the Roman Empire was in tatters, and the Greek language was all but forgotten—until a group of twelfth-century scholars rediscovered and translated the works of Aristotle.
Aristotle's Children: How Christians, Muslims, and Jews Rediscovered Ancient Wisdom and Illuminated the Middle Ages #ad - A true account of a turning point in medieval history that shaped the modern world, from “a superb storyteller” and the author of When Jesus Became God Los Angeles Times. The rediscovery of these ancient ideas would spark riots and heresy trials, cause major upheavals in the Catholic Church—and also set the stage for today’s rift between reason and religion.
Aristotle’s children transports us back to this pivotal moment in world history, rendering the controversies of the Middle Ages lively and accessible, and allowing us to understand the philosophical ideas that are fundamental to modern thought.
India: A HistoryHarperCollins #ad - This edition does not include illustrations. Older, richer and more distinctive than almost any other, India’s culture furnishes all that the historian could wish for in the way of continuity and diversity. The first single-volume history of India since the 1950s, combining narrative pace and skill with social, economic and cultural analysis.
Five millennia of the sub-continent’s history are interpreted by one of our finest writers on India and the Far East. The peoples of the indian subcontinent, and never have been, are not now, while sharing a common history and culture, as well as other embryonic nation states like the Sikh Punjab, a single unitary state; the book accommodates Pakistan and Bangladesh, Muslim Kashmir and Assam.
India: A History #ad - Above all, the colonial era is seen in the overall context of Indian history, and the legacy of the 1947 partition is examined from the standpoint of today.
Congo: The Epic History of a PeopleEcco #ad - Hailed as "a monumental history. Here are the people and events that have impinged the congo's development—from the slave trade to the ivory and rubber booms; from the arrival of Henry Morton Stanley to the tragic regime of King Leopold II; from global indignation to Belgian colonialism; from the struggle for independence to Mobutu's brutal rule; and from the world famous Rumble in the Jungle to the civil war over natural resources that began in 1996 and still rages today.
Van reybrouck interweaves his own family's history with the voices of a diverse range of individuals—charismatic dictators, female merchant smugglers, the elderly, and many in the African diaspora of Europe and China—to offer a deeply humane approach to political history, child-soldiers, feuding warlords, focusing squarely on the Congolese perspective and returning a nation's history to its people.
Congo: The Epic History of a People #ad - . More exciting than any novel" nrc handelsblad, in the tradition of Robert Hughes' The Fatal Shore, David van Reybrouck’s rich and gripping epic, tells the extraordinary story of one of the world's most devastated countries: the Democratic Republic of Congo. Epic in scope yet eminently readable, penetrating and deeply moving, failed nation-states, David van Reybrouck's Congo: The Epic History of a People traces the fate of one of the world's most critical, second only to war-torn Somalia: the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Van reybrouck takes us through several hundred years of history, bringing some of the most dramatic episodes in Congolese history.
The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and IdentityFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - In the argumentative indian, amartya sen draws on a lifetime study of his country's history and culture to suggest the ways we must understand India today in the light of its rich, long argumentative tradition. The millenia-old texts and interpretations of hindu, sen reminds us, Buddhist, Jain, ancient and well-respected rules for conducting debates and disputations, agnostic, Muslim, and atheistic Indian thought demonstrate, and for appreciating not only the richness of India's diversity but its need for toleration.
His invaluable book concludes with his meditations on pluralism, on dialogue and dialectics in the pursuit of social justice, and on the nature of the Indian identity. A nobel laureate offers a dazzling new book about his native countryIndia is a country with many distinct traditions, vastly different convictions, widely divergent customs, and a veritable feast of viewpoints.
. It is also essential to removing the inequalities whether of caste, class, to stabilizing the now precarious conditions of a nuclear-armed subcontinent, gender, or community that mar Indian life, and to correcting what Sen calls the politics of deprivation. Though westerners have often perceived india as a place of endless spirituality and unreasoning mysticism, medicine, linguistics, not to mention its secular contributions to mathematics, he underlines its long tradition of skepticism and reasoning, astronomy, and political economy.
The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity #ad - Sen discusses many aspects of india's rich intellectual and political heritage, including philosophies of governance from Kautilya's and Ashoka's in the fourth and third centuries BCE to Akbar's in the 1590s; the history and continuing relevance of India's relations with China more than a millennium ago; its old and well-organized calendars; the films of Satyajit Ray and the debates between Gandhi and the visionary poet Tagore about India's past, present, and future.
The success of india's democracy and defense of its secular politics depend, Sen argues, on understanding and using this rich argumentative tradition.
Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World, 1914-1948Vintage #ad - Opening in july 1914, as mohandas gandhi leaves south africa to return to India, Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World, 1914-1918 traces the Mahatma’s life over the three decades preceding his assassination. He shows how in each of these campaigns, Gandhi adapted methods of nonviolence that successfully challenged British authority and would influence revolutionary movements throughout the world.
Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World, 1914-1948 #ad - A revelatory look at the complexity of gandhi’s thinking and motives, but also those closest to him—family, the book is a luminous portrait of not only the man himself, friends, and political and social leaders. Drawing on new archival materials, acclaimed historian ramachandra Guha follows Gandhi’s struggle to deliver India from British rule, to forge harmonious relations between India’s Hindus and Muslims, to end the pernicious practice of untouchability, and to nurture India’s economic and moral self-reliance.
Cities of God: The Real Story of How Christianity Became an Urban Movement and Conquered RomeHarperOne #ad - How did the preaching of a peasant carpenter from galilee spark a movement that would grow to include over two billion followers? Who listened to this "good news, preeminent scholar and journalist Rodney Stark presents new and startling information about the rise of the early church, " and who ignored it? Where did Christianity spread, and how? Based on quantitative data and the latest scholarship, overturning many prevailing views of how Christianity grew through time to become the largest religion in the world.
Drawing on both archaeological and historical evidence, gnosticism was not a more sophisticated, Stark is able to provide hard statistical evidence on the religious life of the Roman Empire to discover the following facts that set conventional history on its head:Contrary to fictions such as The Da Vinci Code and the claims of some prominent scholars, more authentic form of Christianity, but really an unsuccessful effort to paganize Christianity.
Paul was called the apostle to the Gentiles, but mostly he converted Jews. Paganism was not rapidly stamped out by state repression following the vision and conversion of the Roman Emperor Constantine in 312 AD, but gradually disappeared as people abandoned the temples in response to the superior appeal of Christianity.
Cities of God: The Real Story of How Christianity Became an Urban Movement and Conquered Rome #ad - The "oriental" faiths—such as those devoted to isis, the Egyptian goddess of love and magic, and to Cybele, the fertility goddess of Asia Minor—actually prepared the way for the rapid spread of Christianity across the Roman Empire. Contrary to generations of historians, the Roman mystery cult of Mithraism posed no challenge to Christianity to become the new faith of the empire— it allowed no female members and attracted only soldiers.
By analyzing concrete data, stark is able to challenge the conventional wisdom about early Christianity offering the clearest picture ever of how this religion grew from its humble beginnings into the faith of more than one-third of the earth's population.
A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle EastHolt Paperbacks #ad - Published with a new afterword from the author—the classic, bestselling account of how the modern Middle East was createdThe Middle East has long been a region of rival religions, ideologies, nationalisms, and ambitions. Focusing on the formative years of 1914 to 1922, when all seemed possible, he delivers in this sweeping and magisterial book the definitive account of this defining time, showing how the choices narrowed and the Middle East began along a road that led to the conflicts and confusion that continue to this day.
A new afterword from fromkin, written for this edition of the book, includes his invaluable, updated assessment of this region of the world today, and on what this history has to teach us. All of these conflicts—including the hostilities between Arabs and Israelis, and the violent challenges posed by Iraq's competing sects—are rooted in the region's political inheritance: the arrangements, unities, and divisions imposed by the Allies after the First World War.
A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East #ad - In a peace to end all peace, david fromkin reveals how and why the Allies drew lines on an empty map that remade the geography and politics of the Middle East.
Liberty's First Crisis: Adams, Jefferson, and the Misfits Who Saved Free SpeechAtlantic Monthly Press #ad - A powerful and engaging narrative . . . But americans refused to let their freedoms be so easily dismissed: they penned fiery editorials, ” while Vice President Thomas Jefferson and James Madison drew up the infamous Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions, and raised “liberty poles, signed petitions, arguing that the Federalist government had gone one step too far.
This is a terrific piece of history. Jon meacham, pulitzer Prize–winning author of Thomas Jefferson. An illuminating book of American history. Kirkus reviews, with the united states in crisis, starred review In 1798, President John Adams and the Federalists in control of Congress passed an extreme piece of legislation that made criticism of the government and its leaders a crime punishable by heavy fines and jail time.
Liberty's First Crisis: Adams, Jefferson, and the Misfits Who Saved Free Speech #ad - Slack engagingly reveals how the Federalist attack on the First Amendment almost brought down the Republic . . . From a loudmouth in a bar to a firebrand politician to Benjamin Franklin’s own grandson, those victimized by the 1798 Sedition Act were as varied as the country’s citizenry. Liberty’s first crisis vividly unfolds these pivotal events in the early life of the republic, as the Founding Fathers struggled to define America off the page and preserve the freedoms they had fought so hard to create.
Slack brings one of America’s defining crises back to vivid life . .