Ferdinand II, Counter-Reformation Emperor, 1578-1637

Emperor Ferdinand II (1619-1637) sticks out as an important determine within the Counter-Reformation in crucial Europe, a number one participant within the Thirty Years warfare, crucial ruler within the consolidation of the Habsburg monarchy, and the emperor who reinvigorated the place of work after its decline less than his predecessors. this can be the 1st biography of Ferdinand considering that a long-outdated one written in German in 1978 and the 1st ever in English. It appears at his reign as territorial ruler of internal Austria from 1598 until eventually his election as emperor and particularly on the impact of his mom, the ambitious Archduchess Maria, for you to comprehend his later guidelines as emperor. This publication makes a speciality of the consistency of his guidelines and the profound effect of faith on his regulations all through his profession. It additionally follows the competition at courtroom among those that favourite consolidation of the Habsburg lands and those that aimed for enlargement within the empire, in addition to among those that favorite a militant non secular coverage and those that recommended a average one.

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The United Kingdom: England (1st Edition)

By Jeff Wallenfeldt, Britannica Educational Publishing

Regardless of its relatively small dimension, England has been a country of substantial stature at the foreign level for far of its background. because the domestic of parliamentary executive, William Shakespeare, and the English language, England has been an influential participant within the political and cultural improvement of countries across the world. the tale of britain is captured during this compelling quantity, which gives an outline of its wealthy previous, striking current, and promising destiny.

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Scholarship, Commerce, Religion: The Learned Book in the Age of Confessions, 1560-1630

A decade in the past within the Times Literary Supplement, Roderick Conway Morris claimed that “almost every thing that was once going to ensue in booklet publishing―from pocket books, immediate books and pirated books, to the idea that of author’s copyright, corporation mergers, and remainders―occurred in the course of the early days of printing.” Ian Maclean’s colourful survey of the flourishing discovered booklet alternate of the overdue Renaissance brings this statement to existence.

The tale he tells covers so much of Europe, with Frankfurt and its reasonable because the hub of highbrow exchanges between students and of industrial dealings between publishers. the 3 significant spiritual confessions jostled for place there, and this contention affected approximately all points of studying. Few students have been exempt from spiritual or monetary pressures. Maclean’s selected instance is the literary agent and consultant of foreign Calvinism, Melchior Goldast von Haiminsfeld, whose actions integrated opportunistic involvement within the political disputes of the day. Maclean surveys the crisis of underfunded authors, the actions of grasping publishing marketers, the fitful interventions of regimes of censorship and licensing, and the struggles confronted by way of and purchasers to accomplish their results in an more and more overheated marketplace.

The tale ends with an account of the dramatic decline of the scholarly ebook exchange within the 1620s, and the connivance of humanist students within the values of the industrial global in which they aspired to overseas attractiveness. Their destiny invitations comparability with today’s writers of discovered books, as they too come to phrases with new applied sciences and altering educational environments.

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The Ides: Caesar's Murder and the War for Rome

By Stephen Dando-Collins

Unraveling the various mysteries surrounding the homicide of Julius Caesar

The assassination of Julius Caesar is among the so much infamous murders in heritage. thousand years after it happened, many compelling questions stay approximately his loss of life: used to be Brutus the hero and Caesar the villain? Did Caesar deliver dying on himself by means of making plans to make himself king of Rome? used to be Mark Antony conscious of the plot, and permit it move ahead? Who wrote Antony's script after Caesar's loss of life? utilizing old proof to deal with those and different difficult matters, historian and award-winning writer Stephen Dando-Collins takes you to the realm of historic Rome and recaptures the drama of Caesar's dying and the chaotic aftermath because the vicious fight for strength among Antony and Octavian spread out. For the 1st time, he indicates how the spiritual gala's and customs of the day impacted at the means the assassination plot spread out. He indicates, too, how the homicide used to be nearly refrained from on the final moment.

A compelling heritage that's choked with intrigue and written with the pacing of a prime secret, The Ides will problem what you're thinking that you recognize approximately Julius Caesar and the Roman Empire.

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The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland: Volume 2, 1640-1850

A heritage of Libraries in Britain and eire describes the advance of libraries in nice Britain and eire over a few 1500 years, and their position as part of the social, highbrow and cultural background. as well as seen hyperlinks with the historical past of books and literature, the volumes comprise attention of schooling, know-how, social philosophy, structure and the humanities, as they've got affected libraries. the numerous overseas measurement, which has affected British and Irish libraries from the center a long time to the current, gets due realization. different subject matters thought of in each one quantity comprise the housing, garage and upkeep of books and different fabric; the members answerable for their care and those that used them; advancements in provision, association and cataloguing; and the rules and attitudes - of librarians and clients - which such advancements mirror. Cambridge Histories Online

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Encountering Gorillas: A Chronicle of Discovery, Exploitation, Understanding, and Survival

By James L. Newman

Gorillas, the most important of the apes inhabiting our planet, were a resource of worry, awe, and suggestion to people. during this ebook, James L. Newman brings a life of examine of Africa to his compelling tale of the wealthy and sundry interplay among gorillas and people because earliest touch. He illuminates the complicated courting over time in the course of the interlinked issues of discovery, exploitation, realizing, and carrying on with survival. Tragically, the variety of free-living gorillas—facing habitat loss, illness, and poaching—has declined dramatically over the process the prior century, and the way forward for the few that stay is extremely doubtful. while, these in zoos and sanctuaries now lead even more safe lives than they did past. Newman follows this transition, highlighting the jobs performed via key participants, either people and gorillas. one of the former were adventurers, opportunists, writers, and scientists. The latter contain actual gorillas, akin to Gargantua and Koko, and fictional ones, significantly King Kong and strong Joe younger. This considerate and interesting ebook is helping us know how our snapshot of gorillas has been either distorted and clarified via tradition and technology for hundreds of years and the way we now keep watch over the future of those amazing nice apes.

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Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History

An creation to a brand new method of taking a look at background, from a viewpoint that stretches from the start of time to the current day, Maps of Time is international background on an unparalleled scale. starting with the large Bang, David Christian perspectives the interplay of the flora and fauna with the newer arrivals in wildlife, together with human beings.

Cosmology, geology, archeology, and inhabitants and environmental studies—all determine in David Christian's account, that's an formidable assessment of the rising box of "Big History." Maps of Time opens with the origins of the universe, the celebrities and the galaxies, the sunlight and the sun method, together with the earth, and conducts readers throughout the evolution of the planet ahead of human habitation. It surveys the advance of human society from the Paleolithic period during the transition to agriculture, the emergence of towns and states, and the start of the fashionable, commercial interval correct as much as intimations of attainable futures. Sweeping in scope, finely targeted in its minute aspect, this riveting account of the identified global, from the inception of space-time to the clients of world warming, lays the foundation for international history—and monstrous History—true as by no means sooner than to its name.

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Thugs: How History's Most Notorious Despots Transformed the World through Terror, Tyranny, and Mass Murder

By Micah D. Halpern

For the main infamous leaders within the heritage of the area, evil is greater than only a second of weakness―it's a fashion of life.

For each noble king, righteous emperor, and peace-loving president, historical past turns out to serve up a double component to murderous pharaohs, deranged dictators, or corrupt czars. Thugs probes this darkish and twisted aspect of uncooked human power―from France's King Louis XIV to China's Mao Tse-Tung and in all places in among. it is a interesting peek into the lives of the wealthy and notorious, the bitter crème de l. a. crème.

Some, like Herod the good, earned villainous reputations for slaughtering their very own relations and countrymen. Others, like Egypt's King Farouk, have been virtually laughable of their misdeeds, collecting the world's greatest number of pornography. Then there are these leaders, equivalent to Hitler, who devoted acts of such unspeakable evil that their names are uttered as curses.

From Filipino first girl Imelda Marcos's bullet-proof bras to African strongman Ide Amin's extraordinary fixation with all issues Scottish, Micah D. Halpern turns the yellowed pages of heritage and modern information money owed to profile the bewildering, outrageous, terrible, gut-wrenching, zany, and tragicomic habit of the world's worst leaders.

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Heart of Europe: A History of the Holy Roman Empire

By Peter H. Wilson

The Holy Roman Empire lasted one thousand years, a ways longer than historical Rome. but this bold dominion by no means encouraged the awe of its predecessor. Voltaire distilled the disdain of generations while he quipped it was once neither holy, Roman, nor an empire. but as Peter Wilson exhibits, the Holy Roman Empire tells a millennial tale of Europe higher than the histories of person geographical regions. And its legacy could be obvious at the present time in debates over the character of the eu Union.

Heart of Europe strains the Empire from its origins inside Charlemagne’s country in 800 to its dying in 1806. via the mid-tenth century its center rested within the German state, and finally its territory stretched from France and Denmark to Italy and Poland. but the Empire remained stubbornly summary, without mounted capital and no universal language or tradition. The resource of its continuity and legitimacy was once the best of a unified Christian civilization, yet this didn't hinder emperors from clashing with the pope over supremacy―the nadir being the sack of Rome in 1527 that killed 147 Vatican soldiers.

Though the identify of Holy Roman Emperor retained status, emerging states resembling Austria and Prussia wielded strength in a manner the Empire couldn't. whereas it progressively misplaced the flexibleness to deal with political, monetary, and social adjustments, the Empire used to be faraway from being in problem until eventually the onslaught of the French progressive wars, while a crushing defeat by means of Napoleon at Austerlitz forced Francis II to dissolve his realm.

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Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation

“A wonderful, unique, and critical work….Fitzpatrick offers a stunningly clean examine the impression of JFK’s assassination at the American people.”
—Doris Kearns Goodwin

For Letters to Jackie, famous historian and information Hour with Jim Lehrer commentator Ellen Fitzpatrick combed via actually millions of condolence messages despatched by means of usual americans to Jacqueline Kennedy following the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, in 1963. the 1st e-book ever to ascertain this awesome assortment, Letters to Jackie offers 250 intimate, heartfelt, eye-opening responses to what was once arguably the main devastating occasion in 20th century the United States, supplying a desirable viewpoint on a unique time within the heritage of our nation.


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