Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age

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Mariner Books #ad - This award-winning cultural history reveals how the Great War changed humanity.  . This sweeping volume probes the origins, the impact, and the aftermath of World War I—from the premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring in 1913 to the death of Hitler in 1945. Rites of spring is a rare and remarkable work, a cultural history that redefines the way we look at our past—and toward our future.

The great war, ” as modris Eksteins writes, “was the psychological turning point .  .  . For modernism as a whole. The urge to create and the urge to destroy had changed places. In this “bold and fertile book” the atlantic monthly, and such events as lindbergh’s transatlantic flight and the publication of the first modern bestseller, through the lives and words of ordinary people, works of literature, Eksteins goes on to chart the seismic shifts in human consciousness brought about by this great cataclysm, All Quiet on the Western Front.

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This Republic of Suffering Vintage Civil War Library

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Vintage #ad - More than 600, 000 soldiers lost their lives in the American Civil War. In this republic of suffering, drew gilpin faust reveals the ways that death on such a scale changed not only individual lives but the life of the nation, describing how the survivors managed on a practical level and how a deeply religious culture struggled to reconcile the unprecedented carnage with its belief in a benevolent God.

Throughout, the voices of soldiers and their families, surgeons, poets, nurses, preachers, generals, of statesmen, northerners and southerners come together to give us a vivid understanding of the Civil War's most fundamental and widely shared reality. An equivalent proportion of today's population would be six million.

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Aristotle's Children: How Christians, Muslims, and Jews Rediscovered Ancient Wisdom and Illuminated the Middle Ages

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Mariner Books #ad - 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. 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 philosopher’s ideas spread like wildfire across Europe, offering the scientific view that the natural world, including the soul of man, was a proper subject of study. 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: How Christians, Muslims, and Jews Rediscovered Ancient Wisdom and Illuminated the Middle Ages #ad - 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. A superb storyteller who breathes new life into such fascinating figures as Peter Abelard, Albertus Magnus, St.

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.

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Words of Fire, Deeds of Blood: France in Revolution

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New Word City, Inc. #ad - Words of fire, deeds of blood is a stirring account of one of the most fascinating and significant periods in history. Along the way, the names of the major players - from Marat and Robespierre to Talleyrand and Mirabeau - were etched into the history of France as well as the rest of the world. Award-winning historian and biographer olivier bernier has turned to primary sources - including the correspondence of Marie Antoinette, eyewitness accounts, the journals of the governess of the royal children, and newspapers and journals of the time - to make sense of the rapid and profound change the Revolution incited.

This book is a unique history of the french Revolution - a colorful, and impassioned recounting of the events that signaled the birth of modern France and, indeed, insightful, the modern world. Beginning with the storming of the Bastille, and finally, the government of France went from oligarchy to near anarchy, to the formation of a republic.

Words of Fire, Deeds of Blood: France in Revolution #ad - . In the space of just a few years, king Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette descended from immense popularity and unquestionable power to a place on the scaffold.

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The First World War: A Complete History

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RosettaBooks #ad - Manners, mores, codes of behavior; literature and the arts; education and class distinctions-all underwent a vast sea change. It also left behind new technologies of death: tanks, planes, and submarines; reliable rapid-fire machine guns and field artillery; poison gas and chemical warfare. And in all these ways, the twentieth century can be said to have been born on the morning of June 28, 1914.

Instabilities were institutionalized, enmities enshrined. Most of all, the war changed our world. It was to be the war to end all wars, 1914, and it began at 11:15 on the morning of June 28, in an outpost of the Austro-Hungarian Empire called Sarajevo. Unofficially, it has never ended: the horrors we live with today were born in the First World War.

The First World War: A Complete History #ad - It introduced u-boat packs and strategic bombing, unrestricted war on civilians and mistreatment of prisoners. A stunning achievement of research and storytelling” that weaves together all the major fronts of the Great War Publishers Weekly. And the social order shifted seismically. It would end officially almost five years later.

One of the first books that anyone should read in beginning to try to understand this war and this century. The new york times Book Review  . In its wake, empires toppled, monarchies fell, whole populations lost their national identities as political systems and geographic boundaries were realigned.

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The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War

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Mariner Books #ad - Though america has largely forgotten their war, you will never forget them, or their stories. His interviews with the last american world War I veterans—who have all since died—bring to vivid life a cataclysm that changed our world forever but that remains curiously forgotten here. Adam hochschild, author of to end all wars: a story of loyalty and rebellion, 1914–1918   in 2003, eighty-five years after the end of World War I, Richard Rubin set out to see if he could still find and talk to someone who had actually served in the American Expeditionary Forces during that colossal conflict.

Nineteenth-century men and women living in the twenty-first century, but still marveling at the immensity of the war they helped win, humble, they were self-reliant, never complaining, and stoic, and the complexity of the world they helped create. An outstanding and fascinating book. Richard rubin has done something that will never be possible for anyone to do again.

The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War #ad - Ultimately he found dozens, from cape cod to carson City, aged 101 to 113, who shared with him at the last possible moment their stories of America’s Great War. A decade in the making, grace, the last of the doughboys is the most sweeping look at America’s First World War in a generation, ” as well as a moving meditation on character, aging, a glorious reminder of the tremendously important role America played in the “war to end all wars, and memory.

Before the greatest generation, there was the Forgotten Generation of World War I .  .  .

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Auschwitz and the Allies: A Devastating Account of How the Allies Responded to the News of Hitler's Mass Murder

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RosettaBooks #ad - Featuring twenty maps prepared specifically for this history and thirty-four photographs, along with firsthand accounts by escaped Auschwitz prisoners, Gilbert reconstructs the span of time between Allied awareness and definitive action in the face of overwhelming evidence of Nazi atrocities. Why did they wait so long? among the myriad questions of what the Allies could have done differently in World War II, understanding why it took them so long to respond to the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps—specifically Auschwitz—remains vital today.

In auschwitz and the allies, martin gilbert presents a comprehensive look into the series of decisions that helped shape this particular course of the war, through his eminent blend of exhaustive devotion to the facts and accessible, and the fate of millions of people, graceful writing. A thorough analysis of allied actions after learning about the horrors of Nazi concentration camps—includes survivors’ firsthand accounts.

Auschwitz and the Allies: A Devastating Account of How the Allies Responded to the News of Hitler's Mass Murder #ad - An unforgettable contribution to the history of the last war. Jewish Chronicle  .

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Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam

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Random House #ad - A widely researched and eloquently written account of how the U. S. Came to be involved in Vietnam. Certainly the most comprehensive review of this period to date. The wall street Journal   “Superb. Winner of the pulitzer prizeone of the most acclaimed works of history in recent yearswinner of the francis parkman prize from the society of american historians • winner of the american library in paris book award • winner of the council on foreign relations arthur ross book award • Finalist for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BYThe Washington Post • The Christian Science Monitor • The Globe and Mail Written with the style of a great novelist and the intrigue of a Cold War thriller, Embers of War is a landmark work that will forever change your understanding of how and why America went to war in Vietnam.

Eye-opening and compulsively readable, Embers of War is a gripping, heralded work that illuminates the hidden history of the French and American experiences in Vietnam. Praise for embers of war “a balanced, deeply researched history of how, as French colonial rule faltered, a succession of American leaders moved step by step down a road toward full-blown war.

Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam #ad - Pulitzer prize citation   “this extraordinary work of modern history combines powerful narrative thrust, deep scholarly authority, and quiet interpretive confidence. Francis parkman prize citation   “A monumental history. He brings to life the bloodiest battles of france’s final years in Indochina—and shows how, from an early point, a succession of American leaders made disastrous policy choices that put America on its own collision course with history.

An epic story of wasted opportunities and deadly miscalculations, Embers of War delves deep into the historical record to provide hard answers to the unanswered questions surrounding the demise of one Western power in Vietnam and the arrival of another.

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The Collapse of the Third Republic: An Inquiry into the Fall of France in 1940

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RosettaBooks #ad - From the heroic efforts of the freedom fighters to the tactical military misjudgments that caused the fall and the daily realities of life for French citizens under Nazi rule, this fascinating and exhaustively documented account from one of the twentieth Century’s most important historians makes the events of the fall accessible to a younger audience in vivid and memorable style.

Shirer didn’t just research the fall of France. He was there. As an international war correspondent and radio commentator, William L. In just six weeks, he watched the Third Reich topple one of the world’s oldest military powers—and institute a rule of terror and paranoia. An acclaimed historian unfolds a monumental, eyewitness page-turner on the tragic fall of France to Hitler’s Third Reich at the outset of WWII.

The Collapse of the Third Republic: An Inquiry into the Fall of France in 1940 #ad - Based on in-person conversation with the leaders, diplomats, and ordinary citizens who both shaped the events of this time and lived through them on a daily basis, generals, Shirer shapes a compelling account of historical events—without losing sight of the personal experience.

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1919 Versailles: The End of the War to End All Wars

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New Word City, Inc. #ad - Four great empires - austria-Hungary, Russia, Germany, and Turkey - were part of the war's rubble. Far from restoring order, the diplomats who met in 1919 at Paris and Versailles plunged the world into the chaos of the twentieth century. Here, from award-winning historian Charles Mee, is the account of what happened when the three most powerful heads of state gathered to establish a new order.

World war i and the versailles Treaty that followed produced the most serious upheaval in a long and stormy course of modern world history.

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The First Total War: Napoleon's Europe and the Birth of Warfare as We Know It

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Mariner Books #ad - It was during this time, Bell argues, that our modern attitudes toward war were born. With a historian’s keen insight and a journalist’s flair for detail, ” such as the one in Iraq, Bell exposes the surprising parallels between Napoleon’s day and our own—including the way that ambitious “wars of liberation, can degenerate into a gruesome guerrilla conflict.

Bell has mapped what is a virtually new field of inquiry: the culture of war. Steven L. Kaplan, goldwin smith professor of European History, Cornell University  . Ever since, the dream of perpetual peace and the nightmare of total war have been bound tightly together in the Western world—right down to the present day, in which the hopes for an “end to history” after the cold war quickly gave way to renewed fears of full-scale slaughter.

The First Total War: Napoleon's Europe and the Birth of Warfare as We Know It #ad - The result is a book that is as timely and important as it is unforgettable. In a sweeping, evocative narrative, bell takes us from campaigns of “extermination” in the blood-soaked fields of western France to savage street fighting in ruined Spanish cities to central European battlefields where tens of thousands died in a single day.

It reads like a novel” lynn hunt, Eugen Weber Professor of Modern European History, UCLA. Between 1792 and 1815, Europe plunged into an abyss of destruction. A mesmerizing account that illuminates not just the Napoleonic wars but all of modern history .  .

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