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Bricktop's Paris - African American Women in Paris between the Two World Wars (Hardcover): T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting Bricktop's Paris - African American Women in Paris between the Two World Wars (Hardcover)
T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting
R1,163 R892 Discovery Miles 8 920 Save R271 (23%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Access to History: The British Experience of Warfare 1790-1918 for Edexcel Second Edition (Paperback, 2 Revised Edition): Alan... Access to History: The British Experience of Warfare 1790-1918 for Edexcel Second Edition (Paperback, 2 Revised Edition)
Alan Farmer
R618 Discovery Miles 6 180 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Exam Board: AQA, Edexcel, OCR & WJEC Level: A-level Subject: History First Teaching: September 2015 First Exam: June 2016 Endorsed for Edexcel. Give your students the best chance of success with this tried and tested series, combining in-depth analysis, engaging narrative and accessibility. Access to History is the most popular, trusted and wide-ranging series for A-level History students. This title: - Supports the content and assessment requirements of the 2015 A-level History specifications - Contains authoritative and engaging content - Includes thought-provoking key debates that examine the opposing views and approaches of historians - Provides exam-style questions and guidance for each relevant specification to help students understand how to apply what they have learnt This title is suitable for a variety of courses including: Edexcel: The British Experience of Warfare c.1790-1918

Putin's Kleptocracy - Who Owns Russia? (Paperback): Karen Dawisha Putin's Kleptocracy - Who Owns Russia? (Paperback)
Karen Dawisha
R431 R353 Discovery Miles 3 530 Save R78 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Mannock Strickland (1683-1744) - Agent to English Convents in Flanders. Letters and Accounts from Exile (Hardcover): Richard G... Mannock Strickland (1683-1744) - Agent to English Convents in Flanders. Letters and Accounts from Exile (Hardcover)
Richard G Williams
R1,385 R1,268 Discovery Miles 12 680 Save R117 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Between 1728 and 1744 the Catholic lawyer Mannock Strickland (1673-1744) acted as agent for English nuns living on the Continent, including St Monica's, Louvain, the Brussels Dominicans and the Dunkirk Benedictines. Most convent archives perished at the French Revolution, but Strickland's papers survived in the archives of Mapledurham House, Oxfordshire, offering a unique insight into the workings of English convents. These extraordinary documents reveal the reality of exile for a group of formidable yet vulnerable women, "doubly dead" to English law. Two hundred letters tell stories of hardship, isolation, severe winters, war, starvation, Jacobite intrigue and international finance. They show that convent bursars became skilled at playing international exchange markets yet remained at the mercy of unscrupulous investors. The letters are presented here with full notes; a thorough introduction sets the letters, cash day books, bills of exchange and other documents in context. Richard G. Williams is Librarian and Archivist of Mapledurham House; he has also held senior posts at the University of Warwick, Imperial College London, Birkbeck College London and at Yale University.

Oxford AQA History for A Level: Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918-1945 Revision Guide (Paperback): Robert Whitfield, Kirsty... Oxford AQA History for A Level: Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918-1945 Revision Guide (Paperback)
Robert Whitfield, Kirsty Taylor
R293 R277 Discovery Miles 2 770 Save R16 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918-1945 Revision Guide is part of the bestselling Oxford AQA History for A Level series. Written to match the new AQA specification, this series helps you deepen your historical knowledge and develop vital analytical and evaluation skills. This revision guide offers the clearly structured revision approach of Recap, Apply, and Review to prepare you for exam success. Step-by-step exam practice strategies for all AQA question types are provided (including Source Analysis and essays linked to Key Concepts), as well as well-researched, targeted guidance based on what we now know from the new AQA examiner's reports on Democracy and Nazism Germany. Our original author team is back, offering expert advice, AS and A Level exam-style questions and Examiner Tips. Contents checklists help monitor revision progress; example student answers and suggested activity answers help you review your own work. This guide is perfect for use alongside the Student Books or as a stand-alone resource for independent revision.

The Oxford History of Poland-Lithuania - Volume I: The Making of the Polish-Lithuanian Union, 1385-1569 (Paperback): Robert I.... The Oxford History of Poland-Lithuania - Volume I: The Making of the Polish-Lithuanian Union, 1385-1569 (Paperback)
Robert I. Frost
R896 Discovery Miles 8 960 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The history of eastern European is dominated by the story of the rise of the Russian empire, yet Russia only emerged as a major power after 1700. For 300 years the greatest power in Eastern Europe was the union between the kingdom of Poland and the grand duchy of Lithuania, one of the longest-lasting political unions in European history. Yet because it ended in the late-eighteenth century in what are misleadingly termed the Partitions of Poland, it barely features in standard accounts of European history. The Making of the Polish-Lithuanian Union 1385-1569 tells the story of the formation of a consensual, decentralised, multinational, and religiously plural state built from below as much as above, that was founded by peaceful negotiation, not war and conquest. From its inception in 1385-6, a vision of political union was developed that proved attractive to Poles, Lithuanians, Ruthenians, and Germans, a union which was extended to include Prussia in the 1450s and Livonia in the 1560s. Despite the often bitter disagreements over the nature of the union, these were nevertheless overcome by a republican vision of a union of peoples in one political community of citizens under an elected monarch. Robert Frost challenges interpretations of the union informed by the idea that the emergence of the sovereign nation state represents the essence of political modernity, and presents the Polish-Lithuanian union as a case study of a composite state. The modern history of Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine, and Belarus cannot be understood without an understanding of the legacy of the Polish-Lithuanian union. This volume is the first detailed study of the making of that union ever published in English.

Rome Then and Now (R) (Hardcover): Federica D'Orazio Rome Then and Now (R) (Hardcover)
Federica D'Orazio
R466 R352 Discovery Miles 3 520 Save R114 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Rome is 'the eternal city' and was a stopping-off place on the Grand Tour long before the days of photography. Despite the preservation of so many classic ruins across the city, there has been significant change. Over hundreds of years of flooding, the river Tiber deposited silt across the Forum and low-lying sites. Many archive images show a completely different ground level to the 21st century view, after excavation revealed their true height. When Mussoilini came to the power in 1922 he set about creating wider avenues and removing some of the older buildings, as can been from the changes to via della Conciliazione. Rome Then and Now visits all the major tourist locations in the city and shows pictures of how they once were, sometimes unfenced with goats grazing amongst the ruins! Sites include: St Peter's Square, Colosseum, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Piazza del Popolo, the Forum, Trajan's Column, Trevi Fountain, Arch of Titus, Arch of Conatantine, Piazza Venezia, Piazza Navona, Quirinal Palace, Vittoriano, Tarpeian Hill, Palatine Hill, Circus Maximus.

Hunting Nazis in Franco's Spain (Hardcover): David A. Messenger Hunting Nazis in Franco's Spain (Hardcover)
David A. Messenger
R1,017 Discovery Miles 10 170 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In the waning days and immediate aftermath of World War II, Nazi diplomats and spies based in Spain decided to stay rather than return to a defeated Germany. The decidedly pro-German dictatorship of General Francisco Franco gave them refuge and welcomed other officials and agents from the Third Reich who had escaped and made their way to Iberia. Amid fears of a revival of the Third Reich, Allied intelligence and diplomatic officers developed a repatriation program across Europe to return these individuals to Germany, where occupation authorities could further investigate them. Yet due to Spain's longstanding ideological alliance with Hitler, German infiltration of the Spanish economy and society was extensive, and the Allies could count on minimal Spanish cooperation in this effort.

In Hunting Nazis in Franco's Spain, David Messenger deftly traces the development and execution of the Allied repatriation scheme, providing an analysis of Allied, Spanish, and German expatriate responses. Messenger shows that by April 1946, British and American embassy staff in Madrid had compiled a census of the roughly 10,000 Germans then residing in Spain and had drawn up three lists of 1,677 men and women targeted for repatriation to occupied Germany. While the Spanish government did round up and turn over some Germans to the Allies, many of them were intentionally overlooked in the process. By mid-1947, Franco's regime had forced only 265 people to leave Spain; most Germans managed to evade repatriation by moving from Spain to Argentina or by solidifying their ties to the Franco regime and Span-ish life. By 1948, the program was effectively over.

Drawing on records in American, British, and Spanish archives, this first book-length study in English of the repatriation program tells the story of this dramatic chapter in the history of post--World War II Europe.

The Beauty and the Terror - The Italian Renaissance and the Rise of the West (Hardcover): Catherine Fletcher The Beauty and the Terror - The Italian Renaissance and the Rise of the West (Hardcover)
Catherine Fletcher
R724 R575 Discovery Miles 5 750 Save R149 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Berlin Wall - August 13, 1961 - November 9, 1989 (Paperback): Frederick Taylor The Berlin Wall - August 13, 1961 - November 9, 1989 (Paperback)
Frederick Taylor
R457 R375 Discovery Miles 3 750 Save R82 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Greeks, The: Pearson New International Edition - History, Culture, and Society (Paperback, 2nd edition): Ian Morris, Barry B.... Greeks, The: Pearson New International Edition - History, Culture, and Society (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Ian Morris, Barry B. Powell
R1,601 Discovery Miles 16 010 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For courses in Greek History or Greek Civilization. Organized chronologically, this text presents a complete picture of Greek civilization as a history. It features sections on the art, architecture, literature, and thought of each period. This text presents students with the history of Greece from the prehistoric through the Mycenaean Period, the Dark Ages, the Classical Period, the Hellenistic, and the absorption of Greek culture by Rome.

Fresca -- A Life in the Making - A Biographers Quest for a Forgotten Bloomsbury Polymath (Hardcover): Helen Southworth Fresca -- A Life in the Making - A Biographers Quest for a Forgotten Bloomsbury Polymath (Hardcover)
Helen Southworth
R976 R783 Discovery Miles 7 830 Save R193 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is a detective story, cultural history and love story. It tells a tale of unconventionality, multifarious creativity, and a quest for new ways of living and loving amidst the complexities of Interwar Britain. For Francesca Allinson life and making art were synonymous, though both were cut short. Her story captures the topsy-turvy quality of a life singularly led; it shows how biography too gets turned upside down in the making -- how the story of a single individual can throw the literary and social perspective of the period into relief. Helen Southworths initial goal was to discover how Francescas fictional autobiography, A Childhood, made it onto Leonard and Virginia Woolfs The Hogarth Press list in 1937. The result was to be immediately drawn in to the company of prominent artistic figures of the period. Writer, musicologist, puppeteer and pacifist, British-German Jewish Allinson (19021945) published with the Woolfs, duelled with Ralph Vaughan Williams over the origins of folk song and was psychoanalysed by Adrian Stephen, younger brother of Virginia. Her connections register the cultural ferment of the Interwar years: a rich collaboration and unconsummated romance with homosexual composer Michael Tippett; an affair with Arts League of Service founder Judy Wogan; a friendship with designer Enid Marx; and an infatuation with poet Den Newton, 18 years her junior. Her life of promise, tragically cut short by suicide by drowning in 1945, is an eerie echo of Virginia Woolfs suicide. Allinsons story spans the Twentieth Century, closing with Tippett weeping on stage at the Wigmore Hall during a 1992 performance of The Hearts Assurance, the song cycle he dedicated to Francescas memory forty years earlier. In parallel, Allinsons own A Childhood makes a second journey: a gift for a young woman living in recently liberated Belgium in 1942, the book comes alive again when she transforms it into an artists book.

A Culture of Growth - The Origins of the Modern Economy (Paperback): Joel Mokyr A Culture of Growth - The Origins of the Modern Economy (Paperback)
Joel Mokyr
R528 R429 Discovery Miles 4 290 Save R99 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Why Enlightenment culture sparked the Industrial Revolution During the late eighteenth century, innovations in Europe triggered the Industrial Revolution and the sustained economic progress that spread across the globe. While much has been made of the details of the Industrial Revolution, what remains a mystery is why it took place at all. Why did this revolution begin in the West and not elsewhere, and why did it continue, leading to today's unprecedented prosperity? In this groundbreaking book, celebrated economic historian Joel Mokyr argues that a culture of growth specific to early modern Europe and the European Enlightenment laid the foundations for the scientific advances and pioneering inventions that would instigate explosive technological and economic development. Bringing together economics, the history of science and technology, and models of cultural evolution, Mokyr demonstrates that culture-the beliefs, values, and preferences in society that are capable of changing behavior-was a deciding factor in societal transformations. Mokyr looks at the period 1500-1700 to show that a politically fragmented Europe fostered a competitive "market for ideas" and a willingness to investigate the secrets of nature. At the same time, a transnational community of brilliant thinkers known as the "Republic of Letters" freely circulated and distributed ideas and writings. This political fragmentation and the supportive intellectual environment explain how the Industrial Revolution happened in Europe but not China, despite similar levels of technology and intellectual activity. In Europe, heterodox and creative thinkers could find sanctuary in other countries and spread their thinking across borders. In contrast, China's version of the Enlightenment remained controlled by the ruling elite. Combining ideas from economics and cultural evolution, A Culture of Growth provides startling reasons for why the foundations of our modern economy were laid in the mere two centuries between Columbus and Newton.

Transactions of the Royal Historical Society: Volume 27 (Hardcover): Andrew Spicer Transactions of the Royal Historical Society: Volume 27 (Hardcover)
Andrew Spicer
R1,091 R1,036 Discovery Miles 10 360 Save R55 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Transactions of the Royal Historical Society is an annual collection of major articles representing some of the best historical research by some of the world's most distinguished historians. Volume 27 of the sixth series includes the following articles: 'The Cleopatras and the Jews' by Sarah Pearce, 'The Making of Chronicles and the Making of England: The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles after Alfred' by Pauline Stafford, 'Old Words and the New World: Liberal Education and the Franciscans in New Spain, 1536-1601' by Aysha Pollnitz, 'Migration from Within and Without: In the Footsteps of Eastern Christians in the Early Modern World' by John-Paul A. Ghobrial, 'Feminist Political Thought and Activism in Revolutionary Ireland, c.1880-1918' by Senia Paseta, 'Democracy, Sovereignty and Unionist Political Thought during the Revolutionary Period in Ireland, c.1912-1922' by Colin W. Reid, and 'Languages of Freedom in Decolonising' Africa by Emma Hunter.

California Through Russian Eyes, 1806-1848 (Hardcover, annotated edition): James R. Gibson California Through Russian Eyes, 1806-1848 (Hardcover, annotated edition)
James R. Gibson
R1,316 Discovery Miles 13 160 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In the early nineteenth century, Russia established a colony in California that lasted until the Russian-American Company sold Fort Ross and Bodega Bay to John Sutter in 1841. This annotated collection of Russian accounts of Alta California, many of them translated here into English from Russian for the first time, presents richly detailed impressions by visiting Russian mariners, scientists, and Russian-American Company officials regarding the environment, people, economy, and politics of the province. Gathered from Russian archival collections and obscure journals, these testimonies represent a major contribution to the little-known history of Russian America.
Well educated and curious, the visiting Russians were acute observers, generous in their appreciation of Hispanic hospitality but outspoken in their criticisms of all they found backward or abhorrent. In the various reports and reminiscences contained within this volume, they make astute observations of both Hispanic and Native inhabitants, describing the Catholic missions with their devout friars and neophyte workers; the corruptible Franciscan missionaries; the sorry plight of mission Indians; the Californios themselves, whose religion, language, dwellings, cuisine, dress, and pastimes were novel to the Russians; the economic and social changes in Alta California following Mexican independence; and the schemes of American traders and settlers to draw the province into the United States.
Amplified by James R. Gibson's informative annotations, and featuring a gallery of elegant color illustrations, this unique volume casts new light on the history of Spanish and Mexican California.

Machiavelli: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Quentin Skinner Machiavelli: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Quentin Skinner
R281 R196 Discovery Miles 1 960 Save R85 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Niccolo Machiavelli taught that political leaders must be prepared to do evil so that good may come of it, and his name has been a byword ever since for duplicity and immorality. Is his sinister reputation deserved? In answering this question Quentin Skinner traces the course of Machiavelli's adult life, from his time as Second Chancellor of the Florentine republic, during which he met with kings, the pope, and the Holy Roman Emperor; to the fall of the republic in 1512; to his death in 1527. It was after the fall of the Republic that Machiavelli composed his main political works: The Prince, the Discourses, and The History of Florence. In this second edition of his Very Short Introduction Skinner includes new material on The Prince, showing how Machiavelli developed his neo-classical political theory, through engaging in continual dialogue with the ancient Roman moralists and historians, especially Cicero and Livy. The aim of political leaders, Machiavelli argues, should be to act virtuously so far as possible, but to stand ready 'to be not good' when this course of action is dictated by necessity. Exploring the pivotal concept of princely virtu to be found in classical and Renaissance humanist texts, Skinner brings new light to Machiavelli's philosophy of a willingness to do whatever may be necessary - whether moral or otherwise -to maintain a position of power. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Jacob & Esau - Jewish European History Between Nation and Empire (Paperback): Malachi Haim Hacohen Jacob & Esau - Jewish European History Between Nation and Empire (Paperback)
Malachi Haim Hacohen
R876 R697 Discovery Miles 6 970 Save R179 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Jacob and Esau is a profound new account of two millennia of Jewish European history that, for the first time, integrates the cosmopolitan narrative of the Jewish diaspora with that of traditional Jews and Jewish culture. Malachi Haim Hacohen uses the biblical story of the rival twins, Jacob and Esau, and its subsequent retelling by Christians and Jews throughout the ages as a lens through which to illuminate changing Jewish-Christian relations and the opening and closing of opportunities for Jewish life in Europe. Jacob and Esau tells a new history of a people accustomed for over two-and-a-half millennia to forming relationships, real and imagined, with successive empires but eagerly adapting, in modernity, to the nation-state, and experimenting with both assimilation and Jewish nationalism. In rewriting this history via Jacob and Esau, the book charts two divergent but intersecting Jewish histories that together represent the plurality of Jewish European cultures.

A Russian American Photographer in Tlingit Country - Vincent Soboleff in Alaska (Hardcover): Sergei Kan A Russian American Photographer in Tlingit Country - Vincent Soboleff in Alaska (Hardcover)
Sergei Kan
R1,250 Discovery Miles 12 500 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book is a rich record of life in small-town southeastern Alaska in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It is the first book to showcase the photographs of Vincent Soboleff, an amateur Russian American photographer whose community included Tlingit Indians from a nearby village as well as Russian Americans, so-called Creoles, who worked in a local fertilizer factory. Using a Kodak camera, Soboleff, the son of a Russian Orthodox priest, documented the life of this multiethnic parish at work and at play until 1920. Despite their significance, few of Soboleff's photographs have been published since their discovery in 1950. Anthropologist Sergei Kan rectifies that oversight in "A Russian American Photographer in Tlingit Country," which brings together more than 100 of Soboleff's striking black-and-white images.

Combining Soboleff's photographs with ethnographic fieldwork and archival research, Kan brings to life the communities of Killisnoo, where Soboleff grew up, and Angoon, the Tlingit village. The photographs gathered here depict Russian Creoles, Euro-Americans, the operation of the Killisnoo factory, and the daily life of its workers. But Soboleff's work is especially valuable as a record of Tlingit life. As a member of this multiethnic community, he was able to take unusually personal photographs of people and daily life. Soboleff's photographs offer candid and intimate glimpses into Tlingit people's then-new economic pursuits such as commercial fishing, selling berries, and making "Indian curios" to sell to tourists. Other images show white, Creole, and Native factory workers rubbing shoulders while keeping a certain distance during leisure time.

Kan offers readers, historians, and photography lovers a beautiful visual resource on Tlingit and Russian American life that shows how the two cultures intertwined in southeastern Alaska at the turn of the past century.

Churchill's Angels - How Britain's Women Secret Agents Changed the Course of the Second World War (Paperback):... Churchill's Angels - How Britain's Women Secret Agents Changed the Course of the Second World War (Paperback)
Bernard O'Connor 1
R290 R254 Discovery Miles 2 540 Save R36 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Over sixty female agents were sent out by Britain's Special Operations Executive (SOE) during the Second World War. These women - as well as others from clandestine Allied organisations - were flown out and parachuted or landed into occupied Europe on vital and highly dangerous missions. Their missions were as wireless operators, couriers and sometimes organisers with resistance movements both before and after D-Day. Bernard O'Connor relates the experiences of these agents by drawing on a range of sources, including many of the women's accounts of their wartime service. There are stories of rigorous training, thrilling undercover operations evading capture by the Gestapo in Nazi occupied France, tragic betrayals and extraordinary courage.

Europe since 1989 - A History (Hardcover): Philipp Ther Europe since 1989 - A History (Hardcover)
Philipp Ther; Translated by Charlotte Hughes-Kreutzmuller 1
R825 R646 Discovery Miles 6 460 Save R179 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The year 1989 brought the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. It was also the year that the economic theories of Reagan, Thatcher, and the Chicago School achieved global dominance. And it was these neoliberal ideas that largely determined the course of the political, economic, and social changes that transformed Europe--both east and west--over the next quarter century. This award-winning book provides the first comprehensive history of post-1989 Europe. Philipp Ther--a firsthand witness to many of the transformations, from Czechoslovakia during the Velvet Revolution to postcommunist Poland and Ukraine--offers a sweeping narrative filled with vivid details and memorable stories. He describes how liberalization, deregulation, and privatization had catastrophic effects on former Soviet Bloc countries. He refutes the idea that this economic "shock therapy" was the basis of later growth, arguing that human capital and the "transformation from below" determined economic success or failure. Most important, he shows how the capitalist West's effort to reshape Eastern Europe in its own likeness ended up reshaping Western Europe as well, in part by accelerating the pace and scope of neoliberal reforms in the West, particularly in reunified Germany. Finally, bringing the story up to the present, Ther compares events in Eastern and Southern Europe leading up to and following the 2008-9 global financial crisis. A compelling and often-surprising account of how the new order of the New Europe was wrought from the chaotic aftermath of the Cold War, this is essential reading for understanding Europe today.

The Sciences of the Soul - the Early Modern       Origins of Psychology (Paperback): Vidal The Sciences of the Soul - the Early Modern Origins of Psychology (Paperback)
Vidal
R874 Discovery Miles 8 740 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Fernando Vidal's trailblazing text on the origins of psychology traces the development of the discipline from its appearance in the late sixteenth century to its redefinition at the end of the seventeenth and its emergence as an institutionalized field in the eighteenth. Originally published in 2011, The Sciences of the Soul continues to be of wide importance in the history and philosophy of psychology, the history of the human sciences more generally, and in the social and intellectual history of eighteenth-century Europe.

Arnhem 1944 -- An Epic Battle Revisited - Volume II: The Lost Victory -- September-October 1944 (Hardcover): Christer Bergstrom Arnhem 1944 -- An Epic Battle Revisited - Volume II: The Lost Victory -- September-October 1944 (Hardcover)
Christer Bergstrom
R685 R481 Discovery Miles 4 810 Save R204 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Occult Paris - The Lost Magic of the Belle Epoque (Hardcover): Tobias Churton Occult Paris - The Lost Magic of the Belle Epoque (Hardcover)
Tobias Churton
R725 R465 Discovery Miles 4 650 Save R260 (36%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

During Paris's Belle Epoque (1871-1914), many cultural movements and artistic styles flourished--Symbolism, Impressionism, Art Nouveau, the Decadents--all of which profoundly shaped modern culture. Inseparable from this cultural advancement was the explosion of occult activity taking place in the City of Light at the same time. Exploring the magical, artistic, and intellectual world of the Belle Epoque, Tobias Churton shows how a wide variety of Theosophists, Rosicrucians, Martinists, Freemasons, Gnostics, and neo-Cathars called fin-de-siecle Paris home. He examines the precise interplay of occultists Josephin Peladan, Papus, Stanislas de Guaita, and founder of the modern Gnostic Church Jules Doinel, along with lesser known figures such as Saint-Yves d'Alveydre, Paul Sedir, Charles Barlet, Edmond Bailly, Albert Jounet, Abbe Lacuria, and Lady Caithness. He reveals how the work of many masters of modern culture such as composers Claude Debussy and Erik Satie, writers Arthur Rimbaud and Charles Baudelaire, and painters Georges Seurat and Alphonse Osbert bear signs of immersion in the esoteric circles that were thriving in Paris at the time. The author demonstrates how the creative hermetic ferment that animated the City of Light in the decades leading up to World War I remains an enduring presence and powerful influence today. Where, he asks, would Aleister Crowley and all the magicians of today be without the Parisian source of so much creativity in this field?

Gutenberg's Europe - The Book and the Invention of Western Modernity (Paperback): Frederic Barbier Gutenberg's Europe - The Book and the Invention of Western Modernity (Paperback)
Frederic Barbier
R558 R521 Discovery Miles 5 210 Save R37 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Major transformations in society are always accompanied by parallel transformations in systems of social communication what we call the media. In this book, historian Frederic Barbier provides an important new economic, political and social analysis of the first great 'media revolution' in the West: Gutenberg's invention of the printing press in the mid fifteenth century. In great detail and with a wealth of historical evidence, Barbier charts the developments in manuscript culture in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, and shows how the steadily increasing need for written documents initiated the processes of change which culminated with Gutenberg. The fifteenth century is presented as the 'age of start-ups' when investment and research into technologies that were new at the time, including the printing press, flourished. Tracing the developments through the sixteenth century, Barbier analyses the principal features of this first media revolution: the growth of technology, the organization of the modern literary sector, the development of surveillance and censorship and the invention of the process of 'mediatization'. He offers a rich variety of examples from cities all over Europe, as well as looking at the evolution of print media in China and Korea. This insightful re-interpretation of the Gutenberg revolution also looks beyond the specific historical context to draw connections between the advent of print in the Rhine Valley ('paper valley') and our own modern digital revolution. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of early modern history, of literature and the media, and will appeal to anyone interested in what remains one of the greatest cultural revolutions of all time.

The Magic Lantern - The Revolution of '89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague (Paperback, Main): Timothy... The Magic Lantern - The Revolution of '89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague (Paperback, Main)
Timothy Garton Ash 1
R275 R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Save R55 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The Magic Lantern is one of those rare books that capture history in the making, written by an author who was witness to some of the most remarkable moments that marked the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe. Timothy Garton Ash was there in Warsaw, on 4 June, when the communist government was humiliated by Solidarity in the first semi-free elections since the Second World War. He was there in Budapest, twelve days later, when Imre Nagy - thirty-one years after his execution - was finally given his proper funeral. He was there in Berlin, as the Wall opened. And most remarkable of all, he was there in Prague, in the back rooms of the Magic Lantern theatre, with Vaclav Havel and the members of Civic Forum, as they made their 'Velvet Revolution'.

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