Download E-books A Rumor About the Jews: Reflections on Antisemitism and "The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion" PDF

By Stephen Eric Bronner

"The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" is likely one of the so much notorious files of antisemitism. A forgery created in Russia by means of the czarist mystery police and speedy translated right into a host of languages, it portrayed Judaism as a global conspiracy devoted to the destruction of Christian civilization. the looks of the Protocols sparked a couple of bloody pogroms and it contributed to shaping the taking into account right-wing hobbies around the globe from Hitler's Nazis to modern antisemitic teams in Russia, the center East and the USA. a piece of highbrow heritage, A Rumor in regards to the Jews expresses the relationship among antisemitism and the overarching political attack upon the enlightenment legacy taking the reader on a ancient trip that gives a brand new and penetrating figuring out of an insidious ideology and its broader implications.

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Download E-books Bloodtaking and Peacemaking: Feud, Law, and Society in Saga Iceland PDF

By William Ian Miller

Dubbed via the New York Times as "one of the main sought-after felony teachers within the county," William Ian Miller provides the arcane worlds of the previous Norse experiences in a fashion guaranteed to allure the curiosity of quite a lot of readers. Bloodtaking and Peacemaking delves underneath the chaos and brutality of the Norse international to find a fancy interaction of ordering and disordering impulses. Miller's specified and fascinating readings of old Iceland's sagas and wide criminal code reconstruct and remove darkness from the society that produced them.

People within the saga international negotiated a maze of violent danger, with innovations that often positioned existence and limb within the stability. yet there has been a paradox in extraordinary the balance—one couldn't get even with no going one higher. Miller exhibits how blood vengeance, legislations, and peacemaking have been inextricably sure jointly within the feuding process.

This booklet deals attention-grabbing insights into the politics of a stateless society, its tools of social regulate, and the function uniquely refined and self-conscious legislations performed within the development of Icelandic society.

"Illuminating."—Rory McTurk, Times Literary Supplement

"An outstanding success in ethnohistory; it's an amalgam of historic study with criminal and anthropological interpretation. what's extra, and rarer, is that it's a excitement to learn as a result inclusion of narrative case fabric from the sagas themselves."—Dan Bauer, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

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Download E-books Waarom is de burger boos? PDF

By Maarten van Rossem

Maarten van Rossem over hedendaags populisme

Wie had gedacht dat het beschamende einde van de LPF definitief een einde zou maken aan het bozige Nederlandse populisme, kwam bedrogen uit. Zowel Rita Verdonk als Geert Wilders heeft gedemonstreerd dat het populistische kiezerspotentieel bepaald niet kleiner is geworden.

Voor de objectieve waarnemer blijft dat een verbazingwekkende zaak, gezien de baarlijke nonsens die de populistische voorlieden meestal uitkramen. Rita Verdonk is ondertussen gestruikeld over haar eigen organisatorische onvermogen. Wilders heeft het stokje overgenomen en excelleert vooral in handig geformuleerde borreltafelpolitiek. De enorme attractie van deze politieke kermisgasten is dus verrassend stabiel. Hoofdoorzaak lijkt toch wel de bangmakerij voor de niet-bestaande 'islamisering' van Nederland, en de relaxation van Europa. Er is echter meer aan de hand.

De populistische partijen zijn brede protestpartijen. Een aanzienlijk deel van het electoraat ziet de overheid, het politieke systeem en de maatschappelijke elite kennelijk als de vijand. De vraag is hoe dat komt.

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Download E-books Six Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials PDF

By Marilynne K. Roach

Six girls of Salem is the 1st paintings to exploit the lives of a decide on variety of consultant ladies as a microcosm to light up the bigger predicament of the Salem witch trials. via the tip of the pains, past the twenty who have been completed and the 5 who perished in felony, 207 members have been accused, seventy four were “afflicted,” 32 had formally accused their fellow acquaintances, and 255 traditional humans were inexorably drawn into that ruinous and murderous vortex, and this doesn’t comprise the spiritual, judicial, and governmental leaders. All this provides as much as what the Rev. Cotton Mather referred to as “a desolation of names.”

The contributors concerned are too usually lowered to inventory characters and stereotypes while accuracy is sacrificed to indignation. And even supposing the flood of names and aspect within the heritage of a unprecedented occasion just like the Salem witch trials can swamp the person lives concerned, participants nonetheless need to be remembered and, in remembering particular lives, glossy readers can reap the benefits of such historic intimacy. via studying the lives of six particular ladies, Marilynne Roach indicates readers what it used to be wish to be current all through this awful time and the way it was once very unlikely to pass though it unchanged.

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Download E-books Globe: Life in Shakespeare's London PDF

By Catharine Arnold

The lifetime of William Shakespeare, Britain's maximum dramatist, was once inextricably associated with the historical past of London. jointly, the good author and the good urban got here of age and faced triumph and tragedy. Triumph got here whilst Shakespeare's corporation, the Chamberlain's males, opened the Globe playhouse on Bankside in 1599, lower than the patronage of Queen Elizabeth I. Tragedy touched the lives of a lot of his contemporaries, from fellow playwright Christopher Marlowe to the disgraced Earl of Essex, whereas London struggled opposed to the ever present chance of riots, rebellions and outbreaks of plague.

Globetakes its readers on a travel of London via Shakespeare's existence and paintings, as, in attention-grabbing aspect, Catharine Arnold tells how appearing got here of age. We find out about James Burbage, founding father of the unique Theatre in Shoreditch, who carried timbers around the Thames to construct the Globe one of the bear-gardens and brothels of Bankside, and of the bad evening in 1613 while the theatre stuck hearth in the course of a functionality of King Henry VIII. Rebuilt, the Globe endured to face as a monument to Shakespeare's genius until eventually 1642 while it was once destroyed at the orders of Oliver Cromwell. and at last we learn the way three hundred years later, Shakespeare's Globe opened once again upon the Bankside, to nice acclaim, emerging like a phoenix from the flames Arnold creates a vibrant portrait of Shakespeare and his London from the bard's personal performs and modern resources, combining a novelist's eye for aspect with a historian's snatch of his particular contribution to the improvement of the English theatre. this can be a portrait of Shakespeare, London, the guy and the parable.

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Download E-books The Shadow of a Year: The 1641 Rebellion in Irish History and Memory (History of Ireland & the Irish Diaspora) PDF

By John Gibney

In October 1641 a uprising broke out in eire. Dispossessed Irish Catholics rose up opposed to British Protestant settlers whom they held liable for their plight. This rebellion, the 1st major sectarian uprising in Irish historical past, gave upward push to a decade of struggle that will culminate within the brutal re-conquest of eire by way of Oliver Cromwell. It additionally set in movement the most enduring and acrimonious debates in Irish history.
    Was the 1641 uprising a justified reaction to dispossession and repression? Or used to be it an unprovoked test at sectarian genocide? John Gibney comprehensively examines 3 centuries of this debate. The fight to set up and interpret the evidence of the previous was once additionally a fight over the current: if Protestants were slaughtered by means of vicious Catholics, this supplied an amazing justification for conserving Protestant privilege. If, nonetheless, Protestant propaganda had inflated a couple of deaths right into a titanic and brutal “massacre,” this justification used to be groundless.
    Gibney exhibits how politicians, historians, and polemicists have represented (and misrepresented) 1641 over the centuries, creating a sectarian knowing of Irish historical past the dominant paradigm within the awareness of the Irish Protestant and Catholic groups alike.

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Download E-books Will & Tom PDF

By Matthew Plampin

1797, West Yorkshire.

When younger artist Will Turner arrives at Harewood condominium on the invitation of aristocrat Beau Lascelles, his goal is to do not more than cartoon the home and grounds, obtain his fee, and go back to London.

But Will isn't the merely artist the following: he's certainly one of males that may make up a Cockney venture. His fellow artist? early life pal and now rival, Tom Girtin, dressed up up to his meager pockets can let, billing and cooing among the esteemed site visitors. yet Will isn't so simply distracted. He desires to get the activity performed and get out.

As neither servant nor hallowed visitor, Will unearths few allies, yet is content material to be cloistered in his room with out distractions – making sure the expedience of his paintings. however the servant halls are alive with whispers of scandal and while Will ventures to cartoon the neighborhood ruins he as a substitute witnesses whatever that may threaten either his fee and his friendship.

Alive with intrigue, inventive contention and society scandal, Will & Tom is a glimpse into the lifetime of the notorious artist J.M.W. Turner, and a narrative of ways we're liberated from the shackles of our masters at a time while England is awakening to its crimes of slavery and servitude.

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Download E-books The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Origins, Drafting, and Intent (Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights) PDF

By Johannes Morsink

Selected via Choice journal as a superb educational e-book for 1999

Born of a shared revulsion opposed to the horrors of the Holocaust, the common announcement of Human Rights has develop into the one most crucial assertion of foreign ethics. It was once encouraged by means of and displays the total scope of President Franklin Roosevelt's well-known 4 freedoms: "the freedom of speech and expression, the liberty of worship, the liberty from wish, and the liberty from fear." Written by means of a UN fee led by means of Eleanor Roosevelt and followed in 1948, the announcement has turn into the ethical spine of greater than 200 human rights tools which are now part of our global. the results of a very foreign negotiating approach, the rfile has been a resource of wish and concept to hundreds of thousands of teams and hundreds of thousands of oppressed individuals.

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