The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death

By Jill Lepore

Renowned Harvard student and New Yorker employees author Jill Lepore has written a strikingly unique, ingeniously conceived, and fantastically crafted historical past of yank rules approximately existence and dying from sooner than the cradle to past the grave.
 
How does existence commence? What does it suggest? What occurs once we die? “All somebody can do is ask,” Lepore writes. “That’s why any heritage of rules approximately existence and dying needs to be, like this booklet, a background of curiosity.” Lepore begins that background with the tale of a seventeenth-century Englishman who had the concept all existence starts with an egg, and ends it with an American who, within the Nineteen Seventies, started freezing the lifeless. In among, lifestyles acquired longer, the levels of lifestyles accelerated, and concerns of existence and loss of life moved from the library to the laboratory, from the arts to the sciences. in recent years, debates approximately lifestyles and dying have decided the process American politics. each one of those debates has a background. Investigating the superb origins of the stuff of daily life—from board video games to breast pumps—Lepore argues that the age of discovery, Darwin, and the distance Age grew to become rules approximately lifestyles in the world topsy-turvy. “New worlds have been found,” she writes, and “old paradises have been lost.” As a lot a meditation at the current as an excavation of the previous, The Mansion of Happiness is pleasant, realized, and altogether beguiling.

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The Lewis Chessmen: Unmasked

By David H Caldwell

A hoard of ivory chessmen and different gaming items was once came upon buried at the Isle of Lewis within the early nineteenth century. The items at the moment are divided among nationwide Museums Scotland and the British Museum, and fascinate all who see them. specialists agree that they're medieval and of Scandinavian starting place. This illustrated party of the hoard appears to be like at its origins, its discovery and, utilizing the abilities of a forensic anthropologist, its craftsmanship.

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Geography: A Very Short Introduction

By John A. Matthews

This Very brief creation solutions 4 uncomplicated questions: what's Geography, how do geographers paintings, why is Geography very important, and the place is the self-discipline of Geography heading? Geography has regularly been vital, notwithstanding it has had just a brief background as an instructional self-discipline and is far misunderstood. sleek Geography has come a ways from its old roots in exploring international lands, in mapping the realm and in describing the actual and human good points of the Earth's floor. There are components to the self-discipline: actual Geography, which covers normal environments and landscapes; and Human Geography, which investigates humans and the cultural panorama. actual and human geographers as a rule don't believe one another. yet there also are universal components and Geography as an entire has a big function as a bridge among the sciences and the arts. utilizing wide-ranging examples, the e-book paints a extensive photograph of the present country of Geography, its material, thoughts and techniques, the way it constructed, and its strengths and weaknesses. The book's end isn't any below a manifesto for Geography's future.

About the sequence: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and elegance, Very brief Introductions supply an creation to a couple of life's finest issues. Written via specialists for the newcomer, they display the best modern considering the relevant difficulties and concerns in hundreds of thousands of key themes, from philosophy to Freud, quantum thought to Islam.

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The Humans Who Went Extinct: Why Neanderthals Died Out and We Survived

By Clive Finlayson

Hailed by way of Dan Agin in The Huffington Post as "fascinating...electrifying...an apocalyptic imaginative and prescient that places a kick back down one's back," this provocative publication bargains a brand new standpoint at the extinction of the Neanderthals. this day, we expect of Neanderthals as crude and clumsy, simply pushed to extinction by way of the lithe, clever people who got here out of Africa a few 100,000 years in the past. yet Clive Finlayson reminds us that the Neanderthals have been one other form of human, and their tradition was once no longer so very various from that of our personal ancestors. during this publication, he offers a much broader view of the occasions that ended in the migration of the moderns into Europe, what may need occurred throughout the touch among the 2 populations, and what ultimately drove the Neanderthals to extinction. it's a view that considers weather, ecology, and migrations of populations, in addition to tradition and interplay. His end is that the future of the Neanderthals used to be sealed via ecological factors--in brief, an incredible weather change--and it was once a question of good fortune that we survived whereas they perished.

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Lord Eight Wind of Suchixtlan and the Heroes of Ancient Oaxaca: Reading History in the Codex Zouche-Nuttall (The Linda Schele Series in Maya and Pre-Columbian Studies)

By Robert Lloyd Williams

Within the pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican international, histories and collections of formality wisdom have been usually awarded within the type of painted and folded books referred to now as codices, and the information itself used to be encoded into pictographs. 8 codices have survived from the Mixtec humans of old Oaxaca, Mexico; part of one in all them, the Codex Zouche-Nuttall, is the topic of this e-book. As a gaggle, the Mixtec codices comprise the longest special histories and royal genealogies recognized for any indigenous humans within the western hemisphere. "The Codex Zouche-Nuttall" deals a different window into how the Mixtecs themselves considered their social and political cosmos with no the prejudice of western eu interpretation. while, despite the fact that, the complicated calendrical details recorded within the Zouche-Nuttall has made it proof against historic, chronological research, thereby rendering its narrative imprecise. during this pathfinding paintings, Robert Lloyd Williams provides a technique for interpreting the "Codex Zouche-Nuttall" that unlocks its basically linear ancient chronology.
Recognizing that the codex is a mixture of heritage within the ecu experience and the timelessness of fable within the local American experience, he brings to bright lifestyles the historical past of Lord 8 Wind of Suchixtlan (AD 935-1027), a ruler with the attributes of either guy and deity, in addition to different heroic Oaxacan figures. Williams additionally offers context for the historical past of "Lord 8 Wind" via essays facing Mixtec ceremonial rites and social constitution, drawn from info in 5 surviving Mixtec codices.

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The Book of Firsts: 150 World-Changing People and Events from Caesar Augustus to the Internet

By Peter D'Epiro

  The booklet of Firsts is an interesting, enlightening, and hugely browsable journey of the key strategies of the prior twenty centuries and the way they formed our world.

Peter D’Epiro makes this convenient review of human heritage either enjoyable and thought-provoking along with his survey of the foremost “firsts”—inventions, discoveries, political and armed forces upheavals, inventive and medical breakthroughs, non secular controversies, and catastrophic events—of the final thousand years. Who was once the 1st to take advantage of gunpowder? Invent paper? Sack town of Rome? Write a sonnet? What was once the 1st collage? the 1st astronomical telescope? the 1st nice novel? the 1st Impressionist portray? The booklet of Firsts explores those questions and plenty of extra, from the earliest surviving cookbook (featuring parboiled flamingo) and the beginning of chess (sixth-century India) to the 1st civil carrier examination (China in 606 advert) and the 1st tell-all memoir approximately scandalous royals (Byzantine Emperor Justinian and Empress Theodora). within the kind of a hundred and fifty short, witty, erudite, and information-packed essays, The publication of Firsts is perfect for someone drawn to an stress-free approach to collect a deeper knowing of heritage and the attention-grabbing personalities who cast it. 

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The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations

A breakout bestseller on how the earth's prior international warming part reshaped human societies from the Arctic to the Sahara―a wide-ranging historical past with sobering classes for our personal time.

From the 10th to the 15th century the earth skilled an increase in floor temperature that modified weather worldwide―a preview of modern day international warming. In a few components, together with western Europe, longer summers introduced bountiful harvests and inhabitants development that resulted in cultural flowering. within the Arctic, Inuit and Norse sailors made cultural connections throughout hundreds of thousands of miles as they traded valuable iron items. Polynesian sailors, using new wind styles, have been in a position to settle the remotest islands in the world. yet in lots of components of the area, the nice and cozy centuries introduced drought and famine. intricate societies in western and significant the US collapsed, and the tremendous development complexes of Chaco Canyon and the Mayan Yucatán have been left empty. The heritage of the good Warming of a part millennium in the past means that we might but be underestimating the facility of weather swap to disrupt our lives today―and our vulnerability to drought, writes Fagan, is the "silent elephant within the room."

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The Etruscan World (Routledge Worlds)

The Etruscans may be proven to have made major, and on occasion probably the 1st, technical advances within the primary and northerly Mediterranean. To the Etruscan humans we will be able to characteristic such advancements because the tie-beam truss in huge wood buildings, surveying and engineering drainage and water tunnels, the improvement of the foresail for quick long-distance crusing vessels, nice thoughts of steel construction and different pyrotechnology, autopsy C-sections in drugs, and extra. In artwork, many technical and iconographic advancements, even though they definitely occurred first in Greece or the close to East, are first visible in extant Etruscan works, preserved within the lavish tombs and items of Etruscan aristocrats. those comprise early portraiture, the 1st full-length painted portrait, the 1st standpoint view of a human determine in enormous paintings, really expert concepts of bronze-casting, and reduction-fired pottery (the bucchero phenomenon). Etruscan contacts, via exchange, treaty and intermarriage, associated their tradition with Sardinia, Corsica and Sicily, with the Italic tribes of the peninsula, and with the close to japanese kingdoms, Greece and the Greek colonial global, Iberia, Gaul and the Punic community of North Africa, and motivated the cultures of northern Europe.

In the prior fifteen years outstanding advances were made in scholarship and study suggestions for Etruscan reviews. Archaeological and medical discoveries have replaced our photograph of the Etruscans and provided us with new, really expert info. because of the paintings of dozens of overseas students, it's now attainable to debate issues of curiosity which may by no means earlier than be researched, resembling Etruscan mining and metallurgy, cloth construction, meals and agriculture. during this quantity, over 60 specialists supply insights into some of these features of Etruscan tradition, and extra, with many contributions to be had in English for the 1st time to permit the reader entry to analyze that won't rather be to be had to them. Lavishly illustrated, The Etruscan global brings to lifestyles the tradition and fabric earlier of the Etruscans and highlights key issues of improvement in examine, making it crucial studying for researchers, teachers and scholars of this attention-grabbing civilization.

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The Quiet World: Saving Alaska's Wilderness Kingdom, 1879-1960

During this attention-grabbing follow-up to his New York occasions bestseller Wilderness Warrior, acclaimed historian Douglas Brinkley bargains a riveting, expansive examine the earlier and current conflict to maintain Alaska’s desolate tract. Brinkley explores the colourful range of Alaska’s natural world, arrays the forces that experience wreaked havoc on its primeval arctic refuge—from Klondike Gold Rush prospectors to environmental mess ups just like the Exxon-Valdez oil spill—and records environmental heroes from Theodore Roosevelt to Dwight Eisenhower and past. now not in simple terms a checklist of Alaska’s prior, Quiet international is a compelling call-to-arms for sustainability, conservationism, and conscientious environmental stewardship—a caution that the land as soon as referred to as Seward’s Folly may match down in background as America’s maximum Mistake.

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