The fourteenth century was a time of fabled crusades and chivalry, glittering cathedrals and grand castles. It was also a time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world of chaos and the plague.
Here, Barbara Tuchman masterfully reveals the two contradictory images of the age, examining the great rhythms of history and the grain and texture of domestic life as it was lived: what childhood was like; what marriage meant; how money, taxes and war dominated the lives of serf, noble and cler
This book is for students and scholars interested in the history and politics of Algeria, the Middle East, Africa, France and the Mediterranean. It covers five hundred years of history, from the arrival of the Ottomans in 1516 to the aftermath of the Arab uprisings of 2011.
This book presents a detailed description of the political, cultural, and economic world of ancient Kanesh (present-day Kultepe, Turkey), a vibrant Bronze Age Anatolian trade outpost and the earliest attested commercial society in world history.
Presented in the form of biographies centering on a number of men, women and families varying in status and race, Cape lives of the eighteenth century provides a vivid survey of the Cape of Good Hope at the end of the Dutch period, during a period of rapid and dramatic development and change for the colony.
This compelling 1999 example of the cultural history of South Africa argues that cultural factors were related to high political developments in the colonial Cape. It describes changes in social identity accompanying the transition from Dutch to British overrule, and the development of white racism and of ideologies of resistance.
In his bestselling book 1421:The Year China Discovered the World, Gavin Menzies revealed that it was the Chinese that discovered America, not Columbus. Now he presents further astonishing evidence that it was also Chinese advances in science, art, and technology that formed the basis of the European Renaissance and our modern world.
This book is about the conquest and reduction to servitude of the Khoisan in the eastern Cape in the period up to 1799. It sheds light on the history of the South African interior during the late eighteenth century, when South Africa's specific variant of social discrimination first evolved.
During the nineteenth century a powerful and unified Germany emerged from a collection of over 350 independent states and cities. Gorman uses a wide range of primary sources to look at the role of Bismarck in this transformation. This successful volume in the Cambridge Topics in History series is reprinted with a full colour cover.