Iris Origo, one of the twentieth century's great diarists, was born in England in 1902. As a child, she moved between England, Ireland, Italy and America, never quite belonging anywhere. It was only when she married an Italian man that she came to rest in one country. Fifteen years later, that country would be at war with her own.
With piercing insight, Origo documents the grim absurdities that her adopted Italy underwent as war became more and more unavoidable. Connected to everyone, f
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.
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.