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A History of Islam in Indonesia: Unity in Diversity (The New Edinburgh Islamic Surveys)

Located on the eastern periphery of the historical Muslim world, as a political entity Indonesia is barely a century old. Yet with close to a quarter of a billion followers of Islam it is now the largest and most populous Muslim country in the world. As the greatest political power in Southeast Asia, and a growing player on the world scene, Indonesia presents itself as a bridge country between Asia, the wider Muslim world and the West. In this survey Carool Kersten presents the Islamisation of Indonesia from the first evidence of the acceptance of Islam by indigenous peoples in the late thirteenth century until the present day. He provides comprehensive insight into the different roles played by Islam in Indonesia throughout history, including the importance of Indian Ocean networks for connecting Indonesians with the wider Islamic world, the religion's role as a means of resistance and tool for nation building, and postcolonial attempts to forge an 'Indonesian Islam'.

Gaelic Cape Breton Step-Dancing: An Historical and Ethnographic Perspective (Mcgill-mcqueen's Studies in Ethnic History Series Two)

The step-dancing of the Scotch Gaels in Nova Scotia is the last living example of a form of dance that waned following the great emigrations to Canada that ended in 1845. The Scotch Gael has been reported as loving dance, but step-dancing in Scotland had all but disappeared by 1945. One must look to Gaelic Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, and Antigonish County, to find this tradition. Gaelic Cape Breton Step-Dancing, the first study of its kind, gives this art form and the people and culture associated with it the prominence they have long deserved. Gaelic Scotland’s cultural record is by and large pre-literate, and references to dance have had to be sought in Gaelic songs, many of which were transcribed on paper by those who knew their culture might be lost with the decline of their language. The improved Scottish culture depended proudly on the teaching of dancing and the literate learning and transmission of music in accompaniment. Relying on fieldwork in Nova Scotia, and on mentions of dance in Gaelic song and verse in Scotland and Nova Scotia, John Gibson traces the historical roots of step-dancing, particularly the older forms of dancing originating in the Gaelic–speaking Scottish Highlands. He also places the current tradition as a development and part of the much larger British and European percussive dance tradition. With insight collected through written sources, tales, songs, manuscripts, book references, interviews, and conversations, Gaelic Cape Breton Step-Dancing brings an important aspect of Gaelic history to the forefront of cultural debate.

The War with Japan: The Period of Balance, May 1942-October 1943 (Total War)

Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 was the beginning of the United States' battle with Japan during World War II. In the months following the attack, Japan was successful in a series of victories throughout Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific. Then, from May 1942 to October 1943, the Japanese and the United States engaged in a series of fierce clashes in the Southwest Pacific. Both the U.S. and Japanese forces were evenly matched, and their troops fought one another to exhaustion.

The Cultural Cold War in Western Europe, 1945-60 (Studies in Intelligence)

The idea of the Cold War as a propaganda contest as opposed to a military conflict is being increasingly accepted. This has led to a re-evaluation of the relationship between economic policies, political agendas and cultural activities in Western Europe post 1945. This book provides an important cross-section of case studies that highlight the connections between overt/covert activities and cultural/political agendas during the early Cold War. It therefore provides a valuable bridge between diplomatic and intelligence research and represents an important contribution towards our understanding of the significance and consequences of this linkage for the shaping of post-war democratic societies.

Roy Lichtenstein: How Modern Art Was Saved by Donald Duck (Penguin Specials)

Whaam! Roy Lichtenstein - architect of Pop art, connoisseur of the comic strip, master of irony and prophet of popular culture. From exhilarating images of ice-cool jet pilots in dog fights, to blue-haired Barbie dolls drowning in scenes of domestic heartache, Lichtenstein's instantly recognisable paintings, with their Ben-Day dots and witty one-liners, defined the art of a generation. But how did a jobbing, unassuming painter of the Fifties become a world-famous Pop artist whose work today sells for millions? What do his paintings really tell us? And what is his legacy? This book, which can be read in two hours or less, is a perfect introduction to the artist and his work. Spanning Lichtenstein's career, and explaining his unique style, it is a journey through the life of one of the twentieth century's greatest artists.

Memoirs of a Wartime Interpreter: From the Battle for Moscow to Hitler's Bunker

"By the will of fate I came to play a part in not letting Hitler achieve his final goal of disappearing and turning into a myth… I managed to prevent Stalin’s dark and murky ambition from taking root – his desire to hide from the world that we had found Hitler’s corpse" - Elena Rzhevskaya "A telling reminder of the jealousy and rivalries that split the Allies even in their hour of victory, and foreshadowed the Cold War"- Tom Parfitt, The Guardian On May 2,1945, Red Army soldiers broke into Hitler’s bunker. Rzhevskaya, a young military interpreter, was with them. Almost accidentally the Soviet military found the charred remains of Hitler and Eva Braun. They also found key documents: Bormann's notes, the diaries of Goebbels and letters of Magda Goebbels. Rzhevskaya was entrusted with the proof of the Hitler’s death: his teeth wrenched from his corpse by a pathologist hours earlier. The teeth were given to Rzhevskaya because they believed male agents were more likely to get drunk on Victory Day, blurt out the secret and lose the evidence. She interrogated Hitler's dentist's assistant who confirmed the teeth were his. Elena’s role as an interpreter allowed her to forge a link between the Soviet troops and the Germans. She also witnessed the civilian tragedy perpetrated by the Soviets. The book includes her diary material and later additions, including conversations with Zhukov, letters of pathologist Shkaravsky, who led the autopsy, and a new Preface written by Rzhevskaya for the English language edition. Rzhevskaya writes about the key historical events and everyday life in her own inimitable style. She talks in depth of human suffering, of bittersweet victory, of an author's responsibility, of strange laws of memory and unresolved feeling of guilt.

Isolde Ahlgrimm, Vienna and the Early Music Revival

Isolde Ahlgrimm (1914-1995) was an important pioneer in the revival of Baroque and Classical keyboard instruments in her native city, Vienna, and later, throughout Europe and the United States. She trained as a pianist at the Musikakademie in Vienna under the instruction of Viktor Ebenstein, Emil von Sauer and Franz Schmidt. In 1934 she met the musical instrument collector, Dr Erich Fiala, whom she married in 1938. His activities opened up the world of early instruments to her. Using a 1790 fortepiano by Michael Rosenberger, Isolde Ahlgrimm began her career as a specialist on early keyboard instruments with the first in her notable series of Concerte für Kenner und Liebhaber, given in Vienna's Palais Palffy in February 1937. Ahlgrimm's career as a harpsichordist also began in 1937, when a new instrument was commissioned from the Ammer brothers in Eisenberg, Germany. In 1943 Ahlgrimm performed her first all-harpsichord programme, which consisted of the Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach. From 1949 to 1956, she devoted herself to performing and recording nearly all of Bach's harpsichord music for the newly-founded Dutch label, Philips, presenting her new approach to the harpsichord to a wider audience. Ahlgrimm's performances of Baroque music represented a radical departure from the distinctly twentieth-century interpretations by the much more famous Wanda Landowska and her followers. Most obviously, Ahlgrimm's harpsichord performances eliminated frequent registration changes (her instrument had hand stops rather than pedals to change registers), and largely eschewed the massive ritardandi and other anachronistic performance practices that were hallmarks of Landowska's essentially Romantic style. Ahlgrimm researched and emphasized rhetorical traditions on which the music was based. This became more pronounced throughout the course of her later performing, writing and teaching career, and it was the beginning of an approach to the performance of eighteenth-century music which was later further developed by Gustav Leonhardt, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and their students. Peter Watchorn provides an engaging study of this pioneer, and argues that Isolde Ahlgrimm's contribution to the harpsichord and fortepiano revival was pivotal, and that her use of period instruments and the inspiration she instilled in younger musicians, including Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Gustav Leonhardt, has been almost entirely overlooked by the wider musical world.

Robert Recorde: The Life and Times of a Tudor Mathematician

Robert Recorde was the first person to write an original book on arithmetic in English, rather than in the then-standard Latin or Greek―and thus the first to write about math in a way that ordinary people could understand. He was, in effect, the first mathematics teacher in the English-speaking world. This biography, which provides a comprehensive overview of Recorde’s life and work, traces the major influences on his study and his writing and charts his contribution to the development of mathematical and scientific thinking in Europe.

Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death (Jewish Lives)

Harvey Milk—eloquent, charismatic, and a smart-aleck—was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, but he had not even served a full year in office when he was shot by a homophobic fellow supervisor. Milk’s assassination at the age of forty-eight made him the most famous gay man in modern history; twenty years later Time magazine included him on its list of the hundred most influential individuals of the twentieth century. Before finding his calling as a politician, however, Harvey variously tried being a schoolteacher, a securities analyst on Wall Street, a supporter of Barry Goldwater, a Broadway theater assistant, a bead-wearing hippie, the operator of a camera store and organizer of the local business community in San Francisco. He rejected Judaism as a religion, but he was deeply influenced by the cultural values of his Jewish upbringing and his understanding of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. His early influences and his many personal and professional experiences finally came together when he decided to run for elective office as the forceful champion of gays, racial minorities, women, working people, the disabled, and senior citizens. In his last five years, he focused all of his tremendous energy on becoming a successful public figure with a distinct political voice.

Gershom Scholem: Master of the Kabbalah (Jewish Lives)

A new biography of the seminal twentieth-century historian and thinker who pioneered the study of Jewish mysticism and profoundly influenced the Zionist movement Gershom Scholem (1897–1982) was perhaps the foremost Jewish intellectual of the twentieth century. Pioneering the study of Jewish mysticism as a legitimate academic discipline, he overturned the rationalist bias of his predecessors and revealed an extraordinary world of myth and messianism. In his youth, he rebelled against the assimilationist culture of his parents and embraced Zionism as the vehicle for the renewal of Judaism in a secular age. He moved to Palestine in 1923 and participated in the creation of the Hebrew University, where he was a towering figure for nearly seventy years. David Biale traces Scholem’s tumultuous life of political activism and cultural criticism, including his falling-out with Hannah Arendt over the Eichmann trial. Mining a rich trove of diaries, letters, and other writings, Biale shows that his subject’s inner life illuminates his most important writings. Scholem emerges as a passionately engaged man of his times—a period that encompassed two world wars, the rise of Nazism, and the Holocaust.

Frankie Dettori's Italian Family Cookbook

Following his success on the racetrack, Frankie Dettori teamed up with acclaimed chef Marco Pierre White to open a chain of restaurants that contain a special mix of delicious decadence and simple home cooking. Collected here are the restaurant’s top dishes as well as Dettori family favorites and Italian kitchen secrets. Recipes range from rich soups, appetizers, and salads to such hearty main courses as bucatini pasta with grey mullet roe; lobster and scampi risotto; and authentic Italian meatballs. Accompanied by luscious photographs that exude the warmth and vibrancy of true Italian dining, this is a slice of real home cooking just like Mama used to make.

Aubrey's Brief Lives
Aubrey's Brief Lives Sented by Luis

A series of pen sketches of eminent people of the 17th century.

Where the Evidence Leads: An Autobiography, Revised and Updated

Set in any era, Dick Thornburgh’s brilliant career would merit study and retelling. He was the first Republican elected to two successive terms as governor of Pennsylvania. He served in the Department of Justice under five presidents, including three years as attorney general for Presidents Reagan and Bush. As undersecretary- general of the United Nations, he was the highest-ranking American in the organization and a strong voice for reform.

Nicolaus of Damascus: The Life of Augustus and The Autobiography: Edited with Introduction, Translations and Historical Commentary

Nicolaus of Damascus, the chief minister of Herod the Great, was an exact contemporary of the first Roman emperor Augustus; he spent considerable time in Roman society and knew Augustus. The extensive remains of his Bios Kaisaros contain the earliest and most detailed account of the conspiracy against Julius Caesar and his assassination. The Bios also presents the most extensive account of the boyhood and early development of Augustus. This edition presents the Greek text and translation of the Bios and Nicolaus' autobiography, along with a historical and historiographical commentary. The Introduction situates the text in relation to the considerable evidence for the life and career of Nicolaus preserved in the works of Josephus, addresses the problem of its date of composition, analyses the language and narrative technique of Nicolaus and discusses the Bios in relation to the evidence for Greek biographical encomium.

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Malcolm X
Malcolm X Sented by Michael

Malcolm X’in hikâyesi, sadece bir şahsın veya bir ailenin değil, tüm Siyahların, hatta Siyahlara yaptıkları ile hâlâ gündemden çıkmayan bir yönetimin küçük ölçekli ama derinlikli bir hikâyesidir.

Nikola Tesla Kendini Anlatıyor

Dünyanın en önemli bilim insanlarından birisi olarak kabul edilen Nikola Tesla bu kitabında kendi kaleminden hayatını anlatıyor; çocukluğundan, eğitiminden, icatlarından, rakiplerinden bahsediyor.

Cağdaş Tiyatroda Aydın Sorunu

Çağdaş Tiyatroda Aydın Sorunu adlı çalışma, ‘aydın’ kimliğini değişik açılardan sorgulayan, ‘aydın’ın kendisiyle ve yaşadığı toplumla ilişkisinin boyutlarını, iç çatışmalarını konu edinen oyunları incelemekte, oyun yazarlarının, ele aldıkları bu izleği nasıl biçimlendirdiklerini, ‘aydın’ kavramına yaklaşımlarında değişen bakış açılarını, farklı dünya görüşlerinin ve toplumsal arka planlarının konuya bakışlarına olan etkisini ortaya çıkarmaktadır. Bu bağlamda, Çek oyun yazarı Vaclav Havel ve İngiliz oyun yazarı Edward Bond’un oyunları üzerine yoğunlaşan incelemede, Türk tiyatrosunda ‘aydın’ temasını ele alan yazarların değişen bakış açıları da, Havel ve Bond’un görüşleriyle karşılaştırmalı olarak verilmekte. Melih Cevdet Anday’ın “İçerdekiler”, Oğuz Atay’ın “Oyunlarla Yaşayanlar”, Oktay Arayıcı’nın “Tanilli Dosyası” ve Behiç Ak’ın “Bina” adlı oyunlarından yola çıkılarak, yazarların konuyu ele alışlarındaki çeşitlilik de ortaya konulmakta.

2012 Mardukla Randevu
2012 Mardukla Randevu Sented by Luis

Güneş sistemimizde son sınır, Pluton değil. Modern astronomların 1930’lardan beri “Gezegen X” kod adıyla izini sürdükleri, ancak yerini henüz saptayamadıkları dev bir gök cismi, kuyrukluyıldızlara benzeyen eliptik yörüngesiyle her 3661 yılında bir dünyamızın yakınından geçiyor. Sümerler ona “Geçiş Gezegeni” anlamında Nİ.Bİ.RU dediler; Babil astronomlarıysa güçlü tanrıları MARDUK’un adıyla onurlandılar;

Fraternis Sented by Michael

Üzerinde yaşadığımız gezegenin uzak geçmişine ve insan uygarlığının başlangıç aşamalarına ilişkin çok eski kayıt ve bilgileri içeren, gizemli bir “kitap koleksiyonu” düşünün; elinde bulundurana güç, prestij, hatta iktidar sağlayan, eşsiz ve paha biçilmez bir belge hazinesi. Ardından, çok az insanın orijinalini görme şansını elde ettiği, bu oldukça özel koleksiyonu binyıllar boyunca gözü gibi saklayarak elinde bulunduran ve içindeki bilgilerden aldığı güç ve öngörüler yardımıyla dünyayı değiştirmeye uğraşan, insanlık tarihinin en eski “misyon örgütü”nü gözlerinizin önüne getirmeye çalışın.

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