America's Geisha Ally: Reimagining the Japanese Enemy by Naoko Shibusawa

By Naoko Shibusawa

in the course of international struggle II, Japan was once vilified by way of the US as our hated enemy within the East. notwithstanding we wonderful "good Germans" from the Nazis, we condemned all jap indiscriminately as enthusiasts and savages. because the chilly struggle heated up, notwithstanding, the U.S. executive made up our minds to make Japan its bulwark opposed to communism in Asia.

yet how was once the yankee public made to just accept an alliance with Japan so quickly after the "Japs" have been demonized as subhuman, bucktoothed apes with Coke-bottle glasses? during this revelatory paintings, Naoko Shibusawa charts the extraordinary reversal from hated enemy to important best friend that happened within the 20 years after the struggle. whereas normal MacArthur's profession Forces pursued our nation's strategic ambitions in Japan, liberal American politicians, newshounds, and filmmakers pursued an both crucial, even though long-unrecognized, target: the dissemination of a brand new and palatable photograph of the japanese one of the American public.

With broad learn, from career memoirs to army documents, from court docket records to Hollywood movies, and from charity tasks to newspaper and journal articles, Shibusawa demonstrates how the evil enemy used to be rendered as a feminized, submissive state, as an immature adolescence that wanted America's benevolent hand to lead it towards democracy. apparently, Shibusawa finds how this obsession with race, gender, and adulthood mirrored America's personal anxieties approximately race relatives and fairness among the sexes within the postwar international. America's Geisha Ally is an exploration of the way belligerents reconcile themselves within the wake of struggle, but additionally bargains perception into how a brand new superpower adjusts to its position because the world's preeminent strength.

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Comanche 1800-1874 by Douglas Meed, Douglas V. Meed, Jonathan Smith

By Douglas Meed, Douglas V. Meed, Jonathan Smith

Within the 18th and nineteenth centuries, the various tribes of fastened Comanche warriors have been the "Lords of the Southern Plains". For greater than a hundred and fifty years, those ferocious raiders struck terror into the hearts of different simple tribes, Mexican villagers and Anglo settlers in frontier Texas. Their dominion stretched from southern Colorado and Kansas into northern Mexico. This booklet records the existence and reports of a Comanche warrior on the height in their dominance. Following a hypothetical determine via a life-time, it covers key social and cultural elements in addition to documenting the equipment and gear that they used to salary struggle.

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Early Mapping of the Pacific by Thomas Suarez

By Thomas Suarez

290 full-color and b&w maps and early prints. totally illustrated heritage of the Pacific Ocean from Portuguese mariners to twentieth centuy explorers that features a cornucopia of infrequent and gorgeous maps of the Pacific Ocean, particularly, Hawaii, Tahiti, Australia, and New Zealand, between different Pacific Islands and territories. The textual content strains the exploration, and charting of the good ocean, and follows the tale from classical occasions during the flip of the twentieth century, telling the stories of seafarers who ventured eastward from Asia and have been the Pacific's maximum explorers.

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The Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination in by Paul Preston

By Paul Preston

The continues to be of common Francisco Franco lie in a huge mausoleum close to Madrid, outfitted with the blood and sweat of twenty thousand slave workers. His enemies, notwithstanding, met less-exalted fates. in addition to these killed at the battlefield, tens of millions have been formally carried out among 1936 and 1945, and as many back turned "non-persons."

As Spain eventually reclaims its historic reminiscence, a whole photograph can now receive of the Spanish Holocaust-ranging from judicial murders to the abuse of girls and youngsters. the tale of the sufferers of Franco's reign of terror is framed via the actions of 4 key men-General Mola, Quiepo de Llano, significant Vallejo Najera, and Captain Don Gonzalo Aguilera-whose dogma of eugenics, terrorization, domination, and brain keep watch over horrifyingly replicate the fascism of Italy and Germany.

Evoking such classics as Gulag and The nice Terror, The Spanish Holocaust sheds the most important gentle on one of many darkest and such a lot unexamined eras of contemporary ecu history.

Literary Awards
Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction Nominee (2012)
Sunday instances heritage publication of the yr (2012)
Duke of Westminster's Medal for army Literature Nominee (2012)

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Historical Atlas of Islam by Malise Ruthven

By Malise Ruthven

one of the nice civilizations of the realm, Islam is still an enigma to Western readers. Now, in a superbly illustrated old atlas, famous student of faith Malise Ruthven recounts the interesting and demanding background of the Islamic global.

From the start of the prophet Muhammed to the independence of post-Soviet Muslim states in important Asia, this available and informative atlas explains the historic evolution of Islamic societies. brief essays hide a wide selection of issues, together with the critical roles performed by way of sharia (divine legislations) and fiqh (jurisprudence); philosophy; arts and structure; the Muslim urban; alternate, trade, and production; marriage and kin lifestyles; tribal distributions; kinship and dynastic energy; ritual and devotional practices; Sufism; modernist and reformist tendencies; the ecu domination of the Islamic international; the increase of the fashionable nationwide nation; oil exports and hands imports; and Muslim populations in non-Muslim international locations, together with the USA.

Lucid and alluring full-color maps chronicle the altering inner and exterior obstacles of the Islamic international, exhibiting the imperative alternate routes during which items, principles, and customs unfold. Ruthven lines the effect of assorted Islamic dynasties in paintings and structure and indicates the distribution of sects and spiritual minorities, the constitution of Islamic towns, and the distribution of assets. one of the book's invaluable contributions is the incorporation of the customarily overlooked geographical and environmental components, from the Fertile Crescent to the North African barren region, that experience assisted in shaping Islamic background.

wealthy in narrative and visible element that illuminates the tale of Islamic civilization, this well timed atlas is an essential source to someone drawn to international historical past and faith.

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Africa, Asia, and the History of Philosophy: Racism in the by Peter K. J. Park

By Peter K. J. Park

“A old research of the exclusion of Africa and Asia from smooth histories of philosophy.

In this provocative historiography, Peter okay. J. Park offers a penetrating account of a vital interval within the improvement of philosophy as a tutorial self-discipline. in the course of those a long time, a few ecu philosophers stimulated through Immanuel Kant started to formulate the heritage of philosophy as a march of growth from the Greeks to Kant—a family tree that supplanted present money owed starting in Egypt or Western Asia and at a time while ecu curiosity in Sanskrit and Persian literature used to be flourishing. now not with no debate, those traditions have been eventually deemed outdoors the scope of philosophy and relegated to the learn of faith. Park uncovers this debate and recounts the advance of an exclusionary canon of philosophy within the a long time of the overdue eighteenth and early 19th centuries. To what volume was once this exclusion of Africa and Asia because of the the scientization of philosophy? To what volume was once it due to the racism?

This publication comprises the main broad description to be had at any place of Joseph-Marie de Gérando’s Histoire comparée des systèmes de philosophie, Friedrich Schlegel’s lectures at the heritage of philosophy, Friedrich Ast’s and Thaddä Anselm Rixner’s systematic integration of Africa and Asia into the background of philosophy, and the debate among G. W. F. Hegel and the theologian August Tholuck over ‘pantheism.’”

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Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont by Joseph Boyden

By Joseph Boyden

Louis Riel is seemed by way of a few as a hero and visionary, by way of others as a madman and faulty spiritual zealot. The Métis chief who fought for the rights of his humans opposed to an encroaching tide of white settlers helped determine the province of Manitoba earlier than escaping to the us. Gabriel Dumont used to be a winning hunter and Métis leader, a guy established through battle, a pragmatist who differed from the religious Riel. Giller Prize—winning novelist Joseph Boyden argues that Dumont, a part of a delegation that had sought out Riel in exile, would possibly not have foreseen the impression at the Métis reason behind bringing Riel domestic. whereas making rational calls for of Sir John A. Macdonald's govt, Riel appeared more and more overtaken through a messianic undertaking. His execution in 1885 through the Canadian executive nonetheless reverberates this present day. Boyden offers clean, debatable perception into those seminal Canadian figures and the way they formed the country.

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Starman: The Truth Behind the Legend of Yuri Gagarin by Jamie Doran

By Jamie Doran

Book Details:

ISBN: 0802779506
EAN: 9780802779502
ASIN: 0802779506
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication Date: 2011-04-12
Number of Pages: 256
Website: Amazon, LibraryThing, Google Books, Goodreads

Synopsis from Amazon:

On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin turned the 1st individual in background to depart the Earth's surroundings and enterprise into house. His flight aboard a Russian Vostok rocket lasted purely 108 mins, yet on the finish of it he had develop into the main well-known guy on the planet. again at the flooring, his smiling face captured the hearts of thousands world wide. movie stars, politicians and dad stars from Europe to Japan, India to the U.S. vied with one another to shake his hand.
Despite this substantial reputation, nearly not anything is understood approximately Gagarin or the outstanding humans at the back of his dramatic house flight. Starman tells for the 1st time Gagarin's own odyssey from peasant to overseas icon, his next decline as his own lifestyles started to collapse below the pressures of repute, and his ultimate disillusionment with the Russian kingdom. President Kennedy's quest to place an American at the Moon used to be an instantaneous response to Gagarin's achievement--yet prior to that winning moonshot happened, Gagarin himself used to be lifeless, elderly simply thirty-four, killed in a mysterious air crash. Publicly the Soviet hierarchy mourned; privately their sighs of reduction have been virtually audible, and the KGB file into his loss of life is still secret.
Entwined with Gagarin's heritage is that of the breathtaking and hugely secretive Russian house application - its technological bold, its triumphs and failures. In a gripping account, Jamie Doran and Piers Bizony show the superb global behind the curtain of the 1st nice house excellent, and the way Gagarin's flight got here frighteningly with regards to destruction.

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Major Tudor Authors: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical by Alan Hager

By Alan Hager

The Tudor period (1485-1603) used to be the most culturally major sessions in historical past. lower than 3 generations of Tudor rulers, the period witnessed the arrival of humanism, the beginning of the Reformation, and the increase of the British Empire. The literature of the interval is marked by means of complexity of idea and shape and displays the political, spiritual, and cultural alterations of the period. This reference ebook surveys the literature of Tudor England. incorporated are alphabetically prepared entries for almost a hundred authors who wrote among 1485 and 1603. a few figures coated are greatly taught, similar to Shakespeare, Donne, and Spenser. Others are much less popular, resembling Edward Fairfax and Abraham Fraunce. The paintings comprises entries for outstanding girls writers of the interval, a lot of whom were overlooked till contemporary years. additionally integrated are entries for continental writers resembling Ariosto, Tasso, Calvin, and Erasmus, whose writings have been influential in England. Entries are written by means of professional individuals and include invaluable bibliographies of basic and secondary sources.

Included are entries for almost a hundred those who wrote among 1485 and 1603. The entries are written via professional members and are prepared alphabetically to facilitate use. a number of the authors profiled are significant canonical figures, equivalent to Shakespeare, Spenser, and Donne. however the quantity additionally features a major variety of entries for ladies writers, whose paintings has been unjustly omitted until eventually fresh years. whereas many of the authors have been from England, the quantity comprises entries on figures akin to Erasmus, who, even though born abroad, wrote vital works in England, and on writers akin to Machiavelli, Calvin, Ariosto, and Tasso, whose works have been presently followed, translated, or differently made a part of Tudor tradition. each one access offers a quick biography, that's by way of a dialogue of significant works and issues, a evaluation of the author's serious reception, and a bibliography of fundamental and secondary assets.

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A History of the World Since 9/11 by Dominic Streatfeild

By Dominic Streatfeild

In A heritage of the area in view that September 11 Dominic Streatfeild expertly combines heritage, biography and investigative journalism to teach how a bloodbath on a transparent September day in 2001 has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals all over the world. In a chain of brilliantly interlinked chapters he indicates how an Afghani marriage ceremony get together; and a gasoline station owner in Texas; and a planespotter in Mallorca were affected, occasionally devastatingly, by way of the yank reaction to the assaults at the dual Towers. Streatfeild exhibits how the sleep of cause and strong feel in successive US administrations post-9/11 has introduced forth the monsters of amazing rendition, Guantanamo Bay, extrajudicial execution and wholesale contravention of foreign legislation. it is a paintings that informs because it entertains and induces outrage because it evokes.

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