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Items in History (General) and History of Europe that were added to the Concordia University Libraries collection in the last 30 days.

  • French foreign policy in a changing world : practising grandeur / Pernille Ricker
    DC 430 R53 2017eb

  • Lebanon Facing The Arab Uprisings : Constraints and Adaptation / edited by Rosita Di Peri, Daniel Meier
    DS 87.54 L379 2017eb
    This book provides an intimate picture of Lebanon, exploring the impacts of the Arab uprisings of 2011 which are deeply affecting Lebanese politics and society. The book examines Lebanon's current issues and its deep sectarian divisions, as well as the ways in which it still seems able to find some adaptation paths to face the many challenges left by its regional sectarian and political polarization. Authors delve into border regions, Syrian refugees, the welfare state, the Lebanese Army, popular mobilisations in 2011 and the two main communities, the Sunnis and the Shia. Built on various fieldwork researches, the volume explores each of the topics through the lenses of identification building processes, the re-ordering of social and/or political relations, and the nationhood symbols and meanings.                               

  • Italy in international relations : the foreign policy conundrum / Emidio Diodato and Federico Niglia
    DG 577.2 D56 2017eb

  • How socio-cultural codes shaped violent mobilization and pro-insurgent support in the Chechen Wars / Emil Aslan Souleimanov, Huseyn Aliyev
    DK 511 C37 S68 2017eb

  • State, memory, and Egypt's victory in the 1973 war : ruling by discourse / Mustafa Menshawy

  • US foreign policy in the Middle East : the case for continuity / Bledar Prifti
    This book provides a comprehensive historical overview of US foreign policy in the Middle East using the theoretical framework of offensive realism and highlighting the role of geography and regional power distribution in guiding foreign policy. It argues that the US has been pursuing the same geostrategic interests from President Truman's policy of containment to President Obama's speak softly and carry a big stick policy, and contends that the US-Iran relationship has been largely characterized by continued cooperation due to shared geostrategic interests. The book highlights the continuity in US foreign policy over the last seven decades and offers a prediction for US foreign policy in reaction to current and future global events. As such, it will serve as a reference guide for not only scholars but also policy analysts and practitioners.

  • Civil wars and third-party interventions in Africa / Audrey Mattoon,

  • Hegemony and the Holocaust : state power and Jewish survival in occupied Europe / Ethan J. Hollander

  • Biography of an industrial town Terni, Italy, 1831-2014 / Alessandro Portelli

  • The 'Sailor Prince' in the age of empire : creating a monarchical brand in nineteenth-century Europe / Miriam Magdalena Schneider

  • The French Revolution and religion in global perspective freedom and faith / Bryan A. Banks, Erica Johnson, editors

  • Music, youth and international links in post-war British fascism : the transformation of extremism / Ryan Shaffer

  • Can we talk Mediterranean? : conversations on an emerging field in Medieval and early modern studies / Brian A. Catlos, Sharon Kinoshita, editors
    D 973 C36 2017eb

  • Amateur musical societies and sports clubs in provincial France 1848-1914 harmony and hostility / Alan R.H. Baker

  • The Spanish military and warfare from 1899 to the Civil War : the uncertain path to victory / José Vicente Herrero Péez

  • Alternative Worlds Imagined, 1500-1700 Essays on Radicalism, Utopianism and Reality

  • Elizabeth of York and Her Six Daughters-in-Law Fashioning Tudor Queenship, 1485-1547

  • Institutional Racism in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology Race Matters in Mental Health

  • China-Japan relations in the 21st Century : antagonism despite interdependency / Lam Peng Er, editor

  • Contemporary Chinese diasporas Min Zhou, editor
    DS 732 C66 2017eb

  • Quantifying resistance political crime and the People's Court in Nazi Germany / Wayne Geerling, Gary Magee

  • Nothing ever dies : Vietnam and the memory of war / Viet Thanh Nguyen
    DS 559.8 S6 N48 2016eb
    Nothing Ever Dies, Viet Thanh Nguyen writes. All wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory. From the author of the bestselling novel The Sympathizer comes a searching exploration of a conflict that lives on in the collective memory of both the Americans and the Vietnamese.

  • Jacobitism and anti-Jacobitism in the British Atlantic World, 1688-1727 / David Parrish
    DA 435 P37 2017
    The first half of Britain's long eighteenth century was a period fraught with conflicts ranging from civil wars (1688-1691) to a series of Jacobite plots, intrigues, and rebellions. It was also a formative period marked by substantial changes including the growth and centralisation of an empire and the maturation of party politics and the public sphere. Covering almost forty years of this colourful history over an expansive geographical range, the author investigates both the existence and meaning of Jacobitism and anti-Jacobitism throughout Britain's Atlantic empire, concluding that the experiences of colonists and British officials in the colonies echoed events and experiences in Britain. Using case studies in Carolina, the mid-Atlantic states and New England, and drawing on a diverse source base, the book integrates the colonies into the narratives and captures the essence of the transatlantic, tripartite relationship between politics, religion, and the public sphere, ultimately contributing to our understandings of the Anglicization of the British Atlantic world. David Parrish is Assistant Professor of Humanities at College of the Ozarks.

  • Thinking about history / Sarah Maza
    D 16 M417 2017
    What distinguishes history as a discipline from other fields of study? That's the animating question of Sarah Maza's Thinking About History , a general introduction to the field of history that revels in its eclecticism and highlights the inherent tensions and controversies that shape it.

    Designed for the classroom, Thinking About History is organized around big questions: Whose history do we write, and how does that affect what stories get told and how they are told? How did we come to view the nation as the inevitable context for history, and what happens when we move outside those boundaries? What is the relation among popular, academic, and public history, and how should we evaluate sources? What is the difference between description and interpretation, and how do we balance them? Maza provides choice examples in place of definitive answers, and the result is a book that will spark classroom discussion and offer students a view of history as a vibrant, ever-changing field of inquiry that is thoroughly relevant to our daily lives.

  • Rival power : Russia's influence in Southeast Europe / Dimitar Bechev
    DR 38.3 R8 B43 2017
    A nuanced and comprehensive study of the political dynamics between Russia and key countries in Southeast Europe

    Is Russia threatening to disrupt more than two decades' of E.U. and U.S. efforts to promote stability in post-communist Southeast Europe? Politicians and commentators in the West say, "yes." With rising global anxiety over Russia's political policies and objectives, Dimitar Bechev provides the only in-depth look at this volatile region.

    Deftly unpacking the nature and extent of Russian influence in the Balkans, Greece, and Turkey, Bechev argues that both sides are driven by pragmatism and opportunism rather than historical loyalties. Russia is seeking to assert its role in Europe's security architecture, establish alternative routes for its gas exports--including the contested Southern Gas Corridor--and score points against the West. Yet, leaders in these areas are allowing Russia to reinsert itself to serve their own goals. This urgently needed guide analyzes the responses of regional NATO members, particularly regarding the annexation of Crimea and the Putin-Erdogan rift over Syria.

  • The fate of Rome : climate, disease, and the end of an empire / Kyle Harper
    DG 270 H26 2017

    A sweeping new history of how climate change and disease helped bring down the Roman Empire

    Here is the monumental retelling of one of the most consequential chapters of human history: the fall of the Roman Empire. The Fate of Rome is the first book to examine the catastrophic role that climate change and infectious diseases played in the collapse of Rome's power--a story of nature's triumph over human ambition.

    Interweaving a grand historical narrative with cutting-edge climate science and genetic discoveries, Kyle Harper traces how the fate of Rome was decided not just by emperors, soldiers, and barbarians but also by volcanic eruptions, solar cycles, climate instability, and devastating viruses and bacteria. He takes readers from Rome's pinnacle in the second century, when the empire seemed an invincible superpower, to its unraveling by the seventh century, when Rome was politically fragmented and materially depleted. Harper describes how the Romans were resilient in the face of enormous environmental stress, until the besieged empire could no longer withstand the combined challenges of a "little ice age" and recurrent outbreaks of bubonic plague.

    A poignant reflection on humanity's intimate relationship with the environment, The Fate of Rome provides a sweeping account of how one of history's greatest civilizations encountered and endured, yet ultimately succumbed to the cumulative burden of nature's violence. The example of Rome is a timely reminder that climate change and germ evolution have shaped the world we inhabit--in ways that are surprising and profound.

  • The Mongols and the Islamic world : from conquest to conversion / Peter Jackson
    DS 22 J33 2017
    An epic historical consideration of the Mongol conquest of Western Asia and the spread of Islam during the years of non-Muslim rule

    The Mongol conquest of the Islamic world began in the early thirteenth century when Genghis Khan and his warriors overran Central Asia and devastated much of Iran. Distinguished historian Peter Jackson offers a fresh and fascinating consideration of the years of infidel Mongol rule in Western Asia, drawing from an impressive array of primary sources as well as modern studies to demonstrate how Islam not only survived the savagery of the conquest, but spread throughout the empire.

    This unmatched study goes beyond the well-documented Mongol campaigns of massacre and devastation to explore different aspects of an immense imperial event that encompassed what is now Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Afghanistan, as well as Central Asia and parts of eastern Europe. It examines in depth the cultural consequences for the incorporated Islamic lands, the Muslim experience of Mongol sovereignty, and the conquerors' eventual conversion to Islam.

  • Young Lothar : an underground fugitive in Nazi Berlin / Larry Orbach and Vivien Orbach-Smith
    DS 134.3 O73 2017
    Lothar Orbach, the youngest son of a German Jewish family, was just 14 when the Nazis began rounding up Berlin's Jews. His promising education was aborted; his close-knit family splintered. When the Gestapo came for Orbach's mother on Christmas Eve 1942, they escaped with false papers; his mother found sanctuary with a family of Communists and Orbach-under the assumed identity of Gerhard Peters-entered Berlin's underworld of "divers". He scraped a living by hustling pool, cheating in poker and stealing-fighting, literally, to stay alive. Outwardly he became a cagey amoral street thug, inwardly he was a sensitive, romantic boy, devoted son and increasingly religious Jew, clinging to his humanity. In the end, he was betrayed and sent to Auschwitz, on the last transport, in 1944. This singular coming of age story of life in the Berlin underground during WWII is, in essence, a story of hope, even happiness, in the very heart of darkness.

  • Witnessing unbound : Holocaust representation and the origins of memory / edited by Henri Lustiger Thaler and Habbo Knoch
    D 804.348 W58 2017

    Primary witnessing, in its original forms--from survivor and bystander testimonies, to memoirs and diaries--inform our cultural understanding of the multiple experiences of the Holocaust. Henri Lustiger Thaler and Habbo Knoch look at many of these expressions of primary witnessing in Witnessing Unbound: Holocaust Representation and the Origins of Memory , which is particularly relevant today with the hastening decline of the Holocaust survivor demographic and the cultural spaces for representation it leaves in its wake, in addition to the inevitable and cyclical search for generational relevancy, siphoned through acts of memory.

    The essays in Witnessing Unbound are written by some of the leading figures on the theme of witnessing as well as scholars exploring new primary sources of knowledge about the Holocaust and genocide. These include a focus on the victims: the perished and survivors whose discursive worlds are captured in testimonies, diaries, and memoirs; the witnessing of peasant bystanders to the terror; historical religious writing by rabbis during and after the war as a proto memoir for destroyed communities, and the archive as a solitary witness, a constructed memory in the aftermath of a genocide. The experiences showcased and analyzed within this memorializing focus introduce previously unknown voices, and end with reflections on the Belzec Memorial and Museum. One survivor moves hearts with the simple insight, "I died in Auschwitz, but no one knows [sees] it." In counterpoint is a court case with SS General Karl Wolff, who has conveniently forgotten his crimes during the Holocaust. Original experience and its reimagination within contemporary frameworks make sense of an event that continues to adapt and change metaphorically and globally. As one of the contributors writes: "In my mind, the 'era of the witness' begins when the historical narrative consists of first-person accounts."

    Witnessing Unbound augers in the near completion of that defining era, by introducing a collection of diverse reflections and mediations on witnessing and memory. A must-read for the further understanding of the Holocaust, its cruel reality, and its afterdeath.

  • Synagogues in Hungary, 1782-1918 / Rudolf Klein
    DS 135 H9 K5313 2017

  • Self-portrait of a Holocaust survivor / Werner Weinberg ; introduction by Alfred Gottschalk
    DS 134.42 W435 2017
    A description of Werner Weinberg's life during the Nazi period in Germany and then Holland, his imprisonment in Bergen-Belsen, and his unique personal reflections on his life after the war.

  • Rebuilt from broken glass : a German Jewish life remade in America / Fred Behrend with Larry Hanover ; introduction by Hasia R. Diner ; foreword by Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer
    DS 134.42 B44 A3 2017
    Symbolized by a three-hundred-year-old Seder plate, the religious life of Fred Behrend's family had centered largely around Passover and the tale of the Jewish people's exodus from tyranny. When the Nazis came to power, the wide-eyed boy and his family found themselves living a twentieth-century version of that exodus, escaping oppression and persecution in Germany for Cuba and ultimately a life of freedom and happiness in the United States. Behrend's childhood came to a crashing end with Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass) and his father's harrowing internment at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. But he would not be defined by these harrowing circumstances. Behrend would go on to experience brushes with history involving the defeated Germans. By the age of twenty, he had run a POW camp full of Nazis, been an instructor in a program aimed at denazifying specially selected prisoners, and been assigned by the U.S. Army to watch over Wernher von Braun, the designer of the V-2 rocket that terrorized Europe and later chief architect of the Saturn V rocket that sent Americans to the moon. Behrend went from a sheltered life of wealth in a long-gone, old-world Germany, dwelling in the gilded compound once belonging to the manufacturer of the zeppelin airships, to a poor Jewish immigrant in New York City learning English from Humphrey Bogart films. Upon returning from service in the U.S. Army, he rose out of poverty, built a successful business in Manhattan, and returned to visit Germany a dozen times, giving him unique perspective into Germany's attempts to surmount its Nazi past.

  • The politics of unreason : the Frankfurt School and the origins of modern antisemitism / Lars Rensmann
    DS 145 R467 2017
    The first systematic analysis of the Frankfurt School's research and theorizing on modern antisemitism.

  • Medical imperialism in French North Africa : regenerating the Jewish community of colonial Tunis / Richard C. Parks
    DS 135 T72 T867 2017

    French-colonial Tunisia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries witnessed shifting concepts of identity, including varying theories of ethnic essentialism, a drive toward "modernization," and imperialist interpretations of science and medicine. As French colonizers worked to realize ideas of a "modern" city and empire, they undertook a program to significantly alter the physical and social realities by which the people of Tunisia lived, often in ways that continue to influence life today.

    Medical Imperialism in French North Africa demonstrates the ways in which diverse members of the Jewish community of Tunis received, rejected, or reworked myriad imperial projects devised to foster the social, corporeal, and moral "regeneration" of their community. Buttressed by the authority of science and medicine, regenerationist schemes such as urban renewal projects and public health reforms were deployed to destroy and recast the cultural, social, and political lives of Jewish colonial subjects. Richard C. Parks expands on earlier scholarship to examine how notions of race, class, modernity, and otherness shaped these efforts. Looking at such issues as the plasticity of identity, the collaboration and contention between French and Tunisian Jewish communities, Jewish women's negotiation of social power relationships in Tunis, and the razing of the city's Jewish quarter, Parks fills the gap in current literature by focusing on the broader transnational context of French actions in colonial Tunisia.

  • Forced confrontation : the politics of dead bodies in Germany at the end of World War II / Christopher E. Mauriello
    D 804 G3 M39 2017
    During the final weeks of World War II, the American army discovered multiple atrocity sites and mass graves containing the dead bodies of Jews, slave laborers, POWs and other victims of Nazi genocide and mass murder. Instead of simply reburying these victims, American Military Government carried out a series of highly ritualized "forced confrontations" towards German civilians centered on the dead bodies themselves. The Americans forced nearby German townspeople to witness the atrocity site, disinter the bodies, place them in coffins, parade these bodies through the town and lay them to rest in town cemeteries. At the conclusion of the ceremony in the cemetery in the presence of dead bodies, the Americans accused the assembled German civilians and Germany as whole of collective guilt for the crimes of the Nazi regime. This landmark study places American forced confrontations into the emerging field of dead body politics or necropolitics. Drawing on the theoretical work of Katherine Verdery and others, the book argues that forced confrontation represented a politicization of dead bodies aimed at the ideological goals of accusing Germans and Germany of collective guilt for the war, Nazism and Nazi genocide. These were not top-down Allied policy decisions. Instead, they were initiated and carried out at the field command level and by ordinary U.S. field officers and soldiers appalled and angered by the level of violence and killing they discovered in small German towns in April and May 1945. This study of the experience of war and forced confrontations around dead bodies compels readers to rethink the nature of the American soldier fighting in Germany in 1945 and the evolution, practice and purpose of American political and ideological ideas of German collective guilt.

  • The evil that surrounds us : the WWII memoir of Erna Becker-Kohen / edited and translated by Kevin P. Spicer and Martina Cucchiara
    DS 134.42 B424 A3 2017

    In 1931, Gustav Becker and Erna Kohen married. He was Catholic and she was Jewish. Erna and Gustav had no idea their religious affiliations, which mattered so little to them, would define their marriage under the Nazis. As one of the more than 20,000 German Jews married to an "Aryan" spouse, Erna was initially exempt from the most radical anti-Jewish measures. However, even after Erna willingly converted to Catholicism, the persecution, isolation, and hatred leveled against them by the Nazi regime and their Christian neighbors intensified, and she and their son Silvan were forced to flee alone into the mountains. Through intimate and insightful diary entries, Erna tells her own compelling and horrifying story and reflects on the fortunate escapes and terrible tragedies of her friends and family. The Nazis would exact steep payment for Erna's survival: her home, her family, and ultimately her faithful husband's life. The Evil That Surrounds Us reveals both the great evil of Nazi Germany and the powerful love and courage of her husband, friends, and strangers who risked everything to protect her.

  • From rice fields to killing fields : nature, life, and labor under the Khmer Rouge / James A. Tyner
    DS 554.8 T95 2017

    Between 1975 and 1979, the Communist Party of Kampuchea fundamentally transformed the social, economic, political, and natural landscape of Cambodia. During this time, as many as two million Cambodians died from exposure, disease, and starvation, or were executed at the hands of the Party. The dominant interpretation of Cambodian history during this period presents the CPK as a totalitarian, communist, and autarkic regime seeking to reorganize Cambodian society around a primitive, agrarian political economy.
    From Rice Fields to Killing Fields challenges previous interpretations and provides a documentary-based Marxist interpretation of the political economy of Democratic Kampuchea. Tyner argues that Cambodia's mass violence was the consequence not of the deranged attitudes and paranoia of a few tyrannical leaders but that the violence was structural, the direct result of a series of political and economic reforms that were designed to accumulate capital rapidly: the dispossession of hundreds of thousands of people through forced evacuations, the imposition of starvation wages, the promotion of import-substitution policies, and the intensification of agricultural production through forced labor. Moving beyond the Cambodian genocide, Tyner maintains that it is a mistake to view Democratic Kampuchea in isolation, as an aberration or something unique. Rather, the policies and practices initiated by the Khmer Rouge must be seen in a larger, historical-geographical context.

  • Syria, press framing, and the responsibility to protect / E. Donald Briggs, Walter C. Soderlund, Tom Pierre Najem
    DS 98.6 B75 2017
    The Syrian Civil War has created the worst humanitarian disaster since the end of World War II, sending shock waves through Syria, its neighbours, and the European Union. Calls for the international community to intervene in the conflict, in compliance with the UN-sanctioned Responsibility to Protect (R2P), occurred from the outset and became even more pronounced following President Assads use of chemical weapons against civilians in August 2013. Despite that egregious breach of international convention, no humanitarian intervention was forthcoming, leaving critics to argue that UN inertia early in the conflict contributed to the current crisis. Syria, Press Framing, and The Responsibility to Protect examines the role of the media in framing the Syrian conflict, their role in promoting or, on the contrary, discouraging a robust international intervention. The media sources examined are all considered influential with respect to the shaping of elite views, either directly on political leaders or indirectly through their influence on public opinion. The volume provides a review of the arguments concerning appropriate international responses to events in Syria and how they were framed in leading newspapers in the United States, Great Britain, and Canada during the crucial early years of the conflict; considers how such media counsel affected the domestic contexts in which American and British decisions were made not to launch forceful interventions following Assads use of sarin gas in 2013; and offers reasoned speculation on the relevance of R2P in future humanitarian crises in light of the failure to protect Syrian civilians.

  • Voices from the Easter Rising : firsthand accounts of Ireland's 1916 rebellion / Joseph McKenna
    DA 962 V66 2017
    This work records a week in Dublin during April 1916 when in a forlorn hope 2,000 Irish Volunteers rose up in armed rebellion against the British Empire in a bid to establish an independent Irish state. The Rising is recalled in the words of those who took part. It traces the establishment of the various organizations that eventually came together that Easter week. The work then leads on to a day-to-day narrative of the men and women who took part. There are details of the highs and lows; of the triumphs and the little unexpected things that are sometimes lost in the noise of battle. In parts the narrative is intensely personal when participants record the deaths of those close to them. The work does not shy away from the atrocities and murders that took place on both sides; recorded in the Coroner`s reports. Then the work gives a personal account of the trial and, perhaps unnecessary, execution of the leaders, and the imprisonment of the surviving Volunteers.

  • All shook up : the shifting Soviet response to catastrophes, 1917-1991 / Nigel A. Raab
    DK 266 R32 2017
    Earthquakes, nuclear accidents, and floods were among the many unexpected tragedies that struck the Soviet Union over its history. Requiring the immediate mobilization of vast resources and aid, and embedded within a specific context and time, these catastrophes provide critical insights into the nature of the twentieth-century Communist state. All Shook Up takes a close look at the representation in film, the political repercussions, and the social opportunities of large-scale catastrophes in separate Soviet epochs, including the 1927 earthquake in the Crimean peninsula, the 1948 earthquake in Ashgabat, the Tashkent earthquake in 1966, the Chernobyl explosion in 1986, and the Armenian earthquake in 1988. Juxtaposing various disaster responses and demonstrating the ways both Soviet authorities and citizens molded them to their own cultural needs, Nigel Raab highlights the radical shifts in disaster policy from one leader to the next. Given the opportunity to act outside regular parameters, Soviet residents not only rebuilt their devastated cities, but also experimented with new values and crafted their own worldview while the state struggled to return the situation to normal. Based on archival research conducted in Russia and Ukraine, All Shook Up fills a gap in a global literature and challenges stereotypical representations of the Soviet Union as a monolithic state.

  • Invisible scars : mental trauma and the Korean War / Meghan Fitzpatrick
    DS 921.25 F58 2017
    Invisible Scars provides the first extended exploration of Commonwealth Division psychiatry during the Korean War and the psychiatric-care systems in place for the thousands of soldiers who fought in that conflict. Fitzpatrick demonstrates that although Commonwealth forces were generally successful in returning psychologically traumatized servicemen to duty, they failed to compensate or support in a meaningful way veterans returning to civilian life. Moreover, ignorance at home contributed to widespread misunderstanding of their condition. This book offers an intimate look into the history of psychological trauma. In addition, it engages with current disability, pensions, and compensation issues that remain hotly contested.

  • Écriture et vie de société : les correspondances littéraires de Louise d'Épinay (1755-1783) / Mélinda Caron
    DC 135 E7 C37 2017

  • Seeking sanctuary : crime, mercy, and politics in English courts, 1400-1550 / Shannon McSheffrey
    DA 176 M37 2017
    Seeking Sanctuary explores a curious aspect of premodern English law: the right of felons to shelter in a church or ecclesiastical precinct, remaining safe from arrest and trial in the king's courts. This is the first volume in more than a century to examine sanctuary in England in thefifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Looking anew at this subject challenges the prevailing assumptions in the scholarship that this "medieval" practice had become outmoded and little-used by the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Although for decades after 1400 sanctuary-seeking was indeed fairlyrare, the evidence in the legal records shows the numbers of felons seeing refuge in churches began to climb again in the late fifteenth century and reached its peak in the period between 1525 and 1535. Sanctuary was not so much a medieval practice accidentally surviving into the early modern era, as it was an organism that had continued to evolve and adapt to new environments and indeed flourished in its adapted state. Sanctuary suited the early Tudor regime: it intersected with rapidly developingideas about jurisdiction and provided a means of mitigating the harsh capital penalties of the English law of felony that was useful not only to felons but also to the crown and the political elite. Sanctuary's resurgence after 1480 means we need to rethink how sanctuary worked, and to reconsidermore broadly the intersections of culture, law, politics, and religion in the years between 1400 and 1550.

  • Two centuries of silence : an account of events and conditions in Iran during the first two hundred years of Islam, from the Arab invasion to the rise of the Tahirid dynasty / by Abdolhossein Zarrinkoub ; translated from the Persian with an introduction and explanatory notes by Paul Sprachman
    DS 288 Z313 2017
    Two Centuries of Silence is an English translation of Do Qarn Sokout, Dr. Zarrinkub's celebrated work on the history of Iran in the lead-up to and after the Arab conquest in the mid 7th century. The author begins with a question that puzzles many: How was a world civilization with all of its achievements in art and architecture, religion and law, agriculture and engineering, and civil and military organization, overthrown by a nomadic people with limited literacy and few accomplishments? The title refers to the two-hundred-year period when Persian virtually went mute, when almost all traces of Iran's rich literary heritage were erased, and when Zoroastrianism gave way to Islam. Zarrinkub's history is not an unmitigated tale of draconian cultural change, however. He speaks of how Iranian identity went underground, occasionally surfacing in open rebellion against Arab and Muslim supremacy. Drawing on a variety of original sources, Zarrinkub looks into the "savage darkness" of nearly two hundred years and detects glimmers of Persian resurgence in various parts of Iran and Muslim Central Asia. In fits and starts forms of the indigenous language broke their long silence, and Iranians began to speak about and for themselves.

  • This small army of women : Canadian volunteer nurses and the First World War / Linda J. Quiney
    D 629 C2 Q56 2017

    With her linen head scarf and white apron emblazoned with a red cross, the Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse, or VAD, has become a romantic emblem of the Great War. This book tells the story of the nearly 2,000 women from Canada and Newfoundland who volunteered to "do their bit" overseas and at home. Well-educated and middle-class but largely untrained, VADs were excluded from Canadian military hospitals overseas (the realm of the professional nurse) but helped solve Britain's nursing deficit. Their struggle to secure a place at their brothers' bedsides reveals much about the tensions surrounding amateur and professional nurses and women's evolving role outside the home.

  • The black death in England / edited by Mark Ormrod and Phillip Lindley
    DA 225 B53 1996

  • Les villages et quartiers au coeur de La decentralisation au Benin : démocratiser et développer la société béninoise en partant des communautés à la base / Melone Diane O. Gandonou
    DT 541.22 G36 2015
    La decentralisation promulguee par les lois de 1999 au Benin a pour objectif la realisation a la fois de la democratie a la base et du developpement a la base . Ces deux concepts qui visent particulierement les villages et quartiers de ville, definis par le legislateur comme unites administratives de base, amenent a s'interroger sur la place que ces deux demembrements de la commune occupent ou devraient occuper dans le processus en cours. En effet, il s'agit, en se referant a l'histoire de chacune de ces unites, a leurs realites respectives, au dispositif legislatif, aux pratiques en cours et aux aspirations des administres a la base, de rechercher si et comment les villages et quartiers de ville pourraient etre les points d'impulsion de la democratisation et du developpement de la Societe beninoise

  • La Résistance allemande à Hitler / Joachim Fest ; traduit de l'allemand par Olivier Mannoni
    DD 256.3 F3814 2009

  • Nayars of Malabar / F. Fawcett
    DS 432 N324F38 1985

  • Poona in the eighteenth century : an urban history / Balkrishna Govind Gokhale
    DS 486 P77G65 1988
    For almost 100 years, the city of Poona served as the de facto capital of the Maratha Empire, which dominated much of the history of India in the 18th century. An important contribution to the urban history of pre-modern India, this book describes Poona's physical and demographic contours, the place of the ruling family in its political and cultural life, the city government, the role of power-brokers in the urban structure, and the city's economy, society, religion, literature, and arts.

  • Research guide to The May fourth movement; intellectual revolution in modern China, 1915-1924
    DS 775 C53862

  • Festivals of Attica : an archaeological commentary / Erika Simon
    DF 123 S55 1983

  • Shivaji and facets of Maratha culture / edited by Saryu Doshi
    DS 485 M346S48 1982

  • Religion and statecraft among the Romans / Alan Wardman
    DG 123 W37X

  • Caesar's conquest of Gaul, by T. Rice Holmes
    DC 62 C3H8 1931
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