Empires of the Indus: The Story of a River
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Great Empires of the Past (12-Volume set)
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Accidental Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions, Battle Foreign Competition, and Still Can’t Get a Date by Robert X. Cringely
Requirements: .PDF reader, 31.2 Mb
Overview: Rich in relevant, entertaining digressions, this breezy but informative history recounts how gifted, maverick "nerds," "hippies" and entrepreneurs like Apple’s Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs invented and developed microprocessors and operating systems into today’s volatile, ego-driven, highly competitive personal computer industry, in which ever-changing technical standards propel the market. Info World columnist Cringley charges that the astronomical sales of PCs ($70-billion worldwide in 1990) "both created the longest continuous peacetime economic expansion in U.S. history and ended it." While current dominance by IBM spurs competitors to further research and networking, the author predicts that by the year 2000 single chips will render today’s PCs obsolete and that of American technology only software will survive.
Computer manufacturing is–after cars, energy production and illegal drugs–the largest industry in the world, and it’s one of the last great success stories in American business. Accidental Empires is the trenchant, vastly readable history of that industry, focusing as much on the astoundingly odd personalities at its core–Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mitch Kapor, etc. and the hacker culture they spawned as it does on the remarkable technology they created. Cringely reveals the manias and foibles of these men (they are always men) with deadpan hilarity and cogently demonstrates how their neuroses have shaped the computer business. But Cringely gives us much more than high-tech voyeurism and insider gossip. From the birth of the transistor to the mid-life crisis of the computer industry, he spins a sweeping, uniquely American saga of creativity and ego that is at once uproarious, shocking and inspiring.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
Empires of the Weak: The Real Story of European Expansion and the Creation of the New World Order by Jason Sharman
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 3.4 MB
Overview: How the rise of the West was a temporary exception to the predominant world order
What accounts for the rise of the state, the creation of the first global system, and the dominance of the West? The conventional answer asserts that superior technology, tactics, and institutions forged by Darwinian military competition gave Europeans a decisive advantage in war over other civilizations from 1500 onward. In contrast, Empires of the Weak argues that Europeans actually had no general military superiority in the early modern era. J. C. Sharman shows instead that European expansion from the late fifteenth to the late eighteenth centuries is better explained by deference to strong Asian and African polities, disease in the Americas, and maritime supremacy earned by default because local land-oriented polities were largely indifferent to war and trade at sea.
Genre: Non-Fiction >History
Engineering Empires by Ben Marsden, Crosbie Smith
Requirements: .PDF reader, 2.7 MB
Overview: This book will provide a compact scholarly introduction to major issues in the cultural history of science and technology in Britain and the British Empire between 1760 and 1914. Key themes will include: exploration and empire, industry and empire, and communication and empire. By demonstrating, in historical context, the real, complex and changing reactions between science and technology during the imperial expansion of 1780-1914, Engineering an Empire will move beyond the sometimes insular discipline of history of technology to offer something altogether new.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History
The Nature of Empires and the Empires of Nature: Indigenous Peoples and the Nice Lakes Atmosphere (Indigenous Research) by Karl S. Hele
Necessities: .ePUB reader, 2.four MB
Overview: Drawing on themes from John MacKenzie’s Empires of Nature and the Nature of Empires (1997), this ebook explores, from Indigenous or Indigenous-influenced views, the ability of nature and the makes an attempt by empires (United States, Canada, and Britain) to manage it. It additionally examines up to date threats to First Nations communities from ongoing political, environmental, and social points, and the efforts to confront and remove these threats to peoples and the atmosphere.
It turns into obvious that empire, regardless of its manifestations of energy, can’t management or self-discipline people and nature. Essays counsel new methods of wanting on the Nice Lakes watershed and the peoples and empires contained inside it.
Style: Non-Fiction > Historical past
Valiant Mud (Breaker of Empires #1) by Richard Baker
Necessities: .MP3 reader, 320 MB
Overview: Within the first installment of this fashionable, good navy science fiction audiobook sequence, Richard Baker begins the adventures of Sikander North in an period of nice interstellar colonial powers. Valiant Mud combines the intrigues of interstellar colonial diplomacy with explosive navy motion.
Sikander Singh North has at all times had it straightforward – till he joined the crew of the Aquilan Commonwealth starship CSS Hector. Because the ship’s new gunnery officer and solely Kashmiri, he should always show himself higher than his Aquilan crewmates, even when he has to make use of his fists. When the Hector is named to assist with a planetary rebellion, he’ll should earn his unit’s respect, discover who’s arming the rebels, and take care of the headstrong daughter of the colonial ruler – all whereas dodging bullets.
Sikander’s navy profession is off to an explosive begin – however provided that he and CSS Hector can survive his first mission. This fast-paced audiobook will transport listeners to distant galaxies and totally immerse them in interstellar warfare.
Style: Audiobooks > Fiction Science Fiction
Empires Between Islam and Christianity, 1500-1800 by Sanjay Subrahmanyam
Necessities: .ePUB reader, 4,2 Mb
Overview: A large-ranging consideration of early fashionable Muslim and Christian empires, protecting the Iberian, Ottoman and Mughal worlds, together with questions of political financial system, photos and representations, and historiography.
Style: Non-Fiction > Historical past