Darkness: A Cultural History by Nina Edwards

Darkness: A Cultural History by Nina Edwards
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Overview: Darkness divides and enlivens opinion. Some are afraid of the dark, or at least prefer to avoid it, and there are many who dislike what it appears to stand for. Others are drawn to this strange domain, delighting in its uncertainties, lured by all the associations of folklore and legend, by the call of the mysterious and of the unknown. The history of our attitudes toward darkness-toward what we cannot quite make out, in all its physical and metaphorical manifestations-challenges the very notion of a world that we can fully comprehend.

In this book, Nina Edwards explores darkness as both a physical feature and cultural image, through themes of sight, blindness, consciousness, dreams, fear of the dark, night blindness, and the in-between states of dusk or fog, twilight and dawn, those points or periods of obscuration and clarification. Taking us across the ages, from the dungeons of Gothic novels to the concrete bunkers of Nordic Noir TV shows, Edwards interrogates the full sweep of humanity’s attempts to harness and suppress the dark first through our ability to control fire and, later, illuminate the world with electricity. She explores how the idea of darkness pervades art, literature, religion, and our everyday language. Ultimately, Edwards reveals how darkness, whether a shifting concept or palpable physical presence, has fed our imaginations.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Darkness: A Cultural History by Nina Edwards

Darkness: A Cultural History by Nina Edwards
Requirements: .PDF reader, 13.1 Mb
Overview: Darkness divides and enlivens opinion. Some are afraid of the dark, or at least prefer to avoid it, and there are many who dislike what it appears to stand for. Others are drawn to this strange domain, delighting in its uncertainties, lured by all the associations of folklore and legend, by the call of the mysterious and of the unknown. The history of our attitudes toward darkness-toward what we cannot quite make out, in all its physical and metaphorical manifestations-challenges the very notion of a world that we can fully comprehend.

In this book, Nina Edwards explores darkness as both a physical feature and cultural image, through themes of sight, blindness, consciousness, dreams, fear of the dark, night blindness, and the in-between states of dusk or fog, twilight and dawn, those points or periods of obscuration and clarification. Taking us across the ages, from the dungeons of Gothic novels to the concrete bunkers of Nordic Noir TV shows, Edwards interrogates the full sweep of humanity’s attempts to harness and suppress the dark first through our ability to control fire and, later, illuminate the world with electricity. She explores how the idea of darkness pervades art, literature, religion, and our everyday language. Ultimately, Edwards reveals how darkness, whether a shifting concept or palpable physical presence, has fed our imaginations.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Castles, a Very Peculiar History by Jacqueline Morley

Castles, a Very Peculiar History by Jacqueline Morley
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 1 MB
Overview: Whether you’re planning your first seige, building a fortress or just looking for a way to escape the peasants below, ‘Castles: A Very Peculiar History’ is full of tips, tricks and horror stories from the castle-building trade. We can’t all match up to the combined beauty and danger of the Tower of London, but in this title you’ll learn who developed the world’s first flat-pack castle, the difference between donjeons and dungeons (it’s important, trust us) and even the best time of year for a siege. Discover how a fortress was brought down by forty pigs and even how to use a common plant to defect lightning! Gasp in horrible glee at the many horrid substances poured onto beseigers through those dastardly trebuchets (there are things worse than boiling hot oil!). From the keep to the bailey, ‘Castles: A Very Peculiar History’ is all you need to learn how to build, manage and defend a mighty fortress.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Making History


Making History
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Wisconsin Magazine of History – Summer 2019

Wisconsin Magazine of History – Summer 2019

Wisconsin Magazine of History – Summer 2019
Requirements: PDF Reader 53.9 MB
Overview: The Wisconsin Magazine of History informs and delights readers by collecting, preserving, and sharing the stories of Wisconsin people, culture, and history.
Genre: Magazine –

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Islamic State: Rewriting History by Michael Griffin

Islamic State: Rewriting History by Michael Griffin
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Overview: The world is watching Islamic State’s lightning advance through Syria to the gates of Baghdad. For the third time in fifteen years, the US risks being drawn into another war in the Middle East despite its experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq. IS are creating catastrophic waves across the region, but it is still unclear what lies behind its success.

Islamic State: Rewriting History takes the long-view by analysing IS’s beginnings in Iraq to their involvement in the Arab Spring and through to the present day. It discusses the myriad of regional players engaged in a seemingly endless power game: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and Iraq have all contributed to the success of IS by supplying arms and funds.

Using a fast-paced, narrative-driven style, Michael Griffin foregrounds the story of the uprising against President Assad of Syria and describes his regime’s varied responses; the human cost; the role played by the Free Syrian Army, Islamist groups, Iran, Hezbollah and Russia; the chemical weapons attacks in 2013; and the House of Commons vote not to impose a no fly zone over the country.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational

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Intelligence: A Brief History by Anna T. Cianciolo+

Intelligence: A Brief History by Anna T. Cianciolo, Robert J. Sternberg
Requirements: .PDF reader, 4.5 Mb
Overview: Intelligence: A Brief History is a lively and accessible look at the origins of the field of intelligence. The book explores the nature and measurement of intelligence, examines approaches to teaching intelligence, and discusses individual and group differences in intelligence. Readers will receive an historical overview of the field as well as a good understanding of its major ideas.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational

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History Revealed – Issue 70, July 2019

History Revealed – Issue 70, July 2019
Requirements: .PDF reader, 57 MB
Overview: 116 Pages – True PDF
History Revealed brings the past to life for everyone. It’s an action-packed, image-rich magazine with zero stuffiness. Each issue has a central section that takes a closer look at one of history’s big stories, such as the Wild West or Ancient Rome, telling everything you need to know. We also explore the lives of the truly famous, follow the great adventures of the past, taste the blood and thunder of battles, and look at how closely Hollywood blockbusters have told history.
Genre: Magazines & Newspapers

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History of War – Issue 63 2019

History of War – Issue 69, August 2019

History of War – Issue 69, August 2019
Requirements: .PDF reader, 66 MB
Overview: History of War is the essential new magazine focussed purely on the most vital part of history – armed conflict. With 2014 marking the centenary of the beginning of World War I and also the 75th anniversary of the start of World War II, this is the perfect time to reflect on the great campaigns, characters, weapons and machines of war – not just from the 20th Century, but back through the Napoleonic era to the Middle Ages and beyond. History of War will bring you the finest and most informed writing from leading historians and authors, all presented in a contemporary, high quality format. Subscribe now to ensure you never miss an issue of this compelling new magazine.
Genre: Magazines & Newspapers

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All About History: Medieval Knights – Second Edition 2019

All About History: Medieval Knights – Second Edition 2019
Requirements: .PDF reader, 168 MB
Overview: In both history and fairytale, the knight has represented strength, chivalry and honour. Whether defeating great foes at battle on horseback, or rescuing damsels from towering steeples, the legend of the knight is respected and admired. In the All About History Book of Medieval Knights, you’ll find out about the Hundred Years’ War, Wars of the Roses and the infamous battlefields of medieval Europe through the eyes of iconic figures such as El Cid, Richard the Lionheart and Edward the Black Prince. Explore the arms and armour they used and wore, the combat skills they had to master and the honour that it was their duty to uphold. Packed with incredible illustrations and insights into the period, this is the perfect guide for anyone who wants to learn about the Medieval knight.
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All About History-Iconic Moments of the Sixties,Second Ed.2019

All About History – Iconic Moments of the Sixties, Second Edition 2019
Requirements: .PDF Reader, 140 MB
Overview: The Sixties was a decade unlike any other. Some look back nostalgically at the counterculture and revolution in social norms about dress, drugs, sexuality and formalities, while others only see irresponsible excess and the decay of social order. We can only imagine how different the world would be today if the Berlin Wall had never been built, the first human heart transplant was never undertaken, or the contraceptive pill never made available to the public.
Throughout Iconic Moments of the Sixties you’ll see some of the most important political and social events in history brought to life through evocative imagery and expertly written features. Discover the pop culture sensations that gave the Sixties a swinging soundtrack and drove the crowds wild, from The Beatles to the The Beach Boys. From the elections of John F Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis, to the progression of the Civil Rights movement under Martin Luther King Jr. and the climax of the Space Race, we’ve collected a wealth of important entries that span both continents and cultures.
Genre: Magazines & Newspapers

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All About History-Iconic Moments of the Sixties, 2nd Ed. 2019

All About History – Iconic Moments of the Sixties, Second Edition 2019
Requirements: .PDF Reader, 140 MB
Overview: The Sixties was a decade unlike any other. Some look back nostalgically at the counterculture and revolution in social norms about dress, drugs, sexuality and formalities, while others only see irresponsible excess and the decay of social order. We can only imagine how different the world would be today if the Berlin Wall had never been built, the first human heart transplant was never undertaken, or the contraceptive pill never made available to the public.
Throughout Iconic Moments of the Sixties you’ll see some of the most important political and social events in history brought to life through evocative imagery and expertly written features. Discover the pop culture sensations that gave the Sixties a swinging soundtrack and drove the crowds wild, from The Beatles to the The Beach Boys. From the elections of John F Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis, to the progression of the Civil Rights movement under Martin Luther King Jr. and the climax of the Space Race, we’ve collected a wealth of important entries that span both continents and cultures.
Genre: Magazines & Newspapers

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