Imperial Illusions by Kristina Kleutghen

Imperial Illusions: Crossing Pictorial Boundaries in the Qing Palaces by Kristina Kleutghen
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Overview: In the Forbidden City and other palaces around Beijing, Emperor Qianlong (r. 1736-1795) surrounded himself with monumental paintings of architecture, gardens, people, and faraway places. The best artists of the imperial painting academy, including a number of European missionary painters, used Western perspectival illusionism to transform walls and ceilings with visually striking images that were also deeply meaningful to Qianlong. These unprecedented works not only offer new insights into late imperial China’s most influential emperor, but also reflect one way in which Chinese art integrated and domesticated foreign ideas.

In Imperial Illusions, Kristina Kleutghen examines all known surviving examples of the Qing court phenomenon of "scenic illusion paintings" (tongjinghua), which today remain inaccessible inside the Forbidden City. Produced at the height of early modern cultural exchange between China and Europe, these works have received little scholarly attention. Richly illustrated, Imperial Illusions offers the first comprehensive investigation of the aesthetic, cultural, perceptual, and political importance of these illusionistic paintings essential to Qianlong’s world.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Who Controls the Internet?: Illusions of a Borderless World


Who Controls the Internet?: Illusions of a Borderless World
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Who Controls the Internet?: Illusions of a Borderless World


Who Controls the Internet?: Illusions of a Borderless World
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Noble Illusions: Young Canada Goes to War by Stephen Dale

Noble Illusions: Young Canada Goes to War by Stephen Dale
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Overview: One hundred years ago saw the declaration of a war that would forever change our understanding of war. With a staggering loss of life, World War One was, by all accounts, a brutal and devastating tragedy. And yet, on the eve of the hundredth anniversary, countries around the world are preparing to commemorate the Great War not with regret but with nationalist pride. Conservative forces, already well into a program to elevate the place of the military in society, are embracing the opportunity to replace today s apparent cynicism with an unquestioning patriotism similar to that which existed a century ago. Politicians on both sides of the Atlantic are imploring their citizens especially their youth to revive the sense of duty embodied in the generation that served in the trenches.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Illusions of Emancipation: The Pursuit of Freedom and Equality in the Twilight of Slavery

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Illusions of Emancipation by Joseph P. Reidy

Illusions of Emancipation: The Pursuit of Freedom and Equality in the Twilight of Slavery by Joseph P. Reidy
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Overview: As students of the Civil War have long known, emancipation was not merely a product of Lincoln’s proclamation or of Confederate defeat in April 1865. It was a process that required more than legal or military action. With enslaved people fully engaged as actors, emancipation necessitated a fundamental reordering of a way of life whose implications stretched well beyond the former slave states. Slavery did not die quietly or quickly, nor did freedom fulfill every dream of the enslaved or their allies. The process unfolded unevenly.

In this sweeping reappraisal of slavery’s end during the Civil War era, Joseph P. Reidy employs the lenses of time, space, and individuals’ sense of personal and social belonging to understand how participants and witnesses coped with drastic change, its erratic pace, and its unforeseeable consequences. Emancipation disrupted everyday habits, causing sensations of disorientation that sometimes intensified the experience of reality and sometimes muddled it. While these illusions of emancipation often mixed disappointment with hope, through periods of even intense frustration they sustained the promise that the struggle for freedom would result in victory.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Illusions by Madeline J. Reynolds

Optical Illusions: An Eye-Popping Extravaganza of Visual Tricks…

Optical Illusions: An Eye-Popping Extravaganza of Visual Tricks (Dover Books on Magic, Games and Puzzles)
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