Britain’s Empire: Resistance, Repression and Revolt
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The Revolt of the Widows: The Social World of the Apocryphal Acts by Stevan L. Davies
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Overview: No child of this century, women’s liberation existed as a Christian movement in the 2nd century. In this first study of the social context that produced the Apocryphal Acts, Stevan L. Davies contends that women wrote the Acts and that the “Acts appear to have been a striving by Christian women for both a mode of self-expression and a way to preach rebellion for the sake of sexual continence.” These early rebels-called widows because they left their husbands for the church-refused absolute subservience to the male hierarchy of the church.
The three parts of Davies’s study include an investigation of the magical world view of late 2nd-century Christendom; a close look at the people the Acts describe as new Christian converts; and a summary and analysis of the nature of the authors of the Acts. These women, like their sisters today, were seeking equal standing with men in the Christian church.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth by Jodi Magness
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Overview: Two thousand years ago, 967 Jewish men, women, and children―the last holdouts of the revolt against Rome following the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Second Temple―reportedly took their own lives rather than surrender to the Roman army. This dramatic event, which took place on top of Masada, a barren and windswept mountain overlooking the Dead Sea, spawned a powerful story of Jewish resistance that came to symbolize the embattled modern State of Israel. The first extensive archaeological excavations of Masada began in the 1960s, and today the site draws visitors from around the world. And yet, because the mass suicide was recorded by only one ancient author―the Jewish historian Josephus―some scholars question if the event ever took place.
Jodi Magness, an archaeologist who has excavated at Masada, explains what happened there, how we know it, and how recent developments might change understandings of the story. Incorporating the latest findings, she integrates literary and historical sources to show what life was like for Jews under Roman rule during an era that witnessed the reign of Herod and Jesus’s ministry and death.
Featuring numerous illustrations, this is an engaging exploration of an ancient story that continues to grip the imagination today.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History
Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt [Audiobook]
The Arab Revolt 1916-18: Lawrence sets Arabia ablaze by David Murphy, Peter Dennis
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Overview: The Arab Revolt of 1916-18 was one of the most dramatic events of World War I (1914-1918). It resulted in the birth of the modern Middle East and also created one of the most enduring myths of the war, the story of "Lawrence of Arabia". In fact, it could be argued that the wider importance of the Arab Revolt has been forgotten in the rush to focus on Lawrence myth and that later generations have lost sight of the immense changes that this rebellion represented in Arab affairs.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History
Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt by Sarah Jaffe
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 351 MB
Overview: The 2008 financial crisis crystallized for people around the country the fact that something was wrong. Americans had already been losing faith in elites who had failed to protect them from crisis after crisis and disaster after disaster. After the collapse, we expected someone to have a solution but were inevitably disappointed. Instead, we got high and rising unemployment, foreclosures spiraling out of control, and, as the protest chant went, "banks got bailed out, we got sold out."
The spark was slow to start, but it has grown since. Tea Partiers challenged conservative politicians to keep their promises; Walmart and fast-food workers went on strike for a raise; Wall Street found itself Occupied; the deaths of unarmed young men touched off a 21st-century black freedom struggle. The movements swelled, intersected, and spread around the country, helped along by social media. At their core, they were all challenges to who wields power in the US, regardless of political allegiance.
Necessary Trouble offers listeners an understanding of today’s new radicals – the troublemakers of all stripes who refuse to sit any longer on the sidelines and wait for things to improve.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction
1956: The World in Revolt by way of Simon Hall
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Overview: Popular uprisings in Poland and Hungary shake Moscow’s hang on its japanese European empire. Across the American South, and within the Union of South Africa, black folks possibility their livelihoods, and their lives, within the combat to dismantle institutionalised white supremacy and protected firstclass citizenship. France and Britain, already fighting anti-colonial insurgencies in Algeria and Cyprus, now face the humiliation of Suez. Meanwhile, in Cuba, Fidel Castro and his band of rebels take to the Sierra Maestra to plan the overthrow of a dictator…
1956 was once one of the crucial outstanding years of the 20 th century. All around the globe, atypical folks spoke out, crammed the streets and town squares, and took up palms in an try to win their freedom.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History
The Revolt of the Black Athlete: 50th Anniversary Edition (Sport and Society) Anniversary Edition by Harry Edwards
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Overview: TheRevolt of the Black Athlete hit sport and society like an Ali combination. This Fiftieth Anniversary edition of Harry Edwards’s classic of activist scholarship arrives even as a new generation engages with the issues he explored. Edwards’s new introduction and afterword revisit the revolts by athletes like Muhammad Ali, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tommie Smith, and John Carlos. At the same time, he engages with the struggles of a present still rife with racism, double-standards, and economic injustice. Again relating the rebellion of black athletes to a larger spirit of revolt among black citizens, Edwards moves his story forward to our era of protests, boycotts, and the dramatic politicization of athletes by Black Lives Matter. Incisive yet ultimately hopeful, The Revolt of the Black Athlete is the still-essential study of the conflicts at the interface of sport, race, and society.
Genre: Non-Fiction – History