A Distant Mirror

A Distant Mirror

Here, Barbara Tuchman masterfully reveals the two contradictory images of the age, examining the great rhythms of history and the grain and texture of domestic life as it was lived: what childhood was like; what marriage meant; how money, ...

Author: Barbara Tuchman

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780241972984

Category: History

Page: 784

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The fourteenth century was a time of fabled crusades and chivalry, glittering cathedrals and grand castles. It was also a time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world of chaos and the plague. Here, Barbara Tuchman masterfully reveals the two contradictory images of the age, examining the great rhythms of history and the grain and texture of domestic life as it was lived: what childhood was like; what marriage meant; how money, taxes and war dominated the lives of serf, noble and clergy alike. Granting her subjects their loyalties, treacheries and guilty passions, Tuchman recreates the lives of proud cardinals, university scholars, grocers and clerks, saints and mystics, lawyers and mercenaries, and, above all, knights. The result is an astonishing reflection of medieval Europe, a historical tour de force.
Categories: History

A Distant Mirror

A Distant Mirror

Author: Barbara W. Tuchman

Publisher: Singapore Books

ISBN:

Category: France

Page: 677

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Categories: France

The Distant Mirror

The Distant Mirror

The book examines the various approaches to young adult historical fiction and explores the issues that it has engendered.

Author: Joanne Brown

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9781461672692

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

View: 748

Young adult historical fiction brings the past alive through stories of adventure, suspense, and mystery. The genre is both complex and controversial, encompassing novels that range from romance and fantasy to stark historical realism. The book examines the various approaches to young adult historical fiction and explores the issues that it has engendered. Part One focuses on the broader issues spawned by the genre itself, including its various subgenres and literary concerns such as the relationship between accuracy and readability. Part Two explores issues of contemporary interest, such as race, class, gender, the immigrant experience, religion, war, and nationalism. Finally, the question of whether novels in this genre are bound by anything other than their respective period setting is posed. The genesis for much classroom debate, suggestions for class discussions and writing assignments as well as sample written responses of these debates from the authors' classes are included. Teachers, librarians, instructors of young adult literature courses, and teen readers will find this an insightful analysis of YA historical fiction.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Reflections in a Distant Mirror

Reflections in a Distant Mirror

The story begins with the continuation of the conflict between a frontier ranching family's struggle to survive on the edge of the Texas plains at the close of the Civil War and the Comanche Indians who are determined to push the intruders ...

Author: Thomas Morris

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 154423953X

Category: Cattle drives

Page: 418

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Reflections in a Distant Mirror is a sequel to The Edge of Forever. The story begins with the continuation of the conflict between a frontier ranching family's struggle to survive on the edge of the Texas plains at the close of the Civil War and the Comanche Indians who are determined to push the intruders off their hunting grounds. This violent clash between completely alien cultures becomes personal as The Wolf, a Comanche war chief, conducts an aggressive vendetta against Tom McKlarren and Captain Raifford MacReynolds to avenge a humiliating defeat sustained at their hands. The book also depicts the McKlarren family's struggle to get their cattle to market in the spring of 1866. Following the war, Texas ranchers, who had been unable to sell their cattle during the conflict, were "cattle rich" and "cash poor." A steer in Texas worth two dollars would fetch forty dollars at the railhead in Missouri. It is against this historical backdrop that Tom McKlarren and Raifford MacReynolds mount an epic cattle drive to Missouri. Confronted with choking dust, swollen rivers, marauding Indians, and border gangs, the long trek north becomes a life or death challenge requiring courage and old fashioned grit in order to succeed
Categories: Cattle drives

A Distant Mirror

A Distant Mirror

Author: Barbara W. Tuchman

Publisher: Singapore Books

ISBN:

Category: France

Page: 677

View: 523

Categories: France

Japan and South Africa in a Globalising World

Japan and South Africa in a Globalising World

This book illuminates the challenges facing the prospective partnership, and deconstructs the international political economy of this relationship.

Author: Chris Alden

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351752633

Category: Political Science

Page: 292

View: 949

This title was first published in 2003. From its position as one of Africa's major investors, and a top provider of development assistance, Tokyo's quiet diplomacy is having a growing impact on African affairs. This book illuminates the challenges facing the prospective partnership, and deconstructs the international political economy of this relationship. Furthermore, through a series of comparative studies, it explores the relevance of the content of the East Asian experience of South Africa and the continent as a whole. Features include: - an innovative study of the international political economy of an increasingly important relationship between Asia and Africa - an original analysis of the comparative dimensions of East Asia and Southern Africa's respective experiences in development - contextualizes the South African and Japanese experiences within the contemporary globalization debate The book is suitable for students and courses in international relations, development studies and comparative politics, as well as African and Asian studies.
Categories: Political Science

Reflections in a Distant Mirror

Reflections in a Distant Mirror

Author: Ronald J. Gilson

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105061798901

Category: Corporate governance

Page: 24

View: 382

Categories: Corporate governance

A Distant Mirror

A Distant Mirror

Author: Barbara Wertheim Tuchman

Publisher: Ireland Books

ISBN:

Category: Ambassadors

Page: 677

View: 808

"Wise, witty, and wonderful . . . A great book, in a great historical tradition." CommentaryThe 14th century gives us back two contradictory images: a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and a dark time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world plunged into a chaos of war, fear and the Plague. Barbara Tuchman anatomizes the century, revealing both the great rhythms of history and the grain and texture of domestic life as it was lived.
Categories: Ambassadors

A Distant Mirror

A Distant Mirror

Author: Bob Thomson

Publisher:

ISBN: 0958635854

Category: Bible

Page: 45

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Categories: Bible

Essays in Later Medieval History

Essays in Later Medieval History

Author: Ernest Fraser Jacob

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 0719003040

Category: Church history

Page: 223

View: 835

Categories: Church history

The Guns of August

The Guns of August

One of the finest works of history' New York Times 'A brilliant achievement' Sunday Telegraph Barbara Tuchman achieved prominence as a historian with The Zimmerman Telegram and international fame with the Pulitzer-Prize winning The Guns of ...

Author: Barbara Tuchman

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780241968222

Category: History

Page: 608

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Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August is a spellbinding history of the fateful first month when Britain went to war. War pressed against every frontier. Suddenly dismayed, governments struggled and twisted to fend it off. It was no use . . . Barbara Tuchman's universally acclaimed, Pulitzer prize-winning account of how the first thirty days of battle determined the course of the First World War is to this day revered as the classic account of the conflict's opening. From the precipitous plunge into war and the brutal and bloody battles of August 1914, Tuchman shows how events were propelled by a horrific logic which swept all sides up in its unstoppable momentum. 'Dazzling' Max Hastings 'Magnificent' Guardian 'Fascinating, splendid, glittering. One of the finest works of history' New York Times 'A brilliant achievement' Sunday Telegraph Barbara Tuchman achieved prominence as a historian with The Zimmerman Telegram and international fame with the Pulitzer-Prize winning The Guns of August. She is also the author of The Proud Tower, Stilwell and the American Experience in China (also awarded the Pulitzer Prize), A Distant Mirror and The March of Folly. She died in 1989. The Proud Tower and The Zimmerman Telegram are published by Penguin.
Categories: History

Air for Fire

Air for Fire

This is a collection of nine short stories.

Author: David Major

Publisher: A Distant Mirror

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page:

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This is a collection of nine short stories. While The Day of the Nefilim was a meandering trip through some of the world’s great conspiracy theories and New Age tropes, Air for Fire is a collection of short tales that happen in every timeline but this one. Shameless historical revisionism, a chronic disregard for physics, all in orbit around a thoroughly judgemental and conservative core, mean there is something here for steampunks, mythpunks, clockpunks, and all indulgers in history, true or otherwise. THE STORIES Air for Fire“Cardinal Synesius,” — I have been asked more than once, in so many words — “you were close to the pagan Hypatia, one of her students — what really happened? And how is it that you have become a Cardinal?” The Princess AslaugaThere was once a girl — excuse me, a young woman, you decide — who on account of having no excuse at all for an episode of bad behaviour, bad language, and bad attitude, was sent to her room. Not straight to her room, which is to say, without dinner, because none of the behaviour, language, or attitude were irredeemably atrocious or outrageous — but the whole package, considered together, was of the type about which grown-ups eventually, and quite rightfully, come to the conclusion that they have just had enough. The TowerI have been told that we have been building this tower for thousands of years. I have no direct experience; no reason to believe this — nor to doubt it — but it is what I have heard, and I can see a little way into the waters that keep rising, lapping below our feet as we keep building, board after board, nail after nail. BerthezeneUnder a tree on a hill, from the top of which is visible everything that is about to concern us, gather two shades, both recently departed from the world. One is, or was, French, and is, or was, a Soldier of the Line, his uniform torn and dirty in a manner that leaves us little doubt as to the unenviable nature of his demise. The One a Dog Runs ToCeba has been taken. I shall describe how and by whom presently, but first, you should understand that there is one male for whom her skin is the dark musk honey scent of all women; for whom her eyes are the eyes of every goddess, every female bodhisattva, dakini, temple whore, all these things at once; her touch is the sum of everything, all become one, the universe into one experience, all from the recollection of a touch, of skin barely brushed against skin. All That the ThundererHe can just make it out. There are wisps of light forming in the sky above him. He can see the spreading clouds of doubt and confusion that the Norwegians have left in their wake overnight. RhakotisReader, there was a time when the world was covered, in all its length and breadth (and the world is flat; you can trust your senses), by a great dome of ice. The dome was not spherical; it was elliptical, or squashed, if you preference is for ungeometrical talk. Feeding the BeastOnce upon a time, there were two people. If you know anything at all about them, then that is enough for you to know the beginning, the end, and everything of our story. And if that were the case, we would just as well end this right here. The Serpent, the HorseIn Lake Tritonis there are two islands. They are Phla and Mene, and they are set like a pair of jewels on the water, exquisite and many-faceted on the pale skirt of the great wide surface of the lake. They are jewels, in a field of blue and green.
Categories: Fiction

My Inventions

My Inventions

In 1919, Nikola Tesla wrote several articles for the magazine The Electrical Experimenter.

Author: Nikola Tesla

Publisher: A Distant Mirror

ISBN:

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 60

View: 591

In 1919, Nikola Tesla wrote several articles for the magazine The Electrical Experimenter. These pieces have been gathered together here. In the last few decades of his life, he ended up living in diminished circumstances as a recluse in Room 3327 of the New Yorker Hotel, occasionally making unusual statements to the press. Because of his pronouncements and the nature of his work over the years, Tesla gained a reputation in popular culture as the archetypal ‘mad scientist’. He died impoverished and in debt on January 7, 1943. When he passed, Tesla didn’t leave behind much material for the general public. Also, he didn’t have many close friends who would have had insight into his life sufficient to write about him. Since My Inventions is an autobiography, it is unique in providing a glimpse into Tesla’s mind and his private thoughts. It tells about the man, his motivations and the values that he held. My Inventions is a required read for anyone wanting to know more about one of the greatest inventors of the 20th century – and perhaps of all time. Contents - My Early Life - My First Efforts at Invention - My Later Endeavors - The Discovery of the Tesla Coil and Transformer - The Magnifying Transmitter - The Art of Telautomatics
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The First Salute

The First Salute

Barbara W. Tuchman, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of the classic The Guns of August, turns her sights homeward with this brilliant, insightful narrative of the Revolutionary War.

Author: Barbara W. Tuchman

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0307798577

Category: History

Page: 448

View: 892

Barbara W. Tuchman, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of the classic The Guns of August, turns her sights homeward with this brilliant, insightful narrative of the Revolutionary War. In The First Salute, one of America’s consummate historians crafts a rigorously original view of the American Revolution. Barbara W. Tuchman places the Revolution in the context of the centuries-long conflicts between England and both France and Holland, demonstrating how the aid to the American colonies of both these nations made the triumph of independence possible. She sheds new light on the key role played by the contending navies, paints a magnificent portrait of George Washington, and recounts in riveting detail the decisive campaign of the war at Yorktown. By turns lyrical and gripping, The First Salute is an exhilarating account of the birth of a nation. Praise for The First Salute “Nothing in a novel could be more thrilling than the moment in this glorious history when French soldiers arrive [to] see a tall, familiar figure: George Washington. . . . It is only part of Tuchman’s genius that she can reconstitute such scenes with so much precision and passion.”—People “Tuchman writes narrative history in the great tradition. . . . A persuasive book, which brings us entertaining pictures, scenes and characters.”—Chicago Tribune “[A] tightly woven narrative, ingeniously structured.”—The Christian Science Monitor From the Trade Paperback edition.
Categories: History

The Guns of August

The Guns of August

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time The Proud Tower, the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Guns of August, and The Zimmerman Telegram comprise Barbara W. Tuchman’s classic histories of the First ...

Author: Barbara W. Tuchman

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0307567621

Category: History

Page: 608

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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time The Proud Tower, the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Guns of August, and The Zimmerman Telegram comprise Barbara W. Tuchman’s classic histories of the First World War era In this landmark, Pulitzer Prize–winning account, renowned historian Barbara W. Tuchman re-creates the first month of World War I: thirty days in the summer of 1914 that determined the course of the conflict, the century, and ultimately our present world. Beginning with the funeral of Edward VII, Tuchman traces each step that led to the inevitable clash. And inevitable it was, with all sides plotting their war for a generation. Dizzyingly comprehensive and spectacularly portrayed with her famous talent for evoking the characters of the war’s key players, Tuchman’s magnum opus is a classic for the ages. Praise for The Guns of August “A brilliant piece of military history which proves up to the hilt the force of Winston Churchill’s statement that the first month of World War I was ‘a drama never surpassed.’”—Newsweek “More dramatic than fiction . . . a magnificent narrative—beautifully organized, elegantly phrased, skillfully paced and sustained.”—Chicago Tribune “A fine demonstration that with sufficient art rather specialized history can be raised to the level of literature.”—The New York Times “[The Guns of August] has a vitality that transcends its narrative virtues, which are considerable, and its feel for characterizations, which is excellent.”—The Wall Street Journal From the Trade Paperback edition.
Categories: History

Astronomical Papers Prepared for the Use of the American Ephemeris and Nautical Almanac

Astronomical Papers Prepared for the Use of the American Ephemeris and Nautical Almanac

This has a twofold object : First , to set the slit longitudinally in the focal plane of
the telescope , and , second , to adjust the slit and sending telescope so as to
send the light to the distant mirror . To effect the latter object the slit is opened as
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Author: United States Naval Observatory. Nautical Almanac Office

Publisher:

ISBN: CHI:72851891

Category: Astronomy

Page:

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Categories: Astronomy

Distant Mirrors

Distant Mirrors

This book consists of essays written by anthropologists and other scholars using an ethnographic perspective to interpret aspects of American culture.

Author: Philip R. DeVita

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: UCSC:32106018493764

Category: History

Page: 197

View: 836

This book consists of essays written by anthropologists and other scholars using an ethnographic perspective to interpret aspects of American culture. These essays enable readers to understand themselves better by focusing on others in their cultures, giving anthropology a comparative perspective that provides a reflective lens for understanding ourselves in the world in which we live.
Categories: History

Practicing History

Practicing History

This is a splendid body of work, the story of a lifetime spent “practicing history.” Praise for Practicing History “Persuades and enthralls . . .

Author: Barbara W. Tuchman

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780307798558

Category: History

Page: 352

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Celebrated for bringing a personal touch to history in her Pulitzer Prize–winning epic The Guns of August and other classic books, Barbara W. Tuchman reflects on world events and the historian’s craft in these perceptive, essential essays. From thoughtful pieces on the historian’s role to striking insights into America’s past and present to trenchant observations on the international scene, Barbara W. Tuchman looks at history in a unique way and draws lessons from what she sees. Spanning more than four decades of writing in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Harper’s, The Nation, and The Saturday Evening Post, Tuchman weighs in on a range of eclectic topics, from Israel and Mao Tse-tung to a Freudian reading of Woodrow Wilson. This is a splendid body of work, the story of a lifetime spent “practicing history.” Praise for Practicing History “Persuades and enthralls . . . I can think of no better primer for the nonexpert who wishes to learn history.”—Chicago Sun-Times “Provocative, consistent, and beautifully readable, an event not to be missed by history buffs.”—Baltimore Sun “A delight to read.”—The New York Times Book Review
Categories: History