Download E-books One Hundred Years of Homosexuality: And Other Essays on Greek Love (New Ancient World) PDF

By David M Halperin

Halperin's topic is the erotics of male tradition in historical Greece. Arguing that the fashionable proposal of "homosexuality" is an insufficient software for the translation of those gains of sexual lifestyles in antiquity, Halperin deals another account that accords larger prominence to the indigenous phrases within which sexual reports have been constituted within the historical Mediterranean global. Wittily and provocatively written, Halperin's meticulously drawn home windows onto historical sexuality provide us a brand new desiring to the idea that of "Greek love."

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Download E-books Black and White and Blue: Adult Cinema From the Victorian Age to the VCR PDF

By Dave Thompson

The motion pictures that society has termed pornographic videos were with us for over a century now, because the first flickering kinetoscopes stumbled into lifestyles in 1889. but past a handful of scholarly tracts, and some glancing references in yes Hollywood histories, there's no glossy heritage of the topic on hand. Black and White and Blue fills that void. Taking as its cut-off aspect the past due Nineteen Seventies, while the arrival of the house VCR irrevocably replaced the face of the grownup movie undefined, Black and White and Blue celebrates a global of anonymously masked ladies and apparently black-sock-clad males, whose motion picture immortality used to be attained within the time it took to exhaust a roll of movie. there have been no synthetic breasts whilst the 1st stags have been made, no tattooed and pierced individuals, and no notion of trick images. We revisit a time whilst dingy again highway cinemas aired their wares underneath a “members simply” signal, and a weather during which the police waited as patiently to bust the members as audiences queued to observe them, whereas “polite society” appeared on in (often hypocritical) disgust, not able to think that grime like this even existed. With specific interviews, descriptions of over three hundred motion pictures, and a conversational sort, this e-book will signify a whole and in-depth survey of the grownup movie, from shaky, flickering black-and-white silents to the 1st flowering of the lavish modern day production.

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Download E-books Germs, Genes, & Civilization: How Epidemics Shaped Who We Are Today PDF

By David P. Clark

In Germs, Genes and Civilization, Dr. David Clark tells the tale of the microbe-driven epidemics that experience many times molded our human destinies. you will discover how your genes were formed via millennia spent combating opposed to infectious ailments. you are going to find out how epidemics have remodeled human historical past, over and over, from historical Egypt to Mexico, the Romans to Attila the Hun. you will learn the way the Black demise epidemic ended the center a while, making attainable the Renaissance, western democracy, and the medical revolution. Clark demonstrates how epidemics have many times formed not only our healthiness and genetics, but additionally our historical past, tradition, and politics. you will even find out how they could effect faith and ethics, together with the methods they could aid set off cultural cycles of puritanism and promiscuity. probably so much attention-grabbing of all, Clark finds the newest clinical and philosophical insights into the interaction among microbes, people, and society - and previews what simply may come next.

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Download E-books The Great Nation: France from Louis XV to Napoleon (New Penguin History of France) PDF

By Colin Jones

There might be few extra enthralling old narratives than the tale of the way the convinced monarchy left by means of Louis XIV in 1715 grew to become the discredited failure toppled by means of revolution in 1789. This exceptional new ebook is the 1st in 40 years to explain the complete interval, from the final days of the “Sun King” to the wars of Napoleon. In a groundbreaking paintings of scholarship, Colin Jones argues that, opposite to well known trust, the home of Bourbon’s downfall used to be infrequently a foregone end. generating an illuminating account of a society torn except inside, he recounts the saga of the way a dynamic French society—the center of the Enlightenment—fell prey to the debt and humiliation of its wars against Britain.

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Download E-books Fire And Blood: A History Of Mexico PDF

By T. R. Fehrenbach

There were many Mexicos: the rustic of various terrain, of Amerindian background, of the Spanish Conquest, of the Revolution, and of the fashionable period of elections and the guideline of bankers. Mexico was once cast within the fires of successive civilizations, and baptized with the blood of thousands, all of whom additional tragic dimensions to the trendy Mexican identification. T. R. Fehrenbach brilliantly delineates the contrasts and conflicts among them, unraveling the historical past whereas weaving a desirable tapestry of attractiveness and brutality: the Amerindians, who wrought from the weak land a good indigenous Meso-American civilization by means of the 1st millennium B.C.; the successive reigns of Olmec, Maya, Toltec, and Mexic masters, who governed via an admirably effective forms and the ability of the monks, propitiating the capricious gods with human sacrifices; the Spanish conquistadors, who used smallpox, expertise, and their very own ruthless individualism to erect a brand new tyranny over the ruins of the previous; the pain of self sustaining Mexico, suffering from the load of its overwhelming earlier and great power. during the narrative the writer resurrects the good personalities of Mexican historical past, comparable to Motecuhzoma, Cortes, Santa Anna, Juárez, Maximilian, Díaz, Pancho Villa, and Zapata. Fehrenbach, who has up to date this variation to incorporate contemporary occasions, has created a piece of scholarly viewpoint and gripping prose.

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Download E-books A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel PDF

By Allis Radosh

“[This] revelatory account of Truman's important contributions to Israel's founding. . .is instructed. . . with an beauty proficient by way of thorough research."
Wall road Journal

"Even figuring out how the tale ends, A secure Haven had me sitting at the fringe of my seat.”
—Cokie Roberts

A dramatic, special account of the occasions major as much as the construction of a Jewish fatherland and the genuine tale in the back of President Harry S. Truman’s debatable selection to acknowledge of the nation of Israel in 1948, drawn from Truman’s long-lost diary entries and different formerly unused archival materials.

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Download E-books Confronting Modernity in Fin-de-Siècle France: Bodies, Minds and Gender (Genders and Sexualities in History) PDF

The flip of the 20 th century represented a crossroads within the French event of modernization, in particular in regard to rules approximately gender and sexuality. Drawing jointly renowned students in French gender historical past, this quantity explores how historians have come to view this era in gentle of latest theoretical advancements because the Eighties.

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Download E-books My Sisters Telegraphic: Women In Telegraph Office 1846-1950 (History) PDF

By Thomas C. Jepsen

The function of the telegraph operator within the mid-nineteenth century was once like that of today’s software program programmer/analyst, in accordance with autonomous pupil Tom Jepsen, who notes that during the “cyberspace” of in the past, male operators have been usually shocked to profit that the “first-class guy” at the different finish of the cord was once a woman.

Like the pc, the telegraph prompted a technological revolution. The telegraph quickly labored synergistically with the era’s different mass-scale expertise, the railroad, to proportion amenities in addition to offer communications to assist trains run on time.

The strategic nature of the telegraph within the Civil warfare opened possibilities for ladies, yet pressure arose as males started to go back from army carrier. in spite of the fact that, girls telegraphers didn't have an effect on male employment or salary degrees. ladies stored their jobs after the battle with help from — Western Union particularly — and since they defended and justified their role.

“Although ladies have been predominantly hired in lower-paying positions and in rural places of work, girls who endured and made a profession of the career may perhaps paintings as much as managerial or senior technical positions that, aside from salary discrimination, have been similar to these in their male counterparts,” writes Jepsen. “Telegraphy as an career turned gendered, within the experience that we comprehend this day, basically after the creation of the teletype and the production of a separate function for ladies teletype operators.”

My Sisters Telegraphic is a clean creation to this pivotal communications know-how and its unsung girls employees, lengthy ignored via exertions and social historians.

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Download E-books I Signed My Death Warrant - Michael Collins and the Treaty PDF

Eamon de Valera despatched Michael Collins to London in October 1921 to barter a treaty with the British Empire. The tricky negotiations took 8 weeks prior to the Treaty was once signed by way of Collins, Arthur Griffith and the opposite delegates in December 1921. To Collins, the Treaty was once easily the beginning of a method that, in his eyes, might result in complete independence for what was once now the Irish loose nation, yet there have been many within the south who believed that Collins had betrayed the republican stream. simply hours after signing the Treaty Collins wrote ""Will someone be chuffed on the discount? Will someone? I inform you this early morning I signed my demise warrant."" 85 years on from the old signing of the Treaty, I Signed My demise Warrant is a compelling learn of the debate surrounding the notorious negotiations and the motivations of the 2 major Irish protagonists, de Valera and Collins.

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Download E-books Die Göttin im Federkleid - Das weibliche Universum bei Kelten und Germanen PDF

By Luisa Francia

Das Bild, das wir von Kelten und Germanen haben, nährt sich aus der Literatur des 19. Jahrhunderts, die sich aus dem "Mabinogion", dem Mythenwerk über die Kelten, aus der "Edda", aus der "Ynglinga-Saga", alle um a thousand nach unserer Zeitrechnung entwickelt hat. Luisa Francia geht weiter zurück, hat Museen und archäologische Stätten besucht, Funde und Ausgrabungen analysiert sowie biochemische und genanalytische Erkenntnisse verarbeitet und entwirft daraus ein neues Bild. Sie holt Druidinnen, Seherinnen, Königinnen, Landesmütter, Fürstinnen, Heilerinnen und Göttinnen aus der Versenkung der Frühgeschichte und sie erzählt auch Märchen auf der Grundlage ihrer Forschungen neu. Sie berichtet vom "ersten deutschen Fräuleinwunder" der Germaninnen, die nach Italien wanderten und von dort die Kemnate, den beheizten Frauenraum, mit zurückbrachten.

Luisa Francia beschreibt die keltische und germanische Gesellschaft als multikulturelle und weltoffene Gemeinschaft, die in heiligen Hainen in spiritueller und ökologischer Harmonie mit Pflanzen und Tieren lebte, die Bäume als Göttinnen verehrte und keine Tempel kannte. Das Bild von kriegerischen Germanen und keltischen Druidenorden wird hier mit vielen interessanten Informationen und Erkenntnissen in Frage gestellt und neu erzählt. Eine imaginative and prescient unserer Vorfahren entsteht, die auch die heroische "urdeutsche" Varusschlacht in neuem Licht präsentiert.

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