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Download Dope Girls: The Birth of the British Drug Underground by Marek Kohn PDF

By Marek Kohn

As enjoyable because it is enlightening, Dope ladies vividly documents the scandals and ethical panics in Britain that the tip of the 1st global conflict, as drug use—especially of morphine and cocaine—was remodeled right into a nationwide threat. the solid of characters contains Billie Carleton, a West finish musical actress, whose hugely publicized loss of life from an overdose in 1918 fueled public anxiousness; extraordinary Chang, a chinese language eating place owner; and Edgar Manning, a jazz drummer from Jamaica—identified because the villains of the affair and invested with a hugely charged sexual risk. round them swirled a raffish crew of seedy and rebellious hedonists. Britain used to be horrified and enthralled—the drug challenge was once born, amid a gush of unique tabloid aspect. A cult vintage in Britain, Dope ladies is still either well timed and instructive.

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Download Behind the Berlin Wall: East Germany and the Frontiers of by Patrick Major PDF

By Patrick Major

Few ancient alterations ensue actually in a single day, yet on August thirteen 1961 eighteen million East Germans aroused from sleep to discover themselves walled in by way of an edifice which used to be to develop into synonymous with the chilly battle: the Berlin Wall.

This new heritage rejects conventional, top-down ways to chilly warfare politics, exploring in its place how the border closure affected usual East Germans, from employees and farmers to children or even celebration contributors, "caught out" via Sunday the 13th. social gathering, police and Stasi studies demonstrate why one in six East Germans fled the rustic in the course of the Fifties, undermining communist rule and forcing the eleventh-hour selection by way of Khrushchev and Ulbricht to construct a wall alongside the chilly War's frontline.

Did East Germans withstand or come to phrases with immurement? Did the communist regime develop into roughly dictatorial in the confines of the so-called "Antifascist security Rampart?" utilizing movie and literature, but additionally the GDR's wasting conflict opposed to Beatlemania, Patrick Major's cross-disciplinary examine means that pop culture either bolstered and undermined the closed society. Linking exterior and inner advancements, significant argues that the GDR's respectable quest for overseas acceptance, culminating in Ostpolitik and United countries club within the early Nineteen Seventies, grew to become its undoing, unleashing a human rights move which fed into, yet then broke with, the protests of 1989. After exploring the explanations for the autumn of the Wall and reconstructing the heady days of the fall revolution, the writer displays at the destiny of the Wall after 1989, because it moved from demolition into the world of reminiscence.

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Download The Book of Firsts: 150 World-Changing People and Events by Peter D'Epiro PDF

By Peter D'Epiro

The publication of Firsts is an exciting, enlightening, and hugely browsable journey of the foremost thoughts of the prior twenty centuries and the way they formed our world.

Peter D'Epiro makes this useful assessment of human historical past either enjoyable and thought-provoking along with his survey of the foremost "firsts"--inventions, discoveries, political and armed forces upheavals, creative and medical breakthroughs, non secular controversies, and catastrophic events--of the final thousand years. Who used to be the 1st to exploit gunpowder? Invent paper? Sack town of Rome? Write a sonnet? What was once the 1st collage? the 1st astronomical telescope? the 1st nice novel? the 1st Impressionist portray? The publication of Firsts explores those questions and lots of extra, from the earliest surviving cookbook (featuring parboiled flamingo) and the starting place of chess (sixth-century India) to the 1st civil provider examination (China in 606 advert) and the 1st tell-all memoir approximately scandalous royals (Byzantine Emperor Justinian and Empress Theodora). within the kind of one hundred fifty short, witty, erudite, and information-packed essays, The ebook of Firsts is perfect for somebody attracted to an stress-free method to collect a deeper realizing of background and the interesting personalities who cast it.

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Download The Day the Universe Changed by James Burke PDF

By James Burke

In The Day the Universe Changed, James Burke examines 8 classes in historical past while our view of the realm shifted dramatically: within the 11th century, while amazing discoveries have been made via Spanish crusaders; in fourteenth-century Florence, the place standpoint in portray emerged; within the 15th century, while the arrival of the printing press shook the principles of an oral society; within the 16th century, whilst gunnery advancements caused the beginning of contemporary technological know-how; within the early eighteenth century, while sizzling English summers triggered the economic Revolution; within the battlefield surgical procedure stations of the French progressive armies, the place humans first grew to become data; within the 19th century, while the invention of dinosaur fossils ended in the idea of evolution; and within the 1820s, while electric experiments heralded the tip of medical sure bet. in line with the preferred tv documentary sequence, The Day the Universe Changed is a bestselling heritage that demanding situations the reader to make a decision no matter if there's absolute wisdom to find - or no matter if the universe is "ultimately what we are saying it is".

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Download Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black by Carla Kaplan PDF

By Carla Kaplan

Big apple urban within the Jazz Age was once host to a pulsating inventive and social revolution. Uptown, an exceptional explosion in black tune, literature, dance, and paintings sparked the Harlem Renaissance. whereas the heritage of this African-American awakening has been commonly explored, one bankruptcy is still untold: the tale of a bunch of ladies jointly dubbed "Miss Anne."

Sexualized and sensationalized within the mainstream press--portrayed as immense or insane--Miss Anne was once occasionally derided inside of her selected group of Harlem to boot. whereas it used to be socially applicable for white males to move uptown for "exotic" dancers and "hot" jazz, white ladies who have been enthralled by means of lifestyles on West one hundred and twenty fifth road took probabilities. pass over Anne in Harlem introduces those women--many from New York's wealthiest social echelons--who grew to become buyers of, and romantic contributors in, the Harlem Renaissance. They comprise Barnard collage founder Annie Nathan Meyer, Texas heiress Josephine Cogdell Schuyler, British activist Nancy Cunard, philanthropist Charlotte Osgood Mason, educator Lillian E. wooden, and novelist Fannie Hurst--all ladies of feat and renown of their day. but their contributions as hostesses, editors, activists, consumers, writers, buddies, and fanatics frequently went unacknowledged and feature been misplaced to historical past till now.

In a colourful combination of social historical past and biography, award-winning author Carla Kaplan deals a joint portrait of six iconoclastic ladies who risked ostracism to persist with their inclinations--and raised hot-button problems with race, gender, type, and sexuality within the cut price. Returning omit Anne to her rightful position within the interracial background of the Harlem Renaissance, Kaplan's ambitious paintings remaps the panorama of the Twenties, alters our belief of this old second, and brings omit Anne to brilliant existence.

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Download Paper: Paging Through History by Mark Kurlansky PDF

By Mark Kurlansky

Paper is likely one of the least difficult and so much crucial items of human know-how. For the prior millennia, the power to provide it in ever extra effective methods has supported the proliferation of literacy, media, faith, schooling, trade, and artwork; it has shaped the root of civilizations, selling revolutions and restoring balance. One has basically to examine history’s maximum press run, which produced 6.5 billion copies of Máo zhuxí yulu, Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung (Zedong)―which doesn’t contain variants in 37 international languages and in braille―to savor the diversity and impression of a unmarried ebook, in paper. Or take the truth that one in every of history’s such a lot respected artists, Leonardo da Vinci, left at the back of in simple terms 15 work yet 4,000 works on paper. And even though the colonies have been on the time calling for a boycott of all British items, the single exception they made speaks to the essentiality of the fabric; they penned the statement of Independence on British paper.

Now, amid dialogue of “going paperless”―and as hypothesis concerning the results of a digitally established society grows rampant―we’ve come to a world-historic juncture. hundreds of thousands of years in the past, Socrates and Plato warned that written language may be the finish of “true knowledge,” changing the necessity to workout reminiscence and imagine via advanced questions. related arguments have been made in regards to the swap from handwritten to published books, and at the present time concerning the function of computing device expertise. by means of tracing paper’s evolution from antiquity to the current, with an emphasis at the contributions made in Asia and the center East, Mark Kurlansky demanding situations universal assumptions approximately technology’s effect, maintaining that paper is the following to stick. Paper may be the commodity heritage that publications us ahead within the twenty-first century and illuminates our instances.

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Download Western Civilization: A History of European Society (2nd by William Maltby, Steven C. Hause PDF

By William Maltby, Steven C. Hause

Thoroughly revised together with your students' luck in brain, WESTERN CIVILIZATION: A historical past OF eu SOCIETY deals a concise evaluation of the social and political forces that experience formed the West. In fewer pages than different texts, Hause and Maltby's narrative offers a social background of Western civilization in the crucial contexts of significant army and political occasions. The text's powerful reliance on basic assets -- excerpts of unique records that flesh out the options lined within the narrative, tables and graphs that gather the uncooked social and monetary facts of historical past -- brings the reader correct into the pages of heritage, giving them a desirable examine the occasions that experience formed the realm during which they reside. to assist scholars really seize historical past and achieve the direction, vast pedagogical help enhances Hause and Maltby's WESTERN CIVILIZATION. in the textual content, a colourful new layout and famous subheads create a "virtual outline" that we could scholars quick find, learn, and evaluate key details. fascinating pedagogy -- an in-text pronunciation consultant, serious considering questions equipped correct into the captions of the tables and graphs, and huge end-of-chapter assessment fabrics -- contains scholars within the tale of the West by means of getting them to have interaction with it.

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Download From Suffragette to Fascist: The Many Lives of Mary Sophia by Nina Boyd PDF

By Nina Boyd

The first biography of a unique pioneering woman—a police officer, fascist, suffragette, and spy
Mary Allen first got here to notoriety as a thrice-gaoled, window-smashing suffragette. while WSPU actions ceased in 1914, Allen pioneered the 1st girl police strength, recruiting and coaching 1000s of ladies. even supposing venerated with an OBE for her policing paintings in the course of global warfare I, she used to be quickly infuriating the institution via touring the realm in her unauthorized uniform. compelled clear of policing within the interwar interval, Mary attempted her hand at turning into an acclaimed writer, operating for Parliament, and countering the IRA hazard. whilst her head used to be grew to become by means of a gathering with Hitler, she turned leader Women's Officer of the British Union of Fascists. at the eve of worldwide War II Mary narrowly escaped internment, regardless of suspicions of spying, mystery flights to Germany, and Nazi salutes. even supposing loved through dependable pals, Mary’s willfulness tarnished her attractiveness and has, formerly, overshadowed her impressive lifestyles and achievements. this can be her tale.

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