A Distant Mirror

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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.

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A Distant Mirror by Barbara W. Tuchman Summary

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A Distant Mirror by Barbara Wertheim Tuchman Summary

"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.

Reflections in a Distant Mirror

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The Distant Mirror

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The Distant Mirror by Joanne Brown,Nancy St. Clair Summary

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.

Japan and South Africa in a Globalising World

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My Inventions

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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

The Wheel of Health

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The Hunza were people were renowned for their extraordinary physique and health, which Dr Wrench found by the fact that their food was not made 'sophisticated', by the artificial processes applied by modern processed food. How these processes affect our food is dealt with in great detail.

Londres. La biographie

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" Londres est un labyrinthe de pierre et de chair, dédale dans lequel s'égare même le Londonien le plus aguerri... Je ne suis pas un Virgile prêt à conduire des apprentis Dante dans un royaume circonscrit et circulaire. Je ne suis qu'un Londonien trébuchant qui désire en guider d'autres sur des chemins empruntés ma vie durant. " Ce livre explore l'histoire de Londres et des Londoniens depuis la préhistoire jusqu'à nos jours. L'urbanisme, les petits métiers, la violence de la foule, les pubs, le music-hall, le sexe, les bruits de la ville, les recettes de cuisine, les guerres, les enfants: voici quelques-uns des thèmes traités dans les soixante-dix-neuf chapitres de l'ouvrage. Cette structure thématique fait l'originalité du livre, formant un véritable kaléidoscope qui met en regard toutes les facettes du Londres d'hier et d'aujourd'hui. Pour réaliser cet ouvrage de référence, Peter Ackroyd a réuni une somme exceptionnelle de documents, depuis les premières archives publiques jusqu'aux graffitis. Dans la métropole gigantesque, qui réunit tout et son contraire, se croisent maquerelles, poètes et gentilshommes, architectes, bateliers, et même une riche Saxonne du temps des Vikings. Tous sont les héros d'anecdotes ou de récits qui nous permettent de cerner, page après page, l'esprit de Londres. C'est aussi un guide que nous offre l'une des plumes les plus brillantes de la littérature anglo-saxonne: une invitation à flâner au hasard des rues pour découvrir, derrière chaque pierre, les strates de passé qui font la mémoire de Londres.

Lointaines merveilles

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Entre violence et passion, une saga captivante au cœur de Cuba Cuba, 1963. Le terrible ouragan Flora s'apprête à frapper l'île. Les habitants sont évacués en urgence. Dans l'ancienne demeure du gouverneur, sept femmes sont cloîtrées sous la surveillance d'une jeune soldate de Castro, Ofelia. Pour passer le temps, la vieille Maria Sirena, Shéhérazade des temps modernes, leur raconte des histoires. Car Maria Sirena est une conteuse hors pair. Elle en avait d'ailleurs fait son gagne-pain à la grande époque des fabriques de cigares où elle était lettora, employée à égayer les journées des rouleurs de tabac par ses récits fantastiques. Dehors, la tempête fait rage. Maria Sirena débute son histoire : son enfance pendant la troisième guerre d'indépendance cubaine, son père, rebelle féroce, sa mère, passionnée et passionnante qui a aimé, rêvé et s'est battue comme personne. À travers les récits de Maria Sirena se dessinent l'histoire de Cuba, île au passé troublé par les luttes pour l'indépendance, mais aussi une époustouflante saga familiale.

The First Salute

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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.

Le Don du Roi

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Robert Merivel, fils d’un gantier, étudiant en médecine rondelet et paillard, voit son destin bouleversé lorsqu’il est appelé à la cour du roi Charles II d’Angleterre. Il se glisse alors sans difficulité dans une existence faite de luxure et d’oisiveté et tombe sous le charme du souverain dont il devient le bouffon et l’un des favoris. Le voici propulsé au rang de « mari postiche » de la plus jeune des maîtresses du roi, en échange d’une superbe propriété dans le Norfolk. Mais il va bientôt commettre l’irréparable en transgressant le seul interdit qui lui est imposé et sera brutalement rejeté de ce paradis qui venait de s’ouvrir à lui. C’est à travers la Grande Peste et le Grand Incendie de Londres en 1666 qu’il trouvera le chemin inattendu de sa rédemption. Plein de verve et de couleurs, généreux et cruel à la fois, ce roman picaresque évoque bien souvent le fameux Tom Jones de Fielding. Traduit de l’anglais par Gérard Clarence

Practicing History

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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

The Guns of August

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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.

La Guerre de Cent ans

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La Guerre de Cent ans by Édouard Perroy Summary

Cet ouvrage est une réédition numérique d’un livre paru au XXe siècle, désormais indisponible dans son format d’origine.

Sais-tu pourquoi je saute ?

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" Quand Naoki explique Pourquoi je saute ? c'est à se demander pourquoi le reste du monde, lui, ne saute pas du même élan du coeur " –; Josef Schovanec Pour la première fois, un enfant atteint d'autisme sévère nous raconte l'autisme de l'intérieur. Il répond aux questions que les parents se posent : Pourquoi fuis-tu le contact visuel ? Est-il vrai que tu détestes qu'on te touche ? Pourquoi répètes-tu la même question sans arrêt ? Pourquoi sautes-tu en tapant des mains ?, etc. David Mitchell, l'un des meilleurs écrivains anglais de sa génération et père d'un enfant autiste, a découvert ce texte qui fut pour lui une révélation, une sorte de Scaphandre et le Papillon de l'autisme : " J'ai eu l'impression, pour la première fois, que notre fils nous racontait ce qui se passait dans sa tête. " Il a décidé de le traduire du japonais avec sa femme KA Yoshida : " Ce livre est bien plus qu'une somme d'informations, il apporte la preuve qu'il y a, emprisonné à l'intérieur du corps autistique, apparemment impuissant, un esprit aussi curieux, subtil et complexe que le vôtre, le mien, celui de n'importe qui. " Naoki a appris à communiquer grâce à une grille alphabétique. Il a écrit ce livre à 13 ans et l'a d'abord publié via Internet. Il a aujourd'hui 22 ans et communique toujours grâce à son clavier. Il vit à Kimitsu et tient un blog. Traduit de l'anglais par Daniel Roche