Download E-books Europe's Promise: Why the European Way Is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age PDF

By Steven Hill

A quiet revolution has been taking place in post-World struggle II Europe. an international strength has emerged around the Atlantic that's recrafting the principles for the way a contemporary society may still offer monetary safety, environmental sustainability, and worldwide balance. In Europe's Promise, Steven Hill explains Europe's daring new imaginative and prescient. For a decade Hill traveled largely to appreciate this uniquely ecu lifestyle. He shatters myths and indicates how Europe's management manifests in 5 significant components: financial power, with Europe now the world's wealthiest buying and selling bloc, approximately as huge because the U.S. and China combined; the easiest overall healthiness care and different workfare helps for households and contributors; common use of renewable power applied sciences and conservation; the world's such a lot complicated democracies; and nearby networks of exchange, overseas relief, and funding that hyperlink one-third of the area to the ecu Union. Europe's Promise masterfully conveys how Europe has taken the lead during this make-or-break century challenged by means of a world fiscal difficulty and international warming.

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Download E-books The Crusades and the Near East: Cultural Histories PDF

By Conor Kostick

The crusades are usually obvious as epitomising a interval whilst hostility among Christian West and the Muslim close to East reached an all time excessive. As this edited quantity finds, notwithstanding, the period was once one that observed either clash and cohabitation.

Tackling such questions as even if medicinal and architectural ideas got here to Europe as a right away results of the Crusades, and why and the way peace treaties and intermarriages have been shaped among different cultures, this extraordinary team of individuals exhibit how the Holy Wars led at the one hand to a reinforcement of the ideals and identities of every facet, yet at the different to a becoming point of cultural trade and interplay. This quantity breaks new flooring in not just exploring the clash among the Christian and the Muslim worlds, but additionally the influence of this clash at the cultural evolution of ecu and close to jap notion and practices. applying the newest scholarship and unique stories of the assets, this survey sheds new mild at the cultural realities of East-West kin and marks a brand new departure for reviews of the crusades.

Contributors comprise John France, Yehoshua Frenkel, Chris Wright, Natasha Hodgson, A.V. Murray, Sini Kangas, Léan Ní Chléirigh, Susan Edgington, Jürgen Krüger, Yvonne Friedman and Bernard Hamilton.

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Download E-books The Balkans: A Short History PDF

By Mark Mazower

All through historical past, the Balkans were a crossroads, a sector of never-ending army, cultural and monetary blending and clashing among Europe and Asia, Christianity and Islam, Catholicism and Orthodoxy. topic to violent shifts of borders, rulers and trust platforms by the hands of the world's nice empires--from the Byzantine to the Habsburg and Ottoman--the Balkans are usually known as Europe's tinderbox and a seething cauldron of ethnic and spiritual resentments.

Much has been made from the Balkans' deeply rooted enmities. the new destruction of the previous Yugoslavia used to be generally ascribed to millennial hatreds frozen via the chilly battle and unleashed with the autumn of communism. during this impressive account, acclaimed historian Mark Mazower argues that the sort of view is a dangerously unbalanced fable. A landmark reassessment, The Balkans rescues the region's background from many of the ideological camps that experience held it hostage for his or her personal ends, now not least the necessity to justify nonintervention. the center of the ebook offers with occasions from the emergence of the geographical region onward. With searing eloquence, Mazower demonstrates that of the entire presents bequeathed to the sector via modernity, the main doubtful has been the ideological weapon of romantic nationalism that has been used time and again through the ability hungry as an acid to dissolve the bonds of centuries of peaceable coexistence. The Balkans is an impressive depiction of a very important area, its background and its customers.

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Download E-books The Social Structure of the First Crusade (The Medieval Mediterranean) PDF

By Conor Kostick

The 1st campaign (1096-1099) used to be a unprecedented project. as the repercussions of that day trip have rippled on down the centuries, there was a huge literature at the topic. but, not like such a lot of different components of medieval historical past, formerly the 1st campaign has did not allure the eye of historians drawn to social dynamics. This e-book is the 1st to envision the sociology of the assets so as to offer a close research of a few of the social periods which participated within the day trip and the tensions among them. In doing so, it bargains a clean method of the numerous debates surrounding the topic of the 1st campaign.

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Download E-books Fortunes of History: Historical Inquiry from Herder to Huizinga PDF

By Donald R. Kelley

An exam of historic writing in the course of the "long nineteenth century" - the years from the French Revolution to these simply after international conflict I. Donald R. Kelley presents a complete research of the theories and practices of British, French, German, Italian and American faculties of historic idea, their vital figures, and their unique tools and self-understandings. Kelley treats the fashionable traditions of eu global and nationwide historiography from the Enlightenment to the "new histories" of the twentieth century, attending not just to significant authors and colleges but in addition to tools, scholarship, criticisms, controversies, ideological questions and family members to different disciplines.

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