Download E-books Tulipmania: Money, Honor, and Knowledge in the Dutch Golden Age PDF

By Anne Goldgar

In the 1630s the Netherlands was once gripped by means of tulipmania: a speculative fever unparalleled in scale and, as well known background might have it, folly. we know the description of the story—how differently brilliant retailers, nobles, and artisans spent all that they had (and a lot that they didn’t) on tulip bulbs. we have now heard how those bulbs replaced fingers hundreds of thousands of occasions overnight, and the way a few bulbs, bought and resold for millions of guilders, by no means even existed. Tulipmania is noticeable for example of the gullibility of crowds and the hazards of monetary speculation.


But it wasn’t like that. As Anne Goldgar finds in Tulipmania, no longer this kind of tales is right. applying broad archival examine, she lays waste to the legends, revealing that whereas the 1630s did see a speculative bubble in tulip costs, neither the peak of the bubble nor its bursting have been wherever close to as dramatic as we have a tendency to imagine. through clearing away the collected myths, Goldgar is ready to convey us in its place the way more fascinating truth: the ways that tulipmania mirrored deep anxieties in regards to the transformation of Dutch society within the Golden Age.


“Goldgar tells us first and foremost of her very good debunking e-book: ‘Most of what we've got heard of [tulipmania] isn't true.’. . . She tells a brand new story.”—Simon Kuper, Financial Times

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Download E-books The 1950s American Home (Shire Library USA) PDF

By Diane Boucher

This name explores what lifestyles used to be like within the Nineteen Fifties American domestic. An age of optimism, it truly is approximately dwelling the yank Dream and the way this used to be completed, adjustments in the house, new comfort know-how, new methods of residing. From Ranch residence to American Modernism to reasonable houses within the suburbs, this was once the best way to reside the nice existence in an period of unparalleled prosperity and chance.

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Download E-books Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa PDF

By Peter Godwin

Mukiwa opens with Peter Godwin, six years previous, describing the homicide of his neighbor by means of African guerillas, in 1964, pre-war Rhodesia. Godwin's mom and dad are liberal whites, his mom a governement-employed health care professional, his father an engineer. via his blameless, younger eyes, the tale of the start of the tip of white rule in Africa unfolds. The memoir follows Godwin's own trip from the eve of conflict in Rhodesia to his event battling within the civil struggle that he detests to his adventures as a journalist within the new kingdom of Zimbabwe, protecting the bloody go back to Black rule. With every one transition Godwin's voice develops, from that of a boy to a tender guy to an grownup returning to his native land. This story of the savage fight among blacks and whites because the British Colonial interval involves an finish is decided opposed to the vividly painted history of the myserious global of South Africa.

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Download E-books The Last Man on the Mountain: The Death of an American Adventurer on K2 PDF

By Jennifer Jordan

“A interesting story. . . . Readers who're into high-altitude experience tales won’t be disappointed.”―Associated Press

In 1939 the Savage Mountain claimed its first sufferer. Born into massive wealth but uneasy with a lifetime of rest, Dudley Wolfe, of Boston and Rockport, Maine, got down to develop into the 1st guy to climb K2, the world’s second-highest mountain and, within the opinion of mountaineers, a fair extra ambitious problem than Mt. Everest. even though with regards to center age and green at excessive altitude, Wolfe, with the crew chief, made it better than the other contributors of the excursion, yet he couldn’t come again down. struggling with altitude affliction and critical dehydration, he used to be deserted at approximately 25,000 ft; it'd be one other sixty-three years ahead of the writer chanced on his continues to be. sixteen pages of photos; 2 maps

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Download E-books Strange and Obscure Stories of New York City: Little-Known Tales About Gotham's People and Places PDF

The 1948 crime movie The bare City (later a tv express) ended with this iconic line: “There are 8 million tales within the bare city.” issues haven't replaced; each period and local is filled with actual stories and legends approximately which even citizens usually are unaware. Strange and vague tales of recent York City takes the reader on a wide ranging journey of the 5 boroughs looking for those debts. a few are eerily attention-grabbing of their personal correct whereas others clarify how town grew to become the nice city that it is.

Before the area exchange middle Sept. 11 tragedy, the aftermath of a fireplace aboard the steamboat General Slocum within the East River was once the city’s maximum catastrophe. The 1904 occasion happened in the course of an time out for a church team. The lack of life—1,021 out of the 1,358 passengers—devastated the German American group that inhabited Manhattan’s East Village. to flee undesirable stories, they relocated to Yorkville at the top East facet, an area later celebrated for its German eating places, shops, and breweries.

On July 23, 1886, no longer lengthy after the Brooklyn Bridge opened, a twenty-three-year-old named Steve Brodie introduced that he survived a 150-foot drop into the East River. (A liquor broker provided to again a saloon that Brodie desired to open yet provided that he took the risk.) even if there have been no witnesses, information of the alleged leap made headlines, with the New York Times aiding Brodie’s declare and the word “pull a Brodie,” aspiring to attempt a deadly stunt, coming into well known parlance.

Then, too, are the unsolved murders, ghost tales, city legends (are there certainly alligators dwelling within the sewers?), and hidden histories which are all a part of this energetic and beautiful chronicle of the world’s maximum city.

Skyhorse Publishing, in addition to our Arcade imprint, are proud to post a huge diversity of books for readers attracted to history--books approximately international battle II, the 3rd Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the yankee Civil warfare, the yankee Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, old Rome, medieval occasions, the previous West, and lots more and plenty extra. whereas no longer each name we put up turns into a New York Times bestseller or a countrywide bestseller, we're dedicated to books on topics which are occasionally missed and to authors whose paintings will possibly not differently discover a home.

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Download E-books The History of the Renaissance World: From the Rediscovery of Aristotle to the Conquest of Constantinople PDF

By Susan Wise Bauer

Starting within the heady days simply after the 1st campaign, this volume—the 3rd within the sequence that begun with The heritage of the traditional World and The background of the Medieval World—chronicles the contradictions of an international in transition.

Popes proceed to evangelise campaign, however the desire of a Christian empire involves a bloody finish on the partitions of Constantinople. Aristotelian common sense and Greek rationality blossom whereas the Inquisition gathers power. As kings and emperors proceed to insist on their divine rights, traditional humans worldwide grab strength: the lingayats of India, the Jacquerie of France, the purple Turbans of China, and the peasants of England.

New threats seem, because the Ottomans emerge from a tiny Turkish village and the Mongols experience out of the East to set the area on fireplace. New currencies are cast, new guns invented, and world-changing catastrophes modify the panorama: the Little Ice Age and the nice Famine kill hundreds of thousands; the Black dying, hundreds of thousands extra. within the chaos of those epoch-making occasions, our personal international starts off to take shape.

Impressively researched and brilliantly instructed, The heritage of the Renaissance World deals not only the names, dates, and evidence however the memorable characters who remove darkness from the years among 1100 and 1453—years that marked a sea switch in mankind’s notion of the area.

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Download E-books The American Resting Place: 400 Years of History Through Our Cemeteries and Burial Grounds PDF

By Marilyn Yalom

A sweeping historical past of the USA as noticeable via its gravestones, graveyards, and burial practices, stunningly illustrated with 80 black-and-white photographs

Cemeteries and burial grounds, as illuminated via an acclaimed cultural historian, are exact home windows onto our spiritual, ethnic, and deeply human heritage as Americans.
The committed mother-son staff of Marilyn and Reid Yalom visited 1000's of cemeteries to create the yankee Resting position, following a coast-to-coast trajectory that mirrors the enormous ancient development of yank migration.
Yalom’s incisive, usually poignant exploration of headstone inscriptions exhibit altering rules approximately dying and private identification, and show how category and gender play out in stone. wealthy details contain the tale of 1 seventeenth-century Bostonian who accumulated one thousand pairs of gloves in his funeral-going lifetime, the original burial rites and funerary symbols present in today’s local American cultures, and a “lost” Czech neighborhood introduced uncannily to lifestyles in Chicago’s Bohemian nationwide Columbarium.

From interesting earlier to startling future--DVDs embedded in tombstones, "green" burials, and “the new aesthetic of death”--The American Resting position is the definitive historical past of the yank cemetery.

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Download E-books The Interregnum, 1923-1924 PDF

By E. H. Carr

A heritage of Soviet Russia quantity 4: The Interregnum 1923-1924

The booklet of the fourth quantity of Mr Carr’s background of Soviet Russia deals a welcome chance for a normal survey of his paintings and for an appraisal of where it occupies within the box of Soviet studies.

It is Mr Carr’s enduring and special benefit that he's the 1st real historian of the Soviet regime. He has undertaken a job of large scope and scale; and he has already played a big component of it. He perspectives the scene with the detachment of 1 who stands if now not au dessus de los angeles mêlée, than no less than au delà de l. a. mêlée. He needs to go away his readers with figuring out and he searches for either the proof and the tendencies, the timber and the wooden. he's as austerely conscientious and scrupulous as penetrating and acute. He has an aptitude for seeing the scheme and order of items and is lucid within the presentation of his findings. His historical past needs to be judged a really notable achievement.

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Download E-books Encountering Gorillas: A Chronicle of Discovery, Exploitation, Understanding, and Survival PDF

By James L. Newman

Gorillas, the biggest of the apes inhabiting our planet, were a resource of worry, awe, and suggestion to people. during this booklet, James L. Newman brings a life of learn of Africa to his compelling tale of the wealthy and sundry interplay among gorillas and people in view that earliest touch. He illuminates the complicated courting over time in the course of the interlinked subject matters of discovery, exploitation, knowing, and carrying on with survival. Tragically, the variety of free-living gorillas—facing habitat loss, disorder, and poaching—has declined dramatically over the process the previous century, and the way forward for the few that stay is very doubtful. while, these in zoos and sanctuaries now lead even more safe lives than they did prior. Newman follows this transition, highlighting the jobs performed via key members, either people and gorillas. one of the former were adventurers, opportunists, writers, and scientists. The latter comprise genuine gorillas, resembling Gargantua and Koko, and fictional ones, particularly King Kong and potent Joe younger. This considerate and interesting ebook is helping us know how our photograph of gorillas has been either distorted and clarified via tradition and technological know-how for hundreds of years and the way we now keep an eye on the future of those very good nice apes.

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