Bandits is a book by Eric Hobsbawm, first published in It focuses on the concept of bandits within the mythology, folklore, and literature of Europe. In an age of narrow specialists, Eric Hobsbawm remains the supreme generalist. .. for sheer intelligence he has no superior in the historical. Bandits is a study of the social bandit or bandit-rebel – robbers and outlaws who are not regarded by public opinion as simple criminals, but rather as champions.
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Join us by creating an account and start getting the best experience from our website! BANDITS is a study of the social bandit or bandit-rebel – robbers and outlaws who are not regarded by egic opinion as simple criminals, but rather as champions of social justice, as avengers or as primitive resistance fighters. Whether Balkan haiduks, Indian dacoits or Brazilian congaceiros, their spectacular exploits have been celebrated and preserved in story and myth.
Some are only know to their fellow countrymen; others like Rob Roy, Robin Hood and Jesse James are famous throughout the world. First published inBandits inspired a new field of historical study: This substantially extended and revised new edition appears at a time when the disintegration of state power has reintroduced fertile conditions for banditry once again to flourish in many parts of the world.
Anointed with Oil is a groundbreaking new history of the United States that places the relationship between eruc faith and oil together at the center of America’s rise to global power in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. As prize-winning historian Darren Dochuk reveals, from the earliest discovery of bandiits in America during the Civil War, Americans saw oil as the nation’s special blessing and its peculiar burden, the source of its prophetic mission in the world.
Hobebawm the century that followed and down to the present day, the oil industry’s leaders and its ordinary workers together fundamentally transformed American religion, business, and politics–boosting America’s ascent as the preeminent global power, giving shape to modern evangelical Christianity, fueling the rise of the Republican Right, and setting the terms for today’s political and environmental uncertainties.
Through extensive research bandiys corporate, political, and community archives in the US and around the world, Dochuk brings to life a vast cast of characters: He profiles the generations of geologists and wildcat drillers who understood petroleum as a blessing from God, and the oil executives who developed an ideology of high-risk, high-reward entrepreneurialism by fusing notions of earthly dominion with trust in the supernatural.
He examines how many oil workers and their families weathered the boom-bust economies of extraction zones like the Southwest by drawing closer to Christ. And he recounts how, after making their fortunes in “big oil,” families such as the Rockefellers constructed enormous philanthropies and sought to uplift America and the world according to Judeo-Christian values and a vision of well-ordered markets–even as other independent tycoons who embraced a more fervent “wildcat religion” and enthusiasm for laissez-faire capitalism eventually dethroned these centrists and helped to usher conservatives like Ronald Reagan and George Bush to victory.
In this timely and very readable new work, Walvin focuses not on abolitionism or the brutality and suffering of slavery, but on resistance, the resistance of bzndits enslaved themselves – from sabotage and absconding to full-blown uprisings – and its impact in overthrowing slavery.
He also looks that whole Atlantic world, including the Spanish Empire and Brazil. In doing so, he casts new light on one of the major shifts in Western history in the past five centuries.
In the three centuries following Columbus’s landfall in the Americas, slavery became a critical institution across swathes of hobsvawm North and Fric America. It saw twelve million Africans forced onto slave ships, and had seismic consequences for Africa. It led to the transformation of the Americas and to the material enrichment of the Western world. It was also largely unquestioned.
Yet within a mere seventy-five years hobzbawm the nineteenth century slavery had vanished from the Americas: Slavery itself came in many shapes and sizes. It is perhaps best remembered on the plantations – baneits even those can deceive. Slavery varied enormously from one crop to another- sugar, tobacco, rice, coffee, cotton.
And there was in addition myriad tasks for the enslaved to do, from shipboard and dockside ohbsbawm, to cattlemen on the frontier, through to domestic labour and child-care duties.
Slavery was, then, both ubiquitous and varied. But if all these millions of diverse, enslaved people had one thing in common it was a universal detestation of their bondage. They wanted an end to it: Most of these enslaved peoples did not live to see freedom. But an old freed man or woman in, say Cuba or Brazil in the s, had lived through its destruction clean across the Americas.
The collapse of slavery and the triumph of black freedom banfits an extraordinary historical upheaval – and this book explains how gobsbawm happened. This book documents the milestones in that hard won struggle and reflects bansits women’s impact on politics since. From the birth of our nation to the recent crushing defeat of the first female presidential nominee for a major party, this book highlights women’s impact on United States politics and government.
It documents the fight for women’s right to vote, drawing on historic research, biographies of leaders, and such original sources as photos, line art, charts, graphs, documents, posters, ads, and buttons. It presents this often-forgotten struggle in an accessible, conversational, relevant manner for a wide audience. Here are the groundbreaking convention records, speeches, newspaper accounts, letters, photos, and drawings of those who fought for women’s right to vote, arranged to convey the inherent historical drama.
The accessible almanac style wric this entertaining history to speak for itself. It is full of little-known facts. When the Second Continental Congress of the thirteen colonies convened to draft the Declaration bancits Independence, Abigail Adams admonished her husband, John Adams, to “remember the ladies” write rights for women into the laws for a new system of government! Instead, its robust research documents the intersectionality of women’s struggle for the vote in its true context with other progressive efforts.
Joes and Rosie the Riveters, but also of quislings and saboteurs; of Nazi, Fascist, and Communist sympathizers; of war protesters and conscientious objectors; of gangsters and hookers and profiteers; of latchkey kids and bobby-soxers, poets and painters, atomic scientists and hpbsbawm spies.
While the war launched and leveled nations, spurred economic growth, and saw the rise and fall of global Fascism, New York City would eventually emerge as the new capital of the world.
In VICTORY CITY, John Strausbaugh returns to badits the story of New York City’s war years with the same richness, depth, and nuance he brought to his previous books, City of Sedition and The Village, providing readers with a groundbreaking new look into the greatest city on earth during the most transformative — and costliest — war in human history.
The s were black years for England. The queen was old, the succession unclear, and the treasury empty after decades of war. Amid the rising tension, William Shakespeare published a pair of poems dedicated to the young Earl of Southampton: Venus and Adonis in and The Rape of Lucrece a year later.
Although wildly popular during Shakespeare’s lifetime, to modern readers both works are almost impenetrable. But in her enthralling new book, the Shakespearean scholar Clare Asquith reveals their hidden contents: The poems were Shakespeare’s bestselling works in his lifetime, evidence that they spoke clearly to England’s wounded populace and disaffected nobility, and especially to their champion, the Earl of Essex. Shakespeare and the Resistance unearths Shakespeare’s own analysis of a political and religious crisis which would shortly erupt in armed rebellion on the streets of London.
Using the latest historical badnits, it resurrects the story of a bold bid for freedom of conscience and an end to corruption which was erased from history by the men who suppressed it. This compelling reading situates Shakespeare at the heart of the resistance movement, and sees him correctly identifying the factors bansits would before long plunge the eriic into civil war. In the US, President Reagan massively increased defence spending, described the Soviet Union as an ‘evil empire’ and announced his ‘Star Wars’ programme, calling for a shield in space to defend the US from incoming missiles.
Yuri Andropov, the paranoid Soviet leader, saw all this as signs of American aggression and convinced himself that the US really meant to attack the Soviet Union. He put the KGB on hobsbwm to look for signs of an imminent nuclear attack. When a Soviet fighter jet shot down Korean Air Lines flight KAL after straying off course over a sensitive Soviet military area, President Reagan described it as a ‘terrorist act’ and ‘a crime against humanity’.
The temperature was rising fast. In this exercise, NATO requested permission to use the codes to launch nuclear weapons. The nervous Soviets convinced themselves this was no exercise but the real thing.
This is an extraordinary and largely unknown Cold War story of spies and double agents, of missiles being readied, of intelligence failures, misunderstandings and the panic of world leaders. With access to hundreds of extraordinary new documents just released in the US, Taylor Downing is able to tell for the first time the gripping but true story of how near the world came to the brink of nuclear war in The World at the Brink is a real-life thriller.
Inthe people of the Near East came together in an epic clash of horses, swords, sand, and blood that would decide the fate of the city of the Aleppo-and the eastern Crusader states. Fought between tribal Turkish warriors on steppe ponies, Arab foot soldiers, Armenian bowmen, and European knights, the battlefield was the amphitheatre into which the people of Eurasia poured their full gladiatorial might.
Carrying a piece of the true cross before them, the Frankish army advanced, anticipating a victory that would secure their dominance over the entire region. But the famed Frankish cavalry charge failed them, and the well-arranged battlefield dissolved into a melee. Surrounded by enemy forces, the crusaders suffered a colossal defeat. With their advance in Northern Syria stalled, the momentum of the crusader conquest began to evaporate, and would never be recovered.
The first insider account, timed to the 75th anniversary of Camp DavidCamp David is American diplomacy’s secret weapon. The home of the GCC and G8 summits, the Peace Summit, and the Peace Accords, the camp has played a vital role in American history over the past century, inviting Presidents and international leaders alike to converge, converse, and, perhaps most importantly, relax.
A peaceful mountaintop setting, crucially removed from the constant scrutiny of the press, Camp David has served as both a site of critical diplomacy and unparalleled tranquility. It is where President and Mrs. Reagan rode horses through the mountains, where Gerald Ford could take a moment to jump on a trampoline with his daughter, where Nixon rode shotgun with Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev, and where Jimmy Carter could find the ultimate flight-sledding-only to break his clavicle two weeks before the end of his tenure.
Under the pressure and stress, it is easy to forget that those occupying the highest seat in the land are, at the end of the day, human but at Camp David, we finally get to see these leaders at their most vulnerable, their most unguarded, and as their most true selves. It is often assumed that the national identity must be a matter of values and ideas. But in Robert Winder’s brilliantly-written account it is a land built on a lucky set of natural ingredients: Then came the seams of iron and coal that made it an industrial giant.
Now, in The Last Wolf, he spins an English tale. Travelling the country, he looks for its hidden springs not in royal pageantry or politics, but in landscape and history. Medieval monks with their flocks of sheep. And it starts by looking at a very important thing England did not have: One of Us is the definitive account of the massacres and the subsequent trial. But more than that, it is the compelling story of Anders Breivik and a select group of his victims.
As we follow the path to their inevitable collision, it becomes clear just what was lost in that one day. The Battle of Culloden has gone down in history as the last major battle fought on British soil: But this wasn’t just a conflict between the Scots and the English, the battle was also part of a much larger campaign to protect the British Isles from the growing threat of a French invasion.
In Trevor Royle’s vivid and evocative narrative, we are drawn into the ranks, on both sides, alongside doomed Jacobites fighting fellow Scots dressed in the red coats of the Duke of Cumberland’s Royal Army.
And we meet the Duke himself, a skilled warrior who would gain notoriety due to the reprisals on Highland clans in the battle’s aftermath. Royle also takes us beyond the battle as the men of the Royal Army, galvanized by its success at Culloden, expand dramatically and start to fight campaigns overseas in America and India in order to secure British interests; we see the revolutionary use of fighting techniques first implemented at Culloden; and the creation of professional fighting forces.
Culloden changed the course of British history by ending all hope of the Stuarts reclaiming the throne, cementing Hanoverian rule and forming the bedrock for the creation of the British Empire. Royle’s lively and provocative history looks afresh at the period and unveils its true significance, not only as the end of a struggle for the throne but the beginning of a new global power. Our Books See all Books. Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman.
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