A Concise History of Poland

Author: Jerzy Lukowski,Hubert Zawadzki

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 052185332X

Category: History

Page: 371

View: 1536

Updated and expanded second edition covering Polish history, from medieval times to the present day.

A Concise History of Spain

Author: William D. Phillips, Jr,Carla Rahn Phillips

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521607213

Category: History

Page: 345

View: 6387

Engaging history of the rich cultural, social and political life of Spain from prehistoric times to the present.

A Concise History of Greece

Author: Richard Clogg

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 110703289X

Category: History

Page: 337

View: 3129

This third, updated edition provides an illustrated introduction to Greek history and includes a new chapter on recent developments.

A Concise History of Russia

Author: Paul Bushkovitch

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139504444

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 2609

Accessible to students, tourists and general readers alike, this book provides a broad overview of Russian history since the ninth century. Paul Bushkovitch emphasizes the enormous changes in the understanding of Russian history resulting from the end of the Soviet Union in 1991. Since then, new material has come to light on the history of the Soviet era, providing new conceptions of Russia's pre-revolutionary past. The book traces not only the political history of Russia, but also developments in its literature, art and science. Bushkovitch describes well-known cultural figures, such as Chekhov, Tolstoy and Mendeleev, in their institutional and historical contexts. Though the 1917 revolution, the resulting Soviet system and the Cold War were a crucial part of Russian and world history, Bushkovitch presents earlier developments as more than just a prelude to Bolshevik power.

A Concise History of Germany

Author: Mary Fulbrook

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521540711

Category: History

Page: 277

View: 6893

Examines the social, political, and cultural changes in Germany from the early middle ages to the present.

A Concise History of Portugal

Author: David Birmingham

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108335896

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 2615

This concise, illustrated history of Portugal offers an introduction to the people and culture of the country, its empire, and its search for economic modernisation, political stability and international partnership. It remains the standard single-volume work on Portugal, studying the effects of the vast wealth mined from Portuguese Brazil, the growth of the wine trade, and the evolution of international ties. The Portuguese Revolution of 1820 to 1851 created a liberal monarchy, but in 1910 the king was overthrown and, by 1926, had been replaced by a dictatorship. In 1975, Portugal withdrew from its African colonies and looked north to become a democratic member of the European Community in 1986. This third edition brings the story up to date, with a new afterword to reflect recent changes in Portugal, Europe, and the wider world.

A Concise History of the World

Author: Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316412091

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 2755

This book tells the story of humankind as producers and reproducers from the Paleolithic to the present. Renowned social and cultural historian Merry Wiesner-Hanks brings a new perspective to world history by examining social and cultural developments across the globe, including families and kin groups, social and gender hierarchies, sexuality, race and ethnicity, labor, religion, consumption, and material culture. She examines how these structures and activities changed over time through local processes and interactions with other cultures, highlighting key developments that defined particular eras such as the growth of cities or the creation of a global trading network. Incorporating foragers, farmers and factory workers along with shamans, scribes and secretaries, the book widens and lengthens human history. It makes comparisons and generalizations, but also notes diversities and particularities, as it examines the social and cultural matters that are at the heart of big questions in world history today.

A Concise History of Italy

Author: Christopher Duggan

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521760399

Category: History

Page: 360

View: 7177

Comprehensively updated new edition of Christopher Duggan's acclaimed introduction to the history of Italy.

A Concise History of Mexico

Author: Brian R. Hamnett

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107495164

Category: History

Page: 400

View: 1438

The second edition of this accessible study of Mexico includes two new features: an examination of cultural developments since Independence from Spain in 1821 and a discussion of contemporary issues up to the time of publication. Several new plates with captions expand the thematic coverage in the book. The updated edition examines the administration of Vicente Fox, who came to power with the elections of 2000. The new sections reinforce the importance of Mexico's long and disparate history, from the Precolumbian era onwards, in shaping the country as it is today. This Concise History looks at Mexico from political, economic and cultural perspectives, and tackles controversial themes such as the impact of the Spanish Conquest and the struggle to establish an independent Mexico. A broad range of readers interested in the modern-day Americas should find here a helpful introduction to this vibrant and dynamic North-American society.

A Concise History of Australia

Author: Stuart Macintyre

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139915533

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 1065

Australia is the last continent to be settled by Europeans, but it also sustains a people and a culture tens of thousands years old. For much of the past 200 years the newcomers have sought to replace the old with the new. This book tells how they imposed themselves on the land, and brought technology, institutions and ideas to make it their own. It relates the advance from penal colony to a prosperous free nation and illustrates how, as a nation created by waves of newcomers, the search for binding traditions was long frustrated by the feeling of rootlessness, until it came to terms with its origins. The third edition of this acclaimed book recounts the key factors - social, economic and political - that have shaped modern-day Australia. It covers the rise and fall of the Howard government, the 2007 election and the apology to the stolen generation. More than ever before, Australians draw on the past to understand their future.

The Cambridge History of Poland

Author: W. F. Reddaway,J. H. Penson,O. Halecki,R. Dyboski

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316620034

Category: History

Page: 658

View: 3454

Originally published in 1941, this book presents a comprehensive history of Poland from 1697 to 1935. The text was begun on the initiative of the renowned Cambridge historian Harold Temperley (1879-1939), who arranged numerous meetings with Polish and British historians in relation to the project, and was completed following his death. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in Poland and European history.

A Concise History of the Caribbean

Author: B. W. Higman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139495151

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 2371

A Concise History of the Caribbean presents a general history of the Caribbean islands from the beginning of human settlement about seven thousand years ago to the present. It narrates processes of early human migration, the disastrous consequences of European colonization, the development of slavery and the slave trade, the extraordinary profits earned by the plantation economy, the great revolution in Haiti, movements toward political independence, the Cuban Revolution, and the diaspora of Caribbean people. Written in a lively and accessible style yet current with the most recent research, the book provides a compelling narrative of Caribbean history essential for students and visitors.

A Concise History of Finland

Author: David Kirby

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 052183225X

Category: History

Page: 343

View: 7491

Few countries in Europe have undergone such rapid social, political and economic changes as Finland has during the last fifty years. David Kirby here sets out the fascinating history of this northern country, for centuries on the east-west divide of Europe, a country not blessed by nature, most of whose inhabitants still earned a living from farming fifty years ago, but which today is one of the most prosperous members of the European Union. He shows how this small country was able not only to survive in peace and war but also to preserve and develop its own highly distinctive identity, neither Scandinavian nor Eastern European. He traces the evolution of the idea of a Finnish national state, from the long centuries as part of the Swedish realm, through self-government within the Russian Empire, and into the stormy and tragic birth of the independent state in the twentieth century.

A Concise History of France

Author: Roger Price

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107729122

Category: History

Page: 528

View: 5787

This is the most up-to-date and comprehensive study of French history available ranging from the early middle ages to the present. Amongst its central themes are the relationships between state and society, the impact of war, competition for power, and the ways in which power has been used. Whilst taking full account of major figures such as Philip Augustus, Henri IV, Louis XIV, Napoleon and de Gaulle, it sets their activities within the broader context of changing economic and social structures and beliefs, and offers rich insights into the lives of ordinary men and women. This third edition has been substantially revised and includes a new chapter on contemporary France - a society and political system in crisis as a result of globalisation, rising unemployment, a failing educational system, growing social and racial tensions, corruption, the rise of the extreme right, and a widespread loss of confidence in political leaders.

The Partitions of Poland 1772, 1793, 1795

Author: Jerzy Lukowski

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317886933

Category: History

Page: 248

View: 8358

The Partitions of Poland were a key event in the power politics of the late ancien regime, and had major long term consequences for the balance of power in northern and eastern Europe. Over a period of twenty five years Catherine II (Russia), Frederick II (Prussia) and Maria Theresa and Joseph II (Austria) between them wiped Poland xxx; Europe's second largest countryxxx; off the political map, and Poland disappeared as a state for 120 years. Jerzy Lukowski's new account, the first comprehensive study of the topic in English since 1915, sets the Polish dimension of this story in its wider European context, illuminating the motives and attitudes of the participants and exploring its consequences. This is a major contribution to the diplomatic history of eighteenth century Europe.