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Independence Day

by Alison Gee And Richard Jones, Voluntary Service Overseas Library For All (May 02, 2019)

It's Independence Day - PNG's birthday!


The Muselmann at the Water Cooler

by Eli Pfefferkorn Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

A survivor of concentration camps and the Death March, Eli Pfefferkorn looks back on his Holocaust and post-Holocaust experiences to compare patterns of human behavior in extremis with those of ordinary life....


Universe and Inner Self in Early Indian and Early Greek Thought

by Richard Seaford Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

From the sixth century BC onward, there occurred a revolution in thought with novel ideas such as the understanding that inner self is both vital for human well-being and central to understanding the universe....


A Companion to Andrei Platonov's The Foundation Pit

by Thomas Seifrid Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

Written at the height of Stalin's first "five-year plan" for the industrialization of Soviet Russia and the parallel campaign to collectivize Soviet agriculture, Andrei Platonov's The Foundation Pit registers...


Surviving Sudden Environmental Change

by Jago Cooper Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

Archaeologists have long encountered evidence of natural disasters through excavation and stratigraphy. In Surviving Sudden Environmental Change, case studies examine how eight different past human communities—ranging...


Cultivating Femininity

by Rebecca Corbett Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

The overwhelming majority of tea practitioners in contemporary Japan are women, but there has been little discussion on their historical role in tea culture (chanoyu). In Cultivating Femininity, Rebecca Corbett...


The Englishman from Lebedian'

by J. A. E. Curtis Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

After Evgeny Zamiatin emigrated from the USSR in 1931, he was systematically airbrushed out of Soviet literary history, despite the central role he had played in the cultural life of Russia’s northern capital...


Written Culture in a Colonial Context

by Adrien Delmas Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

There is very little in the modern literature on the history of written culture that describes the specific practices related to writing that were anchored in colonial contexts. It was not just ships, soldiers,...


Words and Image in Russian History

by Maria Di Salvo Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

''Word and Image'' invokes and honors the scholarly contributions of Gary Marker. Twenty scholars from Russia, the United Kingdom, Italy, Ukraine and the United States examine some of the main themes of Marker’s...


Maternal Bodies

by Nora Doyle Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

This new approach to the history of motherhood examines the role the female body played in defining motherhood from the mid-eighteenth century through the first half of the nineteenth century, demonstrating...


Belomor

by Julie S. Draskoczy Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

Containing analyses of everything from prisoner poetry to album covers, Belomor: Criminality and Creativity in Stalin’s Gulag moves beyond the simplistic good/evil paradigm that often accompanies Gulag scholarship....


A People's History of the Second World War

by Donny Gluckstein Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

A People's History of the Second World War unearths the fascinating history of the war as fought 'from below'. Until now, the vast majority of historical accounts have focused on the conflict between the Allied...


The Capture of a Slaver

by John Taylor Wood Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

A true personal account of the capture of a slave-running ship by a United States gunship in the fleet assigned for the suppression of the slave trade. It is told in 1900 by John Taylor Wood, who, 50 years earlier,...


Urbain Grandier

by Alexandre Dumas Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

On June 2, 1630, Father Urbain Grandier, the parish priest of St.-Pierre-du-March? of Loudun, France, was accused of witchcraft by a group of Ursuline nuns. Grandier, a politically-influential priest with a...


Saint Joan

by George Bernard Shaw Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Saint Joan is a 1923 play by Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw depicting the life of Joan of Arc.


Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan, Vol 2

by Lafcadio Hearn Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan is a bewitching look into a world that few Westerners saw in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—a world that still endures in many ways in spite of the changes that...


Ali Pacha

by Alexandre Dumas Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

In this seventh volume of his Celebrated Crimes, Dumas tells the three tales: of the brutal excesses of Ali Pacha; the tale of the Countess of Saint Geran;and of Murat, whose courage became a legend in the days...


The Borgias

by Alexandre Dumas Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

There are dreadful -- perhaps scurrilous -- rumors about the Borgias of renaissance Italy, and here Dumas, author of such classics as THE THREE MUSKETEERS, in his Celebrated Crimes series, dishes up the dirt...


The Cenci

by Alexandre Dumas Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Beatrice Cenci was the son of Francesco Cenci, an aristocrat who, due to his violent temper and immoral behaviour, had found himself in trouble with the papal justice more than once. In Rome, they lived in a...


Countess de Saint-Geran

by Alexandre Dumas Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

There were two tables in the principal eating-room. The provost took possession of one, leaving the other to the soldiers, who went in turn to tether their horses under a shed in the back yard; then he pointed...


Derues

by Alexandre Dumas Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Derues Celebrated Crimes by Alexandre Dumas pere One September afternoon in 1751, towards half-past five, about a score of small boys, chattering, pushing, and tumbling over one another like a covey of partridges,...


Joan of Naples

by Alexandre Dumas Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

It is the story of crimes against the royalty. The vast split between the masses and the elite, the frustration and aggravation in the masses, heedlessness of the authorities and the consequences thereof are...


The Marquise de Ganges

by Alexandre Dumas Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

In this, the 18th of the series, Dumas explores the history of a famous French aristocratic family: that of Marie de Rossan, also known as Diane de Joannis de Roussan and as Anne-Elisabeth De Rossan, but in...


Martin Guerre

by Alexandre Dumas Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Martin Guerre is a classic French history work by Alexandre Dumas. Martin Guerre, a French peasant of the 16th century, was at the center of a famous case of imposture. Several years after Martin Guerre had...


Vaninka

by Alexandre Dumas Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

It was first published as part of his eight-volume series "Celebrated Crimes" (1839-40), and recounts the true story of brutal torture and execution in the city of St. Petersburg. A thrilling and authentic retelling...


Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail

by Howard R. Driggs & Ezra Meeker Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Oregon Trail--what suggestion the name carries of the heroic toil of pioneers! Yet a few years' ago the route of the trail was only vaguely known. Then public interest was awakened by the report that one...


Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan, Vol 1

by Lafcadio Hearn Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A Japanese magic-lantern show is essentially dramatic. It is a play of which the dialogue is uttered by invisible personages, the actors and the scenery being only luminous shadows. Wherefore it is peculiarly...