The Himalayas : An Encyclopedia of Geography, History, and Culture
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The Himalayas : An Encyclopedia of Geography, History, and Culture

A thorough and detailed resource that describes the history, culture, and geography of the Himalayan region, providing an indispensable reference work to both general readers and seasoned scholars in the field. • Presents invaluable insights into the dynamics that have shaped the Himalayan region over human history • Provides a context for understanding the importance of the region to a larger understanding of globalization and key r...

Aircraft of World War II: 300 of the World's Greatest Aircraft 1939-1945
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Aircraft of World War II: 300 of the World's Greatest Aircraft 1939-1945

From the moment World War II began--with the German invasion of Poland--to its end in 1945 with the American bombings of Hiroshima/Nagasaki, it was clear that aircraft would play a crucial tactical role. Afterwards, air power became the absolute arbiter of the new world order that emerged from that cataclysmic confrontation. Here are 300 of the top planes from both the Axis and Allied forces, including the famous Supermarine Spitfire...

American Spy: Wry Reflections on My Life in the CIA
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American Spy: Wry Reflections on My Life in the CIA

This is a book worth reading. Written with panache and tinged with humor it describes the life and 13 year career of a CIA case officer as experienced by the author as he moved from one undercover assignment to another. At times, his life was at great peril, at other times less so, but at all times it was a life filled with adventure, challenges, successes, frustrations, surprises, and ironies. The vignette style format used to tell ...

Double Emperor : The Life and Times of Francis of Austria
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Double Emperor : The Life and Times of Francis of Austria

For forty-three years, Francis I of Austria ruled a vast heterogenous Empire that came to dominate the continent of Europe. Ascending Charlemagne’s thousand-year throne of the Holy Roman Empire at the age of twenty-four on the unexpected death of his father, this scion of the ancient Habsburg dynasty became the first Emperor of Austria and for two years, the only Double Emperor in history. Both the father in law of Napoleon Bonaparte...

Nago Grandma and White Papa: Candomble and the Creation of Afro-Brazilian Identity (Latin America in Translation En Traduccion
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Nago Grandma and White Papa: Candomble and the Creation of Afro-Brazilian Identity

A recognized classic in the literature on African Brazilian religions, Nago Grandma and White Papa is an important case study of social identity formation as a relational process involving the 'political' mobilization of cultural markers to define group differences. Dantas's book remains surprisingly relevant to current theoretical debates on these questions as well as to the area of African diaspora studies.--Robert Slenes, Universi...

The Expansion of Christianity: A Gazetteer of Its First Three Centuries (Supplements to Vigiliae Christianae, V. 69)
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The Expansion of Christianity: A Gazetteer of Its First Three Centuries

This volume covers the geographical spread of Christianity in its first three centuries. It is arranged by continents - Asia, Europe and Africa - to show the gradual development of Christian communities down to the Council of Nicaea in 325. The area surveyed stretches from Wales to the borders of India, and from the Northern coasts of the Black Sea to the plains of Morocco. The result is a picture not only of the outward development ...

Franco-America in the Making : The Creole Nation Within
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Franco-America in the Making : The Creole Nation Within

Every June the city of Lowell, Massachusetts, celebrates Franco-American Day, raising the Franco-American flag and hosting events designed to commemorate French culture in the Americas. Though there are twenty million French speakers and people of French or francophone descent in North America, making them the fifth-largest ethnic group in the United States, their cultural legacy has remained nearly invisible. Events like Franco-Amer...

Jewish Messiahs in a Christian Empire: A History of the Book of Zerubbabel
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Jewish Messiahs in a Christian Empire: A History of the Book of Zerubbabel

“In the process of analyzing the most famous and detailed medieval Jewish apocalypse work and unraveling its many puzzles, Himmelfarb develops a striking new account of the history of Jewish messianism from the Bible to the Middle Ages. This book is groundbreaking and innovative, opening the way for a whole new era in the study of post-Christian Judaism.”―Annette Yoshiko Reed, University of Pennsylvania

Socialism across the Iron Curtain: Socialist Parties in East and West and the Reconstruction of Europe after 1945
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Socialism across the Iron Curtain

This innovative pan-European history of post-war socialism challenges the East-West paradigm that still dominates accounts of post-war Europe. Jan De Graaf offers a comparative study of the ways in which the French, Italian and Polish socialist parties and the Czechoslovakian Social Democratic Party dealt with the problems of socio-economic and political reconstruction. Drawing on archival documents in seven languages, De Graaf revea...