Treason of the Heart: From Thomas Paine to Kim Philby

By David Pryce-Jones

Treason of the Heart is an account of British those who took up international motives. no longer mercenaries, then, yet ideologues. just about all have been what this day we'd name radicals or activists, who inspiration they knew greater than whichever bunch of backward or oppressed humans it used to be they'd come to avoid wasting. often they have been using to others what they observed because the advantages in their tradition, and so evidently meritorious was once their tradition that they have been ready to be violent in implementing it. a few really hated their very own nation, even though, and observed themselves selling out of the country the values their very own retrograde govt was once blocking.

The ebook bargains with these like Thomas Paine who observed American independence because the premiere capability to harm England; the various who was hoping to unfold the French revolution after which have Napoleon triumph over England; historical characters like Lord Byron and Lawrence of Arabia who fought for the reasons that introduced them glory; ultimately those that took up Communism or Nazism. Treason of the Heart is not anything under the story of intellectuals deluded in regards to the impression of what they're doing – and as a result with speedy connection with today’s world.

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The Histories

Translated by way of Aubrey de Sélincourt with an advent and Notes by means of John M. Marincola.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the major writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the easiest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts improved by way of introductions and notes through exotic students and modern authors, in addition to up to date translations via award-winning translators.

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Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan

By William Dalrymple

From the prizewinning historian, a masterly retelling of the 1st Afghan battle, might be the West's maximum imperial catastrophe within the East: a huge parable of neocolonial ambition and cultural collision, folly, and hubris.

In the spring of 1839, the British invaded Afghanistan for the 1st time. Led by way of lancers in scarlet cloaks and plumed shakos, approximately 20,000 British and East India corporation troops poured during the excessive mountain passes and re-established at the throne Shah Shuja ul-Mulk.

On the way in which in, the British confronted little resistance. yet after years of profession, the Afghan humans rose in solution to the decision for jihad and the rustic exploded into violent uprising. the 1st Anglo-Afghan warfare led to Britain's maximum army humiliation of the 19th century: a complete military of the then strongest kingdom on the earth ambushed in retreat and completely routed by way of poorly built tribesmen.

Return of a King is the definitive research of the 1st Afghan struggle, advised during the lives of unforgettable characters on both sides and utilizing for the 1st time modern Afghan money owed of the clash, together with an important new fabric in Russian, Urdu and Persian from data in South Asia. Prize-winning and bestselling historian William Dalrymple's masterful retelling of Britain's maximum imperial catastrophe is a robust and critical parable of colonial ambition and cultural collision, folly and hubris, for our times.

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The International Human Rights Movement: A History (Human Rights and Crimes against Humanity)

By Aryeh Neier

During the earlier a number of many years, the overseas human rights stream has had an important hand within the fight opposed to totalitarian regimes, cruelties in wars, and crimes opposed to humanity. this day, it grapples with the conflict opposed to terror and next abuses of presidency energy. In The foreign Human Rights Movement, Aryeh Neier--a best determine and a founding father of the modern movement--offers a finished and authoritative account of this worldwide strength, from its beginnings within the 17th and eighteenth centuries to its crucial position in global affairs this present day. Neier combines research with own adventure, and provides a special insider's viewpoint at the movement's ambitions, the disputes approximately its venture, and its upward thrust to foreign significance.

Discussing the movement's origins, Neier seems on the dissenters who fought for spiritual freedoms in seventeenth-century England and the abolitionists who adverse slavery ahead of the Civil warfare period. He can pay targeted awareness to the interval from the Nineteen Seventies onward, and he describes the expansion of the human rights stream after the Helsinki Accords, the jobs performed via American presidential administrations, and the stunning Arab revolutions of 2011. Neier argues that the modern human rights circulation was once, to a wide volume, an outgrowth of the chilly warfare, and he demonstrates the way it grew to become the using effect in foreign legislations, associations, and rights. all through, Neier highlights key figures, controversies, and agencies, together with Amnesty foreign and Human Rights Watch, and he considers the demanding situations to return.

Illuminating and insightful, The foreign Human Rights Movement is a amazing account of an important international circulation, advised via a key determine in its evolution.

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Tiberius the Politician (Roman Imperial Biographies)

By Barbara Levick

Tiberius has consistently been probably the most enigmatic of the Roman emperors. while, his occupation is uniquely very important for the certainty of the Empire's improvement at the foundations laid by means of Augustus.
Barbara Levick deals a finished and interesting portrait of the lifestyles and instances of Tiberius, together with an exploration of his ancestry and his schooling, an research of his provincial and overseas coverage and an exam of his debauched ultimate years and his posthumous reputation.
This new version of Tiberius the Politician incorporates a new preface and a revised bibliography.

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Neokoroi: Greek Cities and Roman Emperors (Cincinnati Classical Studies,)

By Barbara Burrell

The neokoroi, or 'temple-wardens, ' have been Hellenized towns of the japanese Roman empire who obtained that identify for owning their provinces' temples to the dwelling emperor. This paintings collects and analyzes all of the facts for the neokoroi, together with their cash and inscriptions, modern and next ancient texts, and the archaeological is still of the temples themselves and the statues that stood inside them. there have been a minimum of thirty-seven neokoroi, and every is tested in a separate bankruptcy. the implications are then re-analyzed chronologically, clarifying the improvement of the establishment. eventually the statues, temples, towns, and provinces are in comparison, leading to new insights into the contention and hierarchy one of the towns, and the discussion of worship that similar them to their Roman overlords

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The Uses and Abuses of History

By Margaret MacMillan

Historical past could be a very great tool in figuring out why we and people we needs to take care of imagine and react in convinced methods. yet within the flawed arms it may be harmful and used to foster a feeling of complaint or a wish for revenge. Eminent historian Margaret MacMillan is occupied with the facility of heritage in our pondering. within the makes use of and Abuses of historical past, she issues out many of the traps that we will be able to fall into whilst assessing the current in mild of the earlier.

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100 Mistakes that Changed History: Backfires and Blunders That Collapsed Empires, Crashed Economies, and Altered the Course of Our World

By Berkley Trade

Accrued in a single quantity, listed below are backfires and errors that collapsed empires, crashed economies, and adjusted the process the area. From the Maginot Line to the Cuban Missile situation, background is full of undesirable strikes and not-so-bright principles that snowballed into mess ups and unintentional outcomes. This engrossing ebook seems to be at 100 such tipping issues. Japan bombs Pearl Harbor. The Caliphs of Baghdad spend themselves out of business. The Aztecs greet the Conquistadors with open hands. Mexico invitations the americans to Texas-and the american citizens by no means depart. And the remainder is history...

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The Iron Road: The Illustrated History of Railway

By Christian Wolmar

The Iron Road is filled with wondrous curiosities. were you aware that early trains in Australia have been pulled through convicts, or that elephants have been till lately used to shunt freight wagons in India? The world's most luxurious railway station, the Chhatrapati Shivaji terminal in Mumbai, took 10 years to construct. The longest attainable non-stop railway trip on the planet is the 10,600 miles among Algeciras in Spain and Ho Chi Minh urban in Vietnam. And the concept that Mussolini made the trains run on time is a delusion.

No invention, no longer even the net, has ever reworked the best way the realm traveled, labored, proposal, fought, ate, drank, made love--you identify it--the manner the teach did.

From the old second in September 1830 whilst the 1st educate satisfied among Liverpool and Manchester, united kingdom, there has been a race to put down tracks around the planet. Adventurers, visionaries, and rogues have been drawn to grandiose tasks linking far-off corners of the globe in a quest for wealth, energy, and nationwide solidarity. The achievements have been heroic: India's railway community was once the largest public works venture because the development of the pyramids. however the human charges have been large. within the 1850s, six thousand staff died throughout the building of the Panama railway, the world's first transcontinental line--120 for every mile of railroad. The cadavers have been pickled and bought to scientific faculties worldwide to defray expenses. yet for the shareholders, there have been fortunes to be made, and at their height, the railroads represented luxurious nearly past belief.

The Iron Road tells of serious invention, grand imaginative and prescient, mind-boggling engineering, army approach, colonial ambition, groundbreaking exchange adjustments, and social impact--all the ways in which railroads totally replaced the realm during which we are living.

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