catégorie de Histoire

The landscape of history: how historians map the past

What is history and why should we study it? Is there such a thing as historical truth? Is history a science? One of the most accomplished historians at work today, John Lewis Gaddis, answers these and other questions in this short, witty, and humane book. The Landscape of History provides asearching look at the historian's craft, as well as a strong argument for why a historical consciousness should matter to us today.Gaddis points out that while the historical method is more sophisticated than most historians realize, it doesn't require unintelligible prose to explain. Like cartographers mapping landscapes, historians represent what they can never replicate. In doing so, they combine the techniques ofartists, geologists, paleontologists, and evolutionary biologists. Their approaches parallel, in intriguing ways, the new sciences of chaos, complexity, and criticality. They don't much resemble what happens in the social sciences, where the pursuit of independent variables functioning with staticsystems seems increasingly divorced from the world as we know it. So who's really being scientific and who isn't? This question too is one Gaddis explores, in ways that are certain to spark interdisciplinary controversy.Written in the tradition of Marc Bloch and E.H. Carr, The Landscape of History is at once an engaging introduction to the historical method for beginners, a powerful reaffirmation of it for practitioners, a startling challenge to social scientists, and an effective skewering of post-modernistclaims that we can't know anything at all about the past. It will be essential reading for anyone who reads, writes, teaches, or cares about history.

publié le 21-01-2020 - 14 vues
What is a CV?

A CV is a short list of facts about you and your work history, skills, qualifications and experience. A good CV is essential when looking for work and it is worth spending time getting it right so it sells you to an employer.

publié le 20-01-2020 - 18 vues
Mistress of the Web

IT ALL BEGINS IN THIS STUNNING FIRST NOVEL! Born in rage, a killer before she left the amniotic sac, the Lady Desdemona is a genetically enhanced vampire, a death goddess with three thousand years of bloody history tucked under her belt - and no signs of slowing down. In the festering city of Golgotha Falls high technology meshes uncomfortably with ancient ritual - here there are doorways that exist in the very fabric of space and time, software programmes that can overwrite a man's personality, monsters born on the dark side of physics and demons that bypass the laws of physics altogether. Golgotha Falls is a city that caters to every unholy fetish and every sordid desire, a technological wonderland with a dark, toxic underbelly.

publié le 18-01-2020 - 40 vues
Anatomie du nazisme

Qu’est-ce ?ue le nazisme ? L’interr?gati?n s?ule?ant l’im?érieuse nécessité de définiti?n ??sée en 1985 ?ar Ian Kersha? dans s?n maître ?u?rage é??nyme dessine les c?nt?urs d’une délimitati?n ayant fluctué au fil des inter?rétati?ns hist?ri?ues. C?urant de ?ensée ? M?u?ement ??liti?ue ? Idé?l?gie ?

publié le 18-01-2020 - 30 vues
Agent with a History

It's been one long day for Lisa and her headache is living proof of it. Most of it she blamed on the full moon outside. Things always got crazy this time of the month, but this month was exceptional. She needed sleep bad and only hoped the nightmares that haunted her would leave her alone for at least one night. They don't. She wakes up as usual screaming only to find out that her nightmare has just begun, because she's not alone in her room.

publié le 17-01-2020 - 46 vues
Chosen (Majaos, Book 1)

Majaos is a world of magic. Magic is Life. It flows all around, infusing almost every living thing. Not that everyone is a professional mage. The people of Majaos - the elves and dwarves, hobbits and gnomes, orcs and humans - are diverse in their aptitude for magic as for anything else. On the continent of Mythallen, Techmagic devices bring light and warmth, comfort and security to homes and businesses everywhere. But now the world is threatened by powerful new magic. Old magic. Magic that should be impossible. An Ancient threat has returned. Hiding in plain sight for years, she has learned everything she needs while the world has forgotten its history. At last she has made her move and war has begun

publié le 17-01-2020 - 49 vues
Deviations: Destiny

Book 3 in the Deviations series. Don't miss Covenant, Appetite and Bloodlines. Unrest simmers in the region. Repeated acts of sabotage threaten Promontory's Destiny supply, while Crossroads teeters on the brink of bankruptcy. Bent on destroying Destiny Farm, TripStone arrives in Promontory as an advance scout for Gria's forces. But the more she learns about that city and its history, the more she doubts her mission. And the more she learns about BrushBurn, the more her feelings for him tear her apart. Unaware of the mission, Ghost fears TripStone dead as he struggles to protect his new family. The very people hiding them are under pressure to unlock Destiny's secrets, giving Masari control of the drug...

publié le 17-01-2020 - 47 vues
Meddlers in Time

You can't change history, can you? No- but you can make a new reality, when you alter events. A small band of time-travelling adventurers recruit a specialist team, mainly of engineers, and set about advancing 9th century technology. While doing this, they have to fight off invasions, win over the local population and have a bit of fun along the way. Leaving Earth for a temporary base many light-years away, they train and prepare for the time jump back to the 9th century. Following the jump, they establish a stronghold and start making contact with the local inhabitants. Meanwhile, a more deadly mission is changing the political structure of this world ...

publié le 15-01-2020 - 24 vues
Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun by Wess Roberts

In the runaway bestseller Leadership Secrets Of Attila The Hun, author Wess Roberts draws from the imaginary thoughts of one of history's most effective and least beloved leaders, Attila the Hun, to discover leadership principles you can apply to your own situation.

publié le 14-01-2020 - 44 vues
Healing the Inner Child

. Inside this eBook, you will discover the topics about healing the inner child basics, the history of the healing the inner child movement, Carl Jung’s contribution, understanding the spiritual connection, understanding why we are here, learning to trust, learning to forgive yourself and others, tools used in healing the inner child, variations per region and what the critics and proponents have to say.

publié le 13-01-2020 - 41 vues
Léon l’africain

Cette autobiographie imaginaire part d’une histoire vraie. En 1518, un ambassadeur maghrébin, de retour d’un pèlerinage à La Mecque, est capturé par des pirates siciliens, et offert en cadeau à Léon X. Ce voyageur s’appelait Hassan al-Wazzan. Il devint le géographe Jean-Léon de Médicis, dit Léon l’Africain. Sa vie, que ponctuent les grands événements de son temps, est fascinante: il se trouvait à Grenade pendant la Reconquista, d’où il a dû fuir l’Inquisition, en Égypte lors de la conquête du pays par les Ottomans, en Afrique noire à l’apogée de l’empire de l’Askia Mohamed Touré, enfin à Rome aux plus belles heures de la Renaissance, ainsi qu’au moment du sac de la ville par les soldats de Charles Quint. Homme d’Orient et d’Occident, homme d’Afrique et d’Europe, on pouvait difficilement trouver personnage dont la vie corresponde davantage à l’époque étonnante que fut le xvie siècle.

publié le 11-01-2020 - 144 vues
The Dark Key

A young Librarian, Matthew, witnesses a supernatural event. The result of which sends him searching for answers to the vision. The answers, however, come looking for him in the form of ghostly monks from the local abbey and thugs of a demon worshipping order. He finds out that he must destroy a key used to lock the gates to the Dark Realm before it is found by dark forces. Matthew also finds out about a feud between two demons which has rumbled through centuries of human history.

publié le 10-01-2020 - 49 vues
Mon combat (Mein kampf)

Commencé pendant les neuf mois de sa détention à la prison de Landsberg à la suite du putsch de la Brasserie, l'ouvrage contient des éléments autobiographiques.

publié le 10-01-2020 - 139 vues
A Brief History of Time

A landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawking’s book explores such profound questions as: How did the universe begin—and what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending—or are there boundaries? Are there other dimensions in space? What will happen when it all ends? Told in language we all can understand, A Brief History of Time plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks, of antimatter and “arrows of time,” of the big bang and a bigger God—where the possibilities are wondrous and unexpected. With exciting images and profound imagination, Stephen Hawking brings us closer to the ultimate secrets at the very heart of creation.

publié le 09-01-2020 - 52 vues
The Caloris Network: A Scientific Novel

The year is 2130. The first-ever expedition is sent to Mercury to search for the cause of an unknown source of electromagnetic radiation that can destroy space ships passing by the planet. Thought to be inhospitable and lifeless, the surface of Mercury provides startling surprises for the crew that endanger their lives and challenge their established notions of what it means to be a sentient being. And some of the crew members have their own separate agendas …The scientific appendix at the end of the book introduces readers to the wondrous world of Mercury and how it has been portrayed in literary fiction up to the present time. The author then uses scientific literature to present a concept of life that is not based on carbon chemistry or the need for water. There is also a discussion of consciousness based on electromagnetic wave theory. References are provided for further reading.Nick Kanas is an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, where he directed the group therapy training program. For over 20 years he conducted research on group therapy, and for nearly 20 years after that he was the Principal Investigator of NASA-funded research on astronauts and cosmonauts. He is the co-author of Space Psychology and Psychiatry, which won the 2004 International Academy of Astronautics Life Science Book Award, and the author of Humans in Space: The Psychological Hurdles, which won the 2016 International Academy of Astronautics Life Science Book Award. Dr. Kanas has presented talks on space psychology and on celestial mapping at several regional and Worldcon science fiction conventions. A Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (London), he has been an amateur astronomer for over 50 years and is an avid reader of science fiction. He is also the author of two non-fiction books (Star Maps: History, Artistry, and Cartography and Solar System Maps: From Antiquity to the Space Age) and two science fiction novels (The New Martians and The Protos Mandate), all published by Springer

publié le 06-01-2020 - 87 vues
Incident on Simpac III: A Scientific Novel

A few hundred years into the future, a wave of space colonization follows a disastrous earlier attempt to inhabit nearby extrasolar planets. It is guided by a new computational method based on massive data-driven socio-cultural and socio-epidemiological modeling and using novel biological computers, fed with data on Earth’s history of successes and failures. Yet, in the newly settled Simpac system, some unexpected and worrying anomalies begin cropping up, making an urgent expedition to the system necessary: is it the underlying data, the computations, or is some unknown entity tampering with the space colonization program? A race against time ensues as the lives of four strangers begin to converge. While grounded in the social systems aspect, the author posits that the future is likely to be characterized by more biology-based tools than most contemporary science fiction – which most often relies entirely on non-biological hardware in terms of advanced technologies – predicts. The result is an entertaining and skillful blend of thriller and SF, complemented by a nontechnical appendix describing the underlying science.

publié le 06-01-2020 - 77 vues
''Indian'' Stereotypes in TV Science Fiction: First Nations' Voices Speak Out

These shows made me sad, reminding me of all my people have lost due to forced or voluntary assimilation into white society. Our language, our traditions, our history, our stories, our identity, they have all been diminished." --A study participant According to an early 1990s study, 95 percent of what college students know about Native Americans was acquired through the media, leading to widespread misunderstandings of First Nations peoples. Sierra Adare contends that negative "Indian" stereotypes do physical, mental, emotional, and financial harm to First Nations individuals. At its core, this book is a social study whose purpose is to explore the responses of First Nations peoples to representative "Indian" stereotypes portrayed within the TV science fiction genre. Participants in Adare's study viewed episodes from My Favorite Martian, Star Trek, Star Trek: Voyager, Quantum Leap, The Adventures of Superman, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Reactions by viewers range from optimism to a deep-rooted sadness. The strongest responses came after viewing a Superman episode's depiction of an "evil medicine man" who uses a ceremonial pipe to kill a warrior. The significance of First Nations peoples' responses and reactions are both surprising and profound. After publication of "Indian" Stereotypes in TV Science Fiction, ignorance can no longer be used as an excuse for Hollywood's irresponsible depiction of First Nations peoples' culture, traditions, elders, religious beliefs, and sacred objects

publié le 05-01-2020 - 72 vues
A Brief History of Time

A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes is a popular-science book on cosmology (the study of the Universe) by British physicist Stephen Hawking.[1] It was first published in 1988. Hawking wrote the book for non-specialist readers with no prior knowledge of scientific theories.

publié le 03-01-2020 - 82 vues
La passion Jeanne d'Arc

N é? ?n 1412 ?ans l? p?upl?, mis? à mort ?n 1431 comm? un? misérabl? sorcièr?, J?ann? ?’Arc n’a pas vécu vingt ans. Et pourtant ?ll? vit ?ncor?, six siècl?s après, ?ans la mémoir? ?t sous l?s y?ux ?? c?ux ?ui crois?nt sa statu? ?ans l?s ru?s ou l?s églis?s. Voilà ?? ?uoi intrigu?r l? public. Voilà ?? ?uoi int?rrog?r l’?istori?n. Pour c? ??rni?r, ?? prim? abor?, c’?st un su??t ?n or. L?s sourc?s ?ui nous r?ns?ign?nt sur ?ll? sont ?xc?ptionn?ll?m?nt ric??s au r?gar? ?? s?s obscur?s origin?s. Aucun p?rsonnag? ?? niv?au social comparabl? n’?st éclairé, au XV ? siècl?, par ??s arc?iv?s ?u?iciair?s aussi ?étaillé?s ni par autant ?? récits ou ?? réfl?xions, sans parl?r ??s imag?s.

publié le 02-01-2020 - 61 vues
Time Management for Mercenaries

How do Travel, Adventure and Good Pay sound to you? Can you handle a bow, a spear, perhaps a sword? Join a team of men and women to forever alter history--for better or worse. Come on! What's the worst that can happen? Sickness, death by misadventure, some mistake that drops you in the middle of nowhere, instant oblivion? Sure, but look on the bright side. Well... No, I can't actually describe the bright side--our project is confidential. But you do like adventure, don't you? And how's your attitude toward a bit of looting and pillaging?

publié le 01-01-2020 - 82 vues
When Women Were Warriors: Book 1

In Book I of the trilogy, Tamras, our hero, arrives in Merin's house to begin her apprenticeship as a warrior, but her small stature causes many, including Tamras herself, to doubt that she will ever become a competent swordswoman. To make matters worse, the Lady Merin assigns her the position of companion, little more than a personal servant, to a woman who came to Merin's house, seemingly out of nowhere, the previous winter, and this stranger wants nothing to do with Tamras. Tamras's journey begins with the smallest of steps. She sets aside her disappointment and performs as well as she can the humble tasks given her, and eventually she succeeds in winning the trust and then the friendship of the cantankerous warrior to whom she has been assigned ...

publié le 01-01-2020 - 62 vues
The Immortals of Meluha

Just how much Shiva rocks the imagination is made grandiosely obvious in The Immortals of Meluha... Shiva’s journey from cool dude... to Mahadev... is a reader’s delight... What really engages is the author’s crafting of Shiva, with almost boy-worship joy’

publié le 31-12-2019 - 66 vues
Rubber - A Story of Glory and Greed

History, war, bloodshed and even romance ... it's all contained in this Classic Rapra Reprint! The book is targeted at the general reader, it's both informative and entertaining. It will also be interesting to students of the history of science, as well as to those who work with rubber on a day-to-day basis and those who would like to know more about the background of the rubber that they are working with. Rubber - A Story of Glory and Greed was the first attempt at a comprehensive history of rubber, when it was first published in 1936. This impressive book is a popular account of rubber and covers its history, background, how it was discovered and how it grows, the scandal of its exploitation, the big business of rubber, foreign and domestic, the first attempts to make synthetic rubber, rubber invention and research, and manufacturing of products using rubber. When this book was first written it was felt that there was a need for a general history of rubber as the modern world was so dependent upon rubber for transportation, communications and electric power. We are still dependent on rubber in today's world and so this book is still of great value to all involved in the industry

publié le 31-12-2019 - 92 vues
Bittersweet: The Story of Sugar

This social and historical exploration traces the history of sugarcane from its home in New Guinea to Shakespeare's England. Fascinating sugar lore and anecdotes are included, such as how Queen Elizabeth I became so partial to hippocras (mulled wine), sugared almonds, and pastilles that her teeth turned completely black. Explored are the political and sociological impacts of sugar on the world and the tremendous riches available to the unscrupulous few who grew and sold it. The days of manual processing are described, when fortunes were built on the backbreaking labor of slaves. The resulting wars and geopolitical shifts that have shaped the modern world are discussed in detail.

publié le 31-12-2019 - 81 vues
A Story of Everything

Lawson provides a comprehensive look at the history of western thought, the evolution of science and its attempts to provide us with a ''theory of everything'' and an evaluation of the relativist multiple truths.

publié le 31-12-2019 - 80 vues
Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk

A Business Week, New York Times Business, and USA Today Bestseller"Ambitious and readable . . . an engaging introduction to the oddsmakers, whom Bernstein regards as true humanists helping to release mankind from the choke holds of superstition and fatalism." -The New York Times"An extraordinarily entertaining and informative book." -The Wall Street Journal"A lively panoramic book . . . Against the Gods sets up an ambitious premise and then delivers on it." -Business Week"Deserves to be, and surely will be, widely read." -The Economist"[A] challenging book, one that may change forever the way people think about the world." -Worth"No one else could have written a book of such central importance with so much charm and excitement." -Robert Heilbroner author, The Worldly Philosophers"With his wonderful knowledge of the history and current manifestations of risk, Peter Bernstein brings us Against the Gods. Nothing like it will come out of the financial world this year or ever. I speak carefully: no one should miss it." -John Kenneth Galbraith Professor of Economics Emeritus, Harvard UniversityIn this unique exploration of the role of risk in our society, Peter Bernstein argues that the notion of bringing risk under control is one of the central ideas that distinguishes modern times from the distant past. Against the Gods chronicles the remarkable intellectual adventure that liberated humanity from oracles and soothsayers by means of the powerful tools of risk management that are available to us today."An extremely readable history of risk." -Barron's"Fascinating . . . this challenging volume will help you understand the uncertainties that every investor must face." -Money"A singular achievement." -Times Literary Supplement"There's a growing market for savants who can render the recondite intelligibly-witness Stephen Jay Gould (natural history), Oliver Sacks (disease), Richard Dawkins (heredity), James Gleick (physics), Paul Krugman (economics)-and Bernstein would mingle well in their company." -The Australian

publié le 31-12-2019 - 79 vues
And Then There Were None

First, there were ten—a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal—and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.

publié le 30-12-2019 - 76 vues

Brida, une jeune Irlandaise à la recherche de la Connaissance, s'intéresse depuis toujours aux différents aspects de la magie, mais elle aspire à quelque chose de plus. Sa quête l'amène à rencontrer des personnes d'une grande sagesse, qui lui font découvrir le monde spirituel : un mage habitant la forêt lui apprend à vaincre ses peurs et à croire en la bonté de l'univers ; une magicienne lui explique comment danser au rythme du monde et invoquer la lune. Brida part alors à la rencontre de son destin. Parviendra-t-elle à réconcilier sa vie amoureuse et son désir de tout quitter pour devenir sorcière ? Ce roman enchanté renoue avec des thèmes chers aux lecteurs de Paulo Coelho : le conteur y tisse un récit qui mêle amour, passion, mystère et spiritualité.

publié le 30-12-2019 - 69 vues