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By Jeffrey Simpson. 2001
Simpson argues that with the Liberal Party's re-election to a third majority government, Canada is in danger of becoming a… de facto one-party state. He tries to make sense of what has been happening in three areas that are vital to Canadian democracy: the parliamentary system, the political parties, and the electorate. What has occurred within each of these spheres has directly influenced developments in the others. 2001.
By Tristram Hunt. 2009
Friedrich Engels was a textile magnate and fox-hunter, a raffish, high-living, heavy drinking devotee of the good things in life.… But Engels was also the man behind Karl Marx who for forty years funded him, looked after his children, soothed his furies, and provided one-half of history's most celebrated ideological partnership. He was co-author of The Manifesto of the Communist Party and co-founder of what would come to be known as Marxism. Interpreted and misinterpreted, quoted and misquoted, Friedrich Engels became one of the central architects of modern global socialism. 2009.
By Geraint H Jenkins. 1993
This study deals with the history of Wales from the civil war to the industrial revolution. It analyses the powerful… social forces which took an impoverished, downtrodden nation to the threshold of unprecedented social, economic and political change. 1993.
By Jim O'Connor, Tim O'Connor. 1995
This is the story of a relatively unknown sports personality who could not be part of the golf 'system'. While… his life was unconventional, his golf is considered exceptional. An unpolished man, he is a legend in the amateur ranks in Canada, owning 33 course records from the 1950's. 1995.
By Raymond Fraser. 1981
By Norman Mailer. 1975
By Deborah Cadbury. 2000
The text tells the story of the bitter feud between Gideon Mantell, who uncovered giant bones in a Sussex quarry… and became obsessed with the ancient past and Richard Owen, patronised by royalty, the Prime Minister and the aristocracy, who scooped the credit for the discovery of the dinosaurs. Their struggle was to create a new science that would change man's perception of his place in the universe. 2000.
By Alex Wheatle. 2009
In 1683, two empires - the Ottoman, based in Constantinople, and the Habsburg dynasty in Vienna - came face to… face in the culmination of a 250-year power struggle: the Great Siege of Vienna. Within the city walls the choice of resistance over surrender to the largest army ever assembled by the Turks created an all-or-nothing scenario: every last survivor would be enslaved or ruthlessly slaughtered. Both sides remained resolute, sustained by hatred of their age-old enemy, certain that their victory would be won by the grace of God. 2009.
By James Schmidt. 2005
In this course, Boston University professor James Schmidt offers a balanced assessment of the Enlightenment, considering both its achievements and… its shortcomings and focusing not only on its most important intellectual achievements but also on the strange and often colourful characters that populated it. 2005.
By Ann Williams. 1995
This text escapes the traditional view of the Norman Conquest by examining the more truly representative experience of the lesser… lords and landowners among the English, who survived the Conquest and settlement, adapted to foreign customs and preserved much of the native tradition and culture. 1995.
By Ron Graham, Pierre Elliott Trudeau. 1998
This collection brings together many of Trudeau's most well know writings relating to Canadian political issues. Some topics covered include… free enterprise, the role of the state, democracy and the state of Quebec. 1998.
By Robert Cottrell. 1993
On June 30, 1997, Britain ended its colonial rule over Hong Kong, the wealthy city state with six million people.… The terms of the handover to China were to be those set out in a Joint Declaration initialled by Britain and China in 1984. This is an account of the diplomacy behind that settlement, and the prospects that lay ahead for Hong Kong. 1993.
By Joachim C Fest, Michael Bullock. 1972
This text is a psychological profile of both individual Nazi leaders and various sections of German society at the time.… Through this approach though, the main causes of the rise of Hitler and the Nazis are explained. Among other things, Fest illustrates the essential nihilism of the Nazi movement, whose ideology was based on the acquisition of power as an end rather than a means. The vacuous adoration of and devotion to Hitler was in itself a cornerstone of Nazi philosophy, the Fuhrer cult providing the basis for Fest's religious analogies. He also discusses how initially vague assertions of Aryan superiority and Semitic evil were later focused after the seizure of power, developed and expanded on by Himmler and the SS. 1972. Uniform title: Das Gesicht des Dritten Reiches.
By Stephen J Lee. 1987
"European Dictatorships 1918–1945" surveys the extraordinary circumstances leading to, and arising from, the transformation of over half of Europe’s states… to dictatorships between the first and the second World Wars. It describes the course of dictatorship in Europe before and during the Second World War, and examines the phenomenon of dictatorship itself and the widely different forms it can take. 1987.
By David Halberstam. 2006
David Halberstam offers listeners this moving profile of NFL coaching legend Bill Belichick. Early in his life, Bill realized he… had a special aptitude for football and teaching. During his 31 years in the league, he would parlay a lifetime of experience into one of the most successful careers in NFL history. Bestseller. 2006.
By Primo Levi. 1988
Primo Levi spent over a year in the Auschwitz concentration camp. This book is an attempt to make some sense… of his experiences, and to try to understand how a nation could set up a system to butcher millions of people. Eventually he gave up the struggle to come to terms with it and committed suicide in 1987. 1988.
By Charles Higham. 1988
In 1936, King Edward VIII of Great Britain abdicated the throne to marry Mrs. Wallis Simpson, a divorced American. Using… new information obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, the author details Wallis' life with her first husband, her years in China, her possible role with the Nazis, and her relationship with the Royal Family. Some descriptions of sex. 1988.
By Aldous Huxley. 1952
A reconstruction of sensational occurrences at the Ursuline Convent in Loudun during the early 1600s. After a group of nuns… were swept into a prolonged state of frenzy, they accused Urbain Grandier, Loudun's parson, of witchcraft. Huxley includes insights of modern psychology as well as his own speculations on good and evil. 1952.
By Neil Hanson. 2002
In 1666, a ten-month drought had turned London into a tinderbox, and when the spark ignited, there was no stopping… it. Gales, dry timber and the riverside warehouses full of flammable goods ensured that five days later city was in ruins. This is the human story of that "dreadful judgement". Includes strong language. 2002.
By Karen Elizabeth Gordon. 1997