Why coincidences, miracles and rare events happen all the time
Author: David Hand
Publisher: Random House
Why is it that incredibly unlikely phenomena actually happen quite regularly and why should we, in fact, expect such things to happen? Here, in this highly original book - aimed squarely at anyone with an interest in coincidences, probability or gambling - eminent statistician David Hand answers this question by weaving together various strands of probability into a unified explanation, which he calls the improbability principle. This is a book that will appeal not only to those who love stories about startling coincidences and extraordinarily rare events, but also to those who are interested in how a single bold idea links areas as diverse as gambling, the weather, airline disasters and creative writing as well as the origin of life and even the universe. The Improbability Principle will change your perspective on how the world works – and tell you what the Bible code and Shakespeare have in common, how to win the lottery, why Apple's song shuffling was made less random to seem more random. Oh and why lightning does in fact strike twice...
Urbanization Processes and Global Production Networks
Author: Boris Vormann
Category: Social Science
As the material anchors of globalization, North America’s global port cities channel flows of commodities, capital, and tourists. This book explores how economic globalization processes have shaped these cities' political institutions, social structures, and urban identities since the mid-1970s. Although the impacts of financialization on global cities have been widely discussed, it is curious that how the global integration of commodity chains actually happens spatially — creating a quantitatively new, global organization of production, distribution, and consumption processes — remains understudied. The book uses New York City, Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Montreal as case studies of how once-redundant spaces have been reorganized, and crucially, reinterpreted, so as to accommodate new flows of goods and people — and how, in these processes, social, environmental, and security costs of global production networks have been shifted to the public.
Author: Matthew Wilhelm Kapell,Stephen McVeigh
Category: Performing Arts
Among the most expensive—and most profitable—films of all time, the works of James Cameron have had a profound effect upon popular culture and the technology of moviemaking. Yet the very blockbuster nature of his films means that the political commentary, cultural discourse and rich symbolism within the works are often overlooked. From The Terminator to Avatar, the director has evinced a persistence of themes, concerns and visions that capture the contemporary zeitgeist. This collection of essays on James Cameron’s films, written by a diverse group of scholars from a wide range of disciplines, provides a comprehensive exploration of the work and legacy of one of America’s foremost filmmakers.
Changing Attitudes in England 1500-1800
Author: Keith Thomas
Publisher: Penguin UK
'Man and the Natural World, an encyclopaedic study of man's relationship to animals and plants, is completely engrossing ... It explains everything - why we eat what we do, why we plant this and not that, why we keep pets, why we like some animals and not others, why we kill the things we kill and love the things we love ... It is often a funny book and one to read again and again' Paul Theroux, Sunday Times 'The English historian Keith Thomas has revealed modes of thought and ways of life deeply strange to us' Hilary Mantel, New York Review of Books 'A treasury of unusual historical anecdote ... a delight to read and a pleasure to own' Auberon Waugh, Sunday Telegraph 'A dense and rich work ... the return to the grass roots of our own environmental convictions is made by the most enchantingly minor paths' Ronald Blythe, Guardian
Author: Dr Armina Galijaš,Mr Rory Archer,Professor Florian Bieber
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Category: Political Science
Countries rarely disappear off the map. In the 20th century, only a few countries shared this fate with Yugoslavia. The dissolution of Yugoslavia led to the largest war in Europe since 1945, massive human rights violations and over 100,000 victims. Debating the End of Yugoslavia is less an attempt to re-write the dissolution of Yugoslavia, or to provide a different narrative, than to take stock and reflect on the scholarship to date. New sources and data offer fresh avenues of research avoiding the passion of the moment that often characterized research published during the wars and provide contemporary perspectives on the dissolution. The book outlines the state of the debate rather than focusing on controversies alone and maps how different scholarly communities have reflected on the dissolution of the country, what arguments remain open in scholarly discourse and highlights new, innovative paths to study the period.
The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. s Dream
Author: Gary Younge
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Category: Political Science
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DELIVERED his powerful “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963. Fifty years later, the speech endures as a defining moment in the civil rights movement. It continues to be heralded as a beacon in the ongoing struggle for racial equality. This gripping book is rooted in new and important interviews with Clarence Jones, a close friend of and draft speechwriter for Martin Luther King Jr., and Joan Baez, a singer at the march, as well as Angela Davis and other leading civil rights leaders. It brings to life the fascinating chronicle behind “The Speech” and other events surrounding the March on Washington. Younge skillfully captures the spirit of that historic day in Washington and offers a new generation of readers a critical modern analysis of why “I Have a Dream” remains America’s favorite speech. _________ "It was over eighty degrees when Martin Luther King Jr. took the stage at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. King was the last speaker. By the time he reached the podium, many in the crowd had started to leave. Not all those who remained could hear him properly, but those who could stood rapt. 'Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed,' said King as though he were wrapping up. 'Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.' Then he set his prepared text aside. [Clarence] Jones saw his stance turn from lecturer to preacher. He turned to the person next to him: 'Those people don’t know it but they’re about to go to church.' A smattering of applause filled a pause more pregnant than most. 'So even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.'” —from the introduction
History Beyond Our Differences
Author: David Cannadine
Publisher: Penguin UK
An impassioned, controversial plea for us to recognise the importance of writing history - from world-famous historian David Cannadine David Cannadine is one of Britain's most distinguished historians and this is his masterpiece. The Undivided Past is an agonised attempt to understand how so much of the writing of history has been driven by a fatal desire to dramatize differences - to create an 'us versus them'. Great works of history have so often had at their heart a wish to sift people in ways that have been profoundly damaging and provided the intellectual backing and justification for terrible political decisions. Again and again, categories have been found--whether religion, nation, class, gender, race or 'civilization'--that have sought to explain world events by fabricating some malevolent or helpless 'other'. This book is above all an appeal to common humanity. We seem doomed always to fall (most recently in the wake of 9/11) into the 'us versus them' trap, but there is no reason why the history we read and write should not be much better than this and describe what we all have in common rather than what divides us. About the author: Sir David Cannadine is Chair of the National Portrait Gallery, Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University and General Editor of the Penguin History of Europe and Penguin History of Britain. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Chair of the Blue Plaques Committee. His major books include The Rise and Fall of the British Aristocracy, Ornamentalism and Mellon: A Life. He is currently writing the Penguin History of Victorian Britain. He has previously taught at Cambridge, Columbia and London universities.
Author: Joseph S. Meisel
Publisher: Columbia University Press
By the last decades of the nineteenth century, more people were making more speeches to greater numbers in a wider variety of venues than at any previous time. This book argues that a recognizably modern public life was created in Victorian Britain largely through the instrumentality of public speech. Shedding new light on the careers of many of the most important figures of the Victorian era and beyond, including Gladstone, Disraeli, Sir Robert Peel, John Bright, Joseph Chamberlain, Winston Churchill, Lloyd George, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, and Canon Liddon, the book traces the ways in which oratory came to occupy a central position in the conception and practice of Victorian public life. Not a study of rhetoric or a celebration of great oratory, the book stresses the social developments that led to the production and consumption of these speeches.
British Literature and Imperialism, 1830-1914
Author: Patrick Brantlinger
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
A major contribution to the cultural and literary history of the Victorian age, Rule of Darkness maps the complex relationship between Victorian literary forms, genres, and theories and imperialist, racist ideology. Critics and cultural historians have usually regarded the Empire as being of marginal importance to early and mid-Victorian writers. Patrick Brantlinger asserts that the Empire was central to British culture as a source of ideological and artistic energy, both supported by and lending support to widespread belief in racial superiority, the need to transform "savagery" into "civilization," and the urgency of promoting emigration. Rule of Darkness brings together material from public records, memoirs, popular culture, and canonical literature. Brantlinger explores the influence of the novels of Captain Frederick Marryat, pioneer of British adolescent adventure fiction, and shows the importance of William Makepeace Thackeray's experience of India to his novels. He treats a number of Victorian best sellers previously ignored by literary historians, including the Anglo-Indian writer Philip Meadows Taylor's Confessions of a Thug and Seeta. Brantlinger situates explorers' narratives and travelogues by such famous author-adventurers as David Livingstone and Sir Richard Burton in relation to other forms of Victorian and Edwardian prose. Through readings of works by Arthur Conan Doyle, Joseph Conrad, H. Rider Haggard, Rudyard Kipling, John Hobson, and many others, he considers representations of Africa, India, and other non-British parts of the world in both fiction and nonfiction. The most comprehensive study yet of literature and imperialism in the early and mid-Victorian years, Rule of Darkness offers, in addition, a revisionary interpretation of imperialism as a significant factor in later British cultural history, from the 1880s to World War I. It is essential reading for anyone concerned with Victorian culture and society and, more generally, with the relationship between Victorian writers and imperialism, 'and between racist ideology and patterns of domination in modern history.
Author: P.G. Wodehouse
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
Mr. Peters, ein rastloser amerikanischer Millionär und Sammler altägyptischer Skarabäen, sucht Entspannung auf Schloß Blandings, dem englischen Landsitz von Lord Emsworth. Nebenbei versucht er seine lebenslustige Tochter unter die Haube zu bringen, standesgemäß, versteht sich. Sie soll Lord Emsworth’ nichtsnutzigen Sohn, heiraten, was nicht ohne Hindernisse abgeht, denn die zukünftigen Verlobten sind schon anderweitig amourös gebunden. Schließlich kommt dem Millionär das kostbarste Stück seiner Skarabäensammlung abhanden, die Jagdsaison auf Schloß Blandings ist eröffnet. „P.G. Wodehouse’ Bücher lesen sich, als wären die literarischen Gesellschafts-Sittenbilder von Jane Austen und die Spass-Guerilla-Truppe Monty Python durch den Fleischwolf gedreht worden.“ Profil
Author: Leslie Poles Hartley,L. P. Hartley
Publisher: Ullstein Buchverlage
»Seit ich diesen Roman als Teenager zum ersten Mal las, begleitet mich die Atmosphäre der Sehnsucht nach vergangenen Zeiten und kindlicher Unschuld.« Ian McEwan Einer der schönsten englischen Romane des 20. Jahrhunderts Erstmals in adäquater Übersetzung »Aufwühlend und magisch.« The Independent Die Vergangenheit ist ein fremdes Land. Leo Colston ist ein Mann fortgeschrittenen Alters, als er in einem alten roten Karton auf sein Jugendtagebuch stößt. »Tagebuch für das Jahr 1900« steht darauf, und dieser Fund lässt Leo Colston in Gedanken zurückgehen in jenen Sommer 1900, als er dreizehn war: Während der Ferien auf dem Landgut der Eltern seines Schulfreundes wird Leo zum Überbringer heimlicher Liebesbotschaften zwischen Ted, dem Pächter, und Marian, der schönen Tochter des Schlossherrn, deren Verlobung mit Lord Trimingham kurz bevorsteht. Gegen seinen Willen zieht es Leo immer tiefer in den Strudel des gefährlichen Spiels von Verlangen und Verrat, von versprochener und verbotener Liebe, und schließlich steht er vor der ersten großen Gewissensentscheidung seines jungen Lebens. Ein Sommer in Brandham Hall ist ein raffiniert konstruierter Roman über die Strapazen des Erwachsenwerdens und die Gefühlswirren der Jugend, eine fein beobachtete Gesellschaftsanalyse und eine wunderbare Liebesgeschichte. »Ein vollkommenes Kunstwerk.« The Times »Ein Meisterwerk über verlorene Unschuld, Scheinheiligkeit und britische Wesensart.« The Guardian »Schon beim ersten Lesen ist Ein Sommer in Brandham Hall die gekonnt erzählte Geschichte eines heranwachsenden Jungen und dessen verlorener Unschuld. Doch das Wissen um eine immer näher rückende, unaufhaltbare Tragödie macht sie beim zweiten Lesen noch ergreifender.« Express »Wie sein literarischer Vorfahr Henry James spürt Hartley mit verblüffender Genauigkeit den Feinheiten moralischer Sittlichkeit nach und richtet sein Augenmerk dabei auf Figuren wie Leo, den Erzähler in Ein Sommer in Brandham Hall, der gefangen ist in einem Konflikt zwischen seinen Trieben und den gesellschaftlichen Konventionen, denen er sich zu beugen hat.« The New York Times
Das Referat D III der Abteilung Deutschland 1940-1943
Author: Christopher R. Browning
Category: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Christopher Browning ist der international wohl renommierteste Historiker zum Holocaust. Alle seine großen Studien sind auch ins Deutsche übersetzt worden. Einzig seine Studie zur Verstrickung des Auswärtigen Amtes in den Holocaust wurde bisher nicht auf Deutsch vorgelegt. 1978 erstmals erschienen, ist sie bis heute die einzige monographische Darstellung zum Thema. Souverän, präzise und sprachlich gelungen zeichnet er hier das verbrecherische Agieren des Auswärtigen Amtes nach, vom Madagaskar-Plan über die Wannseekonferenz und den europaweiten Einsatz des Auswärtigen Amtes bi...