The Aztecs: A Very Short Introduction

By David Carrasco

This Very brief Introduction employs the disciplines of heritage, spiritual reviews, and anthropology because it illuminates the complexities of Aztec lifestyles. Readers meet a humans hugely expert in sculpture, astronomy, urban making plans, poetry, and philosophy, who have been additionally profoundly dedicated to cosmic regeneration in the course of the thrust of the ceremonial knife and during struggle. Davíd Carrasco appears to be like past Spanish bills that experience coloured a lot of the Western narrative to allow Aztec voices discuss their starting place tales, the cosmic importance in their capital urban, their tools of kid rearing, and the contributions girls made to way of life and the empire. Carrasco discusses the coming of the Spaniards, contrasts Aztec legendary traditions in regards to the origins in their urban with real city existence in Mesoamerica, and descriptions the increase of the Aztec empire. He additionally explores Aztec faith, which supplied either justification for and choices to conflict, sacrifice, and imperialism, and he sheds mild on Aztec poetry, philosophy, portray, and particularly huge sculpture and structure. He concludes by way of how the Aztecs were portrayed in Western suggestion, artwork, movie, and literature in addition to in Latino tradition and arts.

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The Scramble for the Amazon and the "Lost Paradise" of Euclides da Cunha

By Susanna B. Hecht

The fortunes of the past due 19th century’s imperial and commercial powers trusted a unmarried uncooked material—rubber—with just one resource: the Amazon basin. And so started the scramble for the Amazon—a decades-long clash that stumbled on Britain, France, Belgium, and the U.S. scuffling with with and opposed to the hot countries of Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil for the forest’s riches. in the middle of this fight, Euclides da Cunha, engineer, journalist, geographer, political theorist, and one in all Brazil’s so much celebrated writers, led a survey excursion to the farthest reaches of the river, one of the world’s most useful, risky, and little-known landscapes.
 
The Scramble for the Amazon tells the tale of da Cunha’s terrifying trip, the incomplete novel born from it, and the worldwide strife that shaped the backdrop for either. Haunted by means of his damaged marriage, da Cunha trekked via a gorgeous quarter thrown into chaos by way of guerrilla war, ravenous migrants, and local slavery. the entire whereas, he labored on his masterpiece, a nationalist synthesis of geography, philosophy, biology, and journalism he named the Lost Paradise. Da Cunha meant his epic to unveil the Amazon’s explorers, spies, natives, and brutal geopolitics, yet, as Susanna B. Hecht recounts, he by no means accomplished it—his wife’s lover shot him lifeless upon his return.
 
At as soon as the biography of a unprecedented author, a masterly chronicle of the social, political, and environmental historical past of the Amazon, and an excellent translation of the rest items of da Cunha’s undertaking, The Scramble for the Amazon is a piece of exciting highbrow ambition.

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Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo (Routledge Classics)

In Purity and Danger Mary Douglas identifies the fear for purity as a key topic on the center of each society. In full of life and lucid prose she explains its relevance for each reader by means of revealing its wide-ranging impression on our attitudes to society, values, cosmology and data. The ebook has been highly influential in lots of parts of dialogue - from faith to social concept. yet probably its most vital function is to provide each one reader a brand new clarification of why humans behave within the approach they do. With a in particular commissioned advent through the writer which assesses the continued value of the paintings thirty-five years on, this Routledge Classics version will make sure that Purity and Danger keeps to problem and query good into the hot millennium.

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Understanding the Cultural Landscape

This compelling ebook bargains a clean standpoint on how the wildlife has been imagined, outfitted on, and remodeled via people all through historical past and around the world. insurance levels from the earliest societies to preindustrial China and India, from the emergence in Europe of the fashionable global to the modern international economic system. the focal point is on what the locations we have now created say approximately us: our trust structures and the methods we make a residing. additionally explored are the social and environmental outcomes of human actions, and the way conflicts over the which means of development are mirrored in contemporary city, rural, and suburban landscapes. Written in a hugely attractive variety, this perfect undergraduate-level human geography textual content is illustrated with over 25 maps and 70 photographs.

Note: Many extra photos on the topic of the subjects addressed within the publication can be found on the author's web site (www.greatmirror.com.)

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The Mismeasure of Man (Revised & Expanded)

By Stephen Jay Gould

The definitive refutation to the argument of The Bell Curve.

while released in 1981, The Mismeasure of Man used to be instantly hailed as a masterwork, the ringing solution to those that could classify humans, rank them based on their intended genetic presents and boundaries.

And but the belief of innate limits―of biology as destiny―dies demanding, as witness the eye dedicated to The Bell Curve, whose arguments are right here so successfully expected and punctiliously undermined through Stephen Jay Gould. during this version Dr. Gould has written a considerable new advent telling how and why he wrote the e-book and tracing the next historical past of the debate on innateness all the way through The Bell Curve. extra, he has further 5 essays on questions of The Bell Curve specifically and on race, racism, and organic determinism typically. those additions develop the book's declare to be, as Leo J. Kamin of Princeton college has acknowledged, "a significant contribution towards deflating pseudo-biological 'explanations' of our current social woes."

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The Jesuit and the Skull

From the New York Times bestselling writer of Fermat?s final Theorem, ?an amazing story?( Philadelphia Inquirer) of discovery, evolution, technology, and faith.

In 1929, French Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was once part of a bunch of scientists that exposed a cranium that grew to become referred to as Peking guy, a key evolutionary hyperlink that left Teilhard torn among technological know-how and his historical religion, and would depart him ostracized through his liked Catholic Church. His fight is on the middle of The Jesuit and the Skull, which takes readers throughout continents and cultures in a desirable exploration of 1 of the 20 th century?s most crucial discoveries, and one of many world?s such a lot provocative items of proof within the roiling debate among creationism and evolution.

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A Basic Course in Anthropological Linguistics (Studies in Linguistic and Cultural Anthropology)

Language could be studied from numerous angles. the focal point at the relation among language, notion and tradition is called anthropological linguistics (AL). this article constitutes a easy creation to the subject material and methods of AL. typically, anthropological linguists have aimed to record and learn the languages of indigenous cultures, specially North American ones. at the present time, besides the fact that, the purview of this interesting technological know-how has been prolonged significantly to surround the learn of language as a basic cultural phenomenon, and to figure out genealogical kin between languages, so one can recreate historical cultures via them. In non-technical language, with lots of examples with regards to languages internationally, this publication introduces the fundamental notions, ideas, and strategies of AL. It additionally discusses the foundation and evolution of language, targeting the comparability and reconstruction of language households. Its therapy of recommendations for interpreting sounds, phrases, sentences and meanings introduces the coed to what needs to be understood approximately language and its constitution with a purpose to follow that wisdom to the learn of concept and tradition. the ultimate chapters study how languages fluctuate in keeping with social components and the way languages effect cognition. to augment the text's pedagogical software, a collection of useful actions and issues for examine accompany every one of its 8 chapters. A word list of technical phrases can be incorporated. the general target of A easy path in Anthropological Linguistics is to teach how the technical technique of linguistic research can assist scholars achieve a deeper figuring out of language as a method for classifying the realm. The text'sunderlying premise is that the excellence among language and data is infrequently uncomplicated. certainly, the 2 input right into a consistent synergy--a synergy that defines the human situation.

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American Narcissism: The Myth of National Superiority

By Wilber W. Caldwell

Nationalism isn't precise to the US: it was once invented with the delivery of contemporary countries. yet nationalism is exclusive in the United States. americans conceive themselves and their state to be incontrovertibly more desirable to the opposite peoples and countries of the earth. whilst does nationwide delight go the invisible boundary that separates benign patriotism and malignant nationalism?

Americans have a lot to be happy with, yet nationwide satisfaction can move the invisible boundary that separates benign patriotism and malignant nationalism. the writer surveys the evolution of usa citizens grandiose view of themselves and the contrasting impact created within the wider world.

Historically, American notions of superiority spring from myths of the original regenerative energy of the recent land; from visions of chosen-ness, challenge and excessive future; from the indelible legends of frontier self-sufficiency; from the arrogance and self-reliance had to be triumphant as immigrants; from a robust feel of the US s isolation and specialty; from the conclusion of abundance; and eventually from the perceived universality of yankee ideology.

This predisposes us to a distinctively virulent pressure of nationalism not like that present in nearly the other sleek state. because the unipolar second fades into reminiscence, this feeling of unquestionable superiority expressed via politics and international coverage doesn't play good sooner than the worldwide viewers. actually, it by no means did.

Drawing on resources from in the educational disciplines of background, sociology, political technology and overseas affairs, the booklet seeks to decode scholarly jargon and lay naked this nook of the yankee brain for the good thing about a much broader readership.

The dialogue is prepared in 4 components:

Nationalism

The Evolution of the yank Superiority fantasy

The Presumption of nationwide Superiority

Tolerance And Plurality

In the United States this day, notions of nationwide superiority are way more deeply ingrained and much extra almost certainly ruinous than such a lot people think. this can be a trip that slides from cause to emotion, from person liberty to mass tyranny, and from humanity to inhumanity.

This publication will curiosity readers people historical past, present occasions, and social statement; and all who ask yourself, Why do they hate us?

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The Lost Empire of Atlantis: History's Greatest Mystery Revealed

By Gavin Menzies

“Tremendous. This man has performed heritage such as you wouldn't believe.”
—Glenn Beck

The secrets and techniques of history’s such a lot enduring secret are eventually printed in The misplaced Empire of Atlantis. via impeccable learn and clever hypothesis, Gavin Menzies, the New York Times bestselling writer of 1421, uncovers the reality at the back of the mysterious “lost” urban of Atlantis—making the startling declare that the “Atlanteans” stumbled on the USA 4,000 years in the past and governed an enormous Mediterranean empire that was once violently destroyed in 1,500 BC. put out of your mind every thing you’ve ever considered the Atlantis legend—Gavin Menzies will make you a believer!

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X-Events: The Collapse of Everything

By John L. Casti

“I am an assiduous reader of John Casti’s books. he's a true clinical intellectual.”
 —Nassim Nicholas Taleb, New York Times bestselling writer of Fooled by means of Randomness

“Casti is at his most sensible in proposing tough philosophical rules enthusiastically and lucidly, and in offering daily examples to demonstrate them.”
New York occasions e-book Review

In his hugely provocative and grippingly readable booklet, X-Events, writer John Casti brilliantly argues that today’s complex, overly advanced societies have grown hugely prone to severe occasions that would eventually topple civilization like a home of playing cards. Like Nassim Taleb’s The Black Swan meets Jared Diamond’s Collapse, Casti’s e-book offers a much-needed wake-up call—sounding a desirable and scary caution approximately civilized society’s lack of ability to get over a world disaster— demonstrating how humankind might be blasted again into the Stone Age through a meteor strike, nuclear apocalypse, around the globe contagion, or any variety of unforeseeable X-Events.

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