The Year Without Summer: 1816 and the Volcano That Darkened by William K. Klingaman, Nicholas P. Klingaman

By William K. Klingaman, Nicholas P. Klingaman

Like Winchester's Krakatoa, The yr with no Summer finds a yr of dramatic international switch lengthy forgotten via history
 

In the culture of Krakatoa, The international with out Us, and Guns, Germs and metal comes a sweeping historical past of the 12 months that turned often called 18-hundred-and-froze-to-death. 1816 was once a outstanding year—mostly for the fact that there has been no summer season. because of a volcanic eruption in Indonesia, climate styles have been disrupted world wide for months, bearing in mind over the top rain, frost, and snow fall via a lot of the Northeastern U.S. and Europe in the summertime of 1816.

In the united states, the extreme climate produced nutrition shortages, spiritual revivals, and broad migration from New England to the Midwest. In Europe, the chilly and rainy summer season resulted in famine, meals riots, the transformation of solid groups into wandering beggars, and one of many worst typhus epidemics in history. 1816 used to be the yr Frankenstein used to be written. It was once additionally the yr Turner painted his fiery sunsets. All of this stuff are associated with international weather change—something we're relatively conscious of now, yet that was once completely mysterious to humans in the nineteenth century, who concocted every kind of purposes for such an ungenial season.

Making use of a wealth of resource fabric and applying a compelling narrative strategy that includes peasants and royalty, politicians, writers, and scientists, The yr with out Summer examines not just the weather swap engendered by means of this occasion, yet also its effects on politics, the financial system, the humanities, and social buildings.

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Eintauchen in mediale Welten: Immersionsstrategien im World by Christian Kosfeld

By Christian Kosfeld

Das Schlagwort Immersion (Eintauchen) tritt Ende der 1980er Jahre im Rahmen der Auseinandersetzung mit Virtual-Reality-Technologien auf und ist im Zusammenhang mit medien-technischen, inhaltlichen und nutzerbedingten Voraussetzungen zu sehen, die die Wahrnehmung medialer Präsenz beeinflussen.

Christian Kosfeld nimmt eine systematische Untersuchung medialer Erscheinungen vor, um Erkenntnisse über das Phänomen Immersion zu gewinnen. Trotz der Subjektbestimmtheit der immersiven Erfahrung weist er anhand einer phänomenologischen examine dreier web content Strukturen und Funktionsprinzipien immersiver Medienangebote nach. Es werden systematisch Kategorien hergeleitet, die sich für die Konzeptualisierung des Immersionsphänomens als Prozess medialer Rezeption bzw. Interaktion eignen, d.h. als Vorgang, der zeitlich strukturiert ist und von den individuellen Dispositionen und Bedürfnissen des Mediennutzers, von den Möglichkeiten und Restriktionen des Mediums sowie von den formalen und inhaltlichen Eigenschaften des medialen Angebots gesteuert wird.

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Empire Lost: Britain, the Dominions and the Second World War by Andrew Stewart

By Andrew Stewart

This interesting publication explores British imperial cohesion on the outbreak of the second one global struggle and the way this finally ended in its personal dissolution in post-war years. In September 1939, 4 of the 5 dominions took the choice to aid Neville Chamberlain's London-based executive and claim warfare on Nazi Germany. This was once to be the final nice outpouring of British imperial harmony. getting into the fray as 'self-autonomous' they comprehensive it as fledgling states whose long-held political, army, monetary and cultural ties with the mummy state have been now doubtful. the second one global conflict introduced army triumphs and catastrophes for the Imperial Coalition. extra importantly, it additionally introduced political expertise and a weakening of principal strength. The battle that defeated the Nazi Reich additionally helped damage the traditionally permitted team spirit of the British Empire.

Using govt files, inner most letters and diaries and modern media resources, this publication examines the major issues affecting the connection among Britain and the Dominions in the course of the moment global battle, the Empire's final nice clash. It asks why this political and armed forces coalition used to be finally winning in overcoming the problem of the Axis powers yet, within the approach, proved not able to maintain itself. even if those alterations have been inevitable the way of the evolution was once occasionally painful, as Britain's wartime monetary decline left its political place uncovered in a altering post-war foreign process.

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The Vikings in History by F. Donald Logan

By F. Donald Logan

The second one version of this full of life and accomplished ebook offers a forceful reassessment of the function of the Vikings in heritage. Drawing on archaeological, literary, in addition to historic facts, the writer describes the Viking expeditions in a foreign country, and their transformation from terrifying raiders to assimilated settlers whose wealthy tradition performed an influential function in eu civilization.

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The Atlantic in World History by Karen Ordahl Kupperman

By Karen Ordahl Kupperman

As Europeans started to flow into the Atlantic within the past due 15th century, first encountering islands after which continents around the sea, they initiated a technique that revolutionized the lives of individuals all over the place. American meals enriched their diets. Furs, priceless metals, dyes, and lots of different items underwrote new luxurious trades, and tobacco grew to become the 1st customer craze because the rate plummeted with ever-enlarging construction.
Much of the know-how that made new projects, reminiscent of crusing out of sight of land, probably drew on Asian advances that got here into Europe via North Africa. Sugar and different plants got here alongside an analogous routes, and Europeans came across American environments excellent for his or her cultivation. Leaders alongside the African coast managed the constructing exchange with Europeans, and items from round the Atlantic entered African lifestyles. As American plantations have been equipped on an commercial scale, they grew to become voracious shoppers of work. American Indians, eu indentured servants, and enslaved Africans have been all hired, and over the years slavery grew to become the main exertions approach within the plantation economies.
American Indians followed imported applied sciences and items to reinforce their very own lives, yet ailments endemic within the remainder of the realm to which americans had no obtained immunity ended in dramatic inhabitants decline in a few components. From Brazil to Canada, Indians withdrew into the inner, the place they shaped huge and robust new confederations.
Atlantic alternate opened new probabilities. all over the ocean, states that have been marginal to the most facilities within the continents' interiors now chanced on themselves on the leading edge of constructing trades with the promise of wealth and gear. ecu men and women whose customers have been circumscribed at domestic observed capability in emigration. financial aspirations beckoned huge numbers, but additionally, within the maelstrom following the Reformation, others sought the opportunity to worship as they observed healthy. Many observed their hopes dashed, yet a few succeeded as they'd wanted. eventually, as humans of African and eu descent got here to predominate in American populations, they broke political ties to Europe and reshaped transatlantic relationships.

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Flat Feet and Full Steam by Christopher Portway

By Christopher Portway

3 months on a dinghy on East Africa's longest and such a lot distant river, warding off belligerent elephants and rhinos, and penal complex in Uganda are only the various commute reports had through the indefatigable Christopher Portway. He trekked 1,400 miles around the Andes, following within the footsteps of the Incas and he escaped German captivity through the moment international battle by way of hitching a educate to freedom. Over all kinds of terrain and using each attainable kind of delivery - a camel within the Sahara, an elephant in Thailand, dogsledding in Greenland and mule-riding within the Moroccan Atlas mountains - not anyone can come with regards to equalling the intense trip reviews of this guy.

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World Forests from Deforestation to Transition? by Matti Palo (auth.), Matti Palo, Heidi Vanhanen (eds.)

By Matti Palo (auth.), Matti Palo, Heidi Vanhanen (eds.)

This booklet addresses international and subnational concerns in regards to the world's forests, societies, and surroundings from an self reliant and non-governmental standpoint. Cooperation on an international scale isn't just commendable, it's crucial if recommendations to the issues dealing with the world's forests are to be came upon. to accomplish this, smooth technological know-how must draw a clearer photo of relationships among forests, human job, and the surroundings, and of the results of environmental swap for the societies' improvement and development.
There are numerous - partially intermingled - evolutionary woodland transitions underway: the sluggish transition from woodland zone reduce to a rise within the North whereas deforestation and degradation keeps within the South. even though now not all deforestation is taken into account destructive, severe social, fiscal, and environmental expenditures might be linked to over the top deforestation. Deforestation regulate is simply step one at the stony course in the direction of sustainable wooded area administration.
The woodland administration transition refers back to the shift within the usage in the direction of controlled semi-natural, secondary forests and plantation forests. There are a few symptoms within the North of the wooded area paradigm shift from sustainable yield to woodland surroundings ideas.
How deforestation will be tackled and the way those concurrent transitions are effected may have profound implications for the long run. those techniques contain a number of demanding situations with South-North dimensions. A look for an optimal mixture of public guidelines and markets is a world precedence either as a wooded area coverage factor and as an inter-sectoral merchandise at the political time table.
Deforestation and transition is mentioned the following by means of a staff of 14 scientists from either the North and the South. This publication bargains wisdom, proof, and data approximately global forests, society, and setting to assist us in the direction of fairness in our use of the worldwide wooded area &endash; to create a clearer imaginative and prescient of unasylva.

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