Como escribe el autor, no pretende ser veraz, justa y desapasionada, porque ninguna historia lo es. No está hecha para halagar a reyes y gobernantes, ni pretende halagar a los banqueros, ni a la Conferencia Episcopal, ni al colectivo gay.
Author: Milton M. Azevedo
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This accessible book provides a comprehensive introduction to the linguistic structure of Portuguese. Clearly organised, it covers the central topics of syntax, phonology, morphology, semantics and pragmatics, and explores the social and historical background of Portuguese, its development and spread in the world, and related sociolinguistic issues such as dialect variation and language planning. It also includes a chapter on Portuguese in Brazil, where approximately 80% of Portuguese speakers live. Assuming very little prior knowledge of linguistic terminology, Portuguese: A Linguistic Introduction is designed to help intermediate and advanced students of Portuguese understand how the language functions at all levels, and to give students of linguistics a useful starting point for work on the structure of Portuguese. Keeping linguistic theory to a minimum, it focuses on presenting the linguistic facts in a clear and lucid way, providing a useful global overview of the Portuguese language and its surrounding issues.
Author: Juan Eslava Galan
Critically acclaimed throughout Spain, and now available for the first time in English, this tender, satirical novel vividly captures the intrinsic absurdity of war—and the joys of true friendship in a place where it is difficult to distinguish man from beast. Juan Castro Pérez is a simple muleteer caught in the brutal Spanish Civil War. Never far from his closest companion—a stray mule named Valentina whom he is determined to keep for himself after the war—Juan engages in the low-brow drinking escapades, long shots at love, and an otherwise droning existence shared by his compatriots. As he lies, cheats, and steals to protect Valentina during his improbable odyssey home, Juan unwittingly “fights” for both sides—and becomes a reluctant and unlikely hero of the people, exploited by opportunistic journalists desperately trying to convince the Spanish public that the war is under control, when it is anything but…. From the Trade Paperback edition.
The Iron Hand of Mars
Author: Lindsey Davis
Publisher: Minotaur Books
When Germanic troops in the service of the Empire begin to rebel, and a Roman general disappears, Emperor Vespasian turns to the one man he can trust: Marcus Didius Falco, a private informer whose rates are low enough that even the stingy Vespasian is willing to pay them. To Falco, an undercover tour of Germania is an assignment from Hades. On a journey that only a stoic could survive, Falco meets with disarray, torture, and murder. His one hope: in the northern forest lives a powerful Druid priestess who perhaps can be persuaded to cease her anti-Rome activities and work for peace. Which Falco is eagerly hoping for as, back in Rome, the Titus Caesar is busy trying to make time with Helena Justina, a senator's daughter and Falco's girlfriend. Lindsey Davis' historical mystery Iron Hand of Mars is a "Seamless blending of humor, history and adventure" (Publishers Weekly).
Author: Eric Hobsbawm
Publisher: Hachette UK
A collection of essays which represent a lifetime's writing,lectures & thoughts on revolutionary modern political developments throughout Europe.
Mythology For Dummies
Author: Christopher W. Blackwell, Amy Hackney Blackwell
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
The Secret War
Author: Max Hastings
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From one of the foremost historians of the period and the acclaimed author of Inferno and Catastrophe: 1914, The Secret War is a sweeping examination of one of the most important yet underexplored aspects of World War II—intelligence—showing how espionage successes and failures by the United States, Britain, Russia, Germany, and Japan influenced the course of the war and its final outcome. Spies, codes, and guerrillas played unprecedentedly critical roles in the Second World War, exploited by every nation in the struggle to gain secret knowledge of its foes, and to sow havoc behind the fronts. In The Secret War, Max Hastings presents a worldwide cast of characters and some extraordinary sagas of intelligence and resistance, to create a new perspective on the greatest conflict in history
The Golden Empire
Author: Hugh Thomas
Publisher: Random House
From a master chronicler of Spanish history comes a magnificent work about the pivotal years from 1522 to 1566, when Spain was the greatest European power. Hugh Thomas has written a rich and riveting narrative of exploration, progress, and plunder. At its center is the unforgettable ruler who fought the French and expanded the Spanish empire, and the bold conquistadors who were his agents. Thomas brings to life King Charles V—first as a gangly and easygoing youth, then as a liberal statesman who exceeded all his predecessors in his ambitions for conquest (while making sure to maintain the humanity of his new subjects in the Americas), and finally as a besieged Catholic leader obsessed with Protestant heresy and interested only in profiting from those he presided over. The Golden Empire also presents the legendary men whom King Charles V sent on perilous and unprecedented expeditions: Hernán Cortés, who ruled the “New Spain” of Mexico as an absolute monarch—and whose rebuilding of its capital, Tenochtitlan, was Spain’s greatest achievement in the sixteenth century; Francisco Pizarro, who set out with fewer than two hundred men for Peru, infamously executed the last independent Inca ruler, Atahualpa, and was finally murdered amid intrigue; and Hernando de Soto, whose glittering journey to settle land between Rio de la Palmas in Mexico and the southernmost keys of Florida ended in disappointment and death. Hugh Thomas reveals as never before their torturous journeys through jungles, their brutal sea voyages amid appalling storms and pirate attacks, and how a cash-hungry Charles backed them with loans—and bribes—obtained from his German banking friends. A sweeping, compulsively readable saga of kings and conquests, armies and armadas, dominance and power, The Golden Empire is a crowning achievement of the Spanish world’s foremost historian. From the Hardcover edition.
The Roman republic
Author: Isaac Asimov
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
The history of a small, semicivilized tribe who rose from obscurity and in 500 years created the greatest and most peaceful empire in the Western world
El mito de Atapuerca.
Author: Hochadel, Oliver
Publisher: Servei de Publicacions de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Atapuerca ha pasado de ser un nombre casi desconocido a adquirir una resonancia triunfal: las excavaciones desarrolladas en esa sierra burgalesa pueden presumir de haber encontrado la mayor acumulación mundial de fósiles de homínidos, y entre sus logros más relevantes se cuentan el más antiguo, el primer acto de canibalismo o el primer regalo fúnebre del que hay noticia. Los responsables científicos del proyecto han levantado alrededor del yacimiento una industria de popularización del conocimiento que incluye decenas de libros de divulgación, documentales televisivos, exposiciones itinerantes, un parque arqueológico y su propio Museo de la Evolución Humana en Burgos, todo ello flanqueado por una constante presencia, muy bien calculada y pautada, en los medios de comunicación españoles. En la esfera pública, Atapuerca fue etiquetado desde el principio como un proyecto muy "español" y se convirtió en paradigma desde el que demoler las viejas acusaciones sobre el atraso de la ciencia nacional. Ese contexto, y no solo la antigüedad e importancia de los fósiles, explica que la Sima de los Huesos se haya convertido en el nuevo origen de la historia de España. El caso de Atapuerca, así, constituye un ejemplo único y fascinante del uso que se puede conferir a la popularización de la ciencia. El presente libro, con un conocimiento muy detallado de la historia de las excavaciones y de su relevancia científica, un riguroso planteamiento de fondo y una amenidad narrativa fuera de lo común, nos cuenta la forja de esta nueva y nos ayuda a comprender los mecanismos que mueven al saber científico -y a algunos de sus integrantes- en pos de un reconocimiento generalizado.
In Andy McDermott's brilliant new novel, Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase are on the hunt for the lost pyramid of Osiris... Discredited, jobless and broke, archaeologist Nina Wilde and ex-SAS soldier Eddie Chase have problems of their own - until Macy's plea for help sends them on a deadly quest across the globe as they try to reach the mysterious pyramid before Khalid Osir, the charismatic leader of the Osirian Temple. But is the cult's motive purely greed... or something more sinister?
Author: Rosa Parks
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Discusses Parks' role in the Montgomery NAACP, her refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man, and the Montgomery bus boycott.
Text, maps, and illustrations present the history of the world from six million years ago to the present day.