Today's (3/30/2015) New Book Releases on History

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Ancient Irrigation Systems of the Aral Sea Area: The History, Origin, and Development of Irrigated Agriculture (American School of Prehistoric Research Monograph) by B. V. Adrianov - 300 pages
Ancient Irrigation Systems in the Aral Sea Area, is the English translation of Boris Vasilevich Andrianov's work, Drevnie orositelnye sistemy priaralya , concerning the study of ancient irrigation systems and the settlement pattern in the historical region of Khorezm, south of the Aral Sea (Uzbekistan). This work holds a special place within the Soviet archaeological school because of the results obtained through a multidisciplinary approach combining aerial survey and fieldwork, surveys, and excavations. This translation has been enriched by the addition of introductions written by several eminent scholars from the region regarding the importance of the Khorezm Archaeological-Ethnographic Expedition and the figure of Boris V. Andrianov and his landmark study almost 50 years after the original publication.
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Brutus - Caesar's Assassin by Dr. Kirsty Corrigan - 192 pages
Although Marcus Junius Brutus is one of the most famous, or infamous, conspirators of Rome and the ancient world, if not of all time, knowledge of this historical figure has principally been passed to the modern world through the literary medium of Shakespeare's tragedy, Julius Caesar. Furthermore, any interest in Brutus has tended to focus only on events surrounding his most legendary act, Caesar's murder. This biography instead considers Brutus in his historical context, gathering details from ancient evidence and piecing together, as far as possible, his whole life. While his actions played a pivotal role in Roman history, ultimately, although completely unintentionally, bringing about the downfall of the Roman republic, Brutus has often been neglected. Indeed, he has rarely been considered on his own merits, instead featuring as part of the biographies and studies of other leading political figures of the time, especially those of Julius Caesar, Cicero and Octavian. As the first dedicated biography in over 30 years, this full and balanced reconsideration of this significant Roman republican is long overdue.
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Women and Modesty in Late Antiquity by Professor Kate Wilkinson - 192 pages
This book offers a fresh approach to some of the most studied documents relating to Christian female asceticism in the Roman era. Focusing on the letters of advice to the women of the noble Anicia family, Kate Wilkinson argues that conventional descriptions of feminine modesty can reveal spaces of agency and self-formation in early Christian women's lives. She uses comparative data from contemporary ethnographic studies of Muslim, Hindu, and indigenous Pakistani women to draw out the possibilities inherent in codes of modesty. Her analysis also draws on performance studies for close readings of Ambrose, Augustine, Jerome and Pelagius. The book begins by locating itself within the complex terrain of feminist historiography, and then addresses three main modes of modest behavior - dress, domesticity and silence. Finally, it addresses the theme of false modesty and explores women's agency in light of Augustinian and Pelagian conceptions of choice.
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Egyptian Religion by Boyo G. Ockinga, Ian Plant - 416 pages
The study of Egyptian religion is a central aspect of the study of ancient Egyptian culture. Western interest in Egypian religion has a very long history that goes back to ancient Greece and Rome. This work is the first comprehensive collection of the Classical sources on ancient Egyptian religion in translation. Eighty authors are included; each text is introduced and accompanied by an historical commentary.
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Moral Lessons of the Twentieth Century: Gorbachev and Ikeda on Buddhism and Communism (Echoes and Reflections Series) by Daisaku Ikeda, Mikhail S. Gorbachev - 224 pages
Mikhail Gorbachev and Daisaku Ikeda are contemporaries raised in different cultures: Gorbachev is a statesman whose origins are the Marx-inspired world of Communism while Ikeda is Buddhist inspired by the thirteenth-century Japanese sage, Nichiren. "Moral Lessons of the Twentieth Century" emerges from a series of conversations between these two men. Together they explore their experiences of life amidst the turmoil of the twentieth century and together they search for a common ethical basis for future development. Their wide-rangeing and often inspiring discussions take place in politics, economics, history, religion and spirituality, and epitomise the value of informed intercultural dialogue and reflection. They conclude that peace, progress and social justice can only be achieved through honest communication and cultural exchange. As the new century begins, they have sought to turn the spotlight on the challenges which face humanity.
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The Rise of Women's Transnational Activism: Identity and Sisterhood Between the World Wars (International Library of Twentieth Century History) by Marie Sandell - 320 pages
What characterized women's international co-operation in the interwar period? How did female activists from different countries and continents relate to one another? Marie Sandell here explores the changing experiences of women involved in the major international women's organizations - including the International Council of Women, International Alliance of Women, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and the International Federation of University Women - as well as the changing compositions and aims of the organizations themselves. Moving beyond an Anglo-American focus, Sandell analyses what the term 'international sisterhood' meant in this broader context, which for the first time included women from the beyond the Western world. Focusing on shifting identities, this book investigates how notions of 'sisterhood' were played out, and contested, during the interwar period and will be invaluable reading for scholars of women's history and twentieth-century world history.
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Parliamentary Pioneers: Labour Women MPs 1918-1945 by Mary Honeyball - 192 pages
Parliamentary Pioneers : Labour Women MPs 1918-1945 is a compelling account of the trailblazers who laid the foundations for women having an influential voice in the House of Commons. Written by MEP and authoritative spokesperson on women's rights and gender equality Mary Honeyball, the book tells the story of the issues these first MPs championed, the challenges they faced and the lives they led. This doughty group of women, tough and individualistic as they all were, maintained their independence both in their politics and in their personal lives. The election of Labour women to the House of Commons meant that females representing the working classes now joined their male counterparts in articulating Labour concerns in Parliament, still very much a bastion of Edwardian wealth and privilege. The hallowed Chamber regularly echoed with voices that cared passionately about social issues, issues guaranteed to upset the resident delicate gentlemen not used to such talk. By 1928 the franchise was extended to cover all women not just property owners, meaning more Labour women were returned in the 1929 'flapper' election. Together with Bondfield, Lawrence, Jewson and Wilkinson, the roll call of Labour women MPs from 1923 to 1939 reads as follows: Mrs Ruth Dalton, Miss Jennie Lee, Dr Ethel Bentham, Mrs Mary Hamilton, Lady Cynthia Mosley, Dr Marion Phillips, Miss Edith Picton Turbevill, Lady Noel-Buxton, Mrs Leah Manning, Mrs Agnes Hardie, Dr Edith Summerskill and Mrs Jennie Adamson. Told through the prism of key contemporary issues, such as working-class women's fight for birth control in the 1920s and 30s, this book brings to life the little known history of these first Labour women to sit in the House of Commons. Fair representation for women at Westminster has proved to be a long haul. It was not until the Labour landslide of 1997 that over 100 Labour women were returned to the House of Commons - much is owed to the original Parliamentary Pioneers.
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Journal of the Canadian Society for Coptic Studies 2015 by Jitse Dijkstra - 109 pages
The Journal of the Canadian Society for Coptic Studies is published annually on behalf of the Canadian Society for Coptic Studies by Lockwood Press. The Canadian Society for Coptic Studies is a Toronto-based nonprofit organization whose purpose is to bring together individuals interested in Coptic studies and to promote the dissemination of scholarly information on Coptic Studies through the organization of meetings and conferences and through the preparation of scholarly works for publication.