Today's (10/23/2014) 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 Monographs) 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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Belief and Unbelief since 1850 by H. G. Wood - 152 pages
Originally published in 1955, this book developed from a series of lectures delivered for the Divinity Faculty of Cambridge University during 1953. It presents an account of the increasing secularisation of Western culture and its effect on religious life and thought, seeking to affirm the value of Christianity in a changing world. Textual discussion incorporates, among other things, the decline in the influence of Christianity in the home, the conflict between science and religion and changes in moral standards. A comprehensive bibliography is also included. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in the history of Christianity and philosophy.
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The Christian Religion: Volume 1, The Rise of the Christian Church: Its Origin and Progress by L. Elliott-Binns, J. W. Hunkin, J. F. Bethune-Baker - 386 pages
Originally published in 1929, this book contains the first of three volumes on the origin and progress of the Christian faith from its origins in Judaism until the early twentieth century. Volume One reviews the Jewish faith and the elements contained within it which gave rise to some of the key tenets of Christianity, as well as the earliest days of the Christian Church and early traditions surrounding the life and teachings of Jesus. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in the history of Christianity and its ties to Judaism.
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The Christian Religion: Volume 2, The Expansion of the Christian Church: Its Origin and Progress by P. Gardner-Smith, F. J. Foakes-Jackson - 382 pages
Originally published in 1934, this book contains the second of three volumes on the origin and progress of the Christian faith from its origins in Judaism until the early twentieth century. Volume Two reviews the spread of Christianity during the Roman Empire, as well as the Church's status in Western Europe during the Middle Ages and the English Reformation. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in the history of Christianity and its development.
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The Christian Religion: Volume 3, The Church of To-Day: Its Origin and Progress by P. Gardner-Smith, F. C. Burkitt, C. E. Raven - 392 pages
Originally published in 1930, this book contains the last of three volumes on the origin and progress of the Christian faith from its origins in Judaism until the early twentieth century. Volume Three reviews the current status of Church doctrine and methods of worship, particularly in England, and examines the Church's on-going tasks in the world, with particular reference to other religions. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in the history of Christianity and the Church's role in the lives of its devotees.
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The Role of the Bishop in Late Antiquity: Conflict and Compromise by Andrew Fear, José Fernández Urbiña, Mar Marcos Sanchez - 280 pages
Late Antiquity witnessed a major transformation in the authority and power of the Episcopate within the Church, with the result that bishops came to embody the essence of Christianity and increasingly overshadow the leading Christian laity. The rise of Episcopal power came in a period in which drastic political changes produced long and significant conflicts both within and outside the Church. This book examines these problems in depth, looking at bishops' varied roles in both causing and resolving these disputes, including those internal to the church, those which began within the church but had major effects on wider society, and those of a secular nature.
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Palladii Dialogus De Vita S. Joannis Chrysostomi (Greek and English Edition) by P. R. Coleman-Norton - 324 pages
Originally published in 1928, this book contains a critically annotated edition of the ancient Greek text of the dialogue on the life of Saint John Chrysostom by Palladius. Coleman-Norton prefaces Palladius' account with a detailed introduction on the life of the author and his relationship to the saint as well as his literary style and sources. An index of biblical quotations and people mentioned in the text is also supplied. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in early Christianity or the life of Saint John Chrysostom.
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The Spiritual Dynamic in Modern Art: Art History Reconsidered, 1800 to the Present by Charlene Spretnak - 280 pages
The history of modern art has generally been understood as a grand leap away from tradition, religion, and conventional norms, yielding decidedly secular art. Yet a majority of the prominent modern artists in every period had strong interests in the spiritual dimension of life, which they expressed in the new art forms they created. The Spiritual Dynamic in Modern Art draws on direct statements by scores of leading artists - cited from little known historical documentation as well as contemporary interviews - to demonstrate that spirituality, far from being inconsequential in the terrain of modern art, is generative. This magisterial overview insightfully presents, for the first time, a chronological survey of the major art movements that weaves together spiritual profiles of numerous leading artists and situates their stories within the cultural context of each period. The result is a significantly expanded understanding of the cultural history of modern art.
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Early Judaism by Laurence E. Browne - 250 pages
First published in 1929 as a reprint of a 1920 original, this book examines the history of Judaism and specifically how Jewish history and doctrine prophesied and prepared the way for the coming of Jesus, 'the King of the Jews'. Browne uses a variety of formats, including a semi-theatrical discussion, to review Jewish history through the Jewish scriptures as well as other ancient authorities, such as papyri found at a Jewish settlement at Elephantine in Upper Egypt. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in Jewish history and the Jewish roots of Christianity.
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Gender and the Political: Deconstructing the Female Terrorist by Amanda Third - 240 pages
The female terrorist circulates within contemporary Western culture as an object of fascination and heightened concern. Gender and the Political analyses cultural constructions of the female terrorist, arguing that she operates as a limit case of both feminine and feminist agency. Drawing on an interdisciplinary theoretical framework, this book demonstrates that the development of the discourse on terrorism evolves in parallel with, and in response to, radical feminism in the US in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Situated at the borderlines between sexuality, threat and abjection, Amanda Third argues that the figure of the female terrorist compels a reexamination of the project of radical politics and the limits of modernity.
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Graffiti in Antiquity by Peter Keegan - 348 pages

Ancient graffiti - hundreds of thousands of informal, ephemeral texts spanning millennia - offer a patchwork of fragmentary conversations in a variety of languages spread across the Mediterranean world. Cut, painted, inked or traced in charcoal, the surviving graffiti present a layer of lived experience in the ancient world unavailable from other sources. Graffiti in Antiquity reveals how and why the inhabitants of Greece and Rome - men and women and free and enslaved - formulated written and visual messages about themselves and the world around them as graffiti. The sources - drawn from 800 BCE to 600 CE - are examined both within their individual historical, cultural and archaeological contexts and thematically, allowing for an exploration of social identity in the urban society of the ancient world. An analysis of one of the most lively and engaged forms of personal communication and protest, Graffiti in Antiquity introduces a new way of reading sociocultural relationships among ordinary people living in the ancient world.

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Greek Byways by T. R. Glover - 328 pages
Originally published in 1932, this book contains a collection of papers by the Classicist T. R. Glover on a number of subjects pertaining to ancient Greek life. Glover examines topics such as ancient travel, manners and the incorporation of foreign gods into the Greek pantheon. This wide-ranging book will be of value to anyone with an interest in the Classical world.
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History of the World in Maps: The rise and fall of Empires, Countries and Cities by Times Atlases - 256 pages
From Babylonian tablets to Google Maps, the world has evolved rapidly, along with the ways in which we see it. In this time, cartography has not only kept pace with these changes, but has often driven them. In this beautiful book, over 70 maps give a visual representation of the history of the world. Every map tells a story and this book tells the incredible history of our world through maps, and includes many famous examples of cartography, along with some that deserve to be better known. See countries and cities come and go, empires rise and fall, significant geographical discoveries, and key historical events unfold. Key maps shown include: * Babylonian clay tablets, c.2300 BC and c.600 BC - some of the world's oldest surviving maps. * Waldseemuller World Map, 1507 - the first map to use the name 'America' for the New World. * Waghenaer chart, 1584 - a forerunner to modern nautical charts. * Abel Buell map of North America, 1782 - the first map of the newly independent United States that was produced in America by an American. * The Scramble for Africa, 1852/1898 - maps of new colonies being created. * Ypres, 1918 - map of the aftermath of the First World War. * Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962 - map used by President John F. Kennedy during the crisis.
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Titled Elizabethans: A Directory of Elizabethan Court, State, and Church Officers, 1558-1603 (Queenship and Power) by Arthur F. Kinney - 348 pages
Published over forty years ago, the original edition of Titled Elizabethans provided a ready reference source to Elizabethan court, state, and household. This long-awaited revised edition expands considerably upon the original, adding new categories and a host of previously overlooked figures, including the women of Elizabeth's privy chamber and the spouses of the peers. The section on church officers now includes deans as well as bishops, chaplains, and almoners, and new sections provide information on ambassadors and other sixteenth-century world rulers, placing the Elizabethan court in a broader geopolitical context. The book also features a name index containing over 2,000 individuals, cross-referenced from married names and alternate spellings. The product of rigorous and impressively thorough research, this is an indispensable resource for students and scholars across disciplines dealing with all aspects of the Elizabethan world.