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ix, 483 p. : maps ; 22 cm.
  • Introduction: Ideas and Sentiments 1 Chapter One::Setting Out 11 The Four Sisters and Seven Brothers 15 Difficult Circumstances 23 Tragic News from the Indias 29 The Frontiers of Empire in the West 34 Small Congratulatory Elephants 45 Chapter Two: Coming Home 59 The Finances of the Family 60 The Politics of the East and West Indies 68 The Arts and Sciences of Enlightenment 76 The Ruins of the Indies 80 Intran Bell alias Belinda 87 Joseph Knight 91 Chapter Three:: Ending and Loss 97 The Detritus of Empire 99 The James Johnstones 105 Indian Yellow Satin 109 The Treasurer 112 Distant Destinies 116 Chapter Four:Economic Lives 121 Possible Empires 125 What Is the State? 131 What Was, and What Was Not Law 137 A Society of Persons 141 A Moderate Empire 146 Economic Theories 148 Chapter Five: Experiences of Empire 154 Slavery in the British Empire 154 "This Age of Information" 170 Family Histories 185 Connections of Things 197 Intimate Lives 202 Chapter Six: What Is Enlightenment? 210 The Sect of Philosophers 211 The Milieux of Enlightenment: Books and Booksellers 220 Legal Information 224 Clerks and Clerics 231 The Milieux of Political Thought 239 The Atmosphere of Society 247 The Enlightenment of the Johnstones 252 The Coexistence of Enlightenment and Oppression 258 Chapter Seven: Histories of Sentiments 263 The Eye of the Mind 263 The History of the Human Mind 266 Family Secrets 270 The Discontinuity of Size and Scenes 277 The Incompleteness of Information 279 Chapter Eight:: Other People 284 The Johnstones and the Mind 285 Intran Bell alias Belinda 29 Other People 299 Acknowledgments 303 Appendix 307 Abbreviations 309 Notes 311 Maps 463 Index 469.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691148953 20160605
They were abolitionists, speculators, slave owners, government officials, and occasional politicians. They were observers of the anxieties and dramas of empire. And they were from one family. The Inner Life of Empires tells the intimate history of the Johnstones--four sisters and seven brothers who lived in Scotland and around the globe in the fast-changing eighteenth century. Piecing together their voyages, marriages, debts, and lawsuits, and examining their ideas, sentiments, and values, renowned historian Emma Rothschild illuminates a tumultuous period that created the modern economy, the British Empire, and the philosophical Enlightenment. One of the sisters joined a rebel army, was imprisoned in Edinburgh Castle, and escaped in disguise in 1746. Her younger brother was a close friend of Adam Smith and David Hume. Another brother was fluent in Persian and Bengali, and married to a celebrated poet. He was the owner of a slave known only as "Bell or Belinda, " who journeyed from Calcutta to Virginia, was accused in Scotland of infanticide, and was the last person judged to be a slave by a court in the British isles. In Grenada, India, Jamaica, and Florida, the Johnstones embodied the connections between European, American, and Asian empires. Their family history offers insights into a time when distinctions between the public and private, home and overseas, and slavery and servitude were in constant flux. Based on multiple archives, documents, and letters, The Inner Life of Empires looks at one family's complex story to describe the origins of the modern political, economic, and intellectual world.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691148953 20160605
Green Library
HISTORY-1B-01
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272 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.), maps ; 25 cm.
Green Library
HISTORY-1B-01
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xiv, 238 p. : ill., map ; 20 cm.
  • I. The Enigma of Zheng He. The Chinese Tributary System and the Purpose of Zheng He's Voyages. Traditional Chinese Interpretations of Zheng He's Career. Zheng He's Voyages and Western Imperial Expansion. Zheng He's Voyages and the Course of Chinese History. Historical Problems in the Interpretation of Zheng He's Career. II. Zheng He's Early Life and His Patron Emperor Yongle. The Fall of the Yuan and the Rise of Zhu Yuanzhang to 1368. The Reign of Emperor Hongwu, 1368-1398. Civil War, 1398-1402. Yongle's Reign as Emperor, 1402-1424. III. China and the Asian Maritime World in the Time of Zheng He. The Purpose of Zheng He's Voyages. Patterns of Trade in the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea. The Malay-Indonesian World in the Hongwu Era. Southern India and Ceylon in the Time of Zheng He. IV. Sailing to India: Zheng He's First, Second and Third Voyages. The First Voyage, 1405-1407. The Second Voyage, 1407-1409. The Third Voyage, 1409-1411. V. Sailing to Africa: Zheng He's Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Voyages. The Fourth Voyage, 1412/14-1415. The Fifth Voyage, 1417-1419. The Sixth Voyage, 1421-1422. The Last Years of the Yongle Reign, 1422-1424. VI. The Ships and Men of Zheng He's Fleets. Dimensions and Displacements of the Treasure Ships. Masts and Sails. Shipbuilding Notices in the Taizong Shilu. Shipbuilding Costs. Numbers of Ships in Each of the Voyages. Personnel. VII. Zheng He's Career after 1424 and His Final Voyage. Ming China in the Hongxi (1424-25) and Xuande (1425-35) Reigns. Zheng He's Career from 1424 to 1430. Zheng He's Inscriptions at Liujiagang and Changle. Zheng He's Seventh and Final Voyage, 1431-1433. VIII. The Legacy of Zheng He. Appendix. Translations of Primary Sources. Zheng He's Biography in Mingshi 304.2b-4b. Zheng He's 1431 Inscriptions. Glossary. Note on Sources. Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780321084439 20160528
This new biography, part of Longman's World Biography series, of the Chinese explorer Zheng He sheds new light on one of the most important "what if" questions of early modern history: why a technically advanced China did not follow the same path of development as the major European powers. Written by China scholar Edward L. Dreyer, Zheng He outlines what is known of the eunuch Zheng He's life and describes and analyzes the early 15th century voyages on the basis of the Chinese evidence. Locating the voyages firmly within the context of early Ming history, itaddresses the political motives of Zheng He's voyages and how they affected China's exclusive attitude to the outside world in subsequent centuries.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780321084439 20160528
Green Library
HISTORY-1B-01
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xvi, 271 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm.
  • Preface - Note on Sources and Conventions Used - PART ONE: INTRODUCTION - A Long Tradition: The Indigenous Peoples of Mesoamerica - Tenochtitlan: The Foundation of Heaven - Mexican Civilization and Society - Renaissance Conquerors - The Spanish Sources - The Indigenous Historical Traditions - PART TWO: THE DOCUMENTS - Forebodings - Preparations - Encounters - The March Inland: Tlaxcala and Cholula - Tenochtitlan - Things Fall Apart: Toxcatl and the Noche Triste - The Siege and Fall of Tenochtitlan - Aftermath: Tradition and Transformation - Appendices - Chronology - Personalia - Glossary of Nahuatl Terms - Glossary of Spanish Terms - Selected Bibliography - Questions for Consideration - Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780312154080 20160528
How did a small band of Spanish conquistadors overthrow a mighty Aztec empire in 16th century Mexico? Using excerpts primarily drawn from Bernal Diaz's 1632 account of the Spanish victory and testimonies - many recently uncovered - of indigenous Nahua survivors gathered by Bernardino de Sahagun, "Victors and Vanquished" demonstrates how personal interests, class and ethnic biases, and political considerations can influence interpretation of events. A substantial introduction is followed by nine chronological sections that illuminate the major events and personalities in this historical episode, and reveal the changing attitudes toward European expansionism.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780312154080 20160528
Green Library
HISTORY-1B-01
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v. <1 > ; 24 cm.
  • Self and Society in the Ming Neo-Confucian Education, by Wm. Thedore deBary Ideological Foundations of Late Imperial China, by Wm. Theodore deBary, Edward Farmer, John Dardess Zhu Xi's Neo-Confucian Program, by Wm. Theodore deBary Neo-Confucianism: The Philosophy of Human Nature and the Way of the Sage The Confucian Revival in the Song Social Life and Political Culture in the Tang 4. The Confucian Revival and Neo-Confucianism Schools of Buddhist Practice, by Leon Hurvitz, Daniel Stevenson, Philip B. Yampolsky, Chun-fang Yu Schools of Buddhist Doctrine, by Leon Hurvitz, Burton Watson, Daniel Stevenson, George Tanabe, Wing-Tsit Chan The Introduction of Buddhism, by Leon Hurvitz, Tsai Heng-ting Daoist Religion, by Franciscus Verellen, Nathan Sivin, et al. Learning of the Mysterious, by Richard John Lynn, Wing-tsit Chan, Irene Bloom 3. Later Daoism and Mahyana Buddhism in China The Great Han Historians, by Burton Watson The Economic Order, by Burton Watson, Wm. Theodore deBary The Imperial Order and Han Syntheses Syncretic Visions of State, Society, and Cosmos, by Harold Roth, Sarah Queen, Nathan Sivin The Han Reaction to Qin Despotism 2. The Making of a Classical Culture Legalists and Militarists The Evolution of the Confucian Tradition in Antiquity The Way of Laozi and Zhuangzi Mozi: Utilitarianism, Uniformity, and Universal Love, by Burton Watson Confucius and the Analects, by Irene Bloom Classical Sources of Chinese Tradition, by Burton Watson, David S. Nivison, Irene Bloom The Oracle-Bone Inscriptions of the Late Shang Dynasty, by David N. Keightley 1. The Chinese Tradition in Antiquity.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780231109383 20160528
-- Yingshih Yu, Gordon Wu 1958 Professor of Chinese Studies and professor of history, Princeton University.
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Green Library
HISTORY-1B-01
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viii, 228 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction-- 1. A land in turmoil-- 2. The rival kings-- 3. Priests and witches in catholic Kongo-- 4. The crisis in faith and force-- 5. Saint Anthony arrives-- 6. The saint and the kings-- 7. Saint Anthony in sin and glory-- 8. Facing the fire-- 9. The war for peace-- Appendix-- Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521596497 20160528
This book tells the story of the Christian religious movement led by Dona Beatriz Kimpa Vita in the Kingdom of Kongo from 1704 until her death, by burning at the stake, in 1706. Beatriz, a young woman, claimed to be possessed by St Anthony, argued that Jesus was a Kongolese, and criticized Italian Capuchin missionaries in her country for not supporting black saints. The movement was largely a peace movement, with a following among the common people, attempting to stop the devastating cycle of civil wars between contenders for the Kongolese throne. Thornton supplies background information on the Kingdom, the development of Catholicism in Kongo since 1491, the nature and role of local warfare in the Atlantic slave trade, and contemporary everyday life, as well as sketching the lives of some local personalities.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521596497 20160528
Green Library
HISTORY-1B-01
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xix, 524 p., [1] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Green Library
HISTORY-1B-01
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138 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Green Library
HISTORY-1B-01
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xi, 325 p. ; 24 cm.
Green Library
HISTORY-1B-01
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[320] p. : maps ; 19 cm.
No gamble in history has been more momentous than the landfall of Columbus' ship the Santa Maria in the Americas in 1492 - an event that paved the way for the conquest of a 'New World'. The accounts collected here provide a vivid narrative of his voyages throughout the Caribbean and finally to the mainland of Central America, although he still believed he had reached Asia. Columbus himself is revealed as a fascinating and contradictory figure, fluctuating from awed enthusiasm to paranoia and eccentric geographical speculation. Prey to petty quarrels with his officers, his pious desire to bring Christian civilization to 'savages' matched by his rapacity for gold, Columbus was nonetheless an explorer and seaman of staggering vision and achievement.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780140442175 20160528
Green Library
HISTORY-1B-01