Heart of Europe

Heart of Europe
Author: Norman Davies
Pages: 483
ISBN: 9780192801265
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Release: 2001-05-31
Editor: Oxford Paperbacks
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Traces the history of Poland and examines the social and political life of the country.

Heart of Europe

Heart of Europe
Author: Peter H. Wilson
Pages: 941
ISBN: 9780674058095
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Release: 2016-02-29
Editor: Harvard University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Holy Roman Empire lasted a thousand years, far longer than ancient Rome. Its continuity rested on the ideal of a unified Christian civilization. As Peter Wilson shows, the Empire tells the story of Europe better than histories of individual nation-states, and its legacy can be seen today in debates over the nature of the European Union.

Heart of Europe

Heart of Europe
Author: Peter H. Wilson
Pages: 1024
ISBN: 9780674915923
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Release: 2016-02-29
Editor: Harvard University Press
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

The Holy Roman Empire lasted a thousand years, far longer than ancient Rome. Its continuity rested on the ideal of a unified Christian civilization. As Peter Wilson shows, the Empire tells the story of Europe better than histories of individual nation-states, and its legacy can be seen today in debates over the nature of the European Union.

The Rotten Heart of Europe

The Rotten Heart of Europe
Author: Bernard Connolly
Pages: 480
ISBN: 9780571301751
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Release: 2013-01-15
Editor: Faber & Faber
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

'The Brussels Commission has just suspended its senior economist, Bernard Connolly, for writing a book savaging the prospects for a common currency. There are many who now believe he should be lauded as a prophet.' Observer, Editorial, 1 October 1995 'Mr. Connolly's longstanding proposition that the foisting of a common currency upon so many disparate nations would end in ruin is getting a much wider hearing...' New York Times, 17 November 2011 When first published in 1995, The Rotten Heart of Europe caused outrage and delight - here was a Brussels insider, a senior EU economist, daring to talk openly about the likely pitfalls of European monetary union. Bernard Connolly lost his job at the Commission, but his book was greeted as a profound and persuasive expose of the would-be 'monetary masters of the world.' His brave act of defiance became headline news - and his book a major international bestseller. In a substantial new introduction, Connolly returns to his prophetic account of the double-talk surrounding the efforts of politicians, bankers and bureaucrats to force Europe into a crippling monetary straitjacket. Hidden agendas are laid bare, skulduggery exposed and economic fallacies are skewered, producing a horrifying conclusion. No one who wants to understand the workings of the EU, past, present and future can afford to miss this enthralling and deeply disturbing book.

Europe in the High Middle Ages

Europe in the High Middle Ages
Author: William Chester Jordan
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781101650912
Available:
Release: 2004-02-24
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"The Penguin History of Europe series... is one of contemporary publishing's great projects."--New Statesman It was an age of hope and possibility, of accomplishment and expansion. Europe's High Middle Ages spanned the Crusades, the building of Chartres Cathedral, Dante's Inferno, and Thomas Aquinas. Buoyant, confident, creative, the era seemed to be flowering into a true renaissance-until the disastrous fourteenth century rained catastrophe in the form of plagues, famine, and war. In Europe in the High Middle Ages, William Chester Jordan paints a vivid, teeming landscape that captures this lost age in all its glory and complexity. Here are the great popes who revived the power of the Church against the secular princes; the writers and thinkers who paved the way for the Renaissance; the warriors who stemmed the Islamic tide in Spain and surged into Palestine; and the humbler estates, those who found new hope and prosperity until the long night of the 1300s. From high to low, from dramatic events to social structures, Jordan's account brings to life this fascinating age. Part of the Penguin History of Europe series, edited by David Cannadine.

The Rotten Heart of Europe

The Rotten Heart of Europe
Author: Bernard Connolly
Pages: 480
ISBN: 0571301746
Available:
Release: 2013-01-17
Editor: Faber & Faber
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

'The Brussels Commission has just suspended its senior economist, Bernard Connolly, for writing a book savaging the prospects for a common currency. There are many who now believe he should be lauded as a prophet.' Observer, Editorial, 1 October 1995'Mr. Connolly's longstanding proposition that the foisting of a common currency upon so many disparate nations would end in ruin is getting a much wider hearing...' New York Times, 17 November 2011When first published in 1995, The Rotten Heart of Europe caused outrage and delight - here was a Brussels insider, a senior EU economist, daring to talk openly about the likely pitfalls of European monetary union. Bernard Connolly lost his job at the Commission, but his book was greeted as a profound and persuasive expose of the would-be 'monetary masters of the world.' His brave act of defiance became headline news - and his book a major international bestseller. In a substantial new introduction, Connolly returns to his prophetic account of the double-talk surrounding the efforts of politicians, bankers and bureaucrats to force Europe into a crippling monetary straitjacket. Hidden agendas are laid bare, skulduggery exposed and economic fallacies are skewered, producing a horrifying conclusion. No one who wants to understand the workings of the EU, past, present and future can afford to miss this enthralling and deeply disturbing book.

Heart of Europe

Heart of Europe
Author: Norman Davies
Pages: 511
ISBN: UOM:39076000822366
Available:
Release: 1986
Editor: Oxford [Oxfordshire] ; New York : Oxford University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Traces the history of Poland from 1945 to 1982 and examines the social and political life of the country

Porcelain

Porcelain
Author: Suzanne L. Marchand
Pages: 544
ISBN: 9780691182339
Available:
Release: 2020-06-30
Editor: Princeton University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"This is a history of porcelain as a business and consumer product, from the eighteenth century to the present day. Many books have been written on Chinese porcelain as an exotic import from Asia, but this book tells the history of the Central European reinvention and mass production of the material. Porcelain was first invented in medieval China, but the evolution of what its first producers called "white gold" was set in motion by Saxon king Augustus the Strong. Augustus obsessed over owning a personal alchemist, Johann Böttger, whom he imprisoned in his castle, first to make gold, and when that failed, to make porcelain. Trained in chemistry by an apothecary, Böttger took advantage of the king's obsession with porcelain and eventually produced the first European ceramic vessels whose delicacy and strength resembled those of Asian imports. Augustus funded the creation of a Saxon royal manufactory, which became the famous Meissen factory, and which to this day stands for the highest quality in porcelain. By the time of Böttger's death in 1719, Meissen porcelain had become famous throughout Europe and the world, its wares in high demand by other monarchs and aristocratic consumers. Soon after the porcelain maker's death, his secret recipe was stolen, and dozens of Central European princes opened their own manufactories. Here, author Suzanne L. Marchand shows how the story of European porcelain is an intertwined history of the mercantile state policy that built these factories, the luxury trades that sustained them, the debates about what counted as "art," and the changes in consumer and material culture driving the business. Throughout the eighteenth century, porcelain production was an industry of competitive, mercantile production under royal ownership. By 1850, however, after only a few state-backed firms survived the financial crises of 1815-1830, the Central European porcelain industry had become the domain of mass producers and trademark forgers. Marchand then traces the story of Central European porcelain into the twentieth century, exploring the new challenges of cartelization, the rise of Japanese and Czech competition, and the impact of the two world wars, following several porcelain firms through the Nazi era and the Russian seizures of companies in the German East. At each point, Marchand uses the history of porcelain to link the businesses, and the states that helped sustain them, to the broader history of culture and consumption"--

Poland

Poland
Author: Malwina Flaczyńska,Artur Flaczyński
Pages: 329
ISBN: 8380468112
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Release: 2019
Editor: Unknown
Language: un

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Germany

Germany
Author: Sabine Kieslich
Pages: 427
ISBN: UCSD:31822035472885
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Release: 2006
Editor: White Star Publishers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A photographic history of the cultural realms of Germany offers insight into the myriad ways in which the country has been reborn since its 1989 reunification, in a visual tribute to its architectural, artistic, and literary achievements, as well as its intellectual history, as reflected in its natural and man-made landscapes.

Czech Bluegrass

Czech Bluegrass
Author: Lee Bidgood
Pages: 198
ISBN: 9780252050053
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Release: 2017-09-11
Editor: University of Illinois Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Bluegrass has found an unlikely home, and avid following, in the Czech Republic. The music’s emergence in Central Europe places it within an increasingly global network of communities built around bluegrass activities. Lee Bidgood offers a fascinating study of the Czech bluegrass phenomenon that merges intimate immersion in the music with on-the-ground fieldwork informed by his life as a working musician. Drawing on his own close personal and professional interactions, Bidgood charts how Czech bluegrass put down roots and looks at its performance as a uniquely Czech musical practice. He also reflects on “Americanist” musical projects and the ways Czech musicians use them to construct personal and social identities. Bidgood sees these acts of construction as a response to the Czech Republic’s postsocialist environment but also to US cultural prominence within our global mediascape.

Into the Heart of European Poetry

Into the Heart of European Poetry
Author: John Taylor
Pages: 420
ISBN: 9781351511629
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Release: 2017-07-05
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

John Taylor's brilliant new book examines the work of many of the major poets who have deeply marked modern and contemporary European literature. Venturing far and wide from the France in which he has lived since the late 1970s, the polyglot writer-critic not only delves into the more widely translated literatures of Italy, Greece, Germany, and Austria, but also discovers impressive and overlooked work in Slovenia, Bosnia, Hungary, Finland, Norway, and the Netherlands in this book that ranges over nearly all of Europe, including Russia.While providing this stimulating and far-ranging critical panorama, Taylor brings to light key themes of European writing: the depth of everyday life, the quest of the thing-in-itself, metaphysical aspiration and anxiety, the dialectics of negativity and affirmation, subjectivity and self-effacement, and uprootedness as a category that is as ontological as it is geographical, historical, political, or cultural. The book pays careful attention to the intersection of writing and history (or politics), as several poets featured here have faced the Second World War, the Holocaust, Communism, the fall of Communism, or the war in the former Yugoslavia.Taylor gives the work of renowned, upcoming, and still little-known poets a thorough look, all the while scrutinizing recent translations of their verse. He highlights several poets who are also masters of the prose poem. He includes a few novelists who have fashioned a particularly original kind of poetic prose, that stylistic category that has proved so difficult for critics to define. Into the Heart of European Poetry should be of immediate interest to any reader curious about the aesthetic and philosophical ideas underlying major trends of contemporary European writing. In a day and age when much too little is translated and thus known about foreign literature, and when Europeans themselves are pondering the common denominators of their own culture, this book is a

The Conservative Party and European Integration since 1945

The Conservative Party and European Integration since 1945
Author: N.J. Crowson
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781134147038
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Release: 2006-12-05
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This volume provides an up-to-date and comprehensive introduction to British policy in Europe. By exploring the schisms within the party over Europe, through primary source-based history and theoretical discourses of political science, N.J. Crowson gives the reader the best sense of understanding of how and why the Conservative party’s policy attitudes to European integration have evolved. The Conservative Party and European Integration since 1945 adopts a thematic line based around two chronological periods, 1945–75 and 1975–2006, and uses different methodological approaches. It explores the shifting stances amongst Conservatives within an economic, political and international context as the party adjusted to the decline of Britain’s world role and the loss of empire. Crowson analyzes Britain’s role and relationship with Europe together with the study of the Conservative Party, and deals with economic, commercial and monetary issues, successfully bridging a serious gap in any discussion of the UK’s relations with the European Union and appreciation of the political world in which Conservative European policy has been framed and pursued since 1945. This book is recommended for background reading in undergraduate courses in British politics and European history.

The Dark Heart of Italy

The Dark Heart of Italy
Author: Tobias Jones
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780571246052
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Release: 2008-09-04
Editor: Faber & Faber
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An essential guide to the strange, sometimes sinister culture of contemporary Italy. In 1999 Tobias Jones travelled to Italy, expecting to discover the pastoral bliss described by centuries of foreign visitors and famous writers. Instead, he discovered a very different country, besieged by unfathomable terrorism and deep-seated paranoia, where crime is scarcely ever met with punishment. Now, in this fascinating travelogue, Jones explores not just Italy's familiar delights (art, climate, cuisine), but the livelier and stranger sides of the bel paese: language, football, Catholicism, cinema, television and terrorism. Why, he wonders, do bombs still explode every time politics start getting serious? Why does everyone urge him to go home as soon as possible, saying that Italy is a 'brothel'? And why do people warn him that 'Clean Hands' only disguise 'Dirty Feet'?

Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness
Author: Joseph Conrad
Pages: 154
ISBN: 9783736800830
Available:
Release: 2018-10-16
Editor: BookRix
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Heart of Darkness is a short novel by Polish novelist Joseph Conrad, written as a frame narrative, about Charles Marlow's life as an ivory transporter down the Congo River in Central Africa. The river is "a mighty big river, that you could see on the map, resembling an immense snake uncoiled, with its head in the sea, its body at rest curving afar over a vast country, and its tail lost in the depths of the land." In the course of his travel in central Africa, Marlow becomes obsessed with Mr. Kurtz. The story is a complex exploration of the attitudes people hold on what constitutes a barbarian versus a civilized society and the attitudes on colonialism and racism that were part and parcel of European imperialism. Originally published as a three-part serial story, in Blackwood's Magazine, the novella Heart of Darkness has been variously published and translated into many languages. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Heart of Darkness one of the hundred best novels in English of the twentieth century.

A Heart for Europe

A Heart for Europe
Author: James Bogle,Joanna Bogle
Pages: 176
ISBN: 0852441738
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Release: 1990
Editor: Gracewing Publishing
Language: en

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Slovakia

Slovakia
Author: Ol̕ga Drobná,Eduard Drobný,Magdalena Gocnikova
Pages: 53
ISBN: 0865163197
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Release: 1996
Editor: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An overview of a European country of great natural beauty, emphasizing its rich cultural traditions.

Big Trails the European Heartland

Big Trails  the European Heartland
Author: Edited by Stephen Ross
Pages: 208
ISBN: 1839810025
Available:
Release: 2020-10
Editor: Vertebrate Publishing
Language: un

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Ireland in the European Eye

Ireland in the European Eye
Author: Gisela Holfter,Bettina Migge
Pages: 535
ISBN: 1911479024
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Release: 2019
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"A comprehensive survey of Ireland's place in Europe, providing a detailed narrative of a cultural relationship that began with Irish missionaries bringing Christianity and learning to the continent. How have Ireland and her people and culture been perceived and represented in Europe? Twenty-two internationally renowned experts address this question through contributions on film, music, art, architecture, media, literature and European Studies" -- publisher's website.

A Hole in the Heart of the World

A Hole in the Heart of the World
Author: Jonathan Kaufman
Pages: 328
ISBN: UOM:39076002857311
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Release: 1998
Editor: Penguin Group USA
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Offers a multigenerational series of portraits that follows individuals in their struggle to salvage a heritage devastated by Communism