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LAY Paul, History Today - And Tomorrow (ebook)


<i>© Endeavour Press Ltd</i>

© Endeavour Press Ltd

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From the publishers:
Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, once said that the single most valuable course he had taken as a student was a short one on the history of calligraphy.

Calligraphy may seem an eccentric choice, but it equipped Jobs with the skills to build one of the design and technology leaders of the 21st-century.
 
There could be no better example of how history remains as vital and relevant today as it has ever been.
 
And yet it is precisely course such as those that are under threat as educational authorities become obsessed with 'relevance'.
 
In this challenging, thought-provoking essay, Paul Lay, the editor of History Today, sketches a manifesto for the study of the past in today's world. Too much history, he argues, has retreated in a comfort zone of nostalgia and domesticity. It has become insular and parochial, concerned more with Georgian bathrooms than the Congress of Vienna, with china rather than China.
 
But in difficult times history should step out of its comfort zone and become once again what it was: a disturbing, challenging discipline that leaves no stone unturned, that embraces the different, the strange, the exotic and the perverse, to reveal in full the possibilities of human existence, a discipline that is not afraid of casting a cold eye on the great conflicts and themes of our times.

Place and publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd

Date of publication: 2012



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“Fouché, of course, was not a nobody. Fouché from Nantes, the penniless bourgeois, the small, cassock-wearing professor of the Collèges de l'Oratoire; Fouché the assembly member, the king-killer, the proconsul of Nevers and Moulins, the gunner of Lyon, the destroyer of Robespierre, Napoléon's nightmare, the minister of all the regimes, the inventor of the modern police force, the builder of the State, the theoretician and the man of action, the adventurer, the conspirator and the upstart. Undoubtedly one of the most powerful men of his age, undoubtedly one of the most interesting. There are few men who invent new rules before the end of the game. Fouché was one of them.”
 
In Fouché. Les silences de la pieuvre, Emmanuel de Waresquiel digs into every corner of the life of a man as secretive as he was contradictory. With the help of an enormous collection of archives – many of which are unedited – Waresquiel paints a brilliant portrait of an incredible character who has long been misunderstood and poorly served by his bad reputation. In doing so, he gives us a timely and topical Fouché as you've never seen him before.
 

(translated by F. Whitlum-Cooper)



Place and publisher: Paris: Tallandier

Date of publication: 2014

Number of pages: 882

Description:  
 
From the publishers:
 
"...More has probably been written about the Waterloo campaign than almost any other in history. It was the climax of the Napoleonic Wars and forms a watershed in both European and world history. However, the lethal combination of national bias, wilful distortion and simple error has unfortunately led to the constantly regurgitated traditional 'accepted' version being significantly wrong regarding many episodes in the campaign. Oft-repeated claims have morphed into established fact and, with the bicentenary of this famous battle soon to be commemorated, it is high time that these are challenged and finally dismissed.
 
Gareth Glover has spent a decade uncovering hundreds of previously unpublished eyewitness accounts of the battle and campaign, which have highlighted many of these myths and errors. In this ground-breaking history, based on extensive primary research of all the nations involved, he provides a readable and beautifully balanced account of the entire campaign while challenging these distorted claims and myths, and he provides clear evidence to back his version of events. His thoughtful reassessment of this decisive episode in world history will be stimulating reading for those already familiar with the Napoleonic period and it will form a fascinating introduction for readers who are discovering this extraordinary event for the first time..."


Place and publisher: Barnsley: Pen & Sword Books

Date of publication: 2014

Number of pages: 256


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