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The Great Fire: One American’s Mission To Rescue Victims Of The 20th Century’s First Genocide

This book took me a while to finish----and not just because it is almost 500 pages. I took my time, because THE GREAT FIRE educated me in a lot of ways I was not expecting, and I wanted to savor the experience. What Lou Ureneck has done is take us into an event that many of us (including myself) had no clue about and made us live the experience. That is not an easy thing to do, but because he humanized it by giving us the backstory i...

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A History Of The English Parish: The Culture Of Religion From Augustine To Victoria

Most writings on church history have been concerned mainly with church hierarchy, and with theology, liturgy and canon law. This book looks at the church 'from below', from the lowest stratum of its organisation - the parish - in which the church building is seen as the parishioners' handiwork and as a reflection of local popular culture. The book discusses in turn the origin and development of the system of precisely-defined parishe...

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Herta Müller, Dépressions

En dix-neuf récits, Herta Müller évoque les plaines du Banat et ses habitants. Cette région autour de la ville de Timisoara, ses villages souabes et ses dépressions constituent le microcosme que la plume de Müller dissèque avec férocité. L'univers si fermé de la petite communauté germanophone de Roumanie après la Deuxième Guerre mondiale, ses us et coutumes, sont souvent vus à travers les yeux de l'enfant. Au-delà de l'univers famili...

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Shadows Of Empire: The Indian Nobility Of Cusco, 1750-1825

The Indian nobility of the Andes--largely descended from the Inca monarchs and other pre-conquest lords--occupied a crucial economic and political position in late colonial Andean society, a position widely accepted as legitimate until the Túpac Amaru rebellion. This volume traces the history of this late colonial elite and examines the pre-conquest and colonial foundations of their privilege and authority. It brings to light the org...

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The Shadow Of The White Rose: Edward Courtenay, Earl Of Devon 1526-1556

One life may reflect all the tempestuous turbulence of an era. Edward Courtenay spent his life in the best prisons and palaces. Mary Tudor finally released him from the Tower when she seized the throne from Jane Grey after only a nine-day reign. Sometimes referred to as the White Rose because he was the last descendant of the Plantagenets (through his grandmother Catherine, daughter of King Edward IV), Courtenay was soon regarded as ...