In this major, paradigm-shifting work, Kojin Karatani systematically re-evaluates Marx´s version of world history, shifting the focus of critique from modes of production to modes of exchange. Karatani seeks to understand both capital-nation-state, the interlocking system that´s the dominant form of modern global society, and the possibilities for superseding it. He traces different modes of exchange, including the pooling of resources that characterizes nomadic tribes, the gift exchange systems developed after the adoption of fixed-settlement agriculture, the exchange of obedience for protection that arises with the emergence of the state, the commodity exchanges that characterize capitalism, and, finally, a future mode of exchange based on the return of gift exchange, albeit modified for the contemporary moment. He argues that this final stage - marking the overcoming of capital, nation, and state - is best understood in light of Kant´s writings on eternal peace. The Structure of World History is in many ways the capstone of Karatani´s brilliant career, yet it also signals new directions in his thought. The book was published by Duke University Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Dunsworth. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/045013/bk_acx0_045013_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In Nature and Culture in the Early Modern Atlantic, historian Peter C. Mancall reveals how Europeans and Native Americans thought about a natural world undergoing rapid change in the century following the historic voyages of Christopher Columbus. Through innovative use of oral history and folklore maintained for centuries by Native Americans as well as original use of spectacular manuscript atlases, paintings that depict on-the-spot European representations of nature, and texts that circulated imperfectly across the ocean, he reveals how the encounter between the old world and the new changed the fate of millions of individuals.Throughout the 16th century, the borders between the natural world and the supernatural were more porous than modern people might realize. Native Americans and Europeans alike thought about monsters, spirits, and insects in considerable depth. In Mancall´s vivid narrative, the modern world emerged as a result of the myriad encounters between peoples who inhabited the Atlantic basin in this period. The centuries that followed can be comprehended only by exploring how culture in its many forms - stories, paintings, books - shaped human understanding of the natural world.The book is published by University of Pennsylvania Press. The audiobook is published by University Press Audiobooks. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John A. Boulanger. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/139137/bk_acx0_139137_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A modern twist on a classic horror story of the Frankenstein creature. Today with the genetic research and mapping of human DNA our own immortality is possible, but remember be careful what you wish for. The quest for immortality is full of surprise pitfalls. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Donnie Moretti. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/139184/bk_acx0_139184_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Whether you are new to 3D printing innovation or simply hoping to close a couple learning holes, we´re happy you stopped by. At this point, the vast majority of us have heard, at some level, about the capability of 3D printing. This guide will put forth insights into the history and the truth of 3D printing - the procedures, materials and applications - and in addition measured thinking on where it may be heading. The objective of this book is to make you consider 3D printing and the potential it offers in your own particular life, home, or work. We remain toward the begin of another Industrial Age, where conventional mass manufacturing will offer a way to customized, individualized, environmentally friendly and on-demand assembling in your vicinity. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jay Prichard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/044241/bk_acx0_044241_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The history of Western civilization can be divided neatly into pre-Darwinian and post-Darwinian periods. Darwin´s 1859 treatise, On the Origin of Species, was not the first work to propose that organisms had descended from other, earlier organisms, and the mechanism of evolution it proposed remained controversial for years. Nevertheless, no biologist after 1859 could ignore Darwin´s theories, and few areas of thought and culture remained immune to their influence. Darwinism was attacked, defended, debated, modified, ridiculed, championed, interpreted, and used not only by biologists but also by philosophers, priests, sociologists, warmongers, cartoonists, robber-barons, psychologists, novelists, and politicians of arious stripes.This course will introduce the major themes of Darwin´s works and explore their diverse, often contradictory impacts on science and society from 1859 to the present. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chandak Sengoopta. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/002164/bk_reco_002164_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As the world entered the modern age, the Catholic Church faced new challenges to its authority, both from without and within. As one of the planet´s oldest institutions, the Church had already survived 16 centuries, but as winds of change altered the global landscape, the Church´s very existence would be called into question.Professor Thomas F. Madden leads these compelling lectures, focusing on a Church both adapting to a world in flux and striving to exert its influence and power. Throughout modernity, the Church responded to - and weathered - a host of major world events: the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, colonization of the New World, and of course the World Wars that in large part defined the 20th century.As the face of the Church, the popes affected Catholicism in ways that can only be truly understood from a careful examination of the past. And so the lives of the popes, along with major Church proceedings, wars, and other significant world events, are brought to bear in a comprehensive look at the Church in the modern age. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Thomas F. Madden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/002526/bk_reco_002526_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this course we´ll explore how Walt Whitman broke with the tyranny of European literary forms to establish a broad, new voice for American poetry. By throwing aside the stolid conventions and clichéd meters of old Europe, Walt Whitman produced a vital, compelling form of verse, one expressive of the nature of his new world and its undiscovered countries, both physical and spiritual, intimate and gloriously public. Passionate democracy is what Whitman called his invention, and like the inventions of Edison, it would transform not only the practices of its field but also the larger dimensions of American life. Whitman named what it was to be American, he catalogued and indexed and sang and scribed it, and his influence on his contemporaries and his descendants transcends the boundaries of poetry and becomes, in many ways, the story of young America. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Karen Karbiener. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/003373/bk_reco_003373_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Kenyon College professor Dr. Timothy B. Shutt examines Dante´s greatest work, The Divine Comedy, both in terms of its autobiographical elements and its allegorical meaning for the human race. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Professor Timothy B. Shutt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/reco/002057/sp_reco_002057_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The director of Italian studies at Bard College, Professor Joseph Luzzi, leads a comprehensive overview of Italian culture. Beginning in the fabled realm of Renaissance art and concluding with the sweeping transformations of present-day Italy, Professor Luzzi examines the Italian mystique and answers a number of intriguing questions: Is there a distinctly ´´Italian” way of looking at the world? To whom do Italian Renaissance treasures truly belong? Could the United States as known today exist without the contributions of Italian culture? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joseph Luzzi. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/004037/bk_reco_004037_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.