A Concise History of Modern India, by Barbara D. Metcalf and Thomas R. Metcalf, has become a classic in the field since it was first published in 2001. As a fresh interpretation of Indian history from the Mughals to the present, it has informed students across the world. The narrative focuses on the imaginative and institutional structures that have successfully sustained and transformed India, first under British colonial rule and then, after 1947, as an independent country. Woven into the larger political narrative is an account of India´s social and economic development and its rich cultural life. The final chapter charts the dramatic developments of the last 20 years, from 1990 through to the Congress electoral victory of 2009, and the rise of the Indian high-tech industry in a country still troubled by poverty and political unrest. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Raj Ghatak. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/naxo/001972/bk_naxo_001972_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When the Countess Narona meets Agnes Lockwood, the woman jilted by her husband-to-be, she feels a great sense of foreboding. After the marriage, she moves with her husband, Lord Montbarry, to Venice. As much as Agnes tries to forget the episode of her broken engagement, her fate and that of the Countess seem to be inextricably woven. Both are relentlessly drawn to the Palace Hotel in Venice for a final and dramatic encounter, in the room where more than past emotions resurface to haunt them.Loosely based on a case from the annals of French crime, the horror of this mystery comes through the invention of one of the classic Victorian ´´sensation´´ novelists, Wilkie Collins, who also wrote The Moonstone and The Woman in White. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Traci Svendsgaard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/003416/bk_blak_003416_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Time rules our lives, woven into the very fabric of the universe - from the rising and setting of the sun to the cycles of nature, the thought processes in our brains, and the biorhythms in our day. Nothing so pervades our existence and yet is so difficult to explain. But now, in a series of 24 riveting lectures, you can grasp exactly why - as you take a mind-expanding journey through the past, present, and future, guided by a noted author and scientist. Designed for nonscientists as well as those with a background in physics, the lectures show how a feature of the world that we all experience - a process known as entropy - connects us to the instant of the formation of the universe, and possibly to a multiverse that is unimaginably larger and more varied than the known cosmos. Drawing on such exciting ideas as black holes, cosmic inflation, and dark energy, the lectures also address a momentous question that until recently was considered unanswerable: What happened before the big bang? And while the focus is on physics, Professor Carroll also examines philosophical views on time, how we perceive and misperceive time, the workings of memory, and serious proposals for time travel, as well as imaginative ways that time has been disrupted in fiction. ´´What is time?´´ asked Saint Augustine 1,600 years ago. ´´If no one asks me, I know. But if I wish to explain it to someone who asks, I know not.´´ These lectures will move you much closer to an answer. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Carroll. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000211/bk_tcco_000211_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What does Barack Obama´s re-election campaign have in common with a dusty box of black and white photographs found in a Cardiff studio? The answer is something that we are all a part of - communities. The way in which Obama´s team drove engagement with the US electorate is fabled. Online and offline, people came together to spread the campaign´s messages across the country. Less well known is how Jon Pountney, who found the Cardiff photos, reached out across the web and into the local community to try and identify the faces captured in them. Piece by piece, this community constructed a story of the photos, which in turned out to be a remarkable slice from the city´s history. In Connected, Hannah Waldram, Ed Walker and Marc Thomas explore examples from across the world which demonstrate that social media is a hugely powerful tool, but it is when it combines with physical communities - spurring action, amplifying a message, organizing movements - that it becomes truly transformative. It is a fascinating insight into how communities can be so much greater than the sum of their parts, and how the power of the internet has become seamlessly woven into community action. The authors also offer practical steps for how to make the most of communities and harness their potential. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anna Parker-Naples. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/019362/bk_adbl_019362_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Lynch mobs, chain gangs, and popular views of black Southern criminals that defined the Jim Crow South are well known. We know less about the role of the urban North in shaping views of race and crime in American society. Following the 1890 census - the first to measure the generation of African Americans born after slavery - crime statistics, new migration and immigration trends, and symbolic references to America as the promised land of opportunity were woven into a cautionary tale about the exceptional threat black people posed to modern urban society. Excessive arrest rates and overrepresentation in Northern prisons were seen by many whites - liberals and conservatives, Northerners and Southerners - as indisputable proof of blacks´ inferiority. In the heyday of ´´separate but equal´´, what else but pathology could explain black failure in the ´´land of opportunity´´? The idea of black criminality was crucial to the making of modern urban America, as were African Americans´ own ideas about race and crime. Chronicling the emergence of deeply embedded notions of black people as a dangerous race of criminals by explicit contrast to working-class whites and European immigrants, this fascinating book reveals the influence such ideas have had on urban development and social policies. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mirron Willis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/008130/bk_tant_008130_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Half the world´s population speaks a language that has evolved from a single prehistoric mother tongue. First spoken in Stone Age times on the steppes of central Eurasia 6,500 years ago, this mother tongue spread from the shores of the Black Sea across almost all of Europe and much of Asia. It is the genetic basis of everything we speak and write today - the DNA of language. Written in Stone combines detective work, mythology, ancient history, archaeology, the roots of society, technology and warfare, and the sheer fascination of words to explore that original mother tongue, sketching the connections woven throughout the immense vocabulary of English, with some surprising results. In snappy, lively, and often very funny chapters, Written in Stone uncovers the most influential and important words used by our Neolithic ancestors and shows how they are still in constant use today - the building blocks of all our most common words and phrases. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Healy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/005390/bk_tant_005390_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What wove the African continent into the rich fabric of cultures and peoples that it is today? Where did ancient culture, trade, and civilization begin? How did the African people survive and thrive despite European colonization and apartheid? These are just some of the questions you’ll find answers to in Africa: African History from Ancient Egypt to Modern South Africa. Africa is a vast continent whose waters, fertile lands, minerals, and diverse wildlife nurtured humankind since ancient times until European colonization and exploitation caused immeasurable suffering and loss. To understand how Africa developed, thrived, suffered, and emerged into the rich tapestry of peoples that it is today, take a trip back to the ancient River Nile and the East African coast. Witness: The development of small settlements into three distinct cultures The Carthaginian Empire grow and flourish as an economic and commercial power The settlement of the Zimbabwe plateau and the construction of enormous stone cities The emergence of the Kingdom of Kongo and its expansion through peaceful trade and alliances The upheaval, atrocities, wars, and eventual stability created by European colonization The founding of the Congo Free State and the growth of forced labor to extract valuable resources from the land The decolonization of Africa and the return of territorial sovereignty and independence The forced racial segregation under apartheid and the birth of a new constitution that ended it The founding of the African Union to establish norms across the continent Start your study of the struggles and triumphs of the African people today with Africa: African History from Ancient Egypt to Modern South Africa. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sam Bubis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/102537/bk_acx0_102537_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The subject of Greek mythology conjures up mythical stories of glorious and wonderful Greek gods, goddesses, and heroes with tales of war, love, and betrayal. Since ancient Greece was the birth place of philosophy, theater, and politics, it is understandable that such a great civilization would be capable of creating an elaborate belief system in which to help understand the world around them. Natural phenomena such as the sun, lightning, and earthquakes were explained in intriguing, engaging tales that formed the structure of ancient Greek understanding. It was this belief system that has been the fascination of many the world over. Through the stories of the most prominent gods and goddesses, this book provides an insight into how Greek mythology was formed, why the Greek gods and goddesses were conceived, and explores the fantastically woven stories that link these gods and goddesses together. Learn about Titans and the Olympians, the stories of their existence, and why they represented elements of the natural world. Discover the most prominent Greek gods, why they were either titans or Olympians, and who the demigods and heroes really were. Hear enthralling stories of prominent gods are such as: Cronus Atlas Prometheus Zeus Aphrodite Hermes And more How are all these Greek mythology stories connected? The study of these gods are both interesting and complex. In order to understand them it´s necessary to understand how each story relates and the events that gave birth to further gods and their tales. This book delves a little deeper, highlighting the reason for the battles of the gods, the stories of their existence, and their relationship to natural phenomena. Immerse yourself with in this wonderful ancient world and educate yourself with stories that will transport you into the mindset of this fascinating civilization! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mike Norgaard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/067323/bk_acx0_067323_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A captivating, spirited account of the intense relationship among four artists whose strong personalities, passionate feelings, and aesthetic ideals drew them together, pulled them apart, and profoundly influenced the very shape of 20th-century art.New York, 1921: Alfred Stieglitz, the most influential figure in early 20th-century photography, celebrates the success of his latest exhibition - the centerpiece, a series of nude portraits of the young Georgia O´Keeffe, soon to be his wife. It is a turning point for O´Keeffe, poised to make her entrance into the art scene - and for Rebecca Salsbury, the fiancée of Stieglitz´s protégé at the time, Paul Strand. When Strand introduces Salsbury to Stieglitz and O´Keeffe, it is the first moment of a bond between the two couples that will last more than a decade and reverberate throughout their lives. In the years that followed, O´Keeffe and Stieglitz became the preeminent couple in American modern art, spurring each other´s creativity.Observing their relationship led Salsbury to encourage new artistic possibilities for Strand and to rethink her own potential as an artist. In fact, it was Salsbury, the least known of the four, who was the main thread that wove the two couples´ lives together. Carolyn Burke mines the correspondence of the foursome to reveal how each inspired, provoked, and unsettled the others while pursuing seminal modes of artistic innovation. The result is a surprising, illuminating portrait of four extraordinary figures. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Amanda Carlin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/006670/bk_rand_006670_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.