Author: Peter Arens, Stefan Brauburger
Publisher: C. Bertelsmann Verlag
Nach dem großen Erfolg der „Deutschlandsaga“ sowohl als ZDF-Serie wie als Sachbuchbestseller weiten Peter Arens und Stefan Brauburger den Blick auf Europa. Sie laden zu einer Zeit- und Erkundungsreise durch seine vielfältig verwobene Geschichte ein, werfen Blicke auf das gewaltige kulturelle Erbe, die unterschiedlichen Traditionen und spüren den Befindlichkeiten nach. Sie geben Auskunft zu Fragen wie: Woher kommt die Idee des gemeinsamen Europa, was hält das transnationale Gebilde zusammen, was trennt uns von anderen? Wie kann ein Miteinander für die rund halbe Milliarde EU-Europäer künftig aussehen? Oder drohen die aktuellen Konfliktherde die Wertegemeinschaft und den größten Staatenverbund der Welt zu sprengen?
Author: Christopher Clark
Publisher: Harper Collins
One of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize (History) The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 is historian Christopher Clark’s riveting account of the explosive beginnings of World War I. Drawing on new scholarship, Clark offers a fresh look at World War I, focusing not on the battles and atrocities of the war itself, but on the complex events and relationships that led a group of well-meaning leaders into brutal conflict. Clark traces the paths to war in a minute-by-minute, action-packed narrative that cuts between the key decision centers in Vienna, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Paris, London, and Belgrade, and examines the decades of history that informed the events of 1914 and details the mutual misunderstandings and unintended signals that drove the crisis forward in a few short weeks. Meticulously researched and masterfully written, Christopher Clark’s The Sleepwalkers is a dramatic and authoritative chronicle of Europe’s descent into a war that tore the world apart.
Author: Peter Arens, Stefan Brauburger
Publisher: C. Bertelsmann Verlag
Das opulent ausgestattete Buch zum Thema »Was ist eigentlich deutsch?« Gartenzwerge und Ampelmännchen, Goethe und Hitler, Pünktlichkeit und wirtschaftlicher Erfolg – das Bild der Deutschen ist von vielen Klischees bestimmt. Doch was hat es heute wirklich mit dem Deutschsein auf sich? Peter Arens und Stefan Brauburger begeben sich auf Spurensuche. In ihrer Deutschlandsaga fragen sie nicht nur nach den historischen, sozialen und ökonomischen Grundlagen des modernen Deutschlands. Sie beleuchten Faktoren wie Sprache, kulturelle Traditionen und Mythen, die das Lebensgefühl einer Nation über Jahrtausende formten. Dabei wirkt eine Vielfalt von Stämmen mit ihren Bräuchen und Dialekten auch im 21. Jahrhundert nach. Es wird sichtbar, was uns heute verbindet, woher die ebenso oft gerühmten wie geschmähten deutschen Tugenden kommen, welche Symbole, Werte, Denker und Erfinder unser Land prägten und wie wir uns selbst sehen.
To Hell and Back
Author: Ian Kershaw
"Chilling... To Hell and Back should be required reading in every chancellery, every editorial cockpit and every place where peevish Euroskeptics do their thinking…. Kershaw documents each and every ‘ism’ of his analysis with extraordinary detail and passionate humanism."—The New York Times Book Review The Penguin History of Europe series reaches the twentieth century with acclaimed scholar Ian Kershaw’s long-anticipated analysis of the pivotal years of World War I and World War II. The European catastrophe, the long continuous period from 1914 to 1949, was unprecedented in human history—an extraordinarily dramatic, often traumatic, and endlessly fascinating period of upheaval and transformation. This new volume in the Penguin History of Europe series offers comprehensive coverage of this tumultuous era. Beginning with the outbreak of World War I through the rise of Hitler and the aftermath of the Second World War, award-winning British historian Ian Kershaw combines his characteristic original scholarship and gripping prose as he profiles the key decision makers and the violent shocks of war as they affected the entire European continent and radically altered the course of European history. Kershaw identifies four major causes for this catastrophe: an explosion of ethnic-racist nationalism, bitter and irreconcilable demands for territorial revisionism, acute class conflict given concrete focus through the Bolshevik Revolution, and a protracted crisis of capitalism. Incisive, brilliantly written, and filled with penetrating insights, To Hell and Back offers an indispensable study of a period in European history whose effects are still being felt today. From the Hardcover edition.
Arita steht für japanisches Porzellan, Tradition und eine transnationale Geschichte. Seit den 1990er Jahren jedoch ist die lokale Keramikbranche von einer Absatzkrise betroffen. Welche Strategien entwickeln lokale Akteure, um die Krise zu überwinden, und welche Rolle spielt dabei lokale Identität? Vor dem Hintergrund der japanischen Dezentralisierungs- und Regionalentwicklungspolitik diskutiert Cornelia Reiher die Frage nach den Perspektiven lokaler Handwerkscluster im globalen Kapitalismus. Sie zeigt: Aritas ökonomische und kulturelle Marginalisierung und deren soziale Folgen stehen für die Herausbildung einer neuen Peripherie an den Rändern der OECD-Welt.
Author: Patricia Crone
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Eminent historian Patricia Crone defines the common features of a wide range of pre-industrial societies, from locations as seemingly disparate as the Mongol Empire and pre-Columbian America, to cultures as diverse as the Ming Dynasty and 17th-century France. This lucid exploration of the characteristics shared by these societies is an essential introductory text for all students of history.
In "The Search for the Ancient Novel" Tatum brings together a distinguished group of scholars to examine every aspect of ancient Greek and Roman novelists--the recovery of their texts, their reception, ancient and modern, and their place in literary theory and history. The contributors explore subjects ranging from antiquity to the present, from the anonymous authors of "Apollonius King of Tyre" and "The Apochryphal Acts of Peter" to Tasso, Cervantes, and Rabelais, from Lucian, Heliodorus, and Petronius to Chritien de Troye and Samuel Richardson.
The Brother Gardeners
Author: Andrea Wulf
Publisher: Vintage Books USA
Follows the lives of six men who shared a passion for plants and a love of gardening in eighteenth-century London, who made Britain the epicenter of horticulture, and transformed gardening from an aristocratic pastime to a national obsession.
Where is Turkey Headed?
Author: Rainer Hermann
Publisher: Blue Dome Press
Where is Turkey Headed? Culture Battles in Turkey looks into the dynamics of social change in Turkey from the broad perspective of a German journalist who lived in Istanbul for nearly two decades. With a panoramic view of the history of the Turkish republic, including the late Ottoman era, the author presents a critical analysis of the cultural, economic and political transformation Turkey has long been going through. He discusses that the driving force for this change has its roots in the very society that has discovered its cultural, religious and ethnic diversity, and is pushing back against omnipotent government control.
Fall of Giants
Author: Ken Follett
The first novel in The Century Trilogy follows the fates of five interrelated familiesNAmerican, German, Russian, English, and WelshNas they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.
Winter of the World
Author: Ken Follett
"This book is truly epic. . . . The reader will probably wish there was a thousand more pages." —The Huffington Post Picking up where Fall of Giants, the first novel in the extraordinary Century Trilogy, left off, Winter of the World follows its five interrelated families—American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh—through a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the great dramas of World War II, and into the beginning of the long Cold War. Carla von Ulrich, born of German and English parents, finds her life engulfed by the Nazi tide until daring to commit a deed of great courage and heartbreak . . . . American brothers Woody and Chuck Dewar, each with a secret, take separate paths to momentous events, one in Washington, the other in the bloody jungles of the Pacific . . . . English student Lloyd Williams discovers in the crucible of the Spanish Civil War that he must fight Communism just as hard as Fascism . . . . Daisy Peshkov, a driven social climber, cares only for popularity and the fast set until war transforms her life, while her cousin Volodya carves out a position in Soviet intelligence that will affect not only this war but also the war to come.
Author: H. Pauer-Studer, J. Velleman
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Konrad Morgen: The Conscience of a Nazi Judge is a moral biography of Georg Konrad Morgen, who prosecuted crimes committed by members of the SS in Nazi concentration camps and eventually came face-to-face with the system of industrialized murder at Auschwitz. His wartime papers and postwar testimonies yield a study in moral complexity.
Author: Michel Houellebecq
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
A controversial, intelligent, and mordantly funny new novel from France's most famous literary figure Paris, 2022. François is bored. He's a middle-aged lecturer at the Sorbonne and an expert on J. K. Huysmans, the famous nineteenth-century "decadent" author. But François's own decadence is considerably smaller in scale. He sleeps with his students, eats microwave dinners, reads the classics, queues up YouPorn. Meanwhile, it's election season. And although Francois feels "about as politicized as a hand towel," things are getting pretty interesting. In an alliance with the socialists, France's new Islamic party sweeps to power. Islamic law comes into force. Women are veiled, polygamy is encouraged, and Francois is offered an irresistible academic advancement--on condition that he convert to Islam. Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker has said of this novel that "Houellebecq is not merely a satirist but--more unusually--a sincere satirist, genuinely saddened by the absurdities of history and the madnesses of mankind." Michel Houellebecq's Submission may be satirical and melancholic, but it is also hilarious; a comic masterpiece by one of France's great novelists.
I Was Told to Come Alone
Author: Souad Mekhennet
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
“I was told to come alone. I was not to carry any identification, and would have to leave my cell phone, audio recorder, watch, and purse at my hotel. . . .” For her whole life, Souad Mekhennet, a reporter for The Washington Post who was born and educated in Germany, has had to balance the two sides of her upbringing – Muslim and Western. She has also sought to provide a mediating voice between these cultures, which too often misunderstand each other. In this compelling and evocative memoir, we accompany Mekhennet as she journeys behind the lines of jihad, starting in the German neighborhoods where the 9/11 plotters were radicalized and the Iraqi neighborhoods where Sunnis and Shia turned against one another, and culminating on the Turkish/Syrian border region where ISIS is a daily presence. In her travels across the Middle East and North Africa, she documents her chilling run-ins with various intelligence services and shows why the Arab Spring never lived up to its promise. She then returns to Europe, first in London, where she uncovers the identity of the notorious ISIS executioner “Jihadi John,” and then in France, Belgium, and her native Germany, where terror has come to the heart of Western civilization. Mekhennet’s background has given her unique access to some of the world’s most wanted men, who generally refuse to speak to Western journalists. She is not afraid to face personal danger to reach out to individuals in the inner circles of Al Qaeda, the Taliban, ISIS, and their affiliates; when she is told to come alone to an interview, she never knows what awaits at her destination. Souad Mekhennet is an ideal guide to introduce us to the human beings behind the ominous headlines, as she shares her transformative journey with us. Hers is a story you will not soon forget.
Author: Peter May
The Isle of Lewis is the most remote, harshly beautiful place in Scotland, where the difficulty of existence seems outweighed only by people's fear of God. But older, pagan values lurk beneath the veneer of faith, the primal yearning for blood and revenge. When a brutal murder on the island bears the hallmarks of a similar slaying in Edinburgh, police detective Fin Macleod is dispatched north to investigate. But since he himself was raised on Lewis, the investigation also represents a journey home and into his past. Each year the island's men perform the hunting of the gugas, a savage custom no longer necessary for survival, but which they cling to even more fiercely in the face of the demands of modern morality. For Fin the hunt recalls a horrific tragedy, which after all this time may have begun to demand another sacrifice. The Blackhouse is a crime novel of rare power and vision. Peter May has crafted a page-turning murder mystery that explores the darkness in our souls, and just how difficult it is to escape the past.