An exhilarating, anti-colonial reclamation of nature writing and memoir, rooted in the forests and flatlands of Taiwan from the winner of the RBC Taylor Prize for Emerging Writers. "Two Trees Make a Forest is a finely faceted meditation on memory, love, landscape - and finding a home in language. Its short, shining sections tilt yearningly toward one another; in form as well as content, this is a beautiful book about the distance between people and between places, and the means of their bridging." (Robert Macfarlane, author of Underland) A chance discovery of letters written by her immigrant grandfather leads Jessica J. Lee to her ancestral homeland, Taiwan. There, she seeks his story while growing closer to the land he knew. Lee hikes mountains home to Formosan flamecrests, birds found nowhere else on earth, and swims in a lake of drowned cedars. She bikes flatlands where spoonbills alight by fish farms and learns about a tree whose fruit can float in the ocean for years, awaiting landfall. Throughout, Lee unearths surprising parallels between the natural and human stories that have shaped her family and their beloved island. Joyously attentive to the natural world, Lee also turns a critical gaze upon colonialist explorers who mapped the land and named plants, relying on and often effacing the labor and knowledge of local communities. Two Trees Make a Forest is a genre-shattering book encompassing history, travel, nature, and memoir, an extraordinary narrative showing how geographical forces are interlaced with our family stories. Finalist for the 2020 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize Shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature One of The Guardian's Best Books of the Year
©2020 Jessica J. Lee (P)2020 Hamish Hamilton
Do you want to travel with ease and elegance getting what you need when you need it? This is the solution for your communication problems when you travel to Istanbul. You can access the phrase you need by using the table of contents that will lead you to the topic you are looking for: Bank, bar, boutique, bus travel, business meetings, café, car accidents, car rental, car travel, children, cinema, communication, consulate, customs, directions, discomfort, embassy, gas station, hairdresser, health, hotel, luggage, metro travel, money, passport, personal accidents, personal information, phone, plane and airport, professions, restaurant, supermarket, taxi, theatre, time, and date, train travel, visa, weather. Get this audiobook today and travel safe and confident!
©2015 Unitexto LLC (P)2019 Unitexto LLC
Are you excited about planning your next trip? Do you want to try something new? Would you like some guidance from a local? If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, then this Greater Than a Tourist audiobook is for you. Greater Than a Tourist - Bali Indonesia, by Hunum Gitarina, offers the inside scoop on Bali. Most travel guides tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there is nothing wrong with that, as part of the Greater Than a Tourist series, this audiobook will give you travel tips from someone who has lived at your next travel destination. You will discover advice that will help you throughout your stay. This audiobook will not tell you exact addresses or store hours but instead will give you excitement and knowledge from a local that you may not find in other smaller travel guides. Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the people and the culture. By the time you finish this audiobook, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your next destination.
©2018 CZYK Publishing (P)2018 CZYK Publishing
This is probably Madame Blavatsky's most listenable book, usually published under the title From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan. It contains much of her spiritual travels throughout India with a number of keen observations. In many ways, this is a pioneering work by a feminist intellectual way ahead of her time.
Public Domain (P)2016 David Christopher Lane
An extraordinary memoir of one woman's experiences in China. Tessa Keswick first travelled to China in 1982 and immediately fell in love with its history, culture and landscape. Over the next 30 years, she travelled extensively in China, visiting its temples and landmarks, the sites of its most famous battles and the birthplaces of its best-known poets and philosophers. She also witnessed China's transformation, as hundreds of millions were lifted out of poverty and the country emerged as an economic superpower in waiting. Keswick's observations of life in China are perceptive and full of insight. Her narrative is rich in microhistories of people encountered and places visited. By presenting a colourfully woven tapestry of contrasting experiences and localities, she allows the listener to glimpse the sheer diversity of China and its vast population. A multi-textured and revealing survey of the world's largest country, as seen through one woman's eyes, The Colour of the Sky After Rain offers a compelling portrait of China in an age of radical change and charts the key staging posts in its recent, remarkable history.
©2020 Tessa Keswick (P)2020 Head of Zeus
Are you excited about planning your next trip? Do you want to try something new? Would you like some guidance from a local? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this Greater Than a Tourist book is for you. Greater Than a Tourist China - 300 Travel Tips from Locals gives you the inside scoop on China. Most travel books tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there is nothing wrong with that, as part of the Greater Than a Tourist series, this book will give you travel tips from those who have lived at your next travel destination. Here, you will discover advice that will help you throughout your stay. This book will not tell you exact addresses or store hours but instead will give you excitement and knowledge from a local that you may not find in other small travel books. Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the people and the culture. By the time you finish this book, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your next destination. Inside this travel guide book you will find: Insider tips from a local A bonus book: 50 Things to Know About Packing Light for Travel by best-selling author Manidipa Bhattacharyya A packing and planning list A list of travel questions to ask yourself or others while traveling
©2019 CZYK Publishing (P)2019 CZYK Publishing
"The two things Ive always feared most in life are drowning or being paralyzed. So, naturally, I started scuba diving and racing motorcycles. Tiffani wanted a change when she left Los Angeles, but moving to Northwestern Montana for the winter might have been a bit too much of one. Six months of isolation, an absent partner, and endless snowfall was enough to send anyone spiraling into depression. As her heart and relationship held onto their last fraying threads, she made a rash decision to save them both. She quit her job, shoved her things into a backpack, and booked two one-way tickets to Thailand. She was going to become a scuba diver. She was going to try to salvage her relationship. And like a true mermaid, she was going to swim her way out of the blue hole she had drowned herself in while taking a journey through a sensational world within our vast oceans. So what if she didnt know how to swim? Chronicles of a Mermaid stands alone as the third book in a series of travel memoirs, following the life of a young woman seeking adventure in spite of her clumsiness, anxiety, and fears. This chapter in her story will take you through three months of backpacking through Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Japan, with a sarcastic and self-deprecating sense of humor. If you loved the exotic locales of Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat Pray Love, the heartfelt personal conquest of Cheryl Strayed's Wild, and the scuba diving accounts of Jill Heinerth's Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver, you'll love Chronicles of a Mermaid!
©2020 Tiffani Burkett (P)2020 Tiffani Burkett
The Eat, Pray, Love for busy executives, Take Off Your Shoes invites the listener to join a journey of self-rediscovery. If 10 Percent Happier made you more mindful, and Wild more adventuresome, then this book will ground you and help you find your soul. A hard-charging CEO of a large enterprise, Ben Feder discovers that he is losing the very things that sustained him over his years of business success. Unsettled by his insight and determined to rebuild family relationships and rejuvenate his sense of purpose, he risks his career on a life-altering physical and emotional journey. Together with his wife and children, Feder sets off for an exotic island on a self-prescribed sabbatical year. That experience transforms them all. The writing is honest and moving, baring the authors innermost struggles and fears, and enticing the reader to share his quest. As Feder navigates the thrills and pitfalls of his time away, he draws us into remarkable examinations of values and priorities in adult life.
©2018 Benjamin Feder (P)2019 Benjamin Feder
From the author of the number-one best-selling travel comedy That Bear Ate My Pants! Tony James Slater is quite possibly the world's worst traveler. And yet, he's thinking of doing it for a living.... Faced with buying a car and getting a real job - or taking the money and blowing it on a six-month adventure around Asia...well, there really is no contest! Who wouldn't want to visit exotic places, like Borneo, Cambodia, and China? Who wouldn't want to tackle the world's most dangerous hiking path, tangle with the Vietnamese Mafia, and suffer days in the dreaded Mongolian saddle? And who wouldn't want to try five-organ soup? All he has to do is survive long enough to realize his dreams. His rainbow-haired wife, Roo, is determined to keep him in one piece - but he's not going to make it easy. Six months around Asia will make-or-break them...literally. Join Tony and Roo on an epic journey through the weirdest and most wonderful things the continent can offer. Share their hopes and fears as they battle the wildlife, the elements, and the laws of probability to explore six fascinating and exotic countries. Together, they will prove one of the cardinal rules of travel: that nothing ever goes according to plan. Especially when you don't have one. Full of mischief and mayhem, this hilarious adventure is one you definitely don't want to miss. One thing's for sure; it ain't no holiday! This is a comedy travel memoir, covering Borneo, Vietnam, Mongolia, China, Laos, and Cambodia.
©2016 Tony James Slater (P)2019 Tantor
With travel tips and culture in our guidebooks written by a local author, it is never too late to visit Sapporo. Most travel books tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there is nothing wrong with that, as part of the Greater than a Tourist series, this book will give you candid travel tips from someone who has lived at your next travel destination. This guidebook will not tell you exact addresses or store hours, but instead gives you knowledge that you may not find in other smaller print travel books. Experience cultural, culinary delights and attractions with the guidance of a local. Slow down, and get to know the people with this invaluable guide. By the time you finish listening to this audiobook, you will be eager and prepared to discover new activities at your next travel destination. Inside this travel guidebook, you will find: Visitor information from a local Tour ideas and inspiration Valuable guidebook information to save time Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the people and culture. By the time you finish this book, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your next destination.
©2020 CZYK Publishing (P)2021 CZYK Publishing
Bloomsbury presents Around the World in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh, read by Monisha Rajesh. Winner of the National Geographic Traveller Award for Best Travel Book. Shortlisted for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award. When Monisha Rajesh announced plans to circumnavigate the globe in 80 train journeys, she was met with wide-eyed disbelief. But it wasnt long before she was carefully plotting a route that would cover 45,000 miles - almost twice the circumference of the earth - coasting along the worlds most remarkable railways; from the cloud-skimming heights of Tibets Qinghai railway to silk-sheeted splendour on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Packing up her rucksack - and her fiancé, Jem, Monisha embarks on an unforgettable adventure that will take her from Londons St Pancras station to the vast expanses of Russia and Mongolia, North Korea, Canada, Kazakhstan and beyond. The ensuing journey is one of constant movement and mayhem, as the pair strikes up friendships and swaps stories with the hilarious, irksome and ultimately endearing travellers they meet on board, all while taking in some of the earths most breathtaking views. From the author of Around India in 80 Trains comes another witty and irreverent look at the world and a celebration of the glory of train travel. Rajesh offers a wonderfully vivid account of life, history and culture in an audiobook that will make you laugh out loud - and reflect on what it means to be a global citizen - as you whirl around the world listening to it.
©2019 Monisha Rajesh (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Are you planning a trip to Japan? Would you like to enjoy an unforgettable experience? Are you learning Japanese, and would you like to know how to use the language in the correct way? If you answered yes to at least one of those previous questions, then this audiobook is for you. This book will help you to know the ins and outs of Japanese society and walk among the people as if you were one of them. Here is a preview of what this audiobook will do: Walks you through the history of etiquette in Japan and helps you understand the importance of it in modern society Helps you avoid social ostracization Ensures that your trip to Japan is not only more enjoyable, but the memories you make there will all be happy and fun-filled instead of embarrassing Enriches your social skills not only in Japan but across other cultures, as well You will have a different understanding of social interaction when you are done with this book. If youre ready to improve your social skills and enjoy the tranquil and colorful life of Japan, then buy Japanese Language & Culture now. Its up to you to take action and reap the rewards waiting for you!
©2020 JPInsiders (P)2020 JPInsiders
Delhi is the capital city of India and one of the biggest cities of India. Here are a few of our best travel tips for Delhi. Nevertheless, there are a couple of things need to know before you arrive the capital city of India. In this Sam's Travel Guide on Delhi, you will find all the information you need to know about: Essential travel tips for Delhi Things you must know about Delhi Best places to visit in Delhi Best travel tips for Delhi Famous architectural wonders in Delhi Best restaurants in Delhi Most luxurious hotels in Delhi Best weekend destinations in Delhi Things to avoid in Delhi When you download Delhi: Essential Travel Tips: All You Need to Know, you will be well prepared to visit the country of your dreams ! Buy this book today! Would you like to start today? If you do, just download and buy today. Enjoy Sam's Travel Guides!
©2018 Sam's Travel Guide (P)2018 Sam's Travel Guide
Discover the exuberant attractions of modern Japan and the hidden traditional Japanese gems with the ultimate travel guide to Japan! Are you seriously thinking about taking a trip or vacation to Japan, but haven't the slightest idea of how to go about it? Are you looking for a concise, straight-to-the-point guide that will help you experience Japan without spending countless hours Googling or poring over boring, monstrous travel guides? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then keep reading... In this travel guide, you'll discover how to effortlessly navigate one of Asia's most popular and exciting tourist destinations, as well as find practical advice on what to see, eat, drink, and do in Japan without burning a hole in your pocket. Here's a small snippet of what you're going to discover in this comprehensive travel guide to Japan: Everything you need to know about one of Asia's most important and historically intriguing countries Concise insights into the history and culture of Japan that will help you get along with locals effortlessly Excellent ways to get the most out of your trip and create unforgettable, lifelong memories Absolutely memorable tourist destinations you certainly have to see while you're in Japan An itinerary of exciting, city-specific tourist activities and adventures you need to have that is specifically designed to maximize your Japan experience Off-the-beaten-path tourist destinations to help you experience Japan in a way few tourists ever will A crash guide to weather and transportation in Japan to help you plan your trips without fuss or unpleasant surprises And more! Whether it's your first time planning any overseas trip or vacation, or you're a fan of Japanese culture and would like to experience Japan in a hands-on way, this tourist-friendly travel guide is chock-full of detailed dossiers on Japan's most interesting tourist attractions and expert planning tips to help you make your Japan adventure a truly memorable one.
©2020 Nicola Portolano (P)2020 Nicola Portolano
I hope that you will find the content helpful, useful, and profitable. The information in this audiobook on various aspects of Thailand and life in Thailand is organized into different sections. I hope that it will interest those who have visited Thailand or intent to do so.
©2013 Owen Jones (P)2019 Owen Jones
Get this guide to tick the Maldives off your bucket list for under $300. Lonely Planet advises budget travelers to pay $150 per day to visit the Maldives. This guide will show you how to comfortably enjoy everything the Maldives has to offer for less than $50 a day. Super Cheap Maldives is a travel guide for people seeking cold-hard facts to enjoy the biggest Maldives adventure on the smallest budget. Our plans and Maldives fascinating history, culture, and underwater world will blow your mind, not your budget. Instantly discover everything you need for a luxurious trip to Maldives on a backpackers budget. This book includes: Hundreds of historical, cultural, and money-saving local insights Cheapest flight routes to Maldives Insider tips on planning your trip on a budget How to get 25 percent off your Maldives Airbnb How to stay in five-star Maldives hotels for two-star prices The cheapest place to stay (This may surprise you!) Must-see and cheap hacks to see and do all the sights including the best beaches and diving The cheapest route form the airport to the city Advice on getting around cheaply Must-try street foods, including mouth-watering cakes, and the best place to try them Tons of cheap delicious local eats Practical tips and insights including taxes, local currency, and customs Detailed broken-down checklist of things to remember to save money Discount markets you must visit Cheapest onward destinations Bonus: Thousands of general travel hacks to save you money before travelling Save yourself the time and hassle. Enjoy everything Maldives has to offer without the ascribed $150 a day tourist budget. Super Cheap Insider Guides(dot)com Spend a little and enjoy a lot with Super Cheap Insider Guides written by real travelers in collaboration with thrifty locals. Spend a little on this book to save hundreds in Maldives When you buy and review this book, youll have free access to our Super Cheap Accommodation Finder Service, normally priced $50 (A team of highly skilled accommodation hackers will find you three of the best price-performance accommodation options for your specific needs.) You can also use our flight-hacking service (Our skilled flight hackers will take hundreds of dollars off your flight.) Weve designed this guidebook to save you time, hassle, and money. Leave the crowds behind Get Super Cheap Maldives to save hundreds on your Maldives trip with real insights Google cant and wont reveal. Spend a little now and save hundreds in Maldives.
©2019, 2020 Phil G. Tang (P)2021 Super Cheap Insider Guides
Plenty of guys fly to Thailand every year, hoping to meet a good Thai lady to spend the rest of their life with. The vast majority fly home disappointed, and even among those that do manage to meet a nice lady, a high percentage see their dreams flounder. I will tell you why. I will tell you the greatest singular mistake that men make when dealing with Thai women. Then I will tell you the next biggest mistake that far too many men make. As well as that I will talk you through the various issues that will effect your chances of long term happiness. This book will talk you through the essential rules that you must put in place if you are to have a chance of dating a good Thai lady. That's right, even just to date a lady, not even to go any further. The book talks you through what to expect, what to look out for and what to do to give you the best possible chance of finding a Thai lady to share your life with you, and you'll find some of the things you will learn here to be a revelation. You'll find out why Thai women are scared of you, and how to overcome that initial fear. You'll find out how Thai culture will affect your relationship, and where to draw the line. I'll even show you the best strategies for online dating, the signs to look out for to know that the lady is genuine, and how to avoid making a rod for your own back from day one. The vast majority of mistakes that men make are easily avoidable, and well within your control - once you have finished the book you'll know exactly what to avoid. So if you are genuinely interested in meeting a good Thai lady, download the How To Meet A Good Thai Lady, now.
©2014 The Blether (P)2014 The Blether
I lived and worked in the Philippines for three years, but I started out like many others: lost in a land that resembled my own with few lifelines to throw. This audiobook is aimed at helping those who decide to visit the Philippines for work, vacation, travel, or fun be more prepared than I was for all of the things that the Philippines has to offer.
©2018 Anthony Smith (P)2019 Anthony Smith
Make your journey trough Asia the best possible. You want to exactly know where to go and what to do? You found the right audiobook. Asia has so many fascinating countries to offer, but at the same time, you may ask yourself: "Where should I actually go?" In this collection of audiobooks, you will find a few of the most astonishing countries in Asia with Thailand, Japan, and India. If this is your first time traveling trough Asia, you should plan your trip in detail. If not, you most certainly will miss out on some of the best places to be and things to see. This audiobook will help you make the most out of your time. You will get to know the most fascinating things to do and see. Heres what youll find in the audiobook: Thailand and its most beautiful places India: the land of diversity What to do in Japan Much, much more! When you download Asia Traveling: A Beginners Travel Guide for Your Trip Trough Asia: Thailand, Japan and India, you will be on your way to the best possible version of your trip. Are you searching for unique travel tips? If so, just scroll up and hit the "Buy Now" button. Enjoy!
©2018 Traveling the World (P)2018 Traveling the World
Are you excited about planning your next trip? Do you want to try something new while traveling? Would you like some guidance from a local? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this book is just for you. Greater Than a Tourist - India by Manidipa Bhattacharyya offers the inside scoop on India. Most travel books tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there's nothing wrong with that, as a part of the Greater Than a Tourist series this book will give you tips and a bunch of ideas from someone who lives at your next travel destination. Here, you'll discover local advice that will help you throughout your stay. Greater Than a Tourist is a series of travel books written by locals. Travel like a local. Get the inside scoop. Slow down, stay in one place, take your time, get to know the people and the culture of a place. Try some things off the beaten path with guidance. Patronize local business and vendors when you travel. Be willing to try something new and have the travel experience of a lifetime. By the time you finish this book, you will be excited to travel to your destination. So grab this audiobook today. You'll be glad you did.
©2017 CZYK Publishing (P)2018 CZYK Publishing
Are you feeling tired, run down and just low on energy? Do you feel mentally, emotionally or physically drained? Have you always wanted to learn about meditation but didn't know where to begin? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, Mudras: The Simple Beginners Guide to Using Hand Gestures for Healing is the book for you! This book will cover the following and give you deeper insight about how you can maximize your potential physically and mentally through balance and meditation. You will learn the basics and key elements of Mudras, as well as over 30 different Mudras to try and practice!
©2015, 2016 Laurent Wygant (P)2016 Laurent Wygant
After half a decade in Japan, Garett Wilson thought that nothing could shock him anymore...until he started a new job and a new life at a high school in downtown Tokyo. Here he discovered the real Japan, not the version sold to tourists, and realized that it was far more thrilling, heartbreaking, and beautiful than anything he had ever experienced. Over the course of one year in Tokyo, Garett navigates the perilous waters of 21st-century Japan, where love and laughter are as common as violence and tragedy. From love hotels to sumo, Yakuza gangs to hostess bars, and a Shinto wedding to a KFC Christmas, discover what Tokyo is really like for its 38 million inhabitants. A travel book, a tale of sex and romance, and a love letter to a maddening, wonderful place, Lost in Tokyo provides a new perspective on living, working, and playing in the world's most vibrant city.
©2018 Garett Wilson (P)2019 Garett Wilson
Are you excited about planning your next trip? Do you want to try something new while traveling? Would you like some guidance from a local? If you answered yes to any of these questions then this book is just for you. Greater Than a Tourist: Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka by Shewmay Chang offers the inside scoop on Colombo. Most travel books tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there's nothing wrong with that, as a part of the Greater than a Tourist series, this book will give you tips and a bunch of ideas from someone who lives at your next travel destination. You'll discover local advice that will help you throughout your stay. Greater Than a Tourist is a series of travel books by locals. Travel like a local. Get the inside scoop. Slow down, stay in one place, take your time, get to know the people and the culture of a place. Try some things off the beaten path with guidance. Patronize local business and vendors when you travel. Be willing to try something new, and have the travel experience of a lifetime. By the time you finish this book, you will be excited to travel to your next destination. So grab your copy today. You'll be glad you did.
©2017 CZYK Publishing (P)2018 CZYK Publishing
In Great Buddha Gym for All Mens and Womens, author Sallie Tisdale so richly evokes her pilgrimage to the four vital sites related to Buddha Shakyamuni's life and enlightenment that the listener feels as if she's tripping alongside Tisdale every crowded, colorful, and sensuous step of the way. The challenges of travel in modern India are daunting. The ancient sites are overrun with tourists and seekers. Merchants hawking spiritual goods are everywhere. And yet, miraculously, despite the chaos, the great teachings of the Buddha come shining through. Sallie Tisdale is the author of seven books, including Talk Dirty to Me and The Best Thing I Ever Tasted, a finalist for a James Beard Award. Her memoir Stepping Westward was one of the 100 Notable Books of the West. Tisdale's essays have appeared in such publications as Harper's, Threepenny Review, The New Yorker, and Esquire. She is the 2013 recipient of the Regional Arts and Culture Council Literary Fellowship. She has received an NEA Fellowship in Belle Lettres, a Pushcart Prize, the James Phelan Literary Award, the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award, and a Pope Foundation Award and was a Dorothy and Arthur Shoenfeldt Distinguished Writer of the Year. Her work has been reprinted in many anthologies, including Best American Spiritual Writing, Best Buddhist Writing, and Best American Science Writing. This is a short audiobook published by Shebooks - high quality fiction, memoir, and journalism for women, by women.
©2014 Sallie Tisdale (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
Are you excited about planning your next trip? Do you want to try something new? Would you like some guidance from a local? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this Greater Than a Tourist book is for you. Greater Than a Tourist - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Niel Del Rosario offers the inside scoop on Kuala Lumpur. Most travel books tell you how to sightsee. Although there's nothing wrong with that, as a part of the Greater than a Tourist series, this book will give you tips from someone who lives at your next travel destination. You'll discover local advice that will help you throughout your trip. Travel like a local. Slow down and get to know the people and the culture of a place. By the time you finish this book, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your destination.
©2017 CZYK Publishing (P)2018 CZYK Publishing
Are you excited about planning your next trip? Do you want to try something new while traveling? Would you like some guidance from a local? If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, then this audiobook is just for you. Greater Than a Tourist - Bangkok Thailand, by Dana Konotop, offers the inside scope on Bangkok. Most travel guides tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there's nothing wrong with that, as a part of the Greater than a Tourist series, this audiobook will give you travel tips from someone who lives at your next travel destination. You'll discover local advice that will help you throughout your stay. This audiobook will not tell you exact addresses or store hours but instead will give you an excitement and knowledge from a local that you may not find in other smaller travel guides. Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the people and the culture of a place. By the time you finish this audiobook, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your next destination.
©2017 CZYK Publishing (P)2018 CZYK Publishing
Are you thinking of traveling to India? Are you looking for an India travel guide book or a guide book on India? Do you want to learn the cultures and traditions of India? Are you teaching your kids about India? Then this audiobook is for you! There are lots of things to learn about India so why not get this audiobook by Shalu Sharma that will tell you everything you ever wanted to know or understand about India. Here are the things you will learn about India: Introduction to India People of India History of India Hinduism - the main religion of India Caste system of India Cricket - the most popular sport in India Indian food - What Indians eat and how Indian women: Arranged marriages and the dowry system Bollywood - the film industry of India The cow - Indias holy animal Best places to visit in India for cultural experience Languages of India Hindi for fun - learn some basic Hindi Popular festivals of India Ramayana - epic story of right and wrong Mahabharata - the ancient epic poem of India The Taj Mahal Traditional dresses of India
©2018 Shalu Sharma (P)2018 Mary Swanson
Do you want to know some underrated beaches in Asia which conserve the beauty of nature? Do you want to go have fun at some extraordinary parties with the ocean as the background setting? Do you want to witness the beauty of under-water world that Asian countries preserve? If you answered yes to any of these questions then this book is for you.... 50 Things to Know About the Best Beaches in Asia: From Underrated Beaches to Luxurious Resort Beaches by Dian Pramesti and Hanum Gitarina offers a list of beaches you would find in Asia, in accordance to the type of the beach and the activities provided by the beach. Most books on worlds best beaches tell you only some top rated beaches that people would usually visit during their trip. Although there's nothing wrong with that, but it would be regretful if you miss the more beautiful beaches with the most beautiful nature if you do not know that those beaches exist in Asia. Based on knowledge from the world's leading experts you will be able to discover some beaches that are not that often visited, as well as some of the best spots for the activity you want to have in Asia. From this audiobook, you'll discover 50 things to know about the beaches in Asia, from the underrated ones to the luxurious ones, to the ones that are used to party and some great spots to do some water sports. This book will help you to know which Asian beach will be your vacation mate. By the time you finish this book, you will know that Asia consists of so many beautiful beaches, whether it is broadly known or not, that become home to the beauty of nature, as well as the pleasure of human beings. So grab YOUR copy today. You'll be glad you did.
©2015 CZYK Publishing (P)2018 CZYK Publishing
Are you planning a trip to India? Have you wondered about what to buy in India? Are you worried about your safety on your trip to India? If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, then this audiobook is for you.... 50 Things to Know About Travelling to India, by Manidipa Bhattacharyya, offers an approach to prepare yourself for a trip to India. Most guides on travelling to India tell you about its people or places or the traveler's experiences in India. Although there's nothing wrong with that, having a list of points to understand the country a little better and to prepare yourself for your visit is always more useful. Based on knowledge from the world's leading experts, this audiobook brings together tips to help you understand and enjoy your trip to India. You'll discover tips to select accommodation to your taste as well as tips to stay safe while on your trip. This audiobook will help you to know the cultural nuances and social appropriateness expected in the country. By the time you finish this audiobook, you will know how to enjoy your food in India as well as what to buy and how to do that in the crowded markets of India. So grab your copy today. You'll be glad you did.
©2015 CZYK Publishing (P)2018 CZYK Publishing
Much of the material in this book comes from The Bamboo Annals, The Records of the Grand Historian, and later historians who studied those sacred texts. The bamboo annals were discovered in AD 281, inside the tomb of King Xian. The Records of the Grand Historian were reportedly written by Sima Tian and continued by his son, Sima Qian. Only fragments remain today, but the original may have been written just prior to 86 BC. Inside, youll learn about: The Yellow Emperors Curse Bronze and Bones The Zhou - Mandate from Heaven And much more! Many of the Chinese kings mentioned here are characters in computer games and graphic novels. Those games and graphics do reflect something of the nature of these intelligent and clever people, although they may be enveloped in fantasy to some extent. China is replete with artifacts revealing the magic and mystery of this ancient civilization. And where would we be without a little mystery and magic? Buy the audiobook and listen to this incredible story now! PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.
©2021 Halcyon Time Ltd (P)2021 Halcyon Time Ltd
In AD 66, nationalist and religious revolutionaries in Judaea led a ferocious revolt of the Jewish people against the authority of mighty Rome, culminating in the greatest upheaval and savagery the world had known up to that time. By the end of the conflict seven years later, over one million Jews had perished and tens of thousands were sold into slavery. Until the Holocaust, it remained the greatest tragedy ever endured by a people. How had this once prosperous region been laid low, and by what process did its fratricidal feuds take it down a slippery slope to utter annihilation? Fortunately for us, there was an eyewitness to the historical events: Joseph ben Matthias, known to posterity as Flavius Josephus. In beautifully written and clearly understood prose, Josephus sets out to explain the origin of the conflict. He describes how the fanatical zealots came to dominate the political life of Judaea, illustrates how the Romans were drawn into the fight, and shows how the war was carried on by both sides, ending with the famous siege of the fortress of Masada. The Jewish War is one of the most important histories to survive from ancient times, dealing as it does with a subject of which there are very few sources. This is an engaging and heartfelt chronicle by an eyewitness who lived through it all.
Public Domain (P)2012 Audio Connoisseur
If you want to discover the captivating history of the Mughal Empire, then pay attention... The Mughal Empire, also known as the Moghul Empire, lasted for about three centuries, and at its peak, it covered 3.2 million square kilometers, from the outer borders of the Indus Basin in the west to the highlands of Assam and Bangladesh in the east, and from Afghanistan and Kashmir in the north to the Deccan Plateau in the south. The Mughal Empire also took the territories of what used to be known as Hindustan in the northern Indian subcontinent. With such a large territory came many diverse peoples, roughly numbering 150 million souls. The name Mughal comes from the Persian word for Mongols, which, over time, came to mean only the Islamic people of Baburs dynasty in India. During its peak, the Mughal Empire was one of humanitys most powerful and richest political entities, overshadowed, maybe, only by contemporary China. The empire relied on its military, and as such, most of its income was spent on supplying and maintaining the most modern army of the period. The rulers relied on conquest, which would reward the most loyal soldiers and bring new lands and people who would farm it. In The Mughal Empire: A Captivating Guide to the Mughal Empire in South Asia and the Impact the Mughals Had on the History of India, you will discover chapters, such as: Origins of the Mughal Empire In the New Land Humayun of the Mughal Empire The Empire Under Emperor Akbar One Hundred Years of the Mughal Empire (1605-1707) The Decline and Fragmentation of the Empire (1707-1857) The Final Generations of the Mughals (1748-1857) Memory of the Mughal Empire And much, much more! So if you want to learn more about the history of the Mughal Empire, scroll up and click the "buy now" button!
©2020 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History
Explore the power of myth as it flowered in Asia
In this second volume of The Masks of God - Joseph Campbells major work of comparative mythology - the preeminent mythologist looks at Asian mythology as it developed over the course of five thousand years into the distinctive religions of Egypt, Mesopotamia, India, China, and Japan.
The Masks of God is a four-volume study of world religion and myth that stands as one of Joseph Campbells masterworks. On completing it, he wrote: Its main result for me has been the confirmation of a thought I have long and faithfully entertained: of the unity of the race of man, not only in its biology, but also in its spiritual history, which has everywhere unfolded in the manner of a single symphony, with its themes announced, developed, amplified and turned about, distorted, reasserted, and today, in a grand fortissimo of all sections sounding together, irrestibly advancing to some kind of mighty climax, out of which the next great movement will emerge.
©1963 Joseph Campbell. Digital Edition © 2014, Joseph Campbell Foundation (JCF) (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
To this day, Japan's modern ascendancy challenges many assumptions about world history, particularly theories regarding the rise of the West and why the modern world looks the way it does. In this engaging new history, Brett L. Walker tackles key themes regarding Japan's relationships with its minorities, state and economic development, and the uses of science and medicine. The book begins by tracing the country's early history through archaeological remains, before proceeding to explore life in the imperial court, the rise of the samurai, civil conflict, encounters with Europe, and the advent of modernity and empire. Integrating the pageantry of a unique nation's history with today's environmental concerns, Walker's vibrant and accessible new narrative then follows Japan's ascension from the ashes of World War II into the thriving nation of today. It is a history for our times, posing important questions regarding how we should situate a nation's history in an age of environmental and climatological uncertainties.
©2015 Brett L. Walker (P)2021 Tantor
Get to know the enchanting history of Japan from a distinctly intriguing angle.... Japan has always been a source of fascination, especially for the Western world. It has such a unique culture, brought about by years of isolation from the rest of the world. This isolation gave the Japanese the opportunity to fully develop its identity as a nation. As a result, Japan has its own special brand of tradition and quirk that grabs our attention and sparks our curiosity. They have given us such iconic modern characters, like Hello Kitty, Pokemon, and Godzilla, that are popular with adults and kids alike. And yet, their age-old traditions, like the samurai and the geisha, still captivate us to this day. No wonder there are so many Japanophiles from all over the world! In fact, youre probably one of them. It might have been the first anime show you watched that piqued your interest. Or maybe it was when you first discovered that your favorite horror movie was actually from Japan. Regardless of what first caught your eye, you were engrossed, and now you cant get enough of anything Japanese. Because of the popularity of so many Japanese creations, its mythology is perhaps one of the least known aspects of Japanese culture. If you ask a random person to name a single god from Japanese myths, they probably wouldnt be able to answer you. And thats a real shame, because the richness of knowledge you can derive from a cultures folklore is immense. It reveals its internalized beliefs and values, as well as the source of its identity as a group. In Ancient Japanese Mythology Made Sexy, you will find a treasure trove of stories that emerged from centuries of oral and written tradition. Here is just a fraction of what you will discover inside: An adventurous journey for a much-desired reward, with ogres, beasts, and magic along the way The fascinating personalities of the deities of Japanese legends who can easily match up to the gods of Olympus A deeply meaningful teaching wrapped in a magical story of a simple man and his granted wishes The powerful god responsible for the movements of the sea, also known as the King of Dragons (no relation to the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen) This terrifying creature of the afterlife that will give you chills and could dwell in your nightmares for days A peculiar Japanese take on Rip Van Winkle that will teach you some valuable lessons about your priorities in life The heartwarming tale about a magic mirror that unexpectedly brought together a broken family And much more If you really want to learn about Japan, there are many other ways to discover their culture. Food, travel, music, history, literature, pop culture, and many more - each one has a different experience for you to encounter, and each has its own value. What makes folktales different is its interesting perspective born from its long-forgotten sources and its roots in ancient Japanese religions. There are tales here that are helpful in promoting important values to children, but there are also stories with the sole purpose of enjoyment. No matter what your level of knowledge or interest in Japan is at, you can find something useful and entertaining from these mythical tales.
©2021 S.H Publishing (P)2021 S.H Publishing
If you want to discover the captivating history of India, then pay attention.... India is a land of mystery, richness, and deep spiritual discovery. Every facet of this ancient land seems scented with the famous spices that lured European traders to its shores more than five centuries ago. Here, Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, and Buddhists live shoulder to shoulder in a crowded world of multiple gods and juxtaposed pilgrimage routes, each one perfectly peaceful in their own beliefs and traditions. In History of India: A Captivating Guide to Ancient India, Medieval Indian History, and Modern India Including Stories of the Maurya Empire, the British Raj, Mahatma Gandhi, and More, you will discover topics such as: The Indus River Valley Mythology of the Vedic Age Aryan India and the Great Vedic Debate Alexander the Great The Empire of Chandragupta Maurya Buddhism and the Regrets of Ashoka The Return of the Greeks The Gupta Empire Ancient Mathematical Discoveries The Delhi Sultanate Babur and the Mughal Empire The Taj Mahal and a Story of Love India is Rediscovered by Portugal The Maratha Empire The East India Trading Company East India Company Rule The British Raj The Caste System Mohandas Gandhi The Salt March and Independence Wildlife, Then and Now A Brief History of the Curry The Space Program And much, much more! So if you want to learn more about the history of India, get this audiobook today!
©2019 Captivating History (P)2019 Captivating History
Born in 1970s North Korea, Lucia Jang grew up in a typical household - her parents worked in the factories, and the family scraped by on rations. Nightly she bowed to her photo of Kim Il-Sung. It was the beginning of a chaotic period with a decade-long famine.
Jang married an abusive man who sold their baby. She left him and went home to help her family by illegally crossing the river to China to trade goods. She was caught and imprisoned twice. After giving birth to a second child, which the government ordered to be killed, she escaped with him, fleeing under gunfire across the Chinese border. This demonstration of love and courage reflects the range of experiences many North Korean women have endured.
©2014 Lucia Jang and Susan McClelland (P)2015 Dreamscape Media, LLC
An elegant and absorbing tour of Tokyo and its residents. From 1632 until 1854, Japans rulers restricted contact with foreign countries, a near isolation that fostered a remarkable and unique culture that endures to this day. In hypnotic prose and sensual detail, Anna Sherman describes searching for the great bells by which the inhabitants of Edo, later called Tokyo, kept the hours in the shoguns city. An exploration of Tokyo becomes a meditation not just on time, but on history, memory, and impermanence. Through Shermans journeys around the city and her friendship with the owner of a small, exquisite cafe, who elevates the making and drinking of coffee to an art-form, The Bells of Old Tokyo follows haunting voices through the labyrinth that is the Japanese capital: an old woman remembers escaping from the American firebombs of World War II. A scientist builds the most accurate clock in the world, a clock that will not lose a second in five billion years. The head of the Tokugawa shogunal house reflects on the destruction of his grandfathers city: A lost thing is lost. To chase it leads to darkness. The Bells of Old Tokyo marks the arrival of a dazzling new writer who presents an absorbing and alluring meditation on life in the guise of a tour through a city and its people.
©2019 Anna Sherman (P)2019 Macmillan Audio
Karachi. Pakistan's largest city is a sprawling metropolis of 20 million people. It is a place of political turbulence in which those who have power wield it with brutal and partisan force, a place in which it pays to have friends in the right places and to avoid making deadly enemies. It is a society where lavish wealth and absolute poverty live side by side, and where the lines between idealism and corruption can quickly blur. It takes an insider to know where is safe, who to trust, and what makes Karachi tick, and in this powerful debut, Samira Shackle explores the city of her mother's birth in the company of a handful of Karachiites. Among them is Safdar the ambulance driver, who knows the city's streets and shortcuts intimately and will stop at nothing to help his fellow citizens. There is Parveen, the activist whose outspoken views on injustice corruption repeatedly lead her towards danger. And there is Zille, the hardened journalist whose commitment to getting the best scoops puts him at increasing risk. As their individual experiences unfold, so Shackle tells the bigger story of Karachi over the past decade: a period in which the Taliban arrive in Pakistan, adding to the daily perils for its residents and pushing their city into the international spotlight. Writing with intimate local knowledge and a global perspective, Shackle paints a nuanced and vivid portrait of one of the most complex, most compelling cities in the world.
©2021 Samira Shackle (P)2021 Samira Shackle
The Khmer Empire, also known as the Angkor Empire, was a powerful empire of Southeast Asia that was established in AD 802 and ended in 1431 with the invasion of the Siamese and abandonment of Angkor. The Khmer Empire was responsible for many of the historic monuments and temples found throughout the jungles of modern-day Cambodia and also in other countries of Southeast Asia, all made possible by the fact the Khmer Empire reached across modern-day Cambodia, parts of Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam, making it a strategic trading partner with ships traveling from China and India. Of all the architecture, the empire is best known for constructing Angkor Wat, one of the modern worlds greatest wonders. Known in English as Angkor Wat (City Temple), the gigantic complex was built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century to serve as the kings state temple and capital city. Since it has remained so finely preserved, it has maintained religious significance for nearly 900 years, first dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, and then Buddhist. Understandably, it has become one of Cambodias most potent symbols and tourist attractions, and it even appears on the Cambodian national flag. Angkor Wat continues to fascinate the world, both due to its sheer grandeur and size as well as its ornamental decorations both inside and out. With political strife in Cambodia having cooled, Angkor Wat is now a major tourist attraction, bringing upwards of half a million foreigners per year, which accounts for more than half of the nations tourists. As a result, the long-lasting influence this empire had on the people of Cambodia can still be felt today, with Angkor Wat being featured on the national flag. The Khmer Empire: The History and Legacy of One of Southeast Asias Most Influential Empires chronicles the remarkable history of the Khmer and their impact on the region. You will learn about the Khmer Empire like never before.
©2018 Charles River Editors (P)2018 Charles River Editors
In October 1934, the Chinese Communist Army found itself facing annihilation, surrounded by hundreds of thousands of Nationalist soldiers. Rather than surrender, 86,000 Communists embarked on an epic flight to safety. Only 30 were women. Their trek would eventually cover 4,000 miles over 370 days. Under enemy fire they crossed highland swamps, climbed Tibetan peaks, scrambled over chain bridges, and trudged through the sands of the western deserts. Fewer than 10,000 of them survived, but remarkably all of the women lived to tell the tale. Unbound is an amazing story of love, friendship, and survival written by a new master of adventure narrative.
©2009 Dean H. King (P)2010 Tantor
If you want to discover the captivating history of the Silk Road, then pay attention.... The Silk Road, which has been understood as a generalized route of trade between the East and the West, is different from European, North African, and Near Eastern trade routes because until recently, it has been understood as solely being a land route; in fact, it was believed to be the longest overland trade route in human history. The history of the Silk Road is extremely complex. It cannot be told as a singular chronological narrative. Different cultures and societies rose and vanished along the Silk Road, and peoples migrated from one region to another. In short, for most of its history, there was fluidity as to the dominant cultures along the route or routes. Explaining the rise and fall or disappearance of these cultures involves stopping along the way to consider the chronology of their histories. In The Silk Road: A Captivating Guide to the Ancient Network of Trade Routes Established During the Han Dynasty of China and How It Connected the East and West, you will discover topics such as: Rome, silk, and ancient geography Han silk production and trade The Kingdom of Loulan Buddhists along the Silk Road Turfan: An oasis on the Silk Road The legend of Prester John Genghis Khan, ruler of the whole world The Lord of Xanadu, Kublai Khan: The Emperor of China Marco Polo visits Kublai Khans China The final years of Kublai Khan And much, much more! So if you want to learn more about the Silk Road scroll up and click the "add to cart" button!
©2020 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History
Explore the captivating life of Mao Zedong. Mao Zedong is recognized alongside Chiang Kai-Shek and Sun Yat-Sen as one of the most influential figures of modern Chinese history. His political control of the nation waned during his later years, but he remained the Chairman of the Community Party of China since it was established in 1949 to the day he died on September 9, 1976. As the founding father of the Peoples Republic of China and the centerpiece of one of the worlds most intense personality cults, the extent of his influence is difficult to understate. Today, Maos legacy can inspire slavish devotion, outright condemnation, as well as, a hesitance to look too closely at the negative aspects of his legacy. The fact that his influence spanned over nearly three decades also makes it difficult to arrive at a holistic understanding of his impact on China. The official line from the Community Party of China, which was popularized by Deng Xiaoping, is that Mao was 70 percent correct and 30 percent wrong. This biography details Maos remarkable journey from being the son of a peasant to one of modern historys greatest - and highly polarizing - leaders. It aims to provide a better understanding of Mao as a person and to try to unpack the personality traits and personal experiences that shaped his worldview and actions. Some of the topics covered in this audiobook include: Early life Political awakenings Beijing May Fourth and the New Culture Movement The Communist Party of Chinas growing pains The Northern expedition Communists at large The Long March The Peoples Republic of China The Great Leap Forward The Cultural Revolution What Did Maoism stand for? And much more! Get the audiobook now and learn more about Mao Zedong!
©2018 Captivating History (P)2018 Captivating History
The first comprehensive and authoritative history of the Koh-i-Noor, arguably the most celebrated and mythologised jewel in the world, from the internationally acclaimed and best-selling historians William Dalrymple and Anita Anand. On 29 March 1849, the 10-year-old Maharajah of the Punjab was ushered into the magnificent Mirrored Hall at the centre of the great Fort in Lahore. There, in a public ceremony, the frightened but dignified child handed over to the British East India Company in a formal act of submission not only swathes of the richest land in India but also arguably the single most valuable object in the subcontinent: the celebrated Koh-i-Noor diamond. The Mountain of Light. Under commission from the British East India Company, gossip from Delhi bazaars was woven into what would become the accepted history of the Koh-i-Noor. Now, for the first time, 150 years after it was written, this version is finally challenged, freeing the diamond from the fog of mythology which has clung to it for so long. The resulting history is one of greed, conquest, murder, torture, colonialism and appropriation through an impressive slice of South and Central Asian history. Masterly, powerful and erudite, this is history at its most compelling and invigorating.
©2017 Bloomsbury (P)2017 Audible, Ltd
The Mongol Empire was the largest empire the world has ever seen, forged by conquests across Eurasia in the 13th and 14th centuries. Yet despite the unparalleled brutality of the Mongols, they played a key role in launching civilizations evolution into the modern world. In 24 half-hour lectures delivered by award-winning teacher and historian Craig Benjamin of Grand Valley State University, explore the paradox of the Mongols extreme barbarity combined with their enlightened religious attitudes and respect for high civilization, in The Mongol Empire. Professor Benjamin recounts the life of the most notorious Mongol of all, Chinggis Khan (also spelled Genghis Khan). He details the careers of other Great Khans, including Qubilai, Ogedai, Batu, and Hulagu, plus the saga of the last of the celebrated Mongol conquerors, Timur, also known as Tamerlane. You learn about the prehistoric origins of the Mongol nomads, the secret of Mongol military prowess, the Mongols remote capital of Karakorum, and the many great cities and empires they sacked in a virtually unbroken string of victories stretching from Hungary to China. Even today, the Mongol conquerors are almost as shrouded in mystery as they were for the victims of their sudden raids. Yet their empire was crucial to the fate of the religions of Islam and Orthodox Christianity and to the civilization of China. Plus, the long period of stability they brought to Central Asia opened the door to dependable commercial and cultural ties between Europe and East Asia. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.
©2020 The Great Courses (P)2020 The Teaching Company, LLC
Many nations define themselves in terms of territory or people; China defines itself in terms of history. Taking into account the country's unrivaled, voluminous tradition of history writing, John Keay has composed a vital and illuminating overview of the nation's complex and vivid past. Keay's authoritative history examines 5,000 years in China, from the time of the Three Dynasties through Chairman Mao and the current economic transformation of the country. Crisp, judicious, and engaging, China is the classic single-volume history for anyone seeking to understand the present and future of this immensely powerful nation.
©2009 John Keay (P)2016 Tantor
Long before Japan was united under the Tokugawa Shogunate, the northern island of Ezo (modern Hokkaido) was invaded, ruled, and pillaged by the Japanese for financial and political gain, marginalizing the native people there. They never officially colonized the island until the late 1800s but for centuries, practiced proto-colonization.
©2013 Jason Wallace (P)2016 Jason Wallace
With vivid firsthand descriptions of Asias most cosmopolitan city from the 1920s to the 1950s, this recollection chronicles Liliane Willens' life and trials in Shanghai as China collapsed under the weight of foreign invaders and civil war. Engaging and often humorous, this unique memoir relates Willens' experiences as a Russian Jewish person living in early Communist China.
©2010 Liliane Willens (P)2021 Liliane Willens
If you want to discover the captivating history of Armenian history, then pay attention... Two captivating manuscripts in one audiobook: History of Armenia: A Captivating Guide to Armenian History, Starting from Ancient Armenia to Its Declaration of Sovereignty from the Soviet Union The Armenian Genocide: A Captivating Guide to the Massacre of the Armenians by the Turks of the Ottoman Empire Their story is tragic, but their survival is incredible. And that is what makes their tale so inspiring. Some of the topics covered in part 1 of this audiobook include: The home of Eden The rise and fall of Urartu A conquered Armenia An empire in its own right Caught in the crossfire Illumination Immortals and war elephants An Armenian emperor Crusader state Conquered The first deportation Genocide Freedom at last A Study in velvet And much, much more! Some of the topics covered in part 2 of this audiobook include: The Armenian problem The Ottoman Empire The first massacres The Young Turk Revolution The world goes to war Red Sunday Death march One thousand orphans The Black Sea runs red Stolen children Justice Operation Nemesis Denial Fighting for freedom And much, much more! So if you want to learn more about Armenian history, scroll up and click the "add to cart" button!"
©2020 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History
If you want to discover the captivating history of East Asia, then pay attention... Four captivating manuscripts in one audiobook: History of China: A Captivating Guide to Chinese History, Including Events Such as the First Emperor of China, the Mongol Conquests of Genghis Khan, the Opium Wars, and the Cultural Revolution History of Japan: A Captivating Guide to Japanese History, Including Events Such as the Genpei War, Mongol Invasions, Battle of Tsushima, and Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki History of Korea: A Captivating Guide to Korean History, Including Events Such as the Mongol Invasions, the Split into North and South, and the Korean War History of Taiwan: A Captivating Guide to Taiwanese History and the Relationship with the People's Republic of China Here are just some of the topics covered in part one of this audiobook: The Land of the Yellow Emperor Imperial China Emerges The Supremacy of the Han, 202 BCE220 CE Kublai Khan: The Yuan Dynasty, 12711368 And much, much more! Here are just some of the topics covered in part two of this audiobook: Children of the Sun Heisei Era And much, much more! Here are just some of the topics covered in part three of this audiobook: Land of the Bear The Dragon of the East Sea Dynasties Rise and Fall The Joseon Dynasty of Goryeo Foreign Invasions North Korea South Korea And much, much more! Here are just some of the topics covered in part four of this audiobook: Formosa: Beautiful Island The Sino-Japanese War & World War II Taiwan After World War II And much, much more! So, if you want to learn more about the history of East Asia, then listen to this audiobook now!
©2020 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History
If you want to discover the captivating history of the Opium Wars, then pay attention... When diplomatic efforts to introduce opium to the Chinese market failed, the British Parliament approved an alternative: war. There were two wars: one from 1839 to 1842, and another from 1856 to 1860. They are collectively known as the Opium Wars. The British, who were joined by French and supported by the Americans and Russians, clashed with Imperial China, which was ruled by the Qing dynasty. These conflicts are largely forgotten in the Western world, perhaps out of a sense of collective shame. But in China, the Opium Wars are still symbols of national humiliation at the hands of the Western powers. In The Opium Wars: A Captivating Guide to the First and Second Opium War and Their Impact on the History of the United Kingdom and China, you will discover topics such as: Prelude - The Red Barbarians No Tolerance The First Conflicts Steamships and Guns The End of the First Opium War The Interwar Period Conflict on the Horizon The Conflict Resumes The Advance Burning the Palace and Diplomacy And much, much more! So, if you want to learn more about the Opium Wars, scroll up and click the "buy now" button!
©2020 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History
During the peak of the Afghanistan War, a group of soldiers is dropped by helicopter into the remote mountains outside of Kandahar City. Mismanaged and overlooked by command, the squad must rely on each other to survive. Their mission is to train and advise the Afghan National Police and help rebuild the country of Afghanistan. The Afghan Police station they are assigned to live in is falling apart and disease-ridden. Many of the police officers they are supposed to train are Taliban sleeper agents or the family of Taliban fighters. The ones that arent are often addicted to drugs, illiterate, or smuggling child slaves. The squad is led by Slim, a Staff Sergeant in his late twenties who has so many mental issues his insanity is his most dominant personality trait. An alcoholic with a penchant for violent outbursts against both his own soldiers and the Afghans, he is more comfortable at war than at home. Joseph Kassabian is the youngest and most junior fire team leader in the squad. Hes charged with leading a team of soldiers not even old enough to drink. He himself is only 21 years old. As a combat veteran from previous deployments with four years in the Army, he assumes he has seen it all. But he has no idea how bad things can get in war-torn Kandahar.
©2018 Joseph Kassabian (P)2019 Joseph Kassabian
A major new investigation into the Bhutto family, examining their influence in Pakistan from the colonial era to the present day. The Bhutto family has long been one of the most ambitious and powerful in Pakistan. But politics has cost the Bhuttos dearly. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, widely regarded as the most talented politician in the country's history, was removed from power in 1977 and executed two years later, at the age of 51. Of his four children, three met unnatural deaths: Shahnawaz was poisoned in 1985 at the age of 27; Murtaza was shot by the police outside his home in 1996, aged 42; and Benazir Bhutto, who led the Pakistan Peoples Party and became prime minister twice, was killed by a suicide bomber in Rawalpindi in 2007, aged 54. Drawing on original research and unpublished documents gathered over 20 years, Owen Bennett-Jones explores the turbulent existence of this extraordinary family, including their volatile relationship with British colonialists, the Pakistani armed forces, and the United States.
©2020 Owen Bennett-Jones (P)2020 Tantor
Discover the remarkable history of the Silk Road... Whether you approve or disapprove, globalization is an inescapable feature of the modern world. Trade between nations and continents is now commonplace, and this exchange of goods is inevitably accompanied by the exchange of ideas and cultures. This is not, as you might expect, a new phenomenon. A series of trade routes which were first established almost 2,000 years ago provided one of the first examples of intercontinental trade. Although these overland routes between Europe and Asia were not generally given a name during the period when they were in use, a 19th century German writer and traveler Ferdinand von Richthofen used the name by which they have become famous - he called them the Seidenstrasse (the Silk Road). Of course, it wasnt just silk that was traded on these routes. Many other commodities traveled in both directions. For more than a thousand years, the Silk Road (or rather roads; there were actually several routes) provided the main trading link between the East and the West, which also enabled an exchange of philosophy, art, culture, and religion. It wasnt until new maritime trade routes were established in the 15th century that the Silk Road finally began to decline in importance. It is difficult to overestimate the impact the Silk Road had on the development of civilization in both Europe and Asia. Without this trade route, the civilization of both continents would almost certainly have developed very differently. This is the story of the Silk Road. Discover a plethora of chapters such as: The Han Dynasty The War of the Heavenly Horses The Silk Trade A Route for New Ideas Marco Polo The Decline of the Silk Road And much more! So, if you want a concise and informative book on the Silk Road, simply scroll up and click the "Buy now" button for instant access!
©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History
If you want to discover the captivating history of ancient China, then pay attention.... In this audiobook, you will be led on a journey through almost 2,000 years of Chinese history, showing you all the ups and downs of those ancient times, the sufferings and joys of the Chinese people, along with their greatest achievements and failures. Dynasties will change, people will be killed and born, art made and destroyed, but the Chinese civilization will prevail, rising from humble beginnings to an empire that at some points outshined any other in the world at that time. And yet it wont be only a tale of kings and queens, emperors and rulers. Of palaces and forts, of swords and shields. It will also tell a story of farmers and merchants, artisans and artists, philosophers and scientists. And hopefully by the end of this introductory guide, you will gain a sense of what, who, and how the Chinese civilization was made as great as it was and still is. From that, a better understanding of this amazing Far Eastern culture and its history should arise as well as a greater appreciation of its achievements and contributions to the world. And with a better knowledge of history, a clearer understanding of the world will come as well. In Ancient China: A Captivating Guide to the Ancient History of China and the Chinese Civilization Starting from the Shang Dynasty to the Fall of the Han Dynasty, you will discover topics such as Chinese lands and birth of China Shang and Zhou Dynasties and the rise of royal power Disintegration of royal power Birth of Imperial China Rise and fall of the Han Dynasty Society of ancient China The ancient Chinese culture Inventions and innovations of the ancient Chinese And much, much more! So if you want to learn more about Ancient China, scroll up and click the "add to cart" button!
©2019 Captivating History (P)2019 Captivating History
Count yourself lucky (in a Chinese kind of way), because you just bumped into a book of three documents that have been combined to give you the greatest value for your money. These are: Book 1: The sociology and mythology of the Chinese culture has a long, extended history, and the creatures and superpowers in them have often been neglected by western culture. But not for long! As you listen through this gem of a book, you will find all kinds of answers to questions related to Chinese mythology, such as: What role do Confucianism and Buddhism play in their religion? What kinds of gods and goddesses were there? Did the Chinese really believe in spirits? What is Taoism and how does it relate to any of these things? What were the conditions in society at the time of the myths? What were their perceptions and beliefs about the five elements they came up with? Book 2: In this epic collection of Chinese myths and folklore, you'll listen about dragon and dragon kings, love, lust, superpowers, mercy, vengeance, hell, paradise, gods, goddesses, and the elements. You'll go on a journey to the east, where the oriental culture was polytheistic and perhaps a little superstitious at the same time. You will listen about the amazing stories people came up with or the fables that were based on personal experiences or encounters with those beyond the physical realm. Book 3: Many people think of the Greek or the Romans when they think of mythology, but the Chinese have an extensive history of myths and mysterious beliefs in the supernatural. In this guide, you will become acquainted with the most common stories and gods from the orient. Stories and legends such as the eight immortals, the war between the gods, the famous story of the monkey king, the alchemist, the Yen Ch eng god, and so many others will blow you away.
©2019 Sally Stephens (P)2020 Sally Stephens
The reign of the Khmer Rouge, a Cambodian communist regime, began on April 7, 1975 as Khmer Rouge militants entered the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, ultimately gaining control and forcing out its residents. For the next four years, the regime would remain in power and commit what is now referred to as the Cambodian Genocide. Their reign would result in economic turmoil, cultural destruction, and mass death, impacting Cambodia to this day. That legacy continues to be the subject of discussion among governments and academics, who would debate not only their intentions and actions but also the appropriate course of pursuing legal action against its leaders. The Communist Party of Kampuchea, also known as the Khmer Rouge, took control of Cambodias capital city of Phnom Penh on April 7, 1975. Upon seizing Phnom Penh, the Communist forces of the Khmer Rouge began to eliminate all aspects of public life that were viewed as contrary to communist ideals. Military forces began to seize all private property, outlawed religion, repealed all existing laws, eliminated markets and currency, closed public gathering spaces, and declared all anti-regime activity as treason. The existing borders of Cambodia, then known as Democratic Kampuchea, were immediately closed by the military. International citizens were not permitted to enter Cambodia, and, more importantly, Cambodians were not permitted to exit. Citizens of all large cities, such as the capital of Phnom Penh, were quickly moved to the countryside to work in forced labor camps. The ultimate goal of the Khmer Rouge regime was to return Cambodia to a nation centered around agriculture that lacked social classes and individuality. As a result, Pol Pot aimed to eliminate any groups he viewed as a barrier to achieving that vision, which mostly included ethnic, religious, and political groups within Cambodia. These groups ranged from Buddhist Monks and Muslim Cham to ethnic Thais and Vietnamese. Ethnic Khmer were also targeted, mainly for perceived political beliefs or activities. Over the course of about four years, millions of Cambodians would die at the hands of the Khmer Rouge regime. In all, the rise of the Khmer Rouge to power resulted in the deaths of over a million Cambodian residents and the diaspora of about 1.5 million Cambodians between 1975 and 1979. It would come to be known as the Cambodian Genocide. The Khmer Rouge: The Notorious History and Legacy of the Communist Regime That Ruled Cambodia in the 1970s chronicles the destructive history of the regime and their impact on the region.
©2018 Charles River Editors (P)2018 Charles River Editors
Explore la cautivadora vida de Mao Zedong Mao Zedong es reconocido, junto con Chiang Kai-Shek y Sun Yat-Sen, como una de las figuras más influyentes de la historia China moderna. Su control político de la nación declinó durante sus últimos años, pero permaneció como el presidente del Partido Comunista de China desde su fundación en 1949 hasta el día en que murió (9 de septiembre de 1976). Como el padre fundador de la República Popular China y el eje central de uno de los cultos de personalidad más intensos del mundo, el alcance de su influencia no se puede subestimar. Hoy, el legado de Mao puede inspirar tanto una devoción servil, como una condena abierta o cierto temor a mirar muy de cerca los aspectos negativos de su legado. El hecho de que su influencia se haya extendido durante casi tres décadas también hace difícil llegar a una comprensión holística de su impacto en China. El punto de vista oficial del Partido Comunista de China, popularizado por Deng Xiaoping, es que Mao estuvo un 70% correcto y un 30% equivocado. Esta biografía detallará el extraordinario viaje de Mao, de ser el hijo de un campesino a ser uno de los más grandes - y altamente polarizadores - líderes de la historia moderna. Su objetivo es proporcionar una mejor comprensión de quién fue Mao como persona y tratar de desentrañar los rasgos de su personalidad y las experiencias personales que formaron su visión del mundo y determinaron sus acciones. Algunos de los temas abordados en este libro son: Primeros años Despertar político Pekín Cuatro de mayo y el Movimiento de la Nueva Cultura Los dolores de crecimiento del Partido Comunista de China La Expedición del Norte Crecimiento de su popularidad y apoyo de las masas La Gran Marcha La República Popular China El Gran Salto Adelante La Revolución Cultural ¿Qué representó el maoísmo? ¡Y mucho más! Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.
©2018 Captivating History (P)2018 Captivating History
If you want to discover the captivating history of Korea, then pay attention... The Korean Peninsula today is divided into two, but there was a time when this peninsula was divided into many states. Over the course of time, and besieged by expansive transient dynasties outside of this modest piece of land, many clans and tribes overran their lands. Of all those malicious and greedy potential overlords, none managed to prevail. The soil is rich with the blood of the people who made Korea happen, and it is the Korean people who rose victorious among the maelstrom of dead empires led by hated tyrants and wars fought by people in lands far beyond their own. The Koreans are survivors, known for their persistence and courage. In History of Korea: A Captivating Guide to Korean History, Including Events Such as the Mongol Invasions, the Split into North and South, and the Korean War, you will discover chapters, such as: Land of the Bear The Dragon of the East Sea Dynasties Rise and Fall The Joseon Dynasty of Goryeo Foreign Invasions Merchants, Farmers, and Foreigners From Independence to Annexation Korea at War North Korea South Korea And much, much more! So, if you want to learn more about the history of Korea, scroll up and click the "buy now" button!
©2020 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History
If you want to discover the captivating history of ancient Japan, then pay attention.... All in all, Japan seems to be a country of paradoxes and oppositions, of yin and yang. Yet it doesnt seem to suffer from it; instead, it is thriving, growing, and developing, and it has been doing so for a long time. From those contradictions, a sense of unity and pride arose, guiding Japanese history and civilizational development through the ages, leaving an unquestionable mark on the world heritage and mankind. But this is only the surface of an astonishing culture that deserves a deeper look. This audiobook will lead you into that dive, showing how those characteristics synonymous with the Japanese civilization gradually appeared, formed, and transformed through time. Learning about Japans history, its past failures and successes and how they shaped their nation, will also illuminate how this civilization developed, while at the same time presenting a full array of interesting stories, persons, and events. In Ancient Japan: A Captivating Guide to the Ancient History of Japan, Their Ancient Civilization, and Japanese Culture, Including Stories of the Samurai, you will discover topics such as Origins of imperial Japan and its people Birth of imperial Japan and its culture History of classical Japan Early medieval Japan Late medieval Japan Japanese society Warriors of ancient Japan Religious life in Japan Japanese culture And much, much more!
©2019 Captivating History (P)2019 Captivating History
On October 25, 1947, the United States government helped the Chinese Nationalist Party, Kuomingtang (KMT) President Chiang Kai-Shek flee the overwhelming communist forces. President Chiang established the new democratic government known as the Republic of China on an island later to be known as Taiwan, previously a major trading center called the the beautiful isle or Formosa. Parallel to the formation of the Republic of China on Taiwan, Israel was being established from Palestine as a result of creating a nation for Jewish refugees and displaced people following the Holocaust during the Second World War. While there have been a lot known about the conflicts between the Palestinians and Israelites over land and discussions on the plights that the people faced, little is known about the natives of Taiwan who were forced to give up their land and under constant occupation from the Dutch to the Japanese to the Chinese. This audiobook will not only uncover the history of Taiwan and its ethnographic changes under the occupations of multiple foreign nations utilizing a variety of old books written by European explorers and missionaries who were stationed on Taiwan, both European and Asian, over the course of 300 years, as well as using declassified CIA documents to reveal the impact of the United States role, particularly the involvement of the CIA, in helping assist the Kuomintang (KMT) in establishing their new democratic government. During the multiple occupations, the native population faced catastrophic repercussions from these foreign nations. From Japanese to the KMT, the massacres of thousands of Taiwanese were recorded, but are not widely known or understood. The 2-28 incident by the KMT led to the death of tens of thousands of Taiwanese to the forced subjugation and exploitation by the Japanese which also led to the deaths of thousands of Taiwanese due to forced labor or other acts of slaughter towards them. This audiobook will not only account for the transformation of Taiwan in the eyes of the colonizers but understand the detrimental impact that the reshaping caused. The controversy of Taiwan follows its history into modern-day politics as well as its identity. Given the role of the United States in its founding years, it is unclear to many whether the nation of Taiwan was declared as an official nation or if it is a colony belonging to China or the United States. This audiobook examines the role of Taiwan and its history and identity of its people.
©2020 Pacific Atrocities Education (P)2020 Pacific Atrocities Education
Out of the heart of China into the mountains of Central Asia, across Northern Afghanistan and the plains of Iran into Kurdish Turkey, Colin Thubron undertakes a journey along the greatest land route on earth: the Silk Road. Travelling 7,000 miles in eight months, he traces the passage not only of trade and armies, but of ideas, religions and inventions. With a gift for talking to others, and of getting them to talk to him, Thubron meets some fascinating people and encounters some of the world's discontented margins, where the true boundaries are not political borders but the frontiers of tribe, ethnicity, language and religion.
©2006 Colin Thubron (P)2007 Isis Publishing Ltd.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, one of the greatest men to walk this earth, begins the story of his life with descriptions of his childhood in Porbandar and Rajkot in Gujarat, his schooldays, his early marriage, the lessons he learnt when he tried stealing, told lies and smoked cigarettes, and his unshakable devotion to his parents. He then tells us of his journeys abroad, first to England and then to south Africa, and narrates in simple, lucid language his transformation from a shy, diffident young man with a chronic fear of public speaking to a fearless lawyer and leader of men who took on the might of the British empire.
©2010 Tridip Suhrud (P)2019 Random House Audio
In the late 1800s, British engineers building some of the first railways in the Dominion of India discovered large numbers of bricks buried in the dusty plains of the Punjab. This was odd because historians were not aware of any cities or civilizations which might have constructed buildings in this area. It wasnt until archeological expeditions in the 1920s that it was finally realized that these bricks were the remains of mighty cities built by a previously unknown ancient civilization. Inside you will hear about... Discovery Excavation of Harappa Origins Life and Death in the Indus Valley Downfall of the Indus Valley Civilization And much more! This culture has become known as the Indus Valley Civilization or sometimes the Harappan Civilization, after Harappa, the first city to be discovered. It has proved to be one of the largest ancient cultures, having a population of over five million people at its height and covering an area of one and a half million square kilometers. It also created very large cities, carefully planned and laid out where almost every house had its own bath and flush toilet, thousands of years before such things became common in other parts of the world. Somehow, the Harappans seem to have controlled this vast territory without having a large army or by conquering other weaker cultures, and they did not seem to have a single ruler such as a king or emperor. Then, for reasons that still arent understood, this culture declined and then vanished so completely that all that was left were piles of bricks in the plains of present-day India and Pakistan. We are still learning about these people, but this is what we know so far about the mysterious Indus Valley Civilization.
©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History
The Travels of Marco Polo by Marco Polo Read by Walter Covell. Take a fascinating journey through strange and exotic countries. Marco Polo (1254-1324), is probably the most famous Westerner who traveled on the "Silk Road." With his 24-year journey through Asia he surpassed all other travelers in his determination, his writing, and his influence. He reached further than any of his predecessors, beyond Mongolia to China. He became a confidant of Kublai Khan (1214-1294). He traveled the whole of China and returned to tell the tale, which became one of the world's greatest travelogues.
©1991 Jimcin Recordings; cover design © 2003 Brian J. Killavey (P)16 Jimcin Recordings; 1991 Jimcin Recordings; 2003 Jimcin Recordings
An account of all the new and surprising evidence now available for the beginnings of the earliest civilizations that contradict the standard narrative Why did humans abandon hunting and gathering for sedentary communities dependent on livestock and cereal grains and governed by precursors of today's states? Most people believe that plant and animal domestication allowed humans, finally, to settle down and form agricultural villages, towns, and states, which made possible civilization, law, public order, and a presumably secure way of living. But archaeological and historical evidence challenges this narrative. The first agrarian states, says James C. Scott, were born of accumulations of domestications: first fire, then plants, livestock, subjects of the state, captives, and finally women in the patriarchal family - all of which can be viewed as a way of gaining control over reproduction. Scott explores why we avoided sedentism and plow agriculture, the advantages of mobile subsistence, the unforeseeable disease epidemics arising from crowding plants, animals, and grain, and why all early states are based on millets and cereal grains and unfree labor. He also discusses the "barbarians" who long evaded state control, as a way of understanding continuing tension between states and nonsubject peoples.
©2017 Yale University (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
If you want to discover the captivating history of the Cultural Revolution, then pay attention... Two captivating manuscripts in this audiobook: The Cultural Revolution: A Captivating Guide to a Decade-Long Upheaval in China Unleashed by Mao Zedong to Preserve Chinese Communism Mao Zedong: A Captivating Guide to the Life of a Chairman of the Communist Party of China, the Cultural Revolution and the Political Theory of Maoism Some of the topics covered in part one of this audiobook include: Mao Zedongs Early Life, Rise to Power, and the Government Upheaval That Changed China During the First Half of the 20th Century The Suspicion Behind the United Face The Five-Year Plan, the Great Leap Forward, and the Events Leading to the Cultural Revolution Fighting the Capitalism of the West The Introduction of Revolution The Red Guards July 20th Incident Border Clashes with the Communist Soviets Lin Biao - the Successor and Opponent Health Issues and Slipping Grip on the Revolution The 10th Congress and the Shifting of Power Mass Killings in China and Devastation in Northern China End of the Cultural Revolution Lasting Effects And much, much more! Some of the topics covered in part two of this audiobook include: Early Life Political Awakenings Beijing May Fourth and the New Culture Movement The Communist Party of Chinas Growing Pains The Northern Expedition Communists at Large The Long March The Peoples Republic of China The Great Leap Forward The Cultural Revolution What Did Maoism Stand For? And much more! So, if you want to learn more about the Cultural Revolution and Mao Zedong, scroll up and click the "buy now" button!
©2020 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History
If you want to discover the captivating history of India, then pay attention... Three captivating books in one audiobook: History of India: A Captivating Guide to Ancient India, Medieval Indian History, and Modern India Including Stories of the Maurya Empire, the British Raj, Mahatma Gandhi, and More The East India Company: A Captivating Guide to the English Company That Was Created for the Exploitation of Trade with East and Southeast Asia and India The Dutch East India Company: A Captivating Guide to the First True Multinational Corporation and Its Impact on the Dutch War of Independence from Spain Some of the chapters covered in part one of this audiobook include: The Indus River Valley Mythology of the Vedic Age Aryan India and the Great Vedic Debate Alexander the Great The Gupta Empire Babur and the Mughal Empire The Taj Mahal and a Story of Love East India Company Rule The British Raj The Caste System Mohandas Gandhi The Salt March and Independence Wildlife, Then and Now A Brief History of the Curry The Space Program And much, much more! Some of the chapters covered in part two of this book include: The Companys First Century: Establishment and Growth of the EIC, Rivals, and Issues Effects of the EIC: Changes in the British Society, Impact on Local People Groups, and Growth of the British Empire Notable Individuals of the EIC Era And much, much more! Some of the chapters covered in part three of this book include: Birth of a Corporation The Company on the Rise Fall of the Giant Structure and Organization of the VOC And much, much more! So, if you want to learn more about the India, scroll up and click the "buy now" button!
©2020 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History
For centuries, the unique and astonishing geography of the Himalaya has attracted those in search of spiritual and literal elevation: pilgrims, adventurers, and mountaineers seeking to test themselves among the world's most challenging peaks. But far from being wild and barren, the Himalaya has been home to a diversity of indigenous and local cultures, a crucible of world religions, a crossroads for trade, and a meeting point and conflict zone for empires past and present. In this landmark work, Ed Douglas makes a thrilling case for the Himalaya's importance in global history and offers a soaring account of life at the "roof of the world". Spanning millennia, from the earliest inhabitants to the present conflicts over Tibet and Everest, Himalaya explores history, culture, climate, geography, and politics. Douglas profiles the great kings of Kathmandu and Nepal; he describes the architects who built the towering white Stupas that distinguish Himalayan architecture; and he traces the flourishing evolution of Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism that brought Himalayan spirituality to the world. He also depicts the story of how the East India Company grappled for dominance with China's emperors, how India fought Mao's Communists, and how mass tourism and ecological transformation are obscuring the bloody legacy of the Cold War.
©2020 Ed Douglas (P)2021 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Introducing an Asian mythology trilogy from the creator of the Captivating History series. This book includes three captivating manuscripts: Chinese Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Chinese Folklore Including Fairy Tales, Myths, and Legends from Ancient China Japanese Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Japanese Folklore, Myths, Fairy Tales, Yokai, Heroes and Heroines Hindu Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Hindu Myths, Hindu Gods, and Hindu Goddesses In the first part of this book, you will discover: A story about origin of Earth and humans A captivating tale called "Poor Boy Ma Liang and the Paintbrush" Stories about natural disasters Modern mythology And much, much more! In the second part of this book, you'll discover captivating stories of mystery, horror, and romance while simultaneously learning about the Japanese culture. Here are just some of the topics and myths that the second part of this book covers: The creation stories The myths of origins Stories of the three most evil yokai of Japan Within the third part of this book, you'll find the following Hindu myths covered: Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and the beginning of the world The birth of Lord Shiva Saraswati and Brahmas fifth head Shiva tests Parvati Shiva snares a whale Ganesha loses his head Ganesha spills a river Kuberas pride Ganesha injures a goddess Ganesha wins a race Shiva skips success Krishna swallows the flames Agni spreads a curse Vayu humbles the silk cotton tree Savitri chooses a husband Savitris fidelity So if you want to learn more about these three Asian mythologies without having to go through boring textbooks, download to get started now!
©2018 Matt Clayton (P)2018 Matt Clayton
This is the story of the eclipse of the British Raj and the birth of an independent India and Pakistan. The fabled India of the maharajas, with their palaces and harems, their gold-caparisoned elephants and their glittering private armiesthe India of Kiplings legendary army, with its young British officers commanding troops of a dozen races, religions, and castesthe India of tiger hunts and pigsticking, of sadhus and holy men the India that was the heart and soul of an empireunderwent a violent transformation into the new India of Gandhi and Nehru, precursor of the Third World. At the center of this drama are Nehru, Jinnah, Mountbatten and, of course, Gandhi, the gentle prophet of revolution, who stirred the masses of the most populous area on earth without raising his voice.
©1975 Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre (P)1993 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Most today are all too familiar with the unimaginable horrors, hardship, and heartache suffered by millions of North Koreans each passing day, as well as the unspeakable circumstances in Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, and other war zones, as they very well should be. Average consumers of international news, however, are completely ignorant of the hideous plight and even the existence of the Uighurs themselves, a unique, multi-faceted people paddling strenuously in similarly dire straits.
For the most part, the Uighurs are based in East Turkestan, more commonly referred to as the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China. This prodigious plot of land boasts a total land area of over 1.665 million km², or 640,000 mi², and is, as China puts it, the largest administrative division in the country. The pro-independence inhabitants of East Turkestan, on the other hand, have been fighting for decades to regain sole control of their motherland - as of now, to no avail.
The Uighurs' active pursuit for independence is not an isolated phenomenon. It is reminiscent of the ongoing friction between Taiwan and China, as well as Hong Kong and China, the independence-seekers of the former states struggling to sever its ties with the Red Dragon. That being said, unlike Taiwan, which is managed by an entirely separate constitutional democratic government, and Hong Kong, classified as a special administrative region run by a Chief Executive and Executive Council with its own judicial system, Xinjiang, though technically autonomous, is still very much under the Chinese yoke.
Xinjiang is overseen by its own Communist Party Secretary and Chairman, who are reviled as puppets of Beijing behind closed doors. In 2012, Uighurs discreetly disseminated a poem about a former Xinjiang Chairman entitled Salaam, Nur Bekri, which skewered Bekri for his ineffective leadership; among their concerns were the climbing unemployment rates within the Uighur community, and the overtly preferential treatment the Han Chinese received. Closed doors and discreet are key words here. See, while China has been known to breach its agreements with Taiwan and Hong Kong regarding non-intervention on judicial cases and their rights to self-govern, the residents of these states possess the power to exercise freedom of speech, and are granted unfettered access to the internet. This concept, regrettably, has been forgotten by the Uighurs and the country's majority Han Chinese population.
Even more alarming, insiders say its people are imperiled, and this once thriving culture itself is no longer inching, but hurtling towards extinction. An untold number of Uighurs have, and continue to vanish without a trace. The Chinese government claims that the 13,000 or so imprisoned (and executed) since 2014 were radical separatists and murderous devils with poisonous vendettas.
A fraction of the Uighurs have been connected to violent acts of terrorism, but the often flimsy and incomplete evidence presented to defense teams certainly warrants some pause for thought. On top of the countless others supposedly snatched off the streets for speaking their minds, fostering their customs, or simply being kin to Uighurs who fled and turned refugee, over a million have been bussed to so-called re-education camps or vocational training centers. These are no different from boarding schools, Xinjiang officials insist, yet survivors have likened these detention centers to inescapable concentration camps.
The Uighurs: The History and Legacy of the Turkic Muslim Minority Group in Asia examines the origins of the Uighurs, their long history, and the notorious current events involving the Uighurs in China.
©2019 Charles River Editors (P)2019 Charles River Editors
If you want to discover the captivating history of Japan, then pay attention... Japan is one of the most adaptable countries in the world. It is capable of very rapid change, even after crises that would halt the progress of other nations. When the shogunates collapsed in the 17th century, the feudal system disintegrated. Within a years time, though, railroads replaced ox carts. During World War I, a first-rate economy sprung up on deserted farmlands. During World War II, the modest islands of Japan burgeoned into an empire with one of the most powerful navies in the world. After the devastation of that world war, Japan emerged as one of the most modern countries in the world. The Japanese have survived frequent earthquakes and tsunamis and rebuilt their cities using enviable technologies. The Japanese progressed throughout the eras because of the emperor, but they also progressed despite him. These are people who never let go of their sacred history, and their story is told and retold in art, film, literature, and even graphic novels across the entire world. Terms such as shoguns, samurai, haiku, anime, and manga are familiar to many in the Western world today. Westerners also learn flower arranging, martial arts, meditation, and enjoy a variety of visual and digital art forms because of the unique culture of Japan. In History of Japan: A Captivating Guide to Japanese History, Including Events Such as the Genpei War, Mongol Invasions, Battle of Tsushima, and Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, you will discover topics such as: Children of the Sun Warring clans The two imperial courts Edo Japan: part one -1603 to 1638 Edo Period: part two -1638 to 1868 The Meiji restoration Japan in World War II and its aftermath And much more! So if you want to learn more about the history of Japan, scroll up and click the "add to cart" button!
©2019 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History
A vivid, deeply researched work of history that explores the life of an unconventional woman during the first half of the 19th century in Edo - the city that would become Tokyo - and a portrait of a great city on the brink of a momentous encounter with the West. The daughter of a Buddhist priest, Tsuneno was born in a rural Japanese village and was expected to live a traditional life much like her mothers. But after three divorces - and a temperament much too strong-willed for her familys approval - she ran away to make a life for herself in one of the largest cities in the world: Edo, a bustling metropolis at its peak. With Tsuneno as our guide, we experience the drama and excitement of Edo just prior to the arrival of American Commodore Perrys fleet, which transformed Japan. During this pivotal moment in Japanese history, Tsuneno bounces from tenement to tenement, marries a masterless samurai, and eventually enters the service of a famous city magistrate. Tsunenos life provides a window into 19th-century Japanese culture - and a rare view of an extraordinary woman who sacrificed her family and her reputation to make a new life for herself, in defiance of social conventions. Immersive and fascinating, Stranger in the Shoguns City is a revelatory work of history, layered with rich detail and delivered with beautiful prose, about the life of a woman, a city, and a culture.
©2020 Amy Stanley. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.
Mahatma Gandhi is the most influential Indian of the 20th century, whose shadow continues to loom large over the country even 60 years after his death. He struggled and dreamt of an India free not only from the yoke of the British rule but also from the evils of poverty, illiteracy and un-touchability, with all its citizens enjoying equally the fruits of freedom and prosperity. Many of his revolutionary ideas, termed as idiosyncrasies then, are fashionable concepts followed by today's generation. And the resurging popularity of 'Gandhigiri' is proof of Gandhi's continuing relevance in the 21st century. This book offers a fascinating peek into the mind and ideas of Gandhi and his dream for a vibrant and prosperous modern India. Please note: This audiobook is in Hindi.
©2019 Rajpal & Sons (P)2020 Audible, Inc.
Most remote islands of the imagination conjure up paradise. Japan is an archipelago of puzzlement. From the sands that forged their swords and serenity, they traveled a Samurai Road of temples and shrines, feudal fortresses, and flowing mountain streams of wasabi. On sashimi and soy sauce, and green tea over rice, they lived a thousand years of pathos, under cherry blossoms and ephemeral moonlight, in Zen gardens and futon dreams. It was all so perfect.
©2015 Lawrence Winkler (P)2018 Lawrence Winkler
In January of 1965, 24-year-old US Army sergeant Charles Robert Jenkins abandoned his post in South Korea, walked across the DMZ, and surrendered to communist North Korean soldiers standing sentry along the world's most heavily militarized border. He believed his action would get him back to the States and a short jail sentence. Instead he found himself in another sort of prison, where for 40 years he suffered under one of the most brutal and repressive regimes the world has known. This fast-paced, harrowing tale, told plainly and simply by Jenkins (with journalist Jim Frederick), takes the listener behind the North Korean curtain and reveals the inner workings of its isolated society while offering a powerful testament to the human spirit.
©2008 The Regents of the University of California; Foreword copyright 2008 by Jim Frederick (P)2018 Tantor
It was on your screen when you watched the 2018 Olympics, and its in the background every time Donald Trump sends out a tweet about Kim Jong-un. Its the Korean War. You may not have heard as much about the Korean War as you have about the American Civil War, World War II, or the Vietnam War. Its not the topic of dozens of movies every year, and many Americans never learned about it, even once, in school. The Korean War was part of the Cold War - a more familiar subject - but while Sputnik, the Berlin Wall, and MAD have faded from our collective memory of what the Cold War was, the Korean War remains the one part of the Cold War thats still active. The Korean War has everything: rebel uprisings, a totalitarian regime, mad dictators, and mysterious, lying media. It might sound like its right out of a dystopian sci-fi novel, but it really happened, and is still happening today. With this audiobook, youll finally learn the ins and outs of the Korean War. Youll learn the key players and the big events. Who was Kim Il-sung, and what is the demilitarized zone? But youll also learn some facts that get left out of the history books. So buy this audiobook and get ready to find out: Why Korea was a prime target for a Cold War conflict How a dictator comes to power What life was like for normal Korean citizens during the war How you can visit North Korea today - and why you might, or might not, want to And much, much more
©2018 LAK Publishing (P)2018 LAK Publishing
Whats the best way to take over a country? China loomed large on the world stage. Wealth, power, and hundreds of years of rule by the Manchus of the Qing Dynasty catapulted them to new heights, but with power and prestige came those who would do anything to usurp their authority and undermine their sense of stability. The British Empire and its faithful allies devised a masterful plan and executed it with stark precision. Vicious lies, cheating, and stealing were only the beginning of what they had in store for the nation. What followed would ignite the Opium Wars and unleash a devastating wave of widespread narcotic abuse. Listen to the audiobook to discover the tragic realities and horrifying truths about the Opium Wars and the utter destruction that followed!
©2019 Sea Vision Publishing, LLC (P)2020 Sea Vision Publishing, LLC
Bhagat Singh is a name that became synonymous with revolution in Indias struggle for Independence. This young boy brought about a change in the way people thought about freedom. He was well read and fought extensively for rights his own, his comrades and his countrymens. A discussion with a friend soon turned into a matter of self-assessment for Bhagat Singh, leading to a discourse on why he chose to be an atheist. Even in the face of death at a very young age, his uncanny observation leads to his putting forth some pertinent questions. On another occasion, he was disappointed with his fathers plea in court for his innocence and chose to write a letter to him. This book is a collection of 18 of his valued writings from within the walls of prison and outside it, which show us the resolve in his words, and the bravery in his acts subsequently.
©2020 Srishti Publishers (P)2020 Audible, Inc.
A provocative account showing that "China" - and its 5,000 years of unified history - is a national myth, created only a century ago with a political agenda that persists to this day. China's current leadership lays claim to a 5,000-year-old civilization, but "China" as a unified country and people, Bill Hayton argues, was created far more recently by a small group of intellectuals. In this compelling account, Hayton shows how China's present-day geopolitical problems - the fates of Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tibet, Xinjiang, and the South China Sea - were born in the struggle to create a modern nation-state. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, reformers and revolutionaries adopted foreign ideas to "invent" a new vision of China. By asserting a particular, politicized version of the past the government bolstered its claim to a vast territory stretching from the Pacific to Central Asia. Ranging across history, nationhood, language, and territory, Hayton shows how the Republic's reworking of its past not only helped it to justify its right to rule a century ago - but continues to motivate and direct policy today.
©2020 Bill Hayton (P)2020 Tantor
Home to the worlds most ancient religions and practices, India is indeed a nation enriched with a fascinating history. The subcontinent has hosted a legion of great empires, monumental battles, religions, cultures, foreign invasions, and much more. Inside, you will learn about.... The Indus Valley civilization The birth of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism The East Indian Companies British India Danish India Akbar the Great And much more! From prehistoric to modern, 50 of the most formative eras of the subcontinent are discussed. Relating the zenith and nadir of Indias past, this audiobook provides crisp and riveting accounts of one of the worlds most ancient nations.
©2015 Stephan Weaver (P)2017 Stephan Weaver
Beyond Shangri-La chronicles relations between the Tibetans and the United States since 1908, when a Dalai Lama first met with U.S. representatives. What was initially a distant alliance became more intimate and entangled in the late 1950s, when the Tibetan people launched an armed resistance movement against the Chinese occupiers. The Tibetans fought to oust the Chinese and to maintain the presence of the current Dalai Lama and his direction of their country. In 1958, John Kenneth Knaus volunteered to serve in a major CIA program to support the Tibetans. For the next seven years, as an operations officer working from India, from Colorado, and from Washington, D.C., he cooperated with the Tibetan rebels as they utilized American assistance to contest Chinese domination and to attain international recognition as an independent entity. Since the late 1950s, the rugged resolve of the Dalai Lama and his people and the growing respect for their efforts to free their homeland from Chinese occupation have made Tibet's political and cultural status a pressing issue in international affairs. So has the realization by nations, including the United States, that their geopolitical interests would best be served by the defeat of the Chinese and the achievement of Tibetan self-determination. Beyond Shangri-La provides unique insight into the efforts of the U.S. government and committed U.S. citizens to support a free Tibet. The book is published by Duke University Press.
©2012 Duke University Press (P)2014 Redwood Audiobooks
In 1995, at the age of 23, Michael Meyer joined the Peace Corps and, after rejecting offers to go to seven other countries, was sent to a tiny town in Sichuan. Knowing nothing about China, or even how to use chopsticks, Meyer wrote Chinese words up and down his arms so he could hold conversations, and, per a Communist dean's orders, jumped into teaching his students about the Enlightenment, the stock market, and Beatles lyrics. Soon he realized his Chinese counterparts were just as bewildered by China's changes as he was. Thus began an impassioned immersion into Chinese life. With humor and insight, Meyer puts listeners in his novice shoes, winding across the length and breadth of his adopted country - from a terrifying bus attack on arrival, to remote Xinjiang and Tibet, into Beijing's backstreets and his future wife's Manchurian family, and headlong into efforts to protect China's vanishing heritage at places like "Sleeping Dragon", the world's largest panda preserve. Both funny and relatable, The Road to Sleeping Dragon is essential listening for anyone interested in China's history, and how daily life plays out there today.
©2017 Michael Meyer (P)2017 Tantor
In the 13th and 14th centuries, the Mongols carved out the largest land-based empire in world history, stretching from Korea to Russia in the north and from China to Syria in the south, and unleashing an unprecedented level of violence. But as Morris Rossabi reveals in this Very Short Introduction, within two generations of their bloody conquests, the Mongols evolved from conquerors and predators to wise rulers who devised policies to foster the economies of the lands they had subjugated. By adopting political and economic institutions familiar to the local populations and recruiting native officials, they won over many of their non-Mongol subjects. In addition, Mongol nobles were ardent patrons of art and culture, supporting the production of Chinese porcelains and textiles, Iranian tiles and illustrated manuscripts, and Russian metalwork. Perhaps most important, the peace imposed by the Mongols on much of Asia and their promotion of trade resulted in considerable interaction among merchants, scientists, artists, and missionaries of different ethnic groups - including Europeans. Modern Eurasian and perhaps global history starts with the Mongol empire.
©2012 Oxford University Press (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Take a trip to old Japan with William Scott Wilson as he travels the ancient Kiso Road, a legendary route that remains much the same today as it was hundreds of years ago. The Kisoji, which runs through the Kiso Valley in the Japanese Alps, has been in use since at least 701 CE. In the 17th century, it was the route that the daimyo (warlords) used for their biennial trips - along with their samurai and porters - to the new capital of Edo (now Tokyo). The natural beauty of the route is renowned - and famously inspired the landscapes of Hiroshige, as well as the work of many other artists and writers. Wilson, esteemed translator of samurai philosophy, has walked the road several times and is a delightful and expert guide to this popular tourist destination; he shares its rich history and lore, literary and artistic significance, cuisine and architecture, as well as his own experiences.
©2015 William Scott Wilson (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
Over the years the American writer Emma Larkin has spent traveling in Burma, she has come to know all too well the many ways this police state can be described as "Orwellian". The life of the mind exists in a state of siege in Burma, and it long has. The connection between George Orwell and Burma is not simply metaphorical, of course; Orwell's mother was born in Burma, and he was shaped by his experiences there as a young man working for the British Imperial Police. Both his first novel, Burmese Days, and the novel he left unfinished upon his death were set in Burma. And then there is the place of Orwell's work in Burma today: Larkin found it a commonplace observation in Burma that Orwell did not write one book about the country but three - the other two being Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four. When Larkin quietly asked one Burmeseman if he knew the work of George Orwell, he stared blankly for a moment and then said, "Ah, you mean the prophet."Finding George Orwell in Burma is the story of the year Larkin spent traveling across this shuttered police state, using the life and work of Orwell as her guide. Traveling from Mandalay and Rangoon to poor delta backwaters and up to the old hill-station towns in the mountains of Burma's far north, Larkin visits the places Orwell worked and lived and the places his books live still. She brings to vivid life a country and a people cut off from the rest of the world, and from one another, by the ruling military junta and its network of spies and informers.
©2010 Emma Larkin (P)2010 Tantor
Guided by a Kazakh aphorism - "To understand the wolf, you must put the skin of a wolf on and look through its eyes" - adventurer Tim Cope undertook a journey not successfully completed since the days of Genghis Khan: He traveled by horseback across the entire length of the Eurasian steppe, from the ancient capital of Mongolia to the Danube River in Hungary. It was an incredible six-thousand-mile, three-year-long trip across formidable landscape - and into the heart of the nomadic way of life that dominated this region for thousands of years, transforming Western Europe through its conquering armies. Copes trek takes him through wolf-infested plateaus, over glaciers and the subzero starving steppe, the scorching Kazakh desert, and the deep forests and treacherous mountains of the Carpathians. Alone except for a trusty dog (and a succession of thirteen horses, many stolen from him along the way), he encounters incredible hospitality from those who welcome him along the way, a tradition that is the linchpin of human survival on the steppe. Immersed in the land and its people, Cope is witness to the rich past and often painful complexities of the present still recovering from Soviet rule. On the Trail of Genghis Khan is a celebration and an elegy for the nomadic way of life - its freedom, its closeness to the land, its animals, and moods - and a narrative full of romance, intelligence, and drama.
©2013 Tim Cope (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
This clearly written and engrossing book presents a global narrative of the origins of the modern world from 1400 to the present. Unlike most studies, which assume that the "rise of the West" is the story of the coming of the modern world, this history, drawing upon new scholarship on Asia, Africa, and the New World, constructs a story in which those parts of the world play major roles. Robert B. Marks defines the modern world as one marked by industry, the nation state, interstate warfare, a large and growing gap between the wealthiest and poorest parts of the world, and an escape from "the biological old regime." He explains its origins by emphasizing contingencies (such as the conquest of the New World); the broad comparability of the most advanced regions in China, India, and Europe; the reasons why England was able to escape from common ecological constraints facing all of those regions by the 18th century; and a conjuncture of human and natural forces that solidified a gap between the industrialized and non-industrialized parts of the world. Now in a new edition that brings the saga of the modern world to the present, the book considers how and why the United States emerged as a world power in the twentieth century and became the sole superpower by the twenty-first century. Once again arguing that the rise of the United States to global hegemon was contingent, not inevitable, Marks also points to the resurgence of Asia and the vastly changed relationship of humans to the environment that may, in the long run, overshadow any political and economic milestones of the past hundred years.
©2007 Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc. (P)2014 Redwood Audiobooks
A companion to the major six-part BBC TV series, written by Michael Wood and read by Sam Dastor. Michael Wood weaves a spellbinding narrative out of the 10,000-year history of India. Home today to more than a fifth of the world's population, the subcontinent gave birth to the oldest and most influential civilization on Earth, to four world religions, and to the world's largest democracy. Now, as India bids to become a global giant, Michael sets out to trace the roots of India's present in the incredible riches of her past.
©2007 Michael Wood (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
This searingly honest memoir describes growing up on an African farm during the Rhodesian Bush War and the twilight years of white colonialism in the 1970s. It also explores the shock and euphoria of Zimbabwean independence in the 1980s as St John navigates her way through the immense personal and political changes. The abundance and beauty of Africa and its people, as well as childhood innocence, are superbly contrasted with the insidiousness of racism, war and nationalist propaganda to create an unforgettable listen - eloquent, affecting, and utterly spellbinding.
©2006 Lauren St. John (P)2007 W F Howes Ltd.
The United States needs to understand each of the many Asian states in detail: while there are similarities, they all have situations that are difficult to compare. The U.S., Japan, and Asia in International Politics focuses on U.S. interests in Asia in its broadest contours - from Japan, China, and the Koreas in the east; a discussion of India in the south; and also to Afghanistan and Pakistan in the west. This book also treats Russia as an Asia-Pacific power. Author Andrew K. Hanami examines the economic, financial, trade, and security issue differences in the region. Washington is rushing to find a balance in its foreign policy goals among the differing Asia-Pacific states through such measures as: erecting trade corridors, enacting bilateral arrangements, deploying troops, and pursuing a cycle of encirclement and openness as the administration searches for stability and prosperity. This text explores if U.S. policy is improving on the problems found in a suddenly larger Asia, or in some way compounding them.
©2012 Andrew K. Hanami. (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Discover the remarkable history of the Mughal Empire... For more than 200 years, the Mughal Empire dominated the Indian subcontinent. It became one of the largest empires on the planet, with an army of almost one million men at arms and an economy that was stronger than any other at the time. The Mughal Empire developed new art and architecture, and some of the things created during this empire are still regarded as iconic representations of India. Although most of its conquests were achieved through the application of military power, this was also a relatively liberal, pluralist empire which successfully assimilated people from varied cultural and religious background into a total population of over 150 million. Perhaps, that is surprising given that this empire originated with an invasion by nomadic Mongols from the north; the very first Mughal emperor was a direct descendant of both Genghis Khan and Tamerlane. Then, just when the Mughal Empire seemed to have become invincible, it disintegrated in an astonishingly short space of time. This book tells the story of how the Mughal Empire was able to achieve almost unimaginable power and wealth and how within the nature of that success were the elements which eventually tore the empire apart. This is the complex, exciting story of the rapid rise and even more rapid collapse of the mighty, colorful, vibrant, and complex Mughal Empire. Discover a plethora of chapters, such as: The Emergence of Babur The Reign of Akbar the Great Consolidation and Glory Art, Architecture and Science in the Mughal Empire Decline of the Mughal Empire India Falls under British Control And much more! So, if you want a concise and informative book on the Mughal Empire, simply scroll up and click the "buy now" button for instant access!
©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History
In The History of India in 50 Events, you will explore the rich and storied culture of the Indian subcontinent. This region of the world, largely considered to be one of the cradles of civilization, has developed over a period of over 5,000 years. Consequently, this long run of history has drawn up a national history filled with intrigue, philosophy, art, architectural wonders, and the births and deaths of great men and women. Inside you will read about: Dawn of civilization Vedic period Mauryan Empire and Gupta Empire Medieval India Age of exploration and colonialism Independence and the modern age And much more! From Buddha to Gandhi, this account of Indian history is but a taste of the full spectrum of historical flavor that one can experience when exploring Indian history.
©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History
Tres manuscritos completos en un audiolibro: Historia de la India: Una Fascinante Guía por la Antigua India, la Historia Medieval, y la India Actual Incluyendo Historias Como el Imperio Maurya, el Raj Británico, Mahatma Gandhi, y más La Compañía Británica de las Indias Orientales: Una Guía Fascinante de la Compañía Inglesa que fue Creada Para la Explotación del Comercio con Asia Oriental, Sudoriental y la India La Compañía Holandesa de las Indias Orientales: Una Fascinante Guía Sobre la Primera Verdadera Corporación Multinacional y su Impacto en la Guerra de Independencia de Holanda de España La primera parte de este audiolibro incluye: El Valle del Río Indo Mitología de la Era Védica India Aria y el Gran Debate Védico Alejandro el Grande El Imperio de Chandragupta Maurya El Raj Británico El Sistema de Castas Mohandas Gandhi La Marcha de la Sal y la Independencia Vida Salvaje, Antes y Ahora Una Breve Historia del Curry El Programa Espacial ¡Y mucho, mucho más! Segunda parte de este audiolibro, usted: El primer siglo de la Compañía: Establecimiento y crecimiento de la EIC, rivales y conflictos Efectos de la EIC: Cambios en la sociedad británica, impacto en los grupos de población local y crecimiento del Imperio británico Individuos notables de la Era de la EIC. ¡Y mucho, mucho más! La tercera parte de este audiolibro incluye: Nacimiento de una corporación La compañía en ascenso La caída del gigante Estructura y organización del VOC Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (Compañía holandesa de las Indias Orientales) Lo bueno, lo malo del VOC Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (Compañía holandesa de las Indias Orientales) ¡Y mucho, mucho más! ¡Obtenga este audiolibro ahora para aprender más sobre India! Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.
©2020 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History
One of the most turbulent and romanticized eras in ancient Chinese history is that of the three kingdoms period. During the third century AD in China, warlords battled for supremacy. This turbulent and bloody era is known as the three kingdoms period. It's also one of the most romanticized eras in Chinese history; heroes and villains like Cao Cao, Liu Bei, and Zhuge Liang have served has inspiration for poetry, novels, opera, and song in China. Perhaps the most celebrated is Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong, considered a masterpiece of Chinese literature. In The Three Kingdoms of Ancient China, you'll learn about the events before and after the three kingdoms period and its most famous characters.
©2016 Charles River Editors (P)2016 Charles River Editors
Dara Shukoh - the emperor Shah Jahan's favourite son, and heir-apparent to the Mughal throne prior to being defeated by Aurangzib - has sometimes been portrayed as an effete prince, incompetent in military and administrative matters. But his tolerance towards other faiths, and the myths and anecdotes surrounding him, continue to fuel the popular imagination. Even today, over 350 years after his death, the debate rages on: if this 'good' Mughal had ascended the throne instead of his pugnacious younger brother, how would that have changed the course of Indian history? Dara Shukoh: The Man Who Would Be King brings to life the story of this enigmatic Mughal prince. Rich in historical detail and psychological insight, it brilliantly recreates a bygone age and presents an empathetic and engaging portrait of the crown prince who was, in many ways, clearly ahead of his times.
©2019 Avik Chanda (P)2020 Audible, Inc.
Completing the Meiji Restoration that heralded the dawn of a new era for both Japan and Asia, the island nation found itself thrust into the modern world, a world of industry and conquest. Flexing its new muscles, the burgeoning power soon came to blows with the regional power that for centuries dominated the area politically and culturally: China. Also seeking to modernize in the wake of Western exploitation, China struggled to adapt to the changing times, doing everything it could to maintain a balance between modernity and tradition. Japan found that balance, and, with its new industry desperate for raw materials, looked to the peninsula of Korea for new markets and resources. China, in contrast, refused to strike such a balance, adopting a veneer of modernity while maintaining the status quo, both domestically and with regards to Korea. For decades Korea existed as a protectorate of China, paying homage to the mighty Chinese dynasties while minding its own business as best it could. However, sensing weakness in the former regional power after being defeated by the Europeans during the Second Opium War, escalating tensions over Korea between the old power of China and the new power of Japan led to the First Sino-Japanese War. In its first modern war, the modernized Japanese empire went to war against the dominant power in the region, and though interested Western powers favored China, Japan won the day, claiming Korea as their conquest and permanently upsetting the balance of power in the region. The conflict paved the way for the future Empire of Japan and the collapse of the Qing Dynasty. Though both nations modernized, and China far outweighed Japan in terms of men and materiel potential, the island nation handily won its first modern war.
©2018 Charles River Editors (P)2018 Charles River Editors
You are not the only ones who are occasionally confused, misunderstood, and lost in the wonderful yet sophisticated Chinese system. For those of you who have committed yourself to taking a deeper, more structural and practical, modern approach to learning Chinese culture, you will find this book informative and at the same time compassionate. Award-winning novelist Vann Chow introduces in What Were The Chinese Thinking a series of important fundamental Chinese school of thoughts on all aspects of life. The book goes from simpler topics to more sophisticated topics and is sure to be as informative as it is entertaining.
©2016 Vann Chow (P)2020 Vann Chow
The history of China is as rich and strange as that of any country on earth. Yet for many, Chinas history remains unknown, or known only through the stylized images that generations in the West have cherished or reviled as truth. With his command of character and event - the product of 30 years of research and reflection in the field - Spence dispels those myths in a powerful narrative. Over four centuries of Chinese history, from the waning days of the once-glorious Ming Dynasty to Deng Xiaopings bloody suppression of the pro-democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square, Spence fashions the astonishing story of the effort to achieve a modern China. Through the ideas and emotions of its reformist Confucian scholars, its poets, novelists, artists, and visionary students, we see one of the worlds oldest cultures struggling to define itself as Chinese and modern.
©1990 Jonathan D. Spence (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
A New York Times best seller! Have you ever heard of Kintsugi before? Do you ever feel like something is not right in your lives or relationship? Are going through such emotional pain or psychological disorder that you think that your life is already beyond repair? Are your soul, lives, and body already broken into pieces? Do you think your life is been subjected to a burden that your soul can no longer bear? Are you so depressed that you prefer isolating yourself rather than to stand up and seek professional help? Are you thinking about suicide because you think your life is miserable? This is the reason why I created this audiobook. Here, you will find everything you need to know about Kintsugi: The Japanese Art of Healing the Body, Mind, and Spirit and effective ways of applying the procedures involved. My aim and objective is not just to give you the tools to free you from being depressed, remain broken and psychologically disturbed, my goal is also to teach you practical ways to actually help the broken ones feel better and be free of discrimination. I know that many times, that affected person is someone you love and care about and sometimes is better to let go; other times I believe we can all save him/her from been traumatized for the rest of his/her life. "I know this journey I will take is part of the Grand Plan, and that my instructor also has actually been sent into my life by the World." (Hinata Kobayashi) "Come down to its simplicity" (Hinata Kobayashi)
©2020 Hinata Kobayashi (P)2020 Hinata Kobayashi
A timely look at the impact of China's booming emergence on the countries of Southeast Asia. Today, Southeast Asia stands uniquely exposed to the waxing power of the new China. Three of its nations border China, and five are directly impacted by its claims over the South China Sea. All dwell in the lengthening shadow of its influence: economic, political, military, and cultural. As China seeks to restore its former status as Asia's preeminent power, the countries of Southeast Asia face an increasingly stark choice: flourish within Beijing's orbit or languish outside of it. Meanwhile, as rival powers including the United States take concerted action to curb Chinese ambitions, the region has emerged as an arena of heated strategic competition. Drawing on more than a decade of on-the-ground experience, Sebastian Strangio explores the impacts of China's rise on Southeast Asia, the varied ways in which the countries of the region are responding, and what it might mean for the future balance of power in the Indo-Pacific.
©2020 Sebastian Strangio (P)2020 Tantor
How a single day revealed the history and foreshadowed the future of Shanghai. It is November 12, 1941, and the world is at war. In Shanghai, just weeks before Pearl Harbor, thousands celebrate the birthday of China's founding father, Sun Yat-sen, in a new city center built to challenge European imperialism. Across town, crowds of Shanghai residents from all walks of life attend the funeral of China's wealthiest woman, the Chinese-French widow of a Baghdadi Jewish businessman whose death was symbolic of the passing of a generation that had seen Shanghai's rise to global prominence. But it is the racetrack that attracts the largest crowd of all. At the center of the International Settlement, the heart of Western colonization - but also of Chinese progressivism, art, commerce, cosmopolitanism, and celebrity - Champions Day unfolds, drawing tens of thousands of Chinese spectators and Europeans alike to bet on the horses. In a sharp and lively snapshot of the day's events, James Carter recaptures the complex history of Old Shanghai. Champions Day is a kaleidoscopic portrait of city poised for revolution.
©2020 James Carter (P)2020 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
When one thinks of the worlds first cities, Sumer, Memphis, and Babylon are some of the first to come to mind, but if the focus then shifts to India, then Harappa and Mohenjo-daro will likely come up. These cities owe their existence to Indias oldest civilization, known as the Indus Valley Civilization or the Harappan Civilization, which was contemporary with ancient Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt and had extensive contacts with the former, making it one of the most important early civilizations in the world. Spread out along the rivers of the Indus River Valley, hundreds of settlements began forming around 3300 BCE, eventually coalescing into a society that had all of the hallmarks of a true civilization, including writing, well-developed cities, a complex social structure, and long-distance trade. The fact that the ancient Indus Valley Civilization is also often referred to as the Harappan Civilization demonstrates how important the discovery of Harappa is. As archaeologists and historians began to uncover more of the ancient Harappa site in the 19th and early 20th centuries, a more complete picture of the city emerged, namely its importance. Research has shown that Harappa was one of the three most important Indus Valley cities, if not the most important, with several mounds of settlements uncovered that indicate building activities took place there for over 1,000 years. At its height, Harappa was a booming city of up to 50,000 people who were divided into neighborhoods by walls and who went about their daily lives in well-built, orderly streets. Harappa also had drainage systems, markets, public baths, and other large structures that may have been used for public ceremonies. Ancient Harappa was truly a thriving and vibrant city that was on par with contemporary cities in Mesopotamia such as Ur and Memphis in Egypt. The research that has been done at Harappa over the last several decades has helped scholars understand various aspects of life there, and it has provided answers to many of the questions that had previously bewildered people about the Indus Valley Civilization. Work at Harappa has revealed that settlement was quite orderly, suggesting a strong leadership structure, but at the same time details about the ancient Harappan government itself are absent. Other discoveries show that Harappa was a very active city, where neighborhoods were subject to movement and outsiders visited regularly for trade. A series of well-built streets and walls separated the neighborhoods within Harappa and moved trade traffic in and out of the city in an orderly manner. Perhaps most interestingly, Harappa became depopulated in the early 2nd millennium BCE as all Indus Valley cities did, but there are no signs of violent struggle, which make its collapse a mystery that remains to be solved. Harappa: The History of the Ancient Indus Valley Civilization's Most Famous City examines the region, the civilization that built it, and what life was like there thousands of years ago. Along with pictures and a bibliography, you will learn about Harappa like never before.
©2019 Charles River Editors (P)2019 Charles River Editors
A Deeper Look Into One Of The Most Powerful Countries In The World! "To know the past and that of other people is to know yourself." - Walter T.K. Nugent Most of us know that China is swiftly becoming a greater superpower on the world stage. Join this quest to find the secret behind its infamous global influence. Get ready to immerse yourself in a history filled with great stories some even be unheard of before now! History of China - History of an Empire: A Historical Overview of China & East Asia. Including: Ancient China, Communism, & Capitalism is the source for a deep dive into all things China. It covers the important events, people and places that played a huge role in its notability. Heres what youll find inside: Timeline of Ancient China The Imperial Dynasties The Threat That Was Genghis Khan The Rise and Fall of Communism Chinas Role on the Global Chessboard Chinas State Controlled Media The Transforming Chinese Industries History of Chinese Language And so much more! Have burning questions about specific events from the history of China? Well this audiobook will provide you with all the information you need to gain a deeper understanding. Learning is always fun, and when you get your own copy youll gain full access to a ton of other relevant details that will have Chinese history leaping off of the page. So what are you waiting for?!
©2017 Lean Stone Publishing (P)2017 Lean Stone Publishing
If you want to discover the captivating history of the Cultural Revolution, then pay attention... The Cultural Revolution, known in full as the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, was launched by Mao Zedong, the chairman of the Communist Party of China, as a means of quashing capitalism in China. He wanted to ensure that the desire for a communist government would remain strong in the country long after his death. Like other previous leaders who attempted to continue to rule after their death, his attempt did not work out quite the way he had planned. Over the course of a decade, from the summer of 1966 to 1976, Mao Zedong implemented a number of changes that have led him to be known as one of the most brutal tyrants of the modern age. In The Cultural Revolution: A Captivating Guide to a Decade-Long Upheaval in China Unleashed by Mao Zedong to Preserve Chinese Communism, you will discover topics such as: Mao Zedongs Early Life, Rise to Power, and the Government Upheaval That Changed China During the First Half of the 20th Century The Suspicion Behind the United Face The Five-Year Plan, the Great Leap Forward, and the Events Leading to the Cultural Revolution Fighting the Capitalism of the West The Introduction of Revolution The Red Guards July 20th Incident Border Clashes with the Communist Soviets Lin Biao - The Successor and Opponent Health Issues and Slipping Grip on the Revolution The 10th Congress and the Shifting of Power Mass Killings in China and Devastation in Northern China End of the Cultural Revolution Lasting Effects And much, much more! So if you want to learn more about the Cultural Revolution, buy today!
©2020 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History
Unquestionably, Herodotus has left mankind one of the world's greatest works of literature. But what, precisely, is it? The Persian Wars is part history, part geography, part anthropology...and completely entertaining. It possesses a charm that is legendary. However, over and above this, Herodotus has succeeded for all time in brilliantly expressing the conflict between the ideal of the free man defending his liberty within a state based on the rule of law, and that of the despot who bases his rule on brute force and whose subjects are considered slaves. In his writing we experience the impact of that great intellectual, moral, and ethical force that set the Greeks apart from the rest of the Ancient World. The Persian Wars is a magnificent epic of human triumph over the forces of tyranny, of the struggle over two diametrically opposed concepts of government...between which man must still choose today. The first four books of The Persian Wars serve as an introduction to the actual conflict itself. In this leisurely unwinding of events, people, and places, Herodotus provides the listener with a fascinating glimpse of the Ancient World. It is a marvelous journey into an exotic time filled with strange and savage tribes, beautiful cities and monuments, and - as always - born along on that inimitable charm that is unique to Herodotus. Translation by George Rawlinson.
©2003 Audio Connoisseur
Warriors of the Cloisters tells how key cultural innovations from Central Asia revolutionized medieval Europe and gave rise to the culture of science in the West. Medieval scholars rarely performed scientific experiments, but instead contested issues in natural science, philosophy, and theology using the recursive argument method. This highly distinctive and unusual method of disputation was a core feature of medieval science, the predecessor of modern science. We know that the foundations of science were imported to Western Europe from the Islamic world, but until now the origins of such key elements of Islamic culture have been a mystery. In this provocative book, Christopher I. Beckwith traces how the recursive argument method was first developed by Buddhist scholars and was spread by them throughout ancient Central Asia. He shows how the method was adopted by Islamic Central Asian natural philosophers - most importantly by Avicenna, one of the most brilliant of all medieval thinkers - and transmitted to the West when Avicenna's works were translated into Latin in Spain in the 12th century by the Jewish philosopher Ibn Da'ud and others. During the same period the institution of the college was also borrowed from the Islamic world. The college was where most of the disputations were held, and became the most important component of medieval Europe's newly formed universities. As Beckwith demonstrates, the Islamic college also originated in Buddhist Central Asia. Using in-depth analysis of ancient Buddhist, Classical Arabic, and Medieval Latin writings, Warriors of the Cloisters transforms our understanding of the origins of medieval scientific culture.
©2012 Princeton University Press (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
If you want to discover the captivating history of China, then pay attention... The history of China is complex - perhaps, more complex than that of other nations. The ethnic groups that compose China go back to prehistoric times, and each group lent its own color to the enormous nation. It is not like a diluted mixture of all its cultures; rather, it is a collage. Yet, there are immutable elements still present today. Rice originated in China, and so did stir-frying. Anyone who has enjoyed a snack or two from a delightful swimming pool imitates the same practice in the water towns of China from times past. Brocade and printed silk fabrics were first created in China. Iridescent porcelain is a product of the Ming dynasty. The Chinese were among the first to develop blast furnaces. They were the first to invent fireworks and gunpowder. And the list goes on and on. As you listen to this book, you will note that history tends to repeat itself in the rise and fall of the many dynasties of China. However, you will also notice that there are clear distinctions between one era and the next. In History of China: A Captivating Guide to Chinese History, Including Events Such as the First Emperor of China, the Mongol Conquests of Genghis Khan, the Opium Wars, and the Cultural Revolution, you will discover topics such as: The Land of the Yellow Emperor Imperial China Emerges The Supremacy of the Han, 202 BCE - 220 CE The Golden Age: The Tang Dynasty, 618 - 907 The Song Dynasty, 960 - 1279 Kublai Khan: The Yuan Dynasty, 1271 - 1368 The Great Ming Dynasty, 1368 - 1644 The Rise of the Qing, 1636 - 1912 Revolutionary Madness The Republic of China to the Peoples Republic of China And much, much more! So, if you want to learn more about the history of China, scroll up and click the "buy now" button!
©2020 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History
As one of the oldest civilizations in the world, China has a vast, rich history. In order to assist with the study of Chinese history, this audiobook has been broken down into a series of straightforward, easy-to-follow vignettes. Inside you will hear about.... The Great Flood The Great Wall is begun The Terra Cotta Army is created Gunpowder is invented Great anti-Buddhist persecution Marco Polo travels to China The Forbidden City is completed First Opium War SARS outbreak And much more! This audiobook will provide in-depth insights into some of the most important events in Chinese history while providing an overall context within which these events took place. Designed as an introductory overview of Chinese history, this audiobook is the perfect resource for those who are seeking to expand their knowledge of China and world history.
©2016 Henry Freeman (P)2018 Henry Freeman
Asia is the largest and most diverse continent in the world. With so many cultures, languages, and religions, its difficult not to fall in love with everything Asia has to offer. Furthermore, the history of Asia is packed with interesting events, people, and locations that helped shape the continent into what it is today. So, lets dive right in and learn more about two of its biggest power nations.
India: History of India - From Prehistoric Settlements to the Modern Republic of India
India is the home of ancient religions and practices. It is a nation whose fascinating history teaches us about tolerance, diversity, and unity. This far-reaching subcontinent has been the place where great empires have developed, the place of monumental battles, the place of foreign invaders, and the place of birth of various cultures and religions.
This audiobook represents a compelling illustration of one of the worlds oldest civilizations, the road it followed to reach the place where it is today, and the primary elements that shaped its culture. It is a narrative that takes you from the ancient beginnings of the nation to modern-day India.
China: History of China - History of an Empire: A Historical Overview of China & East Asia Including Ancient China, Communism, & Capitalism
Dip into Chinese history today and learn about the rulers, foes, politics, and wars that shaped modern thinking and built the foundation of one of the most powerful nations in the world. Discover how China emerged from centuries of isolation and transcended famine and civil war to become the power nation it is today. Learn how and why this once reclusive nation opened up its borders, leaped forward, and grew into a bustling metropolis.
©2017 Lean Stone Publishing (P)2017 Lean Stone Publishing
Though history is usually written by the victors, the lack of a particularly strong writing tradition from the Mongols ensured that history was largely written by those who they vanquished. Because of this, their portrayal in the West and the Middle East has been extraordinarily (and in many ways unfairly) negative for centuries, at least until recent revisions to the historical record. The Mongols have long been depicted as wild horse-archers galloping out of the dawn to rape, pillage, murder, and enslave, but the Mongol army was a highly sophisticated, minutely organized, and an incredibly adaptive and innovative institution, as witnessed by the fact that it was successful in conquering enemies who employed completely different weaponry and different styles of fighting, from Chinese armored infantry to Middle Eastern camel cavalry and Western knights and men-at-arms. Likewise, the infrastructure and administrative corps which governed the empire, though largely borrowed from the Chinese, was inventive, practical, and extraordinarily modern and efficient. This was no fly-by-night enterprise but a sophisticated, complex, and extremely well-oiled machine. While the Golden Horde technically refers to part of the Mongol Empire, today the Golden Horde is often used interchangeably with the Mongol forces as a whole. As such, the Golden Horde conjures vivid images of savage, barbarian horsemen riding across the steppes, an unstoppable force mindlessly slaughtering and burning. It is often imagined that they conquered by sheer brutality and terror and that they epitomized everything that came from the East: uncivilized, brutal, and undisciplined. This sensationalized image - impressed upon the West by Hollywood and by the perception of the Yellow Peril that has colored Western views toward Asia for a long time - began almost from the beginning. The Mongols treasured art and literature and protected religion, that of their subjects as well as their own, and trade, commerce, and cultural exchanges flourished under the Golden Horde and the other Mongol khanates, but that escaped the notice of their contemporaries. Giovanni de Plano Carpini, a papal envoy journeying through Russia on his way to the Khan of the Golden Horde, noted, They [the Mongols] attacked Rus', where they made great havoc, destroying cities and fortresses and slaughtering men; and they laid siege to Kiev, the capital of Rus'; after they had besieged the city for a long time, they took it and put the inhabitants to death. When we were journeying through that land, we came across countless skulls and bones of dead men lying about on the ground. Kiev had been a very large and thickly populated town, but now, it has been reduced almost to nothing, for there are at the present time scarce two hundred houses there and the inhabitants are kept in complete slavery. What cant be disputed is that the Golden Horde directly affected Eastern Europe for nearly 250 years, and even after its rapid rise brought about a long, tortuous decline, it has continued to shape the destiny of that region. The Golden Horde: The History and Legacy of the Mongol Khanate examines the events that led to the rise of the Khanate, what life was like there, and how the Mongols fought.
©2020 Charles River Editors (P)2020 Charles River Editors
India is the home of ancient religions and practices. It is a nation whose fascinating history teaches us about tolerance, diversity, and unity. This far-reaching subcontinent has been the place where great empires have developed, the place of monumental battles, the place of foreign invaders and the place of birth of cultures and religions. This book represents a compelling illustration of one of the worlds oldest civilizations: the road it followed to reach the place where it is today, and the primary elements that shaped its culture. It is a narrative that takes you from the ancient beginnings of the nation to modern-day India. Here is a brief insight into the content of the book: Ancient India: its most significant empires and the coming of Islam Medieval India: the primary events that shaped its culture British colonization: how did it settle in India and what impact did it have on its culture? India from 1949 until today: the primary changes that shaped the largest democracy in the world Indian culture and religion: the main elements that distinguish the Hindu way of life from other philosophies and ethics Things to see in India: a few guidelines for eager tourists who want to discover India and its majestic beauty If you want to discover the uniqueness of India, then you must definitely listen to this book. Learning more about its history will make you convey it from a different point of view. There is something about India that makes it unique. It is the combination of cultures and its impressive history that makes one feel attracted to this ancient country, which is often referred to as Mother India. Start your journey today and get your copy of this audiobook!
©2017 Lean Stone Publishing (P)2018 Lean Stone Publishing
Diccionario de Mitos de Asia es la tercera entrega de esta serie sobre mitos del mundo. En esta ocasión partimos del amor por narrar a la manera de Las mil y una noches. Nuestra fascinación por las historias sobre animales maravillosos; personas que pueden transformarse en flores; ancianos sabios y valientes princesas; dioses de muchos brazos y demonios terroríficos, nos traslada a Mesopotamia, Persia, Arabia, China, la India y Japón. Que estas páginas te lleven a descubrir la inagotable riqueza de los mitos de Asia, que te envuelvan en el aroma del sándalo y extiendan bajo tus pies la alfombra mágica del Oriente. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.
©2019 Ediciones El Naranjo (P)2020 Audible, Inc.
The first definitive natural history of the Indian subcontinent. Did you know that the exquisite caves of Ellora were hewn from rock formed in the greatest lava floods the world has known - eruptions so enormous that they may well have obliterated dinosaurs? Or that Bengaluru owes its unique climate to a tectonic event that took place 88 million years ago? That the Ganga and Brahmaputra sequester nearly 20 percent of global carbon and that their sediments over millions of years have etched submarine canyons in the Bay of Bengal that are larger than the Grand Canyon? Ever heard of Rajasaurus, an Indian dinosaur that was perhaps more ferocious than T. rex? Many such amazing facts and discoveries - from 70-million-year-old crocodile eggs in Mumbai to the nesting ground of dinosaurs near Ahmedabad - are a part of Indica: A Deep Natural History of the Indian Subcontinent. Researching across wide-ranging scientific disciplines and travelling with scientists all over the country, biochemist Pranay Lal has woven together the first compelling narrative of Indias deep natural history, filled with fierce reptiles, fantastic dinosaurs, gargantuan mammals, and amazing plants. This story starts at the very beginning - from the time when a galactic swirl of dust coalesced to become our life-giving planet - and ends with the arrival of our ancestors on the banks of the Indus. Pranay Lal tells this story with verve, lucidity, and an infectious enthusiasm that comes from his deep, abiding love of nature.
©2016 Pranay Lal (P)2019 Random House Audio
Japanese Emperor Hirohito is one of historys most enigmatic figures. He led the Japanese during the darkest point of their history as they joined forces with the fascist Nazi Germany and Italy. Upon Japans defeat most believed that Emperor Hirohito would stand trial for the war crimes he was accused of presiding over. But the trial never happened. Instead, to the surprise of the whole world - and most likely Hirohito himself - he was placed back on his throne and allowed to administer affairs in Japan until the day he died peacefully in 1989. How did all this come about? Listen to learn more about the life and the legend of Japans most notorious leader. From this audiobook, you will hear about: Hirohito takes the throne Invasion of China and assassination attempts The rape of Nanjing and Unit 731 Imperial Japan, an axis power Entering World War II Atomic Bombs: Hiroshima and Nagasaki And much more!
©2018 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History
Opium Wars Violent confrontation between armed groups over the supply of illegal narcotics is something we commonly associate with criminal gangs in modern cities, but in the mid-19th century Great Britain went to war with Imperial China in order to continue to supply Chinese addicts with opium. The two wars that followed have become known as the Opium Wars, and they led to the utter defeat of China, the establishment of a British colony in Hong Kong, and the continuation of a narcotics trade that was worth millions of pounds each year to the British. The Opium Wars exposed the weaknesses of the Chinese Qing dynasty in terms of its military abilities and internal corruption. They also exposed divisions in Victorian Britain where people were beginning to question the morality of going to war to support an illegal narcotics trade which caused misery and death for millions of Chinese. In the end, the British were able to overcome their reservations and prosecuted these two wars with great success. British casualties were small and the gains enormous - the British opium trade to China would continue for more than 50 years after the end of the Second Opium War. In this book you will hear about.... The joy plant Outbreak of the first Opium War British superiority and the devil ship The treaty of Nanking: first of the unequal treaties The inevitable second Opium War The fall of Beijing and much more! For the Chinese Qing dynasty, the Opium Wars marked the beginning of the end. Imperial China had endured for 2,000 years, but within 50 years of the humiliations of the Opium Wars, a revolution overthrew the imperial court and turned China into a republic. Although they are little remembered today, the Opium Wars changed the face not just of China but also of the whole of Asia. This is the story of those wars.
©2018 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History
Generalmente se nos suele enseñar la Edad Media como una etapa de oscuridad marcada por guerras continuas entre señores feudales y por un cristianismo hermético. Un estudio a fondo nos demostrará que no es una imagen completa, ya que sólo tiene en cuenta el ojo occidental. Breve Historia del Imperio Bizantino nos presenta la historia del otro lado, la historia de la Edad Media vista desde un imperio majestuoso que supo conservar, desde su inexpugnable capital Constantinopla, durante más de un milenio los valores y la cultura del antiguo Imperio romano. El libro arranca en el S. III a. C. para ponernos en antecedentes acerca de la ruptura del Imperio romano en dos, el de Oriente y el de Occidente, sólo comprendiendo esto seremos capaces de aceptar que cuando se habla de la caída del Imperio romano, es el de Occidente el que cae, el Imperio oriental resiste, y su destino corre paralelo a la Edad Media. El Imperio Bizantino será no un nuevo imperio, sino la prolongación del Imperio romano hasta la modernidad. Conocer sus relaciones con los otomanos, o la influencia de las Cruzadas en Oriente, conocer las relaciones del Papa de Roma con el Emperador de Constantinopla, que desembocan en el cisma entre la Iglesia Católica y la Ortodoxa, o presenciar la decadencia de la dinastía Macedónica y la destrucción de Constantinopla, es conocer la Edad Media en toda su complejidad. Una historia apasionante sobre un Imperio que, en medio de la tumultuosa y bélica Edad Media, supo crear una ciudad invencible, que resistió el ataque de los mejores ejércitos, y en la que, los valores del Imperio romano resistieron mil años y entraron de lleno en la modernidad. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.
©2010 Ediciones Nowtilus S.L. (P)2014 Audible Inc.
See the real Thailand. Come explore Thailand and see sites that don't exist in your world. Go Smart Guide: Thailand is your most in-depth and up-to-date guide on what to see and do in this magical country. With this guide in hand you can explore all of Thailand's regions. Get insights into this beautiful country and learn about all Thailand has to offer, from the streets of Bangkok to the south shores of Phuket and everywhere in between. You get it all in this guide. These amazing experiences and more are waiting for you. Go Smart Guide: Thailand reveals all the secrets this country has to offer. Look closer, understand more: Make the most out of your day - use the in-depth city guides to plan out your day. Know the local customs and etiquette - avoid accidentally insulting someone! Find the best places to stay - whether you want to stay at a posh hotel or you're on a shoestring budget, you'll find a room suited just for you. Find the best hidden dining experiences - from western food to traditional Thai cuisine, you'll delve into Thailand's rich "food landscape." Party in the hottest night clubs where East meets West over cocktails. There are tons of venues all around Thailand. Find your favorite party scene with this guide. Discover Thailand today. Go Smart Guide: Thailand is your passport to a new world.
©2015 Go Smart Travel Guides (P)2015 Go Smart Travel Guides
Dilli, Hindustan ka Dil? Through nuanced translations of four Urdu narratives spanning the period of turmoil that led to the Revolt of 1857, and culminated in the fall of the Mughal Empire, this compelling volume reveals the tragic and affecting story of a royalty in decline. Vividly documenting the twilight years of not just a historical era but also an entire way of life, these first-hand accounts - gleaned from princes and paupers alike - provide rare insight into how the royals and their subjects experienced life on either side of the cataclysm. Tales of suffering describe the perfidy of the British and the plight of the last royals as they are disbanded and pushed into dire poverty; livelier accounts of fealty and treachery detail palace intrigues; and nostalgic reminiscences recreate the days of past glory and communal comity - of feasting and festivals, and shared faith and devotion. An intimate chronicle of a crucial era in India's history, City of My Heart is the saga of a changing city and a people experiencing the end of life as they know it.
©2018 Rana Safvi - translation (P)2020 Audible, Inc.
A powerful reassessment of a seminal moment in the history of India and the British Empire - the Amritsar Massacre - to mark its 100th anniversary The Amritsar Massacre of 1919 was a seminal moment in the history of the British Empire, yet it remains poorly understood. In this dramatic account, Kim A. Wagner details the perspectives of ordinary people and argues that General Dyer's order to open fire at Jallianwalla Bagh was an act of fear. Situating the massacre within the "deep" context of British colonial mentality and the local dynamics of Indian nationalism, Wagner provides a genuinely nuanced approach to the bloody history of the British Empire.
©2019 Kim A. Wagner (P)2019 Tantor
While European intellectual, cultural, and commercial life stagnated during the early medieval period, Asia flourished as the wellspring of science, philosophy, and religion. Linked together by a web of religious, commercial, and intellectual connections, the different regions of Asia's vast civilization, from Arabia to China, hummed with commerce, international diplomacy, and the brisk exchange of ideas. Stewart Gordon has fashioned a fascinating and unique look at Asia from AD 700 to 1500, a time when Asia was the world, by describing the personal journeys of Asia's many travelers - the merchants who traded spices along the Silk Road, the apothecaries who exchanged medicine and knowledge from China to the Middle East, and the philosophers and holy men who crossed continents to explore and exchange ideas, books, science, and culture.
©2008 Stewart Gordon (P)2018 Tantor
Growing up in rural China during Mao's Cultural Revolution, Da Chen was part Horatio Alger, part Holden Caulfeld, befriending both a gang of young thugs, as well as an elegant, older Chinese woman who teaches him English - and opens the door to a new life. Chen's remarkable story of triumph is filled with the universal qualities that distinguish the very best memoirs as it masterfully recounts the concerns of childhood that transcend both time and place. From the excesses of boyhood to the strength of a family and the humor that defies adversity, Colors of the Mountain brings to life a piece of history brimming over with color and passion.
©2000 Da Chen (P)2000 NewStar Media Inc.
Have you ever wondered how China became the most populous and one of the most industrially active nations today? This audiobook will take you from Ancient China and imperial dynasties to communism and capitalism. Discover the rich history of this superpower. Here is a sneak peek of what you will learn: Ancient Chinese dynasties and their impact on Chinese history Communism, capitalism and their role in shaping China and East Asia Ancient Chinese culture A history of martial arts in ancient China A comprehensive look at old-world medicine in ancient China Analysis of the military in ancient China And much, much, more Here is what others are saying about this book: "Well-written survey of China's history in terms of landscape, culture, politics, economy, and philosophies." "This book covered more information than the documentaries I've seen did - Excellent!" "The author reveals some interesting information about Ancient China..." "Wow this book has a wealth of information. China and most of East Asia has seen just about every style of government humankind has invented." Subjects include: agriculture, capitalism, ancient Chinese culture, language, spirituality and religion, literature, music, arts, architecture, history of martial arts, old-world medicine in China, and military history. Sun Tzu dynasties covered: Xia, Shang, Zhou, Qin, Han, Sui, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming, Qing and various others.
©2016 Adam Brown (P)2017 Adam Brown
"In 1883, Krakatoa suddenly sprang into notoriety. Insignificantly though it had hitherto seemed the little island was soon to compel by its tones of thunder the whole world to pay it instant attention. It was to become the scene of a volcanic outbreak so appalling that it is destined to be remembered throughout the ages." - Sir Robert Ball Volcanic eruptions have amazed people for millennia, and notorious ones like the eruption of Mount St. Helens can still be immediately recalled even by some who weren't alive at the time. But perhaps the most famous and most destructive eruption in modern history was the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa. Even without the instantaneous forms of communication that are now available, the world watched in wonder for new updates about a tiny South Pacific island. And though few of them would ever go there, Krakatoa remained a source of fascination for the much of the world for the next 50 years. Krakatoa had already been the scene of volcanic activity for hundreds of years, and some of the eruptions had been documented by early European explorers in the 17th century. In 1681, one Dutchman named Johann Wilhelm Vogel noted, "I saw with amazement that the island of Krakatoa, on my first trip to Sumatra [June 1679] completely green and healthy with trees, lay completely burnt and barren in front of our eyes and that at four locations was throwing up large chunks of fire. And when I asked the ship's Captain when the aforementioned island had erupted, he told me that this had happened in May 1680. He showed me a piece of pumice as big as his fist." Nonetheless, nobody could have prepared for the scope of the 1883 eruption, which was so violent that it destroyed most of the island of Krakatoa and could be heard about 3,000 miles away.
©2012 Charles River Editors (P)2015 Charles River Editors
Brought to you by Penguin This Penguin Classic is performed by Japanese actor Sadao Ueda, known for his appearances in Spectre, London has Fallen and What We Did on Our Holiday. For a generation adjusting painfully to the demands of a modern industrial and commercial society, Asia came to represent an alternative vision of the good life: aesthetically austere, socially aristocratic, and imbued with spirituality. The Book of Tea was originally written in English and sought to address the inchoate yearnings of disaffected Westerners. In a flash of inspiration, Okakura saw that the formal tea party as practised in New England was a distant cousin of the Japanese tea ceremony, and that East and West had thus 'met in the tea-cup.'
Public Domain (P)2019 Penguin Audio
Kan een stad in je DNA zitten, ook al heeft je wieg er niet gestaan? In Moederstad gaat Philip Dröge in het moderne Jakarta op zoek naar sporen van het oude Batavia. Meer dan drie eeuwen lang woonden zijn voorouders in de stad, zo heeft hij ooit van zijn Indische grootvader gehoord. Wie waren ze? In wat voor stad leefden ze? Hoe is Aziatisch DNA in zijn genoom terechtgekomen? Aan de hand van zijn eigen familiegeschiedenis laat Dröge haarfijn zien hoe dit epicentrum van de kolonie functioneerde. Het is een kroniek over dik drie eeuwen liefde, slavernij, seks en hoop, bezien vanuit het krankzinnige urbane landschap van nu.
©2021 Uitgeverij Unieboek / Het Spectrum (P)2021 Uitgeverij Unieboek / Het Spectrum
The people of the Philippine Islands during the early half of the 20th century experienced various waves of Western imperialism, two wars of attempted secession from Western powers, and two world wars. And yet the Philippine Islands and its people have received only small subheadings in many American textbooks and histories. The wartime experiences from the perspectives of the Philippine people have gone unnoticed and have become overshadowed by the sociopolitical dominating legacy of American figures like General MacArthur, leader and historical symbol of the Pacific Theater during World War II. MacArthurs famous phrase I came through and shall return is etched into every facet of World War II historical narratives, textbooks, and monuments that pay tribute to the Allied forces in the retaking of the Pacific from the Japanese. But It is the lesser known people and leaders of the Philippine resistance against the Axis powers whose efforts and contributions allowed for the effective and speedy return of MacArthurs military forces. The Philippine guerrilla resistance consisted of a diverse cast of Filipino men and women, ethnic and indigenous minorities, American and European immigrants and soldiers, young and old, rich and poor, from farmer to politician. The various units of Philippine guerrillas, their tactics, military resources, and vigor to survive and end the Japanese maltreatment of the Philippine peoples paint the Pacific Theater from 1941-1945 as desperate, dark, and bloody for Asian communities throughout East and Southeast Asia. But their resourcefulness, cooperative efforts to collaborate and network with MacArthur across the South Pacific, and massive grassroots liberation movement directly point to the remarkable value that the Philippine Underground Resistance proved to be in aiding the Allies ability to retake the Pacific.
©2017 Pacific Atrocities Education (P)2017 Pacific Atrocities Education
On October 21, 1600, two massive Japanese armies, totaling an estimated 200,000 soldiers armed to the teeth with swords, yari (spears), arrows, muskets, and cannons, faced off on a battlefield near the town of Sekigahara. A bitter fight to the death ensued, and the results would determine the course of Japanese history for the next 250 years. On the battlefield was the warlord Leyasu Tokugawa, a man desiring domain over the entire island of Japan, but standing in his way was Ishida Mitsunari, a warlord controlling vast swaths of western Japan. Moving with his armies from the east, Ieyasu maneuvered into a position at Sekigahara. Leyasu was relying heavily on the legendary Japanese samurai, but contrary to popular belief, the samurai warriors of that era were avid firearm users, and this battle would be no exception, as both armies bristled with muskets and cannons. Leyasu was outnumbered, but he had a trump card: Traitors placed in the enemy army. These treacherous warlords would join Leyasu in the midst of the battle, turning it in his favor. When Leyasu became shogun (military dictator) of Japan, he presided over the beginning of the Tokugawa shogunate, which brought peace and stability to all of Japan if only by ending the constant civil wars. Many changes took place, most notably in the capabilities of the samurai, Japans ruling military class, who were no longer active combat participants. Instead, most of these warriors were fighters in name only, ruling, instead, as privileged bureaucrats. They served the Tokugawa Shogunate, a military government that moved to isolate Japan from the rest of the world, for more than two centuries, and military service became the exclusive domain of a privileged warrior class that combined the military with an intricate network of social status and vassalage to feudal lords. As a feudal government, the Tokugawa shogunate split control of state domains under feudal lords known as daimyo. Although given a high degree of autonomy, the daimyo were responsible to the shogun to provide maintenance of armed forces, the protection of the coastline, and attendance on the shogun at appointed times. The maintenance of these functions required a large amount of support from society in general, including merchants, peasants, and artisans, but this system of military governance ensured that the warriors social status was elevated to a position of high prestige. Thus, samurai held a virtual monopoly not only on military positions, but also administrative positions at both the central and regional levels, and as a symbol of their status, samurais were the only class allowed to carry weapons - a longsword and shortsword - in public. The blissful isolation changed with the arrival of American Commodore Matthew Perry in 1853. In awe of the American weapons and ships, the Tokugawa shogunate quickly realized that they needed to evolve and modernize their military to survive, and a time of rapid change descended on Japan. As it turned out, however, the shogunate would not have a chance to modernize the nation, because the Meiji Restoration supplanted the shogunate with a new dynasty, and within a mere 30 years, the Tokugawa shogunate and its samurai caste would be relics of the past. The Battle of Sekigahara: The History and Legacy of the Battle that Unified Japan under the Tokugawa Shogunate chronicles the events that led to one of the most important conflicts in Japanese history. You will learn about the Battle of Sekigahara like never before.
©2020 Charles River Editors (P)2020 Charles River Editors
What is a city? A simple definition is a "largely constructed landscape", and through inferences and comparisons with modern states, a successful ancient city is generally said to have a number of defining characteristics: evidence of political hierarchies; a centralized authority that is simultaneously dependent on the accumulation of resources and the suppression of competitors; the maintenance of continuous negotiation, alliance building, and occasionally costly and risky investments such as warfare; specialized crafts; a hinterland supplying food; and monumental statements of central planning and communal effort, such as the Mesopotamian ziggurats. Mohenjo-daro was the largest city of the Indus Valley civilization, one of the most advanced civilizations ever to have existed, and the best-known and most ancient prehistoric urban site on the Indian subcontinent. It was a metropolis of great cultural, economic, and political importance that dates from the beginning of the 3rd millennium BCE. Although it primarily flourished between approximately 2500 and 1500 BCE, the city had longer-lasting influences on the urbanization of the Indian subcontinent for centuries after its abandonment. It is believed to have been one of two capital cities of the Indus Civilization, its twin being Harappa located further north in Punjab, Pakistan. Mohenjo-daro is an enigmatic settlement, which confuses simple definitions of what a city consists of. It has revealed little evidence of palaces, contains few definite religious buildings, and appears to have never been involved in any external or internal military conflict. The inhabitants' writing has not been deciphered, and little is known about their religious and post-mortuary beliefs. Nonetheless, the city's importance is epitomized by its monumental buildings and walls, enormous manmade platforms, innovative architectural techniques, and evidence that they engaged in trade over vast distances, with high-quality artifacts sent from the Indus Valley as far as Mesopotamia and even Africa. Of particular note was their ingenious drainage system one of the earliest means by which sewage was drained out of the city. No other urban site of similar size had a hydraulic network as complex and effective as that of Mohenjo-daro, and it would only be surpassed thousands of years later by the network of aqueducts in Rome during the third century CE. For centuries this city was believed to have sprung into existence suddenly and without precedent, with a highly standardized system of urban development, art, and architecture that is emulated in contemporary settlements across the Indus River Valley in a phenomenon known as the "Pan-Indus system". Although this view has changed over the last few decades, there exists no definitive hypothesis as to how they grew such a complex urban society so quickly. Fittingly, the city has an equally intriguing and mysterious narrative that explains its decline and eventual disappearance, a tale that gives the site its name: the "Hill of the Dead". The Indus Valley Civilization was forgotten for millennia, until 20th century archaeologists rediscovered and began excavations at Mohenjo-daro and Harappa. Today only foundations remain, but the site's importance is represented by its UNESCO World Heritage status, awarded in 1980 for being a site of outstanding cultural importance to the common heritage of humanity.
©2016 Charles River Editors (P)2017 Charles River Editors
"The terracotta army was a one-off creation, original in both concept and execution, unmentioned in any source, no sooner buried than destroyed and forgotten. ...Why so realistic? Why this many? Why full-size? Why clay? ...The initial inspiration was the need to duplicate a new force, of which the main element was infantry, conscripted from the emperor's newly acquired masses of peasants, and protected not with custom-made armor but with scales of leather and simple, standardized weapons. It was the combination of archers, infantry and charioteers, this particular balance between officers and men, that had enabled the First Emperor to unify the nation." - John Man, The Terracotta Army: China's First Emperor and the Birth of a Nation China has always fascinated outsiders, much in the same way that distant light fascinates someone looking down a dark road. It is both familiar and mysterious, ancient and new, and fully understanding it seems to always remain just out of reach. From the Great Wall to the ancient teachings of Confucius, China's natural and man-made wonders have been topics of interest among Westerners since the Middle Ages and the pursuit of trade routes both by land and sea, amazing Marco Polo and 19th century British expeditions in similar ways despite the passage of several centuries between them. For these reasons, it comes as little surprise that people across the world were excited when it was revealed in 1974 that archaeologists had uncovered a new and amazing find: an underground army consisting of thousands of clay soldiers, still standing at their posts despite being over 2,000 years old.
©2012 Charles River Editors (P)2015 Charles River Editors
The Indian subcontinent was the scene of dramatic upheavals a few thousand years ago. The Northwest region entered an arid phase, and erosion coupled with tectonic events played havoc with river courses. One of them disappeared. Celebrated as Sarasvati in the Rig Veda and the Mahabharata, this river was rediscovered in the early 19th century through topographic explorations by British officials. Recently, geological and climatological studies have probed its evolution and disappearance, while satellite imagery has traced the river's buried courses and isotope analyses have dated ancient waters still stored under the Thar Desert. In the same Northwest, the subcontinent's first urban society, the Indus civilization, flourished and declined. But it was not watered by the Indus alone: since Aurel Stein's expedition in the 1940s, hundreds of Harappan sites have been identified in the now dry Sarasvati's basin. The rich Harappan legacy in technologies, arts and culture sowed the seeds of Indian civilization as we know it now. Drawing from recent research in a wide range of disciplines, this book discusses differing viewpoints and proposes a harmonious synthesis - a fascinating tale of exploration that brings to life the vital role the lost river of the Indian desert played before its waters gurgled to a stop.
©2010 Michel Danino (P)2019 Random House Audio
For a champion of the poor, Mao Zedong was born to a wealthy aristocratic family in Shaoshan, Hunan, China. As an adolescent, he once had to defend his fathers farm during a famine from starving peasants who wished to seize his father's land and steal his grain. This same Mao would later promote a policy of land reform that would give those peasants the green light to violently overthrow the rich land owners all over the Chinese countryside. Inside you will hear about.... Where revolution was made Mao comes into his own Mao the pragmatist From Nanking to Pearl Harbor Consolidating power Maos stranglehold Mao loses face And much more! Mao Zedong was a Marxist revolutionary wishing to overthrow regimes he viewed as imperialist, and yet Mao, often referred to as the Red Emperor, behaved much like totalitarian emperors of Chinas medieval past. Mao was a man of intriguing contradiction. This audiobook takes the time to explore them all.
©2017 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History
During the last centuries of the first millennium BCE, most of the Mediterranean basin and the Near East were either directly or indirectly under the influence of Hellenism. The Greeks spread their ideas to Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Persia and attempted to unify all of the peoples of those regions under one government. Although some of the Hellenistic kingdoms proved to be powerful in their own rights -- especially Ptolemaic Egypt and the Seleucid Empire, which encompassed all of Mesopotamia, most of the Levant, and much of Persia during its height -- no single kingdom ever proved to be dominant. The Hellenic kingdoms battled each other for supremacy and even attempted to claim new lands, especially to the east, past the Indus River in lands that the Greeks referred to generally as India. But as the Hellenistic Greeks turned their eyes to the riches of India, a dynasty came to power that put most of the Indian subcontinent under the rule of one king.
©2017 Charles River Editors (P)2017 Charles River Editors
The British East India Company served as one of the key players in the formation of the British Empire. From its origins as a trading company struggling to keep up with its superior Dutch, Portuguese, and Spanish competitors to its tenure as the ruling authority of the Indian subcontinent to its eventual hubristic downfall, the East India Company serves as a lens through which to explore the much larger economic and social forces that shaped the formation of a global British Empire. As a private company that became a non-state global power in its own right, the East India Company also serves as a cautionary tale all too relevant to the modern world's current political and economic situation. On its most basic level, the East India Company played an essential part in the development of long-distance trade between Britain and Asia. The trade in textiles, ceramics, tea, and other goods brought a huge influx of capital into the British economy. This not only fueled the Industrial Revolution, but also created a demand for luxury items amongst the middle classes. The economic growth provided by the East India Company was one factor in Britains ascendancy from a middling regional power to the most powerful nation on the planet. The profits generated by the East India Company also created incentive for other European powers to follow its lead, which led to three centuries of competition for colonies around the world. This process went well beyond Asia to affect most of the planet, including Africa and the Middle East. Beyond its obvious influence in areas like trade and commerce, the East India Company also served as a point of cultural contact between Western Europeans, South Asians, and East Asians. Quintessentially British practices such as tea drinking were made possible by East India Company trade. The products and cultural practices traveling back and forth on East India Company ships from one continent to another also reconfigured the way societies around the globe viewed sexuality, gender, class, and labor. On a much darker level, the East India Company fueled white supremacy and European concepts of Orientalism. Ultimately, the companys activity across the Indian subcontinent led to further British involvement there, and the British Raj, a period of British dominance and rule over India that formally began in 1857 and lasted until 1947, remains a highly debated topic amongst historians, political scientists, the British people, and the people of modern India. Its necessary to seek an understanding of the people, forces, and events shaping the history of British India to arrive at valid conclusions about the British-Indian experience and to understand the continued divide over its legacy.
©2016 Charles River Editors (P)2016 Charles River Editors
Ashok Kumar Pandey is a well-known Hindi poet and writer. His recent book Kashmirnama has been praised by reputed historians as well as general audiences. Kashmirnama is a book that talks about the political history of Kashmir in Hindi. The book is divided into three parts. The first part talks about the history, mythology and myths of Kashmir. The second part talks about the British rule, in which Nehru, Hari Singh and Sheikh Abdullah Kashmir are mentioned. In the third and final part the author talks about Kashmiri Pandits and terrorism. The book portrays a fair and comprehensive picture of Kashmir.
©2017 Ashok Kumar Pandey (P)2018 Audible, Inc.