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Sunday, September 25, 2011

A Criminal History Of Mankind [Colin Wilson]

Title:  A Criminal History Of Mankind
Author:  Colin Wilson
Language:  English
Pages:  405
File Size:  1.65 MB
File Format:  PDF
Category: History, Military

Colin Wilson tells the story of human violence from Peking Man to the Mafia - taking into account the calculated sadism of the Assyrians, the opportunism of the Greek pirates, the brutality that made Rome the 'razor king of the Mediterranean', the mindless destruction of the Vandals, the mass slaughter of Genghis Khan, Tamurlane, Ivan the Terrible, Vlad the Impaler and more. Each age has a unique characteristic pattern of crime. In the past three centuries crime has changed and evolved until the sex killer and the mass murderer have become symbols of all that is worst about our civilization. But this is not just a study in human depravity; it is an attempt to place crime in perspective against human discovery, exploration and invention. The result is a completely new approach to the history and psychology of human violence.


Friday, September 2, 2011

The rise and fall of great powers [Paul Kennedy]

Title: The rise and fall of great powers
Author: Paul Kennedy
Language: English
 Pages: 704
 File Size: 27.8 mb
File Format: PDF
Category: History

Yale historian Kennedy surveys the ebb and flow of power among the major states of Europe from the 16th centurywhen Europe's preeminence first took shapethrough and beyond the present era when great power status is devolving again upon the extra-European states. Stressing the interrelationships among economic wealth, technological innovation, and the ability of states efficiently to tap their resources for prolonged military preparedness and warmaking, he notes that those states with the relatively greater ability to maintain a balance of military and economic strength assumed the lead. Kennedy never reduces the analysis to crude materialism or empty tautology. Stimulating, erudite, carefully crafted, and readable; for public and academic libraries.
The book is a vigorous entry in the debate over the extent to which national wealth should be used for military purposes.






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