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World Music: A Very Short Introduction

World Music: A Very Short Introduction


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Description: ' World music' emerged as an invention of the West from encounters with other cultures. This book draws readers into a remarkable range of these historical encounters, in which music had the power to evoke the exotic and to give voice to the voiceless. In the course of the volume's eight chapters the reader witnesses music's involvement in the modern world, but also the individual moments and particular histories that are crucial to an understanding of music's diversity. World Music is wide-ranging in its geographical scope, yet individual chapters provide in-depth treatments of selected music cultures and regional music histories. The book frequently zooms in on repertoires and musicians - such as Bob Marley, Bartok, and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - and attempts to account for world music's growing presence and popularity at the beginning of the twenty-first century. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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Royaltys Strangest Tales

Royaltys Strangest Tales


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Description: A rollicking collection of stories featuring the craziest, daftest and most outrageous monarchs the world has ever known. Packed with royal stories from 2,000 years of history, from the immortality-obsessed first Emperor of China to our very own master of tact and diplomacy, Prince Philip, this book will leave the reader fascinated, entertained and occasionally appalled. We'll meet all sorts of colourful royal characters, including the Roman Emperor Caligula, who was unspeakably cruel to his subjects but worshipped his horse, Charles VI of France, convinced he was made of glass, and Frederick William I of Prussia, who recruited - and sometimes kidnapped - the tallest men in Europe to form his private army. There are tales of scandal, including secret marriages, illegitimate offspring, royal pickpockets and alleged vampirism, and madness, cross-dressing and pigeon-fancying also crop up! Fully updated with a selection of new stories, this absorbing book is the perfect gift for history fans. Word count: 60,000
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What Caesar Did For My Salad

What Caesar Did For My Salad


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Description: Did you know that the Cornish pasty was invented to protect tin miners from arsenic poisoning, or that the word 'salary' comes from Roman soldiers being paid their wages in salt? Why do we eat goose (or turkey) at Christmas? Is the Scotch egg actually from Scotland and what did some retired crusaders have to do with French toast? Who was the original Earl Grey and what sauce was inspired by Parliament? What dish was invented by Greek bandits on the run? Why were hot cross buns seen as magical and what's so rebellious about a haggis or medicinal about a gin and tonic? Did you know what the romantic history is behind the Bakewell Pudding? Albert Jack tells the strange tales behind our favourite dishes and drinks and where they come from (not to mention their unusual creators). In the colourful, wonderful vein of Schott's Food and Drink Miscellany, Albert Jack's What Caesar Did For My Salad is bursting with fascinating insights, characters and enough stories to entertain a hundred dinner parties. Albert Jack is the author such bestselling titles as Pop Goes the Weasel, Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep, and The Old Dog and Duck.
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Cowboys And Indies

Cowboys And Indies


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Description: COWBOYS AND INDIES is the story of the 'record men' - the mavericks and moguls who have shaped the music industry from the first sound machines of the 1850s through to today's digital streams. Men like John Hammond, who discovered Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen; Sam Phillips and Berry Gordy, founders of the Sun and Motown labels; Chris Blackwell, who brought Bob Marley and reggae music into the mainstream; Geoff Travis who built Rough Trade and launched The Smiths; or genre-busting producer Rick Rubin, who recorded Run DMC, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Johnny Cash. Gareth Murphy has drawn on more than 100 interviews with music business legends, as well as extensive archive research, to bring us the behind-the-scenes stories of how music gets made and sold. He explains, too, how the industry undergoes regular seismic changes. We may think the digital revolution is a big deal, but in the 1920s the arrival of radio and the Wall Street Crash wiped out 95 per cent of record sales. But, as we all know, you can't stop the music ...
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Author: Gareth Murphy
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Sugar In The Blood

Sugar In The Blood


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Description: In the late 1630s, Andrea Stuart's earliest known maternal ancestor set sail from England, lured by the promise of the New World, to settle in Barbados where he fell by chance into the lucrative life of a sugar plantation owner. With George Ashby's first crop, the cane revolution was underway and would go on to transform the Caribbean into an archipelago of riches, establishing a thriving worldwide industry that bound together ambitious white entrepreneurs and enslaved black workers. As it grew, this sweet colonial trade fuelled the Enlightenment and financed the Industrial Revolution, but it also had more direct, less palatable consequences for the individuals caught up in it, consequences that still haunt the author's past. In this unique personal history, Andrea Stuart follows the thread of her own family's involvement with sugar through successive generations, telling a story of insatiable greed and forbidden love, of abuse and liberation.
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Perfecting Sound Forever

Perfecting Sound Forever


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Description: From our CD collections to i Pods bursting with MP3s to the hallowed vinyl of DJs, recordings are the most common way we experience music. Perfecting Sound Forever tells the story of recorded music, introducing us to the innovators, musicians and producers who have affected the way we hear our favourite songs, from Thomas Edison to Phil Spector. Exploring the balance that recordings strike between the real and the represented, Greg Milner asks the questions which have divided sound recorders for the past century: should a recording document reality as faithfully as possible, or should it improve upon or somehow transcend the music it records? What does the perfect record sound like? The answers he uncovers will change the way we think about music.
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Author: Greg Milner
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The Disinherited

The Disinherited


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Description: In the small hours of the morning of 3 June 1914, a woman and her husband were found dead in a sparsely furnished apartment in Paris. It was only when the identity of the couple was revealed in the English press a fortnight later that the full story emerged. The man, Henry Sackville- West, had shot himself minutes after the death of his wife from cancer; but Henry's suicidal despair had been driven equally by the failure of his claim to be the legitimate son of Lord Sackville and heir to Knole. The Disinherited reveals the secrets and lies at the heart of an English dynasty, unravelling the parallel lives of Henri's four illegitimate siblings: in particular his older sister, Victoria, who on becoming Lady Sackville and mistress of Knole, by marriage, consigned her brothers and sisters to lives of poverty and disappointment.
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Author: Robert Sackville-West
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Magnify A History Of The South Yorkshire Countryside
A History Of The South Yorkshire Countryside

A History Of The South Yorkshire Countryside


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Description: ? South Yorkshire has some of the most varied countryside in England, ranging from the Pennine moors and the wooded hills and valleys in the west to the estate villages on the magnesian limestone escarpment and the lowlands in the east. Each of these different landscapes has been shaped by human activities over the centuries. This book tells the story of how the present landscape was created. It looks at buildings, fields, woods and moorland, navigable rivers and industrial remains, and the intriguing place-names that are associated with them. Chapters include: The Oldest Parish Churches Monasteries and their Granges Pennine Farms Wombwell Ings and Old Moor Inland Waterways Wentworth Castle Cannon Hall and its Park Coal Mining and many more.
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Author: David Hey
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Magnify Where The War Was Won: Nomonhan 1939
Where The War Was Won: Nomonhan 1939

Where The War Was Won: Nomonhan 1939


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Description: If the Japanese enter the war on Hitler's side...our cause is hopeless. Maj. General Arkady Kozakovtsev, Chief of Operations, Soviet Far East Army What if? What if the Japanese had decided to fight with the Germans? What if Hitler had continued towards Moscow instead of turning south towards Kiev? With thorough research and knowledge, Mc Donald takes the reader through Japanese military history showing how their ancestry and modern history impacted decisions made by military leaders preceding the Second World War. Drawing well informed conclusions, connecting the Russians, Japanese and Germans through detailed analysis, Mc Donald presents an alternative outcome...
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Author: Andy McDonald
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Magnify Irelands Round Towers: Origins And Architecture Explored
Irelands Round Towers: Origins And Architecture Explored

Irelands Round Towers: Origins And Architecture Explored


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Description: Round Towers are the only form of architecture unique to Ireland. The remains of over seventy survive, widely distributed throughout the island, from Cork to Antrim, in some of the most beautiful and historic areas of the country. They include the iconic towers at Cashel in Co. Tipperary and Glendalough in Co. Wicklow, Ireland's most-visited monastic site. This fully illustrated study views the Round Tower as an integral unit of an ecclesiastical complex, now mostly vanished, looking at its architectural design and construction, its function and landscape setting. It looks in detail at each round tower and discusses the uniqueness of each site. In this guide, the Round Towers are listed county by county, allowing readers to locate towers in the immediate area and explore these intriguing products of the Celtic imagination.
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Author: Brian Lalor
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The Times Great Scottish Lives

The Times Great Scottish Lives


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Description: Discover the fascinating lives of the figures that have shaped Scotland from the early nineteenth century to the present day. Explore the rich history of Scotland's cultural, social and political landscape, with more than 100 obituaries carefully curated from The Times archive. The Scots have contributed richly to the world, most notably in literature and science, but also in the arts, law, politics, religion, scholarship, and sport. In this volume, The Times brings together a unique and fascinating collection of obituaries. The list includes people who have made the greatest impact in their fields, others who have led particularly interesting or influential lives, and a selection of notable Scottish figures in the history of The Times. This book features the major Scottish figures of influence from the last 200 years and includes a diverse range of people, including: Sir Walter Scott, David Livingstone, Thomas Carlyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, Kier Hardie, Sir Alexander Graham Bell, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Phoebe Traquair, Ramsay Mac Donald, John Logie Baird, Mary Somerville, Jim Clark, Donald Dewar, Eugenie Fraser, Robin Cook, Jock Stein, R. D. Laing, Margo Mac Donald, William Mc Ilvanney, Tam Dalyell and Ronnie Corbett.
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Author: Magnus Linklater
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Books: A Living History

Books: A Living History


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Description: This ambitious volume, newly available in paperback, explores the rich history of the book, one of the most efficient, influential and enduring technologies ever invented. For more than 2,500 years, the book, in a wide range of forms, has been used to document, to educate and to entertain. The eminent authority Martyn Lyons charts its worldwide evolution through the centuries, from the cuneiform tablets of ancient Sumer through the development of moveable type and the emergence of the modern information revolution. Among the carefully selected illustrations are Maya codices, Egyptian papyrus scrolls, medieval illuminated manuscripts, masterpieces of early printing from Gutenberg and Aldus Manutius, atlases from the great age of travel and exploration, primers and children's books, dime novels and Japanese manga, and works of fiction ranging from Don Quixote to Level 26 , the worlds first digi-novel, and beyond.
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Author: Martyn Lyons
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Calling Papa-charlie

Calling Papa-charlie


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Description: On a day trip to the Scottish Museum of Flight in East Lothian in 2013 the author stumbled across a small yellow exhibit in hangar number two. A plaque explained that this plane had been built by a local man in his house in Airdrie, using a number of parts sourced from the scrapheap. Intrigued by this, Andy Frazier managed to make contact with the family to research the story behind the plane. Calling Papa- Charlie tells the remarkable story of one man's dream to build a plane and fly it, inspired by the planes he watched as a boy in World War Two. Persevering long after most would have given up, living in a council house and with a family to support, John Sharp actually built a perfect plane with his own hands. This enjoyable and satisfying book will bring pleasure to anyone with an interest in the triumph of the human spirit.
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Author: Andy Frazier
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Pain And Retribution

Pain And Retribution


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Description: Pain and Retribution charts the rise and rise of a form of punishment that takes place behind the walls of the institution we have come to call 'prison'. It is the first single volume history of British prisons, charting their history from the time of the Norman Conquest to the present day. Written by a former prison governor who is now one of the country's leading criminologists, the book offers unrivalled insight into the prison system in England, Scotland and Wales. David Wilson, using criminological theory, looks at the way in which the prison has needed to satisfy the demands of three interested parties: first, the public, including politicians and media commentators; second, prison staff; and third, the prisoners themselves. The inability of the prison to satisfy all three groups at the same time means that the prison system is perpetually in crisis, and is therefore seen as a failure. Ironically, the prison system continues to prosper in terms of the numbers of prisoners incarcerated and the vast amount of money that society invests in keeping them locked up. Pain and Retribution explores prison as an institution and discusses not only who gets imprisoned but also what happens to people when they are 'banged up'. David Wilson investigates how prisons are designed and how they are organized and managed, allowing the reader access to all areas, from the prison landing to the people behind the locked doors, including the prison staff. He asks searching questions about the purpose of Britain's current prison system and why prison exerts such a hold on the collective psyche and imagination.
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Author: David Wilson
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Capitalism  Colonialism And Globalization

Capitalism Colonialism And Globalization


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Description: The global crisis that broke out in 2008 raised many fundamental questions about the present economic order. This collection of articles from authors who include some of India's leading economic historians consists of studies in the growth of capitalism, the impact of colonialism, and the implications of the current phase of globalization for India and the world. The contributors to this volume are: Irfan Habib, Utsa Patnaik, B. Surendra Rao, Raj Shekhar Basu, Sanjukta Das Gupta, Arun Bandopadhyay, Amar Farooqui, Prabhat Patnaik, Vamsi Vakulabharanam, Jayati Ghosh, and Shireen Moosvi, who has also edited the volume.
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Author: Shireen Moosvi
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The Oxford Illustrated History Of Opera

The Oxford Illustrated History Of Opera


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Description: In this lavishly illustrated volume the history and social context of opera is explored by a group of leading British and American scholars, under the editorship of Roger Parker. The core of the book is a historical survey of opera, from its beginnings in Florence four hundred years ago, up to opera in the 1990s. The greatest coverage is given to the nineteenth century, the time during which most of the operas performed today were composed. There are also chapters on the history of staging, on opera singers, on opera as a social occasion through the ages, and a chronology. Although all major composers of opera are mentioned, and their works discussed, the various chapters concentrate less on simple historical narrative and more on the complex development of opera, especially on its relationship with the other arts and its place within the broader world of culture and politics. The numerous illustrations - nearly three hundred, some thirty of which are in colour - serve the vital purpose of underlining the richly visual nature of opera: the manner in which it communicates so vividly through staging and costume, and the spectacular way in which it often reflects the cultural concerns of the age. Rather than simply illustrating the text, the pictures work as a kind of parallel history, supplementing and enriching the verbal narrative. The contributors are all experts in their chosen areas, but all of them have remained alive to the basic attraction of opera: its extravagant appeal to both the senses and the intellect, and its seemingly inexhaustible power to move and astonish us.
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Author: Roger Parker
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The Oxford Illustrated History Of Theatre

The Oxford Illustrated History Of Theatre


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Description: Authoritative and wide-ranging, this absorbing account of the history of theatre draws on the latest scholarly research to describe and celebrate theatre's greatest achievemenst over 4,500 years, from festival performances in ancient Egypt to international multicultural theatre in the late twentieth century. Written by a team of distinguished authors and illustrated throughout, this is an essential source of reference for students, teachers, theatre professionals, and the theatre-goer alike.
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Author: John Russell Brown
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The Ball Is Round

The Ball Is Round


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Description: This is a definitive history of global football.
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Author: David Goldblatt
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A History Of Childrens Books In 100 Books

A History Of Childrens Books In 100 Books


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Description: While the modern children's book, intended specifically for the enjoyment of children, did not emerge until 18th-century Europe, its roots span centuries and continents: children's literature began with fables, myths and folk tales from the oral tradition. A History of the Children's Book in 100 Books takes a global perspective and traces the development of the genre from ancient stories such as Aesop's Fables and the Indian Panchatantra, through the Puritan primers of the 17th century, to the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, to the highly collectable Ladybird books of the 20th century, and up to modern classics and bestsellers such as the Harry Potter series. Illustrations have often been key components of children's stories, visualizing fantastic scenes and making them instantly recognizable. Original artwork from iconic illustrators such as Arthur Rackham, Walter Crane and John Tenniel is beautifully reproduced throughout.
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Author: Roderick Cave
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Rocks Ice And Dirty Stones


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Description: King of stones, valued since antiquity for their unrivalled hardness, diamonds today are both desired and deplored. Once faceted and polished they glitter on the fingers of brides-to-be and in the ornaments of the super-rich, but their extraction in some of the world's poorest countries remains conten--tious. Immensely valuable for their size, stones can be easily hidden and transported, and so are favoured by those fleeing persecution as well as by criminals wanting to launder cash. Diamonds have been widely used in industry since the nineteenth century, and have long been valued for their pharmaceutical and prophylactic properties. This probing, entertaining and richly illustrated book examines the history of the diamond trade through the centuries from India and Brazil to South Africa and Europe, and investigates what happens to diamonds once they reach the cutters and polishers. Marcia Pointon takes the reader on a unique tour of the ways in which the quadrahedron diamond shape has inspired design, architecture and painting, from the symbolism of medieval manuscripts to modern-day graffiti. She questions the etiquette of engagement rings, from the multi-million-dollar 'rock' to the high-street brilliant. Finally, she reminds us why and how lost, stolen or cursed diamonds create suspense in so much classic fiction and film. This compelling and fascinating account of the history of 'sparklers' around the world will appeal to all who covet, as well as all who despise, the unparalleled brilliance and glitter of the diamond.
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Author: Marcia Pointon
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