The Past Before Us Book

The Past Before Us

  • Author : Romila Thapar
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Date : 2013-10-14
  • Category : History
  • Pages : 784
  • ISBN : 9780674726512

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The claim that India--uniquely among civilizations--lacks historical writing distracts us from a more pertinent question: how to recognize the historical sense of societies whose past is recorded in ways very different from European conventions. Romila Thapar, a distinguished scholar of ancient India, guides us through a panoramic survey of the historical traditions of North India, revealing a deep and sophisticated consciousness of history embedded in the diverse body of classical Indian literature. The history recorded in such texts as the Ramayana and the Mahabharata is less concerned with authenticating persons and events than with presenting a picture of traditions striving to retain legitimacy amid social change. Spanning an epoch from 1000 BCE to 1400 CE, Thapar delineates three strains of historical writing: an Itihasa-Purana tradition of Brahman authors; a tradition composed mainly by Buddhist and Jaina monks and scholars; and a popular bardic tradition. The Vedic corpus, the epics, the Buddhist canon and monastic chronicles, inscriptional evidence, regional accounts, and literary forms such as royal biographies and drama are all scrutinized afresh--not as sources to be mined for factual data but as genres that disclose how Indians of ancient times represented their own past to themselves.

The Past before Us Book

The Past before Us

  • Author : Nālani Wilson-Hokowhitu
  • Publisher : University of Hawaii Press
  • Date : 2019-04-30
  • Category : Social Science
  • Pages : 158
  • ISBN : 9780824878177

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From the Foreword— “Crucially, past, present, and future are tightly woven in ‘Ōiwi (Native Hawaiian) theory and practice. We adapt to whatever historical challenges we face so that we can continue to survive and thrive. As we look to the past for knowledge and inspiration on how to face the future, we are aware that we are tomorrow’s ancestors and that future generations will look to us for guidance.” —Marie Alohalani Brown, author of Facing the Spears of Change: The Life and Legacy of John Papa ‘Ī‘ī The title of the book, The Past before Us, refers to the importance of ka wā mamua or “the time in front” in Hawaiian thinking. In this collection of essays, eleven Kanaka ‘Ōiwi (Native Hawaiian) scholars honor their mo‘okū‘auhau (geneaological lineage) by using genealogical knowledge drawn from the past to shape their research methodologies. These contributors, Kānaka writing from Hawai‘i as well as from the diaspora throughout the Pacific and North America, come from a wide range of backgrounds including activism, grassroots movements, and place-based cultural practice, in addition to academia. Their work offers broadly applicable yet deeply personal perspectives on complex Hawaiian issues and demonstrates that enduring ancestral ties and relationships to the past are not only relevant, but integral, to contemporary Indigenous scholarship. Chapters on language, literature, cosmology, spirituality, diaspora, identity, relationships, activism, colonialism, and cultural practices unite around methodologies based on mo‘okū‘auhau. This cultural concept acknowledges the times, people, places, and events that came before; it is a fundamental worldview that guides our understanding of the present and our navigation into the future. This book is a welcome addition to the growing fields of Indigenous, Pacific Islands, and Hawaiian studies. Contributors: Hōkūlani K. Aikau Marie Alohalani Brown David A. Chang Lisa Kahaleole Hall ku‘ual

Knowledge Encyclopedia History  Book

Knowledge Encyclopedia History

  • Author : DK
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Date : 2019-08-20
  • Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 9780744020885

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Join us on a fascinating journey through the ages! Explore historical events through engaging explanations, incredible illustrations, and stunning computer-generated images. A gorgeously illustrated guide to the history of the world, from what everyday life was like in medieval cultures to the ground-breaking, eco-friendly innovations of today. From the disciplined armies of ancient Rome and the first flight of the Wright Brothers to World War II and post-colonial Africa, this comprehensive history book brings historical events to life in incredible detail. World history is charted and celebrated from every angle in this reference book. Perfect for making home learning fun, young readers will get to see what history looked like through spectacular computer-generated images of key people, places, and events. Discover fantastic facts about the history of everything. Comprehensive and authoritative information on a massive range of topics will inspire young minds to learn more about history. Find out what everyday life was like in Egypt and how inventions like the printer came about, and understand why the world went to war - twice. Packed with vivid depictions of history, this complete visual reference guide shows you what other encyclopedias only tell you. Peek inside ancient buildings, meet ferocious samurai warriors and marvel at elaborate outfits, all through highly detailed CGI images. A Fascinating Introduction to The World Through Time Find out fun facts that will amaze and surprise you, and answer your burning questions about some of history's key events, like the French Revolution or the Golden Age of Cinema. This book will transport you to the most exciting times of the past, from our earliest ancestors right up to the world we live in today. Journey back in time with this educational book of the events of the past! - The Ancient World - The Medieval World - The Age of Revolution - The Age of Exploration - The Modern World Complete the Series: DK Book's Know

The Past is Before Us Book

The Past is Before Us

  • Author : Sheila Rowbotham
  • Publisher : Beacon Press (MA)
  • Date : 1989
  • Category : Social Science
  • Pages : 358
  • ISBN : PSU:000024152624

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Traces the history of the woman's movement in Great Britain over the past twenty years, and discusses the progress made on feminist issues

The Past Before Us Book

The Past Before Us

  • Author : Michael G. Kammen
  • Publisher :
  • Date : 1980
  • Category :
  • Pages :
  • ISBN : OCLC:164656238

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Cultural Pasts Book

Cultural Pasts

  • Author : Romila Thapar
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Date : 2003
  • Category : History
  • Pages : 1172
  • ISBN : 0195664876

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Cultural Pasts collects essays on a range of subjects in early Indian history. Its focus is on historiography and the changing dimensions of social and cultural history. The essays are divided into nine thematic groups: historiography, both current and from earlier periods; social and cultural transactions; archaeology and history; pre-Mauryan and Mauryan India; forms of exchange; the society of the heroes in the epics and the later tradition of venerating the hero; genealogies and origin myths as historical sources; the social context of the renouncer; and the past in the present--the use of the early past in current ideologies.

Before the Revolution Book
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Before the Revolution

  • Author : Daniel K. Richter
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Date : 2011-08-25
  • Category : History
  • Pages : 560
  • ISBN : 9780674061248

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In this epic synthesis, Richter reveals a new America. Surveying many centuries prior to the American Revolution, we discover the tumultuous encounters between the peoples of North America, Africa, and Europe and see how the present is the accumulation of the ancient layers of the past.

The Dawn of Everything Book
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The Dawn of Everything

  • Author : David Graeber
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Date : 2021-11-09
  • Category : Social Science
  • Pages : 704
  • ISBN : 9780374721107

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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A dramatically new understanding of human history, challenging our most fundamental assumptions about social evolution—from the development of agriculture and cities to the origins of the state, democracy, and inequality—and revealing new possibilities for human emancipation. For generations, our remote ancestors have been cast as primitive and childlike—either free and equal innocents, or thuggish and warlike. Civilization, we are told, could be achieved only by sacrificing those original freedoms or, alternatively, by taming our baser instincts. David Graeber and David Wengrow show how such theories first emerged in the eighteenth century as a conservative reaction to powerful critiques of European society posed by Indigenous observers and intellectuals. Revisiting this encounter has startling implications for how we make sense of human history today, including the origins of farming, property, cities, democracy, slavery, and civilization itself. Drawing on pathbreaking research in archaeology and anthropology, the authors show how history becomes a far more interesting place once we learn to throw off our conceptual shackles and perceive what’s really there. If humans did not spend 95 percent of their evolutionary past in tiny bands of hunter-gatherers, what were they doing all that time? If agriculture, and cities, did not mean a plunge into hierarchy and domination, then what kinds of social and economic organization did they lead to? The answers are often unexpected, and suggest that the course of human history may be less set in stone, and more full of playful, hopeful possibilities, than we tend to assume. The Dawn of Everything fundamentally transforms our understanding of the human past and offers a path toward imagining new forms of freedom, new ways of organizing society. This is a monumental book of formidable intellectual range, animated by curiosity, moral vision, and a faith in the power of direct action. Inc

The Last Thing He Told Me Book
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The Last Thing He Told Me

  • Author : Laura Dave
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Date : 2021-05-04
  • Category : Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 9781501171369

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The instant #1 New York Times bestselling mystery and Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick that’s captivated more than a million readers about a woman searching for the truth about her husband’s disappearance…at any cost. “A fast-moving, heartfelt thriller about the sacrifices we make for the people we love most.” —Real Simple Before Owen Michaels disappears, he smuggles a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her. Despite her confusion and fear, Hannah Hall knows exactly to whom the note refers—Owen’s sixteen-year-old daughter, Bailey. Bailey, who lost her mother tragically as a child. Bailey, who wants absolutely nothing to do with her new stepmother. As Hannah’s increasingly desperate calls to Owen go unanswered, as the FBI arrests Owen’s boss, as a US marshal and federal agents arrive at her Sausalito home unannounced, Hannah quickly realizes her husband isn’t who he said he was. And that Bailey just may hold the key to figuring out Owen’s true identity—and why he really disappeared. Hannah and Bailey set out to discover the truth. But as they start putting together the pieces of Owen’s past, they soon realize they’re also building a new future—one neither of them could have anticipated. With its breakneck pacing, dizzying plot twists, and evocative family drama, The Last Thing He Told Me is a riveting mystery, certain to shock you with its final, heartbreaking turn.

Before the Coffee Gets Cold Book
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Before the Coffee Gets Cold

  • Author : Toshikazu Kawaguchi
  • Publisher : Harlequin
  • Date : 2020-11-17
  • Category : Fiction
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 9781488077210

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*OVER ONE MILLION COPIES SOLD* *NOW AN INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER* If you could go back, who would you want to meet? In a small back alley of Tokyo, there is a café that has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. Local legend says that this shop offers something else besides coffee—the chance to travel back in time. Over the course of one summer, four customers visit the café in the hopes of making that journey. But time travel isn’t so simple, and there are rules that must be followed. Most important, the trip can last only as long as it takes for the coffee to get cold. Heartwarming, wistful, mysterious and delightfully quirky, Toshikazu Kawaguchi’s internationally bestselling novel explores the age-old question: What would you change if you could travel back in time?

Caste  Oprah s Book Club  Book
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Caste Oprah s Book Club

  • Author : Isabel Wilkerson
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Date : 2020-08-04
  • Category : Social Science
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN : 9780593230251

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD LONGLIST • “An instant American classic and almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions. NAMED THE #1 NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR BY TIME, ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY People • The Washington Post • Publishers Weekly AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • O: The Oprah Magazine • NPR • Bloomberg • Christian Science Monitor • New York Post • The New York Public Library • Fortune • Smithsonian Magazine • Marie Claire • Town & Country • Slate • Library Journal • Kirkus Reviews • LibraryReads • PopMatters Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize • National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist • Dayton Literary Peace Prize Finalist • PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction Finalist • PEN/Jean Stein Book Award Longlist “As we go about our daily lives, caste is the wordless usher in a darkened theater, flashlight cast down in the aisles, guiding us to our assigned seats for a performance. The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality. It is about power—which groups have it and which do not.” In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. Beyond race, class, or other factors, there is a powerful caste system that influences people’s lives and behavior and the nation’s fate. Linking the caste systems of America, I

The Hill We Climb Book
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The Hill We Climb

  • Author : Amanda Gorman
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Date : 2021-03-30
  • Category : Poetry
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN : 9780593465288

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The instant #1 New York Times bestseller and #1 USA Today bestseller Amanda Gorman’s electrifying and historic poem “The Hill We Climb,” read at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, is now available as a collectible gift edition. “Stunning.” —CNN “Dynamic.” —NPR “Deeply rousing and uplifting.” —Vogue On January 20, 2021, Amanda Gorman became the sixth and youngest poet to deliver a poetry reading at a presidential inauguration. Taking the stage after the 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden, Gorman captivated the nation and brought hope to viewers around the globe with her call for unity and healing. Her poem “The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country” can now be cherished in this special gift edition, perfect for any reader looking for some inspiration. Including an enduring foreword by Oprah Winfrey, this remarkable keepsake celebrates the promise of America and affirms the power of poetry.

It Ends with Us Book
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It Ends with Us

  • Author : Colleen Hoover
  • Publisher : Pocket Books
  • Date : 2020-07-28
  • Category : Fiction
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN : 9781982143657

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In this “brave and heartbreaking novel that digs its claws into you and doesn’t let go, long after you’ve finished it” (Anna Todd, New York Times bestselling author) from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of All Your Perfects, a workaholic with a too-good-to-be-true romance can’t stop thinking about her first love. Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. And when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life seems too good to be true. Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place. As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened. An honest, evocative, and tender novel, It Ends with Us is “a glorious and touching read, a forever keeper. The kind of book that gets handed down” (USA TODAY).

Why Study History  Book

Why Study History

  • Author : Marcus Collins
  • Publisher : London Publishing Partnership
  • Date : 2020-05-27
  • Category : Education
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 9781913019051

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Considering studying history at university? Wondering whether a history degree will get you a good job, and what you might earn? Want to know what it’s actually like to study history at degree level? This book tells you what you need to know. Studying any subject at degree level is an investment in the future that involves significant cost. Now more than ever, students and their parents need to weigh up the potential benefits of university courses. That’s where the Why Study series comes in. This series of books, aimed at students, parents and teachers, explains in practical terms the range and scope of an academic subject at university level and where it can lead in terms of careers or further study. Each book sets out to enthuse the reader about its subject and answer the crucial questions that a college prospectus does not.

Time Before the Past Book

Time Before the Past

  • Author : Leon Lubelski
  • Publisher :
  • Date : 2021-05-19
  • Category :
  • Pages : 330
  • ISBN : 1525589148

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When powerful extraterrestrial beings establish life on Zera2, little do they know that they're guiding the extraordinary birth of the Jewish nation. Journey through the ages of a nation destined to outlive all others, as advanced technology interfaces with the distant past in this biblical fantasy. MM26, an extraterrestrial supreme being, analogous to God, forges the path taken by the Sons of Jacob to become an immortal nation-one that plays an integral role in the development of civilization on Zera2. Time Before the Past opens the reader's mind to unorthodox and fantastic interpretations of the Pentateuch and unproven explanations of some of the world's mysteries. No matter how you spin it, the path and the destination remain the same. If we are created in His image, maybe the divine powers reside within the collective "us."