• Travel & holiday

      The Western San Juan Mountains

      Their Geology, Ecology, and Human History

      by Rob Blair

      This book has four parts. The first part concerns the physical environment and includes a description of landform evolution, geologic history, economic geology, and weather. The second edition describes the various ecosystems encountered, primarily with reference to vegetation zones because they remain relatively fixed and are easy to identify. The third part focuses on the human history of the area, beginning with the earliest known inhabitants, followed by the incursion of the Spanish and, later miners, searching for the 'mother lode'. The fourth section is a 'points of interest' guide around the Skyway, the Alpine Loop and the railroad between Durango and Silverton.

    • Regional studies

      The Nature of Southwestern Colorado

      Recognizing Human Legacies and Restoring Natural Places

      by Deborah D Paulson

      Travellers pass through one jaw-dropping landscape after another where the snowy San Juan Mountains meet the canyon and mesa country of the Colorado Plateau in southwestern Colorado. Yet this small but remarkably varied region also plainly reveals a history of hard use, including logging scars, mine-polluted rivers, and overgrazed grasslands and forests. In The Nature of Southwestern Colorado, Deborah D. Paulson and William L. Baker guide readers through this awe-inspiring land and its human legacies, describing in detail the ecology of its six sub-regions, showing readers how to recognise human influences on the flora and fauna, and discussing current trends. Although some of the policies and attitudes in southwestern Colorado continue to harm the natural world, a number of community projects suggest a promising future. Examining these trends, the authors search for signs of a new relationship between people and nature emerging here, one that enables people to protect, restore, and coexist with the wild.

    • Sports & outdoor recreation

      The Yellowstone Story, Volume 1

      A History of Our First National Park

      by Aubrey L Haines

      First published in 1977, former park historian Aubrey Haines's two-volume set on Yellowstone National Park has long been acknowledged as the authoritative history of the United State's first national park. Now updated with new photographs and revised text, The Yellowstone Story covers the park from prehistoric times through the Native Americans and early explorers to the establishment of the park and increasing use. It concludes with a discussion of the alternative policy choices that park administrators and the public will confront in the near future. Comprehensive in its scope and delightfully entertaining in its detail, both this and the companion volume are vital reading for all visitors and historians interested in Yellowstone National Park.

    • Regional studies

      Spanish Peaks

      Land & Legends

      by Conger Beasley Jr , Barbara Sparks

      The Spanish Peaks stand alone some distance from the main cordillera of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, south of Pueblo, Colorado. The towering twin mountains have served as beacons for Native Americans, Spaniards, trappers, traders, travellers on the Santa Fe trail, miners, and homesteaders. "Spanish Peaks" shares the legends the mountains have inspired and tells of the peoples drawn to the peaks' shelter. Author Conger Beasley Jr and photographer Barbara Sparks portray the people who struggle to sustain their lives here and document traditional events such as the Ute Bear Dance and Holy Week among the penitentes of Huerfano Church. Beasley's vivid writing and Sparks's photographs offer tribute to a rugged, mysterious place.

    • Economics

      Industrial Clusters in Local and Regional Economies

      A Post Porter Approach to the Identification and Evaluation of Clusters in North Dublin

      by Helen McGrath

    • Regional studies

      Local Dublin Global Dublin

      Public Policy in an Evolving City Region

      by David Jacobson

      This timely volume examines the state of public policy formulation in the Dublin city region and the implications for the key public policy processes and regional stakeholders of ongoing and potential changes in the region's economy and its relationship with other comparable city regions. The contributors offer elected representatives, policy makers, citizens and communities some considered advice that draws on past experience and the lessons learned from other countries. The book provides a comprehensive analysis of the key public policy choices facing the Dublin city region, including spatial planning,local development, public infrastructure, higher education, innovation, labour market intervention and sourcing international investment. Its contributors include respected economists, geographers and political scientists presenting accessible and thought-provoking analyses, and outlining a framework for public policy formulation and implementation for an evolving city region in the context of the ongoing reconfiguration of global trade and financial networks.

    • Regional studies

      Negotiation Within Domination

      New Spain's Indian Pueblos Confront the Spanish State

      by Ethelia Ruiz Medrano (Editor) , Susan Kellogg (Editor)

      This book examines the formation of colonial governance in New Spain through interactions between indigenous peoples and representatives of the Spanish Crown. The book highlights the complexity of native negotiation and mediation with colonial rule across time, culture, and place and how it shaped colonial political and legal structures from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. Although indigenous communities reacted to Spanish presence with significant acts of resistance and rebellion, they also turned to negotiation to deal with conflicts and ameliorate the consequences of colonial rule. This affected not only the development of legal systems in New Spain and Mexico but also the survival and continuation of traditional cultures. Bringing together work by Mexican and North American historians, this collection is a crucially important and rare contribution to the field. This is a valuable resource for native peoples as they seek to redefine and revitalise their identities and assert their rights relating to language and religion, ownership of lands and natural resources, rights of self-determination and self-government, and protection of cultural and intellectual property. It will be of interest primarily to specialists in the field of colonial studies and historians and ethno-historians of New Spain.

    • Regional studies
      20121144

      An American Provence

      Geographic Essays With an Eye for Two Landscapes

      by Thomas P Huber

      In this poetic personal narrative, Thomas P Huber reflects on two seemingly unrelated places -- the North Fork Valley in western Colorado and the Coulon River Valley in Provence, France -- and finds a shared landscape and sense of place. What began as a simple comparison of two like places in distant locations turned into a more complex, interesting, and personal task. Much is similar - the light, the valleys, the climate, the agriculture. And much is less so -- the history, the geology, the physical makeup of villages. Using a geographer's eye and passion for the land and people, Huber examines the regions -- similarities and differences to explore the common emotional impact of each region. Part intimate travelogue and part case study of geography in the real world, this book illuminates the importance sense of place plays in who we are.

    • Biography & True Stories
      March 2015

      American Authors Unplugged

      Interviews about Books

      by Martha Cinader

      Representative of modern American Literature, the conversations with authors in this book are evenly divided between men and women who bring to life the experiences of natives, immigrants, slaves and rebels. As a whole, they address the enduring themes of freedom and the pursuit of happiness. Following is a list of the authors interviewed. For further information about the interviews please refer to the supporting document. Rudolfo Anaya - Zia Summer Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni - Sister of My Heart Russel Banks - Cloudsplitter Nora Okja Keller - Comfort Woman Dr. Leonard Shlain - The Alphabet Versus the Goddess Barbara Chase-Riboud - The President's Daughter A.A. Carr - Eye Killers Lan Cao - Monkey Bridge Hal Sirowitz - My Therapist Said Kate Horsley - Crazy Woman Dennis McFarland - A Face at the Window

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      March 2013

      Exploring Methods and Positions

      by Michael Pye

      These two volumes present Pye’s methodological, theoretical, and field-based interests in the study of religions. Pye understands the study of religions to be an international enterprise with roots in both European and East Asian culture. This relates to his active role in the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR), as a former General Secretary and President. The work is presented in seven sections, which could be used in teaching assignments. The first volume begins with a lively introduction on “Methodological Strategies,” followed by “East Asian Starting Points,” a radical attempt to overcome Eurocentrism, and “Structures and Strategies,” which tackles globally significant institutional and ideological questions. The second volume presents selected strands in the study of religions. “Comparing and Contrasting” is followed by “Tradition and Innovation,” including reference to specific new religions. “Transplantation and Syncretism” is a definitive package on syncretism and includes new materials from South-East Asia. Finally, “Contextual Questions” explores wider themes of identity, plurality, dialogue of religions, religious education, and peace. These show how relevant the study of religions can be –when it is distinctly and responsibly defined.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      March 2013

      Exploring Religions in Motion

      by Michael Pye

      These two volumes present Pye’s methodological, theoretical, and field-based interests in the study of religions. Pye understands the study of religions to be an international enterprise with roots in both European and East Asian culture. This relates to his active role in the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR), as a former General Secretary and President. The work is presented in seven sections, which could be used in teaching assignments. The first volume begins with a lively introduction on “Methodological Strategies,” followed by “East Asian Starting Points,” a radical attempt to overcome Eurocentrism, and “Structures and Strategies,” which tackles globally significant institutional and ideological questions. The second volume presents selected strands in the study of religions. “Comparing and Contrasting” is followed by “Tradition and Innovation,” including reference to specific new religions. “Transplantation and Syncretism” is a definitive package on syncretism and includes new materials from South-East Asia. Finally, “Contextual Questions” explores wider themes of identity, plurality, dialogue of religions, religious education, and peace. These show how relevant the study of religions can be –when it is distinctly and responsibly defined.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      September 2000

      Puritanismus und Pioniergeist

      Die Faszination der Wildnis im frühen Neu-England

      by Ulrike Brunotte

      Mit der Überfahrt der Mayflower 1620 begann die neuenglische Geschichte als ein puritanisches Gründungsexperiment inmitten der Wildnis. Anhand von Selbstzeugnissen wird die bewegte Geschichte der religionspolitischen Anfänge Nordamerikas rekonstruiert.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      July 2018

      Reichtum begraben

      Aushandlungsprozesse "kostspieliger Bestattungspraxis" in China zwischen Religionspolitik und Religionsökonomie

      by Philipp Hetmanczyk

      Die kostspielige Aufwendung von Ressourcen zur Totenbestattung hat eine lange Tradition in der Begräbniskultur Chinas. Ebenso lang ist aber auch die Tradition der Kritik gegenüber solch kostspieligen Bestattungspraktiken. Die vorliegende Arbeit zeichnet Kontinuität und Wandel von Praxis und Kritik nach und analysiert sie sowohl im Kontext der religionspolitischen Entwicklungen Chinas als auch der religionswissenschaftlichen Theoriebildung.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      July 2018

      The Nivison Annals

      Selected Works of David S. Nivison on Early Chinese Chronology, Astronomy, and Historiography

      by David S. Nivison, Adam C. Schwartz

      In his last essay just weeks before his death at the age of 91, David S. Nivison says, "Breaking into a formal system - such as a chronology - must be like breaking into a code. If you are successful, success will show right off." Since the late 1970's Nivison has focused his scholarship on breaking the code of Three Dynasties (Xia, Shang, Zhou) chronology by establishing an innovative methodology based on mourning periods, astronomical phenomenon, and numerical manipulations derived from them. Nivison is most readily known in the field for revising (and then revising again) the date of the Zhou conquest of Shang, and for his theory that Western Zhou kings employed two calendars (His so-called "Two yuan" theory), the second being set in effect upon the death of the new king's predecessor and counted from the completion of post-mourning rites for him (i.e., a "second 'first' year"). Nivison's enabling discovery that the Bamboo Annals (BA) had a historical basis was initially designed to make Wang Guowei's analysis of lunar phase terms (the so-called "Four quarter" theory that separated each month into four quarters) work for Western Zhou bronze inscriptions. In order to do so he had to assume that some inscriptions used a second yuan counted from completion of mourning. The king's death was the most important event late in a reign, so this implied that a king's reign-of-record was normally counted from the second yuan, omitting initial mourning years. It follows that when the unexpressed mourning years are forgotten (or edited out) but the dates of the beginning and end of the dynasty are still known, the remaining reigns-of-record cluster toward the beginning and end, and a reign in the middle is enlarged. Problems, ideas, and solutions like the one described above are found throughout this new collection of important works on chronology, astronomy, and historiography.

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