• History

      AmaZizi: the Dlamini of Southern Africa 2nd Ed

      by Jongisilo Z. Z. Pokwana Ka Menziwa, Ngangomzi Pokwana Ah! Jongumhlaba

      The Dlamini people are a stock race that, during the 19th century, spread throughout the then largely uninhabited Southern Africa. Today they can be found concentrated in Swaziland, in the Eastern Cape, in KwaZulu Natal and in many other parts of the country. The first edition traced a story of these people from before 2000 years ago until today, then focused on a section of the Dlamini known as AmaZizi. The second edition expands this base with new research and information. If you have the surname Dlamini, the history and traditions of your ancestors can be found within these pages.

    • History

      400 Moments in 40 Years ( 4 Volumes )

      by Xie Hailong Wang Wenhan

      The 40 years' of Chinese Economic Reform and open up has been a world-shaking change, during which We have been through a change with each passing day, from the Cultural Revolution, breaking down on economics, to become the second world economic entity; from shutting down from the outside to going abroad' from pre-industrial times to the world of Internet. This mysterious miracle forces economic laws out of order, destroys every single foretell that intends to speak ill of China. Regardless of the tedious data and profound theory, let's just brush up the roads we took during the Economic Reform and open up through each snapshot, each familiar face. All of the wonders, confusions, struggles and innovations are injected into the unforgettable 400 moments in 40 years.

    • Society & culture: general
      July 2012

      New Voices, New Visions

      Challenging Australian Identities and Legacies

      by Editor(s): Catriona Elder and Keith Moore

      New Voices, New Visions brings together a collection of papers that engage with the ideas of nation, identity and place. The title New Voices, New Visions harks back to earlier scholarship that endeavoured to explore these issues. It therefore makes links between old and new stories of Australian identity, tracing the continuities, shifts and changes in how Australia is imagined. The collection is deliberately interdisciplinary, gathering work by historians, literary and film scholars, communication and cultural theorists, political scientists and sociologists. This mixed perspectives enables the reader to trace ideas, concepts and theories across a range of disciplines and understand the distinctive ways in which different disciplines engage with ideas of nation, space and Australian identity.The book is written in an engaging and accessible manner, making it an excellent text for undergraduate and postgraduate students in the fields of Australian Studies. It will be especially useful for the growing number of students living outside Australia who engage with Australian literature and culture. The book provides a range of topics that introduces students to key issues and concepts. It also situates these ideas in historical context.New Voices, New Visions engages with key contemporary issues in everyday Australian life: environment and climate change, immigration, consumerism, travel and cities. It explores these various topics by considering case studies, both contemporary and historical. For example the issue of attitudes to Asia are analysed through art; the topic of national symbols through the case of the crocodile; approaches to immigration via a popular reality television programme.The contributors to this book comprise some of the foremost Australian scholars as well as emerging scholars. This combination ensures a depth of knowledge but also a vibrancy. The editors are experienced scholars whose knowledge of the field is broad and they have brought a coherence to the material ensuring a strong narrative for the reader.

    • Genealogy, heraldry, names & honours
      May 2006

      Naming the People of England, c.1100-1350

      by Author(s): Dave Postles

      Medieval historians have for some time recognized the significance of personal naming processes and patterns for the illumination of social relations such as kinship and spiritual kinship or godparenthood. Increasingly, they are employing the investigation of personal naming (anthroponymy) as part of their elucidation of cultural change-attempting, through changes in patterns of personal naming, to discern cultural transitions and transformations. Recent coordinated research on the European continent has produced major collaborative discussion of the cultural implications of naming in France, the Iberian peninsular, and 'Italy'. The fruits of new research into the 'Germanic' lands have also richly enhanced our understanding of cultural change there. So it is predicated that a new trans-European culture arose in the centuries about and after the year 1000.Omitted from this coordinated understanding of the arrival of a new European cultural tradition (as it came to persist) is the British archipelago. We are, however, far from devoid of scholarly examination of the culture of personal naming in the British Isles. An older generation of linguists produced a basic foundation, although it has not remained free of some criticism. Subsequently, several scholars have independently advanced the interpretive analysis (Clark, Fellows Jensen, Insley, and McClure).At one level, then, this book attempts a synthesis of that previous, highly valuable, but diffuse, research, to make it more widely known, understood and accessible. At another level, nonetheless, it engages with what has become a prevailing narrative of cultural change in England after the Norman Conquest: the rapid transformation of English naming (and culture) through the assimilation of a new, dominant, extraneous influence. By reinserting the detail and complexity, it is hoped to demonstrate that far from a single uniform (homologous) culture, there existed residual, even resistant, and 'regional', cultures. The account, it is hoped, presents a cohesive, new narrative of the cultural implications of personal naming in England, whilst also addressing important issues of gender, politics, and social organization.

    • Society & culture: general
      July 2012

      New Voices, New Visions

      Challenging Australian Identities and Legacies

      by Editor(s): Catriona Elder and Keith Moore

      New Voices, New Visions brings together a collection of papers that engage with the ideas of nation, identity and place. The title New Voices, New Visions harks back to earlier scholarship that endeavoured to explore these issues. It therefore makes links between old and new stories of Australian identity, tracing the continuities, shifts and changes in how Australia is imagined. The collection is deliberately interdisciplinary, gathering work by historians, literary and film scholars, communication and cultural theorists, political scientists and sociologists. This mixed perspectives enables the reader to trace ideas, concepts and theories across a range of disciplines and understand the distinctive ways in which different disciplines engage with ideas of nation, space and Australian identity.The book is written in an engaging and accessible manner, making it an excellent text for undergraduate and postgraduate students in the fields of Australian Studies. It will be especially useful for the growing number of students living outside Australia who engage with Australian literature and culture. The book provides a range of topics that introduces students to key issues and concepts. It also situates these ideas in historical context.New Voices, New Visions engages with key contemporary issues in everyday Australian life: environment and climate change, immigration, consumerism, travel and cities. It explores these various topics by considering case studies, both contemporary and historical. For example the issue of attitudes to Asia are analysed through art; the topic of national symbols through the case of the crocodile; approaches to immigration via a popular reality television programme.The contributors to this book comprise some of the foremost Australian scholars as well as emerging scholars. This combination ensures a depth of knowledge but also a vibrancy. The editors are experienced scholars whose knowledge of the field is broad and they have brought a coherence to the material ensuring a strong narrative for the reader.

    • Genealogy, heraldry, names & honours
      October 2018

      THE ILLUSTRATED BOOK OF HERALDRY

      An international history of heraldry and its contemporary uses

      by Stephen Slater

      This informative book looks not only at the medieval world in which heraldry thrived , but also at its language, the elaborate system of coded messages it conveyed, and its inextricable link with chivalry. Featuring more than 700 illustrations, it also covers both the larger aspects of heraldry and everyday heraldic uses, and contains a comprehensive glossary. The international uses of heraldry and the way different countries have interpreted it are also included. Most of Europe and the Americas are covered as well as Scandinavia, Africa and Japan. Novices and experts alike will benefit from the breadth of the content of this masterly history. CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • History
      June 2013

      THE ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TARTAN

      A complete history and visual guide to over 400 famous tartans

      by Iain Zaczek Charles Phillips

      This illustrated guide provides a detailed insight into the origins and history of tartan, from the very earliest samples, through those worn by the warring clans in the Stuart rebellions, to the Katsushika Japanese Dancers. The first section details the story of tartan, with information on the way the fabric and weaves developed and how it became a symbol of resistance. The main part of the book is a directory illustrating the major clan tartans followed by international and modern tartans, with a wealth of history and background to each. From the ancient Bruce family to Neil Armstrong, who took his family tartan to the moon, tartan is one of the most enduring symbols of national price and individual reputation. It is also a peculiarly inclusive, adapatable way of proclaiming allegiance and belonging. THE ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TARTAN A complete history and visual guide to over 400 famous tartans Iain Zaczek & Charles Phillips CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Genealogy, heraldry, names & honours
      January 2017

      TRACING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY: HOW TO GET STARTED

      by Kathy Chater

      This book introduces the subject of genealogy in a highly practical form, and explains the process of tracing and finding ancestors in the British Isles in a simple and easyto- follow way. The book begins with the very basics of starting to research, from finding clues in photographs and naming patterns, to creating drop-line charts and starting to draw up a family tree. The next section goes back to the early 1800s, and explains how to take investigations further by using all kinds of sources, both in archive form and on the internet, especially census information. This useful guide will help you discover your roots and unlock the secrets of your family heritage. Offers accessible and clear advice on discovering your family's history in the UK, explaining the best research techniques, and how to log and collate your findings. Experience the amazing thrill of tracing back your bloodline hundreds of years and discovering who your ancestors were and what their lives were like. Over 135 images, including contemporary photographs, document facsimiles, and sample family trees.

    • Genealogy, heraldry, names & honours
      June 2017

      THE COMPLETE BOOK OF HERALDRY

      An international history of heraldry and its contemporary uses

      by Stephen Slater

      This informative book looks not only at the medieval world in which heraldry thrived, but also at its language, the elaborate system of coded messages it conveyed, and its inextricable link with chivalry. Featuring more than 700 illustrations, it also covers both the larger aspects of heraldry and everyday heraldic uses, and contains a comprehensive glossary. The international uses of heraldry and the way different countries have interpreted it are also included. Most of Europe and the Americas are covered as well as Scandinavia, Africa and Japan. Novices and experts alike will benefit from the breadth of the content of this masterly history. An exceptionally informed look at all aspects of heraldry. Examines the history of heraldry from medieval tournaments to modern applications around the world. Includes a detailed and easily understood explanation of the language of heraldry. Lavishly illustrated throughout, including fascinating archive material, and specially commissioned artworks. This volume is the most international study of heraldry for a generation. Well known for his irreverant lectures, which bring obscure historical subjects to vibrant life, Stephen Slater's book is sure to appeal as much to the general reader as the enthusiast.‚ Baz Manning, Society of Heraldic Artists

    • Genealogy, heraldry, names & honours
      May 2015

      Anne Clifford's Great Books of Record

      by Jessica L. Malay

      In her Great Books of Record Anne Clifford places herself within the dynamic history of the ancient Clifford family, providing an unbroken view into medieval and early modern life for nearly six centuries. In this annotated edition, we glimpse the lives of simple widows, traders, farmers, and labourers juxtaposed with the adventures of soldiers, lords and ladies, princes and princesses. Throughout, Anne Clifford asserts the centrality of women to the success of noble families, including the monarchy. Her Great Books draws upon medieval traditions and early modern scholarship and builds upon these through biographies of the Clifford lords and ladies, along with an extended biography of her mother Margaret Russell and her own autobiographical 'Life of Mee'. Those interested in the lives of medieval and early modern women, changes in culture, the effect of the political upon individuals, and the inspiring life of Anne Clifford will find this a rich and rewarding book.

    • Biography: historical, political & military

      Union of Crowns

      The Forging of Europe's Most Independent State

      by Crawford. Little

      Today, when many are asking if it's time to end the 400-year-old union and look increasingly to a united Europe, this books prompts a greater understanding of the warts-and-all origins of Scotland's ancestral legacy. Did the Scots really cower in the shadow of their powerful, aggressive English neighbour? This book reveals a very different picture.;Scottish armies repeatedly invaded English-held territory, defying generations of Anglo-Norman kings, and it took many centuries to finally decide the fluid Border frontier. The author spells out the financial and military factors that helped to ensure Scotland's independence from the time of the Romans in Britain through Saxon, Norse and Norman invasions, the ravages of Edward Longshanks and the savagery of Henry VIII's "rough wooing".;How did the English people react to the Union of Crowns? Were the Scots incorporated against their will? This book explodes the myth that the crowns of England and Scotland were united in some sort of constitutional coincidence. It uncovers associations between many Scots and the English court and its secret service - lifting the lid on a murky underworld of collaborators, spies and assassins.;Did the French love the Scots as much as they hated the English? The author reveals the implications of the Auld Alliance between Scotland and France, and the legacy of England's foreign wars. The mutually sacrificial and loveless marriage of England and Scotland, arranged by Protestant pragmatists, secured independence for both countries which might otherwise have become Catholic dominions of France or Spain.;Who gained most from Britain's independence? Britain was just a small corner in a huge power struggle raging throughout Europe. The author reveals the ruthless, secular and political nature of religions that tortured and massacred men, women and children in their hundreds of thousands. Divided they might have fallen or been pushed into obscurity, but united the two countries stood as Europe's foremost independent Protestant state, the seat of democratic government and the foundation stone of much social and legal reform.

    • Family history, tracing ancestors

      Flint Architecture of East Anglia

      by Stephen Hart

      East Anglia has a unique and very substantial heritage of flint-built churches and secular buildings over a wide area that range from Saxon times to the 20th century, many of them of exceptional beauty, and most in a good state of preservation. Stephen Hart considers that these buildings, in which a large number of different flintwork techniques and designs are used that are partly functional, partly dependent upon local materials, and partly aesthetic in inspiration, constitute an important part of our heritage. His book is the first comprehensive one to be written on English flint architecture and is likely to become the definitive work on the subject.

    • Dictionaries of biography (Who's Who)

      No Quarter Given

      The Muster Roll of Prince Charles Edward Stuart's Army, 1745-46

      by Alastair. Livingstone

    • Social & cultural history

      Y Ddraig Goch

      The Red Dragon

      by Aeres Twigg

    • Fiction
      May 2013

      Ancestors

      A Tale of Two Worlds

      by Rob Collinge

      Genealogy, the search for one's ancestors, has become in recent years a hugely popular pastime, enjoyed by millions. Using a variety of genealogical tools, Rob Collinge has constructed a story in novel form, based on real events, that spans 1830s Germany, pioneer Texas, the Civil War, Lancashire cotton mills during the Industrial Revolution and World War 1.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      December 2008

      The family tree detective

      Tracing your ancestors in England and Wales

      by Colin Rogers

      The long-awaited fourth edition of this best-selling manual continues to offer up-to-date guidance both to newcomers and to the more experienced, on how to make best use of the labyrinth of genealogical sources in England and Wales. It takes into account recent, and even some future, changes to the civil registration system, and incorporates many of the vast sources newly available on the internet. There is also a substantial bibliography for those who discover that their ancestors migrated from other countries. New appendices provide research into underregistration of birth and death, and hitherto unpublished details from the 1915 and 1939 National Registers. The family tree detective remains an indispensible source of information on how to locate births, marriages and deaths, and alternative strategies if those searches fail. Dr Colin D. Rogers is a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists, a member of AGRA (the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives), and was for thirty years the Hon. General Editor of the Lancashire Parish Register Society. He runs a consultancy helping banks and solicitors to identify and locate beneficiaries. ;

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      December 2006

      The Scottish family tree detective

      Tracing your ancestors in Scotland

      by Rosemary Bigwood, Colin Rogers

      This is a practical, user-friendly guide to researching your family history in Scotland. Its aim is to provide sign-posts to the past and to solve problems faced by those seeking to discover their ancestors and explore their lives. It shows how to make the most of research resources and catalogues of collections held in archives and libraries, both online and on paper. Emphasis is laid on locating, selecting, evaluating and using sources, as well as finding out what is locally available and what is kept in Scottish central archives. Guidance is given on how to keep records and make a research plan. Other sections look at topics such as birth, marriage and death - how to use the core sources of statutory registers, census returns and parish registers, as well as how important information can also be found in other records relating to these 'facts of life'. A section on profiling the ancestors shows how further research can inform the reader about how they can find out more about their forebears, or 'how to put flesh on the ancestral bones'. A final section offers help in the often daunting task of understanding Scottish legal documents The book is designed to help those who are starting out on the ancestral trail and also to point more experienced researchers, including students on genealogical courses, in new directions. ;

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      December 2006

      The Scottish family tree detective

      Tracing your ancestors in Scotland

      by Rosemary Bigwood, Colin Rogers

      This is a practical, user-friendly guide to researching your family history in Scotland. Its aim is to provide sign-posts to the past and to solve problems faced by those seeking to discover their ancestors and explore their lives. It shows how to make the most of research resources and catalogues of collections held in archives and libraries, both online and on paper. Emphasis is laid on locating, selecting, evaluating and using sources, as well as finding out what is locally available and what is kept in Scottish central archives. Guidance is given on how to keep records and make a research plan. Other sections look at topics such as birth, marriage and death - how to use the core sources of statutory registers, census returns and parish registers, as well as how important information can also be found in other records relating to these 'facts of life'. A section on profiling the ancestors shows how further research can inform the reader about how they can find out more about their forebears, or 'how to put flesh on the ancestral bones'. A final section offers help in the often daunting task of understanding Scottish legal documents The book is designed to help those who are starting out on the ancestral trail and also to point more experienced researchers, including students on genealogical courses, in new directions. ;

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      November 2016

      2012

      by Massimo Mastrogregori

      Every year, the Bibliography catalogues the most important new publications, historiographical monographs, and journal articles throughout the world, extending from prehistory and ancient history to the most recent contemporary historical studies. Within the systematic classification according to epoch, region, and historical discipline, works are also listed according to author’s name and characteristic keywords in their title.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      November 2017

      2013

      by Massimo Mastrogregori

      Every year, the Bibliography catalogues the most important new publications, historiographical monographs, and journal articles throughout the world, extending from prehistory and ancient history to the most recent contemporary historical studies. Within the systematic classification according to epoch, region, and historical discipline, works are also listed according to author’s name and characteristic keywords in their title.

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