We are an astonishing species. Over the past millennium of plagues and exploration, revolution and scientific discovery, woman’s rights and technological advances, human society has changed beyond recognition. Sweeping through the last thousand years of human development, Human Race is a treasure chest of the lunar leaps and lightbulb moments that, for better or worse, have sent humanity swerving down a path that no one could ever have predicted. But which of the last ten centuries saw the greatest changes in human history? History’s greatest tour guide, Ian Mortimer, knows what answer he would give. But what’s yours?
DIVAnthology about three of the persistent crises that have wracked Mexican society throughout its modern history, asking why these ruptures occurred, why they mobilized Mexicans of all social classes, and why some led to significant political transformatio/div
Long recognized as an authority on Japanese history, Marius Jansen synthesizes a lifetime of scholarship in this landmark book. Bringing together the series of Brown and Haley lectures delivered in 1975 at the University of Puget Sound, Japan and Its World continues to be a source of insight for anyone interested in the changing ideas the Japanese have had of themselves, the United States, and the Western world during the past two centuries.
This book provides an evenhanded coverage of Korea's turbulent history during the last one hundred years, from seclusion to division. It focuses particularly on the development of the two different and antagonistic states on the peninsula since 1945. The author sees both countries through the windows of their possibilities and interests. He supplements his narrative, which makes use of rich source material, with observations he has made in South Korea, where he spent more than ten years from the 1970s to the 1990s, and where he had access to politicians and opinion leaders. The book starts by describing how the Hermit Kingdom was exposed to the greed of foreign powers at the end of the 19th century and how it became the victim of imperialistic Japan, then account is given of the country's division and the hardening of that division through the Korean War. The rule of the military and the final triumph of civilian democrats in South Korea are analyzed in much detail. One chapter is devoted to the rise and intermittent decline of the South Korean economy. The history of North Korea under Kim II Sung and under his son is told, before the foreign relations of both Koreas are explained. A chapter on the so far overwhelmingly antagonistic South-North relations concludes the book. Contents:Korea and the Modern Age:The Hermit KingdomWithin Reach of the World PowersThe Japanese RuleDivided Korea:The Origins of the Division of KoreaThe Korean War Phase One: Towards ReunificationThe Korean War Phase Two: The Division HardensPolitics and Economics in the Republic of Korea:Syngman Rhee's KoreaThe Rise of Park Chung HeeThe Yushin SystemSteps to PowerNo Better Country?“Down with Military Dictatorship”The Beginnings of Democratic RuleCivilian LeadershipThe EconomyThe Democratic People's Republic of Korea:The State of Kim II SungNorth Korea Under the SonForeign Relations:South Korea's Great PartnerThe Neighbor in the EastNorthern PolicyNorth Korea's Foreign PartnersNuclear Dangers and BeyondSouth-North Relations:Confrontation and Dialogue Readership: General. Keywords:Korea;Republic of Korea;Democratic People's Republic of Korea;Korean History;Korean Economy;Korean War;Japanese Colonialism;Division of Korea;Unification of KoreaReviews:“Overall, this is a comprehensive, insightful, and straightforward study on Korea. Its coverage of the historical events and key actors is inclusive, informative, and enlightening. The author certainly fulfills his objective of writing the book. Not only students but also scholars, government officers, policy analysts, and diplomats would benefit from the book.” The Journal of Asian Studies “On the whole, Kleiner's work is a very well-informed examination of political and diplomatic events in the history of twentieth-century South Korea, with the strongest emphasis being on foreign relations … it may ostensibly serve well as an introductory text for a course on international politics in Northeast Asia.”Korean Studies
Revised and updated in this second edition, Brazil: Five Centuries of Change vividly traces the development of Brazil over the last 500 years. Author Thomas E. Skidmore, a preeminent authority on Brazil, provides a lively political and economic narrative while also including relevant details on society and culture. Skidmore's particularly major revision of the colonial chapters begins with the discovery of Brazil by Pedro Alvares Cabral and includes Portugal's remarkable command of the vast country in the face of Spanish, French, and Dutch colonial interests. The text goes on to cover the move of the Portuguese monarchy to Brazil in 1808, the country's independence in 1822, establishment of the Empire within the context of expansion of the coffee trade, the importance of slavery in nineteenth-century Brazil, and the move towards abolition. This second edition offers an unparallelled look at Brazil in the twentieth century, including in-depth coverage of the 1930 revolution andVargas's rise to power; the ensuing unstable democratic period and the military coups that followed; and the reemergence of democracy in 1985. It concludes with the recent presidency of Luiz Inacio "Lula" da Silva, covering such economic successes as record-setting exports, dramatic foreign debt reduction, and improved income distribution. The second edition features numerous new images and a new bibliographic guide to recent works on Brazilian history for use by both instructors and students. Informed by the most recent scholarship available, Brazil: Five Centuries of Change, Second Edition, explores the country's many blessings - ethnic diversity, racial democracy, a vibrant cultural life, and a wealth of natural resources. It also looks at Brazil's historically severe problems - including political instability, military rule, chronic inflation, and international debt - and its deplorable environmental record. An ideal choice for undergraduate and graduate courses in Latin American history, this eloquent and detailed look at Brazil will be the standard history of the country for years to come.
"Indispensable introductory survey of Brazilian history, 1500-1998. Pre-1930 history is treated as background. Second half is an outstanding narrative of politics and economic policy from 1930-present. Accessible to students and general readers. Particularly interesting are the book's final chapters, which seem to be addressed more to the conscience of the Brazilian ruling class than to foreign readers. Includes bibliographical essay, but one much less dense than typically found in Oxford Univ. Press one-volume histories of Latin American nations"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.