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              The Most Influential Mesoamerican Gods: The History and Legacy of Quetzalcoatl, Huitzilopochtli, and Tlaloc
               

              The Most Influential Mesoamerican Gods: The History and Legacy of Quetzalcoatl, Huitzilopochtli, and Tlaloc (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

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              *Includes pictures *Includes a bibliography for further reading Gilgamesh, Hercules, Aeneas, and Lancelot are instantly recognized as mythological heroes in the West, evoking visions of Persian monsters, ghastly labors, and the founding and glorification of cities, but the names ...of Mesoamerican gods remain as mysterious as their spelling. Even those who have come across their names when learning about the history of Mesoamerica - particularly the Aztec and various gods' roles in the Spanish conquest of their empire - are often unaware that the Mesoamerican deities have tales that equal any of those in the repertoire of the mythological figures mentioned above. As archaeologists quickly learned, there are numerous temples dedicated to gods all across Mesoamerica, from the Olmec and Toltec to the Aztec and Maya. Furthermore, thousands of people still gather in the ruins of Mesoamerican cities, even as researchers learn more about the civilizations that continue to fascinate modern societies. From the Aztec to the Maya, Quetzalcoatl - the Feathered Serpent - rears his beautiful head from magnificent relief carvings in temples no less grandiose than the largest pyramid in the region, that of Cholula in Mexico. Furthermore, thousands of people still gather in the great Mayan city of Chichen Itza during the spring and autumn equinoxes to watch the shadow of the Feathered Serpent slither its way down the temple known as El Castillo. To the Aztec, Huitzilopochtli wore a blue-green hummingbird helmet and was draped in pure white heron feathers. He carried a smoking mirror, an obsidian mirror, a shield, darts, and the serpent Xiuhcoatl that carried with it the fury and might of the sun. Everything about him - from his clothes to his weapons - emanated and defined royalty. His name meant Hummingbird of the South or Hummingbird of the Left (meaning the Southern Part of the World ) in the native language of the Aztec, Nahuatl. In his kingly role he was not only irrevocably inter
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              The First Battle of the Marne: The History and Legacy of the First Major Allied Victory in World War I
               

              The First Battle of the Marne: The History and Legacy of the First Major Allied Victory in World War I (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

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              *Includes pictures *Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading So we come to the Marne. This will ever remain the Mystery Battle of all time. We can see more clearly across the mists of time how Hannibal conquered at Cannea, than why Joffre won at the Marne.... No great acquisition of strength to either side - except that usually invaders outrun their supplies and defenders fall back upon their reserves - important, but not decisive. Not much real fighting, comparatively few casualties, no decisive episode in any part of the immense field; fifty explanations, all well documented, five hundred volumes of narrative and comment - but the mystery remains. - Winston Churchill The enduring image of World War I is of men stuck in muddy trenches, and of vast armies deadlocked in a fight neither could win. It was a war of barbed wire, poison gas, and horrific losses as officers led their troops on mass charges across No Man's Land and into a hail of bullets. While these impressions are all too true, they hide the fact that trench warfare was dynamic and constantly evolving throughout the war as all armies struggled to find a way to break through the opposing lines. Needless to say, the First World War came at an unfortunate time for those who would fight in it. After an initial period of relatively rapid maneuver during which the German forces pushing through Belgium and the French and British forces attempting to stymie them made an endless series of abortive flanking movements that extended the lines to the sea, a stalemate naturally tended to develop. The infamous trench lines soon snaked across the French and Belgian countryside, creating an essentially futile static slaughterhouse whose sinister memory remains to this day. However, if trench warfare was an inevitability during the war, it is only because the events leading up to the First Battle of the Marne were quite different. The armies at the beginning of the war moved quickly through the land, b
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              Released NZ 6 May 2019
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              Hombres lobo: las leyendas y cuentos populares sobre humanos que se transforman en lobos
               

              Hombres lobo: las leyendas y cuentos populares sobre humanos que se transforman en lobos (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

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              Los hombres lobo han tenido presencia durante mucho tiempo en la cultura popular. En los siglos XIX y XX hubo incontables libros, obras teatrales y peliculas acerca de personas que se convertian en lobos o humanoides con rasgos de lobo, y se desbocaban en matanza y destruccion. L...a figura del hombre lobo es tan conocida, que la gente alrededor del mundo esta familiarizada con el folclor y las creencias de que se transforman durante la luna llena, solo pueden ser detenidos con plata y transmiten su enfermedad al morder a sus victimas. De hecho, dichas creencias no eran originalmente parte del folclor de los hombres lobo, sino adornos posteriores por parte de diversos artistas. La creencia en la licantropia es mucho mas antigua y compleja de lo que sospecha la mayoria de las personas, pues se remonta a la Antiguedad, y los hombres lobo eran considerados muy reales. En efecto, incluso se enjuicio y ejecuto a personas porque los tribunales estaban convencidos de que podian cambiar su forma y matar a personas inocentes. Durante miles de anos, los hombres lobo han representado una tradicion extrana y antigua, que aun resuena a traves de la cultura hasta nuestros dias. Hombres lobo: las leyendas y cuentos populares sobre humanos que se transforman en lobos narra las antiguas tradiciones y los origenes detras de la creencia en la existencia de hombres lobo. En conjunto con imagenes de personas, lugares y eventos importantes, aprendera sobre los hombres lobo como nunca antes.
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              ISBN 9798650359319
              Released NZ 1 Jun 2020
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              Hombres lobo: las leyendas y cuentos populares sobre humanos que se transforman en lobos
               

              Hombres lobo: las leyendas y cuentos populares sobre humanos que se transforman en lobos (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

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              Los hombres lobo han tenido presencia durante mucho tiempo en la cultura popular. En los siglos XIX y XX hubo incontables libros, obras teatrales y peliculas acerca de personas que se convertian en lobos o humanoides con rasgos de lobo, y se desbocaban en matanza y destruccion. L...a figura del hombre lobo es tan conocida, que la gente alrededor del mundo esta familiarizada con el folclor y las creencias de que se transforman durante la luna llena, solo pueden ser detenidos con plata y transmiten su enfermedad al morder a sus victimas. De hecho, dichas creencias no eran originalmente parte del folclor de los hombres lobo, sino adornos posteriores por parte de diversos artistas. La creencia en la licantropia es mucho mas antigua y compleja de lo que sospecha la mayoria de las personas, pues se remonta a la Antiguedad, y los hombres lobo eran considerados muy reales. En efecto, incluso se enjuicio y ejecuto a personas porque los tribunales estaban convencidos de que podian cambiar su forma y matar a personas inocentes. Durante miles de anos, los hombres lobo han representado una tradicion extrana y antigua, que aun resuena a traves de la cultura hasta nuestros dias. Hombres lobo: las leyendas y cuentos populares sobre humanos que se transforman en lobos narra las antiguas tradiciones y los origenes detras de la creencia en la existencia de hombres lobo. En conjunto con imagenes de personas, lugares y eventos importantes, aprendera sobre los hombres lobo como nunca antes.
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              ISBN 9798650359418
              Released NZ 1 Jun 2020
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              Sulla: The Controversial Life and Legacy of the Roman Dictator
               

              Sulla: The Controversial Life and Legacy of the Roman Dictator (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

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              *Includes pictures *Includes excerpts of ancient accounts *Includes a bibliography for further reading If Sulla could, why can't I? - Pompey the Great When the topic of Roman dictators during the 1st century BCE comes up, one name instantly springs to mind. In 49 BCE, the die was... cast as Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon at the head of the 13th Legion and ushered in a civil war that permanently destroyed the Roman Republic, leaving a line of emperors in its place. Caesar's legacy is so strong that his name has become, in many languages, synonymous with power: the emperors of Austria and Germany bore the title Kaiser, and the czars of Russia also owe the etymology of their title to Caesar. His name also crept further eastward out of Europe, even cropping up in Hindi and Urdu, where the term for emperor is Kaisar. However, it's quite possible that none of what Caesar did would've happened without the template for such actions being set by Lucius Cornelius Sulla 40 years earlier. At the time, when Caesar was in his teens, war was being waged both on the Italian peninsula and abroad, with domestic politics pitting the conservative, aristocratic optimates against the populist, reformist populares, and this tension ultimately escalated into an all-out war. One of the leading populares was his Caesar's uncle, Gaius Marius, a military visionary who had restructured the legions and extended the privileges of land ownership and citizenship to legionaries on condition of successful completion of a fixed term of service. In the late 2nd century BCE, Marius had waged a successful campaign against several Germanic tribes, and after earning eternal fame in the Eternal City, Marius was appointed a consul several times, but in 88 BCE he entered into conflict with his erstwhile protege, the optimate Sulla, over command of the army to be dispatched against Mithridates of Pontus, a long-time enemy of Rome and its Greek allies. Ironically, Marius's reforms had made the legions fiercely
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              Ma Barker and the Barker-Karpis Gang: The Controversial History of the Criminal Gang during the Great Depression
               

              Ma Barker and the Barker-Karpis Gang: The Controversial History of the Criminal Gang during the Great Depression (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              Other River, Charles

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              *Includes pictures *Includes a bibliography for further reading America has always preferred heroes who weren't clean cut, an informal ode to the rugged individualism and pioneering spirit that defined the nation in previous centuries. The early 19th century saw the glorification... of frontier folk heroes like Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone. After the Civil War, the outlaws of the West were more popular than the marshals, with Jesse James and Billy the Kid finding their way into dime novels. And at the height of the Great Depression in the 1930s, there were the Public Enemies, common criminals and cold blooded murderers elevated to the level of folk heroes by a public frustrated with their own inability to make a living honestly. Among America's most infamous Public Enemies, perhaps the most unique and controversial was Kate Barker. With her prominent, hawk-tipped nose and plump, doughy face, framed by a classic dark curly coif and frilly day dresses to match, Ma Barker was as non-threatening as they come. Nary a second glance was given to this grandmotherly figure by those who crossed her path, perhaps at most a polite tip of the hat. Of course, as the age-old adage goes, appearances are often deceiving. According to the FBI and portrayals in popular culture, not only was Ma Barker a crass, greedy, and highly manipulative individual who coaxed her sons into the abyss-like vortex of criminality, she was the matriarchal mastermind of one of the most notorious gangs of the Dirty Thirties era. The public devoured the countless articles that their action-packed crimes generated with gusto, but few could compare to the meteoric whirlwind of morbid excitement that erupted when the sensational story of the Ma Barker Gang made its rounds. The Ma Barker Gang, as they were so branded, wasn't a typical band of small-time crooks. Quite the contrary, the unorthodox family-run enterprise was, as described by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, the most vicious, cold-blooded crew of murde
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              The Mummies of Ancient Egypt: The History and Legacy of the Egyptians' Mummification Process
               

              The Mummies of Ancient Egypt: The History and Legacy of the Egyptians' Mummification Process (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

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              *Includes pictures *Includes excerpts of ancient accounts *Includes a bibliography for further reading Africa may have given rise to the first human beings, and Egypt probably gave rise to the first great civilizations, which continue to fascinate modern societies across the glob...e nearly 5,000 years later. From the Library and Lighthouse of Alexandria to the Great Pyramid at Giza, the ancient Egyptians produced several wonders of the world, revolutionized architecture and construction, created some of the world's first systems of mathematics and medicine, and established language and art that spread across the known world. With world-famous leaders like King Tut and Cleopatra, it's no wonder that today's world has so many Egyptologists. Given the abundance of funerary artifacts that have been found within the sands of Egypt, it sometimes seems as though the Egyptians were more concerned with the matters of the afterlife than they were with matters of the life they experienced from day to day. This is underscored most prominently by the pyramids, which have captured the world's imagination for centuries. The pyramids of Egypt are such recognizable symbols of antiquity that for millennia, people have made assumptions about what they are and why they exist, without full consideration of the various meanings these ancient symbolic structures have had over the centuries. Generations have viewed them as symbols of a lost past, which in turn is often portrayed as a world full of romance and mystery. This verbal meaning has become associated with the structures through the tourism industry, where intrigue obviously boosts ticket sales. In fact, the Egyptian pyramids are so old that they were also drawing tourists even in ancient times. In antiquity, the Great Pyramid of Giza was listed as one of Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, and it is the only one still surviving today. Today, Egyptian practices for death and the afterlife are intimately associated with mummies, which
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              The Age of Reptiles: The History and Legacy of the Mesozoic Era and the Dinosaurs
               

              The Age of Reptiles: The History and Legacy of the Mesozoic Era and the Dinosaurs (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

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              *Includes pictures *Includes a bibliography for further reading The current view of science is that planet Earth is around 4.6 billion years old. The first four billion years of its development are known as the Precambrian period. For the first billion years or so, there was no l...ife in Earth. Then the first single-celled life-forms, early bacteria and algae, began to emerge. We don't know where they came from or even if they originated on this planet at all. This gradual development continued until around four billion years ago when suddenly (in geological terms!) more complex forms of life began to emerge. Scientists call this time of an explosion of new forms of life the Paleozoic Era and it stretched from around 541 to 250 million years ago (Mya). First of all, in the oceans and then on land, new creatures and plants began to appear in bewildering variety. By the end of this period, life on Earth had exploded into a myriad of complex forms that filled virtually every habitat and niche available in the seas and on the planet's only continent, Pangea. Then a mysterious event that became known to early paleontologists as The Great Dying wiped out more than 95% of all life on Earth. No-one is entirely certain what caused this, but the effect of this cataclysm was as if someone had pressed a great, cosmic reset button and it took thirty million years for the development of life on Earth to start again. The next period of Earth's history is known as the Mesozoic Era, from about 252 to 66 Mya. This era is further divided into three periods, the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous. During this era, one type of life came to dominate the planet more completely and for a longer period than had been seen before or since; this was the Age of Reptiles. Beginning in the Triassic but especially in the Jurassic period, reptiles came to dominate the oceans, the land and even the skies. There has never been anything else quite like this period in terms of the success of a particular
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              The Tennis Court Oath: The History and Legacy of the National Assembly's Pivotal Meeting at the Beginning of the French Revolution
               

              The Tennis Court Oath: The History and Legacy of the National Assembly's Pivotal Meeting at the Beginning of the French Revolution (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

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              *Includes pictures *Includes a bibliography for further reading As one of the seminal social revolutions in human history, the French Revolution holds a unique legacy, especially in the West. The early years of the Revolution were fueled by Enlightenment ideals, seeking the socia...l overthrow of the caste system that gave the royalty and aristocracy decisive advantages over the lower classes. But history remembers the French Revolution in a starkly different way, as the same leaders who sought a more democratic system while out of power devolved into establishing an incredibly repressive tyranny of their own once they acquired it. The French Revolution was a turbulent period that lasted several years, and one of the most famous events of the entire revolution came near the beginning with the Tennis Court Oath. By July of 1788, King Louis XVI agreed to call the Estates-General, a large, traditional legislative body, for the first time since 1614. The country's finances, already quite tenuous, reached a crisis stage in August 1788 as France faced bankruptcy. In March 1789, the electoral method was set. While the nobility and clergy would hold direct elections, the much larger Third Estate would elect representatives from each district who would then attend larger assemblies to elect their official representatives to the Third Estate of the Estates-General. Finally, in the spring of 1789, Louis XVI summoned the Estates-General. They were to convene at Versailles on April 27, but did not do so until May 5. Late elections continued into the summer as conditions around the country delayed many elections. At the same time, bread prices reached an all-time high, leading to riots throughout the country, particularly in Paris. During the formal ritual that welcomed the Estates-General on May 4, 1789, in a precursor of things to come in the following months, the Third Estate refused to kneel before the king. The deputies of the Third Estate came before the king, walking two at a
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              The Tennis Court Oath: The History and Legacy of the National Assembly's Pivotal Meeting at the Beginning of the French Revolution
               

              The Tennis Court Oath: The History and Legacy of the National Assembly's Pivotal Meeting at the Beginning of the French Revolution (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

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              *Includes pictures *Includes a bibliography for further reading As one of the seminal social revolutions in human history, the French Revolution holds a unique legacy, especially in the West. The early years of the Revolution were fueled by Enlightenment ideals, seeking the socia...l overthrow of the caste system that gave the royalty and aristocracy decisive advantages over the lower classes. But history remembers the French Revolution in a starkly different way, as the same leaders who sought a more democratic system while out of power devolved into establishing an incredibly repressive tyranny of their own once they acquired it. The French Revolution was a turbulent period that lasted several years, and one of the most famous events of the entire revolution came near the beginning with the Tennis Court Oath. By July of 1788, King Louis XVI agreed to call the Estates-General, a large, traditional legislative body, for the first time since 1614. The country's finances, already quite tenuous, reached a crisis stage in August 1788 as France faced bankruptcy. In March 1789, the electoral method was set. While the nobility and clergy would hold direct elections, the much larger Third Estate would elect representatives from each district who would then attend larger assemblies to elect their official representatives to the Third Estate of the Estates-General. Finally, in the spring of 1789, Louis XVI summoned the Estates-General. They were to convene at Versailles on April 27, but did not do so until May 5. Late elections continued into the summer as conditions around the country delayed many elections. At the same time, bread prices reached an all-time high, leading to riots throughout the country, particularly in Paris. During the formal ritual that welcomed the Estates-General on May 4, 1789, in a precursor of things to come in the following months, the Third Estate refused to kneel before the king. The deputies of the Third Estate came before the king, walking two at a
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              ISBN 9798643335733
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