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A Short History of Bali: Indonesia’s Hindu Realm (A Short History of Asia series) by Robert Pringle

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A Short History of Bali: Indonesia's Hindu Realm (A Short History of Asia series) by Robert Pringle
English | Apr 1, 2004 | ISBN: 1865088633 | 266 Pages | PDF | 3,6 MB

A Short History of Bali: Indonesia’s Hindu Realm (A Short History of Asia series) by Robert Pringle
Covering the history of Bali from before the Bronze Age to the presidency of Megawati Sukarnoputri, this examination highlights the ethnic dynamics of the island and its place in modern Indonesia. Included is an analysis of the arrival of Indian culture, early European contact, and the complex legacies of Dutch control. Also explored are the island's contemporary economic progress and the environmental problems generated by population growth and massive tourist development.
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Elizabeth Mathias, Richard Raspa, “Italian Folktales in America: The Verbal Art of an Immigrant Woman”

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Elizabeth Mathias, Richard Raspa, "Italian Folktales in America: The Verbal Art of an Immigrant Woman"
Publisher: Wayne State Univ Pr | 1988 | ISBN: 0814321224 | English | PDF | 348 pages | 27.2 Mb
In 1941, while studying folklore at Wayne University with Professor Emelyn Gardner, Bruna Todesco collected from her mother, Clementina, the twenty-two märchen and legends presented in this book. Bruna, her mother, and her father, John, immigrated to America in 1930 from their native village of Faller in the Veneto region of northern Italy

Elizabeth Mathias, Richard Raspa, “Italian Folktales in America: The Verbal Art of an Immigrant Woman”
Not just made up of the recorded texts, this book is also built on the reminiscences of that storyteller and some of her old neighbors in her birthplace, and is a record by two resourceful fieldworkers of what it takes to study memory culture. The result is a work that greatly enriches our understanding of who told (and tells) märchen to whom, why and how they are told, and, perhaps most important, under what conditions.

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Rhodiola rosea

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Rhodiola rosea (Traditional Herbal Medicines for Modern Times) by Alain Cuerrier, Kwesi Ampong-Nyarko
2014 | ISBN: 143988840X | English | 304 pages | PDF | 33 MB

Rhodiola rosea
The genus Rhodiola (Family Crassulaceae) is indigenous to Northern Canada, Europe and Asia where its rhizomes and roots have been used for centuries for medicinal purposes. Recent interest in the species (roseroot) in the West arose from the use of the rhizome as an adaptogen for the treatment of stress, but in the last few years, chemical and pharmacological studies have confirmed other valuable medicinal properties.

Written by well-known researchers in this field of study, examines important aspects of this increasingly important medicinal plant, including:

Cultivation
Taxonomy
Ethnobotany
Conservation
Phytopathology
Phytochemistry
Pharmacology
Biotechnology

The book discusses in vitro culture of R. rosea and examines pests and diseases affecting the plant in Europe, Canada, and Alaska. It also examines pharmacological bioassays and toxicology. The contributors provide a meta-analysis of clinical trials and describe experimentation with R. rosea in clinical practice. They explore its use in a range of areas, including for depression and anxiety disorders, to improve sexual and immune functions, to augment cancer treatment, and in aerospace medicine for afflictions such as mountain sickness and jet lag. The final chapter uses a model to illustrate the cultivation of R. rosea as an industrial crop from field to medicine to cabinet. Synthesizing the most important literature in recent years, the book supplies a comprehensive peer-reviewed survey of the wide spectrum of possibilities for its use as a modern phytomedicinal agent.
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UNBORED Games: Serious Fun for Everyone

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UNBORED Games: Serious Fun for Everyone by Elizabeth Foy Larsen, Joshua Glenn
2014 | ISBN: 162040706X | English | 176 pages | EPUB | 67 MB

UNBORED Games: Serious Fun for Everyone
UNBORED Games has all the smarts, creativity, and DIY spirit of the original UNBORED ("It's a book! It's a guide! It's a way of life!" -Los Angeles Magazine), but with a laser-like focus on the activities we do for pure fun: to while away a rainy day, to test our skills and stretch our imaginations-games. There are more than seventy games here, 50 of them all new, plus many more recommendations, and they cover the full gambit, from old-fashioned favorites to today's high-tech games. The book offers a gold mine of creative, constructive fun: intricate clapping games, bike rodeo, Google Earth challenges, croquet golf, capture the flag, and the best ever apps to play with Grandma, to name only a handful. Gaming is a whole culture for kids to explore, and the book will be complete with gaming history and interviews with awesome game designers. The lessons here: all games can be self-customized, or hacked. You can even make up your own games. Some could even change the world.

The original UNBORED has taken its place as a much beloved, distinctly contemporary family brand. UNBORED Games extends the franchise — to be followed by UNBORED Adventure — in a new handy flexibound format, illustrated in full color throughout. Soon, there will be a whole shelf of serious fun the whole family can enjoy indoors, outdoors, online and offline.
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Rome, the Greek World, and the East: Volume 2: Government, Society, and Culture in the Roman Empire

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Fergus Millar, Guy M. Rogers, Hannah M. Cotton, Hannah M. Cotton
"Rome, the Greek World, and the East: Volume 2: Government, Society, and Culture in the Roman Empire"

The University of North Carolina Press | 2004-06-28 | ISBN: 0807855200 | 504 pages | PDF | 3 MB

Rome, the Greek World, and the East: Volume 2: Government, Society, and Culture in the Roman Empire
Fergus Millar is one of the most influential contemporary historians of the ancient world. His essays and books, above all The Emperor in the Roman World and The Roman Near East, have transformed our understanding of the communal culture and civil government of the Greco-Roman world. This second volume of the three-volume collection of Millar's published essays draws together twenty of his classic pieces on the government, society, and culture of the Roman Empire (some of them published in inaccessible journals). Every article in Volume 2 addresses the themes of how the Roman Empire worked in practice and what it was like to live under Roman rule. As in the first volume of the collection, English translations of the extended Greek and Latin passages in the original articles make Millar's essays accessible to readers who do not read these languages.
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Rome, the Greek World, and the East: Volume 2: Government, Society, and Culture in the Roman Empire

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Fergus Millar, Guy M. Rogers, Hannah M. Cotton, Hannah M. Cotton
"Rome, the Greek World, and the East: Volume 2: Government, Society, and Culture in the Roman Empire"

The University of North Carolina Press | 2004-06-28 | ISBN: 0807855200 | 504 pages | PDF | 3 MB

Rome, the Greek World, and the East: Volume 2: Government, Society, and Culture in the Roman Empire
Fergus Millar is one of the most influential contemporary historians of the ancient world. His essays and books, above all The Emperor in the Roman World and The Roman Near East, have transformed our understanding of the communal culture and civil government of the Greco-Roman world. This second volume of the three-volume collection of Millar's published essays draws together twenty of his classic pieces on the government, society, and culture of the Roman Empire (some of them published in inaccessible journals). Every article in Volume 2 addresses the themes of how the Roman Empire worked in practice and what it was like to live under Roman rule. As in the first volume of the collection, English translations of the extended Greek and Latin passages in the original articles make Millar's essays accessible to readers who do not read these languages.
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Tales of Gotham, Historical Archaeology, Ethnohistory and Microhistory of New York City

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Tales of Gotham, Historical Archaeology, Ethnohistory and Microhistory of New York City by Meta F. Janowitz and Diane Dallal
English | ISBN: 1461452716 | 2013 | PDF | 389 pages | 10 MB

Tales of Gotham, Historical Archaeology, Ethnohistory and Microhistory of New York City
Historical Archaeology of New York City is a collection of narratives about people who lived in New York City during the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries, people whose lives archaeologists have encountered during excavations at sites where these people lived or worked. The stories are ethnohistorical or microhistorical studies created using archaeological and documentary data. As microhistories, they are concerned with particular people living at particular times in the past within the framework of world events. The world events framework will be provided in short introductions to chapters grouped by time periods and themes. The foreword by Mary Beaudry and the afterword by LuAnne DeCunzo bookend the individual case studies and add theoretical weight to the volume. Historical Archaeology of New York City focuses on specific individual life stories, or stories of groups of people, as a way to present archaeological theory and research. Archaeologists work with material culture-artifacts-to recreate daily lives and study how culture works; this book is an example of how to do this in a way that can attract people interested in history as well as in anthropological theory.
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Web of Life: Folklore and Midrash in Rabbinic Literature (Contraversions: Jews and Other Differences) by Batya Stein

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Web of Life: Folklore and Midrash in Rabbinic Literature (Contraversions: Jews and Other Differences) by Batya Stein
English | Oct 1, 2000 | ISBN: 0804732272 | 287 Pages | PDF | 29 MB

Web of Life: Folklore and Midrash in Rabbinic Literature (Contraversions: Jews and Other Differences) by Batya Stein
Web of Life weaves its suggestive interpretation of Jewish culture in the Palestine of late antiquity on the warp of a singular, breathtakingly tragic, and sublime rabbinic text, Lamentations Rabbah. The textual analyses that form the core of the book are informed by a range of theoretical paradigms rarely brought to bear on rabbinic literature: structural analysis of mythologies and folktales, performative approaches to textual production, feminist theory, psychoanalytical analysis of culture, cultural criticism, and folk narrative genre analysis.

The concept of context as the hermeneutic basis for literary interpretation reactivates the written text and subverts the hierarchical structures with which it has been traditionally identified. This book reinterprets rabbinic culture as an arena of multiple dialogues that traverse traditional concepts of identity regarding gender, nation, religion, and territory. The author's approach is permeated by the idea that scholarly writing about ancient texts is invigorated by an existential hermeneutic rooted in the universality of human experience. She thus resorts to personal experience as an idiom of communication between author and reader and between human beings of our time and of the past. This research acknowledges the overlap of poetic and analytical language as well as the language of analysis and everyday life.

In eliciting folk narrative discourses inside the rabbinic text, the book challenges traditional views about the social basis that engendered these texts. It suggests the subversive potential of the constitutive texts of Jewish culture from late antiquity to the present by pointing out the inherent multi-vocality of the text, adding to the conventionally acknowledged synagogue and academy the home, the marketplace, and other private and public socializing institutions.
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Fodor’s Caribbean 2015

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Fodor's Caribbean 2015 by Fodor's
English | 2014 | ISBN: 0804142629 | 1184 pages | EPUB | 31 MB

Fodor’s Caribbean 2015
In amazing full-color, covers almost 50 destinations in the Caribbean, from the Dominican Republic and Trinidad & Tobago, to Turks & Caicos and even Montserrat. The guide reviews the best each island has to offer, including activities, resorts, restaurants, nightspots, shops, and . It's a complete planning tool that will help travelers put together the perfect trip to an island paradise.
COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE: is the only comprehensive, full-color guide to the region that is published and updated annually.
EXPANDED COVERAGE: The Caribbean is ever-changing, and this edition includes new resorts, restaurants, sports and activity outfitters, and attractions.
ILLUSTRATED FEATURES: Special "Fodor's Features" throughout the guide illuminate the most distinctive aspects of Caribbean culture and history, including the age of pirates and buccaneers; the many different cuisines of the region; dance and music; and activities such as sportfishing, diving and snorkeling, and chartering a yacht.
INDISPENSABLE TRIP PLANNING TOOLS: An island finder helps travelers choose the perfect Caribbean destination. Each chapter opens with four pages that include an island map, the top reasons to go, and other essential information to help visitors plan their time effectively.
DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife.
INCLUDES: Aruba, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Barth, St. Lucia, St. Martin, Turks & Caicos, US Virgin Islands, and .
ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.
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Dear Images: Art, Copyright and Culture

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Dear Images: Art, Copyright and Culture by Karsten Schubert
English | Sep 15, 2008 | ISBN: 0954171020 | 512 Pages | PDF | 48 MB
For artists, images are indeed dear in both senses of the word: they are cherished, and also valuable. This indispensable compendium from the superb British publisher collects essays by international experts on many vital issues related to the ownership of art – who does it belong to, who can use it, what value does it have.

Dear Images: Art, Copyright and Culture
The articles cross borders, considering international copyright conventions, fair use, the internet, concepts of originality, public access to art in museums and digitization, by international experts. A fascinating collection looking at issues from moral rights to the artist as a -brand.
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