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Blood and Violence in Early Modern France

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Stuart Carroll "Blood and Violence in Early Modern France"
Oxford University Press | 2006-07-03 | ISBN: 0199290458 | 384 pages | PDF | 5 MB

Blood and Violence in Early Modern France
The rise of civilized conduct and behaviour has long been seen as one of the major factors in the transformation from medieval to modern society. Thinkers and historians alike argue that violence progressively declined as men learned to control their emotions. The feud is a phenomenon associated with backward societies, and in the West duelling codified behaviour and channelled aggression into ritualised combats that satisfied honour without the shedding of blood. French manners and codes of civility laid the foundations of civilized Western values. But as this original work of archival research shows we continue to romanticize violence in the era of the swashbuckling swordsman. In France, thousands of men died in duels in which the rules of the game were regularly flouted. Many duels were in fact mini-battles and must be seen not as a replacement of the blood feud, but as a continuation of vengeance-taking in a much bloodier form. This book outlines the nature of feuding in France and its intensification in the wake of the Protestant Reformation, civil war and dynastic weakness, and considers the solutions proposed by thinkers from Montaigne to Hobbes. The creation of the largest standing army in Europe since the Romans was one such solution, but the militarization of society, a model adopted throughout Europe, reveals the darker side of the civilizing process.
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Three Critics of the Enlightenment: Vico, Hamann, Herder

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Three Critics of the Enlightenment: Vico, Hamann, Herder by Isaiah Berlin
English | 2013 | ISBN: 0691157650 | 576 pages | PDF | 6,8 MB

Three Critics of the Enlightenment: Vico, Hamann, Herder
Isaiah Berlin was deeply admired during his life, but his full contribution was perhaps underestimated because of his preference for the long essay form. The efforts of Henry Hardy to edit Berlin's work and reintroduce it to a broad, eager readership have gone far to remedy this. Now, Princeton is pleased to return to print, under one cover, Berlin's essays on these celebrated and captivating intellectual portraits: Vico, Hamann, and Herder. These essays on three relatively uncelebrated thinkers are not marginal ruminations, but rather among Berlin's most important studies in the history of ideas. They are integral to his central project: the critical recovery of the ideas of the Counter-Enlightenment and the explanation of its appeal and consequences–both positive and (often) tragic.

Giambattista Vico was the anachronistic and impoverished Neapolitan philosopher sometimes credited with founding the human sciences. He opposed Enlightenment methods as cold and fallacious. J. G. Hamann was a pious, cranky dilettante in a peripheral German city. But he was brilliant enough to gain the audience of Kant, Goethe, and Moses Mendelssohn. In Hamann's chaotic and long-ignored writings, Berlin finds the first strong attack on Enlightenment rationalism and a wholly original source of the coming swell of romanticism. Johann Gottfried Herder, the progenitor of populism and European nationalism, rejected universalism and rationalism but championed cultural pluralism.

Individually, these fascinating intellectual biographies reveal Berlin's own great intelligence, learning, and generosity, as well as the passionate genius of his subjects. Together, they constitute an arresting interpretation of romanticism's precursors. In Hamann's railings and the more considered writings of Vico and Herder, Berlin finds critics of the Enlightenment worthy of our careful attention. But he identifies much that is misguided in their rejection of universal values, rationalism, and science. With his customary emphasis on the frightening power of ideas, Berlin traces much of the next centuries' irrationalism and suffering to the historicism and particularism they advocated. What Berlin has to say about these long-dead thinkers–in appreciation and dissent–is remarkably timely in a day when Enlightenment beliefs are being challenged not just by academics but by politicians and by powerful nationalist and fundamentalist movements.

The study of J. G. Hamann was originally published under the title The Magus of the North: J. G. Hamann and the Origins of Modern Irrationalism. The essays on Vico and Herder were originally published as Vico and Herder: Two Studies in the History of Ideas. Both are out of print.
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Change They Can’t Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America

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Christopher S. Parker, Matt A. Barreto, "Change They Can't Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America"
English | ISBN: 0691151830, 0691163618 | 2013 | PDF | 378 pages | 11 MB

Change They Can’t Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America
Are Tea Party supporters merely a group of conservative citizens concerned about government spending? Or are they racists who refuse to accept Barack Obama as their president because he's not white? Change They Can't Believe In offers an alternative argument–that the Tea Party is driven by the reemergence of a reactionary movement in American politics that is fueled by a fear that America has changed for the worse. Providing a range of original evidence and rich portraits of party sympathizers as well as activists, Christopher Parker and Matt Barreto show that what actually pushes Tea Party supporters is not simple ideology or racism, but fear that the country is being stolen from "real Americans"–a belief triggered by Obama's election. From civil liberties and policy issues, to participation in the political process, the perception that America is in danger directly informs how Tea Party supporters think and act.

The authors argue that this isn't the first time a segment of American society has perceived the American way of life as under siege. In fact, movements of this kind often appear when some individuals believe that "American" values are under threat by rapid social changes. Drawing connections between the Tea Party and right-wing reactionary movements of the past, including the Know Nothing Party, the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s, and the John Birch Society, Parker and Barreto develop a framework that transcends the Tea Party to shed light on its current and future consequences.

Linking past and present reactionary movements, Change They Can't Believe In rigorously examines the motivations and political implications associated with today's Tea Party.
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The Strengths Model: A Recovery-Oriented Approach to Mental Health Services, 3 edition

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The Strengths Model: A Recovery-Oriented Approach to Mental Health Services, 3 edition by Charles A. Rapp and Richard J. Goscha
English | 2011 | ISBN: 0199764085 | 352 pages | PDF | 2 MB

The Strengths Model: A Recovery-Oriented Approach to Mental Health Services, 3 edition
Presenting a compelling alternative to the traditional medical approach, The Strengths Model demonstrates an evidence-based approach to helping people with a psychiatric disability identify and achieve meaningful and important life goals. Since the first edition of this classic textbook appeared, the strengths model has matured into a robust vision of mental health services. Both a philosophy of practice and a specific set of tools and methods, the strengths model is designed to facilitate a recovery-oriented partnership between client and practitioner. This completely revised edition charts the evolution of the strengths model, reviews the empirical support behind it, and illustrates the techniques and values that guide its application.

Features new to this edition:
– An extensive update of the strengths literature, focusing on recovery as the dominant paradigm in mental health services
– Richly drawn case vignettes demonstrating the application of methods
– Integration of empirical research and consumers' own experiences
– Completely updated strengths assessment and fidelity scales
– In-depth discussions and examples guide practitioners from theory to applied practice
– Descriptions of how to teach and successfully supervise large-scale implementations of strengths model work

For social workers and other mental health specialists working with clients to move beyond the disabling effects of mental illness to a life filled with meaning, purpose, and identity, this remains the crucial text.
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The Book of CSS3: A Developer’s Guide to the Future of Web Design (2nd edition)

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Peter Gasston, "The Book of CSS3: A Developer's Guide to the Future of Web Design (2nd edition)"
2014 | ISBN-10: 1593275803 | 304 pages | PDF | 9 MB

The Book of CSS3: A Developer’s Guide to the Future of Web Design (2nd edition)
CSS3 is the technology behind most of the eye-catching visuals on the Web. But the docs can be dry, murky, and full of dastardly caveats for inconsistent browser implementations.

This completely updated second edition of the best-selling Book of CSS3 distills the dense technical language of the CSS3 specification into plain English and shows you what CSS3 can do now, in all major browsers. You'll find fully revised coverage of the updated syntax of gradients, grids, and flexible box layout, as well as all-new chapters on values and sizing, and graphical effects like filter effects and blend modes.

With an abundance of real-world examples and a focus on the principles of good design, The Book of CSS3 will help you expand your CSS skills, as you learn how to:
Style text with custom font choices, drop shadows, and other effects
Create, position, and resize background images on the fly
Spice up static web pages with event-driven transitions and animations
Apply 2D and 3D transformations to text and images
Use linear and radial gradients to create smooth color transitions
Take control of layout with grids, columns, and flexible alignment
Tailor a website's appearance to every type of web-capable device
The companion website includes up-to-date browser compatibility charts, links to tutorials and resources, and live CSS3 examples.

The Web can be an ugly place. Make it pretty with The Book of CSS3.
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The Book of CSS3: A Developer’s Guide to the Future of Web Design (2nd edition)

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Peter Gasston, "The Book of CSS3: A Developer's Guide to the Future of Web Design (2nd edition)"
2014 | ISBN-10: 1593275803 | 304 pages | PDF | 9 MB

The Book of CSS3: A Developer’s Guide to the Future of Web Design (2nd edition)
CSS3 is the technology behind most of the eye-catching visuals on the Web. But the docs can be dry, murky, and full of dastardly caveats for inconsistent browser implementations.

This completely updated second edition of the best-selling Book of CSS3 distills the dense technical language of the CSS3 specification into plain English and shows you what CSS3 can do now, in all major browsers. You'll find fully revised coverage of the updated syntax of gradients, grids, and flexible box layout, as well as all-new chapters on values and sizing, and graphical effects like filter effects and blend modes.

With an abundance of real-world examples and a focus on the principles of good design, The Book of CSS3 will help you expand your CSS skills, as you learn how to:
Style text with custom font choices, drop shadows, and other effects
Create, position, and resize background images on the fly
Spice up static web pages with event-driven transitions and animations
Apply 2D and 3D transformations to text and images
Use linear and radial gradients to create smooth color transitions
Take control of layout with grids, columns, and flexible alignment
Tailor a website's appearance to every type of web-capable device
The companion website includes up-to-date browser compatibility charts, links to tutorials and resources, and live CSS3 examples.

The Web can be an ugly place. Make it pretty with The Book of CSS3.
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Bound for Canaan: The Epic Story of the Underground Railroad, America’s First Civil Rights Movement

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Fergus M. Bordewich "Bound for Canaan: The Epic Story of the Underground Railroad, America's First Civil Rights Movement"
Amistad | 2006-02-01 | ISBN: 0060524316 | 576 pages | PDF | 3 MB

Bound for Canaan: The Epic Story of the Underground Railroad, America’s First Civil Rights Movement
An important book of epic scope on America's first racially integrated, religiously inspired movement for change

The civil war brought to a climax the country's bitter division. But the beginnings of slavery's denouement can be traced to a courageous band of ordinary Americans, black and white, slave and free, who joined forces to create what would come to be known as the Underground Railroad, a movement that occupies as romantic a place in the nation's imagination as the Lewis and Clark expedition. The true story of the Underground Railroad is much more morally complex and politically divisive than even the myths suggest. Against a backdrop of the country's westward expansion arose a fierce clash of values that was nothing less than a war for the country's soul. Not since the American Revolution had the country engaged in an act of such vast and profound civil disobedience that not only challenged prevailing mores but also subverted federal law.
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From Symposium to Eucharist: The Banquet in the Early Christian World by Dennis E. Smith

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From Symposium to Eucharist: The Banquet in the Early Christian World by Dennis E. Smith
English | Feb 1, 2003 | ISBN: 0800634896 | 424 Pages | PDF | 54,6 MB

From Symposium to Eucharist: The Banquet in the Early Christian World by Dennis E. Smith
From Plato to the New Testament, banquets held an important place in creating community, sharing values, and connecting with the divine.
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Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles 2012 Price Guide, 28th Edition by Eric Bradley

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Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles 2012 Price Guide, 28th Edition by Eric Bradley
English | Oct 4, 2011 | ISBN: 1440216959 | ASIN: B00BFQKLDE | 816 Pages | PDF | 76,1 MB

Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles 2012 Price Guide, 28th Edition by Eric Bradley
America's No. 1 Selling Price Guide

For nearly 30 years, Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles has been the leading source for information on antiques and collectibles. Filled with expert advice, vetted values and 4,500 color photographs, Antique Trader provides the clearest and most dependable picture of this amazingly diverse and magnificent market.

Inside you will enjoy a variety of new collecting areas, as well as old favorites. Including: Asian art, bottles, ceramics, Civil War collectibles, clocks, comic books, cookie jars, figurines, furniture, glass, Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments, illustration art, kitchenware, perfume bottles, petroliana, toys, vintage clothing and Zippo lighters. Also new this year is Top Lots, a feature highlighting the bestselling results from some of the finest auction houses nationwide.
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Game Theory: An Introduction

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E. N. Barron, "Game Theory: An Introduction"
2008 | ISBN: 0470171324 | 440 pages | PDF | 6 MB

Game Theory: An Introduction
Game theory arises in almost every fact of human and inhuman interaction since oftentimes during these communications objectives are opposed or cooperation is viewed as an option. From economics and finance to biology and computer science, researchers and practitioners are often put in complex decision-making scenarios, whether they are interacting with each other or working with evolving technology and artificial intelligence. Acknowledging the role of mathematics in making logical and advantageous decisions, uses modern software applications to create, analyze, and implement effective decision-making models.

While most books on modern game theory are either too abstract or too applied, this book provides a balanced treatment of the subject that is both conceptual and hands-on. Game Theory introduces readers to the basic theories behind games and presents real-world examples from various fields of study such as economics, political science, military science, finance, biological science as well as general game playing. A unique feature of this book is the use of Maple to find the values and strategies of games, and in addition, it aids in the implementation of algorithms for the solution or visualization of game concepts. Maple is also utilized to facilitate a visual learning environment of game theory and acts as the primary tool for the calculation of complex non-cooperative and cooperative games.

Important game theory topics are presented within the following five main areas of coverage:

– Two-person zero sum matrix games
– Nonzero sum games and the reduction to nonlinear programming
– Cooperative games, including discussion of both the Nucleolus concept and the Shapley value
– Bargaining, including threat strategies
– Evolutionary stable strategies and population games

Although some mathematical competence is assumed, appendices are provided to act as a refresher of the basic concepts of linear algebra, probability, and statistics. Exercises are included at the end of each section along with algorithms for the solution of the games to help readers master the presented information. Also, explicit Maple and Mathematica® commands are included in the book and are available as worksheets via the book's related Web site. The use of this software allows readers to solve many more advanced and interesting games without spending time on the theory of linear and nonlinear programming or performing other complex calculations.

With extensive examples illustrating game theory's wide range of relevance, this classroom-tested book is ideal for game theory courses in mathematics, engineering, operations research, computer science, and economics at the upper-undergraduate level. It is also an ideal companion for anyone who is interested in the applications of game theory.
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