Download E-books Flattening the Earth: Two Thousand Years of Map Projections PDF

As lengthy as there were maps, cartographers have grappled with the impossibility of portraying the earth in dimensions. to unravel this challenge mapmakers have created hundreds and hundreds of map projections, mathematical equipment for drawing the around earth on a flat floor. but of the loads of latest projections, and the limitless quantity which are theoretically attainable, none is completely accurate.

Flattening the Earth is the 1st designated heritage of map projections on account that 1863. John P. Snyder discusses and illustrates the masses of identified projections produced from 500 B.C. to the current, emphasizing advancements because the Renaissance and shutting with a glance on the number of projections made attainable by means of computers.

The e-book includes one hundred seventy illustrations, together with define maps from unique resources and sleek automated reconstructions. even though the textual content isn't really mathematically dependent, a couple of equations are incorporated to allow the extra technical reader to devise a few projections. Tables summarize the gains of approximately 200 varied projections and record these utilized in nineteenth-and twentieth-century atlases.

"This publication is exclusive and critical: an intensive, well-organized, and insightful background of map projections. Snyder is the world's most popular authority at the topic and an important innovator in his personal right."—Mark Monmonier, writer of How to Lie with Maps and Mapping It Out: Expository Cartography for the arts and Social Sciences.

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Download E-books Governing the World: The History of an Idea, 1815 to the Present PDF

By Mark Mazower

A majestic narrative reckoning with the forces that experience formed the character and future of the world’s governing institutions

The tale of worldwide cooperation is a story of dreamers goading us to discover universal reason in remedying humanity’s worst difficulties. yet foreign associations also are instruments for the powers that be to boost their very own pursuits. Mark Mazower’s Governing the World tells the epic, two-hundred-year tale of that inevitable tension—the volatile and infrequently striking alchemy among rules and tool. From the rubble of the Napoleonic empire within the 19th century during the delivery of the League of countries and the United international locations within the 20th century to the dominance of world finance on the flip of the millennium, Mazower masterfully explores the present period of foreign existence as Western dominance wanes and a brand new international stability of powers emerges.

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Download E-books The Bolsheviks in Power: The First Year of Soviet Rule in Petrograd PDF

By Alexander Rabinowitch

A significant contribution to the historiography of the area within the twentieth century, The Bolsheviks in energy specializes in the fateful first yr of Soviet rule in Petrograd. It examines occasions that profoundly formed the Soviet political process that persevered via many of the twentieth century. Drawing mostly from formerly inaccessible Soviet information, it demolishes regular interpretations of the origins of Soviet authoritarianism by means of demonstrating that the Soviet approach advanced advert hoc because the Bolsheviks struggled to continue political energy amid spiraling political, social, financial, and army crises. The booklet covers matters akin to the quick fall of influential average Bolsheviks, the formation of the feared Cheka, the dissolution of the Constituent meeting, the crimson Terror, the nationwide government's flight to Moscow, and the following competition among Russia's new and previous capitals.

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Download E-books Tsar's Last Armada: The Epic Voyage to the Battle of Tsushima PDF

By Constantine Pleshakov

On could 14, 1905, for the 1st time, an Asian country defeated a ecu strength. Russia's overall defeat at Tsushima, the finding out conflict of the Russo-Japanese conflict, proven Japan as a emerging superpower & would-be ruler of the East. overnight the Russian fleet used to be annihilated, whereas Japan misplaced simply three destroyers. It used to be the 1st smooth naval conflict, utilizing the entire new know-how of destruction. The defeat at Tsushima was once the final & maximum of many indignities incurred by way of the Russian fleet, which had traveled midway worldwide to arrive the conflict, dogged each mile through undesirable success & misadventure. regardless of its value & its drama, the historical past of the conflict of Tsushima has lengthy been ignored within the West. Illustrations.

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Download E-books A Great and Noble Scheme: The Tragic Story of the Expulsion of the French Acadians from Their American Homeland PDF

By John Mack Faragher

"Altogether marvelous; a beneficial memorial to the sufferers of 2 and a part centuries past."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

In 1755, New England troops launched into a "great and noble scheme" to expel 18,000 French-speaking Acadians ("the impartial French") from Nova Scotia, killing hundreds of thousands, isolating innumerable households, and riding many into forests the place they waged a determined guerrilla resistance. the appropriate of neutrality; to dwell in peace from the imperial wars waged among France and England; were one of many founding values of Acadia; its settlers traded and intermarried freely with local Mikmaq Indians and English Protestants alike. however the Acadians' refusal to swear unconditional allegiance to the British Crown within the mid-eighteenth century gave New Englanders, who had lengthy coveted Nova Scotia's fertile farmland, pretense sufficient to release a crusade of ethnic detoxing on a tremendous scale. John Mack Faragher attracts on unique study to weave one hundred fifty years of background right into a gripping narrative of either the civilization of Acadia and the British plot to smash it. forty illustrations, 6 maps

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Download E-books The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of the Second World War PDF

The Palgrave Concise Atlas of worldwide struggle II offers quite a lot of chapters at the army campaigns, significant political advancements, frontier adjustments, foreign meetings and alliances of worldwide struggle II, including chapters at the domestic fronts within the significant partaking countries and in occupied Europe and Asia (the latter masking, for example, resistance, inhabitants events and genocide). Chapters overlaying the army campaigns additionally specialize in fresh discoveries, specifically the function of signs intelligence and code-breaking. the result's a accomplished atlas overlaying the entire significant features of the struggle and offering the army occasions of their complete context.

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Download E-books Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles Into the Darkness PDF

By Neil Swidey

The harrowing tale of 5 males who have been despatched right into a darkish, airless, miles-long tunnel, 1000s of toes less than the sea, to do a virtually very unlikely job—with lethal results
 
A quarter-century in the past, Boston had the dirtiest harbor in the USA. town were dumping sewage into it for generations, coating the seafloor with a layer of “black mayonnaise.” Fisheries collapsed, natural world fled, and locals pointed out floating tampon applicators as “beach whistles.”
 
within the Nineteen Nineties, paintings started on a cutting-edge remedy plant and a 10-mile-long tunnel—its endpoint stretching further from civilization than the earth’s private ocean trench—to hold waste out of the harbor. With this amazing feat of engineering, Boston was once poised to teach the rustic how you can rebound from environmental spoil. but if undesirable judgements and clashing companies endangered the venture, a staff of industrial divers used to be despatched on a dangerous project to rescue the stymied cleanup effort. Five divers went in; now not them all got here out alive.
 
Drawing on hundreds of thousands of interviews and millions of records amassed over 5 years of reporting, award-winning author Neil Swidey takes us deep into the lives of the divers, engineers, politicians, legal professionals, and investigators concerned with the tragedy and its aftermath, making a taut, action-packed narrative. The climax comes simply after the hard-partying DJ Gillis and his pal Billy Juse exchange assignments as they head into the tunnel, sentencing one in every of them to dying.
 
An intimate portrait of the wreckage left within the wake of lives misplaced, the book—which Dennis Lehane calls "extraordinary" and compares with The excellent Storm—is additionally a morality story. what's the real price of those large-scale building initiatives, as designers and developers, emboldened through new expertise and confused to deal with a transforming into population’s rapacious wishes, push the boundaries of the prospective? this can be a tale approximately human risk—how it's calculated, discounted, and transferred—and the institutional mess ups which can bring about catastrophe.
 
Suspenseful but humane, Trapped less than the Sea reminds us that in the back of each bridge, tower, and tunnel—behind the infrastructure that makes smooth lifestyles possible—lies unsung bravery and impressive sacrifice.  

From the Hardcover edition.

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Download E-books The Immortal Game: A History of Chess PDF

By David Shenk

Chess is the main enduring and common video game in heritage. the following, bestselling writer David Shenk chronicles its interesting saga, from historic Persia to medieval Europe to the dens of Benjamin Franklin and Norman Schwarzkopf. alongside the way in which, he examines a unmarried mythical video game that happened in London in 1851 among masters of the time, and relays his personal makes an attempt to turn into as expert as his Polish ancestor Samuel Rosenthal, a nineteenth-century champion. With its mix of cultural background and Shenk’s own curiosity, The Immortal Game is a compelling consultant for newbies and aficionados alike.

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Download E-books Revolutions in World History (Themes in World History) PDF

By Michael D. Richards

This extensive comparative survey specializes in 5 colossal case experiences, beginning with the English Revolution within the 17th century, and happening to the Mexican, Russian, Vietnamese and Iranian Revolutions.

Revolutions in global History lines the origins, advancements, and results of those revolutions, delivering an realizing of the innovative culture in a world context. questions on motivations and ideologies are raised in addition to in regards to the effectiveness of those revolutions

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