Trade and Civilisation in the Indian Ocean: K. N. Chaudhuri
Trade and Civilisation in the Indian Ocean:An Economic History from the Rise of Islam to 1750 K. N. Chaudhuri
Oscar Wilde said ´Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life´. Was he right? In Civilisations, David Olusoga travels the world to piece together the shared histories that link nations. In part one, ´First Contact´, we discover what happened to art in the great Age of Discovery, when civilisations encountered each other for the first time. Although undoubtedly a period of conquest and destruction, it was also one of mutual curiosity, global trade and the exchange of ideas. In part two, ´The Cult of Progress´, we see how the Industrial Revolution transformed the world, impacting every corner and every civilisation, from the cotton mills of the Midlands through Napoleon´s conquest of Egypt to the decimation of both Native American and Maori populations and the advent of photography in Paris in 1839. Incredible art - both looted and created - relays the key events and their outcomes throughout the world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ben Onwukwe. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/twuk/002134/bk_twuk_002134_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Michael Palin is off again, this time to the seemingly desolate Sahara Desert. There´s no easy way across, as he and his team discover on their most challenging expedition yet. From a starting point in Gibralter, Michael makes his way to Morocco, then over the Atlas Mountains to the little-known countries of Mauritania, Mali, and Chad. He travels on the longest train in the world, meets with the Paris-Dakar Rally in the middle of nowhere, and sees the world´s largest mud mosque before arriving in Timbuktu. Then it´s a journey with nomadic herders and a camel caravan, to Algeria and a recently re-opened Libya. Finally, Michael returns to the classical remains of Tunisia, where Life of Brian was filmed and he was crucified. The mysterious, barren desert is revealed to be a place full of people, landscapes, and stories, a vibrant land with a history of civilisation, trade, and conquest stretching from the ancient Egyptians to the oil-rich Islamic republics of today. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Palin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/000096/bk_bbcw_000096_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Michael Palin´s epic voyages have seen him circumnavigate the globe, travel from the North to the South Pole and circle the countries of the Pacific Ocean, but perhaps the greatest single challenge he has faced is his latest, a crossing of the vast and merciless Sahara Desert. As the journey unfolds, the Sahara reveals not only the emptiness of endless sand dunes, but a huge and diverse range of cultures and landscapes, and a long history of civilisation, trade, commerce and conquest. He walks with nomadic herders and rides with a camel caravan through Niger, scales the Hoggar Mountains and flies into the oilfields of Algeria, before investigating Colonel Gaddafi´s Libya and the stunning classical remains of Tunisia, where Life of Brian was filmed and Palin crucified. This is Michael Palin, explorer-adventurer, at his hard-pressed best. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Palin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/006241/bk_bbcw_006241_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Covering the last five hundred years of global history, The Environment in World History examines the processes that have transformed the Earth and put growing pressure on natural resources. Chapters and case studies explore a wide range of issues, including: the hunting of wildlife and the loss of biodiversity in nearly every part of the globe the clearing of the worlds forests and the development of strategies to halt their decline the degradation of soils, one of the most profound and unnoticed ways that humans have altered the planet the impact of urban-industrial growth and the deepening ecological footprints of the worlds cities the pollution of air, land and water as the inevitable trade-off for continued economic growth worldwide. The Environment in World History offers a fresh environmental perspective on familiar world history narratives of imperialism and colonialism, trade and commerce, and technological progress and the advance of civilisation, and will be invaluable reading for all students of world history and environmental studies.