Flora of the Silk Road

The Complete Illustrated Guide

Author: Basak Gardner & Chris Gardner

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1780769415

Category: Science

Page: 416

View: 6375

The Silk Road - a name that has enchanted for centuries. Yet a well kept secret, even today, is that this fabled route linking Europe with Asia is also the most spectacular floral region on earth. Chris and Basak Gardner offer a unique pictorial celebration of the plants and scenery to be found along its 5,000 miles. Embracing Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Central Asia and China, more than five hundred of the finest wild flowers are depicted together with the beautiful landscapes in which these botanical paradises are found. With an accompanying text giving descriptions of the species, plant families and their distribution, as well as information on photographing plants in the wild, this unique book will amaze and delight not only those with an interest in the spectacular and legendary landscapes that form the Silk Road but also plantsmen and horticulturalists worldwide.

The Valuation of Information Technology

A Guide for Strategy Development, Valuation, and Financial Planning

Author: Christopher Gardner

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 9780471378310

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 297

View: 867

Top executives support The Valuation of Information Technology "This is the first book which I have seen that places corporate decision-making on a logical and quantitative basis. Decisions which have traditionally been done by the 'seat of the pants' are subjected to the same rigorous analysis as is routine in the hard sciences. I think this book strikes off in a completely new direction and deserves to be read by anyone contemplating a career in business." -Dr. Mel Schwartz, Nobel Laureate in Physics 1988 and Professor Emeritus, Stanford and Columbia Universities "An insightful, rewarding evaluation of information technology-with the aim being the creation of shareholder value. Chris Gardner's detailed work shows how powerfully constructive and destructive the forces of innovation can be. Mastering information technology is the key to twenty-first-century commercial success. This book is a driver toward that mastery." -Tom Gardner, The Motley Fool (Fool.com) "Finally, a clear set of tools for those of us who are trying to find a path through a jungle of complexity. Chris Gardner has clearly and crisply provided a road map of rationality to help direct our path through a chaotic world of accelerating change." -Peter Sprague, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Wave Systems, and former Chairman of National Semiconductor "The Valuation of Information Technology provides a practical, step-by-step approach for analyzing the attractiveness of an information technology system.. Highly recommended." -Derek R. Reisfield, Vice Chairman, Luminant Worldwide, and formerly President, CBS New Media, Chairman, Marketwatch.com, and Member of the Board, Sportsline USA "Information and technology are transforming commerce and challenging traditional valuation methods. The Valuation of Information Technology builds a bridge between familiar valuation, grounded on customer value, revenue, cost, and earnings contributions all on the one side, and the returns available in the new information technology context on the other. With these tools, added to thoughtful application and judgment, you will be a wiser leader investor, and consumer." -Stephen B. Bonner, President and CEO, Cancer Treatment Centers of America "Chris Gardner's book comes at the right time for many businesses which can no longer afford the guessing or the hip-shooting that has been the solution algorithm in many companies. He points out the systemic thinking that is possible and the discipline that is required to tackle the issues in a sound, responsible, and competitively superior way." -Dr. Rainer Famulla, Partner, Andersen Consulting "The Valuation of Information Technology tackles the tough problem of defining the value of new technologies company shareholders using integrated analytical techniques. The methodologies presented in the book are essential to any successful new business development. I highly recommend it." -Dr. Khasha Mohammadi, President, e-Networks, and formerly of Bell Labs "Clearly we have entered an era where many organizations are making 'bet the company' investment decisions in information technology and the Internet. Unfortunately, many of these investments are made on an emotional basis alone. The Valuation of Information Technology provides a significant advance in our ability for making these decisions on a more thoughtful, analytic basis." -Frank Ostroff, Author of The Horizontal Organization "For the first time, The Valuation of Information Technology marries corporate finance with technology marketing to create a technology decision guide focused on what matters most-shareholder value." -Jim Szafranski, Marketing Manager, Tut Systems

The Discovery of Albania

Travel Writing and Anthropology in the Nineteenth Century Balkans

Author: Johann Georg Hahn

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1784532924

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 3677

Johann Georg von Hahn—a nineteenth-century Austrian diplomat and explorer—is generally considered to be the founder of Albanian Studies as a scholarly discipline. It was he who first studied the Balkan country and its people, and who brought them to the attention of the academic world. Despite this acclaim, his work has not been widely available in English until now. In this volume, Robert Elsie has translated Hahn's most important works relating to his travels and studies in Albania during the mid-nineteenth century. Hahn's interests were broad, but he was especially interested in the tribes of Albania and Kosovo and made several ethnographic studies of the cultures and traditions of the tribes he encountered on his travels—including the Kelmendi, Hoti and Kastrati tribes. This volume will be invaluable readers for scholars of Balkan history and anthropology.

The Cultural Revolution of the Nineteenth Century

Theatre, the Book-Trade and Reading in the Transatlantic World

Author: Márcia Abreu,Ana Claudia Suriani Da Silva

Publisher: I. B. Tauris

ISBN: 9781784531775

Category: Art

Page: 304

View: 307

The beginnings of what we now call 'globalization' dates from the early sixteenth century, when Europeans, in particular the Iberian monarchies, began to connect 'the four parts of the world'. From the end of the eighteenth and throughout the nineteenth centuries, technical advancements, such as the growth of the European rail network and the increasing ease of international shipping, narrowed the physical and imagined distances between different parts of the globe. Books, printed matter and theatrical performances were a crucial part of this process and the so-called 'long nineteenth century' saw a remarkable increase in readership and technological improvements that significantly changed the production of printed matter and its relationship with culture. This book analyzes this sea-change in knowledge and sharing of ideas through the prism of the transatlantic diffusion of French, Brazilian, Portuguese and English print-cultures. In particular, it charts the circulation of printed matter, publishers, booksellers and actors between Europe and South America. Featuring a new original essay from Roger Chartier, The Cultural Revolution of the 19th Century is an essential new benchmark in global and transnational history.

The Silk Road

From Xi'an to Kashgar

Author: Judy Bonavia,Christoph Baumer

Publisher: Odyssey Publications

ISBN: 9789622177611

Category: Travel

Page: 367

View: 9173

Presents information on cultural sites, accommodations, and restaurants, and provides an overview of the famous trade route's history.

The Greek Superpower

Sparta in the Self-Definitions of Athenians

Author: Paul Cartledge,Anton Powell

Publisher: ISD LLC

ISBN: 1910589802

Category: History

Page: 239

View: 3744

Greeks - in later times - saw Athens as 'the Hellas of Hellas', but in the classical period many Athenians thought otherwise. Athens might be a school of Hellas, but the school of Hellas was Sparta. Militarily and morally, Sparta was supreme. This book explores how Athenians - ordinary citizens as well as writers and politicians - thought about Sparta's superiority. Nine new studies from a distinguished international cast examine how Athenians might revere Sparta even as they fought her. This respect led to Plato's literary creation of fantasy cities (in the Republic and Laws) to imitate Spartan methods. And, after its military surrender in 404 BC, ruling Athenian politicians claimed that their city was to be remodelled as itself a New Sparta.


Author: Sophie Ibbotson,Max Lovell-Hoare

Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides

ISBN: 1784770175

Category: Travel

Page: 320

View: 4088

Uzbekistan Travel Guide - Expert advice and holiday tips including Tashkent architecture and hotels, Silk Road history, Islamic art and textiles, museums and culture. Also included are detailed maps, trekking and hiking routes, touring by bike, public transport, archaeological sites like Samarkand and Bukara, Fergana Valley and Kyzylkum Desert.

The Amaryllidaceae of Southern Africa

Author: Graham Duncan

Publisher: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

ISBN: 9781919766508

Category: Amaryllidaceae

Page: 650

View: 8359

Southern Africa has long been recognised as a major centre of diversity for the Amaryllidaceae, and this is the first comprehensive, illustrated account of the family in southern Africa, covering all 18 genera and over 263 taxa. Author Graham Duncan provides a botanical description for each species, along with synonyms, information on distinguishing features, life cycle, distribution, habitat, cultivation, and conservation status. Maps and identification keys accompany the text, along with colour photographs and botanical paintings. These stunning paintings are the result of 45 years work by the late artist Barbara Jeppe and her daughter Leigh Voigt. There is a general chapter on cultivation of the winter-rainfall, summer-rainfall and evergreen species, and notes on their cultivation in the northern hemisphere. Glossary and bibliography are also included. The Amaryllidaceae of Southern Africa will long be considered the definitive work on this fascinating and popular plant family in southern Africa.

The Travels of Marco Polo

Author: Henry Yule

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3732620697

Category: Fiction

Page: 936

View: 1389

Reproduction of the original.

England and Spain in the Early Modern Era

Diplomacy, Trade and Naval War Under the Stuarts and Habsburgs

Author: Oscar Ruiz Fernandez

Publisher: International Library of Historical Studies

ISBN: 9781784531171


Page: 228

View: 8033

The early seventeenth century was a time of great literature--the era of Cervantes and Shakespeare--but also of international tension and heightened diplomacy. This book looks at the relations between Spain under Philip III and Philip IV and England under James I in the period 1603-1625. It examines the essential issues that established the framework for diplomatic relations between the two states, looking not only at questions of war and peace, but also of trade and piracy. Oscar Ruiz Fernandez argues that the diplomatic relationship was vital to the strategic interests of both powers and also played a highly significant role in the domestic agendas of each country. Based on Spanish and English sources and original research, this book provides, for the first time, a clear picture of diplomacy between England and Spain in the early modern era.

The Bees of the World

Author: Charles Duncan Michener

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801861338

Category: Science

Page: 913

View: 8665

Written by the world's leading authority on bees, this reference is the first and only comprehensive, worldwide treatment of all groups of bees, and includes more than 16,000 species. Michener examines the evolution of bees from wasps, the relations of the bodies of bees to one another, the evolution of bees, and the structure of immature and adult bees, and more. 433 line drawings. 88 photos, 48 in color.

Life Unseen

The Story of Blindness

Author: Selina Mills

Publisher: I. B. Tauris

ISBN: 9781848856905


Page: 256

View: 2880

Combining her own experience with an examination of the history of blindness in the Western world, author shows that sightlessness has been an 'active' force in history, rather than the passive condition which is too readily assumed. Selina Mills is a writer and journalist.

Flora Of Eastern Saudi Arabia

Author: Mandaville

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136151621

Category: Social Science

Page: 560

View: 7059

First published in 1990. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Guide to the Flowers of Western China

Author: C. Grey-Wilson,Phillip Cribb

Publisher: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

ISBN: 9781842461693

Category: Science

Page: 642

View: 7632

China's rich flora is unrivalled in temperate latitudes of the world, with 30,000 species of plants. Nowhere is this floral richness better seen than in the west of the country. With its diverse scenery, lush forests, huge rivers and massive mountains, western China has been the centre of plant exploration for two centuries, giving rise to Clematis, Gentiana, Primula, Rhododendron and hundreds of orchids, Meconopsis, camellias, peonies and roses. Our gardens, parks and botanic institutes are full of trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs of Chinese origin. Today much of China is open for travellers to enjoy the amazing variety of scenery and the vast, rich flora. This exceptional pictorial flora to Western China describes and illustrates over 2,400 plants, and while providing a field guide to many of the commoner and colourful elements of the flora, it also includes many endemics and plants of great rarity. For the traveller, horticulturist and gardener it is the perfect reference, containing the largest collection of photographs of Chinese plants ever published. With the arrangement of theplant families following the latest DNA-based classification, it will meet the discerning needs of plant scientists.


The Plants and Ecology of the World's Semi-arid Regions

Author: Michael Bone,Dan Johnson,Panayoti Kelaidis,Mike Kintgen,Larry G. Vickerman,Denver Botanic Gardens

Publisher: Timber Press

ISBN: 1604694653

Category: Nature

Page: 360

View: 4724

Steppes—semi-arid biomes dominated by forbs, grasses, and grass-like species, and characterized by extremes of cold and heat—occupy enormous areas on four continents. Yet these ecosystems are among the least studied on our planet. Given that the birth and evolution of human beings have been so intimately interwoven with steppe regions, it is amazing that so few attempts have been made to compare and quantify the features of these regions. In this ground-breaking volume, five leading voices in horticulture—all staff members of Denver Botanic Gardens—examine the plants, climate, geology, and geography of the world’s steppes: central Asia, central and intermountain North America, Patagonia, and South Africa. Drawing upon their first-hand experience, the writers illuminate the distinctive features of each region, with a particular emphasis on the striking similarities between their floras. Each chapter includes a primer of species of horticultural interest—a rich resource for readers with an interest in steppe plants.

Wealth in the Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Balkans

A Socio-Economic History

Author: Evguenia Davidova

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857739492

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

View: 8263

Wealth in the Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Balkans demonstrates the economic and social transformations wrought by wars, state centralization, European expansion and the gradual Ottoman withdrawal from the Balkans. As a new middle class emerged, and the power of religion faded, Ottoman and post-Ottoman social, economic and cultural norms changed rapidly across the region. This book illustrates not only how markers of wealth accumulation and poverty were socially defined across the region, but also the ways inequality was experienced, revealing the relationships between the state, economy, society, modernity in the context of Balkan, Ottoman and European development. Evguenia Davidova marshals a compendium of thirteen contributions wherein new archival data and various case studies frame a comparative social portrayal of the modern Balkans, offering new truths to the major discourses about nationalism, modernity, and the Ottoman legacy in the respective Balkan national historiographies.

Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Western Mediterranean

Author: Chris Thorogood

Publisher: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

ISBN: 9781842466162

Category: Wild flowers

Page: 630

View: 3108

The Western Mediterranean is home to more than 10,000 plant species, which makes it one of the most important regions in the world for biodiversity. This book is the most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to Western Mediterranean wildflowers, covering southern Europe from the Portuguese Algarve to Italy, and Morocco to Tunisia in North Africa, along with all the islands in between. It features 2,500 plants, and its more than 800 line drawings and color photographs make it the ideal companion for field identification. "

A Spy in the Archives

A Memoir of Cold War Russia

Author: Sheila Fitzpatrick

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1784532959

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 9859

Moscow in the 1960s was the other side of the Iron Curtain: mysterious, exotic, even dangerous. In 1966 the historian Sheila Fitzpatrick travelled to Moscow to research in the Soviet archives. This was the era of Brezhnev, of a possible 'thaw' in the Cold War, when the Soviets couldn't decide either to thaw out properly or re-freeze. Moscow, the world capital of socialism, was renowned for its drabness. The buses were overcrowded; there were endemic shortages and endless queues. This was also the age of regular spying scandals and tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions and it was no surprise that visiting students were subject to intense scrutiny by the KGB. Many of Fitzpatrick's friends were involved in espionage activities - and indeed others were accused of being spies or kept under close surveillance. In this book, Sheila Fitzpatrick provides a unique insight into everyday life in Soviet Moscow. Full of drama and colourful characters, her remarkable memoir highlights the dangers and drudgery faced by Westerners living under communism.

Invasion Syria, 1941

Churchill and de Gaulle's Forgotten War

Author: Henri De Wailly

Publisher: I. B. Tauris

ISBN: 9781784534493


Page: 544

View: 8409

At the height of World War II, while the Germans were setting their sights on Moscow, Free French, British and Australian forces launched an assault on the Vichy French army in the Middle East on 8th June 1941. This joint initiative of Churchill and de Gaulle--codename "Operation Exporter"--led to one of the most shocking conflicts of World War II. Was this an attempt by the Allied forces to cause mass desertions from the Vichy forces to the Free French? Or were Churchill and de Gaulle motivated to reassert their respective control of the Middle East? The fight caused the loss of 10,000 lives, numerous ships and an estimated 200 aircraft. The Australian forces, under the command of Lieutenant General John Lavarack, carried out the bulk of the fighting and suffered the most casualties. The Vichy Army was overcome, but even during the bitter campaign, the Free French airmen refused to fire on their Vichy compatriots. Henri de Wailly here presents the story of this extraordinary campaign by the British, Australian and Free French forces against Vichy French forces in Syria and Lebanon, the true extent of which has largely been forgotten.