500 Years of Island Life

Author: Peter Lihou

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781976292521


Page: 240

View: 874


From the early 1400s to the 21st century, the island of Guernsey was a microcosm of society edging its way from feudalism towards democracy. During those 500 years, the Lihou family worked and lived on the island and their story is woven into many of the great events that have shaped, not just the island, but the wider world. Sixteen generations of the Lihou family span the half-millennium of this story and with each generation, a unique view of the society and context of their everyday lives unfolds. Where historical records have established the facts, as with Parish registers, they have been included. Oral history, books and reports have also provided much of the historical detail. But where no such records exist, conjecture has been used to create a possible version of events, which affords a rare glimpse into the lives of our ancestors.

Island Life

Author: Alfred Russel Wallace

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3732639703

Category: Fiction

Page: 536

View: 8079


Reproduction of the original: Island Life by Alfred Russel Wallace

500 Years of Indigenous Resistance

Author: Gord Hill

Publisher: PM Press

ISBN: 1604861061

Category: History

Page: 96

View: 3693


Much more than a history of European colonisation of the Americas. In this slim volume, Gord Hill chronicles the resistance by Indigenous peoples, which limited and shaped the forms and extent of colonialism. This history encompasses North and South America, the development of nation-states, and the resurgence of Indigenous resistance in the post-WWII era.

40 Years of Evolution

Darwin's Finches on Daphne Major Island

Author: Peter R. Grant,B. Rosemary Grant

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400851300

Category: Science

Page: 432

View: 4473


Renowned evolutionary biologists Peter and Rosemary Grant have produced landmark studies of the Galápagos finches first made famous by Charles Darwin. In How and Why Species Multiply, they offered a complete evolutionary history of Darwin's finches since their origin almost three million years ago. Now, in their richly illustrated new book, 40 Years of Evolution, the authors turn their attention to events taking place on a contemporary scale. By continuously tracking finch populations over a period of four decades, they uncover the causes and consequences of significant events leading to evolutionary changes in species. The authors used a vast and unparalleled range of ecological, behavioral, and genetic data--including song recordings, DNA analyses, and feeding and breeding behavior--to measure changes in finch populations on the small island of Daphne Major in the Galápagos archipelago. They find that natural selection happens repeatedly, that finches hybridize and exchange genes rarely, and that they compete for scarce food in times of drought, with the remarkable result that the finch populations today differ significantly in average beak size and shape from those of forty years ago. The authors' most spectacular discovery is the initiation and establishment of a new lineage that now behaves as a new species, differing from others in size, song, and other characteristics. The authors emphasize the immeasurable value of continuous long-term studies of natural populations and of critical opportunities for detecting and understanding rare but significant events. By following the fates of finches for several generations, 40 Years of Evolution offers unparalleled insights into ecological and evolutionary changes in natural environments.

500 Years of Illustration

From Albrecht Dürer to Rockwell Kent

Author: Howard Simon

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486261700

Category: Art

Page: 512

View: 7437


Unrivaled treasury of art from the 1500s through the 1900s includes drawings by Goya, Hogarth, Dürer, Morris, Doré, Beardsley, others. Hundreds of illustrations, brief introductions. Ideal as reference and browsing book.

On This Beautiful Island

Author: Edwin Fontánez

Publisher: N.A


Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 1988


Guanin, a young Taino boy, embarks on a secret adventure with his parrot Tahite around his island home.

Mediterranean Voyages

The Archaeology of Island Colonisation and Abandonment

Author: Helen Dawson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1315424754

Category: Social Science

Page: 324

View: 7735


Islands are ideal case studies for exploring social connectivity, episodes of colonisation, abandonment, and alternating phases of cultural interaction and isolation. Their societies display different attitudes toward the land and the sea, which in turn cast light on group identities. This volume advances theoretical discussions of island archaeology by offering a comparative study of the archaeology of colonisation, abandonment, and resettlement of the Mediterranean islands in prehistory. This comparative and thematic study encourages anthropological reflections on the archaeology of the islands, ultimately focusing on people rather than geographical units, and specifically on the relations between islanders, mainlanders, and the creation of islander identities. This volume has significance for scholars interested in Mediterranean archaeology, as well as those interested more broadly in colonisation and abandonment.

Island Epidemics

Author: Andrew David Cliff,Peter Haggett,Matthew Smallman-Raynor

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780198288954

Category: Medical

Page: 563

View: 8678


Ever since Charles Darwin landed on the Galápagos islands in September 1835, small islands have had a special place in scientific history. In Island Epidemics, the authors show that the complex warfare of invasion and extinction observed by Darwin for plants and animals applies with equal force to human diseases. A world picture is presented of diseases, which range from the familiar (influenza and German measles) to the exotic (kuru and tsutsugamushi), and islands which range in remoteness from the accessible United Kingdom to the inaccessible Tristan da Cunha and Easter Island. A theme of the book is the way in which technical developments over the last 150 years, notably in vaccination and transport, have affected the ways in which waves of epidemic diseases circle around the globe.