The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us

Author: Diane Ackerman

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393245845

Category: Science

Page: 352

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Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award and the PEN New England Henry David Thoreau Prize. A dazzling, inspiring tour through the ways that humans are working with nature to try to save the planet. With her celebrated blend of scientific insight, clarity, and curiosity, Diane Ackerman explores our human capacity both for destruction and for invention as we shape the future of the planet Earth. Ackerman takes us to the mind-expanding frontiers of science, exploring the fact that the "natural" and the "human" now inescapably depend on one another, drawing from "fields as diverse as evolutionary robotics…nanotechnology, 3-D printing and biomimicry" (New York Times Book Review), with probing intelligence, a clear eye, and an ever-hopeful heart.
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Oil Shock

The 1973 Crisis and its Economic Legacy

Author: Elisabetta Bini,Giuliano Garavini

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857729586

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 288

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The ‘Oil Shock’ of 1973 - the shift from the era of low-priced oil to the era of high-priced oil - was a turning point in the history of the 20th century. This book provides an analysis of the crisis and its global political and economic impact. It features contributions from a range of perspectives and approaches, including political, economic, environmental, international and social history. The authors examine the origins of the 'oil revolution' for oil-producing countries, as well as the far-reaching effects on oil and international energy markets, international relations and the global economy; and the long term effects on the Cold War, Soviet energy policies and decolonization. In doing so, they provide a detailed picture of one of a defining event of the last century, an event that set the framework for the changes that have led to the quite different energy scenario of today.
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Families in the Roman and Late Antique World

Author: Lena Larsson Loven,Mary Harlow

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441174680

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 272

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This volume seeks to explain developments within the structure of the family in antiquity, in particular in the later Roman Empire and late antiquity. Contributions extend the traditional chronological focus on the Roman family to include the transformation of familial structures in the newly formed kingdoms of late antiquity in Europe, thus allowing a greater historical perspective and establishing a new paradigm for the study of the Roman family. Drawing on the latest research by leading scholars in the field the book includes new approaches to the life course and the family in the Byzantine empire, family relationships in the dynasty of Constantine the Great, death, burial and commemoration of newborn children in Roman Italy, and widows and familial networks in Roman Egypt. In short, this volume seeks to establish a new agenda for the understanding of the Roman family and its transformation in late antiquity.
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The Long Decade

How 9/11 Changed the Law

Author: David Jenkins,Amanda Jacobsen,Anders Henriksen

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199368341

Category: Law

Page: 368

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The terrorist attacks of 9/11 precipitated significant legal changes over the ensuing ten years, a "long decade" that saw both domestic and international legal systems evolve in reaction to the seemingly permanent threat of international terrorism. At the same time, globalization produced worldwide insecurity that weakened the nation-state's ability to monopolize violence and assure safety for its people. The Long Decade: How 9/11 Changed the Law contains contributions by international legal scholars who critically reflect on how the terrorist attacks of 9/11 precipitated these legal changes. This book examines how the uncertainties of the "long decade" made fear a political and legal force, challenged national constitutional orders, altered fundamental assumptions about the rule of law, and ultimately raised questions about how democracy and human rights can cope with competing security pressures, while considering the complex process of crafting anti-terrorism measures.
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The Post-Imperial Age: The Great Powers and the Wider World

International Relations Since 1945: a history in two volumes

Author: J.P.D. Dunbabin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317892941

Category: History

Page: 572

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This volume looks at the impact on the wider world of the end of the European empires and their replacement by a new international order dominated by East-West rivalries. After surveying the decolonization process, the book looks successively at the different patterns of experience in Southern Africa, South East Asia and India, East Asia and the Pacific, the Middle East, and the Americas. It concludes with a sustained analysis of the International System -- the functioning of international organizations and the global role of money and trade.
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The Disenchantment of the World

A Political History of Religion

Author: Marcel Gauchet,Charles Taylor

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691029375

Category: Philosophy

Page: 228

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This text reinterprets the modern West's development in terms of mankind's relationship to religion. It argues that the development of human political and psychological autonomy must be understood against the growth of the concept of divine power and its increasing distance from human activity.
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Literacy in the New Media Age

Author: Gunther Kress

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415253567

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 186

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Kress explores all aspects of the materiality of writing in an integrated social semiotic and multimodal framework. He reveals ways in which new media is changing literacy and looks at how we should think about literacy in the age of the new media.
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Public Theology in an Age of World Christianity

God’s Mission as Word-Event

Author: P. Chung

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230106552

Category: Religion

Page: 268

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This book aims to rearticulate and reinterpret a Christian concept of God's mission and evangelization in light of the universal, irregular, and transversal horizon of God's narrative as it pertains to the realities of public sphere.
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The Psychology of Retirement

Coping with the Transition from Work

Author: Derek L. Milne

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118408713

Category: Psychology

Page: 208

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The Psychology of Retirement is the first self-help guideto retirement based on highly proven psychological copingstrategies. Provides the most comprehensive and coherent account of thechallenges of retirement and the associated aging process Represents the culmination of over 30 years of clinical,teaching and research involvement in the main issues discussedwithin this book Draws systematically on applied scientific theories, acceptedprofessional circles, which are interpreted and communicated by anapplied scientist A constructive emphasis establishes the best possible copingstrategies and perspectives
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The World of the Revolutionary American Republic

Land, Labor, and the Conflict for a Continent

Author: Andrew Shankman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317814967

Category: History

Page: 460

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In its early years, the American Republic was far from stable. Conflict and violence, including major land wars, were defining features of the period from the Revolution to the outbreak of the Civil War, as struggles over who would control land and labor were waged across the North American continent. The World of the Revolutionary American Republic brings together original essays from an array of scholars to illuminate the issues that made this era so contested. Drawing on the latest research, the essays examine the conflicts that occurred both within the Republic and between the different peoples inhabiting the continent. Covering issues including slavery, westward expansion, the impact of Revolutionary ideals, and the economy, this collection provides a diverse range of insights into the turbulent era in which the United States emerged as a nation. With contributions from leading scholars in the field, both American and international, The World of the Revolutionary American Republic is an important resource for any scholar of early America.
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