“The rise and fall of Venice’s empire is an irresistible story and [Roger] Crowley, with his rousing descriptive gifts and scholarly attention to detail, is its perfect chronicler.”—The Financial Times The New York Times bestselling author of Empires of the Sea charts Venice’s astounding five-hundred-year voyage to the pinnacle of power in an epic story that stands unrivaled for drama, intrigue, and sheer opulent majesty. City of Fortune traces the full arc of the Venetian imperial saga, from the ill-fated Fourth Crusade, which culminates in the sacking of Constantinople in 1204, to the Ottoman-Venetian War of 1499–1503, which sees the Ottoman Turks supplant the Venetians as the preeminent naval power in the Mediterranean. In between are three centuries of Venetian maritime dominance, during which a tiny city of “lagoon dwellers” grow into the richest place on earth. Drawing on firsthand accounts of pitched sea battles, skillful negotiations, and diplomatic maneuvers, Crowley paints a vivid picture of this avaricious, enterprising people and the bountiful lands that came under their dominion. From the opening of the spice routes to the clash between Christianity and Islam, Venice played a leading role in the defining conflicts of its time—the reverberations of which are still being felt today. “[Crowley] writes with a racy briskness that lifts sea battles and sieges off the page.”—The New York Times “Crowley chronicles the peak of Venice’s past glory with Wordsworthian sympathy, supplemented by impressive learning and infectious enthusiasm.”—The Wall Street Journal
ISSN: 2397-9607 Issue 387 In this 387th issue of the Baba Indaba’s Children's Stories series, Baba Indaba narrates the Fairy Tale "THE CITY OF FORTUNE”. Once, long ago and far, far away, there was a boy named Rupert, the sharpest and most prudent lad in his village. One night around the campfire he and others from the village were listening with amazement to a veteran soldier who was telling the story of his adventures – and of the City of Fortune. “It is situated on the summit of a very high mountain, so steep that only very few have succeeded in reaching the top,” he said. “There, gold circulates in such abundance that the inhabitants do not know what to do with the precious metal.” Taking note the next morning Rupert asked the soldier the way to the city. “"The way is long and rocky, and full of difficulties which must be overcome. Sharp pebbles will tear your feet and a thousand more terrible difficulties will arise to meet you.” Rupert thanked the soldier and considered his future in the village against a journey to the City of Fortune. The village will be still be here whether I fail or succeed he reasoned. And so with his mind made up Rupert packed a swag-bag and saying good-bye to his parents and his brother, began to walk in the direction of the City of Fortune. What happened next you ask…? Did Rupert make it to the City of Fortune and would there be a price to pay? Well many things happened, some silly and funny, and some serious. To find the answers to these questions, and others you may have, you will have to download and read this story to find out for yourself! Baba Indaba is a fictitious Zulu storyteller who narrates children's stories from around the world. “Baba Indaba” translates into English as "Father of Stories". Each issue also has a "WHERE IN THE WORLD - LOOK IT UP" section, where young readers are challenged to look up a place on a map somewhere in the world. The place, town or city is relevant to the story. HINT - use Google maps. See the 400+ Baba Indaba Children's stories on Streetlib or Google Play. Search for "Baba Indaba" or for ISSN "2397-9607" to get the full list. 33% of the profit from the sale of this book will be donated to charities. INCLUDES LINKS TO DOWNLOAD 8 FREE STORIES
Elidore, still intent on restoring Vael's health despite setbacks and betrayals, tracks the Chalice to Gwynned, where he must once again face danger and overcome the Defiler--all the while unsure of whom he can trust.
This critical assessment of the archaeology of the historic city of Winchester and its immediate environs from earliest times to the present day is the first published comprehensive review of the archaeological resource for the city, which as seen many major programmes of archaeological investigation.There is evidence for activity and occupation in the Winchester area from the Palaeolithic period onwards, but in the Middle Iron Age population rose sharply with settlement was focused on two major defended enclosures at St Catherine’s Hill and, subsequently, Oram’s Arbour. Winchester became a Roman ‘civitas’ capital in the late 1st century AD and the typical infrastructure of public buildings, streets and defences was created. Following a period of near desertion in the Early Anglo-Saxon period, Winchester became a significant place again with the foundation of a minster church in the mid-7th century. In the Late Anglo-Saxon period it became the pre-eminent royal centre for the Kingdom of Wessex. The city acquired a castle, cathedral and bishop’s palace under norman kings but from the late 12th century onwards its status began to decline to that of a regional market town. The archaeological resource for Winchester is very rich and is a resource of national and, for the Anglo-Saxon and Norman periods, of international importance.
In what has emerged as one of the most desirable places to live at the turn of this new century, the journey of Chico since its inception is one of growth as well as remembrance. A rich cultural heritage is as responsible for development of this diverse community as its fertile soils were in creating an economic stronghold. From the traditions and teachings of the Mechoopda Indians to its present day reputation as an educational bastion, Chico serves as a backbone of the budding Central Valley.
Release on 1991 | by Patrice L. R. Higonnet,David S. Landes,Henry Rosovsky,Coolidge Professor of History and Professor of Economics Emeritus David S Landes
Technology, Growth, and Economic Development Since the Industrial Revolution
Author: Patrice L. R. Higonnet,David S. Landes,Henry Rosovsky,Coolidge Professor of History and Professor of Economics Emeritus David S Landes
Pubpsher: Harvard University Press
Category: Business & Economics
A galaxy of distinguished international economists and historians pit economic history against the shaky assumptions of the classical economic theory of natural growth. Their explanations consider the factors of technology, entrepreneurialism, and paths to economic growth, but each reflects an ideological wave of explanation that has marked the last two hundred years.
It was said that, "Chicago has a beautiful sound because Chicago means money." The city's phonebook is the language of American business: Swift, Armour, Wilson, Pullman, MacArthur, Pritzker, Wrigley, Ward, Sears, Morton as in salt, Walgreen as in drugstore, Nielsen as in television ratings and McNally as in atlas. This is story of those famous Chicago families. Filled with dramatic success stories, fascinating anecdotes, and tasty morsels of social gossip, The Fortune Builders is a unique biography of Chicago's power brokers -- the men and women who made Chicago what it is today.
"From famous frescos and family restaurants to meditative spots that soothe the soul, To Florence... reveals unsung treasures and fascinating cultural gems. ...intimate collection of "must-sees" is an indispensable guide...."-- Back cover.
Society and Religious Culture in an Old-World Frontier City, 1492–1600
Author: David Coleman
Pubpsher: Cornell University Press
Creating Christian Granada provides a richly detailed examination of a critical and transitional episode in Spain's march to global empire. The city of Granada—Islam's final bastion on the Iberian peninsula—surrendered to the control of Spain's "Catholic Monarchs" Isabella and Ferdinand on January 2, 1492. Over the following century, Spanish state and Church officials, along with tens of thousands of Christian immigrant settlers, transformed the formerly Muslim city into a Christian one. With constant attention to situating the Granada case in the broader comparative contexts of the medieval reconquista tradition on the one hand and sixteenth-century Spanish imperialism in the Americas on the other, Coleman carefully charts the changes in the conquered city's social, political, religious, and physical landscapes. In the process, he sheds light on the local factors contributing to the emergence of tensions between the conquerors and Granada's formerly Muslim, "native" morisco community in the decades leading up to the crown-mandated expulsion of most of the city's moriscos in 1569–1570. Despite the failure to assimilate the moriscos, Granada's status as a frontier Christian community under construction fostered among much of the immigrant community innovative religious reform ideas and programs that shaped in direct ways a variety of church-wide reform movements in the era of the ecumenical Council of Trent (1545–1563). Coleman concludes that the process by which reforms of largely Granadan origin contributed significantly to transformations in the Church as a whole forces a reconsideration of traditional "top-down" conceptions of sixteenth-century Catholic reform.