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Jan Morris tells the epic story of the rise of the British Empire, from the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837 to her Diamond Jubilee in 1897. In this celebrated masterwork she vividly evokes every aspect of the 'great adventure', ranging from ships and botanical gardens to hill stations and sugar plantations, as she traces the impact of empire on places as diverse as Sierra Leone and Fiji, Zululand and the Canadian prairies. The Pax Britannica Trilogy also includes Pax Britannica: The Climax of an Empire and Farewell the Trumpets: An Imperial Retreat. Together, these three works of history trace the dramatic rise and fall of the British Empire, from the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837 to the death of Winston Churchill in 1965. Jan Morris is also world-renowned for her collection of travel writing and reportage, spanning over five decades and including such titles as Venice, Coronation Everest, Hong Kong, Spain, A Writer's World and most recently, Contact! 'How many professional historians can write books that give so much pleasure? This is a book planned by an architect, fitted together by a craftsman, and polished by a cabinet-maker.' Sunday Times
I Fell not because I hated humans, but because I loved one of my own… Mara finally found the courage to open her heart and give Jon a chance, but her tentative happiness is threatened before she even gets to go on her first official date. Aleksander is gone, removed by the Council for being too lenient, and his replacement isn't willing to turn a blind eye to anything. And that's not the only thing keeping them apart. Completing her work with Richard should have made Mara happy. But her new assignment with an artist in Richmond means leaving West Virginia, and Jon, behind. Worse, the new watcher insists that Mara move in with her and Eris. Living under Irene's watchful eye is hard enough. Sharing a home with Eris makes her growing attraction to him--and his clear desire for her--inescapable. Jon may make her happy, but Eris understands her loneliness in a way that no one else can. And she's only just beginning to unravel the secrets his silence hides. Mara's wayward heart isn't the only thing troubling her. She knows she's being watched, and not just by Irene. What she doesn't know is whether her stalker was sent by the Council or by the Fallen. Either could ruin everything she's been working toward if they catch her with Jon. Can Mara stay on the Council's good side, avoid the machinations of the Fallen, and keep her unruly heart in line, all while guiding a new human to the light? Or will she stumble under the combined weights of responsibility and desire? There can be no return from a second Fall. Heaven's Command is the second book in the Great Temptations series, a slow-burn paranormal romance with a love triangle that will leave you guessing right up until the end. The Great Temptation Series is written by Lexy Timms & W.J. May. Two USA TODAY BEST SELLING AUTHORS - taking great romance from Lexy and amazon fantasy from W.J. May... it's a world you won't want to miss!
Coping with the Future: Theories and Practices of Divination in East Asia offers contributions to various practical and theoretical aspects of divination from antiquity to the present in East Asia.
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Zuo Tradition (Zuozhuan; sometimes called The Zuo Commentary) is China�s first great work of history. It consists of two interwoven texts - the Spring and Autumn Annals (Chunqiu, a terse annalistic record) and a vast web of narratives and speeches that add context and interpretation to the Annals. Completed by about 300 BCE, it is the longest and one of the most difficult texts surviving from pre-imperial times. It has been as important to the foundation and preservation of Chinese culture as the historical books of the Hebrew Bible have been to the Jewish and Christian traditions. It has shaped notions of history, justice, and the significance of human action in the Chinese tradition perhaps more so than any comparable work of Latin or Greek historiography has done to Western civilization. This translation, accompanied by the original text, an introduction, and annotations, will finally make Zuozhuan accessible to all.
Finding Wisdom in East Asian Classics is an essential, all-access guide to the core texts of East Asian civilization and culture. Essays address frequently read, foundational texts in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese, as well as early modern fictional classics and nonfiction works of the seventeenth century. Building strong links between these writings and the critical traditions of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism, this volume shows the vital role of the classics in the shaping of Asian history and in the development of the humanities at large. Wm. Theodore de Bary focuses on texts that have survived for centuries, if not millennia, through avid questioning and contestation. Recognized as perennial reflections on life and society, these works represent diverse historical periods and cultures and include the Analects of Confucius, Mencius, Laozi, Xunxi, the Lotus Sutra, Tang poetry, the Pillow Book, The Tale of Genji, and the writings of Chikamatsu and Kaibara Ekken. Contributors explain the core and most commonly understood aspects of these works and how they operate within their traditions. They trace their reach and reinvention throughout history and their ongoing relevance in modern life. With fresh interpretations of familiar readings, these essays inspire renewed appreciation and examination. In the case of some classics open to multiple interpretations, de Bary chooses two complementary essays from different contributors. Expanding on debates concerning the challenges of teaching classics in the twenty-first century, several pieces speak to the value of Asia in the core curriculum. Indispensable for early scholarship on Asia and the evolution of global civilization, Finding Wisdom in East Asian Classics helps one master the major texts of human thought.

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