New Books List

Publisher:

Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, 2019.

Call Number:

KIC 909.82 S641G 2019

Pages:

xxv, 634 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
A systematic investigation of growth in nature and society, from tiny organisms to the trajectories of empires and civilizations. Growth has been both an unspoken and an explicit aim of our individual and collective striving. It governs the lives of microorganisms and galaxies; it shapes the capabilities of our extraordinarily large brains and the fortunes of our economies. Growth is manifested in annual increments of continental crust, a rising gross domestic product, a child's growth chart, the spread of cancerous cells. In this magisterial book, Vaclav Smil offers systematic investigation of growth in nature and society, from tiny organisms to the trajectories of empires and civilizations.
Publisher:

London : pan books, 2007.

Call Number:

KIC 917.98045 K893I 1996

Pages:

xi, 205 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
The film tie-in edition of Jon Krakauer's classic account of a gifted young man who chose literally to walk away from his life. By examining the true story of Chris McCandless, a young man, who in 1992 walked deep into the Alaskan wilderness and whose SOS note and emaciated corpse were found four months later, internationally bestselling author Jon Krakauer explores the obsession which leads some people to explore the outer limits of self, leave civilization behind and seek enlightenment through solitude and contact with nature.
Publisher:

London : Harper Perennial, 2005.

Call Number:

KIC 949.61015092 F854J 2005

Pages:

xxii, 342 pages : illustrations, [16] pages of plates ; 20 cm.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
The Adventures of a Captive Turkish Prince in Renaissance Europe A remarkable tale of empire and exile, restoring to vivid life one of the most extraordinary and colourful figures of medieval history. Jem Sultan, born in 1459, was one of the wonders of his age. A Turkish prince held captive in Europe at a time when the Ottoman Empire was at its peak, he was renowned throughout the continent as a romantic, mysterious figure. Today he is almost forgotten in the West, but in Turkey he is still a heroic figure, a gallant poet-prince who never grows old, his tomb a place of pilgrimage. Jem Sultan was a son of Sultan Mehmet II, known as the Conqueror after his capture of Constantinople in 1453. When Mehmet died in 1481 Jem and his brother Beyazet fought a year-long war for the succession. Jem lost, and fled to Rhodes. He was held for seven years in various castles in France, then imprisoned in the Vatican. He died in 1495, probably poisoned by the infamous Borgia Pope, Alexander VI.
Publisher:

Ranikhet : Permanent Black in association with Ashoka University, 2019.

Call Number:

KIC 954.140359 C495P 2019

Pages:

xxi, 550 pages : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 23 cm.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
Joya Chatterji provides here a selection of her finest and most influential essays. “Partition, nation-making, frontiers, refugees, minority formation, and categories of citizenship have been my preoccupations,” she says. These are also the major themes of this book. Chatterji’s Bengal Divided (1994) shifted the focus from Muslim fanaticism as the driving force of Partition towards “secular” nationalism and Hindu aggression. Her Spoils of Partition (2007) rejected the idea of Partition as a breaking apart, showing it as a process for remaking society and state. Her third (jointly written) book, Bengal Diaspora (2016), challenged the idea of migration and resettlement as exceptional situations. Partition’s Legacies can be seen as continuous with Chatterji’s earlier work as well as a distillation and expansion of it. According to David Washbrook, “What emerges from these essays is often quite startling. The demarcation of Partition followed no master plan but was made up of myriad ad hoc decisions. Refugee policy, immigrant rights, and even definitions of national citizenship were produced out of day-to-day struggles on the streets and in the courts . . .” Known for the elegance of her prose as much as for the sharpness of her insights into Indian history, Joya Chatterji’s new book will enthral everyone interested in modern India’s apocalyptic past.
Publisher:

London : Penguin Books Ltd UK, 2019.

Call Number:

KIC 940.28 F471E 2019

Pages:

xvii, 551 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
"The nineteenth century in Europe was the first age of cultural globalization-an epoch when mass communications and high-speed rail travel brought Europe together, overcoming national barriers and creating a truly pan-European canon of artistic, musical, and literary works. By 1900, people across the continent were reading the same books, looking at the same art, and attending the same opera performances. Acclaimed historian Orlando Figes moves from Parisian salons to German spa towns to Russian country houses, exploring the interplay of money and art that made this unification possible. At the book's center is an intimate love triangle: the Russian writer Ivan Turgenev; the Spanish prima donna Pauline Viardot; and her husband Louis Viardot, a connoisseur and political activist. Their passionate, ambitious lives caught up an astonishing array of artists and princes, poets, composers, and impresarios-Delacroix, Chopin, the Schumanns, Hugo, Flaubert, Dickens, and Dostoyevsky, among them. As Figes observes, nearly all of civilization's great advances have come when people, ideas, and artistic creations circulate freely between nations. Surprising, beautifully written, spanning a continent and a century, The Europeans offers the first international history of European culture-and a compelling argument for the benefits of cosmopolitanism"--
Publisher:

Gottingen : Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht , 2019.

Call Number:

KIC 954.0256 C414 2019

Pages:

207 pages : illustrations, figures ; 22 cm.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
Audiences are among the dominant elements of courtly life and may be referred to as a central aspect of representation of power in many societies. Audiences also served as a stage for negotiation and political decision-making. Beyond that, the ceremonial of audience acted as an integrative factor, strengthening the connections between the ruler and his subjects, the elite and his dynastic background. The ceremonial of audience thus reflects the structure, or at least the intended structure of rule. It thus allows us to get insight into the perception of the ruler in the respective society. The volume offers an interdisciplinary approach to forms and structures of audiences in different epochs and regions. Choosing a transcultural and diachronic perspective, it aims at delineating similarities and differences as well as possible lines of development of the ceremonial on a broad basis of case studies.
Publisher:

Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2020.

Call Number:

KIC 923.1054 G195E 2020

Pages:

338 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
"Description: This biography is the first in over sixty years to comprehensively investigate the life and intellectual project of Dara Shukoh (1615-1659). It is the first ever to balance an analysis of the prince's writings with the complex cultural, social and political context of his times. Dara Shukoh is frequently seen as an impractical intellectual, whose mystical proclivities kept him away from matters of governance. In contrast, The Emperor Who Never Was demonstrates that the prince's spiritual explorations were central to his political theology. Like other Mughal emperors of the past, Dara Shukoh cultivated the persona of a philosopher-ruler. The book also introduces a range of lesser-known figures, such as a Hindu secretary who became a Sufi poet, and a Sufi scholar who wrote about Hindu deities. It shows how Dara Shukoh, far from being an anomaly, was part of a larger cultural conversation that went beyond the court and continued after his death. From these encounters emerged ideas - that all religions share a common truth, that Vedanta is the pinnacle of Indic thought - that ultimately became crucial features of modern Hinduism"--
Publisher:

London : C. Hurst & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., 2019.

Call Number:

KIC 935.03 C847F 2019

Pages:

xiii, 301 pages : illustrations, maps, plans ; 24 cm.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
The rediscovery of Assyria in the 1840s transformed Western views on the origins of civilisation. The excavation of Nineveh proved that even the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians together did not constitute the ancient world. These peoples had nothing to do with the beginnings of civilisation on Earth. It was in Mesopotamia that humanity took the first steps on its path towards the society we know today.