Science makes the modern world go round, driving the economy, shaping politics, and influencing the food we eat, the films we watch, and the authorities we trust. Although we are surrounded by its triumphs, science’s past is littered with disagreements, doubts, and misfires, while new developments are increasingly mired in controversy.In History of Science, Sean Johnston weaves together intellectual history, philosophy, and social studies to offer a unique appraisal of scientific progress - taking us from the phenomena faced by our earliest ancestors, right up to debates surrounding climate change predictions, the rise of commercial science, and the ethics of biotechnology. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Adam. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/001157de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Enlightenment has been nothing if not divisive, being blamed for bloody disasters - Auschwitz, the gulags, Islamic terrorism - as well as being heralded as the harbinger of reason and equality. To this day historians disagree over when it was, where it was, and what it was (or whether it still is). Kieron O’Hara deftly traverses these conflicts, presenting the history, ideology, culture, and social life of the Enlightenment, not as a simple set of easily enumerated ideas, but rather as an evolving conglomerate that spawned a very diverse set of thinkers, from the radical Rousseau to the conservative Burke. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Deidre Rubenstein. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/001205de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A monumental history of the nineteenth century, The Transformation of the World offers a panoramic and multifaceted portrait of a world in transition. Jürgen Osterhammel, an eminent scholar who has been called the Braudel of the nineteenth century, moves beyond conventional Eurocentric and chronological accounts of the era, presenting instead a truly global history of breathtaking scope and towering erudition. He examines the powerful and complex forces that drove global change during the ´´long nineteenth century,´´ taking readers from New York to New Delhi, from the Latin American revolutions to the Taiping Rebellion, from the perils and promise of Europes transatlantic labor markets to the hardships endured by nomadic, tribal peoples across the planet. Osterhammel describes a world increasingly networked by the telegraph, the steamship, and the railways. He explores the changing relationship between human beings and nature, looks at the importance of cities, explains the role slavery and its abolition played in the emergence of new nations, challenges the widely held belief that the nineteenth century witnessed the triumph of the nation-state, and much more.
Does free speech have limits? Can torture be justified? Who is really in charge of your rights? Every day we are confronted with news of foreign governments who refuse to acknowledge liberties that we in the Western world take for granted. But civil liberties are nearly always under threat, no matter where you live. Tom Head traverses the globe in order to provide a clear introduction to what civil liberties are and why they´re worth defending. From hate speech and modern slavery to wheelchair access, this handy guide offers a fascinating global history of civil liberties paired with inspiring advice on how to take an active role in their defence. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard Aspel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/001391de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Vast, diverse, dynamic, and turbulent, the true nature of Africa is often obscured by its poverty-stricken image. In this controversial and gripping guide, Tom Young cuts through the emotional hype to critically analyse the continent’s political history and the factors behind its dismal economic performance. Maintaining that colonial influences are often overplayed, Young argues that much blame must lie with African governments themselves and that Western aid can often cause as much harm as good. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard Aspel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/001176de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What’s wrong with buying regular coffee? Does fair trade necessarily mean ethical trade? What impact can consumers have on global economics? Fair trade means more than just bananas, coffee, and chocolate. Author and activist Jacqueline DeCarlo explains the principles behind fair trade and its development into a powerful economic tool. Packed with inspiring ways to make a difference, this audiobook will encourage readers of all backgrounds to help end poverty, environmental destruction, and human exploitation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christine Williams. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/001158de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A thorough overview of the full spectrum of NATO´s military and non-military activities. This is a comprehensive yet concise and accessible introduction to the history, role, activities, and future challenges facing NATO. Assuming no prior knowledge of the subject, author Jennifer Medcalf guides the reader through the complex structure of this organization, providing ample support with a glossary, guide to further reading, and chronology. Despite predictions of its imminent demise, NATO is in fact more prominent than ever in international affairs, and this readable introduction will prove essential not only for the general listener, but also for the growing numbers of students on International Relations courses, and for service personnel in NATO and elsewhere. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rob Meldrum. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/001307de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When we think of the word ´censorship´, we imagine blacked out words and authoritarian political regimes of the past. However, censorship is alive and well today, and just as pervasive in capitalist democracies as repressive regimes. Offering a potted history of the phenomenon from the execution of Socrates in 399 BC to the latest in internet filtering, Petley provides an impassioned manifesto for freedom of speech. Also explaining how media monopolies and moguls censor by limiting what news and entertainment they impart, this is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in global media in the information age. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrea Powell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/001392de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this compelling overview, Adam Jones outlines the history and current extent of key crimes against humanity, and highlights the efforts of popular movements to suppress them. Using examples ranging from the genocides in Darfur and Rwanda to the sex trade of Eastern Europe and the use of torture in the war on terror, Jones explores the progress made in toughening international law, and the stumbling blocks which prevent full compliance with it. Coherent and revealing, this book is essential for anyone interested in the well-being of humanity and its future. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Adrian Mulraney. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/001214de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.