Download e-book for iPad: Napoleon's Master: A Life of Prince Talleyrand by David Lawday

By David Lawday

He took on Napoleon with a collection of guns that appeared unsuited to the duty: flattery, courtesy and an alarmingly directly face. And he received. really up to the Duke of Wellington it used to be the club-footed genius of French international relations who defeated the best conqueror given that Julius Caesar. this can be the tale of Prince Talleyrand, who draws as a lot scorn as Napoleon wins glory. To his critics the arch-aristocrat who introduced France and all Europe from the Emperor's follies is the prince of vice - turncoat, hypocrite, liar, plotter, God-baiter and womanizer, and, to make concerns worse, hugely winning at all of them.

In this lifetime of the grasp diplomat, David Lawday follows Talleyrand's impressive profession in the course of the so much turbulent age Europe has identified and explores - for the 1st time - in intimate aspect his terribly perverse courting with Napoleon. The richly unsuitable and abundantly talented personality laid naked by way of David Lawday is the fellow to whom diplomats proceed to appear at the present time for the subtlest methods of the negotiator's paintings. a great one hundred fifty years sooner than a united Europe got here into being, Talleyrand's activities laid the floor for it - as they've got for an everlasting peace now enduring for 2 centuries among France and her oldest enemy, Britain.

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Journey to the Abyss: The Diaries of Count Harry Kessler, by Harry Kessler,Laird Easton PDF

By Harry Kessler,Laird Easton

those attention-grabbing, never-before-published early diaries of count number Harry Kessler—patron, museum director, writer, cultural critic, soldier, undercover agent, and diplomat—present a sweeping landscape of the humanities and politics of Belle Époque Europe, a glittering international poised to be replaced irrevocably by means of the good warfare. Kessler’s immersion within the new paintings and literature of Paris, London, and Berlin unfolds within the first a part of the diaries. This sophisticated global offers approach to bright descriptions of the awful battling at the jap and Western fronts of global conflict I, the fascinating inner most discussions one of the German political and armed forces elite in regards to the development of the battle, in addition to Kessler’s account of his position as a diplomat with a mystery venture in Switzerland.
Profoundly sleek and infrequently prescient, Kessler was once an erudite cultural impresario and catalyst who as a cofounder of the avant-garde magazine Pan met and contributed articles approximately a number of the best artists and writers of the day. In 1903 he turned director of the Grand Ducal Museum of Arts and Crafts in Weimar, made up our minds to make it a middle of aesthetic modernism along with his good friend the architect Henry van de Velde, whose university of layout could finally develop into the Bauhaus. while a public scandal pressured his resignation in 1906, Kessler became to different tasks, together with taking part with the Austrian author Hugo von Hofmannsthal and the German composer Richard Strauss at the opera Der Rosenkavalier and the ballet The Legend of Joseph, which was once played in 1914 by way of the Ballets Russes in London and Paris. In 1913 he based the Cranach-Presse in Weimar, probably the most very important deepest presses of the 20th century.
The diaries current awesome, sharply etched, and sometimes richly comical descriptions of his encounters, conversations, and artistic collaborations with one of the most celebrated humans of his time: Otto von Bismarck, Paul von Hindenburg, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Diaghilev, Vaslav Nijinsky, Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Sarah Bernhardt, Friedrich Nietzsche, Rainer Marie Rilke, Paul Verlaine, Gordon Craig, George Bernard Shaw, Harley Granville-Barker, Max Klinger, Arnold Böcklin, Max Beckmann, Aristide Maillol, Auguste Rodin, Edgar Degas, Éduard Vuillard, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Ida Rubinstein, Gabriele D’Annunzio, Pierre Bonnard, and Walther Rathenau, between others.
Remarkably insightful, poignant, and cinematic of their scope, Kessler’s diaries are a useful list of 1 of the main unstable and seminal moments in glossy Western history.

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Read e-book online Palmerston (British History in Perspective) PDF

By Paul Ziegler

In serving greater than fifty years in public lifestyles, Palmerston positioned his stamp upon nineteenth-century Britain. Born and bred an eighteenth-century aristocrat, he at first appeared misplaced in a global stirred via the dual forces of the French and commercial Revolutions, and extra suited for the dandified lifetime of the beau monde. As a conservative baby-kisser, he seemed unwell healthy for an age of reform, and as overseas Secretary his gunboat international relations courted battle and revolution at a time while ecu diplomats have been looking peace and stability.

However, as Paul R. Ziegler's compelling biography exhibits, the third Viscount Palmerston used to be a guy of contradictions. regardless of his aristocratic roots and playboy photograph, Palmerston was once a tireless public servant and a meticulous planner, who pointed out himself with the folks and have become their typical spokesperson - a task which culminated in his eventual election as major Minister. while fearing the appearance of democracy, he was once keen to test with reform; and even supposing probably averse to the onrush of modernity, he however seized the initiative either at domestic and in another country in top his kingdom into the future.

Taking under consideration contemporary scholarship and revisionist ways, Ziegler authoritatively reports the lifetime of this recognized political determine and reassesses his contribution to the 19th century - demonstrating that, in dealing with new demanding situations, Palmerston adjusted himself to the days and helped to usher Britain into the trendy age.

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Download e-book for iPad: Thomas More (Very Brief Histories) by John Guy

By John Guy

half One: The background (What can we know?)
This short ancient creation to Thomas extra explores the social, political and non secular elements that shaped the unique context of his existence and writings, and considers how these elements affected the best way he was once first and foremost got.

What was once his impression at the international on the time and what have been the major principles and values attached with him?

Part : The Legacy (Why does it matter?)
This moment half explores the highbrow and cultural ‘afterlife’ of Thomas extra, and considers the ways that his effect has lasted and been constructed in several contexts through later generations.

Why is he nonetheless thought of vital at the present time? In what methods is his legacy contested or resisted? And what features of his legacy are inclined to proceed to persuade the realm within the future?

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Get You're My Cousin!!! second edition PDF

By Mattityahu Yarom

What began as a look for details on kin origins become a residing detective tale as a lot proof was once stumbled on, analyzed, then pursued. within the technique of penning this booklet, it used to be attainable to seize yes relations tales and produce humans to existence in a feeling. And the top of good fortune during this enterprise of 20 plus years used to be to discover cousins, aunts, and uncles that the writer by no means new existed. As a part of the narrative a variety of examine tools are famous with examples or descriptions of the consequences. Mr. Yarom made first-class use of his event in technical research and documentation. His variety of writing during this style makes for simple, stress-free, and academic reading.

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Read e-book online By Influence & Desire PDF

By Rosalynd Pflaum

Out of the pages of ecu background comes a narrative as colourful and torrid as any sleek fiction—the never-been-told-before-told account of the lives of the grand duchess of Courland and her daughters Wilhelmina and Dorothea. By impression and Desire is the tale of ways those autonomous, clever ladies assisted in shaping the process historical past within the basically approach open to them—in the boudoirs of Paris, Vienna, Saint Petersburg and Berlin.

Catherine the good used to be in energy while in 1779 the gorgeous, eighteen-year-old Anna-Dorothea von Medem, daughter of 1 of the richest and such a lot cosmopolitan households of Courland (now Latvia), was once selected to be the spouse Courland’s Grand Duke Peter. whilst Anna proved extra well known and politically astute than her husband, Peter took her out of the country the place the grand duchess’s effect, and her record of male admirers, grew.

In Paris the grand duchess, whose romantic escapades had lengthy titillated significant eu court docket circles, turned the mistress of Talleyrand, Napoleon’s international minister, whom she aided in an undercover crusade to unseat Napoleon. amorous affairs entangling the duchess and her daughters looked to be the way in which of the Courland ladies. For, like their mom, the Courland daughters have been liberated, shiny, attractive, and adept at dealing with men.

Metternich, the Austrian chancellor who shared with Talleyrand the excellence of being one of many maximum statesmen of the day, took Wilhelmina as his mistress. And whereas the Congress of Vienna struggled to deliver order to a Europe in chaos, Talleyrand and Metternich sought solace and recommendation within the bedrooms of the Courland ladies. many years later, Dorothea used to be to scouse borrow the affections of Talleyrand, who used to be thirty-nine years his senior, supplanting her mom as Talleyrand’s mistress and conserving that function until eventually his loss of life in 1938.

Rosalynd Pflaum used to be encouraged to write down this attention-grabbing historical past whilst she used to be given a quantity of letters among Metternich and Wilhelmina. those letters, came across through Dr. Maria Ullrichova at the back of a man-made wall in a Cistercian Abbey, proved worthy. Drawing in this newly exposed correspondence, at the wide Talleyrand correspondence already on hand, and on a variety of inner most records, Pflaum has recreated those women’s striking lives.

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New PDF release: Ein König wird beseitigt: Ludwig II. von Bayern (German

By Heinz Häfner

Es gibt wahrscheinlich keinen neuzeitlichen Herrscher, dessen Leben und tragisches Ende von so vielen Legenden umrankt ist, wie Ludwig II. von Bayern (1845–1886). Aus verfassungsrechtlichen Gründen und bislang nur teilweise offengelegten Motiven hatte Prinz Luitpold, der spätere Regent, die bayerische Regierung gewonnen, an einem Entmündigungs- und Absetzungsverfahren gegen den König mitzuwirken. Bernhard von Gudden lieferte das von ihm erwartete Expertenurteil: unheilbare Paranoia, Geistesschwäche und dauernde Regierungsunfähigkeit. Prinz Luitpold ermächtigte den Psychiater, den König festzunehmen und auf Schloss Berg – unbefristet – zu internieren. Zwei Tage später, am 13. Juni 1886, ertrank der König zusammen mit von Gudden im Starnberger See.
Im vorliegenden Buch kommt der renommierte Psychiater Heinz Häfner zu dem Schluss, dass der König weder nach den damals geltenden Kriterien noch nach einer mit Mitteln moderner Neurowissenschaft durchgeführten examine an einer Geisteskrankheit (Psychose) gelitten hat. Ludwig II. battle weder wahnsinnig noch geistesschwach. Das Machtentzugsverfahren, dessen Opfer er wurde, hat Vorbilder und Parallelen im 19. Jahrhundert. Das dafür erforderliche Instrumentarium bot die junge, im 19. Jahrhundert heranwachsende medizinische Disziplin der Psychiatrie. Sie ersetzte mit dieser noch keineswegs besonders humanen Maßnahme die härteren Methoden früherer Tage wie Tötung, Kerker oder Verbannung.

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Matthew J Flynn,Stephen E. Griffin's Washington & Napoleon: Leadership in the Age of Revolution PDF

By Matthew J Flynn,Stephen E. Griffin

George Washington turned president of the newly shaped usa simply because the French Revolution erupted in 1789, a second that might pave the best way for Napoleon and his eventual empire. during this momentous 12 months, the american citizens consolidated the earnings in their uprising, and the French embarked upon a extra radical transformation in their personal. even though strikingly varied, the yankee and French revolutions gave upward push to Washington and Napoleon, wildly renowned generals who led new forces on battlefields throughout their respective territories.Matthew J. Flynn and Stephen E. Griffin’s army research of those males comprises the political context in their lives. As an army equivalent of Napoleon, Washington posed simply as nice a chance to the lifetime of the fledging American republic that Napoleon did to consultant executive in France. either generals assumed their workplaces with an identical goal in brain: moving sovereignty from the folk to somebody chief. but, Washington selected the republican course, whereas Napoleon sank into despotism. Flynn and Griffin express how management is formed by way of the society that governs it, hence highlighting the diversities among Washington and Napoleon. The authors show that the 2 have been both formidable and that every selected paths to strength reflecting their turbulent political instances. during this interesting publication, the characters of those nice generals, statesmen, and icons emerge to teach the divergence in their towering geniuses.

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Download e-book for iPad: Walther Rathenau: Ein jüdisches Leben in Deutschland by Shulamit Volkov,Ulla Höber

By Shulamit Volkov,Ulla Höber

«In dieser bemerkenswerten Biographie bietet Shulamit Volkov eine feinsinnige examine der komplexen und oft zweideutigen Persönlichkeit Walther Rathenaus. Eindrucksvoll beschreibt sie, wie Rathenaus Judentum zunehmend zum Ziel für die antisemitischen Eliten des deutschen Reichs und Gegenstand des fanatischen Hasses der extremen Rechten in der Weimarer Zeit wurde, die schließlich vor seiner Ermordung nicht zurückschreckten. Das Buch von Shulamit Volkov ist Geschichtsschreibung auf allerhöchstem Niveau.»
Saul Friedländer
Walther Rathenau (1867–1922), ein herausragender Politiker der Weimarer Zeit, mächtiger Wirtschaftsboss nicht nur im großen Konzern der AEG, Schriftsteller und begabter Maler, starb am 22. Juni 1922 im Kugelhagel rechtsgerichteter Terroristen, die durch die Ermordung des Außenministers die Weimarer Republik insgesamt destabilisieren wollten. Auf der Grundlage ausführlicher Forschungen entwirft dieses Buch ein eindringliches und vielschichtiges Porträt eines Mannes, der sein ganzes Leben mit seiner jüdischen Identität rang, aber eine Konvertierung ablehnte und sich selbst als modernen Deutschen und Juden begriff.
Shulamit Volkovs Biografie verfolgt diese schwierige Auseinandersetzung, die zahlreichen Enttäuschungen, das Ringen mit dem Vater Emil Rathenau bis hin zum politischen Aufstieg und gesellschaftlichen Erfolg. Das Lebensporträt eines vielseitig begabten Mannes, dem dieser Erfolg zum Verhängnis werden sollte.
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Get Charlemagne's Courtier: The Complete Einhard: 3 (Readings in PDF

By Paul Edward Dutton

Among the readings integrated are numerous latest letters by way of Emma (Einhard's wife), The lifetime of Charlemagne, and The heritage of His Relics. The latter paintings transports us into a virtually unknown international as Einhard, the cool rationalist, arranges for a relic salesman, a veritable bone vendor, to procure saints? relics from Italy for set up into his new church. The reader is taken on an intrigue-filled journey to Rome, the place Einhard's males creep into church buildings at evening to thieve bones after which spirit them away to Einhard within the north. The relics are bought on the town after city as though they have been the dwelling saints come to therapy the infirm. Einhard's descriptions of the in poor health, the lame, and the blind of northern Europe vividly disclose us to an aspect of medieval lifestyles too hardly encountered in different medieval sources.

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