Book three of Mommsen´s history covers the 118 years from 264 to 146 BC, the period in which Rome became the undisputed master of the Mediterranean Basin. How did this happen, and why? Carthage was instrumental in this transformation. With the defeat and expulsion of Pyrrhus in 275 BC, Rome had moved to consolidate its hold over the Italian peninsula, a position it had acquired in a century of almost continuous warfare with Italian tribes. But only 11 years later, in 264 BC, the political and commercial rivalry with Carthage over control of Sicily broke out into open war. At the end of two brutal wars with Carthage and three with Macedonia and the Greek Seleucid and Antigonid Kingdoms, the Mediterranean lay in the power of Rome. It was not a power the Roman state had consciously sought. In its fanatical zeal for security, Rome subdued one adversary after the other with unerring determination. In the end there was no one left to subdue. But along with that power came wealth and social changes that were to tear the republic apart. Mommsen´s brilliant explanation for how this process of decay sapped the moral fiber of the Roman people is perhaps his most outstanding contribution to our understanding of this era. This is the third in a five-volume series. This volume was recorded entirely on location in Rome, Italy. Listeners may notice some differences in sound compared to our usual studio recordings. Although Mommsen used the AUC system of Roman years, which begins as the Roman year 1 (754 BC), we have transposed these dates to those of the Christian era. All dates are BC except where otherwise indicated. We do not recommend Mommsen for those without a firm grasp of Roman republican history. The work of Cyril Robinson would be a great place to start for the neophyte historian. Translated from the original German by W. P. Dickson. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material wil... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charlton Griffin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acon/000208/bk_acon_000208_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Nobel Prize in Literature, 1902 Book two of Theodore Mommsen´s history begins in 509 BC, when the last Roman king was expelled and a republican form of government was formed. Starting here, we trace Rome´s political and cultural development under an aristocracy whose puritan fanaticism is legendary. But security from surrounding hostile tribes was of uppermost concern, and the city was constantly at war with one tribe or another. During the fifth century BC, the Republic´s energies were directed toward uniting or subduing her nearby Latin-speaking neighbors. By the beginning of the fourth century BC, Rome was in control of a Latin league. Following the devastating sack of Rome in 390 BC by a Celtic tribe that descended from the Po Valley, the Republic quickly recovered and resumed its confrontation with neighboring tribes. By mid-fourth century the Etruscans to the north, the Sabines to the east, and the Volscians and other Campanian tribes in the south have been reduced. Only the mighty Samnites in the Apenines remained. After a war of almost 35 years, they surrendered. But in 280 BC the Italian Greek city-states become alarmed and invited the leading Greek general of the day, King Pyrrhus of Epirus, to be their champion. Thus began a grinding five-year war between Greek phalanxes and Roman legions. By 272 BC the last Greek city in Italy had capitulated, and Italy was united under Roman hegemony. Although Mommsen used the AUC system of Roman years, which begins as the Roman year 1 (754 BC), we have transposed these dates to those of the Christian era. All dates are BC except where otherwise indicated. We do not recommend Mommsen for those without a firm grasp of Roman Republican history. The work of Cyril Robinson would be a great place to start for the neophyte historian. Translated from the original German by W. P. Dickson. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference materi... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charlton Griffin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acon/000207/bk_acon_000207_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Europe´s relationship with culture, even at the most basic level, dates back to at least 20,000 BCE. The Venus of Willedorf and the cave paintings of Altamira and Lascaux are examples of the presence of civilization in Europe thousands of years ago. By 5000 BC, evidence proves that areas of Europe had begun to show hierarchical societies and a firm agricultural background had been formed by many of these societies. While a clear division of boundaries did not exist back then, the history of Europe if we go back to thousands of years ago, during the Neolithic age, can be mainly traced through their settlements and tools. A strong political and social era did not emerge before the Roman and Byzantine period. Thus, Europe´s history began to take form when the Roman´s empire rose to its glory. Europe has undoubtedly seen different periods of settlement before the Roman Empire as well, but evidence, clear dates and archaeology is at its minimal during these periods. While many people completely believe that history is somewhat similar to storytelling, the only thing that makes a difference is the presence of facts and evidence when it comes to history. Every historian has to comb through each fact closely before choosing what actually happened from what is being purported as may have happened. The facts of European history have been put together in this book. The chapters are named primarily after an event that may have been the most prominent one during a period, but every chapter will cover more than just that event. It will cover the things that led to the event and the ones after the event as well. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tracy Tupman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/061707/bk_acx0_061707_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The United States has always proved an inviting home for boosters, sharp dealers, and outright swindlers. Worship of entrepreneurial freedom has complicated the task of distinguishing aggressive salesmanship from unacceptable deceit, especially on the frontiers of innovation. At the same time, competitive pressures have often nudged respectable firms to embrace deception. As a result, fraud has been a key feature of American business since its beginnings. In this sweeping narrative, Edward Balleisen traces the history of fraud in America - and the evolving efforts to combat it - from the age of PT Barnum through the eras of Charles Ponzi and Bernie Madoff. Starting with an early 19th-century American legal world of ´´buyer beware´´, this unprecedented account describes the slow, piecemeal construction of modern regulatory institutions to protect consumers and investors, from the Gilded Age through the New Deal and the Great Society. It concludes with the more recent era of deregulation, which has brought with it a spate of costly frauds. By tracing how Americans have struggled to foster a vibrant economy without enabling a corrosive level of fraud, this book reminds us that American capitalism rests on an uneasy foundation of social trust. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Perkins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/001208/bk_high_001208_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What were the forces that thrust the British Empire to its extraordinary position of greatness and then just as powerfully drove it into decline? And why is nearly every nation on earth, in one way or another, the consequence of the British Empire? In these 36 lectures, Professor Allitt leads you through four centuries of British power, innovation, influence, and, ultimately, diminishment - four profound centuries that literally remade the world and bequeathed the complex global legacy that continues to shape your everyday life. This is a remarkable lecture series; one that will give you fresh insights into world history in a wide range of areas - political, economic, technological, social, and more. And it will also give you a comprehensive overview you won´t find offered anywhere else - a context into which you can integrate new knowledge about this country, as well as understand the background of current events in so many other countries that were once part of Britain´s empire, from Ireland to China, and in Africa and the Caribbean. Indeed, it seems fair to say that one cannot truly understand the most important aspects of world history without a firm grasp of the history of the British Empire. In giving you that grasp, these lectures draw on a vast range of critical events, riveting personalities, revealing anecdotes, and eloquent quotations. Compelling, comprehensive, and astonishing in the force of its narrative power, each lecture will give you a refreshing new understanding of what made the British Empire both great in its achievements and vulnerable to its eventual downfall. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Patrick N. Allitt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000252/bk_tcco_000252_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Learn about the collapse of Wall Street firm Lehman Brothers with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series. Lehman Brothers Holding Co. was the fourth-largest U.S. investment bank before the firm´s spectacular collapse in 2008. Lehman´s global businesses previously generated more than $19 billion in 2007 from its vast capital markets, investment banking, and investment-management businesses.The firm´s numerous subsidiaries included Neuberger Berman, Aurora Loan Services, Lehman Brothers Bank, and Eagle Energy Partners. Lehman´s Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing on September 15, 2008, marked one of the largest bankruptcies in Learn about the Lehman Brothers collapse with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series.Lehman Brothers Holding Co. was the fourth-largest U.S. investment bank before the firm’s spectacular collapse in 2008. Lehman’s global businesses previously generated more than $19 billion in 2007 from its vast capital markets, investment banking and investment management businesses. The firm’s numerous subsidiaries included Neuberger Berman, Aurora Loan Services, Lehman Brothers Bank and Eagle Energy Partners. Lehman’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing on September 15, 2008 marked one of the largest bankruptcies in U.S. history and sent shockwaves throughout the global financial markets. Lehman’s collapse was also the last time the U.S. Federal Reserve would allow a giant bank to fail after the credit crisis that started in 2007. Lehman’s collapse came suddenly, but the firm’s long history dates back to 1850, when it was co-founded in Montgomery, Alabama by Emanuel Lehman, and other family members who emigrated to the U.S. from Bavaria. Lehman actually started off as a dry goods store and quickly rode the former cotton boom into a lucrative commodities trading business. Perfect to listen to while commuting, exercising, shopping or cleaning the house.. iMinds brings knowledge to you... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Luca James Lee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/imnd/000034/bk_imnd_000034_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1912, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, wrote a short story about a war fought from underwater submersibles that included the sinking of passenger ships. At the time, it was dismissed by the British generals and admirals of the day not because the idea of submarines was technically unfeasible, but because no one could imagine that any nation would be so depraved as to sink civilian merchant ships. The future of war more often than not surprises us less because of some fantastic technical or engineering dimension but because of some human, political, or moral threshold that we had never imagined wanting to cross. As Lawrence Freedman shows, the future of war has a past and a present. Ideas of war, strategies for warfare and its practice, and organizing principles of war all have rich and varied origins which have shaped the minds of those who conceive the next war. Freedman shows how war can be studied systematically and empirically to provide a firm foundation for enlightened policy. The Future of War - which covers civil wars to as yet unknown nuclear conflicts, proxy wars (real) to the Cold War (not), fashionably small wars to the War to End All Wars (it didn´t) - is filled with insight and fascinating nuggets of military history and culture from one of the most brilliant military and strategic historians of his generation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Page. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/001384/bk_high_001384_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Prehistoric World Cultures provides a broad overview of world prehistory while highlighting significant events, developments, and cultures through time. Organized chronologically and geographically, it gives students a clear understanding of changes through time from the evolution of our species to the development of complex civilizations.The beginning focuses on how archaeologists study past cultures and what kinds of archaeological methods are used to investigate prehistoric sites. The text then presents information on evolution, the beginnings of agriculture, and early complex civilizations such as Mesopotamia and the city-states of the Nile River Valley. Students will also learn about the early cultures of East Asia, the Chinese Empire, South Asia, and ancient India. New World cultures, such as Native American groups, and the Maya, Aztec, and Inca are addressed in the final chapters. Each chapter includes a ´´Bringing it Together´´ section that enables students to make important conceptual connections. Key terms and concepts are highlighted at the end of each chapter to improve retention. The text gives students a firm grounding in world history, enabling them to better contextualize current news and events. Published by Cognella Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Todd Curless. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/086706/bk_acx0_086706_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Learn about the Rise of the Berlin Wall with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series. The Berlin Wall served as a monumental physical reminder of the differences in government between East and West Germany. After World War Two, there was a division of Germany between the Western Allied forces of the US, Britain and France and the Soviet Union in the East. Each assumed responsibility for a portion of Germany to help it back on its feet after the war. No one thought the separation would last for more than a year. Yet it lingered for the next four-and-a-half decades. The tension which sparked the construction of the Berlin Wall occurred soon after World War Two ended. After the war, Germany was divided up into four zones, with the British, the Americans, the French and the Soviet Union each responsible for running a zone. The German capital of Berlin, although in the Soviet zone of Germany, was likewise divided into four sectors. As firm allies, the US, Britain and France worked closely with each other to bring about changes to their zones and sectors in Germany. Perfect to listen to while commuting, exercising, shopping or cleaning the house.. iMinds brings knowledge to your MP3 with 8 minute information segments to whet your mental appetite and broaden your mind. iMinds offers 12 main categories, become a Generalist by increasing your knowledge of Business, Politics, People, History, Pop Culture, Mystery, Crime, Culture, Religion, Concepts, Science and Sport.. Clean and concise, crisp and engaging, discover what you never knew you were missing. Make your MP3 smarter with iMinds MindTracks, intersperse with music and enjoy learning a little about a lot.. knowledge of your own choice and in your own time. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hamish Hughes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/imnd/000094/bk_imnd_000094_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.