Empires of Speed

Author: Robert Hassan
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789004175907
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Social Science

The beginning of the 21st century is witnessing the emergence of a social, political and technological revolution in networked computing. We now live in a networked society, but it functions and develops at such an accelerating rate that it becomes increasingly difficult to adequately understand the nature of this radical society. "Empires of Speed" is the first book to analyse the far-reaching transformations of speed-filled everyday life. In a compelling study Hassan shows that we are leaving behind a modern world based upon the time of the clock, and are entering a new and volatile phase where an accelerating network time poses fundamental economic and political challenges in our postmodern world, challenges we barely comprehend and are thus woefully unprepared for.

Empire in the Air

Author: Chandra D. Bhimull
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 9781479843473
Release Date: 2017-12-12
Genre: History

Examines the role that race played in the inception of the airline industry Empire in the Air is at once a history of aviation, and an examination of how air travel changed lives along the transatlantic corridor of the African diaspora. Focusing on Britain and its Caribbean colonies, Chandra Bhimull reveals how the black West Indies shaped the development of British Airways. Bhimull offers a unique analysis of early airline travel, illuminating the links among empire, aviation and diaspora, and in do so provides insights into how racially oppressed people experienced air travel. The emergence of artificial flight revolutionized the movement of people and power, and Bhimull makes the connection between airplanes and the other vessels that have helped make and maintain the African diaspora: the slave ships of the Middle Passage, the tracks of the Underground Railroad, and Marcus Garvey’s black-owned ocean liner. As a new technology, airline travel retained the racialist ideas and practices that were embedded in British imperialism, and these ideas shaped every aspect of how commercial aviation developed, from how airline routes were set, to who could travel easily and who could not. The author concludes with a look at airline travel today, suggesting that racism is still enmeshed in the banalities of contemporary flight.

Empires Wars and Battles

Author: T. C. F. Hopkins
Publisher: Forge Books
ISBN: 9781466841710
Release Date: 2008-07-08
Genre: History

As current events have made painfully obvious, the Middle East is a region long torn by strife and traditions of warfare. In this elegant, fast-paced, and well thought out cultural and military history, T. C. F. Hopkins, author of Confrontation at Lepanto, provides a remarkable glimpse into the origins of the conflicts that formed the ancient world as well as the world we have inherited. This book examines the development of the traditions and hostilities that have grown from millennia of conflict and looks at the precarious balance between the West and the Middle East. Focusing on complex rivalries, from the Ancient Egyptians and Hittites to the five-hundred-year conflict between the Ottoman and Byzantine Empires, this book seeks to shed light on the character of the region, and why it has borne and continues to bear a critical role in world affairs. Incorporating the most recent discoveries and scholarship, Empires, Wars, and Battles provides both an account of political and military events and a survey of the cultures and societies of the ancient Near East. The straightforward, accessible text is clear and credible to the well-read history buff, but understandable and fascinating to the reader who knows nothing about ancient or military history. There are few books on the market that can claim to cover this complex, timely material in such a comprehensive and interesting fashion. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Empires and the Reach of the Global

Author: Tony Ballantyne
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674281295
Release Date: 2014
Genre: History

Empire was not fabricated in European capitals and implemented "out there." Imperial systems affected the metropole as well as the farthest outpost. Empires and the Reach of the Global shows how imperialism has been a shaping force not just in international politics but in the economies and cultures of today's world.

Empire Rising

Author: Rick Campbell
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781466835801
Release Date: 2015-02-24
Genre: Fiction

After a long, secret military buildup, China launches a swift and deadly attack on Taiwan. But that's only their first move in a much deadlier game. In Rick Campbell's thrilling Empire Rising, Xiang Chenglei, Chinese president and party secretary, has both a problem and a plan. The problem is that China's limited supply of oil is threatening to derail its economic growth and prosperity. Having failed to win access to a greater supply diplomatically, he sets his backup plan in motion. And what is war, but diplomacy by other means? The U.S. Pacific Fleet is the major military force in the area, and when Taiwan is invaded, the fleet is sent in to repel the invading Chinese forces. The U.S. military expects it to be an easy operation, but after a decades-long, top-secret buildup, China has military capabilities far greater than the United States is aware of. With hidden batteries of long range missiles, advanced cyber warfare capabilities, and a submarine fleet wielding a secret weapon, China is able to overwhelm the American fleet. In fact, China all but wipes out the U.S. Pacific Fleet—leaving them free to turn to their real objective—invasion and expansion across Asia, starting with the four main islands of Japan. While the Atlantic Fleet surges westward to defend its allies and respond to the destruction of their counterparts, it falls to an unlikely alliance of three people to stop this incursion and prevent an all-but-inevitable global war. National Security Advisor Christine O'Connor has critical information, but she's trapped in Beijing; Captain Murray Wilson, commanding officer of the submarine USS Michigan must somehow infiltrate the Chinese submarine blockade; and Navy SEAL Jake Harrison must lead a strike team into the most hostile of territories with only hours to implement the most daring plan ever.

Hurry But Don t Speed

Author: Ana Raphael
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 9781456780616
Release Date: 2011-07-01
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

I have been asked so many times by so many people to explain what Spirituality is. They are usually thinking people who have come to the conclusion that there must be more to life than the hurdy-gurdy of most peoples’ daily grind. It is always so difficult to put an explanation in a nutshell and whereas I could talk for hours on, what to me, is such an exciting subject, I run the risk of losing their rapt attention if they are just dipping a toe in the water while I am being carried away on my hobby-horse! So this book is an attempt to put into a slightly larger nutshell just enough explanation to whet those searchers’ appetites, and hopefully they will come back for more. I want to tell people that there is so much on offer “out there”, enough to keep you in joy, happiness and love for the rest of your lives, you, your families, and your friends. Once you become aware of the amount of loving and healing support that is constantly there for you life takes on a different hue. I could not have weathered the ups and downs of my own particular life had I not been aware of my dearest friends in the etheric behind me at all times. It is in their honour, and with my deepest, most sincere gratitude and love, that I dedicate this book to them, the Lords Lanto, Sananda, Meru and Jophiel who were especially involved in its inception, and gave me such wonderful encouragement all along the line. There are of course, many more beloved Masters in the group that delightfully call themselves my “Friends”, and who popped in and added their support from time to time.... when they thought my self confidence was flagging! To them all I send my most grateful thanks and very much love for just being there. And it will give me boundless pleasure to introduce them to all of you who feel the stirrings of a desire to know more, in my next book. It is my greatest wish that you have found something that has plucked a string or two in your hearts or touched some memory deep in your subconscious, in this the first book. Please tell me about it, I want to know what interests you and maybe I could add it to the content of Book 2. I look forward to hearing from you, Happy reading and many Blessings, Ana Raphael. [email protected]

Empires of the Crab

Author: Dale Cathell
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1425913210
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Fiction

She was petite, beautiful, and well behaved. Charlie Ann was everything a parent could ask for. However, after the age of three, profound happiness was replaced with sadness and fear as both she and her mother become victims of physical abuse. Hank Galante lost his business and blamed Charlie Ann. He despised his daughter and detested his wife for protecting her against him. One evening following a party in their home, Hank savagely beat his wife and daughter. When his wife died from her injuries a few weeks later, he realized that he also had to silence his daughter. Charlie Ann was placed in protective custody, but before her father could be apprehended, she was abducted.

Disconsolate Empires

Author: Alain Rouvez
Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 0819196436
Release Date: 1994
Genre: Political Science

This book provides a timely and comprehensive analysis of how three European powers have retained or mutated their levers of influence in their former African colonies since the latter gained independence in the 1960's. Thirty years of complex political and military relationships involving France, Britain, and Belgium and their former colonies are examined in this thought-provoking study, the lessons of which are increasingly relevant to the understanding of Euro-African affairs.

The Spanish Seaborne Empire

Author: J. H. Parry
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520071409
Release Date: 1990-08-09
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The Spanish empire in America was the first of the great seaborne empires of western Europe; it was for long the richest and the most formidable, the focus of envy, fear, and hatred. Its haphazard beginning dates from 1492; it was to last more than three hundred years before breaking up in the early nineteenth century in civil wars between rival generals and "liberators." Available now for the first time in paperback is J. H. Parry's classic assessment of the impact of Spain on the Americas. Parry presents a broad picture of the conquests of Cortès and Pizarro and of the economic and social consequences in Spain of the effort to maintain control of vast holdings. He probes the complex administration of the empire, its economy, social structure, the influence of the Church, the destruction of the Indian cultures and the effect of their decline on Spanish policy. As we approach the quincentenary of Columbus's arrival in the Americas, Parry provides the historical basis for a new consideration of the former Spanish colonies of Latin America and the transformation of pre-Columbian cultures to colonial states.

The Politics of Empire

Author: Joseph G. Peschek
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 0415376289
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Political Science

In the year after the September 11, 2001 attacks the Bush administration put together the elements of a far-reaching foreign policy doctrine based on unilateral action, pre-emptive military strikes, and prevention of the emergence of any strategic rivals to U.S. supremacy. Bush's grand strategy was formalized in a September 17, 2002 presidential report called The National Security Strategy of the United States of America. The report argued for pre-emptive strikes against rogue states and terrorists, even if faced with international opposition, and for the maintenance of American military supremacy. Additionally the report placed the U.S. off-limits to international law, asserting that the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court "does not extend to Americans." Underlying the Bush doctrine is the notion that the U.S. must remain the unchallenged power in world affairs. "The United States possesses unprecedented – and unequaled – strength and influence in the world," the report began. Supremacy involves maintaining forces that "will be strong enough to dissuade potential adversaries from pursuing a military build-up in hopes of surpassing, or equaling, the power of the United States." Many questions are raised by the trajectory of U.S. policy under George W. Bush. What is distinctive about the Bush administration's militarism and unilateralism? What are the political, ideological, and economic roots of the turn in U.S. foreign policy under George W. Bush? In what ways has the "war on terrorism" affected politics inside the United States in terms of civil liberties, treatment of immigrants, domestic and economic policy, and political discourse more generally? The Politics of Empire examines critically these and other urgent political and analytical questions. This is a Special Issue of the Journal New Political Science


Author: Clifford Donald Simak
Publisher: The Floating Press
ISBN: 9781775455363
Release Date: 2012-01-01
Genre: Fiction

This engrossing read from science fiction master Clifford Simak imagines a distant future in which the discovery of advanced technologies has granted virtual omnipotence to a small group of elite leaders. One man has the courage to stand up against the tyrannical rule, but he has been locked away in prison to prevent him from fomenting a revolution. Will John Moore Mallory escape to free the universe from the grip of these power-hungry despots?

Critical Digital Studies

Author: Arthur Kroker
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9781442666719
Release Date: 2013-12-11
Genre: Social Science

Since its initial publication, Critical Digital Studies has proven an indispensable guide to understanding digitally mediated culture. Bringing together the leading scholars in this growing field, internationally renowned scholars Arthur and Marilouise Kroker present an innovative and interdisciplinary survey of the relationship between humanity and technology. The reader offers a study of our digital future, a means of understanding the world with new analytic tools and means of communication that are defining the twenty-first century. The second edition includes new essays on the impact of social networking technologies and new media. A new section – “New Digital Media” – presents important, new articles on topics including hacktivism in the age of digital power and the relationship between gaming and capitalism. The extraordinary range and depth of the first edition has been maintained in this new edition. Critical Digital Studies will continue to provide the leading edge to readers wanting to understand the complex intersection of digital culture and human knowledge.