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.

Empires of Speed

Author: Robert Hassan
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789004186859
Release Date: 2009-06-02
Genre: Science

Explaining and comparing the rise and effects of the 'empires' of clock time and 'network time', Empires of Speed argues with power and clarity that our network society is hurtling fast through a volatile present into an increasingly precarious future.

Einstein s Clocks and Poincare s Maps Empires of Time

Author: Peter Galison
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393243864
Release Date: 2004-09-17
Genre: Science

"More than a history of science; it is a tour de force in the genre."—New York Times Book Review A dramatic new account of the parallel quests to harness time that culminated in the revolutionary science of relativity, Einstein's Clocks, Poincaré's Maps is "part history, part science, part adventure, part biography, part meditation on the meaning of modernity....In Galison's telling of science, the meters and wires and epoxy and solder come alive as characters, along with physicists, engineers, technicians and others....Galison has unearthed fascinating material" (New York Times). Clocks and trains, telegraphs and colonial conquest: the challenges of the late nineteenth century were an indispensable real-world background to the enormous theoretical breakthrough of relativity. And two giants at the foundations of modern science were converging, step-by-step, on the answer: Albert Einstein, an young, obscure German physicist experimenting with measuring time using telegraph networks and with the coordination of clocks at train stations; and the renowned mathematician Henri Poincaré, president of the French Bureau of Longitude, mapping time coordinates across continents. Each found that to understand the newly global world, he had to determine whether there existed a pure time in which simultaneity was absolute or whether time was relative. Esteemed historian of science Peter Galison has culled new information from rarely seen photographs, forgotten patents, and unexplored archives to tell the fascinating story of two scientists whose concrete, professional preoccupations engaged them in a silent race toward a theory that would conquer the empire of time.

Reversing the Cult of Speed in Higher Education

Author: Jonathan Chambers
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781351625371
Release Date: 2018-10-26
Genre: Education

A collection of essays written by arts and humanities scholars across disciplines, this book argues that higher education has been compromised by its uncritical acceptance of our culture’s standards of productivity, busyness, and speed. Inspired by the Slow Movement, contributors explain how and why university culture has come to value productivity over contemplation and rapidity over slowness. Chapter authors argue that the arts and humanities offer a cogent critique of fast culture in higher education, and reframe the discussion of the value of their fields by emphasizing the dialectic between speed and slowness.

Empires of Tal

Author: Recon Games
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 9781304900715
Release Date: 2014-03-31
Genre: Games

Empires of Tal is a turn based set of rules for 10mm and 15mm miniatures set in fantasy or medieval time period. The game uses a 20mm by 40mm base as the foundation for the rules. Figures sold in 10 or 15mm scale by companies like Eureka Miniatures (eurekamin.com.au), Games Workshop (gamesworkshop.com), Kallistra (kallistra.co.uk) and Pendraken (pendraken.co.uk) are used but not supplied.

Empire and Communications

Author: Harold A. Innis
Publisher: Dundurn
ISBN: 9781550029086
Release Date: 2007-01-01
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

It’s been said that without Harold A. Innis there could have been no Marshall McLuhan. Empire and Communications is one of Innis’s most important contributions to the debate about how media influence the development of consciousness and societies. In this seminal text, he traces humanity’s movement from the oral tradition of preliterate cultures to the electronic media of recent times. Along the way, he presents his own influential concepts of oral communication, time and space bias, and monopolies of knowledge.

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.

Dial M for Murdoch

Author: Tom Watson
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101601372
Release Date: 2012-04-24
Genre: Business & Economics

Dial M for Murdoch uncovers the inner workings of one of the most powerful companies in the world: how it came to exert a poisonous, secretive influence on public life in Britain, how it used its huge power to bully, intimidate and cover up, and how its exposure has changed the way we look at our politicians, our police service and our press. Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers had been hacking phones and casually destroying people’s lives for years, but it was only after a trivial report about Prince William’s knee in 2005 that detectives stumbled on a criminal conspiracy. A five-year cover-up then concealed and muddied the truth. Dial M for Murdoch gives the first connected account of the extraordinary lengths to which the Murdochs’ News Corporation went to “put the problem in a box” (in James Murdoch’s words), how its efforts to maintain and extend its power were aided by its political and police friends, and how it was finally exposed. The book details the smears and threats against politicians, journalists and lawyers. It reveals the existence of brave insiders who pointed those pursuing the investigation towards pieces of secret information that cracked open the case. By contrast, many of the main players in the book are unsavory, but by the end of it you have a clear idea of what they did. Seeing the story whole, as it is presented here for the first time, allows the character of the organisation which it portrays to emerge unmistakably. You will hardly believe it.

Microsoft Age of Empires II

Author: Mark H. Walker
ISBN: 0735605130
Release Date: 1999-07
Genre: Games

This book shows you how to survive and thrive in the thousand years from the fall of Rome to the Middle Ages, when the destiny of humanity was at stake. Learn to conquer enemy states, accumulate wealth by extensive trading and diplomacy, create and defend wonders of the world, and build your nation into a great civilization. Should you build a barracks before a farm, or a marketplace before a temple? This book provides answers to questions like these as you build a tiny tribe into a mighty civilization.

The speed handbook

Author: Enda Duffy
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
ISBN: UOM:39076002861560
Release Date: 2009-06-29
Genre: History

An argument that the sensation of speed (made available to many through the mass-produced automobile) was the quintessential way that people experienced modernity.

A History of the World

Author: Andrew Marr
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9780230767539
Release Date: 2012-09-27
Genre: History

Our understanding of world history is changing, as new discoveries are made on all the continents and old prejudices are being challenged. In this truly global journey Andrew Marr revisits some of the traditional epic stories, from classical Greece and Rome to the rise of Napoleon, but surrounds them with less familiar material, from Peru to the Ukraine, China to the Caribbean. He looks at cultures that have failed and vanished, as well as the origins of today’s superpowers, and finds surprising echoes and parallels across vast distances and epochs. This is a book about the great change-makers of history and their times, people such as Cleopatra, Genghis Khan, Galileo and Mao, but it is also a book about us. For ‘the better we understand how rulers lose touch with reality, or why revolutions produce dictators more often than they produce happiness, or why some parts of the world are richer than others, the easier it is to understand our own times.’ Fresh, exciting and vividly readable, this is popular history at its very best.

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.

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.

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]

The Cosmopolitan Constitution

Author: Alexander Somek
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780191030925
Release Date: 2014-07-31
Genre: Law

Originally the constitution was expected to express and channel popular sovereignty. It was the work of freedom, springing from and facilitating collective self-determination. After the Second World War this perspective changed: the modern constitution owes its authority not only to collective authorship, it also must commit itself credibly to human rights. Thus people recede into the background, and the national constitution becomes embedded into one or other system of 'peer review' among nations. This is what Alexander Somek argues is the creation of the cosmopolitan constitution. Reconstructing what he considers to be the three stages in the development of constitutionalism, he argues that the cosmopolitan constitution is not a blueprint for the constitution beyond the nation state, let alone a constitution of the international community; rather, it stands for constitutional law reaching out beyond its national bounds. This cosmopolitan constitution has two faces: the first, political, face reflects the changed circumstances of constitutional authority. It conceives itself as constrained by international human rights protection, firmly committed to combating discrimination on the grounds of nationality, and to embracing strategies for managing its interaction with other sites of authority, such as the United Nations. The second, administrative, face of the cosmopolitan constitution reveals the demise of political authority, which has been traditionally vested in representative bodies. Political processes yield to various, and often informal, strategies of policy co-ordination so long as there are no reasons to fear that the elementary civil rights might be severely interfered with. It represents constitutional authority for an administered world.