Image to Interpretation An Intelligent System to Aid Historians in Reading the Vindolanda Texts

History / Military

Melissa Terras, “Image to Interpretation: An Intelligent System to Aid Historians in Reading the Vindolanda Texts”
Bernard Mees, “The Science of the Swastika”
Susan Eva Eckstein, “Back From the Future: Cuba Under Castro”
Edmundo Balsemão Pires, Joaquim Braga, “Bernard de Mandeville’s Tropology of Paradoxes: Morals, Politics, Economics, and Therapy”
Signature Wound: Hidden Bombs, Heroic Soldiers, and the Shocking, Secret Story of the Afghanistan War by Bob Drury

Melissa Terras, “Image to Interpretation: An Intelligent System to Aid Historians in Reading the Vindolanda Texts”

2006 | pages: 265 | ISBN: 0199204551 | PDF | 3,8 mb

The ink and stylus tablets discovered at the Roman fort of Vindolanda are a unique resource for scholars of ancient history. However, the stylus tablets in particular are extremely difficult to read. This book details the development of what appears to be the first system constructed to aid experts in the process of reading an ancient document, exploring the extent to which techniques from Artificial Intelligence can be used to develop a system that could aid historians in reading the stylus texts. Image to Interpretation includes a model of how experts read ancient texts, a corpora of letter forms from the Vindolanda text corpus, and a detailed description of the architecture of the system. It will be of interest to papyrologists, researchers in Roman history and palaeography, computer and engineering scientists working in the field of Artificial Intelligence and image processing, and those interested in the use of computing in the humanities.

Bernard Mees, “The Science of the Swastika”

2008 | pages: 389 | ISBN: 9639776181 | PDF | 5,3 mb

This is the first theoretically informed study of the relationship between an academic discipline and what the Nazis termed their Weltanschauung. The first study of Sinnbildforschung, German ideograph or swastika studies, though more broadly it tells the tale of the development of German antiquarian studies (ancient Germanic history, archeology, anthropology, folklore, historical linguistics and philology) under the influence of radical-rightwing politics, and the contemporary construction of ‘Germanicness’ and its role in Nazi thought. The swastika and similar symbols were employed by the ancestors of the modern-day Germans. As these had also become emblematic symbols of the forces of German reaction, Sinnbildforschung became intrinsically connected with the National Socialist regime after 1933 and disappeared along with the Third Reich in 1945.With the Nazi seizure of power, ideographic studies became directly supported by the state. In 1935, an organization was founded within the SS to further its study, the SS-Ahnenerbe. Most infamous as the organ through which medical experiments were arranged to be performed on the inmates of concentration camps, the Ahnenerbe was founded as a historical research institution before it expanded its horizons to the physical sciences.

Susan Eva Eckstein, “Back From the Future: Cuba Under Castro”

2003 | pages: 350 | ISBN: 0415947944 | PDF | 1,9 mb

This book has long been regarded as the definitive history of Castro’s communist regime, beginning in 1959 through the 1990s. This updated, second edition contains a new epilogue by the author that covers the last decade, including such newsworthy events as the Elian Gonzalez controversy, the growing immigrant community of Cuban-Americans in Florida, the role of Cuban-Americans in the 2000 presidential election, the withering U.S. sales embargo and the inevitable transition of power now that Castro is in his mid-70s.

Edmundo Balsemão Pires, Joaquim Braga, “Bernard de Mandeville’s Tropology of Paradoxes: Morals, Politics, Economics, and Therapy”

2015 | pages: 266 | ISBN: 3319193805 | PDF | 2,4 mb

This book integrates studies on the thought of Bernard de Mandeville and other philosophers and historians of Modern Thought. The chapters reflect a rethinking of Mandeville’s legacy and, together, present a comprehensive approach to Mandeville’s work. The book is published on the occasion of the 300 years that have passed since the publication of the Fable of the Bees. Bernard de Mandeville disassembled the dichotomies of traditional moral thinking to show that the outcomes of the social action emerge as new, non-intentional effects from the combination of moral opposites, vice and virtue, in such a form that they lose their moral significance. The work of this great writer, philosopher and physician is interwoven with an awareness of the paradoxical nature of modern society and the challenges that this recognition brings to an adequate perspective on the historical world of modernity.

Signature Wound: Hidden Bombs, Heroic Soldiers, and the Shocking, Secret Story of the Afghanistan War by Bob Drury

English | October 18th, 2011 | ASIN: B00WMZ5HKO, ISBN: 1609618637 | 57 Pages | EPUB | 0.34 MB

Nominated for The National Magazine Awards, Public Interest category
Every war has its “signature wounds,” injuries inflicted by frightening new weapons and tactics the U.S. military has never faced before. Blistered flesh from mustard gas in World War I. Petroleum burns from oil and gas igniting on the surface of the Pacific in World War II. And now, lost legs, hands, and most devastating of all, genitals, as a result of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in today’s war in Afghanistan. Men’s Health contributing editor Bob Drury, a veteran reporter of both the Afghan and Iraq wars, delivers his most hard-hitting and important dispatch yet–the unforgettable accounts of U.S. soldiers who have suffered these very personal wounds. Their intense tales of battlefield survival are just a prologue to the unimaginable fights they face once they’re stateside. This is essential reading for truly understanding what our fighting forces put on the line–and lose–every single day.