The Journey of Christianity to India in Late Antiquity Networks and the Movement of Culture

History / Military

The Journey of Christianity to India in Late Antiquity: Networks and the Movement of Culture by Nathanael J. Andrade
The Struggle for the Streets of Berlin: Politics, Consumption, and Urban Space, 1914–1945 by Molly Loberg
Theology and Agency in Early Modern Literature by Timothy Rosendale
The Bible on the Shakespearean Stage: Cultures of Interpretation in Reformation England edited by Thomas Fulton, Kristen Poole
Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other by Conrad Black

The Journey of Christianity to India in Late Antiquity: Networks and the Movement of Culture by Nathanael J. Andrade

English | May 31, 2018 | ISBN: 1108419127 | PDF | 312 pages | 6.3 MB

How did Christianity make its remarkable voyage from the Roman Mediterranean to the Indian subcontinent? By examining the social networks that connected the ancient and late antique Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean, central Asia, and Iran, this book contemplates the social relations that made such movement possible. It also analyzes how the narrative tradition regarding the apostle Judas Thomas, which originated in Upper Mesopotamia and accredited him with evangelizing India, traveled among the social networks of an interconnected late antique world.
In this way, the book probes how the Thomas narrative shaped Mediterranean Christian beliefs regarding co-religionists in central Asia and India, impacted local Christian cultures, took shape in a variety of languages, and experienced transformation as it traveled from the Mediterranean to India, and back again.

The Struggle for the Streets of Berlin: Politics, Consumption, and Urban Space, 1914–1945 by Molly Loberg

English | April 3, 2018 | ISBN: 1108417647 | PDF | 338 pages | 30.2 MB

Who owns the street? Interwar Berliners faced this question with great hope yet devastating consequences. In Germany, the First World War and 1918 Revolution transformed the city streets into the most important media for politics and commerce. There, partisans and entrepreneurs fought for the attention of crowds with posters, illuminated advertisements, parades, traffic jams, and violence.
The Nazi Party relied on how people already experienced the city to stage aggressive political theater, including the April Boycott and Kristallnacht. Observers in Germany and abroad looked to Berlin’s streets to predict the future. They saw dazzling window displays that radiated optimism. They also witnessed crime waves, antisemitic rioting, and failed policing that pointed toward societal collapse. Recognizing the power of urban space, officials pursued increasingly radical policies to ‘revitalize’ the city, culminating in Albert Speer’s plan to eradicate the heart of Berlin and build Germania.

Theology and Agency in Early Modern Literature by Timothy Rosendale

English | March 31, 2018 | ISBN: 1108418848 | PDF | 300 pages | 4.2 MB

What can I do? To what degree do we control our own desires, actions, and fate – or not? These questions haunt us, and have done so, in various forms, for thousands of years. Timothy Rosendale explores the problem of human will and action relative to the Divine – which Luther himself identified as the central issue of the Reformation – and its manifestations in English literary texts from 1580-1670.
After an introduction which outlines the broader issues from Sophocles and the Stoics to twentieth-century philosophy, the opening chapter traces the theological history of the agency problem from the New Testament to the seventeenth century. The following chapters address particular aspects of volition and salvation (will, action, struggle, and blame) in the writings of Marlowe, Kyd, Shakespeare, Ford, Herbert, Donne, and Milton, who tackle these problems with an urgency and depth that resonate with parallel concerns today.

The Bible on the Shakespearean Stage: Cultures of Interpretation in Reformation England edited by Thomas Fulton, Kristen Poole

English | May 31, 2018 | ISBN: 1107194237 | PDF | 318 pages | 5.9 MB

The Bible was everywhere in Shakespeare’s England. Through sermons, catechisms, treatises, artwork, literature and, of course, biblical reading itself, the stories and language of the Bible pervaded popular and elite culture. In recent years, scholars have demonstrated how thoroughly biblical allusions saturate Shakespearean plays. But Shakespeare’s audiences were not simply well versed in the Bible’s content – they were also steeped in the practices and methods of biblical interpretation. Reformation and counter-reformation debate focused not just on the biblical text, but – crucially – on how to read the text.
The Bible on the Shakespearean Stage is the first volume to integrate the study of Shakespeare’s plays with the vital history of Reformation practices of biblical interpretation. Bringing together the foremost international scholars in the field of ‘Shakespeare and the Bible’, these essays explore Shakespeare’s engagement with scriptural interpretation in the tragedies, histories, comedies, and romances.

Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other by Conrad Black

English | May 14th, 2018 | ASIN: B078XM67RX, ISBN: 1621577872 | 256 Pages | EPUB | 0.73 MB

Conrad Black, bestselling author of Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom and Richard M. Nixon: A Life in Full, turns his attention to his “friend” President Donald J. Trump and provides the most intriguing and significant analysis yet of Trump’s political rise.
Ambitious in intellectual scope, contrarian in many of its opinions, and admirably concise, this is surely set to be one of the most provocative political books you are likely to read this year.