The Treaty of Versailles
13 March 2013, 05:47
Chelsea House | 2010 | ISBN: 1604132779 | PDF | 6.10MB
In January 1919, following the defeat of the German-led Central Powers in World War I, delegates from the victorious Allied nations gathered in Paris to try to forge an enduring peace for the postwar world. The issues confronting the Paris peacemakers in the wake of the deadliest and most disruptive war up to that time were daunting. The five separate treaties produced by the Peace Conference, and particularly the most famous one the Treaty of Versailles with Germany, have been widely criticized over the years, primarily because they led to the rise of Nazi Germany and World War II a generation later. Nonetheless, faced with the overwhelming task of bringing order to a world shattered by four years of bitter fighting, the Paris delegates were convinced that they had fashioned a just and lasting peace.
The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans [2 Volumes Set]
11 March 2013, 07:17
Random House | 2000 | ISBN: 0679641742, 0679641750 | EPUB | 1.26+1.17MBMB
Plutarch's 'Parallel Lives,' written at the beginning of the second century A.D., form a brilliant social history of the ancient world. They were originally presented in a series of books that gave an account of one Greek and one Roman life, followed by a comparison of the two: Theseus and Romulus, Alcibiades and Coriolanus, Demosthenes and Cicero, Demetrius and Antony.
Plutarch was interested in the personalities of his subjects and on the way their characters molded their actions, leading them to tragedy or victory. He was a moralist of the highest order. 'It was for the sake of others that I first commenced writing biographies,' he says, 'but I find myself proceeding and attaching myself to it for my own; the virtues of these great men serving me as a sort of looking-glass, in which I may see how to adjust and adorn my own life.' Plutarch was a man of immense erudition who had traveled widely throughout the Roman Empire, and the Lives are richly anecdotal and full of detail. They were the principal source of Shakespeare's Roman plays.
The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans, Volume II
The Rise and Fall of Athens: Nine Greek Lives
11 March 2013, 07:10
Penguin Group | 1973 | ISBN: 0141921463 | EPUB | 2.16MB
Nine Greek biographies illustrate the rise and fall of Athens, from the legendary days of Theseus, the city's founder, through Solon, Themistocles, Aristides, Cimon, Pericles, Nicias, and Alcibiades, to the razing of its walls by Lysander.