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Vermeer's Hat

Vermeer's Hat
The seventeenth century and the dawn of the global world

by Timothy Brook

  • Publisher : Profile Books
  • Release : 2010-07-09
  • Pages : 294
  • ISBN : 1847652549
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In one painting, a Dutch military officer leans toward a laughing girl. In another, a woman at a window weighs pieces of silver. In a third, fruit spills from a porcelain bowl onto a Turkish carpet. The officer's dashing hat is made of beaver fur, which European explorers got from Native Americans in exchange for weapons. Beaver pelts, in turn, financed the voyages of sailors seeking new routes to China. There - with silver mined in Peru - Europeans would purchase, by the thousands, the porcelain so often shown in Dutch paintings of this time. Vermeer's haunting images hint at the stories behind these exquisitely rendered moments. As Timothy Brook shows us in Vermeer's Hat, these pictures, which seem so intimate, actually open doors onto a rapidly expanding world.

The Freeman

The Freeman
Ideas on Liberty

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2009
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Let's See

Let's See
Writings on Art from the New Yorker

by Peter Schjeldahl

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2008
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This title allows the reader access behind the scenes of the art world, with profiles of leading figures such as the gallerist Marian Goodman, and accounts of visits to artists' studios.

The Literary Review

The Literary Review
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2012
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Great State

Great State
China and the World

by Timothy Brook

  • Publisher : Profile Books
  • Release : 2019-09-19
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 1782833471
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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China is one of the oldest states in the world. It achieved its approximate current borders with the Ascendancy of the Yuan dynasty in the 13th century, and despite the passing of one Imperial dynasty to the next, it has maintained them for the eight centuries since. Even the European colonial powers at the height of their power could not move past coastal enclaves. Thus, China remained China through the Ming, the Qing, the Republic, the Occupation, and Communism. But, despite the desires of some of the most powerful people in the Great State through the ages, China has never been alone in the world. It has had to contend with invaders from the steppe and the challenges posed by foreign traders and imperialists. Indeed, its rulers for the majority of the last eight centuries have not been Chinese. Timothy Brook examines China's relationship with the world from the Yuan through to the present by following the stories of ordinary and extraordinary people navigating the spaces where China met and meets the world. Bureaucrats, horse traders, spiritual leaders, explorers, pirates, emperors, invaders, migrant workers, traitors, and visionaries: this is a history of China as no one has told it before.

Tribune

Tribune
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2009
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Mr Selden's Map of China

Mr Selden's Map of China
The spice trade, a lost chart & the South China Sea

by Timothy Brook

  • Publisher : Profile Books
  • Release : 2013-09-12
  • Pages : 211
  • ISBN : 1847658814
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In 1659, a vast and unusual map of China arrived in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. It was bequeathed by John Selden, a London business lawyer, political activist, former convict, MP and the city's first Orientalist scholar. Largely ignored, it remained in the bowels of the library, until called up by an inquisitive reader. When Timothy Brook saw it in 2009, he realised that the Selden Map was 'a puzzle that had to be solved': an exceptional artefact, so unsettlingly modern-looking it could almost be a forgery. But it was genuine, and what it has to tell us is astonishing. It shows China, not cut off from the world, but a participant in the embryonic networks of global trade that fuelled the rise of Europe - and which now power China's ascent. And it raises as many question as it answers: how did John Selden acquire it? Where did it come from? Who re-imagined the world in this way? And most importantly - what can it tell us about the world at that time? Brook, like a cartographic detective, has provided answers - including a surprising last-minute revelation of authorship. From the Gobi Desert to the Philippines, from Java to Tibet and into China itself, Brook uses the map (actually a schematic representation of China's relation to astrological heaven) to tease out the varied elements that defined this crucial period in China's history.

Comparative Early Modernities

Comparative Early Modernities
1100-1800

by David Porter

  • Publisher : Palgrave MacMillan
  • Release : 2012-09-14
  • Pages : 278
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Recent historical scholarship has shown the way towards a geographically capacious conception of the early modern world. Featuring essays by nine leading scholars of early modern Asia and Europe, Comparative Early Modernities casts aside the legacies of European exceptionalism to reveal the interconnected multiplicity of the early modern world and of the variety of unexpected pathways linking these histories to the evolving modernities of the 21st century. In their fresh and provocative examinations of topics in literature, philosophy, art history, and political economy, the authors transform our understanding of global early modernity and reassess the theoretical and methodological premises of comparative historical studies.

Civil Society in China

Civil Society in China
A Book

by Timothy Brook,B. Michael Frolic

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2015-03-04
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 1317474384
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The concept of civil society was borrowed from 18th-century Europe to provide a framework for understanding the transition to post-authoritarian regimes in Latin America and post-communist regimes elsewhere. This book asks whether this concept is useful for analyzing China.

Guide to Literary Agents

Guide to Literary Agents
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2006
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Mr. Selden's Map of China

Mr. Selden's Map of China
Decoding the Secrets of a Vanished Cartographer

by Timothy Brook

  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release : 2013-11-12
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 1620401444
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From the author of the award-winning Vermeer's Hat, a historical detective story decoding a long-forgotten link between seventeenth century Europe and China. Timothy Brook's award-winning Vermeer's Hat unfolded the early history of globalization, using Vermeer's paintings to show how objects like beaver hats and porcelain bowls began to circulate around the world. Now he plumbs the mystery of a single artifact that offers new insights into global connections centuries old. In 2009, an extraordinary map of China was discovered in Oxford's Bodleian Library-where it had first been deposited 350 years before, then stowed and forgotten for nearly a century. Neither historians of China nor cartography experts had ever seen anything like it. It was so odd that experts would have declared it a fake-yet records confirmed it had been delivered to Oxford in 1659. The “Selden Map,” as it is known, was a puzzle that needing solving. Brook, a historian of China, set out to explore the riddle. His investigation will lead readers around this elegant, enigmatic work of art, and from the heart of China, via the Southern Ocean, to the court of King James II. In the story of Selden's map, he reveals for us the surprising links between an English scholar and merchants half a world away, and offers novel insights into the power and meaning that a single map can hold. Brook delivers the same anecdote-rich narrative, intriguing characters, and unexpected historical connections that made Vermeer's Hat an instant classic.

Talking Book Topics

Talking Book Topics
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2012
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Spectator

The Spectator
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2008-07
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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2008 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market

2008 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market
A Book

by Lauren Mosko

  • Publisher : Writers Digest Books
  • Release : 2007-08-20
  • Pages : 656
  • ISBN : 9781582974989
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Lists addresses and information on contacts, pay rates, and submission requirements, and includes essays on the craft of writing

2007 Guide to Literary Agents

2007 Guide to Literary Agents
A Book

by Joanna Masterson

  • Publisher : Writers Digest Books
  • Release : 2006-07-21
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 9781582974323
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Lists addresses, telephone numbers, specialties, recent sales, commissions, terms, and submission tips for hundreds of agents located in the United States and Canada

Mr Selden's Map of China

Mr Selden's Map of China
The Spice Trade, a Lost Chart and the South China Sea

by Timothy Brook

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2015-02-05
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 9781781250396
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In 1659, a vast and unusual map of China arrived in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. It was bequeathed by John Selden, a London business lawyer, political activist, former convict, MP and the city's first Orientalist scholar. Largely ignored, it remained in the bowels of the library, until called up by an inquisitive reader. When Timothy Brook saw it in 2009, he realised that the Selden Map was 'a puzzle that had to be solved': an exceptional artefact, so unsettlingly modern-looking it could almost be a forgery. But it was genuine, and what it has to tell us is astonishing. It shows China, not cut off from the world, but a participant in the embryonic networks of global trade that fuelled the rise of Europe - and which now power China's ascent. And it raises as many question as it answers: how did John Selden acquire it? Where did it come from? Who re-imagined the world in this way? And most importantly - what can it tell us about the world at that time?Brook, like a cartographic detective, has provided answers - including a surprising last-minute revelation of authorship. From the Gobi Desert to the Philippines, from Java to Tibet and into China itself, Brook uses the map (actually a schematic representation of China's relation to astrological heaven) to tease out the varied elements that defined this crucial period in China's history.

Digital Talking Books Plus

Digital Talking Books Plus
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2012
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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2007 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market

2007 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market
A Book

by Lauren Mosko

  • Publisher : Writers Digest Books
  • Release : 2006-07-21
  • Pages : 656
  • ISBN : 9781582974309
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Lists addresses and information on contacts, pay rates, and submission requirements, and includes essays on the craft of writing

China and Historical Capitalism

China and Historical Capitalism
Genealogies of Sinological Knowledge

by Timothy Brook,Gregory Blue

  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release : 1999-06-10
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 9780521640299
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Until recently, capitalism has been regarded as unique to Europe and as an organic outgrowth of Western civilization. By examining China in these Eurocentric terms, China has been perceived, by Westerners and Asians alike, to be a failed version of the West. The aim of this collaborative project is to examine how the experience of capitalism as a European social formation, and as a world system, has shaped knowledge of China. In addition the volume seeks to establish new foundations on which a theory of Chinese society might be built.

The Times Index

The Times Index
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2008
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Indexes the Times and its supplements.