The Russian Concubine

Publisher : Hachette UK
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ISBN : 0748113258
Pages : 608 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (748 users)

Download or read book The Russian Concubine written by Kate Furnivall and published by Hachette UK. This book was released on 2009-09-03 with total page 608 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: *** THE Sunday Times TOP TEN BESTSELLING AUTHOR *** 'Wonderful . . . hugely ambitious and atmospheric' Kate Mosse Discover a brilliant story of love, danger, courage and betrayal, from the internationally bestselling author of The Betrayal. ***** Junchow, China, 1928. Lydia Ivanova was among the Russian elite until the Bolsheviks revolutions forced her to flee to China with her mother. But survival is hard. Lydia has a fierce spirit. Nothing can dim it, not even the foul waters of the Peiho River. Into the river's grime bodies are tossed - those of thieves and Communists alike. A reminder that every time Lydia steals from someone to feed herself and her mother, she takes her life into her own hands. Even though mother and daughter live in the Whites-only settlement, no walls can keep Lydia in as she escapes to meet her lover, Chang An Lo. But Chang has enemies who are hunting him down, and their all-consuming love can only mean danger for them both . . . The Concubine's Secret and The Jewel of St Petersburg are also available to buy NOW in paperback and ebook. Further praise for Kate Furnivall: 'Superb storytelling' Dinah Jefferies 'A thrilling plot ... Fast-paced with a sinister edge' Times 'A thrilling, compelling read. Wonderful!' Lesley Pearse 'Gripping . . . poignant, beautifully written ...will capture the reader to the last' Sun 'Truly captivating' Elle 'Perfect escapist reading' Marie Claire 'An achingly beautiful epic' New Woman 'A rollicking good read' Daily Telegraph

Empress of the East

Publisher : Icon Books
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ISBN : 1785783505
Pages : 368 pages
Rating Book: 4.8/5 (785 users)

Download or read book Empress of the East written by Leslie Peirce and published by Icon Books. This book was released on 2018-09-06 with total page 368 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Abducted by slave traders from her home in Ruthenia – modern-day Ukraine – around 1515, Roxelana was brought to Istanbul and trained in the palace harem as a concubine for Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, ruler of the Ottoman Empire and one of the world’s most powerful men. Suleyman became besotted with Roxelana and foreswore all other concubines, freeing and marrying her. The bold and canny Roxelana became a shrewd diplomat and philanthropist, helping Suleyman keep pace with a changing world in which women – Isabella of Hungary, Catherine de Medici – were increasingly close to power. Until now Roxelana has been seen by historians as a seductress who brought ruin to the empire, but in Empress of the East, acclaimed historian Leslie Peirce reveals with panache the compelling story of an elusive woman who transformed the Ottoman harem into an institution of imperial rule.

Administering the Colonizer

Publisher : UBC Press
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ISBN : 0774859237
Pages : 304 pages
Rating Book: 4.7/5 (774 users)

Download or read book Administering the Colonizer written by Blaine R. Chiasson and published by UBC Press. This book was released on 2011-01-01 with total page 304 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Harbin of the 1920s was viewed by Westerners as a world turned upside down. The Chinese government had taken over administration of the Russian-founded Chinese Eastern Railway concession, and its large Russian population. This account of the decade-long multi-ethnic and multinational administrative experiment in North Manchuria reveals that China not only created policies to promote Chinese sovereignty but also instituted measures to protect the Russian minority. This multi-faceted book is a historical examination of how an ethnic, cultural, and racial majority coexisted with a minority of a different culture and race. It restores to history the multiple national influences that have shaped northern China and Chinese nationalism.

The Liberation

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ISBN : 9781471155550
Pages : 560 pages
Rating Book: 4.5/5 (155 users)

Download or read book The Liberation written by Kate Furnivall and published by . This book was released on 2016-11-03 with total page 560 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Liberation is set in Italy in 1945 as British and American troops attempt to bring order to the devastated country and Italy's population fights to survive. Caterina Lombardi is desperate - her father is dead, her mother has disappeared and her brother is being drawn towards danger. One morning, among the ruins of the bombed Naples streets, Caterina is forced to go to extreme lengths to protect her own life and in doing so forges a future in which she must clear her father's name. An Allied Army officer accuses him of treason and Caterina discovers a plot against her family. Who can she trust and who is the real enemy now? And will the secrets of the past be her downfall? This epic novel is an unforgettably powerful story of love, loss and the long shadow of war.

Diamonds in the Dust

Publisher : Penguin
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ISBN : 1101569816
Pages : 32 pages
Rating Book: 4.0/5 (11 users)

Download or read book Diamonds in the Dust written by Kate Furnivall and published by Penguin. This book was released on 2012-03-06 with total page 32 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A short story from the national bestselling author of The Russian Concubine . . . It is 1942, and the war has come to Darwin, Australia. Japanese planes bring fear to the streets as air raids spit death from the skies. The best way to survive is to keep your head down, but Hatti Hoot—red-haired and six foot tall—doesn’t exactly blend in with the crowd. When Hatti spots two men looting a jewelry shop during one of the raids, she intervenes and scares them off. The diamonds they had taken lay abandoned in the street, and Hatti is tempted. So is Maya, a willful young Malayan girl who also spots the treasure in the dust. But before either can react, a police officer steps in, accusing them of theft. Suddenly everything starts to go wildly wrong . . . Praise for the novels of Kate Furnivall: “Furnivall deftly evokes the details of a bygone era.” — Publishers Weekly “An engrossing adventure that sweeps readers in lush waves of drama and romance.” — Library Journal DON’T MISS: Includes a special preview chapter from Furnivall’s latest novel, The White Pearl.

Ottoman History - Misperceptions and Truths

Publisher : IUR Press
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ISBN : 9090261087
Pages : 694 pages
Rating Book: 4.9/5 (9 users)

Download or read book Ottoman History - Misperceptions and Truths written by Ahmed Akgunduz and published by IUR Press. This book was released on 2011-01-01 with total page 694 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book was first published in Turkish under the title Bilinmeyen Osmanlı, co-authored by Prof. Dr. Said Öztürk, and 250,000 copies were printed. I answered 290 questions whereas Öztürk answered 13 in total. He collaborated regarding source details and references as well as tirelessly proofreading and editing the book. In addition, this book was later translated into Arabic; the first edition was published by Osmanlı Araştirmalari Vakfi (OSAV), Istanbul, and the second will be published by Dār al-Shouroq in Cairo. The English version of this book has almost become a separate work from the aforementioned versions. Although the main part was translated into English by Ismail Ercan, the book needed a number of improvements and rewriting of some articles after referring to Western sources on the various subjects. Hence, I changed the title as well as the format of the book mainly for this reason. But I have indicated which articles were written by Prof. Öztürk. As preparation for this book, the questions it deals with have been discussed in academic research ever since 1983, and, in addition, hundreds of conferences have been held throughout Anatolia. As a result, over 5000 questions have accumulated in our “question desk,” submitted in written form by both readers and listeners. For example, the issue of ḥarem comes first, with 503 questions. The issue of whether the Ottoman Sulṭāns, particularly Bayezid the Thunderbolt, drank alcohol ranked second, with 276 questions. These were followed by such questions as fratricide rights and freedoms in the Ottoman state, the issue of the Sulṭāns going on pilgrimage, if Sulṭān Waḥīduddin was a traitor, etc. Needless to say, we have been inspired by similar research done in this field. This book will consist of four parts. In Part One we will deal with weighty questions on the political history of the Ottoman state and the replies to them. However, such questions are most frequently asked about each Sulṭān – even if they are related to law or economics. For instance, we will not ignore the issue of fratricide in his law when discussing Meḥmed the Conqueror and the charges of the genocide of the Kurds when it comes to Selim the Excellent. In Part Two we will deal with the questions on social life in the Ottoman state and the ḥarem. In Part Three we will look at those issues regarding the Ottoman legislative system and the organization of the state. In Part Four we will answer some questions about the economy and financial law of the Ottoman state. Unfortunately, we will not deal with all the questions we have received in all the aforesaid fields owing to insufficient space. Yet it is our view that if something cannot be achieved completely, we should not give up entirely and resign ourselves to what has been done. There are 307 differents subjects in this book; some of them as below: - War (jihād) in the Ottoman state and the legal principles of the policy of conquest in the Ottoman state - The Devşirme (Conscription) System - The allegations that the Ottoman state adhered to the Bektaşi and Aleviyye traditions during the years of its foundation until Sulṭān Selim the Excellent and that the Abdalan-ı Rum consisted of Bektaşi Babas and Alevi Dedes. - On rumors that some Ottoman Sulṭāns were addicted to alcohol and even held illegitimate carousals at the Palace. - The legality of fratricide in the Ottoman state and some claims by some historians regarding savagery and massacre for the sake of claiming the Sultanat. - There are claims that Sulṭān Meḥmed the Conqueror was sympathetic toward Christianity and corresponded with the Pope. - On the Ottoman State offering assistance to the Andalusian state that was destroyed in 1492. - Ottoman Harem. - Ottoman legal codes. - Ottoman legal system and Islamic law. - Which events sowed the seeds of hatred between Arabs and Turks, both of whom are Muslims? - The reasons for the decline and fall of the Ottoman State. - The capitulations as one reason for terminating the Ottoman State.

The Jewel of St. Petersburg

Publisher : Penguin
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ISBN : 1101188138
Pages : 432 pages
Rating Book: 4.0/5 (11 users)

Download or read book The Jewel of St. Petersburg written by Kate Furnivall and published by Penguin. This book was released on 2010-08-03 with total page 432 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The national bestselling author of The Russian Concubine takes us back to Tsarist Russia for a sweeping novel of love and intrigue. Russia, 1910. Valentina Ivanova is the darling of St. Petersburg's elite aristocracy-until her romance with a Danish engineer creates a terrible scandal and her parents push her into a loveless engagement with a Russian count. Meanwhile, Russia itself is bound for rebellion. With the Tsar and the Duma at each other's throats, and the Bolsheviks drawing their battle lines, the elegance and opulence of Tsarist rule are in their last days. And Valentina will be forced to make a choice that will change not only her own life, but the lives of those around her forever...

Concubines and Courtesans

Publisher : Oxford University Press
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ISBN : 0190622202
Pages : 256 pages
Rating Book: 4.9/5 (19 users)

Download or read book Concubines and Courtesans written by Matthew S. Gordon and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2017-09-26 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Concubines and Courtesans contains sixteen essays that consider, from a variety of viewpoints, enslaved and freed women across medieval and pre-modern Islamic social history. The essays bring together arguments regarding slavery, gender, social networking, cultural production (songs, poetry and instrumental music), sexuality, Islamic family law, and religion in the shaping of Near Eastern and Islamic society over time. They range over nearly 1000 years of Islamic history - from the early, formative period (seventh to tenth century C.E.) to the late Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal eras (sixteenth to eighteenth century C.E.) - and regions from al-Andalus (Islamic Spain) to Central Asia (Timurid Iran). The close, common thread joining the essays is an effort to account for the lives, careers and representations of female slaves and freed women participating in, and contributing to, elite urban society of the Islamic realm. Interest in a gendered approach to Islamic history, society and religion has by now deep roots in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies. The shared aim of the essays collected here is to get at the wealth of these topics, and to underscore their centrality to a firm grasp on Islamic and Middle Eastern history.

Russia’s French Connection

Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 1000082644
Pages : 360 pages
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Download or read book Russia’s French Connection written by Adam Coker and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2020-07-13 with total page 360 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: While it is generally acknowledged that Russia’s culture has been influenced by France, the present study goes beyond the Francophile preferences of the noble elite and examines Russian society more broadly, exploring those elements of French cultural influence still relevant today. This is done through an historical analysis of French loanwords in the Russian language from the time of Peter the Great to the present. The result of this lexical analysis and subsequent study of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century archival, periodical, and memoir material is to empirically link Russia’s present culture to two major Franco-Russian events: the wave of immigration to Russia following the French Revolution and Russia’s war with Napoleon. This is primarily a book for those interested in European history, particularly imperial Russia, the French Revolution, and Napoleonic Wars. The study of Russian officer memoirs includes original campaign maps, which may be of interest to military historians. The analysis of periodical literature will likewise be a resource for those studying the history of printing, publishing, and journalism in Russia. The book’s interdisciplinary nature, however, broadens its relevance to linguists, cultural historians, and those in the emerging field of Immigration Studies.

The Russian Empire, Slaving and Liberation, 1480–1725

Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
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ISBN : 3110696436
Pages : 316 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (11 users)

Download or read book The Russian Empire, Slaving and Liberation, 1480–1725 written by Christoph Witzenrath and published by Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG. This book was released on 2022-11-21 with total page 316 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The monograph realigns political culture and countermeasures against slave raids, which increased during the breakup of the Golden Horde. By physical defense of the open steppe border and by embracing the New Israel symbolism in which the exodus from slavery in Egypt prefigures the exodus of Russian captives from Tatar captivity, Muscovites found a defensive model to expand empire. Recent scholarly debates on slaving are innovatively applied to Russian and imperial history, challenging entrenched perceptions of Muscovy.

How To Write Romantic Fiction

Publisher : Hachette UK
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ISBN : 1845285824
Pages : 176 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (845 users)

Download or read book How To Write Romantic Fiction written by Sophie King and published by Hachette UK. This book was released on 2014-11-20 with total page 176 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Romantic fiction is one of the most competitive areas for a writer to crack. Whether you’re a beginner or an already-published writer, you’ll find something new here.This book will help you to write novels that both sizzle and sell. You'll learn how to dream up heroes and heroines who breathe (heavily) from the page, plan plots to keep the reader up all night, find a happy ending, which is both surprising and believable - and most importantly get published!

History of the Jews in Russia and Poland (Vol. 1-3)

Publisher : e-artnow
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Pages : 765 pages
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Download or read book History of the Jews in Russia and Poland (Vol. 1-3) written by Simon Dubnow and published by e-artnow. This book was released on 2020-12-17 with total page 765 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "History of the Jews in Russia and Poland: From the earliest times until the present day" in three volumes is a historical work which covers the history of the Jewish people in Eastern Europe for about 10 centuries. The work is divided in three parts; first volume covers the period from the earliest Jewish settlements in Eastern Europe until the death of Alexander I (1825); second volume covers the period from the death of Alexander I until the death of Alexander III (1825-1894); and the last volume spans from the accession of Nicholas II until the first couple of decades of 20th century.

Atlas of Imagined Places

Publisher : Batsford Books
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ISBN : 1849947422
Pages : 496 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (849 users)

Download or read book Atlas of Imagined Places written by Matt Brown and published by Batsford Books. This book was released on 2021-09-28 with total page 496 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: WINNER, Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2022: Illustrated Travel Book of the Year. HIGHLY COMMENDED, British Cartographic Society Awards 2022. From Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot to the superhero land of Wakanda, from Lilliput of Gulliver's Travels to Springfield in The Simpsons, this is a wondrous atlas of imagined places around the world. Locations from film, tv, literature, myths, comics and video games are plotted in a series of beautiful vintage-looking maps. The maps feature fictional buildings, towns, cities and countries plus mountains and rivers, oceans and seas. Ever wondered where the Bates Motel was based? Or Bedford Falls in It's a Wonderful Life? The authors have taken years to research the likely geography of thousands of popular culture locations that have become almost real to us. Sometimes these are easy to work out, but other times a bit of detective work is needed and the authors have been those detectives. By looking at the maps, you'll find that the revolution at Animal Farm happened next to Winnie the Pooh's home. Each location has an an extended index entry plus coordinates so you can find it on the maps. Illuminating essays accompanying the maps give a great insight into the stories behind the imaginary places, from Harry Potter's wizardry to Stone Age Bedrock in the Flintstones. A stunning map collection of invented geography and topography drawn from the world’s imagination. Fascinating and beautiful, this is an essential book for any popular culture fan and map enthusiast.

Translation: A Guide to the Practice of Crafting Target Texts

Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 1000747352
Pages : 162 pages
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Download or read book Translation: A Guide to the Practice of Crafting Target Texts written by Stella Cragie and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2019-12-04 with total page 162 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This practical guide by two experienced translators and translation tutors explores aspects of time, context and culture in a range of translated literary texts, including novels, memoirs, poems and plays. Reflective analytical sections are complemented by a variety of practical tasks that reflect the book’s craft-based approach. Providing a dual focus on both analysis and creativity, this volume helps readers to develop two different skill sets required for translation: deconstruction and reconstruction. To learn how to analyse or deconstruct a source text (ST), the tasks include translating and editing, comparison and analysis of source language (SL) texts and translations, and critiquing or improving target language (TL) texts produced by translators from different times. A range of creative writing challenges reveal the secrets writers use to hook their readers. Whatever language readers translate into, these insights will help them to find their own writer’s voice, making them better equipped to recreate another author’s voice, whatever the time or cultural context. This is the essential guide to improving target texts for all translators and students of translation.

A Dictionary of Religious Knowledge

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Pages : 1074 pages
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Download or read book A Dictionary of Religious Knowledge written by Lyman Abbott and published by . This book was released on 1875 with total page 1074 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

Ukrainian Erotomaniac Fictions: First Postindependence Wave

Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 1351022164
Pages : 192 pages
Rating Book: 4.5/5 (351 users)

Download or read book Ukrainian Erotomaniac Fictions: First Postindependence Wave written by Maryna Romanets and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2019-04-25 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Ukrainian Erotomaniac Fictions explores the aggressive sexualization of the Ukrainian cultural mainstream after the collapse of the USSR as a counter-reaction to the Soviet state's totalitarian, repressive politics of the body. While the book's introduction includes concise sections on such pornified cultural forms as advertising, mass media, visual art, and film, its major focus is on textual production that has contributed significantly to the literary explosion in Ukraine, which began in the 1990s. Drawing on cultural, postcolonial, feminist, and gender theories, the book examines transgressive potentials of the erotic under postcolonial, postcommunist, and post-totalitarian conditions. It offers insight into the convoluted dialectics between the imported conventions of Western "porno-chic" and the received oppressive Soviet gender and sexual ideologies. Within a broad historical and cultural framework, the study considers writers' engagements in dialogues with their own tradition and colonial legacy, as well as with a variety of transcultural flows. By bringing together diverse erotomaniac fictions, Maryna Romanets charts the ways in which they are embedded in the processes of Ukraine's cultural decolonization.

Russian Peasant Bride Theft

Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 1000362035
Pages : 230 pages
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Download or read book Russian Peasant Bride Theft written by John Bushnell and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2021-03-15 with total page 230 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book explores the history of Russian peasant bride theft - abduction, capture - from the adoption of Christianity in Kievan Rus in the late tenth century to the very early twentieth century. It argues that bride theft in eighteenth and nineteenth century Russia was practised in large part by, but not exclusively by, Old Believers, the schismatics who rejected the Church reforms of the mid-seventeenth century and shunned contact with the Orthodox Church; and that the point of bride theft, where the bride was often a willing party, often married secretly at night by an Orthodox priest acting illegally, was to absolve the bride and her parents of the responsibility for engaging in a formal Orthodox ritual which Old Believers regarded as sinful. The book also considers how bride theft originated much earlier in Russia and was a continuing tradition in some places, and how all this fitted into the Russian peasant economy. Throughout the book provides rich details of particular bride theft cases, of Russian peasant life, and of Russian folklore, in particular bridal laments.