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The Crisis of the Aristocracy, 1558-1641 (Galaxy Books)
The Crisis of the Aristocracy, 1558-1641 (Galaxy Books)
von Lawrence Stone
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 24,61

5.0 von 5 Sternen The classic study of the nobility from Elizabeth to Cromwell, 7. November 1999
Stone, who died in 1999, established his international reputation with this work, one of the most important books published on Engish history in the last half century. He examines the decline of the Court centered aristocracy as against the provincial squires, with the consequent loss of Parliament and the country. He also mentions the remarkable sequel: the Aristocracy regains its power and prestige, this time leading Parliament. Like all of Stone's work it asks large questions , and dares the reader to analyze it independently. It is a great temptation. I admit that my own prejudices incline me to the view that the landed gentry who backed Cromwell, and the landed gentry who were loyal to the King were not that different from each other, which is why Cromwell was successful (he could easily conciliate his former enemies, who were just like his gentry supporters) and why Cromwells revolution was swept away in an instant with no oppostion(the gentry decided they wanted their King back). It is a testimony to Stone's book that I was forced to think these things through, and that I am still not sure wie es eigentlich war, as Ranke said.
Rest in peace, Professor Stone. A light has gone out in Princeton.


The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money (Great Minds Series)
The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money (Great Minds Series)
von John Maynard Keynes
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 12,30

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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Book that refounded economics, 3. Mai 1999
Here it is: the masterpiece of 20th century macro econ, and one of the last important books in which the argument advances by reasoning rather than by calculation. An enormous influence on Everybody, it broke new ground by considering things like interest, inflation, money and unemployment: all things which had really had no existence in formal economics before Keynes. It is NOT Keynes' most accessible book, and no doubt he would have changed much had he lived, but everyone, including the new classical economists, owe much of their thought to this volume.During the '80's it became fashionable to deride Keynes, particularly among those who had never read him. Like big purple hair, this fashion seems to have past. But see review below for a throwback.This is the book that created macroeconomics... and asks questions that have retained their interest. What more could one ask?


Millikan's School: A History of the California Institute of Technology
Millikan's School: A History of the California Institute of Technology
von Judith R. Goodstein
  Gebundene Ausgabe

4.0 von 5 Sternen The rise of a great research institution, 12. Januar 1999
In this book Judith Goodstein relates the rise of CalTech from its extremely modest origins as Throop to its boom after the Second World War. Along the way she provides a capsule history of the growth of American science itself. The view from Pasadena is slightly different from some others: there innovation came well before the Second World War.. and was not just part of the endless frontier of the Cold War. Goodstein, who has criticized scientists' penchant for doing their own hagiography, writes pleasantly and unsententiously about a place she knows very well. I hope she writes the sequel, as it were, telling what happened to that little school in Pasadena from the 50's onwards...
Goodstein has been archivist and registrar of the California Institute of Technology, and certainly knows whereof she speaks.


Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked Years, Band 1)
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked Years, Band 1)
von Gregory Maguire
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen A very different sort of Oz, 10. Juni 1998
So many people have written reviews of this book that another would seem superfluous, but I do want to urge prospective readers to get "Wicked". Although it is set in the land of Oz and has witches and elves and all that, it is really a modern novel rather than a fantasy and has more in common with Margaret Atwood than with Robert Jordan. It tells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, but Maguire's Oz is NOT the Oz of the L.Frank Baum books, but a place of poverty, racism and tyranny. Maguire's feeling for narrative pace and his imagination lighten an otherwise somber work, as does his humor... The Wicked Witch of the West says of her sister, "Say what you like, she's got great taste in shoes..."


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