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The Declaration of Independence of The United States of America

TheUnited States Declaration of Independenceis a statement adopted by theContinental Congresson July 4, 1776, which announced that thethirteen American coloniesthen at war withGreat Britainwere now independent states, and thus no longer a part of theBritish Empire. Written primarily byThomas Jefferson, the Declaration is a formal explanation of why Congress had voted on July 2 todeclare independencefrom Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of theAmerican Revolutionary War. The birthday of theUnited States of AmericaIndependence Dayis celebrated on July 4, the day the wording of the Declaration was approved by Congress.The famous wording of the Declaration has often been invoked to protect the rights ofindividualsand marginalized groups, and has come to represent for many people a moral standard for which the United States should strive. This view greatly influencedAbraham Lincoln, who considered the Declaration to be the foundation of his political philosophy,and who promoted the idea that the Declaration is a statement of principles through which theUnited States Constitutionshould be interpreted.     

Author Name :United States of America

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The Culture of China

Reverberations of China's diversity and multiethnic heritage are visible in everything from the cuisine and languages to the beliefs and arts of the vast nation. In addition to linking the Chinese to their rich past, a number of these traditions have been absorbed by cultures around the world and have granted many entree into a nation otherwise far-removed from their own. This volume treats readers to a unique sensory experience, allowing them to better appreciate the sights, sounds, and tastes that have been developed and refined in China for centuries.     

Author Name :Kathleen Kuiper

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The Chinese Civil War 1945-1949

Out of the ashes of Imperial China arose two new contenders to lead a reformed nation; the Chinese Nationalist Party, the Kuomintang, and the Chinese Communist Party. In 1927, the inevitable clash between these two political parties led to a bitter civil war that would last for 23 years, through World War II and into the Cold War period. The brutal struggle finally concluded when Communist forces captured Nanjing, capital of the Nationalist Republic of China, irrevocably altering the course of Chinas future. Dr Michael Lynch sheds light on this cruel civil war that ultimately led to the establishment of the Peoples Republic of China.     

Author Name :Michael Lynch

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The Arabs

To American observers, the Arab world often seems little more than a distant battleground characterized by religious zealotry and political chaos. Years of tone-deaf US policies have left the region powerless to control its own destiny, playing into a longstanding sense of shame and impotence for a once-mighty people. In this definitive account, preeminent historian Eugene Rogan traces five centuries of Arab history, from the Ottoman conquests through the British and French colonial periods and up to the present age of unipolar American hegemony. The Arab world is now more acutely aware than ever of its own vulnerability, and this sense of subjection carries with it vast geopolitical consequences.Drawing from Arab sources little known to Western readers, Rogans The Arabs will transform our understanding of the past, present, and future of one of the worlds most tumultuous regions.     

Author Name :Eugene L. Rogan

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Big river and great sea 1949

The book is the story of millions of Chinese since 1949, many now scattered around the world and settled in foreign lands, many emotionally dislocated even if they stayed in their own ancestral villages. There is no China this, Taiwan that -- reading about the emotional and physical struggles of the Chinese people since 1949 is surprisingly actually one of the most objective ways of looking at the past, rather than reading a traditional history textbook... because then political parties and affiliations are stripped away and what's left is real life.Big River, bigseamarke d the beginning of the greatdivide between Nationalists and Communists.Totalling 603pages, it is alongerbook, yet it tells the story of a single person.     

Author Name :Long Ying Tai

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