davids sling a history of democracy in ten works of art

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David S Sling

Author : Victoria C. Gardner Coates
ISBN : 9781594037221
Genre : Art
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Throughout Western history, the societies that have made the greatest contributions to the spread of freedom have created iconic works of art to celebrate their achievements. Yet despite the enduring appeal of these works—from the Parthenon to Michelangelo’s David to Picasso’s Guernica—histories of both art and democracy have ignored this phenomenon. Millions have admired the artworks covered in this book but relatively few know why they were commissioned, what was happening in the culture that produced them, or what they were meant to achieve. Even scholars who have studied them for decades often miss the big picture by viewing them in isolation from a larger story of human striving. David’s Sling places into context ten canonical works of art executed to commemorate the successes of free societies that exerted political and economic influence far beyond what might have been expected of them. Fusing political and art history with a judicious dose of creative reconstruction, Victoria Coates has crafted a lively narrative around each artistic object and the free system that inspired it. This book integrates the themes of creative excellence and political freedom to bring a fresh, new perspective to both. In telling the stories of ten masterpieces, David’s Sling invites reflection on the synergy between liberty and human achievement.

David S Sling

Author : Victoria C. Gardner Coates
ISBN : 9781594037214
Genre : Art
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Illustrates the marriage of art and democracy through analyzing 10 works of art that commemorate the success of free societies and the cultural changes that created them, including the Parthenon, Michelangelo's David and Picasso's Guernica. 40,000 first printing.

Antiquity Recovered

Author : Victoria C. Gardner Coates
ISBN : 0892368721
Genre : History
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'Antiquity Recovered' presents 13 diverse essays that trace how perceptions of the past have changed over the course of three centuries of excavations. They range in subject from a reassessment of the contents of the library at Herculaneum's Villa of the Papyri, to the symbolic appearance of the ancient world in classic films.

Greek Ways

Author : Bruce Thornton
ISBN : 9781893554573
Genre : History
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Writing with wit and erudition, Thornton discusses in fascinating detail those areas of Greek life--sexuality and sexual roles; slavery and war; philosophy and politics--that some modern critics have made into Rcontested sites.S He also reclaims the importance of those core ideas the Greeks invented, ideas about human fate and purpose that have shaped the modern world.

David S Sling

Author : Marc Stiegler
ISBN : 1569563888
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The Sling And The Stone

Author : Thomas X. Hammes
ISBN : 0760324077
Genre : History
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Recent history is replete with powerful military forces being tied up by seemingly weaker opponents. Recommendations for prescriptive answers are found in Thomas Hammes' insightful book on the strengths and weaknesses of conventional military power in which he describes fourth generation warfare, the means by which Davids can beat Goliaths.

The War On Alcohol Prohibition And The Rise Of The American State

Author : Lisa McGirr
ISBN : 9780393248791
Genre : History
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“[This] fine history of Prohibition . . . could have a major impact on how we read American political history.”—James A. Morone, New York Times Book Review Prohibition has long been portrayed as a “noble experiment” that failed, a newsreel story of glamorous gangsters, flappers, and speakeasies. Now at last Lisa McGirr dismantles this cherished myth to reveal a much more significant history. Prohibition was the seedbed for a pivotal expansion of the federal government, the genesis of our contemporary penal state. Her deeply researched, eye-opening account uncovers patterns of enforcement still familiar today: the war on alcohol was waged disproportionately in African American, immigrant, and poor white communities. Alongside Jim Crow and other discriminatory laws, Prohibition brought coercion into everyday life and even into private homes. Its targets coalesced into an electoral base of urban, working-class voters that propelled FDR to the White House. This outstanding history also reveals a new genome for the activist American state, one that shows the DNA of the right as well as the left. It was Herbert Hoover who built the extensive penal apparatus used by the federal government to combat the crime spawned by Prohibition. The subsequent federal wars on crime, on drugs, and on terror all display the inheritances of the war on alcohol. McGirr shows the powerful American state to be a bipartisan creation, a legacy not only of the New Deal and the Great Society but also of Prohibition and its progeny. The War on Alcohol is history at its best—original, authoritative, and illuminating of our past and its continuing presence today.

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