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Casio Men's AE1000W-1BVCF Grey and Black Resin Digital Sport Watch
Casio Men's AE1000W-1BVCF Grey and Black Resin Digital Sport Watch
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars LOOKED NICE, but screen was blank, battery dead?, June 10, 2014
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This is the third watch we've had delivered from Amazon of the Casio make, but the first time with this model. We have had bad experiences with all of them. The first two were more expensive (with compasses), but they both could not calibrate correctly. We decided to try another Casio watch (this model), and were very disappointed when we opened the box - the screen was blank - nothing registered. Does Amazon/Casio have a problem with their watches, or keeping the batteries fresh in storage?? We have asked for another refund.


Tobacco and Slaves: The Development of Southern Cultures in the Chesapeake, 1680-1800 (Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia)
Tobacco and Slaves: The Development of Southern Cultures in the Chesapeake, 1680-1800 (Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia)
by Allan Kulikoff
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Look at a Complex Society, February 22, 2005
Tobacco and Slaves is a synthesis that attempts to trace the development of culture in Maryland and Virginia. He approaches this task in three parts; the first is a very detailed survey of demographic and economic development, while the second and third parts analyze the formation of white and black societies. A materialist/New Left framework shapes Kulikoff's interpretations in that he acknowledges that "this work is predicated upon a form of historical materialism that gives material conditions (demography and the economy in particular) a privileged role in the formation of ideologies, classes, and cultures" (16). Additionally, the book's theme centers on the development and relationship of economic classes. Yet, Kulikoff seems to be consciously avoiding a "bottom-up" approach to history that tends to shape much of the work produced by the New Left. Instead, he attempts, sometime awkwardly, to show the whole of Chesapeake society, black and white, as it developed over one hundred twenty years.

There is much to praise in this book, the scope of material presented and researched is impressive, and Kulikoff's survey of slave families is quite valuable. One drawback is that his insistence on materialistic causation minimizes human agency and gives short-shrift to the complexities of human motivations and behaviors. Indeed, the materialist model is not entirely satisfactory, but the reader does not need to accept all of Kulikoff's conclusions to appreciate the complexities of Chesapeake society that he so ably presents.


From Resistance to Revolution: Colonial Radicals and the Development of American Opposition to Britain, 1765-1776
From Resistance to Revolution: Colonial Radicals and the Development of American Opposition to Britain, 1765-1776
by Pauline Maier
Edition: Paperback
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From loyal opposition to American revolutionaries, February 22, 2005
Pauline Maier, currently the Willian R. Kenan Jr. Professor of American History at MIT, received her Ph.D from Harvard in 1968, one year after the publication of The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, written by her advisor and mentor Bernard Bailyn. In "From Resistance to Revolution," Maier builds upon the framework constructed by Bailyn to articulate her own answer to the Progressive and New Left interpretations of the Revolution. Maier is not so concerned about the sources of revolutionary thought as she is with tracking the development of the colonists' perception of themselves, their government and the British people. Maier, like her mentor, is convinced that "Real Whig" philosophy played a crucial role in the Revolution, yet she acknowledges that not every colonist "spent his evenings reading Francis Hutcheson's System of Moral Philosophy." Furthermore, in her words, "To acknowledge the importance of ideology in the evolution of the American revolutionary movement is not, however, to claim that ideology explains why men became revolutionaries" (xiv).

It is apparent that Maier was taught well by Bernard Bailyn. She has a captivating writing style that weaves her research throughout a well-crafted prose. Maier deserves special praise for tying events across the Atlantic-and even the Mediterranean-with the American resistance, and later revolutionary, movements. The most serious shortcoming of this book is its focus on New England, very little attention is given to events in the Middle Colonies and the South. Yet despite whatever shortcomings this book may have it is a valuable contribution to understanding the development of the American revolutionary effort.
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A Concise History of Byzantium (European History in Perspective)
A Concise History of Byzantium (European History in Perspective)
by Warren T. Treadgold
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good starting point, December 8, 2004
Narrative history is not always popular in academic circles, but Warren Treadgold presents us with a wonderful narrative woven throughout with insightful and interesting social history. "Concise" is the key word here. This book is condensed from his much larger "History of the Byzantine State and Society." However, for most readers it will be sufficient, or it can serve as a useful and interesting starting point for any further study in Byzantine history. All of the major points of Byzantium's history are included in this book along with interesting analysis of population and economic trends, and, of course, the actions of Byzantine generals, emperors, and Patriarchs. If you are interested in Byzantine or even Medieval history you will want to get this book. The only regret is that Treadgold is too brief in his description of the conquest of Constantinople in 1453; a few more pages devoted to that topic would have prompted me to give five stars instead of four. Nonetheless, this book is highly recommended.


The Pequot War
The Pequot War
by Alfred A. Cave
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No one was really innocent, November 22, 2004
This review is from: The Pequot War (Paperback)
Alfred A. Cave presents us with a quick moving, concise, and interesting narrative of the Pequot War. This is significant in and of itself since it is the first notable narrative of the war in almost a century. Cave attempts to correct the early historiography that was very sympathetic to the Puritans, and also tries to temper the interpretations of later historians that viewed the conflict as being caused solely by Puritan greed. Cave argues that the latter interpretation wrongfully diminishes the significance of Puritan ideology as a cause of the war.

Economics did play a role, but it was not a simple case of Puritans versus Pequots. Instead, there was fierce competition between various tribes, as well as the Dutch and English for control of the trade in the Connecticut Valley. Essentially, English plans to extend into Connecticut conflicted with Pequot desires to defend their interests. However, Cave sees that ideology, not Puritan greed or Pequot aggression caused the war. Puritans viewed the natives as "savages" and "children of the Devil," and, therefore, were the Devil's earthly servants deserving destruction. Cave argues that this worldview served as the catalyst for provoking a war with the Pequots.

Cave tends to take this interpretation a little too far. His efforts at correcting the excesses of past scholarship is appreciated, but leaves one wondering why a people so bent on the destruction of Native Americans, allied themselves with the Narragansetts against the Pequots. Nonetheless, this is a very good and interesting book.


The Puritans in America: A Narrative Anthology
The Puritans in America: A Narrative Anthology
by Alan Heimert
Edition: Paperback
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Survey of Puritan Thought, November 11, 2004
This is a great collection of primary sources such as speeches, sermons, etc. produced by the Puritan leadership during crucial moments in their society's development. The only unfortunate thing is that many of the sections are only excerpts--understandable since the book would be much, much bigger if the works were published word-for-word. Plus, nothing is prohibiting you, the reader, from seeking out the sources that grab your attention. Overall this is a terrific introduction to Puritan thought.


On Witchcraft: Being The Wonders Of The Invisible World 1692
On Witchcraft: Being The Wonders Of The Invisible World 1692
by Cotton Mather
Edition: Paperback
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-read for Anyone Interested in New England History, November 11, 2004
This book, written by Cotton Mather at the request of the Colonial Governor to justify the witchcraft proceedings, does more than just give an account of the trials themselves. Mather provides insights into the entire realm of Puritan cosmology. From the hierarchical structure of satanic forces to the millennial theology that had many Puritans convinced that the "Last Days" were just a few years away. So, read this for the account of the trials, but also read it to learn about Cotton Mather and his society.


White Over Black: American Attitudes Toward the Negro, 1550-1812 (Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American Hist)
White Over Black: American Attitudes Toward the Negro, 1550-1812 (Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American Hist)
by Winthrop D. Jordan
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended--especially the first half of the book., November 10, 2004
This book was written in 1968 during a time of tremendous turmoil concerning race and race relations, but this book is still valid for anyone interested in the development of slavery and race relations in North America. Granted, his work is not without flaws. Jordan seems to overemphasize the "unthinking decision" aspect of slavery, and sometimes he has a tendency to repeat himself, but this book should not be dismissed simply as "politically correct" unless one wants to dismiss the fact that, for some reason, slavery and segregation were a part of our history.


A Perfect Babel of Confusion: Dutch Religion and English Culture in the Middle Colonies (Religion in America)
A Perfect Babel of Confusion: Dutch Religion and English Culture in the Middle Colonies (Religion in America)
by Randall Herbert Balmer
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting look at an often overlooked topic, November 10, 2004
This book explores the collision of English and Dutch culture in New York, formally New Netherland, after the colony's fall to the English in 1664. Balmer uses the fortunes of the Dutch Reformed Church as the benchmark for assessing the condition of Dutch culture as a whole. I am giving four stars because I would have liked a little more background on pre-1664 Dutch culture than Balmer provides. Nonetheless, anyone desiring to acquire a well-rounded understanding of Colonial North American history should read this book.


McSe Windows Nt Workstation 4 for Dummies
McSe Windows Nt Workstation 4 for Dummies
by Mike Kendzierski
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it!, November 21, 1999
This is my first purchase of an IDG book to study for a certification test, and I'm afraid it will be the last. The informations was not always presented clearly and I found the editing to be terrible. Not to mention that I could not always count on the information to be accurate. Go somewhere else if you need a book to help you study for this exam.


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