Monday, February 9, 2009

Firefighting in Washington DC or On the Medieval Origins of the Modern State

Firefighting in Washington, D.C (Images of America Series)

Author: Staff of The Capitol Fire Museum

From the burning of Washington by the British in 1814 to the September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon, firefighters in Washington, D.C., have always known they are the defenders of one of the most important cities in the world. Explore the complex, heroic, and sometimes tragic history of firefighting in Washington, D.C., as written by a worthy group of authors from The Capitol Fire Museum of Washington. Using images and oral histories gathered over the past century, this book covers the creation of the paid fire department during the Civil War, construction of new firehouses for the fledgling city in varying international designs, the heyday of firefighting before World War II, the turbulent times of the 1960s, and the modern department today.

New interesting book: L'impresa resiliente: Superamento della vulnerabilit� per vantaggio competitivo

On the Medieval Origins of the Modern State

Author: Joseph R Strayer

The modern state, however we conceive of it today, is based on a pattern that emerged in Europe in the period from 1100 to 1600. Written from the experience of a lifetime of teaching and research in the field, this short, clear book is the classic work on what is known about the early history of the European state. Charles Tilly's foreword shows how Strayer's book set the agenda for a whole generation of historical analysts, not just in medieval history but also in the comparative study of state formation. William Chester Jordan's foreword addresses the scholarly and pedagogical setting within which Strayer produced his book, and how this both enhanced its accessibility and informed its focus on peculiarly English and French accomplishments in early state-building.

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