December 12, 2016 | SuzyQ
Sixteenth-century Europe saw an explosion of female rule. Large swathes of the continent were under the firm hand of a dozen reigning women as queens, regents, mothers, wives, or counselors. From Isabella of Castile, her daughter Katherine of Aragon, and her granddaughter Mary Tudor, to Catherine de Medici, Anne Boleyn, and Elizabeth Tudor; from England and France to the Netherlands, and across the Holy Roman Empire, these women wielded enormous power over their territories, shaping the course of European history for over a century.
The remarkable untold story of how the American Revolution's success depended on substantial military and financial assistance provided by France and Spain, and places the Revolution in the context of the global strategic interests of those nations in their fight against Great Britain.
November 29, 2016 | madame librarian
Check out what's available at Canton Public Library. This Wednesday, December 7 at 7:00PM in the Community Room, Yankee Air Museum's Randy Hotton shares his extensive research on the Willow Run Bomber Plant and How Detroit Saved the World. Need help with your e-reader? Drop-in assistance is available at the Information desk every Friday from 10:00 -11:00AM. Looking for a book group? We offer four book groups which meet monthly at the library: Lunch and a Book, Canton Seniors Book Group (for 55+), the Non-Fiction Book Group, and the Adult Contemporary Book Group.
November 22, 2016 | SuzyQ
November 8, 1923. Hitler's "Beer Hall Putsch" took place in Munich took place, wherein Hitler, Goering and armed Nazis attempted, but ultimately failed, to forcibly seize power and overthrow democracy in Germany.
November 9 -10, 1938. Kristallnacht ("the night of broken glass") took place in Germany as Nazi mobs burned synagogues and vandalized Jewish shops and homes.
November 9, 1989. The Berlin Wall was opened after standing for 28 years during which it completely cut off West Berlin from Eastern Germany. The almost 28 mile long wall had been built in 1961.
November 14, 1889. Newspaper reporter Nellie Bly set out from New York to beat the record of Jules Verne's fictional hero Phileas Fogg, who famously traveled around the world in 80 days. And, another young woman reporter, Elizabeth Bisland, set off at the same time to see who could accomplish the feat first.
November 22, 2016 | SuzyQ
A unique collection of eulogies of the twentieth century's greatest figures, written by conservative icon William F. Buckley Jr.
November 11, 2016 | SuzyQ
The 1901 Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, meant to herald the twentieth century, went tragically, spectacularly, awry. In 1901, Buffalo, New York, the eighth biggest city in America, wanted to launch the new century with the Pan American Exposition. It would showcase the Western hemisphere and bring millions of people to western New York. With Niagara Falls as a drawing card and with stunning colors and electric lights, promoters believed it would be bigger, better, and--literally--more brilliant than Chicago's White City of 1893. Weaving together narratives of both notorious and forgotten figures, Margaret Creighton unveils the fair's big tragedy and its lesser-known scandals.
By turns a family drama and an action-adventure story, The Age of Daredevils chronicles the lives of the men and women who devoted themselves to the extraordinary sport of jumping over Niagara Falls in a barrel--a death-defying gamble that proved a powerful temptation to a hardy few.
Unlike World War I, when the horrors of battle were largely confined to the front, World War II reached into the lives of ordinary people in an unprecedented way. Entire countries were occupied, millions were mobilized for the war effort, and in the end, the vast majority of the war's dead were non-combatant men, women, and children. Inhabitants of German-occupied Europe experienced forced labor, deportation, mass executions, and genocide. As direct targets of and witnesses to violence, rather than far-off bystanders, civilians were forced to face the war head on. Drawing on a wealth of diaries, letters, fiction, and other first-person accounts, historian Peter Fritzsche redefines our understanding of the civilian experience of war across the vast territory occupied and threatened by Nazi Germany.