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World Heritage Sites: A Complete Guide to 1,031 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
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Reviews of previous editions: "No school, public, or academic library could go wrong including the very affordable World Heritage Sites in both reference and circulating collections." -- Booklist "This treasure trove of a book... through spectacular photographs, shows how remarkable and beautiful our planet truly is. An excellent (and affordable) addition to any library." -- Library Journal Over 60,000 copies of all previous editions of World Heritage Sites have sold. This seventh edition fully updates the book to add the 24 sites newly inscripted into the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2015. The 24 new inscriptions include: Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque Hydraulic System, Mexico Baekje Historic Areas, Republic of Korea Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan" (Al-Maghtas), Jordan Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars, France Rjukan-Notodden Industrial Heritage Site, Norway Singapore Botanical Gardens The Forth Bridge, UK Blue and John Crow Mountains, Jamaica. World Heritage sites are judged under strict criteria with a view to the aim that they reflect the world's cultural and natural diversity and are of outstanding universal value. This is the seventh edition of a proven seller. World Heritage Sites attracts a general readership as well as travelers and those with an interest in natural or human history, the Earth sciences, geography, conservation of the environment, wildlife and habitats; and planning and preservation.
 
UNESCO: Its Purpose and Philosophy
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UNESCO was created "to contribute to peace and security by promoting collaboration among the nations through education, science, and culture." No one spoke with greater authority about the plan for UNESCO than Julian Huxley. As Executive Secretary of its Preparatory Commission and first Director General, he was a major influence the organization's original vision. This facsimile edition provides both the English and French editions of Huxley's visionary policy document, first published in 1946 during preparatory negotiations.
 
World Heritage Sites: A Complete Guide to 1,007 UNESCO Workd Heritage Sites 6TH EDITION
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"No school, public, or academic library could go wrong including the very affordable World Heritage Sites in both reference and circulating collections." --Booklist (for a previous edition) More than 52,000 copies of the previous editions of World Heritage Sites have been sold. This sixth edition fully updates the UNESCO World Heritage List as of 2014. Sites are judged under strict criteria with a view to the aim that they reflect the world's cultural and natural diversity and are of outstanding universal value. In June 2014, the World Heritage Committee added 26 sites to the list. These inscriptions include the 1,000th site, Okavango Delta in Botswana and Myanmar's very first inscription, Pyu Ancient Cities. Sites added to this new edition include: Historic Jeddah, the Gate to Makkah (Saudi Arabia) Grand Canal (China) Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point (Mississippi, USA) The Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont (Italy) Decorated Cave of Pont d'Arc (France) Precolumbian Chiefdom Settlements of the Diquis (Costa Rica) Van Nellefabriek "Ideal Factory" (Netherlands) Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary (Philippines) Silk Roads: the Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor (China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan). This sixth edition of World Heritage Sites will attract a general readership as well as travelers and those with an interest in natural or human history, the Earth sciences, geography, conservation of the environment, wildlife and habitats; and planning and preservation.
 
Aka Pygmy Music
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The Aka Pygmies are known as one of the oldest populations on the African continent, occupying parts of the Central African Republic and the Republic of the Congo. Music is a key element of the social and spiritual life of the community, and each person is introduced to musical practice at an early age with counting rhymes and singing games. Since the Aka lead a semi-nomadic lifestyle, music is usually only vocals, leading to a complex polyphonic system with rich harmonies from a chorus. Any accompanying instruments-small drums, iron blades, plant stalk whistles-are easy to carry, used for other daily purposes, or immediately discarded. This recording was annotated, compiled, and produced by Simha Arom, who is considered a world expert on Central African music. In addition to this album, Arom's recordings are featured on more than a dozen other albums in the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music, including Greece: Vocal Monodies and Benin: Bariba and Somba Music.
 
Letters to the Contrary: A Curated History of the UNESCO Human Rights Survey (Stanford Studies in Human Rights)
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Since its adoption in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) has served as the foundation for the protection of human rights around the world. Historians and human rights scholars have claimed that the UDHR was influenced by UNESCO's 1947–48 global survey of intellectuals, theologians, and cultural and political leaders, a survey that supposedly revealed a truly universal consensus on human rights. This book provides a curated history of the UNESCO human rights survey and demonstrates its relevance to contemporary debates over the origins, legitimacy, and universality of human rights. Based on meticulous archival research, Letters to the Contrary revises and enlarges the conventional understanding of UNESCO's human rights survey. Mark Goodale's extensive archival research uncovers a historical record filled with letters and responses that were omitted, polite refusals to respond, and outright rejections of the universal human rights ideal. This volume collects these neglected survey responses, including letters by T. S. Eliot, Mahatma Gandhi, W. H. Auden, and other important artists and thinkers.In collecting, annotating, and analyzing these responses, Goodale reveals an alternative history that is deeply connected to the ongoing life of human rights in the twenty-first century. This history demonstrates that the UNESCO human rights survey was much less than supposed, but also much more. In many ways, the intellectual struggles, moral questions, and ideological doubts among the different participants who both organized and responded to the survey reveal a strikingly critical and contemporary orientation, raising similar questions at the center of current debates surrounding human rights scholarship and practice.This volume contains letters and survey responses from Jacques Havet, Jacques Maritain, Arnold J. Lien, Richard P. Mckeon, Quincy Wright, Levi Carneiro, Arthur H. Compton, Charles E. Merriam, Lewis Mumford, E. H. Carr, John Lewis, Harold J. Laski, Serge Hessen, John Somerville, Boris Tchechko, Luc Somerhausen, Hyman Levy, Ture Nerman, R. Palme Dutt, Maurice Dobb, Pierre Teilhard De Chardin, Marcel De Corte, Pedro Troncoso Sánchez, Mahatma Gandhi, Chung-Shu Lo, Kurt Riezler, Inocenc Arnošt Bláha, Hubert Frère, M. Nicolay, W. Albert Noyes, Jr., Aldous Huxley, Ralph W. Gerard, Johannes M. Burgers, Humayun Kabir, A. P. Elkin, S. V. Puntambekar, Leonard Barnes, Benedetto Croce, Jean Haesart, F. S. C. Northrop, Peter Skov, Emmanuel Mounier, Maurice Webb, John Macmurray, Julius Moór, L. Horváth, Alfred Weber, Don Salvador De Madariaga, Frank R. Scott, Jawaharlal Nehru, Margery Fry, Isaac Leon Kandel, René Maheu, Albert Szent-Györgyi, Morris L. Ernst, Arnold Schoenberg, W. H. Auden, Melville Herskovits, Theodore Johannes Haarhoff, Ernest Henry Burgmann, Herbert Read, and T. S. Eliot.
 
Music Tradition of Malawi
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The southeast African country of Malawi was a Bantu settlement in the 10th century, a British colony in the 19th century, and became an independent nation in 1964. A country of great cultural diversity, Malawi shares many musical traditions with it's African neighbors of Tanzania, Zambia, and Mozambique. This recording, made in 1991 and originally released in 1996, presents diverse Malawian traditions of storytelling through song and competition through dance, using native instruments like the Ulimba xylophone and Bangwe zither, showing Western influence with military march-style rhythms and formations.
 
UNESCO General History of Africa, Vol. I, Abridged Edition: Methodology and African Prehistory
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Volume I of this acclaimed series is now available in an abridged paperback edition. The result of years of work by scholars from all over the world, The UNESCO General History of Africa reflects how the different peoples of Africa view their civilizations and shows the historical relationships between the various parts of the continent. Historical connections with other continents demonstrate Africa's contribution to the development of human civilization. Each volume is lavishly illustrated and contains a comprehensive bibliography.
 
Ukraine: Traditional Music
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Modern-day Ukraine is the largest country entirely within Europe, bordering Russia to the east, Moldova and Romania to the southwest, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary to the west, Belarus to the north, and the Black Sea to the south. It's varied terrain and interaction with neighbors have defined the specific regional characteristics of Ukraine's folklore. Traditional Ukrainian music fits into one of two broad categories: ritual and non-ritual. Ritual folk songs are generally older and include incantations, lamentations, calendar songs, and wedding songs. Non-ritual songs include dumy, or historical and political songs, and lyric songs of love, family life, and lullabies. This collection of 34 folk songs was recorded prior to the breakup of the Soviet Union and the subsequent independence of Ukraine in 1991.
 
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