Best landmarks & monuments books according to redditors

We found 32 Reddit comments discussing the best landmarks & monuments books. We ranked the 17 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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u/Da_Jibblies · 8 pointsr/AskHistorians

Ah, excellent question!

There is much debate on the subject. There are some authors, such as Timothy Brook who believe that the Yuan and Mongol rule over China disrupted Chinese society. This is evident, according to these historians, by the division of China into four classes, with the majority Han Chinese occupying the lowest rung of this social order. This flipped traditional Chinese culture and ethnic hegemony on its head, drastically affecting the power of Han Chinese over China proper. This discrimination fostered resentment and anger, leading to the eventual founding of the Ming dynasty.

However, I would say that these historians are the minority. Most consider the Yuan dynasty as a legitimate Chinese dynasty, akin to the Qing. The Yuan maintain traditional political structures and cultural practices during their rule, and the leaders of the Yuan dynasty were careful not to portray themselves as Mongol overlords but rather the legitimate and rightful heir to the mandate of heaven, and thus, a legitimate Chinese government as opposed to a imperial fixture within the Mongol Empire. In fact, many structures established and perfected by the Yuan dynasty were continued and tinkered with by the Ming. Furthermore, the Yuan dynasty was instrumental in both the economic and cultural growth of China , connecting the country to larger trade networks and promoting and expanding art, drama, and poetry as well during the period. For more, check out Watt and Guxi's work on the period. Not a lot has been written in English on the subject, though the topic is fairly well contested and discussed in Chinese historiography.

So overall, I think it comes down to what one defines as a "Chinese" dynasty. If we are defining it through some sort of ethnic criteria (which I would not), then no, the Yuan dynasty clearly flipped existing ethnic hierarchies upon their head. However, if we are defining it alongside political and cultural traditions, then yes, the Yuan is a Chinese dynasty despite foreign rule, much like the Qing some three centuries later.

u/Unknown_Actor · 5 pointsr/HistoryPorn

Just read a very good book on this subject: "The Hidden White House," by Robert Klara.

u/Yearsnowlost · 5 pointsr/AskNYC

What is your particular interest? I can offer you some general suggestions, but if you are interested in a certain era or neighborhood or person I can point you in that direction too.

For a succinct history going up until the 2000s, look to The Restless City. If you are more interested in power politics of the 20th Century, The Power Broker is the definitive source (boo Robert Moses). Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx is Burning is a great look at the city in 1977, a tumultuous time both politically and socially.

Much of the history of the city after the mid-19th Century centers around the development of railroads, elevated trains and the subway system. 722 Miles and A Century of Subways are both excellent books about the growth and evolution of the transit network. I picked up Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America for the 100th Anniversary of the Terminal, and it was an informative and lively read.

u/CecilFieldersChoice · 3 pointsr/StLouis

I am reading a book called "The Gateway Arch: A Biography" right now. According to the author, the motivation was complicated. Claiming to want to address urban blight, increasing property values in adjacent areas by having a public space, wanting to draw tourists to the area, etc. It's a good book and I recommend checking your library for it if you can. (If you live in STL County, you can have it when I return it! :) )

u/dionidium · 3 pointsr/StLouis

That's the line that was pushed by the real estate developers who wanted them demolished in order to decrease supply and thereby raise rents Downtown. The book to read about this is The Gateway Arch: A Biography.

u/Isord · 3 pointsr/DnD

If you want so.ething comprehensive I recommend this book. Its a more dated reference but still holds up very well, and has a lot of deatil. Castles: Their Construction and History (Dover Architecture)

u/loop_digga · 3 pointsr/kurdistan

>So saying the art was not Kurdish because the artisans were from Mosul is wrong.

I didn't say the art wasn't Kurdish, when are you going to stop putting words in my mouth? I wouldn't be surprised that Kurdish art existed and that there were some degree of influence in some areas, I was responding to your claim of everything about the Ayyubid era's art and culture was obviously influenced by Kurdish culture, which is not correct. This might be a bit shocking to you, but miswrites do happen. The craftsmen were fleeing from Central Asia because of approaching Mongols, not Mosul. They settled in Mosul. Here's your source, they weren't Kurds.

>First of all; Mosul has always had a very large Kurdish population

Beep, wrong again. If this was a game show, you'd already be the loser! Kurdish influx only started after the Islamic conquest of Assyria.

>How am I falsifying history by stating a fact: the Ayyubid Dynasty was a Kurdish Dynasty. Are you denying this?

You're not stating a fact, because it's not correct. It was a Muslim dynasty ruled by leaders who were of Kurdish origins. You know, the same dynasty that's known for fighting the third crusade? The same dynasty founded by a man who said:

>The Caliph is the lord of mankind and the repository of the True Faith; if he were to join us here I should give him all these lands--so what of Shahrazur?

Are you really sitting here and claiming that it was a Kurdish dynasty as opposed to a Muslim one? In all honesty I'm starting to think that you're a troll, that is a really weird thing to do. I'm not trying to be offensive, I'm just perplexed by your claims. Hell, even the Encyclopedia Britannica describes it as a Muslim dynasty. You need to understand that ethnicities did not matter during that time. Saladin did not call himself a Kurd, he called himself a Muslim. He fought for Islam, not Kurds. A majority of the people were Arabs, not Kurds.


I'd ask you for sources on some of the inane things you've said, like the art they created (depictions of the sun, shahmaran, peacock angle, etc.) but I'm afraid it would only be a waste of my time. I hope some day things get better for you and you're able to get rid of your nationalistic demons. I would also like to recommend the book The Ayyubid Era: Art and Architecture in Medieval Syria, partly authored by Yasser Tabbaa, a very knowledgeable man.

Now, if you excuse me I have to go and brew some tea.

u/wormoil · 3 pointsr/SweatyPalms
u/michaelalwill · 2 pointsr/nyc

Your trip into Stuy Town is pretty funny--definitely looks like a cut through to get from the East Village to Gramercy/USQ. And I see you wound up near the Verrazano on the Brooklyn side, but not in the neighborhood much otherwise. It's not as urban as some, but it's still quite nice, especially if you walk along the water either north or south from the bridge.

If you're exploring NYC, you might enjoy the Bowery Boys book: It's not super readable, but if you have it to reference against places you've been in Manhattan, I think you'd enjoy it.

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u/moony66 · 1 pointr/conspiracy

The same guy who desgined the Eiffel tower designed the Statue of Liberty, Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel. The fact that it was intended to be given to Egypt prior to Egypt running out of cash is pretty well known, but here's a source from a Historian:

u/HephaestusHarper · 1 pointr/TheWayWeWere

The Bowery Boys: Adventures in Old New York: An Unconventional Exploration of Manhattan's Historic Neighborhoods, Secret Spots and Colorful Characters

u/sfitsea · 1 pointr/washingtondc

Not Quite what you're looking for, but might give insight into shifts: Capital Losses:A Cultural History of Washington's Destroyed Buildings

u/Laurelwoodsong · 1 pointr/HistoryPorn

There's a really good book about the restoration, called The Hidden White House. They had tons of excess stuff they gutted and couldn't put back, although they originally tried to take things like the paneling out, store them, to put it back in later. They made paperweights you could buy with pieces of scraps. The Hidden White House: Harry Truman and the Reconstruction of America’s Most Famous Residence

u/Trumpthulhu-Fhtagn · 1 pointr/castles

Posting again - your question got me searching on Amazon - this book looks great. I'm going to order a copy of rmyself!

u/MrDowntown · 0 pointsr/chicago

Actually, a couple of the most knowledgeable guides—including the woman who wrote the book—work for Wendella. It's fine to support CAF by paying extra for their tour, but chances are the tour will actually be better on Wendella. CAF uses unpaid volunteers.