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Akenson, Donald H.

Overview
Works: 108 works in 489 publications in 2 languages and 19,920 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Anecdotes  Fiction  Church history 
Roles: Author, Editor, Composer
Classifications: DA925, 232.908
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Donald H Akenson
Saint Saul : a skeleton key to the historical Jesus by Donald H Akenson( Book )

34 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 941 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers a lively and provocative account of what we can learn about Jesus by reading the letters of Paul, providing fresh new insights into both Jesus and Paul. The author painstakingly recreates the world of Christ, a time rich with ideas, prophets, factions, priests, savants and god-drunk fanatics. He insistently stresses throughout the Jewishness of Jesus (e.g., referring to Jesus and Paul as Yeshua and Saul, as they were then known). Equally important, he dismisses the traditional method of searching for facts about Jesus by looking for parallels among the four Gospels; they were handed down to us as a unit by a later generation, he argues. Saul, although he did not know Yeshua personally, knew his most important followers and wrote immediately after Yeshua's death. His teachings were approved (though sometimes reluctantly) by Yeshua's brothers and other early leaders
God's peoples : covenant and land in South Africa, Israel, and Ulster by Donald H Akenson( Book )

11 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 935 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Akenson brings to light critical similarities among three politically troubled nations: South Africa, Israel, and Northern Ireland
Surpassing wonder : the invention of the Bible and the Talmuds by Donald H Akenson( Book )

21 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and held by 783 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Surpassing Wonder illuminates the ancient Hebrew scriptures, the Christian "New Testament," and the Talmuds of the Rabbis. Donald Harman Akenson takes a radical historical look at these founding documents. Studying them and the surrounding scholarship, Akenson has arrived at a new - and galvanizing - understanding. He argues persuasively that these founding texts are best understood if they are each regarded as having been written by one author-editor. He then brings the Jerusalem and Babylonian Talmuds into clear focus, as no other writer has done. Using images that range from tractor mechanics to Winnie-the-Pooh, Akenson explains how Western civilization was created not by the Greeks of Athens or the patricians of Rome but by the desert worshippers of Yahweh."--Jacket
The United States and Ireland by Donald H Akenson( Book )

14 editions published between 1972 and 1973 in English and German and held by 760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Small differences : Irish Catholics and Irish Protestants, 1815-1922 : an international perspective by Donald H Akenson( Book )

25 editions published between 1987 and 2000 in English and held by 647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Argues that there are fundamental social and economic similarities between the two groups; but that taboos against intermarriage, segregated schools and the nature of Protestant and Catholic religious beliefs keep the Irish at loggerheads
The Irish in Ontario : a study in rural history by Donald H Akenson( Book )

22 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and held by 518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Detailed analysis of the process of their settlement and adaptation in an eastern Ontario township of the Irish
The Church of Ireland : ecclesiastical reform and revolution, 1800-1885 by Donald H Akenson( Book )

12 editions published between 1971 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 491 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Irish education experiment; the national system of education in the nineteenth century by Donald H Akenson( Book )

17 editions published between 1970 and 2014 in English and held by 463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conor : a biography of Conor Cruise O'Brien by Donald H Akenson( Book )

8 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in English and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Next, O'Brien held the Schweitzer Chair at New York University, where he wrote prolifically, developed an innovative program in literature and society, and served as a model of courageous political activism
A mirror to Kathleen's face : education in independent Ireland, 1922-1960 by Donald H Akenson( Book )

13 editions published between 1975 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1975, Donald Akenson's book was at the forefront of a radically new approach to the study of Irish educational history. Instead of investigating the evolution of the schools as an isolated process, he explores the complex interrelations of Irish education, institutions and society, treating the schools as cultural litmus paper. By presenting Ireland's schools as a reflection of the society that produced them, Professor Akenson demonstrates that they are, in truth, "a mirror to the face of Kathleen ni Houlihan."
Education and enmity : the control of schooling in Northern Ireland, 1920-50 by Donald H Akenson( Book )

13 editions published between 1973 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An Irish history of civilization by Donald H Akenson( Book )

16 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a genre-breaking work, the world's foremost scholar of the Irish diaspora fuses history and fiction into an iconoclastic chronicle of civilisation through Irish eyes. From St Patrick to Woody Guthrie, Constantine to John F. Kennedy, India to the Australian outback, Don Akenson's An Irish history of civilisation is about the Irish at home and abroad, the great and the small, the noble and the depraved, the wise and the foolish
The Irish diaspora : a primer by Donald H Akenson( Book )

13 editions published between 1993 and 1997 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"During the nineteeth and early twentieth centuries Ireland had a proportionately greater out-migration than did any other European nation ... Irish persons made up large proportions of the populations of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States."--Jacket
Ireland, Sweden and the great European migration, 1815-1914 by Donald H Akenson( Book )

21 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Akenson's book parts company with the great bulk of recent emigration research by employing sharp transnational comparisons and by situating the two case studies in the larger context of the Great European Migration and of what determines the physics of a diaspora: no small matter, as the concept of diaspora has become central to twenty-first-century transnational studies. He argues (against the increasing refusal of mainstream historians to use empirical databases) that the history community still has a lot to learn from economic historians; and, simultaneously, that (despite the self-confidence of their proponents) narrow, economically based explanations of the Great European Migration leave out many of the most important aspects of the whole complex transaction. Akenson believes that culture and economic matters both count, and that leaving either one on the margins of explanation yields no valid explanation at all."--Pub. desc
If the Irish ran the world : Montserrat, 1630-1730 by Donald H Akenson( Book )

11 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What would have happened if the Irish had conquered and controlled a vast empire? Would they have been more humane rulers than the English? Using the Caribbean island of Montserrat as a case study of "Irish" imperialism, Donald Akenson addresses these questions and provides a detailed history of the island during its first century as a European colony." "Akenson reveals that the Irish proved to be as effective and as unfeeling colonists as the English and the Scottish, despite the long history of oppression in Ireland. He debunks the myth of the "nice" slave holder and the view that indentured labour prevailed in the West Indies in the seventeenth century. He also shows that the long-held habit of ignoring ethnic strife within the white ruling classes in the West Indies is misconceived."--Jacket
Some family : the Mormons and how humanity keeps track of itself by Donald H Akenson( Book )

13 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In our age of information, genealogical research has become one of the most popular activities in the world and the Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of the most important resources. This book explains and evaluates the history and functioning of this massive undertaking, in the process providing an insightful study of the Mormon scriptures and their implications for genealogical work. One of his central arguments is that there are four basic genealogical forms. The supporting evidence runs from the Solomon Islands to classical China to ancient Ireland. Highly significant on its own, it also provides the information needed to assess the Latter-day Saints' efforts to provide a single narrative of how humanity keeps track of itself. Appendices cover topics of vital interest to historians, genealogists, and ethnographers--the use and limits of genetic data in genealogy, the reality of false-paternity as a widespread phenomenon in genealogical lines, the vexing matters of incest and cousin-marriage. Taking a unique perspective on a neglected topic, Akenson draws far-reaching conclusions about the stories cultures tell themselves. Some Family will be of interest not only to religious scholars but also to anyone who has ever used the Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to explore their ancestry--From publisher description
At face value : the life and times of Eliza McCormack/John White by Donald H Akenson( Book )

12 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rural Ireland in the days of the great famine, Canada and confederation, Controversial life of a cross dresser who was elected to Parliament in 1871, Feminist, Impersonaors, History - Canada
Half the globe's our home ; America's century by Donald H Akenson( )

6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An Irish history of civilization by Donald H Akenson( Book )

7 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anthology by Donald H Akenson( Book )

7 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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God's peoples : covenant and land in South Africa, Israel, and Ulster
Alternative Names
Akenson, D. H. 1941-

Akenson, Don.

Akenson, Don 1941-

Akenson, Donald 1941-

Akenson, Donald H.

Akenson, Donald H. 1941-

Akenson, Donald H. (Donald Harman)

Akenson, Donald Harman.

Akenson, Donald Harman 1941-

Akenson, Donald Harmon.

Akenson, Donald Harmon 1941-

Donald Akenson American historian

Donald Akenson Amerikaans historicus van de moderne tijd

Donald Akenson US-amerikanischer Historiker und Schriftsteller

Harman Akenson, Donald 1941-

Harmon Akenson, Donald 1941-

Languages
English (289)

German (1)

Covers
God's peoples : covenant and land in South Africa, Israel, and UlsterSurpassing wonder : the invention of the Bible and the TalmudsThe Irish in Ontario : a study in rural historyConor : a biography of Conor Cruise O'BrienAn Irish history of civilizationThe Irish diaspora : a primerIreland, Sweden and the great European migration, 1815-1914If the Irish ran the world : Montserrat, 1630-1730