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Akenson, Donald H.

Works: 129 works in 591 publications in 4 languages and 23,122 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Anecdotes  Fiction  Case studies  Church history 
Roles: Author, Editor, Composer, Other
Classifications: DA925, 232.908
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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( )

35 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and held by 2,397 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
Small differences : Irish Catholics and Irish Protestants, 1815-1922 : an international perspective by Donald H Akenson( )

27 editions published between 1987 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 1,595 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
Ireland, Sweden and the great European migration, 1815-1914 by Donald H Akenson( )

21 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 1,539 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
An Irish history of civilization by Donald H Akenson( )

14 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 1,496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Some family : the Mormons and how humanity keeps track of itself by Donald H Akenson( )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 1,433 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
Surpassing wonder : the invention of the Bible and the Talmuds by Donald H Akenson( Book )

23 editions published between 1969 and 2014 in English and held by 1,275 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
At face value : the life and times of Eliza McCormack/John White by Donald H Akenson( )

12 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,016 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While tracing the history of John White, a trustworthy, nineteenth-century Tory backbencher with an unusual understand-ing of the political situation of women and indigenous minorities, Don Akenson found gaps and inconsistencies in the records. The conventional biography of White simply does not mesh with the facts. Akenson, however, has written a biography that does. In a parish register in Ireland, Akenson discovered a record naming an Eliza McCormack White as John's sister. Employing imaginative reconstruction, he proposes that Eliza McCormack, a transvestite prostitute who was in central Canada at the time John White arrived on the Canadian scene, was actually John's sister. Further, he suggests that John White can be best understood by recognizing that he was in fact Eliza!--publisher
If the Irish ran the world : Montserrat, 1630-1730 by Donald H Akenson( )

13 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 950 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
God's peoples : covenant and land in South Africa, Israel, and Ulster by Donald H Akenson( Book )

12 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 904 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Akenson brings to light critical similarities among three politically troubled nations: South Africa, Israel, and Northern Ireland
The United States and Ireland by Donald H Akenson( Book )

15 editions published between 1972 and 1973 in English and German and held by 793 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Between dispersion and belonging : global approaches to diaspora in practice( )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in English and Italian and held by 786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As a historical and religious term "diaspora" has existed for many years, but it only became an academic and analytical concept in the 1980s and '90s. Within its various usages, two broad directions stand out: diaspora as a dispersion of people from an original homeland, and diaspora as a claim of identity that expresses a form of belonging and also keeps alive a sense of difference. Between Dispersion and Belonging critically assesses the meaning and practice of diaspora first by engaging with the theoretical life histories of the concept, and then by examining a range of historical case studies. Essays in this volume draw from diaspora formations in the pre-modern Indian Ocean region, read diaspora against the concept of indigeneity in the Americas, reassess the claim for a Swedish diaspora, interrogate the notion of an "invisible" English diaspora in the Atlantic world, calibrate the meaning of the Irish diaspora in North America, and consider the case for a global Indian indentured-labour diaspora. Through these studies the contributors demonstrate that an inherent appeal to globality is central to modern formulations of diaspora. It is not global in the sense that diasporas span the entire globe, rather they are global precisely because they are not bound by arbitrary geopolitical units. In examining the ways in which academic and larger society discuss diaspora, Between Dispersion and Belonging--empirically and theoretically--presents a critique of modern historiography and positions that critique in the shape of global history."--
Discovering the end of time : Irish Evangelicals in the age of Daniel O'Connell by Donald H Akenson( )

7 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 714 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Apocalyptic millennialism is embraced by the most powerful strands of evangelical Christianity. The followers of these groups believe in the physical return of Jesus to Earth in the Second Coming, the affirmation of a Rapture, a millennium of peace under the rule of Jesus and his saints, and, at last, final judgment and deep eternity. In Discovering the End of Time, Donald Akenson traces the primary vector of apocalyptic millennialism to a specific locale in southern Ireland in the 1820s and '30s. Surprisingly, these apocalyptic concepts--which many scholars associate with the poor, the ill-educated, and the desperate--were articulated most forcefully by a rich, well-educated band of elite Irish Protestants. Drawing a striking portrait of John Nelson Darby, the major figure in the evolution of evangelical dispensationalism, Akenson demonstrates Darby's formative influence on ideas that later came to have a foundational impact on American evangelicalism in general and on Christian fundamentalism in particular. Careful to emphasize that recognizing the origins of apocalyptic millennialism in no way implies a judgment on the validity of its constructs, Akenson draws on a deep knowledge of early nineteenth-century history and theology to deliver a powerful history of an Irish religious elite and a major intersection in the evolution of modern Christianity. Opening the door into an Ireland that was hiding in plain sight--to a culturally and financially rich community that centred on radical evangelicalism and, for many, the return to earth of Jesus and the apocalyptic reorganization of all human life--Discovering the End of Time tells a remarkable story, at once erudite, conversational, and humorous, and characterized by an impressive range and depth of research."--
Conor : a biography of Conor Cruise O'Brien by Donald H Akenson( Book )

19 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in English and held by 698 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
The Irish in Ontario : a study in rural history by Donald H Akenson( Book )

30 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and held by 675 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Detailed analysis of the process of their settlement and adaptation in an eastern Ontario township of the Irish
Half the globe's our home ; America's century by Donald H Akenson( )

in English and held by 617 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fractured emerald: Ireland by Emily Hahn( Book )

1 edition published in 1971 in English and held by 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author of The Soong Sisters and China to Me turns her observant and discerning eye to the oft-troubled land of Ireland. In a magisterial combination of historical research and keen personal observation on the scene, Emily Hahn gives us a view of the whole of Ireland and its history, from the legends of the great kings and the heroes of myth to the Saint who converted Ireland to Christianity many centuries ago to modern times. She details the trials and tribulations of a conquered people as they rebel against their exploiters and fight and die for independence, eventually achieving their go
The Irish education experiment; the national system of education in the nineteenth century by Donald H Akenson( Book )

19 editions published between 1970 and 2014 in English and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume focuses on the creation, structure and evolution of the Irish national system of education. It illustrates how the system was shaped by the religious, social and political realities of nineteenth century Ireland and discusses the effects that the system had upon the Irish nation: namely that it was the chief means by which the country was transformed from one in which illiteracy predominated to one in which most people, even the poorest, could read and write
The Church of Ireland : ecclesiastical reform and revolution, 1800-1885 by Donald H Akenson( Book )

12 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conor : a Biography of Conor Cruise O'Brien, Vol 2, Anthologies : Bib by Donald H Akenson( )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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God's peoples : covenant and land in South Africa, Israel, and Ulster
Ireland, Sweden and the great European migration, 1815-1914An Irish history of civilizationSome family : the Mormons and how humanity keeps track of itselfSurpassing wonder : the invention of the Bible and the TalmudsIf the Irish ran the world : Montserrat, 1630-1730God's peoples : covenant and land in South Africa, Israel, and UlsterConor : a biography of Conor Cruise O'BrienThe Irish in Ontario : a study in rural historyHalf the globe's our home ; America's century
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Akenson, D. H. 1941-

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Akenson, Donald Harmon.

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