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Calories and Corsets: A history of dieting over two thousand years

by Louise Foxcroft

Today we are urged from all sides to slim down and shape up, to shed a few pounds or lose life-threatening stones. The media's relentless obsession with size may be perceived as a twenty-first-century phenomenon,...


A Strange Business: Making Art and Money in Nineteenth-Century Britain

by James Hamilton

Britain in the nineteenth century saw a series of technological and social changes which continue to influence and direct us today. Its reactants were human genius, money and influence, its crucibles the streets...


The Wars of Spanish American Independence 1809-29

by John Fletcher

Simon Bolivar and Jose de San Martin independently led the South American revolutionary armies that freed much of Latin America of Spanish rule.

In 1808, Napoleon Bonaparte treacherously outmaneuvered the corrupt...


Pylos and Sphacteria 425 BC: Sparta's island of disaster

by William Shepherd & Peter Dennis

In the seventh year of the Second Peloponnesian or 'Archidamian' War the Athenians occupied the promontory of Pylos on the west coast of the Peloponnese as a counterstroke to Sparta's repeated invasions of Attica....


British Battleships 1914-18 (2): The Super Dreadnoughts

by Angus Konstam & Paul Wright

The Royal Navy's Grand Fleet dominance at Jutland in World War I centered around big-gun battleships designed to overpower Germany's High Seas Fleet.

In 1906, the Germans began building a dreadnought fleet of...


Recollections of the Civil War: With the Leader at Washington and in the Field in the Sixties

by Charles A. Dana

As the Civil War seemed to spin out of control, President Lincoln sought more insight into the conditions on the front lines. Because he did not have full confidence in the controversial approach that General...


London Souvenirs

by Charles William Heckethorn

Travel through the genteel avenues and gritty slums of turn-of-the-century London in this dazzling travelogue from Charles William Heckethorn. Rather than focusing solely on the affluent neighborhoods filled...


The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism

by Bertrand Russell

Though chiefly recognized as a towering figure in twentieth-century philosophy, Bertrand Russell also focused his attention on matters related to politics, culture, and society. The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism...


Proposed Roads to Freedom

by Bertrand Russell

Prodigiously talented and prolific British philosopher Bertrand Russell is credited with many important contributions to the discipline, including playing a key role in the development of analytic philosophy....


The Problem of China

by Bertrand Russell

Though it was penned nearly a century ago, current-day readers will find that Bertrand Russell's insightful critique of China is still surprisingly accurate. The important British philosopher based his arguments...


The Meaning of the War: Life & Matter in Conflict

by Henri Bergson

The events leading up to the outbreak of World War I galvanized early-twentieth-century thinkers and intellectuals, prompting many to revisit the political and philosophical causes and implications of armed...


The Psychology of Revolution

by Gustave Le Bon

Often, revolts and uprisings are regarded as being solely the results of a perfect storm of geopolitical, societal, and economic factors. But as French sociologist Gustave Le Bon astutely points out in The Psychology...


Historic Ghosts and Ghost Hunters

by H. Addington Bruce

Settle in for a chilling thrill-ride with H. Addington Bruce's Historic Ghosts and Ghost Hunters. This volume collects a series of reported hauntings in various locations throughout Europe, as well as detailed...


The Faith of Our Fathers

by James Gibbons

James Gibbons was a popular, inclusive figure in the American Catholic Church, rising through the ranks as a bishop, archbishop, and cardinal over the course of his service. In the abidingly popular volume The...


The History of Chivalry

by G. P. R. James

Today, the term "chivalry" has come to refer to small acts of kindness typically performed by a man toward a woman, such as opening a car door or offering up one's coat on a chilly evening. But in the medieval...


Woodrow Wilson and the World War: A Chronicle of Our Own Times

by Charles Seymour & Allen Johnson

From the current vantage point, World War I was but one of a series of global military conflicts that defined the political landscape of the twentieth century. However, in the immediate aftermath of the war,...


The Case for India

by Annie Besant

A progressive thinker and activist who advocated for women's rights and freedom of religion, Annie Besant's fate was forever altered when she took a trip to India in the late 1890s. Though the journey was intended...


Renaissance Fancies and Studies: Being a Sequel to Euphorion

by Vernon Lee

A groundbreaking critic who also made a name for herself as a writer of supernatural fiction, Violet Paget, writing under the name Vernon Lee, applied her unique analytical lens to the aesthetic and cultural...


Euphorion: Being Studies of the Antique and the Mediaeval in the Renaissance

by Vernon Lee

The female writer and critic born Violet Paget rose to prominence using the pen name Vernon Lee. Over time, she came to be regarded as one of the foremost experts on the Italian Renaissance, and the engaging...


Early Britain: Anglo-Saxon Britain

by Grant Allen

Though he got his start in the field of higher education, Grant Allen later found his niche as a writer of popular fiction and nonfiction. Allen's series of history texts presents the highlights of important...