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Merchant Communities in Asia, 1600-1980

by Lin Yu-ju & Madeleine Zelin

This book is the first to use local primary sources to explore the interaction between foreign and native merchants in Asian countries. Contributors discuss the different economic, political and cultural conditions...


Competitive Archaeology in Jordan: Narrating Identity from the Ottomans to the Hashemites

by Elena Corbett

An examination of archaeology in Jordan and Palestine, Competitive Archaeology in Jordan explores how antiquities have been used to build narratives and national identities. Tracing Jordanian history, and the...


The Heavens Are Empty: Discovering the Lost Town of Trochenbrod

by Avrom Bendavid-Val & Jonathan Safran Foer

A magical place, a lost history: Trochenbrod, the setting for Everything is Illuminated, is now rediscovered for a new generation. In the 19th century, nearly five million Jews lived in the Pale of Settlement....


A History of Belarus

by Lubov Bazan

Rare materials on Belarus are a potential treasure trove for the English language reader. A blank spot on the map for many, Belarus is an undiscovered mystery in the heart of Europe - undiscovered, because little...


Herzl's Vision: Theodor Herzl and the Foundation of the Jewish State

by Shlomo Avineri & Haim Watzman

Theodor Herzl had been a successful Viennese journalist and a less successful playwright with no political ambitions. That changed in 1896, when he published The Jewish State. In response to the wide resonance...


Empire of Corruption: The Russian National Pastime

by Vladimir Soloviev

Empire of Corruption is Vladimir Soloviev's attempt to share his opinions on Russia's ways of dealing with corruption. With a certain irony, Soloviev calls the issue 'the Russian national pastime', explaining...


Foodways and Daily Life in Medieval Anatolia: A New Social History

by Nicolas Trépanier

Byzantine rule over Anatolia ended in the eleventh century, leaving the population and its Turkish rulers to build social and economic institutions throughout the region. The emerging Anatolian society comprised...


The Secret World of the Victorian Lodging House

by Joseph O'Neill

Criminals, drifters, beggars, the homeless, immigrants, prostitutes, tramping artisans, street entertainers, abandoned children, navvies, and families fallen on hard times - a whole underclass of people on the...


Reporting from the Front: War Reporters During the Great War

by Brian Best

When the war was declared in August 1914, one of the first acts to be implemented by the politicians and military was a strict censorship on the newspapers. As the poacher turned gamekeeper, Winston Churchill...


Conscientious Objectors of the First World War: A Determined Resistance

by Ann Kramer

The story of conscientious objection in Britain begins in 1916, when conscription was introduced for the first time. Some 16,000 men - the first conscientious objectors - refused conscription because they believed...


They Were There in 1914: Memories of the Great War 1914-1918 by those who experienced it

by William Langford

In September 1938, as Chamberlain was having discussions with Herr Hitler, and managing to secure 'Peace in our Time', a weekly magazine called I WAS THERE hit the newsagents and booksellers. Twenty years had...


Christendom Destroyed: Europe 1517-1648

by Mark Greengrass

A remarkable new volume in the critically acclaimed Penguin History of Europe series

From peasants to princes, no one was untouched by the spiritual and intellectual upheaval of the sixteenth century. Martin...


Modern Japan: All That Matters

by Jonathan Clements

Jonathan Clements charts the rise of Japan since the end of World War Two. Presenting the country as the Japanese themselves see it, he explains key issues in national reconstruction, the often-overlooked US...


Why The CIA Killed JFK and Malcolm X: The Secret Drug Trade in Laos

by John Koerner

A new groundbreaking work presenting evidence that the CIA silenced JFK to protect its secret drug trade in Laos.


Pioneer Battalions in the Great War: Organized and Intelligent Labour

by K.W. Mitchinson

Pioneer battalions, created as an expedient in 1914, were a new concept in the British Army. Intended to provide the Royal Engineers, with skilled labour and to relieve the infantry from some of its non-combatant...


The Sinking of the Prince of Wales & Repulse: The End of the Battleship Era

by Patrick Mahoney & Martin Middlebrook

On the third day of the war with Japan, two Royal Navy capital ships were sunk off Malaya by air torpedo attack. They had not requested the air support that could have saved them and 840 men died in the battleship...


Germany's High Sea Fleet in the World War

by Admiral Reinhard Scheer

Anglo-German naval rivalry before 1914 had been expected to culminate in a cataclysmic fleet action in the North Sea once war was declared, a battle upon which the outcome of the war would depend: yet the two...


Armageddon Road: A VC's Diary 1914-1916

by Billy Congreve

Billy Congreve was an exceptional soldier and an exceptional man. By the time he was killed on the Somme in July 1916 at the age of twenty-five he had been awarded the DSO, MC, and the Légion d'Honneur, and...


Major and Mrs. Holt's Battlefield Guide to the Somme

by Tonie Holt & Valmai Holt

Major and Mrs. Holt's Battlefield Guide to the Somme is, without doubt, one of the best-selling guide books to the battlefields of the Somme. This latest updated edition, includes four recommended, timed itineraries...


Isle of Man in the Great War

by Caroline Smith

In August 1914, the Isle of Man was in the middle of a very successful summer season. The tourist industry was crucial to the island, but suddenly holiday-makers left and the Steam Packet vessels that normally...