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Crossings in Text and Textile

by Katherine Joslin & Daneen Wardrop

A broad interdisciplinary collection highlighting the central place of clothing and textile in literature


Criminal Irish Drunkards: The Inebriate Reform System 1900-1920

by Conor Reidy

This book examines the Inebriate Reformatory system in Ireland from its foundation in 1900 until its closure in 1920 and the three institutions charged with punishing or rehabilitating habitual drunkards: the...


In the Footsteps of Abraham Ulrikab: The Events of 1880-1881

by France Rivet

In August 1880, Abraham and seven other Inuit, aged from 9 months to 50 years old, were recruited by Norwegian Johan Adrian Jacobsen to become the latest exotic attraction in Carl Hagenbeck's ethnographic shows....


Empire of Cotton: A Global History

by Sven Beckert

The epic story of the rise and fall of the empire of cotton, its centrality to the world economy, and its making and remaking of global capitalism.

 

Cotton is so ubiquitous as to be almost invisible, yet understanding...


Her Brilliant Career

by Rachel Cooke

In Her Brilliant Career, acclaimed journalist Rachel Cooke goes back in time to offer an entertaining and iconoclastic look at ten women in the 1950s—pioneers whose professional careers and complicated private...


The Greatest Knight

by Thomas Asbridge

A thrillingly intimate portrait of one of history's most illustrious knights—William Marshal—that vividly evokes the grandeur and barbarity of the Middle Ages

William Marshal was the true Lancelot of his...


Cities of Empire

by Tristram Hunt

An original history of the most enduring colonial creation, the city, explored through ten portraits of powerful urban centers the British Empire left in its wake

At its peak, the British Empire was an urban...


Women in Weimar Fashion: Discourses and Displays in German Culture, 1918-1933

by Mila Ganeva

In the Weimar Republic, fashion was not only manipulated by the various mass media -- film, magazines, advertising, photography, and popular literature -- but also emerged as a powerful medium for women's self-expression....


Gardiner's Tennis Ranch:: The Summer of '73

by Kris Milligan & Heidi Varian

Gardiner's Tennis Ranch: The Summer of '73 is a coming of age memoir of professional Kris Milligan set at a summer camp in the premier, exclusive tennis club of the day. Milligan and his fellow counselors experience...


Sir ...: Brief Letters to The Times (1914-85)

by Scott Learmonth

A frequently hilarious but revealing selection of brief letters to The Times newspaper spanning 70 years which reveal the opinions, prejudices, class structure, customs and strange practices of readers who were...


Selling Our Death Masks: Cash-For-Gold in the Age of Austerity

by Yesenia Barragan

Are we pawning our golden immortality for a fistful of cash?


Artists Under Hitler: Collaboration and Survival in Nazi Germany

by Jonathan Petropoulos

"What are we to make of those cultural figures, many with significant international reputations, who tried to find accommodation with the Nazi regime?" Jonathan Petropoulos asks in this exploration of some of...


Dirty Old London: The Victorian Fight Against Filth

by Lee Jackson

In Victorian London, filth was everywhere: horse traffic filled the streets with dung, household rubbish went uncollected, cesspools brimmed with "night soil," graveyards teemed with rotting corpses, the air...


Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence

by Karen Armstrong

From the renowned and best-selling author of A History of God, a sweeping exploration of religion and the history of human violence.

For the first time, religious self-identification is on the decline in American....


The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington

by Gregg Herken

A fascinating, behind-the-scenes history of postwar Washington—a rich and colorful portrait of the close-knit group of journalists, spies, and government officials who waged the Cold War over cocktails and...


Village of Secrets

by Caroline Moorehead

From the author of the New York Times bestseller A Train in Winter comes the fascinating story of a French village that helped save thousands hunted by the Gestapo during World War II.

High up in the mountains...


The Alien Invasion

by William Henry Wilkins

I have been asked to write a short preface to a work in which the author proposes to afford the public information with respect to the immigration of destitute aliens into this country. He will discuss the evil...


Rebellion: The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution

by Peter Ackroyd

Peter Ackroyd has been praised as one of the greatest living chroniclers of Britain and its people. In Rebellion, he continues his dazzling account of the history of England, beginning the progress south of...


Voices of a People's History of the United States, 10th Anniversary Edition

by Howard Zinn & Anthony Arnove

Selected testimonies to living history—speeches, letters, poems, songs—offered by the people who make history happen, but are often left out of history books: women, workers, nonwhites. Featuring introductions...


In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World It Made

by Norman F. Cantor

Much of what we know about the greatest medical disaster ever, the Black Plague of the fourteenth century, is wrong. The details of the Plague etched in the minds of terrified schoolchildren -- the hideous black...