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The Columbia Guide to the Cold War

by Michael Kort

The Cold War was the longest conflict in American history, and the defining event of the second half of the twentieth century. Since its recent and abrupt cessation, we have only begun to measure the effects...


The Culture of the Book in Tibet

by Kurtis Schaeffer

The history of the book in Tibet involves more than literary trends and trade routes. Functioning as material, intellectual, and symbolic object, the book has been an instrumental tool in the construction of...


Utmost Gallantry: The U.S. and Royal Navies at Sea in the War of 1812

by Kevin McCranie

Focusing on the oceanic war rather than the war in the Great Lakes, this study charts the War of 1812 from the perspectives of the two opposing navies at sea—one of the largest fleets in the world and a small,...


The Jews and the Japanese: The Successful Outsiders

by Ben-Ami Shillony

"Few peoples have drawn the 'us' and 'them' line so clearly and maintained it for so long." —From The Jews and the Japanese

It is difficult to imagine two more widely different—almost incompatible—societies...


Women in Iraq: Past Meets Present

by Noga Efrati

This is clearly a very well researched, accessible and well written piece of important scholarship that fills a gap in the existing literature on the history of Iraq generally as well as the more specific history...


Israel and the United States: Six Decades of US-Israeli Relations

by Robert Freedman

Senior scholars provide comprehensive coverage of relations between Israel and the United States since Israel's founding in 1948 through the Obama administration, including the political, religious, economic,...


Dead on Arrival: The Politics of Health Care in Twentieth-Century America

by Colin Gordon

Why, alone among industrial democracies, does the United States not have national health insurance? While many books have addressed this question, Dead on Arrival is the first to do so based on original archival...


The Twilight of the Middle Class: Post-World War II American Fiction and White-Collar Work

by Andrew Hoberek

In The Twilight of the Middle Class, Andrew Hoberek challenges the commonly held notion that post-World War II American fiction eschewed the economic for the psychological or the spiritual. Reading works by...


Thucydides: An Introduction for the Common Reader

by Perez Zagorin

This book is a concise, readable introduction to the Greek author Thucydides, who is widely regarded as one of the foremost historians of all time.

Why does Thucydides continue to matter today? Perez Zagorin...


Reluctant Crusaders: Power, Culture, and Change in American Grand Strategy

by Colin Dueck

In Reluctant Crusaders, Colin Dueck examines patterns of change and continuity in American foreign policy strategy by looking at four major turning points: the periods following World War I, World War II, the...


More Equal Than Others: America from Nixon to the New Century

by Godfrey Hodgson

During the past quarter century, free-market capitalism was recognized not merely as a successful system of wealth creation, but as the key determinant of the health of political and cultural democracy. Now,...


Troubling the Waters: Black-Jewish Relations in the American Century

by Cheryl Lynn Greenberg

Was there ever really a black-Jewish alliance in twentieth-century America? And if there was, what happened to it? In Troubling the Waters, Cheryl Greenberg answers these questions more definitively than they...


The File: A Personal History

by Timothy Garton Ash

"Eloquent, aware and scrupulous . . . a rich and instructive examination of the Cold War past." --The New York Times

In 1978 a romantic young Englishman took up residence in Berlin to see what that divided city...


Living Together, Living Apart: Rethinking Jewish-Christian Relations in the Middle Ages

by Jonathan Elukin

This book challenges the standard conception of the Middle Ages as a time of persecution for Jews. Jonathan Elukin traces the experience of Jews in Europe from late antiquity through the Renaissance and Reformation,...


Poverty and Charity in the Jewish Community of Medieval Egypt

by Mark R. Cohen

What was it like to be poor in the Middle Ages? In the past, the answer to this question came only from institutions and individuals who gave relief to the less fortunate. This book, by one of the top scholars...


Hillel: If Not Now, When?

by Joseph Telushkin

Part of the Jewish Encounter series

“What is hateful unto you, do not do unto your neighbor. That is the whole Torah, all the rest is commentary. Now, go and study.”

 

This is the most famous teaching of Hillel,...


What They Think of Us: International Perceptions of the United States since 9/11

by David Farber

It has never been more important for Americans to understand why the world both hates and loves the United States. In What They Think of Us, a remarkable group of writers from the Middle East, Europe, Asia,...


The Athenian Nation

by Edward Cohen

Challenging the modern assumption that ancient Athens is best understood as a polis, Edward Cohen boldly recasts our understanding of Athenian political and social life. Cohen demonstrates that ancient sources...


Democratic Breakdown and the Decline of the Russian Military

by Zoltan Barany

Why have Russian generals acquired an important political position since the Soviet Union's collapse while at the same time the effectiveness of their forces has deteriorated? Why have there been no radical...


The Qualities of a Citizen: Women, Immigration, and Citizenship, 1870-1965

by Martha Gardner

The Qualities of a Citizen traces the application of U.S. immigration and naturalization law to women from the 1870s to the late 1960s. Like no other book before, it explores how racialized, gendered, and historical...