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Continental Strangers: German Exile Cinema, 1933-1951

by Gerd Gemünden

Hundreds of German-speaking film professionals took refuge in Hollywood during the 1930s and 1940s, making a lasting contribution to American cinema. Hailing from Austria, Hungary, Poland, Russia, and the Ukraine,...


The California and Oregon Trail: Sketches of Prairie and Rocky Mountain Life

by Francis Parkman

The classic account of one man’s journey into the wild American frontier.

In the spring of 1846, Francis Parkman, a Harvard-educated Boston-born aristocrat, headed west to experience the untamed regions of...


An Atheist's History of Belief: Understanding Our Most Extraordinary Invention

by Matthew Kneale

What first prompted prehistoric man, sheltering in the shadows of deep caves, to call upon the realm of the spirits? And why has belief thrived since, shaping thousands of generations of shamans, pharaohs, Aztec...


Khomeini's Ghost

by Con Coughlin

From the bestselling author of Saddam comes the definitive biography of Ayatollah Khomeini's Islamic revolution and how his fundamentalist legacy has forever influenced the course of Iran's relationship with...


The Greatest Knight

by Thomas Asbridge

A renowned scholar brings to life medieval England’s most celebrated knight, William Marshal—providing an unprecedented and intimate view of this age and the legendary warrior class that shaped it.

Caught...


The Return of George Washington

by Edward Larson

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson recovers a crucially important—yet almost always overlooked—chapter of George Washington’s life, revealing how Washington saved the United States by coming...


Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town

by Elyssa East

The area known as Dogtown -- an isolated colonial ruin and surrounding 3,000-acre woodland in storied seaside Gloucester, Massachusetts -- has long exerted a powerful influence over artists, writers, eccentrics,...


Modernizing the American War Department: Change and Continuity in a Turbulent Era, 1885-1920

by Daniel Beaver

An important study of the evolution of the U.S. War DepartmentNot a simple, linear administrative history, Modernizing the American War Department is a unique study of the adjustment of nineteenth-century military...


The Anglo-Saxon World: On the Front Lines with the First Amendment

by Nicholas Higham & M. J. Ryan

The Anglo-Saxon period, stretching from the fifth to the late eleventh century, begins with the Roman retreat from the Western world and ends with the Norman takeover of England. Between these epochal events,...


Southern African Liberation Struggles: New Local, Regional and Global Perspectives

by Hilary Sapire & Chris Saunders

Probing beyond the heroic portrayals of armed struggles and nationalist resistance, this collection of essays illustrates the intertwined histories of Southern African liberation struggles and those of regional...


Episcopal Appointments in England, c. 1214-1344: From Episcopal Election to Papal Provision

by Katherine Harvey

In 1214, King John issued a charter granting freedom of election to the English Church; henceforth, cathedral chapters were, theoretically, to be allowed to elect their own bishops, with minimal intervention...


Popular Muslim Reactions to the Franks in the Levant, 1097-1291

by Alex Mallett

The issue of Muslim reactions to the Franks has been an important part of studies of both the Crusades and Islamic History, but rarely the main focus. This book examines the reactions of the Muslims of the Levant...


Reflecting on Darwin

by Eckart Voigts, Barbara Schaff & Monika Pietrzak-Franger

Taking up the historical evolution of Darwin and his theories and the cultural responses they have inspired, Reflecting on Darwin poses the following questions: 'How are the apparatuses in the mid-nineteenth...


Eighteenth-Century Thing Theory in a Global Context: From Consumerism to Celebrity Culture

by Ileana Baird & Christina Ionescu

Exploring Enlightenment attitudes toward things and their relation to human subjects, this collection offers a geographically wide-ranging perspective on what the eighteenth century looked like beyond British...


Methodists and their Missionary Societies 1900-1996

by John Pritchard

The twentieth century saw the spectacular growth of Christianity in much of the global south, the transformation of mission fields into self-governing Churches, schemes of church union (some successful, others...


China's Naval Power: An Offensive Realist Approach

by Yves-Heng Lim

The rapid modernization of the Chinese Navy is a well-documented reality of the post-Cold War world. In two decades, the People's Liberation Army Navy has evolved from a backward force composed of obsolete platforms...


Obama, the Media, and Framing the U.S. Exit from Iraq and Afghanistan

by Erika G. King

Situating Obama’s end-of-war discourse in the historical context of the 2001 terrorist attacks, Obama, the Media, and Framing the U.S. Exit from Iraq and Afghanistan begins with a detailed comparison with...


Franciscan Spirituality and Mission in New Spain, 1524-1599: Conflict Beneath the Sycamore Tree (Luke 19:1-10)

by Steven E. Turley

Franciscans in sixteenth-century New Spain were deeply ambivalent about their mission work. Fray Juan de Zumárraga, the first archbishop of Mexico, begged the king to find someone else to do his job so that...


Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America

by Annie Jacobsen

The explosive story of America's secret post-WWII science programs, from the author of the New York Times bestseller Area 51

In the chaos following World War II, the U.S. government faced many difficult decisions,...


Maximalist: America in the World from Truman to Obama

by Stephen Sestanovich

From a writer with long and high-level experience in the U.S. government, a startling and provocative assessment of America’s global dominance. Maximalist puts the history of our foreign policy in an unexpected...