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Cool Comfort: America's Romance with Air-Conditioning

by Marsha Ackermann

The year 2002 marked the 100th anniversary of the first installation of air-conditioning. During the past century, it has become a staple of American life; 83% of US homes are now air-conditioned. In this engaging...


At the Edge of Space: The X-15 Flight Program

by Milton O. Thompson & Neil A. Armstrong

In At the Edge of Space, Milton O. Thompson tells the dramatic story of one of the most successful research aircraft ever flown. The first full-length account of the X-15 program, the book profiles the twelve...


The Agrarian Sociology Of Ancient Civilizations

by Max Weber

Max Weber, widely recognized as the greatest of the founders of classical sociology, is often associated with the development of capitalism in Western Europe and the analysis of modernity. But he also had...


A Great and Good Man: George Washington in the Eyes of His Contemporaries

by John P. Kaminski & Jill Adair McCaughan

A Great and Good Man presents a lively collection of contemporary letters, poems, addresses and newspaper reports that demonstrate the remarkable esteem in which Washington was held. Washington would become,...


The Shortest History of Europe

by John Hirst

Celebrated historian John Hirst offers a fascinating exploration of the qualities that made Europe a world-changing civilisation.

The Shortest History of Europe begins with a rapid overview of European civilisation,...


The Sex Lives of Australians: A History

by Frank Bongiorno

Winner of the 2013 ACT Book of the Year Award.

Cross-dressing colonists, effeminate bushrangers and women-shortage woes - here is the first ever history of sex in Australia, from Botany Bay to the present-day...


A Chronology of Librarianship, 1960-2000

by Jeffrey M. Wilhite

This book covers all areas of library literature that inform the history of librarianship and ranges over multiple continents. Its broad scope lends itself to wide use by scholars and students of library history...


Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More: The Last Soviet Generation

by Alexei Yurchak

Soviet socialism was based on paradoxes that were revealed by the peculiar experience of its collapse. To the people who lived in that system the collapse seemed both completely unexpected and completely unsurprising....


Van Diemen's Land

by James Boyce

"The most significant colonial history since The Fatal Shore. In re-imagining Australia's past, it invents a new future."-Richard Flanagan

Almost half of the convicts who came to Australia came to Van Diemen's...


The Homeric "Hymn to Demeter": Translation, Commentary, and Interpretive Essays

by Helene P. Foley

The Homeric Hymn to Demeter, composed in the late seventh or early sixth century B.C.E., is a key to understanding the psychological and religious world of ancient Greek women. The poem tells how Hades, lord...


The Origins of Fascist Ideology 1918-1925

by Emilio Gentile

The masterwork by Gentile fills a broad gap in the understanding of the origins of a major political movement of the 20th Century: fascism. This is the first detailed and definitive study of the development...


Hitler & Mussolini: The Secret Meetings

by Santi Corvaja & Robert Miller

The only book of its kind, telling the story through the eyes of the participants.


Arab Social Life in the Middle Ages: An Illustrated Study

by Shirley Guthrie

This vivid portrait of everyday life in the medieval Arab world draws on thirteenth century miniatures from collections as far afield as St Petersburg and Istanbul. The wide range of topics covers every aspect...


The Northern Earldoms: Orkney and Caithness from AD 870 to 1470

by Barbara E. Crawford

The medieval earldoms of Orkney and Caithness were positioned between two worlds, the Norwegian and the Scottish. They were a maritime lordship divided, or united, by the turbulent waters of the Pentland Firth....


Cities of Commerce: The Institutional Foundations of International Trade in the Low Countries, 1250-1650

by Oscar Gelderblom

Cities of Commerce develops a model of institutional change in European commerce based on urban rivalry. Cities continuously competed with each other by adapting commercial, legal, and financial institutions...


Front-Line Kent

by Michael Foley

Kent has been on England's first line of defence. Many people in the county have lived closer to the enemy in Europe than they did to London. This book delves into the long history of military Kent, from Roman...


Literary Buckinghamshire

by Paul Wreyford

Poet John Betjemen was not the only scribe 'beckoned out to lanes in beechy Bucks'. Many of the country's most famous writers shared his fondness for the county and sought solace within its boundaries. John...


Criminal Wirral

by Daniel K Longman

A collection of some of the strangest, most despicable and comical crimes that took place on the Wirral peninsula throughout the Victorian era and the early twentieth century. It sheds light on local causes...


Southend Memories

by Dee Gordon

Including many conversations with Southendians, this title aims to recall life in their town, during the 1950s and 60s. It focuses on social change, as well as school days, work and play, transport, and entertainment....


Edie's Tale: Growing Up in Darlaston. Edith Rushton

by Edith Rushton

A personal memoir of an ordinary working-class woman who grew up in the back streets of Darlaston between the wars. Illustrated with family photos and 25 images of between-the-wars Darlaston, this book captures...