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Avenging Angel-John Brown#s Raid on Harpers Ferry 1859

by Ron Field & Johnny Shumate

The Harpers Ferry raid confirmed for many Southerners the existence of a widespread Northern plot against slavery. In fact, Brown had raised funds for his raid from Northern abolitionists. To arm the slaves,...


Ulysses S Grant

by Mark Lardas

Ulysses Grant was the United States greatest general since George Washington. Like Washington, Grant's battlefield performance in the Civil War was the only factor standing between the United States continuing...


The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan 1979-89

by Gregory Barnes

The Soviet invasion of neighbouring Afghanistan in December 1979 sparked a bloody nine-year conflict with the Mujahideen until Soviet forces withdrew in 1988-89, dooming the communist Afghanistan government...


The Portuguese in the Age of Discovery 1300-1580

by David Nicolle

From humble beginnings, in the course of three centuries the Portuguese built the world's first truly global empire, stretching from modern Brazil to sub-Saharan Africa and from India to the East Indies (Indonesia)....


For the Good of the Farmer: A Biography of John Harrison Skinner, Dean of Purdue Agriculture

by Frederick Whitford

The key role that farming plays in the economy of Indiana today owes much to the work of John Harrison Skinner (1874-1942). Skinner was a pioneering educator and administrator who transformed the study of agriculture...


The 1848 Revolutions

by Peter Jones

The book offers a broad ranging investigation of the social, economic and political circumstances which led to the revolutions of 1848 as well as an account of the revolutions themselves. An accessible and valuable...


Philip II

by Geoffrey Woodward

Any assessment of Philip II's rule assumes the appearance of a paradox. In analysing the nature and impact of Philip II's rule and government, this history examines the extent of the changes in royal finance,...


Napoleon: Conquest, Reform and Reorganisation

by Clive Emsley

Probably no other single individual has had such a profound impact on the development of modern France and on that of nineteenth century Europe as Napoleon. Clive Emsley brings the subject up-to-date historiographically...


The American Civil War, 1861-1865

by Reid Mitchell

The American Civil War caused upheaval and massive private bereavement, but the years 1861-1865 also defined a great nation. This accessible introduction to the American Civil War looks at the social history...


Japan Faces the World, 1925-1952

by Mary L. Hanneman

 By 1925 the process of Japan's transition to a modern industrialised, westernised state was pretty much complete. Not only had the imperial tradition been restored with the Meiji Restoration in 1868, but some...


The Arab-Israeli Conflict

by Kirsten E. Schulze

In this fully revised new edition, Kirsten Schulze brings us to a new understanding of the causes, course and consequences of the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Schulze analyses the dynamics of the violence and explores...


The Birth of Industrial Britain: 1750-1850

by Kenneth Morgan

The Industrial Revolution had a profound and lasting effect on socioeconomic and cultural conditions in Britain.

The Birth of Industrial Britain examines the impact of early industrialisation on British society...


China Since 1949

by Linda Benson

One of the most remarkable stories of the last century is the emergence of China as a modern economic giant, poised at the beginning of the 21st century to become a great world power. China has embraced the...


Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path in the Middle East

by Rashid Khalidi

Begun as the United States moved its armed forces into Iraq, Rashid Khalidi's powerful and thoughtful new book examines the record of Western involvement in the region and analyzes the likely outcome of our...


Hitler's Generals in America: Nazi POWs and Allied Military Intelligence

by Derek R. Mallett

Americans are familiar with prisoner of war narratives that detail Allied soldiers' treatment at the hands of Germans in World War II: popular books and movies like The Great Escape and Stalag 17 have offered...


Abraham Lincoln and the Road to Emancipation, 1861-1865

by William Klingaman

In this comprehensive account of Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, William K. Klingaman takes a fresh look at what is arguably the most controversial reform in American history. Taking the reader...


The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe

by Brian P. Levack

Between 1450 and 1750 thousands of people â€" most of them women â€" were accused, prosecuted and executed for the crime of witchcraft. The witch-hunt was not a single event; it comprised thousands of...


The Chinese in America: A Narrative History

by Iris Chang

In an epic story that spans 150 years and continues to the present day, Iris Chang tells of a people’s search for a better life—the determination of the Chinese to forge an identity and a destiny in a strange...


The Cathars and the Albigensian Crusades: A Sourcebook

by Catherine Léglu, Rebecca Rist & Claire Taylor

This book brings together a rich and diverse range of medieval sources to examine key aspects of the growth of heresy and dissent in southern France in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries and the Church's response...


American Literature: A History

by Hans Bertens & Theo D'haen

This comprehensive history of American Literature traces its development from the earliest colonial writings of the late 1500s through to the present day. This lively, engaging and highly accessible guide:

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