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Danubia: A Personal History of Habsburg Europe

by Simon Winder

A charmingly personal history of Hapsburg Europe, as lively as it is informative, by the author of Germania

For centuries much of Europe and the Holy Roman Empire was in the royal hands of the very peculiar...


Helluva Town: The Story of New York City During World War II

by Richard Goldstein

In the stirring signature number from the 1944 Broadway musical On the Town, three sailors on a 24-hour search for love in wartime Manhattan sing, "New York, New York, a helluva town."

The Navy boys’ race...


Archduke Franz Ferdinand Lives!

by Richard Ned Lebow

The “Great War” claimed nearly 40 million lives and set the stage for World War II,  the Holocaust, and the Cold War.  One hundred years later, historians  are beginning  to recognize how unnecessary...


In Defense of Anthropology: An Investigation of the Critique of Anthropology

by Herbert S. Lewis

This book is about how the history and character of modern anthropology has been egregiously distorted. Lewis is concerned with setting the record straight regarding the misrepresentation of older anthropology...


The Elusive State of Jefferson: A Journey through the 51st State

by Peter Laufer

By 1941, a nascent statehood movement began to coalesce into an active and explicit secession campaign seeking to carve from Northern California and Southern Oregon a new State of Jefferson. Yreka, California,...


Juvenile Nation: Youth, Emotions and the Making of the Modern British Citizen, 1880-1914

by Stephanie Olsen

In the first five months of the Great War, one million men volunteered to fight. Yet by the end of 1915, the British government realized that conscription would be required. Why did so many enlist, and conversely,...


Everyday Heroism: Victorian Constructions of the Heroic Civilian

by John Price

Heroism in the 19th and early 20th centuries is synonymous with military endeavours, imperial adventures and the �great men of history�. There was, however, another prominent and influential strand of the...


Inca Civilization in Cuzco

by R. Tom Zuidema & Jean-Jacques Decoster

A description of the spatial organization, social classes, mythology and calendar of Inca society in Cuzco. This digital edition was derived from ACLS Humanities E-Book's (http://www.humanitiesebook.org) online...


Social Change in the Modern Era

by Daniel Chirot

An examination of social change around the world from a global and historical perspective. Part One explains the rise of the Western world from the 1500s, while Parts Two and Three focus on the 20th century....


The General Grant's Gold: Shipwreck and Greed in the Southern Ocean

by Madelene Fergusson Allen & Ken Scadden

The wreck in 1866 of the 'General Grant' in the desolate sub-Antarctic Auckland Islands is one of the world's great nautical mysteries, a story that still tantalises and thrills. The 'General Grant' was rumoured...


From Venus to Antarctica: The Life of Dumont d'Urville

by John Dunmore

High adventure, drama, discovery, science and map making. This is the first-ever full-length English language biography of D'Urville - one of the nineteenth century's great explorers. Bad-tempered and irreverent,...


Peace And War: Britain In 1914

by Nigel Jones

1914 dawned with Britain at peace, albeit troubled by faultlines within and threats without: Ireland trembled on the brink of civil war; suffragette agitation was assuming an ever more violent hue; and suspicions...


GI Brides

by Duncan Barrett & Nuala Calvi

They left everything behind to follow their hearts. . . . True stories that illuminate the experiences of British war brides in America after World War II

American soldiers stationed in the UK came away winning...


Writing the History of Memory

by Stefan Berger & Bill Niven

How objective are our history books? In this most recent addition to the Writing History series, Writing the History of Memory examines the critical role that memory plays in the writing of history.


One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life

by Mitch Horowitz

From the millions-strong audiences of Oprah and The Secret to the mass-media ministries of evangelical figures like Joel Osteen and T. D. Jakes, to the motivational bestsellers and New Age seminars to the twelve-step...


The Fourth Part of the World: The Race to the Ends of the Earth, and the Epic Story of the Map That Gave America Its Name

by Toby Lester

"Old maps lead you to strange and unexpected places, and none does so more ineluctably than the subject of this book: the giant, beguiling Waldseemüller world map of 1507." So begins this remarkable story of...


Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture

by Erez Aiden & Jean-Baptiste Michel

"One of the most exciting developments from the world of ideas in decades, presented with panache by two frighteningly brilliant, endearingly unpretentious, and endlessly creative young scientists." - Steven...


THE VELVET UNDERGROUND

by Michael Leigh

Swingers and swappers, strippers and streetwalkers, sadists, masochists, and sexual mavericks of every persuasion; all are documented in The Velvet Underground, a legendary exposé of the diseased underbelly...


Policing Notting Hill: Fifty Years of Turbulence

by Tony Moore & Lord Blair

Notting Hill is one of the most sought after locations in London. But its progress from 'ghetto' to gentrification spans half-a-century within which it was one of the most turbulent places in Britain-plagued...


Consumerism in the Ancient World: Imports and Identity Construction

by Justin St. P. Walsh

Greek pottery was exported around the ancient world in vast quantities over a period of several centuries. This book focuses on the Greek pottery consumed by people in the western Mediterranean and trans-Alpine...