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Baudin, Napoleon and the Exploration of Australia

by Nicole Starbuck

This is the first in-depth study of the sojourn in Sydney made by Nicolas Baudin's scientific expedition to Australia in 1802. Starbuck focuses on the reconstruction of the voyage during the expedition's stay...


Debt and Slavery in the Mediterranean and Atlantic Worlds

by Gwyn Campbell & Alessandro Stanziani

Filling a significant gap in the historiography, the essays in this volume show that debt slavery has played a crucial role in the economic history of numerous societies which continues even today.


Arctic Exploration in the Nineteenth Century: Discovering the Northwest Passage

by Frederic Regard

Focusing on nineteenth-century attempts to locate the northwest passage, the essays in this volume present this quest as a central element of British culture.


Anatomy and the Organization of Knowledge, 1500-1850

by Matthew Landers & Brian Muñoz

Across early modern Europe, the growing scientific practice of dissection prompted new and insightful ideas about the human body. This collection of essays explores the impact of anatomical knowledge on wider...


Statistics, Public Debate and the State, 1800-1945: A Social, Political and Intellectual History of Numbers

by Jean-Guy Prévost & Jean Pierre Beaud

Based around a number of illustrative case studies, this book charts the development of our modern-day reliance on statistics. Topics covered include scientific innovations, administrative issues and the use...


Race and Identity in the Tasman World, 1769-1840

by Rachel Standfield

British imperial encounters with indigenous cultures created perceptions and stereotypes that still persist today. The initial creation of racial images in relation to violence had particular consequences for...


Venice and the Cultural Imagination: 'This Strange Dream upon the Water'

by Michael O'Neill, Mark Sandy & Sarah Wootton

In the era of the Grand Tour, Venice was the cultural jewel in the crown of Europe and the epitome of decadence. This edited collection of eleven essays draws on a range of disciplines and approaches to ask...


Desperate Housewives, Neuroses and the Domestic Environment, 1945-1970

by Ali Haggett

Although the figure of the 'desperate housewife' is familiar to us, Haggett suggests that many women in the 1950s and '60s led satisfying lives and that gender roles, while very different, were often seen as...


Violence and Racism in Football: Politics and Cultural Conflict in British Society, 1968-1998

by Brett Bebber

This study, based on government records, newspaper articles and fanzines, explores the complex interaction between politicians, police and the perpetrators of football violence. Bebber looks at how successive...


Communicating Physics: The Production, Circulation and Appropriation of Ganot's Textbooks in France and England, 1851-1887

by Josep Simon

The textbooks written by Adolphe Ganot played a major role in shaping the way physics was taught in schools. Simon's Franco-British case study looks at the role of two of Ganot's books. The study is novel for...


The Science of History in Victorian Britain: Making the Past Speak

by Ian Hesketh

Hesketh challenges accepted notions of a single scientific approach to history. Instead, he draws on a variety of sources - monographs, lectures, correspondence - from eminent Victorian historians to uncover...


Daniel O'Connell and the Anti-Slavery Movement: 'The Saddest People the Sun Sees'

by Christine Kinealy

Previous histories on O'Connell have dealt predominantly with his attempts to secure a repeal of the 1800 Act of Union and on his success in achieving Catholic Emancipation in 1829, Kinealy focuses instead on...


Slaveholders in Jamaica: Colonial Society and Culture during the Era of Abolition

by Christer Petley

Explores the social composition of the Jamaican slaveholding class during the era of the British campaign to end slavery, looking at their efforts to maintain control over local society and considering how their...


British Narratives of Exploration: Case Studies on the Self and Other

by Frederic Regard

Features a collection of essays that focus on British travel narratives from the seventeenth through to the nineteenth centuries. This work investigates how the early explorers' sense of self was destabilised...


Typhoid in Uppingham: Analysis of a Victorian Town and School in Crisis, 1875-7

by Nigel Richardson

Explores public health strategy and central-local government relations during the mid-nineteenth-century, using the experience of Uppingham, England, as a micro-historical case study. This study compares the...


Domesticating Electricity: Technology, Uncertainty and Gender, 1880-1914

by Graeme Gooday

A socio-cultural study of the history of electricity during the late Victorian and Edward periods. It shows how technology, authority and gender interacted in pre-World War I Britain.


Fizz: How Soda Shook Up the World

by Tristan Donovan

This social, cultural, and culinary history charts soda's remarkable, world-changing journey from awe-inspiring natural mystery to ubiquity. Off-the-wall and offbeat stories abound, including how quack medicine...


Underclass: A History of the Excluded Since 1880

by John Welshman

Who are those at the bottom of society? There has been much discussion in recent years, on both Left and Right, about the existence of an alleged 'underclass' in both Britain and the USA. It has been claimed...


Free at Last!: The Impact of Freed Slaves on the Roman Empire

by Teresa Ramsby & Sinclair Bell

How did freed slaves reinvent themselves after the shackles of slavery had been lifted? How were they reintegrated into society, and what was their social position and status? What contributions did they make...


The A to Z of the Renaissance

by Charles G. Nauert

Few periods have given civilization such a strong impulse as the Renaissance, which started in Italy and then spread to the rest of Europe.