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Life on the Farm

by Anthony Burton

Though not all of Britain was suitable for arable farming, for centuries life on the farm depended on two things - manpower and horsepower. The first major change began in the 17th century with the enclosure...


Life in a Monastery

by Stephen Hebron

The golden age of the monastery in Britain was between the Norman Conquest (1066) and the dissolution of the monasteries (1536-40). This guide examines the lives of the monks in the seclusion of the great monasteries,...


Life in Medieval England

by Rupert Willoughby & Shelley Grimwood

The castles, cathedrals and churches of England are the visible legacies of the Middle Ages - but what of the life that went on inside them? These were the haunts of colourfully clad lords and ladies, clergymen...


Life in a Victorian Workhouse

by Peter Higginbotham

The word 'workhouse' has a grim resonance even today, conjuring up a vision of the darker side of Victorian Britain. Almost every town had at least one workhouse, and most people dreaded ending up there. Here...


Life in a Wartime House

by Brian Williams

This guide documents everyday life continuing while bombs fell. With stories from individuals who experienced it first hand, this gives a true insight into life during the Second World War.


Life in a Victorian School

by Pitkin

In early Victorian England, most children did not go to school and grew up unable to read or write. Instead they were sent out to work and earned money for their families. Fortunate children from well-off families...


A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama's America

by Jacqueline Jones

In 1656, a planter in colonial Maryland tortured and killed one of his slaves, an Angolan man named Antonio who refused to work the fields. Over three centuries later, a Detroit labor organizer named Simon Owens...


Historical Dictionary of Japan to 1945

by Kenneth Henshall

The early history of Japan is told through a detailed chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, an extensive bibliography, and over 800 cross-referenced dictionary entries on important people, organizations,...


Historical Dictionary of Iraq

by Beth K. Dougherty & Edmund A. Ghareeb

The Historical Dictionary of Iraq, Second Edition covers the history of Iraq through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has several hundred...


Leisured Resistance: Villas, Literature and Politics in the Roman World

by Michael Dewar & Thomas Harrison

Leisured Resistance examines the varied ways in which cultured Roman aristocrats, of very different periods, used their country estates as a political and literary tool. While for some the villas were retreats...


The A to Z of Prophets in Islam and Judaism

by Scott B. Noegel & Brannon M. Wheeler

The A to Z of Prophets in Islam and Judaism treat each entry as a compilation of relevant data culled from these different traditions in order to take the reader beyond the expected parameters of research. Originally...


The A to Z of the Vietnam War

by Edwin E. Moïse

There is an evident need to see things more clearly, but without simplifying what was inherently a very complex war, which engulfed not only the United States and Vietnam, but their respective allies and other...


The A to Z of Taoism

by Julian F. Pas

Taoism, the set of philosophical teachings and religious practices rooted in the understanding of the Chinese character Tao, or "The Way," was founded by the Chinese philosopher Laozi in the 6th Century BCE,...


Thinking, Recording, and Writing History in the Ancient World

by Kurt A. Raaflaub

Thinking, Recording, and Writing History in the Ancient World presents a cross-cultural comparison of the ways in which ancient civilizations thought about the past and recorded their own histories.

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Historical Dictionary of Guinea

by Mohamed Saliou Camara, Thomas O'Toole & Janice E. Baker

This fifth edition of Historical Dictionary of Guinea covers the full scope of Guinea’s history. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary...


A History of the World in 12 Maps

by Jerry Brotton

"[A] mesmerizing and beautifully illustrated book." -The Telegraph (London)

Maps are objects of endless fascination, and the urge to map is a basic human instinct. In this masterful study, historian and cartography...


Travel and Travellers of the Middle Ages

by Arthur Newton

Originally published between 1920 and 1970,The History of Civilization was a landmark in early twentieth century publishing. It was published at a formative time within the social sciences, and during a period...


The A to Z of Vietnam

by Bruce M. Lockhart & William J. Duiker

The A to Z of Vietnam focuses on the recent changes and leadership of Vietnam while giving due attention to the earlier kingdoms, the period of French Indochina, the wars for liberation, the Vietnam War, and...


The A to Z of the Ottoman Empire

by Selcuk Aksin Somel

The A to Z of the Ottoman Empire is an in-depth treatise covering the political, social, and economic history of the Ottoman Empire, the last member of the lineage of the Near Eastern and Mediterranean empires...


America's First Ladies: Their Uncommon Wisdom, from Martha Washington to Laura Bush

by Bill Adler

Here are the personal philosophies, opinions, thoughts, witticisms, and feelings of such upstanding and quintessential Americans as Abigail Adams, Dolly Madison, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jacqueline Kennedy, Nancy...