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Egypt: The Split of an Identity: The Impact of the West's Liberal Ideas on the Evolution and Dichotomy of Egypt's National Id

by Shawki AbdelRehim


The conflict between the Islamic groups and secularists taking place now in Egypt has its roots in the nineteenth century. This happened after the people became aware of their Egyptian identity as...

Whore Stories: A Revealing History of the World's Oldest Profession

by Tyler Stoddard Smith

A Working History of Working Girls (and Guys)

Have you ever wondered how Heidi Fleiss came to be the face of upscale prostitution or if Casanova really was the world's greatest lover? How about why Latin playboy...

History Without the Boring Bits

by Ian Crofton

Conventional chronologies of world history concentrate on the reigns of kings and queens, the dates of battles and treaties, the publication dates of great books, the completion of famous buildings, the deaths...

Big Ideas in Brief: 200 World-Changing Concepts Explained In An Instant

by Ian Crofton

Ian Crofton, former editor-in-chief of The Guinness Encyclopedia, has written a wide range of other general reference books, including Philosophy (Teach Yourself Instant Reference) and Science Without the Boring...

Culture and Comfort: Parlor Making and Middle-Class Identity, 1850-1930

by Katherine Grier

In Culture and Comfort Katherine C. Grier shows how the design and furnishings of the mid-nineteenth century parlor reflected the self-image of the Victorian middle class. Parlors provided public facades for...

A Penelopean Poetics: Reweaving the Feminine in Homer's Odyssey

by Barbara Clayton

A Penelopean Poetics looks at the relationship between gender ideology and the self-referential poetics fo the Odyssey through the figure of Penelope. Her poetics become a discursive thread through which different...

Jumbo's Hide, Elvis's Ride, and the Tooth of Buddha: More Marvelous Tales of Historical Artifacts

by Harvey Rachlin

Once again historian Harvey Rachlin uncovers odd and stirring stories behind some of the most fascinating objects in the world. "Jumbo's Hide," Publisher's Weekly writes, "is entertaining and enlightening …...

Golf in America

by George B. Kirsch

An inclusive narrative of golf's history and popularity in the United States

The Best Survival Stories Ever Told

by Jon E. Lewis

This collection of classic tales comprises over thirty accounts of true-life adventure taken from contemporary memoirs, letters, and journals. They span the years from 1800 to the end of the twentieth century,...

Cooper's Creek: Tragedy and Adventure in the Australian Outback

by Alan Moorehead

In 1860, an expedition set out from Melbourne, Australia, into the interior of the country, with the mission to find a route to the northern coast. Headed by Robert O’Hara Burke and William John Wills, the...

Walls: Travels Along the Barricades

by Marcello Di Cintio

What does it mean to live against a wall? In this ambitious first person narrative, Marcello Di Cintio travels to the world’s most disputed edges to meet the people who live alongside the razor wire, concrete,...

Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal

by Abigail Carroll

We are what we eat, as the saying goes—but we are also how we eat, and when, and where. Our eating habits reveal as much about our national identity as the food on our plates, as food historian Abigail Carroll...

A Place Not a Place: Reflection and Possibility in Museums and Libraries

by David Carr

Museums and libraries inspire us to cross the limits of routine thought, into experiences of reflection and possibility. Each of the essays in A Place Not a Place examines the ways these and other cultural institutions...

Practicing Stalinism: Bolsheviks, Boyars, and the Persistence of Tradition

by J. Arch Getty

In old Russia, patron/client relations, "clan" politics, and a variety of other informal practices spanned the centuries. Government was understood to be patrimonial and personal rather than legal, and office...

American Civilization: An Introduction

by David C Mauk, David C. Mauk & John Oakland

This revised and updated edition of the hugely successful American Civilization provides students of American studies with the perfect background and introductory information on contemporary American life. This...

The State and Revolution in the Twentieth-Century: Major Social Transformations of Our Time

by Berch Berberoglu

This book provides a comparative-historical analysis of the state and revolution in the twentieth century, focusing on the major socialist revolutions of our time. After examining the competing theories of the...

Military Badge Collecting

by John Gaylor

This book is a comprehensive guide, which will appeal to anyone with an interest in medal collecting. The book contains over 800 illustrations.

Political Rock

by Mark Pedelty & Kristine Weglarz

Political Rock is a comparative, cultural history of luminary figures in rock music who have played important roles in social movements. Individual chapters are devoted to The Clash and Fugazi, Billy Bragg,...

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...

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...