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River of Ink: [An Illustrated History of Literacy]

by Thomas Christensen

Thomas Christensen’s previous title 1616: The World in Motion looked at a single year in the age of early maritime globalism--PW gave it a starred review, calling it “a stunning overview of the nascent modern...


Live at the Commodore: The Story of Vancouver's Historic Commodore Ballroom

by Aaron Chapman

The untold story of a rock’n’roll landmark in Vancouver that has hosted a who’s who of music greats.


Friendship in Medieval Iberia: Historical, Legal and Literary Perspectives

by Antonella Liuzzo Scorpo

This book contributes to the study of the history of emotions and cultural histories of the Middle Ages, while also adding another crucial piece to the broader historiographical debate currently challenging...


Lives and Times: Individuals and Issues in American History: To 1877

by Cottrell Browne

Lives and Times is a biographical reader designed for use in American history courses, with each volume consisting of thirteen chapters in which two significant individuals are examined in the context of a major...


The Sailor's Word: A Complete Dictionary of Nautical Terms from the Napoleonic and Victorian Navies

by W.H. & Belcher, H. Smyth

Almost 800 pages • 12,764 Definitions. The Most Complete Reference of Its Kind It's one thing to compile a dictionary of nautical terms from the Age of Sail; but it's quite another when the people doing the...


The Match Girl and the Heiress

by Seth Koven

Nellie Dowell was a match factory girl in Victorian London who spent her early years consigned to orphanages and hospitals. Muriel Lester, the daughter of a wealthy shipbuilder, longed to be free of the burden...


Empire of Cotton: A Global History

by Sven Beckert

The epic story of the rise and fall of the empire of cotton, its centrality to the world economy, and its making and remaking of global capitalism.
 


 

Cotton is so ubiquitous as to be almost invisible,...


Women Constructing Men: Female Novelists and Their Male Characters, 1750D2000

by Sarah S. G. Frantz

Female novelists have always invested as much narrative energy in constructing their male characters as in envisioning their female. The collected articles in


Cities of Empire

by Tristram Hunt

An original history of the most enduring colonial creation, the city, explored through ten portraits of powerful urban centers the British Empire left in its wake

At its peak, the British Empire was an urban...


Appetite for America: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West--One Meal at a Time

by Stephen Fried

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Featured in the PBS documentary The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound

The legendary life and entrepreneurial vision of Fred Harvey helped shape American culture and history for three...


Gardiner's Tennis Ranch:: The Summer of '73

by Kris Milligan & Heidi Varian

Gardiner's Tennis Ranch: The Summer of '73 is a coming of age memoir of professional Kris Milligan set at a summer camp in the premier, exclusive tennis club of the day. Milligan and his fellow counselors experience...


French Revolutions For Beginners

by Michael J. LaMonica & Tom Motley

Allons enfant de la Patrie, le jour de gloire est arrivé! 

“Arise children of the Fatherland, the day of glory has arrived!” These opening lines to La Marseillaise, France’s famously stirring and evocative...


States at War, Volume 3: A Reference Guide for Pennsylvania in the Civil War

by Richard F. Miller

A much-needed reference guide to Pennsylvania for historians and students of the Civil War


A World of Giving: Carnegie Corporation of New York¿A Century of International Philanthropy

by Patricia L Rosenfield

The age of international philanthropy is upon us. Today, many of America’s most prominent foundations support institutions or programs abroad, but few have been active on the global stage for as long as Carnegie...


Artists Under Hitler: Collaboration and Survival in Nazi Germany

by Jonathan Petropoulos

"What are we to make of those cultural figures, many with significant international reputations, who tried to find accommodation with the Nazi regime?" Jonathan Petropoulos asks in this exploration of some of...


From Pole to Pole: Roald Amundsen's Journey in Flight

by Garth James Cameron

Roald Amundsen was the most successful polar explorer of his era using sledges, dogs, skis, and ships. He is mainly remembered for being the first man to reach the South Pole on December 14, 1911. What is less...


Andes

by Michael Jacobs

For centuries, the Andes have caught the imagination of travelers, inspiring fear and wonder. The groundbreaking scientist Alexander von Humboldt claimed that “everything here is grander and more majestic than...


Rum: A Social and Sociable History of the Real Spirit of 1776

by Ian Williams

Ian Williams describes in captivating detail how Rum and the molasses that it was made from was to the 18th century what oil is today.

Rum was used by the colonists to clear Native American tribes and to buy...


Tales of the Seven Seas: The Escapades of Captain Dynamite Johnny O'Brien

by Dennis M. Powers

Captain Dynamite Johnny O'Brien sailed the seven seas for over sixty years, starting in the late 1860s in India and ending in the early 1930s on the U.S. West Coast. This book tells of sailing over the oceans...


The Coffee-House: A Cultural History

by Markman Ellis

How the simple commodity of coffee came to rewrite the experience of metropolitan life

When the first coffee-house opened in London in 1652, customers were bewildered by this strange new drink from Turkey. But...