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1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War

by Charles Emmerson

Today, 1913 is inevitably viewed through the lens of 1914: as the last year before a war that would shatter the global economic order and tear Europe apart, undermining its global pre-eminence. Our perspectives...


Historical Dictionary of the Czech State

by Rick Fawn & Jiri Hochman

The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of the Czech State has been thoroughly updated and greatly expanded. Featuring a chronology, introductory essay, appendix, bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced...


Told You So: The Big Book of Weekly Columns

by Ralph Nader & Jim Hightower

“What sets Ralph Nader apart is that he has moved beyond social criticism to effective political action.”

The New York Times 

The column is the most natural literary form for a citizen’s advocate, and...


The Hedgehog and the Fox: An Essay on Tolstoy's View of History (Second Edition)

by Isaiah Berlin, Henry Hardy & Michael Ignatieff

"The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing." This ancient Greek aphorism, preserved in a fragment from the poet Archilochus, describes the central thesis of Isaiah Berlin's masterly essay...


The Woman Movement: Feminism in the United States and England

by William L. O'Neill

This unusual book traces the development of the feminist movement in America and, to a lesser extent, in England. The comparison between the movements is enlightening.

Professor O'Neill starts with Mary Wollstonecraft...


Women in Europe Since 1750

by Patricia Branca

In dealing with the common experience of women in modern society, this book provides a deeper insight into European women at work, at home, at leisure and in their political and educational functions. Particular...


A Social History of Contemporary Democratic Media

by Jesse Drew

The last few decades have helped dispel the myth that media should remain driven by high-end professionals and market share. This book puts forward the concept of "communications from below" in contrast to the...


Historical Dictionary of Estonia

by Toivo Miljan

This Dictionary provides an encyclopedic overview of Estonia from the 12th Century to the present, with two-thirds devoted to the past 100 years, and one-quarter covering the past decade and half. The only such...


Historical Dictionary of Scandinavian Literature and Theater

by Jan Sjåvik

The literature of Scandinavia is amazingly rich and varied, consisting of the works produced by the countries of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland, and stretching from the ancient Norse Sagas to the...


Ridicule, Religion and the Politics of Wit in Augustan England

by Roger D. Lund

Arguing for wit's importance beyond its use as a literary device, Lund traces the process by which writers in Restoration and eighteenth-century England struggled to define an appropriate role for wit in the...


Explorations in Reconciliation: New Directions in Theology

by David Tombs & Joseph Liechty

Theologians and scholars of religion draw on rich resources to address the complex issues raised by political reconciliation in the Middle East, the former Yugoslavia, South Africa, Northern Ireland and elsewhere....


The Orphan in Eighteenth-Century Law and Literature: Estate, Blood, and Body

by Cheryl L. Nixon

Examining novels by authors such as Haywood, Smollett, and Inchbald, and uncovering new manuscript and print case records, Cheryl Nixon compares tales of fictional orphans to narratives of legal orphans. Focusing...


Wordsworth's Vagrants: Police, Prisons, and Poetry in the 1790s

by Quentin Bailey

Wordsworth's Vagrants explores the poet's treatment of the 'idle and disorderly' in the context of the penal laws of the 1790s, when the terror of the French Revolution caused a crackdown on the beggars and...


Defense of the Rhine 1944-45

by Steven Zaloga & Adam Hook

The Rhine River represented the last natural defensive barrier for the Third Reich in the fall of 1944. Although Hitler had been reluctant to allow the construction of tactical defense lines in France, the final...


Guilford Courthouse 1781: Lord Cornwallis's Ruinous Victory

by Angus Konstam & Adam Hook

By the Spring of 1781, the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) had dragged on for almost six years and the outcome still hung in the balance. When the British commander Lord Cornwallis launched his invasion...


The Castles of Henry VIII

by Peter Harrington & Brian Delf

In the last years of his reign Henry VIII needed a radically modern system of defense to protect England and its newly Protestant Church. Anticipating a foreign onslaught from Catholic Europe after his split...


Rolling Thunder in a Gentle Land: The Vietnam War Revisited

by Andrew Wiest

From the Introduction

In the end, then, the Vietnam War was a conflict of myriad complexities. It was a colonial war and a regional war. It was a total war and a limited war. It was a civil war, an insurgency...


Jews in Britain

by Michael Leventhal

The Jewish community is the oldest ethnic minority in the country. This book tells the epic story of Jews in Britain over a thousand years. Many came as wealthy traders - others as desperate refugees. Sometimes...


English Civil War Fortifications 1642-51

by Peter Harrington & Donato Spedaliere

The techniques of European warfare were transformed during the 15th and 16th centuries by the use of gunpowder and by substantial progress in the effectiveness and destructive power of artillery. The series...


Sticklers: The Military Origins of Everyday Words and Phrases

by Graeme Donald

Did you know they started 'hearing through the grapevine' during the American Civil War? It was a reference to the telegraph lines used for communicating with the army. These looked like twisted grapevines....