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Inventing the Christmas Tree

by Bernd Brunner

A colorfully decorated Christmas tree, lit with twinkling lights, provokes awe and delight. We understand the lighted tree as a central symbol of the Christmas season, but what are the roots of the tradition?...


The Dynamics of Heritage: History, Memory and the Highland Clearances

by Laurence Gouriévidis

Focusing on the interaction between history and memory and, in particular, on museums as a memory medium, this book deals with the memorialization of the Highland Clearances over the twentieth century. It presents...


Healing Waters: Therapeutic Landscapes in Historic and Contemporary Ireland

by Ronan Foley

This book investigates associations between water, health, place and culture in Ireland, showing how health and place are socially and culturally constructed and how health is embodied, experienced and enacted...


Steering Sustainability in an Urbanising World: Policy, Practice and Performance

by Anitra Nelson

This book approaches the key challenges of achieving urban sustainability in a holistic way. It brings together academics and practitioners to analyze the complexity and interdependence of principles, models,...


Transformations of Retailing in Europe after 1945

by Ralph Jessen & Lydia Langer

The volume focuses on processes of transformation in the retail business in several European countries mainly during the second half of the 20th Century. After World War II, structures, practices and the culture...


The A to Z of the Gulf Arab States

by Malcolm C. Peck

The A to Z of the Gulf Arab States comes at a time when the world's attention is riveted on the Middle East. The small states covered in this volume-Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates...


Post War America 1945-1971

by Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn's unique take on this vital period in U.S. history with a new introduction. The postwar boom in the U.S. brought about massive changes in U.S. society and culture. In this accessible volume, historian...


Climbing Everest: The Complete Writings of George Leigh Mallory

by George Leigh Mallory & Peter Gillman

Compelling pieces.' Stephen Venables, Mail on Sunday 'Invaluable... [a] surprise it has taken so long to see the light of day.' National Geographic 'Expressive and emotionally literate.' Scottish Mountaineer...


1912: The Year the World Discovered Antarctica

by Chris Turney

“The South Pole discovered” trumpeted the front page of The Daily Chronicle on March 8, 1912, marking Roald Amundsen’s triumph over the tragic Robert Scott. Yet behind all the headlines there was a much...


Forgotten Islands of Indonesia: The Art & Culture of the Southeast Moluccas

by Nico DeJonge & Joss van Dijk

This beautiful book contains over 170 unique photographs and pictures of one of the most interesting but least well known cultures in the Indonesian Archipelago.

The traditional art of Maluku Tenggara, the Southeast...


The Potato

by Larry Zuckerman

The Potato tells the story of how a humble vegetable, once regarded as trash food, had as revolutionary an impact on Western history as the railroad or the automobile. Using Ireland, England, France, and the...


Boots on the Ground: Stories of American Soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan

by Clint Willis

The recent wars in Iraq and in Afghanistan have generated gripping coverage from some of our most accomplished writers and correspondents, and Boots on the Ground collects the best new writing about our troops...


Showdown at Shepherd's Bush

by David Davis

The epic clash of an Irish-American, Italian, and Onondaga-Canadian that jump-started the first marathon mania and heralded the modern age in sports The eyes of the world watched as three runners—dirt poor...


A Shopkeeper's Millennium

by Paul E. Johnson

A quarter-century after its first publication, A Shopkeeper's Millennium remains a landmark work--brilliant both as a new interpretation of the intimate connections among politics, economy, and religion during...


Writing World War II

by Sylvie Murray & Robert D. Johnston

An indispensable tool for high-schoolers, undergraduates, or even amateur enthusiasts, Writing World War II teaches the craft of history writing—by example. In a series of thoughtful essays, Sylvie Murray...


Americans

by Edward Countryman

In this social history, Edward Countryman shows how interactions among America's different ethnic groups have contributed to our sense of nationality. From the earliest settlements along the Atlantic seaboard...


Sisters

by Jean H. Baker

They forever changed America: Lucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frances Willard, Alice Paul. At their revolution's start in the 1840s, a woman's right to speak in public was questioned. By...


History Wars

by Edward T. Linethal & Tom Engelhardt

From the “taming of the West” to the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, the portrayal of the past has become a battleground at the heart of American politics. What kind of history Americans should...


The Authentic Animal

by Dave Madden

Why would someone want to create or own the mounted skin of a dead animal? That’s the question Dave Madden explores in The Authentic Animal. Madden starts his journey with the life story of Carl Akeley, the...


American Nightmare

by Jerrold M. Packard

For a hundred years after the end of the Civil War, a quarter of all Americans lived under a system of legalized segregation called Jim Crow. Together with its rigidly enforced canon of racial "etiquette," these...