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Duels and Duelling

by Stephen Banks

A duel could be fought over a matter as trifling as a slip of the tongue or as serious as a public accusation of corruption. At the height of its formality, two men at odds would meet at dawn, armed either with...


The Scouts

by Susan Cohen

The boy scout movement, started by Lieutenant General Baden-Powell (1857 - 1941) in 1907, has had an enduring impact on British society, providing boys from the age of six upwards with 'instruction in good citizenship.'...


American Lynching

by Ashraf H. A. Rushdy

After observing the varying reactions to the 1998 death of James Byrd Jr. in Texas, called a lynching by some, denied by others, Ashraf Rushdy determined that to comprehend this event he needed to understand...


Curious Punishments of bygone Days

by Alice Morse Earle & Frank Hazenplug

In Curious Punishments of Bygone Days, the punishment did not always fit the crime, as this fine old illustrated history of wrath and righteousness shows. One of the earliest institutions in every New England...


Because It Is Wrong: Torture, Privacy and Presidential Power in the Age of Terror

by Charles Fried & Gregory Fried

Elevating the torture and privacy debate, this book brilliantly challenges the knee-jerk responses of those in media and government. Can torture ever be justified? When is eavesdropping acceptable? Should a...


The History of White People

by Nell Irvin Painter

A New York Times bestseller: “This terrific new book . . . [explores] the ‘notion of whiteness,’ an idea as dangerous as it is seductive.”—Boston GlobeTelling perhaps the most important forgotten story...


Telling the Truth about History

by Joyce Appleby, Lynn Hunt & Margaret Jacob

"A fascinating historiographical essay. . . . An unusually lucid and inclusive explication of what it ultimately at stake in the culture wars over the nature, goals, and efficacy of history as a discipline."—...


The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism

by Joyce Appleby

"Splendid: the global history of capitalism in all its creative—and destructive—glory.”—The New York Times Book Review With its deep roots and global scope, the capitalist system seems universal and...


The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome

by Susan Wise Bauer

A lively and engaging narrative history showing the common threads in the cultures that gave birth to our own. This is the first volume in a bold new series that tells the stories of all peoples, connecting...


The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British

by Sarah Lyall

"Should be handed out . . . in the immigration line at Heathrow." -Malcolm GladwellSarah Lyall moved to London in the mid-1990s and soon became known for amusing and sharp dispatches on her adopted country....


At Day's Close: Night in Times Past

by A. Roger Ekirch

"Remarkable....Ekirch has emptied night's pockets, and laid the contents out before us."-Arthur Krystal, The New YorkerBringing light to the shadows of history through a "rich weave of citation and archival...


The Politics of History

by Howard Zinn

This book presents a series of case studies and thought-provoking essays arguing for a radical approach to history and providing a revisionist interpretation of the historian's role. In a new introduction, the...


Historical Dictionary of Republic of the Congo

by John F. Clark & Samuel Decalo

The fourth edition of the Historical Dictionary of Republic of the Congo provides a comprehensive set of references on the country’s history, politics, economics, and culture. It traces the careers of the...


Popularizing National Pasts: 1800 to the Present

by Stefan Berger, Chris Lorenz & Billie Melman

Popularizing National Pasts is the first truly cross-national and comparative study of popular national histories, their representations, the meanings given to them and their uses, which expands outside the...


Alan S. Milward and a Century of European Change

by Fernando Guirao, Frances Lynch & Sigfrido M. Ramirez Perez

The main purpose of the book is to introduce the work of Alan S. Milward and to acknowledge the full magnitude of his scientific contribution to contemporary British and European history. The book is a collection...


Disability in Eighteenth-Century England: Imagining Physical Impairment

by David M. Turner

This is the first book-length study of physical disability in eighteenth-century England. It assesses the ways in which meanings of physical difference were formed within different cultural contexts, and examines...


The Geography of Developing Areas: The Global South in a Changing World

by Glyn Williams, Paula Meth & Katie Willis

Rather than presenting the global South to students as a set of problems (rapid urbanisation, population growth, poverty etc), this textbook focuses on the diversity of life in the South, and looks at the role...


An Imam in Paris: Account of a Stay in France by an Egyptian Cleric (1826-1831)

by Daniel L. Newman

In the 1820s, Rifa‘a Rafi‘ al-Tahtawi, a young Muslim cleric, was a leading member of the first Egyptian educational mission to Paris, where he remained for five years, documenting his observations of European...


Political Football

by Barry Flynn

On 27 December 1948, rioting broke out during a match between Belfast Celtic and Linfield. Jimmy Jones, a prolific goalscorer for Belfast Celtic, was dragged from the pitch by the opposing fans, and beaten so...


Where I Belong: A Forest of Dean Childhood in the 1930s

by Joyce Latham

Here, in the latest edition of her first book, the late Joyce Latham looks back on her childhood days - the 1930s and the war time years - in a way that will bring memories flooding back for readers of or around...