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The Admiral and the Ambassador: One Man's Obsessive Search for the Body of John Paul Jones

by Scott Martelle

 As the French Revolution gathered steam, the exact location of Jones’s grave—and, in fact, the exact location of St. Louis cemetery in Paris, where he was buried in 1792—was forgotten: information on...


Acid Rain and the Rise of the Environmental Chemist in Nineteenth-Century Britain: The Life and Work of Robert Angus Smith

by Peter Reed

Robert Angus Smith (1817-1884) was a Scottish chemist and a leading investigator into what came to be known as 'acid rain'. This study of his working life, contextualized through discussion of his childhood,...


Empire, Education, and Indigenous Childhoods: Nineteenth-Century Missionary Infant Schools in Three British Colonies

by Helen May, Baljit Kaur & Larry Prochner

Taking up a little-known story of education, schooling, and missionary endeavor, Helen May, Baljit Kaur, and Larry Prochner focus on the experiences of very young ‘native’ children in three British colonies....


The River Pollution Dilemma in Victorian England: Nuisance Law versus Economic Efficiency

by Leslie Rosenthal

Nineteenth-century Britain witnessed a dramatic increase in its town population, as a hitherto largely rural economy transformed itself into an urban one. Though the political and social issues arising from...


Wellington in India

by Jac Weller

The third book in Jac Weller's trilogy concerns the period before the future Duke of Wellington faced Napoleon's armies, but during which he earned his spurs as a military commander. It was in India that he...


Messenger of Death: Captain Nolan and the Charge of the Light Brigade

by David Buttery

Captain Louis Nolan delivered the order that produced one of the most famous blunders in all military history - the Charge of the Light Brigade. Nolan's conduct and the Charge itself have been the subject of...


The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century

by Jürgen Osterhammel & Patrick Camiller

A monumental history of the nineteenth century, The Transformation of the World offers a panoramic and multifaceted portrait of a world in transition. Jürgen Osterhammel, an eminent scholar who has been called...


A Public Empire: Property and the Quest for the Common Good in Imperial Russia

by Ekaterina Pravilova

"Property rights" and "Russia" do not usually belong in the same sentence. Rather, our general image of the nation is of insecurity of private ownership and defenselessness in the face of the state. Many scholars...


Gladstone, Gordon and the Sudan Wars: The Battle over Imperial Invention in the Victorian Age

by Fergus Nicoll

General Gordon's death in Khartoum on 26 January 1885 - and the fall of the besieged city to the forces of the Mahdi - was a crucial episode in British imperial history. It was deeply controversial at the time,...


Tambora: The Eruption That Changed the World

by Gillen D'Arcy Wood

When Indonesia’s Mount Tambora erupted in 1815, it unleashed the most destructive wave of extreme weather the world has witnessed in thousands of years. The volcano’s massive sulfate dust cloud enveloped...


Information Beyond Borders: International Cultural and Intellectual Exchange in the Belle Époque

by W. Boyd Rayward

The period in Europe known as the Belle Epoque was a time of vibrant and unsettling modernization in social and political organization, in artistic and literary life, and in the conduct and discoveries of the...


James G. Blaine: Architect of Empire

by Edward P. Crapol

In James G. Blaine: Architect of Empire, author Edward P. Crapol assesses Blaine's role as an architect of empire and revisits the ambitious imperialistic goals of this two-time secretary of state. Crapol examines...


Mitford's Japan: Memories and Recollections, 1866-1906

by Hugh Cortazzi

As the preface to this new edition points out, Mitford (Algernon Bertram, the first Lord Redesdale) was a gifted writer whose descriptions of Japan, during the critical time of transition from a feudal to a...


Tradition and Innovation in English Retailing, 1700 to 1850: Narratives of Consumption

by Ian Mitchell

Three decades of research into retailing in England from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries has established a seemingly clear narrative: fixed shops were widespread from an early date; 'modern' methods...


For the Soul of France

by Frederick Brown

Frederick Brown, cultural historian, author of acclaimed biographies of Émile Zola (“Magnificent”—The New Yorker) and Flaubert (“Splendid . . . Intellectually nuanced, exquisitely written”—The New...


The Golden Age Shtetl: A New History of Jewish Life in East Europe

by Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern

The shtetl was home to two-thirds of East Europe’s Jews in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, yet it has long been one of the most neglected and misunderstood chapters of the Jewish experience. This...


Reflecting on Darwin

by Eckart Voigts, Barbara Schaff & Monika Pietrzak-Franger

Taking up the historical evolution of Darwin and his theories and the cultural responses they have inspired, Reflecting on Darwin poses the following questions: 'How are the apparatuses in the mid-nineteenth...


Race and Medicine in Nineteenth-and Early-Twentieth-Century America

by Todd Savitt

An examination of the medical experiences of African AmericansDuring the days of slavery in America, racism and often-faulty medical theories contributed to an atmosphere in which African Americans were seen...


Europe in the Nineteenth Century

by Hearder Harry

The period between 1830 and 1880 was one of immense activity, radical political change, and striking economic and social growth in Europe. The major themes of the struggles between individuals, parties and classes...


Liberty or Death!: The Life and Campaigns of Richard L. Vowell: British Legionnnaire and Commander - Hero and Patriot of the Americas

by Maria Páez Victor

This is the story of Richard Longfield Vowell, an audacious and intrepid young English adventurer who abandoned his studies at Oxford in 1817 to fight against the Spanish Empire that had ruled Latin America...