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Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence

by Karen Armstrong

From the renowned and best-selling author of A History of God, a sweeping exploration of religion and the history of human violence.

For the first time, religious self-identification is on the decline in American....


The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington

by Gregg Herken

A fascinating, behind-the-scenes history of postwar Washington—a rich and colorful portrait of the close-knit group of journalists, spies, and government officials who waged the Cold War over cocktails and...


The Social History of Rome (Routledge Revivals)

by Dr Geza Alfoldy

This study, first published in German in 1975, addresses the need for a comprehensive account of Roman social history in a single volume. Specifically, Alföldy attempts to answer three questions: What is the...


Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary in World War I

by Alexander Watson

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914 ignited a Central Europe already deeply divided by political hostility. The Habsburgs felt Serbia threatening at every turn, challenging their power in the...


Riverdale: East of the Don

by Elizabeth Gillan Muir & Elizabeth Abbott

A complete history of Toronto's Riverdale community, this book narrates the lives of early inhabitants, (reaching as far back as Simcoe's first settlement of the region), the construction boom of 1915, and the...


The Afterlife of Used Things: Recycling in the Long Eighteenth Century

by Ariane Fennetaux, Amélie Junqua & Sophie Vasset

Recycling is not a concept that is usually applied to the eighteenth century. "The environment" may not have existed as a notion then, yet practices of re-use and transformation obviously shaped the early-modern...


The Jewish-Christian Encounter in Medieval Preaching

by Jonathan Adams & Jussi Hanska

This book explores the complexity of preaching as a phenomenon in the medieval Jewish-Christian encounter. This was not only an "encounter" as physical meeting or confrontation (such as the forced attendance...


Forging Capitalism: Rogues, Swindlers, Frauds, and the Rise of Modern Finance

by Ian Klaus

Vice is endemic to Western capitalism, according to this fascinating, wildly entertaining, often startling history of modern finance. Ian Klaus’s Forging Capitalism demonstrates how international financial...


In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World It Made

by Norman F. Cantor

Much of what we know about the greatest medical disaster ever, the Black Plague of the fourteenth century, is wrong. The details of the Plague etched in the minds of terrified schoolchildren -- the hideous black...


Princesses on the Wards: Royal Women in Nursing through Wars and Revolutions

by Coryne Hall

Royal ladies have never been afraid to roll up their sleeves, work in wards, field hospitals and help in the operating theatre, despite their sheltered upbringing. Indeed, through wars and revolutions in Russia,...


Wheat Fields

by Joseph A. Byrne

Wheat Fields is the story about the social trauma of change brought on by the introduction of the mobile combine harvester. On another level, the story is about the very meaning of life. Of particular interest...


The Wife Drought

by Annabel Crabb

'I need a wife'It's a common joke among women juggling work and family. But it's not actually a joke. Having a spouse who takes care of things at home is a Godsend on the domestic front. It's a potent economic...


No Place to Call Home: Inside the Real Lives of Gypsies and Travellers

by Katharine Quarmby

They are reviled. For centuries the Roma have wandered Europe; during the Holocaust half a million were killed. After World War II and during the Troubles, a wave of Irish Travellers moved to England to build...


Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City

by Carla L. Peterson

Part detective tale, part social and cultural narrative, Black Gotham is Carla Peterson’s riveting account of her quest to reconstruct the lives of her nineteenth-century ancestors. As she shares their stories...


Place and Locality in Modern France

by Philip Whalen & Patrick Young

Place and Locality in Modern France analyses the significance and changing constructions of local place in modern France. Drawing on the expertise of a range of scholars from around the world, this book provides...


Insulting the Public?: The British Press and the European Union

by Peter J. Anderson & Tony Weymouth

Insulting the Public? examines the way in which the European Union and issues relating to it are represented to the public. Combining theoretical and empirical research, the text explores and provides an assessment...


Modern Japan: A Social History Since 1868

by J. E. Thomas

J E Thomas examines the historical roots of Japanese social structures and preoccupations and he sets these within the broad chronological framework of Japan's political and military development. The book can...


Diilogos Series

by Elaine Carey

"The first full-length study of female drug traffickers. The lives of these women are fascinating and skillfully analyzed by the author. The book will be pleasurable reading to general readers and specialists...


Outcast London: A Study in the Relationship Between Classes in Victorian Society

by Gareth Stedman Jones

In the second half of the nineteenth century, Victorian middle and upper classes felt increasingly threatened by the masses of “outcast London.” Gareth Stedman Jones, working from a mass of statistical and...


The Poppy: A History of Conflict, Loss, Remembrance, and Redemption

by Nicholas J. Saunders

In the aftermath of the horrific trench warfare of the First World War, the poppy — sprouting across the killing fields of France and Belgium, then immortalized in John McCrae’s moving poem — became a worldwide...