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Winged Bull

by Jeff Pearce

In the summer of 1839, Henry Layard—just twenty-two years old—left England for eastern Europe and distant lands of the Ottoman Empire. He had never set foot in these regions before and wasn’t fluent in...


Mission to Yenan

by Carolle J. Carter

Conventional wisdom informs us that "only Nixon could go to China." In fact, in 1944, nearly thirty years before his historic trip, the American military established the first liaison and intelligence-gathering...


Merchant Kings

by Albert Schrauwers

In the nineteenth century, the Netherlands and its colonial holdings in Java were the sites of dramatically increased industrialization. Led by a group of “merchant kings” who exemplified gentlemanly capitalism,...


Blood, Land and Power

by Manuel Pérez-García

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The analysis of land management, lineage and family through the case study of early modern Spanish nobility from sixteenth to early nineteenth century is a major issue in recent historiography. It...


On the Horizon of World Literature

by Emily Sun

On the Horizon of World Literature compares literary texts from asynchronous periods of incipient literary modernity in different parts of the world: Romantic England and Republican China. These moments were...


Empire's Eagles

by Thomas E. Crocker

The never-before told story of how Napoleon's top brass escaped to America after Waterloo. Empire's Eagles is colorful, new, and an effectively unknown chapter in American history. In its center is the mystery...


The Shogun's Last Samurai Corps

by Romulus Hillsborough

"Power to them meant everything. It was founded on courage, which begot honor. And by this courage and for this honor they fought to the death."

The Shogun's Last Samurai Corps tells the thrilling story of the...


The Shogun's Last Samurai Corps

by Romulus Hillsborough

"Power to them meant everything. It was founded on courage, which begot honor. And by this courage and for this honor they fought to the death."

The Shogun's Last Samurai Corps tells the thrilling story of the...


Memoirs on Pauperism and Other Writings

by Alexis de Tocqueville & Christine Dunn Henderson

The collection includes new translations of Tocqueville's works, including the first English translation of his Second Memoir, the original Memoir, a letter fragment considering pauperism in Normandy, and the...


Socialism as a Secular Creed

by Andrei Znamenski

Andrei Znamenski argues that socialism arose out of activities of secularized apocalyptic sects, the Enlightenment tradition, and dislocations produced by the Industrial Revolution. He examines how, by the 1850s,...


Between Empire and Nation

by Milena B. Methodieva

Between Empire and Nation tells the story of the transformation of the Muslim community in modern Bulgaria during a period of imperial dissolution, conflicting national and imperial enterprises, and the emergence...


The Autobiography of Daniel Parker, Frontier Universalist

by Daniel Parker & David Torbett

A vastly informative and rare early-American pioneer autobiography rescued from obscurity.

In this remarkable memoir, Daniel Parker (1781?1861) recorded both the details of everyday life and the extraordinary...


Imperial Mecca

by Michael Christopher Low

With the advent of the steamship, repeated outbreaks of cholera marked oceanic pilgrimages to Mecca as a dangerous form of travel and a vehicle for the globalization of epidemic diseases. European, especially...


Enlightened Entrepreneurialism - A Conversation with Margaret Jacob

by Howard Burton

This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Margaret Jacob, Distinguished Professor of History at UCLA. Topics examined during this extensive conversation include Margaret...


European Fairy Tales from the Renaissance to the Late Victorian Era

by Mehrdad F. Samadzadeh

This book explores the interplay of childhood and the fairy tale as they both changed character in accordance with the historical transformations of the mid-nineteenth century. While the fairy tale was instrumental...


Egypt's Occupation

by Aaron G. Jakes

The history of capitalism in Egypt has long been synonymous with cotton cultivation and dependent development. From this perspective, the British occupation of 1882 merely sealed the country's fate as a vast...


Antisemitism in Galicia

by Tim Buchen

In the last third of the nineteenth century, the discourse on the ?Jewish question? in the Habsburg crownlands of Galicia changed fundamentally, as clerical and populist politicians emerged to denounce the Jewish...


Bank Notes and Shinplasters

by Joshua R. Greenberg

The colorful history of paper money before the Civil War

Before Civil War greenbacks and a national bank network established a uniform federal currency in the United States, the proliferation of loosely regulated...


Bank Notes and Shinplasters

by Joshua R. Greenberg

The colorful history of paper money before the Civil War

Before Civil War greenbacks and a national bank network established a uniform federal currency in the United States, the proliferation of loosely regulated...


Barry Island

by Andy Croll

Barry Island was one of the most cherished leisure spaces in twentieth-century south Wales, the playground of generations of working-class day-trippers. This book considers its rise as a seaside resort and reveals...