• Wings, Women, & War Soviet Airwomen in World War Ii Combat
    Wings, Women, & War Soviet Airwomen in World War Ii Combat
    ISBN: 9780700615544
    Title: Wings, Women, & War Soviet Airwomen in World War Ii Combat
    Author: PENNINGTON REINA

    The Soviet Union was the first nation to allow women pilots to fly combat missions. During World War II the Red Air Force formed three all-female units--grouped into separate fighter, dive bomber, and night bomber regiments--while also recruiting other women to fly with mostly male units. Their amazing story, fully recounted for the first time by Reina Pennington, honors a group of fearless and determined women whose exploits have not yet received the recognition they deserve.
    Pennington chronicles the creation, organization, and leadership of these regiments, as well as the experiences of the pilots, navigators, bomb loaders, mechanics, and others who made up their ranks, all within the context of the Soviet air war on the Eastern Front. These regiments flew a combined total of more than 30,000 combat sorties, produced at least thirty Heroes of the Soviet Union, and included at least two fighter aces.
    Among their ranks were women like Marina Raskova ("the Soviet Amelia Earhart"), a renowned aviator who persuaded Stalin in 1941 to establish the all-women regiments; the daredevil "night witches" who flew ramshackle biplanes on nocturnal bombing missions over German frontlines; and fighter aces like Liliia Litviak, whose twelve "kills" are largely unknown in the West. She also tells the story of Alexander Gridnev, a fighter pilot twice arrested by the Soviet secret police before he was chosen to command the women's fighter regiment.
    Pennington draws upon personal interviews and the Soviet archives to detail the recruitment, training, and combat lives of these women. Deftly mixing anecdote with analysis, her work should find a wide readership among scholars and buffs interested in the history of aviation, World War II, or the Russian military, as well as anyone concerned with the contentious debates surrounding military and combat service for women.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $61.00
    $61.00
  • Winter War: Hoover, Roosevelt, & the First Clash over the New Deal
    Winter War: Hoover, Roosevelt, & the First Clash over the New Deal
    ISBN: 9780465094585
    Title: Winter War: Hoover, Roosevelt, & the First Clash over the New Deal
    Author: RAUCHWAY ERIC

    The history of the most acrimonious presidential handoff in American history--and of the origins of twentieth-century liberalism and conservatism

    When Franklin Roosevelt defeated Herbert Hoover in the 1932 election, they represented not only different political parties but vastly different approaches to the question of the day: How could the nation recover from the Great Depression?

    As historian Eric Rauchway shows in Winter War, FDR laid out coherent, far-ranging plans for the New Deal in the months prior to his inauguration. Meanwhile, still-President Hoover, worried about FDR's abilities and afraid of the president-elect's policies, became the first comprehensive critic of the New Deal. Thus, even before FDR took office, both the principles of the welfare state, and reaction against it, had already taken form.

    Winter War reveals how, in the months before the hundred days, FDR and Hoover battled over ideas and shaped the divisive politics of the twentieth century.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $59.00

    $59.00
  • Wisdom Seeker: Finding the Seed of Advantage in the Khmer Rouge
    Wisdom Seeker: Finding the Seed of Advantage in the Khmer Rouge
    ISBN: 9780992011635
    Title: Wisdom Seeker: Finding the Seed of Advantage in the Khmer Rouge
    Author: LENG PISEY

    Discover How the Darkest of Nights Can Lead to the Brightest of Lights Pisey Leng miraculously survived the infamous killing fields of Cambodia that claimed the lives of nearly two million people in the late seventies. In the face of unspeakable horrors, a light shined in Pisey that kept her determined to survive-and she did. The Wisdom Seeker is a stark account of her incredible story. You'll gain insight into one of the darkest points in human history. Yet your eyes will be opened to the unlimited power you have to: Find serenity and peace during the worst of times Seek the good and lessons to be learned in every situation Develop the courage to always move forth to your highest ground Uncover theseeds of advantage in any adversity, no matter how severe ""The Wisdom Seeker will shock, amaze and inspire you... all at the same time! It will show you how to use your's mind's power to triumph over any adversity and enjoy all the riches you desire."" Bob Proctor, Star of the movie "The Secret," Best Selling Author, World Leader in Personal Development ""The Wisdom Seeker is a genuine triumph of humanity. A courageous and dramatic story, the author/survivor shares her struggles when finally set free from the horrific killing fields of Cambodia. Pisey teaches us that no matter what you are faced with, it is your choice to forgive, be grateful and find happiness in the midst of great tragedy. She is an inspirational lady with an amazing story. I highly recommend this to everyone."" Peggy McColl, New York Times Best-Selling Author, aka "The Best Seller Maker""

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Witch: A History of Fear, from Ancient Times to the Present
    Witch: A History of Fear, from Ancient Times to the Present
    ISBN: 9780300238679
    Title: Witch: A History of Fear, from Ancient Times to the Present
    Author: HUTTON RONALD

    Why have societies all across the world feared witchcraft? This book delves deeply into its context, beliefs, and origins in Europe's history.The witch came to prominence-and often a painful death-in early modern Europe, yet her origins are much more geographically diverse and historically deep. In this landmark book, Ronald Hutton traces witchcraft from the ancient world to the early modern stake. This book sets the notorious European witch trials in the widest and deepest possible perspective and traces the major historiographical developments of witchcraft. Hutton, a renowned expert on ancient, medieval, and modern paganism and witchcraft beliefs, combines Anglo-American and continental scholarly approaches to examine attitudes on witchcraft and the treatment of suspected witches across the world, including in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Australia, and North and South America, and from ancient pagan times to current interpretations. His fresh anthropological and ethnographical approach focuses on cultural inheritance and change while considering shamanism, folk religion, the range of witch trials, and how the fear of witchcraft might be eradicated.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Witchcraft: A Ladybird Expert Book
    Witchcraft: A Ladybird Expert Book
    ISBN: 9780718188436
    Title: Witchcraft: A Ladybird Expert Book
    Author: LIPSCOMB SUZANNAH

    Part of the new Ladybird Expert series, Witchcraftis an accessible, authoritative and captivating introduction to the magical myths that have coloured the popular imagination for centuries.

    Written by celebrated historian and broadcaster Dr Suzannah Lipscomb, Witchcraftexplores the moment in history when witches were perceived to be especially dangerous- the famous witch hunts between 1450 and 1750.

    You'll learn how the figure of the witch remains culturally relevant. In horror films, TV shows and pop culture, the figure of the witch retains her potency to attract and repel.

    Witch hunts in one form or another have persisted for thousands of years. Understanding why people were and continue to be persecuted for witchcraft matters now, more than ever.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $21.00
    $21.00
  • Witches & Witchcraft
    Witches & Witchcraft
    ISBN: 9780747812913
    Title: Witches & Witchcraft
    Author: NASH DAVID

    Witchcraft haunts the Western imagination to this day, from Central Europe to Britain to North America. This book explores the development of witchcraft and of the belief in it (stressing the difference between the two), the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century obsession that spawned witch-hunting, the eventual decline of witchcraft, and the phenomenon's fascinating 'afterlife' that has involved the Nazis' fixation and modern treatments including Arthur Miller's acclaimed The Crucible. Fully illustrated with historical documents and colour photographs, and expertly written by Professor David Nash, this book is the perfect introduction to a subject that is compelling, disturbing and a little-understood cultural touchstone.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Witches Midwives & Nurses
    Witches Midwives & Nurses
    ISBN: 9781558616615
    Title: Witches Midwives & Nurses
    Author: EHRENREICH BARBARA

    Looks at the history of medical practice, argues that the suppression of female healers began with the European witch hunts, and describes the sexism of the current medical establishment.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Witches of America
    Witches of America
    ISBN: 9780374291372
    Title: Witches of America
    Author: MAR ALEX

    When most people hear the word witches, they think of horror films and Halloween, but to the nearly one million Americans who practice Paganism today, it's a nature-worshipping, polytheistic, and very real religion. So Alex Mar discovers when she sets out to film a documentary and finds herself drawn deep into the world of present-day witchcraft. Witches of America follows Mar on her immersive five-year trip into the occult, charting modern Paganism from its roots in 1950s England to its current American mecca in the San Francisco Bay Area. Along the way she takes part in dozens of rituals and becomes involved with a wild array of characters: a government employee who founds a California priesthood dedicated to a Celtic goddess of war; American disciples of Aleister Crowley, whose elaborate ceremonies turn the Catholic mass on its head; second-wave feminist Wiccans who practice a radical separatist witchcraft; and a growing "mystery cult" whose initiates trace their rites back to a blind shaman in rural Oregon.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $54.00
    $54.00
  • Witches, Werewolves & Fairies : Shapeshifters & Astral Doubles in the Middle Ages
    Witches, Werewolves & Fairies : Shapeshifters & Astral Doubles in the Middle Ages
    ISBN: 9780892810963
    Title: Witches, Werewolves & Fairies : Shapeshifters & Astral Doubles in the Middle Ages
    Author: LECOUTEUX CLAUDE

    Monsters, werewolves, witches, and fairies remain a strong presence in our stories and dreams. Their roots predate Christianity and are widespread over Western Europe. The author's extensive analysis of Western European legends reveals an almost forgotten religious concept: that every individual owns three souls and that one, the Double, can leave the physical body to journey where it chooses. Claude Lecouteux reveals the origin and significance of this belief, and follows its transforming features through the ages.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Witches: Salem 1692
    Witches: Salem 1692
    ISBN: 9780316200608
    Title: Witches: Salem 1692
    Author: SCHIFF STACY


    It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's daughter started to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before nineteen men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death. The panic spread quickly, involving the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbours accused neighbours, parents accused children, husbands accused wives, children accused their parents, and siblings each other.


    Vividly capturing the dark, unsettled atmosphere of seventeenth-century America, Stacy Schiff's magisterial history draws us into this anxious time. She shows us how a band of adolescent girls brought the nascent colony to its knees, and how quickly the epidemic of accusations, trials, and executions span out of control. Above all, Schiff's astonishing research reveals details and complexity that few other historians have seen. Every detail of colonial life just decades after the first landing - family, farming, praying, housekeeping, dangers of life at wilderness's edge, estrangement from England, the pressures of a life dominated by Biblical thought - is rendered with a clarity that makes almost inconceivable events comprehensible.


    As psychologically thrilling as it is historically seminal, as magnificently written as it is deeply researched, THE WITCHES breathes new life into one of history's most enduring mysteries.


    Read by Eliza Foss


    (p) 2015 Hachette Audio



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $61.00
    $61.00
  • Witches: Salem 1692
    Witches: Salem 1692
    ISBN: 9781474602266
    Title: Witches: Salem 1692
    Author: SCHIFF STACY

    It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's niece started to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before nineteen men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death. The panic spread quickly, involving the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbours accused neighbours, parents accused children, husbands accused wives, children accused their parents, and siblings each other.


    Vividly capturing the dark, unsettled atmosphere of seventeenth-century America, Stacy Schiff's magisterial history draws us into this anxious time. She shows us how a band of adolescent girls brought the nascent colony to its knees, and how quickly the epidemic of accusations, trials, and executions span out of control. Above all, Schiff's astonishing research reveals details and complexity that few other historians have seen. Every detail of colonial life just decades after the first landing - family, farming, praying, housekeeping, dangers of life at wilderness's edge, estrangement from England, the pressures of a life dominated by Biblical thought - is rendered with a clarity that makes almost inconceivable events comprehensible.


    As psychologically thrilling as it is historically seminal, as magnificently written as it is deeply researched, THE WITCHES breathes new life into one of history's most enduring mysteries.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • With Badges & Bullets Lawmen & Outlaws in the Old West
    With Badges & Bullets Lawmen & Outlaws in the Old West
    ISBN: 9781555914332
    Title: With Badges & Bullets Lawmen & Outlaws in the Old West
    Author: ETULAIN RICHARD W & RILEY GLENDA

    Those profiled here -- from Wyatt Earp and Billy the Kid to Belle Starr and Doc Holliday -- remain larger than life.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Witnessing Waterloo: 24 Hours, 48 Lives, a World Forever Changed
    Witnessing Waterloo: 24 Hours, 48 Lives, a World Forever Changed
    ISBN: 9780007358380
    Title: Witnessing Waterloo: 24 Hours, 48 Lives, a World Forever Changed
    Author: CRANE DAVID

    Midnight, Sunday, June 18, 1815. Britain holds its breath. Since Napoleon s escape from Elba in February, Europe has been jolted from eleven months of peace back into the frenzied panic of a war it believed had ended. The whole complexion of the world is changed again, writes George Ticknor, then a young American lawyer in Britain for the first time. God only can forsee the consequences. The nation is awash in reports and rumors. The Battle of Waterloo is close at hand.
    "Went the Day Well?" is an astonishing hour-by-hour chronicle that starts the day before the battle that reset the course of world history and continues to its aftermath. Switching perspectives between Britain and Belgium, prison and palace, poet and pauper, lover and betrothed, husband and wife, David Crane paints a picture of Britain as it was that summer when everything changed. Drawing on a wide range of primary sources from newspapers and journals to letters and poems "Went the Day Well? "offers a highly original view of Waterloo, grand in scope but meticulous in detail.
    What was Britain doing on that Sunday, from the mad king downward? Who were born to live out their lives in the Britain created at Waterloo? Who died? Who was preaching, who was writing and who was painting? Lyrically rendered in Crane s signature prose style, "Went the Day Well?" freeze-frames the men and women of Britain in 1815 as they went about their business, attended lectures, worked in fields and factories all on the cusp of a new, unforeseeable age.

    "From the Hardcover edition.""

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00

    $30.00
  • Wolf How One German Raider Terrorised Australia & the Southern Oceans in the First World War
    Wolf How One German Raider Terrorised Australia & the Southern Oceans in the First World War
    ISBN: 9781741666250
    Title: Wolf How One German Raider Terrorised Australia & the Southern Oceans in the First World War
    Author: HOHNEN & GUILLIATT

    July 1917: the First World War is about to enter its fourth horrendous year and ships are mysteriously disappearing off Australia and New Zealand as a young Australian woman named Mary Cameron sails with her husband and daughter across the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco to Sydney. Less than a thousand miles from Sydney, a black-hulled freighter appears out of the vast blue emptiness, and Mary and her daughter rush to the deck to greet her. Suddenly, two hinged iron sections of the freighter's bulwarks drop down to reveal she is bristling with guns. She is in fact the German warship the Wolf, and the Cameron family are about to find themselves captive on one of the century's most extraordinary wartime sea voyages. Sent by Germany on a suicide mission to the far side of the world, the Wolf was a formidable and ingenious commerce-raider. Her task was to inflict maximum destruction on Allied shipping using all the latest technology of warfare - torpedoes, mines, cannons, smokescreens, wireless receivers, even a seaplane. It was an assignment so secret that she could never pull in to port or transmit any radio signal. In one continual 64,000-mile voyage, the ship caused havoc across three oceans, launched Germany's first direct attacks on Australia and New Zealand and captured over 400 men, women and children. Surviving on fuel and food plundered from other ships, the Wolf became a world in miniature as her 350-strong crew and their prisoners crowded together in an improbable survival story. Drawn from eyewitness accounts, declassified government files and unpublished diaries and correspondence discovered during five years of research, this is the story of the Wolf's voyage, one of the most remarkable but little-known episodes of the First World War. An extraordinary adventure story, THE WOLF is also a portrait of a world undergoing profound transformation.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Woman Who Would be King Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt
    Woman Who Would be King Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt
    ISBN: 9781780746500
    Title: Woman Who Would be King Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt
    Author: COONEY KARA

    An engrossing biography of the longest-reigning female pharaoh in ancient Egypt and the story of her audacious rise to power in a man's world.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Woman Who Would be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt
    Woman Who Would be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt
    ISBN: 9781780747668
    Title: Woman Who Would be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt
    Author: COONEY KARA

    The engrossing story of the longest-reigning female pharaoh of Ancient Egypt and her audacious rise to power in a man’s world
    Hatshepsut, the daughter of a general who took Egypt's throne without status as a king’s son and a mother with ties to the previous dynasty, was born into a privileged position of the royal household. Married to her brother, she was expected to bear the sons who would legitimize the reign of her father’s family. Her failure to produce a male heir was ultimately the twist of fate that paved the way for her inconceivable rule as a cross-dressing king. Hatshepsut was a master strategist, cloaking her political power plays with the veil of piety and sexual expression. Just as women today face obstacles from a society that equates authority with masculinity, Hatshepsut had to shrewdly operate the levers of a patriarchal system to emerge as Egypt's second female pharaoh. Scholars have long speculated as to why her images were destroyed soon after her death, all but erasing evidence of her rule. Constructing a rich narrative using the artifacts that remain, noted Egyptologist Kara Cooney offers a remarkable interpretation of how Hatshepsut rapidly but methodically consolidated power—and why she fell from public favor just as quickly.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Women & the Vote a World History
    Women & the Vote a World History
    ISBN: 9780198706847
    Title: Women & the Vote a World History
    Author: ADAMS JAD

    Before 1893 no woman anywhere in the world had the vote in a national election. A hundred years later almost all countries had enfranchised women, and it was a sign of backwardness not to have done so.
    This is the story of how this momentous change came about. The first genuinely global history of women and the vote, it takes the story of women in politics from the earliest times to the present day, revealing startling new connections across time and national boundaries - from Europe and North America to Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Muslim world post-9/11.
    A story of individuals as well as of wider movements, it includes the often dramatic life-stories of women's suffrage pioneers from across the world, painting vivid biographical portraits of everyone from Susan B. Anthony and the Pankhursts to hitherto lesser-known activists in China, Latin America, and Africa.
    It is also the first major post-feminist history of women's struggle for the vote. Controversially, Jad Adams rejects the widely accepted idea that success was primarily a result of the pressure group politics of the suffragists and their supporters. Ultimately, he argues, it was nationalism, not feminism, that was the most important factor in winning women the vote.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
    $60.00
  • Women in Old Norse Society
    Women in Old Norse Society
    ISBN: 9780801485206
    Title: Women in Old Norse Society
    Author: JOCHENS JENNY


    Jenny Jochens captures in fascinating detail the lives of women in pagan and early Christian Iceland and Norway: their work, sexual behavior, marriage customs, reproductive practices, familial relations, leisure activities, religious practices, and legal constraints and protections. Much of this information also applies to everyday life in the entire Germanic world. Conveying the experiences not only of aristocrats but also of ordinary farmers, the author draws from her extensive knowledge of the oldest and fullest record of the Germanic tribes.


    Women in Old Norse Society places particular emphasis on changing sexual mores and the impact of the imposition of Christianity by the clergy and the Norwegian kings. It also demonstrates the vital role women played in economic production: homespun was used for every conceivable domestic purpose; the lengths of cloth became the standard of measurement for local commercial exchange and were used to obtain commodities abroad.


    Jochens's masterly command of the Old Norse narratives and legal texts enables her to provide a rich social history that includes the fullest analysis to date of pagan and Christian marriage and the first comprehensive study of infanticide in the North.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $78.00
    $78.00
  • Women in the Middle Ages
    Women in the Middle Ages
    ISBN: 9780060923044
    Title: Women in the Middle Ages
    Author: GIES JOSEPH, GIES FRANCES


    Correcting the omissions of traditional history, this is "a reliable survey of the real and varied roles played by women in the medieval period. . . . Highly recommended."--Choice



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Women of the Raj
    Women of the Raj
    ISBN: 9780500293744
    Title: Women of the Raj
    Author: MARGARET MACMILLAN

    The apparent glamour of the Indian Raj continues to fascinate long after the British quit the subcontinent. But along with the beauty of the Indian landscape and the privilege of servants and holidays in hill stations, British women in that vanished world faced challenges and fears that came from being an alien ruling minority. These women were at the heart of the imperial enterprise. It was their role to support the men's work, raise the children and attempt to replicate British society thousands of miles from home. They struggled in the face of heat, illness, loneliness and boredom as well as different customs, languages and religions. The distinguished historian and bestselling author Margaret MacMillan, drawing on letters and memoirs, novels and interviews, brings vividly to life their experiences - humdrum, extraordinary, light-hearted, tragic - at the height of the Raj, from the 1850s to Indian independence in 1947.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
    $22.00
  • Women Our History
    Women Our History
    ISBN: 9780241353929
    Title: Women Our History
    Author: DK

    Re-examining history from a female perspective, this book celebrates the numerous important roles women have played in culture and society that are less often told.

    Packed full of evocative images, this gloriously illustrated book reveals the key events in women's history - from early matriarchal societies through women's suffrage, the Suffragette movement, 20th-century feminism and gender politics, to recent movements such as #MeToo and International Women's Day - and the key role women have had in shaping our past.

    Learn about the everyday lives of women through the ages as well as the big names of women's history - powerful, inspirational, and trailblazing women such as Cleopatra, Florence Nightingale, Emmeline Pankhurst, Eva Peron, and Rosa Parks - and discover the unsung contributions of lesser-known women who have changed the world, and the "forgotten" events of women's history.

    Placing women firmly centre stage, Women- Our Historyshows women where they have come from, and, in celebrating the achievements of women of the past offers positive role models for women of today.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $48.00
    $48.00
  • Women's History of the World
    Women's History of the World
    ISBN: 9780586088869
    Title: Women's History of the World
    Author: MILES ROSALIND

    Men dominate history because they write it. This book offers a reappraisal which aims to re-establish women's importance at the centre of the worldwide history of revolution, empire, war and peace. As well as looking at the influence of ordinary women, it looks at those who have shaped history.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Work of Beauty: Alexander Mccall Smith's Edinburgh
    Work of Beauty: Alexander Mccall Smith's Edinburgh
    ISBN: 9781902419862
    Title: Work of Beauty: Alexander Mccall Smith's Edinburgh
    Author: SMITH ALEXANDER MCCALL

    I love this city, and always shall. I write about it. I dream about it. I walk its streets and see something new each day – traces of faded lettering on the stone, still legible, but just; some facade that I have walked past before and not noticed; an unregarded doorway with the names, in brass, of those who lived there sixty years ago, the bell-pulls sometimes still in place, as if one might summon long-departed residents from their slumbers.” Edinburgh is a city of stories – a place that has witnessed everything from great historical upheavals, to the individual lives of a remarkable cast of characters. Every spire, cobblestone, bridge, close and avenue has a tale to tell. In this sumptuous new book, Alexander McCall Smith curates his own, distinctive story of Edinburgh – combining his affectionate, incisive wit with a wealth of stunning imagery drawn from Scotland’s national collection of architecture and archaeology. Through a series of photographs, maps, drawings and paintings – many never before published – he takes the reader on a unique tour. Just like the city’s architecture, the book can move in an instant from sweeping views to secret, hidden vignettes. This is a story of famous landmarks and lost buildings; the people who made them; the people who lived in them. ‘A Work of Beauty’ is an intimate portrait of a city by one of Scotland’s greatest storytellers.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00
    $65.00
  • Work of the Dead: a Cultural History of Mortal Remains
    Work of the Dead: a Cultural History of Mortal Remains
    ISBN: 9780691157788
    Title: Work of the Dead: a Cultural History of Mortal Remains
    Author: LAQUEUR THOMAS W

    The Greek philosopher Diogenes said that when he died his body should be tossed over the city walls for beasts to scavenge. Why should he or anyone else care what became of his corpse? In "The Work of the Dead," acclaimed cultural historian Thomas Laqueur examines why humanity has universally rejected Diogenes's argument. No culture has been indifferent to mortal remains. Even in our supposedly disenchanted scientific age, the dead body still matters--for individuals, communities, and nations. A remarkably ambitious history, "The Work of the Dead "offers a compelling and richly detailed account of how and why the living have cared for the dead, from antiquity to the twentieth century.

    The book draws on a vast range of sources--from mortuary archaeology, medical tracts, letters, songs, poems, and novels to painting and landscapes in order to recover the work that the dead do for the living: making human communities that connect the past and the future. Laqueur shows how the churchyard became the dominant resting place of the dead during the Middle Ages and why the cemetery largely supplanted it during the modern period. He traces how and why since the nineteenth century we have come to gather the names of the dead on great lists and memorials and why being buried without a name has become so disturbing. And finally, he tells how modern cremation, begun as a fantasy of stripping death of its history, ultimately failed--and how even the ashes of the victims of the Holocaust have been preserved in culture.

    A fascinating chronicle of how we shape the dead and are in turn shaped by them, this is a landmark work of cultural history.

    Some images inside the book are unavailable due to digital copyright restrictions.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $78.00

    $78.00
  • Worktown
    Worktown
    ISBN: 9780297871682
    Title: Worktown
    Author: FIELDING HENRY & HALL DAVID

    The astonishing story of the project that launched Mass Observation

    In the late 1930s the Lancashire town of Bolton witnessed a ground-breaking social experiment. Over three years, a team of ninety observers recorded, in painstaking detail, the everyday lives of ordinary working people at work and play - in the pub, dance hall, factory and on holiday. Their aim was to create an 'anthropology of ourselves'. The first of its kind, it later grew into the Mass Observation movement that proved so crucial to our understanding of public opinion in future generations.

    The project attracted a cast of larger-than-life characters, not least its founders, the charismatic and unconventional anthropologist Tom Harrisson and the surrealist intellectuals Charles Madge and Humphrey Jennings. They were joined by a disparate band of men and women - students, artists, writers and photographers, unemployed workers and local volunteers - who worked tirelessly to turn the idle pleasure of people-watching into a science.

    Drawing on their vivid reports, photographs and first-hand sources, David Hall relates the extraordinary story of this eccentric, short-lived, but hugely influential project. Along the way, he creates a richly detailed, fascinating portrait of a lost chapter of British social history, and of the life of an industrial northern town before the world changed for ever.

    Published in partnership with the Mass Observation Archive at the University of Sussex, which holds the papers of the British social research organisation Mass Observation from 1937 to the early 1950s, as well as new material collected continuously since 1981 about everyday life in Britain.
    www.massobs.org.uk
    @MassObsArchive

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • World after the War: America Confronts the British Superpower
    World after the War: America Confronts the British Superpower
    ISBN: 9781786070968
    Title: World after the War: America Confronts the British Superpower
    Author: LEEBAERT DEREK

    Only in times of great change can a superpower be challenged. But with Europe in turmoil, Russia newly belligerent, and the world's great superpower tied up with unrest in the Middle East, it finally seemed to be the right time to throw down the gauntlet. That year, 1956, America made the decision to confront Britain and take up the mantle of world affairs.
    American historian Derek Leebaert spins a riveting global narrative of secret ties, diplomatic quarrels and military interventions, featuring fresh encounters with such political giants as Churchill, Truman, Eisenhower and Johnson. In a volatile world of decolonization, Zionism, proxy wars and the Suez Crisis, we witness the development of the special relationship ', rising tensions with Russia and China, and ultimately the shaping of the modern world. Not only that, but this forgotten story provides a vital insight into the changing might of nations today and the superpowers of tomorrow.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $53.00
    $53.00
  • World Encyclopedia of Flags: the Definitive Guide to International Flags, Banners, Standards & Ensigns
    World Encyclopedia of Flags: the Definitive Guide to International Flags, Banners, Standards & Ensigns
    ISBN: 9781844768950
    Title: World Encyclopedia of Flags: the Definitive Guide to International Flags, Banners, Standards & Ensigns
    Author: ZNAMIEROWSKI ALFRED

    This book is the definitive visual reference to all the international flags. Compiled by a leading authority, the work is an exhaustive and up-to-date summary of world flags, from the largest countries to the smallest states. The extensively researched text explores the wealth of shapes and patterns in flag design, as well as flag-making techniques, terminology, usage and etiquette. Emperors, Sovereigns and Presidents; Government Flags; Military Signs and Naval Ensigns and Flags are all covered, tracing the history and development of the flags. This is both an excellent reference book and an invaluable educational resource. It offers historical, geographical and political insights into one of our oldest forms of identification and communication.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • World History 101
    World History 101
    ISBN: 9781507204542
    Title: World History 101
    Author: HEAD TOM

    Uncover the mysteries of the past with this exciting, comprehensive guide on world history.

    History books are often filled with long descriptions, complex facts, and stories that can bore even the most enthusiastic history buffs. In World History 101 you'll skip those tedious details and focus on engaging lessons that will impress any kind of historian.

    From Julius Caesar and Genghis Khan to the Cold War and globalization, each section takes you on an adventure through time to discover the most important moments in history and how they shaped civilization today.

    With hundreds of absorbing facts and trivia throughout, World History 101 can help you learn more about the civilizations of the past and help bring history to life.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $29.00

    $29.00
  • World History 50 Key Milestones
    World History 50 Key Milestones
    ISBN: 9780857380753
    Title: World History 50 Key Milestones
    Author: CROFTON IAN

    People often complain that in history lessons at school they were taught just a few topics - the Romans, the Tudors, the Nazis - and how they have no idea at all about what happened in between. To remedy this, World History: 50 Key Milestones You Really Need to Know offers brief and stimulating outlines of key developments in the history of the world, from the beginning of agriculture 10,000 years ago to the attack on the Twin Towers on 9/11. Ian Crofton, the author of several books of popular history including The Kings and Queens of England, Traitors and Turncoats and History Without the Boring Bits, brings his lively style to bear in a series of essays ranging from ancient Egypt to modern China, from the Vikings and the Mongols to the French Revolution and the Cold War. Each essay is accompanied by a detailed time line of dates and events, and the flavour of the period concerned is brought to life by selected contemporary quotations from figures as diverse as Aristotle, Ashoka, Saladin, Christopher Columbus, Martin Luther, Suleiman the Magnificent, Galileo, Voltaire, Thomas Jefferson, Mary Wollstonecraft, Napoleon, Lincoln, Lenin and Winston Churchill. In addition, box features throw light on a range of related topics, from the Nazca Lines to Renaissance man, from Confucianism and the state to Alexander the Great's horse, from Islamic science and the Barbary corsairs to the Enigma code and the atomic bomb.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • World History in Minutes: 200 Key Concepts Explained in an Instant
    World History in Minutes: 200 Key Concepts Explained in an Instant
    ISBN: 9781848667259
    Title: World History in Minutes: 200 Key Concepts Explained in an Instant
    Author: WOOD TAT & AIL DOROTHY

    The fastest way to learn about human history, from the Ice Age to modern oligarchs.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • World in a Grain: The Story of Sand & How It Transformed Civilization
    World in a Grain: The Story of Sand & How It Transformed Civilization
    ISBN: 9780399576423
    Title: World in a Grain: The Story of Sand & How It Transformed Civilization
    Author: BEISER VINCE

    The gripping story of the most important overlooked commodity in the world--sand--and the crucial role it plays in our lives.

    After water and air, sand is the natural resource that we consume more than any other--even more than oil. Every concrete building and paved road on Earth, every computer screen and silicon chip, is made from sand. From Egypt's pyramids to the Hubble telescope, from the world's tallest skyscraper to the sidewalk below it, from Chartres' stained-glass windows to your iPhone, sand shelters us, empowers us, engages us, and inspires us. It's the ingredient that makes possible our cities, our science, our lives--and our future.

    And, incredibly, we're running out of it.

    The World in a Grain is the compelling true story of the hugely important and diminishing natural resource that grows more essential every day, and of the people who mine it, sell it, build with it--and sometimes, even kill for it. It's also a provocative examination of the serious human and environmental costs incurred by our dependence on sand, which has received little public attention. Not all sand is created equal: Some of the easiest sand to get to is the least useful. Award-winning journalist Vince Beiser delves deep into this world, taking readers on a journey across the globe, from the United States to remote corners of India, China, and Dubai to explain why sand is so crucial to modern life. Along the way, readers encounter world-changing innovators, island-building entrepreneurs, desert fighters, and murderous sand pirates. The result is an entertaining and eye-opening work, one that is both unexpected and involving, rippling with fascinating detail and filled with surprising characters.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00

    $50.00
  • World Is Flat the Globalized World in the Twenty First Century Updated 3ed
    World Is Flat the Globalized World in the Twenty First Century Updated 3ed
    ISBN: 9780141034898
    Title: World Is Flat the Globalized World in the Twenty First Century Updated 3ed
    Author: FRIEDMAN THOMAS

    The beginning of the twenty-first century will be remembered, Friedman argues, not for military conflicts or political events, but for a whole new age of globalisation - a 'flattening' of the world. The explosion of advanced technologies now means that suddenly knowledge pools and resources have connected all over the planet, levelling the playing field as never before, so that each of us is potentially an equal - and competitor - of the other. The rules of the game have changed forever - but does this 'death of distance', which requires us all to run faster in order to stay in the same place, mean the world has got too small and too flat too fast for us to adjust? Friedman brilliantly demystifies the exciting, often bewildering, global scene unfolding before our eyes, one which we sense but barely yet understand. The World is Flat is the most timely and essential update on globalisation, its successes and its discontents, powerfully illuminated by a world-class writer.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
    $31.00
  • World Lit Only by Fire the Medieval Mind & the Renaissance Portrait of an Age
    World Lit Only by Fire the Medieval Mind & the Renaissance Portrait of an Age
    ISBN: 9780316545563
    Title: World Lit Only by Fire the Medieval Mind & the Renaissance Portrait of an Age
    Author: MANCHESTER WILLIAM

    Chronicles the historical transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, profiling the age's leading figures and noting key events and accomplishments.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
    $31.00
  • World of Late Antiquity
    World of Late Antiquity
    ISBN: 9780500330227
    Title: World of Late Antiquity
    Author: BROWN PETER

    These centuries, as the author demonstrates, were the era in which the most deeply rooted of ancient institutions disappeared for all time. By 476 the Roman empire had vanished from western Europe; by 655 the Persian empire had vanished from the Near East. Mr. Brown, Professor of History at Princeton University, examines these changes and men's reactions to them, but his account shows that the period was also one of outstanding new beginnings and defines the far-reaching impact both of Christianity on Europe and of Islam on the Near East. The result is a lucid answer to a crucial question in world history; how the exceptionally homogeneous Mediterranean world of c. 200 A.D. became divided into the three mutually estranged societies of the Middle Ages: Catholic Western Europe, Byzantium, and Islam. We still live with the results of these contrasts.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • World of Philip and Alexander A Symposium on Greek Life and Times
    World of Philip and Alexander A Symposium on Greek Life and Times
    ISBN: 9780934718943
    Title: World of Philip and Alexander A Symposium on Greek Life and Times
    Author: DANIEN ELIN C.


    The magnetism of the man known as Alexander the Great, along with that of his father, Philip of Macedon, is almost tangible, felt by people in all times since that brilliant young conqueror moved through the world more than two thousand years ago. Scholars whose fields touch that power continue to be intrigued by these two men and the ways in which their actions altered or contributed significantly to Western culture.


    Contributors discuss the fourth century B.C. from the point of view of the historical significance of Philip (A. J. Graham and A. J. N. W. Prag), the foundations of Alexander's empire in Egypt (Murray C. McClellan), the ancient Olympic games (David Gilman Romano), religion (Irene Bald Romano), and Alexander's last great battle in India (Gregory L. Possehl).



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • World of Thought in Ancient China
    World of Thought in Ancient China
    ISBN: 9780674961913
    Title: World of Thought in Ancient China
    Author: SCHWARTZ BENJAMIN I.

    The center of this prodigious work of scholarship is a fresh examination of the range of Chinese culture thought during the formative period of Chinese culture. Benjamin Schwartz looks at the surviving texts of this period with a particular focus on the range of diversity to be found in them. While emphasizing the problematic and complex nature of this thought he also considers views which stress the unity of Chinese culture.Attention is accorded to pre-Confucian texts, to the evolution of early Confucianism, to Mo-Tzu, to the "Taoists" the legalists, the Ying-Yang school, the "five classics" as well as to intellectual issues which cut across the conventional classification of schools. The main focus is on the high cultural texts, but Mr. Schwartz also explores the question of the relationship of these texts to the vast realm of popular culture.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $89.00
    $89.00
  • World on Edge The End of the Great War & the Dawn of a New Age
    World on Edge The End of the Great War & the Dawn of a New Age
    ISBN: 9781509818518
    Title: World on Edge The End of the Great War & the Dawn of a New Age
    Author: SCHONPFLUG DANIEL

    A World on Edge reveals Europe in 1918, left in ruins by World War I. But with the end of hostilities, a radical new start seems not only possible, but essential, even unavoidable. Unorthodox ideas light up the age like the comets that have recently passed overhead: new politics, new societies, new art and culture, new thinking. The struggle to determine the future has begun.The sculptor Käthe Kollwitz, whose son died in the war, was translating sorrow and loss into art. Ho Chi Minh was working as a dishwasher in Paris and dreaming of liberating Vietnam, his homeland. Captain Harry S. Truman was running a men's haberdashery in Kansas City, hardly expecting that he was about to go bankrupt - and later become president of the United States. Professor Moina Michael was about to invent the 'remembrance poppy', a symbol of sacrifice that will stand for generations to come. Meanwhile Virginia Woolf had just published her first book and was questioning whether that sacrifice was worth it, while the artist George Grosz was so revolted by the violence on the streets of Berlin that he decides everything is meaningless. For rulers and revolutionaries, a world of power and privilege was dying - while for others, a dream of overthrowing democracy was being born.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • World on Fire: an Epic History of Two Nations Divided
    World on Fire: an Epic History of Two Nations Divided
    ISBN: 9780141040585
    Title: World on Fire: an Epic History of Two Nations Divided
    Author: FOREMAN AMANDA

    ‘No two nations have ever existed on the face of the earth which could do each other so much good or so much harm’President Buchanan, State of the Nation Address, 1859A World on Fire tells, with extraordinary sweep, one of the least known great stories of British and American history. As America descended into Civil War, British loyalties were torn between support for the North, which was against slavery, and defending the South, which portrayed itself as bravely fighting for its independence. Rallying to their respective causes, thousands of Britons went to America as soldiers – fighting for both Union and Confederacy - racing ships through the Northern blockades, and as observers, nurses, adventurers, guerillas and spies. At the heart of this international conflict lay a complicated and at times tortuous relationship between four individuals: Lord Lyons, the painfully shy British Ambassador in Washington; William Seward, the blustering US Secretary of State; Charles Francis Adams, the dry but fiercely patriotic U.S. ambassador in London; and the restless and abrasive Foreign Secretary Lord John Russell. Despite their efforts, and sometimes as a result of them, America and Britain came within a whisker of declaring war on each other twice in four years. The diplomatic story is only one element in this gloriously multifaceted book. Using a wealth of previously unpublished letters and journals, Amanda Foreman gives fresh accounts of Civil War battles by seeing them through the eyes of British journalists and myriad soldiers on both sides, from flamboyant cavalry commanders to forcibly conscripted private soldiers. She also shows how the War took place in England, from the Confederacy’s secret ship-building programme in Liverpool to the desperate efforts of its propagandists and emissaries – male and female – to influence British public opinion. She even shows how one of the most famous set-piece naval encounters of the War was fought, remarkably, in the English Channel. Foreman tells this epic yet intimate story of enormous personalities, tense diplomacy and torn loyalties as history in the round, captivating her readers with the experience of total immersion in this titanic conflict.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • World Order
    World Order
    ISBN: 9780241004265
    Title: World Order
    Author: KISSINGER HENRY

    A deep meditation on the roots of international harmony and global disorder

    Henry Kissinger has traveled the world, advised presidents, and been a close observer and participant in the central foreign policy events of our era. Now he offers his analysis of the twenty first century's ultimate challenge: how to build a shared international order in a world of divergent historic perspectives, violent conflict, proliferating technology, and ideological extremism.

    There has never been a true "world order," Kissinger observes. For most of history, civilizations defined their own concepts of order. Each considered itself the center of the world, and envisioned its distinct principles as universally relevant. China conceived of a global cultural hierarchy with the Emperor at its pinnacle. In Europe, Rome imagined itself surrounded by barbarians; when Rome fragmented, European peoples refined a concept of an equilibrium of sovereign states and sought to export it across the world. Islam considered itself the world's sole legitimate political unit, destined to expand indefinitely until the world was brought into harmony by Muslim principles. The United States was born of a conviction about the universal applicability of democratic principles--a conviction that has guided its policies ever since.

    Now international affairs take place on a global basis, and these historic concepts of world order are meeting. Every region participates in questions of high policy in every other, often instantaneously. Yet there is no consensus among the major actors about the rules and limits guiding this process, or its ultimate destination. The result is mounting tension.

    Grounded in Kissinger's deep study of history and experience as national security advisor and secretary of state, World Order guides readers on a tour of the globe. It examines the events and ideas that formed the historic concepts of order, their manifestations in contemporary controversies, and the ways in which they might ultimately be reconciled.

    Provocative and articulate, blending historical insight with prognostication, World Order is a unique work that could only come from a lifelong diplomat.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
    $60.00
  • World Order
    World Order
    ISBN: 9780143127710
    Title: World Order
    Author: KISSINGER HENRY

    A deep meditation on the roots of international harmony and global disorder
    Henry Kissinger has traveled the world, advised presidents, and been a close observer and participant in the central foreign policy events of our era. Now he offers his analysis of the twenty first century s ultimate challenge: how to build a shared international order in a world of divergent historic perspectives, violent conflict, proliferating technology, and ideological extremism.
    There has never been a true world order, Kissinger observes. For most of history, civilizations defined their own concepts of order. Each considered itself the center of the world, and envisioned its distinct principles as universally relevant. China conceived of a global cultural hierarchy with the Emperor at its pinnacle. In Europe, Rome imagined itself surrounded by barbarians; when Rome fragmented, European peoples refined a concept of an equilibrium of sovereign states and sought to export it across the world. Islam considered itself the world s sole legitimate political unit, destined to expand indefinitely until the world was brought into harmony by Muslim principles. The United States was born of a conviction about the universal applicability of democratic principles a conviction that has guided its policies ever since.
    Now international affairs take place on a global basis, and these historic concepts of world order are meeting. Every region participates in questions of high policy in every other, often instantaneously. Yet there is no consensus among the major actors about the rules and limits guiding this process, or its ultimate destination. The result is mounting tension.
    Grounded in Kissinger s deep study of history and experience as national security advisor and secretary of state, "World Order" guides readers on a tour of the globe. It examines the events and ideas that formed the historic concepts of order, their manifestations in contemporary controversies, and the ways in which they might ultimately be reconciled.
    Provocative and articulate, blending historical insight with prognostication, "World Order" is a unique work that could only come from a lifelong diplomat."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.00
    $39.00
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