Each book in the Seminar Studies series provides a concise and reliable introduction to a wide range of complex historical events and debates, covering topics in British, European, US and world history from the early modern period to the present day. Written by acknowledged experts and including supporting material such as extracts from historical documents, chronologies, glossaries, guides to key figures and further reading suggestions, Seminar Studies titles are essential reading for students of history.
Almost half a century after its launch, the series continues to introduce students to the problems involved in explaining the past, giving them the opportunity to grapple with historical documents and encouraging them to reach their own conclusions. To submit proposals for new books in the Seminar Studies series, please contact the series editors:
Gender in Early Modern England
Independence and Nation-Building in Latin America Race and Identity in the Crucible of War
Jewish Women in the Medieval World 500–1500 CE
The American Civil War A Racial Reckoning
The Origins of the Second World War
South Africa The rise and fall of apartheid
The Nixon Presidency
The Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States
The U.S. and the War in the Pacific, 1941–45
Japan in Transformation, 1945–2020
By Laura Gowing
October 07, 2022
This concise and stimulating book explores the history of gender in England between 1500 and 1700. The second edition has been thoroughly revised to include new material on global connections, masculinity and recent historiography. Amidst the upheavals of the Reformation and Civil Wars, gender was...
By Scott Eastman, Natalia Sobrevilla Perea
July 29, 2022
Independence and Nation-Building in Latin America: Race and Identity in the Crucible of War reconceptualizes the history of the break-up of colonial empires in Spanish and Portuguese America. In doing so, the authors critically examine competing interpretations and bring to light the most recent ...
By Anna French
July 26, 2022
This entirely fresh narrative of the "British Reformations" focuses on the emotional as well as the material experience of living through the reformations in Britain during the sixteenth century. The Protestant reformations that took place in England and Scotland during the sixteenth century were...
By Sarah Ifft Decker
May 19, 2022
Jewish Women in the Medieval World offers a thematic overview of the lived experiences of Jewish women in both Europe and the Middle East from 500 to 1500 CE, a group often ignored in general surveys on both medieval Jewish life and medieval women. The volume blends current scholarship with ...
By Philip D. Dillard
April 28, 2022
The American Civil War: A Racial Reckoning provides a concise but comprehensive overview of the American Civil War, placing race at the center of the war and Reconstruction experience. The book discusses the sectional crisis and the expansion of slavery into new territories as precipitating ...
By Richard Overy
April 12, 2022
Now in its fifth edition, The Origins of the Second World War explores the reasons why the Second World War broke out in September 1939 and why a European conflict developed into a war that spanned the globe. This book argues that the global conflict was not just ‘Hitler’s War’ but one that had ...
By Nancy L. Clark, William H. Worger
April 07, 2022
This new edition of South Africa examines the history of South Africa from 1948 to the present, covering the economic background to racial segregation, the introduction of the oppressive policy of apartheid, the eventual collapse of White supremacy, and the legacy of apartheid to the present ...
By Timothy N. Thurber
March 31, 2022
The Nixon Presidency is a concise and accessible survey of domestic policy, foreign affairs, and politics during the thirty-seventh president’s time in office. Richard Nixon was the most polarizing president of the twentieth century and one who continues to fascinate observers of American ...
By Mary Ziegler
March 17, 2022
Reproduction and the Constitution in the United States dissects the forces that shape US conflicts over birth control and abortion. In 1973, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in Roe v. Wade, a landmark decision that quickly became the most widely recognized case in the country. ...
By Joan Marie Johnson
February 28, 2022
The Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States presents important moments and participants in the history of the American suffrage movement, ranging from the mid-nineteenth century through the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. The book highlights the many participants in the suffrage ...
By Sandra Wilson, Michael Sturma, Arjun Subrahmanyan, Dean Aszkielowicz, J. Charles Schencking
January 27, 2022
The U.S. and the War in the Pacific, 1941-45 analyzes the Pacific War with a focus on America’s participation in the conflict. Fought over a great ocean and vast battlefields using the most sophisticated weapons available, the Pacific War transformed the modern world. Not only did it introduce the...
By Jeff Kingston
November 11, 2021
Japan in Transformation, 1945–2020 has been newly revised and updated to examine the 3.11 natural and nuclear disasters, Emperor Akihito’s abdication, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s legacies, the 2019 World Cup and the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics due to COVID-19. Through a chronological ...