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Seminar Studies


About the Series

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 Written by acknowledged experts and including supporting material such as extracts from historical documents, chronologies, glossaries, guides to key figures and further reading suggestions, Seminar Studies titles are essential reading for students of history.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to introduce students to the problems involved in explaining the past, giving them the opportunity to grapple with historical documents and encouraging them to reach their own conclusions.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:

Clive.Emsley: clive.emsley @ open.ac.uk

Gordon Martel: Gordon.Martel @ unbc.ca

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The Renaissance

The Renaissance

3rd Edition

Forthcoming

Alison M Brown, Alison M Brown
September 23, 2020

The Renaissance, now in its third edition, engages with earlier and current debates about the Renaissance, especially concerning its ‘modernity’, its elitism and gender-bias, and its globalism. This new edition has been revised to include a discussion of Venice, Rome, Naples and Florence and their...

The United States, 1865-1920: Reuniting a Nation

The United States, 1865-1920: Reuniting a Nation

1st Edition

Adam Burns
May 18, 2020

The United States, 1865–1920: Reuniting a Nation explores how the U.S. attempted to heal Civil War-era divisions, as well as maintain and strengthen its unity as new rifts developed in the conflict’s aftermath. Taking a broadly thematic approach to the period, Adam Burns examines the development of...

Muslims and Crusaders: Christianity’s Wars in the Middle East, 1095–1382, from the Islamic Sources

Muslims and Crusaders: Christianity’s Wars in the Middle East, 1095–1382, from the Islamic Sources

2nd Edition

Niall Christie
April 22, 2020

Muslims and Crusaders combines chronological narrative, discussion of important areas of scholarly enquiry and evidence from Islamic primary sources to give a well-rounded survey of Christianity’s wars in the Middle East, 1095–1382. Revised, expanded and updated to take account of the most recent...

Tudor Rebellions

Tudor Rebellions

7th Edition

Diarmaid MacCulloch, Anthony Fletcher
February 20, 2020

Tudor Rebellions, now in its seventh edition, gives a chronological account of the major rebellions against the Tudor monarchy in England from the reign of King Henry VII until the death of Queen Elizabeth I in 1603. The book throws light on some of the main themes of Tudor history, including the...

Witchcraft in Early Modern England

Witchcraft in Early Modern England

2nd Edition

James Sharpe
August 05, 2019

Witchcraft in Early Modern England provides a fascinating introduction to the history of witches and witchcraft in England from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. Witchcraft was a crime punishable by death in England during this period and this book charts the witch panics and legal...

Stalin and Stalinism

Stalin and Stalinism

4th Edition

Martin McCauley
April 10, 2019

One of the most successful dictators of the twentieth century, Stalin transformed the Communist Party of the Soviet Union into one of the world’s leading political parties. Stalin and Stalinism explores how he ammassed, retained and deployed power to dominate, not only his close associates, but the...

The British and French in the Atlantic 1650-1800: Comparisons and Contrasts

The British and French in the Atlantic 1650-1800: Comparisons and Contrasts

1st Edition

Gwenda Morgan, Peter Rushton
April 03, 2019

The British and French in the Atlantic 1650-1800 provides a comprehensive history of this complex period and explores the contrasting worlds of the British and the French Empires as they strove to develop new societies in the Americas. Charting the volatile relationship between the British and...

Intelligence and Espionage: Secrets and Spies

Intelligence and Espionage: Secrets and Spies

1st Edition

Daniel Lomas, Christopher John Murphy
February 15, 2019

Intelligence and Espionage: Secrets and Spies provides a global introduction to the role of intelligence – a key, but sometimes controversial, aspect of ensuring national security. Separating fact from fiction, the book draws on past examples to explore the use and misuse of intelligence,...

The Rise of Contemporary Conservatism in the United States

The Rise of Contemporary Conservatism in the United States

1st Edition

Kenneth J. Heineman
October 24, 2018

The Rise of Contemporary Conservatism in the United States offers students an accessible introduction to the history of modern American conservatism. The author provides a concise but substantial discussion of modern conservatism from its origins in opposition to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal up...

Medicine in Modern Britain 1780-1950

Medicine in Modern Britain 1780-1950

1st Edition

Deborah Brunton
July 23, 2018

Medicine in Modern Britain 1780–1950 provides an introduction to the development of medicine – scientific and heterodox, domestic and professional – in Britain from the end of the early modern period and through modern times. Divided thematically, each chapter within this book addresses a different...

Africa: War and Conflict in the Twentieth Century

Africa: War and Conflict in the Twentieth Century

1st Edition

Timothy Stapleton
May 14, 2018

This book examines the causes, course and consequences of warfare in twentieth century Africa, a period which spanned colonial rebellions, both World Wars, and the decolonization process. Timothy Stapleton contextualizes the essential debates and controversies surrounding African conflict in the...

The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War

3rd Edition

Mitchell Hall
March 26, 2018

The Vietnam War examines this conflict from its origins up until North Vietnam’s victory in 1975. Historian Mitchell K. Hall’s lucid account is an ideal introduction to the key debates surrounding a war that remains controversial and disputed in American scholarship and collective memory.  The...

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