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  • Centuries of Childhood

    1st Edition

    By Eva-Marie Prag, Joseph Tendler

    A critical analysis of Centuries of Childhood, in which the French historian Philippe Aries offers a fundamentally fresh interpretation of what childhood is and what the institution means for society at large. Aries's core idea is that ‘childhood,’ as we understand it today – a special time…

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  • The Old Social Classes And The Revolutionary Movements Of Iraq

    1st Edition

    By Dale J. Stahl

    How do you solve a problem like understanding Iraq? For Hanna Batatu, the solution to this conundrum lay in generating alternative possibilities that effectively side-stepped the conventional wisdom of the time. Historians had long held that Iraq – like other artificial creations of ex-colonial…

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  • The Problem of Unbelief in the 16th Century

    1st Edition

    By Joseph Tendler

    Febvre asked this core question in The Problem of Unbelief: “Could sixteenth-century people hold religious views that were not those of official, Church-sanctioned Christianity, or could they simply not believe at all?” The answer informed a wider debate on modern history, particularly modern…

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  • Susan Sontag's On Photography

    1st Edition

    By Nico Epstein

    Susan Sontag’s 1997 text, On Photography, brought photographic theory into the university classroom with its staunch defence of the medium as art and inspired a new wave of Marxist Criticism in the field.  Sontag explains the way in which we are addicted to images and depend on them for…

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  • Yasser Tabbaa's The Transformation of Islamic Art During the Sunni Revival

    1st Edition

    By Bilal Badat

    Tabbaa’s Transformation offers an innovative approach to understanding the profound changes undergone by Islamic art and architecture during the often neglected Medieval Islamic period.  Examining devices such as calligraphy, arabesque, muqarnas, and stonework, Tabbaa argues we propagated in a…

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  • John Berger's Ways of Seeing

    1st Edition

    By Emmanouil Kalkanis

    Ways of Seeing is a key art-historical work that continues to provoke widespread debate. It is comprised of seven different essays, three of which are pictorial and the other containing texts and images.  Berger first examines the relationship between seeing and knowing, discussing how our…

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  • Griselda Pollock's Vision and Difference

    Feminism, Femininity and Histories of Art, 1st Edition

    By Karina Jakubowicz

    Vision and Difference, published in 1988, is one of the most significant works in feminist visual culture arguing that feminist art history of is a political as well as academic endeavour.  Pollock expresses how images are key to the construction of sexual difference, both in visual culture…

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  • Bloodlands

    Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, 1st Edition

    By Helen Roche

    A flagbearer for the increasingly fashionable genre of "transnational history," Timothy Snyder's Bloodlands is, first and foremost, a stunning example of the critical thinking skill of evaluation. Snyder's linguistic precocity allows him to cite evidence in 10 languages, putting fresh twists on the…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
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  • Everyday Stalinism

    Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times: Soviet Russia in the 1930s, 1st Edition

    By Victor Petrov, Riley Quinn

    How was the Soviet Union like a soup kitchen? In this important and highly revisionist work, historian Sheila Fitzpatrick explains that a reimagining of the Communist state as a provider of goods for the ‘deserving poor’ can be seen as a powerful metaphor for understanding Soviet life as a whole.…

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  • Gender and the Politics of History

    1st Edition

    By Pilar Zazueta, Etienne Stockland

    Joan Scott's work has influenced several generations of historians and helped make the topic of gender central to the way in which the discipline is taught and studied today. At root a new way of conceptualizing capitalist societies, Scott's theories suggest that gender is better understood as a…

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  • Homeward Bound

    American Families in the Cold War Era, 1st Edition

    By Jarrod Homer

    Elaine Tyler May’s 1988 Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era is a ground-breaking piece of historical and cultural analysis that uses its findings to build a strong argument for its author’s view of the course of modern US history. The aim of May’s study is to trace the links…

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  • In Defence of History

    1st Edition

    By Nicholas Piercey, Tom Stammers

    Richard Evans wrote In Defence of History at a time when the historian's profession was coming under heavy attack as a result of the ‘cultural turn’ taken by the discipline during the late 1980s and the 1990s. Historians were being forced to face up to postmodern thinking, which argued that,…

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  • The Crusades

    Islamic Perspectives, 1st Edition

    By Robert Houghton, Damien Peters

    For many centuries, the history of the crusades, as written by Western historians, was based solidly on Western sources. Evidence from the Islamic societies that the crusaders attacked was used only sparingly – in part because it was hard for most westerners to read, and in part because much of it…

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  • The Coming of the French Revolution

    1st Edition

    By Tom Stammers

    Georges Lefebvre was one of the most highly-regarded historians of the 20th century – and a key reason for the high reputation he enjoys can be found in The Coming of the French Revolution. Lefebvre's key contribution to the debate over what remains arguably one of history's most contentious and…

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  • The Hitler Myth

    Image and Reality in the Third Reich, 1st Edition

    By Helen Roche

    Few historical problems are more baffling in retrospect than the conundrum of how Hitler was able to rise to power in Germany and then command the German people – many of whom had only marginal interest in or affiliation to Nazism – and the Nazi state. It took Ian Kershaw – author of the standard…

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  • Postwar

    A History of Europe Since 1945, 1st Edition

    By Simon Young

    Tony Judt decided to write Postwar in 1989, the year the collapse of the Soviet Union provided European history with a rare example of a clearly-signposted ‘end of an era’. It's scarcely surprising, then, that the great virtue of Judt's book is the clarity and the breadth of its account of postwar…

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  • The King's Two Bodies

    A Study in Medieval Political Theology, 1st Edition

    By Simon Thomson

    Few historians trace grand themes across many centuries and places, but Ernst Kantorowicz's great work on the symbolic powers of kingship is a fine example of what can happen when they do. The King's Two Bodies is at once a superb example of the critical thinking skill of evaluation – assessing…

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  • The First Crusade and the Idea of Crusading

    1st Edition

    By Damien Peters

    Perhaps no work of history written in the 20th century has done more to undermine an existing consensus and cause its readers to re-evaluate their own preconceptions than has Jonathan Riley-Smith's revisionist account of the motives of the first crusaders. Riley-Smith's thesis – based on extensive…

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  • The Night Battles

    Witchcraft and Agrarian Cults in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, 1st Edition

    By Etienne Stockland, Luke Freeman

    In The Night Battles, Carlo Ginzburg does more than introduce his readers to a novel group of supposed witches – the Benandanti, from the northern Italian province of Friulia. He also invents and deploys new and creative ways of tackling his source material that allow him to move beyond their…

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  • The Return of Martin Guerre

    1st Edition

    By Joseph Tendler

    Few stories are more captivating than the one told by Natalie Zemon Davis in The Return of Martin Guerre. Basing her research on records of a bizarre court case that occurred in 16th-century France, she uses the tale of a missing soldier – whose disappearance threatens the livelihood of his peasant…

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  • The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

    1st Edition

    By Jo Hedesan, Joseph Tendler

    Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions can be seen, without exaggeration, as a landmark text in intellectual history. In his analysis of shifts in scientific thinking, Kuhn questioned the prevailing view that science was an unbroken progression towards the truth. Progress was…

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  • The World Turned Upside Down

    Radical Ideas During the English Revolution, 1st Edition

    By Harman Bhogal, Liam Haydon

    Few works of history have succeeded so completely in forcing their readers to take a fresh look at the evidence as Christopher Hill's The World Turned Upside Down – and that achievement is rooted firmly in Hill's exceptional problem-solving skills. Traditional interpretations of the English Civil…

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  • Common Sense

    1st Edition

    By Ian Jackson

    Thomas Paine’s 1776 Common Sense has secured an unshakeable place as one of history’s most explosive and revolutionary books. A slim pamphlet published at the beginning of the American Revolution, it was so widely read that it remains the all-time best selling book in US history. An impassioned…

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  • Discipline and Punish

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    By Meghan Kallman, Rachele Dini

    Michel Foucault is famous as one of the 20th-century’s most innovative thinkers – and his work on Discipline and Punish was so original and offered models so useful to other scholars that the book now ranks among the most influential academic works ever published. Foucault’s aim is to trace the way…

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  • Leviathan

    1st Edition

    By Jeremy Kleidosty, Jason Xidias

    Thomas Hobbes is a towering figure in the history of modern thought and political philosophy. He remains best remembered for his 1651 treatise on government, Leviathan, a work that shows at the very best the reasoning skills of a deeply original and creative thinker. Creative thinking is all about…

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  • The Prison Notebooks

    1st Edition

    By Lorenzo Fusaro, Jason Xidias

    Antonio Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks is a remarkable work, not only because it was written in jail as the Italian Marxist thinker fell victim to political oppression in his home country, but also because it shows his impressive analytical ability. First published in 1948, 11 years after Gramsci’s…

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  • Democracy in America

    1st Edition

    By Elizabeth Morrow

    Alexis de Tocqueville’s 1838 Democracy in America is a classic of political theory – and of the problem-solving skills central to putting forward political ideas. Problem-solving has several aspects: identifying problems, finding methodologies to deal with them, and applying the right criteria to…

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  • Nature's Metropolis

    Chicago And The Great West, 1st Edition

    By Cheryl Hudson

    What caused the rise of Chicago, and how did the city's expansion fuel the westward movement of the American frontier – and influence the type of society that evolved as a result? Nature's Metropolis emerged as a result of William Cronon asking and answering those questions, and the work can…

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  • Revolution and Rebellion in the Early Modern World

    1st Edition

    By Etienne Stockland

    Understanding why revolutions take place when they do, and as they do, is important in itself. Understanding how they are rooted in the societies they upend – and the ways in which those societies share crucial similarities – is arguably even more so. The enduring influence of Jack Goldstone's…

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  • An Essay on the Principle of Population

    1st Edition

    By Nick Broten

    Thomas Robert Malthus’ 1798 Essay on the Principle of Population helped change the direction of economics, politics, and the natural sciences with its reasoning and problem solving. The central topic of the essay was the idea, extremely prevalent in the 18th and 19th centuries, that human society…

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  • The Souls of Black Folk

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    By Jason Xidias

    W.E.B Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk is a seminal work in the field of sociology, a classic of American literature – and a solid example of carefully-structured reasoning. One of the most important texts ever written on racism and black identity in America, the work contains powerful arguments…

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  • Why We Can't Wait

    1st Edition

    By Jason Xidias

    Martin Luther King’s policy of non-violent protest in the struggle for civil rights in the United States during the second half of the twentieth century led to fundamental shifts in American government policy relating to segregation, and a cultural shift in the treatment of African Americans. King’…

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  • The Prince

    1st Edition

    By Riley Quinn, Ben Worthy

    How should rulers rule? What is the nature of power? These questions had already been asked when Niccolò Machiavelli wrote The Prince in 1513. But what made his thinking on the topic different was his ability to interpret evidence: to look at old issues and find new meaning within them. Many of…

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  • The End of History and the Last Man

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    By Ian Jackson, Jason Xidias

    Francis Fukuyama’s controversial 1992 book The End of History and the Last Man demonstrates an important aspect of creative thinking: the ability to generate hypotheses and create novel explanations for evidence. In the case of Fukuyama’s work, the central hypothesis and explanation he put forward…

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  • States and Social Revolutions

    A Comparative Analysis of France, Russia, and China, 1st Edition

    By Riley Quinn

    Many people want to understand what revolutions are and – especially – how they come about, from the academics who study them to the states that wish to prevent (or, in some cases, provoke) them. But it is arguably the US scholar Theda Skocpol who has done most to create a viable model of…

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  • Iran

    A People Interrupted, 1st Edition

    By Bryan Gibson

    Hamid Dabashi’s 2007 Iran: A People Interrupted is simultaneously subtle, passionate, polarizing and polemical. A concise account of Iranian history from the early 19th-century onward, Dabashi’s book uses his incisive analytical skills as a basis for creating a persuasive argument against the views…

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  • The Wealth of Nations

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    By John Collins

    Adam Smith’s 1776 Inquiry into The Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations – more often known simply as The Wealth of Nations – is one of the most important books in modern intellectual history. Considered one of the fundamental works of classical economics, it is also a prime example of the…

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  • Rule of St Benedict

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    By Benjamin Laird

    The Rule of St Benedict, written around 1500 years ago by the Italian monk St Benedict of Nursia, is a slim handbook for monastic life – a subject many modern readers would regard as relatively niche. It is, however, also a model of the organized and clearly expressed thought produced by good…

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  • Before European Hegemony

    The World System A.D. 1250 - 1350, 1st Edition

    By William R Day

    The modern vision of the world as one dominated by one or more superpowers begs the question of how best to understand the world-system that existed before the rise of the first modern powers. Janet Abu-Lughod's solution to this problem, in this highly influential work, is that Before European…

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  • Citizen and Subject

    Contemporary Africa And The Legacy Of Late Colonialism, 1st Edition

    By Meike de Goede

    Mahmood Mamdani’s 1996 Citizen and Subject is a powerful work of analysis that lays bare the sources of the problems that plagued, and often still plague, African governments. Analysis is one of the broadest and most fundamental critical thinking skills, and involves understanding the structure…

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  • Mao's Great Famine

    The History of China's Most Devestating Catastrophe 1958-62, 1st Edition

    By John Wagner Givens

    The power of Frank Dikötter's ground-breaking work on the disaster that followed China's attempted ‘Great Leap Forward’ lies not in the detail of his evidence (though that shows that Mao's fumbled attempt at rapid industrialization probably cost 45 million Chinese lives). It stems from the…

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  • Nations and Nationalism

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    By Dale J Stahl

    To the dismay of many commentators – who had hoped the world was evolving into a more tolerant and multicultural community of nations united under the umbrellas of supranational movements like the European Union – the nationalism that was such a potent force in the history of the 20th-century has…

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  • The Black Jacobins

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    By Nick Broten

    Today we take it for granted that history is much more than the story of great men and the elites from which they spring. Other forms of history – the histories of gender, class, rebellion and nonconformity – add much-needed context and color to our understanding of the past. But this has not…

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  • The Age Of Revolution

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    By Tom Stammers, Patrick Glen

    The Age of Revolution is the first of four works by Eric Hobsbawm that collectively synthesize the ideas he developed over a lifetime spent studying the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Hobsbawm's vision is important – he was a lifelong Marxist whose view of history was shaped by a fascination…

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  • Ordinary Men

    Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland, 1st Edition

    By Tom Stammers, James Chappel

    Of all the controversies facing historians today, few are more divisive or more important than the question of how the Holocaust was possible. What led thousands of Germans – many of them middle-aged reservists with, apparently, little Nazi zeal – to willingly commit acts of genocide? Was it…

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  • The Global Cold War

    Third World Interventions And The Making Of Our Times, 1st Edition

    By Patrick Glenn, Bryan Gibson

    For those who lived through the Cold War period, and for many of the historians who study it, it seemed self-evident that the critical incidents that determined its course took place in the northern hemisphere, specifically in the face-off between NATO and the Warsaw Pact in Europe. In this view,…

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  • The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution

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    By Duncan Money, Jason Xidas

    How was it possible for opponents of slavery to be so vocal in opposing the practice, when they were so accepting of the economic exploitation of workers in western factories – many of which were owned by prominent abolitionists? David Brion Davis's The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution,…

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  • The Federalist Papers

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    By Jeremy Kleidosty, Jason Xidias

    The 85 essays that maker up The Federalist Papers’ clearly demonstrate the vital importance of the art of persuasion. Written between 1787 and 1788 by three of the “Founding Fathers” of the United States, the Papers were written with the specific intention of convincing Americans that it was in…

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