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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…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
    Macat Library
    The Macat Library

  • 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,…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
    Macat Library
    The Macat Library

  • The Death and Life of Great American Cities

    1st Edition

    By Martin Fuller, Ryan Moore

    Despite having no formal training in urban planning, Jane Jacobs deftly explores the strengths and weaknesses of policy arguments put forward by American urban planners in the era after World War II. They believed that the efficient movement of cars was of more value in the development of US cities…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
    Macat Library
    The Macat Library

  • 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…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
    Macat Library
    The Macat Library

  • 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…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
    Macat Library
    The Macat Library

  • 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…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
    Macat Library
    The Macat Library

  • 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…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
    Macat Library
    The Macat Library

  • 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…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
    Macat Library
    The Macat Library

  • 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…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
    Macat Library
    The Macat Library

  • 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…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
    Macat Library
    The Macat Library

  • 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…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
    Macat Library
    The Macat Library

  • 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…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
    Macat Library
    The Macat Library

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