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The Great Big Book of Horrible Things: The Definitive Chronicle of History's 100 Worst Atrocities
The Great Big Book of Horrible Things: The Definitive Chronicle of History's 100 Worst Atrocities
by Matthew White
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Evangelists of human progress meet their opposite in Matthew White's epic examination of history's one hundred most violent events, or, in White's piquant phrasing, "the numbers that people want to argue about." Reaching back to 480 BCE's second Persian... (read more)

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Helen of Troy: Beauty, Myth, Devastation
Helen of Troy: Beauty, Myth, Devastation
by Ruby Blondell
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The story of Helen of Troy has its origins in ancient Greek epic and didactic poetry, more than 2500 years ago, but it remains one of the world's most galvanizing myths about the destructive power of beauty. Much like the ancient Greeks, our own... (read more)

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A Cabinet of Greek Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the Cradle of Western Civilization
A Cabinet of Greek Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the Cradle of Western Civilization
by J C Mckeown
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The ancient Greeks were a wonderful people. They gave us democracy, drama, and philosophy, and many forms of art and branches of science would be inconceivable without them. And yet they were capable of the most outlandish behavior, preposterous beliefs,... (read more)

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1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War
1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War
by Charles Emmerson
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Today, 1913 is inevitably viewed through the lens of 1914: as the last year before a war that would shatter the global economic order and tear Europe apart, undermining its global pre-eminence. Our perspectives narrowed by hindsight, the world of that... (read more)

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The Birth of Classical Europe: A History from Troy to Augustine
The Birth of Classical Europe: A History from Troy to Augustine
by Simon Price
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A stunning work of research and imagination that sheds new light of the ancient world. The western world has long been fascinated by classical Greek and Roman cultures, whose ideas and achievements underpin our own. Yet little has been written about how... (read more)

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Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years
Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years
by Tom Standage
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Papyrus rolls and Twitter have much in common, as each was their generations signature means of “instant” communication. Indeed, as Tom Standage reveals in his scintillating new book, social media is anything but a new phenomenon. From the... (read more)

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God's Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World
God's Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World
by Cullen Murphy
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Established by the Catholic Church in 1231, the Inquisition continued in one form or another for almost seven hundred years. Though associated with the persecution of heretics and Jews — and with burning at the stake — its targets were more... (read more)

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The Desktop Digest of Despots & Dictators: An A-Z of Tyranny
The Desktop Digest of Despots & Dictators: An A-Z of Tyranny
by Gilbert Alter Gilbert
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The Desktop Digest of Dictators and Despots is a compendium and quick reference guide to historys most notorious absolutist rulers and authoritarian regimes. In a handsome hardcover format, this handy encyclopedia of totalitarians is as informative as... (read more)

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Constantine the Emperor
Constantine the Emperor
by D S Potter
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Sociolinguistics deals with the social life of language, language in its sociocultural context. It is a branch of linguistics that looks less at the shape or sound of words--morphology or phonology--and more at how our words and sentences are influenced... (read more)

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Meet Me in Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City
Meet Me in Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City
by Mark Adams
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With wit and infectious curiosity, Mark Adams takes us on a journey to find Atlantis. He sifts through the evidence, the contradictions, the wild claims of fellow obsessives. What he unearths are the rich jewels of history and lore, as he pays tribute to... (read more)

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Glorious Art of Peace From the Iliad To Iraq
Glorious Art of Peace From the Iliad To Iraq
by John Gittings
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Human progress and prosperity depend on a peaceful environment, and most people have always sought to live in peace, yet our perception of the past is dominated too often by a narrative that is obsessed with war. In this ground breaking study, former... (read more)

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The Unfinished Twentieth Century:  The Crisis of Weapons of Mass Destruction
The Unfinished Twentieth Century: The Crisis of Weapons of Mass Destruction
by Jonathan Schell
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In this work, Jonathan Schell, the author of The Fate of the Earth, proposes that the defining characteristic of the twentieth century was the uncontrolled acceleration of humankind’s capacity for self-destruction, manifested in ‘policies of... (read more)

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A Disastrous History of the World: Chronicles of War, Earthquake, Plague and Flood. John Withington
A Disastrous History of the World: Chronicles of War, Earthquake, Plague and Flood. John Withington
by John Withington
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Floods in Literature 4and#160; Depiction: Floods in Art and Films 5and#160; Defence 6and#160; Defeat? Postscript Notable Floods References Select Bibliography Associations and Websites Photo Acknowledgements... (read more)

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The Wisdom of the Ancient Greeks
The Wisdom of the Ancient Greeks
by Mel Thompson
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Contained in this illustrated anthology are insights from all the key thinkers of Ancient Greek civilization, from Homer to Sophocles and Socrates.... (read more)

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Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
by Pamela D Toler
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It takes more than 10 billion years to create just the right conditions on one planet for life to begin. It takes another three billion years of evolving life forms until it finally happens, a primate super species emerges: mankind. In conjunction with... (read more)

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The Rule of Empires: Those Who Built Them, Those Who Endured Them, and Why They Always Fall
The Rule of Empires: Those Who Built Them, Those Who Endured Them, and Why They Always Fall
by Timothy H Parsons
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In The Rule of Empires, Timothy Parsons gives a sweeping account of the evolution of empire from ancient Rome to its most recent twentieth-century embodiment. He explains what constitutes an empire, what empires of the past can tell us about our own... (read more)

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1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War
1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War
by Charles Emmerson
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Today, 1913 is inevitably viewed through the lens of 1914: as the last year before a war that would shatter the global economic order and tear Europe apart, undermining its global pre-eminence. Our perspectives narrowed by hindsight, the world of that... (read more)

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Divine Fury: A History of Genius
Divine Fury: A History of Genius
by Darrin M Mcmahon
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Genius. With hints of madness and mystery, moral license and visionary force, the word suggests an almost otherworldly power: the power to create, to divine the secrets of the universe, even to destroy. Yet the notion of genius has been diluted in recent... (read more)

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Rome: An Empire's Story
Rome: An Empire's Story
by Greg Woolf
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The very idea of empire was created in ancient Rome and even today traces of its monuments, literature, and institutions can be found across Europe, the Near East, and North Africa--and sometimes even further afield. In Rome, historian Greg Woolf... (read more)

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July 1914: Countdown to War
July 1914: Countdown to War
by Sean McMeekin
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When a Serbian-backed assassin gunned down Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie on June 28, 1914, there was no indication that world war would be the result. Even Ferdinand's own uncle, Franz Josef I, was notably ambivalent about the death of the... (read more)

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