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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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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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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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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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Year Zero: A History of 1945
Year Zero: A History of 1945
by Ian Buruma
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A marvelous global history of the pivotal year 1945 as a new world emerged from the ruins of World War II Year Zero is a landmark reckoning with the great drama that ensued after war came to an end in 1945. One world had ended and a new, uncertain one... (read more)

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The Crimean War: A History
The Crimean War: A History
by Orlando Figes
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From "the great storyteller of modern Russian historians" (Financial Times) comes the definitive account of the forgotten war that shaped the modern age. The Charge of the Light Brigade, Florence Nightingale—these are the enduring icons of... (read more)

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Europe: The Struggle for Supremacy, from 1453 to the Present
Europe: The Struggle for Supremacy, from 1453 to the Present
by Brendan Simms
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If there is a fundamental truth of geopolitics, it is this: whoever controls central Europe controls the entire continent, and whoever controls all of Europe can dominate the world. In this authoritative account of the past half millennium of European... (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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The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium: An Englishman's World
The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium: An Englishman's World
by Robert Lacey
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As the Shadow of the Millennium Descended Across England and Christendom, it Seemed as if the World was About to End. Actually, it was Only the Beginning... Welcome to the Year 1000. This is What Life was Like. How clothes were fastened in a world... (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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Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century
Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century
by Christian Caryl
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Few moments in history have seen as many seismic transformations as 1979. That single year marked the emergence of revolutionary Islam as a political force on the world stage, the beginning of market revolutions in China and Britain that would fuel... (read more)

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The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam
The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam
by Barbara W Tuchman
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Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Barbara W. Tuchman, author of the World War I masterpiece The Guns of August, grapples with her boldest subject: the pervasive presence, through the ages, of failure, mismanagement, and delusion in government.  ... (read more)

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Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe
Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe
by Nancy Goldstone
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For fans of Alison Weir and Antonia Fraser,acclaimed author Nancy Goldstone’s thrilling history of the royal daughters who succeeded in ruling—and shaping—thirteenth-century Europe Set against the backdrop of the thirteenth century, a... (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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The Birth of the West: Rome, Germany, France, and the Creation of Europe in the Tenth Century
The Birth of the West: Rome, Germany, France, and the Creation of Europe in the Tenth Century
by Paul Collins
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“Stimulating, encyclopedic, and often downright funny, this is a book worth remembering.” —Stephen OShea, Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada) “A lively, full-to-bursting history of the turbulent tenth century in Europe…. Collins... (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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Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II
Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II
by Keith Lowe
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Winner of the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize “A superb and immensely important book.”—Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post The Second World War might have officially ended in May 1945, but in reality it rumbled on for another ten years.... (read more)

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The Rise of Female Kings in Europe, 1300-1800
The Rise of Female Kings in Europe, 1300-1800
by William Monter
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In this lively and pathbreaking book, William Monter sketches Europe's increasing acceptance of autonomous female rulers between the late Middle Ages and the French Revolution. Monter surveys the governmental records of Europe's thirty women monarchs&... (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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Vanished Kingdoms: The Rise and Fall of States and Nations
Vanished Kingdoms: The Rise and Fall of States and Nations
by Norman Davies
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From the bestselling author of Europe: A History comes a uniquely ambitious masterpiece that will thrill fans of lost civilizations While Germany, Italy, France, and England dominate our conceptions of Europe, these modern states are relatively recent... (read more)

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