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The First Total War: Napoleon's Europe and the Birth of Warfare as We Know It
The First Total War: Napoleon's Europe and the Birth of Warfare as We Know It
by David A Bell
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As Bell argues in this tour de force of interpretive history, nearly every modern aspect of war took root during the Enlightenment and the French Revolution: conscription, unconditional surrender, mobilization of civilians, guerrilla warfare, and the... (read more)

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The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History 1300-1850
The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History 1300-1850
by Brian M Fagan
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This Pulitzer Prize-winning treatise explores patterns and symbols in the disciplines of mathematics, art, and musical... (read more)

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Doomed to Repeat: The Lessons of History We've Failed to Learn
Doomed to Repeat: The Lessons of History We've Failed to Learn
by Bill Fawcett
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An engrossing and fact-filled compendium of timeless lessons we keep forgetting—over and over and over . . . It is said that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. And so we have. Time and again humankind has overcome... (read more)

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The Rise of Modern Paganism
The Rise of Modern Paganism
by Peter Gay
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In the twentieth century, however, the Enlightenment has often been judged harshly for its apparently simplistic optimism. Now a master historian goes back to the sources to give a fully rounded account of its true accomplishments.... (read more)

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A Tale of Two Utopias: The Political Journey of the Generation of 1968
A Tale of Two Utopias: The Political Journey of the Generation of 1968
by Paul Berman
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 341-343) and index.... (read more)

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The History of the Renaissance World: From the Rediscovery of Aristotle to the Conquest of Constantinople
The History of the Renaissance World: From the Rediscovery of Aristotle to the Conquest of Constantinople
by Susan Wise Bauer
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Beginning in the heady days just after the First Crusade, this volume chronicles the contradictions of a world in transition. Popes continue to preach crusade, but the hope of a Christian empire comes to a bloody end on the walls of Constantinople... (read more)

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Life in Year One: What the World Was Like in First-Century Palestine
Life in Year One: What the World Was Like in First-Century Palestine
by Scott Korb
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What was it like to live in the time of Jesus? What did people eat? Whom did they marry? How did they keep themselves clean? What did their cities and towns look like? What did they believe? The answers, it turns out, are surprising. This simple question... (read more)

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World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance Portrait of an Age
World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance Portrait of an Age
by William Manchester
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From tales of chivalrous knights to the barbarity of trial by ordeal, no era has been a greater source of awe, horror, and wonder than the Middle Ages. In handsomely crafted prose, and with the grace and authority of his extraordinary gift for narrative... (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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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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Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat
Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat
by Bee Wilson
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Since prehistory, humans have braved sharp knives, fire, and grindstones to transform raw ingredients into something delicious — or at least edible. Tools shape what we eat, but they have also transformed how we consume, and how we think about, our... (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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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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The Roman Way
The Roman Way
by Edith Hamilton
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Among these literary guides are Cicero, who left an incomparable collection of letters; Catullus, the quintessential poet of love; Horace, the chronicler of a cruel and materialistic Rome; and the Romantics Virgil, Livy, and Seneca. The story concludes... (read more)

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The Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization, and Cultural Change, 950-1350
The Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization, and Cultural Change, 950-1350
by Robert Bartlett
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From our twentieth-century perspective, we tend to think of the Europe of the past as a colonizer, a series of empires that conquered lands beyond their borders and forced European cultural values on other peoples. This provocative book shows that Europe... (read more)

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Rubicon
Rubicon
by Tom Holland
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In 49 B.C., the seven hundred fifth year since the founding of Rome, Julius Caesar crossed a small border river called the Rubicon and plunged Rome into cataclysmic civil war. Tom Holland's enthrallingaccount tells the story of Caesar's generation... (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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100 Diagrams That Changed the World: From the Earliest Cave Paintings to the Innovation of the iPod
100 Diagrams That Changed the World: From the Earliest Cave Paintings to the Innovation of the iPod
by Scott Christianson
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A collection of the most important ideas, theories, and concepts of all time 100 Diagrams That Changed the World is a fascinating collection of the most significant plans, sketches, drawings, and illustrations that have influenced and shaped the way we... (read more)

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Last Crusaders
Last Crusaders
by Barnaby Rogerson
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The Crusades were the bridge between medieval and modern history, between feudalism and colonialism. In many ways, the little explored later Crusades were the most significant of them all, for they made the crisis truly global. The Last Crusaders is... (read more)

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The Pocket Timeline of Ancient Rome
The Pocket Timeline of Ancient Rome
by Katharine Wiltshire
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The Pocket Timeline of Ancient Rome is... (read more)

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