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Song of Wrath: The Peloponnesian War Begins
Song of Wrath: The Peloponnesian War Begins
by J E Lendon
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Song of Wrath tells the story of Classical Athens victorious Ten Years War (431– 421 BC) against grim Sparta—the first decade of the terrible Peloponnesian War that turned the Golden Age of Greece to lead. Historian J.E. Lendon presents a... (read more)

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Blood and Rage: A Cultural History of Terrorism
Blood and Rage: A Cultural History of Terrorism
by Michael Burleigh
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In this sweeping and deeply penetrating work, distinguished historian Michael Burleigh explores the nature of terrorism from its origins in the West to the current global threat fueled by fundamentalists. Burleigh takes us from the roots of terrorism in... (read more)

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The Cartoon History of the Modern World Part 1: From Columbus to the U.S. Constitution
The Cartoon History of the Modern World Part 1: From Columbus to the U.S. Constitution
by Larry Gonick
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< P> The Cartoon History of the Modern World is a wickedly funny take on modern history. It is essentially a complete and up& ndash; to& ndash; date course in college level Modern World History, but presented as a graphic novel. In an... (read more)

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Cultural Revolutions: Everyday Life and Politics in Britain, North America, and France
Cultural Revolutions: Everyday Life and Politics in Britain, North America, and France
by Leora Auslander
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"Auslander's emphasis on the power of 'things' as a motor of historical change permits her to present a refreshingly new set of arguments about well known historical events."—Denise Z. Davidson, author of France After Revolution: Urban Life, Gender,... (read more)

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God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215
God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215
by David Levering Lewis
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At the beginning of the eighth century, the Arabs brought a momentous revolution in power, religion, and culture to Dark Ages Europe. David Levering Lewis's masterful history begins with the fall of the Persian and Roman empires, followed by the rise of... (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 Black Death (P.S.)
The Black Death (P.S.)
by Philip Ziegler
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A series of natural disasters in the Orient during the fourteenth century brought about the most devastating period of death and destruction in European history. The epidemic killed one-third of Europe's people over a period of three years, and the... (read more)

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Medieval Household: Daily Living C.1150-C.1450 (Medieval Finds from Excavations in London)
Medieval Household: Daily Living C.1150-C.1450 (Medieval Finds from Excavations in London)
by Geoff Egan
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This book brings together for the first time the astonishing diversity of excavated furnishings and artefacts from medieval London homes. These include roofing and other structural items, decorative fixtures and fittings, and assortment of culinary... (read more)

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Ancient Greece: Everyday Life in the Birthplace of Western Civilization (Everyday Life)
Ancient Greece: Everyday Life in the Birthplace of Western Civilization (Everyday Life)
by Robert Garland
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 Ancient Greece comes alive in this vibrant portrait of the daily lives of ordinary people&#8212;men and women, children and the elderly, slaves and foreigners, rich and poor. Robert Garland presents a wealth of fascinating, sometimes surprising... (read more)

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The Spartacus War
The Spartacus War
by Barry Strauss
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and#8226; An authoritative account from an... (read more)

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Studies in Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict #6: No Easy Fix: Global Responses to Internal Wars and Crimes Against Humanity
Studies in Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict #6: No Easy Fix: Global Responses to Internal Wars and Crimes Against Humanity
by Patricia Marchak
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Patricia Marchak, former dean of arts and professor emerita, University of British Columbia, is the author of several books including Logging the Globe, The Integrated Circus, God's Assassins, and Reigns of Terror.... (read more)

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The Great Upheaval: America and the Birth of the Modern World, 1788-1800
The Great Upheaval: America and the Birth of the Modern World, 1788-1800
by Jay Winik
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It is an era that redefined history. As the 1790s began, a fragile America teetered on the brink of oblivion, Russia towered as a vast imperial power, and France plunged into revolution. But in contrast to the way conventional histories tell it, none of... (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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Caesar: A Life in Western Culture
Caesar: A Life in Western Culture
by Maria Wyke
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More than two millennia have passed since Brutus and his companions murdered Julius Caesar&#8212;and inaugurated his legend. Though the assassins succeeded in ending Caesars dictatorship, they could never have imagined that his power and influence... (read more)

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Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism
Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism
by Benedict Anderson
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Imagined Communities, Benedict Anderson's brilliant book on nationalism, forged a new field of study when it first appeared in 1983. Since then it has sold over a quarter of a million copies and is widely considered the most important book on the subject.... (read more)

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Firebrands: Portraits from the Americas
Firebrands: Portraits from the Americas
by Artists Cooperative Justseeds
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Curated by the Justseeds Artists' Collective, art, world history, and dangerous information are gathered in one book. The beautifully illustrated mini-poster pages showcase radicals, dissidents, folk singers, and rabble-rousers, from Emma Goldman to... (read more)

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Eyewitness to History: From Ancient Times to the Modern Era
Eyewitness to History: From Ancient Times to the Modern Era
by Patricia Daniels
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History comes alive in this engaging and lavishly illustrated chronicle, which spans world events and people from ancient times to the 21st century. The voices of the great and humble speak to us through songs, documents, edicts, poetry, letters, menus... (read more)

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Leaving Home: Migration Yesterday & Today
Leaving Home: Migration Yesterday & Today
by Diethelm Knauf
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The nineteenth century is often called the century of mass migration. Multiple factors, including new opportunities created by the industrial revolution, left many people from underdeveloped regions, searching to find a better life somewhere else. Now... (read more)

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Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization
Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization
by Richard Miles
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The first full-scale history of Hannibal's Carthage in decades and "a convincing and enthralling narrative." (The Economist ) Drawing on a wealth of new research, archaeologist, historian, and master storyteller Richard Miles resurrects the... (read more)

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Inventing the 21st Century
Inventing the 21st Century
by Stephen Van Dulken
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From the iPod to the Nintendo Wii, the first decade of the twenty-first century has already brought us incredible inventions we could not have imagined before, yet that have already changed how we live our lives and spend our free time. Although the... (read more)

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