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The Discoverers: A History of Man's Search to Know His World and Himself
The Discoverers: A History of Man's Search to Know His World and Himself
by Daniel J. Boorstin
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Daniel Boorstin, former librarian of the Library of Congress, gives a fascinating history of world civilization. From astronomical development, microscopes, telescopes, medicine, vaccines, genetics and map-making, this book delves into the discoveries of... (read more)

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Social Mobility and Modernization: A Journal of Interdisciplinary History Reader (Journal of Interdisciplinary History)
Social Mobility and Modernization: A Journal of Interdisciplinary History Reader (Journal of Interdisciplinary History)
by Robert I Rotberg
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The essays in this book examine how the West modernized and what that modernization meant to human society, particularly in Western Europe and the United States. Within that frame are several distinct subthemes: the process of industrialization in Europe... (read more)

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The Seekers: The Story of Man's Continuing Quest to Understand His World
The Seekers: The Story of Man's Continuing Quest to Understand His World
by Daniel J. Boorstin
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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year From the author of The Discoverers and The Creators, an incomparable history of man's essential questions: "Who are we?" and "Why are we here?" Daniel J. Boorstin, the bestselling and Pulitzer... (read more)

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Nationalism 2ND Edition
Nationalism 2ND Edition
by Peter Alter
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Peter Alter traces the origins of modern nationalism and analyzes its highly varied manifestations over the last 200 years. He discusses the social basis and organizational structure of nationalist movements, the glorification of the nation-state, and... (read more)

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Crusades
Crusades
by Michael Paine
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This book examines the bloody, violent, and sometimes farcical reality behind our images of the Crusades, traces the chronology of the campaigns from 1095, when the first crusade was set in motion by Pope Urban II, to 1291, and the fall of Acre, and... (read more)

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On the Teaching and Writing of History: Responses to a Series of Questions
On the Teaching and Writing of History: Responses to a Series of Questions
by Bernard Bailyn
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Bailyn, a professor at Harvard and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, writes of the impossibility of teaching history without bias, and that history itself is constantly open to new interpretations and viewpoints.... (read more)

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George Washington's False Teeth: An Unconventional Guide to the Eighteenth Century
George Washington's False Teeth: An Unconventional Guide to the Eighteenth Century
by Robert Darnton
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A master historian's excavations into the past unearth a world that is unexpected and compelling. George Washington was inaugurated as president in 1789 with one tooth in his mouth, a lower left bicuspid. The Father of His Country had sets of false teeth... (read more)

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Justinian's Flea: The First Great Plague and the End of the Roman Empire
Justinian's Flea: The First Great Plague and the End of the Roman Empire
by William Rosen
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The epic story of the collision between one of nature?s smallest organisms and history?s mightiest empire During the golden age of the Roman Empire, Emperor Justinian reigned over a territory that stretched from Italy to North Africa. It was the zenith... (read more)

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Critical Perspectives on the Industrial Revolution (Critical Anthologies of Nonfiction Writing)
Critical Perspectives on the Industrial Revolution (Critical Anthologies of Nonfiction Writing)
by Josh Sakolsky
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As modern man's greatest growth spurt, the Industrial Revolution ushered in an era unsurpassed in the history of the modern world, from technology to industry to migration. Using an eclectic group of viewpoints including presidential addresses, anonymous... (read more)

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European Integration: Trade and Industry
European Integration: Trade and Industry
by L A Winters
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An important contribution to our understanding of the effects of the completion of the European internal market in 1992.... (read more)

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Rome
Rome
by Ada Gabucci
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"Perfect for both the student and the curious layperson."—John Clarke, author of Looking at... (read more)

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Cleopatra
Cleopatra
by Ernle Bradford
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Cleopatra was an intellectual, an astute politician, and a powerful Queen of Egypt, but most people remember her primarily as a seductress. In this illuminating biography, Ernle Bradford suggests that Cleopatra's prurient reputation was likely... (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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The Creators: A History of Heroes of the Imagination
The Creators: A History of Heroes of the Imagination
by Daniel J Boorstin
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By piecing the lives of selected individuals into a grand mosaic, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Daniel J. Boorstin explores the development of artistic innovation over 3,000 years. A hugely ambitious chronicle of the arts that Boorstin delivers with... (read more)

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Your'e Too Kind: A Brief History of Flattery
Your'e Too Kind: A Brief History of Flattery
by Richard Stengel
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From the primates to the ancient world all the way to Hollywood, "You're Too Kind" presents a primer on flattery--where it originated, its development through the ages, and its myriad uses in contemporary culture.... (read more)

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The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West
The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West
by Niall Ferguson
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Astonishing in its scope and erudition, this is the magnum opus that Niall Ferguson's numerous acclaimed works have been leading up to. In it, he grapples with perhaps the most challenging questions of modern history: Why was the twentieth century... (read more)

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Three in Love Menages a Trois From Ancient To Modern Times
Three in Love Menages a Trois From Ancient To Modern Times
by Barbara Foster
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Team written by authors who themselves form a menage a trois, this book seeks to provide a tradition for threesome relationships. Numerous personages from history and their relationships are discussed in biographical vignettes. Some of the triangles... (read more)

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Quantitative Methods for Historians: A Guide to Research, Data, and Statistics
Quantitative Methods for Historians: A Guide to Research, Data, and Statistics
by Konrad H Jarausch
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The pioneering texts in quantitative history were written over two decades ago, but as a command of methodological context, computer experience, and statistical literacy have become increasingly important to the study of history, the need for an... (read more)

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Democracy & Classical Greece 2ND Edition
Democracy & Classical Greece 2ND Edition
by J K Davies
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Together these five compact volumes [Early Greece by Oswyn Murray, Democracy and Classical Greece by J. K. Davies, The Hellenistic World by F. W. Walbank, The Roman Republic by Michael Crawford, The Later Roman Empire by Averil Cameron, all available... (read more)

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Whose Liberty Is It Anyway?: Europe at the Crossroads (Manifestos for the 21st Century)
Whose Liberty Is It Anyway?: Europe at the Crossroads (Manifestos for the 21st Century)
by Stefan Auer
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Europe's turn of fortune is humbling, humiliating and, perhaps, irreversible. What went wrong, and when? Europe's most audacious moment occurred sometime between 1989 and 1991, a brief period that encapsulated both the demise of communism in Central and... (read more)

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