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Age of Empire, 1875-1914 (87 Edition)
Age of Empire, 1875-1914 (87 Edition)
by Eric Hobsbawm
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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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The Year Without Summer: 1816 and the Volcano That Darkened the World and Changed History
The Year Without Summer: 1816 and the Volcano That Darkened the World and Changed History
by William K. Klingaman
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Like Winchester's Krakatoa, The Year Without Summer reveals a year of dramatic global change long forgotten by history  In the tradition of Krakatoa, The World Without Us, and Guns, Germs and Steel comes a sweeping history of the year that became... (read more)

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A Tale of Two Capitalisms: Sacred Economics in Nineteenth-Century Britain
A Tale of Two Capitalisms: Sacred Economics in Nineteenth-Century Britain
by Supritha Rajan
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No questions are more pressing today than the ethical dimensions of global capitalism in relation to an unevenly secularized modernity. A Tale of Two Capitalisms offers a timely response to these questions by reexamining the intellectual... (read more)

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Late Victorian Holocausts:  El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World
Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World
by Mike Davis
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Examining a series of El Niño-induced droughts and the famines that they spawned around the globe in the last third of the 19th century, Mike Davis discloses the intimate, baleful relationship between imperial arrogance and natural incident... (read more)

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The Age of Nationalism and Reform, 1850-1890 (Norton History of Modern Europe)
The Age of Nationalism and Reform, 1850-1890 (Norton History of Modern Europe)
by Norman Rich
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The chief sponsor of national revolutions at the beginning of the period was Napoleon III, who hoped to re-establish French ascendancy in Europe, but he was defeated by the forces of a rising and newly unified power-Germany under Bismarck. As in the... (read more)

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Nineteenth-Century Geographies: The Transformation of Space from the Victorian Age to the American Century
Nineteenth-Century Geographies: The Transformation of Space from the Victorian Age to the American Century
by Helena Michie
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Seventeen essays by scholars of literature, history, geography, and cultural studies interrogate the geography of the 19th centuryboth as field of inquiry and as political-economic reality. The essays consider the interplay between discourses describing... (read more)

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Rites of Peace: The Fall of Napoleon and the Congress of Vienna
Rites of Peace: The Fall of Napoleon and the Congress of Vienna
by Adam Zamoyski
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Following the defeat of Napoleonic France, the 1814-185 Congress of Vienna was convened by the major European powers to settle the political map of the continent. "The reconstruction of Europe at the Congress of Vienna is probably the most seminal... (read more)

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Dead Certainties: Unwarranted Speculations
Dead Certainties: Unwarranted Speculations
by Simon Schama
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Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883
by Simon Winchester
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Krakatoa is the eloquent narrative of the cataclysmic destruction in 1883 of the volcanic island of the same name. Killing nearly 40,000 people (mostly from the resultant tsunamis), this violent eruption was "the most violent explosion ever recorded and... (read more)

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Most Powerful Idea in the World (10 Edition)
Most Powerful Idea in the World (10 Edition)
by William Rosen
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If all measures of human advancement in the last hundred centuries were plotted on a graph, they would show an almost perfectly flat line—until the eighteenth century, when the Industrial Revolution would cause the line to shoot straight up... (read more)

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The Proud Tower: A Protrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
The Proud Tower: A Protrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
by Barbara W. Tuchman
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I The Patricians The last government in the Western world to possess all the attributes of aristocracy in working condition took office in England in June of 1895. Great Britain was at the zenith of empire when the Conservatives won the General Election... (read more)

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The Bourgeois Experience, Victoria to Freud: The Tender Passion, Volume 2
The Bourgeois Experience, Victoria to Freud: The Tender Passion, Volume 2
by Peter Gay
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Education of the Senses, the first volume of Peter Gay's The Bourgeois Experience, was hailed as "a subtle, elegant, profound and prodigiously researched book" (Washington Post Book World), "the most learned, as well as the wittiest, survey of human... (read more)

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Lords of the Human Kind European Attitud
Lords of the Human Kind European Attitud
by V G Kiernan
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Erudite, ironic, and global in its scope, this book is a definitive guide to the history of racism and Eurocentrism.... (read more)

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Autobiography in the Age of Napoleon (1780 - 1820)
Autobiography in the Age of Napoleon (1780 - 1820)
by Nicholas Van Rijn
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AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN THE AGE OF NAPOLEON THE PRELUDE OF WORDSWORTH By John B. Shaw of Elmira College JOSEPH FOUCHE,1763-1820 Memoirs of Joseph Fouche, Duke of Otranto NAPOLEON BONAPARTE, 1768-1821 Letters THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON, 1769-1852 An Account of... (read more)

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The Bourgeois Experience: Victoria to Freud
The Bourgeois Experience: Victoria to Freud
by Peter Gay
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Crowd in History a Study of Popular Di
Crowd in History a Study of Popular Di
by George F E Rude
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Gender and Class in Modern Europe
Gender and Class in Modern Europe
by Laura L Frader
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From Napoleaon to the Second International: Essays on Nineteenth-Century Europe
From Napoleaon to the Second International: Essays on Nineteenth-Century Europe
by A J P Taylor
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Peaceful Conquest: The Industrialization of Europe, 1760-1970
Peaceful Conquest: The Industrialization of Europe, 1760-1970
by Sidney Pollard
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