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Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History
Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History
by Sidney Mintz
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"Shows how the intelligent analysis of the history of a single commodity can be used to pry open the history of an entire world of social relationships and human behavior."—The New York Review of Books.... (read more)

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The Age of Religious Wars, 1559-1715 (Norton History of Modern Europe)
The Age of Religious Wars, 1559-1715 (Norton History of Modern Europe)
by Richard S Dunn
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The individual volumes interlock to form a continuous narrative, but each volume also stands alone as a distinctive study of a major period of European history. Emphasis is placed on trends rather than isolated facts and on meaning and process in history.... (read more)

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The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic
The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic
by Peter Linebaugh
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Winner of the International Labor History Award Long before the American Revolution and the Declaration of the Rights of Man, a motley crew of sailors, slaves, pirates, laborers, market women, and indentured servants had ideas about freedom and equality... (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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Eighteenth-Century Europe, Tradition and Progress, 1715-1789 (Norton History of Modern Europe)
Eighteenth-Century Europe, Tradition and Progress, 1715-1789 (Norton History of Modern Europe)
by Isser Woloch
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Drawing on the best contemporary scholarship, especially the innovations of French social history, Isser Woloch paints an unusually rich and detailed portrait of eighteenth-century European life and society. Among the new topics he covers are the family... (read more)

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The Thirty Years War: Europe's Tragedy
The Thirty Years War: Europe's Tragedy
by Peter H. Wilson, Professor
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2011 Distinguished Book Award, European or other Military History Category, Society for Military... (read more)

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Columbian Exchange Biological
Columbian Exchange Biological
by A W Crosby
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"The best thing about this book is its overarching thesis, the concept of a Columbian exchange. This provocative device permits Crosby to shape a lot of familiar and seemingly unrelated data into a fresh synthesis. . . . The implications of this... (read more)

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Urban Europe 1500-1700
Urban Europe 1500-1700
by Alexander Cowan
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The premise of this study is that not only was there a shared urban dimension to the history of the period, but that it was a dimension whose influence substantially outweighed the relatively small numbers of people who lived in the towns and cities... (read more)

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European Encounters with the New World: From Renaissance to Romanticism
European Encounters with the New World: From Renaissance to Romanticism
by Anthony Pagden
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For more than three centuries after Columbus's voyages to America, Europeans pondered how the Old World's encounters with the New World affected European sensibilities and intellectual horizons. In this book Anthony Pagden examines some of the varied... (read more)

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A Trial of Witches: A Seventeenth-Century Witchcraft Prosecution
A Trial of Witches: A Seventeenth-Century Witchcraft Prosecution
by Gilbert Geis
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A case study of the witchcraft trial of two women in 1662 Lowestoft, England, including a description of the accusers and prosecutors and an analysis of the trial itself, which was cited as a precedent in the Salem witchcraft trials.... (read more)

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The Diligent: A Voyage Through the Worlds of the Slave Trade
The Diligent: A Voyage Through the Worlds of the Slave Trade
by Robert Harms
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The Diligent began her journey in Brittany in 1731, and Harms follows her along the African coast where her goods were traded for slaves, to Martinique where her captives were sold to work on sugar plantations. Harms brings to life a world in which... (read more)

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1688: a Global History
1688: a Global History
by John E. Wills
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The Shogun of Japan is cracking down on the samurai, and is obsessed with cruelty to dogs (he is known to history as the Dog Shogun). A very young Peter the Great is just about to launch his coup d'etat and transform Russia. In France, the Sun King rules... (read more)

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Evening in the Palace of Reason: Bach Meets Frederick the Great in the Age of Enlightenment (P.S.)
Evening in the Palace of Reason: Bach Meets Frederick the Great in the Age of Enlightenment (P.S.)
by James R Gaines
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Johann Sebastian Bach created what may be the most celestial and profound body of music in history; Frederick the Great built the colossus we now know as Germany, and along with it a template for modern warfare. Their fleeting encounter in 1757 signals a... (read more)

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Embarrassment of Riches : an Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age (87 Edition)
Embarrassment of Riches : an Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age (87 Edition)
by Simon Schama
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In a brilliantly inventive work, bestselling author Simon Schama explores the enigma of 17th-century Holland, a nation that attained an unprecedented level of affluence, yet lived in constant dread of being corrupted by prosperity. Drawing on a vast... (read more)

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The Enlightenment (New Approaches to European History)
The Enlightenment (New Approaches to European History)
by Dorinda Outram
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This is the second edition of a unique textbook on the Enlightenment.... (read more)

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1688: A Global History
1688: A Global History
by John E Wills
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John E. Wills's masterful history ushers us into the worlds of 1688, from the suicidal exaltation of Russian Old Believers to the ravishing voice of the haiku poet Bashō. Witness the splendor of the Chinese imperial court as the Kangxi emperor publicly... (read more)

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The Pursuit of Glory: The Five Revolutions That Made Modern Europe: 1648-1815 (Penguin History of Europe)
The Pursuit of Glory: The Five Revolutions That Made Modern Europe: 1648-1815 (Penguin History of Europe)
by Tim Blanning
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An extraordinary chronicle of Venice, its people, and its grandeur Thomas Maddenandrsquo;s majestic, sprawling history of Venice is the first full portrait of the city in English in almost thirty years. Using long-buried archival material and a wealth of... (read more)

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Enemy At the Gate: Habsburgs, Ottomans, and the Battle for Europe (09 Edition)
Enemy At the Gate: Habsburgs, Ottomans, and the Battle for Europe (09 Edition)
by Andrew Wheatcroft
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In 1683, an Ottoman army that stretched from horizon to horizon set out to seize the “Golden Apple,” as Turks referred to Vienna. The ensuing siege pitted battle-hardened Janissaries wielding seventeenth-century grenades against Habsburg... (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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The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe
The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe
by Elizabeth L Eisenstein
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In 1979 Elizabeth Eisenstein provided the first full-scale treatment of the fifteenth-century printing revolution in the West in her monumental two-volume work, The Printing Press as an Agent of Change. This abridged edition, after summarising the... (read more)

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