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Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism
Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism
by Larry Siedentop
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Here, in a grand narrative spanning 1,800 years of European history, a distinguished political philosopher firmly rejects Western liberalism's usual account of itself: its emergence in opposition to religion in the early modern era. Larry Siedentop... (read more)

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Western Civilization: a Brief History, Volume II (7TH 11 - Old Edition)
Western Civilization: a Brief History, Volume II (7TH 11 - Old Edition)
by Marvin Perry
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Western Civilization: A Brief History, 6/e, maintains a firm grounding in political history, while covering intellectual history (particularly the significance of ideas and contributions) to a greater and deeper extent than any other text for the course.... (read more)

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Liberalism: A Counter-History
Liberalism: A Counter-History
by Domenico Losurdo
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In this definitive historical investigation, Italian author and philosopher Domenico Losurdo argues that from the outset liberalism, as a philosophical position and ideology, has been bound up with the most illiberal of policies: slavery, colonialism... (read more)

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The West: An Illustrated History
The West: An Illustrated History
by Geoffrey C. Ward
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'\'\\\' Michael Wallis is the author of many books on the West, including Billy the Kid and The Real Wild West. He has written 16 books and won numerous honors and awards.  Robert G. McCubbin is one of the founders of the Wild West History... (read more)

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Near a Thousand Tables: A History of Food
Near a Thousand Tables: A History of Food
by F Fernandez Armesto
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Felipe Fernández-Armesto is a Professorial Fellow of Queen Mary, University of London, and a member of the Modern History Faculty at Oxford University. He is the author of thirteen books, including Millenium: A History of the Last Thousand Years... (read more)

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The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, 1914-1991
The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, 1914-1991
by Eric Hobsbawm
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Renaissance in Europe (2ND 14 Edition)
Renaissance in Europe (2ND 14 Edition)
by Margaret L. King
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In this deft recasting of the Renaissance story, Margaret L. King weaves together the many strands that made up this complex cultural movement. By marrying the best of earlier scholarship with more recent research, King shows how Renaissance history is... (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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Cleopatra's Nose: Essays on the Unexpected
Cleopatra's Nose: Essays on the Unexpected
by Daniel J Boorstin
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Short History of Secularism (08 Edition)
Short History of Secularism (08 Edition)
by Graeme Smith
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"A lucid and strikingly original account of secularization. The book confounds both secularization theorists who announce the disappearance of Christianity and Christians who claim a religious identity untouched by historical change. ... (read more)

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War and Gold: A Five-Hundred-Year History of Empires, Adventures, and Debt
War and Gold: A Five-Hundred-Year History of Empires, Adventures, and Debt
by Kwasi Kwarteng
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The world was wild for gold. After discovering the Americas, and under pressure to defend their vast dominion, the Habsburgs of Spain promoted gold and silver exploration in the New World with ruthless urgency. But, the great influx of wealth brought... (read more)

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The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor
The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor
by David S Landes
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The Wealth and Poverty of Nations is David S. Landes's acclaimed, best-selling exploration of one of the most contentious and hotly debated questions of our time: Why do some nations achieve economic success while others remain mired in poverty? The... (read more)

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Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve (University Center for Human Values)
Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve (University Center for Human Values)
by Ian Morris
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"Ian Morris has thrown another curveball for social science. In this disarmingly readable book, which takes us from prehistory to the present, he offers a new theory of human culture, linking it firmly to economic fundamentals and how humans obtained... (read more)

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The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
by Niall Ferguson
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A Financial Times Best Book of the Year Winner of the 2013 Lionel Gelber Prize There has always been some gap between rich and poor in this country, but in the last few decades what it means to be rich has changed dramatically. Alarmingly, the greatest... (read more)

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Western Civilization, Complete -advantage Edition (8TH 12 - Old Edition)
Western Civilization, Complete -advantage Edition (8TH 12 - Old Edition)
by Jackson J. Spielvogel
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Jackson Spielvogel's engaging, chronological narrative weaves the political, economic, social, religious, intellectual, cultural, and military aspects of history into a gripping story that is as memorable as it is instructive. The clear narrative of a... (read more)

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Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures, a Concise History, Volume I-text Only (3RD 10 - Old Edition)
Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures, a Concise History, Volume I-text Only (3RD 10 - Old Edition)
by Lynn Hunt
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The Making of the West is a story of interactions — cross-cultural exchanges that span the globe, as well as the ongoing interactions between societies, cultures, governments, economies, religions, and ideas. To highlight these interactions and... (read more)

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Italian Renaissance : the Essential Readings (02 Edition)
Italian Renaissance : the Essential Readings (02 Edition)
by Paula Findlen
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Paula Findlen is Professor of Italian History at Stanford University. She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Nelson Prize from the Renaissance Society of America. Her previous publications include Possessing Nature: Museums... (read more)

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The First Jesuits
The First Jesuits
by John W Omalley
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John O'Malley gives us the most comprehensive account ever written of the Society of Jesus in its founding years, one that heightens and transforms our understanding of the Jesuits in history and today.... (read more)

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The Discovery of Middle Earth: Mapping the Lost World of the Celts
The Discovery of Middle Earth: Mapping the Lost World of the Celts
by Graham Robb
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At the end of the Iron Age, the 600-year-old civilization of the Celts stretched from the Black Sea to Scotland. It had produced some of the finest artistic and scientific masterpieces of the ancient world. But in 58 BC, Julius Caesar marched over the... (read more)

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The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam
The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam
by Barbara W Tuchman
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Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Barbara W. Tuchman, author of the World War I masterpiece The Guns of August, grapples with her boldest subject: the pervasive presence, through the ages, of failure, mismanagement, and delusion in government.  ... (read more)

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