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1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
by Charles C. Mann
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Charles C. Mann has pulled off an impressive feat — a scholarly, thorough work of history that's almost compulsively readable. In 1491, he summarizes and examines the last thirty years of research into the pre-Columbian Americas, and comes to some... (read more)

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The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
by Stephen Greenblatt
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One of the world's most celebrated scholars, Stephen Greenblatt has crafted both an innovative work of history and a thrilling story of discovery, in which one manuscript, plucked from a thousand years of neglect, changed the course of human thought and... (read more)

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1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created (Vintage)
1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created (Vintage)
by Charles C. Mann
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From the author of 1491 — the best-selling study of the pre-Columbian Americas — a deeply engaging new history of the most momentous biological event since the death of the dinosaurs. More than 200 million years ago, geological forces split... (read more)

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The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller
The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller
by Carlo Ginzburg
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The first full-length autobiography in Bengali, Amar Jiban (My Life) was written in the early nineteenth century by an upper-caste rural housewife named Rashundari Debi. Published in 1868 when she was 88 years old, the book is a fascinating snapshot of... (read more)

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Hinges of History #06: Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World
Hinges of History #06: Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World
by Thomas Cahill
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From the inimitable bestselling author Thomas Cahill, another popular history—this one focusing on how the innovations of the Renaissance and the Reformation changed the Western world. A truly revolutionary book.   In Volume VI of his... (read more)

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The History of the Renaissance World: From the Rediscovery of Aristotle to the Conquest of Constantinople
The History of the Renaissance World: From the Rediscovery of Aristotle to the Conquest of Constantinople
by Susan Wise Bauer
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Beginning in the heady days just after the First Crusade, this volume—the third in the series that began with The History of the Ancient World and The History of the Medieval World—chronicles the contradictions of a world in transition. Popes... (read more)

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The Crusades (Brief Insight)
The Crusades (Brief Insight)
by Christopher Tyerman
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Crusading fervor gripped Europe for more than 200 years, creating one of the most extraordinary episodes in world history. But were the Crusades the first steps in European colonialism, an attempt at ethnic cleansing, a manifestation of religious zeal... (read more)

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History of Private Life #03: Histoire de La Vie Privee, Vol. 3, de La Renaissance Aux Lumieres / Ieres
History of Private Life #03: Histoire de La Vie Privee, Vol. 3, de La Renaissance Aux Lumieres / Ieres
by Roger Chartier
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Readers interested in history, and in the development of the modern sensibility, will relish this large-scale yet intimately detailed examination of the blossoming of the ordinary and extraordinary people of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. This... (read more)

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The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
by Stephen Greenblatt
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One of the world's most celebrated scholars, Stephen Greenblatt has crafted both an innovative work of history and a thrilling story of discovery, in which one manuscript, plucked from a thousand years of neglect, changed the course of human thought and... (read more)

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God's Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World
God's Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World
by Cullen Murphy
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Established by the Catholic Church in 1231, the Inquisition continued in one form or another for almost seven hundred years. Though associated with the persecution of heretics and Jews — and with burning at the stake — its targets were more... (read more)

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Furies: War in Europe, 1450 1700
Furies: War in Europe, 1450 1700
by Lauro Martines
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We think of the Renaissance as a shining era of human achievementa pinnacle of artistic genius and humanist brilliance, the time of Shakespeare, Michelangelo, and Montaigne. Yet it was also an age of constant, harrowing warfare. Armies, not philosophers,... (read more)

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When Fathers Ruled: Family Life in Reformation Europe
When Fathers Ruled: Family Life in Reformation Europe
by Steven E. Ozment
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This graceful book restores humanity to the Reformation family and to family history.... (read more)

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Conquest: The English Kingdom of France, 1417-1450
Conquest: The English Kingdom of France, 1417-1450
by Juliet Barker
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For thirty dramatic years, England ruled a great swath of France at the point of the sword--an all-but-forgotten episode in the Hundred Years' War that Juliet Barker brings to vivid life in Conquest. Following Agincourt, Henry V's second invasion of... (read more)

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Humanism and the Renaissance
Humanism and the Renaissance
by Zachary Sayre (edt) Schiffman
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A volume in the Problems in European Civilization series, this book features a collection of secondary source essays focusing on aspects of the Renaissance and humanist beliefs. The proven PEC format features key scholarship, chapter and essay... (read more)

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Race and Rhetoric in the Renaissance: Barbarian Errors (Early Modern Cultural Studies)
Race and Rhetoric in the Renaissance: Barbarian Errors (Early Modern Cultural Studies)
by Ian Smith
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During the English Renaissance, the figure of the classical barbarian—identified by ineloquent speech that marked him as a cultural outsider—was recovered for stereotyping Africans. This book advances the idea that language, and not... (read more)

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Shakespeare's Restless World (12 Edition)
Shakespeare's Restless World (12 Edition)
by Macgregor
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A profound exploration of the Bible's most controversial book—from the author of Beyond Belief and The Gnostic Gospels The strangest book of the New Testament, filled with visions of the Rapture, the whore of Babylon, and apocalyptic writing... (read more)

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Challenges to Authority (Renaissance in Europe: A Cultural Enquiry)
Challenges to Authority (Renaissance in Europe: A Cultural Enquiry)
by Peter Elmer
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The evolution and reception of the Renaissance was mediated by developments in various other spheres of early modern life and culture. Foremost among these were the religious changes initiated by the Protestant Reformation, which are discussed in the... (read more)

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The Economy of Early Renaissance Europe, 1300-1460
The Economy of Early Renaissance Europe, 1300-1460
by Harry A Miskimin
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In his unique analysis of the economic structure of early Renaissance Europe, Harry A. Miskimin uses topical economic concepts to examine the far-reaching changes that drew the monarchs of Europe ever further into the management of economic affairs... (read more)

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Renaissance : a Short History (00 Edition)
Renaissance : a Short History (00 Edition)
by Paul Johnson
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The Renaissance holds an undying place in our imagination, its great heroes still our own, from Michelangelo and Leonardo to Dante and Chaucer. This period of profound evolution in European thought is credited with transforming the West from medieval to... (read more)

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House of Wisdom (10 Edition)
House of Wisdom (10 Edition)
by Jim Al-khalili
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A myth-shattering view of the Islamic world's myriad scientific innovations and the role they played in sparking the European Renaissance. Many of the innovations that we think of as hallmarks of Western science had their roots in the Arab world of the... (read more)

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