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History's Mysteries: People, Places, and Oddities Lost in the Sands of Time

Brian Haughton

aIn the globe-trotting spirit of Indiana Jones, Brian Haughton has circled the earth, trying to get to the bottom of some of historyas greatest mysteries.a BBC Online Historyas Mysteries is an absorbing and meticulously researched exploration of the... (read more)

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The Dark Side of the Enlightenment: Wizards, Alchemists, and Spiritual Seekers in the Age of Reason

John V. Fleming

In The Dark Side of the Enlightenment, John V. Fleming shows how the impulses of the European Enlightenment—generally associated with great strides in the liberation of human thought from superstition and traditional religion—were challenged... (read more)

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Suburban/Rural Conflicts in Late 19th Century Chicago: Political, Religious & Social Controversies on the North Shore

Mark A. Zaltman

Describes the collision of values that arose when Protestant suburbanites of Rogers Park came into contact with German Catholics of rural West Ridge. Examines battles over taverns, real estate, taxes, zoning, and park creation, and looks at factors... (read more)

20th Century
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Ill Fares the Land

Tony Judt

A gift to the next generation of engaged citizens, from one of our most celebrated intellectuals. As the economic collapse of 2008 made clear, the social contract that defined postwar life in Europe and America-the guarantee of security, stability, and... (read more)

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The Horses of St Mark's: A Story of Triumph in Byzantium, Paris and Venice

Charles Freeman

The Horses of St. Mark's in Venice are among art's finest creations-and certainly one with a story like no other. Celebrated historian Charles Freeman, author of the 2009 surprise hit A.D. 381, explores the mysterious origin of the statues and their... (read more)

Ancient Rome
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Swords Against the Senate: The Rise of the Roman Army and the Fall of the Republic

Erik Hildinger

After Rome defeated its age-old enemy, Carthage, it was the undisputed ruler of a vast empire.Yet, at the heart of the Roman Republic was a peculiar flaw: an uneradicable tension between the aristocracy and the plebians, and each regarded themselves as... (read more)

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The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic

Peter Linebaugh

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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Byzantium: Church, Society, and Civilization Seen Through Contemporary Eyes

Deno John Geanakoplos

Deno John Geanakoplos here offers a prodigious collection of source materials on the Byzantine church, society, and civilization (many translated for the first time into English), arranged chronologically and topically, and knit together with an... (read more)

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