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  • Leninby Lars T. Lih

    Reaktion Books 2012; US$ 16.95

    After Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin (1870?1924) is the man most associated with communism and its influence and reach around the world. Lenin was the leader of the communist Bolshevik party during the October 1917 revolution in Russia, and he subsequently headed the Soviet state until 1924, bringing stability to the region and establishing a socialist... more...

  • Charles Baudelaireby Rosemary Lloyd

    Reaktion Books 2008; US$ 16.95

    An engrossing and readable biography, Rosemary Lloyd's 'Charles Baudelaire' will be essential for scholars and Baudelaire admirers alike. more...

  • The Contemporary Caribbeanby Olwyn M. Blouet

    Reaktion Books 2007; US$ 24.95

    When Americans seek an escape from the worries and dilemmas of everyday life, the crystal blue waters and white sands of the Caribbean islands seem like the answer to a prayer. Yet this image of a tourist?s paradise hides a tumultuous history marked by strife and division over race, political power, and economic inequality. Olwyn Blouet explores the... more...

  • Cultures of Collectingby Roger Cardinal

    Reaktion Books 2004; US$ 34.95

    This book traces the psychology, history and theory of the compulsion to collect, focusing not just on the normative collections of the Western canon, but also on collections that reflect a fascination with the "Other" and the marginal ? the ephemeral, exotic, or just plain curious. There are essays on the Neoclassical architect Sir John Soane,... more...

  • Island at the End of the Worldby Steven Roger Fischer

    Reaktion Books 2006; US$ 32.00

    On a long stretch of green coast in the South Pacific, hundreds of enormous, impassive stone heads stand guard against the ravages of time, war, and disease that have attempted over the centuries to conquer Easter Island. Steven Roger Fischer offers the first English-language history of Easter Island in Island at the End of the World, a fascinating... more...

  • Cambodiaby Michael Freeman

    Reaktion Books 2004; US$ 25.00

    Cambodia has a long and rich history, first becoming an artistic and religious power in Southeast Asia in the Angkor period (802?1432), when its kings ruled from vast temple complexes at Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. The cultural influence of Cambodia on other countries in the region has been enormous, quite out of keeping with its reduced territory... more...

  • The Nordic Modelby Mary Hilson

    Reaktion Books 2008; US$ 24.95

    The political structures of the Scandinavian nations have long stood as models for government and public policy. This comprehensive study examines how that ?Nordic model? of government developed, as well as its far-reaching influence. Respected Scandinavian historian Mary Hilson surveys the political bureaucracies of the five Nordic... more...

  • Oil, Islam, and Conflictby Rob Johnson

    Reaktion Books 2007; US$ 25.00

    The Taliban is resurgent in Afghanistan while Chechnya still struggles under a shadow of violence, and the nations surrounding them are barely more stable. Add in the significant reserves scattered throughout Central Asia and you have a volatile political cocktail that makes the region, in Rob Johnson?s words, the ?new Middle East.? In Oil, Islam and... more...

  • Cuba in Revolutionby Antoni Kapcia

    Reaktion Books 2008; US$ 24.95

    The recent retirement of Fidel Castro turned the world?s attention toward the tiny but prominent island nation of Cuba and the question of what its future holds. Amid all of the talk and hypothesizing, it is worth taking a moment to consider how Cuba reached this point, which is what Antoni Kapcia provides with his incisive history of Cuba since 1959. Cuba... more...

  • Lives of Imagesby Peter Mason

    Reaktion Books 2004; US$ 35.00

    In the Lives of Images, Peter Mason examines four striking case studies involving the production and transmission of visual images of non-European peoples. Beginning with what has been taken to be the earliest three-dimensional European representation of Native Americans, he then focuses on the migration of such images via 16th century Meso-American... more...