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  • Jan van Eyckby Craig Harbison

    Reaktion Books 2012; US$ 29.95

    The surviving work of Flemish painter Jan van Eyck (c. 1395?1441) consists of a series of painstakingly detailed oil paintings of astonishing verisimilitude. Most explanations of the meanings behind these paintings have been grounded in a disguised religious symbolism that critics have insisted is foremost. But in Jan van Eyck , Craig Harbison sets... more...

  • Animalby Erica Fudge

    Reaktion Books 2004; US$ 19.95

    From the pet that we live with and care for, to news items such as animal cloning, and the use of various creatures in film, television and advertising, animals are a constant presence in our lives. Animal is a timely overview of the many ways in which we live with animals, and assesses many of the paradoxes of our relationships with them: for example,... 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...

  • Animal Rightsby Hilda Kean

    Reaktion Books 1998; US$ 29.95

    In the late twentieth century animals are news. Parliamentary debates, protests against fox hunting and television programs like Animal Hospital all focus on the way in which we treat animals and on what that says about our own humanity. As vegetarianism becomes ever more popular, and animal experimentation more controversial, it is time to trace the... 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...

  • The Road to Independence?by Murray Pittock

    Reaktion Books 2008; US$ 24.95

    Independence has been a contested issue in Scotland since the region was first invaded by England in 1707, and the realm continues to linger in a no-man?s land between regional status and full sovereignty. The issue of independence has risen to the forefront of Scottish discussion in the past fifty years and Murray Pittock offers here an examination... more...

  • Everlasting Flowerby Keith Pratt

    Reaktion Books 2007; US$ 27.00

    The defiant dictatorship of North Korea and the thriving democracy of South Korea may appear starkly different, but they share a complex and often misunderstood history that is ably recounted in Everlasting Flower. Keith Pratt traverses the ancient landscapes of the Koreas, from the kingdoms of Old Choson and Wiman Choson to the present-day 38th Parallel... more...

  • Bangkokby William Warren

    Reaktion Books 2004; US$ 25.00

    William Warren?s Bangkok is an informal portrait of this most vibrant and perplexing of modern cities. Divided into two parts, the first is a selective history, showing how Bangkok has developed over the last 200 years, while the second explores the contemporary face of the city through a series of personal impressions. The author explains how the... more...

  • Landscape and History since 1500by Ian D. Whyte

    Reaktion Books 2004; US$ 35.00

    Landscape and History explores a complex relationship over the past five centuries. The book is international and interdisciplinary in scope, drawing on material from social, economic and cultural history as well as from geography, archaeology, cultural geography, planning and landscape history. In recent years, as the author points out, there has... more...

  • Watching Hannahby Barry Reay

    Reaktion Books 2004; US$ 35.00

    Arthur Munby (1828?1910) was a Victorian gentleman from a respected family of Yorkshire lawyers. He left behind diaries that record his life-long obsession with working-class Victorian women, whom he interviewed, photographed and wrote about. This obsession led to his relationship with, and eventual secret marriage to, his maidservant Hannah Cullwick. Working... more...