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  • Portraitureby Richard Brilliant

    Reaktion Books 2013; US$ 30.00

    This is the first general and theoretical study devoted entirely to portraiture. Drawing on a broad range of images from Antiquity to the twentieth century, which includes paintings, sculptures, prints, cartoons, postage stamps, medals, documents and photographs, Richard Brilliant investigates the genre as a particular phenomenon in Western art that... more...

  • Fidel Castroby Nick Caistor

    Reaktion Books 2013; US$ 16.95

    Fidel Castro had ruled the island of Cuba for fifty-two years when ill health forced him to step down in 2008. Over the course of that time, he changed Cuba from a republic to a communist state and became one of the most divisive leaders in the second half of the twentieth century. For some, he is a champion of humanitarianism, socialism, and environmentalism.... 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...

  • Britain since the Seventiesby Jeremy Black

    Reaktion Books 2004; US$ 24.95

    In Britain since the Seventies, well-known historian Jeremy Black examines the most recent developments in British political, social, cultural and economic history. Taking the triumph of consumerism as an organizing theme, he charts the rise and fall of the Conservative Party, developments in British society, culture and politics, environmental issues,... more...

  • Altered Statesby Jeremy Black

    Reaktion Books 2006; US$ 19.95

    Red states versus blue states. Metro versus retro. North or South, East or West. Pundits, politicians, and social scientists love to carve out categories in an attempt to make sense of political and social divisions that run through the American landscape. As the home of nearly 300 million people spread over approximately 3.7 million square miles of... more...

  • Why Wars Happenby Jeremy Black

    Reaktion Books 2005; US$ 29.95

    Why Wars Happen is a groundbreaking inquiry into the crucial yet surprisingly understudied question of why wars occur. Jeremy Black, one of Britain's foremost military historians, presents an interdisciplinary study that draws on subjects such as history, political science, and international relations and marshals a vast range of material with global... more...

  • War since 1945by Jeremy Black

    Reaktion Books 2005; US$ 24.95

    Most writing on modern warfare begins with the French Revolutionary Wars and continues through World Wars I and II, giving post-1945 conflicts only a cursory glance through the lens of Cold War politics. Distinguished military historian Jeremy Black corrects that imbalance with War since 1945, a comprehensive look at the many large- and small-scale... 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...

  • Romaniaby Lucian Boia

    Reaktion Books 2004; US$ 27.00

    Romania occupies a unique position on the map of Eastern Europe. It is a country that presents many paradoxes. In this book the preeminent Romanian historian Lucian Boia examines his native land's development from the Middle Ages to modern times, delineating its culture, history, language, politics and ethnic identity. Boia introduces us to the heroes... 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...