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  • Sex and Religionby Dag Ølstein Endsjø

    Reaktion Books 2012; US$ 35.00

    Sex and religion are inevitably and intricately linked. There are few realms of human experience other than sex in which religion has greater reach and influence. The role of religion, of any faith, to prohibit, regulate, condemn, and reward, is unavoidably prominent in questions of sex?namely with whom, when, how, and why.  In Sex and... more...

  • Art and Religion in Eighteenth-Century Europeby Nigel Aston

    Reaktion Books 2009; US$ 45.00

    Eighteenth-century Europe witnessed monumental upheavals in both the Catholic and Protestant faiths and the repercussions rippled down to the churches? religious art forms. Nigel Aston now chronicles here the intertwining of cultural and institutional turmoil during this pivotal century.            ... more...

  • Sausageby Gary Allen

    Reaktion Books 2015; US$ 19.00

    When you get right down to it, taking the intestine of an animal and stuffing it with the ground meat of that animal doesn?t really seem all that intuitive an approach to food preparation. But, as Gary Allen shows in this rich and engaging history, people worldwide have been making sausage for thousands of years. A veritable alphabet of sausages,... more...

  • Doughnutby Heather Delancey Hunwick

    Reaktion Books 2015; US$ 19.00

    Doughnuts, like hot dogs and apple pie, are widely seen as a quintessentially American food.But their story is much older, one that began in the Old World. Doughnut : A Global History reveals the long history and wide reach of these deep-fried dough delights. Heather Hunswick takes readers on an exciting ride from pre-history, to Ancient Egypt... more...

  • Ghostsby Lisa Morton

    Reaktion Books 2015; US$ 25.00

    From that cheerful puff of smoke known as Casper to the hunkiest potter living or dead, Sam Wheat, there is probably no more iconic entity in supernatural history than the ghost. And these are just recent examples. From the earliest writings such as the Epic of Gilgamesh to today?s ghost-hunting reality TV shows, ghosts have chilled the air of nearly... more...

  • Lambby Brian Yarvin

    Reaktion Books 2015; US$ 19.00

    So long as humans have been raising animals, they have been eating lamb. In this engaging history, Brian Yarvin tells the story of how we?ve raised, cooked, and eaten lamb over the centuries and the place it?s established in a wide range of cuisines and cultures worldwide.             Starting... 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...

  • 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...