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  • Is History Fiction?by Ann Curthoys; John Docker

    University of New South Wales Press 2010; US$ 27.95

    The relationship between history and fiction has always been a controversial one. Can we ever know that a historical narrative is giving us a true account of what actually happened? Provocative and fascinating, this book is an original and insightful examination of the ways in which history is—and might be—written. It traces History?s doubleness... more...

  • National Plotsby Andrea Cabajsky; Brett Josef Grubisic

    Wilfrid Laurier University Press 2010; US$ 42.95

    Fiction that reconsiders, challenges, reshapes, and/or upholds national narratives of history has long been an integral aspect of Canadian literature. Works by writers of historical fiction (from early practitioners such as John Richardson to contemporary figures such as Alice Munro and George Elliott Clarke) propose new views and understandings... more...

  • My Desire for Historyby Allan Berube; John D'Emilio; Estelle B. Freedman

    The University of North Carolina Press 2011; US$ 26.00

    This anthology pays tribute to Allan Berube (1946-2007), a self-taught historian and MacArthur Fellow who was a pioneer in the study of lesbian and gay history in the United States. Best known for his Lambda Literary Award-winning book Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War II (1990), Berube also wrote extensively on... more...

  • The Zinn Readerby Howard Zinn

    Seven Stories Press 2011; US$ 21.95

    No other radical historian has reached so many hearts and minds as Howard Zinn. It is rare that a historian of the Left has managed to retain as much credibility while refusing to let his academic mantle change his beautiful writing style from being anything but direct, forthright, and accessible. Whether his subject is war, race, politics, economic... more...

  • History Warsby Edward T. Linethal; Tom Engelhardt

    Henry Holt and Co. 1996; US$ 19.99

    From the ?taming of the West? to the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, the portrayal of the past has become a battleground at the heart of American politics. What kind of history Americans should read, see, or fund is no longer merely a matter of professional interest to teachers, historians, and museum curators. Everywhere now, history is... more...

  • Threads and Tracesby Carlo Ginzburg

    University of California Press 2012; US$ 24.95

    Carlo Ginzburg?s brilliant and timely new essay collection takes a bold stand against naive positivism and allegedly sophisticated neo-skepticism. It looks deeply into questions raised by decades of post-structuralism: What constitutes historical truth? How do we draw a boundary between truth and fiction? What is the relationship between history and... more...

  • The Logos Readerby Stephen Bronner

    The University Press of Kentucky 2005; US$ 30.00

    Founded in 2002, Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture was established in response to the increasing erosion of a left political culture and the new possibilities for international political engagement and cooperation produced by the Internet. Many of the best known intellectual representatives of what might be termed a ?rational radicalism?... more...

  • How Carrots Won the Trojan Warby Rebecca Rupp

    Storey Publishing, LLC 2011; US$ 14.95

    How Carrots Won the Trojan War is a delightful collection of little-known stories about the origins, legends, and historical significance of 23 of the world?s most popular vegetables. Curious cooks, gardeners, and casual readers alike will be fascinated by these far-fetched tales of their favorite foods? pasts. Readers will discover why Roman gladiators... more...

  • Places of Encounterby Aran MacKinnon; Elaine McClarnand MacKinnon

    Westview Press 2012; US$ 40.00

    Using a place-based approach by focusing on specific locations at critical historical moments of historical transformation, Places of Encounter provides a unique alternative to world history anthologies or survey texts. more...

  • Clio Wiredby Roy Rosenzweig; Anthony Grafton

    Columbia University Press 2010; US$ 28.99

    In these visionary essays, Roy Rosenzweig charts the impact of new media on teaching, researching, preserving, presenting, and understanding history. Negotiating between the "cyberenthusiasts" who champion technological breakthroughs and the "digitalskeptics" who fear the end of traditional humanistic scholarship, Rosenzweig re-envisions academic... more...