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  • Democratic Enlightenmentby Jonathan Israel

    OUP Oxford 2011; US$ 22.99

    Jonathan Israel's radical new account of the late Enlightenment highlights forgotten currents and figures. Running counter to mainstream thinking, he demonstrates how a group of philosophe-revolutionnaires provided the intellectual powerhouse of the French Revolution, and how their ideas connect with modern Western democracy. more...

  • Hiroshima Nagasakiby Paul Ham

    Transworld 2012; US$ 15.50

    Japan 1945. In one of the defining moments of the twentieth century, more than 100,000 people were killed instantly by two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by US Air Force B29s. Hundreds of thousands more succumbed to their horrific injuries, or slowly perished of radiation-related sickness. Hiroshima Nagasaki tells the story of... more...

  • 1421by Gavin Menzies

    Transworld 2012; US$ 15.50

    On 8 March 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen set sail from China. The ships, some nearly five hundred feet long, were under the command of Emperor Zhu Di's loyal eunuch admirals. Their mission was 'to proceed all the way to the end of the earth to collect tribute from the barbarians beyond the seas' and unite the world in Confucian harmony.... more...

  • Making Tea, Making Japanby Kristin Surak

    Stanford University Press 2012; US$ 24.95

    The tea ceremony persists as one of the most evocative symbols of Japan. Originally a pastime of elite warriors in premodern society, it was later recast as an emblem of the modern Japanese state, only to be transformed again into its current incarnation, largely the hobby of middle-class housewives. How does the cultural practice of a few come to... more...

  • World War Twoby Norman Stone

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 15.98

    A pacy, compelling and penetrating account from Wolfson Prize-winning author Norman Stone, that shows World War Two in a fresh new light The Second World War is the nightmare that sits at the heart of the modern era - a total refutation of any notion of human progress and a conflict which still haunts us seventy years on. Norman Stone's gripping... more...

  • Empire of Ideasby Justin Hart

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 26.99

    Empire of Ideas examines the origins of the U. S. government's programs in public diplomacy and how the nation's image in the world became an essential component of U. S. foreign policy. more...

  • The Janissariesby Godfrey Goodwin

    Saqi 2013; US$ 17.99

    From the fifteenth to the sixteenth century, the janissaries were the scourge of Europe. With their martial music, their muskets and their drilled march, it seemed that no one could withstand them. Their loyalty to their corps was infinite as the Ottomans conquered the Balkans as far as the Danube, and Syria, Egypt and Iraq. They set up semi-independent... more...

  • The Enlightenmentby Dorinda Outram

    Cambridge University Press 2013; US$ 24.00

    New third edition of this acclaimed accessible overview of the Enlightenment, with a new chapter and guidance on further research. more...

  • History for the IB Diploma: Interwar Years: Conflict and Cooperation 1919?39by Allan Todd; Jean Bottaro; Sally Waller

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 16.00

    An exciting series that covers selected topics from the Higher Level options in the IB History syllabus. more...

  • Creating Wildernessby Patrick Kupper

    Berghahn Books 2014; US$ 95.00

    The history of the Swiss National Park, from its creation in the years before the Great War to the present, is told for the first time in this book. Unlike Yellowstone Park, which embodied close cooperation between state-supported conservation and public recreation, the Swiss park put in place an extraordinarily strong conservation program derived... more...