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  • Empire of Cottonby Sven Beckert

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2014; US$ 17.95

    The epic story of the rise and fall of the empire of cotton, its centrality to the world economy, and its making and remaking of global capitalism.? ?   Cotton is so ubiquitous as to be almost invisible, yet understanding its history is key to understanding the origins of modern capitalism. Sven Beckert?s rich, fascinating book tells the story of... more...

  • The Cowboyby Philip Ashton Rollins

    Skyhorse Publishing 2011; US$ 14.99

    Although the American cowboy has long been a favorite subject for novelists, filmmakers, and illustrators, too often the picture they paint bears little relation to reality. Philip Ashton Rollins, who lived in the West on and off between 1892 and 1924, set out to create a more accurate portrait of this enduring icon. Based on what he himself witnessed,... more...

  • The Devil in the White Cityby Erik Larson

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2004; US$ 15.95

    Erik Larson?author of #1 bestseller IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS?intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World's Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills... more...

  • Trouble in Mindby Leon F. Litwack

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 20.00

    "The stain of Jim Crow runs deep in 20th-century America. . . . Its effects remain the nation's most pressing business. Trouble in Mind is an absolutely essential account of its dreadful history and calamitous legacy."  --The Washington Post "The most complete and moving account we have had of what the victims of the Jim Crow South suffered and somehow... more...

  • The Transatlantic World of Higher Educationby Anja Werner

    Berghahn Books 2013; US$ 120.00

    Between the 1760s and 1914, thousands of young Americans crossed the Atlantic to enroll in German-speaking universities, but what was it like to be an American in, for instance, Halle, Heidelberg, Gottingen, or Leipzig? In this book, the author combines a statistical approach with a biographical approach in order to reconstruct the history of these... more...

  • Out of the House of Bondageby Thavolia Glymph

    Cambridge University Press 2008; US$ 24.00

    Glymph challenges popular depictions of mistresses as 'friends' and 'allies' of slaves in the plantation household. more...

  • A Fictive Peopleby Ronald J. Zboray

    Oxford University Press 1993; US$ 149.99

    This book explores an important boundary between history and literature: the antebellum reading public for books written by Americans. Zboray describes how fiction took root in the United States and what literature contributed to the readers' sense of themselves. He traces the rise of fiction as a social history centered on the book trade and chronicles... more...

  • This Sacred Trustby Paul C. Nagel

    Oxford University Press 1971; US$ 94.99

    Nagel's classic work deals with nineteenth-century America's coming awareness as a nation and its agonizing struggle to turn itself into a model republic. He perceptively explores the growth of American nationalism in its political, social, religious, economic, and literary implications. The resulting book is a vivid portrait of how America viewed... more...

  • The Oregon Trailby David Dary

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 35.00

    A major one-volume history of the Oregon Trail from its earliest beginnings to the present, by a prize-winning historian of the American West. Starting with an overview of Oregon Country in the early 1800s, a vast area then the object of international rivalry among Spain, Britain, Russia, and the United States, David Dary gives us the whole sweeping... more...

  • America's Jubileeby Andrew Burstein

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 18.95

    In America's Jubilee distinguished historian Andrew Burstein presents an engrossing narrative that takes us back to a pivotal year in American history, 1826, when the reins of democracy were being passed from the last Revolutionary War heroes to a new generation of leaders. Through brilliant sketches of selected individuals and events, Burstein... more...