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20th Century

  • Boys in Zincby Svetlana Alexievich; Andrew Bromfield

    Penguin Books Ltd 2017; US$ 14.09

    The haunting history of the Soviet-Afghan War from the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2015 - A new translation based on the updated text - From 1979 to 1989 Soviet troops engaged in a devastating war in Afghanistan that claimed thousands of casualties on both sides. While the Soviet Union talked about a 'peace-keeping' mission, the... more...

  • The Spy Who Loved Castroby Marita Lorenz

    Ebury Publishing 2017; US$ 11.27

    Few can say they?ve seen some of the most significant moments of the twentieth century unravel before their eyes. Marita Lorenz is one of them. Born in Germany at the outbreak of WWII, Marita was incarcerated in a Nazi concentration camp as a child. In 1959, she travelled to Cuba where she met and fell in love with Fidel Castro. Yet upon fleeing... more...

  • On Tyrannyby Timothy Snyder

    Random House 2017; US$ 12.68

    History does not repeat, but it does instruct. In the twentieth century, European democracies collapsed into fascism, Nazism and communism. These were movements in which a leader or a party claimed to give voice to the people, promised to protect them from global existential threats, and rejected reason in favour of myth. European history shows us... more...

  • Child Slavery before and after Emancipationby Anna Mae Duane

    Cambridge University Press 2017; US$ 24.00

    An innovative, interdisciplinary anthology arguing that we are unable to fully understand slavery - then and now - without attending to children's roles in slavery's machinations. more...

  • Axeman of New Orleansby Miriam C. Davis

    Chicago Review Press 2017; US$ 26.99

    From 1910 to 1919, New Orleans suffered at the hands of its very own Jack the Ripper–style killer. The story has been the subject of websites, short stories, novels, a graphic novel, and most recently the FX television series American Horror Story . But the full story of gruesome murders, sympathetic victims, accused innocents, public panic,... more...

  • The War Beat, Europeby Steven Casey

    Oxford University Press 2017; US$ 23.99

    A fast-paced narrative of the hard-driving American war correspondents who reported the war against Nazi Germany from the battlegrounds of North Africa, Germany, Italy, and France--and shaped the home front's perception of some of the most pivotal battles in American history. more...

  • American Crucibleby Gary Gerstle

    Princeton University Press 2017; US$ 27.95 US$ 25.43

    This sweeping history of twentieth-century America follows the changing and often conflicting ideas about the fundamental nature of American society: Is the United States a social melting pot, as our civic creed warrants, or is full citizenship somehow reserved for those who are white and of the "right" ancestry? Gary Gerstle traces the forces of... more...

  • Genocide in the Ottoman Empireby George N. Shirinian

    Berghahn Books 2017; US$ 69.95

    The final years of the Ottoman Empire were catastrophic ones for its non-Turkish, non-Muslim minorities. From 1913 to 1923, its rulers deported, killed, or otherwise persecuted staggering numbers of citizens in an attempt to preserve "Turkey for the Turks," setting a modern precedent for how a regime can commit genocide in pursuit of political ends... more...

  • Metaphors of Spainby Javier Moreno-Luzón; Xosé M. Núñez Seixas

    Berghahn Books 2017; US$ 34.95

    The history of twentieth-century Spanish nationalism is a complex one, placing a set of famously distinctive regional identities against a backdrop of religious conflict, separatist tensions, and the autocratic rule of Francisco Franco. And despite the undeniably political character of that story, cultural history can also provide essential insights... more...