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Colonial Period (1600-1775)

  • The "Colored Hero" of Harper's Ferryby Steven Lubet

    Cambridge University Press 2015; US$ 22.00

    This is the first and only biography of one of John Brown's African American comrades, John Anthony Copeland. more...

  • Magazines and the Making of America: Modernization, Community, and Print Culture, 1741-1860by Heather A. Haveman

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 45.00

    From the colonial era to the onset of the Civil War, Magazines and the Making of America looks at how magazines and the individuals, organizations, and circumstances they connected ushered America into the modern age. How did a magazine industry emerge in the United States, where there were once only amateur authors, clumsy technologies for production... more...

  • The Astronomer and the Witch: Johannes Kepler's Fight for his Motherby Ulinka Rublack

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 19.99

    Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) was one of the most admired astronomers who ever lived and a key figure in the scientific revolution. A defender of Copernicus´s sun-centred universe, he famously discovered that planets move in ellipses, and defined the three laws of planetary motion. Perhaps less well known is that in 1615, when Kepler was at the... more...

  • The Travels of Elkanah Watsonby Jeremy Dupertuis Bangs

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2015; US$ 65.00

    Elkanah Watson (1758-1842) travelled everywhere and associated with everyone--soldiers, politicians, diplomats, Indians, artists, scientists, slave traders and abolitionists. He met the Marquis de Lafayette, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Paine and many other American revolutionaries. At 19, he smuggled funds for the Revolution... more...

  • King John (Mis)Rememberedby Dr Igor Djordjevic

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 109.95

    King John?s evil reputation has outlasted and proved more enduring than that of Richard III, whose notoriety seemed ensured thanks to Shakespeare?s portrayal of him. The paradox is even greater when we realize that this portrait of John endures despite Shakespeare?s portrait of him in the play King John, where he hardly comes off as a villain at all.... more...

  • The Power to Dieby Terri L. Snyder

    University of Chicago Press 2015; US$ 36.00

    The history of slavery in early America is a history of suicide. On ships crossing the Atlantic, enslaved men and women refused to eat or leaped into the ocean. They strangled or hanged themselves. They tore open their own throats. In America, they jumped into rivers or out of windows, or even ran into burning buildings. Faced with the reality of... more...

  • Mexico's Uneven Developmentby Oscar J. Martinez

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 44.95

    Mexico and the United States may be neighbors, but their economies offer stark contrasts. In Mexico?s Uneven Development: The Geographical and Historical Context of Inequality , Oscar J. Martínez explores Mexico?s history to explain why Mexico remains less developed than the United States. Weaving in stories from his own experiences growing up along... more...

  • Elizabeth II (Penguin Monarchs)by Douglas Hurd

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 17.58

    Just as this book is being published, Elizabeth II will become the longest-serving monarch who ever sat on the English or British throne. Yet her personality and influence remain elusive. This book, by a senior politician who has spent significant periods of time in her company, and is also a distinguished historian, portrays her more credibly than... more...

  • The Betrayal: The 1919 World Series and the Birth of Modern Baseballby Charles Fountain

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 18.99

    In the most famous scandal of sports history, eight Chicago White Sox players--including Shoeless Joe Jackson--agreed to throw the 1919 World Series to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for the promise of $20,000 each from gamblers reportedly working for New York mobster Arnold Rothstein. Heavily favored, Chicago lost the Series five games to three.... more...

  • Conservative Internationalismby Henry R. Nau

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 29.95

    Debates about U.S. foreign policy have revolved around three main traditions--liberal internationalism, realism, and nationalism. In this book, distinguished political scientist Henry Nau delves deeply into a fourth, overlooked foreign policy tradition that he calls "conservative internationalism." This approach spreads freedom, like liberal internationalism;... more...