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Fergus Millar is one of the most influential contemporary historians of the ancient world. His essays and books, including The Emperor in the Roman World and The Roman Near East, have enriched our understanding of the Greco-Roman world in fundamental ways. In his writings Millar has made the inhabitants of the Roman Empire central to our conception of how the empire functioned. He also has shown how and why Rabbinic Judaism, Christianity, and Islam... more...
This book presents fifteen essays that address a variety of subjects large and small pertaining to WWII. Short and to the point, each essay covers the subject in two minutes, making them a refreshingly quick read as history lessons go. While the gist of these brief stories is quite obvious even to a casual reader, there are references made to subject matter that many may have never encountered in their formal education nor informally... more...
Blunders, stuff-ups and misjudgements are a part of any country's history. Dwelling on what might have been isn't always helpful, but recognising our mistakes and learning from them is important. In this highly original and provocative book leading Australian historians attempt to do just that. Many stories, scenarios and situations are explored with verve, compassion and insight. The Great Mistakes of Australian History is a lively and provocative... more...
In twenty-two original essays, leading historians reveal the radical impulses at the founding of the American Republic. Here is a fresh new reading of the American Revolution that gives voice and recognition to a generation of radical thinkers and doers whose revolutionary ideals outstripped those of the Founding Fathers. While the Founding Fathers advocated a break from Britain and espoused ideals of republican government, none proposed significant... more...
This official tie-in to the highly acclaimed film, The Birth of a Nation, surveys the history and legacy of Nat Turner, the leader of one of the most renowned slave rebellions on American soil, while also exploring Turner’s relevance to contemporary dialogues on race relations. Based on astounding events in American history, The Birth of a Nation is the epic story of one man championing the spirit of resistance as he leads a rough-and-tumble group... more...
These essays honor Dennis Showalter, a pioneer in the field of military history and a mentor to an entire generation of scholars. The essays themselves are written by some of the best-known and most highly-respected scholars in the field. They span the globe and cover a wide range of military history topics from the ancient world to the present day. As a group, this book represents not only a collection in honor of a great scholar, but a collection of... more...
In his latest collection of essays, Neil Davidson brings his formidable analytical powers to bear on the concept of the capitalist nation-state. Through probing inquiry, Davidson draws out how nationalist ideology and consciousness is used to bind the subordinate classes to “the nation,” while simultaneously using “the state” as a means of conducting geopolitical competition for capital.
The original homage to the world's most extraordinary drink! In 1922, William H. Ukers wrote the definitive work on coffee. As the founder of The Tea and Coffee Trade Journal, an industry magazine still active today, he spent seventeen years traveling the world and uncovering everything there was to know about both the bean and the beverage. From its historic roots and the drinking customs of different... more...
Alvin Josephy Jr.’s groundbreaking, popular books and essays advocated for a fair and true historical assessment of Native Americans, and set the course for modern Native American studies. This collection, which includes magazine articles, speeches, a white paper, and introductions and chapters of books, gives a generous and reasoned view of five hundred years of Indian history in North America from first settlements in the East to the long trek of... more...
Russian Monarchy: Representation and Rule is devoted to studies of the political culture of the Russian monarchy as it influenced aspects of historical development such as law, representations of family, and concepts of nation and empire. The articles show how the narratives described in the author's two-volume study, Scenarios of Power, guided monarchical rule, shaped the thought patterns not only of the tsar and the imperial family but also of the... more...
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