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Remember the Ladies by Angela P. Dodson Remember the Ladies

2017 begins the centennial celebrations of women first winning the right to vote, culminating in national suffrage three years later. This book documents the milestones in that hard won struggle and reflects on women's impact on politics since. p.p1 {margin:...
Format: eBook - Released: 23/05/2017
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Americans Experience Russia Encountering the Enigma, 1917 to the Present by Choi Chatterjee Americans Experience Russia Encountering the Enigma, 1917 to the Present

Americans Experience Russia analyzes how American scholars, journalists, and artists envisioned, experienced, and interpreted Russia/the Soviet Union over the last century. While many histories of diplomatic, economic, and intellectual connections between the United States and the Soviet Union can be...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/05/2017
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And the Spirit Moved Them The Lost Radical History of America's First Feminists by Cornell West, Helen LaKelly Hunt And the Spirit Moved Them The Lost Radical History of America's First Feminists
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The Village World of Early Medieval Northern Spa - Local Community and the Land Market by Robert Portass The Village World of Early Medieval Northern Spa - Local Community and the Land Market

The pattern of rural life in early medieval Spain is here vividly brought to life through careful examination of contemporary documents.
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017
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The History of the Provincial Press in England by Rachel Matthews The History of the Provincial Press in England

Regional newspapers around the globe are fighting to survive in the face of challenges to their economic model, due to the constant influx of new technology. At the same time, while studies of the national press have created a continuous...
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The History of the Provincial Press in England by Rachel Matthews The History of the Provincial Press in England

Regional newspapers around the globe are fighting to survive in the face of challenges to their economic model, due to the constant influx of new technology. At the same time, while studies of the national press have created a continuous...
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The Improvement of Humanity Education and the French Revolution by R. R. Palmer The Improvement of Humanity Education and the French Revolution

This work examines education in both theory and practice during the Enlightenment and the French Revolution when educators aimed at nothing less than reforming humanity and creating a new society. Originally published in 1985. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/05/2017
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The Improvement of Humanity Education and the French Revolution by R. R. Palmer The Improvement of Humanity Education and the French Revolution

This work examines education in both theory and practice during the Enlightenment and the French Revolution when educators aimed at nothing less than reforming humanity and creating a new society. Originally published in 1985. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/05/2017
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The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual Reconsidered A Retrospective by Jerry Gafio Watts The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual Reconsidered A Retrospective

Thirty-five years after its initial publication, Harold Cruse's The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual, remains a foundational work in Afro-American Studies and American Cultural Studies. Published during a highly contentious moment in Afro-American political life, The Crisis of the Negro...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/05/2017
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Oman Since 1856 by Robert Geran Landen Oman Since 1856

Oman, a state in southeastern Arabia, is a prime example of a country that has not benefited greatly from modernization, but instead has fallen into economic and political insignificance as a result of economic and technological innovations introduced by the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/05/2017
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Okagami, the Great Mirror Fujiwara Michinaga (966-1027) and His Times by Helen Craig McCullough Okagami, the Great Mirror Fujiwara Michinaga (966-1027) and His Times

Presented here in a new and complete translation is the Japanese classic Okagami, an historical talc that mirrors a man's life and the times in which he lived. Dating from the late eleventh or early twelfth century, it focuses on...
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Jacobin Legacy The Democratic Movement Under the Directory by Isser Woloch Jacobin Legacy The Democratic Movement Under the Directory

Professor Woloch shows that Jacobinism survived and forcefully developed into a constitutional party under the conservative Directorial republic. The Jacobin legacy was a mode of political activism--the local political club--and a constellation of attitudes which might be called the democratic...
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John Maitland of Thirlestane and the Foundation of the Stewart Despotism in Scotland by M. Du P. Lee John Maitland of Thirlestane and the Foundation of the Stewart Despotism in Scotland

When John Maitland accepted the office of Secretary of State to James VI of Scotland in 1584, he accepted the challenge of three of the most extraordinary and persistent threats to the power of the crown that a king's principal...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/05/2017
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Germany's New Conservatism Its History and Dilemma in the Twentieth Century by Klemens von Klemperer Germany's New Conservatism Its History and Dilemma in the Twentieth Century

This is at once a chapter in the history of ideas and, by reason of its focus on the Weimar Republic, a case study. The author first offers a stimulating approach to a definition of that much abused word, conservatism....
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/05/2017
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Organization and Revolution Working Class Associations in the German Revolutions of 1848-1849 by P. H. Noyes Organization and Revolution Working Class Associations in the German Revolutions of 1848-1849

Unlike previous histories which have generally described the uprisings of 1848-1849 as revolutions of intellectuals, this shows that it was the economic distress of artisans and skilled craftsmen that caused them. Originally published in 1966. The Princeton Legacy Library uses...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/05/2017
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Weeping Britannia Portrait of a Nation in Tears by Thomas Dixon Weeping Britannia Portrait of a Nation in Tears

The history of six centuries of weeping Britons. A comprehensive debunking of the myth of the British 'stiff upper lip', from medieval mystics to Margaret Thatcher
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/05/2017
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Farewell to the Horse The Final Century of Our Relationship by Ulrich Raulff Farewell to the Horse The Final Century of Our Relationship

'A beautiful and thoughtful exploration of the role of the horse in creating our world...Farewell to the Horse is a grown-up, but also lyrical and creative, history book, and I very much enjoyed it.' James Rebanks The relationship between horses...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/05/2017
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The Italian Chapel, Orkney by Donald S. Murray The Italian Chapel, Orkney

A fascinating text that delves into story behind the famous Italian Chapel built on Orkney.
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/05/2017
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Queer City Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day by Peter Ackroyd Queer City Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day

Looks at London in a whole new way - through the history and experiences of its gay population. In this book, the author takes us right into the hidden history of the city; from the notorious Normans to the frenzy...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/05/2017
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The Scottish Suffragettes and the Press by S. Pedersen The Scottish Suffragettes and the Press

This book approaches the Scottish women's suffrage campaign from the point of view of the popular press. It investigates how the press engaged with the women's suffrage movement; how suffragettes were portrayed in newspapers; and how different groups attempted to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/05/2017
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The Restoration of Blythburgh Church, 1881-1906 The Dispute Between the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and the Blythburgh Church Restoration Committee by Alan Mackley The Restoration of Blythburgh Church, 1881-1906 The Dispute Between the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and the Blythburgh Church Restoration Committee

Edition of original letters and other documents sheds light on a major ecclesiastical controversy.
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/05/2017
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Migrant Returns Manila, Development, and Transnational Connectivity by Eric J. Pido Migrant Returns Manila, Development, and Transnational Connectivity

Eric J. Pido examines the complicated relationship between the Philippine economy, Manila's urban development, and Filipino migrants visiting or returning to their homeland, showing migration to be a multidirectional, layered, and continuous process with varied and often fraught outcomes.
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/05/2017
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Inventing the Cave Man From Darwin to the Flintstones by Andrew Horrall Inventing the Cave Man From Darwin to the Flintstones

An extensively researched account of the history of the cave man character in modern popular culture, tracing its roots back to Victorian Britain
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/05/2017
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Hans Khevenhuller at the Court of Philip II of Spain Diplomacy and Consumerism in a Gobal Empire by Annemarie Jordan Gschwend Hans Khevenhuller at the Court of Philip II of Spain Diplomacy and Consumerism in a Gobal Empire

Politician, Court advisor, cultural broker, artistic agent, patron of the arts and collector, Hans Khevenhuller, imperial ambassador in Spain, played a formidable part in the expansion of Habsburg Kunstkammers.
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/05/2017
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The Earl of Elgin's Mission to China and Japan by Lord Elgin The Earl of Elgin's Mission to China and Japan

Lord Elgin was a British Statesman sent to the Far East from 1857 to 1859 to assert British power after China had seized the British vessel Arrow .
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/05/2017
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The Salmon People by Hugh W. McKervill The Salmon People

The Salmon People is a masterful history of Canada's west coast. From the first people's tales of salmon to BC's first cannery, to overfishing and the environmental concerns that still exist today
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/05/2017
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What Every Woman Should Know Lifestyle Lessons from the 1930s by Christopher Hudson, Kirsty Hudson What Every Woman Should Know Lifestyle Lessons from the 1930s
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Advice on fashion, cookery and feminine wiles from the pages of the Daily Mail
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/05/2017
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Striking Similarities by Kevin Morley Striking Similarities


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Imperial Plots Women, Land, and the Spadework of British Colonialism on the Canadian Prairies by Sarah Carter Imperial Plots Women, Land, and the Spadework of British Colonialism on the Canadian Prairies

Sarah Carter's Imperial Plots: Women, Land, and the Spadework of British Colonialism on the Canadian Prairies examines the goals, aspirations, andchallenges met by women who sought land of their own.Supporters of British women homesteaders argued they would contribute to the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/05/2017
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Ribbons Among the Rajahs A History of Women in India Before the Raj by Patrick Wheeler Ribbons Among the Rajahs A History of Women in India Before the Raj

This fascinating new book explores the social history of the forgotten European women of the early colonial period.
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The Elizabethan Secretariat and the Signet Office The Production of State Papers, 1590-1596 by Angela Andreani The Elizabethan Secretariat and the Signet Office The Production of State Papers, 1590-1596

This book investigates the work of the Elizabethan secretariat during the fascinating decade of the 1590s, when, after the death of Francis Walsingham, the place of principal secretary remained vacant for six years. Through original sources in the collections of...
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Blackface Nation Race, Reform, and Identity in American Popular Music, 1812-1925 by Brian Roberts Blackface Nation Race, Reform, and Identity in American Popular Music, 1812-1925

As the United States transitioned from a rural nation to an urbanized, industrial giant between the War of 1812 and the early twentieth century, ordinary people struggled over the question of what it meant to be American. As Brian Roberts...
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Sera que o verdadeiro Albert Speer vai se revelar? As muitas faces do arquiteto de Hitler by Geetanjali Mukherjee Sera que o verdadeiro Albert Speer vai se revelar? As muitas faces do arquiteto de Hitler

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City Girls The Nisei Social World in Los Angeles, 1920-1950 by Valerie J. Matsumoto City Girls The Nisei Social World in Los Angeles, 1920-1950

A study of the ethnocultural youth organizations formed by teenage Nisei girls in the greater Los Angeles area and the endurance of this world of female frienship and comradery from the Jazz Age through internment through the postwar period.
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Demobilized Veterans in Late Stalinist Leningrad Soldiers to Civilians by Robert Dale Demobilized Veterans in Late Stalinist Leningrad Soldiers to Civilians

This book investigates the demobilization and post-war readjustment of Red Army veterans in Leningrad and its environs after the Great Patriotic War. Over 300,000 soldiers were stood down in this war-ravaged region between July 1945 and 1948. They found the...
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The Roadhouse Comes to Britain Drinking, Driving and Dancing, 1925-1955 by David W. Gutzke, Michael John Law The Roadhouse Comes to Britain Drinking, Driving and Dancing, 1925-1955
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More Than Munitions Women, Work and the Engineering Industries, 1900-1950 by Clare Wightman More Than Munitions Women, Work and the Engineering Industries, 1900-1950

Clare Wightman explores the key issue of gender in explaining the experience of men and women at work. She uses women's employment in the engineering industries between 1900 and 1950 to confront many of the contentious debates in women's history....
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Social Conditions in Britain 1918-1939 by Stephen Constantine Social Conditions in Britain 1918-1939

One popular image of the interwar years portrays the period as a time of depression, deprivation and decay. However, much recent work has tended to take, on balance, a more optimistic view of social conditions. In this pamphlet Dr Constantine...
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J E Thomas examines the historical roots of Japanese social structures and preoccupations and he sets these within the broad chronological framework of Japan's political and military development. The book can thus serve as an introduction to modern Japan in...
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