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The Jewish Dark Continent: Life and Death in the Russian Pale of Settlement
The Jews of the Pale of Settlement created a distinctive way of life little known beyond its borders. Just before World War I, a socialist revolutionary named An-sky and his team collected jokes, recorded songs, took thousands of...
December, 1941: Twelve Days That Began a World War
In far-flung locations around the globe, an unparalleled sequence of international events took place between December 1 and December 12, 1941. This book explores how the story unfolded. It demonstrates how these dramatic events...
Paris Under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910
In the winter of 1910 the river that brought life to Paris became a force of destruction drowning Parisian streets, forcing its inhabitants to overcome a history of strife and work together. On the hundredth anniversary of the...
The Times Complete History of the World
The ultimate work of historical reference
The Sons of Clovis
In the mid-1940s, writers James McAuley and Harold Stewart submitted a series of poems to the modernist literary magazine, Angry Penguins , under the fictitious name Ern Malley. This book not only offers an account of the Ern...
Paris to the Past: Traveling Through French History by Train
In one of the most inventive travel books in years, Caro invites readers on 25 one-day train trips that depart from Paris and transport travelers back through 700 years of French history.
The Bible Now
The Bible has been a positive force but also has been misread, mistranslated, and misused. Friedman and Dolansky address what the Bible has to say about key issues in current events, including homosexuality, abortion, gender,...
Fear, Faith and Hope: Remembering the Long, Wet Summer of 2010-2011
Fear, faith and hope are just three of the emotions felt by the people of Queensland during the long, wet summer of 2010-2011. The floods and cyclones of that wet season produced a natural disaster which will continue to influence...
The Promise of Iceland
Born from a secret liaison between a British mother and an Icelandic father, Kari Gislason was the subject of a promise - a promise elicited from his father to not reveal his identity. The Icelandic city of Reykjavik, where Kari...
Cities of the Classical World: An Atlas and Gazetteer of 120 Centres of Ancient Civilization
From Alexandria to York, this title allows us to see the great centres of classical civilization afresh. It features 120 maps tracing each city's thoroughfares and defences, monuments and places of worship. It also includes...
The Book of Common Prayer: The Texts of 1549, 1559, and 1662
This unique edition of the Book of Common Prayer includes the texts of three different versions, 1549, 1559, and 1662, to provide a panorama of the history of ritual in England from the Reformation to the present day. The first...
Cleopatra's palace shimmered with onyx and gold but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Though her life spanned fewer than forty years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world. Famous long before she was...
A Short History of Christianity
Geoffrey Blainey, one of Australia's most accomplished and popular historians, takes us on a journey from the very beginnings of Christianity through to the current day. Looking at the development of the religion itself, as well...
The Shakespeare Thefts: In Search of the First Folios
Renowned Shakespeare scholar Eric Rasmussen embarked on a riveting journey around the globe, involving run-ins with criminal street gangs in Tokyo, reclusive billionaires, and intense battles of wills with secretive librarians....
Fifty Animals that Changed the Course of History
Fifty Animals that Changed the Course of History is a beautifully illustrated book that uncovers the fascinating stories of creatures great and small. These are the animals that have played a central role in the evolution of...
The Queen’s Agent: Francis Walsingham at the Court of Elizabeth I
Queen Elizabeth's Secretary, Francis Walsingham, was prepared to do whatever it took to protect her. He ran a network of agents in England and Europe who provided him with information about invasions or assassination plots. He...
Anzacs on the Western Front: The Australian War Memorial Battlefield Guide
A lavishly illustrated account of the ANZACs involvement in the Western Front--complete with walking and driving tours of 28 battlefields With rare photographs and documents from the Australian War Memorial archive and extensive...
Mad Dog: William Cyril Moxley and the Moorebank Killings
William Cyril Moxley was hanged at Sydney's Long Bay Gaol in 1932 - the first execution in New South Wales for eight years. His crime was the brutal rape and murder of 21-year-old Dorothy Ruth Denzel and the vicious beating and...
A History of Tasmania
This captivating work charts the history of Tasmania from the arrival of European maritime expeditions through to the modern day.
Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel, Nazi Agent
By the 1920s, Coco Chanel employed more than two thousand people in her workrooms, and had amassed a personal fortune. But at the start of the Second World War, Chanel closed down her couture house and went to live quietly at the...
A History of Ancient Britain
Accompanying the BBC TV series of the same name, Neil Olivers popular account of Britains prehistoric and Roman past strikes a personal note, interweaving Olivers own voyage of discovery with a chronological survey.
Burke & Wills: the Scientific Legacy of the Victorian Exploring Expedition
Reveals for the first time the true extent and limits of the scientific achievements of the Burke and Wills Expedition.
Leningrad: Tragedy of a City Under Siege, 1941-44
The siege of Leningrad is one of the great stories of extraordinary and heroic endurance in World War II
The Beauty and the Sorrow
Describing the experiences of twenty ordinary people from around the world, all now unknown, this title explores the everyday aspects of war: not only the tragedy and horror, but also the absurdity, monotony and even beauty.
A Train in Winter: A Story of Resistance, Friendship and Survival
On an icy dawn morning in Paris in January 1943, 230 French women resisters were rounded up from the Gestapo detention camps and sent on a train to Auschwitz. The youngest was a schoolgirl of 15, the eldest a farmer's wife of 68....
Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin
In the middle of Europe, in the middle of the twentieth century, the Nazi and Soviet regimes murdered fourteen million people in the bloodlands between Berlin and Moscow. This book offers an investigation into the motives and...
Atrocitology: Humanity’s 100 Deadliest Achievements
A Guardian and Daily Telegraph 'BOOK OF THE YEAR'
Desert Boys: Australians at War from Beersheba to Tobruk and El Alamein
The Australians and New Zealanders fought with great distinction in the deserts of North Africa and the Middle East in the two world wars. The names are part of Australian history - Beersheba, El Alamein, Bardia, Benghazi.
Lisbon: War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939-45
This is the story of how a relatively poor European country not only survived the war physically intact, but came out of it much wealthier in 1945 than it had been when war broke out in 1939. The country's emergence as a...
Hitler’s Hangman: The Life and Death of Reinhard Heydrich
Reinhard Heydrich is widely recognized as one of the great iconic villains of the twentieth century, an appalling figure even within the context of the Nazi leadership. This title weaves together the stories of Heydrich's private...
Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World
Shows how, as Christopher Columbus carried his own Jerusalem centric worldview to the West, America too was powerfully shaped by the dream of the City on a Hill - from Governor Winthrop to Abraham Lincoln to Woodrow Wilson to...
The Terror of History: On the Uncertainties of Life in Western Civilization
Reflects on Western humanity's efforts to escape from history and its terrors - from the existential condition and natural disasters to the succession of wars and other man-made catastrophes. In chapters that range across Western...
When Money Dies: The Nightmare of the Weimar Hyper-inflation
In 1923, German currency became effectively worthless: the
exchange rate in December of that year was one US dollar to 4200
trillion marks. The Weimar Republic was all but reduced to a barter
economy. Expensive cigars,...
Empires at War: A Short History of Modern Asia Since World War II
New in paperback. Asia - with four billion people, almost two-thirds of the world's population, a huge landmass and the fastest-growing economies - has transformed the geopolitical global balance. This title gives a dramatic...
Cradle of Gold: The Story of Hiram Bingham, a Real-life Indiana Jones, and the Search for Machu Picchu
The first-ever account of adventurer Hiram Bingham's search for the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu. Bingham's dispatches cast him as a romanticized hero and revealed the lost city to the Western world. The reader is taken into the...
Bligh: Master Mariner
There's a lot more to Captain Bligh than mutiny, rum and convicts ...
Bligh: William Bligh in the South Seas
Award-winning anthropologist Anne Salmond recounts the triumphs and disasters of William Bligh's life and career in a riveting narrative that for the first time portrays the Pacific islanders as key players.
The Gold Rush: The Fever That Forever Changed Australia
The fever that forever changed Australia. David Hill relates the extraordinary people and staggering events of Australia's great gold-rush years. From the mid- to late-1800s, people from all corners of the globe and all walks of...
Mission 101: The Untold Story of Five Australian Soldiers' Extraordinary War in Ethiopia
In Late 1940 a group of five Australian soldiers set out on a secret mission: one of the second world war's most daring operations. Leading a small force of Ethiopian freedom fighters on an epic trek across the harsh African bush...
The Godfather Was a Girl: Real People Who Inspired Famous and Infamous Characters
Eamon Evans has collected over 400 extraordinary and entertaining examples of the real-life people who've influenced some of the most famous fictional characters from books, movies and television. Find out who was the basis for...
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin
1933, Berlin. William E. Dodd becomes America's first ambassador to Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. As the year unfolds and the shadows deepen, the Dodds experience days full of excitement,...
An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science
Offers a fresh perspective on the Antarctic expeditions of the early twentieth century by looking at the British efforts for what they actually were: massive scientific enterprises in which reaching the South Pole was but a...
Mary Boleyn: ‘The Great and Infamous Whore’
Mary Boleyn was the mistress of two kings, Francois I of France and Henry VIII of England, and sister to Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife. This title explodes much of the mythology that surrounds her subject and uncovers the...
The Korean War
The Korean War was a 20th Century conflict that has never ended. South Korea, a powerhouse economy and dynamic democracy sits uneasily alongside North Korea, the world's most secretive, belligerent, unpredictable and repressive...
Venetian Navigators: The Voyages of the Zen Brothers to the Far North
In the 14th century, Nicolo and Antonio Zen journeyed from Venice up the North Atlantic, encountering warrior princes, fighting savage natives and, just possibly, reaching the New World a full century before Columbus. This title...
Dante in Love
For over half a millennium, The Divine Comedy has inspired writers from Shakespeare to Beckett. Dante's epic journey - out of the raging inferno to the gates of paradise - continues to dazzle readers today. In Dante In Love, A N...
Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris
A groundbreaking new book about the nineteenth century obsession with hysteria, focussing on the renowned Salpetriere hosptial in Paris.
Waterloo: The Battle That Brought Down Napoleon
A masterly and concise reinterpretation of one of the seminal events in modern history, by one of the world's foremost military historians.
A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus’s Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich
The riveting story of the Germania and its incarnations and exploitations through the ages.
The Popes: A History
Well known for his histories of Norman Sicily, Venice, the Byzantine Empire and the Mediterranean, John Julius Norwich has now turned his attention to the oldest continuing institution in the world, tracing the papal line down the...
From original springs and streams and Roman amphitheatres to Victorian sewers, gang hideouts and modern Underground stations, this book tunnels down through the geological layers, meeting the creatures, both real and fictional,...
Captain Cook: Master of the Seas
The age of discovery was at its peak in the eighteenth century, with heroic adventurers charting the furthest reaches of the globe. Foremost among these explorers was navigator and cartographer Captain James Cook of the British...
The Churchills: A Family at the Heart of History - from the Duke of Marlborough to Winston Churchill
*The story of one of the most famous of all British families - the Churchills
Cambodia’s Curse: The Modern History of a Troubled Land
A generation after Pol Pot's regime killed one quarter of the nation's population, Cambodia shows every outward sign of having overcome its devastating history - the streets of Phnom Penh are paved; skyscrapers dot the skyline....
The Wisdom of Birds: An Illustrated History of Ornithology
The perfect book for birdwatchers and armchair ornithologists everywhere.
Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan, 1979-89
Examines the Russian experience in that most recent war in Afghanistan. Largely basing his account on Russian sources and interviews, the author shows the war through the eyes of the Russians themselves - politicians, officers,...
From his birth in the shadow of the great volcano Sakurajima, to his glorious death by ritual suicide and disembowelment, Saigo Takamori was the ultimate Samurai leader. His fall brought about the end of hundreds of years of...
The Road of Bones: A Journey to the Dark Heart of Russia
An epic and intimate story of life and death on Russia's greatest road: the Vladimirka
Marathon: How One Battle Changed Western Civilization
The battle of Marathon can perhaps be seen as the most significant moment in our collective history. Richard Billows describes how 10,000 Athenians managed a victory over a Persian military force of 25,000, a defeat that secured...
The Turbulent World of Franz Goll: An Ordinary Berliner Writes the Twentieth Century
Fritzsche traces twentieth-century history through the remarkable diaries of an ordinary Berliner. Franz Goll wrote of hungry winters during WWI, the Berlin bombing, rapes by Russian soldiers, shockwaves cast by Darwin, Freud, and...
For the Soul of France: Culture Wars in the Age of Dreyfus
The author of acclaimed biographies of Emile Zola and Flaubert now offers an ambitious, far-reaching portrait of fin-de-siecle France.
Chasing the Sun: The Epic Story of the Star That Gives Us Life
A dazzling tour d'horizon of mankind's enduring fascination with, and reliance upon, the extraordinary star at the centre of our solar system.
The legend of Robin Hood began more than 600 years ago. The man, if he existed at all, lived even earlier. This title assesses the evidence for the historical Robin Hood and finds that the tale originated with the yeomen and...
In Bligh’s Hand: Surviving the Mutiny on the Bounty
After the mutiny on the Bounty on 28 April 1789, led by Fletcher Christian, Captain William Bligh and 18 others were forced onto a 7-metre-long open boat and cast adrift. It was the beginning of a 47-day, 6700-km journey from...
The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History
Brilliantly re-creating the amazing confluence of events that produced the Yugo, Yugoslav expert Vuic uproariously tells the story of the car that became an international joke and a business fiasco.
Turkey: A Short History
Presents a survey of Turkeys relations with its immediate neighbours and the wider world from the 11th century to the present day. This title also presents a story from the arrival of the Seljuks in Anatolia in the eleventh...
Death and the Virgin: Elizabeth, Dudley and the Mysterious Fate of Amy Robsart
The dramatic story of Elizabeth's first ten years on the throne and the unexplained death that scandalised her court.
A History of East Asia: From the Origins of Civilization to the Twenty-First Century
This book traces the story of East Asia from the dawn of history to the present.
The New York Times: The Complete Civil War
Eyewitness accounts of the American Civil War as told to the New York Times.
The Lure of Russia: 20 Years of Travel & 20 Years of Change
Ford visited Russia 18 times in 20 years, leading groups of school students, then music and art groups. Ford provides the historical context to her travels, which provide snapshots of Russian life during pivotal times of momentous...
The Resurrection of the Romanovs: Anastasia, Anna Anderson, and the World’s Greatest Royal Mystery
The truth of the enduring mystery of Anastasia's fate-and the life of her most convincing impostor The passage of more than ninety years and the publication of hundreds of books in dozens of languages has not extinguished an...
Paris Under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910
In the winter of 1910 the river that brought life to Paris became a force of destruction drowning Parisian streets, forcing its inhabitants to overcome a history of strife and work together. On the hundredth anniversary of the...
Fire and Song: The Story of Luis De Carvajal and the Mexican Inquisition
1596: Luis de Carvajal's forbears had fled the Inquisition in Spain to Portugal and then from there to the New World. But the lives they try to rebuild as conversos in Mexico are just as perilous, for the Inquisition is determined...
How to Change the World: Tales of Marx and Marxism
The Pocketbook of Aussie History
When was the first Melbourne Cup, and which horse won? Who was the first woman to stand for federal parliament? What's the second verse of 'Advance Australia Fair'? Why was Vegemite renamed Parwill in 1928? Here, in one handy...
The Jewish Odyssey: An Illustrated History
Charts the course of Judaism from its origins in Mesopotamia to its place in the world today. Richly illustrated, the book addresses the extent of Jewish suffering over the years, as well as the lasting contributions of Jews in...
Dampier’s Monkey: the South Seas Voyages of William Dampier
William Dampier, the 'devil's mariner' as he has been called, a far voyager and traveller extraordinaire, lived in an era when the past was being put behind the present, and everything was new - a new world discovered by the first...
Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution
Offers a social, cultural and narrative history of the French Revolution. This title provides an impression of the currents and contradictions which made up this terrible sequence of events.
It is no surprise that the barbarity and evil that came in the wake of the wreck of the Batavia has inspired books, radio and TV documentarys, plays and an opera. Lust, jealously, greed, madness, deception, rape, murder - all the...
The Great Wall: A Cultural History
A survey of the historical and political significance of one the Great Wall, of the world's most recognizable monuments. Through an examination of allusions to the Wall in an eclectic array of texts, it maps out a framework for...
Bligh in Australia: A New Appraisal of William Bligh and the Rum Rebellion
This account of early Australia focuses on Governor William Bligh (famous as the captain of 'Mutiny on the Bounty' fame). The Rum Rebellion has for generations been told to school children as one of the better stories of...
Bridge of Spies
The true story of one of the most dramatic and mythologized moments of the Cold War -- the famous spy swap in Berlin
The People’s Bible: The Remarkable History of the King James Version
The story of how the King James Version came to be written.
The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War
From the author of the no 1 bestselling Flags of our Fathers and Flyboys, a startling new look at the events that set the stage for WWII
The Discovery of Jeanne Baret: A Story of Science, the High Seas and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe
In 1765, eminent botanist Philibert Commerson was appointed official naturalist to a grand new expedition: the first French circumnavigation of the world. Jeanne Baret - Commerson's young mistress and collaborator - disguised...
Six Weeks: The Short and Gallant Life of the British Officer in the First World War
The extraordinary story of British junior officers in the First World War, who led their men out of the trenches and faced a life expectancy of six weeks.
On the Spartacus Road: A Spectacular Journey Through Ancient Italy
Peter Stothard retraces the steps of Spartacus and his slave army through Italy, interspersing narrative and analysis of the rebellion with modern travelogue.
Speeches That Changed the World
See and hear the 20th century's greatest orators speak the very words that made history - from Winston Churchill and JFK to Kevin Rudd and Barack Obama. This gripping DVD pack provides genuine historical footage of 20 of the most...
The Australian Pub
The pub is one of Australia's most-loved institutions. This book takes us on an intoxicating journey through the colourful history of this Australian icon: from its colonial origins along the waterfronts and roadways used by...
Upside Down World: Early European Impressions of Australia’s Curious Animals
Late 18th- and early 19th-century Eurocentric perceptions of natural history led to the flora and fauna of the colony of New South Wales being viewed as deficient and inferior. This miscellany of the curious fuelled the rage for...
Transport: An Australian History
Trains, planes, boats and cars. What did Australians do before the invention of modern transport? This title tells the story of how transport in Australia has developed, and how it has impacted our lives. It brings together the...
The Three Emperors: Three Cousins, Three Empires and the Road to World War One
As cousins, George V, Kaiser Wilhelm II and the last Tsar Nicholas II should have been friends - but they happened also to rule Europe's three most powerful states. This book offers an account of how three men who should have...
Showtime: A History of the Broadway Musical Theater
The definitive history of the Broadway musical: the shows, the stars, the movers, and the shakers.
Savage or Civilised?: Manners in Colonial Australia
In colonial Australia manners marked the difference between savagery and civilisation, between vulgarity and refinement. Colonists recoiled in shock and confusion at the customs of Indigenous Australians, but they also sensed the...
Russia Against Napoleon: The Battle for Europe, 1807 to 1814
In the summer of 1812, Napoleon, the master of Europe, marched into Russia with the largest army ever assembled, confident that he would sweep everything before him. Yet less than two years later his empire lay in ruins. This...
The Idea of Justice
Is justice an ideal, for ever beyond our grasp, or something that may actually guide our practical decisions and enhance our lives? This book offers a fresh approach to mainstream theories of justice. It shows how the principles...
God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World and Why Their Differences Matter
God is Not One is the essential guide to learning about and understanding religion and its place in our global culture today, written for religious and non-religious people alike. It gives a chapter-by-chapter overview and...
From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor: Front-line Dispatches from the Advertising War
It was a meeting of the agency's top people to find an advertising theme for Panasonic, a major new Japanese electronics firm. Suddenly the new $50,000-a-year creative supervisor leapt to his feet in a frenzy of simulated...
The Flight of the Intellectuals
It created a worldwide furore when Tariq Ramadan was barred from US entry to accept a prestigious appointment at Notre Dame University. In a gripping portrait, Paul Berman details Ramadan's disturbing ties to radical Islam, and...
The SS: A New History
* The first history of the SS for decades
Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades
Explores the conflict of ideas, beliefs and cultures and shows both the contradictions and diversity of holy war. This book draws on contemporary writings - on chronicles, songs, sermons, travel diaries and peace treaties - to...
Heart and Soul: Australia’s First Families of Wine
A look at the famous families who pioneered the Australian wine industry over generations Heart and Soul takes you on a journey through the history, the people, the vineyards, and the regions of Australia's most famous wineries.
Defenders of the Faith: Christianity and Islam Battle for the Soul of Europe, 1520-1536
A bestselling historian recounts 16 years that shook the world--the epic clash between Europe and the Ottoman Turks that ended the Renaissance and brought Islam to the gates of Vienna.
The Rule of Empires: Those Who Built Them, Those Who Endured Them, and Why They Always Fall
In The Rule of Empires, Timothy Parsons gives a sweeping account of the evolution of empire from its origins in ancient Rome to its most recent twentieth-century embodiment. He explains what constitutes an empire and offers...
A Secret Gift
A timely and powerful work of America at its worst - and Americans at their best - woven from the stories of Depression-era families who were helped by gifts from the author's generous and secretive grandfather. Ted Gup, and the...
Crimea: The Last Crusade
The terrible conflict that dominated the mid 19th century, the Crimean War killed at least 800,000 men and pitted Russia against a formidable coalition of Britain, France and the Ottoman Empire. This book reimagines this...
A Royal Passion: The Turbulent Marriage of Charles I and Henrietta Maria
The passionate marriage of King Charles I and Henrietta Maria, one of the great overlooked love stories of history.
The Great Explorers
Profiles forty of the worlds greatest explorers, from Europe, America, Asia and Australia.
The Romantic Revolution
A brilliant synoptic account of how the Romantic Movement for ever changed the way we see things and express ourselves.
Across the Revolutionary Divide: Russia and the USSR, 1861-1945
Across the Revolutionary Divide: Russia, 1861-1945 presents an ambitious interpretive account of Russian history from the abolition of serfdom by Alexander II to the end of World War II.
The American Civil War
The American Civil War was one of the longest and bloodiest of modern wars. It is also one of the most mysterious. This book unpicks the geography, leadership and strategic logic of the war and takes us to the heart of the...
Europe’s Tragedy: A New History of the Thirty Years War
The horrific series of conflicts known as the Thirty Years War (1618-48) tore the heart out of Europe, killing perhaps a quarter of all Germans and laying waste to whole areas of Central Europe to such a degree that many towns and...
A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the World’s Greatest Empire
The ancient Romans have left us far more information about themselves than has any other Western society until much more recent times. But what we know about them is sometimes bizarre, and hardly fits the conventional view of the...
Between America's retreat from China in late November 1941 and the moment General MacArthur's airplane touched down on the Japanese mainland in August 1945, five men connected by happenstance fought the key battles of the war...
Turning the Tide of Battle: Ingenious Tactics That Secured Momentous Victories
The Pocket History series is a conveniently portable, stylishly packaged and eminently collectible set of books that each open a window onto a selection of remarkable stories, characters and themes from the past. Ranging through...
Empires of the Imagination: Politics, War and the Arts in the British World, 1750-1850
An exploration of the relations between politics and culture in Britain and its expanding empire. It includes case studies ranging from the American Revolution to archaeology in the Mediterranean, Near East, and India that...
Moral Combat: A History of World War II
From pre-eminent historian Michael Burleigh comes a brilliant new examination of the Second World War and a magisterial counterpart to his award-winning and bestselling THE THIRD REICH.
The Imperial Cruise: A True Story of Empire and War
From the author of the #1 bestselling Flags of our Fathers and Flyboys, a startling new look at the events that set the stage for WWII
Aboriginal Australians: A History Since 1788
'In this book Richard Broome has managed an enviable achievement. The vast sweeping story of Aboriginal Australia from 1788 is told in his typical lucid and imaginative style... ' Professor Lynette Russell, Centre for Australian...
The Wreck of Western Culture: Humanism Revisited
Humanism built western civilization as we know it today. Its achievements include the liberation of the individual, democracy, universal rights, and widespread prosperity and comfort. So runs the approved view. It is not shared by...
Snitch!: A History of the Modern Intelligence Informer
Gives an account of how some citizens actively assist state surveillance by informing on others, such as during the Cold War and the campaign against terrorism. The author provides a study of human informers - people who secretly...
The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris
A story about the seductions of success. Beinart describes Washington on the eve of three wars - World War One, Vietnam, and Iraq - three moments when American leaders decided they could remake the world in their image. Each time,...
Macquarie: From Colony to Country
In 1810 Lachlan Macquarie became governor of New South Wales. He ruled the colony for 12 years. The story of Macquarie's governorship is in many ways the story of early Australian history. His term encompassed the key events of...
Death or Liberty: Rebels and Radicals Transported to Australia - 1788-1868
This is the first narrative history that brings together the stories of the political prisoners sent as convicts to Australia from all over Britain and parts of the British Empire. Tony Moore asks who were these prisoners, and...
The Poor Relation: A History of Social Sciences in Australia
The Poor Relation examines the place of the social sciences - from economics and psychology to history, law and philosophy - in the teaching and research conducted by Australian universities. It also relates the arrangements made...
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