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  • AGE OF ANGER : A History of the Present
    AGE OF ANGER : A History of the Present
    MISHRA PANKAJ
    ISBN: 9780141984087
    Title: AGE OF ANGER : A History of the Present
    Author: MISHRA PANKAJ
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    How can we explain the origins of the great wave of paranoid hatreds that seem inescapable in our close-knit world - from American 'shooters' and ISIS to Trump, from a rise in vengeful nationalism across the world to racism and misogyny on social media? In Age of Anger, Pankaj Mishra answers our bewilderment by casting his gaze back to the eighteenth century, before leading us to the present.

    He shows that as the world became modern those who were unable to fulfil its promises - freedom, stability and prosperity - were increasingly susceptible to demagogues. It was from among the ranks of the disaffected that the militants of the 19th century arose - angry young men who became cultural nationalists in Germany, messianic revolutionaries in Russia, bellicose chauvinists in Italy, and anarchist terrorists internationally.

    Today, just as then, the wider embrace of mass politics, technology, and the pursuit of wealth and individualism has cast many more billions adrift in a literally demoralized world, uprooted from tradition but still far from modernity - with the same terrible results. Making startling connections and comparisons, Age of Anger is a book of immense urgency and profound argument. It is a history of our present predicament unlike any other.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AGE OF CONQUESTS : The Greek World from Alexander to Hadrian (336 BC - AD 138)
    AGE OF CONQUESTS : The Greek World from Alexander to Hadrian (336 BC - AD 138)
    CHANIOTIS ANGELOS
    ISBN: 9781846682964
    Title: AGE OF CONQUESTS : The Greek World from Alexander to Hadrian (336 BC - AD 138)
    Author: CHANIOTIS ANGELOS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Five hundred years of power, politics and culture in the Hellenistic period and the Roman East.

    The ancient world that Alexander the Great transformed in his lifetime was transformed once more by his death. The imperial dynasties of his successors incorporated and reorganized the fallen Persian empire, creating a new land empire stretching from the shores of the Mediterranean to as far east as Bactria. In old Greece a fragile balance of power was continually disturbed by wars. Then, from the late third century, the military and diplomatic power of Rome successively defeated and dismantled every one of the post-Alexandrian political structures.

    The Hellenistic period (c. 323-30 BC) was then one of fragmentation, violent antagonism between large states, and struggles by small polities to retain an illusion of independence. Yet it was also a period of growth, prosperity, and intellectual achievement. A vast network spread of trade, influence and cultural contact, from Italy to Afghanistan and from Russia to Ethiopia, enriching and enlivening centres of wealth, power and intellectual ferment.

    From Alexander the Great's early days building an empire, via wars with Rome, rampaging pirates, Cleopatra's death and the Jewish diaspora, right up to the death of Hadrian, Chaniotis examines the social structures, economic trends, political upheaval and technological progress of an era that spans five centuries and where, perhaps, modernity began.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • AGE OF EXTREMES 1914-1991
    AGE OF EXTREMES 1914-1991
    HOBSBAWM ERIC
    ISBN: 9780349106717
    Title: AGE OF EXTREMES 1914-1991
    Author: HOBSBAWM ERIC
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    THE AGE OF EXTREMES is eminent historian Eric Hobsbawm's personal vision of the twentieth century. Remarkable in its scope, and breathtaking in its depth of knowledge, this immensely rewarding book reviews the uniquely destructive and creative nature of the troubled twentieth century and makes challenging predicitions for the future.

    Imprint: ABACUS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AGE OF GENIUS : The Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Mind
    AGE OF GENIUS : The Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Mind
    GRAYLING A C
    ISBN: 9781408870020
    Title: AGE OF GENIUS : The Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Mind
    Author: GRAYLING A C
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Bestselling author A. C. Grayling explains how--fueled by original and unorthodox thinking, war, and technological invention--the seventeenth century became the crucible of modernity.

    What happened to the European mind between 1605, when an audience watching Macbeth at the Globe might believe that regicide was such an aberration of the natural order that ghosts could burst from the ground, and 1649, when a large crowd, perhaps including some who had seen Macbeth forty-four years earlier, could stand and watch the execution of a king? Or consider the difference between a magus casting a star chart and the day in 1639, when Jonathan Horrock and William Crabtree watched the transit of Venus across the face of the sun from their attic, successfully testing its course against Kepler's Tables of Planetary Motion, in a classic case of confirming a scientific theory by empirical testing.

    In this turbulent period, science moved from the alchemy and astrology of John Dee to the painstaking observation and astronomy of Galileo, from the classicism of Aristotle, still favoured by the Church, to the evidence-based, collegiate investigation of Francis Bacon. And if the old ways still lingered and affected the new mind set - Descartes's dualism an attempt to square the new philosophy with religious belief; Newton, the man who understood gravity and the laws of motion, still fascinated to the end of his life by alchemy - by the end of that tumultuous century 'the greatest ever change in the mental outlook of humanity' had irrevocably taken place.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AGE OF REVOLUTION 1789-1848
    AGE OF REVOLUTION 1789-1848
    HOBSBAWM ERIC
    ISBN: 9780349104843
    Title: AGE OF REVOLUTION 1789-1848
    Author: HOBSBAWM ERIC
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Eric Hobsbawm traces with brilliant anlytical clarity the transformation brought about in evry sphere of European life by the Dual revolution - the 1789 French revolution and the Industrial Revolution that originated in Britain. This enthralling and original account highlights the significant sixty years when industrial capitalism established itself in Western Europe and when Europe established the domination over the rest of the world it was to hold for half a century.

    Imprint: ABACUS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AGENT ZIGZAG : The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: Lover Traitor Hero Spy
    AGENT ZIGZAG : The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: Lover Traitor Hero Spy
    MACINTYRE BEN
    ISBN: 9781408885406
    Title: AGENT ZIGZAG : The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: Lover Traitor Hero Spy
    Author: MACINTYRE BEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The thrilling real-life story of a double agent in the Second World War

    One December night in 1942, a Nazi parachutist landed in a Cambridgeshire field. His mission: to sabotage the British war effort. His name was Eddie Chapman, but he would shortly become MI5's Agent Zigzag. Dashing and louche, courageous and unpredictable, the traitor was a patriot inside, and the villain a hero. The problem for Chapman, his many lovers and his spymasters was knowing who he was. Ben Macintyre weaves together diaries, letters, photographs, memories and top- secret MI5 files to create the exhilarating account of Britain's most sensational double agent.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AGENTS OF EMPIRE : KNIGHTS CORSAIRS JESUITS AND SPIES IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY MEDITERRANEAN WORLD
    AGENTS OF EMPIRE : KNIGHTS CORSAIRS JESUITS AND SPIES IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY MEDITERRANEAN WORLD
    MALCOLM NOEL
    ISBN: 9780141978376
    Title: AGENTS OF EMPIRE : KNIGHTS CORSAIRS JESUITS AND SPIES IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY MEDITERRANEAN WORLD
    Author: MALCOLM NOEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the sixteenth century, the Christian states of Western Europe were on the defensive against a Muslim superpower - the Empire of the Ottoman sultans. There was violent conflict, from raiding and corsairing to large-scale warfare, but there were also many kinds of peaceful interaction across the surprisingly porous frontiers of these opposing power-blocs. Agents of Empire describes the paths taken through the eastern Mediterranean and its European hinterland by members of a Venetian-Albanian family, almost all of them previously invisible to history. They include an archbishop in the Balkans, the captain of the papal flagship at the battle of Lepanto, the power behind the throne in the Ottoman province of Moldavia, and a dragoman (interpreter) at the Venetian embassy in Istanbul.

    Through the life-stories of these adventurous individuals over three generations, Noel Malcolm casts the world between Venice, Rome and the Ottoman Empire in a fresh light, illuminating subjects as diverse as espionage, diplomacy, the grain trade, slave-ransoming and anti-Ottoman rebellion. He describes the conflicting strategies of the Christian powers, and the extraordinarily ambitious plans of the sultans and their viziers. Few works since Fernand Braudel's classic account of the sixteenth-century Mediterranean, published more than sixty years ago, have ranged so widely through this vital period of Mediterranean and European history. A masterpiece of scholarship as well as story-telling, Agents of Empire builds up a panoramic picture, both of Western power-politics and of the interrelations between the Christian and Ottoman worlds.



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • AGINCOURT : THE KING THE CAMPAIGN THE BATTLE
    AGINCOURT : THE KING THE CAMPAIGN THE BATTLE
    BARKER JULIET
    ISBN: 9780349119182
    Title: AGINCOURT : THE KING THE CAMPAIGN THE BATTLE
    Author: BARKER JULIET
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Agincourt took place on 25 October 1415 and was a turning-point not only in the Hundred Years War between England and France but also in the history of weaponry. Azincourt (as it is now) is in the Pas-de-Calais, and the French were famously defeated by an army led by Henry V. Henry V's stunning victory revived England's military prestige and greatly strengthened his territorial claims in France. The exhausted English army of about 9,000 men was engaged by 20,000 Frenchmen, but the limited space of battle favoured the more compact English forces. The undisciplined charges of the French combined with the exceptional skill of the English archers contributed to a pivotal moment in European warfare. Not more than 1,600 English soldiers died; the French probably lost more than 6,000 men. Juliet Barker's shimmeringly brilliant narrative commemorates and analyses a canonical battle in British history.

    Imprint: ABACUS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ALEXANDER THE GREAT : THE TRUTH BEHIND THE MYTH
    ALEXANDER THE GREAT : THE TRUTH BEHIND THE MYTH
    CARTLEDGE PAUL
    ISBN: 9781447237198
    Title: ALEXANDER THE GREAT : THE TRUTH BEHIND THE MYTH
    Author: CARTLEDGE PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The acclaimed biography of one of history's greatest icons, Alexander the Great.

    At eighteen Alexander had conquered mainland Greece, was crowned King of Macedonia at twenty and by twenty-six he had made himself master of the once mighty Persian Empire. By the time of his death, aged only thirty-three, in 323BCE he was ruler of the known world and was being worshipped as a god by the Greeks, both at Babylon, where he died, and further west, among the Greek cities of the Asiatic seaboard. The fruit of a lifetime's scholarship and meticulous research, this is an outstanding biography of one of the most remarkable rulers in history.

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ALL THINGS MADE NEW : Writings On The Reformation
    ALL THINGS MADE NEW : Writings On The Reformation
    MACCULLOCH DIARMAID
    ISBN: 9780141983011
    Title: ALL THINGS MADE NEW : Writings On The Reformation
    Author: MACCULLOCH DIARMAID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Reformation which engulfed England and Europe in the sixteenth century was one of the most highly-charged, bloody and transformative periods in their history. Ever since, it has remained one of the most contested. Diarmaid MacCulloch is one of the leading British historians of this turbulent and endlessly fascinating era. Many essays in this volume expand upon his now classic Reformation- Europe's House Divided, tracing, for example, the evolution of the English Prayer Book and Bible or reassessing the impact of the Reformation on Catholicism. All Things Made New shows MacCulloch at his best - learned, far-seeing, sometimes subversive, and often witty.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ALONE : Britain Churchill and Dunkirk : Defeat Into Victory
    ALONE : Britain Churchill and Dunkirk : Defeat Into Victory
    KORDA MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781631491320
    Title: ALONE : Britain Churchill and Dunkirk : Defeat Into Victory
    Author: KORDA MICHAEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Combining epic history with rich family stories, Michael Korda chronicles the outbreak of the Second World War and the great events that led to Dunkirk.

    In an absorbing work peopled with world leaders, generals and ordinary citizens who fought on both sides of the Second World War, Alone brings to resounding life perhaps the most critical year of twentieth-century history. May 1940 was a month like no other, as the German war machine blazed into France while the supposedly impregnable Maginot Line crumbled, and Winston Churchill replaced Neville Chamberlain as prime minister in an astonishing political drama as Britain, isolated and alone, faced a triumphant Nazi Germany. Against this vast historical canvas, Michael Korda relates what happened and why, and also tells his own story, that of a six-year-old boy in a glamorous family who would himself be evacuated. Alone is a work that seamlessly weaves a family memoir into an unforgettable account of a political and military disaster redeemed by the evacuation of more than 300,000 men in four days—surely one of the most heroic episodes of the war.

    Imprint: LIVERIGHT
    RRP: $42.95

    Price: $42.95
  • AMAZONS : The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World
    AMAZONS : The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World
    MAN JOHN
    ISBN: 9780552173285
    Title: AMAZONS : The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World
    Author: MAN JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    Since the time of the ancient Greeks we have been fascinated by accounts of the Amazons, an elusive tribe of hard-fighting, horse-riding female warriors. Equal to men in battle, legends claimed they cut off their right breasts to improve their archery skills and routinely killed their male children to purify their ranks.

    For centuries people believed in their existence and attempted to trace their origins. Artists and poets celebrated their battles and wrote of Amazonia. Spanish explorers, carrying these tales to South America, thought they lived in the forests of the world’s greatest river, and named it after them.

    In the absence of evidence, we eventually reasoned away their existence, concluding that these powerful, sexually liberated female soldiers must have been the fantastical invention of Greek myth and storytelling. Until now.

    Following decades of new research and a series of groundbreaking archeological discoveries, we now know these powerful warrior queens did indeed exist. In Amazons, John Man travels to the grasslands of Central Asia, from the edge of the ancient Greek world to the borderlands of China, to discover the truth about the warrior women mythologized as Amazons.

    In this deeply researched, sweeping historical epic, Man redefines our understanding of the Amazons and their culture, tracking the ancient legend into the modern world and examining its significance today.

    Imprint: CORGI
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AMOROUS HEART : An Unconventional History of Love
    AMOROUS HEART : An Unconventional History of Love
    YALOM MARILYN
    ISBN: 9780465094707
    Title: AMOROUS HEART : An Unconventional History of Love
    Author: YALOM MARILYN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An eminent scholar unearths the captivating history of the two-lobed heart symbol, shedding light on how we have expressed love since antiquity

    The symmetrical, exuberant heart is everywhere: it gives shape to candy, pendants, the frothy milk on top of a cappuccino, and much else. How can we explain the ubiquity of what might be the most recognizable symbol in the world?

    In THE AMOROUS HEART, Marilyn Yalom tracks the heart metaphor and heart iconography across two thousand years, through Christian theology, pagan love poetry, medieval painting, Shakespearean drama, Enlightenment science, and into the present. She argues that the symbol reveals a tension between love as romantic and sexual on the one hand, and as religious and spiritual on the other. Ultimately, the heart symbol is a guide to the astonishing variety of human affections, from the erotic to the chaste and from the unrequited to the conjugal.

    Imprint: BASIC BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ANCIENT GREEKS : TEN WAYS THEY SHAPED THE MODERN WORLD
    ANCIENT GREEKS : TEN WAYS THEY SHAPED THE MODERN WORLD
    HALL EDITH
    ISBN: 9780099583646
    Title: ANCIENT GREEKS : TEN WAYS THEY SHAPED THE MODERN WORLD
    Author: HALL EDITH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    They gave us democracy, philosophy, poetry, rational science, the joke. They built the Parthenon and the Library of Alexandria. They wrote the timeless myths of Odysseus and Oedipus, and the histories of Leonidas's three hundred Spartans and Alexander the Great.

    But who were the ancient Greeks? And what was it that enabled them to achieve so much?

    Here, Edith Hall gives us a revelatory way of viewing this geographically scattered people, visiting different communities at various key moments during twenty centuries of ancient history.

    Identifying ten unique traits central to the widespread ancient Greeks, Hall unveils a civilization of incomparable richness and a people of astounding complexity and explains how they made us who we are today.

    A thoroughly readable and illuminating account of this fascinating people This excellent book makes us admire and like the ancient Greeks equally' Independent A worthy and lively introduction to one of the two groups of ancient peoples who really formed the western world' Sunday Times Throughout, Hall exemplifies her subjects' spirit of inquiry, their originality and their open-mindedness'

    Imprint: ARROW
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANIMALS STRIKE CURIOUS POSES
    ANIMALS STRIKE CURIOUS POSES
    PASSARELLO ELENA
    ISBN: 9781787330306
    Title: ANIMALS STRIKE CURIOUS POSES
    Author: PASSARELLO ELENA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Beginning with Yuka, a 39,000-year-old mummified woolly mammoth recently found in the Siberian permafrost, each of the sixteen essays in Animals Strike Curious Poses investigates a different famous animal named and immortalised by humans. Here are the starling that inspired Mozart with its song, Darwin’s tortoise Harriet, and in an extraordinary essay, Jumbo the elephant (and how they tried to electrocute him). Modelled loosely on a medieval bestiary, these witty , playful, provocative essays traverse history, myth, science and more, introducing a stunning new writer to British readers.

    Imprint: JONATHAN CAPE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ANTIPODES : IN SEARCH OF THE SOUTHERN CONTINENT
    ANTIPODES : IN SEARCH OF THE SOUTHERN CONTINENT
    STALLARD AVAN JUDD
    ISBN: 9781925377323
    Title: ANTIPODES : IN SEARCH OF THE SOUTHERN CONTINENT
    Author: STALLARD AVAN JUDD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Antipodes: In Search of the Southern Continent is a new history of an ancient geography. It reassesses the evidence for why Europeans believed a massive southern continent existed, and why they advocated for its discovery.

    When ships were equal to ambitions, explorers set out to find and claim Terra Australis said to be as large, rich and varied as all the northern lands combined. Antipodes charts these voyages voyages both through the imagination and across the High Seas in pursuit of the mythical Terra Australis. In doing so, the question is asked: how could so many fail to see the realities they encountered? And how is it a mythical land held the gaze of an era famed for breaking free the shackles of superstition?

    That Terra Australis did not exist that didn’t stop explorers pursuing the continent to its Antarctic obsolescence, unwilling to abandon the promise of such a rich and magnificent land till it was stripped of every ounce of value it had ever promised. In the process, the southern continent an imaginary land became one of the shaping forces of early modern history.

    Imprint: MONASH UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
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