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  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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 NOTHING : HOW WE HAVE SOUGHT TO LIVE SINCE THE DEATH OF GOD
    AGE OF NOTHING : HOW WE HAVE SOUGHT TO LIVE SINCE THE DEATH OF GOD
    WATSON PETER
    ISBN: 9780753828106
    Title: AGE OF NOTHING : HOW WE HAVE SOUGHT TO LIVE SINCE THE DEATH OF GOD
    Author: WATSON PETER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A dazzling investigation into psychology, art and religion; the demise of capitalism; and the beginning of a new era from the author of IDEAS.

    The closing months of 2008 saw the world's nations united in financial uncertainty. Amid endless reports of collapsing stock markets, failed banks, fiscal fraud and snowballing unemployment, THE AGE OF NOTHING offers a compelling insight into the demise of capitalism and the beginning of a new era.

    Peter Watson's scintillating thesis argues that the unprecedented credit crunch of 2008 was the result of a fundamental change in the fabric of society - one that became truly visible only as it reached its culmination.

    In a commanding narrative, Watson provides a historical perspective on the shift in our attitudes towards capitalism, while exploring the philosophical roots that underpin it. Of central importance in Watson's theory is Nietzsche's warning regarding mankind's responsibility for 'the death of God' - and the consequences thereof. Nietzsche's views on the frailty of human values in a world bereft of religious faith were echoed by writers including Tolstoy, Marx and Kandinsky - and his chilling message went on to resonate with thinkers throughout the 20th century. When Max Weber called the modern world 'disenchanted', and argued that society must choose to create a new value system based on knowledge or else surrender and embrace a religious faith, he was the latest in a long line of intellectuals attempting to address the problem Nietzsche had laid bare.

    With the arrival of THE AGE OF NOTHING, the line continues. The work fills a crucial gap in our intellectual history and serves as a comprehensive study of society's current predicament - as well as a timely answer to the question of what to do next.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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 : MY FAMILY THE BATTLE AND THE FIGHT FOR FRANCE
    AGINCOURT : MY FAMILY THE BATTLE AND THE FIGHT FOR FRANCE
    FIENNES RANULPH
    ISBN: 9781444792119
    Title: AGINCOURT : MY FAMILY THE BATTLE AND THE FIGHT FOR FRANCE
    Author: FIENNES RANULPH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Sir Ranulph Fiennes' new account of the Battle of Agincourt will be a unique view on one of the most significant turning points in English history.

    25 October 2015 is the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt - a hugely resonant event in English (and French) history. Sir Ranulph Fiennes casts new light on this epic event, revealing that three of his own ancestors fought in the battle for Henry V, and at least one for the French. This is a unique perspective on Agincourt from a trained and decorated soldier.

    Ran reveals the truth behind the myths and legends of the battle. He tells how after the battle Henry V entertained his senior commanders to dinner, where they were waited on by captured French knights. There is the story of Sir Piers Legge of Lyme Hall, who lay wounded in the mud while his mastiff dog fought off the French men-at-arms. Then there is the legend that the French intended to cut off the first and second right hand fingers of every captured archer, to prevent him from using his bow. The archers raised those two fingers to the advancing French as a gesture of defiance.

    In this gripping new study Sir Ranulph Fiennes brings back to life these stories and more, including those of his own ancestors, in a celebration of a historical event integral to English identity.

    Imprint: HODDER HEADLINE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • AIF IN BATTLE : HOW THE AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL FORCE FOUGHT 1914-1918
    AIF IN BATTLE : HOW THE AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL FORCE FOUGHT 1914-1918
    BOU JEAN
    ISBN: 9780522868654
    Title: AIF IN BATTLE : HOW THE AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL FORCE FOUGHT 1914-1918
    Author: BOU JEAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2016 NEW RELEASE

    By the end of the First World War the combat formations of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in both France and the Middle East were considered among the British Empire's most effective troops. While sometimes a source of pride and not a little boasting, how the force came to be so was not due to any inherent national prowess or trait. Instead it was the culmination of years of training, organisational change, battlefield experimentation and hard-won experience—a process that included not just the Australians, but the wider British imperial armies as well.

    This book brings together some of Australia's foremost military historians to outline how the military neophytes that left Australia's shores in 1914 became the battle winning troops of 1918. It will trace the evolution of several of the key arms of the AIF, including the infantry, the light horse, the artillery, and the flying corps, and also consider how the various arms worked together alongside other troops of the British Empire to achieve a remarkably high level of battlefield effectiveness.



    Imprint: MELBOURNE UNI PRESS
    RRP: $59.99
    Price: $59.99
  • ALEPPO : THE RISE AND FALL OF SYRIAS GREAT MERCHANT CITY
    ALEPPO : THE RISE AND FALL OF SYRIAS GREAT MERCHANT CITY
    MANSEL PHILIP
    ISBN: 9781784534615
    Title: ALEPPO : THE RISE AND FALL OF SYRIAS GREAT MERCHANT CITY
    Author: MANSEL PHILIP
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Aleppo lies in ruins. Its streets are plunged in darkness, most of its population has fled. But this was once a vibrant world city, where Muslims, Christians and Jews lived and traded together in peace. Few places are as ancient and diverse as Aleppo – one of the oldest, continuously inhabited cities in the world – successively ruled by the Assyrian, Persian, Greek, Roman, Arab, Ottoman and French empires. Under the Ottomans, it became the empire's third largest city, after Constantinople and Cairo.

    It owed its wealth to its position at the end of the Silk Road, at a crossroads of world trade, where merchants from Venice, Isfahan and Agra gathered in the largest suq in the Middle East. Throughout the region, it was famous for its food and its music. For 400 years British and French consuls and merchants lived in Aleppo; many of their accounts are used here for the first time. In the first history of Aleppo in English, Dr Philip Mansel vividly describes its decline from a pinnacle of cultural and economic power, a poignant testament to a city shattered by Syria's civil war.

    Imprint: I B TAURIS
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • ALEXANDER THE GREAT : THE STORY OF AN ANCIENT LIFE
    ALEXANDER THE GREAT : THE STORY OF AN ANCIENT LIFE
    MARTIN T / BLACKWELL C
    ISBN: 9780521148443
    Title: ALEXANDER THE GREAT : THE STORY OF AN ANCIENT LIFE
    Author: MARTIN T / BLACKWELL C
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Everything we know about Alexander comes from ancient sources, which agree unanimously that he was extraordinary and greater than everyday mortals. From his birth into a hypercompetitive world of royal women through his training under the eyes and fists of stern soldiers and the piercing intellect of Aristotle; through friendships, rivalries, conquests and negotiations; through acts of generosity and acts of murder, this book explains who Alexander was, what motivated him, where he succeeded (in his own eyes) and where he failed, and how he believed that he earned a new 'mixed' nature combining the human and the divine. This book explains what made Alexander 'Great' according to the people and expectations of his time and place and rejects modern judgments asserted on the basis of an implicit moral superiority to antiquity.

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $45.99

    Price: $45.99
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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: 9780241254004
    Title: ALL THINGS MADE NEW : WRITINGS ON THE REFORMATION
    Author: MACCULLOCH DIARMAID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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. Henry VIII and his archbishop, Thomas Cranmer, are both central presences. Throughout the book, he brilliantly undermines one persistent English tradition of interpreting the Reformation - that it never really happened - and establishes that Anglicanism was really a product of Charles II's Restoration in 1660 rather than the 'Elizabethan Settlement' of 1559.

    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • ALTERED PASTS : COUNTERFACUTALS IN HISTORY
    ALTERED PASTS : COUNTERFACUTALS IN HISTORY
    EVANS RICHARD J
    ISBN: 9780349140179
    Title: ALTERED PASTS : COUNTERFACUTALS IN HISTORY
    Author: EVANS RICHARD J
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    What would have happened had Britain not entered the First World War but stood aside as a neutral non-belligerent?

    What might the result have been had Britain concluded a separate peace with Nazi Germany in 1940 or 1941?

    How would the British have behaved had they lost the Battle of Britain and been conquered and occupied by the armed forces of Hitler's Third Reich?

    ALTERED PASTS is a fascinating discussion of the historical and cultural significance of imagining the road not taken. From its beginnings as an Enlightenment parlour game to its relationship with modern-day conspiracy theories, Richard Evans charts the social and political implications of counterfactual history and its capacity for being a mirror on the present.

    Imprint: ABACUS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AMAZONS
    AMAZONS
    MAN JOHN
    ISBN: 9780593077603
    Title: AMAZONS
    Author: MAN JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: APRIL 2017 NEW RELEASE



    Imprint: BANTAM
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AMSTERDAM : A HISTORY OF THE WORLDS MOST LIBERAL CITY
    AMSTERDAM : A HISTORY OF THE WORLDS MOST LIBERAL CITY
    SHORTO RUSSELL
    ISBN: 9780349000022
    Title: AMSTERDAM : A HISTORY OF THE WORLDS MOST LIBERAL CITY
    Author: SHORTO RUSSELL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This is the first 'biography' of the city of Amsterdam - in the same vein as Peter Ackroyd's London.

    Amsterdam is not just any city. Despite its relative size it has stood alongside its larger cousins - Paris, London, Berlin - and has influenced the modern world to a degree that few other cities have. Sweeping across the city's colourful thousand year history, Amsterdam will bring the place to life: its sights and smells; its politics and people. Concentrating on two significant periods - the late 1500s to the mid 1600s and then from the Second World War to the present, Russell Shorto's masterful biography looks at Amsterdam's central preoccupations. Just as fin-de-siecle Vienna was the birthplace of psychoanalysis, seventeenth century Amsterdam was the wellspring of liberalism, and today it is still a city that takes individual freedom very seriously. A wonderfully evocative book that takes Amsterdam's dramatic past and present and populates it with a whole host of colourful characters, Amsterdam is the definitive book on this great city.


    Author Biography: Russell Shorto is an American author, historian and journalist. His books have been published in nine languages and he is the contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine and the director of the John Adams Institute in Amsterdam.

    Imprint: ABACUS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
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