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  1. Book ImageCharles Beard and the Constitution: A Critical Analysis of An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution

    Robert E. Brown

    In this work, Robert E. Brown applies the fruits of modern historical scholarship toward an understanding of Beard's groundbreaking and controversial work. With a perspective of forty years, Brown attempts to separate the valid from the bogus in this work.More

  2. Book ImageStrasbourg in Transition

    Franklin L. Ford

    In 1648, when the treaties of Westphalia were signed, bringing to an end thirty years of fighting in central Europe, Strasbourg was a free city within the Holy Roman Empire--German in speech, Lutheran in faith. Because of its strategic location on the Rhine, it has ever since been intimately linked with French-German border problems. The city was annexed without a fight by Louis XIV in 1681; Prussian guns captured it for Germany in 1870; World War I made it French again, only to fall to Hitler's Germany. Today, however, the seat of the Community of Europe, it is the composite symbol of European civilization, as nationalism gives way to internationalism under military and economic necessity.More

  3. Book ImageThe Rise and Decline of The Medici Bank, 1397-1494

    Raymond de Roover

    The roots of modern capitalism go back to the Italian banking system of the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance. In the fifteenth century, the Medici Bank succeeded in overshadowing its competitors, the Bardi and the Peruzzi, who were the giants of the fourteenth century, and grew into a vast establishment with branches in most of the large cities of Western Europe. A study of its operations is essential to an understanding of the economic conditions in Europe in the fifteenth century.More

  4. Book ImageEveryday Life in Babylon and Assyria

    G. Contenau

    “The author of this book is one of the leading Assyriologists of our time, and his mastery of his subject is evident throughout.” —Arnold Toynbee, The ObserverMore

  5. Book ImageRealities of American Foreign Policy

    George F. Kennan

    The task of international politics at the present time, writes Mr. Kennan, is "to find means to permit change to proceed without repeatedly shaking the peace of the world." American foreign policy, he believes, has too often been dangerously unrealistic and has operated under certain misconceptions about the United States' role in the community of nations.More

  6. Book ImageBritain and France between Two Wars: Conflicting Strategies of Peace from Versailles to World War II

    Arnold Wolfers

    "Brilliant... highly original in its approach and meticulously cautious, concise and convincing in its judgments." --Sidney B. Fay, The Yale ReviewMore

  7. Book ImageThaddeus Stevens: Scourge of the South

    Fawn M. Brodie

    "More imaginatively than any other Stevens biographer, Fawn Brodie has speculated upon the emotional springs of the man's behavior. More resourcefully than any other, she has brought out the objective conditions to which he related his views on the South. Her book must be taken into account by all serious students of the Civil War and Reconstruction." —Richard N. Current, William F. Allen Professor of History, The University of WisconsinMore

  8. Book ImageThe Economic Growth of the United States: 1790-1860

    Douglass C. North

    "All readers will profit by the virtuosity with which the author has carried out his pioneering attempt to erect the structure of economic hisotry on the basis of a theory of development." —Carter Goodrich, American Historical ReviewMore

  9. Book ImageThe Sumerians

    Charles Leonard Woolley

    In this book Professor Woolley, one of the world's foremost archaeologists, shows quite clearly that when Egyptian civilization began the civilization of the Sumerians had already flourished for at least 2,000 years.
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  10. Book ImageThe Whig Interpretation of History

    Herbert Butterfield

    A classic essay on the distortions of history that occur when historians impose a rigid point of view on the study of the past.More

  11. Book ImageThe United States 1830-1850

    Frederick Jackson Turner

    This book is the final work of the great American historian who opened up a new period in interpreting the history of the United States by emphasizing the importance of the frontier in shaping American culture. Professor Turner wrote The United States 1830-1850 over a fifteen-year period before his death in 1932 and many consider it his major work.More

  12. Book ImageWith MacArthur in Japan: A Personal History of the Occupation

    William Sebald, Russell Brines

    The American Occupation of Japan was perhaps one of the most fateful periods in the history of our foreign relations. From his position as senior civilian in the Occupation hierarchy, Ambassador Sebald had a unique opportunity to observe the implementation of policy by MacArthur and his staff and the sometimes acrimonious struggle between civilian, military, and Japanese elements.More

  13. Book ImageStep by Step

    Douglas Dowd, Mary Nichols, Nick Lawrence

    Step by Step is not simply one more book about civil rights, designed to underscore the repression of the American Negro and relate episodically what some have done about it, even though the book does serve both those functions to a degree. This book is unique in that its aim is to instruct those who would become involved in the civil rights struggle--instruct them in how to develop and work out a project.More

  14. Book ImageThe Democratic South

    Dewey W. Grantham, Jr.

    The economic and social revolution in the South interpreted in the light of history.More

  15. Book ImageThe Archaeology of Crete: An Introduction

    J.D.S. Pendlebury

    Additional information is forthcoming.

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