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  1. Book ImageRoman Britain and Early England: 55 B.C.-A.D. 871

    Peter Blair

    "An excellent introduction to an obscure and difficult period." —The EconomistMore

  2. Book ImageFrom Alfred to Henry III, 871-1272

    Christopher Brooke

    From Alfred to Henry III, 871-1272 is the second volume of the "Norton Library History of England."More

  3. Book ImageModern Britain: 1885-1955

    Henry Pelling

    For a study of modern Britain, 1885 is a reasonable starting point. Although the Victorian period was not yet over, the influence of the crown was not so great as to dictate the character of an age. Above all, the accepted assumptions of natural progress, prosperity, and social position were now increasingly being brought into question.More

  4. Book ImageThe Later Middle Ages, 1272-1485

    George Holmes

    English life in the thirteenth century was characterized by: a single Christian Church owing allegiance to Rome and living on the revenues of its estates; kingship with difficulty kept intact in the face of scheming magnates jealous of their privileges; a countryside divided into thousands of small estates, tilled by peasants--some of them serfs--and owned by lords with considerable power over their tenants; armies of knights fighting on horseback; Gothic cathedrals; monasteries; castles; town gilds. Professor Holmes describes this medieval society and its evolution, after the Black Death, into a somewhat different kind of society in the late fifteenth century. He argues that the population decrease as a result of the plague, beginning in 1349, brought about fundamental transformations: village life changed, serfdom disappeared, the great estates became less important, industry grew, and the commodities and directions of trade changed.More

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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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  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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