A Pocket Guide To Writing In History

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A History of Anthropology by Thomas Hylland Eriksen

A History of Anthropology by Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Finn Sivert Nielsen
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Overview: This is a thoroughly updated and revised edition of a popular classic of modern anthropology. The authors provide summaries of ‘Enlightenment’, ‘Romantic’ and ‘Victorian’ anthropology, from the cultural theories of Morgan and Taylor to the often neglected contributions of German scholars. The ambiguous relationship between anthropology and national cultures is also considered.

The book provides an unparalleled account of theoretical developments in anthropology from the 1920s to the present, including functionalism, structuralism, hermeneutics, neo-Marxism and discourse analysis. There are brief biographies of major anthropologists and coverage of key debates including totemism, kinship and globalisation.

This essential text on anthropology is highly engaging, authoritative and suitable for students at all levels.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational

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Translators Through History

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Sexuality and Its Impact on History: The British Stripped Bare


Sexuality and Its Impact on History: The British Stripped Bare
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Jewish History In 100 Nutshells

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Discovering History in China by Paul A. Cohen

Discovering History in China: American Historical Writing on the Recent Chinese Past by Paul A. Cohen
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Overview: Since its first publication, Paul A. Cohen’s Discovering History in China has occupied a singular place in American China scholarship. Translated into three East Asian languages, the volume has become essential to the study of China from the early nineteenth century to today.

Cohen critiques the work of leading postwar scholars and is especially adamant about not reading China through the lens of Western history. To this end, he uncovers the strong ethnocentric bias pervading the three major conceptual frameworks of American scholarship of the 1950s and 1960s: the impact-response, modernization, and imperialism approaches. In place of these, Cohen favors a "China-centered" approach in which historians understand Chinese history on its own terms, paying close attention to Chinese historical trajectories and Chinese perceptions of their problems, rather than a set of expectations derived from Western history. In an important new introduction, Cohen reflects on his fifty-year career as a historian of China and discusses major recent trends in the field. Although some of these developments challenge a narrowly conceived China-centered approach, insofar as they enable more balanced comparisons between China and the West and recast the Chinese and their history in more human, less exotic terms, they powerfully affirm the central thrust of Cohen’s work.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Asia in Western and World History by Ainslie T. Embree+

Asia in Western and World History: A Guide for Teaching: A Guide for Teaching by Ainslie T. Embree, Carol Gluck
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Overview: A guide aimed at introducing students to the history of Asia in conjunction with Western and world history.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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175 Years Of Persecution: A History Of …

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If Walls Could Talk by Lucy Worsley

Hollow Earth: The Long and Curious History of Imagining Strange…


Hollow Earth: The Long and Curious History of Imagining Strange Lands, Fantastical Creatures, Advanced Civilizations, and Marvelous Machines Below the Earth’s Surface
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Zen and the Art of Local History by Carol Kammen

Zen and the Art of Local History (American Association for State and Local History) by Carol Kammen, Bob Beatty
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Overview: Zen and the Art of Local History is an engaging, interactive conversation that conveys the exciting nature of local history.

Divided into six major themes:
• Being a Local Historian
• Topics and Sources
• Staying Relevant
• Getting it Right
• Writing History
• History Organizations

the book covers the scope and breadth of local history. Each chapter features one of Carol Kammen’s memorable editorials from History News.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The French Revolution: A History by Thomas Carlyle

The French Revolution: A History by Thomas Carlyle
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Overview: The book that established Thomas Carlyle’s reputation when first published in 1837, this spectacular historical masterpiece has since been accepted as the standard work on the subject. It combines a shrewd insight into character, a vivid realization of the picturesque, and a singular ability to bring the past to blazing life, making it a reading experience as thrilling as any novel. As John D. Rosenberg observes in his Introduction, The French Revolution is “one of the grand poems of [Carlyle’s] century, yet its poetry consists in being everywhere scrupulously rooted in historical fact.”
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Syria: A Modern History by David W. Lesch

Syria: A Modern History by David W. Lesch
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Overview: Today Syria is a country known for all the wrong reasons: civil war, vicious sectarianism, and major humanitarian crisis. But how did this once rich, multi-cultural society end up as the site of one of the twenty-first century’s most devastating and brutal conflicts?

In this incisive book, internationally renowned Syria expert David Lesch takes the reader on an illuminating journey through the last hundred years of Syrian history – from the end of the Ottoman empire through to the current civil war. The Syria he reveals is a fractured mosaic, whose identity (or lack thereof) has played a crucial part in its trajectory over the past century. Only once the complexities and challenges of Syria’s history are understood can this pivotal country in the Middle East begin to rebuild and heal.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Monsters in Jewish History by Iris Idelson-Shein+

Monsters and Monstrosity in Jewish History: From the Middle Ages to Modernity by Iris Idelson-Shein , Christian Wiese
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Overview: This is the first study of monstrosity in Jewish history from the Middle Ages to modernity. Drawing on Jewish history, literary studies, folklore, art history and the history of science, it examines both the historical depiction of Jews as monsters and the creative use of monstrous beings in Jewish culture.

Jews have occupied a liminal position within European society and culture, being deeply immersed yet outsiders to it. For this reason, they were perceived in terms of otherness and were often represented as monstrous beings. However, at the same time, European Jews invoked, with tantalizing ubiquity, images of magical, terrifying and hybrid beings in their texts, art and folktales. These images were used by Jewish authors and artists to push back against their own identification as monstrous or diabolical and to tackle concerns about religious persecution, assimilation and acculturation, gender and sexuality, science and technology and the rise of antisemitism.

Bringing together an impressive cast of contributors from around the world, this fascinating volume is an invaluable resource for academics, postgraduates and advanced undergraduates interested in Jewish studies, as well as the history of monsters.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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