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A New History of French Literature Denis Hollier Harvard University Press


30th April 2011 History Books 5 Comments
These two volumes, consisting of 164 essays written by American and European specialists, provide an original and outstanding overview of French literature from 842 to the present. Each essay is introduced by a date and arranged in chronological order. A brief headline follows the date, relating the essay to a major literary event. Essays, however, follow no specific format. Some are devoted to a genre, others to a major literary movement or historical event. Large surveys are also included. Social and cultural perspectives are present, including essays on women in French literature and ...
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The Shadow War Against Hitler: The covert operations of America’s wartime secretintelligence service Columbia University Press Christof Mauch


30th April 2011 History Books 6 Comments
Surveying the expanding conflict in Europe during one of his famous fireside chats in 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt ominously warned that "we know of other methods, new methods of attack. The Trojan horse. The fifth column that betrays a nation unprepared for treachery. Spies, saboteurs, and traitors are the actors in this new strategy." Having identified a new type of war -- a shadow war -- being perpetrated by Hitler's Germany, FDR decided to fight fire with fire, authorizing the formation of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) to organize and oversee covert operations. Based on an ...
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Racism in Europe: 1870-2000 Palgrave Macmillan Neil MacMaster


30th April 2011 History Books 3 Comments
The study of modern racism has tended to treat anti-Semitism and anti-black racism as separate and unconnected phenomena. This innovative study argues that a full understanding of the origins and development of racism in Europe after 1870 needs to examine the structure and interrelationships between the two dominant forms of prejudice. The "crisis of modernity" found expression in a deepening political racism which was formulated, according to national contexts, through negative stereotypes of the black and the Jew which were structured in quite different ways. By weaving together the ...
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Thread of Blood: Colonialism Revolution and Gender on Mexico’s Northern Frontier Ana María Alonso University of Arizona Press


30th April 2011 History Books 3 Comments
"This is a most readable volume and would be useful to persons interested in Mexican history and border studies. It would also serve as a good introduction to the study of gender and power relations in anthropology." Heritage "A study of violence in its social and historical context . . . The examples and evidence that Alonso uses to support her case are so vivid and telling that the book is sure to intrigue both students and scholars of the Mexican Revolution." The Historian "She invites us to observe the dance of war, honor, ethnic and gender fury in the Chihuahuan village of ...
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The Fire in the Flint Greenwood Press Reprint Walter Francis White


30th April 2011 History Books 20 Comments
Written by a lifelong champion of civil rights, this is the story of Kenneth Harper, a young black physician who, after having studied in the North in the early part of the twentieth century and believing the days of oppression for blacks in the South were waning, returns to his hometown of Central City in South Georgia to practice medicine. Harper finds all too soon that the roots of intolerance grow deep. As he becomes increasingly aware of the ways in which the black community remains enslaved, Harper helps local sharecroppers organize a cooperative society to share in the economic freedom ...
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The African American Experience: Black History and Culture Through Speeches Letters Editorials Poems Songs and Stories Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers Reprint edition Kai Wright


30th April 2011 History Books 10 Comments
This wide-ranging archive, capturing more than four centuries of African American history and culture in one essential volume, is at once poignant, painful, celebratory, and inspiring. The African American Experience is a one-of-a-kind and absolutely riveting collection of more than 300 letters, speeches, articles, petitions, poems, songs, and works of fiction tracing the course of black history in America from the first slaves brought over in the 16th century to the events of the present day. All aspects of African American history and daily life are represented here, from the days of ...
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Exorcising Terror: The Incredible Unending Trial of Augusto Pinochet Ariel Dorfman Seven Stories Press Seven Stories P edition


30th April 2011 History Books 20 Comments
Acclaimed Chilean novelist Dorfman (Blake's Therapy, etc.) offers a work slim but dense with emotion. The author follows the appeals, victories and defeats involved in Spain's, and then Chile's own, attempts to try Augusto Pinochet for crimes he committed as president of Chile in the 1970s and '80s. The tale begins when Dorfman, about to board a plane for San Francisco, first hears the news of Pinochet's detention by Scotland Yard and of Spain's call for extradition to try him for crimes against humanity. As Dorfman follows the case (listening by radio, watching live Webcasts and even ...
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Germany: A New History Hagen Schulze Harvard University Press


30th April 2011 History Books 12 Comments
In a pithy, concisely written text, Hagen Schulze chronicles Germany's often spotted historical past from the time of the nomadic Nordic tribes who migrated South into the Roman Empire to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, offering the past as a pretext for what he considers a new history yet unfolding. Consciously written for the general reader with little or no knowledge of German history, Schulze's account reads easily (superbly translated by Deborah Lucas Schneider), combining historical detail with broader analysis and consistently placing the German historical moment ...
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Whattaya Mean I Can’t Kill ‘Em? Rad Miller Jr. Ballantine Books 1st edition


30th April 2011 History Books 17 Comments
"We will be in enemy territory, we will be alone,and we will be a long way from help."A tour in Vietnam as a Frog--a member of the navy's Underwater Demolition Team (UDT)--wasn't challenging enough for Rad Miller. So he spent most of 1968 learning to be a SEAL, completing what is arguably the toughest warrior training in the world. By early 1969, he was back in Vietnam, ready to go deep behind enemy lines with a squad of only seven men.In his unvarnished and brutally candid account, Miller shares the raw, bloody, and courageous daily life of SEALs in Vietnam. Here are unbelievable moments ...
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Ancient South America Karen Olsen Bruhns Cambridge University Press


30th April 2011 History Books 27 Comments
"Karen Bruhns has written a stimulating and wide-ranging account of the origins and nature of ancient South American civilisation....an excellent introductory text to South America, and students, scholars and layreaders alike should all be grateful." New Scientist"The book she wrote is a triumph. It is so well crafted and informative that it should be owned by anyone and everyone interested in the native cultures of South America....Bruhns is an excellent writer with the power of someone fully engaged in her work, combining love, knowledge of, and commitment to her subject....an ...
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