Lima: A Cultural History Americas South America Peru James Higgins Oxford University Press USA

Lima boasts a Nobel Prize-winning author (Mario Vargas Llosa) and a wealth of lesser known poets and novelists, who have created its rich literary history. Higgins, an academic specialist in Peruvian literature, quotes extensively from these writers as he chronicles Lima’s history from its founding by conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535 to the political gyrations […]

Hardboiled: An Anthology of American Crime Stories Oxford University Press USA Bill Pronzini

What are the ingredients of a hard-boiled detective story? “Savagery, style, sophistication, sleuthing and sex,” said Ellery Queen. Often a desperate blond, a jealous husband, and, of course, a tough-but-tender P.I. the likes of Sam Spade or Philop Marlowe. Perhaps Raymond Chandler summed it up best in his description of Dashiell Hammett’s style: “Hammett gave […]

Early Modern Europe: An Oxford History Euan Cameron Oxford University Press USA 1St Edition edition

British historian Cameron, author of The European Reformation (Oxford Univ., 1991), joins ten prominent British and American historians in surveying the three centuries of European history from 1500 to 1800. Perhaps the most momentous period of European development, these years saw the fragmentation of the Christian Church, the European exploration and settlement of North and […]

Backing Hitler: Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany Robert Gellately Oxford University Press USA

Using newspapers and radio broadcasts of the day as evidence, Gellately (The Gestapo and German Society), Strassler Professor in Holocaust History at Clark University, effectively demonstrates how “ordinary Germans” evolved into a powerful base of support for the Nazi regime. Although Hitler and the National Socialists had never garnered an outright majority in elections before […]

Father and Son Edmund Gosse Oxford University Press USA

The era in which faith and reason conflicted in a profound manner seems far away, and perhaps even a bit incomprehensible, to citizens of the modern world. Most of us take for granted our right to choose the life of the mind over that of the spirit without feeling remorse. At the very least, we’ve […]

Medieval Architecture in Western Europe: From A.D. 300 to 1500 Includes CD Robert G. Calkins Oxford University Press USA

“This survey of 1200 years of Western medieval architecture will become a standard introductory text. Calkin’s concise descriptions of individual monuments will expand students’ understanding and appreciation of the subject. The book offers a remarkable overview of the diversity of building in the period. The photographs and ground plans provide superb visual documentation.”–Deborah Kahn, Boston […]

Autos and Progress: The Brazilian Search for Modernity Americas South America Brazil Joel Wolfe Oxford University Press USA

“Convincingly demonstrates an extraordinary range of cultural, social, political, and economic influences that increasing ‘automobility’ had on Brazilian society.” –American Historical Review “Autos and Progress casts new light on an old subject–Brazil’s struggle to become a modern nation. Joel Wolfe wonderfully blends the history of technology, business, consumer culture, and politics to show how the […]

The Sovereignty of Parliament: History and Philosophy Jeffrey Goldsworthy Oxford University Press USA

`A powerful defence of the idea of parliamentary sovereignty … Goldsworthy is able to inflict serious damage on the arguments advanced by recent critics of parliamentary sovereignty.’ History of Political Thought `an immensely learned book, old-fashioned legal scholarship at its best but with obvious contemporary relevance.’ (2000) 71 Political Quarterly 260 `timely evaluation of the […]

Flying Tiger: International Relations Theory and the Politics of Advanced Weapons Ulrich Krotz Oxford University Press USA

“Flying Tiger is a truly extraordinary book, which will soon be considered a classic and essential to the canons of international relations theory and European politics. It is a model for combining brilliant, insightful theorizing with painstaking, detailed empirical narration. While many see high politics as contributing to the uncertain future or even outright failure […]

John Piper Myfanwy Piper: Lives in Art Frances Spalding Oxford University Press USA 1 edition

Spalding’s approach, sifting through and collating a vast quantity of material, has produced a valuable and deeply researched account of the Piper’s life together… Ruth Guilding, Times Literary Supplement Frances Spalding recounts the histories of John and Myfanwy Piper, a couple at the centre of post-war art. Michael Prodger, Sunday Telegraph A remarkable achievement and […]