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    The Value of the Humanities

    Small, Helen
    The Value of the Humanities provides a critical account of the principal arguments used to defend the value of the Humanities. Engaging closely with contemporary literary and philosophical work in the field, Helen Small distinguishes between arguments that retain strong Victorian roots and those that have developed or been substantially altered since.
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    War in the Shadows

    Kenna,Shane
    This is the history of the Fenian dynamite campaign and also the story of how the British state responded to an adversary fighting a war in the shadows. It is the story of conspiracy and counter-conspiracy, and will greatly contribute to existing knowledge on late Victorian Ireland.
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    Dickens & the Workhouse

    Richardson, Ruth
    The story of the recently discovered London workhouse that Charles Dickens lived almost next door to in the years before he wrote Oliver Twist - told by the historian who did the sleuthing behind these new findings.
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    Edward III and the Triumph of England

    Barber, Richard
    Edward III's destruction of the French army at Crecy in 1346 and the subsequent siege and capture of Calais marked a new era in European history. The most powerful, glamorous and respected of all western monarchies had been completly humiliated by England, a country long viewed either as a chaotic backwater or a mere French satellite.
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    Fighting Fascism

    Hodgson, Keith
    This book examines the analyses of fascism put forward by British socialists and communists, explains the anti-fascist strategies they proposed, and assesses the reasons for their effectiveness.
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    Britain against Napoleon

    Roger Knight
    How was it that, despite multiple changes of government, Britain survived and eventually won a generation long war against a state which  at its peak in 1807 had far greater resources and manpower?
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    Queen and Country

    Emma Vickers
    Using a rich array of oral histories and previously unseen archival sources, Queen and Country  provides the first detailed academic study of the complex intersection between same sex desire and military authority in the British Armed Forces between 1939 and 1945.
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    Francophone Africa at Fifty

    Chafer, Keese (eds)
    Co-operation or the longest scandal of the republic, France's sustained interventions in her former colonies has shaped the historical trajectories of a number of former French possessions.This new book offers an analysis of the relationship of France to sub- Saharan Africa.
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    Exquisite Mixture

    Schmidgen, Wolfram
    Exquisite Mixture examines the writings of Robert Boyle, John Locke, Daniel Defoe, and others who challenged the primacy of the one over the many, the whole over the parts, and form over matter. Schmidgen traces the emergence of the valuation of mixture to the political and scientific revolutions of the seventeenth century.
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    Popular Science and Public Opinion in Eighteenth- Century France

    Michael R Lynn
    In an analysis of the popularisation of science in Enlightenment France, Michal R. Lynn examines the content of popular science, the methods of dissemination, the status of the popularisers and the audience, and the settings for dissemination and appropriation. Popular Science and Public Opinion provides a clearer understanding of the role played by science in the Republic of Letters, and makes for fascinating reading for anyone interested in the scientific world of the eighteenth century.
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    The Equality of the Sexes

    Desmond M. Clarke
    Desmond M. Clarke presents three of the first feminist tracts to support explicitly the equality of the sexes: Marie de Jars de Gournay’s The Equality of Men and Women; Anna Maria van Schurman’s Dissertation; and Francois Poulain de la Barre’s Physical and Moral Discourse Concerning the Equality of Both Sexes. This edition includes new translations, from French and Latin, of these key texts.
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    Africa's Moment

    Jean Michel Severino and Oliver Ray
    The twenty-first century will be the century of Africa.The continent which was once seen as empty, rural, animist, poor and forgotten is now bustling, urban, monotheist and growing. The West has missed the turnaround of a continent that will no longer wait for it as its population and economic boom continue.
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    Demanding the Impossible

    Slavoj Zizek
    According to Terry Eagleton, Slavoj Zizek is the most formidable and most brilliant exponent of psychoanalysis and of cultural theory to have emerged from Europe in several decades. What are we today and what is to be done are questions he asks in this new volume.
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    Wellington, The Path to Victory 1769-1814

    Rory Muir
    Muir looks at all aspects of Wellington's career, from his unpromising youth through his remarkable successes in India, his role as junior minister with responsibility for Ireland to his controversial military campaigns.
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    Making Capitalism Fit for Society

    Colin Crouch
    Colin Crouch's new book is a constructive critique of the dominant international economic model, suggesting workable capitalist alternatives and outlining the principles for a renewed and more assertive social democracy.
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    Why America Needs a Left

    Eli Zaretsky
    Eli Zaretsky's argument for the relevance of the left in today's United States suggests that, contrary to popular narrative, leftist involvement during key moments in US national history - the Civil War, the New Deal, the range of New Left movements of the 1960s - was crucial to the development of American democracy.
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    Angela Merkel

    Stefan Kornelius
    The authorised biography of one of the world's most important political figures, written by the foreign editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
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    The Tragedy of Liberation

    Frank Dikötter
    In 1949 Mao Zedong hoisted the red flag over Beijing's Forbidden City, and the communist 'liberators' began replacing the old order with a repressive system that would dominate every aspect of Chinese life. In an epic of revolution and violence which draws on newly opened party archives, interviews and memoirs, Dikötter interweaves the stories of millions of ordinary people with the brutal politics of Mao's court.
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    The New Middle East

    Paul Danahar
    In this timely and important book, BBC Bureau Chief Paul Danahar offers a fascinating and illuminating analysis of the new order in the Middle East following the Arab Spring, and explains what it will mean both for the region itself and for the West.
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    The Crisis of the European Union

    Jürgen Habermas, Ciaran Cronin (trans)
    This extended essay on the constitution for Europe represents Habermas's constructive engagement with the European project at a time when the crisis of the eurozone is threatening to derail the historical project of European unification. His central argument is that the European project must realise its democratic potential by evolving from an international into a cosmopolitan community.
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