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    Estonia: A Modern History

    Neil Taylor
    Estonia passed from Swedish into Russian hands in the early eighteenth century. Peter the Great’s field marshal Boris Sheremetev wrote to him in 1709 boasting that not a cock crowed between Lake Peipsi and the Gulf of Riga, so complete had been his destruction. The population of Estonia in 1712 is estimated to have been well under half what it was twenty years earlier, as a result of first famine and then war. Under Russian rule, the country remained under the dominance of the large Baltic-German landowners, who had no problem about serving the imperial state.
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    the loneliness of the sasquatch

    Amanda Bell
    Like many good poets, Amanda Bell is exact in her language but she is also a poet with a particular touch and feeling for words which makes her work distinctive and entirely her own.
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    Dublin’s Bourgeois Homes, Building the Victorian Suburbs, 1850-1901

    Susan Galavan
    Galavan focuses on the larger Victorian houses of Rathgar, Ballsbridge and Dun Laoghaire, but her scholarship and insights apply throughout Victorian Dublin. Her book celebrates the progress which saw a departure from the tight “cliff like” Georgian buildings erected close to the street, and typical of places like Merrion Square, to the garden suburbs with their red brick interspersed with coloured layers, their bay windows and overtly ornamental features.
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    Orwell on Freedom

    George Orwell, with an introduction by Kamila Shamsie
    “Such a shame, she was a good old stick” was George Orwell’s reaction, as reported by one acquaintance, shortly after he had learned of the death of his wife during what was supposed to have been a fairly minor operation. If we are charitable we will take this as a classic example of English understatement and stiff upper lip. Whatever the case, Orwell was soon on the hunt again.
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    Police Casualties in Ireland 1919-1922

    Richard Abbott

    What of the young ‘Tans’, the victorious and often decorated survivors of the Great War? Now they found themselves fighting a vicious, doomed campaign within their own country, yet in a foreign land where they could trust no one and were despised. Sharing a lonely, fierce comradeship, they felt these deaths with the sting of betrayal and with a rage that was driven against other men, other families, other victims.

    Some may find it difficult to share Peter Hart’s emotional sympathy with that collection of thugs.

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    Irish Presbyterians and the Shaping of Western Pennsylvania

    Peter E Gilmore
    The individuals who settled this region were not “rugged individuals” but rather committed members of communities whose hallmark was their religion. These communities “understood and shaped their world through the preaching and study of scripture, recitation ... and regular ritual performance”.
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    Knowledge, Power and Academic Freedom

    Joan Wallace Scott
    Joan Wallace Scott, the author of Knowledge, Power and Academic Freedom, sets out to offer an account of the attacks on academic freedom in the United States. She is a historian and one committed to the principle that academic freedom supports the common good. She tells a story of interference in the curriculum by wealthy donors, the political vetting of teachers and online denunciations of individual lecturers as a growing and corrosive phenomenon
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    The Contested Identities of Ulster Catholics

    Thomas Paul Burgess
    The hostility to Northerners believed to be on the harder end of the spectrum could even, on occasion, achieve the near impossible, making Northern Catholics wonder if they might have more in common with Northern Protestants than with Southerners. 
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    A German Officer in Occupied Paris: The War Journals

    Ernst Junger
    Ernst Jünger (1895-1998) was what is sometimes called – and indeed he is called it on the dust jacket of this book – a “controversial” figure. A First World War hero who was wounded seven times, he was undoubtedly uncommonly brave. He also insisted that those who were less brave should play their part, forcing retreating soldiers to join his unit at gunpoint. 
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    To See Paris and Die: The Soviet Lives of Western Culture

    Eleonory Gilburd
    Gilburd places this period, widely known as “the Thaw” in the context of other phases of attempted Westernisation in Russia, notably that which is associated with Peter the Great. And she illustrates how Russians made sense of all this new material by invoking the notion of “translation” – “a mechanism of transfer, a process of domestication, and a metaphor for the ways cultures interact”.
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