Monday, 22 June 2009

This week's new books!

Slaves to Sweetness: British and Caribbean Literatures of Sugar, Carl Plasa (Liverpool University Press)
An account of the historical transformations which sugar’s image has undergone in a series of literary texts, from the mid-1760s, when the transatlantic trade was at its height, to the postcolonial era, in which sugar has been revisited by a variety of expatriate black Caribbean writers.

Slavery: Real people and their stories of enslavement, Reg Grant (Dorling Kindersley)
An illustrated book which combines historical fact with personal testimonies to chart the history of slavery from its roots in ancient times to the persistence of human trafficking in today’s society.

The Woman Who Saved the Children, Claire Mulley (Oneworld)
To mark the 90th anniversary of the charity Save the Children and the 20th anniversary of the UN convention on the Rights of the Child, a biography of Eglantyne Jebb, co-founder of the charity, who dedicated her life to children’s welfare and human rights and revolutionised the way the world treats children.

The Short Oxford History of Germany: Weimar Germany, Anthony McElligott (Oxford University Press)
An introduction to Weimar Germany, from Germany’s defeat in the First World War to the coming of power of Hitler in 1933, which challenges preconceived ideas of the republic and sheds new light on areas such as Jewish life, gender, culture and the role of military ideas in reshaping society after the First World War.

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