Wednesday, 29 July 2009

This Wednesday's Paperbacks!

Genghis Khan and Mongol Rule, George Lane (Hackett Publishing)
An account of the rise to power of Genghis Khan and his unification of the Mongol tribes in the 13th century, which views it as a kind of globalisation with political, cultural, economic, mercantile and spiritual effects akin to those of modern globalisation.

A General History of Quadrupeds: The Figures Engraved on Wood, Thomas Bewick (University of Chicago Press)
A new edition of Bewick’s A General History of Quadrupeds, first published in 1790, which featured engravings of over 400 animals alongside descriptions of their characteristics as scientifically understood at the time and used groundbreaking engraving techniques to publish text and images on the same page.

The Great Rebellion: A Short History of the English Civil War and Interregnum 1642-60, Ivan Roots (The History Press)
A new edition of Roots’ history of the English Civil War, first published in 1966, which examines the causes of the war, its course and consequences, paying particular attention to the often relatively neglected 1650s and ending with a survey of the settlement following the Restoration of 1660.

War in the Nineteenth Century, 1800-1914, Jeremy Black (Polity)
An account of 19th-century military history, which addresses naval developments and warfare as well as social and cultural dimensions of military activity, makes novel links between conflict and coercion and moves away from teleological emphases.

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