Wednesday, 30 September 2009

New Wednesday Paperbacks

Imperial City: Rome under Napoleon, Susan Vandiver Nicassio (University of Chicago Press)
In 1798, the armies of the French Revolution sought to transform Rome from the capital of the Papal Sates to a Jacobin Republic. Imperial City is a social, cultural and political history of Rome and its people during the following two decades when the city was the subject of power struggles between the forces of the Empire and the Papacy.

From Mesopotamia to Iraq: A Concise History, Hans J. Nissen and Peter Heine (University of Chicago Press)
A study of 12,000 years of the history of Iraq, which traces its evolution into a contested part of the Ottoman Empire, a 20th-century British colony, a republic ruled by Saddam Hussein and the democracy it has become.

The Feminism of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Judith A. Allen (University of Chicago Press)
This biography of Charlotte Perkins Gilman re-evaluates her theories of sexuality and evolutionary analyses of androcentric – or male-dominated – culture, which informed Gilman’s contributions to the suffrage movement, the fight to abolish regulated prostitution and efforts to legalise birth control.

Arthur: The Legend, David Chauvel (Dalen Books)
Based on the historical sources of Celtic Britain such as the Historia Brittonum and the Annales Cambriae, this graphic novel returns to the roots of the iconic story of Arthur who fought to return the Island of Britain to its rightful owners following the demise of Roman rule in Britain.

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