Monday, 23 November 2009

This week's new books

Five to Rule Them All, David L. Bosco (Oxford University Press)
Drawing on extensive research including interviews with serving and former ambassadors on the council, this story of the creation UN Security Council provides an insight into the political battles and personality clashes amongst its five permanent members and its role in the postwar world.

Battle for the Castle, Andrea Orzoff (Oxford University Press)
An account of how the founding myth of Czechoslovakia as an ideal democracy became enshrined in Czechoslovak and European history. The myth was forged by Masaryk and Benes, the creators of the informal political organisation known as the Hrad or ‘castle’ that fought to set the country’s political agenda and advance this myth.

Ancient Greece: A History in Eleven Cities, Paul Cartledge (Oxford University Press)
This history of Ancient Greece, from the first documented use of the Greek language around 1400BC to the foundation of the Byzantine empire in around AD 330, focuses on eleven major Greek cities to illuminate the most important and enduring themes in Greek history including politics, trade, travel, slavery, gender, religion and philosophy.

Literature and Domestic Travel in Early Modern England, Andrew McRae Cambridge University Press)
A study of the meanings of mobility and the relationship between domestic travel and the emergence of new models of nationhood and identity in the early modern period, when it was commonly viewed that people should know their places both geographically and socially and domestic travel remained highly controversial.

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