Wednesday, 27 January 2010

New Paperbacks

The Classic Maya, Stephen D. Houston and Takeshi Inomata (Cambridge University Press)
This synthesis of the Classic Maya, who in the first millennium AD created courtly societies in and around the Yucatan Peninsula, reports on kings, queens, nobles, gods and ancestors, as well as the millions of farmers and other figures who lived in societies predicated on sacred kingship and varying political programs.

Against Throne and Altar: Machiavelli and Political Theory under the English Republic, Paul A. Rahe (Cambridge University Press)
This study of John Milton, Marchamont Nedham, James Harrington and Thomas Hobbes, champions of the republican experiment conducted in England between 1649 and 1660, situates them with regard to the novel species of republicanism first promoted in the early 1500s by Machiavelli and examines the debt that they owed the Epicurean tradition in philosophy and the political science crafted by the Arab philosophers Alfarabi, Avicenna and Averroes.

Awards of the George Cross, 1940-2009, John Frayn Turner (Pen & Sword)
This history of the George Cross, instituted by King George VI in September 1940 for non-combatant gallantry, charts each of the 160 acts of selfless courage by individual men and women that have earned the George Cross.

Hitler and Nazi Germany, Stephen J. Lee (Routledge)
A second revised edition of this introduction to Hitler’s rise to power and Nazi domestic and foreign polices through to the end of the Second World War, which includes new chapters on the Nazi regime, the SS and Gestapo, and the Second World War.

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