Wednesday, 3 February 2010

New Wednesday Paperbacks

The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis, Jeremy Rifkin (Polity)
This new interpretation of the history of civilisation considers the evolution of empathy and the ways in which it has shaped our development and is likely to determine our fate as a species, from the rise of the first great theological civilisations, to the ideological age that dominated the 18th and 19th centuries and the merging dramaturgical period of the 21st century.

The Wobbling Pivot, China Since 1800: An Interpretative History, Pamela Kyle Crossley (Wiley-Blackwell)
This history of China since the 18th century focuses on the delicate relationship between central government and local communities and reveals how developments can be explained through China’s swings between centralisation and decentralisation, between local initiative and central authoritarianism.

The Victorians: Britain Through the Paintings of the Age, Jeremy Paxman (BBC Books)
This history of the birth of modern Britain draws upon the paintings of the era to provide an insight into family, faith, urban life, industry and empire and how such themes helped define the Victorian sprit and imagination.

The Forgotten Few: The Polish Air Force in World War II, Adam Zamoyski (Pen & Sword)
By the beginning of 1941 there was a fully fledged Polish Air Force operating alongside the RAF. With 14 squadrons it was larger than any other of the air forces from Nazi occupied Europe. This history of the Polish Air Force in the Second World War recalls the stories of those who fought for Britain and their fate in the aftermath of the war.

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