History

Hope and Play

Readers of history should be grateful for the appearance of this short book. Natalie Zemon Davis is not only one of the greatest living historians—the

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The Lingering War

Now we have this short and accessible account, which, according to its publicity material, is designed to become the standard popular text on “the for

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The Do-Gooder

This book is too authoritative and independent to be reduced to the gadfly position of contrarianism: it is a judicious, penetrating measure of the ma

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Known Unknowns

General Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord was the Chief of Army Command until shortly after Hitler rose to power. He is a fascinating figure—brilliant at a

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It would be easy to assume that the flag and the anthem have always been the central cultural symbols of our nationality. But in fact that has not bee

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This terrific history of, and manifesto against, bullfighting was written by the French art historian Elisabeth Hardouin-Fugier. She falls squarely in

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In his uniformly excellent book, Anthony Brandt describes how—in the wake of Waterloo and Trafalgar—the British Empire emerged as the premier European

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As befits a scholar of human knowledge, Joel Mokyr's overarching thesis is about the power of ideas. His grand idea is that the practical, avaricious

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Angus Trumble is also given to great bursts of enthusiasm and equally great swaths of arcana about the human digit. Trolling through art history and a

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On Easter Monday in 1916, a tiny army of Irish separatists seized several buildings of middling significance in central Dublin, neglecting to take Dub

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