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The Institution of Criticism

by Peter Uwe Hohendahl

German radicals of the 1960s announced the death of literature. For them, literature both past and present, as well as conventional discussions of literary issues, had lost its meaning. In The Institution of Criticism, Peter Uwe Hohendahl explores the implications of this crisis from a Marxist perspective and attempts to define the tasks and responsibilities of criticism in advanced capitalist societies. Hohendahl takes a close look at the social history of literary criticism in Germany since the eighteenth century. Drawing on the tradition of the Frankfurt School and on Jürgen Habermas's concept of the public sphere, Hohendahl sheds light on some of the important political and social forces that shape literature and culture. The Institution of Criticism is made up of seven essays origina...

Genre: History, Europe, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books
Size: 287 pages
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Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

Shergar: A True Crime Story of Kidnapping, Racehorse and Politics

by Conrad Bauer

A true crime story set in Ireland and involving kidnapping, the IRA and a phenomenal racehorse named Shergar. Who Kidnap Shergar? A mystery that has baffled authorities for years…

Ask anyone in Great Britain or Ireland about famous racehorses and they’ll likely have only one name to tell you. Shergar. At his peak, Shergar was one of the most elegant, powerful, and successful racehorses in the history of the sport. By the time he retired, his reputation alone was enough to earn massive amounts of money. But then, one cold night, he vanished. Kidnapped. Stolen by a group of masked men. The heist quickly became an international sensation, attracting attention from around the world. Everyone wanted to know: who kidnapped Shergar?

And the mystery has continued to ...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Specific Groups, History, Europe, Nonfiction, True Accounts, Sports & Outdoors, Individual Sports
Size: 112 pages
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Rating: 2.50 / 5
3 reviews

The Cost of Insanity in Nineteenth-Century Ireland: Public, Voluntary and Private Asylum Care (Mental Health in Historical Perspective)

by Alice Mauger

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Genre: History, Europe, Historical Study, World, Professional & Technical, Medical eBooks, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Professional Science, Science & Math
Size: 281 pages
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Rating: 4.80 / 5
5 reviews

The Holy Roman Empire: A Captivating Guide to the Union of Smaller Kingdoms That Started During the Early Middle Ages and Dissolved During the Napoleonic Wars

by Captivating History

If you want to discover the captivating history of the Holy Roman Empire, then keep reading...Free History BONUS Inside!Beginning with Charlemagne, the great and educated king who would serve as an inspiration for world leaders from Frederick II to Adolf Hitler, the Holy Roman Empire’s intricate ties with the Roman Catholic Church would provide for plenty of excitement and drama in its early years. However, as the empire staggered through the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance, it would eventually be forced to declare its allegiance with a new way of thinking: Protestantism. Throughout the story of the Holy Roman Empire, a wealth of fascinating tales from interesting people proliferates. Monks and emperors will clash, poets sing the praises of kings, and the pope rides blind and bareba...

Genre: History, Europe, Historical Study, Education & Reference
Size: 104 pages
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Rating: 4.50 / 5
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William Wallace: A Life from Beginning to End

by Hourly History

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Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Historical, History, Europe, Nonfiction
Size: 1.28 mb
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Rating: 3.60 / 5
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Napoleon Bonaparte: An Intimate Biography. The Entire Life Story. Biography, Facts & Quotes (Great Biographies Book 53)

by The History Hour

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Genre: History, Europe, Historical Study, Nonfiction
Size: 8.98 mb
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Rating: 1.00 / 5
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Jack The Ripper - The Hull Connection

by Mike Covell

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Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Europe, Historical Study, Nonfiction, True Accounts
Size: 368 pages
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Kind Wishes (Russian Cross Book 3)

by Alexander Lapin

The novel Russian Cross is a «saga of generations». It covers the extended period from the end the 20th to the beginning of the 21st century. It reveals the vicissitudes and twists of fate in the lives of four school friends. Russian Cross consists of six books. The author first introduces the reader to the main personae in the first book of the series entitled Lost Paradise, a lyrical story about the life of young boys and girls at school. The second book in the saga - Unscared Generation, is about growing up, carefree lives as students, serving in the army, the first difficult decisions and taking responsibility for them.In the third book - Kind wishes - the personae begin to develop their inner selves against the background of the historical events in which they find themse...

Genre: History, Europe, Russia
Size: 267 pages
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Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Arthur: Shadow of a God (the untold mythical roots of King Arthur)

by Richard Denham

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Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Historical, History, Europe
Size: 212 pages
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Rating: 4.60 / 5
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The Road to Newgate: A London Murder Mystery

by Kate Braithwaite

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Genre: History, Europe, Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Mystery, Thrillers, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Crime & Criminals, Romance, Historical Romance, Biographical, British, European
Size: 354 pages
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Rating: 3.30 / 5
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The Governor of England

by Marjorie Bowen

Oliver Cromwell was first and foremost an English soldier.

But he was also a statesman of outstanding gifts and a forceful character, becoming Lord Protector of the Republican Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland from 1653 to 1658.

One of the leading generals on the parliamentary side in the English Civil War against King Charles I, he was indispensable in the campaign to the overthrow of the Stuart monarchy.

In his position as Lord Protector, he raised his country’s status back to being one of leading European power, something it had not experienced since the death of Queen Elizabeth I.

Cromwell was one of the most remarkable rulers in European history; he believed deeply in the value of religious toleration.

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Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Leaders & Notable People, Specific Groups, History, Europe, Nonfiction
Size: 382 pages
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Madame Bovary on Trial

by Dominick LaCapra

In 1857, following the publication of Madame Bovary, Flaubert was charged with having committed an "outrage to public morality and religion." Dominick LaCapra, an intellectual historian with wide-ranging literary interests, here examines this remarkable trial. LaCapra draws on material from Flaubert’s correspondence, the work of literary critics, and Jean-Paul Sartre’s analysis of Flaubert. LaCapra maintains that Madame Bovary is at the intersection of the traditional and the modern novel, simultaneously invoking conventional expectations and subverting them....

Genre: History, Europe, Professional & Technical, Law, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books
Size: 224 pages
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The Control of NATO Nuclear Forces in Europe during the Cold War

by Marco Carnovale

This book examines the development of command and control systems for nuclear weapons in NATO Europe during the Cold War. This is a reprint of his book originally published in 1993.The United States and Europe had for a long time stressed different aspects of their common concern for the control of nuclear forces. The US mostly feared a failure of negative control, ie the possibility of accidental or inadvertent use. The Europeans shared this concern but emphasized the need for reliable positive control of the deterrent, ie the assurance that it would function as planned in an emergency. Unsurprisingly, American views prevailed, and moved the UK and France to develop their own national deterrent.Written at the end of the cold war, this book argued for the creation of a European deterrent, ...

Genre: History, Europe
Size: 302 pages
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Our Story - 5: Unabridged

by Philip Wik

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Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Memoirs, History, Europe
Size: 32.14 mb
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The End of the Third Reich: A New English Translation

by Vasily Chuikov

Vasily Chuikov was there at the end, every soldier’s desire. This account of the operations of his army on the Eastern Front from the summer of 1944 until the surrender of Germany is not as dramatic as his history of Stalingrad. As Chuikov himself said, Stalingrad was ‘idiosyncratic.’ No one had ever seen the like and, with a bit of luck, no one will ever see the like again.This book relates many stories, but also contains a fair amount of military science. If the small-town geography of Poland and Ukraine becomes too tedious, skim it.This book can educate those who do not fully appreciate the sacrifice made by Red Army troops in World War II. Russians of the Soviet period almost always failed in their appeals for understanding by painting themselves as universally courageous, kind, ...

Genre: History, Europe, Military, Russia
Size: 307 pages
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Material Cultures of Childhood in Second World War Britain (Material Culture and Modern Conflict)

by Gabriel Moshenska

How do children cope when their world is transformed by war? This book draws on memory narratives to construct an historical anthropology of childhood in Second World Britain, focusing on objects and spaces such as gas masks, air raid shelters and bombed-out buildings. In their struggles to cope with the fears and upheavals of wartime, with families divided and familiar landscapes lost or transformed, children reimagined and reshaped these material traces of conflict into toys, treasures and playgrounds. This study of the material worlds of wartime childhood offers a unique viewpoint into an extraordinary period in history with powerful resonances across global conflicts into the present day....

Genre: History, Europe, Military
Size: 198 pages
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Rating: 5.00 / 5
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A History of Male Psychological Disorders in Britain, 1945-1980 (Mental Health in Historical Perspective)

by Alison Haggett

This book is open access under a CC BY license.Statistically, women appear to suffer more frequently from depressive and anxiety disorders, featuring more regularly in primary care figures for consultations, diagnoses and prescriptions for psychotropic medication. This has been consistently so throughout the post-war period with current figures suggesting that women are approximately twice more likely to suffer from affective disorders than men. However, this book suggests that the statistical landscape reveals only part of the story. Currently, 75 per cent of suicides are among men, and this trend can also be traced back historically to data that suggests this has been the case since the beginning of the twentieth-century. This book suggests that male psychological illness was in fact no ...

Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Psychology & Counseling, History, Europe, Historical Study, World, Professional & Technical, Medical eBooks, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Professional Science, Science & Math, History & Philosophy
Size: 230 pages
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Rating: 4.00 / 5
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A History of Self-Harm in Britain: A Genealogy of Cutting and Overdosing (Mental Health in Historical Perspective)

by Chris Millard

This book is open access under a CC BY license and is the first account of self-harming behaviour in its proper historical and political context. The rise of self-cutting and overdosing in the 20th century is linked to the sweeping changes in mental and physical health, and wider political context. The welfare state, social work, Second World War, closure of the asylums, even the legalization of suicide, are all implicated in the prominence of self harm in Britain. The rise of 'overdosing as a cry for help' is linked to the integration of mental and physical healthcare, the NHS, and the change in the law on suicide and attempted suicide. The shift from overdosing to self-cutting as the most prominent 'self-damaging' behaviour is also explained, linked to changes in hospital organization an...

Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Psychology & Counseling, History, Europe, Historical Study, World, Professional & Technical, Medical eBooks, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government, Social Sciences, Professional Science, Science & Math, History & Philosophy
Size: 280 pages
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Rating: 3.70 / 5
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Living with Disfigurement in Early Medieval Europe (The New Middle Ages)

by Patricia Skinner

This book is open access under a CC-BY 4.0 license. This book examines social and medical responses to the disfigured face in early medieval Europe, arguing that the study of head and facial injuries can offer a new contribution to the history of early medieval medicine and culture, as well as exploring the language of violence and social interactions. Despite the prevalence of warfare and conflict in early medieval society, and a veritable industry of medieval historians studying it, there has in fact been very little attention paid to the subject of head wounds and facial damage in the course of war and/or punitive justice. The impact of acquired disfigurement —for the individual, and for her or his family and community—is barely registered, and only recently has there been any atte...

Genre: History, Europe, Historical Study, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Professional & Technical, Medical eBooks, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government, Philosophy, Science & Math, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books, Movements & Periods
Size: 383 pages
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Rating: 3.80 / 5
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Dance Between Flames: Berlin Between the Wars

by Anton Gill

'A lively chronicle' The IndependentFrom the end of World War One, to the start of World War Two, Berlin was centre of both artistic excellence and moral decadence.It was the heyday of this great city. Between November 1919 and September 1939, many of this century's most sensational events in politics, the arts, theatre, cinema and night life took place in Berlin, where vulgarity and greatness lived side by side. High culture, epitomized in the works of Brecht, Max Reinhardt and Erwin Piscator, was matched by the city's glamorously decadent night-life. Part-politicized and part-criminal clubs thrived, the cabaret of political life sharing the same colour and exoticism as the city's underworld elements. Anton Gill expertly describes both the political and cultural history of Berlin through ...

Genre: History, Europe, Nonfiction
Size: 304 pages
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Migration in the Southern Balkans: From Ottoman Territory to Globalized Nation States (IMISCOE Research Series)

by Hans Vermeulen

This open access book collects ten essays that look at intra-regional migration in the Southern Balkans from the late Ottoman period to the present. It examines forced as well as voluntary migrations and places these movements within their historical context, including ethnic cleansing, population exchanges, and demographic engineering in the service of nation-building as well as more recent labor migration due to globalization.Inside, readers will find the work of international experts that cuts across national and disciplinary lines. This cross-cultural, comparative approach fully captures the complexity of this highly fractured, yet interconnected, region.Coverage explores the role of population exchanges in the process of nation-building and irredentist policies in interwar Bulgaria, t...

Genre: Arts & Photography, History, Europe, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Architecture
Size: 211 pages
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Stalingrad Battle of the Century: An English Translation

by Vasily Chuikov

Vasily Chuikov offers an authoritative history of the Battle of Stalingrad. After all, he was there. Chuikov's account of the battle was first published in 1962. That book was translated into English and published in the 1965 book, The Battle for Stalingrad. This book, Stalingrad: Battle of the Century, is a translation of Chuikov's 1975 edition, a very different work.There is no doubt that Stalingrad was a turning point in World War II. It was, perhaps, a turning point in human history. Adolf Hitler's psychopathic obsession with conquering the stronghold on the Volga made this an event of more than military significance. Chuikov himself wrote that Stalingrad was 'an objective at which all strategic, tactical, political and aspirational goals coalesced.' Indeed. It was the beginning of the...

Genre: History, Europe, Military, Russia
Size: 411 pages
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Rating: 4.40 / 5
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John Wycliffe: A Life From Beginning to End

by Hourly History

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Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Professionals & Academics, Specific Groups, History, Europe, Nonfiction
Size: 2.81 mb
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Rating: 4.00 / 5
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Sarajevo: The Assassination of Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand

by Michael Moorcroft

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Genre: History, Europe, Military, Nonfiction
Size: 139 pages
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Rating: 3.90 / 5
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Anglo-Saxons: A Captivating Guide to the People Who Inhabited Great Britain from the Early Middle Ages to the Norman Conquest of England

by Captivating History

If you want to discover the captivating history of the Anglo-Saxons, then keep reading...Free History BONUS Inside!There was a time before England was united. This was a time before William the Bastard decided to prove to his contemporaries that his bastard moniker would be erased with a swift conquest of the biggest island northwest of Europe. A time before the Battle of Hastings and the year 1066. A time when many petty kingdoms ruled, conquered, and were liberated, time and time again, by a specific people group. A people group that is, in fact, a blend of many and that authors of later dates would collectively call the Anglo-Saxons.With this book, we want to let our readers know how vibrant and lively (as well as deadly) life in Britain was during the perhaps wrongly-titled “Dark Age...

Genre: History, Europe, Historical Study, Education & Reference, Schools & Teaching
Size: 119 pages
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Rating: 3.20 / 5
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A Short History of France

by Mary Platt Parmele

From the times of the Gauls and Romans to the fall of Napoleon and beyond, Mary Platt Parmele’s A Short History of France is a fascinating chronicle of the events and forces that forged the nation....

Genre: History, Europe, World, Nonfiction
Size: 172 pages
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Pelion. The magical mountain: Culture Hikes in Continental Greece

by Denis Roubien

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Genre: Arts & Photography, History, Europe, Nonfiction, Architecture, Travel
Size: 8.20 mb
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Rating: 4.20 / 5
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In Napoleon's Shadow: The Memoirs of Louis-Joseph Marchand, Valet and Friend of the Emperor 1811–1821

by Louis-Joseph Marchand

‘In 1811, twelve young men were chosen among the families in the Emperor’s personal service to serve as ushers in his apartments. My mother, attached to the household of the King of Rome as first nurse to the prince, requested this favour for me from the grand chamberlain, the Count de Montesquiou, and it was granted.’Louis-Joseph Marchand’s intimate memoir of his time as Napoleon’s valet is the last of the significant Napoleonic manuscripts to be translated into English and a unique and precious insight into the last days of Napoleon’s Imperial project.Serving alongside the Emperor from the apex of his reign and through his eventual demise, Marchand depicts, in remarkable detail, the Russian campaign, the campaigns of Germany and France, Napoleon’s exile to Elba and subseque...

Genre: History, Europe
Size: 832 pages
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Rating: 3.00 / 5
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Mazarin

by Arthur Hassall

It seems inevitable that Mazarin will always suffer by comparison with Richelieu. The latter, who has been described as the greatest political genius which France has ever produced, appeals to the imagination by the firmness and the success of his policy. The ability with which he managed the foreign affairs of France, and his creation of an administrative system which continued to the Kevolution, place Richelieu in the foremost rank of French statesmen. And yet his successor, though less illustrious, equally deserves to stand among those who have contributed most to the greatness of France. What MM. Hanotaux and d’Avenel have done for Richelieu’s memory has been done for Mazarin by M. Chéruel. Hehas made it impossible for us to regard Mazarin as a mere Italian adventurer, or to agree...

Genre: History, Europe, World, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Antiques & Collectibles
Size: 152 pages
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Santorini. In search of the authentic: Culture Hikes in the Greek Islands

by Denis Roubien

You want to discover the cultural treasures of the Greek islands in a guided tour? This is the book for you!This book is a travel story describing, through a large number of photos, a hiking tour in one of the most famous and yet not really discovered islands of Greece. Internationally known for its exceptional landscape, an outcome of its volcano, Santorini also boasts a wealth of cultural treasures, often eclipsed by the famous caldera and the sunset at Oia and remaining unknown to the wide public. This book endeavours to cover this omission and give a glimpse of this cultural richness to the visitor who desires to discover it. Among other things, it presents some of the best preserved fortified medieval settlements of the Aegean, churches with an inexplicable exotic decoration, pictures...

Genre: History, Europe, Travel
Size: 135 pages
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