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1 ABULAFIA, DAVID. The Great Sea: A Human History Of The Mediterranean.
Oxford University Press, New York/Oxford/London: . 0195323343 / 9780195323344 h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Situated at the intersection of Europe, Asia, and Africa, the Mediterranean Sea has been for millenia the place where religions, economies, and political systems met, clashed, influenced and absorbed one another. David Abulafia offers a fresh perspective by focusing on the sea itself: its practical importance for transport and sustenance; its dynamic role in the rise and fall of empires; and the remarkable cast of characters--sailors, merchants, migrants, pirates, pilgrims--who have crossed and recrossed it. Ranging from prehistory to the 21st century, The Great Sea is above all the history of human interaction across a region that has brought together many of the great civilizations of antiquity as well as the rival empires of medieval and modern times. Interweaving major political and naval developments with the ebb and flow of trade, Abulafia explores how commercial competition in the Mediterranean created both rivalries and partnerships, with merchants acting as intermediaries between cultures, trading goods that were as exotic on one side of the sea as they were commonplace on the other. He stresses the remarkable ability of Mediterranean cultures to uphold the civilizing ideal of convivencia, "living together," exemplified in medieval Spain, where Christian theologians studied Arabic texts with the help of Jewish and Muslim scholars, and traceable throughout the history of the region. Brilliantly written and sweeping in its scope, The Great Sea is itself as varied and inclusive as the region it describes, covering everything from the Trojan War, the history of piracy, and the great naval battles between Carthage and Rome to the Jewish Diaspora into Hellenistic worlds, the rise of Islam, the Grand Tours of the 19th century, and mass tourism of the 20th. It is, in short, a magnum opus, the definitive account of perhaps the most vibrant theater of human interaction in history. Features * A magisterial account of the human history of the Mediterranean Sea from the Copper and Bronze Ages through modern times. * David Abulafia is an accomplished expert in the field, having spent over a decade as Professor of Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridge * Destined to replace all other books on the subject, this book will stand out as the definitive history of the Mediterranean David Abulafia is Professor of Mediterranean History at Cambridge University and the author of The Mediterranean in History. "This magnificent book ...is teeming with colourful characters. Over the course of nearly 800pp, we follow faiths; sail with fleets; trade with bankers, financiers and merchants; raid with pirates and observe battles and sieges; watch cities rise and fall and see peoples migrate in triumph and tragedy. But at its heart, this is a history of mankind - gripping, worldly, bloody, playful - that radiates scholarship and a sense of wonder and fun, using the Mediterranean as its medium, its watery road much travelled." - Simon Sebag-Montefiore, Financial Times "This memorable study, its scholarship tinged with indulgent humour and an authorial eye for bizarre detail, celebrates the swirling changeability at the heart of that wonderful symbiosis of man and nature which once took place long Mediterranean shores" - Jonathan Keates, The Sunday Telegraph "An Everest of a book, brocaded with studious observation and finely-tuned scholarship...the effect is mesmerising, as detail accumulates meticulously." - Ian Thomson, The Independent "David Abulafia's marvellous history of the Mediterranean is an excellent corrective to oversimplified views of geopolitics." - The Economist "New, highly impressive book...magisterial work..." - Prospect "Engagingly written, precisely documented, and liberally studded with tales of the fantastic and absurd, the book has much to offer the casual reader and is indispensible for specialists in the region." - Publishers Weekly "Abulafia writes in a popular style with an eye for interesting sidelights on history, such as the backdating of the Trojan War by Homer and Virgil, and quirky asides about modern Mediterranean culture...this comprehensive, scholarly study contains much food for thought." - Kirkus "A comprehensive, fair-minded history." - The National Interest "The Great Sea deserves a place on the shelf next to Braudel's classic work." - Shelf Awareness "David Abulafia's new book about the Mediterranean Sea, The Great Sea, has everything a major work of history requires. An important theme, solid research, magnificent writing and a perceptive insight into human nature...As an introduction to this story - and as a cautionary tale of what happens when the darkness in the human soul crowds out the light - there is no better place to start than David Abulafia's The Great Sea." - The California Literary Review "For both specialists and interested general readers, this book will be a treasure and become the standard work on the topic." - Booklist Online "Book of the Year" selection, History category - The Economist "David Abulafia, Professor of Mediterranean History at Cambridge University, brings historians and interested readers the ultimate biography of this unique sea, as seen and used and experienced by the people who lived and still live on its long coastline."- Bookbanter "This magnificent history, at once sweeping and precise, spans the period from 22,000 B.C. to 2010 A.D. to explicate the history of human activity on and around the Mediterranean Sea... [Abulafia] is a superb writer with a gift for lucid compression and an eye for the telling detail...He has taken on a grand subject, and has related and interpreted it with authority, exactitude, and verve. His work deserves a wide and appreciative audience." - The Atlantic 
Price: 33.20 USD
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2 ASTON, MARGARET. The Fifteenth Century: The Prospect Of Europe.
Thames and Hudson, London: 1968. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. 
Discusses the emergence of Europe as an entity. The great events of the century are discussed including the Black Plague, the capture of Constantinople by the Turks, the invention of the printing press, the exploration of the world and the revival of classical studies. Contains 153 illustrations, 21 in color, and an Index. 
Price: 15.91 USD
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3 BARBIERI, PIERPAOLO. Hitler's Shadow Empire: Nazi Economics And The Spanish Civil War.
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts and London England: 2015. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Pitting fascists and communists in a showdown for supremacy, the Spanish Civil War has long been seen as a grim dress rehearsal for World War II. Francisco Franco's Nationalists prevailed with German and Italian military assistance—a clear instance, it seemed, of like-minded regimes joining forces in the fight against global Bolshevism. In Hitler's Shadow Empire Pierpaolo Barbieri revises this standard account of Axis intervention in the Spanish Civil War, arguing that economic ambitions—not ideology—drove Hitler's Iberian intervention. The Nazis hoped to establish an economic empire in Europe, and in Spain they tested the tactics intended for future subject territories. The Nazis provided Franco's Nationalists with planes, armaments, and tanks, but behind this largesse was a Faustian bargain. Through weapons and material support, Germany gradually absorbed Spain into an informal empire, extending control over key Spanish resources in order to fuel its own burgeoning war industries. This plan was only possible and profitable because of Hitler's economic czar, Hjalmar Schacht, a "wizard of international finance." His policies fostered the interwar German recovery and consolidated Hitler's dictatorship. Though Schacht's economic strategy was eventually abandoned in favor of a very different conception of racial empire, Barbieri argues it was in many ways a more effective strategic option for the Third Reich. Deepening our understanding of the Spanish Civil War by placing it in the context of Nazi imperial ambitions, Hitler's Shadow Empire illuminates a fratricidal tragedy that still reverberates in Spanish life as well as the world war it heralded. 368 pages, 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches, 13 halftones, 1 map, 7 graphs. Pierpaolo Barbieri is executive director at Greenmantle and special advisor at the Institute for New Economic Thinking and the Berggruen Institute on Governance. "The Spanish Civil War is among the 20th-century military conflicts about which the most continues to be published… Hitler's Shadow Empire is one of few recent studies offering fresh information, specifically describing German trade in the Franco-controlled zone. While it is typically assumed that Nazi Germany, like Stalinist Russia, became involved in the Spanish Civil War for ideological reasons, Pierpaolo Barbieri, an economic analyst, shows that the motives of the two main powers were quite different."—Stephen Schwartz, The Weekly Standard "Hitler's Shadow Empire recasts our understanding of the German and Italian interventions in the Spanish Civil War. In this brilliant debut, Barbieri shows that informal imperialism played a more important part than fascist ideology in the way that Berlin looked at the conflict. Barbieri also has a keen ear for the continuing echoes of the Civil War for Spain—and indeed for Europe—today."—Niall Ferguson, author of The Ascent of Money "A fascinating, beautifully written account of a plan for the German economic domination of Europe that was pushed in the 1930s by the Nazis but above all by non-Nazi and more traditionally oriented German economic bureaucrats. Barbieri makes us think again about the relationship between economics and racial policies in the making of Nazi aggression."—Harold James, author of Making the European Monetary Union "This is a fascinating study of a prewar Europe of might-have-been, when Spain was being absorbed into a German 'informal empire' of economic hegemony, overseen by the brilliant Hjalmar Schacht, a project so successful that two centuries of Anglo-French dominance of the Iberian economy was overturned in less than three years. As Barbieri shows, it was Hitler's foolish plunge into war and 'formal empire' in 1939 which, paradoxically, destroyed burgeoning German economic hegemony in Spain—and Europe. As the world enters a new round of trade and currency wars reminiscent of the 1930s, Hitler's Shadow Empire is a timely reminder of the seductive power of economic nationalism—and of Germany's capacity for both hegemonic influence and suicidal diplomacy."—Sean McMeekin, author of The Russian Origins of the First World War "Nothing reflects the twists and turns of German economic and military policy before 1939 so clearly as German involvement in the Spanish Civil War. Pierpaolo Barbieri has done all historians of this period a major service in providing a clear and convincing account of how 'informal empire' in Spain became a stepping stone to real imperialism in the rest of Europe."—Richard Overy, author of Why the Allies Won 
Price: 28.45 USD
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4 BURCKHARDT, JACOB. The Civilization Of The Renaissance In Italy.
Barnes & Noble Books, New York: 1992. 0880299126 / 9780880299121 Reprint edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition. 
Jacob Burckhardt saw the Renaissance, from Dante to Michelangelo, not only as an age in which art and literature flourished but also as a period with its own political, social and even psychological characteristics. Depicts these states of mind and underlying motivational patterns of the Italian people during the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries. Includes an Index. 
Price: 23.31 USD
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5 BURCKHARDT, JACOB. The Civilization Of The Renaissance In Italy.
Albert & Charles Boni, New York: 1935. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Fair condition with the former owner's penciled notes on the front endpapers. There are some bumped corners and edgewear to the cloth. 
Depicts the characteristic states of mind and underlying motivational patterns of the Italian people during the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries. 
Price: 14.49 USD
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6 BURCKHARDT, JACOB. The Civilization Of The Renaissance In Italy.
Albert & Charles Boni, New York: 1935. Reprint edition. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Good unmarked copy. 
Depicts the characteristic states of mind and underlying motivational patterns of the Italian people during the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries. Translated into English from the German by S. G. C. Middlemore. Includes an Index. 
Price: 14.49 USD
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7 BURCKHARDT, JACOB. The Civilization Of The Renaissance In Italy: Volume I.
Harper & Row, New York: 1958. 0060904593 / 9780060904593 First Harper Torchbook Edition. An illustrated edition. 25th Printing. s Softcover. Fair condition. Water stains. 
Depicts the characteristic states of mind and underlying motivational patterns of the Italian people during the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries. Translated into English from the German by S. G. C. Middlemore. Includes an Index. 
Price: 8.31 USD
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8 BURCKHARDT, JACOB; BURKE, PETER (INTRODUCTION); MURRAY, PETER (NOTES). The Civilization Of The Renaissance In Italy.
Penguin, London: 1990. 014044534X / 9780140445343 Sixth printing of this edition. s Softcover. Very good condition. 
Depicts the characteristic states of mind and underlying motivational patterns of the Italian people during the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries. Translated into English from the German by S. G. C. Middlemore. Includes an Index. 
Price: 29.07 USD
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9 BURY, J. B. The Invasion Of Europe By The Barbarians.
W. W. Norton., NY: 1967. 0393003884 / 9780393003888 Reprint, first published in 1927. s Softcover. Good condition. 
Detailed analysis, focusing on the years 375 to 575 A.D. Contains an Index. 
Price: 6.89 USD
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10 CARLYLE, THOMAS. History Of Friedrich The Second Called Frederick The Great - Volume V.
Harper & Brothers, New York: 1874. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Good condition. Some sleight wear at the top and bottom of spine. 
This is just Volume Five of a Six Volume Set. It begins with Book XVIII - Seven-Years War Rises to a Height. Includes one tipped in map. 
Price: 47.50 USD
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11 CHAMBERS, JAMES. The Devil's Horsemen: The Mongol Invasion Of Europe.
Atheneum, New York: 1979. 0689109423 / 9780689109423 Second Printing. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good Condition. Previous owner's name stamped on the title page. Very small tear in the dustjacket. 
The three points of focus in Mr. Chambers' study are, first, how Mongol Invasions resulted in increased East-West communication, second, the reasons for the failure of the Roman Catholic Church to consolidate the spread of Christianity in the East, and finally, how and why Europe was saved from Mongol domination. Illustrated with a select bibliography and an Index. 
Price: 9.26 USD
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12 CHAMBERS, JAMES. The Devil's Horsemen: The Mongol Invasion Of Europe.
Atheneum, New York: 1985. s Softcover. Very good condition. 
The three points of focus in Mr. Chambers' study are, first, how Mongol Invasions resulted in increased East-West communication, second, the reasons for the failure of the Roman Catholic Church to consolidate the spread of Christianity in the East, and finally, how and why Europe was saved from Mongol domination. Illustrated with a select bibliography and an index. 
Price: 20.66 USD
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13 CHURCHILL, WINSTON S.; COMMAGER, HENRY STEELE (INTRODUCTION). Marlborough: His Life And Times.
Charles Scribner's Sons, New York: 1968. Abridged Edition. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Good condition. 
This is Churchill's biography of his famous ancestor, the eighteenth century military commander. Marlborough's great program was to counter the French bid for hegemony under Louis XIV. In the opinion of many critics, Marelborough remains the masterpiece of Churchill's historical writings. Includes an Index. 
Price: 80.23 USD
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14 CHURCHILL, WINSTON S.; COMMAGER, HENRY STEELE (INTRODUCTION). Marlborough: His Life And Times.
Charles Scribner's Sons, New York: 1968. Abridged Edition. Book Club Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. 
This is Churchill's biography of his famous ancestor, the eighteenth century military commander. Marlborough's great program was to counter the French bid for hegemony under Louis XIV. In the opinion of many critics, Marelborough remains the masterpiece of Churchill's historical writings. Includes an Index. 
Price: 96.90 USD
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15 COHN, NORMAN Europe's Inner Demons: An Enquiry Inspired By The Great Witch-hunt.
Basic Books, New York: 1975. 046502131X / 9780465021314 h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. Dustjacket is worn and torn. 

Price: 38.00 USD
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16 COOPER, DUFF. Haig.
Doubleday, Doran and Company, Garden City: 1936. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Good condition. 

Price: 38.71 USD
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17 CRAMB, J. A.; BRADLEY, A. C. (PREFACE). Germany And England.
John Murray, London: 1914. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Good condition. 
Consists of lectures given at Queens College, Harley Street, in London in February and March 1918. In these lectures, Cramb wished to make clear that the hostility to England now more or less prevalent among educated Germans arises from no mere envy of the prestige and advantages of the British Empire, but from the fact that this Empire appears to them the main, or even the sole, obstacle to the attainment of a great national ideal, for which they are bound to labor and, if need be, to contend. 
Price: 22.90 USD
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18 CRANKSHAW, EDWARD. The Fall Of The House Of Hapsburg.
Penguin Books, New York: 1963. Eighth Printing. s Softcover. Good condition. 
Offers a compelling account of the final decades of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In a sweeping panorama of Vienna, Imperial Russia, Napoleon's France, Bismark's Prussia and Cavour's Italy, Crankshaw portrays the political and military intricacies, the statesmen, soldiers and common people, and examines the ambitions and disillusionment that broke the Empire and forged the destiny of the twentieth century. "Sympathetic . . . scholarly . . . humaine" -- Hugh Trevor-Roper, Sunday Times. 
Price: 3.75 USD
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19 DE ST. AMAND, IMBERT. Napoleon III At The Height Of His Power.
Charles Scribner's Sons, New York: 1900. First U.S. Edition. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Good condition. Minor tear on spine. 
A full-scale biography of Napoleon III. 
Price: 63.18 USD
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20 DE WULF, MAURICE. Philosophy And Civilization In The Middle Ages.
Dover, New York: 1953. Reissue. s Softcover. Fair condition. 
Covers a survey of civilization in the twelfth century including feudal Europe and the Catholic influences of Cluny, Citeaux, the bishops and the pope. Discusses the great awakening of philosophy in the thirteenth century, the rise of the universities, the establishment orders like the Dominicans and Franciscans, and the comprehensive classification of knowledge. Includes an Index. 
Price: 7.84 USD
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