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Eminent Victorians

by Lytton Strachey Standard Ebooks (September 12, 2018)

Eminent Victorians consists of four short biographies by Lytton Strachey of Victorians who were famous in their day: Cardinal Manning, a powerful cleric; Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing; Thomas...


Poetry

by Wilfred Owen Standard Ebooks (July 27, 2018)

Wilfred Owen was a soldier and poet during the second half of the first World War. His poetry, contrary to the propaganda of the time, dealt with the horrors of front-line trench warfare and was written at least...


Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

by Ulysses S. Grant Standard Ebooks (July 27, 2018)

The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses Simpson Grant are an American classic. In them Grant, the most able General of the Civil War, tells the story of his life and experiences, covering his birth, early youth, military...


Who Will Be the Next President?

by Alexander S. Belenky Springer International Publishing AG (April 06, 2018)

If the title of this book has caught your eye, spend a couple of minutes to look at the following list of statements relevant to American presidential elections:

  1. The system for electing a President was not...


Astoria

by Washington Irving Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Astoria by Washington Irving examines the history of the Rocky Mountain Fur trade with a look at John Jacob Astor's American Fur Trade company.


On the Origin of Species, 6th Edition

by Charles Darwin Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, in which he writes of his theories of evolution by natural selection, is one of the most important works of scientific study ever published.


Common Sense

by Thomas Paine Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Enormously popular and widely read pamphlet, first published in January of 1776, clearly and persuasively argues for American separation from Great Britain and paves the way for the Declaration of Independence....


Life On The Mississippi

by Mark Twain Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Life on the Mississippi is a memoir by Mark Twain detailing his days as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River before and after the American Civil War. The book begins with a brief history of the river....


King John

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

King John of England is pitted against the united powers of France, Brittany, Austria and the papacy. Will England be destroyed by his fatal indecision? As alliances are made, broken and remade, the paranoid...


Richard II

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

King Richard the Second is a history play by William Shakespeare believed to be written in approximately 1595. It is based on the life of King Richard II of England and is the first part of a tetralogy, referred...


Henry IV, Part 1

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

David Scott Kastan lucidly explores the remarkable richness and the ambitious design of King Henry IV Part 1 and shows how these complicate any easy sense of what kind of play it is. Conventionally regarded...


Henry VIII

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eighth is a history play by William Shakespeare, based on the life of Henry VIII of England. An alternative title, All is True, is recorded in contemporary documents,...


Henry VI, Part 2

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Second Part of King Henry the Sixth, or Henry VI, Part 2, is a history play by William Shakespeare believed written in approximately 1590-91. It is the second part of the trilogy on Henry VI, and often grouped...


Henry VI, Part 3

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Henry the Sixth, Part 3, is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed written in approximately 1590, and set during the lifetime of King Henry VI of England. It prepares the ground for one of his best-known...


Henry IV, Part 2

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Powerful rebels are mustering their forces to topple the aging King Henry IV from his throne. Their success seems assured because the dying king cannot depend upon his son and heir Prince Hal. Instead, King...


Titus Andronicus

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Titus Andronicus may be Shakespeare's earliest tragedy; it is believed to have been written sometime between 1584 and the early 1590s. It depicts a Roman general who is engaged in a cycle of revenge with his...


Henry VI, Part 1

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The First Part of King Henry the Sixth is history play by William Shakespeare, believed written in approximately 1588–1590. It is the first in the cycle of four plays often referred to as "The First Tetralogy"....


Richard III

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Richard III is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in approximately 1591. The play is an unflattering depiction of the short reign of Richard III of England. While generally...


An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations

by Adam Smith Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, generally referred to by its shortened title The Wealth of Nations, is the magnum opus of the Scottish economist and moral philosopher Adam Smith....


The Federalist Papers

by Publius Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Federalist Papers are a series of 85 articles advocating the ratification of the United States Constitution. Seventy-seven of the essays were published serially in The Independent Journal and The New York...


The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African

by Olaudah Equiano Olaudah Equiano (March 25, 2018)

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa, the African. Written by Himself was the first work that influenced the nineteenth-century genre of slave narrative autobiographies....


Twelve Years a Slave

by Solomon Northup Derby and Miller, Auburn, New York (March 25, 2018)

Twelve Years a Slave, sub-title: Narrative of Solomon Northup, citizen of New-York, kidnapped in Washington city in 1841, and rescued in 1853, from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana, is a memoir...


Utilitarianism

by John Stuart Mill Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

John Stuart Mill's book Utilitarianism is a philosophical defense of utilitarianism in ethics. The essay first appeared as a series of three articles published in Fraser's Magazine in 1861; the articles were...


The Story of the Pony Express

by Glenn Danford Bradley Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

An account of the most remarkable mail service ever in existence, and its place in history.

The Pony Express was the first rapid transit and the first fast mail line across the North American continent from the...


The Description of Wales

by Giraldus Cambrensis Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Williams' classic edition of Hoare's classic translation is here augmented with almost 200 new annotations concerning quotations, language, geography, history, and customs alluded to in the text.


Murat

by Alexandre Dumas Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

One of the stories in La Salle d'Armes.


Nisida

by Alexandre Dumas Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Written by noted French author, Alexandre Dumas, "Nisida" is an essay belonging to his collected title "Celebrated Crimes".


The Art of War

by Sun Tzu Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military treatise attributed to Sun Tzu, a high-ranking military general, strategist and tactician. The text is composed of 13 chapters, each of which is devoted to one aspect...


A Yankee in Canada

by Henry David Thoreau Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

In the fall of 1850, Henry David Thoreau briefly visited Quebec with Ellery Channing. In this book, Thoreau describes the cities and homes, people and customs, and rivers and plants of that part of Canada.

He...


Walden

by Henry David Thoreau Ticknor and Fields: Boston (February 16, 2018)

Walden is one of the more famous transcendentalist tracts in modern American literature. First published in 1854, Walden is an account of Thoreau’s famous experiment in solitude: spending over two years alone...


The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

by Benjamin Franklin Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Benjamin Franklin is a man who needs little introduction. He wore many hats over the course of his fascinating life, from that of a printer, to an inventor, to a scientist, to a politician, a founding father...


Meditations

by Marcus Aurelius Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus was the model of what we call a philosopher-king. Though his rule was troubled by war and conflict, he remained a thoughtful and even-handed ruler.

Meditations...


On Liberty

by John Stuart Mill Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

John Stuart Mill was a prolific and well-regarded author and philosopher in his day, but perhaps his most enduring work is On Liberty, an essay developed over several years and with significant input from his...


The Jewish Unions in America: Pages of History and Memories

by Bernard Weinstein Open Book Publishers (February 09, 2018)

Newly arrived in New York in 1882 from Tsarist Russia, the sixteen-year-old Bernard Weinstein discovered an America in which unionism, socialism, and anarchism were very much in the air. He found a home in the...


Punishing the Criminal Corpse, 1700-1840: Aggravated Forms of the Death Penalty in England

by Peter King Open BookShelf (January 30, 2018)

This book analyses the different types of post-execution punishments and other aggravated execution practices, the reasons why they were advocated, and the decision, enshrined in the Murder Act of 1752, to make...


Continued Violence and Troublesome Pasts

by Ville Kivimäki (editor) Open BookShelf (January 30, 2018)

In most European countries, the horrific legacy of 1939–45 has made it quite difficult to remember the war with much glory. Despite the Anglo-American memory narrative of saving democracy from totalitarianism...


Myth and Mentality

by Anna-Leena Siikala Open BookShelf (January 30, 2018)

The recent fascination in Finnish folklore studies with popular thought and the values and emotions encoded in oral tradition began with the realisation that the vast collections of the Finnish folklore archives...


Anti-Vivisection and the Profession of Medicine in Britain: A Social History

by A.W.H. Bates Open BookShelf (January 30, 2018)

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.This book explores the social history of the anti-vivisection movement in Britain from its nineteenth-century beginnings until the 1960s. It discusses the ethical...


Platonic Occasions - Dialogues on Literature, Art and Culture

by Richard Begam Open BookShelf (January 30, 2018)

In Platonic Occasions, Richard Begam and James Soderholm reflect upon a wide range of thinkers, writers and ideas from Plato, Descartes and Nietzsche to Shakespeare, the Romantics and the Moderns — from Evil,...


Capital Punishment and the Criminal Corpse in Scotland, 1740–1834

by Rachel E. Bennett Palgrave Macmillan (January 30, 2018)

This book provides the most in-depth study of capital punishment in Scotland between the mid-eighteenth and early nineteenth century to date. Based upon an extensive gathering and analysis of previously untapped...


Tracing Manuscripts in Time and Space through Paratexts

by Giovanni Ciotti (editor) Open BookShelf (January 30, 2018)

As records of the link between a manuscript and the texts it contains, paratexts document many aspects of a manuscript’s life: production, transmission, usage, and reception. Comprehensive studies of paratexts...


Revolution of the Mind: Higher Learning Among the Bolsheviks, 1918-1929

by Michael David-Fox Open BookShelf (January 30, 2018)

Using archival materials never previously accessible to Western scholars, Michael David-Fox analyzes Bolshevik Party educational and research initiatives in higher learning after 1917. His fresh consideration...


Rewolucja:  Russian Poland, 1904-1907

by Robert E. Blobaum Open BookShelf (January 30, 2018)

The revolution of 1905 in the Russian-ruled Kingdom of Poland marked the consolidation of major new influences on the political scene. As he examines the emergence of a mass political culture in Poland, Robert...


The Past in the Present: A Living Heritage Approach - Meteora, Greece

by Ioannis Poulios Ubiquity Press (January 30, 2018)

The Past in the Present deals with the complexities in the operation and management of living heritage sites. It presents a new interpretation of such sites based on the concept of continuity, and its evolution...


The Making of Islamic Heritage: Muslim Pasts and Heritage Presents

by Trinidad Rico (editor) Open BookShelf (January 30, 2018)

Offering key insights into critical debates on the construction, management and destruction of heritage in Muslim contexts, this volume considers how Islamic heritages are constructed through texts and practices...


Ginseng and Borderland

by Seonmin Kim Open BookShelf (January 30, 2018)

Ginseng and Borderland explores the territorial boundaries and political relations between Qing China and Chos?n Korea during the period from the early seventeenth to the late nineteenth centuries. By examining...


Voices from the Past

by Paul Alexander Bartlett Open BookShelf (January 30, 2018)

Voices from the Past consists of five finely crafted, lyrical novels that portray the inner lives of five extraordinary people: Sappho’s Journal (which includes a preface by Sappho scholar and translator Willis...


Outcasts of Empire

by Paul D. Barclay Open BookShelf (January 30, 2018)

Outcasts of Empire unveils the causes and consequences of capitalism’s failure to “batter down all Chinese walls” in modern Taiwan. Adopting micro- and macrohistorical perspectives, Paul D. Barclay argues...


Essays in Anarchism and Religion

by Alexandre Christoyannopoulos (editor) Open BookShelf (January 30, 2018)

Anarchism and religion have historically had an uneasy relationship. Indeed, representatives of both sides have regularly insisted on the fundamental incompatibility of anarchist and religious ideas and practices....


Mirage of Police Reform

by Robert E. Worden University of California Press (January 30, 2018)

In the United States, the exercise of police authority—and the public’s trust that police authority is used properly—is a recurring concern. Contemporary prescriptions for police reform hold that the public...