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Surviving Sudden Environmental Change

by Jago Cooper Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

Archaeologists have long encountered evidence of natural disasters through excavation and stratigraphy. In Surviving Sudden Environmental Change, case studies examine how eight different past human communities—ranging...

Cultivating Femininity

by Rebecca Corbett Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

The overwhelming majority of tea practitioners in contemporary Japan are women, but there has been little discussion on their historical role in tea culture (chanoyu). In Cultivating Femininity, Rebecca Corbett...

The Englishman from Lebedian'

by J. A. E. Curtis Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

After Evgeny Zamiatin emigrated from the USSR in 1931, he was systematically airbrushed out of Soviet literary history, despite the central role he had played in the cultural life of Russia’s northern capital...

Written Culture in a Colonial Context

by Adrien Delmas Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

There is very little in the modern literature on the history of written culture that describes the specific practices related to writing that were anchored in colonial contexts. It was not just ships, soldiers,...

Silent Love

by Gerard de Vries Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

The Real Life of Sebastian Knight is one of Vladimir Nabokov’s most autobiographical novels and it has often been observed that Sebastian’s passionate affair with the femme fatale Nina Rechnoy is a dramatized...

Words and Image in Russian History

by Maria Di Salvo Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

''Word and Image'' invokes and honors the scholarly contributions of Gary Marker. Twenty scholars from Russia, the United Kingdom, Italy, Ukraine and the United States examine some of the main themes of Marker’s...

New Mexico and the Pimería Alta

by John G. Douglass Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

Colonialism and the process of state expansion into new territories far from the capitol and mother country have occurred for thousands of years across the globe. Within the American Southwest, colonial encounters...

Maternal Bodies

by Nora Doyle Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

This new approach to the history of motherhood examines the role the female body played in defining motherhood from the mid-eighteenth century through the first half of the nineteenth century, demonstrating...


by Julie S. Draskoczy Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

Containing analyses of everything from prisoner poetry to album covers, Belomor: Criminality and Creativity in Stalin’s Gulag moves beyond the simplistic good/evil paradigm that often accompanies Gulag scholarship....

The Consequences of Chaos

by Elizabeth G. Ferris Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

The Syrian displacement crisis raises fundamental questions about the relationship between action to resolve conflicts and humanitarian aid to assist the victims and demonstrates the limits of humanitarian response,...

Ruling Capital

by Kevin P. Gallagher Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

In Ruling Capital, Kevin P. Gallagher demonstrates how several emerging market and developing countries (EMDs) managed to reregulate cross-border financial flows in the wake of the global financial crisis, despite...


by Aurélien Mokoko Gampiot Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

From the early days of Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa, a Eurocentric view of Christian teaching was a primary tool in the subjugation and domination of native populations. Since 1921 Kimbanguism, an African...

City of Strangers

by Andrew Gardner Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

Exploring the everyday experiences of workers from India who have migrated to Bahrain, this study contributes significantly to our understanding of politics and society among the Persian Gulf states and of the...

Tweets and the Streets

by Paolo Gerbaudo Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

Tweets and the Streets analyses the culture of the new protest movements of the 21st century. From the Arab Spring to the 'indignados' protests in Spain and the Occupy movement, Paolo Gerbaudo examines the relationship...

A People's History of the Second World War

by Donny Gluckstein Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

A People's History of the Second World War unearths the fascinating history of the war as fought 'from below'. Until now, the vast majority of historical accounts have focused on the conflict between the Allied...

The Arab Spring Five Years Later

by Hafez Ghanem Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

Since the series of uprisings of the Arab Spring began, the debate in Arab countries has focused almost exclusively on politics and questions of national identity. However, it is economic issues that are driving...


by Rafael Sabatini Open BookShelf (September 29, 2018)

A romantic tale of a young aristocrat's adventures during the French Revolution. At one point the hero joins a theater troupe to portray ''Scaramouche''. He also becomes a lawyer, a politician, and a lover,...

Rethinking the Internet of Things: A Scalable Approach to Connecting Everything

by Francis daCosta Open BookShelf (July 27, 2018)

Apress is proud to announce that Rethinking the Internet of Things was a 2014 Jolt Award Finalist, the highest honor for a programming book. And the amazing part is that there is no code in the book.

Over the...

The Coxon Fund

by Henry James Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The greater the windbag the greater the calamity.

Henry James examines one of his favorite topics—the artist’s place in society—by profiling a “genius” who just can’t seem to support himself. A dazzling...


by Henry James Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

In this critique of one literary genius by another, James not only considers Hawthorne as a man and a writer, but he uses his subject as a vantage point from which to present his views on American culture. James...

Louisa Pallant

by Henry James Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

In Louisa Pallant tell us the adventures of two women, mother and daughter, who travel through Europe in search of a good husband, of course he has to be rich. A single mature American and his nephew coincide...

The Pension Beaurepas

by Henry James Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

"Mr. Ruck distinguished me, as the French say. He honoured me with his esteem, and, as the days elapsed, with a large portion of his confidence. Sometimes he bored me a little, for the tone of his conversation...

The Old Apple Dealer

by Nathaniel Hawthorne Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The portrait of a faded, melancholy man who sells gingerbread and apples at the local train station. Hawthorne describes him in terms of negatives, of dim browns and faint shades of gray Even his melancholy...

Fire Worship

by Nathaniel Hawthorne Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Excerpt: "It is a great revolution in social and domestic life, and no less so in the life of a secluded student, this almost universal exchange of the open fireplace for the cheerless and ungenial stove."

How the two Ivans quarrelled

by Nikolai Gogol Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

This story takes place in a bucolic small town of Mirgorod, written in the style featuring grotesque, realistic portrayals of the characters. The two Ivans are gentlemen landowners, neighbors and great friends,...

A May Evening

by Nikolai Gogol Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

In this tale, a young Cossack named Levko, the son of the mayor, is in love with Hanna. He comes to her house to talk about marriage and mentions that his father is not pleased with the idea, though he doesn't...

The Mysterious Portrait

by Nikolai Gogol Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Nikolai Gogol's "The Portrait" is a short story about art. First written in 1835 and then significantly revised in 1842, the work explores a central concern in Romantic aesthetics: the role of the artist and...

St. John's Eve

by Nikolai Gogol Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

"St. John's Eve" is the second tale in the collection Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka by Nikolai Gogol. This story is retold by Rudy Panko from Foma Grigorievich, the sexton of the Dikanka church. Rudy was in...

The Eye of Osiris

by R. Austin Freeman Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

This is the tantalizing tale of a missing world-renowned archaeologist that, so far, no one seems to be able to find any clues to. Dr. Thorndyke, our detective, is unusually perceptive and begins to find clues...

The Mystery of 31 New Inn

by R. Austin Freeman Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Mystery of 31 New Inn, a classic mystery novel by R. Austin Freeman, relates a puzzling tale from an earlier century. In the grand tradition of the great sleuths brought to life by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle...

The Red Thumb Mark

by R. Austin Freeman Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Fingerprints. A single print, being unique - not even identical twins have the same fingerprints - that single print found in the right place at the right time is sufficient to disclose the perpetrator of a...

A Silent Witness

by R. Austin Freeman Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

On a wet and windy silent night in the sleeping city of London, the body of a man is found sprawled across Millfield Lane. So begins an ill wind and the puzzle of an intriguing stranger in this enchanting Dr...

The Singing Bone

by R. Austin Freeman Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

In the topsy turvy world of The Singing Bone, Richard Austin Freeman presents us with a solution. The reader is asked to deduce how different mysteries were solved rather than whodunit. Freeman introduces five...

Eugénie Grandet

by Honoré de Balzac Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

This is the question that fills the minds of the inhabitants of Saumur, the setting for Eugenie Grandet (1833), one of the earliest and most famous novels in Balzac's Comedie humaine. The Grandet household,...

Ali Pacha

by Alexandre Dumas Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

In this seventh volume of his Celebrated Crimes, Dumas tells the three tales: of the brutal excesses of Ali Pacha; the tale of the Countess of Saint Geran;and of Murat, whose courage became a legend in the days...

The Borgias

by Alexandre Dumas Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

There are dreadful -- perhaps scurrilous -- rumors about the Borgias of renaissance Italy, and here Dumas, author of such classics as THE THREE MUSKETEERS, in his Celebrated Crimes series, dishes up the dirt...

The Cenci

by Alexandre Dumas Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Beatrice Cenci was the son of Francesco Cenci, an aristocrat who, due to his violent temper and immoral behaviour, had found himself in trouble with the papal justice more than once. In Rome, they lived in a...

Countess de Saint-Geran

by Alexandre Dumas Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

There were two tables in the principal eating-room. The provost took possession of one, leaving the other to the soldiers, who went in turn to tether their horses under a shed in the back yard; then he pointed...


by Alexandre Dumas Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Derues Celebrated Crimes by Alexandre Dumas pere One September afternoon in 1751, towards half-past five, about a score of small boys, chattering, pushing, and tumbling over one another like a covey of partridges,...

Joan of Naples

by Alexandre Dumas Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

It is the story of crimes against the royalty. The vast split between the masses and the elite, the frustration and aggravation in the masses, heedlessness of the authorities and the consequences thereof are...

The Marquise de Ganges

by Alexandre Dumas Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

In this, the 18th of the series, Dumas explores the history of a famous French aristocratic family: that of Marie de Rossan, also known as Diane de Joannis de Roussan and as Anne-Elisabeth De Rossan, but in...

Martin Guerre

by Alexandre Dumas Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Martin Guerre is a classic French history work by Alexandre Dumas. Martin Guerre, a French peasant of the 16th century, was at the center of a famous case of imposture. Several years after Martin Guerre had...


by Alexandre Dumas Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

It was first published as part of his eight-volume series "Celebrated Crimes" (1839-40), and recounts the true story of brutal torture and execution in the city of St. Petersburg. A thrilling and authentic retelling...

The Lady of the Camellias

by Alexandre Dumas (Fils) Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

One of the greatest love stories of all time, this novel has fascinated generations of readers. Dumas's subtle and moving portrait of a woman in love is based on his own love affair with one of the most desirable...

The Orange-Yellow Diamond

by Joseph Smith Fletcher Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

When an elderly pawnbroker is murdered in the London parish of Paddington, a young, down on his luck writer is accused of the crime. But then it's found the pawnbroker had had in his possession an extraordinary...

Allan Quatermain

by Henry Rider Haggard Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Quatermain has lost his only son and is eager to return to the wilderness. He persuaded Captain John Good and the Zulu chief Umbopa to accompany him, they set off from the coast of East Africa, this time in...


by Henry Rider Haggard Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

In this sequel to She, Horace Holly & his ward Leo Vincey once again embark on a quest to find the mysterious woman known as Ayesha. Knowing that She is no longer in Africa, they go east, eventually reaching...


by Henry Rider Haggard Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The story is set in the Ptolemaic era of ancient Egyptian history and revolves around the survival of a dynasty bloodline protected by the Priesthood of Isis. The main character Harmachis (the living descendant...

The People of the Mist

by Henry Rider Haggard Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

In this story, readers are introduced to Leonard Outram, a penniless British adventurer in his pocket who is seeking wealth in distant lands, having lost his family lands and estates. He is involved in the rescue...

Allan's Wife and Other Tales

by Henry Rider Haggard Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Allan's Wife and Other Tales is a collection of Allan Quatermain stories. Contains: "Allan's Wife" "Hunter Quatermain's Story" "A Tale of Three Lions" "Long Odds"