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The Forty-Seven Rōnin: The Vendetta in History
Book Reviewby Graham Squires

The Forty-Seven Rōnin: The Vendetta in History

The story of the forty-seven samurai is a well-known tale not only in Japan but also around the world. There are many different versions but the plot always revolves around a group of warriors carrying out a vendetta in order to get revenge...
Norse America: The Story of a Founding Myth
Book Reviewby Zhihui Zou

Norse America: The Story of a Founding Myth

To argue whether the Vikings or Christopher Columbus was the first European to set foot in America is more of an argument of religious and heritage pride than archaeological evidence. In Norse America: The Story of a Founding Myth, Gordon...
The Territories of Science and Religion
Book Reviewby Zhihui Zou

The Territories of Science and Religion

In modern popular culture, the long war between science and religion is an exciting history of the Western civilization if not the whole world. Scientists battling priests or religious leaders over how the world was created dominate our perception...
Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West
Book Reviewby Zhihui Zou

Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West

El Dorado, the legendary city of gold, is used as an allusion by H. W. Brands in his recent book to describe how 19th-century Americans viewed the land west of the Mississippi River. One could describe the history of the United States with...
When Information Came of Age: Technologies of Knowledge in the Age of Reason and Revolution, 1700-1850
Book Reviewby Zhihui Zou

When Information Came of Age: Technologies of Knowledge in the Age of Reason and Revolution, 1700-1850

When Information Came of Age is a research monograph that looks at the history of information from a cultural and social perspective, rather than the typical journey through technological and hardware jargons. Before writing this book, Daniel...
Naukratis: Trade in Archaic Greece
Book Reviewby Athanasios Fountoukis

Naukratis: Trade in Archaic Greece

Naukratis: Trade in Archaic Greece is an edited and translated adaptation of Astrid Möller's doctoral thesis from 1990. She provides the first complete account of the archaeology and ancient history of Naukratis. The author has a wonderfully...
The House with the Golden Door (Wolf Den Trilogy, Volume 2)
Book Reviewby Kelly Macquire

The House with the Golden Door (Wolf Den Trilogy, Volume 2)

Elodie Harper has once again produced a captivating historical fiction novel that takes you right into the streets and the homes of ancient Pompeii. Set in 75 CE, Pompeii is still a thriving Roman town, looked on by Venus Pompeiana, the patron...
River Kings: A New History of Vikings from Scandinavia to the Silk Roads
Book Reviewby Kelly Macquire

River Kings: A New History of Vikings from Scandinavia to the Silk Roads

River Kings, written by bioarchaeologist Cat Jarman (who is also a field archaeologist specialising in the Viking Period) takes a small carnelian bead found in the site of Repton and follows what may have been its journey through the Viking...
Ottoman Tulips, Ottoman Coffee: Leisure and Lifestyle in the Eighteenth Century
Book Reviewby Batuhan Aksu

Ottoman Tulips, Ottoman Coffee: Leisure and Lifestyle in the Eighteenth Century

Ottoman Tulips, Ottoman Coffee: Leisure and Lifestyle in the Eighteenth Century is a collection of articles regarding Ottoman cultural history presented at a conference at Princeton University in 2005. As the title suggests, the book claims...
Trade, Traders and the Ancient City
Book Reviewby Athanasios Fountoukis

Trade, Traders and the Ancient City

This book on trade and commerce in antiquity is a blend of papers that originated from a conference at the University of St Andrews on 11 and 12 July 1995. Additional contributions were also made by several scholars. The project aims at a...
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