books about: 1870-1914
World War I: The Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today, 1870 to 1935 (Uncle Eric Book)
Richard J. Maybury
Taught me more about US history than any course in school.
This book treats history as an interconnected series of cause and effect, unlike the "isolated events" approach that your high school teacher used. The spine of the book is Maybury's Ten Deadly Ideas That Lead to War: 1. Pax Romana 2. Fascism 3. Love of political power 4. Global protection 5. "Interests" 6. Cost externalization 7. Manifest Destiny 8. The White Man's Burden (now Washington ...
The Last Samurai: The Life and Battles of Saigo Takamori
The Life Behind the Legend
For those of you who like your reviews short and to the point: this book is just plain wonderful. I used it as an assigned text in a class I taught about modern Japan and will use it again. It is an academic book in that it addresses serious issues, but it is also exceptionally well-written. Those two qualities are usually mutual exclusive of one another. Ravina starts with an arresting ...
Crossings: The Great Transatlantic Migrations, 1870--1914
Indiana University Press
"Nugent's study, well illustrated and documented... will become a must for courses on migration history." -- Dirk Hoerder, International Migration Review "A brilliant analysis of a critical chapter of migration history." -- Ira Glazier, American Historical Review "Nugent's work is the ideal -- the only -- narrative companion to any quantitative analysis of late-nineteenth century population movements in the Atlantic economy." -- Journal of ...
American Quilts in the Modern Age, 1870-1940: The International Quilt Study Center Collections
University of Nebraska Press
Excellent Quilt Reference
For quilt history students and/or just quilt afficianados, this book rates a 10 on the 1-10 scale. It is well organized, full of extraordinary color photos and commentary. I would strongly recommend it to any and all quilt lovers. It is well worth the price.
The Force of Destiny: A History of Italy Since 1796
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
At 600 pages, this book is too short
Professor Duggan has quite the tale to tell--the Risorgimento, its antecedents and its results, but more broadly, the intellectual themes and practical problems of the Risorgimento and how those themes and problems have affected the course of Italian history since 1796. Professor Duggan is obviously a master of his subject, which by itself would be a sufficient recommendation for this book. But ...
Peasants into Frenchmen: The Modernization of Rural France, 1870-1914
Stanford University Press
Outstanding Social History
This superb book traces the modernization of rural France in the last quarter of the 19th century. The book is divided into 3 parts; descriptions of traditional rural France, analysis of the agents of change, and discussion of how changes took place. This book is about both material changes and the parallel changes in psychology that were part of and the result of modernization in France. The ...
The Promised City: New York's Jews, 1870-1914, Revised edition (Peabody Museum)
Harvard University Press
Rischin paints a vivid picture of Jewish life in New York at the turn of the century. Here are the old neighborhoods and crowded tenements, the Rester Street markets, the sweatshops, the birth of Yiddish theatre in America, and the founding of important Jewish newspapers and labor movements. The book describes, too, the city's response to this great influx of immigrants?a response that marked the beginning of a new concept of social ...
The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914
Can't put it down!
My husband has not talked to me for days. He cannot put the book down. One of the best historical books he has read. A must read for anyone inerested in the history of the Panama Canal.
The Leopard (Everyman's Library (Cloth))
Guiseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
Giuseppe di Lampedusa died when he was sixty years old. "The Leopard," his only novel, had been roundly rejected by every major publisher in Italy by then, and he never saw it in print. There's something poetically appropriate about that, however tragic it might be in real life; "The Leopard" is, after all, a book full of death. Not that it's depressing. On the contrary, one might find it ...
Nationalizing Iran: Culture, Power, and the State, 1870-1940
University of Washington Press
When Naser al-Din Shah, who ruled Iran from 1848 to 1896, claimed the title Shadow of God on Earth, his authority rested on pre-modern conceptions of sacred kingship. By 1941, when Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi came to power, his claim to authority as the Shah of Iran was infused with the language of modern nationalism. In short, between roughly 1870 and 1940, Iran's traditional monarchy was forged into a modern nation-state. In "Nationalizing ...
An Empire of Facts: Colonial Power, Cultural Knowledge, and Islam in Algeria, 1870-1914 (Critical ...
Trumbull IV George R.
Cambridge University Press
An Empire of Facts presents a fascinating account of the formation of French conceptions of Islam in France's largest and most important colony. During the period from 1870 to 1914, travelers, bureaucrats, scholars, and writers formed influential and long-lasting misconceptions about Islam that determined the imperial cultural politics of Algeria and its interactions with republican France. Narratives of Islamic mysticism, rituals, gender ...
Piety and Poverty: Working-Class Religion in Berlin, London and New York, 1870-1914 (Europe Past and Present)
Holmes & Meier Publishers
The late 19th and early 20th centuries were regarded in many western countries as a time of religious crisis. This was generally believed to be most acute in cities and especially among the working class. This book focuses on working class religion in three of the world's greatest cities in this period of crisis. One of the most important matters at issue in the debate is that of the relationship between secularisation and urbanisation.
A Fierce Discontent : The Rise and Fall of the Progressive Movement in America, 1870-1920
Good Overview of the Progressive Movement
McGerr's book is a valuable resource on helping to define who the progressives were and what they wanted to accomplish. The Progressives were at their peak in influence from the late 19th Century until the end of World War I, from Theodore Roosevelt's administration to Woodrow Wilson's administration. As McGerr stated, Progressives wanted to transform Americans into their own image of a middle ...
The History of Anti-Semitism, Volume 4: Suicidal Europe, 1870-1933
University of Pennsylvania Press
Covering the story of prejudice against Jews from the time of Christ through the rise of Nazi Germany, The History of Anti-Semitism presents in elegant and thoughtful language a balanced, careful assessment of this egregious human failing that is nearly ubiquitous in the history of Europe. Suicidal Europe, 1870-1933 traces the development of a belief among Europe's educated classes in an eventual Jewish domination of the West. Revealing the ...
The German Fortress of Metz 1870-1944
Under Ground Castles
Before artillery, if you wanted to keep the high ground, you built a castle. Once artillery was developed, castle walls were vulnerable. So, defenders went underground and buried the defensive works. The complexity of those designs is shown in this book to excellent effect. 3-D diagrams, color photos, maps, lots of B&W photos capture how intensive these fortifications were. When Germany took ...
From Revolutionaries to Citizens: Antimilitarism in France, 1870?1914
Duke University Press
From Revolutionaries to Citizens is the first comprehensive account of the most important antiwar campaign prior to World War I: the antimilitarism of the French Left. Covering the views and actions of socialists, trade unionists, and anarchists from the time of France?s defeat by Prussia in 1870 to the outbreak of hostilities with Germany in 1914, Paul B. Miller tackles a fundamental question of prewar historiography: how was it that the most ...
The Mansions Of Denver: The Vintage Years 1870-1938
Great history and architecture!
"The Mansions of Denver" is a must for anyone interested in the history of Denver and Denver's prominent families during the "gilded-age." There are plenty of photos of the mansions of Denver, both those that are still standing as well as those lost to the greed of fools with no sense of historic preservation.
The Unknown Lenin: From the Secret Archive (Annals of Communism Series)
Yale University Press
Lenin speaks for himself
Richard Pipes' presentation of archival material concerning Lenin is of great value to anyone interested in the paper trail leading from the millions of corpses scattered across Soviet history to the feet of comrade Lenin. The reviews of this book are interesting since, speaking literally, Pipes did not write the book: Lenin et. al did. Lenin himself and his various murderer flunkies, wrote ...
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