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Week of June 18, 2012


A Companion to World War I

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A Companion to World War I
(Blackwell Companions to World History)
Edited by John Horne
Wiley-Blackwell, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-119-96870-2

A must-have supplemental or main text for university level courses dealing with the First World War. This book contains thirty-eight provocative chapters that cover not only the war itself, but which also provides an overview of the world prior to 1914 and the long term repercussions of the first war to end all wars. The bulk of the text focuses on the various facets of the war. These include not only the military and political impact of the war, but also its cultural and social implications and manifestations that ranged from scientific and medical advancements to how the war was portrayed in literary and other artistic formats.

From Slave Ship to Harvard

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From Slave Ship to Harvard
Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African American Family
By James H. Johnston
Fordham University Press, 2012
Distributed by Oxford University Press
ISBN: 978-0-8232-3950-4

Born in West Africa in 1736, Yarrow Mamout was captured and brought to Maryland, where, in 1752, he was 'officially' enslaved. Mamout was a member of the Fulani people, and Muslim. It took him forty-four years to regain his freedom. In this eye-opening book, Johnston not only reconstructs Mamout's story, but also of his remarkable family who not only had a town named after them, but also sent on their sons to Harvard University in 1927. A unique tale, this book delves into the often overlooked history of slavery and race relations in Maryland.

Writing Mexican History

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Writing Mexican History
By Eric Van Young
Stanford University Press, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-8047-6861-0

This exciting new book contains a collection of essays by Eric Van Young, on Mexican history and historiography. They cover the breadth of historiographic methodologies used to study Mexican history, and how they have developed over time. Young includes an essay on the development of the 'new cultural history' paradigm that mixes cultural and economic history to create a new viewpoint from which to delve into Mexico's vibrant history. Along the way, Young provides keen insights into the Mexican rural history, as well as pivotal historical periods such as the colonial period and the period covering Mexico's drive toward independence. This book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in Mexican history and historiography.

Under the Shadow of Napoleon

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Under the Shadow of Napoleon
French Influence on the American Way of Warfare from the War of 1812 to the Outbreak of WWII
By Michael A. Bonura
New York University Press, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-8147-0942-9

Napoleon Bonaparte had a profound impact not only on the development and function of the French Army, but also upon that of the American Army. In this ground-breaking book, Bonura explores how, and why, American ideas about warfare, and the Army's modus operandi, were based upon the Napoleonic model. Bonura also explores how, both philosophically and tactically, the American Army remained true to the French mode of warfare all the way through World War II.

Here Lies Hugh Glass

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Here Lies Hugh Glass
A Mountain Man, A Bear, and the Rise of the American Nation
By Jon T. Coleman
Hill and Wang, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-8090-5459-6

The story of Hugh Glass, on its surface, reads like a work of fiction. Mauled by a grizzly bear in 1823, he was robbed and left for dead by his supposed friends. Yet he did not die. Instead, he dragged himself back to Fort Kiowa - more than a hundred miles away. When he recovered, he set out to get revenge upon the men who left him alone, to die. The epic story of Hugh Glass provides a unique panorama of the mores of the men and women who carved out a new life in the American West - and the very real dangers that they faced.

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