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There is nothing special about this list. It is merely the result of over 60 years collecting books in no particular order. It will be apparent than the majority are about history of one time or place or another. But there are also books on economics, investments, political science, philosophy and even some on art and architecture or literature. I have attempted to make a comment, if I consider one worth making about a particular book. In an effort to organize the history books I arbitrarily have - ancient history prior to 450 AD - medieval history from 450 AD to 1450-1500 - early modern history from 1500 to 1815 and modern history post 1815. I have a separate listing of military books in the library {short description of image} And now I have begun another list here - {short description of image}

 

Author

Title

Publisher Information

Subject

Comment

 

Hammond Odyssey Atlas of the World

Hammond, N.Y., 1994, 72 pgs., index, map projections, world flags, paperback large format

Reference Atlas

An excellent set of maps in large format.

 

Svyhatini Dryevnyei Moskvi - Sacred Places of Ancient Moskow

MP, Kontakt, Moscow, 1993, 176 pgs., illustrations, other reading

Russian history

This is a remarkable book. It features 158 photos of wonderful churches in Moscow, many of them no longer there. They are organized by location, Kremlin, Kitai gorod - Belii (white) gorod, Earth city, and outside earth town. Each of those locations had its own fortification walls - Kremlin in the inside, Kitai gorod next to it. Both surrounded by White city named for its white brick walls, Then the earthen rampart and palisade of the outer wall. The list of names is in English as well as Russian. The book states that before the Bolshevik destruction there were 500 churches in Moscow but now only 320 remain.

The 9/11 Commission Report

W. W. Norton, Co, N.Y., 567 pgs., end notes, illustrations

Government report

The Final report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States

Abbott, A. - editor Philip Smith

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

Dover Pub. N. Y., 1979, 83 pgs., paperback

A Victorian satire

Abbott published this small booklet in 1884 in England. He was, among other skills, a mathematician. school teacher,

Abelard and Heloise - trans,-ed. Betty Radice

The Letters of Abelard and Heloise

Penguin Books, Middlesex, England, 1974, 309 pgs., index, bibliography, maps, paperback

Literature

A famous, classic exchange of letters in France of the Middle Ages that created quite a scandal and resulted in serious problems for one of the foremost philosophers of the age, Peter Abelard

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Acemoglu, Daron & James A. Robinson

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

Crown Business, N.Y., 2012, 529 pgs., index, references, end notes, bibliographic essay

Economic History, Finance, Political Theory

A recent entry into the massive literature on what makes countries or nations successful or powerful and why others never make it or fail. The authors believe that political institutions either promote or deter success. They discuss to discount various other theories. On example they use is comparison between Nogales in Arizona and Mexico.

Acton, John Emerich, Edward Dalberg, First Baron Acton

Essays on Freedom and Power

Meridan Books, N. Y., 1960, 350 pgs., notes, paper back

Political Philosophy

Introduction by Gertrude Himmerfarb. This is a series of Lord Acton's lectures. He died in 1902 so this publication is post mortuum.

Adams, Brooks

The Law of Civilization and Decay

Vintage Books, N.Y., 1955, 308 pgs. , index,

European History

An iconoclast's version of Western History - full of great phrases. Much discussion of personalities and scandals. Very enjoyable.

Admati, Anat & Martin Hellwig

The Bankers' New Clothes: What's Wrong with Banking and What to do about it

 Princeton Univ. Press, Princeton, 2013, 398 pgs., index, references, end notes

 Economics, Public Policy, Financial institutions, Crash of 2008

 The authors lay the blame for the huge financial crisis and market crash of 2008 on greedy bankers. They ignore both the role of government in creating - even demanding - the bank mortgage policies and easy money that led to the crash.

Airne, C.W.

The Story of Tudor and Stuart Britain told in pictures

Sankey, Hudson Co., Manchester, nd. 64 pgs., illustrations, paperback

British History

The booklet had over 500 line drawing illustrations depicting all sorts of things from costume to architecture.

Airne, C.W.

The Story of Hanoverian and Modern Britain told in pictures

Sankey, Hudson Co., Manchester, nd. 64 pgs., illustrations, paperback

British History

The booklet had over 650 line drawing illustrations depicting all sorts of things from costume to architecture.

Akhmedov, Ismail

In and Out of Stalin's GRU: A Tatar's Escape From Red Army Intelligence

University Publications of America, Frederick MDZ., 1984, 222 pgs., index, glossary

Soviet Russian History

The author was recruited into the GRU during Soviet effort to expand influence in the Central Asian societies. On the eve of WWII he was privy to the GRU knowledge of Hitler's preparations to attack the USSR. He escaped through the Balkans into Turkey.

Alchian, Armen A & William R. Allen

Exchange & Production: Competition, Coordination, & Control

Wadsworth Pub, Belmont, Calif.,, 1983, 475 pgs, index, tables, glossary

Economics

Economics textbook by a famous professor complete with questions for students. Very highly rated by the profession. Clear discussion.

Alchian, Armen A

Collected Works Vol 1 - Choice and Cost Under Uncertainty

Liberty Press, Indianapolis, 2006, 760 pgs., index,

Economics

The economist's economist - essays

Alchian, Armen A

Collected Works Vol 2 -Property Rights and Economic Behavior

Liberty Press, Indianapolis, 2006, 829 pgs., index, graphs, tables

Economics

The economist's economist - essays

Alexander, Pat - ed

Eerdmans' Family Encyclopedia of the Bible

Guideposts, Carmel, N. Y., 1978, index, illustrations, maps

Biblical History

Together with the following entry, this is an excellent reference book for students with many illustrations and maps. The text is organized by general topic and sub topic.

Alexander, Pat & David- ed

Eerdmans' Handbook to the Bible

Guideposts, Carmel, N. Y., 1973 680 pgs., index, gazetteer, illustrations, maps

Biblical History

Together with the preceding entry, this is an excellent reference book for students with many illustrations and maps. The text is organized by general topic and sub topic.

Allen, J. W.

A History of Political Thought in the Sixteenth Century

Barnes & Noble, N. Y., 1928-1969, 527 pgs., index, bibliography, foot notes, paperback

Political Theory

Professor Allen spells out his ideas about political theory in a lengthy introduction. One particular concept strikes me. "Men are constantly engaged in an on the whole highly successful effort to adjust their ideas to circumstance and, also, in an effort, very much less successful, to adjust circumstance to their ideas." The text is organized into four parts. One is on Lutheranism and Calvinism. The second is about England. The third is about France, and the fourth is about Italy. The Italy section is focused on Machiavelli and Guicciardini.

Amann, Peter, - ed.

The Eighteenth-Century Revolution: French or Western?

D. C. Heath Co., Boston, 1963, 114 pgs., readings, paperback

Modern History

This booklet is in the series on Problems in European Civilization designed for use by teachers in classroom discussions. There are 16 essays (extracts) of which 4 are by R. R. Palmer whose thesis is the subject of the question. Palmer's contention is that the revolutionary era was widespread, hence 'western' while his critics maintain that even so the French Revolution was different.

Anderson, Hans Christian - trans. E. V. Lucas and H. B. Paull

Anderson's Fairy Tales

Grosset & Dunlap, N. Y., 1945, 343 pgs., illustrations

Literature

Excellent illustrations. The book contains many of the well known and lesser known of the fairy tales

Andrade, Tonio

The Gunpowder Age: Subtitle: China, Military Innovation, and the Rise of the West in World History

Princeton Univ. Press, Princeton, 2016, 432 pgs., index, bibliography, notes

World History

The author conducted huge research in Chinese sources. This is com;parative history of the role of gunpowder, fortifications, industrial power and innovation that led to the British (West) dominating China in the mid-19th century. It dispells many myths.

Ardrey, Robert

African Genesis: A Personal Investigation into the Animal Origins and Nature of Man

Atheneum, N. Y., 1961, 380 pgs., index, bibliography, illustrations

Anthropology

This became both influential and controversial. The author sought to link the aggressive and social behavior of various animals with behavior of man. The author relied on the field work and written reports of others.

Ardrey, Robert

The Territorial Imperative: A Personal Inquiry into the Animal Origins of Property and Nations

Dell, N.Y., 1966, 390 pgs., index, bibliography, illustrations, paper back

Anthropology

Ardrey expanded his concept in the effort to show that man's desire to control territory also has its basis in animal behavior.

Ardrey, Robert

The Social Contract: A Personal Inquiry into the Evolutionary Sources of Order and Disorder

Atheneum, N.Y., 1970, 405 pgs., index, bibliography, illustrations

Anthropology

Ardrey again expanded his concepts, now in an effort to show that the organizational structure of society itself also in a result of evolutionary development from animal behavior. Note the book is dedicated to Jean Jacques Rousseau, one of the proponents of social contract.

Ardrey, Robert

The Hunting Hypothesis: A Personal Conclusion Concerning the Evolutionary Nature of Man

Atheneum, N.Y., 1977, 244 index, bibliography, paper back

Anthropology

Ardrey brings his theories together and considers the impact of climate also on mankind's evolution from animal behavior.

Arendt, Hannah

The Origins of Totalitarianism - 2nd ed.

Meridan Books, N.Y., 1958, 520 pgs., index, foot notes, paperback

Political Philosophy

A very influential book by an influential student of modern political ideas and practices. The content includes Antisemitism, Imperialism, as background and then the 'rise' of totalitarian government and its use of terror. The subject matter is now history but the concepts are still relevant for the study of contemporary events.

Arendt, Hannah

On Revolution

Viking Press, N. Y., 1963, 343 pgs. ,index, bibliography, end notes

Political Philosophy

Another brilliant statement of realities that the radicals don't want to hear. The author notes that now 'freedom' is no longer articulated as the motivation for revolution. She has been violently attacked by the radical left for her exposee that socialism has been a central part of the rise of totalitarianism.

Arendt, Hannah

The Human Condition: A Study of the Central Dilemmas Facing Modern Man

Doubleday & Co., Garden City, N.Y., 1959, 385 pgs. , index, end notes, paper back

Political Philosophy

A deeper and broader study of fundamentals.

Aristotle - trans. Terence Irwin and Gail Fine

Introductory Readings

Hackett Publishing, Indianapolis, 1996, 359 pgs., readings, glossary, foot notes, paper back

Philosophy

Selected extracts from many of Aristotle's works with commentary by the editors.

Aristotle - trans. Kurt von Fritz & Ernst Kapp

Aristotle's Constitution of Athens and Related Texts

Hafner Pub. N. Y., 1950, 233 pgs., index, foot notes, paper back

Political Philosophy

The translator/ editors believe the text was not written for publication but only for internal use at Aristotle's school. They state that the Greek text is very difficult to understand. Thus they provide commentary and also mention other scholars and their opinions.

Arnn, Larry P.

Churchill's Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of FreeGovernment

NelsonBooks, Nashvile, Tenn., 2015, 376 pgs., index, further reading, notes, bibliography

Books

history, biography, politics

The author is a well-known expeert student of Churchill. In this volumne he focuses on Churchills thought and actions when facing the 'trial' that is leading his country through the perils of war, which he knew first hand. He faced the development of Communism and Nazi agression. He recongnized the threats but many others did not. He believed strongly in democracy - that is that the people should rule themselves, yet it would take all the skill of an unusual stateeman to lead them to confront the extreme danger they did not perceive.

Artz, Frederick

Reaction and Revolution: 1814-1832

Harper & Row, N. Y., 1934, 328 pgs., index, bibliography, illustrations, foot notes, paperback

Modern History

This is in the Rise of Modern Europe series of histories. It includes much social and intellectual history of the post- Napoleonic Europe up to the new revolutionary movement in France in 1930.

Ashe, Geoffrey

The Quest for Arthur's Britain

Frederick A. Praeger, N.Y., 1968, 282 pgs., index, maps, illustrations, bibliography, tables, chronology

Medieval History

The author describes both the myth and legend of Arthur and the potential real case. His discussion of the real situation on southern England is excellent - see also Herm - The Celts. And there are several books in the military history list.

Ashley, Maurice

The Stuarts in Love

Macmillan Co., N. Y., 1968, 284 pgs., index, notes

Early Modern History - Biography

Biography of a series of Stuart rulers with some description of aspects of the times. The first section is about 'Love and Marriage in the 16th and 17th centuries;" so we do get a little cultural history. The second section is 'from Mary, Queen of Scots to Charles I - and the third section is from Charles II to Queen Ann. There is lots of gossip but little of political affairs.

Atiya, Edward

The Arabs

Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1955, 250 pgs., index, paperback

History

A brief summary of the expansion of the Arab conquests.

Avery, Albert E.

Handbook in the History of Philosophy

Barnes & Noble, N.Y., 1954, 320 pgs., index, references, paper back

Reference text book

Summaries of the ideas of philosophers from Ancient Egypt and Babylon to Bible, to Greece and Rome to the 1930's.

Austin, Jane -=ed. Beth Lau

Sense and Sensibility

Houghton Mifflin Co, N,. Y. 2002,. 386 pgs., notes, bibliography, chronology, paperback

Literature - Classic novel of life in early 19th century England

The first to be written but not published until much later, this is one of Jane Austin's masterpieces of English society and manners, with critical essays and historical context.

Austin, Jane

Emma

Barnes & Noble Classics, N. Y., 2004, 449 pgs., end notes, introduction, paperback

Literature - Classic novel

The crowing glory of Jane Austin's literary career, published in 1816 a year before her death.

Bagley, J. J.

Historical Interpretation: Sources of English Medieval History, 1966- 1540

Penguin Books, Baltimore, 1965, 285 pgs., index, glossary, paper back

Medieval History

The chapters are organized by century from the 11th to the 16th. In each chapter the author describes some of the most important primary sources available to the history student.

Bailey, Thomas A.

A Diplomatic History of the American People

Appleton-Century-Crofts, N. Y., 1950, 986 pgs., index, tables, bibliography, foot notes, appendices, illustrations,

American History

Dixon Ryan Fox in his forward comments. "Diplomacy has been a favorite theme of history since the times of Thucydides, if not those of Homer. It has been the means of gaining benefits for the group without fighting for them or of securing benefits which fighting has already earned." He continues that diplomacy was reserved to monarchs in the long past but now is decidedly influenced by democratic public opinion. Therefore the description of how operates must change as well. This book begins with the diplomacy conducted during the colonial period and then with the more critical diplomacy between the colonies and French during the American Revolution. It concludes with the initial phases of the Cold War, and a chapter titled 'Toward a New World Order'.

Bailyn, Bernard

The New England Merchants in the Seventeenth Century

Harvard Univ. Press, Cambridge, 1955, 249 pgs., index, references, end notes

American History

A detailed scholarly study by a noted authority on Colonial American History

Baker, Franklin T. & Ashley H. Thorndike

Everyday Classics - Eighth Reader - The introduction to Literature

The Macmillan Co., N.Y., 1919, 415 pgs. , glossary, illustration

Literature

The classics of literature thought essential for junior high schools in 1919. The selections include Sir Walter Scott, Alfred Tennyson, John Ruskin, Joseph Addison, Shakespeare, Macauley, and many more.

Baldwin, Marshall W.

The Medieval Church

Cornell Univ. Press, Ithica, 953, 124 pgs., index, readings, paperback

Medieval History

The author explains in excellent detail that the Church's role and mission was primarily religious, but that circumstances placed bishops and monasteries in particular into secular governmental and social roles as well. The Church's mission was to save individual souls, not perform social work. But its members could and should perform such work as part of their own effort toward salvation. The author describes many of the most significant events, particularly those involving the Church in the representation of a Pope and the state represented by a king or emperor. This brief summary text is an excellent resource for teachers.

Ball, Philip

The Water Kingdom

Subtitle: A Secret History of China, Univ. of Chicago Press, Chicago, 341 pgs., index, notes, bibliography, illustrations

China history

Interesting history focused on the critical role of the great rivers in Chinese history

Bamford, James

The Puzzle Palace: A Report on America's Most Secret Agency

Houghton Mifflin Co, Boston, 1982, 465 pgs., index, notes, acronyms, appendix

Modern History

The book is about the National Security Agency, the federal government's communications, signal, cryptography agency. Since the book's publication the agency and its activities have become widespread public knowledge. Still, the book overcomes the myths and provides a real look into the agency.

Banfield, Edward C.

The Un-heavenly City Revisited

Little, Brown and Co., Boston, 1968, 358 pgs., end notes, paperback

Modern Urban History - Social Policy

The author notes that the vast majority of urban dwellers in American are living in the best conditions of anyone in history. Still there are real as opposed to claimed problems.

Barber, Bernard & Elinor G. Barber - eds.

European Social Class Stability and Change

Macmillan Co., N. Y., 1965, 145 pgs., bibliography, foot notes, paperback

Sociology, Modern History

There are 12 essays on various subjects related to social class and occupations

Barbour, Philip

Dimitry; Called the Pretender: Tsar and Great Prince of all Russia 1605-1606

Macmillan, London, 1967, 387 pgs., index, bibliography, end notes, illustrations, chronology, maps, appendices, historical figures

Russian History

The first of several 'false' Dimitri's. This account describes both the individual and Muscovy of beginning of 17th century.

Barck, Oscar Theodore & Nelson Blake

Since 1900: A History of the United States in Our Times

Macmillan Co., N.Y., 1952, 903 pgs., index, end notes, illustrations

American History

The book has the advantage of including only 50 years of American history. But evaluations of that 50 years may have changed since 1952. But the content is detailed

Bark, William Carroll

Origins of the Medieval World

Doubleday & Co., Garden City, N.Y., 1960, 224 pgs., index, bibliography, paperback

Medieval History

Obviously there has been much scholarly research and publication since 1960, but this small volume contains worthwhile thought by a distinguished historian. It represents the concepts prevalent in the older generation.

Barron, John

KGB Today: The Hidden Hand

Reader's Digest Press, N. Y., 1983, 489 pgs., index, notes, appendices

Russian History

Yuri Andropov (former head of the KGB) was the ruler of Russia when this book was published. Now we have another former KGB leader as ruler, Vladimir Putin. Much has changed and much remains the same. (See also John Dziak's books.)

Baruch, Lev & Feng Gu

The End of Accounting

Wiley, NYC., 2016, 258 pgs., index, appendicies

Economics, accounting, investments

Subtitle: and the Path Forward for Investors and Managers. The authors show that current accounting methods and concepts are outdated, a century old, and do not accuratedly reflect the value of the assets being measured. The value of businesses now include many intangibles such as intellectural assets and R&D work.

Bastiat, Frederic

Economic Sophisms

CosmoClassics, N.Y., 2012, original published in English traslation in 1873, 235 pgs., paperback

Economics, Public Policy

A classic exposee of socialist and all bureaucratic thinking and policies. The author creates dialogue between a proponent of official French economic policy and a liberal who shows these are based on sophisms. Unfortunately, most of these are still the basis of much public policy today.

Bastiat, Frederic

The Law

Foundation for Economic Education, Irvington-on-Hudson, N. Y. 1962, 75 pgs., paperback

Economics, Public Policy

Classic study and exposee of Socialism published in 1850 by great French economist and politician

Bastiat, M. Frederic

That Which Is Seen & That Which is Not Seen: The Unintended Consequences of Government Spending

The Waking Lion Press, 2006, West Valley City, Utah, 47 pgs., paperback

Economics, Public Policy

Another classic study and exposee of Socialism published great French economist and politician

Bastiat, M. Frederic

The Law: Power, Liberty, and the Proper Role of Government

The Waking Lion Press, 2006, West Valley City, Utah, 40 pgs., paperback

Economics, Public Policy

Classic study and exposee of Socialism published in 1850 by great French economist and politician

Baudin, Louis - trans Katherine Woods, ed. Arthur Goodard

A Socialist Empire the Incas of Peru

D. Van Nonstrand Co. N. Y./, 1961, 442 pgs. , index, maps, bibliography, end notes, appendix

Early Modern History - sociology, ethnology

There is an interesting forward by Ludiwg von Mises, who writes: "this a brilliant examination of the human angle of the Inca system is the main merit of this magnificent book." This is a study of what can be known of the Inca society itself, its political structure, economic activities, culture, all prior to the Spanish conquest. That comes only at the end.

Baumgarten, N. de

Chronologie Ecclesiastique des Terres Russes du X au XIII Siecle

Orientalia Christiana vol. XVII, no. 58, Jan. 1930, 177 pgs., Pontificium Institutem Orientalium Studiorum, Roma, index, paper

Russian History

A chronology year by year of events relating to religious and political events in medieval Russia

Baumgarten, N. de

Genealogies des branches regnantes de Rurikides du XIII au XVI siecle

Orientalia Christiana vol. XXXV, no. 94, June. 1934, 153 pgs., Pontificium Institutem Orientalium Studiorum, Roma, index, tables, paper

Russian History

Geneological tables of the many branches of the Rurikids with extensive comments and notes.

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Baumgarten, N. de

Genealogies et mariages occidentaux des Rurikides Russes du X au XIII siecle

Orientalia Christiana vol IX, no, 35, May, 1927 Pontificium Institutem Orientalium Studiorum, Roma, index, paper

Russian History

Fascinating tables and lists of persons as cross references showing the marriages between Rus and Western European spouses. The charts show the various branches as they developed in the various towns.

Beard, Mary

S P Q R : A History of Ancient Rome

Liveright Publishing, W. W. Norton, New York, 2015, 606 pgs., index, illustrations, maps, further reading, timeline, paperback

Ancient History, Roman History

A terrific new book on a much written about subject. But the author has great style, and her approach is different, new, and delightful - much recommended. Actually, it is more a History of what people thought then and think now about Rome.

 Beck, Glenn

Broke: The Plan to Restore our Trust, Truth and Treasure

Threshold Editions, N. Y., 2010, 406 pgs., end notes, illustrations,

Public Policy, Investment,

An excellent compendium of the history of the growth of federal debt in the US. and its disastrous results for everyone. But Mr. Beck's concepts about what might be done to correct the situation are too optimistic.

Beck, Spenser - ed.

Palaces of St. Petersburg: Russian Imperial Style - exhibition catalog

Mississippi Commission for International Cultural Exchange, Jackson, Mississippi, 1996, 192 pgs., illustrations, paperback , large format

Russia, Fine Arts

This is the extraordinary, beautiful exhibition catalog prepared for an unprecedented, special event in Jackson, Miss. The combined efforts of the Russian authorities and curators of the Imperial palaces - Peterhof, Catherine Palace, Gatchina and Pavlovsk brought to Jackson whole rooms from those palaces plus hundreds of priceless example of furnishing, paintings, and other artistic treasures. There are full sized portraits of emperors and empresses. Stunning photography of the exterior of the palaces. We were fortunate to be able to attend this exhibition.

Becker, Carl L.

The Heavenly City of the Eighteenth-Century Philosophers

Yale Univ. Press, New Haven, 1932, 168 pgs., foot notes, paper back

Intellectual History

Becker is either a ego-centric, radical, leftist, progressive or a satirist. His lectures attempt first, to describe medieval philosophy (theology) and authors such as St. Thomas and Dante and then to describe the leading lights of the Enlightenment era in Western Europe. Then he claims there are more similarities between these two in their failures to be as really enlightened as he is today. (well in the 1930's). The book ends with musings on the coming triumph of either Communism or at least collective planning. Is he serious in claiming that the Russian Revolution is a "happy turning point" for mankind? But his book received great attention and had influence - as two of the books listed here attest - Carl Becker's Heavenly City Revisited.

Beik, Paul H.

The French Revolution Seen From the Right: Social Theories in Motion 1789-1799

Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, 1956,122 pgs., index, references, foot notes, paperback

Modern History - Political Theory

The author compiles the writing and thought of a number of conservative or absolutist adversaries of the French Revolution. He links each author with his biography and social background. The 'right' authors had many different ideas, especially about an 'absolute' monarch versus a constitutional monarch.

Belloc, Hilaire

The Crusades

Tan Books, Rockford, Illinois, 1937, reprint 1992, 250 pgs., paperback

Medieval History

History but with critique and commentary on modern perceptions of the events.

Belloc, Hilaire

Essays of a Catholic

Tan Books, Rockford, Illinois, 1931, reprint 1992, 245 pgs., paperback

Political and Intellectual commentary

This is a collection of essays that were controversial and meant to be. The author seeks to launch a counter-attack on modern paganism. He sees in this struggle that of the State against the Church.

Belloc, Hilaire

Europe and the Faith

Tan Books, Rockford, Illinois, 1920, reprint 1992, 191 pgs., paperback

Political and Intellectual commentary

A history of the role of the Catholic Church in Europe - that is Christendom. The author equates the division of Europe as due to the division of Christendom. He has special scorn for Prussia. He perceives and predicts the general collapse of Europe in the world as due to its lessening of belief in the Catholic Church. Note the date of publication.

Beloff, Max

The Age of Absolutism 1660- 1815

Harper & Row, N.Y., 1962, 189 pgs.,. index, notes, maps, paperback

Early Modern History

The author points out that dividing history's continuous story into artificial periods does create problems. But it also enables one to focus. In this book he provides a general background and then focuses on France, Spain, Portugal, Prussia, Austria, Russia and Poland. He considers that the 'Maritime Powers" were in a different situation.

Bendix, Reinhard

Max Weber: an Intellectual portrait

Doubleday & Co., Garden City, N.Y., 1962, 522 pgs., index, paper back

Biography, but focused on the subject's thoughts

A lengthy study of the many concepts Max Weber developed in sociology, history, and political theory.

Benjamin, Jules R.

A Student's Guide to History, 2nd ed.

St. Martin's Press, N. Y., 1979, 154 pgs. , paper back

History

The author writes: "The aim of this book is to introduce you to the study of history and to assist you in history courses. ...this volume presents some basic concepts and methods of the field and helps you acquire the skills you will need in your work."

Berg, Harry D. & Martha Layman, Wallace Ferguson, Geoffrey Bruun

A Survey of European Civilization: Student's manual to accompany - 3rd ed.

Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, 1958, 234 pgs., maps, tables

Modern European History

Tests, work sheets, diagrams, maps for student review

Berman, Harold J.

Law and Revolution: The Formation of the Western Legal Tradition

Harvard Univ. Press, Cambridge, 1983, 637 pgs., index, end notes, paperback

Legal History

A marvelous, scholarly work based on detailed examination of primary sources on the development of legal theory and practice in Europe since Middle Ages. The author places major influence on Catholic Church Canon Law.

Bernholz, Peter

Monetary Regimes and Inflation: History, Economic and Political Relationships

Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, U.K., 2003, 210 pgs., index, appendices, references, tables, paperback

Economic History, Finance, Political Science

The focus is on inflation. In this context the role of money, banking, currency manipulation, political policy. The author believes inflation is caused by manipulation of the money supply, which he considers in terms of currency. He writes, "Inflation presupposed the existence of money, which evolved as an unplanned social institution by a number of inventions and innovations during a period of perhaps 2500 years. It follows that inflation cannot be older than money.." I do not agree.

Bernstein, Peter L

Capital Ideas: The Improbable Origins of Modern Wall Street

Free Press, N.Y., 1992, 392 pgs., index, bibliography, end notes, paperback

Finance, Economics, Stock Market

The author is writing about the expansion of Investment advice and market prediction rampant on Wall Street. He questions the value of all this considering the expense that is taken off by Wall Street insiders.

Bernstein, Peter L

Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk

John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, N.J., 1998, 383 pgs., index, bibliography, end notes, paperback

Finance, History of mathematics

This is a much acclaimed and unique book on the history of human thought about risk, what it is, how to deal with it. But the concept of risk involves the concept of probability and that involves measurement, which means mathematics at least arithmetic involving use of numbers.. Bernstein notes: "Without numbers, there are no odds, and no probabilities, without odds and probabilities, the only way to deal with risk is to appeal to the gods and fates." Thus we meet Leonardo Pisano, known as Fibonacci, the author of Liber Abaci, whom we meet in quite a few other books in this list. And anyone today reading much about the cult of chartists who predict future market values will read about Fibonacci and the magic number relationships that govern all.

Bernstein, William J.

Rational Expectations: Asset Allocation for Investing Adults

Reality Premedia Services, 2014, 207 pgs, index, tables, paperback

Investment Advice

Excellent, clear language with examples

Beskrovnii, L. G

Atlas Kart i Skem po Russkoi Voyennoi Istorii

Voyuennoye izdatrel'stvo narodnogo komissariata vooruzhyiennikh sil, Moscow, 1945.88 pgs., 169 maps or diagrams.

Reference - Russian History

Maps of military events, battles and campaigns from 9th century to 1905.

Bibby, Geoffrey

Looking for Dilmun

Alfred A. Knopf, N. Y., 1969, 390 pgs., index, illustrations

Archeology, memoir, Ancient History

Dilmun was in Sumerian times a major transport between Mesopotamia and India. But where was it? The author recounts his efforts in the 1950's - 60's to locate it, while having to deal with the various Arab potentates who jealously ruled their small realms. In this lengthy process not only a single port that might be Dilmun was uncovered but remains of ancient civilization from Kuwait to Muscat.

Billington, James H.

The Icon and the Axe: An Interpretive History of Russian Culture

Vintage Books, N.Y., 1970, 810 pgs., index, references, bibliography, paperback

Russian History

This is social, cultural and ultimately intellectual history. The author includes much information on art, music, literature, education, philosophy and scientific study that is not found in basic political history texts.

Bilinova, H. I.

Atlas Mira

Glavnoyer Upravleniye Geodezii i Kartografii MVD SSSR, Moscow, 1959. 325 pgs., index, large format

Reference, World Atlas

Russian language atlas of the world, has more maps of Russia than the usual American atlas.

Binkley, Robert C.

Realism and Nationalism 1852 - 1871

Harper & Row, N. Y., 1935, 337 pgs., index, bibliography, illustrations, maps

Modern History - Social History - Intellectual History

This is in the Rise of Modern Europe series. Itr was a period of great and increasingly rapid change in ideas and in government structure. The author considers the development in Germany a 'civil war'. There certainly was a lot going on in Europe during this period. Although there were several disconnected wars, in comparison with the 18th century it seems that war was relatively less the center of history than intellectual history.

Binkley, Wilfred E. & Malcolm C. Moos

A Grammar of American Politics

Alfred A. Knopf, N. Y., 1950, 778 pgs., index,

American History - Government

So much has changed even since 1950 with the expansion of the welfare state that this book may be considered a history rather than a contemporary civics text as originally published.

Black, Jeremy

The Power of Knowledge: How Information and Technology made the Modern World

Yale Univ. Press, New Haven, 2014, 492 pgs., index, end notes

World History - Economic History - Intellectual History

The author focuses on the role of information, knowledge put to use, in the history of modern times. He believes that superior use of information was a major cause for the development of what can be called modernity in the West. (See Stark). He writes, "This book will take information as a cause, measure and product of power, and show how the relationships between information, modernity and power changed, and how these changes made the modern world."

Blau, Peter M

Bureaucracy in Modern Society

Random House, N. Y., 1956, 127 pgs., readings, foot notes, paperback

Political Science - Sociology

A study of the structure and dynamics of bureaucracy.

Bloch, Marc - trans. Peter Putnam

The Historian's Craft

Random House, N.Y., 1964, 197 pgs., paperback

History

The famous French historian describes what a professional historian does, for the benefit of the lay reader.

Bloom, Allan

The Closing of the American Mind

Simon and Schuster, N.Y., 1987, 392 pgs., index, foot notes

American Education

A critical analysis of the decline in higher education in American colleges and universities. Saul Bellow wrote an extended Forward.

Blum, Jerome

Lord and Peasant in Russia from the ninth to the nineteenth century

Atheneum, N.Y., 1965, 656 pgs., index, bibliography, paperback

Russian History

Considered a landmark in social history of Russia.

Blum, Jerome

The European Peasantry from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century

Service Center for teachers of history, Wash., D. C., 1960, 30 pgs., readings, paperback

Modern History

The essay describes the gradual change in status of the rural agricultural community from near serfdom to modern conditions. Even in 1800 the peasantry comprised 90% of the population. The author writes: "The purpose of these pages is to furnish some information about the history and activities of Europe's peasants from the end of the Middle Ages into the nineteenth century."

Board of Governors, Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve System: Purposes and Functions

Federal Reserve System, Washington D.C., 1961, 238 pgs., index, illustrations, paperback

Public policy, political system

The official book by the Federal Reserve itself describing its functions.

Boeckh, J. Anthony

The Great Reflation: How Investors Can profit from the New World of Money

John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken N. J. , 2010, 314 pgs., index, end notes, figures

Investment Advice, Finance, Economics

Another in the wave of new investment advice books. This one is focused on the Government - FED massive expansion of the money supply to counter deflation and 'stimulate' the economy. The government actions will create opportunities for successful investment.

Boissonnade, P. - trans. Eileen Power

Life and World In Medieval Europe: The Evolution of Medieval Economy from the Fifth to the Fifteenth Century

Harper & Row, N. Y., 1927-reprint 1964, 395 pgs., index, bibliography, paperback

Medieval History

A classic French study now reprinted. Lynn White Jr. in his introduction questions why we should reprint such an old book when so much new material has been discovered and published. He answers his question by noting that nevertheless this work remains the best general study of labor during the middle ages.

Bolgar, R. R.

The Classical Heritage and its beneficiaries: from the Carolingian age to the end of the Renaissance

Harper & Row, N. Y., 1964, 591 pgs., index, appendices, end notes,

Medieval History

See also Arthur Herman - The Cave and the Light- and others in this list. Bolgar begins with Carolingian age, but the classical heritage was not completely lost during the 3 centuries prior to that. An appendix table shows the dates for translations of Greek and Latin texts into English and French.

Bonner, Bill and Addison Wiggin

Empire of Debt: Debt: The Rise of an Epic Financial Crisis

John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken N.J., 2006, 370 pgs., index, endnotes

Investment Advice - finance

The author is founder of AGORA, a money machine that publishes investment advice in pay for subscription newsletters. They correctly identified the coming financial disaster - predicted the dot com and mortgage disasters - and correctly predict the debt bubble disaster. Then they want to sell protection and advice on how to profit from all this.

Bonner, Bill and Addison Wiggin

Financial Reckoning Day: Surviving the Soft Depression of the 21st Century

John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken N.J., 2003, 506 pgs., index, endnotes

Investment Advice - finance

The author is founder of AGORA, a money machine that publishes investment advice in pay for subscription newsletters. They correctly identify the coming financial disaster - predicted the dot com and mortgage disasters - and correctly predict the debt bubble disaster. Then they want to sell protection and advice on how to profit from all this.

Bonner, Bill and Lila Rajiva

Mobs, Messiahs, and Markets: Surviving the Public Spectacle in Finance and Politics

John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken N.J., 2007, 424 pgs., index, endnotes

Investment Advice - finance

The title is a clever play on Kindelberger's famous book. The author is founder of AGORA, a money machine that publishes investment advice in pay for subscription newsletters. They correctly identify the coming financial disaster - predicted the dot com and mortgage disasters - and correctly predict the debt bubble disaster. Then they want to sell protection and advice on how to profit from all this.

Boorstin, Daniel J.

The Americans: The Colonial Experience

Random House, N. Y., 1958, 434 pgs., index, bibliography

American History - Cultural and Intellectual History

The first volume -The material is organized more or less in a chronological manner, but the chapter topics are focused on culture or concepts. The period of the book is from the Puritans to the end of the American Revolution. This is an ideal companion to the typical history text focused on political activities.

Boorstin, Daniel J.

The Americans: The Democratic Experience

Random House, N. Y., 1973, 717 pgs., index, bibliography

American History - Cultural and Intellectual History

The third volume - This is structured like volume 1. The period is post Civil War America up to the 1960's.

Boorstin, Daniel J.

The Americans: The National Experience

Random House, N. Y., 1965, 717 pgs., index, bibliography

American History - Cultural and Intellectual History

The second volume - Like the first and third. It is unusual to have such a large history text focused on the period between the American Revolution and the Civil War.

Booth, Danielle Dimartino

FED UP

, Portfolio, Penguin, NY., 2017, 326 pgs., index, notes

Economics, Finance, Public Policy

Subtitle: An Insider's Take on Who the Federal Reserve is Bad for America -Based on her work inside the FED the author has wrritten a memoir that reveals the process in which monetary policy is developed.

Bouquet, A. C.

Comparative Religion

Penguin Books, Baltimore, 1953, 319 pgs., index, references, foot notes, paperback

Religion

Organized in general by subject topics as well as by individual religions.

Bouwsma, William J.

The Interpretation of Renaissance Humanism

Service Center for Teachers of History, Wash.., D. C., 1959, 24 pgs., readings, foot notes, paperback

Early Modern History - Intellectual History

The booklet is in the series for teachers to use in classrooms.

Bowden, Catherine Drinker

Miracle at Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention, May to Sept. 1787.

Little, Brown and Co., Boston, 1966, 346 pgs., index

American History

A detailed narrative and commentary on the process at Philadelphia that created the Constitution. It is a very valuable reference for study of the Constitution as it is based on contemorary notes and memoirs of the participants.

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Bowder, Diana - ed.

Who Was Who in the Greek World

Cornell Univ. Press, Ithaca, 1982, 239 pgs., glossary, bibliography, maps, charts, index, chronology, genealogy

Reference - Ancient Greek World

Contains brief biographies of significant individuals one is likely to look up.

Bowder, Diana - ed.

Who Was Who in the Roman World

Cornell Univ. Press, Ithaca, 1980, 256 pgs., glossary, bibliography, maps, charts, index, chronology, genealogy

Reference - Ancient Roman History

Contains brief biographies of significant individuals one is likely to look up.

Boyle, Donzella Cross

Quest of a Hemisphere

Western Islands, Boston, 1970, 633 pgs., index, illustrations

American History

The initial chapter describes the explorations by Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch and Swedes as well as the French and English. But from there on the focus is on the English colonies and subsequent establishment of the United States. The story concludes in the post World War II period. The many illustrations are excellent.

Braidwood, Linda

Digging beyond the Tigris

Henry Schuman, N. Y., 1953, 297 pgs. , illustrations

Memoir, Archeology, Ancient Pre-History

The personal memoir of an American woman archeologist's story of life on a 'dig' in the Kurdish hills of Iraq. The location was Jarmo, a relatively unknown very early (actually prehistoric) habitation, the time for the 'dig' was 1950-51. Now the area is in the news continually because Jarmo lies only a few miles north-east of Kirkut. This memoir tells a great tale of what goes on in planning and executing an archeological project. From it we also learn about the state of official Iraqi interest and desire to preserve their ancient cultures. And of course we learn something about what the expedition found - but not a lot - a significant find indeed. A prehistoric village, among the earliest found, inhabited at the time humans were first domesticating grain and animals. The author has a very vivid, intimate style that soon draws the reader in. Since this book is about life on a dig, and the 1950-51 expedition it does not more than wet the reader's appetite for more. Fortunately at turn to great Google quickly reveals an extensive Wikipedia article and much more. The Jarmo site is much more famous and important than indicated from this book. Jarmo was occupied between 7090 BC and 4950 BC., and is one of the oldest sites at the dawn of the age of agricultural domestication. Read about it. And the Braidwood's are much more famous that the book reveals.

Brandon, William

The American Heritage Book of Indians

American Heritage, N. Y., 1961, 424 pgs., index, illustrations

American History

The many illustrations are the main value of this book. The text narration explains these illustrations.

Braudel, Fernand - trans Sian Reynolds

Civilization & Capitalism 15th - 18th century - vol 1, The Structures of Everyday Life

Harper & Row, N. Y., 1979, 623 pgs., index, end notes, illustrations

European History

A much acclaimed trilogy of social as well as economic history. The author is a leading figure in the realist school of French historiography that seeks to reveal what is going on at the basic levels of every day life. His books caused a revolution in thinking.

Braudel, Fernand - trans Sian Reynolds

Civilization & Capitalism 15th - 18th century - vol 2, The Wheels of Commerce

Harper & Row, N. Y., 1979, 670 pgs., index, end notes, illustrations, paperback

European History

A much acclaimed trilogy of social as well as economic history. The author is a leading figure in the realist school of French historiography that seeks to reveal what is going on at the basic levels of every day life. His books caused a revolution in thinking. He writes in conclusion to this volume: At the end of this, my second volume, it seems clear to me that the capitalist process considered as a whole, was able to develop only out of certain economic and social conditions which either prepared or facilitated its progress,"

Braudel, Fernand - trans Sian Reynolds

Civilization & Capitalism 15th - 18th century - vol 3, The Perspective of the World

Harper & Row, N. Y., 1979, 699 pgs., index, end notes, illustrations, paperback

European History

A much acclaimed trilogy of social as well as economic history. The author is a leading figure in the realist school of French historiography that seeks to reveal what is going on at the basic levels of every day life. His books caused a revolution in thinking.

Breunig, Charles

The Age of Revolution and Reaction, 1789 - 1850, 2nd ed.

W. W. Norton & Co., N.Y., 1970, 304 pgs., index, readings, maps, footnotes, illustrations. paperback

Modern History

This is in a Norton series on the History of Modern Europe. The time category for this book differs from that of the Rise of Modern Europe series. Thus it is a useful companion to the other series, since it merges into the one book the periods of pre-revolutionary preparation, the revolutions themselves and Napoleon, and the post-revolutionary reactions, and the second wave of revolutions up to 1850. It is followed by Norman Rich'sThe Age of Nationalism and Reform 1850- 1890.

Brinton, Crane

The Shaping of the Modern Mind

Mentor Boo,, New American Library, N. Y., 1953, 287 pgs., index, paper back

Intellectual History

The content is organized around major themes such as humanism, rationalism, cosmology,

Brinton, Crane

The Lives of Talleyrand

W. W. Norton Co., N. Y., 1963, 316 pgs. , index, bibliography, paperback

Biography, Modern History

Talleyrand lived from 1754 to 1838 and managed to remain in public affairs and politics through the widely different political regimes that controlled France at times during that period.

Brinton, Crane

A Decade of Revolution 1789 - 1799

Harper & Row, N. Y., 1934, 331 pgs., index, bibliography, maps, footnotes, illustrations, paperback

Early Modern History - Intellectual History

This is in the Rise of Modern Europe series. It describes the period of revolution just preceding Geoffrey Bruun's Europe and the French Imperium. Revolution of course means change, The change in thought (intellectual change) was a continuation of the change during the so-called Enlightenment and it culmination in violent political change. Dr. Brinton is the expert on this era. The focus of course is on France.

Bronowski, J &

The Western Intellectual Tradition: From Leonardo to Hegel

Harper & Row, N. Y., 1960, 521 pgs., index, footnotes

Modern History - Intellectual History

The subject matter is relatively narrower in scope than some other works on intellectual history in this list. The authors seek to counter what they perceive as a 'cleavage' between 'conventional presentations of history and the recent but still specialized interest in the historical growth of science and of techniques.' They hope to foster an understanding of the coherent relation between science and the humanities, especially in college students. Thus the attention to the time since Leonardo. The focus is on the intellectual contributions of specific individuals including Leonardo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Thomas More, Erasmus, Hobbes, Locke, Descartes, Pascal, Boyle and on to Kant and Hegel. The connection is that these individuals were philosophers speaking in an era of amazing scientific revolutions.

Brook, Ian

The One Eyed Man is King

G. P. Putnam's Sons, NM. Y., 1967, 327 pgs.,

Personal memoir - life in Nigeria

This is the memoir of a British Foreign service officer in Nigeria after World War II.

Brooks, Arthur. C.

The Conservative heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America

Harper Collins, N.Y., 2015, 246 pgs., index, notes

Public Policy

The author believes the 'conservatives' have the right policies to help everyone and the 'progressives' do not, but the progressives use the effective words in their policy statements while the conserevatives do not. His final chapter is titled "The Seven Habits of Highly Effecive Conservativism - How to Talk so Americans wil Listen."

Brown, Anthony Cave

Bodyguard of Lies - 2 vol.

Harper & Row, N.Y., 1975, 1056 pgs., index, sources and notes, map, glossary

Modern History - Intelligence

This is about the special intelligence sharing arrangement between the United States and Great Britain from 1938 to the Normandy Invasion in 1944.

Brown, R. Allen

The Normans

St. Martin's Press, N. Y., 1984, 191 pgs., notes, bibliography, illustrations

Medieval History

The story of the Normans from their origins and settlement in Normandy to conquest of England - and also their conquests in southern Italy and Sicily plus the First Crusade. (See also David Douglas)

Browning, Robert

Justinian and Theodora

Praeger Pub., N. Y., 1971, 217 pgs., index, further reading, sources, maps, illustrations, table of dates

Medieval History

This is history of Byzantium in terms of biographies of an emperor - Justinian and his powerful wife, Theodora. During the reign much of Justinian's foreign military effort was in regaining Italy and North Africa. Historians now frequently consider that this ultimately failed effort diverted much needed strength that could have been better employed in the East. Either way, the wars between Byzantium and Persia left both weakened when the Arabs arrived. We have Justinian to thank for the codification of Roman law and magnificent architecture. The final chapter is the author's appraisal.

Brucker, Gene A. - ed.

Renaissance Italy; was It the Birthplace of the Modern World?

Holt, Rinehart and Winston, N. Y., 1963, 37 pgs, bibliography, paperback

Early Modern History

This is one of the series of booklets designed for teachers to use in class. There are two aspects to this question - was it in Italy, and was it during that time period. There are 21 essays describing various aspects of the Renaissance era which may stimulate discussion. But there are new books in this list that place developments toward the modern world further back in time.

Bruun, Geoffrey

Europe and the French Imperium: 1799 - 1814

Harper & Row, N. Y., 1938, 280 pgs., index, bibliography, maps, illustrations, foot notes, paperback

Early Modern History

This is in the Rise of Modern Europe series, The author focuses on a relatively shorter period than that in most of the other books. But it was certainly a dynamic period dominated by war. The author is able to discuss not only military conflict but also economic warfare and financial aspects of war as well. European society is described and the increase in nationalism as both social concept and political force is tied to the revolt against French imperialism. See Crane Brinton - A Decade of Revolution 1789-1799- for the period leading up to this one.

Bryce, James

The Holy Roman Empire

Schocken Books, N.Y., 1904 reprint 1961, 535 pgs., index, list of events, tables of rulers, appendices, paperback

European History

The author begins with the Roman Empire prior to the 'barbarian invasion'. This is to indicate the existence of a deep concept of an empire. Then he discusses the attitude of the various barbarians toward the concept of empire as it was dissolving around them. He describes the development of the various polities such as that of the Franks that brought out the Empire of Charlemagne. He continues through the middle ages by describing the changing or continuing concepts of 'empire' in relation to the reality during the reigns of the succession of emperors. There is a huge amount of information in this book. See also the new book by Peter Heather -The Restoration of Rome - and Edward Crankshaw's The Fall of the House of Habsburg- and Oscar Jaszi's The Dissolution of the Habsburg Monarchy.And also the newer book by Friedrich Heer - The Holy Roman Empire.

Buchanan, James M & Gordon Tullock

The Calculus of Consent: Logical Foundatins of Constitutional Democracy

University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 1962, 361 pgs., notes, graphs, paperback

Political Science, Economics, Public Policy

The authors employ economics theories and methods to political policy issues. Their idea is to use modern economic methods to show that government politicians and bureaucrats do have their own individual interests which generally superced any claim to support of disinerested public service. But this is something that is clear to any student of history.

Buchanan, James M. & Robert Tollison ed.

The Theory of Public Choice II

Univ. of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 1984, 452 pgs., notes, tables, papeback

Economics, politics, government policy

A series of 25 essays on various aspects of 'public choice' - an economist's view of government politics.

Buell, Thomas B.

The Quiet Warrior: A Biography of Admiral Raymond A. Spruance

Little, Brown and Co., Boston, 1974, 486 pgs., index, appendices, bibliography, illustrations

Biography

Biography of a relatively little known U. S. Navy hero of World War II.

Bukharev, Ravil

Kazan The Enchanted City

Flint River Press, London, 1995, 144 pgs., chronology, illustrations

Russia, Kazan, Tatars

This is a book of gorgeous photography -color illustrations of the place and people. The text includes a description of the Russian conquest and subsequent efforts to Russify the Tatar population.

Bulfinch, Thomas

The Age of Chivalry and Legends of Charlemagne

New American Library, N. Y., 1962, 608 pgs., index

Medieval History - Literature

This is two books in one. The Chivalry book is about the legends of King Arthur and later, related stories including about King Richard I and Robin Hood.. The second is about a variety of stories associated with Charlemagne. Both are collections of literature Bulfinch assembled.

Burckhardt, Jacob

The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy - vol 1 - The State as a Work of Art. The Development of the Individual - The Revival of antiquity

Harper & Brothers, N. Y., 1929-1958, 288 pgs., index, notes, illustrations, paperback

Early Modern History

The classic exposition and analysis of the Renaissance that practically created modern thought on the subject when it was published, first in German in 1860. Since then it has come in for much comment and criticism. (See number of books in this list). There is an excellent introduction from 1958 that assesses the book. The first part, on The state as a Work of Art is especially interesting. The many illustrations are excellent.

Burckhardt, Jacob

The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy Vol 2 - The Discovery of the World and of Man - Society and Festivals - Morality and Religion

Harper & Brothers, N. Y., 1929-1958, 245 pgs., index, notes, illustrations, paperback

Early Modern History

The classic exposition and analysis of the Renaissance that practically created modern thought on the subject when it was published, Since then it has come in for much comment and criticism. (See number of books in this list).

Burckhardt, Jacob

The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy - This edition contains both of the preceding.

New American Library, 1960, 392 pgs. , index, footnotes, paperback

Early Modern History

This edition contains all the chapter headings of the two-volume edition but without illustrations.

Burke, Edmund

Reflections on the Revolution in France

Arlington House, New Rochelle, N. Y., nd, 266 pgs.

History - Political Theory

This edition has introduction by Russell Kirk. The classic foundational work on modern conservative thinking.

Burnham, James

Suicide of the West: The Meaning and Destiny of Liberalism

John Day Co., N.Y.., 1964, 312 pgs., index,

Public Policy

A famous book by famous author. Much of the developments Burnham described have continued and accelerated

Burns, Edward McNall

Western Civilizations: Their History and their Culture - 5th ed.

W. W. Norton & Co., N.Y., 1958, 1022 pgs., index, illustrations, maps

Western History

This is an excellent book to accompany Palmer's (see below). It contains the history of art and culture that Palmer does not. The narrative begins earlier also - in the Stone Age. There is a section on the nature and origin of civilization itself. There are extensive sections on the ancient Near East., Greece, Rome and medieval Europe. These are in effect summaries of Durant's massive volumes. Concepts about feudalism and economic activity in medieval Europe have changed with recent scholarship.

Burns, Edward McNall & Philip Lee Ralph

World Civilizations from Ancient to Contemporary, Vol. 2 - 2nd ed.

W. W. Norton & Co., N.Y., 1958, 710 pgs., index, illustrations, maps

Modern World history\

Volume two here begins in 1500 with Absolutism and then the Enlightenment. There is much more in this book on Asia than in the above entry.

Burns, Thomas

A History of the Ostrogoths

Indiana Univ. Press, Bloomingtron, 1964, 299 pgs., indeed, bibliography, end notes, illustrations

Medieval History

The Ostrogoths established a kingdom with Theodoric in northern Italy that attempted to preserve as much of organized government as possible after the last western Roman emperor was dethroned. Theodoric wanted to maintain relations with the East Romans at Byzantium. The Byzantines, however, wanted to bring Italy back into their empire and successfully defeated the Goths in several battles only to find them replaced by the even more 'barbaric' Lombards. Boethius was Theodoric's advisor for years, but unfortunately fell from grace and was executed. See Heather -The Restoration of Rome

Burtt, Edwin Arthur

The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Physical Science

Doubleday & Co., Garden City, N. Y., 1924, 352 pgs., index, bibliography, foot notes, paperback

Intellectual History

Yes, scientists were deeply students of metaphisics, especially that paragon of modern science, Newton. The author here examines the thoughts of Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Descartes, Hobbes, Thomas More, Gilbert, and Boyle before tackling Newton. Newton spent much time in study and writing about religion and alchemy.

Bury, J. B.

History of the Later Roman Empire: From the death of Theodosius I to the Death of Justinian - Vol II

Dover Pub. N. Y., 1958, 494 pgs., index, maps, bibliography, notes, paper back

Ancient History

Considered a masterpiece of the famous author. There are chapters on Justinian's wars with Persia and in Italy and Africa. See books in this list on Byzantium.

Bury, J. B.

The Idea of Progress: An Inquiry into its Growth and Origin

Dover Pub., N. Y., 1932, 357 pgs., index, paper back

Intellectual History - Philosophy

A controversial thesis on the concept of 'progress' - was it something new in modern times or did any ancient people hold such a conception.

Butler, Alban, ed. Michael Walsh

Butler's Lives of the Saints, revised

Harper, San Francisco, 1991, 466 pgs., index, paperback

Biography, Religious history

The famous biographies of Catholic Saints arranged chronologicaly according to their feast deays in a moder, edited edition.

Caesar, Julius, ed. Kurt Raaflaub

The Complete Works

Landmark Edition, Pantheon Books, N.Y., 2017, 1000 pgs., index, maps, notes, glossary, appendices

Roman history, millitary history

The magnificant Landmark edition joins the similar editions of Herodotus, Thucydides, Arrian, and Xenophon as the definitive edition of Caesar's Gallic war, Civil War, Alexandrian War, African war and Spanish War with extensive scholarly essays and maps. A very special feature is that in addition to the41000 pages in print the edition includes a web site and over 300 more pages os essays on many related and impostant topics on Caesar and Roman history.

Calomiris, Charles W. & Stephen Haber

Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit

Princeton Univ. Press, Princeton, 2014, 570 pgs., index, references, foot notes

Economics, Finance, Banking

The authors show that the structure of the banking system in a country is a result of political decisions and policies. They describe the history of banking in the United States in detail and show that periodic financial (banking) crises are a result. Then they examine the banking systems in Canada, Mexico and Brazil as case studies of the results of different banking systems also established by political systems. The lesson is that the financial crisis in the US in 2008 was not the result of banker greed but rather the actions of the banking system as it is responsive to politics.

Cameron, Averil

The Later Roman Empire: AD 284-430

Harvard Univ. Press, Cambridge, 1993, 238 pgs., index, further reading, primary sources, illustrations, map

Ancient Rome

The book is part of the series "Fontana History of the Ancient World". It is concise but includes discussion of all the important issues.

Camp, L. Sprague de

The Ancient Engineers

Doubleday & Co., Garden City, N.Y., 1963, 408 pgs., index, bibliography, illustrations

Ancient History

The subject, as the title may indicate, is engineers in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, medieval Europe and Asia. But these individuals are known largely by their works.

Cantor, Norman F.

Medieval history: The Life and Death of a Civilization

The Macmillan Co., N. Y.., 1963, 622 pgs., chronology, readings, illustrations, maps

Medieval History

A fine study of the entire period from the 2nd to 14th centuries. Perhaps a little light on the 5th-7th centuries. By one of my professors at Columbia Univ.

Carnes, Mark C. & John A. Garraty

Mapping America's Past

Henry Holt Co., N.Y., 1996, 287 pgs., index, bibliography, maps, illustrations,

Reference, American History

Based on maps, but there is much more with the extensive text and statistics displayed graphically with maps.

Carr, Robert K. & Marver Bernstein et al.

American Democracy in Theory and Practice: Essentials of National, State, and Local Government

Rinehart & Co., N.Y., 1957, 737 pgs., index, illustrations, tables, appendix

American Politics - Government

A basic text book that describes Federal, State and Local government as the greatest result of democracy in action. Government welfare policy is a presumed achievement. Everything is the best in all possible best of all worlds.

Carson, Clarence B.

The World In the Grip of an Idea

Arlington House, New Rochelle, N.Y., 1978, 562 pgs., index, end notes

Political Philosophy, Modern History

The author explains: "The world is in the grip of an idea today. The thrust of the idea is to replace man, to remove the supports for him in the position that he occupies and to force him into a new place or configuration. The impact of the application of this idea is to displace people." He describes the application of this idea in the processes of Marxism - socialism - Bolshevization in Russia, Nazification in Germany, Gradualism in England, social democracy in Sweden, Republican gradualism in the U.S. . The generalized result is the subjugation of the individual.

Carson, Clarence B.

A Basic History of the United States Vol 1 The Colonial Experience 1607 - 1774

American Textbook Committee, Wadley Alabama, 1983, 183 pgs., readings, glossary, index, notes, illustrations, paperback

American History

Excellent text for high school history courses. The author includes topics slighted in many course books today.

Carson, Clarence B.

A Basic History of the United States Vol 2 The Beginning of the Republic 1775 - 1825

American Textbook Committee, Wadley Alabama, 1983, 262 pgs., index, readings, glossary, notes, illustrations, paperback

American History

Excellent text for high school history courses. The author includes topics slighted in many course books today.

Carson, Clarence B.

A Basic History of the United States Vol 3 The Sections and the Civil War 1826- 1877

American Textbook Committee, Wadley Alabama, 1983, 224 pgs.. index, readings, glossary, notes, illustrations, paperback

American History

Excellent text for high school history courses. The author includes topics slighted in many course books today.

Carson, Clarence B.

A Basic History of the United States Vol 4 The Growth of America 1878 - 1928

American Textbook Committee, Wadley Alabama, 1983, 300 pgs., index, readings, glossary, notes, illustrations, paperback

American History

Excellent text for high school history courses. The author includes topics slighted in many course books today.

Carson, Clarence B.

A Basic History of the United States Vol 5 The Welfare State 1929 - 1985

American Textbook Committee, Wadley Alabama, 1983, 346 pgs., index, readings, glossary, notes, illustrations, paperback

American History

Excellent text for high school history courses. The author includes topics slighted in many course books today.

Carta

Carta's Historical Atlas of Israel: A survey of the past and review of the present

Carta, Jerusalem, 1996, 65 pgs., index, maps, chronology

Reference Atlas

Includes maps of Israel from prehistoric era through Biblical, and Medieval times to the present day.

Carter, Howard

The Tomb of Tutankhamen

Sphere Books Ltd., London, 1972, 238 pgs., index, end notes, illustrations

Ancient History - archeology

Beautiful book with color illustrations of the remarkable artifacts found in the tomb. The author found the tomb in 1922, causing a sensation. His original report filled three volumes, This is a summary. See also Christriane Desroches-Noblecourt

Cartwright, Frederick F.

Disease and History: The influence of disease in shaping the great events of history

Thomas Y. Crowell Co., N. Y., 1972, 248 pgs., index, bibliography

European history

There are 9 chapters in which the author discusses a few major events - disease in the ancient world, black death, syphilis, Typhus, and general impact of infections diseases.

Castell, Alburey & Mary J. Shaw - eds.

Selected Readings in Social Criticism from Rousseau, Burke, and Paine

Itasca Press, Webb Publishing, Saint Paul, 1948, 84 pgs., paperback, large format

Political Philosophy

Readinsg of three of the most famous and influential authors of the late 18th century on the eve of and during the French Revolution.

Castiglione, Baldesar - trans. Charles Singleton

The Book of the Courtier

Doubleday and Co., Garden City, N. Y., 1959, 387 pgs., index, end notes, illustrations paperback

Renaissance Society

The classic book on how to be a gentleman. It is based on the author's life at the court of Duke Francesco Maria della Rovere and Guidobaldo Montefeltro, Dukes of Urbino.

Castries, Rene de La Croix, duc de - trans. Anne Dobell

The Lives of the Kings and Queens of France

Alfred A. Knopf, N. Y., 1979, 272 pgs., index, glossary, illustrations

Medieval and Modern History

The book is organized chronologically by dynasty and within each a biography of each ruler and summary of the times. These are Merovingians 450 -768; Carolingians 768-987; direct Capetians 987-1328; Valois 1328-1589; Bourbons 1529-1792; restored Bourbons 1814-1830; and Orleans 1830-1848. There are no ruling queens, all queens are wives of a king. The illustrations are excellent.

Ceram, C. W. - trans. Richard and Clara Winston

The Secrets of the Hittites: A Discovery of an Ancient Empire

Alfred A. Knopf, N. Y., 1956, 291 pgs. , index, bibliography, illustrations

Archeology, Ancient History

The book tells the story of the newly developed science of Hittitology as a branch of archeology. The Hittites existed in modern knowledge only as a name in the records of other peoples until the closing years of the 19th century. Now there is a full exhibition of their artifacts in the museum in Ankara. The new and revolutionary information was found not only in the uncovered capital and other cities of the Hittites in east-central Turkey but in the discovered archives in Egypt.

Chambers, Frank P.

This Age of Conflict; The Western World - 1914 to the Present

Harcourt, Brace & World, N. Y., 1962, 880 pgs., index, end notes, bibliography, maps, glossary, illustrations

Modern History

The content begins with World war One and concludes with the Cold War to 1961. The focus is mostly on Europe. Thus the book is a good supplement to Gordon Wright's An Age of Controversy, which describes the same period but without the wars..

Chambers, James

The Devil's Horsemen: The Mongol Invasion of Europe

Atheneum, N. Y., 1979, 190 pgs., index, glossary, bibliography, illustrations, genealogy table, maps

Medieval History

The author places the Mongol's in the wider context of Europe and the Near East.

Chambers, Mortimer

Greek and Roman History

Service Center for Teachers of History, Wash., DS. C., 1958, 28 pgs., foot notes, paperback

Ancient History

A brief survey of recommended sources and current scholarship to assist teachers with new reference material.

Channon, John

The Penguin Historical Atlas of Russia

Penguin Books, London, 1995, 144 pgs., index, readings, illustrations, maps, time line

Russian History

As an atlas obviously the maps are central. But the text is also excellent. The content is from the origins of the Slavs to the dissolution of the USSR .

Checksfield, M. M.

Portraits of Renaissance Life and Thought

Barnes & Noble, N.Y., 1965, 244 pgs., index, bibliography, foot notes illustrations, maps

Biographies, Early Modern History

There are 10 biographies of important historical figures from Lorenzo de' Medici to Cervantes. The author writes about his choices: "They are presented here because they illustrate, in their lives, work and personalities, certain aspects of the life and thought of the time, and some knowledge of their activities should therefore assist the reader, who it is assumed will have made or be making a preliminary study of the general history..."

Chernow, Ron

Washington: A Life

Penguin Books, N.Y., 2010, index, notes, bibliography, illustrations, paperback

American History, biography, military history

Another stuning biogtraphy to accompany Alexander Hamilton by this prize winning author.

Cheyney, Edward P.

The Dawn of a New Era: 1250-1452

Harper & Row, N. Y., 1936, 388 pgs., index, bibliography, maps, illustrations, foot notes, paperback

Medieval History

This is in the Rise of Modern Europe series. It is the first volume of the 20. It includes description and analysis of the increase in trade and wealth, the expansion of the middle class, popular insurrections, the 100 years' war, the decline of the Church and increase in heresies, and language and literature.

Chirfovsky, Nicholas L.

A History of the Russian Empire Vol 1: Grand-ducal Vladimir and Moscow

Philosophical Library, N. Y., 1973, 449 pgs., index, bibliography, map

Russian History

The author is one of the most rabid anti-Russian historians in print. He denies any connection between Kievan Rus and the north east Vladimir - Moscow 'core' Russians. He uses every disparaging and derogatory adjective short of profanity in his picture of Ivan IV and Russian Tsars or Grand Princes in general.

Church, William F - ed.

 The Greatness of Louis XIV: Myth or Reality?

D. C. Heath Co., Boston, 1959, 100 pgs., readings, paperback

Early Modern History

 This booklet in in the Problems in European Civilization series designed for use by teachers in classroom discussions. 17 essays either pro or con on the question. These include many 18th century authors.

Churchill, Winston S.

A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Vol 1 - The Birth of Britain

Dodd, Mead & Co., N. Y., 1956, 521 pgs., index

Medieval History

From pre-Roman era to Richard III

Churchill, Winston S.

A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Vol 2 - The New World

Dodd, Mead & Co., N. Y., 1956, 433 pgs., index

Early Modern History

From Renaissance to the revolution of 1688

Churchill, Winston S.

A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Vol 3 - The Age of Revolution

Dodd, Mead & Co., N. Y., 1957, 402 pgs., index, map

Modern History

From 1688 to 1815

Churchill, Winston S.

A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Vol 4 - The Great Democracies

Dodd, Mead & Co., N. Y., 1958, 403 pgs., index, maps

Modern History

From 1815 to 1901

Cicero, Quintus Tullius - trans. Philip Freeman

How to Win and Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians

Princeton Univ. Press, Princeton, 201, 299 pgs, glossary, further reading

Roman political advice

A translation of the ancient Roman text of Quintus Cicero advice to his brother, Marcus Tullius Cicero, who was running for election as consul.

Clark, Sir George

The Seventeenth Century

Oxford Univ. Press, N. Y., 1929-1961, 381 pgs., index, maps

Early Modern History - Intellectual History

In his introduction the author states that there was a major change in Europe in the mid-17th century. That was the time of the end of the 30 Years' War and Peace of Westphalia, The English Civil war, The transition in France from King Henry IV to King Louis XIV, a time of major change in economic conditions and economic theory. It was a time during which the English and French became more active in the New World and also when artifacts and ideas were coming in from India and China. But beyond all this it was a time of changes in thought.. And it is thought, ideas, that the author has focused on here. But there are lengthy chapters also on armies and navies. "One of the great changes of the seventeenth century was the rise of navies." "The first striking fact in this history is the great increase in the size of armies, in the scale of warfare." "During the whole course of the seventeenth century there were only seven complete calendar years in which there was no war between European states."

Clayton, Peter A

Chronicle of the Pharaohs: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers and Dynasties of Ancient Egypt

Thames and Hudson, London, 1994, 224 pgs. , index, 350 illustrations, bibliography

Ancient History

The chronological organization of biographies and for each individual identification of his family provides a valuable skeleton on which one can place the history of events during this lengthy era.

Cleugh, James

Chant Royal; The Life of Louis XI, King of France

Doubleday & Co., Garden City, N.Y., 1970, 312 pgs., index, bibliography, illustrations

Medieval History

The Spider King, Louis XI, lived from 1423 to 1483 and ruled from 1461. The first six chapters describe his difficult life during the reign of his hated father, King Charles VII, ruled (1423-1461).As a teenager he was already drawn into politics by being given important governmental duties. But in 1456, being totally estranged from his father, he fled to the court of Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy. Both were descendents through several generations from French King Philip VI of Valois. The last chapters recount the machinations and manipulations that resulted in Louis being nicknamed 'the Spider King'.

Clough, Shepard R, & Peter Gay & Charles Warner - eds.

The European Past Vol II: Reappraisals in History since Waterloo

Macmillan Co., N. Y., 1964, 530 pgs., foot notes, paperback

Modern History

The editors state that their objective is to introduce new materials and a new approach to the study of European History. The content is a series of essays that individually seek to present reevaluations or conflicts of interpretation of 32 important historical topics. The list begins with Henry Kissinger writing on the Congress of Vienna. Hans Kohn writes on the revolution of 1848. There are several essays on Intellectual trends. There are essays on Napoleon III, Cavour, and Bismarck. The origins of World War One and the Treaty of Versailles are discussed. More essays are on totalitarianism, World War Two and the Cold War.

Coburn, Tom A.

The Debt Bomb: A Bold Plan to Stop Washington from Bankrupting America

Thomas Nelson, Dallas, Texas, 2012, 349 pgs., index, end notes, appendices, graphs

Public Policy, finance, economics

Senator Coburn is the leading exposer of government waste and fiscal insanity. He denounces expanding debt but with little result. The book is an effort to generate more public attention to the 'debt bomb'

Coggan, Philip

Paper Promises

Subtitle - Debt, Money and the New World Order - PublicAffairs NY., 2012, 302 pgs. index, notes, paperback

Economics, public policy, investment

 

Cohen, Joan and Jerome

China Today: and her Ancient Treasures

Harry N. Abrams, Inc. N. Y., 1975, 349 pgs., index, bibliography, chronology, illustrations,

China

A large section of the book is devoted to 'China Today' meaning the period 1960-1975, which of course is nothing like China in 2014. But it is rather a historical account now by authors who were critical observers yet on the whole supportive. The great strength of the book, however, is in the excellent and extensive sections on ancient and medieval China with rich use of illustrations from museums as well as countryside.

Cohn, Norman

The Pursuit of the Millennium: Revolutionary messianism in medieval and Reformation Europe and its bearing on modern totalitarian movements

Harper & Brothers, N. Y., 1961, 481 pgs., index, bibliography, end note, paper back

Political Theory

See Talmon also on messianism. This book by noted medieval historian takes the story back into the middle ages. Each chapter focuses on a specific group that embraced messianistic beliefs.

Colish, Marcia L.

Medieval Foundations of the Western Intellectual Tradition 400 - 1400

Yale Univ. Press, 1997, 388 pgs., index, bibliography, end notes, paperback

Intellectual History - Medieval History

The author presents a huge amount of information on what actually was taking place in western Europe during the middle ages, especially the early middle ages so often mislabled 'dark ages' as a result of the self serving attitude of "enlightenment' authors. On the other hand she to some extent lessens the influence of retained knowledge of classical Greece and Rome by medieval scholars. See also her excellent analylsis of Machiavelli's Art of Warin Renaissance Quarterly v. 51, 1998 - listed in the military book list.)

Commager, Henry Steele & Richard Morris - eds.

The "Spirit of 'Seventy-Six: The Story of the American Revolution as told by Participants - 2 vol

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The Bobbs-Merrill Co., Indianapolis, 1958, 1348 pgs., index, maps, illustration

American History

A massive collection of eye-witness primary documents describing events of the American Revolution

Conti-Brown, Peter

The Power and Independence of the Federal Reserve

Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2016, 347 pgs., index, bibliography, notes

Economics, politics, history, financial institutions

An excellent study of the Federal Reserve, The author describes the history of the Federal Reserve - much different from most versions. And he focuses on its current role. He believes tghe Federal Reserve Banks are unconstitutional. he recommends serious reforms

Coolidge, Olivia E.

Hercules and other tales from Greek Myths

Scholastic Book Services, N.Y., 1949, 133 pgs., paperback

Literature

Greek myths for school students.

Copeland, Miles

Without Cloak and Dagger: The Truth about the new Espionage

Simon and Schuster, N. Y., 1974, 351 pgs., index, appendices

American History

The author claims to be greatly upset by the mass of erroneous stuff about intelligence that fills the media and academia. He was a professional at the business and intends to tell the true story, but without revealing any secrets that might endanger American intelligence operations or individuals today (meaning in 1974).

Corbett, James A.

The Papacy

D. Van Nostrand, N. Y., 1956, 187 pgs. , bibliography, list of popes

General History

A short and rather superficial history, but it does hit the main issues. The important value is that it contains 29 significant primary source documents..

Cornell, T. J.

The Beginnings of Rome: Italy and Rome from the Bronze Age to the Punic Wars (ca. 1000 - 264 B.C.)

Routledge, London, 1995, 507 pgs., index, bibliography, end notes, illustrations, maps, tables

Ancient History

The author discusses in great detail the archeological evidence for the earliest period in Rome - not only Rome but all of Italy.. Thus he bases his concepts about the reality of early Rome on physical evidence rather than later Roman myths. This is a wonderful book.

Corzine, Phyllis

The Black Death

Lucent Books, San Diego, 1997, 112 pgs., index, bibliography, end notes, illustrations

Medieval History

The text is written for your readers. With clear illustrations it well explains the origin, causes, and results of the plague that swept through Europe. Especially useful is the description of the climate change to colder and wetter weather that had already had serious negative impact almost exactly 100 years before the plague began.. The chapter on its legacy is especially valuable not only because it well describes specific changes in society and beliefs but also because by example it shows the interrelationships between seemingly separate events.

Costain, Thomas B.

The White and the Gold: The French Regime in Canada

Doubleday & Co., Garden City, N.Y., 1954, 482 pgs., index

Early Modern History

The narrative begins with John Cabot's voyages to the New World. Then came Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlian. It was Champlain who did the most to organize French colonization and Costain initially devotes most attention to his efforts. But the story expanded greatly from that effort. Costain describes the efforts and deaths of the Jesuit Martyrs and the victory of the Iroquois over the Hurons. King Louis XIV takes an interest and becomes active. The French defeat the Iroquois. Jean Talon improves colonial organization. Costain discusses the activities of Radisson and Groseilliers and Frontenac. Then come La Salle, Marquette and Joliet. Finally, Costain turns to the wars between French and English. The book is especially valuable for students who generally learn only about the English colonies.

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Coulanges, Numa Denis Fustel de - trans. Willard Small

The Ancient City

Doubleday & Co. Garden City, N.Y., 1873., 396 pgs., paper back

Ancient History

Considered a classic. The subject is the social life in the classic Greek and Roman city. And family life was based on religious belief. Thus the subject includes marriage, morals, law, city government, social classes and the changes that took place with the beginnings of Christianity.

Coulton, G. G.

Medieval Village, Manor, and Monastery

Harper and Brothers, N. Y., 1925, reprinted 1960, 603 pgs., index, foot notes, illustrations, appendices

Medieval History

This book is a counterpart to Labarge "A baronial household.." It is organized topically. The peasant's lot is shown to be not a happy one.

Cowen, Tyler & Alex Tabarrok

Modern Principles: Microeconomics, 2nd ed.

Worth Pub., NY., 2013, 490 pgs., index, illustrations, tables, charts, glossary, readings, paperback

Economics

Excellent text book for course in micro-economics with questions and examples

Coyle, Diane

GDP: A Brief but Affectionate history

Princeton Univ. Press, Princeton, 2014, 159 pgs., index, end notes

Economics, Finance, Public Policy

The author describes well what the concept of GDP is and is not, how it came to be, what are its limitations. Despite all the problems from its limitations she considers it still the best statistical measure we have for determining national productivity.

Crankshaw, Edward

The Fall of the House of Habsburg

Viking Press, N. Y., 1963, 459 pgs., index, notes and sources, illustrations

Modern History

This is a much different book from Oscar Jaszi's Dissolution of the House of Habsburg. There is much less attention to the multitude of ethnic groups within the empire. Jaszi stresses 'organic' collapse. Crankshaw focuses more on external forces in particular Prussia, Russia and Italy.

Crawford, Michael

The Roman Republic

Harvard Univ. Press, Cambridge, 1992, 240 pgs., index, readings, dates, appendices. maps, illustration,, sources

Ancient Roman History

Part of the Fontana series. There is an appendix on the Roman Army.

Crocker. H. W. III

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War

Regnery Pub. Wash. D. C., 2008, 370 pgs., index, notes, illustrations, paperback

American History

Well, the book begins with the section heading "Why the South Was Right ", so we can take the author at his word for his title. One part of the book consists of summaries of individual battles from First Manassas to Appomattox. The next section is biographies of many of the leading generals. The book is written for the high school student readers.

Cronin, Vincent

The Florentine Renaissance

E. P. Dutton Co, NM. Y., 1967, 316 pgs., index, sources and notes, illustrations, appendices, maps,

Early Modern History

The content includes all aspects of the Renaissance - art, literature, religion, personalities, the French invasion by King Charles VII, and Savonarola

Cronin, Vincent

The Flowering of the Renaissance

E. P. Dutton Co, NM. Y., 1969, 332 pgs., index, sources and notes, illustrations, appendices, maps, list of popes and table of dates.

Early Modern History

In this sequel the story moves to Rome and Venice. - Pope Julius II and Caesar Borgia. We learn of Pope Julius' commissions to Michelangelo and Raphael. And Pope Julius' wars as well. But art and artists predominate throughout.

Crosher, Judith

The Greeks

Macdonald Educational, London, 1974, 61 pgs., index, time line, glossary, illustrations

Ancient History

A highly illustrated book for young students. The author describes the every-day- life of the Greeks.

Cultural Atlas of the World- Michael Roaf

Mesopotamia and the Ancient Near East

Andromeda, Oxford, 1990, Stonehedge Press, Alexandria Va. 238 pgs., index, glossary, maps, illustrations, chronology, gazetteer, king list, sites.

Ancient History

This is a marvelous series as the list here indicates. The text and illustrations combine a geographic atlas type organization with detailed descriptions and analysis of individual locations, events and cultural developments. This volume is about cities from Jericho to Persepolis and states like Assyria and Babylon.

Cultural Atlas of the World- John Baines & Jaromir Malek

Ancient Egypt

Andromeda, Oxford, 1990, Stonehedge Press, Alexandria Va. 238 pgs., index, glossary, maps, illustrations, chronology, gazetteer, sites.

Ancient History

This is a marvelous series as the list here indicates. The text and illustrations combine a geographic atlas type organization with detailed descriptions and analysis of individual locations, events and cultural developments. This volume is about all aspects of Egyptian society including religion, culture, economy, but with reference to geography and locations shown on maps..

Cultural Atlas of the World- John Rogerson

The Bible

Andromeda, Oxford, 1990, Stonehedge Press, Alexandria Va. 238 pgs., index, glossary, maps, illustrations, chronology, gazetteer, sites.

Ancient History

This is a marvelous series as the list here indicates. The text and illustrations combine a geographic atlas type organization with detailed descriptions and analysis of individual locations, events and cultural developments. This volume is about the historical development of the Bible, but with reference to locations from Tyre to Capernaum and the geography of Palestine. Art and warfare are included..

Cultural Atlas of the World- Peter Levi

The Greek World

Andromeda, Oxford, 1990, Stonehedge Press, Alexandria Va. 238 pgs., index, glossary, maps, illustrations, chronology, gazetteer, sites.

Ancient History

This is a marvelous series as the list here indicates. The text and illustrations combine a geographic atlas type organization with detailed descriptions and analysis of individual locations, events and cultural developments. This volume is about the entire Greek world from Bronze age to Hellenistic kingdoms, but with reference to geography. Many sites are described from Mycenae to Priene, Gods and goddesses are discussed, Theater, art, everyday life, warfare and campaigns, sport and other activities are included..

Cultural Atlas of the World- Tim Cornell & John Matthews

The Roman World

Andromeda, Oxford, 1990, Stonehedge Press, Alexandria Va. 238 pgs., index, glossary, maps, illustrations, chronology, gazetteer, , sites.

Ancient History

This is a marvelous series as the list here indicates. The text and illustrations combine a geographic atlas type organization with detailed descriptions and analysis of individual locations, events and cultural developments. This volume is about Rome from earliest times to its decline and Gothic invasions, but in the context of geography. Events and developments in culture as well as politics are linked to locations with excellent maps and pictures..

Cultural Atlas of the World- Caroline Blunden & Mark Elvin

China

Andromeda, Oxford, 1990, Stonehedge Press, Alexandria Va. 238 pgs., index, glossary, maps, illustrations, chronology, gazetteer, tables, sites.

World History

This is a marvelous series as the list here indicates. The text and illustrations combine a geographic atlas type organization with detailed descriptions and analysis of individual locations, events and cultural developments. This volume is about China from Neolithic era to modern times. Tables show for instance, economic growth, Ming provinces, population shifts. Art and religion are included.

Cultural Atlas of the World- Michael Coe, Dean Snow and Elizabeth Benson

 Ancient America

Andromeda, Oxford, 1990, Stonehedge Press, Alexandria Va. 238 pgs., index, glossary, maps, illustrations, chronology, gazetteer, sites.

World History

This is a marvelous series as the list here indicates. The text and illustrations combine a geographic atlas type organization with detailed descriptions and analysis of individual locations, events and cultural developments. This volume is about North, Central and South America from the period of first arrivals of Indians to that of Columbus. Individual sites are described and shown. There are many maps of special features, no only the extent of the many kingdoms and tribes. Resources, beliefs, and every day activities are included.

Cultural Atlas of the World- Jocelyn Murray

Africa

Andromeda, Oxford, 1981-1990, Stonehedge Press, Alexandria VA. 240 pgs., index, glossary, maps, illustrations, chronology, gazetteer, sites.

World History

This is a marvelous series as the list here indicates. The text and illustrations combine a geographic atlas type organization with detailed descriptions and analysis of individual locations, events and cultural developments. This volume is about the culture and nations of Africa all with reference to geographic location. These are divided into North, West, West Central, Northeast, East, South East, Southern and Africa in the Indian Ocean.. .

Cultural Atlas of the World- C. Black et al.

 The Renaissance

Andromeda, Oxford, 1990, Stonehedge Press, Alexandria Va. 238 pgs., index, glossary, maps, illustrations, chronology, gazetteer, sites.

World History

This is a marvelous series as the list here indicates. The text and illustrations combine a geographic atlas type organization with detailed descriptions and analysis of individual locations, events and cultural developments. This volume is about the era not only in Italy but throughout Europe. There are special sections on many subjects such as Dante, music, Chambord, Inquisition, Escorial, Hampton Court. Maps show the locations for events and subjects discussed..

Cultural Atlas of the World- Robin Milner-Gullalnd

Russia and the Soviet Union

Andromeda, Oxford, 1990, Stonehedge Press, Alexandria Va. 240 pgs., index, glossary, maps, illustrations, chronology, gazetteer, sites.

Russian History

This is a marvelous series as the list here indicates. The text and illustrations combine a geographic atlas type organization with detailed descriptions and analysis of individual locations, events and cultural developments. This volume is about the huge time spread from medieval Rus to recent Soviet Union. Special topics include everything from
Scythian gold to Stravinsky. Individual regions from the Baltic to Central Asia are discussed.

Curtius, Ernst Robert - trans. Willard R. Trask

European Literature and the Latin Middle Ages

Harper & Row, N. Y., 1953, 658 pgs., index, bibliography, appendix, foot notes

Literature - Medieval History

The author reports that his central concern was to preserve something of Western culture. (And how difficult that is today.) The books is organized by topics rather than chronologically or by medieval author. Boethius, Abelard, Isidore of Seville, and many more of the early medieval authors are included. A reviewer wrote: "One of the most important contributions of our time to the field of comparative literature, and - what is even more important - one of the richest and most eloquent testimonials to the continuity of Western Culture." See also Arthur Herman - The Cave and the Light.

Custine, Marquis de

Empire of the Czar: A Journey Through Eternal Russia

Doubleday, N. Y., 1989, 631 pgs., index, map

Russian History

The original memoir was composed in 1839 and depicted a very backward (in western European eyes) country.

Daiches, David

Charles Edward Stuart: The Life and Times of Bonnie Prince Charlie

Thames and Hudson, London, 1973, 356 pgs., index, bibliography, maps, illustrations

Early Modern History - Biography

This lengthy study is indeed about much more than the biography of its hero. The story involves not only Scotland and England but France as well. There is a good account with map of the battle of Culloden and one of Falkirk as well.

Dampier, Sir William Cecil

A Shorter History of Science

Meridian Books, N. Y., 1957, 190 pgs. , index, bibliography, illustrations, paper back

History -=Science

Of course a huge amount of new scientific knowledge has been achieved since 1957. But this brief outline of ancient, medieval, renaissance and early modern eras still provides useful information

Dannenfeldt, Karl H. - ed.

The Renaissance: Medieval or Modern?

D. C. Heath Co., Boston, 1959, 115 pgs., readings, paperback

Early Modern History

This booklet is in the problems in European Civilization series designed for use by teachers in classroom discussion. There are 14 essays lead off by an extract from Jacob Burckhardt's The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy, which was a major work in forming modern views of the subject. But he had his critics represented here.

Davenport, Basil - ed.

The Portable Roman Reader: The Culture of the Roman State

Viking Press, N.Y., 1951, 656 pgs.,

Roman Literature

The editor's selection of extracts from important Roman authors, translated by various scholars. Early authors include Plautus and Terence. Particularly valuable is the inclusion of St. Augustine and Boethius as the last authors. Greeks writing in Rome, such as Polybius are not included.

Davidson, James Dale

The Disappearance of Integrity and the Financial Destruction of America's Middle Class

Strategic Investment Ltd, Baltimore, 1996, 92 pgs., paperback

Current fiscal and monetary policy

The author believes current fiscal and monetary policy is set on destruction of the middle class in the United States.

Davidson, James West & William Gienapp, et al.

Nation of Nations: A Narrative history of the American Republic, Vol. 1 to 1877

McGraw Hill, Boston, 2005, 400 pgs., index, appendix, illustrations, maps

American History

A basic high school text book. Included is a CD with original source documents. There is very little discussion of the War of 1812, Mexican War or even the Civil War, as if the authors sought to eliminate warfare.

Davies, Glyn

History of Money: From Ancient Times to the Present Day

Univ. of Wales Press, Cardiff, 2002, 720 pgs., index, bibliography, foot notes, illustrations, paper back

Economic history, Banking & Finance

The most comprehensive treatment of the history of money. But the author claims a significant role for barter in ancient societies. This is much disputed. In ancient temple and palace economies credit was kept as a money of account.

Davies, J. K.

Democracy and Classical Greece

Harvard Univ. Press, Cambridge, 1993, 308 pgs., index, illustrations, maps, sources,

Ancient Greek History

The book is part of the Fontana series on the ancient world. It includes study of Athens, Sparta and Thebes. Also included is the Peloponnesian War

Davies, Norman

Europe - A History

Oxford Univ. Press, Oxford, 1993, 1365 pgs., index, end notes, maps, illustrations, appendices

European History

From the 1365 page length one can get an idea immediately about the scope of the content of this highly recommended book. It begins with consideration of the geographical environment and then prehistory. The narrative and commentary marches on through classical Greece and Rome to the 'Birth of Europe' between 300 and 800 AD. Chapters follow divided by the typical designations - middle ages 750-1270; Christendom in Crisis 1250-1493; Renaissance and Reformation 1450-1670; Enlightenment and Absolutism 1650-1789; Revolution 1770-1815; Powerhouse 1815-1914; Europe in Eclipse 1914-1945; Europe divided and undivided 1945-1991.

Davis, Charles - ed.

The Eagle, the Crescent, and The Cross: Sources of Medieval History Vol I, (c.250 - c. 1000)

Appleton - Century - Crofts, N. Y., 1967, 240 pgs., foot notes, sources, paperback

Medieval History

This is volume I of a collection of extracts from primary sources, organized both by topics and chronologically. For each, the editor has supplied commentary. The first set is documents relating to the relationship between empire and church. The last chronologically is about the role of the monarchy in the west - about Charlemagne, Alfred, Otto III and law. In between there are sections on Islam, Byzantium and Barbarians

Davis, Charles - ed.

Western Awakening: Sources of Medieval History Vol II (c. 1000 - c. 1500)

Appleton - Century - Crofts, N. Y., 1967, 256 pgs., foot notes, sources, paperback

Medieval History

This is a collection of extracts from primary sources, organized both by topics and chronologically. For each, the editor has supplied commentary. The first set is documents relating to the Investiture Controversy - the excommunication of German Emperor Henry VI by Pope Gregory VII. The last chronologically are by Machiavelli, Philippe de Commynes, and Desiderius Erasmus

Davis, William Stearns

Readings in Ancient History I : Greece and the East

Allyn and Bacon, Boston, 1912, 357 pgs., notes, end notes

Ancient History

The content is extracts from original sources for student use. These include ancient Egypt, Babylonia, Assyria, Persia, Greece to Hellenistic Age. It is an example of what the high school student was expected to study a century ago. Volume II of this set is by Willis West

Delsol, Jean-Philippe, Nicolas Lecasussin, Emmanuel Martin

Anti-Piletty

Cato Institute, ash., D.C., 2017, 272 pgs., index, notes, paperback

Economics

The authors disagree with the conclusions and methods of Dr. Piketty

Dent, Harry S. Jr.

The Demographic Cliff: How to Survive and Prosper During the Great Deflation of 2014-1019

Portfolio, Penguin, 2014, 358 pgs., index, graphs, tables

Economics, Investment ideas,

The author believes too much in cycles rather than waves or trends. However, he is right to focus on the economic impact of demographics. He shows detail down to the buying habits of age groups as they age. I believe the current deflation began long before 2014 - rather around 2000 but it has been lessened somewhat by the extraordinary monetary methods of the world Central banks. Based on his analysis then, he provides in chapter 7 some recommended strategies for self protection over the coming decade..

Desroches-Noblecourt, Christiane

Life and death of a pharaoh - Tutankhamen

New York Graphic Society, N. Y., 1963, 312 pgs., index, illustrations

Archeology - Ancient History

A spectacular book with color illustrations of the artifacts found by Carter in Tutankhamen's tomb. - see Carter - The author is an archeologist and Egyptologist. The author provides a moving account of Lord Carnarvon's support of the archeological exploration and his sudden death. The rest of the book is a detailed account of both the finding of the tomb and its contents and the reconstructed history of Tutankhamen.

DeVoto, Bernard - ed.

The Journals of Lewis and Clark

Houghton Mifflin Co./, Boston, 1955, 504 pgs., index, maps

American History

The Journals were a priceless addition to early American's knowledge about the new wilderness Jefferson had just purchased. DeVoto is just the man to prepare them for publication today.

DeVoto, Bernard

Across the Wide Missouri

Bonanza Books, N. Y., 1947, 483 pgs., index, illustrations

American History

One of my long time favorite books. The stunning illustrations are by Alfred Jacob Miller, Charles Bodmer and George Catlin, all original artist painters of the early western US and its native inhabitants. This is the story of the 'mountain men' the fur trappers and adventurers, scouts, and explorers of the Louisiana Purchase terrain, in 1833-38. During the time a Scottish adventurer, William Drummond Stewart decided on seeing the area for himself. He took a young artist, Alfred Jacob Miller, along. The result was spectacular. The Miller sketches reproduced here look like photographs in their detail. In addition to his main text focused on the fur trapper industry with the many Miller and a few Catlin and Bodmer illustrations, DeVoto appends a fascinating chapter devoted to description and analysis of all the artists who visited the West during the same period, with most attention to these three.. It includes his expert evaluation of these men's artistic skill, the quality of specific paintings and biographies of their activities.

Dickens, Charles

Charming Children of Dickens' Stories

Smithsonian Company, Oakland Calif. 1906, illustrations

Literature

This contains 20 chapters, each about one of the famous children in Dickens' stories. For instance, starting with Little Nell and Little Dorrit to Joe, the Fat boy and Tom and Louisa Gradgrind.

Diehl, Charles - trans. Naomi Walford

Byzantium; Greatness and Decline

Rutgers Univ;. Press, New Brunswick, 1957, 366 pgs., index, bibliography, illustrations

Medieval History

In contrast with Norwich and Ostrogorsky (see below), the organization of this book is more topical than chronological. The full history from foundation to 1453 is described in the first few pages. The rest is with such section titles at "Elements of Power "; "Elements of Weakness"; and "Byzantium's contribution to the world". The book, then, is a fine companion to the above mentioned two. The section on military can be compared with the many books in the military history list.

Dixon, Wilfrid J. & Frank Massey Jr.

Introduction to Statistical Analysis

McGraw - Hill Book Co., N. Y., 1951, 370 pgs. , index, tables

Mathematics

Standard student text book in statistics.

Dmytryshyn, Basil ed.

Medieval Russia; A source book, 900-1700

Holt, Rinehart and Winston, N. Y., 1967, 312 pgs., glossary, bibliography, genealogy tables,

Russian History

This source book has extracts from primary documents begining with Kievan Rus, then Muscovite Russia down to the 1550's.

Dobbs, Richard & James Manyika, Jonathan Woetzel

No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking all the Trends

Public Affairs, N.Y., 2015, 277 pgs., index, bibliography, notes, charts

Economics, current public policy

A very important book. The authors focus on the current dramatic changes in the world that impact economics and investment as well as poblic policy and national security: 1 shift in economic activity to emerging markets and shifts of economic activity within these markets - 2 disrup;tive force in the acceleration in scope, scale and economic impact of technology - 3 - Demographics=4 degree in which the world is much more connnected through trade and movement of capital.

Dolgun, Alexander

Alexander Dolgun's Story; An American in the Gulag

Ballantine Books, N. Y., 1975, 503 pgs.,

Memoir - Modern History

The memoir of an American who was captured by the Soviet secret police right on the street in Moscow in 1948 and survived 25 years in the Gulag.

D'Orazio, Federica

Rome Then and Now

Thunder Bay Press, San Diego, 2004, 144 pgs., index, illustrations, large format

Architecture

A spectacular book with full color illustrations on facing pages that match with older photos, some dated and some not. They include many famous places and many more obscure. Some look remarkably the same and other show major changes.

Dorf, Philip

Visualized American Government

Oxford Book Co., N.Y., 1947, index, bibliography, illustrations

Reference text - American Government

A basic text for high schools

Domingos, Pedro

The Master Algorithm

Basic Books, N.Y., 2015, 329 pgs., readings

Future world - artificial intelligence- computers

The sub-title provides the subject - How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake t=our World - - read with Gilder=Knowledge and Power

Dorn, Walter

Competition for Empire: 1740- 1763

Harper & Row, N. Y., 1940, 424 pgs. , index, bibliography, illustrations, foot notes, paperback

Early Modern History

This is in the Rise of Modern Europe series. It includes, political, economic, and intellectual history. This era included the development of absolutism in government and also the Enlightenment in intellectual fields. It includes the Seven Years' War., the Anglo-Spanish War, The Italian War, Commercial wars, and The War of the Austrian Succession

Douglas, David C.

The Norman Achievement

Univ. of Calif. Press, Berkeley, 1969, index, bibliography, dates, rulers, illustrations, maps,

Medieval History

The origins and conquests from Normandy, to England to Italy to Sicily, and then on the Crusades. The book also sets the Normans into the general background context of their times. (See Brown).

Dowd, David L - ed.

Napoleon Was He the Heir of the Revolution?

Holt, Rinehart and Winston, N.Y., 1961, 60 pgs., readings, map, foot notes, paperback

Modern History

The booklet is in the Source Problems series for use by teachers in classroom. There are 14 topical chapters plus introduction and conclusion.

Doyle, William

The Oxford History of the French Revolution

Oxford Univ. Press, Oxford, 1989, 466 pgs., index, bibliography, appendices, end notes, paperback

Modern History

The author provides a section on the background in France prior to the revolution. The book concludes in 1802 and the author's assessment and evaluation .

Druon, Maurice -trans. Humphrey Hare

The She-Wolf of France

Charles Scribner's Sons, N. Y. ,1960, 335 pgs. , historical notes, List of key personalities

Medieval History

Isabella of France, - the She Wolf - wife of King Edward II - sister of French King Charles IV, daughter of the great Philip IV - lived in the midst of intrigue and insurrection. In France the curse of the Templars was seen to work its way and it is thought that she might have brought it also to England. Thus does the author weave the fates of these ill-stared royals. There is much conversation mixed with narrative and appraisal. In the conclusion of this sordid tale King Edward dies in agony. Read on.

Duckett, Eleanor

Death and Life in the Tenth Century

Univ. of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 1968, 359 pgs., index, sources, genealogy charts, tables, maps

Medieval History

The author has an interesting metaphor for organization - the season. The 10th century begins with the approach of Winter 885-99 and Winter itself 900 - 918. The situation is grim. Then comes Spring 919-936 and revival. Summer begins 936-983 and then fully flowers 983-1002 with the reign of Emperor Otto III. These episodes are very much described in terms of their principal protagonists. Part Two is all about the flowering - the Tenth Century in its harvest - chapters describe the harvest in religion; harvest in verse; harvest in drama; harvest in art; harvest in learning. The text is engaging and a pleasure to read.

Dudley, Donald R.

The Romans 850 B.C. - A. D. 337

Alfred A. Knopf, N. Y., 1979, 316 pgs., index, bibliography, illustrations, maps

Ancient History

The book is in a series titled The History of Human Society. The focus is more on society, culture, intellectual history. But political and military events and personalities are described in general terms.

Dulles, Foster Rhea

The United States Since 1865

Univ. of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 1959, 565 pgs. , index, readings, maps,

American History

This is paired with Michael Kraus - The United States to 1865 - It is a straight forward history text book for colleges. The author includes, economics, culture, politics, warfare, literature.

Duncan, David Douglas

The Kremlin

New York Graphic Society, Greenwich, Conn, 1960, 171 pgs., illustrations, end notes, large format

Russian History - art and architecture

The author was granted special permission during 5 trips to take these photographs, do research and write the text. This is a spectacular book. And the photographer-author has written a very thoughtful history of the Kremlin as well, told in the biographies of the rulers from Ivan III on.

Duncan, David Douglas

Great Treasures of The Kremlin

Crown Pub. N. Y., 1979, 139 pgs., illustrations, end notes, very large format

Russian History - art and architecture

This newer edition contains the same illustrations and text as the previous one, but in even larger format. And in his note here Mr. Duncan feels able to explain how and from whom he obtained the remarkable detailed information about the history of the Kremlin and each exhibit for the notes in that edition as well.

Duncan, Richard

The New Depression

John Wiley & Sons, Singapore, 2012, 179 pgs., index, charts

Economics, investment

Subtitle: The Breakdown of the Paper money Economy - predictions about coming financial crisis

Durant, Will

The Story of Philosophy

The Pocket Library, N. Y., 1960, 543 pgs., index, glossary, paper back

History of Philosophy

This is brief biographies and discussion of the thoughts of a series of important philosophers, Plato, Aristotle, Greek Science, Francis Bacon, Spinoza, Voltaire and Enlightenment authors, Immanuel Kant and German idealism, Schopenhauer, Herbert Spencer, Freidrich Nietzsche, Henri Bergson, Benedetto Croce, Bertrand Russell, George Santaynara, William James, and John Dewey. Quite a list.

Durant, Will

The Story of Civilization: Part I - Our Oriental Heritage

Simon and Schuster, N. Y., 1954, 1049 pgs., index, end notes, map, glossary, illustrations

Ancient History - Oriental History

The history of civilization in ancient Egypt and the Near East to the death of Alexander, and in China, India, and Japan from the beginning to our own day; with an introduction on the nature and foundation of civilization. Durant divides the first section on the 'establishment of civilization' into chapters - conditions - economic elements - political elements - moral elements - mental elements - and prehistoric begining. He includes sections on these general subjects for each of the civilizations such as Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, Japan.

Durant, Will

The Story of Civilization: Part II - The Life of Greece

Simon and Schuster, N. Y., 1939, 754 pgs., index, end notes, map, bibliography, illustrations

Ancient History

The history of Greek civilization from the beginnings, and of civilization in the Near East from the death of Alexander, to the Roman conquest; with introduction on the prehistoric culture of Crete

Durant, Will

The Story of Civilization: Part III - Caesar and Christ

Simon and Schuster, N. Y., 1954, 751 pgs., index, end notes, map, illustrations

Ancient History

The history of Roman Civilization and of Christianity from their beginnings to A. D. 325.

Durant, Will

The Story of Civilization: Part IV - The Age of Faith

Simon and Schuster, N. Y., 1950, 1196 pgs., index, end notes, map, bibliography, illustrations

Medieval History

The history of Medieval Civilizations - Christian, Islamic, and Judaic - from Constantine to Dante: A. D.. 325 - 1300

Durant, Will

The Story of Civilization: Part V - The Renaissance

Simon and Schuster, N. Y., 1953, 776 pgs., index, end notes, map, bibliography, illustrations

Early Modern History

The history of Civilization in Italy from 1304 - 1576 A. D.

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Durant, Will

The Story of Civilization: Part VI - The Reformation

Simon and Schuster, N. Y., 1957, 1025 pgs., index, end notes, bibliography, illustrations

Early Modern History

The history of European Civilization from Wyclif to Calvin: 1300 - 1564.

Durant, Will and Ariel

The Story of Civilization: Part VII - The Age of Reason Begins

Simon and Schuster, N. Y., 1961, 727 pgs., index, end notes, map, bibliography, illustrations

Modern History

The history of European Civilization in the Period of Shakespeare, Bacon, Montgaigne, Rembrant, Galileo, and Descartes: 1558 - 1648

Durant, Will and Ariel

The Story of Civilization: Part VIII - The Age of Louis XIV

Simon and Schuster, N. Y., 1963, 802 pgs., index, end notes, map, bibliography, illustrations

Modern History

The history of European Civilization in the Period of Pascal, Moliere, Cromwell, Milton, Peter the Great, Newton, and Spinoza: 1648 - 1715

Durant, Will and Ariel

The Story of Civilization: Part IX - The Age of Voltaire

Simon and Schuster, N. Y., 1965, 898 pgs., index, end notes, map, bibliography, illustrations

Modern History

The history of Civilization in Western Europe from 1715 to 1776, with Special Emphasis on the Conflict between Religion and Philosophy

Durant, Will and Ariel

The Story of Civilization: Part X - Rousseau and Revolution

Simon and Schuster, N. Y., 1967, 1091 pgs., index, end notes, map, bibliography, illustrations

Modern History

A history of Civilization in France, England, and Germany from 1776, and in the Remainder of Europe from 1715, to 1789

Durant, Will and Ariel

The Story of Civilization: Part XI - The Age of Napoleon

Simon and Schuster, N. Y., 1975, 870 pgs., index, end notes, map, bibliography, illustrations

Modern History

A history of European Civilization from 1789 to 1815

Durbin, Charles

The Mercenary: The Fortunes of Gianpaolo Baglioni of Perugia

Houghton Mifflin Co, Boston, 1963, 330 pgs., maps, genealogy chart

Early Modern History - Biography

This is a true story, but it reads like a romantic novel, told in the first person singular. Renaissance figures tended to be 'larger than life' and the 'hero' here was certainly one of these. He was notorious. But we find others here. The Borgias, The Della Rovere family, The Medici. Machiavelli enter stage. At that point our condottierre comments about politicians and diplomats, "They were astute pismires, infinitely intelligent dung-beetles who confused gamester luck with a mastery of the stars, who knew all and understood nothing. But Niccolo Machiavelli was not one of these." Fun to read.

Dutaillis, Charles Petit - trans E. D. Hunt

The Feudal Monarchy in France and England From the Tenth to the Thirteenth Century

Harper & Row, N. Y., 1936 reprint 1964, 420 pgs., index, references, foot notes, maps, genealogical tables, paperback

Medieval History

Much has been learned and published about 'feudalism' in recent years. But this book still has value for the detailed study the author provides. His thesis is that during the period covered, France and England were in such close contact that a proper history combines the two.

Dziak, John J.

Chekisty, A History of the KGB

Lexington Books, Lexington Mass., 1988, 234 pgs., index, bibliography, end notes, appendices

Russian History

Dr. Dziak is a long time specialist, expert on Soviet affairs, especially intelligence related subjects. In this book he describes Soviet secret services from the Bolshevik Revolution and the Checka. I had the dubious pleasure of visiting the KGB museum in Moscow in which many of the operations Dziak describes are displayed as glorious triumphs.

Dziak, John & Raymond G. Rocca

Bibliography on Soviet Intelligence and Security Services

Westview Press, Boulder, Co., 1985, 203 pgs., index, diagrams, paperback

Russian History

There could be no better experts on Soviet Intelligence to prepare such a comprehensive bibliography (as of 1985) than Ray Rocca and John Dziak. This book contains hundreds of entries.

Easton, Stewart C.

The Western Heritage: From the earliest times to the present

Holt, Rinehart and Winston, N.Y., 1961, 916 pgs. , index, bibliographies, illustrations, maps

Western History

Certainly a much needed reference book for students now that study of Western history has been so emasculated. The author begins with pre-history and then the ancient Near East. The story unfolds in chronological order through Greece and Rome, medieval Europe, age of exploration, 18th and 19th centuries to the 1950's.

Ebenstein, William and Alan

Great Political Thinkers Plato to the Present, 5th ed.

Holt, Rienhart and Winston, Chicago, 1990-1998, 1082 pgs., index, bibliography

Political Theory

A valuable source - for each political theorist there is commentary and extracts from their original writing. The book includes Hayek and Rawls. A good book to study along with Bobbitt and Herman.

Economist Intelligence Unit

Oxford Regional Economic Atlas - The U. S. S. R and Eastern Europe

Oxford Univ, Press, 1956, 134 pgs. maps, index, paperback

Reference - Russia

Contains many maps showing special industries or natural resources, climate, soil et cetera.

Editors, Time Life Books

What Life was Like on the banks of the Nile: Egypt 3050 - 30 BC

Time-Life Books, Alexandria VA. 1997, 192 pgs., index, bibliography, glossary, pronouncing guide, illustrations, chronology, map

Ancient Egypt

One of the series of highly illustrated books of social, cultural history. In addition to descriptions of the illustrations, there are special essays on major topics.

Editors, Time Life Books

What Life Was Like at the Dawn of Democracy: Classical Athens 525-322 BC.

Time-Life Books, Alexandria VA. 1997, 144 pgs., index, bibliography, glossary, pronunciation guide, illustrations, chronology, map

Classical Greece

One of the series of highly illustrated books of social, cultural history. In addition to descriptions of the illustrations, there are special essays on major topics.

Editors, Time Life Books

What Life Was Like when Rome Ruled the World: The Roman Empire 100 BC-200 AD

Time-Life Books, Alexandria VA. 1997, 168 pgs., index, bibliography, glossary, pronunciation guide, illustrations, chronology, map

Ancient Rome

One of the series of highly illustrated books of social, cultural history. Of course Rome never 'ruled the world' but that is a commonplace statement. In addition to descriptions of the illustrations, there are special essays on major topics.

Editors, Time Life Books

What Life Was Like among Druids and High Kings: Celtic Ireland AD 400 - 1200

Time-Life Books, Alexandria VA. 1998, 144 pgs., index, bibliography, glossary, pronunciation guide, illustrations, chronology, map

Medieval Ireland

One of the series of highly illustrated books of social, cultural history. In addition to descriptions of the illustrations, there are special essays on major topics.

Editors, Time Life Books

What Life Was Like in the age of Chivalry: Medieval Europe AD 800-1500

Time-Life Books, Alexandria VA. 1997, 168 pgs., index, bibliography, glossary, pronunciation guide, illustrations, chronology, map

Medieval Europe

One of the series of highly illustrated books of social, cultural history. In addition to descriptions of the illustrations, there are special essays on major topics.

Editors, Time Life Books

What Life Was Like amid Splendor and Intrigue: Byzantine Empire AD 330-1453

Time-Life Books, Alexandria VA. 1998, 144 pgs., index, bibliography, glossary, pronunciation guide, illustrations, chronology, map

Medieval Europe

One of the series of highly illustrated books of social, cultural history. In addition to descriptions of the illustrations, there are special essays on major topics.

Editors, Time Life Books

What Life Was Like when Longships Sailed: Vikings AD 800- 1100

Time-Life Books, Alexandria VA. 1998, 144 pgs., index, bibliography, glossary, pronunciation guide, illustrations, chronology, map

Medieval Europe

One of the series of highly illustrated books of social, cultural history. In addition to descriptions of the illustrations, there are special essays on major topics.

Editors, Time Life Books

What Life Was Like in the Land of the Dragon: Imperial China AD 960-1468

Time-Life Books, Alexandria VA. 1998, 144 pgs., index, bibliography, glossary, pronunciation guide, illustrations, chronology, map

Medieval China

One of the series of highly illustrated books of social, cultural history. In addition to descriptions of the illustrations, there are special essays on major topics.

Editors, Time Life Books

What Life Was Like in the Time of War and Peace: Imperial Russia AD 1696-1917

Tim