The World History Shelf.
Catherine J. Golden
University Press of Florida
15 Northwest 15th Street, Gainesville, FL 32611-2079
9780813033792, $69.95, www.upf.com
Long distance communication started the change towards the modern day. "Posting It: The Victorian Revolution in Letter Writing" discusses how cheap, efficient post changed the way the English kept in touch with one another. The Penny Post, which allowed the people of Britain to pay a single penny to send letters. Covering the development of the system, the controversy created, and focusing mainly on how it changed society, Catherine J. Golden provides much scholarly insight. Its history is an intriguing one, and it's told well, making "Posting It" an excellent text, a core addition to community and college library history collections.
Germany's Western Front 1915
Mark Osborne Humphries and John Maker, editors
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3C5
9781554580514 $85.00 www.wlupress.wlu.ca
Germany's Western Front 1915 is part of a multi-volume series collecting the first English translation of "Der Weltkrieg", the German official history of the First World War, originally produced between 1925 and 1944 with classified archival records destroyed in the chaos following the Second World War. As an account penned by historians, Germany's Western Front is particularly valuable when studying the war as embedded in the consciousness and perspective of Weimar and Nazi Germany. Germany's Western Front 1915 focuses on the beginning of trench warfare, when poison gas became a war weapon for the first time (used against the French and Canadian troops at Ypres). There was turmoil among the German High Command concerning the direction of the war, and the seeds were laid for a bloodbath at Verdun. A captivating historical account of particularly immense value to any studying the history of those who wrote it, Germany's Western Front 1915 and companion volumes in the series are highly recommended especially for college library world history collections.
PO Box 540206, Lake Worth, FL 33454-0206
9780892541607, $24.95, www.ibispress.net
One of the great mathematicians and philosophers, the life of Pythagoras serves as a history of classical thinking. "Pythagoras: His Life and Teachings" looks at the man who is most known for his work in the fields of mathematics and philosophy, but did much in many other intellectuals fields of the time. From religion to nutrition, Pythagoras pursued anything his mind drifted too and much of his discoveries still hold true to this day. "Pythagoras" is a key read and addition to any history or biography collection, highly recommended.
Daughters of Artemis
Boydell & Brewer
668 Mt. Hope Ave, Rochester, NY 14620-2731
9781843842026, $90.00, www.boydellandbrewer.com
Women were never as homebound as history books would leave you to believe. "Daughters of Artemis: The Huntress in the Middle Ages and Renaissance" is a scholarly text that delves into history and looks at the roots of the history of women as hunters and strong independent figures in history, through prehistory and the middle ages where even in spite of a male dominated society. Richard Almond discusses the topic in historical context, the mythology of the huntress, the sexuality behind it, and the frequency of it all in reality. "Daughters of Artemis" is a vital addition to any historical collection focusing on the roles of women in society.
Eden to Armageddon
80 Broad Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10004
9781605980911 $35.00 www.pegasusbooks.com
Eden to Armageddon: World War I in the Middle East is a heavily researched chronicle of the history of World War I in the Middle East, from how the Ottoman Empire entered the deadly conflict, to the four-year quagmire and its horrendous toll upon human life for both sides, to how the Ottomans established themselves in the Caucasus after the fall of Imperial Russia, and much more. A precise, scholarly work that is nonetheless accessible to lay historians, Eden to Armageddon is captivating and enlightening reading. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library history shelves.
Icelanders in the Viking Age
William R. Short
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson, NC 28640
9780786447275, $35.00, www.mcfarlandpub.com
Commonly written off as Barbarians, the people of Iceland were nothing but. "Icelanders in the Viking Age: The People of the Sagas" is a historical look at the people of Iceland during the heights of the Viking age, from about 800 to 1100 where Norwegian sailors found Iceland and claimed it as their own, developing their own version of the Viking culture. A land of art, society, and literature that revered war, "Icelanders in the Viking Age" is a riveting exploration of these peoples, a solid addition to any world history collections focusing on the Middle Ages.
Birthright: The True Story That Inspired Kidnapped
500-5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393066159, $24.95 www.wwnorton.com
Birthright: The True Story That Inspired Kidnapped is a pick for both history and literary collections, and offers the story of an orphaned aristocrat freed from years of labor in America to claim his place in 18th century British society. His true story inspired five novels, including Robert Lewis Stevenson's KIDNAPPED-and BIRTHRIGHT provides the reality behind the myth. Any general library or literary collection will find this revealing.