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Dissimilar Similitudes

by Rachel Jagareski

The erudite, illustrated essays of "Dissimilar Similitudes" concern art, history, religion, and culture in late medieval Europe—in particular, how devotional objects and images were viewed by worshippers. Some challenge traditional... Read More

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Cyrus the Great

by Jeff Fleischer

For myriad reasons, King Cyrus II, founder of the Achaemenid Persian Empire, is one of the most compelling figures of ancient history. Stephen Dando-Collins’s expert biography, "Cyrus the Great", combines ancient and modern sources for... Read More

Book Review

Smells

by Rachel Jagareski

"Smells" is part scholarly treatise, part fascinating popular history, dashed through with a soupçon of wit. Historian Robert Muchembled’s abundant research led him to scour estate and shop inventories, manuscripts, illustrations, and... Read More

Book Review

Marie Antoinette's World

by Eileen Gonzalez

Will Bashor puts Marie Antoinette’s tumultuous life under the microscope in his historical analysis, Marie Antoinette’s World. Marie Antoinette has long been shrouded in secrecy and scandal, from her marriage to indecisive Louis XVI... Read More

Book Review

Buddhist Magic

by Erika Harlitz Kern

Sam Van Schaik’s historical investigation "Buddhist Magic" reveals the significance and historical roots of magic in modern Buddhism. In 1900, a walled-up shrine was discovered inside of a cave belonging to a Buddhist temple complex in... Read More

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The Hardhat Riot

by Tanisha Rule

"The Hardhat Riot" moves, moment by tense moment, through May 8, 1970, a day known as Bloody Friday, which led to the fracturing of the Democratic Party and an opportunity for Richard Nixon. Starting with a glimpse of the fateful hour... Read More

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