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The Renaissance Reader

by Kenneth Atchity

As the transition period between the Middle Age and modern times, the Renaissance is perhaps the most distinguished age since that of Classical Greece. Moreover, the consciousness of our time was largely formed by those who were given the freedom to express themselves by the rebirth of the art and sciences of the Renaissance.The Renaissance Reader allows the men and women of that turbulent time of change to speak in their on voices--sane and insane, brilliant and mundane, inspired and possessed, oblivious and decisive. Organized chronologically and covering the fourteenth through the seventeenth centuries, the book provides readers with the literary and artistic; social, religious, and political; and scientific and philosophic texts that shaped Renaissance thinking from the death of Dante ...

Genre: History, Europe, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Criticism & Theory, Movements & Periods
Size: 400 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 20 January 2021 onward PDT/PST 

Tinos. The last jewel in the crown of Venice: Culture Hikes in the Greek Islands

by Denis Roubien

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Genre: Arts & Photography, History, Europe, Nonfiction, Architecture, Travel
Size: 129 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 20 January 2021 onward PDT/PST 

Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

Chronicle of the Kings of England: From the Earliest Period to the Reign of King Stephen

by William of Malmesbury

The history of the English, from their arrival in Britain to his own times, has been written by Bede, a man of singular learning and modesty, in a clear and captivating style. After him you will not, in my opinion, easily find any person who has attempted to compose in Latin the history of this people. Let others declare whether their researches in this respect have been, or are likely to be, more fortunate; my own labour, though diligent in the extreme, has, down to this period, been without its reward. There, are, indeed, some notices of antiquity, written in the vernacular tongue after the manner of a chronicle, and arranged according to the years of our Lord. By means of these alone, the times succeeding this man have been rescued from oblivion: for of Elward, a noble and illustrious...

Genre: History, Europe, Military
Size: 576 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 January 2021 onward PDT/PST 

Rating: 4.90 / 5
5 reviews

To Build a Castle: My Life as a Dissenter

by Vladimir Bukovsky

A major document in the literature of human rights, this now-legendary memoir, by one of the most prominent of the Soviet-era Russian dissidents, was a world-wide bestseller when first published in 1978.At the age of 20, as punishment for his political protests, Vladimir Bukovsky was falsely declared insane and committed to a psychiatric hospital—standard practice for communism's critics in 1963. But the quack doctors and brutal guards who kept him captive didn't realize: Bukovsky wasn't locked up with them. They were locked up with Bukovsky.In this compelling, beautifully-crafted memoir, Bukovsky details with equal parts burning outrage and bitter humor the cruel theater of life for Soviet prisoners of conscience. But he also recounts how he found his inner truth and strength, and built...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Leaders & Notable People, Specific Groups, History, Europe, Russia, Nonfiction
Size: 423 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 18 January 2021 onward PDT/PST 

Rating: 4.50 / 5
5 reviews

Architecture of Survival: Holocaust Diaries (WW2 Memoirs Book 1)

by Israel Stein

A Jewish family survives the Holocaust hidden by a Polish family In 1939, when the Second World War broke out, the Stein family escaped Poland. Paula, a polyglot architect, and Meir, a textile industrialist, fled with their only child, Israel, to Vilnius, Lithuania, and later to Bialystok, attempting to save themselves from certain death in the extermination camps. In the midst of terror, there they found grace In August 1943, the Bialystok Ghetto was emptied by the Nazis and all its occupants were sent to extermination. The Steins had managed to remain hidden in the Ghetto for five more weeks, before escaping to their new hideout—the home of a Polish family, backed by a German official, that gave them refuge. They remained hidden there for nearly a year, until the war ended, with the d...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Historical, Memoirs, Specific Groups, History, Europe, Historical Study, Military, World, Nonfiction
Size: 352 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 18 January 2021 onward PDT/PST 

The Haunted Homes of Hull (Mike Covell Investigates Book 12)

by Mike Covell

Hull has a long history of allegedly haunted homes, and this book tackles numerous cases that have come to light through the years.Mike investigates Victorian cases of haunted houses in East Hull and West Hull, and more recent cases such as the infamous 39 De Grey Street, said to be the most haunted house in Britain.Read thorough histories and newspaper reports, and discover how the stories were discussed, debated, and investigated for over 200 years. Packed with photographs, newspaper clippings and more....

Genre: History, Europe, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Occult
Size: 226 pages
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Speaking the Unspeakable in Postwar Germany: Toward a Public Discourse on the Holocaust (Signale: Modern German Letters, Cultures, and Thought)

by Sonja Boos

Speaking the Unspeakable in Postwar Germany is an interdisciplinary study of a diverse set of public speeches given by major literary and cultural figures in the 1950s and 1960s. Through close readings of canonical speeches by Hannah Arendt, Theodor W. Adorno, Ingeborg Bachmann, Martin Buber, Paul Celan, Uwe Johnson, Peter Szondi, and Peter Weiss, Sonja Boos demonstrates that these speakers both facilitated and subverted the construction of a public discourse about the Holocaust in postwar West Germany. The author’s analysis of original audio recordings of the speech events (several of which will be available on a companion website) improves our understanding of the spoken, performative dimension of public speeches. Speaking the Unspeakable in Postwar Germany emphasizes the social constr...

Genre: History, Europe, Historical Study, World, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Criticism & Theory
Size: 244 pages
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History of the Later Roman Empire

by J.b. Bury

THE first of these two volumes might be entitled the “German Conquest of Western Europe,” and the second the “Age of Justinian.” The first covers more than one hundred and twenty years, the second somewhat less than fifty. This disparity is a striking illustration of the fact that perspective and proportion are unavoidably lost in an attempt to tell the story of any considerable period of ancient or early medieval history as fully as our sources allow. Perspective can be preserved only in an outline. The fifth century was one of the most critical periods in the history of Europe. It was crammed with events of great moment, and the changes which it witnessed transformed Europe more radically than any set of political events that have happened since. At that time hundreds of people w...

Genre: Arts & Photography, History, Ancient, Europe, Architecture
Size: 518 pages
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25 Years of Transformations of Higher Education Systems in Post-Soviet Countries: Reform and Continuity (Palgrave Studies in Global Higher Education)

by Jeroen Huisman

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Genre: History, Europe, Russia, Nonfiction, Education & Reference, Schools & Teaching, College & University
Size: 482 pages
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Naxos - Tinos - Syros. Three gems of the Cyclades: Culture Hikes in the Greek Islands

by Denis Roubien

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Genre: Arts & Photography, History, Europe, Nonfiction, Architecture, Travel
Size: 14.62 mb
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The UFO Files (Mike Covell Investigates Book 11)

by Mike Covell

The Mike Covell Investigates series returns with The UFO Files: the first book to examine Hull-based UFO reports and sightings. The book features reports from as early as 1801 through the 1900’s and up to 2018.Case studies include the infamous Hull Airship Scares of 1909 and 1913, the landing of a UFO in Hull in 1967, a series of mass sightings in the 1970’s, an investigation into the Hull UFO Files, and chapters on stories such as the Hull Hum of 2010 and the Hull UFO sighting of 1801.The book also explores Hull UFO sightings reported to Humberside Police and the Ministry of Defence, and looks at the reports from police officers and civilians, as well as a look at a Hull politician who was a high ranking UFO investigator, a Hull politician who ended up in involved in an international ...

Genre: History, Europe, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Occult, Science & Math, Astronomy & Space Science
Size: 454 pages
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The Expansion of Europe 1642-1789

by Wilbur Abbott

WHEN in the last months of 1648 was signed the great peace which brought to an end the Thirty Years' War and with it the mediaeval polity which it finally destroyed; as the army of diplomats whose work it was dispersed to their respective governments, the awe-inspiring mass of documents which formed the fruit of their long labors might have led men to believe that Europe would hasten to enjoy the peace which she so needed and which her people for the most part so greatly desired. But whatever hopes of quiet were entertained, were already far on the way to disappointment; for the Europe to which the diplomats returned was even then altered or altering before their eyes and already shaping itself for new conflict. Scarcely a state of any consequence prepared to recruit its resources by the a...

Genre: History, Europe, Military, Nonfiction
Size: 322 pages
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Rating: 3.00 / 5
3 reviews

Prussia and the Rise of the German Empire

by George Malleson

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Genre: History, Europe, World, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Antiques & Collectibles
Size: 295 pages
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Harnessing the Power of the Criminal Corpse (Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and its Afterlife)

by Sarah Tarlow

This open access book is the culmination of many years of research on what happened to the bodies of executed criminals in the past. Focusing on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, it looks at the consequences of the 1752 Murder Act. These criminal bodies had a crucial role in the history of medicine, and the history of crime, and great symbolic resonance in literature and popular culture. Starting with a consideration of the criminal corpse in the medieval and early modern periods, chapters go on to review the histories of criminal justice, of medical history and of gibbeting under the Murder Act, and ends with some discussion of the afterlives of the corpse, in literature, folklore and in contemporary medical ethics. Using sophisticated insights from cultural history, archaeology, ...

Genre: History, Europe, Historical Study, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Crime & Criminals, Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Professional Science, Science & Math, History & Philosophy
Size: 273 pages
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Rating: 4.80 / 5
5 reviews

Dolly Biters!: The Vampire Girls of Victorian London

by Paul Voodini

Four saucy tales from the legendary vampire girls of Victorian London, bound up in one alluring volume. These are tales to quicken the pulse, thrill the mind, and excite parts of the body that other, lesser books fail to reach.Novellas and short stories featured in this sweet confection of blood, sex and gothic melodrama include the Holmes of the Baskervilles, Miss Katie Bell - Victorian Vampire, Joan Dark is Lost, and The Vampire Alice Through the Looking Glass.Welcome to the gothic London of the 1800s, where vampires walk the streets and some of your favorite characters from Victorian literature have been taken and twisted until they snap....

Genre: History, Europe, Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Anthologies, Horror, Anthologies & Literature Collections, Short Stories, World Literature, British, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Suspense, Nonfiction, Teen & Young Adult, Historical
Size: 375 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 17 January 2021 onward PDT/PST 

Rating: 4.60 / 5
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Sword of Peace: A Journey From Fear to Faith (Sword of Münster Series Book 1)

by Louisa M Bauman

What is the secret of the hidden meetings, which are held in the woods at night? Anna had hoped to escape the violence of the Reformation when she moved to Amsterdam. But now, in November 1531, Charles V has sent his Spanish officials to this ‘nest of heretics’ in the Netherlands, determined to rid his empire of all those who refuse to attend the state church. The obstinate shall be executed unless they swear allegiance to the Holy Roman Emperor and the Catholic church, and citizens must report any disloyal activity they notice or suffer the same fate. But Anna can hardly betray Maeyken, her only friend in Amsterdam. The last thing Anna will do is listen to the Anabaptists, let alone join the traitorous sect! If Charles V succeeds, the Anabaptists will be annihilated. Especially the l...

Genre: History, Europe, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Thrillers, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Christianity, Religious & Inspirational Fiction, Religious, Religious Studies, Travel, Christian, Movements & Periods
Size: 369 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 17 January 2021 onward PDT/PST 

Rating: 4.00 / 5
4 reviews

The Fargoer: Historical Fantasy in Ancient Finland (The Fargoer Chronicles Book 1)

by Petteri Hannila

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Genre: History, Europe, Literature & Fiction, World Literature, Scandinavian, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Other Practices, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy, Teen & Young Adult, Education & Reference, Historical Fiction
Size: 195 pages
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The 130th Anniversary of Jack the Ripper

by Jennifer Johnstone

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Genre: History, Europe, Nonfiction
Size: 2.76 mb
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In the Steps of the Romanovs: Final Two Years of Russian Imperial Family (1916-18) (In their own words)

by Helen Azar

By 1916, Russia had been involved in the First World War for almost two years, and events were about to take a tumultuous turn. Tsar Nicholas II was forced to abdicate his throne, and what followed was a struggle that neither he, nor most of his nearest were destined to survive.This volume offers an accurate glimpse into the final two years of the last Imperial Family of Russia: exclusively through their own diary entries and personal correspondence, supplemented by contemporary eyewitness accounts, many of which are published here in English for the first time. The reader will get to know on a deeper level the Grand Duchesses and the Empress, as they work at Tsarskoe Selo infirmaries; witness the imperial family's grief for their murdered "Friend" Grigori Rasputin; experience their arrest...

Genre: History, Europe, Russia
Size: 652 pages
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Edwardian England, 1901-15: Society and Politics

by Donald Read

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Genre: History, Europe, Historical Study
Size: 318 pages
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Rating: 4.40 / 5
4 reviews

From War to Peace in the Balkans, the Middle East and Ukraine (Palgrave Critical Studies in Post-Conflict Recovery)

by Daniel Serwer

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Genre: History, Europe, Russia, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government
Size: 145 pages
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Building a National Literature: The Case of Germany, 1830–1870

by Peter Uwe Hohendahl

Building a National Literature boldly takes issue with traditional literary criticism for its failure to explain how literature as a body is created and shaped by institutional forces. Peter Uwe Hohendahl approaches literary history by focusing on the material and ideological structures that determine the canonical status of writers and works. He examines important elements in the making of a national literature, including the political and literary public sphere, the theory and practice of literary criticism, and the emergence of academic criticism as literary history. Hohendahl considers such key aspects of the process in Germany as the rise of liberalism and nationalism, the delineation of the borders of German literature, the idea of its history, the understanding of its cultural funct...

Genre: History, Europe, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books, Movements & Periods
Size: 373 pages
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Anti-Vivisection and the Profession of Medicine in Britain: A Social History (The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series)

by A.W.H. Bates

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.This book explores the social history of the anti-vivisection movement in Britain from its nineteenth-century beginnings until the 1960s. It discusses the ethical principles that inspired the movement and the socio-political background that explains its rise and fall. Opposition to vivisection began when medical practitioners complained it was contrary to the compassionate ethos of their profession. Christian anti-cruelty organizations took up the cause out of concern that callousness among the professional classes would have a demoralizing effect on the rest of society. As the nineteenth century drew to a close, the influence of transcendentalism, Eastern religions and the spiritual revival led new age social reformers to champion a more ...

Genre: History, Europe, Professional & Technical, Medical eBooks, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Professional Science, Science & Math
Size: 217 pages
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Child Protection in England, 1960–2000: Expertise, Experience, and Emotion (Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood)

by Jennifer Crane

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.This open access book explores how children, parents, and survivors reshaped the politics of child protection in late twentieth-century England.  Activism by these groups, often manifested in small voluntary organisations, drew upon and constructed an expertise grounded in experience and emotion that supported, challenged, and subverted medical, social work, legal, and political authority.  New forms of experiential and emotional expertise were manifested in politics – through consultation, voting, and lobbying – but also in the reshaping of everyday life, and in new partnerships formed between voluntary spokespeople and media.  While becoming subjects of, and agents in, child protection politics over the late twentieth century, chi...

Genre: History, Europe, Historical Study, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government, Social Sciences
Size: 215 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 17 January 2021 onward PDT/PST 

Coming to Terms with Superdiversity: The Case of Rotterdam (IMISCOE Research Series)

by Peter Scholten

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Genre: History, Europe, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government, Social Sciences
Size: 241 pages
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The Whirlwinds of Change (Russian Cross Book 4)

by Alexander Lapin

Russian Cross is a large-scale saga covering more than twenty crucial and eventful years in Russia’s modern history through the vicissitudes of fate of four school friends. In the fourth book of the series, The Whirlwinds of Change, the friends, now in their adulthood, enter the 1990s together with their coun-try. Each of them has their own destiny, and together they share the destiny of their generation. The book describes all the attributes of the time: the putsch, the collapse of the USSR, the commercialization of the state enterprises, emigration, total deficit of goods, the nascent oligarchy and banditry. This was a time when the whirlwinds of change affected everyone....

Genre: History, Europe
Size: 272 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 17 January 2021 onward PDT/PST 

Rating: 4.30 / 5
4 reviews

Jane Austen: A Life From Beginning to End (Biographies of British Authors Book 2)

by Hourly History

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Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Europe, Nonfiction
Size: 4.35 mb
Free eBook download for Kindle from 16 January 2021 onward PDT/PST 

Rating: 4.00 / 5
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Locomotion: The Railway Revolution

by Nicholas Faith

"The effects of the railways on society are too universal and long-lasting to be compressed within a single volume. Like some many-headed Hindu god they contain life and death, creation and destruction, squalor and magnificence. All I can do is to sketch some of the more interesting aspects, to provide my readers with food for thought, to enable them to look more closely, not so much at the railways they use, as at the townscape and landscape around them, and to detect their still all-pervasive influence."Written alongside a BBC2 series, Locomotion examines the extensive impact of railways on the modern world.From opening up new connections and opportunities for commerce, their influence was vast, pervasive and exhilarating – propelled by industrial innovation and heralding the beginning...

Genre: History, Europe
Size: 240 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 16 January 2021 onward PDT/PST 

Rating: 3.00 / 5
3 reviews

The Tragic Tale of William Papper (Mike Covell True Crime Book 2)

by Mike Covell

During the cold winter of 1881 the Rising Sun, a fishing smack, sailed from Hull. The vessel was captained by Osmond Otto Brand, and on board was a fourteen year old fisherlad named William Papper. When the vessel returned in January 1882, poor William Papper's parents waited on the dockside for their son, but the apprentice never returned. According to all on board, William was lost at sea.Eventually cracks began to show, crew members began to talk, and the whole terrifying truth was revealed. William Papper was murdered at sea by Osmond Otto Brand.Now, for the first time in print, the entire story of William Papper, Osmond Otto Brand, and the Rising Sun can be told. From the police investigation, to the public outrage, featuring historical primary sources, contemporary newspapers, a...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Europe, Nonfiction, True Accounts
Size: 264 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 16 January 2021 onward PDT/PST 

Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Kill the Stuart

by Ronald Bassett

When Bonnie Prince Charlie roused the Highlands in revolt in 1745, an ill-prepared English army marched north. Major Thomas Margery, of His Majesty’s 2nd Regiment of foot guards, is sent to Scotland with secret orders to kill the Young Pretender. Facing danger from Government troops and spies, as well as suspicious clansmen who support the Pretender, Margery masquerades as a deserter and to further his disguise, he agrees to take on his Scottish contacts daughter-in-law and her son. Isobel MacDonald, the beautiful and mysterious wife of a Highlander who is fighting for the Pretender Margery intends to kill, becomes his reliable companion as he travels through the highlands. Keen to kill the Pretender while his army is in its infancy, Margery sets off across Scotland with Isobel. Their tr...

Genre: History, Europe, Literature & Fiction, Historical Fiction, British, European
Size: 242 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 16 January 2021 onward PDT/PST 

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