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Language of Cities

Paperback, 06/07/2017, £9.99

Mastering the West: Rome and Carthage at War

Paperback, 01/05/2017, £12.99
A tour de force of military history that recounts a critical turning-point in the history of Rome

Claude Levi Strauss' Structural Anthropology

Paperback, 15/07/2017, £5.99
Structural Anthropology (1958) not only transformed the discipline of anthropology, it also energized a movement called structuralism that came to dominate the humanities and social sciences for a generation. Linguistic structuralism studies the meaning of language beyond definitions, looking at the relationships of words and sounds to each other.

Clifford Geertz's The Interpretation of Cultures

Paperback, 15/07/2017, £5.99
Up to the mid 20th century, generations of anthropologists had imported their own value systems into their work, regardless of where they were studying. Indigenous cultures were almost always judged to fall short in some manner - offering justification for colonization in the name of 'civilizing natives.'

Arjun Appadurai's Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalisation

Paperback, 05/07/2017, £5.99
Modernity at Large is an edited collection of the essays that made Appadurai an influential figure in cultural anthropology. Collectively, these not only present a theory of globalization, but also suggest ways that other researchers can follow up on the author's ideas.

Franz Boas' Race, Language and Culture

Paperback, 04/07/2017, £5.99
Born in 1858, Franz Boas permanently changed the standards and practices of anthropology. His 1940 work Race, Language and Culture brings together a half-century's worth of ground-breaking scholarship in one volume.

Hamid Dabashi's Iran: A People Interrupted

Paperback, 15/07/2017, £5.99
Hamid Dabashi suggests that the Iranian Revolution of 1978-9 would not have taken place had it not been for the influential ideas set out by eight Iranian Islamic thinkers in the decades before it occurred.

E. E. Evans-Pritchard's Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic Among the Azande

Paperback, 15/07/2017, £5.99
Based on 20 months of fieldwork among the Azande people of South Sudan, Evans-Pritchard's work became the founding text in the anthropology of witchcraft. Although the book had little impact when it first appeared in 1937, its popularity grew after World War II and its influence on anthropology is still strong nearly 80 years later.

Saba Mahmood's The Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject

Paperback, 06/07/2017, £5.99
In this original and controversial 2005 book, Mahmood argues that Muslim women can show independence even while assuming traditional Islamic roles. Her research suggests that, in choosing to embrace the norms of their faith, these pious Muslims are not limiting, but rather affirming, themselves.

Marcel Mauss' The Gift

Paperback, 05/07/2017, £5.99
In The Gift (1925), Marcel Mauss elevates a simple gift from the status of innocent object to something that has the capacity to motivate people and define social relationships. The Gift analyzes cultures across the world and across time, examining the ways gifts are given and received.

Jane Jacobs' The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Paperback, 15/07/2017, £5.99
American author, journalist, and activist Jane Jacobs was born in 1916 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She moved to New York City in 1934, where she became a journalist, writing for magazines including Architectural Forum and Fortune.

Story of Stonehenge

Paperback, 19/07/2012, £16.99
A comprehensive illustrated history of the prehistoric megalithic structure at Stonehenge and those who built it.

Conquest of the Incas

Paperback, 23/07/1993, £6.99
An account of the conquest of the Incas by the Spanish. From the first small band of Spanish adventurers to enter the mighty Inca empire to the execution of the last Inca 40 years later, this book tells a story of bloodshed, rebellion and extermination.

Archaeology: The Whole Story

Paperback, 01/09/2017, £24.95

Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States

Hardback, 01/09/2017, £20.00
An account of all the new and surprising evidence now available for the beginnings of the earliest civilizations that contradict the standard narrative

Stonehenge: The story so far

Hardback, 30/09/2017, £25.00
The story that is told here is right up to date, including the results of the latest investigations in the landscape in 2016.

The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World

Hardback, 21/09/2017, £20.00
A gripping account of how the early Christians annihilated the art and teachings of the Classical world from a brilliant young historian

Introducing the Ancient Greeks

Hardback, 02/04/2015, £20.00
Who were the ancient Greeks? They gave us democracy, philosophy, poetry, rational science, the joke. But what was it that enabled them to achieve so much? This indispensable introduction unveils a civilization of incomparable richness and a people of astounding complexity.

Northmen's Fury

Hardback, 27/02/2014, £25.00
Describes how and why a region at the edge of Europe came to dominate and to terrorise much of the rest of the continent for nearly three centuries and how, in the end, the coming of Christianity and the growing power of kings tempered the Viking ferocity and stemmed the tide of raids.

History Of Ancient Britain

Hardback, 15/09/2011, £20.00
Continues Neil's landmark exploration of how our land and its people came to be, which began with 'A History of Scotland'

War That Killed Achilles : True Story of the Iliad

Hardback, 18/02/2010, £20.00
The "Iliad" is still the greatest poem about war that our culture has ever produced. Disconcertingly, "The Iliad" portrays war as a catastrophe that destroys cities, orphans children and wrecks whole societies. This book is about what the "Iliad" is about. It is about what the "Iliad" says of war.

Rosetta Stone: and the Rebirth of Ancient Egypt

Paperback, 01/07/2008, £8.99
What does the Rosetta Stone tell us about the past? What treasures of Egyptian literature can now be read, thanks to its decipherment? What does it tell us about the history of writing and the story of our own alphabets? How do decipherments work and how can we know if they are right? This book answers these questions.

Story Of Archaeology

Hardback, 26/05/2011, £14.99
A history of archaeology in 50 great discoveries.

AD43 The Roman Invasion of Britain

Paperback, 19/04/2002, £17.99
This book assesses the Roman invasion of Britain in AD 43.


Paperback, 14/12/2017, £9.99
A concise, beautifully illustrated account of the history and archaeology of an iconic feature of the English landscape.

Hadrian's Wall

Hardback, 11/01/2018, £18.99
A beautifully produced account of the history and importance of Hadrian's Wall.

Folkestone to 1500: A Town Unearthed

Paperback, 25/11/2013, £24.99
This book is a product of the community history and archaeology project 'A Town Unearthed: Folkestone before 1500' which between 2010 and 2013 investigated the ancient history of the town and its immediate area. The authors provide, for the first time, a detailed and authoritative account of Folkestone from prehistory to the Reformation.

Prehistoric Britain

Paperback, 06/06/2008, £25.99
Informed by the latest research and in-depth analysis, Prehistoric Britain provides students and scholars alike with a fascinating overview of the development of human societies in Britain from the Upper Paleolithic to the end of the Iron Age.

Prehistoric Europe: Theory and Practice

Paperback, 17/10/2008, £28.99
Prehistoric Europe: Theory and Practice provides a comprehensive overview of the wide-ranging contemporary debates in the study of European prehistory. Written to reflect the immense changes in the field, the volume presents essays by some of the most dynamic researchers and leading European scholars in the field today.

In Search Of The Trojan War

Paperback, 07/04/2005, £7.99
Offers an account of the developments in the search for Troy. In this title, his wide-ranging study of the complex archaeological, literary and historical records has been includes. It also details the rediscovery in Moscow of the so-called jewels of Helen and the re-excavation of the site of Troy begun in 1988.

Dictionary of Archaeology

Paperback, 27/01/2005, £17.99
Every year, archaeology uncovers dozens of fragments that change the way we look at ourselves. This guide covers over three million years of human development across the world - from the emergence of the first humans via the cave paintings of Lascaux to the ancient civilisation of Mesopotamia and prehistoric cultures of Siberia.

Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology 2ed

Paperback, 31/07/2008, £12.99
The most wide-ranging, comprehensive, and up-to-date dictionary of archaeology available. Over 4,000 entries cover artefacts, techniques, terminology, people, places, and periods. The second edition includes strong coverage of archaeological resource management and archaeological theory. An essential book for amateurs and professionals alike.

Sites of Ancient Greece

Hardback, 06/04/2012, £39.95
A perfect introduction to the ancient sites of Greece.

In Search Of The First Civilizations

Paperback, 07/04/2005, £8.99
Asks questions such as: what is civilization? Did it mean the same to the Chinese, the Indians and the Greeks? What can the values of the ancient cultures teach us today? And, do the ideals of the West - a latecomer to civilization - really have universal validity? This title explores these ancient cultures, looking for their essential character.

Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood

Paperback, 09/10/2014, £10.99
THE ARK BEFORE NOAH: Decoding the Story of the Flood by Dr Irving Finkel is a compelling investigation of one of the most famous myths in the world - and how the re-discovery of an ancient tablet challenges our view of ancient history in a new and exciting way.

Chronicles of the Ancient World 3500BC - AD476

Hardback, 25/10/2012, £25.00
An illustrated chronicle exploring the cultures and achievements of the great civilizations of ancient times.

Lost World of Byzantium

Paperback, 02/09/2016, £12.99

Roman Invasion of Britain: Archaeology vs History

Hardback, 30/08/2013, £19.99
*Explores the contradictions between the literary evidence and archaeology *Questions many assumptions about the Roman invasion of Britain *Controversial and thought provoking conclusions drawn from the latest research

Babylon: Mesopotamia and the Birth of Civilization

Paperback, 01/03/2012, £9.99
In the sixth millennium BC, settlers on the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers created the world's first cities. In doing so, they wrote the opening chapter of the history of human civilization as we know it. Paul Kriwaczek tells their extraordinary story.

Archaeology and Ancient History: Breaking Down the Boundaries

Paperback, 22/01/2004, £26.99
This collection of pieces from international range of contributors explores in detail the seperation of the human past into history, archaeology and their related sub-disciplines. Each piece challenges the validity of this seperation and asks how we can move to a more holistic approach.

Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World

Paperback, 05/01/2017, £9.99
How new is atheism? This book brings to life the origins of the secular values at the heart of the modern state. It reveals how atheism and doubt, far from being modern phenomena, have intrigued the human imagination for thousands of years.


Paperback, 23/02/2017, £10.99
The destruction of ancient monuments by the Taliban and the Islamic State have shocked observers worldwide. Art historian Maxwell Anderson's Antiquities: What Everyone Needs to Know (R) analyzes continuing threats to our heritage as well as a balanced account of treaties and laws, collections past and present, forgeries, and other controversial issues.

Ancient Worlds: An Epic History of East and West

Paperback, 26/01/2017, £9.99
Challenges our traditionally western-focused perception of the past, connecting Greco-Roman civilisation to the great rulers and empires that swept across Central Asia to India and China - resulting in a truly global vision of ancient history.

Portable Cosmos: Revealing the Antikythera Mechanism, Scientific Wonder of the Ancient World

Hardback, 23/03/2017, £22.99
The Antikythera Mechanism, now 82 small fragments of corroded bronze, was an ancient Greek machine simulating the cosmos as the Greeks understood it. Reflecting the most recent researches, A Portable Cosmos presents it as a gateway to Greek astronomy and technology and their place in Greco-Roman society and thought.
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