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published on 03 May 2016
While most people think of Middle Eastern cuisine, images of “Persian,” “Turkish,” or “Lebanese” food immediately come to thought. Set between the crossroads of East Africa, South Asia, the Middle East, and the Spice Islands, the Sultanate of Oman offers something different and perhaps even unexpected. For thousands... [continue reading]
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published on 30 April 2016
Patricia Southern’s writing breathes wit and entertainment into her treatment of Hadrian’s Wall. Hadrian’s Wall: Everyday Life on a Roman Frontier could easily have been yet another dry interpretation of the archaeological and historical data about the ruins. Instead, Southern takes every aspect of the Wall’s historical supposition... [continue reading]
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published on 27 April 2016
Ancient Assyria: A Very Short Introduction provides an incredibly succinct and valuable introduction to ancient Assyria. At 112 pages of readable content, it is easily accessible to the general public, with not too many technical terms or too much theory. For the most part, Radner focuses on the social realities through close examination of tangible figures... [continue reading]
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published on 26 April 2016
Blood of the Celts: The New Ancestry Story, by Jean Manco, a building historian and the author of Ancestral Journeys: The Peopling of Europe from the First Ventures to the Vikings, traces the complex story of the Celtic peoples through history, genetic studies, archaeology, and linguistic analyses. In ten chapters and 240 pages, Manco attempts to uncover... [continue reading]
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published on 22 April 2016
Patrick Geary is alarmed by the rapid progression of nationalist movements in Europe and the popular support such movements receive. Historians bear the brunt of his displeasure because they are responsible, in his mind, for the re-emergence of these divisive movements. The result of such nationalist tendencies, in Geary’s estimation, is a “deep... [continue reading]
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published on 18 April 2016
In the 1830s, a French farmer in Normandy uncovered a hoard of ancient Roman objects – primarily cast in silver, weighing 55 pounds (25 kilograms). The Berthouville Silver Treasure and Roman Luxury, which accompanies the Getty Museum’s 2015 exhibition of the same name, contextualizes the highlights of this remarkable treasure with several essays... [continue reading]
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published on 12 April 2016
Published on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition of "Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms", organized by the Asia Society, New York and the Ayala Museum in the Philippines in 2015, this eponymous exhibition catalogue introduces the public to the mysterious pre-Hispanic kingdoms of the Philippine archipelago. Edited... [continue reading]
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published on 05 April 2016
Daily Life in Traditional China: The Tang Dynasty by Charles Benn is an excellent resource as well as very entertaining reading. Charles Benn's writing style is very easy and accessible and makes for a really enjoyable experience. I think it is rare when one finds a straight history book (not a historical novel) which is so gripping one cannot put... [continue reading]
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published on 02 April 2016
Beate Pongratz-Leisten is a Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Studies at New York University (Institute for the Study of the Ancient World). With an already extensive CV of articles and books relating to the history of the ancient Near East, this work is seminal in the field of Assyriology. The seed of Religion and Ideology in Assyria began in 2003 and... [continue reading]
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published on 01 April 2016
China: A History Volume I - From Neolthic Cultures through the Great Qing Empire by Harold M. Tanner is very clear history of China from prehistoric times to 1799 CE.  I have not found that there is a Volume II available but, when or if it comes out, I would certainly buy it. Tanner's style is sometimes a little repetitive in that he goes on too... [continue reading]
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