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Guide To Sieges Of South Africa - Anglo-Boer Wars; Anglo-Zulu War; Frontier Wars; Basuto Wars (Paperback): Nicki Von Der Heyde Guide To Sieges Of South Africa - Anglo-Boer Wars; Anglo-Zulu War; Frontier Wars; Basuto Wars (Paperback)
Nicki Von Der Heyde 1
R200 R160 Discovery Miles 1 600 Save R40 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A companion volume to the highly successful Field Guide to the Battlefields of South Africa, this features the pivotal sieges that characterised the Cape Frontier, Anglo-Zulu, Basotho and Anglo-Boer wars in one volume.

Accounts of 17 sieges over the last two centuries explore in detail the historical context in which they occurred, the day-to-day military actions that sustained the investments and the conditions both soldiers and civilians faced while defending their territory against a hostile force. The siege descriptions are animated by maps and a variety of information boxes and human-interest stories, gleaned from diaries, letters and eye-witness accounts, while longer features focus on the practical aspects of siege warfare, such as artillery, medicine, food, and the psychological effects of besiegement. The book also provides practical information for visitors who wish to explore these historical sites.

A fascinating read that will appeal to anyone interested in the volatile history of the country – armchair historians and travellers alike.

Until Proven Safe - The History And Future Of Quarantine (Hardcover): Geoff Manaugh, Nicola Twilley Until Proven Safe - The History And Future Of Quarantine (Hardcover)
Geoff Manaugh, Nicola Twilley
R640 R535 Discovery Miles 5 350 Save R105 (16%) Ships in 1 working day

Quarantine has shaped our world, yet it remains both feared and misunderstood. It is our most powerful response to uncertainty, but it operates through an assumption of guilt: in quarantine, we are considered infectious until proven safe. An unusually poetic metaphor for moral and mythic ills, quarantine means waiting to see if something hidden inside of us will be revealed.

Until Proven Safe tracks the history and future of quarantine around the globe, chasing the story of emergency isolation through time and space – from the crumbling lazarettos of the Mediterranean to the hallways of the CDC, to the corporate giants hoping to disrupt the widespread quarantine imposed by Covid-19 before the next pandemic hits through surveillance and algorithmic prediction.

Yet quarantine is more than just a medical tool: Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley drop deep into the Earth to tour a nuclear-waste isolation facility beneath the New Mexican desert, strip down to nothing but protective Tyvek suits to see plants stricken with a disease that threatens the world’s wheat supply, and meet NASA’s Planetary Protection Officer tasked with saving the Earth from extraterrestrial infections.

The result is part travelogue, part intellectual history – a book as compelling as it is definitive, and one that could not be more urgent or timely.

The Pursuit of Europe - A History (Hardcover): Anthony Pagden The Pursuit of Europe - A History (Hardcover)
Anthony Pagden
R587 R540 Discovery Miles 5 400 Save R47 (8%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The European Union, we are told, is facing extinction. Most of those who believe that, however, have no understanding of how, and why, it became possible to imagine that the diverse peoples of Europe might be united in a single political community. The Pursuit of Europe tells the story of the evolution of the 'European project', from the end of the Napoleonic Wars, which saw the earliest creation of a 'Concert of Europe', right through to Brexit. The question was how, after centuries of internecine conflict, to create a united Europe while still preserving the political legal and cultural integrity of each individual nation. The need to find an answer to this question became more acute after two world wars had shown that if the nations of Europe were to continue to play a role in the world they could now only do so together. To achieve that, however, they had to be prepared to merge their zealously-guarded sovereign powers into a new form of trans-national constitutionalism. This, the European Union has tried to do. Here, Anthony Pagden argues that it has created not as its enemies have claimed, a 'super-state' but a new post-national order united in a political life based, not upon the old shibboleths of nationalism and patriotism, but upon a common body of values and aspirations. It is this, argues Pagden, that will allow the Union to defeat its political enemies from within, and to overcome the difficulties, from mass migration to the pandemic, which it faces from without. But it will only succeed in doing so if it also continues to evolve as it has over the past two centuries.

Burning Boy - The Life and Work of Stephen Crane (Hardcover): Paul Auster Burning Boy - The Life and Work of Stephen Crane (Hardcover)
Paul Auster
R814 R682 Discovery Miles 6 820 Save R132 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Little Book of Bridgerton (Bridgerton TV Series, the Duke and I) - The Regency World of Bridgerton Laid Bare (Hardcover):... The Little Book of Bridgerton (Bridgerton TV Series, the Duke and I) - The Regency World of Bridgerton Laid Bare (Hardcover)
Charlotte Browne
R366 R324 Discovery Miles 3 240 Save R42 (11%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Life of a Klansman - A Family History in White Supremacy (Paperback): Edward Ball Life of a Klansman - A Family History in White Supremacy (Paperback)
Edward Ball
R426 R363 Discovery Miles 3 630 Save R63 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Here En Boere, Boek 5 - Die Kolonie Aan Die Kaap Onder Die Van Der Stels, 1679-1712 (Afrikaans, Hardcover): Karel Schoeman Here En Boere, Boek 5 - Die Kolonie Aan Die Kaap Onder Die Van Der Stels, 1679-1712 (Afrikaans, Hardcover)
Karel Schoeman
R368 Discovery Miles 3 680 Ships in 4 - 8 working days
Engineering Manhood - Race and the Antebellum Virginia Military Institute (Paperback): Jonson Miller Engineering Manhood - Race and the Antebellum Virginia Military Institute (Paperback)
Jonson Miller
R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Of Fear and Strangers - A History of Xenophobia (Hardcover): George Makari Of Fear and Strangers - A History of Xenophobia (Hardcover)
George Makari
R627 R528 Discovery Miles 5 280 Save R99 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

By 2016, it was impossible to ignore an international resurgence of xenophobia. What had happened? Looking for clues, psychiatrist and historian George Makari started out in search of the idea's origins. To his astonishment, he discovered an unfolding series of never-told stories. While a fear and hatred of strangers may be ancient, he found that the notion of a dangerous bias called "xenophobia" arose not so long ago. Coined by late-nineteenth-century doctors and political commentators and popularized by an eccentric stenographer, xenophobia emerged alongside Western nationalism, colonialism, mass migration, and genocide. Makari chronicles the concept's rise, from its popularization and perverse misuse to its spread as an ethical principle in the wake of a series of calamites that culminated in the Holocaust, and its sudden reappearance in the twenty-first century. He investigates xenophobia's evolution through the writings of figures such as Joseph Conrad, Albert Camus, and Richard Wright, and innovators like Walter Lippmann, Sigmund Freud, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Frantz Fanon. Weaving together history, philosophy, and psychology, Makari offers insights into varied, related ideas such as the conditioned response, the stereotype, projection, the Authoritarian Personality, the Other, and institutional bias. Masterful, original, and elegantly written, Of Fear and Strangers offers us a unifying paradigm by which we might more clearly comprehend how irrational anxiety and contests over identity sweep up groups and lead to the dark headlines of division so prevalent today.

The Politics Of Housing In (Post) Colonial Africa - Accommodating Workers And Urban Residents (Hardcover): Kirsten Ruther,... The Politics Of Housing In (Post) Colonial Africa - Accommodating Workers And Urban Residents (Hardcover)
Kirsten Ruther, Martina Barker-Ciganikova, Daniela Waldburger, Carl-Philipp Bodenstein
R300 R258 Discovery Miles 2 580 Save R42 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Housing matters, no matter when or where. This volume of collected essays on housing in colonial and postcolonial Africa seeks to elaborate how and why housing is much more than an everyday practice.

The politics of housing unfold in disparate dimensions of time, space and agency. Depending on context, they acquire diverse, often ambivalent, meanings. Housing can be a promise, an unfulfilled dream, a tool of self- and class-assertion, a negotiation process, or a means to achieve other ends. This volume analyzes housing in its multifacetedness, be it a lens to offer insights into complex processes that shape societies; be it a tool of empire to exercise control over private relations of inhabitants; or be it a means to create good, obedient and productive citizens.

Contributions to this volume range from the field of history, to architecture and urban planning, African studies, linguistics, and literature. The individual case studies home in on specific aspects and dimensions of housing and seek to bring them into dialogue with each other. By doing so, the volume aims to add to the debate on studying urban practices and their significance for current social change.

The Cause - The American Revolution and its Discontents, 1773-1783 (Hardcover): Joseph J Ellis The Cause - The American Revolution and its Discontents, 1773-1783 (Hardcover)
Joseph J Ellis
R673 R565 Discovery Miles 5 650 Save R108 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

George Washington claimed that anyone who attempted to provide an accurate account of the war for independence would be accused of writing fiction. At the time, no one called it the "American Revolution": former colonists still regarded themselves as Virginians or Pennsylvanians, not Americans, while John Adams insisted that the British were the real revolutionaries, for attempting to impose radical change without their colonists' consent. With The Cause, Ellis takes a fresh look at the events between 1773 and 1783, recovering a war more brutal than any in American history save the Civil War and discovering a strange breed of "prudent" revolutionaries, whose prudence proved wise yet tragic when it came to slavery, the original sin that still haunts America. Written with flair and drama, The Cause brings together a cast of familiar and forgotten characters who, taken together, challenge the story we have long told ourselves about our origins as a people and a nation.

Cider Country - How an Ancient Craft Became a Way of Life (Hardcover): James Crowden Cider Country - How an Ancient Craft Became a Way of Life (Hardcover)
James Crowden
R480 R384 Discovery Miles 3 840 Save R96 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'James Crowden is Britain's best cider writer ... Cider Country is the book we've all been waiting for.' Oz Clarke Join James Crowden as he embarks on a journey to distil the ancient origins of cider, uncovering a rich culture and philosophy that has united farmer, maker and drinker for millennia. Cidermaking has been at the heart of country life for hundreds of years. But the fascinating story of how this drink came into existence and why it became so deeply rooted in the nation's psyche has never been told. In order to answer these questions, James Crowden traces an elusive history stretching back to the ancient, myth-infused civilisations of the Mediterranean and the wild apple forests of Kazakhstan. Meeting cider experts, farmers and historians, he unearths the surprising story of an apple that travelled from east to west and proved irresistible to everyone who tasted it. Upon its arrival in Britain, monks, pirates and politicians formed a pioneering and evangelical fan base, all seeking the company of a drink that might guide them through uncertain times. But the nation's love-affair with cider didn't fully blossom until after the reformation, when the thirst for knowledge about the drink was at its peak. This infatuation with experimentation would lead to remarkable innovations and the creation of a 'sparkling cider', a technique that pre-dated Dom Perignon's champagne by forty years. Turning to the present day, Crowden meets the next generation of cider makers and unearths a unique philosophy that has been shared through the ages. In the face of real challenges, these enterprising cider makers are still finding new ways to produce this golden drink that is enjoyed by so many. Spanning centuries and continents, Cider Country tells the story of our country through the culture, craft and consumption of our most iconic rural drink.

The Chiefs Now in This City - Indians and the Urban Frontier in Early America (Hardcover): Colin G. Calloway The Chiefs Now in This City - Indians and the Urban Frontier in Early America (Hardcover)
Colin G. Calloway
R651 R543 Discovery Miles 5 430 Save R108 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

During the years of the Early Republic, prominent Native leaders regularly traveled to American cities-Albany, Boston, Charleston, Philadelphia, Montreal, Quebec, New York, and New Orleans-primarily on diplomatic or trade business, but also from curiosity and adventurousness. They were frequently referred to as "the Chiefs now in this city" during their visits, which were sometimes for extended periods of time. Indian people spent a lot of time in town. Colin Calloway, National Book Award finalist and one of the foremost chroniclers of Native American history, has gathered together the accounts of these visits and from them created a new narrative of the country's formative years, redefining what has been understood as the "frontier." Calloway's book captures what Native peoples observed as they walked the streets, sat in pews, attended plays, drank in taverns, and slept in hotels and lodging houses. In the Eastern cities they experienced an urban frontier, one in which the Indigenous world met the Atlantic world. Calloway's book reveals not just what Indians saw but how they were seen. Crowds gathered to see them, sometimes to gawk; people attended the theatre to watch "the Chiefs now in this city" watch a play. Their experience enriches and redefines standard narratives of contact between the First Americans and inhabitants of the American Republic, reminding us that Indian people dealt with non-Indians in multiple ways and in multiple places. The story of the country's beginnings was not only one of violent confrontation and betrayal, but one in which the nation's identity was being forged by interaction between and among cultures and traditions.

Omstrede Land - Die Historiese Ontwikkeling Van Die Suid-Afrikaanse Grondvraagstuk in Suid-Afrika, 1652-2011 (Afrikaans,... Omstrede Land - Die Historiese Ontwikkeling Van Die Suid-Afrikaanse Grondvraagstuk in Suid-Afrika, 1652-2011 (Afrikaans, Hardcover)
Louis Changuion, Bertus Steenkamp
R267 Discovery Miles 2 670 Ships in 4 - 8 working days

Die bewindsoorname van 'n oorwegend swart regerende party in 1994 het 'n nuwe beleid ten opsigte van grondbesit in Suid-Afrika ingelui. Hierdie beleid is daarop ingestel om die wanbalans wat grondbesit betref reg te stel, dus om van die blanke grondeienaars, wat by verre die grootste deel van die landbougrond besit, grond weg te neem en dit aan die swart bevolkingsgroep, wat tussen 75% en 80% van die totale landsbevolking uitmaak, beskikbaar te stel. Die veronderstelling is dat die meeste blanke grondeienaars (of hulle voorsate) die grond wat hulle besit wederregtelik bekom het en dit daarom nou aan die 'regmatige' eienaars moet teruggee. Daar bestaan ook 'n persepsie dat alle grond aan swart mense oorgedra moet word dat die klok teruggedraai moet word na die tyd toe Afrika swart was en wit mense slegs in Europa eiendom besit het. Die skrywers vra die vraag of grondhervorming in Suid-Afrika wel enigsins haalbaar of nodig is? Kan die ander bevolkingsgroepe van die land, die wittes en gekleurdes, daarop aanspraak maak dat die land ook aan hulle behoort. Kan hulle dus se: 'Dit is ons land ook'?

Victims of Fashion (Hardcover, New edition): Helen Louise Cowie Victims of Fashion (Hardcover, New edition)
Helen Louise Cowie
R863 R814 Discovery Miles 8 140 Save R49 (6%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Animal products were used extensively in nineteenth-century Britain. A middle-class Victorian woman might wear a dress made of alpaca wool, drape herself in a sealskin jacket, brush her hair with a tortoiseshell comb, and sport feathers in her hat. She might entertain her friends by playing a piano with ivory keys or own a parrot or monkey as a living fashion accessory. In this innovative study, Helen Cowie examines the role of these animal-based commodities in Britain in the long nineteenth century and traces their rise and fall in popularity in response to changing tastes, availability, and ethical concerns. Focusing on six popular animal products - feathers, sealskin, ivory, alpaca wool, perfumes, and exotic pets - she considers how animal commodities were sourced and processed, how they were marketed and how they were consumed. She also assesses the ecological impact of nineteenth-century fashion.

Op Trek - Die Daaglikse Lewe Tydens Die Groot Trek (Afrikaans, Hardcover): Celestine J. Pretorius Op Trek - Die Daaglikse Lewe Tydens Die Groot Trek (Afrikaans, Hardcover)
Celestine J. Pretorius
R310 Discovery Miles 3 100 Ships in 4 - 8 working days

Die grootskaalse verhuising van boere aan die Kaapkolonie se oosgrens, n gebeurtenis wat later as die Groot Trek bekend sou word, was teen 1835 reeds in volle swang. Uiteindelik het bykans 10 000 siele huis en haard met ossewaens en veetroppe verlaat met die ideaal: om in die ongetemde Suid-Afrikaanse binneland n eie staat en samelewing tot stand te bring. Wie was hierdie Trekkers waarvan die geskiedenis vertel? Hulle was tog mense van vlees en bloed, wat gelag en gehuil, geeet, geslaap en gedroom het. Hoe het hulle die talle struikelblokke op die trekpad oorkom? Was daar tyd vir pret en plesier of was elke dag n stryd om oorlewing? Op trek, die resultaat van omvattende kultuurhistoriese navorsing wat met die oog op die 150ste herdenking van die Groot Trek gedoen is, het die eerste keer in 1988 verskyn. Buiten teks, bevat dit fotos en illustrasies wat n nabyblik gee op die daaglikse lewe tydens die Groot Trek aan die hand van wat beeldende kunstenaars verewig het en persoonlike besittings van die Trekkers wat behoue gebly het, soos dagboeke godsdienstige en ander boeke, wapens, kledingstukke, gebruiksartikels en fotos.

Tombstone - The Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday, and the Vendetta Ride from Hell (Paperback): Tom Clavin Tombstone - The Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday, and the Vendetta Ride from Hell (Paperback)
Tom Clavin
R250 R223 Discovery Miles 2 230 Save R27 (11%) Pre-order
They Called Him Wild Bill - Life and Adventures of James Butler Hickok (Paperback, New ed of 2 Revised ed): Joseph G Rosa They Called Him Wild Bill - Life and Adventures of James Butler Hickok (Paperback, New ed of 2 Revised ed)
Joseph G Rosa
R600 R506 Discovery Miles 5 060 Save R94 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

His contemporaries called him Wild Bill, and newspapermen and others made him a legend in his own time. Among western characters only General George Armstrong Custer and Buffalo Bill Cody are as readily recognized by the general public. In writing this biography, Joseph G. Rosa has expressed the hope that "Hickok emerges as a man and not a legend."

For this comprehensive revision of his earlier biography of Wild Bill the author was allowed to work from newly available materials in the possession of the Hickok family. He also discovered new material pertaining to Wild Bill's Civil War exploits and his service as a marshal and found the pardon file of his murderer, John McCall. Additional, rare photographs of Wild Bill are published here for the first time. The results of Rosa's additional research make this second edition the best biography of Wild Bill likely to be written for years to come.

The Taking of Jemima Boone - Colonial Settlers, Tribal Nations, and the Kidnap That Shaped America (Hardcover): Matthew Pearl The Taking of Jemima Boone - Colonial Settlers, Tribal Nations, and the Kidnap That Shaped America (Hardcover)
Matthew Pearl
R583 R484 Discovery Miles 4 840 Save R99 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
An Infinite History - The Story of a Family in France over Three Centuries (Hardcover): Emma Rothschild An Infinite History - The Story of a Family in France over Three Centuries (Hardcover)
Emma Rothschild
R629 Discovery Miles 6 290 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

An innovative history of deep social and economic changes in France, told through the story of a single extended family across five generations Marie Aymard was an illiterate widow who lived in the provincial town of Angouleme in southwestern France, a place where seemingly nothing ever happened. Yet, in 1764, she made her fleeting mark on the historical record through two documents: a power of attorney in connection with the property of her late husband, a carpenter on the island of Grenada, and a prenuptial contract for her daughter, signed by eighty-three people in Angouleme. Who was Marie Aymard? Who were all these people? And why were they together on a dark afternoon in December 1764? Beginning with these questions, An Infinite History offers a panoramic look at an extended family over five generations. Through ninety-eight connected stories about inquisitive, sociable individuals, ending with Marie Aymard's great-great granddaughter in 1906, Emma Rothschild unfurls an innovative modern history of social and family networks, emigration, immobility, the French Revolution, and the transformation of nineteenth-century economic life. Rothschild spins a vast narrative resembling a period novel, one that looks at a large, obscure family, of whom almost no private letters survive, whose members traveled to Syria, Mexico, and Tahiti, and whose destinies were profoundly unequal, from a seamstress living in poverty in Paris to her third cousin, the cardinal of Algiers. Rothschild not only draws on discoveries in local archives but also uses new technologies, including the visualization of social networks, large-scale searches, and groundbreaking methods of genealogical research. An Infinite History demonstrates how the ordinary lives of one family over three centuries can constitute a remarkable record of deep social and economic changes.

A Vindication of Some Passages in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Chapters of the History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman... A Vindication of Some Passages in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Chapters of the History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire - by Edward Gibbon, Esq (Paperback)
Edward Gibbon
R359 Discovery Miles 3 590 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Across the Continent - a Summer's Journey to the Rocky Mountains, the Mormons, and the Pacific States, With Speaker Colfax... Across the Continent - a Summer's Journey to the Rocky Mountains, the Mormons, and the Pacific States, With Speaker Colfax (Paperback)
Samuel Bowles
R553 Discovery Miles 5 530 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Journal (Paperback): Fanny Kemble Journal (Paperback)
Fanny Kemble
R459 Discovery Miles 4 590 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Life in the Far West (Paperback): George Frederick Ruxton Life in the Far West (Paperback)
George Frederick Ruxton
R459 Discovery Miles 4 590 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Letters and Journals - Containing an Impartial Account of Public Transactions, Civil, Ecclesiastic, and Military, Both in... Letters and Journals - Containing an Impartial Account of Public Transactions, Civil, Ecclesiastic, and Military, Both in England and Scotland, from 637 to 662; a Period, Perhaps, the Most Remarkable That Is to Be Met With in the British History: With an (Paperback)
Robert Baillie
R553 Discovery Miles 5 530 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
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