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Twilight Cities: Lost Capitals of the Mediterranean
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ by Kelly Macquire

Twilight Cities: Lost Capitals of the Mediterranean

Twilight Cities: Lost Capitals of the Mediterranean is Katherine Pangonis’s second book, with her first being Queens of Jerusalem: The Women Who Dared to Rule (2021). Twilight Cities is dedicated to the history of five prominent and "lost"...
Alexandria: The City that Changed the World
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ by Arienne King

Alexandria: The City that Changed the World

The book begins with Alexandria's founding by Alexander the Great after he conquered the Persian Empire. Like its legendary namesake, the city was destined for fame. Its strategic and symbolic value made it a coveted prize of world conquerors...
The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ by Taylor Shaye Roche

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper takes a refreshing approach by focusing on the lives of the women believed to be victims of the notorious killer rather than simply on their deaths. Unlike typical ripperology...
Empire's Mistress, Starring Isabel Rosario Cooper
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ by Zhihui Zou

Empire's Mistress, Starring Isabel Rosario Cooper

Born in January 1914, Isabel Cooper grew up in the Philippines and supported herself through working in the entertainment industry, performing, singing, and acting since her early teenage years. She earned fame when acting in the first Philippine...
War in the Balkans: An Encyclopedic History from the Fall of the Ottoman Empire to the Breakup of Yugoslavia
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ by John Polemikos

War in the Balkans: An Encyclopedic History from the Fall of the Ottoman Empire to the Breakup of Yugoslavia

Richard C. Hall's timely encyclopedia can help reporters and scholars investigate beyond a headline. The book features informative and expertly written essays with suggestions for further reading. As a leading scholar of Balkan history, Hall...
Alexander the Great: A New Life of Alexander
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ by Katerina Panagi

Alexander the Great: A New Life of Alexander

Alexander the Great's profound impact on Roman culture is undeniable, particularly when considering the fusion of Greco-Oriental influences during the Hellenistic era, which permeated Rome and, subsequently, Western Europe. His conquests...
The Regency of Anne of Austria, Queen Regent of France, Mother of Louis XIV
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ by Alexa Galue

The Regency of Anne of Austria, Queen Regent of France, Mother of Louis XIV

The Regency of Anne of Austria, Queen Regent of France, Mother of Louis XIV by Martha Walker Freer (1822-1888) is a beautifully written classic work that not only characterizes Anne of Austria but also places her in the broader context of...
The Global Merchants: The Enterprise and Extravagance of the Sassoon Dynasty
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ by Burak Bulkan

The Global Merchants: The Enterprise and Extravagance of the Sassoon Dynasty

Centered around the story of the Sassoons, a Jewish family in Ottoman Baghdad that spanned two continents, this book is not only a family story but also a story of global trade and global capitalism. Although different members of the Sassoon...
Remapping Sovereignty: Decolonization and Self-Determination in North American Indigenous Political Thought
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ by Noah Zachary

Remapping Sovereignty: Decolonization and Self-Determination in North American Indigenous Political Thought

In Remapping Sovereignty, David Temin discusses how Native American writers, thinkers, and activists have posited alternatives to sovereignty as the primary form of modern political organization. Arguing that sovereignty conceals destructive...
Buried: An Alternative History of the First Millennium in Britain
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ by Kelly Macquire

Buried: An Alternative History of the First Millennium in Britain

Buried: An Alternative History of the First Millennium in Britain by osteoarchaeologist Alice Roberts is the second book in her trilogy that unpacks Britain’s history through skeletal remains. Following Ancestors: A Prehistory of Britain...
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