Johan Huizinga – The Waning of the Middle Ages

A classic study of the forms of life, thought, and art in France and the Netherlands in the 14th and 15th centuries, it is the remarkable work of Dutch historian Johan Huizinga. Huizinga brings a depth of knowledge, commentary, and insight into the way of life, spirit, and artistic expression of medieval times.For Huizinga, the 14th and 15th centuries were much more than the prelude to a new period in history – the Renaissance. They were a completion, culmination, and maturity of medieval life and thought.
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Friedrich Engels – The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844

This remarkable account has had an enduring influence on social and economic studies and has remained in print since its first English publication in 1885. It was written, in German, by a youthful Friedrich Engels, the son of a German industrialist, who was already concerned – even angered – by the conditions he saw inflicted on the working classes as the Industrial Revolution gathered momentum.
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Charles River Editors – The Collapse of the Soviet Union: The History of the USSR Under Mikhail Gorbachev

The Cold War moved into one of its most dangerous phases after Brezhnevs death as both sides deployed nuclear weapons within alarming proximity in Europe. A NATO exercise, Operation Able Archer, almost led to a Soviet miscalculation, and when the Soviets shot down a South Korean airliner in September 1983, claiming it had strayed into Soviet airspace, the Cold War became very tense indeed.
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