History

Cuba: A Brief History of the End

Author: 

Klvaňa, Tomáš

Credentials: 

Tomáš Klvaňa is Visiting Professor at New York University Prague and a senior international consultant. He was a Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, served as the Press Spokesperson and Policy Adviser to the President of the Czech Republic, and was Special Coordinator for the Czech government’s missile defense program. Dr. Klvaňa co-founded the Aspen Institute Central Europe and served on its board. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, where he received the Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals, and an M.A. from Charles University in Prague. Dr. Klvaňa is married with two daughters and lives in Prague.

In this vividly written, politically-oriented travelogue, Tomáš Klvaňa offers a stark narrative of his decade-long travels to Cuba, interweaving a political analysis of the country's current state with a critical assessment of the ideology that has shaped its development. Cuba: A Brief History of the End reveals an immersive tableau of tropical landscapes that set the stage for the human stories that have unfolded in the shadow of the communist regime.

Market: 
Political Science, History, International Relations, Economics, Philosophy, Latin America, Cuba, Communism, Post-Communism, Eastern Europe, Czechoslovakia
Release Date: 
May 15, 2024
ISBN: 
9781680533033 Hardcover
Price: 
$99.95
Trim Size: 
6x9
Pages: 
200
Illustrations: 
None
Yes
Publisher: 

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Imagination on Fire: The Literary Career of Alice Muriel Williamson

Author: 

Rex, Richard

Credentials: 

Richard Rex retired from the University of Utah. He is the author of a collection of Chaucer essays titled The Sins of Madame Eglentyne, as well as Alice Muriel Williamson: The Secret History of an American-English Author and The Literary Career of W. B. Trites (Academica Press). He lives with his wife, Ines, on the Olympic Peninsula, in Port Angeles, Washington.

Among the most popular novels in the early decades of the twentieth century were those published by Alice Muriel Williamson, whose novels were frequently attributed on their title pages to “C. N. and A. M. Williamson.” Although it is now known that “A. M.” never wrote any fiction by “C. N.” – her husband, Charles Norris Williamson, – the view erroneously persists that the married couple were joint authors. Preceding her fame as a novelist, Alice wrote a series of sensational stories that appeared serially in journals in the 1890s.

Market: 
Literature, Social Science, History, American Literature, Twentieth-Century Literatures, American Studies, Alice Muriel Williamson
Release Date: 
March 15, 2024
ISBN: 
9781680536201 Hardcover
Price: 
$139.95
Trim Size: 
6x9
Pages: 
250
Illustrations: 
None
Yes
Publisher: 

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Afrikaner Identity: From Anticolonial Struggle Through Hegemonic Nationalism to Disempowered Minority

Author: 

Louw, P. Eric

Credentials: 

Eric Louw’s career spanned universities in both South Africa and Australia. Prior to that, he was a journalist at the Pretoria News and also ran an NGO engaged in development work in South Africa. Louw has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Cape Town and at the University of South Africa and has served on the editorial boards of four academic journals. His publications in the fields of political communication and South African politics include 12 books, over 60 journal articles and over 40 book chapters. Dr. Louw’s books include Decolonization and White Africans: The ‘Winds of Change,’ Resistance, and Beyond (Academica Press) as well as Roots of the Pax Americana, The Rise, Fall and Legacy of Apartheid, and New Voices Over the Air: The Transformation of the South African Broadcasting Corporation in a Changing South Africa.

Afrikaners have long been portrayed as the villains of South Africa’s apartheid state. Because they were such intensely vilified pariahs, many Americans and Europeans remain intrigued by Afrikaners as a vestige of white nationalism living in Africa who nevertheless peacefully transferred political power to South Africa’s black majority.

Market: 
History, Political Science, Africa, British Empire, Colonialism, Nationalism, Imperialism, Migration, Post-Colonialism, African Studies, Decolonization, Identity Politics, Apartheid, Afrikaner Studies, South Africa
Release Date: 
March 20, 2024
ISBN: 
9781680533415 Hardcover
Price: 
$99.95
Trim Size: 
6x9
Pages: 
270
Illustrations: 
None
Yes
Publisher: 

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Prequel to The Ring of the Nibelung: How Wagner’s Three Canonical Operas (The Flying Dutchman, Tannhäuser, and Lohengrin) Paved the Way to his Mature Music Dramas

Author: 

Heise, Paul Brian

Credentials: 

Paul Brian Heise has studied the works of Richard Wagner since 1971. While pursuing graduate studies in anthropology at Southern Illinois University, he developed an argument that Wagner’s works could be understood as an allegory and withdrew from formal studies to devote his life to discovering and sharing his wholesale reassessment of the meaning of Wagner’s dramas and their music. Heise has published extensively on Wagner, including The Wound That Will Never Heal: An Allegorical Interpretation of Richard Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung (Academica Press, 2021), and, with the support of the late British philosopher Sir Roger Scruton, the website www.wagnerheim.com, an online compendium of Heise’s thoughts about Wagner.

Scholars of Richard Wagner’s works have long noted his numerous comparisons between their characters and plots in his letters, essays, and recorded remarks. Yet no one has previously attempted to assess their implications for our understanding of his art systematically. Paul Heise’s quest to grasp the allegorical unity underlying Wagner’s canonical artworks began in the 1970s.

Market: 
History, Music, Philosophy, Richard Wagner, Performing Arts, Opera, Mythology, Allegory, Comparative Literature, Germany
Release Date: 
January 15, 2025
ISBN: 
9781680532951 Hardcover
Price: 
$99.95
Trim Size: 
6x9
Pages: 
300
Illustrations: 
None
Yes
Publisher: 

ACADEMICA PRESS
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Wagner’s Mature Music-Dramas (Tristan and Isolde, The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, and Parsifal) in Light of Their Allegorical Relationship to The Ring of the Nibelung

Author: 

Heise, Paul Brian

Credentials: 

Paul Brian Heise has studied the works of Richard Wagner since 1971. While pursuing graduate studies in anthropology at Southern Illinois University, he developed an argument that Wagner’s works could be understood as an allegory and withdrew from formal studies to devote his life to discovering and sharing his wholesale reassessment of the meaning of Wagner’s dramas and their music. Heise has published extensively on Wagner, including The Wound That Will Never Heal: An Allegorical Interpretation of Richard Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung (Academica Press, 2021), and, with the support of the late British philosopher Sir Roger Scruton, the website www.wagnerheim.com, an online compendium of Heise’s thoughts about Wagner.

Scholars devoted to analysis of Richard Wagner’s operas and music-dramas have long noted his numerous comparisons between their characters and plots in his letters, essays, and recorded remarks. Yet no one has previously attempted to assess their implications for our systematic understanding of his art.

Market: 
History, Music, Philosophy, Richard Wagner, Performing Arts, Opera, Mythology, Allegory, Comparative Literature, Germany
Release Date: 
January 15, 2025
ISBN: 
9781680532920 Hardcover
Price: 
$99.95
Trim Size: 
6x9
Pages: 
300
Illustrations: 
None
Yes
Publisher: 

ACADEMICA PRESS
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Washington, DC 20036
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The Laurel Brigade at Brandy Station: A Military Staff Ride

Author: 

Norton, Major Bruce H. & Master Sergeant Phillip Gibbons

Credentials: 

Major Bruce H. Norton, USMC (ret.), Author of Stingray: The History of Reconnaissance Marines Vietnam - 1965-1972, The Encyclopedia of American War Heroes, and Letters from a Yankee Doughboy: Private 1st Class Raymond W. Maker in World War I

Master Sergeant Phillip Gibbons, USMC (ret.)

The Battle of Brandy Station occurred on June 9, 1863. It was the largest cavalry engagement ever to take place in the United States, with just over 20,000 participants. From the opening shots at Beverly Ford, to the final charge on Fleetwood Heights, the Laurel Brigade was in the thick of the fight. This book is a user’s guide for visiting and studying the Brandy Station Battlefield while touring sites associated with the Laurel Brigade.

Market: 
History, War Studies, Military, American History, American Studies, American Military History, Military Science, Military History, Civil War, Combat, U.S. Marine Corps, Laurel Brigade, Battle of Brandy Station
Release Date: 
December 29, 2023
ISBN: 
9781680535549 Hardcover
Price: 
$99.95
Trim Size: 
6x9
Pages: 
100
Illustrations: 
None
Yes
Publisher: 

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Washington, DC 20036
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Hijab: Word of God or Word of Man?

Author: 

Morrow, John Andrew

Credentials: 

John Andrew Morrow received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, where he focused on Hispanic, Indigenous, and Islamic Studies. He has also completed over four decades of Islamic seminary studies, both independently and at the hands of a series of Muslim scholars. Dr. Morrow has taught at universities around the world and reached the rank of Professor. Recognized as a Master Teacher and a Distinguished Faculty Member, he received a Student Impact Award, an Interfaith Service Award, and a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition. A prolific, pioneering, and path-forging author, academic, and activist, he is considered of the leading authorities on Islam and one of the most influential American Muslims.

Hijab: Word of God or Word of Man? is the most comprehensive and exhaustive study of the subject of the Islamic veil to date. According to Muslim authorities, the Islamic veil is a religious obligation. For them, Muslim women who fail to wear the hijab commit a major sin that merits punishment in hell and even eternal damnation. Since the rise of Islamist movements in the twentieth century, some Muslims have gone as far as to mandate fines, imprisonment, physical punishment, rape, and even death for young girls and women who wear so-called “bad hijab,” or who fail to veil.

Market: 
History, Religion, Social Science, Middle East Studies, Islam, Islamic Law, Slavery, Mediterranean World, Africa, African Studies, Hijab
Release Date: 
November 8, 2023
ISBN: 
9781680535372 Hardcover
Price: 
$99.95
Trim Size: 
6x9
Pages: 
439
Illustrations: 
None
Yes
Publisher: 

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The Recollections of Sir James Bacon: Judge and Vice Chancellor, 1798-1895

Author: 

de Marcellus, Juliette, Editor

Credentials: 

Juliette de Marcellus, author and journalist, is a great-great-granddaughter of Sir James Bacon. She has produced this book from his unpublished memoirs. In addition to a lifetime career as journalist and critic, Miss de Marcellus, has edited and overseen the publication of two celebrated anthropological studies, The Atlas of Man and The Atlas of Language, by her father, Count Henri de Marcellus. She is also the author of two satirical works, a novel, The Princess, or the I Love Paris Ball and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Carnegie Hall.

Sir James Bacon’s Recollections paint a portrait of many of the leading characters of the time, cases he judged, and historic events as they took place. Written with warmth and humour, and carefully preserved by his descendants, they throw an intimate, revealing light on the period in which he lived. They have the immediacy of true experience.
– Lord Crathorne, KCVO, KStJ, FRSA, FRS, Co-Chair of the All-Party

Market: 
History, Political Science, Law, European History, Britain, British History, England, English Legal History, Nineteenth Century Britain, Common Law
Release Date: 
November 29, 2023
ISBN: 
9781680535327 Hardcover
Price: 
$40
Trim Size: 
6x9
Pages: 
150
Illustrations: 
None
Yes
Publisher: 

ACADEMICA PRESS
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The Bible Decoded: The High-Tech Quest to Unlock the Secrets of the Bible

Author: 

Bohström, Philippe

Credentials: 

Philippe Bohström, a land and marine archaeologist, received his master’s degree in classical archaeology from Gothenburg University and master’s degree in Near Eastern Archaeology and History from Tel Aviv University. He has participated in excavations in Israel, Greece, Italy, and Sweden, and has written extensively about archaeology for new outlets and journals in America, Europe, and Asia for such publications as National Geographic, Haaretz, Jerusalem Post, Courrier International, and Jewish Chronicle. His book Troy was published by the Swedish Military Association in 2022.

How should we interpret the Bible in light of the latest biblical research and archaeology? One day in the Spring of 2009, an exhausted technician realized he had made a colossal mistake. Part of a team of archaeologists, mathematicians, physicists who were on a high-tech quest to unlock a millennia-old secret, concealed in a few written documents from the First Temple Period (1000-587 B.C.E.), he had been tasked with photographing pottery fragments from a Judahite fortress in Arad, in the Negev desert.

Market: 
History, Social Science, Religion, Archeology, Middle East Studies, Ancient History, Christianity, Judaism, Israel, Bible, Biblical Studies, Literacy
Release Date: 
September 1, 2024
ISBN: 
9781680535297 Hardcover
Price: 
$99.95
Trim Size: 
6x9
Pages: 
200
Illustrations: 
None
Yes
Publisher: 

ACADEMICA PRESS
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Washington, DC 20036
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The Last Great Banzai: Saipan, 1944

Author: 

Gates, Bradley Mason

Credentials: 

Bradley Mason Gates is a retired Marine Corps lieutenant colonel. He holds a B.S. in education from Millersville University, in Pennsylvania, and a MPA in public administration from Golden Gate University, in California. During his career, Brad participated in Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada, and later commanded the Marine Corps artillery force in Beirut, Lebanon. In 1985, Brad received the General John A. Lejeune Award for Inspirational Leadership, and in 1987 he received the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. In 1984, Brad attended the 40th Anniversary of survivors of the Saipan suicide attack of 1944, the subject of this book. He subsequently spent almost ten years conducting personal interviews and other research on the attack, including a trip to Saipan in 1992. Brad and his wife Kathy, also a graduate of Millersville University, met while they were students. They have three children and five grandchildren.

On July 7, 1944, all remaining Japanese forces on Saipan conducted a massive suicide attack against the American forces that had landed on the island several weeks earlier. At approximately 3am, the Japanese forces rushed southward on the Tanapag Plain and overwhelmed the soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 27th Infantry Division. Hundreds of Japanese soldiers continued unimpeded for 1,200 yards, where they came upon the U.S. Marine artillerymen of the 3rd Battalion of the 10th Marine Regiment of the 2nd Marine Division.

Market: 
History, Political Science, Social Science, Military History, World War II, Pacific War, American History, Japanese History, Pacific Campaign, Saipan, Banzai, Warfare, War Psychology
Release Date: 
October 1, 2023
ISBN: 
9781680533248 Hardcover
Price: 
$99.95
Trim Size: 
6x9
Pages: 
298
Illustrations: 
None
Yes
Publisher: 

ACADEMICA PRESS
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Washington, DC 20036
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