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History of ideas, intellectual history

Homo Deus
by Yuval Noah Harari ~ Paperback / softback
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THE MILLION COPY BESTSELLERSapiens shows us where we came from. Homo Deus shows us where we?re going.Yuval Noah Harari envisions a near future in which we face a new set of challenges. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century and beyond - from o...

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by Yuval Noah Harari ~ Paperback / softback
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THE MILLION COPY BESTSELLERFire gave us power. Farming made us hungry for more. Money gave us purpose. Science made us deadly. This is the thrilling account of our extraordinary history - from insignificant apes to rulers of the world.Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, ...

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100 Books that Changed the World
by Scott Christianson ~ Hardback

A chronological survey of the world's most influential books. Many books have become classics, must-reads or overnight publishing sensations, but how many can genuinely claim to have changed the way we see and think? In 100 Books that Changed the World, prize-winning author Scott Christianson br...

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Utopia for Realists
by Rutger Bregman ~ Paperback / softback
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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER FROM THE VIRAL SENSATION TAKING ON THE BILLIONAIRES 'Listen out for Rutger Bregman. He has a big future shaping the future' Observer 'The Dutch wunderkind of new ideas' Guardian In Utopia for Realists, Rutger Bregman shows that we can construct a society with visionary...

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by Yuval Noah Harari ~ Paperback / softback

PATTERNS OF LIFE- SPECIAL EDITIONS OF GROUNDBREAKING SCIENCE BOOKS Planet Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What...

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The Infinite Game
by Simon Sinek ~ Hardback

The New York Times-bestselling author of Start With Why, Leaders Eat Last, and Together Is Better offers a bold new approach to business strategy by asking one question- are you playing the finite game or the infinite game? In The Infinite Game, Sinek applies game theory to explore how great busin...

Pre-order - out 18 Jun 2019
How to Invent Everything
by Ryan North ~ Hardback
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***One of BBC Focus magazine's top books of 2018*** Get ready to make history better... on the second try. Imagine you are stranded in the past (your time machine has broken) and the only way home is to rebuild civilization yourself. But you need to do it better and faster this time round. In this...

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The Origins and History of Consciousness
by Erich Neumann ~ Paperback

The Origins and History of Consciousness draws on a full range of world mythology to show how individual consciousness undergoes the same archetypal stages of development as human consciousness as a whole. Erich Neumann was one of C. G. Jung's most creative students and a renowned practitioner of an...

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by Yuval Noah Harari ~ Paperback / softback

Selected from the books Sapiens and Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari How did money come to be invented? Why does it now have such significance in our lives? Does it make us happier or unhappier? And what does the future hold for it? With brilliant clarity and insight, Yuval Noah Harari takes the read...

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In Our Time
by Melvyn Bragg ~ Hardback

`Melvyn not only makes you think ... he makes it enjoyable too. He's brilliant.' - John Humphrys, the Today Programme. `In a troubled world where many sneer at experts, In Our Time is always a treat. Those who know what they're talking about, talk about it, and they do it under the benevolent if o...

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The History of Sexuality: v. 1 (Popular Penguins)
by Michel Foucault ~ Paperback / softback
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Michel Foucault's The Will to Knowledge is the first part of his influential trilogy of books on the history of sexuality. He argues that the recent explosion of discussion about sex in the West means that, far from being liberated, we are in the process of making a science of sexuality that is devo...

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The Artist, The Philosopher and The Warrior
by Paul Strathern ~ Paperback / softback

In the autumn of 1502 three giants of the Renaissance period - Cesare Borgia, Leonardo da Vinci and Niccolo Machiavelli - set out on one of the most treacherous military campaigns of the period. Cesare Borgia was a ferocious military leader whose name was synonymous with brutality and whose reputati...

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Behold, America
by Sarah Churchwell ~ Hardback

A GUARDIAN AND A SMITHSONIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR A SUNDAY TIMES, OBSERVER AND I-PAPER SUMMER READ 'Enormously entertaining' Sunday Times 'Fascinating' New Statesman 'An enthralling book' Guardian `The American dream is dead,' Donald Trump said when announcing his candidacy for president in 2015. How ...

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The Spirit in Man, Art and Literature
by C.G. Jung ~ Paperback / softback

The Spirit in Man, Art and Literature offers unique and penetrating insights into the lives and opinions of some of the most significant players in the cultural life of the twentieth century. Carl Gustav Jung was at the heart of that cultural life, pioneering, along with Freud, a new interpretation ...

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A History of Religious Ideas: v. 1
by Mircea Eliade ~ Paperback / softback

"No one has done so much as Mr. Eliade to inform literature students in the West about 'primitive' and Oriental religions...Everyone who cares about the human adventure will find new information and new angles of vision."--Martin E. Marty, "New York Times Book Review"Author BiographyMircea Eliade (1...

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by Gerald N Izenberg ~ Paperback / softback

Identity: The Necessity of a Modern Idea is the first comprehensive history of identity as the answer to the question, "who, or what, am I?" It covers the century from the end of World War I, when identity in this sense first became an issue for writers and philosophers, to 2010, when European polit...

Pre-order - out 8 Mar 2019
The Sleepwalkers
by Arthur Koestler ~ Paperback

A thought-provoking account of the scientific achievements and lives of cosmologists from Babylonians to Newton.Author BiographyArthur Koestler (1905-1983) was an extraordinary polymath, writer, and political polemicist. His most famous works include the novels Darkness at Noon and Arrival and Depar...

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The Swerve
by Stephen Greenblatt ~ Paperback / softback

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR NONFICTION Almost six hundred years ago, a short, genial man took a very old manuscript off a library shelf. With excitement, he saw what he had discovered and ordered it copied. The book was a miraculously surviving copy of an ancient Roman philosophical epic, On th...

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Future Perfect
by Steven Johnson ~ Paperback / softback

What links a heroic pilot, eighteenth-century coffee houses, the French railway system and the invention of the Internet? Steven Johnson, with his renowned flair for discovering new ideas and hidden connections, shows that the answer lies in networked thinking. Johnson argues that collaborati...

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The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State
by Friedrich Engels ~ Paperback

"The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State (1884)" was a provocative and profoundly influential critique of the Victorian nuclear family. Engels argued that the traditional monogamous household was in fact a recent construct, closely bound up with capitalist societies. Under this patr...

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Friedrich Hayek
by Lanny Ebenstein ~ Hardback

Friedrich August von Hayek, a reserved Austrian economist, died in 1992. Though largely unrecognized during his lifetime, he is today regarded as a visionary. In 1944, in the wake of the great Depression and with the political left on the ascendant, Hayek published his seminal work, "The Road to Ser...

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The Portable Hannah Arendt
by Hannah Arendt ~ Paperback / softback

Although Hannah Arendt is considered one of the major contributors to social and political thought in the twentieth century, this is the first general anthology of her writings. This volume includes selections from her major works, including The Origins of Totalitarianism, Between Past and Future, M...

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The Portable Enlightenment Reader
by Isaac Kramnick ~ Paperback / softback

The Age of Enlightenment of the 18th century, also called the Age of Reason, was so named for an intellectual movement that shook the foundations of Western civilization. In championing radical ideas such as individual liberty and an empirical appraisal of the universe through rational inquiry and n...

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by Gavin Menzies ~ Paperback / softback
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In his bestselling book 1421:The Year China Discovered the World, Gavin Menzies revealed that it was the Chinese that discovered America, not Columbus. Now he presents further astonishing evidence that it was also Chinese advances in science, art, and technology that formed the basis of the European...

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1001 Ideas that Changed the Way We Think
by Robert Arp ~ Paperback / softback
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An awe-inspiring overview of the development of human knowledge over the centuries! Part of the highly successful '1001' series which have sold over a million copies in the UK alone 1001 Ideas That Changed The Way We Thinkoffers not only a comprehensive history of ideas, but also an eminently brows...

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The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy
by Jacob Burckhardt ~ Paperback

For nineteenth-century Swiss historian Jacob Burckhardt, the Italian Renaissance was nothing less than the beginning of the modern world - a world in which flourishing individualism and the competition for fame radically transformed science, the arts, and politics. In this landmark work he depicts t...

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The World Turned Upside Down
by Christopher Hill ~ Paperback / softback

Within the English revolution of the mid-seventeenth century which resulted in the triumph of the protestant ethic - the ideology of the propertied class - there threatened another, quite different, revolution. Its success might have established communal property, a far wider democracy in political ...

Pre-order - out 2 May 2019
by Dale Jacquette ~ Hardback

Gottlob Frege (1848-1925) is one of the founding figures of analytic philosophy, whose contributions to logic, philosophical semantics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mathematics set the agenda for future generations of theorists in these and related areas. Dale Jacquette's lively and inc...

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Lost History
by Michael H. Morgan ~ Hardback

Essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the major role played by the early Muslim world in influencing modern society, Lost History fills an important void. Written by an award-winning author and former diplomat with extensive experience in the Muslim world, it provides new insight not on...

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The Penguin History of Economics
by Roger E. Backhouse ~ Paperback / softback

Nobody can ignore economics. There are never enough resources to go round, so human beings have always wrestled with the crucial issues of money, markets, bargaining, prices and production. In this new and authoritative history, Roger Backhouse takes the story of economics from the Greeks to the daw...

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England's Other Countrymen
by Onyeka Nubia ~ Hardback

The Tudor period remains a source of timeless fascination, with endless novels, TV programmes and films depicting the period in myriad ways. And yet our image of the Tudor era remains overwhelmingly white. This ground-breaking and provocative new book seeks to redress the balance: revealing not only...

Pre-order - out 15 Jun 2019
Ideas in Context: Series Number 119
by Gregory Conti ~ Hardback

The notion of 'representative democracy' seems unquestionably familiar today, but how did the Victorian era - the epoch when the modern democratic state was made - understand democracy, parliamentary representation, and diversity? In the famous nineteenth-century debates about representation and par...

Pre-order - out 30 Apr 2019
The History of Sexuality: v. 2
by Michel Foucault ~ Paperback

This book offers an account of the emergence of Christianity from the Ancient World. Here Foucault describes the stranger byways of Greek medicine (with its advice on the healthiest season for sex as well as on exercise and diet), the permitted ways of courting young boys, and the economists' ideas ...

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Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought
by Mikhail Bakunin ~ Paperback / softback

Statism and Anarchy is a complete English translation of the last work by the great Russian anarchist Michael Bakunin. It was written in 1873, in the aftermath of the rise of the German Empire and the clash between Bakunin and Karl Marx in the first International. Bakunin assesses the strength of ...

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Rethinking Historical Time

Is time out of joint? For the past two centuries, the dominant Western time regime has been future-oriented and based on the linear, progressive and homogeneous concept of time. Over the last few decades, there has been a shift towards a new, present-oriented regime or `presentism', made up of multi...

Pre-order - out 22 Aug 2019
50 Big Ideas You Really Need to Know
by Ben Dupre ~ Hardback

50 Big Ideas You Really Need to Know is a concise, accessible and popular guide to the central tenets of Western thought. Every important principle of philosophy, religion, politics, economics, the arts and the sciences is profiled in a series of short illustrated essays, complemented by an inform...

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100 Speeches that roused the world
by Colin Salter ~ Hardback

100 Speeches that Roused the World tells the stories behind the most inspiring, rousing and memorable speeches, from ancient Greece to the present day. A concise introduction and analysis of each speech is accompanied by key illustrations and photographs. 100 Speeches presents the power of the spo...

Pre-order - out 18 Mar 2019
Insurgent Universality
by Massimiliano Tomba ~ Hardback

Scholars commonly take the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen of 1789, written during the French Revolution, as the starting point for the modern conception of human rights. According to the Declaration, the rights of man are held to be universal, at all times and all places. But as recent...

Pre-order - out 31 Jul 2019
Between Specters of War and Visions of Peace
by Gerald M. Mara ~ Hardback

Since the beginning of the twenty-first century, recurring political violence at both state and non-state levels has eroded confidence in the progressively peaceful character of international relations, and has unsettled the parameters of political thought. Frames of peace and frames of war have, t...

Pre-order - out 30 Jun 2019
Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought
by Jean Jacques Rousseau ~ Paperback / softback

Volume II contains the later writings such as the Social Contract. The Social Contract was publicly condemned on publication causing Rousseau to flee. In exile he wrote both autobiographical and political works.Author Biographyfm.author_biographical_note1 fm.author_biographical_note2

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