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Santiago Pérez Triana (1858–1916) Colombian Man of Letters and Crusader for Hemispheric Unity
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Rausch, Jane

Subject: Latin Amerivan History, American History, World History, Biography,

The son of radical Colombian president Santiago Pérez Manosalbas, Pérez Triana was forced into exile after a scandal  involving his business ventures, fleeing over the Andes and down three rivers to the Atlantic and a new life in the United …

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The Saudi Kingdom: Between the Jihadi Hammer and the Iranian Anvil
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al Shihabi, Ali, Bernard Haykel

Subject: Middle Eastern History

The Saudi Kingdom: Between the Jihadi Hammer and the Iranian Anvil presents a candid and insightful analysis of Saudi Arabia’s political instability in light of the mounting domestic and international challenges facing the country today. Directly addressing Saudi Arabia’s inert …

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Shaihu Umar: A Novel About Slavery in Africa
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Balewa, Sir Abubakar Tafawa, Alhaji (edited by Beverly Mack; translated by Mervyn Hiskett)

Subject: Africa, World Literature, History of Slavery

Northern Nigeria, just before the turn of the century: a time of unrest and civil war, when the trans-Saharan slave trade still flourished. Against this turbulent backdrop is set the story of the Hausa, a black African people who practice …

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The Shiites: A Short History
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Halm, Heinz (translated by Allison Brown)

Subject: Middle East, Religion,

Combining history, comparative religion, and political interpretations, Heinz Halm elucidates Shi’ism and political developments in the Middle East for the uninformed reader. The author highlights three main aspects of Shi’a Islam: its historical development, especially the history of the Imans; the …

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Short History of the Ismailis
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Daftary, Farhad

Subject: Middle East, Religion

A major Shi’i Muslim community with a long and eventful history, the Ismailis were until recently studied primarily on the basis of the accounts of their enemies, including the Sunni polemicists and the Crusader chroniclers. As a result, a host …

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The Siege of Magdala: The British Empire Against the Emperor of Ethiopia
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Matthies, Volker (foreword by Richard Pankhurst; translated by Steven Rendall)

Subject: Africa, Europe, World History

In 1867-68, a petty diplomatic dispute between Ethiopian emperor Tewodros II and Queen Victoria led to one of the strangest and most dramatic military campaigns in history. The British Indian Army, with 60,000 men, 30,000 elephants, mules and horses, and …

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Simón Bolívar: History and Myth
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Zeuske, Michael (translated by Steven Rendall)

Subject: Latin America

All over Latin America, and especially in the Venezuela of Hugo Chavez, Latin America’s liberator, Simón Bolívar, is a political idol and symbol of that continent’s new political self-confidence. The legends about him remain alive and have been the basis for …

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Slave Revolts in Puerto Rico: Conspiracies and Uprisings, 1795-1873
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Baralt, Guillermo A.

Subject: Caribbean

Winner of the Puerto Rico PEN Club Award

From the emergence of the first sugar plantations up until 1873, when slavery was abolished, the wealth amassed by many landowners in Puerto Rico derived mainly from the exploitation …

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Slavery in the Islamic Middle East
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Marmon, Shaun E., editor

Subject: Middle East, Religion

Slavery, recognized and regulated by Islamic law, was an integral part of Muslim societies in the Middle East well into modern times. Recruited from the “Abode of War” by means of trade or warfare, slaves began their lives in the …

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Slavery on the Frontiers of Islam
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Lovejoy, Paul E., editor

Subject: Africa, Middle East, Religion,History of Slavery,Latin America

This collection of essays offers a new paradigm, in which the trans-Saharan and trans-Atlantic worlds of slavery are brought into focus under the same lens. While slave studies have considered either trans-Atlantic or Islamic slavery, rarely has any study combined …

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Somoza and the Legacy of U.S. Involvement in Central America
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Diederich, Bernard

Subject: Caribbean, Latin America, Us History

This engaging story of Nicaragua’s notorious tyrant is more than a biography. Solidly written for a general as well as scholarly audience, it paints a portrait of the man against a backdrop of Nicaragua’s political structure, social circumstance, and economic …

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Space and History in the Caribbean
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Lara, Oruno D.

Subject: Caribbean

Oruno D. Lara explains the history of the Caribbean as a history of exploitation.

From Christopher Columbus to the modern vacationer, outside observers have looked upon the Caribbean as a paradise on earth. However, behind the images of sea, …

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Starting With Food: Culinary Approaches to Ottoman History
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Singer, Amy, editor

Subject: Middle East

Food is a marker of identity, culture, and class, and it denotes power, routine, leisure, and celebration. Despite its importance to every aspect of historical research, this topic has not been sufficiently explored in Ottoman history. This volume places the …

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Stella: The Epic Saga of the Haitian Revolution
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Bergeaud, Emeric (translated by Adriana Umaña Hossman; introduction by Luis Duno-Gottberg)

Subject: Caribbean, Latin America: Colonialism, World Literature

Emeric Bergeaud’s Stella (1859), the first Haitian novel ever published, combines descriptions of moving scenes with factual accounts of the thirteen years of the Haitian revolution (1791-1804). Stella is an epic saga: the novel’s chapter headings refer to major events in Haiti’s history, and …

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The Story of the Jamaican People
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Sherlock, Philip and Hazel Bennett

Subject: Caribbean

The last general history of Jamaica was published in 1960. Since then, the country has become an independent nation and has developed a new sense of national identity out of the experience of 450 years of European colonization, African slavery, …

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Sudan in Turmoil: Hasan al-Turabi and the Islamist State, 1989-2003
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Collins, Robert O. and J. Millard Burr

Subject: Africa

Sudan was the first Islamist nation created within the larger Sunni community. The authors specifically focus on the activity of Sudanese intellectual Hasan al-Turabi, the eminence gris of the Sudanese Islamist movement and its political guide (murshid). Turabi, a prominent …

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Sufism and Politics
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Heck, Paul L., editor

Subject: Middle East, Religion

Sufism is often overlooked when it comes to scholarly consideration of the politics of the Muslim world. This is partly due to the difficulty of defining Sufism, which is both spiritual outlook and social institution. Both aspects, however, have been …

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Sufism and Religious Brotherhoods in Senegal
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Mbacké, Khadim (edited by John Hunwick; translated by Eric Ross)

Subject: Africa, Religion

This book is a study of the state of Islam in Senegal and of the religious factors that influence it. Islam in Senegal is characterized by the strong intrenchment of a certain number of Sufi brotherhoods. In effect, the majority …

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