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Taíno Revival: Critical Perspectives on Puerto Rican Identity and Cultural Politics
Haslip-Viera, Gabriel, editor

Subject: Caribbean

This simulating and timely collection examines the Taíno revival movement, a grassroots conglomeration of Puerto Ricans and other Latinos who promote or have adopted the culture and pedigree of the pre-Columbian Taíno Indian population of Puerto Rico and the …

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The Bamana Empire by the Niger: Kingdom, Jihad, and Colonization, 1712-1920
Djata, Sundiata A. K.

Subject: Africa

The powerful Bamana state emerged in 1712 and centered around the Middle Niger, where most inhabitants were Bamanas with their own language and religion. It was a sophisticated society with nobles, casted groups, and slaves. The Bamanas built an empire …

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The Berbers and the Islamic States
Shatzmiller, Maya

Subject: Africa, Middle East, Religion

Medieval Fez was a main center of education, art, and commerce from the 13th to the 16th centuries after the Berber tribe of the Marinids seized power in Morocco and moved the capital from Marrakesh to Fez. As non-Arabs, they …

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The Caribbean War Front in World War II: The Untold Story of U-Boats, Spies, and Economic Warfare
Bolívar Fresneda, José

Subject: Caribbean

UPCOMING FOR MARCH 2021 “History is at its most enthralling when we discover something close to home that we could never have imagined. Such is the surprising history of the naval battles and submarines in the Caribbean during the Second …

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The Rabbi of Bacherach and Other Stories
Heine, Heinrich (illustrated by Max Liebermann; edited by Elizabeth Petuchowski)

Subject: Religion. Jewish Studies, European Studies Literature

The book includes two stories by Heinrich Heine, “The Rabbi of Bacherach” and “Shylock,” as well as the poem “Hebrew Melodies.” This beautiful edition is illustrated with the lithographs of Max Liebermann, one of of the most prominent turn-of-the-century European …

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Toward Pearl Harbor: The Diplomatic Exchange Between Japan Japan and the United States, 1889-1941
Shaffer, Ralph editor

Subject: Japan, US History

On oil boycott was the crucial factor in the attack on Pearl Harbor. It was organized by the U.S. against Japan, which feared economic strangulation, and attacked Pearl Harbor as the culmination of a period of political, economic, and …

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The Travels of Ibn Battuta to Central Asia
Ibrahimovich, Ibrahimov Nemattula

Subject: Asia, Middle East

The original Travels of Ibn Battuta ranks high amongst the masterpieces of Arabic geographical literature and is of great significance in the understanding of the history of the peoples inhabiting the Central Asian states. In 1325, Ibn Battuta, a traveler …

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The Travels of Ibn Battuta to India, the Spice Islands, and China
Ibn Battuta, author; King, Noël Q., translator; Butters, Albion, M., editor

Subject: Middle Eastern History, World History, Asia, India, China, Religion

The era in which Ibn Baṭṭūṭa traveled to the East was exciting but turbulent, cursed by the Black Plague and the fall of mighty dynasties. His chronicle provides a first-hand account of increased globalization due to the rise of …

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The Travels of William Wells Brown
Brown, William Wells (edited by Paul Jefferson)

Subject: Slavery, American History

This is the remarkable story of two trips by a fugitive slave. One is the dramatic and poignant journey of a humiliated slave up the Mississippi to the North, into freedom. The second is a glorious voyage to Europe of …

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Tropical Diaspora: The Jewish Experience in Cuba
Levine, Robert S.

Subject: Caribbean, Jewish History

LAJSA Best Book Prize Winner

“This unique, well-documented social history invites the reader to explore Cuban Jewry as a fascinating chronicle and to ‘capture the flavor of their lives.’ This is made possible by Levine’s ability to …

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Tropical Kitsch: Mass Media in Latin American Art and Literature
Santos, Lidia

Subject: Latin America

Named the Best Book on Brazilian Studies 2006 by the Latin American Studies Association

“Santos takes a keen look at the way mass culture has influenced artistic production in Latin America during the past 40 years. Santos …

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Trujillo: The Death of the Dictator
Diederich, Bernard

Subject: Caribbean

On May 30, 1961, a hail of bullets ended the life of Generalissimo Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, known to his countrymen as “The Goat” for his many revolting excesses, after thirty-one years of brutal rule over the Dominican Republic.

This book …

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The Turning Point: The Autobiography of Klaus Mann
Mann, Klaus (introduction by Shelley Frisch)

Subject: Europe, World Literature

Klaus Mann, writer of Mephisto and the oldest son of Nobel Prize winner Thomas Mann, describes the life of intellectuals in Europe before the Nazi seizure of power, then moves on to depict the restless existence of the often bohemian …

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