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2009: Brownshirt Princess: A Study of the “Nazi Conscience”

Princess Marie Adelheid of Lippe-Biesterfeld was a rebellious young writer who became a fervent Nazi. Heinrich Vogeler was a well-regarded artist who was to join the German Communist Party. Ludwig Roselius was a successful businessman who had made a fortune from his invention of decaffeinated coffee. What was it about the revolutionary climate following World War I that induced three such different personalities to collaborate in the production of a slim volume of poetry

  • ISBN (print) : 9781906924072
  • ISBN (e-book) : 9781906924089

2010: The End and the Beginning: The Book of My Life

First published in Germany in 1929, The End and the Beginning is a memoir of a rebellious young woman’s struggle to achieve independence. Born in 1883 into a wealthy aristocratic family of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire, Hermynia Zur Mühlen spent much of her childhood travelling in Europe and North Africa with her diplomat father. After five years on her German husband’s estate in czarist Russia she broke with both her family and her husband and set out on a precarious career as a professional writer.

  • ISBN (print) : 9781906924287
  • ISBN (e-book): 978190692429

2013: On History: Introduction to World History (1831); Opening Address at the Faculty of Letters, 9 January 1834; Preface to History of France (1869)

 Jules Michelet. Translated by Flora Kimmich, Lionel Gossman, and Edward K. Kaplan. Foreword by Lionel Gossman.

Edited by Lionel Gossman, this volume contains three programmatic essays by Michelet. The first two are available here for the first time in English translation. The third, the Preface to the 1869 edition of the Histoire de France, originally published in its first English translation by Edward K. Kaplan in his Michelet’s Poetic Vision (1977), has been revised by the translator for this volume. Curated by leading scholars and translators this volume provides essential reading for anybody interested in modern French and European history.

A free online-only supplement contains an essay on Michelet by John Stuart Mill from the Edinburgh Review (January 1844) and several studies of Michelet by Lionel Gossman.

  • ISBN (Paperback) : 9781909254701
  • ISBN (Hardback) : 9781909254718
  • ISBN (PDF) : 9781909254725
  • ISBN (e-book (epub)) : 9781909254732
  • ISBN (e-book (mobi)) : 9781909254749


2013: The Passion of Max von Oppenheim: Archaeology and Intrigue in the Middle East from Wilhelm II  to Hitler

Born into a prominent German Jewish banking family, Baron Max von Oppenheim (1860-1946) was a keen amateur archaeologist and ethnologist. His discovery and excavation of Tell Halaf in Syria marked an important contribution to knowledge of the ancient Middle East, while his massive study of the Bedouins is still consulted by scholars today. He was also an ardent German patriot, eager to support his country’s pursuit of its “place in the sun”.
Excluded by his part-Jewish ancestry from the regular diplomatic service, Oppenheim earned a reputation as “the Kaiser’s spy” because of his intriguing against the British in Cairo, as well as his plan, at the start of the First World War, to incite Muslims under British, French and Russian rule to a jihad against the colonial powers. After 1933, despite being half-Jewish according to the Nuremberg Laws, Oppenheim was not persecuted by the Nazis. In fact, he placed his knowledge of the Middle East and his connections with Muslim leaders at the service of the regime.
Click here to listen to Lionel Gossman talking about The Passion of Max von Oppenheim, in the second episode of the three-part series World War One Through Arab Eyes broadcast by Al Jazeera.
  • ISBN (Paperback) : 9781909254206
  • ISBN (Hardback): 9781909254213
  • ISBN (PDF) : 9781909254220
  • ISBN (e-book (epub)) : 9781909254237
  • ISBN (e-book (mobi)) : 9781909254244


In the wake of Glasgow’s transformation in the nineteenth-century into an industrial powerhouse — the “Second City of the Empire” — a substantial part of the old town of Adam Smith degenerated into an overcrowded and disease-ridden slum. The Old Closes and Streets of Glasgow, Thomas Annan’s photographic record of this central section of the city prior to its demolition in accordance with the City of Glasgow Improvements Act of 1866, is widely recognized as a classic of nineteenth-century documentary photography. Annan’s achievement as a photographer of paintings, portraits and landscapes is less widely known. Thomas Annan of Glasgow: Pioneer of the Documentary Photograph offers a handy, comprehensive and copiously illustrated overview of the full range of the photographer’s work. The book opens with a brief account of the immediate context of Annan’s career as a photographer: the astonishing florescence of photography in Victorian Scotland. Successive chapters deal with each of the main fields of his activity, touching along the way on issues such as the nineteenth-century debate over the status of photography — a mechanical practice or an artistic one? — and the still ongoing controversies surrounding the documentary photograph in particular. While the text itself is intended for the general reader, extensive endnotes amplify particular themes and offer guidance to readers interested in pursuing them further.

  • ISBN (Paperback) : 9781783741274
  • ISBN (Hardback) : 9781783741281
  • ISBN (PDF): 9781783741298
  • ISBN (e-book (epub)) : 9781783741304
  • ISBN (e-book (mobi)) : 9781783741311