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End Artists' Late and Last Works
ISBN: HB: 9781789141313, Reaktion Books, October 2019
248 pp., 20.8x15.6 cm, 60 illus., 24 in colour
When is a work of art finished? Can it be complete in a mental sense? And who decides? In this highly original and wide-ranging study, Carel Blotkamp explores the concept and manifestations of "the end" in art. From the idea of a mortal end to the n...
Hans Holbein Revised and Expanded Second Edition
ISBN: PB: 9781780231716, Reaktion Books, October 2019
352 pp., 21.6x13.8 cm, 288 illus., 85 in colour
Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8-1543), one of the most versatile and admired painters of the Northern Renaissance, trained under his father in Augsburg and then worked for leading patrons in Switzerland before settling in England as Court Painter to...
Fabulosa! The Story of Polari, Britain's Secret Gay Language
ISBN: HB: 9781789141320, Reaktion Books, July 2019
320 pp., 21.6x13.8 cm, 39 illus.
Polari is a language that was used chiefly by gay men in the first half of the twentieth century. At a time when being gay could result in criminal prosecution – or worse – Polari offered its speakers a degree of public camouflage, a way of expressin...
Boxing A Cultural History (New Edition)
ISBN: PB: 9781789140514, Reaktion Books, June 2019
576 pp., 21x14.8 cm, 152 illus.
Throughout history potters, sculptors, painters, poets, novelists, cartoonists, song-writers, photographers and film-makers have recorded and made sense of boxing. In her encyclopaedic investigation of the shifting social, political and cultural reso...
Eyewitnessing The Uses of Images as Historical Evidence
ISBN: PB: 9781789140613, Reaktion Books, June 2019
304 pp., 19.8x12.9 cm, 82 illus.
"Eyewitnessing" evaluates the place of images among other kinds of historical evidence. By reviewing the many varieties of images by region, period and medium, and looking at the pragmatic uses of images (e.g. the Bayeux Tapestry, an engraving of a p...
Five Years Ahead of My Time Garage Rock from the 1950s to the Present
ISBN: PB: 9781789140651, Reaktion Books, May 2019
224 pp., 21x14.8 cm, 40 illus.
"Five Years Ahead of My Time: Garage Rock from the 1950s to the Present" tells of an explosive musical phenomenon whose continuing influence on popular culture is dramatic and deep. The tale begins in 1950s America, when classic rock 'n' roll was rea...
Arnold Schoenberg
ISBN: PB: 9781789140873, Reaktion Books, February 2019
224 pp., 20x13 cm, 35 illus.
The most radical and divisive composer of the twentieth century, Arnold Schoenberg remains a hero to many, and a villain to many others. Born in the Jewish quarter of his beloved Vienna, Schoenberg's early career took him to Berlin, as a leading ligh...
Gilded Youth Privilege, Rebellion and the British Public School
ISBN: HB: 9781789140668, Reaktion Books, February 2019
296 pp., 23.4x15.6 cm, 9 illus.
The British public school is an iconic institution, a training ground for the ruling elite and a symbol of national identity and tradition. But beyond the elegant architecture and evergreen playing fields is a turbulent history of teenage rebellion,...
History of Feelings
ISBN: HB: 9781789140675, Reaktion Books, January 2019
240 pp., 23.4x15.6 cm, 19 illus.
What does it mean to feel something? What stimulates our desires, aspirations and dreams? Did our ancestors feel in the same way to us? Historians have tried to make sense of our feelings, passions, moods, emotions and sentiments over the last decade...
North Pole Nature and Culture
ISBN: PB: 9781789140088, Reaktion Books, December 2018
208 pp., 21x14.8 cm, 100 illus., 50 in colour
In "North Pole", Michael Bravo explains how visions of the North Pole have been supremely important to the world's cultures and political leaders, from Alexander the Great to neo- Hindu nationalists. Tracing poles and polarity back to sacred ancient...