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Avocado A Global History
ISBN: HB: 9781789142037, Reaktion Books, April 2020
152 pp., 19.7x12 cm, 60 illus., 50 in colour
The avocado is the iconic food of the twenty-first century. It has gone from a little-known regional food to a social media darling in less than a hundred years. This is an astounding trajectory for a fruit that isn't sweet, becomes bitter when it is...
Acts Against God A Short History of Blasphemy
ISBN: HB: 9781789142013, Reaktion Books, March 2020
224 pp., 23.4x15.6 cm
A phenomenon that spans human experience, from the ancient world right up to today's ferocious religious debates, blasphemy is an act of individuals, but also a widespread and constant presence in cultural, political and religious life. "Acts Against...
Artemisia Gentileschi and Feminism in Early Modern Europe
ISBN: HB: 9781789142020, Reaktion Books, March 2020
320 pp., 21.6x13.8 cm, 69 illus., 65 in colour
Artemisia Gentileschi is by far the most famous woman artist of the pre-modern era. Her art addresses issues that resonate today, such as sexual violence and women's problematic relationship to political power. Her powerful paintings with their vigor...
Artfulness of Death in Africa
ISBN: HB: 9781789141238, Reaktion Books, November 2019
288 pp., 24.6x18.9 cm, 89 illus., 50 in colour
If weddings are the most lavish events in most parts of the world, in Sub-Saharan Africa, by contrast, it is funerals. Funeral celebrations can be flamboyant occasions, particularly those honouring prominent people. Artworks of many kinds are created...
Afterimages On Cinema, Women and Changing Times
ISBN: HB: 9781789141221, Reaktion Books, October 2019
240 pp., 21.6x13.8 cm, 50 illus.
Marking a return for Laura Mulvey to questions of film theory and feminism, as well as a reconsideration of new and old film technologies, this urgent and compelling collection of essays is essential reading for anyone interested in the power and ple...
Australia Modern Architectures in History
ISBN: PB: 9781789141245, Reaktion Books, October 2019
320 pp., 22x17.1 cm, 200 illus.
This book tells the story of the architects and buildings that have defined Australia's architectural culture since the founding of the modern nation through Federation in 1901. That year marked the beginning of a search for city forms and better bui...
Alfred Russel Wallace
ISBN: PB: 9781789140859, Reaktion Books, March 2019
208 pp., 20x13 cm, 25 illus.
Sometimes referred to as the "Father of Biogeography", Alfred Russel Wallace is known as the co-founder of the theory of evolution, and was well-versed in zoology, botany, anthropology, politics, astronomy and psychology. Although notorious for his u...
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...
Arthur God and Hero in Avalon
ISBN: HB: 9781780239996, Reaktion Books, February 2019
224 pp., 21.6x13.8 cm, 50 illus., 10 in colour
For fifteen centuries, legends of King Arthur have inspired generations. In the misty past of a Britain under siege, half-remembered events became shrouded in ancient myth and folklore. The resulting tales were told and retold, until over time Arthur...
Afghanistan A History from 1260 to the Present Day
ISBN: HB: 9781789140101, Reaktion Books, November 2018
784 pp., 23.4x15.6 cm, 105 illus.
Located at the intersection of Asia and the Middle East, Afghanistan has been strategically important for thousands of years. Its ancient trade routes and strategic position between India, Inner Asia, China, Persia and beyond has meant the region has...