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The I.B.Tauris 2017 Review
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The I.B.Tauris 2017 Review

As 2017 draws to a close, the I.B.Tauris staff have again taken the chance to reflect on their favourite books, from our own (strong) stable – and from further afield. As usual, there’s a wonderfully eclectic range, so dive in!   Madeleine Hamey-Thomas; Visual Culture Editor I.B.Tauris Book of the Year: China’s Forgotten People: Xinjiang, … Continue reading

The Heroes of Novorossiisk: an extract from ‘Myth Making in the Soviet Union and Modern Russia’ by Vicky Davis
History / Second World War

The Heroes of Novorossiisk: an extract from ‘Myth Making in the Soviet Union and Modern Russia’ by Vicky Davis

The 1943 battle to free the Soviet Black Sea port of Novorossiisk from German occupation was fought from the beach head of Malaia zemlia, where the young Colonel Leonid Brezhnev saw action. Despite widespread scepticism of the state’s appropriation and inflation of this historical event, the heroes of the campaign are still commemorated in Novorossiisk … Continue reading

The Everyman in Videogames: An exclusive extract from ‘On Video Games’ by Soraya Murray
Visual Culture / Competition

The Everyman in Videogames: An exclusive extract from ‘On Video Games’ by Soraya Murray

Video games are a defining part of mass visual culture. Today over half of all American households own a dedicated game console and gaming industry profits trump those of the film industry worldwide. In this book, Soraya Murray moves past the technical discussions of games and offers a fresh and incisive look at their cultural … Continue reading

Lunch With Howard Carter: An exclusive extract from ‘Aristocrats and Archaeologists’ by Toby Wilkinson and Julian Platt
Author Journal / Biography / Classics / Middle East / Travel / Visual Culture

Lunch With Howard Carter: An exclusive extract from ‘Aristocrats and Archaeologists’ by Toby Wilkinson and Julian Platt

From the introduction by Toby Wilkinson This book tells the story of an Edwardian journey on the Nile in the winter of 1907–1908. At its core is a remarkable series of letters which provide a first-hand account of the three-month trip—the sites visited, the passengers aboard and the people encountered ashore, the clashes of culture … Continue reading

NEW: Exclusive extract from ‘Nationalism and Yugoslavia’ by Pieter Troch
Current Affairs / History / Politics

NEW: Exclusive extract from ‘Nationalism and Yugoslavia’ by Pieter Troch

Created by the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, ‘Yugoslavia’ was a combination of ethnically and linguistically diverse peoples – Slovenes, Croats and Serbs but also Bosnians, Kosovans, Macedonians, Muslims and Montenegrins. The Great Powers believed that a coherent identity could be formed in which all the differing people of the state could identify with a … Continue reading

NEW: Exclusive extract from ‘Westminster Diary Volume 2: Farewell to Office’ by Bernard Donoughue
Current Affairs / Politics

NEW: Exclusive extract from ‘Westminster Diary Volume 2: Farewell to Office’ by Bernard Donoughue

As New Labour’s first period of government picks up steam, we find Bernard Donoughue working as a minister at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing and Food. In this, the second volume of Donoughue’s House of Lords diaries, he chronicles his experiences – often frustrating, often hilarious – serving in the early years of Blair’s government, … Continue reading

NEW: Exclusive extract from ‘All the Battles’ by Maan Abu Taleb
Visual Culture

NEW: Exclusive extract from ‘All the Battles’ by Maan Abu Taleb

Saed leads a comfortable, yet boring, middle-class life. That is, until one afternoon, he leaves work early and crosses into the rough side of town, in search of a run-down boxing club. His obsession with this underground sport grows: he starts skipping work and showing up with visible injuries. Things begin to unravel as he … Continue reading

Exclusive extract from ‘Cyborg Theology’ by Scott A. Midson
Visual Culture

Exclusive extract from ‘Cyborg Theology’ by Scott A. Midson

‘The cyborg, it must be noted, is not a singular or simple figure. To assume either of these positions is to misunderstand that figure and to neglect the nuances of its critiques and alternative articulations, or to misconstrue them. Like the notions of the human that it interacts with, the cyborg has a complex genealogy. Indeed, the label ‘cyborg’ has … Continue reading

Extracts from ‘Chasing the Chinese Dream’ by Nick Holdstock
China / News / Travel

Extracts from ‘Chasing the Chinese Dream’ by Nick Holdstock

To celebrate the publication of Nick Holdstock’s Chasing the Chinese Dream: Stories from Modern China, we’ve chosen some vignettes from the book to give you flavour of its surreal, picaresque and immersive atmosphere.   Journalist and writer Nick Holdstock has travelled the length of this huge country in order to find out the reality behind this rhetoric – from … Continue reading

The I.B.Tauris Summer Reading List 2017
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The I.B.Tauris Summer Reading List 2017

With summer reaching its traditional drizzly climax, I’m sure your thoughts are turning to the most important issue of the season: which books to take on holiday? Here at IBT we’ve come up with a few suggestions, both from our own stables and from further afield. We hope you enjoy our picks! ~ Tom Stottor … Continue reading