‘Egypt had the longest hours in the world’ – André Aciman’s Alexandrian awakening
Biography / History / Middle East / Travel

‘Egypt had the longest hours in the world’ – André Aciman’s Alexandrian awakening

Set in Alexandria, Out of Egypt chronicles the exploits of André Aciman (author of Call Me By Your Name, now an Oscar-nominated film adaptation) and his colourful Sephardic Jewish family from its arrival in Egypt at the turn of the century to its forced departure three generations later. Aciman tells a story of childhood innocence, of intricate … Continue reading

Editor Feature | Lisa Goodrum | Art, Critical Theory, Gender and Popular Culture
Visual Culture

Editor Feature | Lisa Goodrum | Art, Critical Theory, Gender and Popular Culture

We thought you might like a little more insight into the editorial minds involved in our publishing process, so here’s a peek into the world of our Visual Culture team! Editor Lisa Goodrum has been been a part of the I.B.Tauris cohort for five fantastic years, moving from production through to editorial. With a background … Continue reading

Signature Strikes: A Necessary Evil?
Current Affairs / Middle East / News / Politics

Signature Strikes: A Necessary Evil?

In warzones, ordinary commercially-available drones are used for extraordinary reconnaissance and information gathering. They can also be used for bombings a drone carrying an explosive charge is potentially a powerful weapon. At the same time asymmetric warfare has become the norm with large states increasingly fighting marginal terrorist groups in the Middle East and elsewhere. … Continue reading

Ghosts, Guilt and Guns: The Winchester Legacy
Visual Culture

Ghosts, Guilt and Guns: The Winchester Legacy

The Winchester Rifle, the iconic gun made in New Haven, Connecticut, and sold in its hundreds of thousands around the world, mirrors American expansion at a key period in the young country’s history. The lethal repeating rifle became the defining image of America’s frontier – and was known amongst Native Americans as “the spirit gun”. … Continue reading

The I.B.Tauris 2017 Review
Arabic Fiction / Biography / China / Classics / Current Affairs / EU Referendum 2016 / History / Lists / Middle East / News / Politics / Religion / Reviews / Travel / Visual Culture

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
Competition / Visual Culture

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