‘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

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

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

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

Black Art Matters – key artists from Conrad Murray’s ‘Queering Post-Black Art’
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Black Art Matters – key artists from Conrad Murray’s ‘Queering Post-Black Art’

As it’s black history month in the United States, I wanted to do a quick list of my favourite African American Artists. You can find out more information about some of them (noted in the text) in Derek Conrad Murray’s Queering Post-Black Art (I.B.Tauris 2016). If you like Matisse and Kandinsky, and have not yet … Continue reading

Q&A with Rachel Reeves MP, author of ‘Alice in Westminster: The Political Life of Alice Bacon’
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Q&A with Rachel Reeves MP, author of ‘Alice in Westminster: The Political Life of Alice Bacon’

Alice Bacon was one of the twentieth-century’s most remarkable female politicians. Born and raised in the Yorkshire town of Normanton, she defied the odds to be elected Labour MP for Leeds North East in the 1945 General Election. Famed in her home town for her unlikely love of sports cars, she was a much-respected, no-nonsense, … Continue reading

‘Make yourself disagreeable’ – Rafael Torrubia on Black Power in the past, present and future
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‘Make yourself disagreeable’ – Rafael Torrubia on Black Power in the past, present and future

As an uncertain and turbulent political era begins in the United States, the need for assertive and potent resistance has never been stronger. Rafael Torrubia’s new work Black Power and the American People provides both a comprehensive history of the movement –  and a powerful call to arms for today’s activists. Just a scant few days ago, the White House’s … Continue reading

Turkey: 2016 Politics Essential Reading List
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Turkey: 2016 Politics Essential Reading List

Turkey stands at the crossroads of world politics: caught between the West and the Middle East; bordering Syria and the frontiers of ISIS; excluded from the EU and governed by an increasingly hard-line leader. Recent events – both the failed military coup and Erdoğan’s subsequent nationwide crackdown – have propelled this young democracy into a new chapter of turbulence. Continue reading