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History – Archaeology ..............................................................................................................................5 Earth Sciences........................................................................................................................................ 65 Natural Sciences .................................................................................................................................... 71 Psychology ............................................................................................................................................. 73 Philosophy ............................................................................................................................................. 76 Theology ................................................................................................................................................ 83 Classics – Modern Language Studies ..................................................................................................... 91 Art History – Architecture ..................................................................................................................... 94 Musicology ............................................................................................................................................ 96

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Tilling the Soil: How Hunter-Gatherers Became Farmers Vom Jäger und Sammler zum Bauern. Die Neolithische Revolution by Detlef Gronenborn and Thomas Terberger © February 2014 Imprint: Konrad Theiss 112 pages, about 100 images ISBN 978-3-8062-2189-3

With the advent of agriculture, humanity made a giant leap forward. Sedentarism and regular harvests caused an increase in population which itself resulted in more complex social structures. However, this transition did not occur as abruptly as is often claimed. Rather, this very multilayered process developed – in Central Europe – over many centuries between, roughly, 6500 and 3500 BC. During this time developed not only extensive relations of commercial and cultural exchange, as well as new technologies such as mining and metallurgy; this was also the time at which villages and even town-like settlements emerged as religious and political centres. At least some of these developments appear to have been caused by climate change. Detlef Gronenborn is Professor of Prehistory at Mainz University. Thomas Terberger is Professor of Prehistory at Greifswald University. temporary cover

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The Queen of Sheba: Myth and History Die Königin von Saba. Mythos und Geschichte by Ulfrid Kleinert © December 2013 Imprint: WBG 144 pages, about 50 images ISBN 978-3-534-25717-1

The Queen of Sheba is one of the great mythic figures – and yet remains oddly anonymous. If indeed she was an historical figure, her kingdom would have lain in the lands of the Sabaeans, in the southern half of the Arabian Peninsula. She is first mentioned in the Old Testament, as a woman of exceeding wisdom and immeasurable wealth, who travels to Jerusalem to meet King Solomon. Re-emerging in the New Testament, she is also mentioned in the Qur’an as well as in Ethiopic sources. According to the latter tradition, a son she had by King Solomon became the ancestor of the Ethiopian royal line. Ulfrid Kleinert follows the traces of this most mythical of queens, covering also her afterlife in European and Ethiopian literature and art. Ulfrid Kleinert is Professor of Diaconal Studies at the Protestant School of Social Work, Dresden.

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When Gods Were Men An Anthology of Ancient Near Eastern Literature Als die Götter Mensch waren. Eine Anthologie altorientalischer Literatur by Sabina Franke (ed.) © 2013 Imprint: Philipp von Zabern 120 pages ISBN 978-3-8053-4681-8

Whether it is myths, epics, or fairy tales – the literature of the ancient Near Eastern cultures has not lost any of its appeal. Here we find, among others, a tale of the worm that causes toothaches; the myth of how the goddess Ishtar tried to break the power of the netherworld; a legend of an infant abandoned on the flood, rose to become a mighty ruler; as well as the ancient Near Eastern account of a great deluge which corresponds to the story of Noah in the Old Testament. Then there are everyday stories like the one about the life of a pupil in the ancient Near East; spells against the crying of a baby; or the revenge taken by a poor man on an arrogant town official. Together, they demonstrate the richness of ancient Near Eastern literature. Sabina Franke’s book is nothing less than a journey to the birthplace of literature in ancient Mesopotamia – so far from us, and yet so close. Sabina Franke is a lecturer in ancient Near Eastern studies at Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg.

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Mesopotamia: Cradle of Civilisation, Area of Crisis Mesopotamien. Wiege der Zivilisation und aktueller Krisenherd by Wolfgang Korn © 2013 Imprint: Konrad Theiss 176 pages, about 120 images ISBN 978-3-8062-2535-8

Mesopotamia – what today is Iraq and the neighbouring regions of Syria, Turkey, and Iran – is one of the richest areas on the globe in terms of human cultural heritage. At the moment, however, the region is perhaps the most problematic global trouble spot. Due to constant threats of drought, flooding, and armed conflict, however, Mesopotamia has had a long, troubled history. This series of crises and wars, running through the history of the region like the famous red thread, has all the same prompted progress. Thus Mesopotamia is the origin of cities and roads, writing and money, irrigation and flood protection, civic and military administration. Through a survey of the 6,000-year history of Mesopotamia, Wolfgang Korn lets readers understand current developments in this crucial region. Wolfgang Korn has widely published on topics in history, cultural history, and archaeology, in newspapers and magazines such as DIE ZEIT, Mare, Geo, and DAMALS.

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Mysterious Hieroglyphs: New Explorations in the History of the Alphabet Hieroglyphen mit Geheimnis. Neue Erkenntnisse zur Entstehung unseres Alphabets by Karl-Theodor Zauzich © March 2014 Imprint: Philipp von Zabern 144 pages, about 8 images ISBN 978-3-8053-4756-3

The hieroglyphic script of ancient Egypt has never lost its fascination and its spellbinding allure. Indeed, some of its secrets have never been revealed – until now. In his latest book, KarlTheodor Zauzich undertakes to solve the riddle of how the hieroglyphs eventually became the alphabet we use today. The quest for the origins of the alphabet is almost as old as human scholarship itself, and began in classical antiquity already. Entire libraries have been written on this problem, but no satisfactory solution has been found. Arguing against the current opinion, Karl-Theodor Zauzich persuasively revives a 150-year-old theory according to which our alphabet descends – via a number of intermediate steps – from the hieroglyphs of ancient Egypt. Karl-Theodor Zauzich is Emeritus Professor of Egyptology at Würzburg University.

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Cheops’s Secret: The Scientific Conquest of Egypt Cheops' Geheimnis. Die wissenschaftliche Eroberung Ägyptens by Erhard Oeser © 2013 Imprint: WBG 208 pages, about 30 images ISBN 978-3-534-26055-3

Since the time of the ancient Greeks, the Great Pyramid of Cheops has been one of the great mysteries of mankind. Throughout the ages, people were fascinated by it: with its magnificent construction, and its intricate design, did it not have to be more than just the tomb of a dead ruler? For centuries, mathematicians and astronomers, archaeologists, generals and esoterics have tried to unlock the secret of the Great Pyramid, hoping to discover the key to an arcane knowledge hidden inside. Erhard Oeser uncovers the peculiar twists and turns of two and a half millennia of study and investigation, as well as their political and economic background. This first book on the history of the exploration of the Great Pyramid of Cheops is a real page-turner! Erhard Oeser is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Theory of Science at Vienna University, where he is also head of the Department of the Philosophy of Science.

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Hatshepsut Hatschepsut by Peter Nadig © April 2014 Imprint: Philipp von Zabern 224 pages, about 10 images ISBN 978-3-8053-4763-1

Hardly any figure of Ancient Egypt is as shrouded in mystery as Hatshepsut, the legendary pharaoh. After the death of her husband (and brother), she acceded to the throne, acting as regent for her young stepson (and nephew), Thutmosis III. Soon she began, however, to use the traditional titles, and insignia, of the rightful pharaoh. In pictorial and sculptural representations, she began to be depicted as a man. When Hatshepsut died after a reign of almost twentytwo years, Egypt had seen a prosperous period that is rightly counted among the greatest eras in the history of Egypt. The superb edifices erected on the banks of the Nile in Hatshepsut’s name testify to this. But who was this enigmatic pharaoh, really? And why, after the death of such a glorious ruler, was there a complete obliteration of her (and his) reign from historical memory? Peter Nadig is Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at the Free University of Berlin.

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Abydos: Gate to the Egyptian Underworld Abydos. Tor zur ägyptischen Unterwelt by Ute Effland and Andreas Effland © 2013 Imprint: Philipp von Zabern 144 pages, about 100 images ISBN 978-3-8053-4541-5

Situated on the western bank of the Nile about 160 kilometres (100 miles) north of Luxor, Abydos was one of the most important religious centres of Ancient Egypt, and the main sanctuary of the god Osiris. The cult of Osiris, and his veneration through esoteric rituals, was deeply connected bound with a wish to partake of the god’s death – and especially of his subsequent resurrection. Abydos became a cultic centre entirely dedicated to the hope for a life beyond death, a triumph over death. The great temple of Osiris formed the backdrop to a long procession of pharaohs and humble citizens seeking communion with their god. Ute and Andreas Effland present this remarkable place, its history and architecture, through stirring texts and striking photographs. Ute Effland is an Egyptologist and the head of a research project on the cult of Osiris at Abydos, located at the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo. Andreas Effland is an Egyptologist and a researcher on the Edfu project at the Göttingen Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Benefactions of the Gods: Eumenes II and the Secret behind the Great Frieze of the Pergamon Altar Die Wohltaten der Götter. König Eumenes II. und die Figuren am großen Fries des Pergamonaltars by Barbara Demandt © 2013 Imprint: Philipp von Zabern 144 pages, about 20 images ISBN 978-3-8053-4599-6

The Pergamon Altar is one of the masterpieces of classical art. Its builder, king Eumenes II of Pergamon, erected it to thank the gods for all their benefactions – after all, he had survived a number of attempts on his life, and had fought in several wars. Barbara Demandt tells the story of this legendary ruler, focusing especially on correspondences between his biography and the events depicted on the altar friezes. There, we find images of Celts (who had been lifelong enemies to Eumenes), and Hannibal, who had wanted to assassinate the king by means of a devious trick. Barbara Demandt’s book sheds new and surprising light on the Pergamon Altar and its builder, and solves its many myteries. Barbara Demandt is an historian; she travels extensively for her research.

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Halicarnassus and the Maussolleion The Most Advanced City-Planning of Late Classicism and the Tomb of the Carian King Maussollos Halikarnassos und das Maussolleion. Die modernste Stadtanlage der späten Klassik und der als Weltwunder gefeierte Grabtempel des karischen Königs Maussollos by Wolfram Hoepfner © 2013 Imprint: Philipp von Zabern 144 pages, about 77 images ISBN 978-3-8053-4609-2

Like so many rulers of antiquity, the Carian king, Maussollos, was all but obsessed with architecture and building projects. Halicarnassus, the city he had planned, became a model for the residences and metropolises of later, Hellenistic kings. His sepulchral monument in the city centre, built by the most renowned artists and artisans of late classicism, was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Its site and even its remains in modern Bodrum, Turkey, are aweinspiring. For over a hundred years, however, there remained many a mystery about the Maussoleion, especially when archaeologists and architectural scholars tried to reconcile their empirical findings with what ancient authors had written about the monument. In this book, Wolfram Hoepfner finally places the Maussoleion – and the great city of Halicarnassus– in their historical, archaeological, and architectural context. Wolfram Hoepfner is Professor of Classical Architecture at the Free University of Berlin.

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Demosthenes Demosthenes by Wolfgang Will © October 2013 Imprint: WBG 248 pages, about 24 images ISBN 978-3-534-25335-7

Demonsthenes (384–322 BC), greatest of the Attic orators, is usually considered a fearless champion of Greek liberty vis-à-vis an imperial superpower. This myth, which dates itself from antiquity, went unchallenged far into modern times, and Demonsthenes’ famous ‘Philippics’ were often used to warn against threats from the outside – or the dangers of a lack of unity within. In contrast to this popular image of Demosthenes, Wolfgang Will demonstrates that Demosthenes the statesman was operating within a democratic system whose rules he had to follow. This critical biography opens up a new perspective on the personality of the great Attic statesman, and finally does away with outdated clichés. Wolfgang Will is Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at Bonn University.

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The First Reporter: Herodotus and the Birth of Journalism Der erste Reporter. Herodots Berichte aus aller Welt by Hakan Baykal © 2013 Imprint: Primus 160 pages ISBN 978-3-86312-040-5

More than 2,400 years ago, the ancient Greek historian, Herodotus, wrote his “Histories,” in which he chronicled his compatriots’ wars against the Persians. He did not limit himself, however, to recounting battles, triumphs, and defeats. At the same time that Herodotus reports on Persian expansion in the West and East, reaching the Mediterranean and India, respectively, he paints a vivid tableau teeming with life: exotic animals and plants, strange climates and unknown regions – and he tells of the people living in those parts, their mores and their gods. Ever since antiquity, Herodotus has been suspected for not always staying true to the facts; later scholars have accused him of making things up and giving in to hearsay all too readily – but isn’t that part of what makes a truly gifted reporter? Hakan Baykal is an author and a journalist. He lives in Berlin.

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A Strategist in Exile: Xenophon and the Death of Thucydides Der verbannte Stratege. Xenophon und der Tod des Thukydides by Rainer Nickel © March 2014 Imprint: Philipp von Zabern 144 pages ISBN 978-3-8053-4755-6

After an abortive military operation in the war between Athens and Sparta, for which he was thought responsible, the Greek historian, Thucydides, was ordered by an Athenian court to leave his native city of Athens, and had to go into exile on the north coast of the Aegean. There, he spent the remaining years of the Peloponnesian War. After his return from exile, he met the young Xenophon, who was deeply impressed by this encounter. Shortly afterwards, however, Thucydides disappears without a trace. Rainer Nickel’s account of Xenophon’s audacious quest to find Thucydides, ‘the failed strategos,’ combines historical fact and fictionalised flashbacks in a coherent narrative. Rainer Nickel is an educationalist and a classical scholar. He is an adjunct lecturer in classics at Marburg University.

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Unter dem Schutz der Götter. Greek Life and Culture as Seen Through Art Unter dem Schutz der Götter. Griechisches Leben im Spiegel der Kunst by Patrick Schollmeyer © March 2014 Imprint: Philipp von Zabern 144 pages, about 120 images ISBN 978-3-8053-4764-8

This book offers readers a comprehensive panorama of ancient Greek life. Through a reconstruction of everyday reality in the ancient world, we may see the material traces of Greek antiquity with the eyes of a contemporary, make images talk, and decipher hidden meanings. This kind of deciphering is the main concern of Patrick Schollmeyer’s book. Accordingly, he focuses on questions such as: What can classical art tell us about living and dying in ancient Greece? What functions did those artefacts have? How were they perceived, and on which occasions were they used? What do they tell us about the beliefs and mentality of their former owners? How did the Greeks perceive their surroundings, their enemies, and strangers? Patrick Schollmeyer is a lecturer in archaeology at Mainz University.

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The Golden Age: How Augustus Re-Invented Rome Das Goldene Zeitalter. Wie Augustus Rom neu erfand by Jörg Fündling © 2013 Imprint: Primus 160 pages, about 80 images ISBN 978-3-86312-035-1

The emperor Caesar Augustus has been praised as a prince of peace and the saviour of Rome; others have condemned him as a civil war profiteer and the man who dug the grave of republican liberty. One of the great innovators of ancient times, Augustus as a historical figure emerged from decades of crisis and bloodshed, harnessing a unique blend of signals of stability, a real increase in prosperity, well-staged moments of success, and ruthless power politics. The rise of Augustus was, at the same time, the rise of a vulnerable young warlord to divine status. At the height of his fame, Augustus was a deified symbol of everything that was awe-inspiring in ancient culture; a founder of dynasties and empires; tutelary deity of the Roman state; and a self-assured agent in the history of salvation. Rome, the Roman Empire, and its inhabitants all play vital parts in this lavishly illustrated book on the Augustan revolution. Jörg Fündling is a lecturer in ancient history at Aachen University.

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August, 14 AD: The Last Days of Augustus August 14. Der Tod des Kaisers Augustus by Holger Sonnabend © 2013 Imprint: Primus 160 pages ISBN 978-3-86312-026-9

When the Roman emperor Augustus died in August of 14 AD, he was seventy-six years old. All his life, he had been a true master of political staging. Consequently, he turned his last days, too, into a carefully staged public event. Assuming the roles of ‘common citizen’ and ‘modest family man,’ he nonetheless stressed that he was concerned with the common weal right up to his last breath. This book presents a new and highly unusual take on Roman political history. Analysing the last days of Augustus, his dying and his death, Holger Sonnabend opens new and deeply illuminating vistas on the rule of Augustus as a whole, as well as his political and cultural afterlife. Holger Sonnabend is Professor of Ancient History at Stuttgart University.

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Caracalla. Emperor – Tyrant – General Caracalla. Kaiser - Tyrann - Feldherr by Archaeological State Museum of Baden-Wurttemberg (ed.) © 2013 Imprint: Philipp von Zabern 144 pages, about 152 images ISBN 978-3-8053-4611-5

Together with an unusually grim portrait bust, Caracalla’s reputation as a tyrant and a fratricide has shaped his image in history. However, his name is not only connected with despotic rule, the killing of a brother, and unspeakable brutality; but also with the Severan era of prosperity, the conferment of Roman citizenship on all inhabitants of the Empire in 212 AD, and a successful campaign against the Germanic tribes exactly 1,800 years ago. The authors gathered in this volume paint an altogether realistic and multifaceted picture of the emperor Caracalla and his time. At the centre of attention of this book are Caracalla’s personality, the dramatic changes the Roman Empire underwent during his reign, and the events just before – and during – the campaign against the Germanic tribes, events which proved the beginning of the great struggle between the Romans and their Germanic opponents throughout the third century AD.

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Learning and Suffering: Ancient Roman Schooling and Education Lernen und Leiden. Schule im alten Rom by Karl-Wilhelm Weeber © March 2014 Imprint: Primus 160 pages, about 15 images ISBN 978-3-8062-2895-3

A tiny shack just off the market square, throngs of pedestrians all around, heavy traffic, barking dogs, curious passers-by stopping and staring, and the stentorian voice of the teacher barely managing to drown out this mayhem – quite obviously, schooling in ancient Rome was something completely different from schooling today. There was no compulsory attendance; there were no official curricula; neither was there any kind of regulated teacher training. Anybody could call themselves ‘teacher’ and start their own school. Karl-Wilhelm Weeber gives an honest account of the reality of education in ancient Rome, covering all three tiers of the Roman school system, the primary school, the ‘grammar school’ equivalent of being taught by a ‘grammaticus,’ and the rhetorical training similar in prestige to today’s university education. This book offers a colourful picture of the (mostly rough) teaching methods and their results, the contents of the Roman curriculum, as well as the theory behind the Roman educational system. Karl-Wilhelm Weeber is Professor of Ancient History at Wuppertal University. He also lectures on the teacher training programme of the classics department at Bochum University. temporary cover

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How to Become a Roman Emperor A Job Applicant’s Guide for Aspiring Caesars Berufsziel: Römischer Kaiser. Ausbildung – Bewerbung – Karriere by Stephan Berry © 2013 Imprint: Philipp von Zabern 144 pages ISBN 978-3-8053-4554-5

How do I become a Roman Emperor? What kind of income can I expect? Would it be possible that my subjects revere me as a god? And how do I reconcile my family life and my new job? Stephan Berry’s tongue-in-cheek self-help guide for aspiring Caesars contains a wealth of tips and tricks for anyone willing to climb the career ladder to its very top. Not only does it provide valuable advice concerning the application process, everyday life on the job, and career planning; it also paints a lively and well-founded picture of an important professional group of classical antiquity. Stephan Berry offers a fresh, new perspective on the (Professional) Lives of the Caesars – as men doing a job that is at times difficult, but not without its perks – provided you don’t bungle your initial salary negotiations! Stephan Berry is a Berlin-based freelance author of non-fiction.

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Roman Military History Römische Militärgeschichte by Eduard Nemeth and Florian Fodorean © March 2014 Imprint: WBG 144 pages ISBN 978-3-534-06831-9

From a tiny farming settlement on the banks of the Tiber to the mighty Roman Empire – the rise of Rome was one of the most startling expansion movements in history. In it, the efficiency and structural organisation of the Roman military played a decisive role. But the legions did not only conquer a giant territory, they also spread the Latin language and Roman culture. Based on the most recent research, two renowned experts in Roman military history, Eduard Nemeth and Florian Fodorean, sketch the development of the Roman military from the citizens’ army of republican times to the ‘barbarianised’ armies of late antiquity. Apart from the peculiarities of Roman military organisation, the authors analyse Roman strategy, victories and defeats, giving, on the whole, a concise introduction to Roman military history.

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Life Juices of the Ancient World How Water, Wine, and Oil Shaped Roman Culture Wasser, Wein und Öl. Die Lebenssäfte der römischen Welt by Karl-Wilhelm Weeber © 2013 Imprint: Primus 160 pages, about 90 images ISBN 978-3-86312-006-1

When the emperor Augustus asked hundred-yearold Romilius Pollio the secret of his longevity, the old man answered: “On the inside, it was wine; on the outside, oil.” This anecdote nicely illustrates the importance of those two ‘life juice’ for Roman culture. Consequently, ‘wine,’ derived from Latin ‘vinum,’ was among the earliest loan words in the English language. Their impressive inventions in the field of hydrotechnology, too, the Romans imparted to their subject peoples. Majestic ruins of Roman thermal baths, aqueducts,and other buildings dedicated to the distribution of water are scattered all over the former Roman Empire, giving testimony of a specifically Roman mindset, which resulted in a downright cultural ennoblement of water. Apart from the civilising influence of these ‘life juices’ of the Roman Empire, KarlWilhelm Weeber discusses their importance for the Roman economy. Karl-Wilhelm Weeber is Professor of Ancient History at Wuppertal University. He also lectures on the teacher training programme of the classics department at Bochum University.

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Roman Thermal Baths Die Thermen der Römer by Ernst Künzl © 2013 Imprint: Konrad Theiss 160 pages, about 100 images ISBN 978-3-8062-2181-7

Their daily trip to the baths meant much more to the Romans than just an opportunity to wash. Whether it was sitting in the heat of the sweating bath, relaxing in the warm-water pool, or taking a refreshing dip in the cold-water ‘frigidarium’: Roman thermal baths were places of ‘wellness’ in the modern sense, places of leisure and recreation. No wonder, then, that the Romans went to great lengths to detect virtually every thermal or mineral spring within their sphere of influence. Between Bath in Britain and Vichy in Gaul, Roman engineers and architects, true masters in their fields, built comfortable bathhouses, not to mention luxurious compounds like the Imperial Baths at Trier or the Baths of Caracalla at Rome, both of which included a library, parks, and athletic grounds. Many baths doubled as sacred sites, which is why archaeologists have recovered precious votive offerings there, or as health spas, complete with therapeutic baths and treatment rooms. In any case, Roman thermal baths were tourist magnets avant la lettre – which is reflected also by a booming trade in souvenirs. In this comprehensive and richly illustrated volume, the unique world of the Roman baths comes back to life. Ernst Künzl was, from 1971 to 2004, director of the Department of Roman Antiquities at the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum in Mainz.

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The Art of Saying Sooth: Oracle Sanctuaries in the Ancient World Die Kunst vom Wahn- und Wahrsagen. Orakelheiligtümer in der antiken Welt by Wiebke Friese © 2013 Imprint: Philipp von Zabern 144 pages, about 20 images ISBN 978-3-8053-4597-2

In ancient times, oracles were not only part of ordinary peoples’ everyday lives, they even influenced state affairs! Over time, the sanctuaries themselves as well as the rites that were performed there changed, always adjusting themselves to the individual needs of the respective cultic community. Wiebke Friese presents a comprehensive, yet detailed overview of classical oracle sanctuaries in their architectural, cultic, and sociohistorical contexts. Her account focuses on the most prominent oracle sites of the ancient world, from archaic Greece to the late Roman period and beyond, to their afterlife in the Christian tradition. Wiebke Friese is an archaeologist.

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Catastrophes of Antiquity Katastrophen in der Antike by Holger Sonnabend © 2013 Imprint: Philipp von Zabern 160 pages, about 20 images ISBN 978-3-8053-4601-6

Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, famines, plagues – life in classical types was characterised by a multitude of natural threats. These and other kinds of existential danger were often interpreted by contemporaries as divine punishment. Holger Sonnabend’s book offers a detailed compendium of catastrophes in classical antiquity, giving a gripping account of how people in classical times confronted such calamities in their everyday lives, and of the effects wars, economic collapses, or fire disasters had on political, social, and religious life. Based on a wealth of antique sources, Holger Sonnabend sheds light on the most poignant catastrophes of antiquity, as well as on the mentality of people living then vis-à-vis suffering and adversity. Holger Sonnabend is Professor of Ancient History at Stuttgart University.

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Architectural Masterpieces of Antiquity: Parthenon to Pantheon Vom Parthenon zum Pantheon. Meilensteine der antiken Architektur by Heiner Knell © October 2013 Imprint: WBG 176 pages, about 51 images ISBN 978-3-534-25751-5

Over the roughly six hundred years separating the Parthenon in Athens and the Pantheon in Rome, much more changed than just the tastes and techniques of architecture. Rather, any building constructed during that period mirrors a variety of developments and events in history, from the Greek polis to the empires of the Hellenistic era and beyond to the beginnings of the Roman Empire. In antiquity, temples were part of everyday life, as private and public lives were lived where they were situated, on the forum or the agora. Architecture was meant to represent political messages, successes, victories, and the political pretensions arising from these successes and victories. Heiner Knell introduces twelve absolute highlights of classical architecture, buildings whose perfect proportions and use of forms never cease to fascinate. Heiner Knell is Emeritus Professor of Classical Archaeology at Darmstadt Technical University.

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100 Journeys through Celtic History Wege zu den Kelten. 100 Reisen in die Vergangenheit by Thomas F. Klein © 2013 Imprint: Philipp von Zabern 240 pages, about 150 images ISBN 978-3-8053-4553-8

The Celts have never ceased to stimulate the historical imagination of later periods. Their works of art, and their cultic sites, still impress today by dint of their strange beauty. Many archaeological museums and parks testify to this latter-day fascination with Celtic culture. This travel guide to the Celtic past invites readers to explore 100 fascinating sites such as princely residences, massive earth walls, cultic caves, and gigantic ‘Vierecksschanzen’ (a specifically Celtic type of rectangular enclosure typical of Celtic sites in Southern Germany). Apart from historical and archaeological background information, this guide contains valuable hints as to museum visits and thematic walks. Thomas F. Klein is a journalist also specialising in travel writing and museum guides.

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The Vandal Kingdom Das Königreich der Vandalen by Konrad Vössing © January 2014 Imprint: Philipp von Zabern 208 pages, about 10 images ISBN 978-3-8053-4761-7

A small band of Germanic ‘barbarians’ trek across Europe, reaching North Africa, and proceed by capturing Rome, aiding in the fall of the West Roman Empire. These were the Vandals. Their kingdom lasted for only a hundred years, before they mysteriously dropped from history, leaving no trace. No other Germanic tribe stayed independent as long as they did. The history of this mysterious kingdom is bound up in an intricate and unique way with that of its first, and most important, king, Genseric. It was he who led them to present-day Tunisia, then part of Roman North Africa. It was he, also, who led the Vandals to military victory, and established a well-organised Vandal state. Konrad Vössing’s vivid and clear description conjures up a mighty kingdom at the African fringes of the late Roman Empire, giving readers an eminently insightful account of the great ‘migration of peoples,’ as well as of the exceptional personality of Genseric. Konrad Vössing is Professor of Ancient History at Bonn University.

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The Byzantine Empire Das Byzantinische Reich by Michael Grünbart © November 2013 Imprint: WBG 144 pages ISBN 978-3-534-25666-2

For a thousand years, the Byzantine Empire ruled over the Eastern Mediterranean. Its rulers saw themselves as the legitimate successors to the Roman emperors, long before a new ‘Roman empire’ emerged in the West. Byzantine culture had a strong influence on Western Europe, and left its mark on the European Middle Ages. In the central chapters of this comprehensive introduction, Michael Grünbart offers readers a chronological account of the various dynasties of Byzantine emperors. This is framed by chapters on their metropolis, Constantinople; the structure of Byzantine imperial rule and administration; the Byzantine church; and the most important achievements and reforms in Byzantine history. A knowledge of Byzantine history and culture is indispensable to any serious study of the European Middle Ages, the history of the Western Roman Empire, and the papacy. Michael Grünbart is Professor of Byzantine Studies at Münster University.

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Byzantine Cappadocia Byzantinisches Kappadokien by Rainer Warland © 2013 Imprint: Philipp von Zabern 144 pages, about 100 images ISBN 978-3-8053-4580-4

The Anatolian highlands, a region full of spectacular tuff stone formations, deep canyons, and vast valleys, have conserved remarkable remains of Byzantine culture. Renowned archaeologist and art historian Rainer Warland puts forward the first comprehensive appraisal of Cappadocia as a historical landscape, covering a multitude of cultural sites over and above the famous cave churches. As a result, the widely unfamiliar culture of Eastern Christianity is brought back to life – a truly fascinating read for anyone interested in the cultural history of Christianity, supplemented by impressive photographs of murals from churches and chapels, as well as of the breathtaking Cappadocian landscape. Rainer Warland is Professor of Christian Archaeology and Byzantine Art History at Freiburg University.

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The Incense Road Die Weihrauchstraße by Joachim Willeitner © 2013 Imprint: Konrad Theiss 144 pages, about 65 images ISBN 978-3-8062-2018-6

The Incense Road was one of the most important trade routes of the classical world. Over a distance of 3,000 kilometres (roughly 1,900 miles), it served as a trade conduit for the precious gum, as well as for spices and diamonds. They were transported all the way across the Arabian Peninsula – a logistic feat made possible only by caravans. Over the course of the first century BC, trade slowly shifted to maritime routes, which allowed traders to circumvent tributes and customs duties, and ensured higher profits. This meant the end of the Incense Road as a major trade route. Joachim Willeitner takes readers on an enchanting journey to the famous and the little known stops along this enormous caravan trail – economic history meets ‘The Arabian Nights’! Joachim Willeitner is an Egyptologist.

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Sunken Treasures, Forgotten Ports Maritime Archaeology in the Mediterranean Archäologie im Mittelmeer. Auf der Suche nach versunkenen Schiffswracks und vergessenen Häfen by Michaela Reinfeld (ed.) © November 2013 Imprint: Philipp von Zabern 160 pages, about 90 images ISBN 978-3-8053-4675-7

Despite the fact that along its shores lie the birthplaces of all the great European civilisations, the Mediterranean Sea remains a largely unexplored archaeological treasure chest full of surprises. Whether it is the wrecks of sunken ships, sunken ports, or valuable cargo: Maritime or underwater archaeology enables scholars to take a deep – and fascinating – look into the past. This book, in its several contributions, presents the latest findings and discoveries in Mediterranean maritime archaeology, drawing on a wealth of breathtaking photographic material, and giving a comprehensive overview of the most important current research projects, ranging from early history to late antiquity. This archaeological journey takes readers from Spain to France, and then on to Italy, Croatia, Greece, Malta, and Turkey; to Lebanon and Israel; and, coming full circle, on to Tunesia, Egypt, and Libya. Michaela Reinfeld is an archaeologist and a research diver.

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Winged Words of the Classical World What They Mean and Where They Come From Woher sie kommen und was sie bedeuten by Klaus Bartels © 2013 Imprint: Philipp von Zabern 168 pages ISBN 978-3-8053-4637-5

Whether it is “Heureka!” or “Know thyself!,” “Carpe diem!” or “ceterum censeo”: everybody knows these phrases from Latin antiquity; yet few know their origins. Many have long left their original nesting grounds: What exactly did Caesar mean to say in his famous “Alea iacta est”? Did you know that “Mens sana in corpore sano” was not directed at athletes, but those at prayer? In forty-nine entertaining chapters, Klaus Bartels takes his readers on a trip ‘ad fontes,’ to the forgotten wellsprings from which these famous sayings have ‘flown.’ This reader, full of enlightening clarifications and delightful aha moments, is the perfect companion book to Bartels’s earlier encyclopaedia of classical sayings, “Veni Vidi Vici.” This book is perfect for everyone interested in classical antiquity – especially if they do not tend to dream fluently in Latin. Klaus Bartels is a classical scholar and a renowned educator and author.

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Homer – Horace – Horror The Most Spine-Chilling Stories of Classical Antiquity Antike mit Biss. Die schaurigsten Geschichten von Homer bis Horaz by Cornelius Hartz © October 2013 Imprint: Philipp von Zabern 128 pages ISBN 978-3-8053-4662-7

Vampires, witches, and werewolves are by no means creatures of modernity. They appeared in the literature of classical antiquity already, where they put the fear of the gods into multitudes of frightened readers. Thus Horace tells us about the ritual murder of a young boy, whom witches needed as an active ingredient for a love potion. In Ovid we find a story of involuntary cannibalism – one of the most gruesome tales in all of classical literature. In addition, there are zombies, coming back to life in order to accuse their murderers, and many other strange and scary episodes. In this volume, Cornelius Hartz has collected the best and the scariest Greek and Roman antiquity has to offer. From Plato and Ovid to Petronius and Apuleius, we encounter some of the biggest names in classical literature – and their ingenuity never ceases to amaze. Cornelius Hartz is a freelance author, translator, and editor. He lives in Hamburg.

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That’s a Myth! 20 Popular Misconceptions about… Alles Mythos! 20 populäre Irrtümer über... © 2013–2014 Imprint: Konrad Theiss 208-256 pages

Did the Romans really do nothing but copy the Greeks? Do all Chinese eat dogs and cats? Were the Middle Ages really all that ‘dark’? Are sheriffs really always ‘the good guys’? These questions and many more are examined by the authors in our ‘That’s a Myth!’ series, treating all those popular misconceptions you always took for granted.

20 Popular Misconceptions about the Stone Age by Waltraud Sperlich ISBN 978-3-8062-2538-9

20 Popular Misconceptions about the Wild West by Alexander Emmerich ISBN 978-3-8062-2407-8

20 Popular Misconceptions about Antiquity by Ulrich Graser ISBN 978-3-8062-2644-7

20 Popular Misconceptions about East and West Germany by Andreas von Seggern ISBN 978-3-8062-2765-9

20 Popular Misconceptions about Christmas by Claudia Weingartner ISBN 978-3-8062-2686-7

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Charlemagne: Greatest Ruler of the Middle Ages Karl der Große. Der mächtigste Herrscher des Mittelalters by Karin Schneider-Ferber © 2013 Imprint: Konrad Theiss 192 pages, about 120 images ISBN 978-3-8062-2602-7

The emperor was in high spirits when he returned from a hunting excursion through the woods surrounding his residence at Aachen, even though it had been a bit chilly. Nobody knew, at this point, that only a couple of days later, Charlemagne would be dead from pleurisy. An era had come to an end – that much was clear even to contemporaries. Charlemagne, who had been in power for almost half a century, was a multi-faceted figure. On the one hand, he was a patron of the arts and sciences, laying the foundation of Western culture. On the other, he subjugated whole peoples in the name of religion. Karin Schneider-Ferber tells the thrilling story of Charlemagne, from his mysterious birth to his canonisation in the twelfth century, all the while never losing sight of the larger picture of his era. Karin Schneider-Ferber is an historian, a freelance journalist, and an author.

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The House of Wittelsbach Die Wittelsbacher by Gerhard Immler © 2013 Imprint: Primus 100 pages, about 50 images ISBN 978-3-86312-044-3

For more than seven hundred years, the House of Wittelsbach ruled over Bavaria, staying in power longer than any other European dynasty. Starting out in mediaeval times as a small family of counts, the Wittelsbachs rose to the status of dukes, prince electors, kings, and emperors. They survived the division of Europe along denominational lines, the Thirty Years’ War, the French Revolution, and the Napoleonic conquests, as well as the division of their own house into a Bavarian and a Palatine branch. For a while, they even managed to occupy the thrones of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Greece – and of course they never let go of their heartland, Bavaria. In this lavishly illustrated volume, Gerhard Immler unfolds the remarkable history of one of Europe’s greatest dynasties and its prominent members. Gerhard Immler is the director of the Bavarian State Archives, head of the Privy Archive of the House of Wittelsbach, and a lecturer in Bavarian history at the archival training institute of the Bavarian State Archives in Munich.

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Knights and Chivalry Die Ritter by Sabine Buttinger and Jan Keupp © 2013 Imprint: Konrad Theiss 192 pages, about 120 images ISBN 978-3-8062-2266-1

“You call yourself ‘knight’ – I pray thee tell me, what is a knight?” This book seeks to answer the startled question of Percival upon first seeing a strange man in shining armour. Sabine Buttinger and Jan Keupp draw on a wealth of real-life sources, taking readers into battle with the army of Barbarossa, and letting them witness Götz von Berlichingen’s desperate struggle against the decline of chivalry in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Brilliant texts and large illustrations make this book a veritable time machine, letting readers experience the strangeness and richness of times gone by. Time and again, Percival and other famous knights appear, inhabiting a lively and profound panorama not only of knightly life between the court and the battlefield, but also of the lands stretching around those castles and palaces. Sabine Buttinger lectures in the history department at Munich University. Jan Keupp is Professor of Mediaeval History at Münster University.

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Mediaeval World-Pictures Das Bild der Welt im Mittelalter by Folker Reichert © 2013 Imprint: WBG 160 pages, about 80 images ISBN 978-3-534-25613-6

In the times of Google Earth, we have almost forgotten what blank spots on the map looked like. But what did people in the European Middle Ages know of their planet? What did they know of its physical properties? What did they know about the people living in other parts of the world, of their rich and varied cultures? What did they know about nature? What was, in sum, the ‘worldpicture’ of people in the Middle Ages, and how did it change over time? Drawing on eight prominent scholars, cartographers, and travellers of the Middle Ages, Folker Reichert reconstructs this very special way of viewing the world. Whether it is Isidore of Seville in the seventh century, Vincent of Beauvais in the thirteenth century, or the allbut-early-modern cosmographer Sebastian Münster – Folker Reichert manages to capture the specificities of the ‘world-knowledge’ current at their time. In doing so, he composes a grand panorama, a history of travel and discovery, science, and cartography – a veritable panopticon of pre-modern world-pictures. Folker Reichert is Professor of Mediaeval History at Stuttgart University.

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“Blessed Are They Which Persecute...“ Violence and Papal Authority in the High Middle Ages "Selig sind, die Verfolgung ausüben". Päpste und Gewalt im Hochmittelalter by Gerd Althoff © 2013 Imprint: WBG 256 pages ISBN 978-3-534-24711-0

“Blessed are they which persecute for righteousness’ sake” – this was a totalitarian, a fundamentalist claim, made in the eleventh century at the foot of the ‘throne of peace’ of Pope Gregory VII. Over the long history of Christianity – arguably a religion of peace –, its main tenets have time and again served to legitimise the use of force against non-Christians. How could this happen? And just how strong a sense of mission must the popes of the High Middle Ages have had in order to deal as they did with heretics, schismatics – and, above all, with the supporters of Henry IV? Gerd Althoff’s magisterial familiarity with the source documents enables him to present a revolutionary new interpretation of the matter – an interpretation which all but upends the official views of the Catholic Church to this day. Gerd Althoff was Professor of Mediaeval History at Münster University. He has been Emeritus Professor since 2011.

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Mortal Saints: Death and Dying in the Middle Ages Der Heilige und sein Tod. Sterben im Mittelalter by Dieter von der Nahmer Š 2013 Imprint: WBG 320 pages ISBN 978-3-534-25640-2

Death must always have played a decisive role in the human imagination. Until quite recently, however, the topic was not deemed suitable for historical scholarship. But even in turning to death and dying as a research topic, historians often isolated them from their context, focusing on historically specific causes of death, sepulchral rites, and funerary customs. In his innovative book, Dieter von der Nahmer approaches the topic from quite a different angle, asking how people in the Middle Ages confronted their very own, individual mortality. Taking as examples the lives of wellknown saints, he demonstrates how prominent individuals of the Middle Ages organised their lives so as to gain life beyond death. Dieter von der Nahmer is Emeritus Professor of Mediaeval History at Hamburg University.

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Inside the Scriptorium: Books and Their Makers in the Middle Ages Skriptorium. Die mittelalterliche Buchwerkstatt by Stephanie Hauschild © 2013 Imprint: Philipp von Zabern 144 pages, about 40 images ISBN 978-3-534-25525-2

In the fourth century, the codex became the predominant type of book. Written and bound by hand, these momentous volumes preserved the knowledge of the Middle Ages far into modern times. The design of these books, however, was subject to constant change, as were their function and the expectations of their readers. All of these influenced the work of the individuals who produced them, their technique and their place of work, the scriptorium. From the codices of late antiquity to Gutenberg’s print Bible, Stephanie Hauschild covers the entire range of book production in the Middle Ages, addressing the origins and processing of the materials used as well as the various tasks carried out by the artisans and scribes employed in the scriptoria, and also shedding light on the question of who could afford to commission – and often donate – such invaluable luxury. Stephanie Hauschild is an art historian working primarily on mediaeval, nineteenth-century, and contemporary art.

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Mediaeval Crime: The Most (In-)Famous Criminal Cases of the Middle Ages Tatort Mittelalter. Berühmte Kriminalfälle by Malte Heidemann and Franziska Schäfer © 2013 Imprint: Philipp von Zabern 144 pages ISBN 978-3-8053-4663-4

Witches and heretics at the stake, robber knights and brigands sent to the gallows, peasant revolts and intrigues at court – these and other crimes that made history largely determine our idea of the ‘darker side of the dark ages.’ In this thrilling book, the authors introduce the most (in-)famous criminal cases of the High and Late Middle Ages, including the sensational (and highly political) kidnapping of eleven-year-old ‘King of the Romans’ Henry IV, the dubious circumstances under which Frederick Barbarossa acceded to the throne, or the very real consequences of a merely notional case of adultery. They demonstrate how mediaeval society dealt with felonies and misdmeanors. Throughout, this account is based on a wealth of historical sources, making it an important contribution to the criminal history of the eleventh to fifteenth centuries. Malte Heidemann and Franziska Schäfer are freelance authors and editors, and mediaeval historians by training.

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Dante’s Italy: A Journey to the Origins of the “Divine Comedy” Dantes Italien. Auf den Spuren der "Göttlichen Komödie" by Bettina Koch and Günther Fischer © 2013 Imprint: Primus 144 pages, about 88 images ISBN 978-3-86312-046-7

With his “Divine Comedy,” Dante Alighieri (1265– 1321) created one of the greatest works of world literature. In it, he describes a visionary journey through the three regions of the after-life: the inferno, purgatory, and paradise, painting in vivid detail landscapes, places, and even non-places. For more than ten years, multi-award winning photographer Pitt Koch travelled Italy on Dante’s trail. In Sicily, he discovered Dante’s real-life inferno on the slopes of Mount Etna. The Straits of Messina, with its eternal, unremitting surge of breakers represented to him the place reserved for misers and squanderers. Throughout this fascinating book, Koch’s impressive photographs are paired with quotations taken from the “Divine Comedy.” Bettina Koch and Günther Fischer are cultural journalists and authors. They have accompanied Pitt Koch, who has won numerous awards for his photography, on several of his research trips to Dante’s Italy.

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The Medici: God’s Own Bankers Die Medici. Bankiers im Namen Gottes by Uwe A. Oster © 2013 Imprint: Primus 100 pages, about 50 images ISBN 978-3-86312-047-4

In the fifteenth century, the ‘Banco Medici’ was the most formidable financial institution in all of Europe. The Medici family were financiers to popes, kings, and dukes. Their bank had branch offices in Florence, Rome, Milan, Venice, Avignon, Bruges, and London. Inseparably tied up with their banking interests was the political rise of the Medici. After all, the network of connections established with the help of the money made by the ‘Banco’ was what secured them political influence. The most important of these business ties were with the papacy, which earned the Medici clan the sobriquet of being ‘God’s own bankers.’ In this richly illustrated book, Uwe A. Oster tells the gripping and at times dramatic story of the Medici, focusing not only on their family history, but also covering the origins of modern finance. Uwe A. Oster is an historian. Since 1997, he has been deputy chief editor of the history magazine, DAMALS.

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Columbus on Guanahani: The Story of an Historical Watershed Kolumbus und der Tag von Guanahani. 1492: Ein Wendepunkt der Geschichte by Stefan Rinke © 2013 Imprint: Konrad Theiss 192 pages, about 40 images ISBN 978-3-8062-2468-9

On 12 October, 1492, around two o’clock, the sailor Rodrigo de Triana, a member of the crew of Christopher Columbus, sighted land. This was the island of Guanahani, present-day San Salvador. After this discovery, Europe quickly was abuzz with would-be explorers and colonisers. For the indigenous population of these ‘newly discovered’ lands, it was the beginning of the end, with oppression, suffering, and death lying immediately ahead. This story has been told many times – but never quite as Stefan Rinke tells it, opening up many new vistas on the history of exploration in the Americas, its prehistory, and its aftermath. Unlike most historians before him, Rinke draws extensively on the traditions of the region’s various indigenous peoples, thus qualifying the familiar narrative of a glorious ‘golden age of explorers.’ After all, Columbus was neither the first European to enter the New World, nor did he – or his contemporaries – really grasp the enormity of his discovery. Stefan Rinke is Professor of Latin American Studies at the Free University of Berlin.

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The Reformation Die Reformation by Volker Leppin © 2013 Imprint: WBG 143 pages ISBN 978-3-534-15122-6

After some precursory developments in the late Middle Ages, the Reformation fragmented the religious unity of Europe. Over time, a rich diversity of denominations and sects developed in Bohemia, in Calvinist Switzerland, in Scandinavia, the Netherlands, and England. These developments left their mark on the political map, also, prompting, for example, the outbreak of the Thirty Years’ War. Volker Leppin offers a concise overview of all aspects of the European Reformation, focusing on the Holy Roman Empire. This book covers a wide array of topics, from late-mediaeval piety with its new forms of religious practice, to the first signs of reform activity in towns, cities, and at the courts, and finally to the repercussions the Reformation had all over the Empire, its spread in Europe, the reaction of the papacy, and the establishment of a new status quo. Volker Leppin was Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Jena University. He has been teaching at Tübingen University since 2010.

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An Encyclopaedia of Church Reformers Das Reformatorenlexikon by Volker Leppin © 2013 Imprint: Lambert Schneider 304 pages, about 30 images ISBN 978-3-650-40009-3

The roots of the various movements intending to reform the Church in the late Middle Ages and the early modern period lay in the towns. Spread out all over Europe, these movements were local in nature and bound to individual, eminent theologians and preachers, before then combining and turning into the broad stream we now call – not without a degree of oversimplification – ‘the Reformation.’ It is the goal of this book to gather in one place biographical portraits of the most important personalities instrumental in these various attempts to renew the tenets of the Christian faith as well as the structures of the Church. In this way, ‘the Reformation’ is given not just one, but many faces and regional manifestations, which serves to illuminate the origins, causes, and goals of these innovators at the threshold of the modern era. Volker Leppin was Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Jena University. He has been teaching at Tübingen University since 2010.

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Martin Luther: The Monk Who Defied the Pope Martin Luther. Vom Bauernsohn zum Reformator by Volker Leppin © 2013 Imprint: Lambert Schneider 156 pages, about 26 images ISBN 978-3-650-25639-3

“I do confess that I, the son of a peasant from the village of Möhra, and nonetheless Doctor of Divinity, consider myself an enemy to the pope” – this is how Martin Luther, looking back on his life, compressed an eventful biography into one of his characteristically succinct phrases. The impact from his thought – and his actions – had been enormous. Consequently, it might seem surprising that Luther himself, far from being a rash revolutionary, took a long time to arrive at his convictions, questioning and revising them over and over again. Volker Leppin, in a magisterial and wonderfully concise study drawing on the latest findings and discussions in Luther scholarship, traces the reformer’s long journey to himself. Rescuing Luther from the skewed interpretations of nineteenth-century nationalist historiography, Leppin brings to the fore ‘Brother Martin,’ the very human being. Volker Leppin was Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Jena University. He has been teaching at Tübingen University since 2010.

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Captain of the ‘Bounty’: The Venturesome Life of William Bligh Die BOUNTY war sein Schicksal. Das abenteuerliche Leben des William Bligh by Jann M. Witt © March 2014 Imprint: Primus 192 pages, about 10 images ISBN 978-3-86312-041-2

Without a doubt, April 28, 1789, was the blackest day in the life of William Bligh. A group of mutineers led by Fletcher Christian seized control of their ship, the HMS Bounty, and abandoned her captain and eighteen loyal sailors in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. There have been, in the history of seafaring, countless other, bloodier mutinies. Still, none of them have proved as fascinating to the public imagination as the mutiny aboard the ‘Bounty.’ In this thrilling book, Jann M. Witt not only recounts the events of the mutiny, but also gives an account of the venturesome life of Captain William Bligh. Jann M. Witt is a marine historian.

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Conquerors of the Seas Soldiers, Merchants, and Explorers from Antiquity until Today Eroberer der Meere. Krieger, Händler und Entdecker von der Antike bis heute by Jann M. Witt © March 2014 Imprint: Konrad Theiss 192 pages, about 110 images ISBN 978-3-8062-2597-6

The history of seafaring is a history of merchants, soldiers, and explorers bravely venturing forth to conquer the seven seas. In this magnificent volume of texts and images, Jann M. Witt tells the story of those brave men, admirals and shipowners, mutineers and pirates. Readers encounter the fleet commanders of classical antiquity as well as Leif Erikson, Ferdinand Magellan, and Isoroku Yamamoto, the man behind the Pearl Harbor attack. Together, these historical portraits form a fascinating history of navigation from antiquity to the post-World War II era. Boxes provide additional information on individual ships, important events, and naval terminology. Jann M. Witt is a marine historian.

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Slavery in America Sklaverei in Amerika by Udo Sautter © March 2014 Imprint: Konrad Theiss 160 pages, about 13 images ISBN 978-3-8062-2896-0

From the sixteenth century, the European colonial powers brought slaves from sub-Saharan Africa to work in the Caribbean. From there, slavery spread to North America. Udo Sautter sketches the development of slavery in what today is the United States from early colonial times in the beginning of the sixteenth century to the abolition of slavery after the Civil War, 250 years later. In his thorough and eminently readable discussion, Sautter focuses above all on the living conditions of the slaves, on the economic importance of slavery, and on the reform movement which eventually brought about its abolition in America. Udo Sautter is Emeritus Professor of North American History at Tübingen University.

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Struggling for Freedom: Germany, Napoleon, and the Wars of Liberation Der Kampf um Freiheit. Die Napoleonischen Befreiungskriege in Deutschland by Arnulf Krause © 2013 Imprint: Konrad Theiss 350 pages, about 20 images ISBN 978-3-8062-2498-6

Johann Philipp Palm was completely unsuspecting when he returned from a business journey in August of 1806. Not much later, Palm, a bookseller, was court-martialled and shot. A pamphlet calling for armed resistance against Napoleonic rule had become his doom. Only years later, in 1813, the French usurper, Napoleon, was beaten in the Leipzig ‘Battle of Nations.’ It was through the war leading up to this decisive battle that Germans, for the first time, were given a feeling of national unity. Arnulf Krause paints the variegated panorama of this era, from Napoleon’s rise to power to the Carlsbad Decrees of 1819. In doing so, he draws on a multitude of eyewitness accounts, which makes his book a real page-turner, spanning such topics as the literature and art of Weimar Classicism and the German Romantics, everyday life under French rule, and historical figures like Goethe, Madame de Staël, and Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, the German educator and ‘father of gymnastics.’ Arnulf Krause is Professor of German and Scandinavian Studies at Bonn University.

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Against Napoleon! The Wars and Myths of Liberation Auf gegen Napoleon! Mythos Volkskriege by Alexandra Bleyer © 2013 Imprint: Primus 264 pages ISBN 978-3-86312-022-1

The year 2013 commemorates the 200th anniversary of the outbreak of the Wars of Liberation from Napoleonic rule – what better time for a new, genuinely European analysis of this landmark historical event? In her fresh and incisive study, Alexandra Bleyer discusses the Spanish, Austrian, Russian, and German theatres of war, paying close attention to the peculiarities of each. What were the parallels between them? What were the differences? How did these various wars influence each other? How much did ‘the people’ really have to say in these so-called ‘people’s wars’? Indeed, can we still talk about people’s armies fighting people’s wars at all? Going far beyond the legends arising from nationalist mythification, and always taking into account the extent of contemporary war propaganda, Alexandra Bleyer is uncovering the very personal stories of those involved in these wars. Alexandra Bleyer is an historian specialising in the history of the Wars of Liberation.

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Propaganda in the First World War Propaganda im Ersten Weltkrieg by Klaus-Jürgen Bremm © 2013 Imprint: Konrad Theiss 188 pages, about 22 images ISBN 978-3-8062-2754-3

Pamphlets, not planes; treatises instead of tanks: The First World War was the first instance in history of a systematic use of propaganda as a supplement of conventional warfare. Propaganda efforts on all sides played such a large role, in fact, that Klaus-Jürgen Bremm, in using only German and anti-German propaganda as sources, manages to paint a complete picture of the war. Generals and politicians had discovered the power of words and images. They were spurring on their soldiers marching into battle; they were bombarding people both in the field and at home with rallying calls and reports of enemy atrocities, controlled the press and sought to influence neutral states. Their fanaticism – and this does not exclude German Social-Democrats – knew virtually no limits. KlausJürgen Bremm presents a well researched survey of German and anti-German propaganda, underpinned by many impressive images. Klaus-Jürgen Bremm lectures in the history department at Osnabrück University.

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Nazi Crimes and Criminals Naziverbrechen. Täter, Taten, Bewältigungsversuche by Martin Cüppers (ed.) © 2013 Imprint: WBG 397 pages, about 48 images ISBN 978-3-534-26311-0

The twenty contributions to this volume are variously dealing with Nazi war crimes and perpetrator backgrounds, the victims’ perspectives and post-war strategies of prosecution and commemoration. Their authors, internationally renowned historians all, present the latest in research on the history of the Third Reich. Jeffrey Herf outlines Nazi propaganda in the Arab world, Jochen Böhler presents new findings regarding the motivation of Wehrmacht soldiers, Christopher Browning and Jürgen Matthäus analyse photo albums of German policemen ‘on special duty in the East,’ and Wolfram Pyta demonstrates the importance of Japan for Hitler’s political strategy. The spectrum of the contributions assembled in this book is truly impressive, and mirrors the wideranging interests of current research into the history of the Third Reich. Martin Cüppers is Senior Lecturer in History at Stuttgart University, and a researcher in the history of the Third Reich.

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Nazi Criminal, Spy of the Federal Republic The Life and Times of Walther Rauff Walther Rauff - In deutschen Diensten. Vom Naziverbrecher zum BND-Spion by Martin Cüppers © October 2013 Imprint: WBG 448 pages, about 13 images ISBN 978-3-534-26279-3

Walther Rauff was a staunch Nazi, a war criminal, and a ‘phantom’ of the post-war German justice system. He had been responsible for the construction of the mobile gas vans that were to become the Nazi regime’s first tool for systematic mass murder. In addition, he had held several key positions in the execution of the Holocaust, having been, for instance, head of the notorious ‘Sonderkommando Palästina.’ After his arrest by US forces in 1944, and his subsequent escape, Rauff first found a new job with the Syrian secret service, before settling in South America. There, he was an agent for the West-German Federal Intelligence Service (‘Bundesnachrichtendienst,’ BND), while at the same time being wanted by the West-German judiciary as a war criminal. It was not before the beginning of the twenty-first century, the release of documents by both the CIA and MI5, that the shadows around the clandestine life of Walther Rauff finally began to disappear. Martin Cüppers is Senior Lecturer in History at Stuttgart University, and a researcher in the history of the Third Reich.

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The Cold War Der Kalte Krieg by Thomas Freiberger © March 2014 Imprint: WBG 144 pages ISBN 978-3-534-21631-4

The Cold War dominated global politics for over four decades. A deeply ideological struggle between the ‘free West’ and the ‘Communist Eastern bloc,’ it was seen by contemporaries as nothing less than a global struggle for “the soul of humanity,” as George H. W. Bush put it. Triggered by a difference in opinions regarding the reordering of Central Europe after the end of the Second World War, the United States and the USSR soon were in fierce contention on the global political stage. This affected not only their respective foreign policies, but also social and economic policy, and the nature and development of their political institutions. Today, the persisting instability of the ‘Third World,’ and the unchecked proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, are a lasting legacy of the Cold War. Thomas Freiberger has managed to find the perfect balance between chronological narrative and systematic analysis of this important historical phenomenon. Thomas Freiberger is a lecturer in contemporary history at Bonn University. temporary cover

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A History of Borders Drawing Lines, from the Roman Limes to the Schengen Area Grenzen. Eine Geschichte des Zusammenlebens vom Limes bis Schengen by Wilfried von Bredow © March 2014 Imprint: Konrad Theiss 192 pages, about 100 images ISBN 978-3-8062-2894-6

Borders are as old as humanity itself. Ever since human beings lived together in society, they have drawn boundaries which strengthened the community on the inside, and delineate it against the outside world. On the one hand, then, borders foster social cohesion and identity; on the other, they have time and again been the cause of conflicts, wars, and suffering. Still, politics can hardly be imagined without borders. In time for the twentieth anniversary of the Schengen Convention in 1015 (which coincides with the twenty-fifth anniversary of German Reunification), renowned political scientist Wilfried von Bredow has produced the first comprehensive analysis of ‘borders’ as a political and cultural phenomenon. He introduces readers to the history of borders, focusing on human lives alongside these demarcation lines, and explains the role borders play in some of the most relevant wars and conflicts today. Wilfried von Bredow is Emeritus Professor of International Relations at Marburg University.

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The Eiffel Tower Der Eiffelturm by Uwe Schultz © 2013 Imprint: Primus 208 pages, about 30 images ISBN 978-3-86312-061-0

Gustave Eiffel, whose 300-metre iron tower was the sensation of the 1889 World Fair and has since become perhaps the most famous Parisian landmark, was a truly daring engineer, and an entrepreneur without scruples. His tower has become a symbol of technological optimism and progress, representative of an aesthetic of pure form, and radical departure into regions unknown. Uwe Schultz takes his readers on a tour de force covering all aspects of ‘la tour Eiffel’: Ixts technical details, its financing, its changing uses throughout history, its persisting attraction for visitors from around the globe, as well as its diverse appearances in painting and literature. Of course, he also treats the fantastic rise of Gustave Eiffel, entrepreneur extraordinaire – and, consequently, Eiffel’s fall after the ‘Panama Scandal’ came to light. Throughout, Schultz succeeds at painting the lavish portrait of an era. Uwe Schultz is an historian and a freelance author. He lives in Paris most of the year.

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Land of the Northern Lights: A Cultural History of Finland Land unter dem Nordlicht. Eine Kulturgeschichte Finnlands by Anssi Halmesvirta (ed.) © October 2013 Imprint: WBG 268 pages, about 35 images ISBN 978-3-534-25920-5

From Helsinki in the south to Lapland in the north, Finland stretches over more than a thousand kilometres. The earliest traces of human settlement date from around 8500 BC; there have been close trade relations with Europe and Russia for close to 2,000 years; Finland was Christianised around the year 1000 AD. In the middle ages, a European-style society emerged, and Finland as a whole gradually entered the Swedish sphere of influence, eventually becoming part of the everexpanding Swedish Empire. In the nineteenth century, Finland belonged to the Russian Empire, finally winning its independence – and becoming a republic – in the First World War. After the Second World War, Finland became one of the leading neutral states, joining the EU in 1995 after the collapse of the Soviet Union. This book, the first ever cultural history of Finland, outlines the fascinating development of Finland from prehistoric times until today. Anssi Halmesvirta is Professor of History at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

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Snow Schnee by WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF © 2013 Imprint: Primus 160 pages, about 100 images ISBN 978-3-86312-054-2

What is a winter without snow? Whether glittering winter landscapes, polar ice deserts, or inviting ski slopes: Ice and snow have always exerted a strong influence on the human imagination. This is despite the manifest dangers, such as when an avalanche breaks loose and rumbles down the mountainside. Perhaps it is this coincidence of two opposites, beauty and danger, which accounts for a good deal of the fascination. There is more to snow, however, than avalanches and skiing. Without snow, there would be no freshwater reserves, no protective isolation layer for this globe’s permafrost regions nor for plants and animals hibernating beneath its surface. In addition to all this, snow also provides a cooling ‘safety net’ for our atmosphere. Any such list could be extended almost indefinitely. This makes clear how important the earth’s snow reserves are for humans, for the global climate, and the environment. In this richly illustrated book, the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research has assembled a treasure trove of snow lore, covering all aspects of this fascinating topic.

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Through the Arctic! The Quest for the Northwest Passage Abenteuer Nordwestpassage. Der legendäre Seeweg durch die Arktis by Gudrun Bucher © 2013 Imprint: Primus 224 pages, about 83 images ISBN 978-3-534-24960-2

For more than four centuries, seafarers were searching for the legendary Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to Asia. By the time Roald Amundsen finally managed the first complete crossing in 1903–6, the quest for the passage had claimed many lives – and the passage itself had become irrelevant in economic terms. Thus, the passage fell into oblivion. In recent years, however, climate change has prompted a recession of the polar ice caps, which in turn has brought the Northwest Passage back from obscurity. Gudrun Bucher introduces readers to the arctic region, focusing especially on the indigenous Inuit population and the effects European seafaring and discovery have had on their way of life. In a concluding chapter, she discusses possible future uses of the Northwest Passage. Gudrun Bucher read ethnology, prehistoric archaeology and geology. Today, she is a tour guide on adventure cruises to the Arctic, Antarctic, and the South Pacific.

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Glimpses of Prehistory: The Fascinating 3D World of Amber Fossils Wunderwelt Bernstein. Faszinierende Fossilien in 3-D by Max J. Kobbert © 2013 Imprint: WBG 96 pages, about 374 images ISBN 978-3-534-25615-0

In this fascinating book, containing over a hundred high-resolution images of beautifully preserved amber fossils, Max J. Kobbert opens a window into prehistory. The majority of these plant and animal specimens are very rare – and despite their astonishing age of up to 130 million years, it seems as if they had still been alive just seconds ago. Spectacular as these photographs may be, they are still surpassed by the 3D versions on the CD-ROM included (may be viewed using 3D glasses). Expert commentary on every image elucidates the ‘family relations’ between the fossils and species extant today. Max J. Kobbert was Professor of Perceptual Psychology and Psychology of the Arts at Münster and Düsseldorf Academies as well as the Münster University of Applied Sciences. He has been Emeritus Professor since 2009.

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A Book of Transportation Das Buch vom Verkehr by Hendrik Ammoser © January 2014 Imprint: WBG 352 pages, about 150 images ISBN 978-3-534-25775-1

Logistics, transport, mobility – without these things, neither technical progress nor industrialisation or globalisation would have been possible. In our private lives, also, mobility has become a decisive factor, and a source of independence, individuality, and social and economical participation. In today’s globalised world, moreover, the movement and exchange of people, goods, and increasingly of information and data, are becoming more and more important. Hendrik Ammoser’s book provides a clear and well-illustrated introduction to the different aspects of transportation, including the history and development of different means of transport, problems and challenges of modern transport policy, and possible future scenarios of transport and exchange in a globalised world. Hendrik Ammoser is an engineer and an expert consultant in intelligent transport systems and logistics with the German Association for Technical Inspection (TÜV).

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Resource Strategies : An Introduction to Sustainable Resource Use Ressourcenstrategien. Eine Einführung in den Umgang mit Ressourcen by Armin Reller et al. (eds) © November 2013 Imprint: WBG 256 pages, about 30 images ISBN 978-3-534-25914-4

The sustainable use of resources is one of the key topics of our time. However, it is also a topic which is getting more and more complex. In order to be able to grasp the development up to the present point, and devise new strategies for sustainable resource use, it is absolutely imperative to cross disciplinary boundaries. This is why the editors of this volume have undertaken an interdisciplinary analysis of the global materials cycle and its influence on the availability of essential resources worldwide. Drawing on historical, ecological, economic, and sociological analyses, this introduction provides a comprehensive picture, enabling readers to assess for themselves global dependencies and potentials for conflict. By providing incisive analyses of sustainable production and consumption, this book aims to promote sustainable thinking – and sustainable action. Armin Reller is speaker of the Augsburg University Environmental Studies Centre and Professor of Resource Strategies at Augsburg University.

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Global Change: The New Face of the Earth Global Change. Das neue Gesicht der Erde by Rüdiger Glaser © November 2013 Imprint: WBG 224 pages, about 120 images ISBN 978-3-534-26277-9

Population growth, urbanisation, globalisation, climate change and the challenges of biodiversity – global change has many faces. In his comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and eminently readable book, Rüdiger Glaser explains all aspects of this process which is going to effect a fundamental transformation of our globe. More specifically, Glaser turns to the individual sites of change worldwide, thus rendering the phenomenon comprehensible on a regional level. In a concluding section of his richly illustrated book, he takes a look at different future scenarios, pointing out alternative courses of action and alternative future developments. Rüdiger Glaser is Professor of Physical Geography at Freiburg University.

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Nano: How a Technology Changes Our Life Nano. Wie eine Technologie unser Leben verändert by Christian Meier © March 2014 Imprint: Primus 224 pages, about 15 images ISBN 978-3-86312-036-8

While some are championing nanotechnology as a weapon against fatal diseases and environmental problems, others warn of its potential danger. The media, especially, seem to be oscillating between these two extremes. As a result, most people have a rather vague conception of nanotechnology, which remains mysterious and obscure. But what is it really like? In his book, Christian Meier, while never straying from a realistic representation of its limitations, unveils the surprising potential of nanotechnology. He explains which technologies exist today, and which products make use of nanotechnology already, ranging from sunscreen to microlight aircraft, from PET bottles to supercomputers – and beyond! Christian Meier is a physicist and a science journalist.

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Archimedes: His Life and Legacy Archimedes. Mathematik in bewegten Zahlen by Günter Aumann © 2013 Imprint: WBG 224 pages, about 170 images ISBN 978-3-534-26247-2

Archimedes was one of the greatest engineers, physicists, and mathematicians of antiquity. His work and legacy have had a formative influence even in modern times, and have been crucial in the development of modern mathematics. Günter Aumann gives his readers a two-fold account of the genius of Archimedes. First, he sketches the world in which Archimedes lived and worked, the Mediterranean in the third century BC. Then, Aumann introduces Archimedes’ scientific oeuvre, elucidating his lines of thought and his reasoning in arriving at his mathematical proofs. Readers’ understanding is aided by a wealth of informative graphics and illustrations, a clear structure in the presentation of Archimedes’ thought, and very limited use of modern mathematical terminology. Günter Aumann is Professor of Geometry and Computational Geometry at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

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Murderous Legacy: How Evil Entered Our Heads Mörderisches Erbe. Wie das Böse in unsere Köpfe kam by Hans Günter Gassen © 2013 Imprint: WBG 224 pages, about 53 images ISBN 978-3-534-25614-3

Even though we are supposed to be learning from history – and the mistakes we have made –, armed conflict, sadly, still is a day-to-day reality in many parts of the world. And even though we are living in an ‘enlightened,’ liberal society, violence and even murder are not so easily abolished. Why is that? Is it that the experiences and life-world of the prehistoric hunter-gatherer still determine the way we think and behave? Are aggressive behaviour and even homicide as methods of conflict resolution so deeply ingrained in our genes and brains that all attempts to change this must prove futile? In his thrilling study of the atavistic roots of evil, Hans Günter Gassen explains how such complex behavioural patterns could be preserved for thousands of generations. Hans Günter Gassen is Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry at Darmstadt Technical University. He is a biotechnology consultant to the Federal State of Hessen, Germany.

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It’s All in Your Head! An Inside Look at Perception and the Brain Alles Einbildung! Was unser Gehirn tatsächlich wahrnimmt by Heiko J. Luhmann © 2013 Imprint: WBG 208 pages, about 20 images ISBN 978-3-534-25609-9

What is reality? What is it we perceive? What is consciousness and how is it influenced or changed? These are only some of the questions that have been on the agenda of scientists investigating the workings of the human brain. Their findings suggest that our brain cannot actually reproduce reality. Personal experience as well as the surrounding world colour our perception, as do sleep, meditation, or illness. We do not perceive reality as it is, but as we are, and as our neurons fabricate reality to be. In this book, Heiko J. Luhmann gives a gripping account of the current state of the neurosciences; of the brain’s structure; of the various factors influencing perception; and of the possible future applications of these findings. Heiko J. Luhmann is Professor of Physiology at Mainz University.

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Deferring, Delaying, Avoiding: An Introduction to Procrastination Aufschieben, Verzögern, Vermeiden. Einführung in die Prokrastination by Ruth Rustemeyer © 2013 Imprint: WBG 160 pages, about 8 images ISBN 978-3-534-26283-0

We have all been there: Instead of taking the bull by the horns and just getting things done, we put off unpleasant or awkward activities and appointments, get lost in a thousand minute details, we hesitate and we delay. If this kind of behaviour reaches worrying levels, proves harmful and results in considerable negative consequences, psychologists refer to it as ‘procrastination.’ Procrastination is neither mere idleness nor a weakness of will, but rather a serious disorder resulting in impaired self-control. It can affect our private as well as our working lives, our success at school or university. This book provides an introduction to the topic that is well-grounded in psychological scholarship, probing deep into the causes of this self-harming type of behaviour. Ruth Rustemeyer is Professor of Social Psychology at Koblenz–Landau University.

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An Encyclopaedia of Epistemology Lexikon der Erkenntnistheorie by Thomas Bonk (ed.) © 2013 Imprint: WBG 352 pages ISBN 978-3-534-20413-7

Epistemology has rightly been considered among the most important of philosophical disciplines. After all, it is through epistemology that we may reflect upon the very prerequisites of perception, research, and scientific expression. Every scientist commanding an explicit methodology has had to deal with epistemological questions of one kind or the other. The present encyclopaedia offers a comprehensive introduction to all fields and currents of epistemology, ranging from its beginnings in antiquity to current debates in the philosophy of science. Thomas Bonk is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Munich University. His main areas of research span analytical philosophy, general axiomatics, analytical epistemology, and the philosophy of science.

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A Handbook of Anthropology: Homer to Sartre Handbuch der Anthropologie. Die wichtigsten Konzepte von Homer bis Sartre by Wolfgang H. Pleger © 2013 Imprint: WBG 320 pages ISBN 978-3-534-25789-8

In this handbook, Wolfgang Pleger offers a historical-systematic account of the most seminal anthropological concepts in the Western tradition. These theories of man’s problematic situation of being in the world span sources ranging from classical and Biblical mythology (where man figures as a mortal creature made by divine agency) to materialist approaches conceiving of man as, basically, ‘determined matter.’ From classical antiquity to modernity, from Homer to Sartre, each of the different notions of ‘man’ Pleger identifies is exemplified through three seminal philosophical theories. Apart from philosophical sources, this handbook also takes into account examples from poetry, religion, and the social and natural sciences, making it a truly interdisciplinary work of reference. Wolfgang H. Pleger is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Koblenz-Landau University.

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Ethics: A Concise Introduction to the Great Questions Die großen Fragen der Ethik. Eine kompakte Einführung by John-Stewart Gordon and Michael Werner © March 2014 Imprint: WBG 224 pages ISBN 978-3-534-20179-2

Every introduction to ethics faces certain basic problems. Justice, happiness, duty, liberty, and responsibility are some of the core concerns of any kind of ethical discussion. For this reason, a systematic account of the most basic questions concerning them is absolutely fundamental for anyone interested in these problems and their histories. In an eminently readable manner, the authors explain how philosophers in the past have treated these problems, and how current philosophers are treating them today. Based on many current examples, this book addresses not only readers with prior knowledge of academic philosophy, but also a broad audience of nonacademic readers. Does free will really exist? Can a moral life be fun at the same time? Why have people at different times in history understood entirely different things to be ‘good’ or ‘bad’? Is it possible to ‘learn’ ethics? These and more are question pertinent to all readers.

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Islamic Philosophy in the Middle Ages Islamische Philosophie im Mittelalter. Ein Handbuch by Christian Schäfer et al. (eds) © October 2013 Imprint: WBG 400 pages ISBN 978-3-534-22357-2

This handbook presents a comprehensive survey of one of the most fascinating eras in the history of human thought. Renowned international experts provide concise introductions to the arguments and theories as well as the biographies of the most eminent mediaeval Islamic philosophers. Survey chapters introduce readers to the history of Islamic philosophy, its historical context, and its intensive interactions with other fields of study. Readers will get to know such important thinkers as Avicenna, Averroes and Al-Farabi, and will appreciate their achievement within a broad cultural context. Not least, this book serves to stress the rational roots through which the Arabic and European cultures continue to be linked to this day. Christian Schäfer is Professor of Philosophy at Bamberg University.

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Nietzsche: The Works and Impact of a Free Spirit Nietzsche. Werk und Wirkung eines freien Geistes by Christian Niemeyer © 2013 Imprint: Lambert Schneider 208 pages ISBN 978-3-650-25471-9

This book focuses on Nietzsche’s oeuvre from “Human, All Too Human” onwards. At this stage in his life, Nietzsche has emancipated himself from the influences of Schopenhauer and Wagner; here, we meet ‘the real Nietzsche.’ What remains of the genuinely Nietzschean thought of this era? Why was it that Nietzsche later on lost his bearings? What were his intentions? And why has ‘the real Nietzsche’ all but disappeared from reception history? Re-nowned Nietzsche scholar Christian Niemeyer investigates these – and more – questions, suggesting to the reader a refreshingly upto-date perspective on Nietzschean thought. Christian Niemeyer is Professor of Social Education at Dresden University of Technology.

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The Ethics of Climate Change: An Introduction Ethik des Klimawandels. Eine Einführung by Christians Seidel and Dominic Roser © 2013 Imprint: WBG 175 pages, about 10 images ISBN 978-3-534-26265-6

Global climate change poses a number of novel ethical questions. Are we really obligated to stop climate change? How should we allocate the burden of climate protection? Does this mean we cannot go on vacation by plane anymore? The answers to these questions are going to determine not only the lifestyle choices we make today, but will also affect future generations. This book provides an introductory overview of the current debate over an ‘ethics of climate change.’ In an eminently readable manner, it introduces the various positions that have been taken, enabling readers to engage with them in a critical manner, and form an informed opinion. Summaries of the fundamental lines of argument offer quick access to the most important aspects of this crucial topic. Christian Seidel is a lecturer in philosophy at Erlan-

gen-Nürnberg University. Dominic Roser is a research fellow at Oxford University.

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Intercultural Communication: A Practice-Oriented Introduction Interkulturelle Kommunikation. Eine praxisorientierte Einführung by Hamid Reza Yousefi © October 2013 Imprint: WBG 224 pages ISBN 978-3-534-26260-1

In the age of a globalisation influencing and changing so many aspects of our life, there is a fundamental need to revisit the debate over interculturality and intercultural communication. We need new ways of addressing these fundamental issues, so that intercultural communication as a whole can be made fit for the future – and for its educational transfer to future generations. Hamid Reza Yousefi demonstrates how intercultural barriers, which often obstruct or even prevent dialogue, may be overcome. In doing so, Hamid Reza Yousefi discusses the opportunities as well as the problems of intercultural communication, preparing the way for an entirely new form of intercultural dialogue. Hamid Reza Yousefi is Senior Lecturer in the History of Philosophy and Intercultural Philosophy at Koblenz University.

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World Religions: An Introduction Weltreligionen. Wissen kompakt by Ulrike Peters © March 2014 Imprint: Konrad Theiss 176 pages, about 80 images ISBN 978-3-8062-2639-3

Is religion really on the retreat in today’s world? The great world religions, at least, are as present as ever, wielding considerable influence on politics, societies, and cultures. Islam is a prime example for this. This is why a basic knowledge of all world religions and their respective roles in cultural history remains indispensable. Up to secularisation, there has not been a single culture in human history that could do without religion, and ritual burials remain the archaeological touchstone for the beginning of human culture in general. Ulrike Peters raises the question of what religion has to offer to people living in modern times. Are we still looking for an answer to the existential problem of ‘the last things’? This book gives a concise introduction to the history and teachings of the great world religions. Ulrike Peters is a comparative religious scholar and ethnologist with a specialisation in the early Americas, as well as a writer of non-fiction.

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The Son of Mary: Jesus in the Qur’an Der Sohn Marias. Jesus im Koran by Martin Bauschke © 2013 Imprint: Lambert Schneider 209 pages ISBN 978-3-650-25190-9

According to the Qur’an, Jesus, the son of Mary, was a man sent from God to show mankind – through his words as well as through his miraculous deeds – the way to true devotion. Outside the Islamic world, this Qur’anic dimension of the figure of Jesus is still relatively unknown, even though Jesus by now plays a pivotal role in the interfaith dialogue between Christians and Muslims. Martin Bauschke takes into account all of the around 120 Quranic verses referring to Jesus, drawing on Muslim scholarship as well as his own historical-critical engagement with the text. This book presents a comprehensive account of the importance of Jesus in Islam, while at the same time offering vital information for anyone active in Muslim–Christian relations, or just interested in the Qur’an in general. Martin Bauschke is a comparative religious scholar and a theologian. Since 1999 he has been head of the Berlin office of the Global Ethic Foundation.

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The Wrath of God Gottes Zorn by Ralf Miggelbrink © March 2014 Imprint: WBG 192 pages ISBN 978-3-534-26409-4

In this book geared toward a general audience, Ralf Miggelbrink offers a vivid introduction to the history and systematic place of the Biblical motif of God’s wrath. Over the course of his discussion, Miggelbrink suggests a new way of integrating this wrath productively with modern religious thought. Examples from cultural history serve to illustrate his underlying hypothesis that the motif of ‘the wrath of God’ does not prevent freedom, autonomy, responsibility, and pluralism, but rather serves a very important function with respect to those fundamental social and political values. Miggelbrink analyses the motif of a vengeful God from many different perspectives, and presents it, for the first time, in a scholarly, socio-politically oriented, and readable manner. Ralf Miggelbrink is Professor of Systematic Theology at Essen University.

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A Dictionary of Old Testament Motifs Wörterbuch alttestamentlicher Motive by Michael Fieger (ed.) © 2013 Imprint: WBG 478 pages ISBN 978-3-534-24681-6

This “Dictionary of Old Testament Motifs” makes available to anyone interested in the texts of the Old Testament a fuller understanding of their at times cryptic content, providing in-depth information on themes and motifs. In its about 120 articles, readers will find outlines of the ancient Near Eastern roots of recurring narrative elements of the Old Testament, as well as accounts of their respective reception histories, which – mediated mostly through the New Testament – lead into the various histories of Western literature, art, and music. This important work of reference is intended both for theologians and non-theologians, addressing, for instance, scholars of art or literature having to deal with Old Testament themes in their various fields. Michael Fieger is Professor of Old Testament at Chur Theological Seminary.

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An Introduction to the Theology of Martin Luther Einführung in die Theologie Martin Luthers by Christian Danz © 2013 Imprint: WBG 152 pages ISBN 978-3-534-25131-5

The importance of Martin Luther stretches beyond the theological and ecclesial spheres, and far into the realms of culture, politics, and society. This introduction provides a concise overview of Luther’s theology, and an outline of the most problematic aspects of its reception through history. Christian Danz explores fundamental themes and focal points in Luther’s thought, such as his conception of the deity, his Christology, and his anthropology. Starting from Luther’s reconfiguration of the Christian faith, this introduction unfolds the development of his theology. Christian Danz is Professor of Systematic Theology at Vienna University. He is president of the German Paul Tillich Society.

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Christians in the Third Reich Christen im Dritten Reich by Philipp Thull (ed.) © March 2014 Imprint: WBG 176 pages ISBN 978-3-534-26406-3

The role Christians played in the Third Reich is one of the most controversial aspects in all of church history. An early scepticism vis-à-vis NationalSocialist ideology soon gave way to a cautious rapprochement after Hitler had declared the Christian churches “most important factors in the preservation of our national character [Volkstum].” At this point, the two major denominations at least saw no cause for serious criticism of the Nazi regime. Only very slowly, Christian opposition to the Third Reich began to grow. In this volume, renowned scholars offer a wealth of new insight into this topic. Ranging from Old Catholics to Mennonites and Baptist churches, they cover a variety of Christian communities. Philipp Thull is a doctoral student in Canon Law at Münster University.

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Interreligious Tolerance and the Necessity of the Christian-Muslim Dialogue Interreligiöse Toleranz. Die Notwendigkeit des christlich-islamischen Dialogs by Philipp Thull (ed.) © March 2014 Imprint: WBG 144 pages ISBN 978-3-534-26412-4

For decades, Christians and Muslims in Germany have been looking for shared answers to the two Abrahamitic religions’ shared questions. It seems obvious that a peaceful coexistence and mutual understanding of the two can only be reached via a shared movement toward greater tolerance. In approaching that goal, it is important to point out not only differences, but also the things Islam and Christianity have in common; the things which enable both sides to understand each other and to work together, on the basis of their respective faiths, for a better, more charitable, social and political interaction between them. In this edited volume, Christians and Muslims alike discuss the most important issues of their respective religions. Philipp Thull is a doctoral student in Canon Law at Münster University.

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New Departures? A Critical Appraisal of the Second Vatican Council Ermutigung zum Aufbruch. Eine kritische Bilanz des 2. Vatikan. Konzils by Philipp Thull (ed.) © October 2013 Imprint: WBG 188 pages ISBN 978-3-534-26312-7

Just as the Catholic Church is facing an enormous crisis, the unthinkable happens: Pope John XXIII announces the Second Vatican Council – a bold and resolute move. The Pope knows that the Church will only be able to get its message across to a contemporary audience if it opens up, throws the windows open wide, and ventures “a step ahead.” The Second Vatican Council (1962–1965) would prove one of the most seminal events in recent ecclesiastical history. It is the beginning of a new and necessary departure, meant to lead the Church into the future. Fifty years after, this book presents the answers given by renowned theologians to a very legitimate question, namely: what remains of those bold beginnings? Engaging critically with the decisions of the Second Vatican Council, this volume takes stock of their legacy, letting readers understand the many challenges facing the Catholic Church today. Philipp Thull is a doctoral student in Canon Law at Münster University.

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The Bible in Pictures Die Bibel in Bildern. Illustriert von Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld

© 2013 Imprint: Reprint Verlag Leipzig 264 pages, about 240 images ISBN 978-3-8262-3061-5

Across denominations, Ludwig Schnorr von Carolsfeld’s Bible illustrations had a formative influence on Biblical piety in nineteenth-century Germany. He was not only one of the most prominent exponents of the Nazarene movement in painting (in many ways the German equivalent of the PreRaphaelites); he also was one of the most prominent Biblical illustrators of the nineteenth century in general. Schnorr von Carolsfeld, who had been living in Italy since 1817, joined the ‘Nazarene’ artists’ colony in Rome, quickly becoming the group’s most celebrated painter of landscapes. Although he soon concentrated on religious subjects, however, and unlike many artists of his generation, Schnorr von Carolsfeld never converted to Catholicism, neither at Rome nor after his return to Munich. Between the years of 1851 and 1860, he carried out an enormous cycle of 240 Biblical woodcuts, which have been collected in this breathtaking volume. Each image is set beside the appropriate Biblical passage, providing an ideal synthesis of Biblical text and the artist’s pictorial interpretation with its imaginative treatment of figures, events and landscapes.

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Fairy Tales Die Feenmärchen. Illustriert von Gustave Doré

© 2013 Imprint: Reprint Verlag Leipzig 168 pages, about 42 images ISBN 978-3-8262-3015-8

Many of the fairy tales that have become famous as part of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s collection had in fact been given a definite form even before the Brothers’ collected them in the early nineteenth century. It was the French poet Charles Perrault (1628–1703) who, by publishing his collection of “Contes de Fées,” had ‘invented’ fairy tales as a literary genre. His tales were either collected from oral sources, or had been authored by other writers. Many of Perrault’s fairy tales are well-known to this day: Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Puss-In-Boots were all taken over by the Brothers Grimm, while Riquet with the Tuft and Bluebeard remained unique to Perrault. In 1862, an edition of Perrault’s tales with plates of drawings by Gustave Doré was published in Paris. The Austrian poet and writer Moritz Hartmann translated them into German, and they were published – again with Doré’s illustrations – in 1867. That edition, on which this reprint is based, remains one of the great bibliophile treasures for the whole family.

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Astrid Lindgren: A Life-Long Childhood Astrid Lindgren. Eine lebenslange Kindheit by Birgit Dankert © 2013 Imprint: Lambert Schneider 320 pages, about 10 images ISBN 978-3-650-25526-6

Astrid Lindgren was a legend during her lifetime. Still, the enormous success of her books as well as the countless honours she received have all but obliterated a truly remarkable life full of achievement. About a decade after the death of Astrid Lindgren, an author beloved of readers worldwide, Birgit Dankert, herself a renowned children’s literature expert, has completed the most comprehensive and up-to-date Lindgren biography yet. The portrait Dankert draws of Astrid Lindgren is nuanced, and her subject emerges as a woman looking for consolation and confidence, both of which she found in her literary portrayals of a happy childhood, and which propelled her in a lifelong struggle for children’s rights, peace, and justice. Dankert’s account amounts to a thorough revision of Astrid Lindgren the author, while at the same time shedding new light on her success in the realm of literature and across media. Birgit Dankert is an Emeritus Professor of Library Science at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. She is also chairing a research group on young-adult literature.

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Art on Four Continents, 1300–1600 Kunstgeschichte der Vier Erdteile 1300–1600 by Matteo Burioni and Ulrich Pfisterer (eds) © March 2014 Imprint: WBG 600 pages, about 180 images ISBN 978-3-534-24969-5

The three centuries from 1300 to 1600 saw the slow formation of modern European art. It was during this period, also, that the foundations were laid for modern aesthetic theory, art criticism, and the historiography of art. The notion, still widely prevalent today, that Western art was somehow pre-eminent in a global perspective, has its roots during this era. The present book offers, for the first time ever, a comprehensive global perspective on the history of early modern art, spanning developments in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. In this global perspective, Europe by no means appears as the only (or even necessarily the leading) centre of art production. The authors, an international team of experts, describe in vivid detail the mutual exchange of techniques and ideas between the arts and architectures of different continents, covering many facets of global art history that had before been neglected. Matteo Burioni is a lecturer in Art history at Munich University. Ulrich Pfisterer is Professor of Art History at Munich University. temporary cover

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Italian Art: Architecture, Painting, and Sculpture from Antiquity to Today Die Kunst Italiens. Architektur, Malerei, Plastik von der Antike bis heute by Rainer K. Wick © March 2014 Imprint: Philipp von Zabern 400 pages, about 180 images ISBN 978-3-8053-4771-6

Italy is still considered the birthplace of Western art. Every day, long waiting lines in front of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Vatican Museums in Rome, or the archaeological excavations at Pompeii prove that Italy’s art treasures have not lost their power to attract. Rainer K. Wick’s history of Italian art spans a period of more than 2,500 years. Comprising a unique panorama of seminal artists and their greatest works, this book introduces readers to the absolute best in architecture, sculpture, and painting, as well as the applied arts, and design. Among the absolute highlights covered by Wick are the great church buildings of the Middle Ages, Renaissance icons, and the architecture and art of Baroque Papal Rome. Description and discussion of individual works is placed firmly within the appropriate historical context, and is supplemented with biographical notes on individual authors. Rainer K. Wick is Emeritus Professor of Art Studies at Wuppertal University. temporary cover

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The Twilight of a Man of Genius: Richard Wagner’s Anti-Semitism Wagners Antisemitismus. Jahrhundertgenie im Zwielicht by Dieter David Scholz © 2013 Imprint: WBG 224 pages ISBN 978-3-534-25802-4

Richard Wagner and Judaism – to this day, this remains a highly controversial and relevant topic, and without a doubt, it constitutes one of the bitterest chapters in the cultural history of Germany. It is Wagner’s 1850 essay on “Judaism in Music,” especially, which has had fatal consequences outside the musical sphere, serving to reinforce an already evil and deadly ideology. But on a more general level, also, his antisemitism was one of Wagner’s lifelong obsessions, and was absolutely central to his conception of the world. Dieter David Scholz presents a nuanced reappraisal of Wagner the composer – and Wagner the racist demagogue. As a result, his book is required reading for anyone interested in Wagner’s antisemitism. Dieter David Scholz is a freelance music journalist, author and critic, and an expert on the life and works of Richard Wagner. His doctoral dissertation was on Wagner’s anti-Semitism.

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