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Routledge Worlds


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The Routledge Worlds are magisterial surveys of key historical epochs, edited and written by world-renowned experts. Giving unprecedented breadth and depth of coverage, they are the works against which all future books on their subjects will be judged and are essential reading for anyone with a serious interest in the subject.

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The Melanesian World

The Melanesian World

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Eric Hirsch, Will Rollason
May 01, 2019

This wide-ranging volume captures the diverse range of societies and experiences that form what has come to be known as Melanesia. It covers prehistoric, historic and contemporary issues, and includes work by art historians, political scientists, geographers and anthropologists. The chapters range...

The Fairy Tale World

The Fairy Tale World

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Andrew Teverson
April 08, 2019

The Fairy Tale World is a definitive volume on this ever-evolving field. The book draws on recent critical attention, contesting romantic ideas about timeless tales of good and evil, and arguing that fairy tales are culturally astute narratives that reflect the historical and material circumstances...

The Syriac World

The Syriac World

1st Edition

Daniel King
December 18, 2018

This volume surveys the 'Syriac world', the culture that grew up among the Syriac-speaking communities from the second century CE and which continues to exist and flourish today, both in its original homeland of Syria and Mesopotamia, and in the worldwide diaspora of Syriac-speaking...

The Andean World

The Andean World

1st Edition

Linda J. Seligmann, Kathleen S. Fine-Dare
November 28, 2018

This comprehensive reference offers an authoritative overview of Andean lifeways. It provides valuable historical context, and demonstrates the relevance of learning about the Andes in light of contemporary events and debates. The volume covers the ecology and pre-Columbian history of the...

The Gnostic World

The Gnostic World

1st Edition

Garry W. Trompf, Gunner B. Mikkelsen, Jay Johnston
October 11, 2018

The Gnostic World is an outstanding guide to Gnosticism, written by a distinguished international team of experts to explore Gnostic movements from the distant past until today. These themes are examined across sixty-seven chapters in a variety of contexts, from the ancient pre-Christian to the...

The Fin-de-Siècle World

The Fin-de-Siècle World

1st Edition

Michael Saler
June 08, 2018

This comprehensive and beautifully illustrated collection of essays conveys a vivid picture of a fascinating and hugely significant period in history, the Fin de Siècle. Featuring contributions from over forty international scholars, this book takes a thematic approach to a period of huge upheaval...

The Elamite World

The Elamite World

1st Edition

Javier Álvarez-Mon, Gian Pietro Basello, Yasmina Wicks
February 28, 2018

Amongst the civilizations to participate in the dynamic processes of contact and interchange that gave rise to complex societies in the ancient Near East, Elam has remained one of the most obscure, at times languishing in the background of scholarly inquiry. In recent years, however, an increasing...

The Medieval World

The Medieval World

2nd Edition

Peter Linehan, Janet L. Nelson, Marios Costambeys
February 12, 2018

Ranging from Connacht to Constantinople and from Tynemouth to Timbuktu, the forty-four contributors to The Medieval World seek to bring the Middle Ages to life, offering definitive appraisals of the distinctive features of the period. This second edition includes six additional chapters, covering...

The Swahili World

The Swahili World

1st Edition

Stephanie Wynne-Jones, Adria LaViolette
October 20, 2017

The Swahili World presents the fascinating story of a major world civilization, exploring the archaeology, history, linguistics, and anthropology of the Indian Ocean coast of Africa. It covers a 1,500-year sweep of history, from the first settlement of the coast to the complex urban tradition found...

The Etruscan World

The Etruscan World

1st Edition

Jean MacIntosh Turfa
August 14, 2017

The Etruscans can be shown to have made significant, and in some cases perhaps the first, technical advances in the central and northern Mediterranean. To the Etruscan people we can attribute such developments as the tie-beam truss in large wooden structures, surveying and engineering drainage and...

The Early Christian World

The Early Christian World

2nd Edition

Philip F. Esler
July 24, 2017

Since its publication in 2000, The Early Christian World has come to be regarded by scholars, students and the general reader as one of the most informative and accessible works in English on the origins, development, character and major figures of early Christianity. In this new edition, the...

The Modernist World

The Modernist World

1st Edition

Allana Lindgren, Stephen Ross
June 20, 2017

The Modernist World is an accessible yet cutting edge volume which redraws the boundaries and connections among interdisciplinary and transnational modernisms. Over 60 new essays are equally divided to address literature, visual arts, theatre, dance, architecture, music and film, ...

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