[Free eBook] The Polarizers: Postwar Architects of Our Partisan Era by Sam Rosenfeld [US Political History & Current Affairs]

The Polarizers: Postwar Architects of Our Partisan Era by Sam Rosenfeld, an assistant professor of political science at Colgate University, is his history of US political party development, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for September, and is described as an intellectual and institutional history of party polarization in the post-WWII United States, exploring the deliberate trending away over the decades from bipartisanship towards increasingly polarized ideology in both the Democratic and Republican camps and the various actors and agendas behind the shifts, focusing on overlapping periods from the 1945 to 2000, with an epilogue summarizing developments through 2016.

Offered worldwide through the end of September, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Nut Country: Right-Wing Dallas and the Birth of the Southern Strategy by Edward H. Miller [US Political History & Analysis]

Nut Country: Right-Wing Dallas and the Birth of the Southern Strategy by Edward H. Miller, an assistant teaching professor at Northeastern University Global, is a 20th century political history, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for October.

The accessibly-written book examines the history and lingering impact behind the US Republican Party’s “Southern strategy” begun during the 1960s as the party began to appeal to ultraconservative, religious, and special interest groups displeased by the sweeping changes of the decade in order to increase its political support, with especial attention paid to the seeds and rise of the movement in Dallas, Texas, in the wake of the assassination of Democrat President John F. Kennedy.

Offered worldwide through October, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] The English Bible and the Seventeenth Century Revolution by Christopher Hill [17th C British Sociocultural History]

The English Bible and the Seventeenth Century Revolution by the late British author Christopher Hill, an historian specializing in 17th century England and a former Master of Oxford University’s Balliol College, is a 1sociocultural and political history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1993 by Penguin Books.

The book provides an in-depth historical overview of the social, cultural, and political impact of the ready availability of English-language translations of the Bible to the commoner masses in the 17th century in Britain (a then-radical change from the Latin and Greek versions only readable by the educated upper classes and clergy), in the form of topical chapters covering the differing versions printed, and then addressing its revolutionary influence on everyday society, literature, conflicts with assorted religious movements and the ensuing English Civil War, philosophical arguments and approaches towards poverty and liberty, and other aspects of post-Reformation British life.

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[Free eBook] The Reluctant Belligerent: American Entry into World War II by Robert A. Divine [Political History]

The Reluctant Belligerent: American Entry into World War II by Robert A. Divine, a professor emeritus at the University of Texas, is a vintage World War II history book, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1965 by McGraw-Hill and was later updated with a second edition in 1979, which is now reprinted here.

The book focuses more on the diplomatic aspects of international relations between the US and others during the lead up to World War II in the 1930s, drawing upon then-current research findings (circa the 1970s) to examine the possibility that the US’ ostensibly neutral foreign policy at the time may have added to the eventual severity of the war, as well as the various factors contributing to the policy.

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[Free eBook] Bourbon and Stuart: Kings and Kingship in France and England in the 17th Century by John Miller [History]

Bourbon and Stuart: Kings and Kingship in France and England in the 17th Century by British author John Miller, an emeritus professor at the University of London, is a comparative political history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1987 by George Philip.

The book examines and compares the 17th century monarchic dynasties ruling England and France, respectively, with a bit of mini-biography of the various kings and their close associates and the influence of their private lives upon their public decision-making, as well as the lingering effects of the monarchy upon the government and people, and vice versa, in the wake of the eventual French Revolution and the English Civil War.

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[Free eBook] The House of Lords: An Anecdotal History by John Wells [British History Humour]

The House of Lords: An Anecdotal History by the late British author John Wells, an actor and satirist who was a contributing co-founder of the satirical magazine Private Eye, is a humorous history of the British political institution, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1997 by Hodder & Stoughton.

The book was a favourably-reviewed bestseller when originally published and is a humorously informative historical study of the British peerage system and the government institution of the House of Lords through which it still influences official government power, from its early days during the Anglo-Saxon period through to the 1960s.

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[Free eBook] Hitler’s Rise to Power: The Nazi Movement in Bavaria 1923-33 by Geoffrey Pridham [Political History]

Hitler’s Rise to Power: The Nazi Movement in Bavaria 1923-33 by British author Geoffrey Pridham, a lecturer in European Politics at the University of Bristol, is his vintage political history cum analysis, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1973 by Hart-Davis, MacGibbon Ltd.

The book examines the reorganization and rise of what would eventually become the Nazi party from a grassroots level, drawing upon archival material to illustrate and explain the various surrounding factors—political, religious, social, and other—which helped enable its growing success over the course of one key decade.

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[Free eBook] Fall of France: May-June 1940 by Robert Jackson [WWII Military History]

Fall of France: May-June 1940 by Yorkshire-born British author Robert Jackson, a former pilot turned prolific author of military & aviation thrillers and history, is his vintage military and political history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1975 by Arthur Baker Ltd.

The book covers not only the key military campaigns invasion, but also the preceding political events and other lead ups to the invasion, and also provides some views from the troops on the battlefield as well as an overview of the situation.

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[Free eBook] Roger Casement by Brian Inglis [19th/20th C Irish Political Activist Biography]

Roger Casement by the late Irish author Brian Inglis, a journalist, historian, and television presenter best known for the All Our Yesterdays historical documentary series, is his historical activist political figure biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1973 by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

This biography covers the life and death of late 19th/early 20th century Irish political activist Roger Casement, a diplomat turned anti-imperialist human rights activist who was honoured and later knighted for investigating abuses in the then-Belgian Congo and also Peru, but was stripped of his knighthood and executed for treason after becoming a supporter of Irish nationalism and becoming involved in a scheme to gain independence via armed rebellion during the leadup to World War I.

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[Free eBook & Audiobook] Reformationen by Bo Kristian Holm [Danish Academic History & Theology Essay]

Reformationen (The Reformation) by Bo Kristian Holm, an associate professor studying theology at the School of Culture & Society at Aarhus University, is the 49th in the Tænkepauser (Reflections) series of Danish-language accessibly-written short essays intended to introduce laypersons to assorted academic topics, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This Danish-language essay covers the roots of the Protestant Reformation sparked by the posting of Martin Luther’s 95 theses in the 16th century, and the ensuing theological and political effects which carry on to this day.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through May 8th, available directly from the university’s website.

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