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Book 11 in the Warfare, Society and Culture series is out in June. Read sample pages via the P&C website on Warfare and Tracking in Africa, 1952–1990

During the decolonization wars in East and Southern Africa, tracking became increasingly valuable as a military tactic. Drawing on archival research and interviews, Stapleton presents a comparative study of the role of tracking in insurgency and counter-insurgency across Kenya, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

The Mysterious Science of the Sea, 1775–1943 now has free sample pages to read via the P&C website

The depths of the oceans are the last example of terra incognita on earth. Adamowsky presents a study of the sea, arguing that – contrary to popular belief – post-Enlightenment discourse on the sea was still subject to mystery and wonder, and not wholly rationalized by science.

More free sample pages are now available to read. Victorian Medicine and Popular Culture has the Introduction and Index online:

This collection of essays explores the rise of scientific medicine and its impact on Victorian popular culture. Chapters include an examination of Dickens’s involvement with hospital funding, concerns over milk purity and the theatrical portrayal of drug addiction, plus a whole section devoted to me…

You can also read the Introduction and browse the index from our book, The Rockefeller Foundation, Public Health and International Diplomacy, 1920–1945

Based on extensive archival research, this study examines the role of the Rockefeller Foundation and the League of Nations in improving public health during the interwar period. Barona argues that the Foundation applied a model of business efficiency to its ideology of spreading good health, creatin…

Visit our site for free pages from Standardization in Measurement: Philosophical, Historical and Sociological Issues

The application of standard measurement is a cornerstone of modern science. In this collection of essays, standardization of procedure, units of measurement and the epistemology of standardization are addressed by specialists from sociology, history and the philosophy of science.
Tobias Smollett (1721–71) is best known as a novelist; however this prolific and talented author was also a notable historian, literary critic, translator, medical writer and satirist. This volume will help us to reassess our understanding of Smollett by presenting some of his most significant misce…

P&C editor Miranda baked a special cake to mark the closing of the Pickering & Chatto office next week.

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A free eBook, info on new titles and more. Find out in our latest Eighteenth-Century Studies eBulletin -

Free sample pages are now available to read via the P&C website for the June book, 'Adolphe Quetelet, Social Physics and the Average Men of Science, 1796–1874' - book 27 in the series Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century.

Adolphe Quetelet was an influential scientist whose controversial work was condemned by John Stuart Mill and Charles Dickens. He was in contact with many Victorian elite, including Babbage, Herschel and Faraday. This is the first scholarly biography of Quetelet, exploring his contribution to quantit…

P&C author Kirby-Jane Hallum on the Victorian trophy wife

You might think that trophy wives are a modern phenomenon, but according to research from the University of Auckland, the idea of women being treated as their husbands’ status symbols is not that different from past generations. For her PhD in English ...

Free sample pages are now up on the P&C website from Stress in Post-War Britain, 1945–85 – book 23 in our series Studies for the Society for the Social History of Medicine:

In the years following World War II the health and well-being of the nation was of primary concern to the British government. The essays in this collection examine the relationship between health and stress in post-war Britain through a series of carefully connected case studies.

You can now read the Introduction to our latest Chawton House Library book, Malvina

Often linked to the works of early Romanticism, Sophie Cottin's Malvina (1803) was a bestselling sentimental novel. First published in France, the English translation by Elizabeth Gunning – a prolific novelist in her own right – allowed Cottin’s book to achieve success internationally. This is the f…

Sample pages are now available to read for our May title, The Gothic Novel and the Stage: Romantic Appropriations by Francesca Saggini

In this ground-breaking study Saggini explores the relationship between the late eighteenth-century novel and the theatre, arguing that the implicit theatricality of the Gothic novel made it an obvious source from which dramatists could take ideas. Similarly, elements of the theatre provided inspira…

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Read a sample from Victorian Literature and the Physics of the Imponderable via the P&C site

The Victorians were obsessed with the empirical but were frequently frustrated by the sizeable gaps in their understanding of the world around...