Diana Lange

Diana Lange's patient investigations have, in this wonderful piece of detective work, solved the mysteries of six extraordinary maps of routes across Tibet, clearly hand-drawn in the late 1850s by a local artist, known as the British Library's Wise Collection. Diana Lange now reveals not only the previously unknown identity of the Scottish colonial official who commissioned the maps from a Tibetan Buddhist lama, but also the story of how the Wise Collection came to be in the British Library. The result is both a spectacular illustrated ethnographic atlas and a unique compendium of knowledge concerning the mid-19th century Tibetan world, as well as a remarkable account of an academic journey of discovery. It will entertain and inform anyone with an interest in this fascinating region. This large format book is lavishly illustrated in colour and includes four separate large foldout maps.

Alexander Schintlmeister

This book is the first comprehensive work on oriental Notodontidae (Lepidoptera) outside mainland Asia. The studied area includes also Borneo Island, the Malayan Peninsula, entire New Guinea with adjacent islands. All species are illustrated in both sexes with a total number of 1272 specimens on 51 colour plates. Genitalia photos of both sexes as well as detailed distribution maps are provided for each species.
The book deals in the first volume with 298 species and contains descriptions of 99 new notodontid taxa. A second volume will treat with the remaining 160 species and include also a comprehensive biogeographic analysis.

Einführung in die Wirtschaftsgeschichte

Theorien, Methoden, Themen


Roman Köster


Fanxi Wang

Edited by Gregor Benton

Wang Fanxi, a leader of the Chinese Trotskyists, wrote this book on Mao more than fifty years ago. He did so while in exile in the then Portuguese colony of Macau, across the water from Hong Kong, where he had been sent in 1949 to represent his comrades in China, soon to disappear for decades into Mao’s jails. The book is an analytical study whose strength lies less in describing Mao’s life than in explaining Maoism and setting out a radical view on it as a political movement and a current of thought within the Marxist tradition to which both Wang and Mao belonged. With its clear and provoking thesis, it has, since its writing, stood the test of time far better than the hundreds of descriptive studies that have in the meantime come and gone.


Ein epochenübergreifendes Handbuch für das Geschichtsstudium


Edited by Ernst Wawra and Maria Rhode

The Science and Passion of Communism

Amadeo Bordiga's Selected Writings


Amadeo Bordiga

Edited by Pietro Basso

Amadeo Bordiga was one of the greatest figures of the Third International.

The Science and Passion of Communism presents the battles of this brilliant Italian communist in the revolutionary cycle of the post-WWI period, through his writings against reformism and war, for Soviet power and internationalism, and then against fascism, on one side, Stalinism and the degeneration of the International, on the other.

Equally important was his sharp critique of triumphant U.S. capitalism in the post-WWII period, and his original re-presentation of Marxist critique of political economy, which includes the capital-nature and capital-species relationships, and the programme of social transformations for the revolution to come.

Without any form of canonization, we can say that Bordiga’s huge workshop is a veritable goldmine, and anyone who decides to enter it will not be disappointed. He will guide you through a series of instructive, energizing and often highly topical excursions into the near and distant past, into the present that he largely foresaw, and into the future that he sketched with devouring passion.

Warmes Wasser - Weiße Ware

Energiewende im Badezimmer 1880-1939


Nina Lorkowski

Die Arbeit untersucht den Wandel der Energienutzung im Privathaushalt am Beispiel der Körperpflege in Deutschland. Im Mittelpunkt stehen dabei Geräte zur Warmwasserbereitung, die als Bestandteil komplexer Ordnungen wie Wohnen und Energieversorgung untersucht werden.
Die Autorin nimmt dabei einen Zeitraum in den Blick, als in Deutschland weder Badezimmer noch moderne Geräte zur Warmwasserbereitung bereits massenhaft im Haushalt Verbreitung gefunden hatten. Doch wurden Anwendungsmöglichkeiten für den privaten Haushalt diskutiert und ausprobiert. Auch flossen die ersten Erfahrungen von Nutzern in die Entwicklung von Geräten oder Konzepten für den Massenwohnungsbau ein. Durch die Einbeziehung von Egodokumenten und weiteren Hinweisen auf die Aneignung der Geräte im Privathaushalt kann die Weiterentwicklung insbesondere der elektrischen Warmwassergeräte als Aushandlungsprozess zwischen Herstellern, Energieversorgungsunternehmen und Nutzern beschrieben werden.


Elmar Anhalt

Edited by Sabine Seichter