Animal is a pioneering series from Reaktion Books. The first of its kind to explore the historical significance and impact on humans of a wide range of animals, each book in the series takes a different animal and examines its role in history around the world. The importance of mythology, religion and science are described as is the history of food, the trade in animals and their products, pets, exhibition, film and photography, and their roles in the artistic and literary imagination.
‘Reaktion’s wonderfully idiosyncratic Animal series’
– The New York Times
‘The series . . . calls itself “a new kind of animal history”. It is, splendidly, even brilliantly, so. I have nothing but praise for it’ – The Spectator
‘An attractive, lavishly illustrated new series, perfect for house gifts if you’re visiting someone who’ll welcome you with clean towels and a trowel.’
– The New York Times
‘The new Botanical series by Reaktion – handsome small hardbacks printed on fat glossy paper, generously illustrated, clearly intended to be a pleasure to collect.’ – Gardens Illustrated
Cityscopes are concise, illustrated guides that provide an overview of a city’s past as well as a focused eye on its present. Written by authors with unique and intimate knowledge of the cities, each book features a chronological history to the present day.
Also including a section of essays on key places or aspects of the city today – from museums to music, public transport to parks, food to fashion – the books offer fascinating vignettes on the quintessential and the quirky, as well as listings of key sites and venues with the authors’ own commentaries. Illustrated throughout with contemporary photos and compelling historical images, Cityscopes are essential companions to cities worldwide.
How do we make sense of contemporary societies and the forces that have shaped them? The impact of current events and developments have to be accounted for by rapid but clear interpretation and contextualization in order to unveil the cultural, political, religious and technological forces that are re-shaping today’s worlds.
Critical Lives is a major series of short critical biographies that present the work of important cultural figures in the context of their lives. Each book relates and brings alive the life of the artist, writer, philosopher or architect in question and assesses their major works at the same time. The books in the series are accompanied by c. 20–40 illustrations.
‘Beautifully produced – very short critical biographies whose main target audience is likely to be undergraduates, but that will also do nicely for a general audience.’ – Times Literary Supplement
The Earth series is the first of its kind to trace the historical significance and cultural history of natural phenomena and resources. Written by experts who are passionate about their subject, books in the series bring together representations from mythology, religion, art, literature, science, popular culture, cinema and television, exploring and explaining the world around us in an exciting new way.
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‘What a fantastic idea, science and culture brought down to earth. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.’ – David Bellamy
Edible is a revolutionary new series of books on food and drink which explores the rich history of man’s consumption. Each book provides an outline for one type of food or drink, revealing its history and culture on a global scale. 50 striking illustrations, with approximately 25 in colour, accompany these engaging and accessible texts, and offer intriguing new insights into their subject. Key recipes as well as reference material accompany each title.
‘Embellished with clever illustrations and a nice selection of historical and contemporary recipes . . . [an] outstanding series of food volumes.’
– Wall Street Journal
Exposures is a series of books on photography designed to explore the rich history of the medium from thematic perspectives. Each title, written by an authority in the area, presents a striking collection of c. 80 images and an engaging, accessible text that offers intriguing insights into a specific theme or subject.
‘In a little gem of a series, Reaktion have addressed the questions of place, time and hegemony in photography, investigating the cultural mores of significant nationalities and juxtaposing these with parallel studies of how photography became a successful ingredient in (for example) Literature, Science and Cinema, the Exposures collection builds to a seductive reference library of provoking and authoritative illustrated texts . . . Recruiting authors with proven expertise who are able to discuss their specialisations without the deadening prose of academia, Exposures is a triumph.’ – F22 Magazine
Foods and Nations is a new series from Reaktion that explores the history – and geography – of food. Books in the series reveal the hidden history behind the food eaten today in different countries and regions of the world, telling the story of how food production and consumption developed, and how they were influenced by the culinary practices of other places and peoples. Each book in the Foods and Nations series offers fascinating insights into the distinct flavours of a country and its culture.
Globalities is a series which reinterprets world history in a concise yet thoughtful way, looking at major issues over large time-spans and political spaces; such issues can be political, ecological, scientific, technological or intellectual. Rather than adopting a narrow chronological or geographical approach, books in the series are conceptual in focus yet present an array of historical data to justify their arguments. They often involve a multi-disciplinary approach juxtaposing different subject-areas such as economics and religion or literature and politics.
Locations is a series of thematic books examining contemporary genres and hybrids in national and international cinema. Each book contains approximately 100 black and white images and a fresh critical exploration of aspects of film’s relationship with other media, major themes within film, or different aspects of national film cultures.
The books in the Lost Civilizations series explore the rise and fall of the great civilizations and peoples of the ancient world. Each book considers not only the history but the art, culture and lasting legacy and examines why they remain important and relevant in our world today.
This wide-ranging series examines the forms and consequences of modern architecture since the early 20th century in different national milieus. Modernist visions and revisions are explored against a backdrop of aesthetic currents, economic developments, political trends and social movements. Each book is written by an expert in the field, but the series is aimed at the general reader as well as architects and historians. The series offers a balanced, much-needed reassessment of recent and contemporary architecture, exploring Modernism's positive and negative effects, as well as architecture's meaning in history and culture.
‘[A] welcome analysis of the climate in which the buildings were designed too often ignored in architectural history.’
– The Architectural Review
Books in the Objekt series examine a wide range of iconic modern objects across many design fields, including architecture, industrial design, graphics and fashion. The books are not intended as exhaustive histories of their subject, but are written as thematic and discursive essays, keeping in mind the broader cultural meanings of objects or buildings as much as their intended functions in the modern period.
Books in the Renaissance Lives series explore and illustrate the life histories and achievements of signiﬁcant artists, intellectuals and scientists in the Early Modern world. They delve into literature, philosophy, the history of art, science and natural history and cover narratives of exploration, statecraft and technology.
The Reverb series offers a new perspective on the significance of music through a wider cultural and historical understanding of particular times and places. By focusing on the relationship between artists, performers, music and place – rather than strictly biographical or chronological histories – the series allows writers with backgrounds in music writing, social and cultural history, ethnomusicology, literary studies, philosophy and geography to write books that reveal the ways in which music has, in a variety of genres and traditions, expressed a strong sense of place.
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