RLM in print:

Prisoners of Prestor John    Cates Baldridge

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4 maps, 2 diagrams.

During the 16th century, Portugal endeavored to locate the mythical kingdom of Prester John--a Christian nation rumored to be somewhere in the Orient, amidst the pagans and Muslims. This study chronicles Portugal's final attempt, a six-year odyssey in Ethiopia that resulted in a tragicomic collision with a proud but isolated Christian kingdom.

Baldridge, Cates. Prisoners of Prester John: The Portuguese Mission to Ethiopia in Search of the Mythical King, 1520-1526. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012. Print.

A History of Landuse in Mongolia    Elizabeth Endicott

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2 maps.

A History of Land Use in Mongolia examines conceptual and practical issues of land use during eight centuries of Mongolian history. The book analyzes how Mongolia's pastoral nomadic herding population historically has dealt with secular and religious forms of authority in the ongoing struggle for control over pastureland and water resources.

Endicott, Elizabeth. A History of Land Use in Mongolia: Thirteenth Century to the Present. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. Print.


El Norte or Bust    David Stoll

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2 maps.

Debt is the hidden engine driving undocumented migration to the United States. So argues David Stoll in this powerful chronicle of migrants, moneylenders, and swindlers in the Guatemalan highlands, one of the locales that, collectively, are sending millions of Latin Americans north in search of higher wages. 

Stoll, David. El Norte or Bust: How Migration Fever and Microcredit Produced a Financial Crash in a Latin American Town. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2013. Print.


The Peoples Of The British Isles (3 volumes, 4th ed.)  
     Thomas William Heyck, Meredith Veldman

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19 maps.

The new edition of The Peoples of the British Isles presents the history of the peoples of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales from prehistoric times to the present. Through the frameworks of cultural, intellectual, and social history, the authors examine the conflicts and commonalities among the people of these four nations.

Heyck, Thomas William, and Meredith Veldman. The Peoples of the British Isles: A New History from 1688 to 1914. Chicago: Lyceum, 2014. Print.

Japanese Wooden Boatbuilding    Douglas Brooks

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1 map.

This is the story of the author's apprenticeships with Japanese masters to build five unique and endangered traditional boats. It is part ethnography, part instruction, and part the personal story of a wooden boatbuilder fueled by a passion to preserve a craft tradition on the brink of extinction.

Brooks, Douglas. Japanese Wooden Boatbuilding. Warren, CT: Floating World Editions, 2015. Print.

From Steel to Slots    Chloe E. Taft

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5 maps.

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was once synonymous with steel. But after the factories closed, the city bet its future on a new industry: casino gambling. On the site of the former Bethlehem Steel plant, thousands of flashing slot machines and digital bells replaced the fires in the blast furnaces and the shift change whistles of the industrial workplace.

Taft, Chloe E. From Steel to Slots: Casino Capitalism in the Postindustrial City. Boston: Harvard UP, 2016. Print.

Pemaquid Peninsula    Josh Hanna

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1 map.

Offshore fishermen and skillful shipbuilders transformed the quiet shores of the Pemaquid Peninsula beginning in 1815. The maritime economy drove local commerce until enterprising locals turned to ice harvesting, granite quarrying, brick making, lobster canning and pogy oil processing before summer tourism grew and thrived.

Hanna, Josh. Pemaquid Peninsula: A Midcoast Maine History. Mount Pleasant: Arcadia, 2015. Print.

The Chicago Freedom Movement    Mary Lou Finley, et al.

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3 maps.

Six months after the Selma to Montgomery marches and just weeks after the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a group from Martin Luther King Jr.'s staff arrived in Chicago, eager to apply his nonviolent approach to social change in a northern city.  Once there, King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) joined the locally based Coordinating Council of Community Organizations (CCCO) to for the Chicago Freedom Movement.

Finley, Mary Lou, et al. The Chicago Freedom Movement: Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights Activism in the North. University Press of Kentucky, 2016. Print.