Don't you now who I am?

The History of Arrogance

This is probably the best book which you will probably read… We humans have always had too big thoughts about ourselves. Ari Turunen leads in his new hilarious book to the source of arrogance. What else is the reason for the biggest catastrophes from climate change to economical crises as the endless self-satisfaction of the leaders.

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After You Madame!

History of European Manners

The customary chivalric manner to let the lady go first dates back to the Middle Ages - knights new well that an assassin might be hiding in the dark hallway!  This shameless and amusing best-seller takes the reader into a world that is fascinatingly new and awkwardly familiar: the history of European manners.

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Be My Guest!

How Nine Cities in World History Profited from Accepting the Differences

Ari Turunen offers a perspective of Nordic political scientist on how some cities through history benefitted and flourished by welcoming the outsider – clearly a topic of urgent current relevance.

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No Way!

The History of Opposing

One of the most common behavioural models is opposition. This book takes you on a journey to good old days when it was ok to yearn for the good old times. Everywhere, at all times people have been horrified about the young folks, about new customs, ideas, novelties and fashionable phenomena.

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To your health!

The History of Drinking Habits

Half of the world’s alcohol consumption is drunk by Europeans. Alcohol is undoubtedly the lubricator in the European cultural heritage. This book takes the audience to short expeditions into the history of intoxication: what has it meant in different eras, what rules and rituals have been involved in getting drunk, and how alcohol has appeared in different European customs.

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Cross My Fingers!

The History of Lying, Misrepresentation and Deceit

In all cultures, lying is strongly reprehensible. And yet, lying, dishonesty, scheming, counterfeiting and swindling are part of human nature. Believe it or not: man lies every single day. The more opportunities and freedom to communicate we have, the more we swindle.

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Pictures of the World

What Maps Tell about Us and Them?

Human groups tend traditionally to see themselves and their home country situated at the centre of the known world. World maps are collective images of how cultures define themselves in relation to space. This raises many interesting questions. How do different cultures structure the world with maps? How are world maps of different cultures used to enforce their world views in general and spatial order in particular? Why can certain world maps be accepted more easily than others?

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Signs of Good and Aad

The Story Behind Superstitious Beliefs

Why does a witch fly on a broom and a why does the Devil have his horns? Why is a rabbit’s foot taken as a lucky charm and number seven as a lucky number? This book takes you into the colourful and enchanting world of superstitious habits - ones that you usually don’t even notice to exist. You may knock on wood or spit on a black cat without knowing what made you do so.

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Brute Force

The Story of Finnish Icebreaking

Brute force is an impressively written, lavishly illustrated book about icebreaker ships. It introduces the reader to icebreakers from Finland and other countries and tells about the history of icebreaking equipment. This book by Ari Turunen and Petja Partanen is unique in the world. It opens up the fascinating and largely unknown world of icebreaker ships working in tough Arctic conditions along with their crews.

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