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The History and Mythology of Amber

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A History of Dentures: The Ancient Origins of Dental Hardware

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A Short History of Opium

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Railroads and the Market Economy: Economy of Scale and Regulation

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Hanna Reitsch, German Aviatrix: Wartime Test Pilot, 1st Woman Helicopter Pilot, Awarded Iron Cross

Starting as a glider pilot, Hanna Reitsch flew almost every German military aircraft in World War II. She was also associated with the development...
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