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War: Past, Present and Future

by Jeremy Black

This global analysis of the social effects of war offers a far-reaching assessment of military history, challenging the focus on technology and military revolution. War is placed in context, from the evolution...

The Christian World of the Middle Ages

by Bernard Hamilton

This powerful reconstruction of the faith and heritage of medieval Christendom reveals its extraordinary impact on both great empires and tiny enclaves.

The Strange Death of Edmund Godfrey: Plots and Politics in Restoration London

by Alan Marshall

On the evening of 17 October 1678 the body of Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey, a Westminster Justice of the Peace, was discovered in a ditch near Primrose Hill. He had been pierced with his own sword and apparently...

Charles II and the Duke of Buckingham: The Merry Monarch and the Aristocratic Rogue

by David Hanrahan

Of all bad men in a bad time… [Buckingham was] perhaps the worst, without shame, honour or decency.' George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham is one of the most entertaining and shocking of ill-advised royal...

The Wartime House: Home Life in Wartime Britain 1939-45

by Mike Brown & Carol Harris

The demands of a nation at war had many far-reaching effects on the average home. How did women cope with bringing up a family single-handed after their husbands were conscripted for military service? How did...

Nails, Noggins and Newels: An Alternative History of Every House

by Bill Laws

Crammed with fascinating facts about the everyday bric-a-brac of the house in which you live, Nails, Noggins and Newels is written in a lively, informal style which will appeal to any DIY enthusiast. Starting...

Panic Attacks: The History of Mass Delusion

by Robert E Bartholomew & Hilary Evans

Examining the ability of the media to whip up a panic and our tendency to fall victim to mass delusion and hysteria, this title discusses America's 'kissing bug' scare of 1899; Seattle's atomic fallout fiasco...

With Our Backs to Berlin: The German Army in Retreat 1945

by Tony Le Tissier

In the final months of the Second World War in 1945, the German Army was in full retreat on both its Western and Eastern Fronts. British and American troops were poised to cross the River Rhine in the west,...

Keeping Their Place: Domestic Service in the Country House

by Pamela Sambrook

In 1851 there were over a million servants in Britain. This book reveals first--hand tales of put-upon servants, who often had to rise hours before dawn to lay fires, heat water and prepare meals for their employers,...

Pepys and the Navy

by C S Knighton

Pepys diary has made him a literary celebrity. In his own time he was known as the chief naval official under Charles II and James II and this aspect of the diarist's life has not received the attention it deserves...

Che Guevara

by Andrew Sinclair

A concise biography of one of the most iconic revolutionaries of all time.

An Oxford Childhood: The Pride of the Morning

by Phyl Surman

A personal reminiscence of growing up in Cowley, Oxford in the 1920s. The author's detailed memories describe every aspect of life in the years following the Great War. The clothes she wore, the furnishings...

Tommy Goes To War

by Malcolm Brown

The armies that marched to war in 1914 were unique in composition, spirit and outlook. Modern warfare demanded the mobilisation of the entire population and the recruitment of a socially diverse citizen-army;...

Rome's Greatest Defeat: Massacre in the Teutoburg Forest

by Adrian Murdoch

In September AD 9 half of Rome's Western army was ambushed in a German forest. Three legions, comprising some 25,000 men under the Roman general Varus, were wiped out by an army of Germanic tribes under the...

The Chieftain: Victorian True Crime Through The Eyes of a Scotland Yard Detective

by Chris Payne

George Clarke joined the Metropolitan Police in 1841. Though a 'slow starter', his career took off when he was transferred to the small team of detectives at Scotland Yard in 1862, where he became known as 'The...

Shine on Swansea City: 2011/12: A Season in the Sun

by Keith Haynes

A sensational account of Swansea City's 2011/12 season in the Premier League covering 12 months in the life of a Welsh football club that in 2002 was just 40 minutes away from extinction and expulson from the...

The Great Stink of London: Sir Joseph Bazalgette and the Cleansing of the Victorian Metropolis

by Stephen Halliday

In the sweltering summer of 1858 the stink of sewage from the polluted Thames was so offensive that it drove Members of Parliament from the chamber of the House of Commons. Sewage generated by a population of...

Project Emily: Thor IRBM and the RAF

by John Boyes

This is a history of the 4-year period from 1959 to 1963 when RAF bomber command operated 60 Thor Intermediate Range Ballistic Missiles as part of the UK nuclear deterrent force. In 1956 the US approached the...

The Country House Servant

by Pamela Sambrook

One 19th century footman complained about the work involved in drawing more than 40 baths for his household, yet Lady Grenville felt no compunction in describing her footman as a "lazy flunkey". For centuries...

A Lady of Cotton: Hannah Greg, Mistress of Quarry Bank Mill

by David Sekers

In 1789 Hannah Lightbody, a well-educated and intelligent young woman of means, married Samuel Greg and found herself at the centre of his cotton empire in the industrial heart of England. It was a man's world,...