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Ostend: Stefan Zweig, Joseph Roth, and the Summer Before the Dark

by Volker Weidermann & Carol Janeway

It’s the summer of 1936, and the writer Stefan Zweig is in crisis. His German publisher no longer wants him, his marriage is collapsing, and his house in Austria—searched by the police two years earlier—no...


Why the Right Went Wrong: Conservatism-From Goldwater to the Tea Party and Beyond

by E.J. Dionne

“Dionne's expertise is evident in this finely crafted and convincing work.” —The Los Angeles Times

From one of our most engaging political reporters and the author of Why Americans Hate Politics; the story...


Onnagata: A Labyrinth of Gendering in Kabuki Theater

by Maki Isaka

Kabuki is well known for its exaggerated acting, flamboyant costumes and makeup, and unnatural storylines. The onnagata, usually male actors who perform the roles of women, have been an important aspect of kabuki...


I Did Inhale — Memoir of a Hippie Chick

by W. M. Raebeck

In this chronicle about life on the hippie trail, W. M. Raebeck provides a funky flashback to what now seems an easier era. Through her marginal feats and misadventures, you'll always be siding with the bad...


Somme 1916: Success and Failure on the first day of the Battle of the Somme

by Paul Kendall

Much controversy has surrounded the Somme offensive relating to its justification and its impact upon the course of the war. General Sir Douglas Haig's policies have been the subject of considerable debate about...


Ireland's First Settlers: Time and the Mesolithic

by Peter Woodman

Ireland's First Settlers tells the story of the archaeology and history of the first continuous phase of Ireland's human settlement. It combines centuries of search and speculation about human antiquity in Ireland...


Britain Goes to War: How the First World War Began to Reshape the Nation

by Dr Peter Liddle

The First World War had a profound impact on British society and on British relations with continental Europe, the Dominions, the United States and the emerging Soviet Union. The pre-war world was transformed,...


Agent Michael Trotobas and SOE in Northern France

by Stewar Kent & Nick Nicholas

The exceptional exploits, courage and leadership of British SOE Agent Trotobas have long been recognised in France but not in his own country despite being recommended for the Victoria Cross. Captured on his...


Yorkshire Women at War: Story of the Women's Land Army Hostels

by Marion Jefferies

In Yorkshire, 2015 marks the centenary of the founding of the first Land Girl Hostel, near Boroughbridge, by Lady Margery Lawson Tancred. Yorkshire Women at War deals with the Women's Land Army Hostel policy...


Trapped Behind Enemy Lines: Accounts of British Soldiers and their Protectors in the Great War

by John Anderson & Victor Pluk

As 1914 ends, the war which was supposed to be over by Christmas, had settled down to an entrenched stalemate. Trapped behind enemy lines are many British soldiers who are hidden by brave French families. The...


Flint Daggers in Prehistoric Europe

by Catherine Frieman & Berit Valentin Eriksen

For more than a century flint daggers have been among the most closely studied and most heavily published later prehistoric lithic tools. It is well established that they are found across Europe and beyond,...


Ypres 1914: Messines: Early Battles 1914

by Nigel Cave & Jack Sheldon

These three Battleground Europe books on Ypres 1914 mark the centenary of the final major battle of the 1914 campaign on the Western Front. Although fought over a relatively small area and short time span, the...


Bombers, Rioters and Police Killers: Violent Crime and Disorder in Victorian Britain

by Simon Webb

Civil disorder, violent crime and terrorism were all considerably worse during the Victorian period than they are today, though ironically many regard this era of British history as a being a by-word for stability...


Regency Spies: Secret Histories of Britain's Rebels & Revolutionaries

by Sue Wilkes

Sue Wilkes reveals the shadowy world of Britain's spies, rebels and secret societies from the late 1780s until 1820. Drawing on contemporary literature and official records, Wilkes unmasks the real conspirators...


The Roman Barbarian Wars: The Era of Roman Conquest

by Ludwig Heinrich Dyck

The history of the 'barbarian' peoples of Europe is filled with dramatic wars and migrations along with charismatic and often farsighted leaders. Inevitably, their greatest challenge was their struggle with...


The Fall of the Seleukid Empire 187-75 BC

by John D Grainger

The concluding part of John D Grainger's history of the Seleukids traces the tumultuous last century of their empire. In this period it was riven by dynastic disputes, secessions and rebellions, the religiously-inspired...


Berwick-Upon-Tweed in the Great War

by Craig Armstrong

Berwick-upon-Tweed was an important garrison town and regional centre, which, as befit its history, had a strong sense of duty, reflected in its proud martial traditions. During the catastrophic years of 1914-18...


Tynedale in the Great War

by Brian Tilley

The remote moors and valleys around Hexham in Northumberland have been producing fighting men for countless millennia. From repelling invading Romans and Vikings, to locking swords with William Wallace's rampaging...


Bill Lancaster: The Final Verdict: The Life and Death of an Aviation Pioneer

by Ralph Barker

Captain William Lancaster was the subject of public attention and controversy during his life as a record-breaking flyer, because of his love affair with Jessie 'Chubbie' Miller (dubbed "the Australian Aviatrix")...


Brutus of Troy: And the Quest for the Ancestry of the British

by Anthony Adolph

Just who did the British think they were? For much of the last 1,500 years, when the British looked back to their origins they saw the looming mythological figure of Brutus of Troy. A great-great-grandson of...