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My Lady Ludlow

by Elizabeth Gaskell

“My Lady Ludlow” is a long novel written by Elizabeth Gaskell in 1858.La storia descrive perfettamente la vecchia aristocrazia inglese. The story describes perfectly the old English aristocracy. The protagonist...

Germany: Memories of a Nation

by Neil MacGregor

For the past 140 years, Germany has been the central power in continental europe. Twenty-five years ago a new German state came into being. How much do we really understand this new Germany, and how do its people...

Home Fires: The Story of the Women's Institute in the Second World War

by Julie Summers

Soon to be a PBS Masterpiece series starring Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey) and Francesca Annis (Cranford)


Away from the frontlines of World War II, in towns and villages across Great Britain, ordinary women...

1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed

by Eric H. Cline

In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the “Sea Peoples” invaded Egypt. The pharaoh’s army and navy managed to defeat them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did...

Must We Divide History Into Periods?

by Jacques Le Goff & Malcolm DeBevoise

We have long thought of the Renaissance as a luminous era that marked a decisive break with the past, but the idea of the Renaissance as a distinct period arose only during the nineteenth century. Though the...

The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle

by Lillian Faderman

“The most comprehensive history to date of America’s gay-rights movement.” —The Economist

The sweeping story of the modern struggle for gay, lesbian, and trans rights—from the 1950s to the present—based...

Rebel Girls: How votes for women changed Edwardian lives

by Jill Liddington

Rejecting the deadening conventions of their Victorian elders, the rebel girls demanded new freedoms and new rights. They took their suffrage message out to the remotest Yorkshire dales and fishing harbours,...

The Strait Gate: Thresholds and Power in Western History

by Daniel Jütte (Jutte)

Exploring a chapter in the cultural history of the West not yet probed, The Strait Gate demonstrates how doors, gates, and related technologies such as the key and the lock have shaped the way we perceive and...

Contested Empire: Rethinking the Texas Revolution

by Gerald D. Saxon, Sam W. Haynes & Gregg Cantrell

To a large degree, the story of Texas’ secession from Mexico has been undertaken by scholars of the state. Early twentieth century historians of the revolutionary period, most notably Eugene Barker and William...

The Making of Asian America: A History

by Erika Lee

The definitive history of Asian Americans by one of the nation’s preeminent scholars on the subject.

In the past fifty years, Asian Americans have helped change the face of America and are now the fastest growing...

Revolution and Other Essays

by Jack London

I received a letter the other day. It was from a man in Arizona. It began, “Dear Comrade.” It ended, “Yours for the Revolution.” I replied to the letter, and my letter began, “Dear Comrade.” It ended,...

A Little History of the United States

by James West Davidson

How did a land and people of such immense diversity come together under a banner of freedom and equality to form one of the most remarkable nations in the world? Everyone from young adults to grandparents will...

Life on a Mediaeval Barony

by William Stearns Davis

This book describes the life of the Feudal Ages in terms of the concrete. The discussions center around a certain seigneury of St. Aliquis. If no such barony is easily identifiable, at least there were several...

Female Warriors

by Ellen C. Clayton

Popular Prejudice, having decided that woman is a poor, weak creature, credulous, easily influenced, holds that she is of necessity timid; that if she were allowed as much as a voice in the government of her...

Barrow Steelworks: An Illustrated History of the Haematite Steel Company

by Stan Henderson & Ken Royall

During the second half of the nineteenth century, Barrow-in-Furness became a pioneer in iron and steel production. It was an industry that grew astronomically to become the largest integrated steelworks in north...

Canals: The Making of a Nation

by Liz McIvor

Canals hold a unique place in British culture, with associations of lazy summer afternoons, journeying through lush green countryside. But as Liz McIvor explains in the book to accompany her BBC series, the...

The Secrets of the Great City

by James Dabney McCabe

The following incident will show how money is worshipped in New York: A gentleman, now one of the wealthiest men of the city, some years ago found himself well off in worldly goods. He was the possessor of one...

Fareham Revisited

by Michael Stephenson

Fareham Revisited started out as a poem, which Michael Stephenson was inspired to write when he was reflecting on how much his home town had changed since the 1950s and 1960s. The poem and its sentiments struck...

On History

by Jules Michelet, Flora Kimmich (Translator), Lionel Gossman (translator) & Edward K. Kaplan (translator)

Edited by Lionel Gossman, this volume contains three programmatic essays by Michelet. The first two are available here for the first time in English translation. The third, the Preface to the 1869 edition of...

Tacitus, Annals, 15.20–23, 33–45

by Mathew Owen & Ingo Gildenhard

The emperor Nero is etched into the Western imagination as one of ancient Rome’s most infamous villains, and Tacitus’ Annals have played a central role in shaping the mainstream historiographical understanding...