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British Light Infantry & Rifle Tactics of the Napoleonic Wars

by Philip Haythornthwaite & Adam Hook

In an age when infantry units manoeuvred and fought in rigid blocks, the idea of encouraging initiative and allowing a unit to 'skirmish' was regarded as revolutionary and fell out of favour in the years following...

Historical Essays and Studies

by John Emerich Edward Dalberg & Lord Acton

This volume must be regarded not as the support of an existing reputation, or as a bid for the establishment of posthumous renown, but as the record and memorial of a rare and attractive personality. The accurate,...


by Nick Lipscombe & His Grace the Duke of Wellington

Originally published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo, this experlty researched volume looks at all the different aspects of the 100-day campaign which has become synonymous with...

The Men Who Would Be Kings

by Daniel Mersey & Peter Dennis

The Men Who Would Be Kings is a set of rules designed for fighting historical or Hollywood colonial battles in the mid to late 19th Century, from the Indian Mutiny to the Boxer Rebellion. Large scale colonial...

Léon Harmel: Entrepreneur as Catholic Social Reformer

by Joan L. Coffey

"Coffey does a masterful job of situating Léon Harmel-his life, his work, his ideology-in the context of French political and social turmoil in the last third of the nineteenth century. More than a Catholic...

California's Deadliest Women: Dangerous Dames and Murderous Moms

by Josephine Knowles

We like to think of women as nurturers, not murderers, but women do kill. California's Deadliest Women is the definitive guide to the murderesses of the Golden State, a horrifying compendium of women driven...

Poison Panic: Arsenic deaths in 1840s Essex

by Helen Barrell

For a few years in the 1840s, Essex was notorious in the minds of Victorians as a place where women stalked the winding country lanes looking for their next victim to poison with arsenic. It’s a terrible image...

The First Afghan War 1839–42

by Richard Macrory & Peter Dennis

In 1839 forces of the British East India Company crossed the Indus to invade Afghanistan on the pretext of reinstating a former king Shah Soojah to his rightful throne. The reality was that this was another...

The Winchester: The Gun That Built an American Dynasty

by Laura Trevelyan

A fascinating history of the family behind the popular firearm that changed America and the world

Arguably the world's most famous firearm, the Winchester Repeating Rifle was sought after by a cast of characters...

Race and British Colonialism in Southeast Asia, 1770-1870: John Crawfurd and the Politics of Equality

by Gareth Knapman

The idea of "race" played an increasing role in nineteenth-century British colonial thought. For most of the nineteenth century, John Crawfurd towered over British colonial policy in South-East Asia, being not...

Wellington Against Soult: The Second Invasion of Portugal 1809

by David Buttery

At the heart of David Buttery’s third book on the Peninsular War lies the comparison between two great commanders of enormous experience and reputation – Arthur Wellesley, later Duke of Wellington, and Jean...

Imperial Meridian: The British Empire and the World 1780-1830

by C. A. Bayly

In this impressive and ambitious survey Dr Bayly studies the rise, apogee and decline of what has come to be called `the Second British Empire' -- the great expansion of British dominion overseas (particularly...

Ebony and Scarlet: Poems of the Anglo-Zulu War

by Harry Turner

The nineteenth century saw the British army engaged in a series of conflicts around the globe. Iin almost every continent the redcoats of British soldiers seemed to be in perpetual action against enemies of...

The Case of the Chocolate Cream Killer: The Poisonous Passion of Christiana Edmunds

by Kaye Jones

“The trial which terminated yesterday…revealed one of the strangest and most horrible stories possibly ever told in a court of justice.” (Morning Post).

When the news broke in 1871 of a series of mysterious...

The Greeks and the British in the Levant, 1800-1960s: Between Empires and Nations

by Anastasia Yiangou, George Kazamias & Robert Holland

This book explores the concept of 'the Levant' as a component of the regional and international system during the age of imperialism. At its heart is a focus on the experience of Greek-speaking societies and,...

The Victorian Novelist: Social Problems and Change

by Kate Flint

First published in 1987. Many Victorian novels that considered social problems made extensive use of contemporary source material for their descriptions. This book aims to provide a greater acquaintance with...

Arminius Vambéry and the British Empire: Between East and West

by David Mandler

This study examines the life of Arminius Vambéry, the nineteenth-century Hungarian writer, intellectual, and informal diplomat who traveled extensively throughout Central Asia. It uses his experiences to explore...

Liberty or Death: The French Revolution

by Peter McPhee

The French Revolution has fascinated, perplexed, and inspired for more than two centuries. It was a seismic event that radically transformed France and launched shock waves across the world. In this provocative...

The Campaign for Prohibition in Victorian England: The United Kingdom Alliance 1872-1895

by Anthony E. Dingle

The evils of drink were a constant preoccupation in late Victorian England. The United Kingdom Alliance, founded in 1853, fought a long and vigorous but ultimately unsuccessful campaign for prohibition. In doing...

Darwin's Theory of Evolution

by 50MINUTES.Com

After setting sail aboard the Beagle to carry out a scientific expedition, Charles Darwin made some surprising discoveries: using the example of finches on the Galapagos Islands, he concluded that each of the...