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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...


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...


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...


The Battle of Austerlitz

by 50MINUTES.Com

On the night of 1st December 1805, the armies of the French Emperor Napoleon I, the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, Francis II, and the Russian Tsar Alexander I, positioned themselves on the plains of Austerlitz,...


The Battle of Waterloo

by 50MINUTES.Com

At 11:15am on 18th June 1815, Napoleon I launched the assault at Waterloo. The stakes were high. Despite managing to defeat the British, the Dutch and Prussians also arrived to fight against the Emperor, who...


Three Victorian Travellers: Burton, Blunt, Doughty

by Thomas J. Assad

First published in 1964. This book is concerned with impressions of Arabic culture on the British before the First World War. More particularly, it is concerned with three Victorian travellers, all of whom knew...


Leisure in the Industrial Revolution: c. 1780-c. 1880

by Hugh Cunningham

First published in 1980. This book is a study of what different classes of society understood by leisure and how they enjoyed it. It argues that many of the assumptions which have underlain the history of leisure...


Reform and Intellectual Debate in Victorian England

by Barbara Dennis & David Skilton

First published in 1987. Readers of Victorian literature, both poetry and prose, are constantly aware of a powerful undercurrent of change - political, social, and intellectual - which determines the shape of...


Domestic Servants and Households in Rochdale: 1851-1871

by Edward Higgs

First published in 1986. At any one time in late nineteenth-century England and Wales over one million men and women were described as domestic servants in the occupational category after agricultural work....


Class and Conflict in Nineteenth-Century England: 1815-1850

by Patricia Hollis

First published in 1973. This title aims to use contemporary documents to illustrate the attitudes and relationships of working men towards each other and against other groups in society in the years 1815 to...