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London, A Very Peculiar History

by Jim Pipe

Charting the quirky past of one of the most important cities in the world, 'London, A Very Peculiar History' will challenge what you thought you knew about this great capital and blow your mind with things you...


Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood

by Alexandra Fuller

When the ship veered into the Cape of Good Hope, Mum caught the spicy, heady scent of Africa on the changing wind. She smelled the people: raw onions and salt, the smell of people who are not afraid to eat meat,...


Ghost Trails of Edinburgh and the Borders

by Clive Kristen

Popular TV ghosthunter, Clive Kristen, takes the reader in search of grueseome events across the border in Scotland. The stories are woven into their historical context and take the reader to spooktacular places....


Mightier Than a Lord: The Struggle for the Scottish Crofters' Act of 1886

by Iain Fraser Grigor

Near the end of the nineteenth century, the Gaelic-speaking crofters of the Scottish Highlands rose in revolutionary struggle against their English landlords for the right to live in security on their own ancestral...


The Northern Conquest: Vikings in Britain and Ireland

by Katherine Holman

Most historical accounts examine the Viking Age in one part rather than the whole region of the British Isles and Ireland. Very few pay attention to the continued contact between England and Scandinavia in the...


The Portuguese: A Portrait of a People

by Barry Hatton

Portugal is an established member of the European Union, one of the founders of the euro currency and a founder member of NATO. Yet it is an inconspicuous and largely overlooked country on the continent's south-west...


The Fortune Hunter: A German Prince in Regency England

by Peter James Bowman

The two decades after Waterloo marked the great age of foreign fortune hunters in England. Each year brought a new influx of impecunious Continental noblemen to the world's richest country, and the more brides...


Innocence and War

by Ian Strathcarron

In 1867 the Daily Alta California commissioned Mark Twain to cover the story of the world's first luxury cruise, a six-month round tour to the Holy Land from New York on board the Quaker City, an ex-Civil War...


Wuhu Diary: On Taking My Adopted Daughter Back to Her Hometown in China

by Emily Prager

In 1994 an American writer named Emily Prager met her new daughter LuLu. All she knew about her was that the baby had been born in Wuhu, a city in southern China, and left near a police station in her first...


The Red Scare and the American Left 1918-1920: Wilson, Palmer and the breaking of American Socialism

by Nick Shepley

In this volume of the Explaining Modern History Series, Nick Shepley explores the roots of American anti Communism and how a strong and independent left wing movement in the USA was broken during and immediately...


Britain, France and Germany and the Treaty of Versailles: How the Allies built a flawed peace

by Nick Shepley

A helpful GCSE and A Level Guide to one of 20th Century History's most pivotal events. This guide discusses in a clear and concise manner the objectives of the British, French and Germans at the Treaty of Versailles....


Byzantine Imperial Guardsmen 925-1025: The T?ghmata and Imperial Guard

by Raffaele D'Amato & Giuseppe Rava

The hundred-year period ending in 1025, from the reign of the Emperor Constantine VII to that of Basil II 'the Bulgar-Slayer', encompassed the last great era of Byzantine aggression and dominance in the Near...


The Webley Service Revolver

by Robert Maze & Peter Dennis

The Webley .455in service revolver is among the most powerful top-break revolvers ever produced and has a claim to be the first 'tactical fighting pistol'. First adopted in 1887, in various marques it was the...


Soviet Hurricane Aces of World War 2

by Yuriy Rybin & Aleksander Rusinov

Following the destruction wrought on the Red Army Air Forces during the first days of Operation Barbarossa in June 1941, the Soviet Union found itself desperately short of fighter aircraft. Premier Josef Stalin...


European Medieval Tactics (2): New Infantry, New Weapons 1260-1500

by David Nicolle

Longbows, crossbows, heavy spears, swiss pikes, catapaults, and especially gunpowder artillery and handheld guns such as the arquebus gradually but profoundly changed European warfare.

By about 1260 the steady...


Us Amphibious Tanks of World War II

by Steven Zaloga & Henry Morshead

The advent of combined arms operations in World War II created the need for specialized armored vehicles. In the case of amphibious attacks, the issue arose of how best to land tanks on a beach. Although a variety...


Longshore Soldiers: Defying Bombs & Supplying Victory in a World War II Port Battalion

by Andrew Brozyna

Longshore Soldiers chronicles the wartime experiences of port battalion veterans, part of the US Army’s Transportation Corps, responsible for ensuring military were delivered to the front line. The author,...


P-47 Thunderbolt Units of the Twelfth Air Force

by Jonathan Bernstein & Chris Davey

The P-47 Thunderbolt, originally designed as a high-altitude interceptor, became the principle US fighter-bomber of World War 2. First adapted to the ground attack role by units of the Twelfth Air Force in early...


Bonfire Night in Lewes

by Brian W Pugh

A fascinating collection of historical articles charting the history of bonfire in Lewes from 1813 to the modern day. Plus a Time Line of relevant dates from 1555 to 2009, Bonfire Society Information and a complete...


Scotland, a Very Peculiar History - Volume 1

by Fiona Macdonald

From its earliest inhabitants up to the beginnings of Stewart rule, 'Scotland: A Very Peculiar History - Volume 1' is a lively and informative account of the chequered (or rather, 'tartaned') history of Scotland....