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A Decent Provision: Australian Welfare Policy, 1870 to 1949

by John Murphy

This book is a narrative history of how and why Australia built a distinctive welfare regime, from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century. It places the development of a welfare state in the 1940s in...


Crusading as an Act of Vengeance, 1095-1216

by Susanna A. Throop

To date, historians of the crusades have not thoroughly investigated the theme of crusading as an act of vengeance, despite its frequent appearance in crusading sources. This has led to inaccurate assumptions...


Contested Spaces of Nobility in Early Modern Europe

by Matthew P. Romaniello & Charles Lipp

European nobility faced a number of religious, political and military challenges. Many sought to increase their status, or maintain their privileges, by negotiating with various political and religious authorities,...


Democracy and the Vote in British Politics, 1848-1867: The Making of the Second Reform Act

by Robert Saunders

The Second Reform Act, passed in 1867, created a million new voters, doubling the electorate and propelling the British state into the age of mass politics. This study provides the first analysis of the subject...


The Ties that Bind: Essays in Medieval British History in Honor of Barbara Hanawalt

by Linda E. Mitchell & Katherine L. French

This collection of essays reflects both the broad range of topics Professor Hanawalt has broached as a medieval historian and also those her graduate students felt empowered to explore when working with her....


Routledge Handbook of the History of Nursing

by Patricia D'Antonio, Julie A. Fairman & Jean C. Whelan

2014 winner of the American Association for the History of Nursing's Mary M. Roberts Award for Exemplary Historical Research and Writing

The Routledge Handbook on the Global History of Nursing brings together...


Historical Dictionary of Brunei Darussalam

by Jatswan S. Sidhu

The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Brunei Darussalam substantially updates the first edition through a list of acronyms and abbreviations, a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography,...


Historical Dictionary of Liberia

by Elwood D. Dunn, Amos J. Beyan & Carl Patrick Burrowes

Building on the first edition, this updated volume focuses on the personalities, from the founders of Liberia, to the soldiers who are responsible simultaneously for destruction and the hope of stability. Along...


Historical Dictionary of the Chinese Cultural Revolution

by Guo Jian, Yongyi Song & Yuan Zhou

The Cultural Revolution in the People's Republic of China started in 1966 and lasted about a decade. This revolutionary upsurge of Chinese students and workers, led by Mao Zedong, wreaked havoc in the world's...


Joshua Slocum, Sailing Alone Around the World

by Joshua Slocum & Tim Flannery

Joshua Slocum was the first man to circumnavigate the world single-handed. This classic account of his voyage remains one of the most thrilling and entertaining travel narratives of all time, from encounters...


Guillotine: The Timbers of Justice

by Robert Frederick Opie

Robert Frederick Opie takes the reader on a sometimes terrifying journey tracing the development of the guillotine over nearly two centuries, recounting the stories of famous executions and some of the most...


Aristocratic Splendour: Money and the World of Thomas Coke, Earl of Leicester

by D P Mortlock

What was life like on a great aristocratic estate such as Thomas Coke's Holkham in Norfolk? Where did the money come from? Using the Holkham archives, this book details the lives of the great people of eighteenth-century...


Home Fires Burning: The Great War Diaries of Georgina Lee

by Gavin Roynon

A moving account of how Britain coped with the ravages of the First World War on the Home Front.


Bogs, Baths and Basins: The Story of Domestic Sanitation

by David J Eveleigh

Toilets, baths and washbasins are taken for granted in privileged society, but they are some of our most indispensable facilities. How did they come about, and how did we live without them? From Roman times...


Tyburn: London's Fatal Tree

by Alan Brooke & David Brandon

Tyburn is synonymous with the idea of execution. The authors tell the story of how Tyburn came to be the place of execution and of the rituals and spectacle associated with the deaths of many people. They provide...


The Victorian Gardener

by Anne Wilkinson

Gardening is one of the most popular leisure activities today and most people take it for granted that suitable plants, equipment and information are easily available. This was not always the case. Anne Wilkinson's...


Lavender Water & Snail Syrup

by Nicola Lillie, Marilyn Yurdan & Laura Lillie

Elizabeth Ambler started compiling her household book of cures in the early eighteenth century, including in it treatments which were much older and had been passed down to her. These intriguing remedies include...


Emily Wilding Davison: A Suffragette's Family Album

by Stuart Hilton, Michelle Cardno & Maureen Howes

Emily Wilding Davison's image has been frozen in time since 1913. On 8th June of that year, Emily was struck by the king's horse, Anmer, during the Epsom Derby. She died four days later. She, unlike her fellow...


Historical Dictionary of Slovakia

by Stanislav J. Kirschbaum

The Historical Dictionary of Slovakia offers in its second edition an up to date series of entries on Slovak political, social, and economic development since the creation of the second Slovak Republic in 1993...


If By Chance

by Major General John Strawson

Could Napoleon have won the battle of Waterloo? And what would have happened if he had? Or suppose Nelson had not destroyed the French fleet at Aboukir, would Napoleon have conquered India and become Emperor...