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Visions of England

by Roy Strong

Why do we still get misty-eyed about England's green and pleasant land?

What explains our obsession with country houses - from the National Trust to Downton Abbey?

Why do we still dream of a place in the country?...

Life Below Stairs

by Alison Maloney

UPSTAIRS, an Edwardian home would have been a picture of elegance and calm, adorned with social gatherings and extravagantly envisioned dinner parties.

DOWNSTAIRS, it was a hive of domestic activity, supported...

Capital Crimes

by Max Decharne

Over seven centuries London has changed dramatically - from walled medieval settlement to bustling modern metropolis. But throughout its history there has been one inescapable constant: murder. It winds through...

How Britain Worked

by Guy Martin

It is a largely forgotten fact that Britain was the first industrialized country in the world, but Guy Martin - the cult motorcycle racer and mechanic - is about to remind us how the industrial revolution helped...

The Invention of Childhood

by Hugh Cunningham

The Invention of Childhood will paint a vivid picture of the lives of children in Britain from pagan Anglo-Saxon times to the present day. Drawing heavily on primary sources, such as diaries, autobiographies,...

A Dancer in Wartime

by Gillian Lynne

London during the Blitz was a time of hardship, heroism and hope.

For Gillian Lynne – a budding ballerina – it was also a time of great change as she was evacuated from war-torn London to a crumbling mansion,...

A Very Different Age

by Steven J. Diner

The early twentieth century was a time of technological revolution in the United States. New inventions and corporations were transforming the economic landscape, bringing a stunning array of consumer goods,...

Greater London

by Nick Barratt

London's suburbs may stretch for well over 600 square miles, but in historical accounts of the capital they tend to take something of a back seat. In Greater London, historian Nick Barratt places them firmly...

Campbell Bunk

by Jerry White

From the 1880s to the Second World War, Campbell Road, Finsbury Park (known as Campbell Bunk), had a notorious reputation for violence, for breeding thieves and prostitutes, and for an enthusiastic disregard...

Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now

by Andrew Collins

'Higher education comes at exactly the right time: in the twilight of your teens, you're just starting to coagulate as a human being, to pull away from parental influence and find your own feet. What better...

Iron, Steam & Money

by Roger Osborne

In late eighteenth-century Britain a handful of men brought about the greatest transformation in human history. Inventors, industrialists and entrepreneurs ushered in the age of powered machinery and the factory,...

Ambition, A History

by William Casey King

From rags to riches, log house to White House, enslaved to liberator, ghetto to CEO, ambition fuels the American Dream. Americans are driven by ambition. Yet at the time of the nation's founding, ambition was...

History, Memory, and State-Sponsored Violence: Time and Justice

by Berber Bevernage

Modern historiography embraces the notion that time is irreversible, implying that the past should be imagined as something 'absent' or 'distant.' Victims of historical injustice, however, in contrast, often...

History in the Digital Age

by Toni Weller

The digital age is affecting all aspects of historical study, but much of the existing literature about history in the digital age can be alienating to the traditional historian who does not necessarily value...

Black Firsts: 4,000 Ground-Breaking and Pioneering Historical Events

by Jessie Carney Smith

A testament to a rich but often overlooked part of history, this work captures the stories of barrier-breaking African American pioneers in all fields—arts, entertainment, business, civil rights, education,...

Calamities & Catastrophes: The Ten Absolutely Worst Years in History

by Derek Wilson

They say that history is written by the winners. Not according to Derek Wilson.

In this fascinating, revelatory book, Wilson tells the story from the point of view of the losers – collating a catalogue of...

The Noir Forties: The American People From Victory to Cold War

by Richard Lingeman

 From one of our finest cultural historians, The Noir Forties is a vivid reexamination of America’s postwar period, that “age of anxiety” characterized by the dissipation of victory dreams, the onset...

How the Cold War Began

by Amy Knight

On September 5, 1945, Soviet cipher clerk Igor Gouzenko severed ties with his embassy in Ottawa, Canada, reporting allegations to authorities of a Soviet espionage network in North America. His defection —...

Mankind: The Story of All Of Us

by Pamela D. Toler

A companion book to the History Channel series, The History of Mankind covers the worldwide history of human beings.

Sudden Death: The Incredible Saga of the 1986 Swift Current Broncos

by Leesa Culp, Gregg Drinnan & Bob Wilkie

On December 30, 1986, the Swift Current Broncos' bus crashed in horrible weather conditions, and four players died. In 1989 they won the Memorial Cup. In 1996 former Broncos coach Graham James was charged with...