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Commando to Captain General: The Life of Brigadier Peter Young

by Alison Michelli

This is the story of Brigadier Peter Young (1915-1988), a highly decorated soldier who was one of the founding members of 3 Commando, rising during WWII from 2 Lt to Brigadier in the space of 6 years. His battle...


Hell Before Breakfast: America's First War Correspondents Making History and Headlines, from the Battlefields of the Civil War to the Far Reaches of t

by Robert H. Patton

The first “war correspondent,” William H. Russell of The Times of London, described himself and his profession as “the miserable parent of a luckless tribe.” Others saw it differently: the war correspondent...


The River Pollution Dilemma in Victorian England: Nuisance Law versus Economic Efficiency

by Leslie Rosenthal

Nineteenth-century Britain witnessed a dramatic increase in its urban population, as a hitherto largely rural economy transformed itself into an urban one. Though the political and social issues arising from...


The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century

by Jürgen Osterhammel & Patrick Camiller

A monumental history of the nineteenth century, The Transformation of the World offers a panoramic and multifaceted portrait of a world in transition. Jürgen Osterhammel, an eminent scholar who has been called...


A Public Empire: Property and the Quest for the Common Good in Imperial Russia

by Ekaterina Pravilova

“Property rights” and “Russia” do not usually belong in the same sentence. Rather, our general image of the nation is of insecurity of private ownership and defenselessness in the face of the state....


Tambora: The Eruption That Changed the World

by Gillen D'Arcy Wood

When Indonesia’s Mount Tambora erupted in 1815, it unleashed the most destructive wave of extreme weather the world has witnessed in thousands of years. The volcano’s massive sulfate dust cloud enveloped...


James G. Blaine: Architect of Empire

by Edward P. Crapol

In James G. Blaine: Architect of Empire, author Edward P. Crapol assesses Blaine's role as an architect of empire and revisits the ambitious imperialistic goals of this two-time secretary of state. Crapol examines...


Mitford's Japan: Memories and Recollections, 1866-1906

by Hugh Cortazzi

As the preface to this new edition points out, Mitford (Algernon Bertram, the first Lord Redesdale) was a gifted writer whose descriptions of Japan, during the critical time of transition from a feudal to a...


For the Soul of France

by Frederick Brown

Frederick Brown, cultural historian, author of acclaimed biographies of Émile Zola (“Magnificent”—The New Yorker) and Flaubert (“Splendid . . . Intellectually nuanced, exquisitely written”—The New...


The Golden Age Shtetl: A New History of Jewish Life in East Europe

by Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern

The shtetl was home to two-thirds of East Europe’s Jews in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, yet it has long been one of the most neglected and misunderstood chapters of the Jewish experience. This...


Evolution and the Victorians: Science, Culture and Politics in Darwin's Britain

by Jonathan Conlin

Charles Darwin�s discovery of evolution by natural selection was the greatest scientific discovery of all time. The publication of his 1859 book, On the Origin of Species, is normally taken as the point at...


The Great Powers and the European States System 1814-1914

by F.R. Bridge & Roger Bullen

This book illuminates, in the form of a clear, well-paced and student-friendly analytical narrative,  the functioning of the European states system in its heyday, the crucial century between the  defeat of...


Europe 1850-1914: Progress, Participation and Apprehension

by Jonathan Sperber

This innovative survey of European history from the middle of the nineteenth century to the outbreak of the First World War tells the story of an era of outward tranquillity that was also a period of economic...


Forge of Empires: Three Revolutionary Statesmen and the World They Made, 1861-1871

by Michael Knox Beran

In the space of a single decade, three leaders liberated tens of millions of souls, remade their own vast countries, and altered forever the forms of national power:

  • Abraham Lincoln freed a subjugated race...


Access To History: Great Britain and the Irish Question 1798-1921 [Third Edition]

by Mike Byrne

The second edition of this popular title provides both a narrative and analysis of the relationship between Great Britain and Ireland, from its origins and the Act of Union in 1800 to the Anglo Irish settlement...


Writing a Small Nation's Past: Wales in Comparative Perspective, 1850-1950

by Neil Evans & Huw Pryce

This is the first volume to examine how the history of Wales was written in a period that saw the emergence of professional historiography, largely focused on the nation, across Europe and in the United States....


Everyday Heroism: Victorian Constructions of the Heroic Civilian

by John Price

Heroism in the 19th and early 20th centuries is synonymous with military endeavours, imperial adventures and the �great men of history�. There was, however, another prominent and influential strand of the...


The Farmer in England, 1650-1980

by Richard W. Hoyle

Farmers held a pivotal role in the capitalist agriculture that emerged in England in the eighteenth century, yet they have attracted little attention from rural historians. Farmers made agriculture happen. Our...


When Britain Burned the White House: The 1814 Invasion of Washington

by Peter Snow

As heard on BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week. Shortlisted for the Paddy Power Political History Book of the Year Award 2014. In August 1814 the United States' army is defeated in battle by an invading force just...


Access to History: War and Peace: International Relations 1878-1941 [Third Edition]: War and Peace: International Relations 1878-1941 [Third Edition]

by David Williamson

The Access to History series is the most popular and trusted series for advanced level history students. This title examines international relations between 1878 and 1941, focusing on: Growing international...