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1000 Years of Annoying the French

Was the Battle of Hastings a French victory? Non! William the Conqueror was Norman and hated the French. Were the Brits really responsible for the death of Joan of Arc? Non! The French sentenced her t..

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1864: The Forgotten War That Shaped Modern Europe

The Battle of Dybbol, 1864. Prussian troops lay siege to an outpost in the far south of Denmark. The conflict is over control of the Duchy of Schleswig, recently annexed by Denmark to the alarm of its..

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1913: The Summer of the Century

This is a moving true account of European society on the brink of war. A witty yet moving narrative worked up from sketched documentary traces and biographical fragments, 1913 is an intimate cultural ..

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1913: The World Before the Great War

1913: The World before the Great War proposes a different and more expansive portrait of 1913, returning this world to its contemporary freshness. It brings key elements - the way it was ordered, its ..

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1913: The Year Before the Storm

A witty yet moving narrative worked up from sketched biographical fragments, 1913 is an intimate vision of a world that is about to change forever. The stuffy conventions of the nineteenth century ar..

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1924: The Year That Made Hitler

Adolf Hitler spent 1924 away from society and surrounded by co-conspirators of the failed Beer Hall Putsch. Behind bars in a prison near Munich, Hitler passed the year with deep reading and intensive ..

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A History of the Crusades: The Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Frankish East 1100-1187: II:

The second volume of Steven Runciman's classic, hugely influential trilogy on the history of the Crusades 'There was magic about. Saladin himself was troubled by terrible dreams...' Steven Runciman..

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A Visitor's Guide to Shakespeare's London

A fresh and colourful look at Shakespeare's London published on the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death. Readers can explore the streets of Shakespeare's London and see the sights he saw, whi..

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Age of the Vikings

The Vikings maintain their grip on our imagination, but their image is too often distorted by myth. It is true that they pillaged, looted, and enslaved. But they also settled peacefully and traveled f..

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Agents of Empire: Knights, Corsairs, Jesuits and Spies in the Sixteenth-Century Mediterranean World

In the second half of the sixteenth century, most of the Christian states of Western Europe were on the defensive against a Muslim superpower - the Empire of the Ottoman sultans. There was violent con..

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Amsterdam : A History of the World's Most Liberal City

Amsterdam is not just any city. Despite its relative size it has stood alongside its larger cousins - Paris, London, Berlin - and has influenced the modern world to a degree that few other cities have..

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Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City

Amsterdam is not just any city. Despite its relative size it has stood alongside its larger cousins - Paris, London, Berlin - and has influenced the modern world to a degree that few other cities have..

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An Inconvenient Genocide: Who Remembers the Armenians?

The most controversial issue left over from the First World War - was there an Armenian Genocide? - comes to a head on 24 April 2015, when Armenians throughout the world commemorate the centenary of t..

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Ancestral Journeys: The Peopling of Europe from the First Venturers to the Vikings

Who are the Europeans? Where did they come from? In recent years scientific advances have yielded a mass of new data, turning cherished ideas upside down. The idea of migration in prehistory, so long ..

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Argula Von Grumbach (14921554/7): A Woman Before Her Time

About the Contributor(s): Peter Matheson is a Fellow in the Department of Theology and Religion at Otago University in New Zealand. He has authored several books in Renaissance and Reformation studies..

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Assassination of the Archduke: Sarajevo 1914 & the Murder That Changed the World

In The Assassination of the Archduke, Greg King and Sue Woolmans offer readers a vivid account of the lives - and cruel deaths - of Franz Ferdinand and his beloved Sophie. Combining royal biography, r..

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Auschwitz & After

Written by a mamber of the French resistance who became an important literary figure in postwar France, this moving memoir of life and death in Auschwitz and the post-war experiences of women survivor..

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Auschwitz: The Complete Guide

Although it was one of many German concentration and extermination camps operated throughout the Second World War, Auschwitz has become a pervasive symbol of terror, genocide and the Holocaust. Auschw..

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Battle Royal: The Wars of Lancaster and York, 1450-1462

England, 1454. A kingdom sliding into chaos. The mentally unstable King Henry VI, having struggled for a decade to contain the violent feuding of his magnates, loses his mind. Disgruntled nobles back ..

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Berlin for Jews: A Twenty-First-Century Companion

What is it like to travel to Berlin today, particularly as a Jew, and bring with you the baggage of history? And what happens when an American Jew, raised by a secular family, falls in love with Berli..

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Berlin Now: The Rise of the City and the Fall of the Wall

In Berlin Now, and on the 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Wall, a legendary Berliner tells the inside story of the city. Over the last five decades, no other city has changed more than Berlin. Div..

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Bitter Freedom: Ireland in a Revolutionary World, 1918-1923

Bitter Freedom is a new history of the Irish Revolution, placing Ireland in the global disorder born of the terrible slaughter of total war, as well as a kaleidoscopic portrait of the human face of th..

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Black Death

The Black Death is the name most commonly given to the pandemic of bubonic plague that ravaged the mediaeval world in the late 1340s. From Central Asia the plague swept through Europe, leaving million..

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Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning

This book is long listed for the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize. We have come to see the Holocaust as a factory of death, organised by bureaucrats. Yet by the time the gas chambers became operation more th..

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Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning

We have come to see the Holocaust as a factory of death, organised by bureaucrats. Yet by the time the gas chambers became operation more than a million European Jews were already dead: shot at close ..

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Black Sea: Coasts and Conquests: from Pericles to Putin

Black Sea is a homage to an ocean and its shores and a meditation on Eurasian history, from the earliest times to the present. It explores the culture, history and politics of the volatile region whic..

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Blood of the Celts: The New Ancestral Story

The heritage of the Celts turns up from Portugal to Romania, from Scotland to Spain. Yet debate continues about who exactly were the Celts, where ultimately they came from, and whether the modern Celt..

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Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe

When Kapka Kassabova was a child, the borderzone between Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece was rumoured to be an easier crossing point into the West than the Berlin Wall so it swarmed with soldiers, spies a..

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Borgias: History's Most Notorious Dynasty

The Borgias have become a byword for pride, lust, cruelty, avarice, splendour and venomous intrigue. An inspiration for many works of fiction, most famously Mario Puzo's The Godfather, they have arous..

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Britain Against Napoleon : The Organisation of Victory, 1793-1815

From Roger Knight, established by the multi-award winning The Pursuit of Victory as 'an authority ...none of his rivals can match' (N.A.M. Rodger), Britain Against Napoleon is the first book to explai..

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Britain's Europe: A Thousand Years of Conflict and Cooperation

'A dazzling perspective on the current EU referendum debate' Prospect Magazine Britain has always had a tangled, complex, paradoxical role in Europe's history. It has invaded and been invaded, change..

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Byzantium : The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire
Camps, The: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps

In March of 1933, a disused factory surrounded by barbed wire held 223 prisoners in the town of Dachau. By the end of 1945, the SS concentration camp system had become an overwhelming landscape of ter..

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Catherine the Great and Potemkin: The Imperial Love Affair

Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson, Duff Cooper and Marsh Biography prizes It is one of the great love stories of history, and one of its most successful political partnerships. Catherine the Great wa..

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Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

The daughter of an impoverished aristocrat, Catherine was married aged 16 to Grand Duke Peter, heir to the throne of all the Russias, a feckless teenager with a weakness for drink. Catherine was only ..

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Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd, 1917

"A gripping, vivid, deeply researched chronicle of the Russian Revolution told through the eyes of a surprising, flamboyant cast of foreigners in Petrograd, superbly narrated by Helen Rappaport." (Sim..

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Chasing Gold: The Incredible Story of How the Nazis Stole Europe's Bullion

For the entire history of human civilization, gold has enraptured people around the globe. The Nazis was no less enthralled by it, and felt that gold was the solution to funding Hitler's war machine. ..

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Chernobyl Prayer: A Chronicle of the Future

The startling history of the Chernobyl disaster by Svetlana Alexievich, the winner of the Nobel prize in literature 2015 - A new translation by Anna Gunin and Arch Tait based on the revised text - On..

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Christendom Destroyed: Europe 1517-1648

Mark Greengrass' gripping, major, original account of Europe in an era of tumultuous change Sunday Times and Financial Times Books of the Year 2014. This addition to the landmark Penguin History of Eu..

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Church of Spies: The Pope's Secret War Against Hitler

A radical reinterpretation of the wartime Pope. Born Eugenio Pacelli, Pope Pius XII is perhaps the most vilified and detested Pope in modern history. Pius XII and the Vatican are thought to have app..

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Churchill and the Bomb: In War and Cold War

Covering the development of the atomic bomb during the Second World War, the origins and early course of the Cold War, and the advent of the hydrogen bomb in the early 1950s, Churchill and the Bomb in..

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Churchill, Hitler, and

Were World Wars I and II inevitable? Were they necessary wars? Or were they products of calamitous failures of judgment? In this monumental and provocative history, Patrick Buchanan makes the case tha..

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Citizen Emperor: Napoleon in Power 1799-1815

'Napoleon's legend is so persistent that it confounds the historical reality in the popular imagination. He himself contributed much towards the construction of his own myth, from his youth even until..

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Concise History of Spain

The rich cultural and political life of Spain has emerged from its complex history, from the diversity of its peoples, and from continual contact with outside influences. This updated edition traces t..

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Concise History of Spain

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Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire

As remarkable as Columbus and the conquistador expeditions, the history of Portuguese exploration is now almost forgotten. But Portugal's navigators cracked the code of the Atlantic winds, launched th..

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Conquerors: How Portugal Seized the Indian Ocean and Forged the First Global Empire

As remarkable as Columbus and the conquistador expeditions, the history of Portuguese exploration is now almost forgotten. But Portugal's navigators cracked the code of the Atlantic winds, launched th..

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Crime and the Silence

Winner of the European Book Prize. "A masterpiece". (Jan T. Gross). "Terrifying and necessary". (Julian Barnes). "Scrupulously objective and profoundly personal". (Kate Atkinson). On 10 July 1941 a ho..

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Crime and the Silence

On 10 July 1941 a horrifying crime was committed in the small Polish town of Jedwadbne. Early in the afternoon, the town's Jewish population - hundreds of men, women and children - were ordered out of..

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Crimean War at Sea: The Naval Campaigns Against Russia 1854-56

Too often historical writing on the Russian War of 1854-56 focuses narrowly on the land campaign fought in the Crimean peninsula in the Black Sea. The wider war waged at sea by the British and French ..

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Crusades, The

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