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History - Europe

Starting in early 1915, the Ottoman Turks began deporting and killing hundreds of thousands of Armenians in the first major genocide of the twentieth century. By the end of the First World War, the nu..

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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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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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30-Second Napoleon: The 50 fundamentals of his life, strategies, and legacy, each explained in half a minute

Almost two centuries since his death, Napoleon Bonaparte remains the subject of vigorous debate. On one side are those with a romantic attachment to ideals of liberty and democracy, on the other are t..

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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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All the Kremlin's Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin

I read this book in one night, truly a page-turner. It leaves a profoundly scary impression: [Putin's court is the] real House of Cards ." ,Lev Lurie, writer and historian All the Kremlin's Men is a..

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All the Kremlin's Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin

All the Kremlin's Men is a gripping narrative of an accidental king and a court out of control. Based on an unprecedented series of interviews with Vladimir Putin's inner circle, this book presents a ..

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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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Balkans: 1804 - 2012: Nationalism, War & the Great Powers

Glenny investigates the roots of the bloodshed, invasions and nationalist fervour that have come to define our understanding of the south-eastern edge of Europe, and presents sharply observed portrait..

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Ballad of the Anarchist Bandits: The Crime Spree that Gripped Belle Epoque Paris

Paris, 1911. Picasso, Debussy, and Proust were revolutionizing art, music, and literature. Electricity had transformed the City of Lights. And the Parisian elites were mad about their fancy new cars. ..

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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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Bitter Freedom: Ireland in A Revolutionary World 1918-1923

The Irish Revolution - the war between the British authorities and the newly-formed IRA - was the first successful revolt anywhere against the British Empire. This is a vividly-written, compelling nar..

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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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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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Bold and Dangerous Family: The Rossellis and the Fight Against Mussolini

Praise for A Train in Winter: "A story of stunning courage, generosity and hope...In Moorehead's expert hands it is a triumphant one." (Mail on Sunday). Praise for Village of Secrets: "An uplifting ta..

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Book of the Courtier

In "The Book of the Courtier" (1528), Baldesar Castiglione, a diplomat and Papal Nuncio to Rome, sets out to define the essential virtues for those at Court. In a lively series of imaginary conversati..

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Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance

By turns fascinating, harrowing, yet ultimately uplifting, this is the story of the Nazis' systematic pillaging of Europe's libraries, and the heroic efforts of the few librarians now working to retur..

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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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Boys, The: Triumph Over Adversity

In August 1945, the first of 732 child survivors of the Holocaust reached Britain. First settled in the Lake District, they formed a tightly knit group of friends whose terrible shared experience is ..

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Brief History of France, Revised and Updated

When we think of France, we tend think of fine food and wine, the elegant boulevards of Paris or the chic beaches of St Tropez. Yet, as the largest country in Europe, France is home to extraordinary d..

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

'Dazzling ...a trenchant, provocative account of the intimate relations of Britain and Europe and how each shaped the other' Prospect Magazine 'Elegant, refreshing and wide-ranging ...this is essen..

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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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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, 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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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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Crusoe's Island: A Rich and Curious History of Pirates, Castaways and Madness

Acclaimed historian Andrew Lambert uncovers the fascinating truth about a faraway place that still haunts our imagination and culture: the island of Robinson Crusoe in the South Pacific Ocean.Daniel D..

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Danubia : A Personal History of Habsburg Europe

For centuries much of Europe was in the hands of the very peculiar Habsburg family. An unstable mixture of wizards, obsessives, melancholics, bores, musicians and warriors, they saw off - through luck..

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Danubia:  Personal History of Habsburg

Like Germania but better. This is the brilliant and entertaining companion to the Sunday Times top ten bestseller Germania. For centuries much of Europe was in the hands of the very peculiar Habsburg ..

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The prevailing image of European Jews during the Holocaust is one of helpless victims, but in fact many Jews struggled against the terrors of the Third Reich. In Defiance, Nechama Tec offers a rivetin..

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Denial: Holocaust History on Trial

In her acclaimed 1993 book Denying the Holocaust, Deborah Lipstadt called David Irving, a prolific writer of books on World War II, "one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial." The ..

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Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory

The powerful and deeply disturbing book that was at the heart of the David Irving libel case, now dramatized in the film Denial. The denial of the Holocaust has no more credibility than the asserti..

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Devil's Diary: Alfred Rosenberg and the Stolen Secrets of the Third Reich

An unprecedented, page-turning narrative of the Nazi rise to power, the Holocaust, and Hitler's post-invasion plans for Russia told through the recently discovered lost diary of Alfred Rosenberg - Hit..

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