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Renaissance Florence on Five Florins a Day


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Revolution of Feeling: The Decade that Forged the Modern Mind

In the 1790s, Britain underwent what the politician Edmund Burke called 'the most important of all revolutions ... a revolution in sentiments'. Inspired by the French Revolution, British radicals conc..

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Romanovs: 1613-1918

The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world's surface. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world's greatest empire? And how did th..

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Rome: Eternal City

A portrait of the city at the heart of Western civilization, brought to life in twenty-two scenes from its 2,500-year history. The sweeping story of the city of Rome, told through twenty-two m..

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Russia Anxiety: And How History Can Resolve It, The

Russia is an exceptional country, the biggest in the world. It is both European and exotic, powerful and weak, brilliant and flawed. Why are we so afraid of it? Time and again, we judge Russia by..

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Russian Revolution: A New History

At the turn of the century, the Russian economy was growing by about 10% annually and its population had reached 150 million. By 1920 the country was in desperate financial straits and more than 20 mi..

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Say Nothing: A True Story Of Murder and Memory In Northern Ireland


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Secret History of Soviet Russia's Police State, The: Cruelty, Co-operation and Compromise, 1917-91

Repression, control, manipulation and elimination of enemies assisted in the establishment of the Soviet state, and helped maintain it in power, but could not, in the end, prevent its collapse. ..

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Shadowplay: Behind the Lines and Under Fire: The Inside Story of Europe's Last War

The last of the devastating series of conflicts resulting from the breakup of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, the Kosovo War saw more than 13,500 fatalities, with reports of atrocities, amid controvers..

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Sheela-na-gig: Sacred Celtic Images of Feminine Divinity

Sheela-na-gig, the squatting, bald woman with comically large ears holding herself open in the most blatant way has long been a figure of mystery throughout Ireland where the stone statues are most pr..

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Short History of Europe: From Pericles to Putin, A

Europe has for two millennia been a remarkably successful continent. In this dazzling new history, bestselling author Simon Jenkins tells the story of its evolution from a battlefield of warring tribe..

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Sovietistan: A Journey Through Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan

Erika Fatland takes the reader on a journey that is unknown to even the most seasoned globetrotter. The five former Soviet Republics' Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan al..

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St Petersburg: Three Centuries of Murderous Desire

From Peter the Great to Putin, this is the unforgettable story of St Petersburg - one of the most magical, menacing and influential cities in the world. St Petersburg has always felt like an impossibl..

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Stalin's Scribe: Literature, Ambition, and Survival: The Life of Mikhail Sholokhov

A masterful and definitive biography of one of the most misunderstood and controversial writers in Russian literature. Mikhail Sholokhov is arguable one of the most contentious recipients of the ..

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Stalin's Wine Cellar

In the late 1990s, John Baker was known as a purveyor of quality rare and old wines. Always entrepreneurial and up for adventure, he was the perfect person for an occasional business partner to ..

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Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic

The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. Beginning as a small city-state in central Italy, Rome gradually expanded into a wider world filled with ..

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Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam

The Sunday Times number one bestseller The Strange Death of Europe is a highly personal account of a continent and culture caught in the act of suicide. Declining birth-rates, mass immigration an..

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Tales from the Long Twelfth Century: The Rise and Fall of the Angevin Empire

This intriguing book tells the story of England's great medieval Angevin dynasty in an entirely new way. Departing from the usual king-centric narrative, Richard Huscroft instead centers each of his c..

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The remarkable story of the Knights Templar - the wealthiest, most powerful and most secretive of the military orders that flourished in the crusading era. THE SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BEST..

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The Light of Days: Women Fighters of the Jewish Resistance - Their Untold Story

Judy Batalion, the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, discovered an extraordinary story of women who fought the Nazis. The "ghetto girls" paid off Gestapo guards, hid revolvers in loaves of bread ..

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The Treaty of Versailles: A Very Short Introduction

Signed on June 28, 1919 between Germany and the principal Allied powers, the Treaty of Versailles formally ended World War I. Problematic from the very beginning, even its contemporaries saw the treat..

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Theresienstadt 1941-1945: The Face of a Coerced Community

First published in 1955, with a revised edition appearing five years later, H. G. Adler's Theresienstadt, 1941-1945 is a foundational work in the field of Holocaust studies. As the first scholarly mon..

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Third Reich: How was a brutal dictatorship possible in a civilised nation in the mid 20th century?

Between 1933 and 1945, Germany was under the grip of the Third Reich. Headed by Adolf Hitler, this National Socialist state endeavoured to control every aspect of the nation's political, social, econo..

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This Dark Business: The Secret War Against Napoleon

Between two attempts in 1800 and 1804 to assassinate Napoleon Bonaparte, the British government launched a campaign of black propaganda of unprecedented scope and intensity to persuade George III's re..

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To Hell and Back: Europe, 1914-1949

In the summer of 1914 most of Europe plunged into a war so catastrophic that it unhinged the continent's politics and beliefs in a way that took generations to recover from. The disaster terrified its..

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Tragedy at Evian: How the World Allowed Hitler to Proceed with the Holocaust

In July 1938 the United States, Great Britain and thirty other countries participated in a vital conference at Evian-les-Bains, France, to discuss the persecution and possible emigration of the Europe..

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Travellers in the Third Reich: The Rise of Fascism Through the Eyes of Everyday People

"Compelling" - Daily Telegraph "Fascinating" - The Spectator The events that took place in Germany between 1919 and 1945 were dramatic and terrible but there were also moments of confusion, o..

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Turkey: A Short History


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Unfinished Palazzo: Life, Love and Art in Venice

Abandoned unfinished and left to rot on Venice's Grand Canal, `il palazzo non finito' was once an unloved guest among the aristocrats of Venetian architecture. Yet in the 20th century it played hos..

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Unsettling of Europe:  Great Migration, 1945 to the Present

A striking characteristic of modern Europe has been the extreme fluidity of its populations. Whether trying to escape war and persecution or to find a better life, whether moving from the countryside ..

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Unwomanly Face of War

Why, having stood up for and held their own place in a once absolutely male world, have women not stood up for their history? A whole world is hidden from us. Their war remains unknown . . . I want to..

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A magisterial overview of the creation, extension and adaptation of the palace of Versailles and its environs, and an exploration of the myth of Versailles from Louis XIV to the present day. Fe..

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Victorians, The

People, not abstract ideas, make history and in this volume A.N. Wilson has pieced together hundreds of different lives to tell a story - one that is still unfinished in our own day. The "global villa..

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The Vikings famously took no prisoners, relished cruel retribution, and prided themselves on their blood-thirsty skills as warriors. But their prowess in battle is only a small part of their story, wh..

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Violencia: A New History of Spain: Past, Present and the Future of the West

Spain has never worked as a democracy. Throughout the country's history only one system of government has ever enjoyed any real success: dictatorship and the use of violence. Violence, in f..

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The definitive biography of the twentieth century's great German-Jewish banking family. A story of brilliant achievement, dazzling personalities and human frailty set against the dark background of E..

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Why the West Rules - for Now : The Patterns of History & What They Reveal About the Future

Why does the West rule? Eminent Stanford polymath Ian Morris answers this provocative question, drawing uniquely on 15,000 years of history and archaeology, and the methods of social science. In the m..

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World War II: Infographics

The mass of available data about World War II has never been as large as it is now, yet it has become increasingly complicated to interpret it in a meaningful way. Packed with cleverly designed graphi..

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World War One: The most catastrophic event in 20th century European history

For many, before 1914, a huge European war had seemed impossible. Conflicts in the Balkans flared up yet stayed contained. The Belgian historian Henri Pirenne wrote to a friend in December 1905: 'Do y..

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