• 1066 and All That a Memorable History of England
    1066 and All That a Memorable History of England
    "Canute began by being a Bad King on the advice of his Courtiers, who informed him (owing to a misunderstanding of the Rule Britannia) that the King of England was entitled to sit on the sea without getting wet." 1066 And All That is a book that has itself become part of our history. The authors made the claim that "All the History you can remember is in the Book" and, for most of us, they were probably right. But it is their own unique interpretation of events that has made the book a classic; an uproarious satire on textbook history and our confused recollections of it: "The first date in English History is 55 BC, in which year Julius Caesar (the memorable Roman Emperor) landed, like all other successful invaders of these islands, at Thanet. This was in the Olden Days, when the Romans were top nation on account of their classical education, etc."

    ISBN: 9780413772701
    Publication date: 24/09/1998
    Price: $32.00
    Author: Sellar, W. C.
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
  • 1917 War Peace and Revolution
    1917 War Peace and Revolution
    1917 was a year of calamitous events, and one of pivotal importance in the development of the First World War. In 1917: War, Peace, and Revolution, leading historian of World War One, David Stevenson, examines this crucial year in context and illuminates the century that followed. He shows how in this one year the war was transformed, but also what drove the conflict onwards and how it continued to escalate.Two developments in
    particular--the Russian Revolution and American intervention--had worldwide repercussions. Offering a close examination of the key decisions, Stevenson considers Germany's campaign of 'unrestricted' submarine warfare,
    America's declaration of war in response, and Britain's frustration of German strategy by adopting the convoy system, as well as why (paradoxically) the military and political stalemate in Europe persisted. Focusing on the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II, on the disastrous spring offensive that plunged the French army into mutiny, on the summer attacks that undermined the moderate Provisional Government in Russia and exposed Italy to national humiliation at Caporetto, and
    on the British decision for the ill-fated Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele), 1917 offers a truly international understanding of events. The failed attempts to end the war by negotiation further
    clarify the underlying forces that kept it going. David Stevenson also analyses the global consequences of the year's developments, showing how countries such as Brazil and China joined the belligerents, Britain offered 'responsible government' to India, and the Allies promised a Jewish national home in Palestine. Blending political and military history, and moving from capital to capital and between the cabinet chamber and the battle front, the book highlights the often
    tumultuous debates through which leaders entered and escalated the war, and the paradox that continued fighting could be justified as the shortest road towards regaining peace.

    ISBN: 9780198702399
    Publication date: 08/08/2019
    Price: $35.99
    Author: Stevenson, David (Professor of International Histo
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $35.99
  • 1917 Year that Changed the World
    1917 Year that Changed the World
    A dramatic account of a year of two revolutions in Russia, told through extracts from contemporary diaries, letters and memoirs and illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs.

    1917: The Year that Changed the World is a dramatic and compelling account of Russia's revolutionary year as told by those who lived through it (not just in Russia). The book consists entirely of primary sources, taken from letters, memoirs, diaries and other documents of the period, accompanied by remarkable images, many previously not published. The team of journalists and experts behind Project 1917 has scoured archives, libraries and storerooms for texts, photographs and videos which are presented in a way that brings the reader as close as possible to the lives and events of that extraordinary year. The story is told through several chapters that reveal the ebb and flow of events and opinions over the year, from increasing disillusionment with the monarchy to revolutionary fervour after the abdication of Nicholas II, then the gradual 'unravelling' of the Provisional Government, and eventually the 'Great October' that brought the Bolsheviks to power.
    There were many who thought that Russia's second revolution would also be short-lived, but it was the decisive moment in a year that influenced the entire course of the twentieth century, as this book vividly demonstrates.

    ISBN: 9781906257279
    Publication date: 05/07/2018
    Price: $55.00
    Author: Zygar, Mikhail
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $55.00
  • 1918  How the First World War Was Won
    1918 How the First World War Was Won
    The war in 1918 changed character radically, and nowhere more so than on the Western Front. Over three years of stalemate, what had effectively become siege warfare conducted along a line of trenches from Switzerland to the sea was `unlocked' by the German March 1918 offensive. Suddenly it was a war of movement again for the first time since November 1914. After some desperate fighting the Allies stemmed the tide of the German advance, and began the counter-offensive.

    1918: How the First World War Was Won gives the detailed account of the final year of the First World War. Every battle is examined and retold from a new, refreshing perspective - it wasn't just the British forces on the final push - they were accompanied by new American troops, Canadian reinforcements, and masterminded by the tactical command of French General Ferdinand Foch. This new, incredibly illustrated book tells the story of those final violent pushes to the end of the war in 1918, and is a must for any interested in the subject.

    ISBN: 9781743794890
    Publication date: 01/09/2018
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Thompson, Gen. Julian
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $39.99
  • 1931 Debt Crisis and the Rise of Hitler
    1931 Debt Crisis and the Rise of Hitler
    Germany's financial collapse in the summer of 1931 was one of the biggest economic catastrophes of modern history. It led to a global panic, brought down the international monetary system, and turned a worldwide recession into a prolonged depression. The German crisis also contributed decisively to the rise of Hitler. Soon after the crisis, the Nazi Party became the largest party of the country which paved the way for Hitler's eventual seizure of power in
    1933. The reason for the financial collapse was Germany's large pile of foreign debt denominated in gold currency which condemned the government to cut spending, raise taxes, and lower
    wages in the middle of a worldwide recession. As the political resistance to this austerity policy grew, the German government began to question its debt obligations, prompting foreign investors to panic and sell their German assets. The resulting currency crisis led to the failure of the already weakened banking system and a partial sovereign default. Hitler managed to profit from the crisis, because he had been the most vocal critic of the reparation regime. As the
    financial system collapsed, his relentless attacks against foreign creditors and the alleged complicity of the German government resonated more than ever with the electorate. Sadly enough, Germany's
    creditors hesitated too long to take the wind out of Hitler's sails by offering debt relief. In 1931,Tobias Straumann reveals the story of the fatal crisis, demonstrating how a debt trap contributed to the rapid financial and political collapse of a European country, and to the rise of the Nazi Party.

    ISBN: 9780198816188
    Publication date: 11/04/2019
    Price: $40.99
    Author: Straumann, Tobias (Associate Professor of Economic
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $40.99
  • 1939 a People's History
    1939 a People's History
    In the autumn of 1938, Europe believed in the promise of peace. Still reeling from the ravages of the Great War, its people were desperate to rebuild their lives in a newly safe and stable era. But only a year later, the fateful decisions of just a few men had again led Europe to war, a war that would have a profound and lasting impact on millions of innocent people.

    From the bestselling historian Frederick Taylor, 1939: A People's History draws on original British and German sources, including recorded interviews, as well as contemporary diaries, memoirs and newspapers. Its narrative focuses on the day-to-day experiences of the men and women in both countries trapped in this disastrous chain of events and not, as is so often the case, the elite. Their voices, concerns and experiences lend a uniquely intimate flavour to this often surprising account, revealing a marked disconnect between government and people; few ordinary citizens in either Britain or Germany wanted war.

    Precisely for that reason, 1939: A People's History is also an interrogation of our capacity to go to war again. In today's Europe, an onset of uncertainty, a looming fear of radical populism and a revelatory schism are dangerously reminiscent of the perils of the autumn of 1938. It is both a vivid and richly peopled narrative of Europe's slide into the horrors of war, a war that nobody wanted, and, in many ways, a warning; an opportunity for us to learn from our history and a reminder that we must never take peace for granted.

    ISBN: 9781509858767
    Publication date: 31/03/2020
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Taylor, Frederick
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • 30 Second Ancient China
    30 Second Ancient China
    In the West, the story of Ancient China is less familiar to us than that of Ancient Egypt or Rome, but it is no less absorbing, and its rollcall of achievements is easily as impressive. 30-Second Ancient China unlocks the secrets of its Bronze Age glories and offers summaries of everything from the lost cities of the Zhou kings to the birth of Confucianism - the perfect introduction to one of the great ancient civilisations.

    ISBN: 9781782409700
    Publication date: 07/01/2020
    Price: $22.99
    Author: Zhuang, Yijie
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.99
  • 30 Second Ancient Egypt
    30 Second Ancient Egypt
    Why was the Nile integral to the unification of Egypt? What is the mystery surrounding Queen Hetepheres' tomb? What did the Armana Letters reveal? What did the ancient Egyptians eat and drink? 30-Second Ancient Egypt presents a unique insight into one of the most brilliant and beguiling civilizations, where technological innovations and architectural wonders emerge among mysterious gods and burial rites. Each entry is summarized in just 30 seconds-using nothing more than two pages, 300 words, and a single picture. From royal dynasties and Tutankhamun's tomb, to hieroglyphs and mummification, interspersed with biographies of Egypt's most intriguing rulers, this is the quickest path to understanding the 50 key ideas and innovations that developed and defined one of the world's great civilizations.

    ISBN: 9781782409717
    Publication date: 07/01/2020
    Price: $22.99
    Author: Der Manuelian, Peter
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.99
  • 30 Second Ancient Rome
    30 Second Ancient Rome
    30-Second Ancient Rome presents a unique insight into one of the most brilliantly governed societies, where military might and expansive empire paved the way for technological advances that helped shape our modern existence. From aqueducts to sewers, from mosaics to medical diagnoses, this is the straightest road towards understanding the 50 key innovations and ideas that developed and defined one of the world's greatest civilisations.

    ISBN: 9781782409762
    Publication date: 07/01/2020
    Price: $22.99
    Author: Nicholls, Matthew
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.99
  • Age of Empires
    Age of Empires
    Empires evoke potent images: Stanley, Livingstone and the colonial gallery of great explorers; the Spanish Conquistador's quest for gold and silver; and the Dutch heritage of trade in the East Indies. For over 500 years empires have been a feature of the political landscape and - a generation or more after the final collapse of most of the European Empires - the subject is still a major issue for historians.
    For some countries - Germany and Italy - overseas dreams were short-lived; for others - the United States and the Soviet Union - imperialist activity existed but was never accepted as an official state policy; and the disappearance of the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires has obscured some of the imperial dimensions of these states.
    This book shows how the maps of explorations, the chronologies of conquests, the records of settlers and administrators, the balance sheets of commerce and all else that made up the Age of Empires play a key role in explaining the global civilization of today.

    ISBN: 9780500295496
    Publication date: 23/01/2020
    Price: $21.99
    Author: Aldrich, Robert
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $21.99
  • An Atlas of Extinct Countries
    An Atlas of Extinct Countries
    Prisoners of Geography meets Bill Bryson: a funny, fascinating, beautifully illustrated - and timely - history of countries that, for myriad and often ludicrous reasons, no longer exist.




    'Countries are just daft stories we tell each other. They're all equally implausible once you get up close'



    Countries die. Sometimes it's murder, sometimes it's by accident, and sometimes it's because they were so ludicrous they didn't deserve to exist in the first place. Occasionally they explode violently. A few slip away almost unnoticed. Often the cause of death is either 'got too greedy' or 'Napoleon turned up'. Now and then they just hold a referendum and vote themselves out of existence.

    This is an atlas of nations that fell off the map. The polite way of writing an obituary is: dwell on the good bits, gloss over the embarrassing stuff. This book fails to do that. And that is mainly because most of these dead nations (and a lot of the ones that are still alive) are so weird or borderline nonsensical that it's impossible to skip the embarrassing stuff.


    The life stories of the sadly deceased involve a catalogue of chancers, racists, racist chancers, conmen, madmen, people trying to get out of paying tax, mistakes, lies, stupid schemes and General Idiocy. Because of this - and because treating nation states with too much respect is the entire problem with pretty much everything - these accounts are not fussed about adding to all the earnest flag saluting in the world, however nice some of the flags are.

    ISBN: 9780008393878
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Defoe, Gideon
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.99
  • An Atlas of Extinct Countries The Remarkable (and Occasionally Ridiculous) Stories of 48 Nations that Fell off the Map
    An Atlas of Extinct Countries The Remarkable (and Occasionally Ridiculous) Stories of 48 Nations that Fell off the Map
    Prisoners of Geography meets Bill Bryson: a funny, fascinating, beautifully illustrated - and timely - history of countries that, for myriad and often ludicrous reasons, no longer exist.

    'Countries are just daft stories we tell each other. They're all equally implausible once you get up close'

    Countries die. Sometimes it's murder, sometimes it's by accident, and sometimes it's because they were so ludicrous they didn't deserve to exist in the first place. Occasionally they explode violently. A few slip away almost unnoticed. Often the cause of death is either 'got too greedy' or 'Napoleon turned up'. Now and then they just hold a referendum and vote themselves out of existence.

    This is an atlas of nations that fell off the map. The polite way of writing an obituary is: dwell on the good bits, gloss over the embarrassing stuff. This book fails to do that. And that is mainly because most of these dead nations (and a lot of the ones that are still alive) are so weird or borderline nonsensical that it's impossible to skip the embarrassing stuff.

    The life stories of the sadly deceased involve a catalogue of chancers, racists, racist chancers, conmen, madmen, people trying to get out of paying tax, mistakes, lies, stupid schemes and General Idiocy. Because of this - and because treating nation states with too much respect is the entire problem with pretty much everything - these accounts are not fussed about adding to all the earnest flag saluting in the world, however nice some of the flags are.

    ISBN: 9780008393854
    Publication date: 03/09/2020
    Price: $34.99
    Author: Defoe, Gideon
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $34.99
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