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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 writing, a year of slowly walking gravel

Range, Peter Ross

8 272

The true story behind the events depicted in Steven Spielberg's blockbuster Bridge of Spies.On 10 February 1962, Gary Powers, the American pilot whose U2 spy plane was shot down in Soviet airspace, was released by his captors in exchange f

Arthey, Vin

The Russians in Afghanistan, 1979-89 448

In a timely and eye-opening book Rodric Braithwaite examines the Russian experience in that most recent war in Afghanistan (after Alexander's conquests and the many British imperial wars and skirmishes).

Braithwaite, Rodric

Agents of Empire: Knights, Corsairs, Jesuits and Spies in the Sixteenth-Century Mediterranean World
8 pp colour 640

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 conflict, from raiding and corsa

Malcolm, Noel

Section: 16, b/w photos 416

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. Sweeping across

Shorto, Russell

And the Show Went On

In June 1940, Paris fell and the city's lights went out. The world's cultural capital had become the Nazis' greatest prize. Following its cultural tradition from the century before - having given birth to major artistic movements like Impres

Riding, Alan

Assassination of the Archduke
198(Ht mm) 129(Wdt mm) 432

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, romance, and politi

King, Greg, Woolmans, Sue

illustrations 680

Franz Neumann's classic account of the governmental workings of Nazi Germany, first published in 1942, is reprinted in a new paperback edition with an introduction by the distinguished historian Peter Hayes. Neumann was one of

Neumann, Franz

Believe and Destroy: The Intellectuals in the SS War Machine

There were eighty of them. They were young, clever and cultivated; they were barely in their thirties when Adolf Hitler came to power. Their university studies in law, economics, linguistics, philosophy and history marked them out for bri

Ingrao, Christian


The first single-volume biography of Berlin, one of the world's great cities - told via twenty-one portraits, from medieval times to the twenty-first century. A city devastated by Allied bombs, divided by a Wall, then reunited and reborn, B

MacLean, Rory

Bitter Taste of Victory
2 x 8pp B&W plates 464

As the Second World War neared its conclusion, Germany was a nation reduced to rubble: 3.6 million German homes had been destroyed leaving 7.5 million people homeless; an apocalyptic landscape of flattened cities and desol

Feigel, Lara


The sensational German bestseller on the overwhelming role of drug-taking in the Third Reich, from Hitler to housewives. 'Bursting with interesting facts' Vice 'Extremely interesting ...a serious piece of scholarship, very well researched

Ohler, Norman, Whiteside, Shaun

illustrations 1024

Patrice Gueniffey is the leading French historian of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic age. This book, hailed as a masterwork on its publication in France, takes up the epic narrative at the heart of this turbulent period: the

Gueniffey, Patrice

illustrations (black and white, and colour) 352

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 ar

Hollingsworth, Mary

Bridge of Spies
Illustrations, ports. 304

Bridge of Spies is a gripping, entertaining, hair-raising and comical story, which moves effortlessly from the hardware of high-flying planes and new missiles to the geopolitics of the nuclear stand-off and through the

Whittell, Giles

Cataclysm 1914: the First World War and the Making of Modern World Politics

Cataclysm 1914 brings together leftist scholars from a variety of fields to explore the many different aspects of the origins, trajectories and consequences of the First World War. The collection seeks to visualise the conflict and all its i

Anievas, Alexander

Church of Spies

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 appeased Hitler and betrayed international J

Riebling, Mark

128 x 197mm. 272

Clark, Kenneth

Coming of the Third Reich
Paperback 656 pages.

Richard Evans' brilliant book unfolds perhaps the single most important story of the 20th century: how a stable and modern country in less than a single lifetime led Europe into moral, physical and cultural ruin and despair.

Evans, Richard J.

Crisis of the Twelfth Century
10 halftones. 1 line illus. 5 maps. 720

Medieval civilization came of age in thunderous events like the Norman Conquest and the First Crusade. Power fell into the hands of men around castles who imposed coercive new lordships in quest of nobilit

Bisson, Thomas N.

Cruel Crossing

The mountain paths are as treacherous as they are steep u the more so in the dark and in winter. Even for the fit the journey is a formidable challenge. Hundreds of those who climbed through the Pyrenees during the Second World War were maln

Stourton, Edward

Culture of Power and the Power of Culture
16 pp halftone plates 496

In this fascinating new account of Old Regime Europe, T. C. W. Blanning explores the cultural revolution which transformed eighteenth-century Europe. During this period the court culture exemplified by Louis XIV's Versa

Blanning, T. C. W.

Depths of Russia
16, 13 black & white halftones, 3 maps 394

Russia is among the world's leading oil producers, sitting atop the planet's eighth largest reserves. Like other oil-producing nations, it has been profoundly transformed by the oil industry. In The Dep

Rogers, Douglas

Discovery of France
Paperback , 197 x 130mm. 454

Illuminating, engrossing and full of surprises, "The Discovery of France" is a literary exploration of a country few will recognize; from maps and migration to magic, language and landscape, it's a book that reveals

Robb, Graham

Double Entry
208(Ht mm) 138(Wdt mm) 304

A fascinating exploration of how a simple system used to measure and record wealth spawned a cultural revolution. Prepare to have your idea of accounting changed forever. 'The rise and metamorphosis of double-entry

Gleeson-White, Jane

Earthly Powers
Paperback 576 pages.

Sets out a link between politics and religion over the past two centuries, from the French Revolution to the War on Terror. This book provides an examination of the politics of religion and the religion of politics in Europe

Burleigh, Michael

Economic History of Europe
4 maps 6 tables 270

This concise and accessible introduction to European economic history focusses on the interplay between the development of institutions and the generation and diffusion of knowledge-based technologies. The author challenges

Persson, Karl Gunnar

maps throughout 720

This is Brendan Simms' formidable, game-changing history of Europe. In this marvelously ambitious and exciting book, Brendan Simms tells the story of Europe's constantly shifting geopolitics and the peculiar circumstances tha

Simms, Brendan

Fight or Flight
23 black & white halftones, 11 maps 560

Although shattered by war, in 1945 Britain and France still controlled the world's two largest colonial empires, with imperial territories stretched over four continents. And they appeared determined to ke

Thomas, Martin F.

French Intifada
198(Ht mm) 129(Wdt mm) 464

Beyond the affluent centre of Paris and other French cities, in the deprived banlieues, a war is going on. This is the French Intifada, a guerrilla war between the French state and the former subjects of its Empire, fo

Hussey, Andrew

French Revolution
Routledge Classics S. 400

Written by the greatest authority on the French Revolution, this masterly overview has taken its place as the definitive account.

Kates, Gary, Lefebvre, Georges

Game of Queens
225(Ht mm) 146(Wdt mm) 416

Two childhood companions, now matriarchs of two opposing powers, calmly set their menfolk aside and declare that they, as women, are better equipped to organise a peace between their warring nations. An ambitious young

Gristwood, Sarah

Game Of Spies: The Secret Agent, The Traitor And The Nazi, Bordeaux 1942-1944
234(Ht mm) 153(Wdt mm)

A riveting three-way spy story set in occupied France. In tradition of Ben MacIntyre, 'Game of Spies' tells the story of a lethal spy triangle in Bordeaux between 1942 and 1944 in Bordeaux - and of France's greatest betra

Ashdown, Paddy

German Genius

From the end of the Baroque age and the death of Bach in 1750 to the rise of Hitler in 1933, Germany was transformed from a poor relation among western nations into a dominant intellectual and cultural force more influential than France, Bri

Watson, Peter

German Genius

From the end of the Baroque age and the death of Bach in 1750 to the rise of Hitler in 1933, Germany was transformed from a poor relation among western nations into a dominant intellectual and cultural force more influential than France, Bri

Watson, Peter

Germany: Memories of a Nation
illustrations 640

From Neil MacGregor, the author of A History of the World in 100 Objects, this is a view of Germany like no other. For the past 140 years, Germany has been the central power in continental Europe. Twenty-five years ago a new Ge

MacGregor, Neil


The Gestapo was Hitler's secret police force. Popularly depicted as a central part of an all-powerful 'Big Brother' Nazi totalitarian police state, its primary aim was to hunt down 'the enemies of the people'. Drawing on a detailed examinati

McDonough, Frank


The Gestapo was Hitler's secret police force. Popularly depicted as a central part of an all-powerful 'Big Brother' Nazi totalitarian police state, its primary aim was to hunt down 'the enemies of the people'. Drawing on a detailed examinati

McDonough, Frank

Great Shame
photos 752

The eagerly-awaited paperback of an incredible work of history, h social injustice and survival '...a grandly conceived and prodigiously researched homage to his Irish forebears' The Age '...the range and coverage of this material is

Keneally, Thomas

Herring Tales
Greyscale maps, colour plate section 272

Scots like to smoke or salt them. The Dutch love them raw. Swedes look on with relish as they open bulging, foul-smelling cans to find them curdling within. Jamaicans prefer them with a dash of chilli pep

Murray, Donald S.

Hess, Hitler and Churchill
12 black & white illustrations 480

When Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess set off for Britain on a peace mission in May 1941, he launched one of the great mysteries of the Second World War. Had he really acted alone, without Hitler's knowledge? Who we

Padfield, Peter

Historic Maps And Views Of Paris
24 full page colour prints 56

This is a unique and fascinating collection of 24 Paris maps and panoramic views dating from the 17th century to the present day. Included with each map is information about the original printing and a brief text th

Sinclair, George

Hitler's Berlin
33 b/w illus 496

From his first visit to Berlin in 1916, Hitler was preoccupied and fascinated by Germany's great capital city. In this vivid and entirely new account of Hitler's relationship with Berlin, Thomas Friedrich explores how Hitler ide

Friedrich, Thomas

House by the Lake

In the summer of 1993, Thomas Harding travelled to Germany with his grandmother to visit a small house by a lake on the outskirts of Berlin. It had been her 'soul place' as a child, she said u a holiday home for her and her family, but much

Harding, Thomas

House by the Lake

This title was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2015. It is a Radio 4 Book of the Week. "A passionate memoir." (Neil MacGregor). "A superb portrait of twentieth century Germany seen through the prism of a house which was lived in, a

Harding, Thomas

How To Plan A Crusade

'Wonderfully written and characteristically brilliant' Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads Thousands left their homelands in the Middle Ages to fight wars abroad. But how did the Crusades actually happen? From recruitment propaganda t

Tyerman, Christopher

45 b/w illus. 488

Following the Reformation, a growing number of radical Protestants came together to live and worship in Catholic France. These Huguenots survived persecution and armed conflict to win - however briefly - freedom of worship, civ

Treasure, Geoffrey

Hundred Years War
23 b/w illus. + 5 maps 360

The Hundred Years War (1337-1453) dominated life in England and France for well over a century. It became the defining feature of existence for generations. This sweeping book is the first to tell the human story of th

Green, David

I Shall Bear Witness 1933-1941
maps, port. 672

A publishing sensation in German, the publication of Victor Klemperer's diaries brings to light one of the most extraordinary documents of the Nazi period. The son of a rabbi, Klemperer was by 1933 a professor of languages at Dr

Klemperer, Victor, Chalmers, Martin

If This Is A Woman
Section: 16, b/w photos 848

On a sunny morning in May 1939 a phalanx of 800 women - housewives, doctors, opera singers, politicians, prostitutes - were marched through the woods fifty miles north of Berlin, driven on past a shining lake, then he

Helm, Sarah

Imaginary Revolution

"[the book] offers a meticulouos and appropriately dispassionate account of the French events of May 1968. Contributing to a more complete picture of what occurred, the book would be worthwhile reading in courses on comparative experiences of t

Seidman, Michael

In the Garden of Beasts

Berlin, 1933. William E. Dodd, a mild-mannered academic from Chicago, becomes America's first ambassador to Hitler's Germany, where he is about to witness a turning point in history. Dodd and his family observe firsthand the many changes ?

Larson, Erik

Into the Lion's Mouth

James Bond has nothing on Dusko Popov. A triple agent for the Abwehr, MI5 and MI6 and the FBI during World War II, Popov seduced numerous women, spoke five languages and was a crack shot, all while maintaining his cover as a Yugoslavian dipl

Loftis, Larry

Invention of News
64 b/w illus. 456

Long before the invention of printing, let alone the availability of a daily newspaper, people desired to be informed. In the pre-industrial era news was gathered and shared through conversation and gossip, civic ceremony, cele

Pettegree, Andrew

Ivory Vikings
illustrations 288

In the early 1800's, on a Hebridean beach in Scotland, the sea exposed an ancient treasure cache: 93 chessmen carved from walrus ivory. Norse netsuke, each face individual, each full of quirks, the Lewis Chessmen are probably t

Brown, Nancy Marie

Ivory Vikings
9 black and white photographs 256

In the early 1800's, on a Hebridean beach in Scotland, the sea exposed an ancient treasure cache: 93 chessmen carved from walrus ivory. Norse netsuke, each face individual, each full of quirks, the Lewis Chessme

Brown, Nancy Marie

Illustrations (colour) 368

This is the incredible rise and unbelievable fall of a woman whose energy and ambition is often overshadowed by Napoleon's military might. In this triumphant biography, Kate Williams tells Josephine's searing story, of

Williams, Kate

Section: 24, b/w 880

Winner of the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize and the Wolfson History Prize 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 concentr

Wachsmann, Nikolaus

Language of the Third Reich
black & white illustrations 316

A labourer, journalist and a professor who lived through four successive periods of German political history - from the German Empire, through the Weimar Republic and the Nazi state through to the German Democrati

Klemperer, Victor

Last Stalinist
197(Ht mm) 130(Wdt mm) 448

The life of the complex, ruthless adversary of General Franco, whose life spanned much of Spain's turbulence in the 20th century. From 1939 to 1975, the Spanish Communist Party, effectively lead for two decades by Sant

Preston, Paul


Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony was first played in the city of its birth on 9 August, 1942. There has never been a first performance to match it. Pray God, there never will be again. Almost a year earlier, the Germans had begun their blocka

Moynahan, Brian

Les Parisiennes

What did it feel like to be a woman living in Paris from 1939 to 1949? These were years of fear, power, aggression, courage, deprivation and secrets until - finally - renewal and retribution. Even at the darkest moments of Occupation, with t

Sebba, Anne

Life and Death of the Spanish Republic
52 bw in 32pp plates 448

In 1940, Daily Telegraph correspondent Henry Buckley published his eyewitness account of his experiences reporting form the Spanish Civil War. The copies of the book, stored in a warehouse in London, were destroyed durin

Buckley, Henry, Preston, Paul

Life In A Medieval City
203(Ht mm) 134(Wdt mm) 304

From acclaimed historians Frances and Joseph Gies comes the reissue of their classic book on day-to-day life in medieval cities, which was a source for George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones series. Evoking every aspect

Gies, Frances, Gies, Joseph

Lucia in the Age of Napoleon
198(Ht mm) 129(Wdt mm) 368

A dazzling Venetian life in the age of Napoleon, from the author of A Venetian Affair. In 1797, Lucia, a beautiful statesman's daughter was married off to a powerful Venetian, only to be caught up in the turbulence of

di Robilant, Andrea

Maisky Diaries
72 b/w illus. 632

The terror and purges of Stalin's Russia in the 1930s discouraged Soviet officials from leaving documentary records let alone keeping personal diaries. A remarkable exception is the unique diary assiduously kept by Ivan Maisky,

Maisky, Ivan, Gorodetsky, Gabriel

Making of the First World War
12 black-&-white illustrations 280

A century has passed since the assassination of Austria-Hungary's Archduke Ferdinand, yet the repercussions of the devastating global conflict that followed still echo. In this provocative book, historian Ian B

Beckett, Ian F. W.

Medieval Europe
32 col. illus. 352

A spirited and thought-provoking history of the vast changes that transformed Europe during the 1,000-year span of the Middle Ages The millennium between the breakup of the western Roman Empire and the Reformation was a long a

Wickham, Chris

Medieval People: Vivid Lives
179 illustrations, 171 in colour 288

This engrossing and often witty account tells the life stories of some 70 individuals who made the Middle Ages. There are kings and queens, popes and politicians, soldiers and merchants, scholars, authors and

Prestwich, Michael

Messages From A Lost World
216(Ht mm) 135(Wdt mm) 224

'Darkness must fall before we are aware of the majesty of the stars above our heads. It was necessary for this dark hour to fall, perhaps the darkest in history, to make us realize that freedom is as vital to our soul

Zweig, Stefan, Stone, Will, Gray, John

Nazi and the Psychiatrist
8-pp. B/W photo insert on text 304

In 1945, after his capture at the end of the Second World War, Hermann Goring arrived at an American-run detention center in war-torn Luxembourg, accompanied by sixteen suitcases and a red hatbox. The suitcases

El-Hai, Jack

Near and Distant Neighbours
20 black and white illustrations 400

Near and Distant Neighbours is the first ever substantiated and complete history of Soviet intelligence. Based on a mass of newly declassified Russian secret intelligence documentation, it reveals the true st

Haslam, Jonathan

New Tsar
16pp b-w plates 592

An epic tale of Vladimir Putin's path to power, as he emerged from obscurity to become one of the world's most conflicted and important leaders. Former New York TimesMoscow Bureau Chief Steven Lee Myers has followed Putin sin

Lee Myers, Steven

Noble Treason
black & white illustrations 296

Sophie Scholl and her brother Hans were handsome, bright university students in 1942 Germany. As members of the Hitler Youth, they had once been enthusiastic supporters of the German renewal promised by National S

Hanser, Richard

Northmen's Fury, The A History of the Viking World

The Northmen's Fury tells the Viking story, from the first pinprick raids of the eighth century to the great armies that left their Scandinavian homelands to conquer larger parts of France, Britain and Ireland. It recounts the epic voyages t

Parker, Philip

On Stalin's Team

Joseph Stalin was the unchallenged dictator of the Soviet Union for so long that most historians have dismissed the officials surrounding him as mere yes-men. On Stalin's Team overturns this view, revealing that behind Stalin were a dozen or

Fitzpatrick, Sheila

On the Eve
Illustrationsstrations (black and white) 576

It is a major history examining the realities of Jewish life across Europe up to the very eve of World War Two. This is the portrait of a world on the eve of its destruction. Bernard Wasserstein prese

Wasserstein, Bernard

Once Upon a Time in Russia: The Rise of the Oligarchs and the Greatest Wealth in History

This is a gripping and shocking insight into the lives of Russia's most famous oligarchs from New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House. Once Upon a Time in Russia is the untold true story o

Mezrich, Ben

Out of Ashes
31 halftones. 12 maps. 888

A sweeping history of twentieth-century Europe, Out of Ashes tells the story of an era of unparalleled violence and barbarity yet also of humanity, prosperity, and promise. Konrad Jarausch describes how the European n

Jarausch, Konrad H.

Penguin Historical Atlas of the Medieval World
Paperback , 246mm. 144

This new historical atlas - richly illustrated with photographs, artwork recreations and full-colour maps, explores the Middle Ages from the coming of the barbarian invasions in the fourth century to the first voyages to t

Jotischky, Andrew, Hull, Caroline, Hall, Simon, Haywood, John

Persistence Of The Old Regime
Paperback 378

In this classic work which analyzes the context in which thirty years of war and revolution wracked the European continent, the great historian Arno Mayer emphasizes the backwardness of the European economies and their political su

Mayer, Arno

Pursuit of Italy : A History of a Land, its Regions and their Peoples The
Illustrations (chiefly col.), maps, ports. (some col.) 480

The "Pursuit of Italy" traces the whole history of the Italian peninsula in a wonderfully readable style, full of well-chosen stories and observations from personal experience, and peopl

Gilmour, David

Red Shambhala
Illustrations 304

Many know of Shambhala, the Tibetan Buddhist legendary land of spiritual bliss popularized by the film, "Shangri-La." But few may know of the role Shambhala played in Russian geopolitics in the early twentieth century. Perhaps

Znamenski, Andrei A.

155 b/w illus. 920

This fast-paced survey of Western civilization's transition from the Middle Ages to modernity brings that tumultuous period vividly to life. Carlos Eire, popular professor and gifted writer, chronicles the two-hundred-year era

Eire, Carlos M. N.

Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991

What caused the Russian Revolution? Did it succeed or fail? Do we still live with its consequences? Orlando Figes teaches history at Birkbeck, University of London and is the author of many acclaimed books on Russian history, including A Peo

Figes, Orlando

Rise and Fall of the Spanish Empire
5 maps, 3 black & white line drawings 248

At its peak the Spanish empire stretched from Italy and the Netherlands to Peru and the Philippines. Its influence remains very significant to the history of Europe and the Americas. Maltby provides a co

Maltby, William S.

Roads to Berlin
Includes 80 black and white photos 400

Roads to Berlin maps the changing landscape of Germany, from the period before the fall of the Wall to the present. Written and updated over the course of several decades, an eyewitness account of the pivot

Nooteboom, Cees, Watkinson, Laura

Romanovs: The Final Chapter
24pp b&w illus 352

The compelling quest to solve a great mystery of the twentieth century: the ultimate fate of Russia's last tsar and his family. In July 1991, nine skeletons were exhumed from a shallow grave near Ekaterinburg, Siberia, a few m

Massie, Robert K.

Russia's Cold War

The phrase "Cold War" was coined by George Orwell in 1945 to describe the impact of the atomic bomb on world politics: "We may be heading not for a general breakdown but for an epoch as horribly stable as the slave empires of antiquity". The

Haslam, Jonathan

Secondhand Time: An Oral History of the Fall of the Soviet Union

"From the 2015 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Svetlana Alexievich, comes the first English translation of her latest work, an oral history of the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the emergence of a new Russia. Bringing to

Alexievich, Svetlana

Secret History of Vampires
Includes 8-page b&w insert 192

Of all forms taken by the undead, the vampire wields the most powerful pull on the modern imagination. But the countless movies and books inspired by this child of the night who has a predilection for human blood a

Lecouteux, Claude

Secrets of Rome
Text Throughout 416

From one of Italy's best-known writers comes an exploration of the Eternal City from a fresh and intriguing new angle. Corrado Augias moves perceptively through twenty-seven centuries of Roman life, shedding new light on a ca

Augias, Corrado

See Naples and Die
Paperback 344

A century before the emergence of its cousin, the Sicilian mafia, the criminal organisation known as 'The Camorra' was establishing a deadly grip on Naples and Southern Italy. Its influence today is as strong as ever. This account

Behan, Tom

Shadows of Revolution

David Bell wrote the essays in this collection over the course of more than fifteen years, each in response to a new book or political event and published in the New Republic, New York Review of Books, or London Review of Books. Their common

Bell, David A.

Shakespeare and Company, Paris: A History: The Rag & Bone Shop of
illustrations 384

George Whitman opened his bookstore in a tumbledown 16th-century building just across the Seine from Notre-Dame in 1951, a decade after the original Shakespeare and Company had closed. Run by Sylvia Beach, it had been the meeti

Halverson, Krista, Winterson, Jeanette


'Sicily is the key to everything' Johann Wolfgang von Goethe The author of the classic book on Venice turns his sights to Sicily in this beautiful book full of maps and colour photographs. 'I discovered Sicily almost by mistake ...We drove

Norwich, John Julius

Slavery and the Culture of Taste
73 halftones. 386

It would be easy to assume that, in the eighteenth century, slavery and the culture of taste - the world of politeness, manners, and aesthetics - existed as separate and unequal domains, unrelated in the spheres of social life.

Gikandi, Simon


The pacy, sensitive and formidably argued history of the causes of the First World War, from acclaimed historian and author Christopher Clark. Sunday Times And Independent Books Of The Year 2012. The moments that it took Gavrilo Princip to s

Clark, Christopher

Spanish Inquisition
14 black-&-white illustrations 384

In this completely updated edition of Henry Kamen's classic survey of the Spanish Inquisition, he incorporates the latest research in multiple languages to offer a new - and thought-provoking - view of this fas

Kamen, Henry


On December 29, 1918, the Spartakus League, a Marxist revolutionary movement, rose up in Germany calling for an end to class rule by the bourgeoisie. Massive demonstrations followed and more than 500,000 Berliners took to the streets in Janu

Jesi, Furio, Toscano, Alberto, Cavalletti, Andrea

225(Ht mm) 146(Wdt mm) 224

Joseph Stalin began life as a frail child, with an abusive father and an inferiority complex. This triggered an early desire for greatness and respect that would eventually turn the young Bolshevik idealist into one of

Ascher, Abraham

Street Fight in Naples
230(Ht mm) 152(Wdt mm) 424

Naples is always a shock. Beauty and squalor like nowhere else in Europe. The only city in Europe whose ancient past still breaks through its layers of history in the irrepressible life of its people. People from all o

Robb, Peter


One of the world's most celebrated scholars, Stephen Greenblatt has crafted both an innovative work of history and a thrilling story of discovery, in which one manuscript, plucked from a thousand years of neglect, changed the course of human

Greenblatt, Stephen

Swerve : How the Renaissance Began
col. Illustrations 400

Stephen Greenblatt, one of the world's most celebrated scholars, has crafted both an innovative work of history and a thrilling story of discovery, in which one manuscript plucked from a thousand years of neglect, changed

Greenblatt, Stephen

Third Reich in History and Memory

In this fascinating and enlightening collection of essays, one of the most important historians of our time reflects on the ways our understanding of Nazi Germany have been transformed in the twenty-first century. Richard Evans examines new

Evans, Richard J.

To Hell & Back: Europe 1914-1918

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 survivors, shocked that a civilization t

Kershaw, Ian

Towards the Flame

'As much as anything, World War I turned on the fate of Ukraine'. The decision to go to war in 1914 had catastrophic consequences for Russia. The result was revolution, civil war and famine in 1917-20, followed by decades of communist rule.

Lieven, Dominic

Tunnels: The Untold Story of the Escapes Under the Berlin Wall

In the summer of 1962, one year after the rise of the Berlin Wall, a group of daring young West Germans risked prison, Stasi torture and even death to liberate friends, lovers, and strangers in East Berlin by digging tunnels under the Wall.

Mitchell, Greg

Vanished Kingdoms: The History of Half-Forgotten Europe

Europe's history is littered with kingdoms, duchies, empires and republics which have now disappeared but which were once fixtures on the map of their age. What happened to the once-great Mediterranean 'Empire of Aragon'? Where did the ha

Davies Norman


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

Oliver, Neil


In the ninth and tenth centuries, the Vikings created an unrivalled cultural network that spanned four continents. Adventurers, farmers, traders, conquerors and sailors, the Vikings were both peaceful and fierce, fighting or bargaining their

Williams, Gareth, Pentz, Peter, Wemhoff, Matthias

Village of Secrets

This is a Sunday Times Top Five Bestseller Shortlisted For The Samuel Johnson Prize 2014. From the author of the New York Times bestseller A Train in Winter comes the extraordinary story of a French village that helped save thousands who wer

Moorehead, Caroline

War that Ended Peace

WINNER of the International Affairs Book of the Year at the Political Book Awards 2014 Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2013 The First World War followed a period of sustained peace in Europe during which people talked with confidenc

MacMillan, Professor Margaret

1 b&w illustration 224

This is the beloved German novel in English for the first time. The Thirty Years War, fought between 1618 and 1648, was a ruthless struggle for political and religious control of central Europe. Engulfing most of present-d

Lons, Hermann, Kvinnesland, Robert

When Paris Went Dark

In May and June 1940 almost four million people fled Paris and its suburbs in anticipation of a German invasion. On June 14, the German Army tentatively entered the silent and eerily empty French capital. Without one shot being fired in its

Rosbottom, Ronald

William the Conqueror
30 304

Of Franco-Scandinavian descent through his father, Duke Robert 'the Magnificent', William the Conqueror is revealed as the brutal and violent product of his time, much given to outbursts of rage, capable of great cruelty, autocratic, avar

Rex, Peter

World Without End: The Global Empire of Philip II
16 pp colour 496

Following Rivers of Gold and The Golden Age, World Without End is the conclusion of a magisterial three-volume history of the Spanish Empire by Hugh Thomas, its foremost worldwide authority World Without End is the climax of Hug

Thomas, Hugh

World Without Jews
32 b/w illus. 304

Why exactly did the Nazis burn the Hebrew Bible everywhere in Germany on November 9, 1938? The perplexing event has not been adequately accounted for by historians in their large-scale assessments of how and why the Holocaust o

Confino, Alon