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100 Maps that Changed the World
200+ colour illustrations 256

An ancient Chinese proverb suggests, "They are wise parents who give their children roots and wings - and a map." Maps That Changed the World features some of the world's most famous maps, stretching back to a time

Clark, John O. E.

100 Mistakes that Changed History

Collected in one volume, here are backfires and blunders that collapsed empires, crashed economies, and altered the course of the world. From the Maginot Line to the Cuban Missile Crisis, history is filled with bad moves and not-so-bright id

Fawcett, Bill

101 Stumbles in the March of History: What If the Great Mistakes in War, Government, Industry, and Economics Were Not Made?

Bill Fawcett, author of 100 Mistakes That Changed History (Penguin, 2010), offers a new compendium of 101 mammoth mistakes - from the ill-fated rule of Emperor Darius III to the equally ill-fated search for WMDs in Iraq - that will, unfortun

Fawcett, Bill

1956, the World in Revolt
200(Ht mm) 130(Wdt mm) 528

Popular uprisings in Poland and Hungary shake Moscow's hold on its eastern European empire. Across the American South, and in the Union of South Africa, black people risk their livelihoods, and their lives, in the stru

Hall, Simon

Altered Pasts

A bullet misses its target in Sarajevo, a would-be Austrian painter gets into the Viennese academy, Lord Halifax becomes British prime minister in 1940: seemingly minor twists of fate on which world-shaking events might have hinged. Alterna

Evans, Richard J.

Anatomy of Revolution

An analysis of the English, American, French, and Russian revolutions as they exhibit universally applicable patterns of revolutionary thought and action.

Brinton, Clarence Crane

And Man Created God
198(Ht mm) 129(Wdt mm) 416

And Man Created God is a sweeping exploration of the religions of the world at the time of Jesus: this is popular history at its best. At the time of Jesus's birth, the world was in ferment. Across Europe, North Africa

O'Grady, Selina


This incisive history upends the complacency that confines anti-Judaism to the ideological extremes in the Western tradition. With deep learning and elegance, David Nirenberg shows how foundational anti-Judaism is to the history of the West.

Nirenberg, David

32 colour illus & maps 320

Antipodes: In Search of the Southern Continent is a new history of an ancient geography. It reassesses the evidence for why Europeans believed a massive southern continent existed, and why they advocated for its discov

Stallard, Avan Judd

Arctic Labyrinth
Hardback , 240 x 162mm. 500

For centuries British navigators dreamt of finding the Northwest Passage - the route over the top of North America that would open up the fabulous wealth of Asia to British merchants. We know now that, while several s

Williams Glyn

Art of Science
Full colour throughout 176

It was one of the most lavishly equipped scientific expeditions ever to leave Europe. At the dawn of the nineteenth century, French navigator Nicolas Baudin led two ships carrying 22 scientists and more than 230 office

Fornasiero, Jean, Lawton, Lindl, West-Sooby, John

Art of Time Travel: Historians and Their Craft

Writing good history is a high-wire act of balance and grace. Historians scour their own societies for vestiges of past worlds, for cracks and fissures in the pavement of the present, and for the shimmers and hauntings of history in everyday

Griffiths, Tom

Ascent of Money : A Financial History of the World
16 pp colour inset, integrated b/w 448

Bread, cash, dosh, dough, and loot. Call it what you like, it matters now more than ever. In "The Ascent of Money", Niall Ferguson shows that finance is the foundation of all human progress and the lifebloo

Ferguson, Niall

Atlantic and Its Enemies

Those who survived the Second World War stared out onto a devastated, morally ruined world. Much of Europe and Asia had been so ravaged that it was unclear whether any form of normal life could ever be established again. Everywhere the 'Atla

Stone, Norman

Between the Wars

At the end of 1918 one prescient American historian began to write a history of the Great War. "What will you call it?" he was asked. "The First World War" was his bleak response. In Between the Wars Philip Ziegler examines the major interna

Ziegler, Philip

Book of Magic: From Antiquity to the Enlightenment

' when iron is drawn to a magnet, camphor is sucked into hot air, crystal lights up in the Sun, sulfur and a volatile liquid are kindled by flame, an empty eggshell filled with dew is raised towards the Sun ...' The Bible is full of sto

Copenhaver, Brian

Born Bad: Original Sin and the Making of the Western World

'The purpose of this book is not to defend or condemn the Western creation story, but to challenge the assumption that its influence was ended by science and secularism.' - James Boyce, Born Bad

Born Bad is the

Boyce James

Bourgeois Dignity
Why Economics Can't Explain the Modern World 592

The big economic story of our times is not the Great Recession. It is how China and India began to embrace neoliberal ideas of economics and attributed a sense of dignity and liberty to the bourge

McCloskey, Deirdre N.

Calamities, Catastrophes and Cock Ups
198(Ht mm) 129(Wdt mm) 592

A catalogue of calamities and catastrophes that will make you hair curl. We learn from our mistakes - don't we? We look back on things that have gone wrong and do our best not to let them happen again. Well, that's the

Wilson, Derek

Chemical Choir
A History of Alchemy 216

In this title, the history of alchemy traced from its earliest roots through to its influence in modern-day science. Beginning in China in the search for the secret of immortality, and appearing independently in Egypt as

Maxwell-Stuart, P. G.

Cold War
Paperback 352 pages.

In 1950, when Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, Ho Chi Minh and Kim Il-Sung met in Moscow to discuss the future, they had reason to feel optimistic. Beginning with the Second World War and ending with the collapse of the Soviet Uni

Gaddis, John Lewis

Concise History of the World
37 b/w illus. 14 maps 280

This book tells the story of humankind as producers and reproducers from the Paleolithic to the present. Renowned social and cultural historian Merry Wiesner-Hanks brings a new perspective to world history by examining

Wiesner-Hanks, Merry E.

Crusade and Jihad
8 page colour plate sectionPlus c. 20 Mono illustrations throughout 320

Malcolm Lambert investigates the histories of Christianity and Islam to trace the origins and development of crusade and jihad. In a narrative that brims with larger than li

Lambert, Malcolm

Dark Paradise
17 illustrations 352

'A fascinating read' DAILY TELEGRAPH Aren't remote South Pacific islands supposed to be paradise? Perhaps, from a distance, Norfolk Island looks a peaceful place lush with tall pines. But look closer and that idyllic facade

Macklin, Robert


Before there was money, there was debt Every economics textbook says the same thing: Money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter systems to relieve ancient people from having to haul their goods to market. The problem with t

Graeber, David/Graeber, David

Declarations of Havana

In response to the American administration's attempt to isolate Cuba, Fidel Castro delivered a series of speeches designed to radicalize Latin American society. As Latin America experiences more revolutions in Venezuela and Bolivia, and cont

Castro, Fidel, Ali, Tariq

Deluge: The Great War and the Remaking of Global Order 1916-1931

On the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, Deluge is a powerful explanation of why the war's legacy continues to shape our world - from Adam Tooze, the Wolfson Prize-winning author of The Wages of Destruction Financial Times an

Tooze, Adam

Earth-Shattering Events: Earthquakes, Nations and Civilization
15 colour illustrations 256

"A truly welcome and refreshing study that puts earthquake impact on history into a proper perspective" --Amos Nur, Emeritus Professor of Geophysics, Stanford University, California, and author of Apocalypse: Earthqua

Robinson, Andrew

Ecological Imperialism
27 b/w illus. 385

People of European descent form the bulk of the population in most of the temperate zones of the world - North America, Australia and New Zealand. The military successes of European imperialism are easy to explain; in many case

Crosby, Alfred W.

Emperor of All Maladies
194(Ht mm) 128(Wdt mm) 400

In THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES Siddhartha Mukherjee, doctor, researcher and award-winning science writer, examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a historian's perspective, and a biographer's passion. Th

Mukherjee, Siddhartha

End of the Cold War
16pp plates 656

The Cold War had seemed like a permanent fixture in global politics, and until its denouement, no Western or Soviet politician foresaw that the stand-off between the two superpowers - after decades of struggle over every aspect o

Service, Robert

Eurasian Miracle
black & white illustrations 166

In this short book Jack Goody systematically dismantles this Eurocentric view of the world. He argues that we need to look for a Eurasian miracle that went back to the Urban Revolution of the Bronze Age, that aff

Goody, Jack

Illustrations 360

This is an epic visual guide to the most intrepid explorers in history. Written in association with the RGS, "Explorers" brings you stories of great courage, spirit and endurance and opens your eyes to how these expeditions hav

Royal Geographical Society

Falling Upwards
40 col illus, 40 b/w plates 416

'Nominally a history of the hot air balloon, 'Falling Upwards' is really a history of hope and fantasy - and the quixotic characters who disobeyed that most fundamental laws of physics and gave humans flight' New

Holmes, Richard

Fascinating Footnotes From History

'Giles Milton is a man who can take an event from history and make it come alive inspiration for those of us who believe that history can be exciting and entertaining' Matthew Redhead, The Times Did you know that Hitler took cocaine?

Milton, Giles

Fifth Beginning
2 maps, 2 charts 168

"I have seen yesterday. I know tomorrow." This inscription in Tutankhamun's tomb summarizes The Fifth Beginning. Here, archeologist Robert Kelly explains how the study of our cultural past can predict the future of humanity.

Kelly, Dr. Robert L.

Food of the Gods
Ill. 336

A journey to some of the Earth's most endangered people in the remote Upper Amazon...a look at the rituals of the Bwiti cults of Gabon and Zaire...a field watch on the eating habits of 'stoned' apes and chimpanzees - these adventures ar

McKenna, Terence

Food of the Gods
illustrations 311

For the first time in trade paperback, the critically acclaimed counterculture manifesto by the wildly popular McKenna. "Deserves to be a modern classic on mind-altering drugs and hallucinogens".--The Washington Post. Photos an


Forbidden Universe
illustrations 400

Secret societies, famous scientists, ancient Egyptian mysticism, and a fascinating addition to the god-versus-science debate: the Catholic Church. By the bestselling authors of The Templar Revelation and Mary Magdalene, The For

Picknett, Lynn, Prince, Clive

Fractured Times

Born almost a hundred years ago in Vienna - the cultural heart of a bourgeois Mitteleurope - Eric Hobsbawm, who was to become one of the most brilliant and original historians of our age, was uniquely placed to observe an era of titanic soci

Hobsbawm, Eric

Global Population
15 b&w illustrations 480

Concern about the size of the world's population did not begin with the "population bomb" in 1968. It arose in the aftermath of World War I and was understood as an issue with far-reaching ecological, agricultural, econo

Bashford, Alison

Great City Maps

Step onto the streets of cities around the world, and understand the cultures and civilizations that created them with Great City Maps. This beautifully illustrated book explores the world's most celebrated historical city maps. Richly detai


Great Crises of Capitalism

The financial world is experiencing increasing financial volatility with far more frequent financial booms and busts. Dr Peter Jonson is a former Chief Economist at the Reserve Bank of Australia and a lifelong economic thinker and writer.

Jonson, Pete

Great Expeditions: 50 Journeys That Changed Our World
246(Ht mm) 189(Wdt mm) 264

Foreword by Levison Wood, bestselling author of Walking the Nile. A comprehensive, fascinating and inspiring gallery of the great adventures that changed our world. Throughout history there have been brave men and wome

Steward, Mark, Greenwood, Alan

Historical Falconry
180 96

Falconry was a major part of historical culture and lifestyle across the world and throughout history. The origins of Falconry are set in the Far and Middle East, as early nations developed and the flying and training of birds of prey beg

Stewart, Andrew, Rowlands, Helen

History of Civilizations
index, 23 maps 640

Written from a consciously anti-enthnocentric approach, this fascinating work is a survey of the civilizations of the modern world in terms of the broad sweep and continuities of history, rather than the 'event-based' techniqu

Braudel, Fernand, Mayne, Richard

History of the Future
illustrations 198

History of the Future presents a set of ideas about where we are in history. It focuses on the great majority of people in each society, and shows that life in the modern world will be almost completely different from all previ

Singer, Max

History of the World
Illustrationsstrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white) 640

Our understanding of world history is changing, as new discoveries are made on all the continents and old prejudices are being challenged. In this truly global jour

Marr, Andrew

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

During the twentieth century, humankind has managed to do the impossible: we have brought famine, plague and war under control. Today, more people die from obesity than from starvation; more people die from old age than from infectious disea

Harari, Yuval Noah

Human Anatomy
320 illustrations, 80 in colour 344

This lavishly illustrated book chronicles the remarkable history of anatomical illustration from the Renaissance to the digital Visible Human project of today. Its survey of five and a half centuries of meticu

Rifkin, Benjamin A., Ackerman, Michael J., Folkenberg, Judy

In Shackleton's Footsteps

Shackleton's descendants take on the expedition that beat him, in the most extreme Antarctic challenge known to man.
On the 29th of October 1908, a party of four men, led by Ernest Shackleton set out to be the first to reach the South Po

Worsley, Henry

In Sickness and In Power

Owen, David

Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day

'May Day is about affirmation, the love of life, and the start of spring, so it has to be about the beginning of the end of the capitalist system of exploitation, oppression, war, and overall misery, toil, and moil.' So writes celebrated his

Linebaugh, Peter


The computer was born to spy, and now computers are transforming espionage. But who are the spies and who is being spied on in today's interconnected world? This is the exhilarating secret history of the melding of technology and espionage.

Corera, Gordon

Invisible Plague
8 figures, 5 tables 436

The prevalence of insanity, which was once considerably less than one case per 1,000 total population, has risen beyond five cases in 1,000. Why has insanity reached epidemic proportions? What are the causes of severe men

Torrey, E. Fuller, Miller, Judy

Last Hours On Everest
234(Ht mm) 153(Wdt mm) 320

Inside the ice-crusted shelter, two forms lay still as death. Then there was a groan, a stirring, and eventually the slow scratch of match against sandpaper. Low voices shared the high-altitude agonies of waking, the h

Hoyland, Graham

Last Imaginary Place
Paperback 296 pages.

The Arctic of towering icebergs and midnight sun, of flaming auroras and endless winter nights, has long provoked flights of the imagination. This book aims to reveal the Arctic world. It dispels notions of the frozen land a

McGhee, Robert

Late Victorian Holocausts
illustrations maps, portraits 470

Examining a series of El Nino-induced droughts and the famines that they spawned around the globe in the last third of the 19th century, Mike Davis discloses the intimate, baleful relationship between imperial a

Davis, Mike

60 illustrations 288

Who are the Jews-a race, a people, a religious group? For over a century, non-Jews and Jews alike have tried to identify who they were-first applying the methods of physical anthropology and more recently of population genet

Ostrer, Harry

Little History of Religion
40 b/w illus. 256

In an era of hardening religious attitudes and explosive religious violence, this book offers a welcome antidote. Richard Holloway retells the entire history of religion-from the dawn of religious belief to the twenty-first cen

Holloway, Richard

Making of an Atlantic Ruling Class
10 b/w illustrations 384

With The Making of an Atlantic Ruling Class, Kees van der Pijl put class formation at the heart of our understanding of world politics and the global economy. This landmark study dissects one of the most decisive phenome

Pijl, Kees van der

Mapping Our World

The cover image, World Map by Fra Mauro c. 1450 is one of the most important and famous maps of all time. This monumental map of the world was created by the monk Fra Mauro in his monastery on the island of San Michele in the Venetian lagoon

Australia, National Library of

Masters of the Word
234(Ht mm) 156(Wdt mm) 432

From the author of A Splendid Exchange comes a remarkable history of media - from the alphabet to the internet - that examines how it has shaped human society over millennia. In Masters of the Word, Bernstein ch


Modern Explorers
268 illustrations, 256 in colour 304

This book profiles thirty-nine modern explorers who have disproved the idea that there is nowhere left to discover and explore. Some are greatly experienced and are celebrated worldwide, while others are youn

Hanbury-Tenison, Robin, Twigger, Robert


What is money, and how does it work? The conventional answer is that people once used sugar in the West Indies, tobacco in Virginia, and dried cod in Newfoundland, and that today's financial universe evolved from barter. Unfortunately, there

Martin, Felix

Most Improbable Journey
35 illustrations 256

Big History, the field that studies the entire known past of our universe to give context to human existence, has so far been the domain of historians. In A Most Improbable Journey, Walter Alvarez-best known for his "Impact

Alvarez, Walter

Nathaniel's Nutmeg
Paperback 388 pages.

In 1616, Nathaniel Courthope arrived on a remote East Indies island on a secret mission - to persuade the islanders to grant a monopoly to England over their nutmeg, a fabulously valuable spice in Europe. Despite being overw

Milton, Giles

New Spymasters: Inside Espionage from the Cold War to Global Terror The

"Number one Evening Standarad bestseller book of the year". (Daily Telegraph). "Exceptional. A blueprint for productive, sophisticated espionage in the age of Islamist terror". (Daily Telegraph). Spying has changed. In this era of email inte

Grey, Stephen

198(Ht mm) 153(Wdt mm) 256

The Odditorium is a playful re-telling of history, told not through the lens of its victors, but through the fascinating stories of a wealth of individuals who, while lesser-known, are no less remarkable. Throughout i

Bramwell, David, Keeling, Jo

Origins of Sex

For most of western history, all sex outside marriage was illegal, with the church and state punishing any dissent. Between 1600 and 1800, this entire world-view was shattered by revolutionary new ideas - that consenting adults have the free

Dabhoiwala, Faramerz

Papyrus - the Plant That Changed the World: from Ancient Egypt to Today's Water Wars
illustrations 272

From ancient Pharos to 21st Century water wars, papyrus is a unique plant that is still one of the fastest growing plant species on earth. It produces its own soil a peaty, matrix that floats on water and its stems inspired the

Gaudet, John

Peasant Wars of the Twentieth Century

"Peasant Wars of the Twentieth Century provides a good short course in the major popular revolutions of our century--in Russia, Mexico, China, Algeria, Cuba, and Viet Nam--not from the perspective of governments or parties or leaders, but

Wolf, Eric Robert

Penguin Book of Modern Speeches

The twentieth century was a century of idealism and revolution and as never before speeches were crucial in stirring the hearts and minds of millions around the world. Whether it was Churchill rousing the British to take up arms or the dream

MacArthur, Brian

Penguin History of New Zealand

New Zealand was the last country in the world to be discovered and settled by humankind. It was also the first to introduce full democracy. Between those events, and in the century that followed the franchise, the movements and conflicts of

King, Michael

Penguin History of the World
maps (black and white) 1280

This is the completely updated edition of J. M. Roberts and Odd Arne Westad's widely acclaimed, landmark bestseller The Penguin History of the World For generations of readers. The Penguin History of the World has bee

Roberts, J. M., Westad, Odd Arne

Phantom Atlas: The Greatest Myths, Lies and Blunders on Maps
Full Colour Throughout 256

The Phantom Atlas is an atlas of the world not as it ever existed, but as it was thought to be. These marvellous and mysterious phantoms - non-existent islands, invented mountain ranges, mythical civilisations and othe

Brooke-Hitching, Edward

Plague Ports
Illustrations, maps. 366

A century ago, the third bubonic plague swept the globe, taking more than 15 million lives. Plague Ports tells the story of ten cities on five continents that were ravaged by the epidemic in its initial years: Hong Kong

Echenberg, Myron

Ponderables - Engineering

Here is the essential guide to engineering, an authoritative reference book and timeline about how technology has given shape to our civilization. Engineering predates humanity; Homo habilis was knapping hand axes from st-sized ints more t

Jackson, Tom


Where the earth is churned, poppies grow. In the aftermath of the horrific trench warfare of the First World War, the poppy - sprouting across the killing fields of France and Belgium, then immortalized in John McCrae's moving poem - bec

Saunders, Nicholas J.

Reckoning: Financial Accountability and the Making and Breaking of Nations The

In The Reckoning, award-winning historian Jacob Soll shows how the use and misuse of financial bookkeeping has determined the fates of entire societies. Time and again, Soll reveals, good and honest accounting has been a tool to build succes

Soll, Jacob

illustrations 256

The brilliantly told, captivating history of red hair throughout the ages and across multiple disciplines, including science, religion, politics, feminism and sexuality, literature, and art The mere mention of red hair calls to

Colliss Harvey, Jacky, Harvey, Jacky Colliss

Rule of Empires
7 maps 496

In The Rule of Empires, Timothy Parsons gives a sweeping account of the evolution of empire from its origins in ancient Rome to its most recent twentieth-century embodiment. He explains what constitutes an empire and offers suggestion

Parsons, Timothy H.

Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind

100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms

Harari, Yuval Noah

Scott's Final Expedition
140 photographs (18 colour) 464

Scott of the Antarctic's amazing diary of the ill-fated Terra Nova expedition in which he perished along with Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans after reaching the South Pole behind Roald

Scott, Captain Robert Falcon

Sex, Bombs and Burgers
198(Ht mm) 128(Wdt mm) 372

War, porn and fast food quite rightly deserve their bad reputation. War is responsible for untold human suffering and death; porn is blamed for everything from marital infidelity to the erosion of our morals; and fast

Nowak, Peter

Shackleton's Epic: Recreating the Polar Explorer's Incredible Journey Of Survival

A new edition to mark the centenary Ernest Shackleton's epic 1916 journey across 1300 kms of hostile ocean in a tiny, leaking boat and unmapped ice and snow to reach a rescue station by British-Australian explorer Tim Jarvis, who recreated '

Jarvis, Tim

Small Wars, Faraway Places
maps (black and white) 608

The collapse of Western colonial empires in the twenty years after the Second World War led to a series of vicious struggles for power - in Africa, Asia and the Middle East -whose bloody consequences haunt us still. Ac

Burleigh, Michael

241(Ht mm) 282(Wdt mm) 384

Experience the epic survival adventure of Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, brought to life with photos from the journey as well as modern color photography of the fauna, seascapes, and landscape

Shackleton, Sir Ernest Henry, Hurley, Frank

Specters of the Atlantic
2 illustrations 384

In September 1781, the captain of the British slaveship Zong ordered 133 slaves thrown overboard, enabling the ship's owners to file an insurance claim for their lost 'cargo'. Accounts of this horrific event quickly became a

Baucom, Ian

Spitting Blood
12 black and white illustrations 352

Tuberculosis is characterized as a social disease and few have been more inextricably linked with human history. There is evidence from the archaeological record that Mycobacterium tuberculosis and its human

Bynum, Helen

Story of Pain
31 black and white halftones 416

Everyone knows what is feels like to be in pain. Scraped knees, toothaches, migraines, giving birth, cancer, heart attacks, and heartaches: pain permeates our entire lives. We also witness other people - loved on

Bourke, Joanna

b/w photo plate section 8 pages 480

The idea of world leaders gathering in the midst of economic crisis has become all-too familiar. But the summit at Bretton Woods in 1944 was the only time countries from around the world have agreed to overhau

Conway, Ed

25 halftones. 25 line illus. 1 table. 312

When Indonesia's Mount Tambora erupted in 1815, it unleashed the most destructive wave of extreme weather the world has witnessed in thousands of years. The volcano's massive sulfate dust cloud enveloped

Wood, Gillen D'Arcy

198(Ht mm) 129(Wdt mm) 384

An order of warrior monks founded to protect pilgrims to Jerusalem, the Templars were among the wealthiest and most powerful bodies in the medieval world. Yet two centuries later, they were arrested, accused of blasphe


To the Ends of the Earth
illustrations 192

This thought-provoking history of cartography focuses on 100 key maps that changed human understanding of the world around us, changed the course of map-making itself, or directly influenced the path of history.

It reveals

Harwood, Jeremy

Transformation of the World
6 tables. 1192

A monumental history of the nineteenth century, The Transformation of the World offers a panoramic and multifaceted portrait of a world in transition. Jurgen Osterhammel, an eminent scholar who has been called the Braudel of the n

Osterhammel, Jurgen, Camiller, Patrick

War and Revolution: Rethinking the Twentieth Century

"War and Revolution" identifies and takes to task a reactionary trend among contemporary historians, one that's grown increasingly apparent in recent years. It's a revisionist tendency discernible in the work of authors such as Ernst Nolte,

Losurdo, Domenico

War: What is it good for?
198(Ht mm) 129(Wdt mm) 512

War is one of the greatest human evils. It has ruined livelihoods, provoked unspeakable atrocities and left countless millions dead. It has caused economic chaos and widespread deprivation. And the misery it causes poi

Morris, Ian

War: What is it good for?
234(Ht mm) 153(Wdt mm)

A bold and controversial rethinking of the role of war in human history and how it will shape our future, sure to provoke debate. War is one of the greatest human evils. It has ruined livelihoods, provoked unspeakable atr

Morris, Ian

What is History? Popular Penguins
poppenguin 204

E. H. Carr's What Is History? is the classic introduction to the theory of history. Exploding the Victorian myth of history as a simple record of fact, Carr draws on sources from Nietzsche to Herodotus to argue for a more subtle d

Carr E H

What the Rest Think of the West
2 b/w, 3 maps 472

Over the past few centuries, as Western civilization has enjoyed an expansive and flexible geographic domain, Westerners have observed other cultures with little interest in a return gaze. In turn, these other civilizations hav

Nader, Laura

White Devil
60 black and white 224

The werewolf is a creature familiar to us all, prowling our countryside and cinema screens alike on the eve of a full moon. Yet the birth of the werewolf myth can be traced back thousands of years into early Prehistory. Th

Beresford, Matthew

White Road

This is a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller. "Other things in the world are white but for me porcelain comes first". A handful of clay from a Chinese hillside carries a promise: that mixed with the right materials, it might survive the fire of

De Waal, Edmund

Work, Sex and Power

Determining the forces that have shaped our history is always a contentious matter. Seen through the work of authors from Jared Diamond to Eric Hobsbawm, people's fascination with what drives the actions of the human race is inexhaustible. I

Thompson, Willie

World History in Minutes
200 b&w illustrations and diagrams 416

What happened to the Roman Empire? Why was the Magna Carta so important? What led to the First World War? Why did the USSR collapse? World History in Minutes provides succinct answers to these questions - a

Wood, Tat, Ail, Dorothy