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After The Victorians: The World Our Parents Knew

Paperback, 07/09/2006, £12.99
How did Britain's power and influence decline? Seeking to answer this question, this book begins with the reign of Edward VII, when Great Britain commanded the mightiest empire in the world. It ends with the Coronation of Elizabeth II, when Britain emerged victorious from a world war, but ruined as a world power.

Brunel: The Man Who Built the World

Paperback, 05/10/2006, £9.99
A celebration of the life and engineering achievements of Isambard Kingdom Brunel by two of the world's foremost authorities.

Eric Hobsbawm's The Age Of Revolution

Paperback, 05/07/2017, £6.50
In The Age of Revolution, Eric Hobsbawm focuses on the tumultuous late 18th and early 19th centuries. He argues that the "dual revolutions" of the time -the French Revolution and the British Industrial Revolution - changed the way the whole world thought about politics and power, and fundamentally shaped the modern era.

David Brion Davis' The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution

Paperback, 05/07/2017, £6.50
Slavery had been accepted in Western culture for centuries. So why did a movement suddenly rise up in the industrial era calling for its abolition? Could it be that people had suddenly become more enlightened and humanitarian? Or were there other, more compelling and perhaps self-serving reasons for this sudden about-turn?

Firebringers: Art, Science and the Struggle for Liberty in 19th Century Britain

Hardback, 05/02/2009, £20.00
The story of four maverick brothers, and a thrillingly ambitious portrait of Britain in an era of technological and political revolution.


Paperback, 18/01/2007, £19.99
William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898)), four times Prime Minister and MP for sixty-three years, was one of the greatest British statesmen. He was remarkable not only for the political impact he had on Victorian England but also for his complex personality. This book talks about his life.

Europe Since 1870

Paperback, 29/03/1990, £14.99
Presents an account of the development of Europe since 1870. This title provides coverage that ranges from one country to another, making comparisons along the way, and focusing on intellectual and social trends as well as political developments.

This Sceptred Isle ; 20th Century

Paperback, 28/09/2000, £10.99
From the writer of the Radio 4 "Sceptred Isle" series, this volume observes Britain over the last 100 years. It provides a comprehensive and entertaining overview of key political, cultural and economic events as well as highlighting scientific innovations.

That Devil Wilkes

Paperback, 22/02/2001, £4.99
This is the biography of one of the ugliest men of his age. But John Wilkes (1727-97) claimed that half an hour of his conversation would cause men, and especially women, to forget his looks. He was a radical Whig politician, expelled from the House of Commons, who invigorated popular radicalism.

Benjamin Disraeli

Paperback, 23/04/2007, £4.99
From William Shakespeare to Winston Churchill, the "Very Interesting People" series provides bite-sized biographies of Britain's most fascinating historical figures. Each book in the series is based upon the biographical entry from the world-famous "Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". This title talks about Benjamin Disraeli.

Christopher Wren

Paperback, 23/04/2007, £4.99
From William Shakespeare to Winston Churchill, the "Very Interesting People" series provides bite-sized biographies of Britain's most fascinating historical figures. Each book in the series is based upon the biographical entry from the world-famous "Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". This title talks about Christopher Wren.

Eminent Victorians: The Definitive Edition

Paperback, 01/12/2004, £14.99
Paul Levy, editor of Strachey's correspondence, writes the introduction and the book carries a foreword by the last of the great Bloomsbury Group, Frances Partridge.

Journal of a West India Proprietor

Paperback, 10/07/2008, £8.99

Selkirk's Island

Hardback, 10/05/2001, £14.99
This volume reveals the legendary story of Alexander Selkirk, the 'original' Robinson Crusoe.

Perilous Question: Drama of the Great Reform Bill 1832

Hardback, 09/05/2013, £20.00
The two-year revolution that totally changed how Britain is governed.

Fall of the French Monarchy: Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and the Baron de Breteuil

Paperback, 06/06/2003, £7.99
A new history of the French revolution, seen through the eyes of the Royal family of the time.

France, 1814-70: Monarchy, Republic and Empire

Paperback, 07/02/1991, £7.25
Planned with the A-level student in mind, this book in the "Access to History" series, looks at the history of France between 1815 and 1870.

Unification of Italy, 1815-70

Paperback, 01/11/1989, £7.25
Planned with the A-level student specifically in mind, the "Access to History" series is designed to be expansive enough so that re-reading of condensed narrative is not required. This book looks at the unification of Italy (1815-70).

Napoleon, France and Europe

Paperback, 06/05/1993, £7.25
Part of the "Access to History" series, this book examines the rise and fall of Napoleon and the effect of his rule, both long and short term, on France and the rest of Europe. An analytical approach is taken to how and why Napoleon gained control in France and how and why he was finally defeated.

History of Eastern Europe 1740-1918: Empires, Nations and Modernisation

Paperback, 24/11/2006, £22.99
This book is an authoritative inquiry into some of the most turbulent events in the history of Eastern Europe. By considering three key themes: modernism, nationalism and empire, Armour analyzes how the foundations of nationalism developed from within an environment of widespread social turmoil.

History of Italy 1700-1860 (O/P)

Paperback, 01/06/1991, £16.99
Aimed primarily at students and undergraduates, this text covers Italian history between the period 1700-1860.

Man Who Broke Napoleon's Codes: The Story of George Scovell

Hardback, 17/09/2001, £16.99
This work gives a compelling account of the officer who waged the intelligence battle against Napoleon's army, a forerunner to the great code-breakers of the 20th century. George Scovell used Spanish guerillas to capture coded French messages, and then set to work decrypting them.

Anne Clifford's Autobiographical Writing, 1590-1676

Paperback, 17/01/2018, £19.99
Anne Clifford describes the dramatic and tragic events of her life in the seventeenth century. Of how she danced in the masques of Inigo Jones, experienced both joy and abuse in her two marriages, lost and gained an inheritance, and successfully defended her rights against kings and armies. All told in rich detail amidst the backdrop of daily life. -- .

Short History of the British Industrial Revolution 2ed

Paperback, 25/08/2018, £22.99
The industrial revolution stands out as a key event not simply in British history, but in world history, ushering in as it did a new era of sustained economic prosperity.

Peterloo: The English Uprising

Hardback, 25/07/2019, £25.00
The definitive account of a landmark in the development of democracy - and the bloodiest political event of the nineteenth century on English soil.

Royal Affair: George III and his Troublesome Siblings

Paperback, 01/04/2021, £12.99
The young George III was a poignant figure, humdrum on the surface yet turbulent beneath: hiding his own passions, he tried hard to be a father to his siblings and his nation.

Oxford History of Anglicanism, Volume III: Partisan Anglicanism and its Global Expansion 1829-c. 1914

Paperback, 04/07/2019, £33.99
A volume considering the history of the Anglican communion from 1829-1910.

'Better in France?': The Circulation of Ideas Across the Channel in the Eighteenth Century

Hardback, 01/09/2005, £54.00
This book explores the theory and practice of cultural exchange between Britain and the Continent during the years 1660-1815. How are the "foreign" and the "other" produced in the process of cultural transfer?

Development of the International Book Trade, 1870-1895: Tangled Networks

Paperback, 01/01/2010, £61.00
An international trade emerged between 1870-1895 that incorporated the circulation of books among countries worldwide. A history of the social network and select agents who sold and distributed books overseas, this study demonstrates agents increasingly thought of the world as a negotiable, connected system and books as transnational commodities.

Time Traveller's Guide to Regency Britain

Paperback, 21/10/2021, £10.99

Rorke's Drift and Isandlwana: Great Battles

Paperback, 00/08/2021, £10.99
The story of Isandlwana, the battle that shocked the British empire at its zenith, and Rorke's Drift, which immediately followed it and went some way to restoring wounded British pride: how they were fought, how they have been remembered, and what they mean for us today.

Britain's Greatest Prime Minister: Lord Liverpool

Paperback, 27/05/2021, £20.00
A biography of the second Earl of Liverpool, revealing a highly capable leader who laid the foundations for nineteenth-century Britain's prosperity.

Progress and Poverty: An Economic and Social History of Britain 1700-1850

Paperback, 01/06/1995, £45.99
In 1700, Britain was a rural country. By 1850, the year before the Great Exhibition, it was 'the workshop of the world'. This book examines this change, the creation of national markets, and the economic growth which characterized the movement from agriculture to industry. It is useful for anyone studying 18th and 19th century British history.

Birth Of Industrial Britain 2ed

Paperback, 02/06/2011, £32.99

Nineteenth Century Europe

Paperback, 05/10/2005, £29.99
This history of Europe from the French Revolution to the First World War weaves together political, economic, social and cultural developments.

Making Sense of the Industrial Revolution: English Economy and Society 1700-1850

Paperback, 26/04/2001, £18.99
Using case studies, including the experiences of individuals as well as extracts from contemporary documents, this book aims to capture the reality of industrialization while introducing the many facts and figures which make up the real backbone of the history of the period.

Sheerness Naval Dockyard & Garrison

Paperback, 01/09/2002, £12.99
A history of Sheerness Naval Dockyard

Industry and Empire: From 1750 to the Present Day 2ed

Paperback, 29/04/1999, £14.99
Describes Britain's rise as the world's first industrial world power, its decline from the temporary dominance of the pioneer, its rather special relationship with the rest of the world (notably the underdeveloped countries) and the effects of all these on the life of the British people.

Italy in the Age of the Risorgimento 1790 - 1870

Paperback, 12/09/1983, £68.99
Established as a standard work - covers the whole of Italy not just the Risorgimento itself.

Maul & the Pear Tree

Paperback, 04/11/2010, £9.99
In 1811 John Williams was buried with a stake in his heart. Was he the notorious East End killer or his eighth victim in the bizarre and shocking Ratcliffe Highway Murders? In this reconstruction, the authors draw on forensics, public records, and newspaper clippings to shed new light on this infamous Wapping mystery.

Chatham Dockyard: The Rise and Fall of a Military Industrial Complex

Hardback, 01/06/2012, £18.99
A history of Chatham dockyard

Southey on Nelson: The Life of Nelson

Paperback, 17/05/2004, £11.99
LIVES THAT NEVER GROW OLD A radical new series - edited by Richard Holmes - that recovers the great classical tradition of English biography. Every book is a biographical masterpiece, still thrilling to read and vividly alive.

Scott on Zelide

Paperback, 17/05/2004, £11.99
'Lives that Never Grow Old' is a wonderful series- edited by Richard Holmes - that recovers the great classical tradition of English biography. Every book is a biographical masterpiece, still thrilling to read and vividly alive.

Mrs Robinson's Disgrace

Paperback, 14/03/2013, £12.99
From the number one bestselling, multi-award-winning author of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher
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