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Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and the End of China's Last Golden Age

Paperback, 06/06/2019, £10.99
The definitive history of the Opium War between Britain and China in the nineteenth century, shortlisted for the 2018 Baillie Gifford Prize.

Wicked Wit of Prince Philip

Hardback, 01/11/2017, £9.99
This joyous and timely book celebrates Prince Philip's supremely wicked wit - from his notorious one-liners to less newsworthy witticisms and wry humour.

Erebus: The Story of a Ship

Paperback, 30/05/2019, £8.99
It's a fascinating story that [Palin] brings full-bloodedly to life.' Guardian `This is an incredible book . Carefully researched and well-crafted, it brings the story of a ship vividly to life.' Sunday Times`A great story .

Moll The Life & Times Of Moll Flanders

Paperback, 05/07/2012, £14.99
Features Moll Flanders who is famous for her criminal and sexual adventures, racily portrayed n big and small screen romps as bawdy wench, fallen woman and proto-feminist trailblazer. But who was she? And what world did she really inhabit?

Drum Horse in the Fountain: & Other Tales of Heroes and Rogues in the Guards

Hardback, 01/12/2018, £20.00
The public perception of the Guards is of soldiers used for just ceremonial duties. The Drum Horse in the Fountain demonstrates how far from the mark is this image. It captures the careers, accomplishments, follies and the occasional crimes of over three hundred men who have served in the seven Regiments of the British sovereign's personal troops.


Hardback, 22/08/2019, £20.00

Stalin's Englishman: The Lives of Guy Burgess

Hardback, 10/09/2015, £25.00
The extraordinary true story of Guy Burgess, the man at the heart of the Cambridge Spy Ring and a linchpin of Cold War espionage.

Georgia's Frontier Women: Female Fortunes in a Southern Colony

Paperback, 15/05/2012, £24.95
Ranging from Georgia's founding in the 1730s until the American Revolution, Marsh's history tells a complex story of narrowing opportunities for women as the colony evolved toward stability in the face of sporadic warfare, changes in government, land speculation, and the arrival of slaves and immigrants in growing numbers.

Orphans of Empire: The Fate of London's Foundlings

Hardback, 11/04/2019, £20.00
The fascinating story of what happened to the orphaned and abandoned children of the London Foundling Hospital, and the consequences of Georgian philanthropy. From serving Britain's growing global empire in the Royal Navy, to the suffering of child workers in the Industrial Revolution, the Foundling Hospital was no simple act of charity.

Slavery and the French and Haitian Revolutionists: L'attitude de la France a l'egard de l'esclavage pendant la revolution

Paperback, 23/03/2006, £32.95
Anna Julia Cooper's dissertation, "L'Attitude de la France l'gard de l'esclavage pendant la revolution", offered a bold interpretation of the French Revolution. This English translation of her work is useful for students and scholars. It helps to better understand the story of Anna Julia Cooper and the importance of her scholarship.

Portillo's Hidden History of Britain

Hardback, 01/11/2018, £20.00
A compelling and evocative history of Britain through the stories of its `lost' or abandoned buildings, published to tie in with Channel 5's series of the same name.

Cryotron Files: The strange death of a pioneering Cold War computer scientist

Paperback, 04/04/2019, £9.99
The true life story of Dudley Buck, an American Cold War hero whose pioneering work with computer chips placed him firmly in the sights of the KGB.

Bad Queen BESS?: Libels, Secret Histories, and the Politics of Publicity in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth I

Hardback, 07/01/2016, £35.00
Explores the role of plot talk, conspiracy theory, and libellous secret history during the Elizabethan regime, analysing the back and forth between Catholic critics and William Cecil and his circle, and the effect this had on the political, cultural, intellectual, and religious history of the time, both in England, and in a wider European context.

Progresses, Pageants, and Entertainments of Queen Elizabeth I

Paperback, 23/01/2014, £28.49
The reign of Elizabeth I was a Golden Age of English culture. Part of Elizabeth's policy of 'popular monarchy' took the form of tours throughout southern England and the Midlands. In return, her hosts staged theatrical performances, pageants, and entertainments. These essays explore the Elizabethan progresses from a range of perspectives.

Stalin's Englishman: The Lives of Guy Burgess

Paperback, 02/06/2016, £10.99
The extraordinary true story of Guy Burgess, the man at the heart of the Cambridge Spy Ring and a linchpin of Cold War espionage.

Politics of Court Scandal in Early Modern England: News Culture and the Overbury Affair, 1603-1660

Paperback, 29/01/2007, £30.99
This is a detailed 2002 study of the political significance of the murder of Sir Thomas Overbury, 1613.

Eqbal Ahmad: Critical Outsider in a Turbulent Age

Hardback, 15/09/2015, £27.95
"Activist, journalist, and theorist, Eqbal Ahmad was admired by and consulted by activists and policymakers. He inspired new ways of thinking about militant Islam, the U.S. involvement in Vietnam, and the Cold War. This intellectual biography relates Ahmad's life to the political transformations that occurred globally in the second half of the twentieth century"--Provided by publisher.

Eqbal Ahmad: Critical Outsider in a Turbulent Age

Paperback, 12/09/2017, £19.95
"Activist, journalist, and theorist, Eqbal Ahmad was admired by and consulted by activists and policymakers. He inspired new ways of thinking about militant Islam, the U.S. involvement in Vietnam, and the Cold War. This intellectual biography relates Ahmad's life to the political transformations that occurred globally in the second half of the twentieth century"--Provided by publisher.

Worship, Civil War and Community, 1638-1660

Paperback, 16/06/2017, £95.00

Spycraft Secrets: An Espionage A-Z

Paperback, 01/09/2017, £9.99
Turn these pages and be immersed in the real world of James Bond: assets, black operations, double agents, triple agents ... it's all here.

1517: Martin Luther and the Invention of the Reformation

Hardback, 10/08/2017, £16.99
Did Martin Luther really post his 95 Theses to the Wittenberg Castle Church door in October 1517? Probably not, says Reformation historian Peter Marshall. But though the event might be mythic, it became one of the great defining episodes in Western history, a symbol of religious freedom of conscience which still shapes our world 500 years later.

Albert Hourani's History of the Arab Peoples

Paperback, 04/07/2017, £5.99
Albert Hourani's A History of the Arab Peoples is unsurpassed as an overview of Arab history from the rise of Islam to the late twentieth century. Going far beyond political history, it provides a deep analysis of social, cultural and economic structures.

Chinua Achebe's An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's Heart of Darkness

Paperback, 15/07/2017, £5.99
Few works of scholarship have so comprehensively recast an existing debate as Chinua Achebe's essay on Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.

Frank Dikotter's Mao's Great Famine

Paperback, 05/07/2017, £5.99
Dikotter's 2010 masterpiece catalogues the tragedy and the cover-up of the hideous famine caused by the Great Leap Forward-Mao Zedong's disastrous attempt to jumpstart industrialization in China in the late 1950s.

Geoffrey Parker's Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century

Paperback, 04/07/2017, £5.99
Geoffrey Parker spent 15 years writing this ambitious history of the tumultuous 17th century, a period in the grip of what historians term the General Crisis (2013).

Mahmood Mamdani's Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism

Paperback, 05/07/2017, £5.99
In Citizen and Subject, Mahmood Mamdani challenges dominant views of the crisis of postcolonial Africa, particularly that the problems the continent faces are home grown. Citizen and Subject insists that the current crisis is the institutional legacy of colonialism.

George Lefebvre's The Coming of the French Revolution

Paperback, 15/07/2017, £5.99
Four social groups brought down the French monarchy. Why? Because in 1789 each of these very different groups had compelling reasons to defy royal authority.

China Since 1949

Paperback, 26/05/2011, £14.99

After Ireland: Irish Literature Since 1945 and the Failed Republic

Hardback, 12/10/2017, £25.00
A magisterial survey of the ways in which postwar Irish writers have witnessed the frustration of the promise of Irish independence.

History of the Present

7, 19/06/2000, £8.99
Amounting to a history of Central Europe after the collapse of soviet control, Ash joins the East Germans in their decisive vote for unification, visiting the former leader in prison, accompanies the Poles on their roller-coaster ride to democracy, travels through the killing fields of Kosovo and more.

We the People: The Revolution of '89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Be

Paperback, 28/10/1999, £7.99
On 4 June 1989 the Communist regime in Warsaw collapsed as Solidarity won the election, 12 days later Imre Nagy was buried in Budapest, 31 years after his execution. The Berlin Wall came down and in Prague, Vaclav Havel masterminded the Velvet Revolution. The author was witness to all these events.

Double Cross in Cairo: The True Story of the Spy Who Changed the Tide of War in the Middle East

Hardback, 07/01/2015, £20.00
Using declassified files, Nigel West explores the heroic exploits of one of the Second World War's most closely guarded secrets.

Cromwell at War: The Lord General and His Military Revolution

Hardback, 30/06/2017, £25.00
Oliver Cromwell was arguably the most significant political figure in the early modern history of the British Isles. Yet he was also a military leader, with significant battlefield victories to his credit.

Mortal Crimes: The Greatest Theft in History - The Soviet Penetration of the Manhattan Project

Paperback, 15/01/2005, £16.99
development of the atomic bomb * Written by renowned, prize-winning author Nigel West * The full story of Soviet espionage related for the first time 'West's book makes an important contribution to espionage studies' - Publishers Weekly In September 1945 Igor Gouzenko, a cipher clerk based at Ottawa's Soviet embassy, traded a batch of ...

Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire

Paperback, 19/07/2017, £14.99
An entirely new account of the transformation of the imperial order after World War I, recovering the crucial role of the League of Nations in setting up international governance of colonial territories seized from the defeated powers, and showing how the actions of the League shaped the modern world of nation states.

Uncommon Reader: A Life of Edward Garnett

Hardback, 02/11/2017, £30.00
Over a career spanning nearly fifty years Edward Garnett - editor, critic and publisher's reader - would become one of the most influential men in twentieth-century British literature.

Diary of an Ordinary Schoolgirl

Hardback, 07/12/2017, £10.99
24 July, SaturdayBought a pair of shorts - white, very short with two pockets. Algebra, 6th = 74%. Latin = 55% Thrilled! Eng Literature, Top = 79% but Lang. 4th = 60%. History top = 85% smashing! French 12th = 61%. Geography, disgusting, 2nd = 67%.

State of the Middle East

7, 01/10/2006, £12.99
Provides an understanding the Middle East and its pivotal role in global politics. The author uses his forensic skills to unravel the history of this arena of confrontation and instability. He highlights key issues and maps their global implication to explain why the Middle East has become, and will remain, the focal point for foreign policy.

Fishers of Men

Paperback, 07/09/2017, £8.99

1947: when now begins

Hardback, 20/10/2017, £16.99

Combined Operations: A Global History of Amphibious and Airborne Warfare

Paperback, 15/09/2017, £23.95
This compelling book provides the first broad history of the evolution of combined operations since antiquity. Leading scholar Jeremy Black provides a balanced assessment of strategic, operational, and technical developments over time, considering both the potential and limitations of amphibious and airborne warfare-past, present, and future.



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