Signed Books - Save 50%
Secure Payments
Payment Method

Modern History

View as
Sort by
Display per page

British Imperialism 1688-2000

7, 17/08/2001, £37.99
In the new single-volume edition of this groundbreaking history of the Empire, Professors Cain and Hopkins have refurbished and further developed their strong and provocative arguments. The text includes a substantive new introduction and conclusion, and an original discussion of globalization.

The Lost Pianos of Siberia: A Sunday Times Book of 2020

Paperback, 28/01/2021, £10.99
That they might be capable of making music in such a hostile landscape feels like a miracle. The Lost Pianos of Siberia is an absorbing story about a piano hunt - a quixotic quest through two centuries of Russian history and eight time zones stretching across an eleventh of the world's land surface.

Blood and Diamonds: Germany's Imperial Ambitions in Africa

Hardback, 06/04/2021, £28.95
The history of mass-market diamonds goes back to German imperialism in Southwest Africa. Corporate power and state violence combined in the genocide of the Herero and Nama peoples, whose mineral-rich land supplied budding consumer demand in the United States. Steven Press makes clear that mass luxury has always come at a huge price.


Paperback, 03/02/2015, £10.99

Endpapers: A Family Story of Books, War, Escape and Home

Hardback, 04/03/2021, £20.00
A powerful portrait of a Jewish German family divided by exile, abandonment and emigration.

The Bad Trip: Dark Omens, New Worlds and the End of the Sixties

Paperback, 04/03/2021, £9.99
An intriguing, first-of-its-kind cultural history of the turn of the 1960s

Gwen Raverat: Friends, Family and Affections

Paperback, 25/02/2021, £16.99
'The best of these Darwins is that they are cut out of rock - three taps is enough to convince one how immense is their solidarity.' So wrote Virginia Woolf affectionately of Gwen Raverat, the granddaughter of Charles Darwin. In this first full biography, Frances Spalding looks beyond the artist Gwen Raverat's childhood memoir;

The Partition: Ireland Divided, 1885-1925

Hardback, 01/04/2021, £25.00

Blood and Iron: The Rise and Fall of the German Empire 1871-1918

Hardback, 14/01/2021, £14.99
The enthralling story of the German Empire, from its violent rise to its spectacular fall

The Great Crash 1929

Paperback, 06/05/2021, £9.99

Frostquake: The frozen winter of 1962 and how Britain emerged a different country

Hardback, 04/02/2021, £18.99
'Juliet Nicolson is brilliant at recapturing mood, moment and character . That spring, new life was unleashed, along with freedoms we take for granted today. 'Frostquake is wholly remarkable .

The Ulster Unionist Party: Country Before Party?

Hardback, 03/01/2019, £63.00
This volume provides the first-ever membership study of the Ulster Unionist Party.

evolution of troubles

01/06/2007, £45.00

Britain'S Korean War: Cold War Diplomacy, Strategy and Security 1950-53

Hardback, 30/11/2013, £80.00
This book investigates the UK's experience as a junior partner in the only Cold war conflict where some of the main protagonists confronted each other on the battlefield. The author assesses the strains within the 'Special Relationship' between London and Washington and offers a new perspective on the limits and successes of British influence. -- .

A General History of the Lives, Murders and Adventures of the Most Notorious Pirates

Hardback, 24/09/2020, £20.00
This new edition of the most influential book about pirates ever written presents twenty action-packed biographies of the likes of Blackbeard and Captain Kidd along with the celebrated female pirates Mary Reed and Anne Bonny. A classic from 1724 brought back to life with extra material from the Library collections.

Imperial Nostalgia

Paperback, 12/07/2021, £14.99
A short, polemical study of the persistence of imperial nostalgia in modern British culture, politics, heritage and media. -- .

Breaking Things at Work: The Luddites Are Right About Why You Hate Your Job

Paperback, 09/02/2021, £9.99
A manifesto for the neo-luddite revolution: an exhilarating challenge to the way we think about work, technology, progress, and what we want from the future

Liberalism at Large: The World According to the Economist

Paperback, 23/03/2021, £16.99
Path-breaking history of modern liberalism told through the pages of one of its most zealous supporters

The Shadow of the Mine: Coal and the End of Industrial Britain

Hardback, 28/06/2021, £20.00
The rise and fall of Britain's most important industry

Going to My Father's House: A History of My Times

Hardback, 06/07/2021, £20.00
A historian's personal journey in the complex questions of immigration, home and nation.

One Man's Terrorist: A Political History of the IRA

Paperback, 29/06/2021, £9.99
A history of "the Troubles": the radical politics of Republicanism.

I Want You to Know We're Still Here: My family, the Holocaust and my search for truth

Paperback, 21/01/2021, £9.99
A BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK 'Esther Safran Foer has written of her family in a way that is both uniquely and heartbreakingly her story and a deeply important testament for Ashkenazi Jews. Her memories are our important history.' Robert Peston, ITV Political Editor

London and the Seventeenth Century: The Making of the World's Greatest City

Hardback, 02/02/2021, £25.00
The first comprehensive history of seventeenth-century London, told through the lives of those who experienced it

Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution

Hardback, 02/11/2015, £29.95
Published to coincide with a major exhibition at the National Maritime Museum to mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, this book centres on Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), the famous diarist and the greatest administrator of the Stuart Age.

A Short History of the Vietnam War

Hardback, 06/05/2021, £18.99

The Vietnam War: The Definitive Illustrated History

Hardback, 06/05/2021, £25.00

Attlee and Churchill: Allies in War, Adversaries in Peace

Paperback, 30/10/2020, £10.99
A groundbreaking and revealing portrait of two of the greatest British political leaders by a prize-winning historian.

Statesman of Europe: A Life of Sir Edward Grey

Hardback, 05/11/2020, £35.00

The Good Sharps: The Brothers and Sisters Who Remade Their World

Hardback, 23/07/2020, £25.00
The enthralling story of an eighteenth-century family and their extraordinary achievements. 'A luminous and detailed account of the lives of this unique family and the turbulent times they navigated .

A People's History of Europe: From World War I to Today

Paperback, 20/02/2021, £16.99
A concise people's history of Europe spanning from the First World War to today

Time Traveller's Guide to Regency Britain

Hardback, 12/11/2020, £20.00

This Sporting Life: Sport and Liberty in England, 1760-1960

Hardback, 09/07/2020, £25.00
This Sporting Life offers an important view of England's cultural history through its sporting pursuits, carrying the reader to a match or a hunt or a fight, viscerally drawing a portrait of the sounds and smells, and showing that sport has been as important in defining British culture as gender, politics, education, class, and religion.

Escape Artist: The Nine Lives of Harry Perry Robinson

Hardback, 27/08/2020, £20.00
The life of Harry Perry Robinson-a born adventurer, a master of reinvention, and the ultimate witness to history. From a stint in the gold mines and helping to elect a US president, to the First World War and the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb.

London's West End: Creating the Pleasure District, 1800-1914

Hardback, 20/08/2020, £30.00
The first history of the West End of London, showing how the nineteenth-century growth of theatres, opera houses, galleries, restaurants, department stores, casinos, exhibition centres, night clubs, street life, and the sex industry shaped modern culture and consumer society, and made London a world centre of entertainment and glamour.

Westering Women & the Frontier

Paperback, 15/10/1982, £26.50

Progresses, Pageants, and Entertainments of Queen Elizabeth I

Paperback, 23/01/2014, £38.99
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.

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

Hardback, 07/01/2016, £43.49
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.

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

Paperback, 29/01/2007, £33.99
This is a detailed 2002 study of the political significance of the murder of Sir Thomas Overbury, 1613.


Canterbury Festival 2020
  Canterbury Festival