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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.

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, £37.95
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mountbattens: Their Lives & Loves

Hardback, 22/08/2019, £25.00

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.

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?

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 .

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.

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.

Counterinsurgency: Exposing the Myths of the New Way of War

Paperback, 11/07/2013, £22.99
Douglas Porch's sweeping history of counterinsurgency campaigns, ranging from nineteenth-century colonial conquests to General Petraeus' 'Surge' in Iraq, challenges the contemporary mythologising of counterinsurgency as a humane way of war. The reality, he reveals, is that 'hearts and minds' has never been a recipe for lasting stability.

Plague in the Early Modern World: A Documentary History

Paperback, 18/01/2019, £34.99
"Plague in the Early Modern World presents a broad range of primary source materials from Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, China, India, and North America that explore the nature and impact of plague and disease in the early modern world"--

Reformation of Feeling: Shaping the Religious Emotions in Early Modern Germany

Paperback, 27/12/2012, £34.49
In The Reformation of Feeling, Susan Karant-Nunn looks beyond and beneath the formal doctrinal and moral demands of the Reformation in Germany to examine the emotional tenor of the programs that the emerging creeds-revised Catholicism, Lutheranism, and Calvinism/Reformed theology-developed for their members.

Oxford History of Life Writing: Volume 2. Early Modern

Hardback, 31/05/2018, £36.99
Explores life-writing in England between 1500 and 1700, and argues that this was a period which saw remarkable innovations in biography, autobiography, and diary-keeping that laid the foundations for our modern life-writing.

Materialities of Ritual in the Black Atlantic

Hardback, 03/10/2014, £56.00
Focusing on everyday rituals, this book includes essays that look at spheres of social action and the places throughout the Atlantic world where African-descended communities have expressed their values, ideas, beliefs, and spirituality in material terms.

In Extremis: The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin

Paperback, 25/07/2019, £9.99
The gripping life story of the great war correspondent Marie Colvin told by one of her closest friendsMarie Colvin was glamorous, hard-drinking, braver than the boys, with a troubled and rackety personal life.

Darker Side of Western Modernity: Global Futures, Decolonial Options

Paperback, 16/12/2011, £24.99
Walter D. Mignolo analyzes the "colonial logic" that has driven five hundred years of Western imperialism, from colonialism through neoliberalism

Making Youth: A History of Youth in Modern Britain

Paperback, 01/12/2016, £26.99
This new study explores how British youth was made, and how it made itself, over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Highlighting both change and striking continuity, Melanie Tebbutt traces the origins and development of key themes and debates in the history of modern British youth.

Oblivion or Glory: 1921 and the Making of Winston Churchill

Hardback, 24/09/2019, £20.00
An engaging and original account of 1921, a pivotal year for Churchill that had a lasting impact on his political and personal legacy

We Fight Fascists: The 43 Group and Their Forgotten Battle for Post War Britain

Hardback, 22/10/2019, £20.00
The story of the Jewish ex-servicemen who fought against Oswald Mosley after World War II

Maoism: A Global History

Paperback, 12/03/2020, £12.99
'A landmark work giving a global panorama of Mao's ideology filled with historic events and enlivened by striking characters' Jonathan Fenby Since the 1980s, China seems to have abandoned the utopian turmoil of Mao's revolution in favour of authoritarian capitalism.

Nanny State Made Me: A Story of Britain and How to Save it

Hardback, 05/03/2020, £20.00
'He is as funny as Bryson and as wise as Orwell' Observer It was the spirit of our finest hour, the backbone of our post-war greatness, and it promoted some of the boldest and most brilliant schemes this isle has ever produced: it was the Welfare State, and it made you and I.

Empress of the East: How a Slave Girl Became Queen of the Ottoman Empire

Paperback, 07/01/2020, £12.99
The extraordinary story of a slave-girl who rose from concubine to become the Ottoman Empire's only queen.

Who Dares Wins: Britain, 1979-1982

Hardback, 26/09/2019, £35.00

Ernest Bevin: Labour's Churchill

Hardback, 18/06/2020, £20.00
In this major, wide-ranging new biography Andrew Adonis brings to life one of our greatest statesmen - a politician whose light is often unjustly hidden beneath that of his more celebrated contemporaries.

Prince Albert: The Man Who Saved the Monarchy

Hardback, 05/09/2019, £25.00
The magnificent and definitive biography of Prince Albert, by one of Britain's best biographers and the author of Victoria: A Life.

The Human Factor: Gorbachev, Reagan, and Thatcher, and the End of the Cold War

Hardback, 07/04/2020, £25.00
The Human Factor tells the dramatic story about the part played by political leaders - particularly the three very different personalities of Gorbachev, Reagan and Thatcher - in ending the standoff that threatened the future of all humanity

Royal Witches: From Joan of Navarre to Elizabeth Woodville

Paperback, 07/10/2019, £16.99
The first full exploration of the accusations of malicious witchcraft that plagued the lives of four royal women, and the Woodville line, for centuries

The Decanter: Ancient to Modern

Hardback, 01/07/2017, £75.00
The definitive work on the subject and an essential reference book, this revised edition has new chapters on The First Glass, Art Deco, Modernism, Post Modernism, Cocktail Shakers as well as 2,000 new images.


Paperback, 01/01/1999, £12.99

The Lockhart Plot: Love, Betrayal, Assassination and Counter-Revolution in Lenin's Russia

Hardback, 13/08/2020, £25.00
This is the extraordinary story of the British plot in the summer of 1918 to overthrow the Bolshevik government in Russia, murder the Bolshevik leaders, and install a new government in Moscow that would re-open the war against the Germans on the Eastern Front.

The Napoleonic Wars: A Global History

Hardback, 15/02/2020, £25.99
The first truly global history of the Napoleonic Wars, arguably the first world war.

Winston Churchill: A Life in the News

Hardback, 13/08/2020, £25.00
A books which traces Churchill's life in the news from cradle to grave, showing how tensions between tradition and novelty played into his constantly evolving media image.
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