• French Revolution
    French Revolution
    ISBN: 9781846685415
    Title: French Revolution
    Author: DAVIDSON IAN

    The fall of the Bastille on July 14, 1789 has become the commemorative symbol of the French Revolution. But this violent and random act was unrepresentative of the real work of the early revolution, which was taking place ten miles west of Paris, in Versailles. There, the nobles, clergy and commoners of France had just declared themselves a republic, toppling a rotten system of aristocratic privilege and altering the course of history forever.

    The Revolution was led not by angry mobs, but by the best and brightest of France's growing bourgeoisie: young, educated, ambitious. Their aim was not to destroy, but to build a better state. In just three months they drew up a Declaration of the Rights of Man, which was to become the archetype of all subsequent Declarations worldwide, and they instituted a system of locally elected administration for France which still survives today. They were determined to create an entirely new system of government, based on rights, equality and the rule of law. In the first three years of the Revolution they went a long way toward doing so. Then came Robespierre, the Terror and unspeakable acts of barbarism.

    In a clear, dispassionate and fast-moving narrative, Ian Davidson shows how and why the Revolutionaries, in just five years, spiralled from the best of the Enlightenment to tyranny and the Terror. The book reminds us that the Revolution was both an inspiration of the finest principles of a new democracy and an awful warning of what can happen when idealism goes wrong.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • From Here to Eternity: Travelling the World to Find the Good Death
    From Here to Eternity: Travelling the World to Find the Good Death
    ISBN: 9781474606530
    Title: From Here to Eternity: Travelling the World to Find the Good Death

    As a practising mortician, Caitlin Doughty has long been fascinated by our pervasive terror of dead bodies. In From Here to Eternity she sets out in search of cultures unburdened by such fears. With curiosity and morbid humour, Doughty introduces us to inspiring death-care innovators, participates in powerful death practices almost entirely unknown in the West and explores new spaces for mourning - including a futuristic glowing-Buddha columbarium in Japan, a candlelit Mexican cemetery, and America's only open-air pyre. In doing so she expands our sense of what it means to treat the dead with 'dignity' and reveals unexpected possibilities for our own death rituals.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • General Theory of Love
    General Theory of Love
    ISBN: 9780375709227
    Title: General Theory of Love
    Author: LEWIS THOMAS

    Drawing comparisons to the most eloquent science writing of our day, three eminent psychiatrists tackle the difficult task of reconciling what artists and thinkers have known for thousands of years about the human heart with what has only recently been learned about the primitive functions of the human brain. The result is an original, lucid, at times moving account of the complexities of love and its essential role in human well-being. A General Theory of Love draws on the latest scientific research to demonstrate that our nervous systems are not self-contained: from earliest childhood, our brains actually link with those of the people close to us, in a silent rhythm that alters the very structure of our brains, establishes life-long emotional patterns, and makes us, in large part, who we are. Explaining how relationships function, how parents shape their child's developing self, how psychotherapy really works, and how our society dangerously flouts essential emotional laws, this is a work of rare passion and eloquence that will forever change the way you think about human intimacy.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Genghis Khan: The Man Who Conquered the World
    Genghis Khan: The Man Who Conquered the World
    ISBN: 9781784703509
    Title: Genghis Khan: The Man Who Conquered the World
    Author: MCLYNN FRANK

    The greatest story of military conquest in history from a 'master storyteller'. ("Guardian")
    Genghis Khan was by far the greatest conqueror the world has ever known, whose empire stretched from the Pacific Ocean to central Europe, including all of China, the Middle East and Russia. So how did an illiterate nomad rise to such colossal power, eclipsing Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and Napoleon? Credited by some with paving the way for the Renaissance, condemned by others for being the most heinous murderer in history, who was Genghis Khan?
    His actual name was Temujin, and the story of his success is that of the Mongol people: a loose collection of fractious tribes who tended livestock, considered bathing taboo and possessed an unparallelled genius for horseback warfare. United under Genghis, a strategist of astonishing cunning and versatility, they could dominate any sedentary society they chose.
    Combining fast-paced accounts of battles with rich cultural background and the latest scholarship, Frank McLynn brings vividly to life the strange world of the Mongols, describes Temujin's rise from boyhood outcast to become Genghis Khan, and provides the most accurate and absorbing account yet of one of the most powerful men ever to have lived.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • German Genius
    German Genius
    ISBN: 9781416526155
    Title: German Genius
    Author: WATSON PETER

    From the end of the Baroque age and the death of Bach in 1750 to the rise of Hitler in 1933, Germany was transformed from a poor relation among western nations into a dominant intellectual and cultural force more influential than France, Britain, Italy, Holland, and the United States. In the early decades of the 20th century, German artists, writers, philosophers, scientists, and engineers were leading their freshly-unified country to new and undreamed of heights, and by 1933, they had won more Nobel prizes than anyone else and more than the British and Americans combined. But this genius was cut down in its prime with the rise and subsequent fall of Adolf Hitler and his fascist Third Reich-a legacy of evil that has overshadowed the nation's contributions ever since.

    Yet how did the Germans achieve their pre-eminence beginning in the mid-18th century? In this fascinating cultural history, Peter Watson goes back through time to explore the origins of the German genius, how it flourished and shaped our lives, and, most importantly, to reveal how it continues to shape our world. As he convincingly demonstarates, while we may hold other European cultures in higher esteem, it was German thinking-from Bach to Nietzsche to Freud-that actually shaped modern America and Britain in ways that resonate today.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
  • Germania
    ISBN: 9781529026153
    Title: Germania
    Author: WINDER SIMON

    The Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller

    Germania is a very personal guide to the Germany that Simon Winder loves. Equally passionate about the region's history, folklore, cuisine, architecture and landscape, Winder describes Germany's past afresh - and in doing so sees a country much like our own: Protestant, aggressive and committed to eating some very strange food. This accessible, enthusiastic and startlingly vivid account is a brilliant introduction to the hidden wonders of Germany.

    'It made me laugh so hard that I woke up my wife and had to give up reading the book in bed. If Bill Bryson had collaborated with W. G. Sebald to write a book about Germany, they might have wound up with something like this' Sunday Times

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Germany: Memories of a Nation
    Germany: Memories of a Nation
    ISBN: 9780141979786
    Title: Germany: Memories of a Nation

    From Neil MacGregor, the author of A History of the World in 100 Objects, this is a view of Germany like no other For the past 140 years, Germany has been the central power in continental Europe. Twenty-five years ago a new German state came into being. How much do we really understand this new Germany, and how do its people now understand themselves? Neil MacGregor argues that uniquely for any European country, no coherent, over-arching narrative of Germany's history can be constructed, for in Germany both geography and history have always been unstable. Its frontiers have constantly floated. Konigsberg, home to the greatest German philosopher, Immanuel Kant, is now Kaliningrad, Russia; Strasbourg, in whose cathedral Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Germany's greatest writer, discovered the distinctiveness of his country's art and history, now lies within the borders of France. For most of the five hundred years covered by this book Germany has been composed of many separate political units, each with a distinct history. And any comfortable national story Germans might have told themselves before 1914 was destroyed by the events of the following thirty years. German history may be inherently fragmented, but it contains a large number of widely shared memories, awarenesses and experiences; examining some of these is the purpose of this book. Beginning with the fifteenth-century invention of modern printing by Gutenberg, MacGregor chooses objects and ideas, people and places which still resonate in the new Germany - porcelain from Dresden and rubble from its ruins, Bauhaus design and the German sausage, the crown of Charlemagne and the gates of Buchenwald - to show us something of its collective imagination. There has never been a book about Germany quite like it."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through a Country's Hidden Past
    Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through a Country's Hidden Past
    ISBN: 9780571279395
    Title: Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through a Country's Hidden Past

    Spaniards are reputed to be amongst Europe's most forthright people. So why have they kept silent about the terrors of their Civil War and the rule of General Franco? This apparent 'pact of forgetting' inspired writer Giles Tremlett to embark on a journey around Spain and its history. He found the ghosts of Spain everywhere, almost always arguing. Who caused the Civil War? Why do Basque terrorists kill? Why do Catalans hate Madrid? Did the Islamist bombers who killed 190 people in 2004 dream of a return to Spain's Moorish past? Tremlett's curiosity led him down some strange and colourful byroads, and brought him unexpected insights into the Spanish character.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Glamour Boys: The Secret Story of the Rebels Who Fought for Britain to Defeat Hitler
    Glamour Boys: The Secret Story of the Rebels Who Fought for Britain to Defeat Hitler
    ISBN: 9781526630551
    Title: Glamour Boys: The Secret Story of the Rebels Who Fought for Britain to Defeat Hitler
    Author: BRYANT CHRIS

    A story of unsung bravery at a defining moment in Britain's history'A compelling picture of a glamorous, gossipy, unstable world of concealment and enjoyment - and the bravery of a group of gay MPs . . . Fills an important historical gap' Neil MacGregor'A must-read' Owen Jones'A fascinating, beautifully written story I had never heard before' Hugh GrantWe like to think we know the story of how Britain went to war with Germany in 1939, but there is one chapter that has never been told. In the early 1930s, a group of young, queer British MPs visited Berlin on a series of trips that would change the course of the Second World War. As Hitler rose to power, they watched the Nazis arrest their gay and Jewish friends, send them to concentration camps and murder them. These men were some of the first to warn Britain about Hitler, repeatedly speaking out against their government's policy of appeasing him. Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain hated them. Branding them 'the glamour boys', he had them followed, harassed, spied upon and derided in the press. They suffered abuse, innuendo and threats of de-selection. At a time when even the suggestion of homosexuality could land you in prison, the bravery these men were forced to show in their personal lives gave them extraordinary courage in public. Adept at hiding their true nature, some became talented spies, while others witnessed the brutality of Hitler's camps first hand. Four of them died in action. And without them, this country would never have faced down the Nazis. Based on years of archival research, this is a story of unsung bravery at a defining moment in Britain's history.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • God of Small Things
    God of Small Things
    ISBN: 9780006550686
    Title: God of Small Things

    Set against a background of political turbulence in Kerala, this is the story of twins Esthappen and Rahel who try to craft a childhood for themselves amongst the vats of banana jam and heaps of peppercorns in their grandmother's factory.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • God's Englishman: Oliver Cromwell & the English Revolution
    God's Englishman: Oliver Cromwell & the English Revolution
    ISBN: 9780141990095
    Title: God's Englishman: Oliver Cromwell & the English Revolution

    A nuanced biography of Oliver Cromwell, breaking down Cromwell's life into different parts- fenland farmer and humble backbencher; stalwart of the good old cause and the New Model Army; key figure of the Commonwealth; and finally Lord Protector. Hill leads the reader unsentimentally through Cromwell's life from his beginnings in Huntingdonshire to his brutal end. Hill brings all his considerable knowledge of the period to bear on the relationships 'God's Englishman' had with God and England. Such a detailed understanding of the workings of providence is vital to understanding Cromwell.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Going Home: A Walk Through Fifty Years of Occupation
    Going Home: A Walk Through Fifty Years of Occupation
    ISBN: 9781788163071
    Title: Going Home: A Walk Through Fifty Years of Occupation

    Raja Shehadeh reflects on ageing, failure, the occupation, and the changing face of Ramallah.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Golden Maze
    Golden Maze
    ISBN: 9780733335266
    Title: Golden Maze

    Beloved ABC broadcaster and bestselling author of Ghost Empire and Saga Land, Richard Fidler is back with a personally curated history of the magical city that is Prague.

    In 1989, Richard Fidler was living in London as part of the provocative Australian comedy trio The Doug Anthony All Stars when revolution broke out across Europe. Excited by this galvanising historic, human, moment, he travelled to Prague, where a decrepit police state was being overthrown by crowds of ecstatic citizens. His experience of the Velvet Revolution never let go of him.

    Thirty years later Fidler returns to Prague to uncover the glorious and grotesque history of Europe's most instagrammed and uncanny city: a jumble of gothic towers, baroque palaces and zig-zag lanes that has survived plagues, pogroms, Nazi terror and Soviet tanks. Founded in the ninth Century, Prague gave the world the golem, the robot, and the world's biggest statue of Stalin, a behemoth that killed almost everyone who touched it.

    Fidler tells the story of the reclusive emperor who brought the world's most brilliant minds to Prague Castle to uncover the occult secrets of the universe. He explores the Black Palace, the wartime headquarters of the Nazi SS, and he meets victims of the communist secret police. Reaching back into Prague's mythic past, he finds the city's founder, the pagan priestess Libussa who prophesised: I see a city whose glory will touch the stars.

    Following the story of Prague from its origins in medieval darkness to its uncertain present, Fidler does what he does so well - curates an absolutely engaging and compelling history of a place. You will learn things you never knew, with a tour guide who is erudite, inquisitive, and the best storyteller you could have as your companion.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
  • Great Cities Through Travellers' Eyes
    Great Cities Through Travellers' Eyes
    ISBN: 9780500294093
    Title: Great Cities Through Travellers' Eyes

    Throughout history, intrepid men and women have related their experiences and perceptions of the world's great cities to bring them alive to those at home. The thirty-eight cities covered in this entertaining anthology of travellers' tales are spread over six continents, ranging from Beijing to Berlin, Cairo to Chicago, Lhasa to London, St Petersburg to Sydney and Rio to Rome. This volume features commentators across the millennia, including the great travellers of ancient times, such as Strabo and Pausanias; those who undertook extensive journeys in the medieval world, not least Marco Polo and Ibn Battuta; courageous women such as Isabella Bird and Freya Stark; and enterprising writers and journalists including Mark Twain and Norman Lewis. We see the world's great cities through the eyes of traders, explorers, soldiers, diplomats, pilgrims and tourists; the experiences of emperors and monarchs sit alongside those of revolutionaries and artists, but also those of ordinary people who found themselves in remarkable situations, like the medieval Chinese abbot who was shown round the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris by the King of France himself. Some of the writers seek to provide a straightforward, accurate description of all they have seen, while others concentrate on their subjective experiences of the city and encounters with the inhabitants. Introduced and contextualized by bestselling historian Peter Furtado, each account provides both a vivid portrait of a distant place and time and an insight into those who journeyed there. The result is a book that delves into the splendours and stories that exist beyond conventional guidebooks and websites.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Great Diaries: The World's Greatest Diaries, Notebooks, & Letters Explored & Explained
    Great Diaries: The World's Greatest Diaries, Notebooks, & Letters Explored & Explained
    ISBN: 9780241412947
    Title: Great Diaries: The World's Greatest Diaries, Notebooks, & Letters Explored & Explained

    Travel back in time and witness both everyday life and great moments in history in this fascinating compilation of diaries through the ages.

    Great Diaries traces the history of the diary in all its forms, from ancient times to the present day. It brings together historical and literary diaries, artists' sketchbooks, explorers' journals, and scientists' notebooks. Discover what is was life to build a pyramid, sail the seas with Magellan, travel into the heart of Africa, or serve on the Western Front. Find out how writers and artists planned their masterpieces and how scientists developed their groundbreaking theories.

    Great Diaries explores the world's greatest diaries and notebooks, including those of Samuel Pepys, Charles Darwin, Virginia Woolf, and Anne Frank. Stunning images of the original diaries and journals are complemented by key extracts and close-ups of important details. Feature boxes provide additional biographical information and set the works in their cultural and historical context.

    Essential reading for everyone who is passionate about history and literature, Great Diaries provides an intimate insight into the lives and thoughts of some of the most interesting people of the last two thousand years.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $48.00
  • Gresham's Law: The Life and World of Queen Elizabeth I's Banker
    Gresham's Law: The Life and World of Queen Elizabeth I's Banker
    ISBN: 9781788162371
    Title: Gresham's Law: The Life and World of Queen Elizabeth I's Banker
    Author: GUY JOHN

    Banker, gaoler, smuggler, spy: the many lives of a Tudor power-broker.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation Vol 1
    Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation Vol 1
    ISBN: 9780061253713
    Title: Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation Vol 1

    Volume 1 of the gripping epic masterpiece, Solzhenitsyn's chilling report of his arrest and interrogation, which exposed to the world the vast bureaucracy of secret police that haunted Soviet society

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation Vol 2
    Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation Vol 2
    ISBN: 9780061253720
    Title: Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation Vol 2


    "It is impossible to name a book that had a greater effect on the political and moral consciousness of the late twentieth century." --David Remnick, The New Yorker

    The Nobel Prize winner's towering masterpiece of world literature, the searing record of four decades of terror and oppression, in one abridged volume (authorized by the author). Features a new foreword by Anne Applebaum.

    Drawing on his own experiences before, during and after his eleven years of incarceration and exile, on evidence provided by more than 200 fellow prisoners, and on Soviet archives, Solzhenitsyn reveals with torrential narrative and dramatic power the entire apparatus of Soviet repression, the state within the state that once ruled all-powerfully with its creation by Lenin in 1918. Through truly Shakespearean portraits of its victims-this man, that woman, that child-we encounter the secret police operations, the labor camps and prisons, the uprooting or extermination of whole populations, the "welcome" that awaited Russian soldiers who had been German prisoners of war. Yet we also witness astounding moral courage, the incorruptibility with which the occasional individual or a few scattered groups, all defenseless, endured brutality and degradation. And Solzhenitsyn's genius has transmuted this grisly indictment into a literary miracle.

    "The greatest and most powerful single indictment of a political regime ever leveled in modern times." --George F. Kennan

    "Solzhenitsyn's masterpiece. ... The Gulag Archipelago helped create the world we live in today." --Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gulag: A History, from the foreword

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $44.00
  • Guns, Germs & Steel
    Guns, Germs & Steel
    ISBN: 9780099302780
    Title: Guns, Germs & Steel

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize In this groundbreaking work, evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors actually responsible for history?'s broadest patterns. It is a story that spans 13,000 years of human history, beginning when Stone Age hunter-gatherers constituted the entire human population. Guns, Germs, and Steel is a world history that really is a history of all the world?'s peoples, a unified narrative of human life.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Habsburg Empire: A New History
    Habsburg Empire: A New History
    ISBN: 9780674986763
    Title: Habsburg Empire: A New History

    In a panoramic and pioneering reappraisal, Pieter M. Judson shows why the Habsburg Empire mattered so much, for so long, to millions of Central Europeans.Rejecting fragmented histories of nations in the making, this bold revision surveys the shared institutions that bridged difference and distance to bring stability and meaning to the far-flung empire. By supporting new schools, law courts, and railroads, along with scientific and artistic advances, the Habsburg monarchs sought to anchor their authority in the cultures and economies of Central Europe. A rising standard of living throughout the empire deepened the legitimacy of Habsburg rule, as citizens learned to use the empire's administrative machinery to their local advantage. Nationalists developed distinctive ideas about cultural difference in the context of imperial institutions, yet all of them claimed the Habsburg state as their empire.The empire's creative solutions to governing its many lands and peoples-as well as the intractable problems it could not solve-left an enduring imprint on its successor states in Central Europe. Its lessons remain no less important today.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $52.00
  • Habsburgs The Rise & Fall of a World Power
    Habsburgs The Rise & Fall of a World Power
    ISBN: 9780241332627
    Title: Habsburgs The Rise & Fall of a World Power
    Author: RADY MARTYN

    In The Habsburgs, Martyn Rady tells the epic story of a dynasty and the world they built - and then lost - over nearly a millennium. From modest origins, the Habsburgs grew in power to gain control of the Holy Roman Empire in the fifteenth century. Then, in just a few decades, their possessions rapidly expanded to take in a large part of Europe stretching from Hungary to Spain, and parts of the New World and the Far East. The Habsburgs continued to dominate Central Europe throughout the First World War.

    Historians often depict the Habsburgs as leaders of a ramshackle empire. But Rady reveals their enduring power, driven by the belief that they were destined to rule the world as defenders of the Roman Catholic Church, guarantors of peace and patrons of learning. The Habsburgs is the definitive history of a remarkable dynasty that forever changed Europe and the world.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $70.00
  • Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present
    Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present
    ISBN: 9781472154941
    Title: Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present
    Author: TREUER DAVID




    Named a best book of 2019 by& The New York Times,& TIME,& The Washington Post,
    & NPR,& Hudson Booksellers,& The New York Public Library,& The Dallas Morning News,& and& Library Journal.

    "Chapter after chapter, it's like one shattered myth after another." - NPR

    "An informed, moving and kaleidoscopic portrait... Treuer's powerful book suggests the need for soul-searching about the meanings of American history and the stories we tell ourselves about this nation's past.." - New York Times Book Review, front page

    A sweeping history--and counter-narrative--of Native American life from the Wounded Knee massacre to the present.

    The received idea of Native American history--as promulgated by books like Dee Brown's mega-bestselling 1970 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee--has been that American Indian history essentially ended with the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. Not only did one hundred fifty Sioux die at the hands of the U. S. Cavalry, the sense was, but Native civilization did as well.

    Growing up Ojibwe on a reservation in Minnesota, training as an anthropologist, and researching Native life past and present for his nonfiction and novels, David Treuer has uncovered a different narrative. Because they did not disappear--and not despite but rather because of their intense struggles to preserve their language, their traditions, their families, and their very existence--the story of American Indians since the end of the nineteenth century to the present is one of unprecedented resourcefulness and reinvention.

    In The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, Treuer melds history with reportage and memoir. Tracing the tribes' distinctive cultures from first contact, he explores how the depredations of each era spawned new modes of survival. The devastating seizures of land gave rise to increasingly sophisticated legal and political maneuvering that put the lie to the myth that Indians don't know or care about property. The forced assimilation of their children at government-run boarding schools incubated a unifying Native identity. Conscription in the US military and the pull of urban life brought Indians into the mainstream and modern times, even as it steered the emerging shape of self-rule and spawned a new generation of resistance. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee is the essential, intimate story of a resilient people in a transformative era.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Himalaya: A Human History
    Himalaya: A Human History
    ISBN: 9781847924148
    Title: Himalaya: A Human History
    Author: DOUGLAS ED

    A magisterial history of the Himalaya: an epic story of peoples, cultures, and adventures among the world's highest mountains.

    For centuries, the unique and astonishing geography of the Himalaya has attracted those in search of spiritual and literal elevation: pilgrims, adventurers, and mountaineers seeking to test themselves among the world's most spectacular and challenging peaks. But far from being wild and barren, the Himalaya has been home to a diversity of indigenous and local cultures, a crucible of world religions, a crossroads for trade, and a meeting point and conflict zone for empires past and present. In this landmark work, nearly two decades in the making, Ed Douglas makes a thrilling case for the Himalaya's importance in global history and offers a soaring account of life at the "roof of the world."

    Spanning millennia, from the earliest inhabitants to the present conflicts over Tibet and Everest, Himalaya explores history, culture, climate, geography, and politics. Douglas profiles the great kings of Kathmandu and Nepal; he describes the architects who built the towering white Stupas that distinguish Himalayan architecture; and he traces the flourishing evolution of Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism that brought Himalayan spirituality to the world. He also depicts with great drama the story of how the East India Company grappled for dominance with China's emperors, how India fought Mao's Communists, and how mass tourism and ecological transformation are obscuring the bloody legacy of the Cold War.

    Himalaya is history written on the grandest yet also the most human scale--encompassing geology and genetics, botany and art, and bursting with stories of courage and resourcefulness.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Histories of the Unexpected: The Tudors
    Histories of the Unexpected: The Tudors
    ISBN: 9781786497697
    Title: Histories of the Unexpected: The Tudors

    In this new series of short books under the Histories of the Unexpected brand, Sam Willis and James Daybell take on some of greatest historical subjects but in an entirely unexpected way.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $23.00
  • Histories of the Unexpected: The Vikings
    Histories of the Unexpected: The Vikings
    ISBN: 9781786497710
    Title: Histories of the Unexpected: The Vikings

    In this new series of short books under the Histories of the Unexpected brand, Sam Willis and James Daybell take on some of greatest historical subjects but in an entirely unexpected way.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $23.00
  • History of Ancient Asia
    History of Ancient Asia
    ISBN: 9781849311625
    Title: History of Ancient Asia

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • History of Islam in 21 Women
    History of Islam in 21 Women
    ISBN: 9781786078780
    Title: History of Islam in 21 Women

    Khadija was the first believer, to whom the Prophet Muhammad often turned for advice. At a time when strongmen quickly seized power from any female Muslim ruler, Arwa of Yemen reigned alone for five decades. In nineteenth-century Russia, Mukhlisa Bubi championed the rights of women and girls, and became the first Muslim woman judge in modern history. After the Gestapo took down a Resistance network in Paris, British spy Noor Inayat Khan found herself the only undercover radio operator left in that city. In this unique history, Hossein Kamaly celebrates the lives and achievements of twenty-one extraordinary women in the story of Islam, from the formative days of the religion to the present.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • History of Japan
    History of Japan
    ISBN: 9780804820974
    Title: History of Japan
    Author: MASON R H P & CAIGER J G

    A classic of Japanese history, this book is still the preeminent work on the history of Japan.
    Newly revised and updated, "A History of Japan" is a single-volume, complete history of the nation of Japan. Starting in ancient Japan during its early pre-history period "A History of Japan" covers every important aspect of history and culture through feudal Japan to the post-cold War period and collapse of the Bubble Economy in the early 1990's. Recent findings shed additional light on the origins of Japanese civilization and the birth of Japanese culture.
    Also included is an in-depth analysis of the Japanese religion, Japanese arts, Japanese culture and the Japanese People from the 6th century B.C.E. to the present. This contemporary classic, now updated and revised, continues to be an essential text in Japanese studies. Classic illustrations and unique pictures are dispersed throughout the book.
    "A History of Japan, Revised Edition" includes: Archaic Japan--including Yamato, the creation of a unified state, the Nana Period, and the Heian period. Medieval Japan-- including rule by the military houses, the failure of Ashikaga Rule, Buddhism, and the Kamakura and Muroachi Periods periods. Ealy Modern Japan--including Japanese feudalism, administration under the Tokugawa, and society and culture in early modern Japan. Modern Japan--including The Meiji Era and policies for modernization, from consensus to crisis (1912-1937), and solutions through force.
    This contemporary classic continues to be a central book in Japanese studies and is an vital addition to the collection of any student or enthusiast of Japanese history, Japanese culture, or the Japanese Language.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • History of the Arab Peoples
    History of the Arab Peoples
    ISBN: 9780571288014
    Title: History of the Arab Peoples

    Despite news-making events in the Middle East, the Arab world has been poorly understood in the West, until now. Hourani's masterwork covers twelve centuries of Arab history and culture.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • History of the Middle East: 5th Edition
    History of the Middle East: 5th Edition
    ISBN: 9780141988467
    Title: History of the Middle East: 5th Edition

    The definitive history of the Middle East, now updated in its fifth edition

    'The best overall survey of the politics, regional rivalries and economics of the contemporary Arab world' Washington Post
    Over the centuries the Middle East has confounded the dreams of conquerors and peacemakers alike. This now-classic book follows the historic struggles of the region over the last two hundred years, from Napoleon's assault on Egypt, through the slow decline and fall of the Ottoman Empire, to the painful emergence of modern nations. It is now fully updated with extensive new material examining recent developments including the aftermaths of the 'Arab Spring', the continuing Arab-Israeli conflict and the Syrian and Yemeni civil wars.

    'An excellent political overview' Guardian

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • History of the Peloponnesian War
    History of the Peloponnesian War
    ISBN: 9780140440393
    Title: History of the Peloponnesian War
    Author: THUCYDIDES

    Written four hundred years before the birth of Christ, this detailed contemporary account of the struggle between Athens and Sparta stands an excellent chance of fulfilling the author's ambitious claim that the work "was done to last forever." The conflicts between the two empires over shipping, trade, and colonial expansion came to a head in 431 b.c. in Northern Greece, and the entire Greek world was plunged into 27 years of war. Thucydides applied a passion for accuracy and a contempt for myth and romance in compiling this exhaustively factual record of the disastrous conflict that eventually ended the Athenian empire.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • History of the Samurai
    History of the Samurai
    ISBN: 9784805315354
    Title: History of the Samurai

    A History of the Samurai tells the complete story of Japan's legendary warrior class from beginning to end--an epic tale of intrigue, bloodshed and bravery that is central to an understanding of the Japanese character and of Japanese history. It describes in detail the core Samurai philosophy of Bushido--"the way of the warrior"--a complex code of conduct embracing ideals of honor and loyalty that continues to govern the Japanese way of life today.

    Historian Jonathan Lopez-Vera offers a compelling look at these enigmatic warriors including:

    • The lives of famous Samurai--Miyamoto Musashi, Japan's greatest swordsman; Tomoe Gozen, the woman who became a Samurai; Tokugawa Ieyasu, the last Shogun; and many more
    • The tragic tale of the 47 Ronin who chose honor over their own lives and were forced to commit ritual suicide after avenging their fallen master
    • The philosophy of Bushido, "the Way of the Warrior," the code of conduct that embraced the ideals of honor and loyalty and governed the Samurai way of living
    • The decline of the Samurai and their transformation from rough, battle-hardened warriors to highly educated philosopher-poets

    Illustrated with 125 archival prints and photos, the nobility and grandeur of the Samurai is brilliantly showcased in this book. Readers will enjoy immersing themselves in the Samurai's world, as historian Jonathan Lopez-Vera traces the fascinating story of the rise and fall of these enigmatic warriors throughout Japanese history.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
  • History of the World in 100 Objects
    History of the World in 100 Objects
    ISBN: 9780241951774
    Title: History of the World in 100 Objects

    This book takes a dramatically original approach to the history of humanity, using objects which previous civilisations have left behind them, often accidentally, as prisms through which we can explore past worlds and the lives of the men and women who lived in them. The book’s range is enormous. It begins with one of the earliest surviving objects made by human hands, a chopping tool from the Olduvai gorge in Africa, and ends with an object from the 21st century which represents the world we live in today. Neil MacGregor’s aim is not simply to describe these remarkable things, but to show us their significance – how a stone pillar tells us about a great Indian emperor preaching tolerance to his people, how Spanish pieces of eight tell us about the beginning of a global currency or how an early Victorian tea-set tells us about the impact of empire. Each chapter immerses the reader in a past civilisation accompanied by an exceptionally well-informed guide. Seen through this lens, history is a kaleidoscope – shifting, interconnected, constantly surprising, and shaping our world today in ways that most of us have never imagined. An intellectual and visual feast, it is one of the most engrossing and unusual history books published in years.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Holy Roman Empire: a Thousand Years of Europe's History
    Holy Roman Empire: a Thousand Years of Europe's History
    ISBN: 9780141047478
    Title: Holy Roman Empire: a Thousand Years of Europe's History
    Author: WILSON PETER H

    THE SUNDAY TIMES AND ECONOMIST BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2016 'Hugely impressive... Wilson is an assured guide through the millennium-long labyrinth of papal-imperial relations' Literary Review A great, sprawling, ancient and unique entity, the Holy Roman Empire, from its founding by Charlemagne to its destruction by Napoleon a millennium later, formed the heart of Europe. It was a great engine for inventions and ideas, it was the origin of many modern European states, from Germany to the Czech Republic, its relations with Italy, France and Poland dictated the course of countless wars - indeed European history as a whole makes no sense without it. In this strikingly ambitious book, Peter H. Wilson explains how the Empire worked. It is not a chronological history, but an attempt to convey to readers why it was so important and how it changed over its existence. The result is a tour de force - a book that raises countless questions about the nature of political and military power, about diplomacy and the nature of European civilization and about the legacy of the Empire, which has continued to haunt its offspring, from Imperial and Nazi Germany to the European Union.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • House of the Pain of Others: Chronicle of a Small Genocide
    House of the Pain of Others: Chronicle of a Small Genocide
    ISBN: 9781555978372
    Title: House of the Pain of Others: Chronicle of a Small Genocide

    A brilliant work of historical excavation with profound echoes in an age redolent with violence and xenophobia

    Early in the twentieth century, amid the myths of progress and modernity that underpinned Mexico's ruling party, some three hundred Chinese immigrants--close to half of the Cantonese residents of the newly founded city of Torre n--were massacred over the course of three days. It is considered the largest slaughter of Chinese people in the history of the Americas, but more than a century later, the facts continue to be elusive, mistaken, and repressed.

    "And what do you know about the Chinese people who were killed here?" Juli n Herbert asks anyone who will listen. An exorcism of persistent and discomfiting ghosts, The House of the Pain of Others attempts a reckoning with the 1911 massacre. Looping, digressive, and cinematic, Herbert blends reportage, personal reflection, essay, and academic research to portray the historical context as well as the lives of the perpetrators and victims of the "small genocide." This brilliant historical excavation echoes profoundly in an age redolent with violence and xenophobia.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $34.00
  • How Do We Look & The Eye of Faith: Civilisations Series
    How Do We Look & The Eye of Faith: Civilisations Series
    ISBN: 9781781259993
    Title: How Do We Look & The Eye of Faith: Civilisations Series
    Author: BEARD MARY

    Companion to the major new BBC documentary series CIVILISATIONS, presented by Mary Beard, David Olusoga and Simon SchamaThe idea of 'civilisation' has always been debated, even fought over. At the heart of those debates lies the big question of how people - from prehistory to the present day - have depicted themselves and others, both human and divine. Distinguished historian Mary Beard explores how art has shaped, and been shaped by, the people who created it. How have we looked at these images? Why have they sometimes been so contentious? In Part One, she examines how the human figure was portrayed in some of the earliest art in the world - from the gigantic stone heads carved by the Olmec of Central America to the statues and pottery of the ancient Greeks to the terracotta army of the first emperor of China. And she explains how one particular version of representing the human body, which goes back to the ancient world, still influences (and sometimes distorts) how people in the West see their own culture and that of others. Throughout this story, she is concerned not only with the artists who made images, but with those who have used them, viewed them and interpreted them. In other words: How Do We Look? In Part Two, Mary Beard turns to the relationship between art and religion. For centuries, religion has inspired art: from the Hindu temple at Angkor Wat to the Christian mosaics of Ravenna to the exquisite calligraphy of Islamic mosques. But making the divine visible in the human world has never been simple. All religions have wrestled with idolatry and iconoclasm, destroying art as well as creating it - and asking how to look with The Eye of Faith.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • How to Be a Bad Emperor: An Ancient Guide to Truly Terrible Leaders
    How to Be a Bad Emperor: An Ancient Guide to Truly Terrible Leaders
    ISBN: 9780691193991
    Title: How to Be a Bad Emperor: An Ancient Guide to Truly Terrible Leaders

    What would Caligula do? What the worst Roman emperors can teach us about how not to lead

    If recent history has taught us anything, it's that sometimes the best guide to leadership is the negative example. But that insight is hardly new. Nearly 2,000 years ago, Suetonius wrote Lives of the Caesars, perhaps the greatest negative leadership book of all time. He was ideally suited to write about terrible political leaders; after all, he was also the author of Famous Prostitutes and Words of Insult, both sadly lost. In How to Be a Bad Emperor, Josiah Osgood provides crisp new translations of Suetonius's briskly paced, darkly comic biographies of the Roman emperors Julius Caesar, Tiberius, Caligula, and Nero. Entertaining and shocking, the stories of these ancient anti-role models show how power inflames leaders' worst tendencies, causing almost incalculable damage.

    Complete with an introduction and the original Latin on facing pages, How to Be a Bad Emperor is both a gleeful romp through some of the nastiest bits of Roman history and a perceptive account of leadership gone monstrously awry. We meet Caesar, using his aunt's funeral to brag about his descent from gods and kings--and hiding his bald head with a comb-over and a laurel crown; Tiberius, neglecting public affairs in favor of wine, perverse sex, tortures, and executions; the insomniac sadist Caligula, flaunting his skill at cruel put-downs; and the matricide Nero, indulging his mania for public performance.

    In a world bristling with strongmen eager to cast themselves as the Caesars of our day, How to Be a Bad Emperor is a delightfully enlightening guide to the dangers of power without character.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $37.00
  • How to Be an Antiracist
    How to Be an Antiracist
    ISBN: 9781847925992
    Title: How to Be an Antiracist
    Author: KENDI IBRAM X

    Not being racist is not enough. We have to be antiracist.

    In this rousing and deeply empathetic book, Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of the Antiracism Research and Policy Center, shows that when it comes to racism, neutrality is not an option: until we become part of the solution, we can only be part of the problem.

    Using his extraordinary gifts as a teacher and story-teller, Kendi helps us recognise that everyone is, at times, complicit in racism whether they realise it or not, and by describing with moving humility his own journey from racism to antiracism, he shows us how instead to be a force for good. Along the way, Kendi punctures all the myths and taboos that so often cloud our understanding, from arguments about what race is and whether racial differences exist to the complications that arise when race intersects with ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality.

    In the process he demolishes the myth of the post-racial society and builds from the ground up a vital new understanding of racism - what it is, where it is hidden, how to identify it and what to do about it.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • How to Hide an Empire: A Short History of the Greater United States
    How to Hide an Empire: A Short History of the Greater United States
    ISBN: 9781784703912
    Title: How to Hide an Empire: A Short History of the Greater United States

    'Wry, readable and often astonishing... A provocative and absorbing history of the United States' New York Times

    The United States denies having dreams of empire.

    We know America has spread its money, language and culture across the world, but we still think of it as a contained territory, framed by Canada above, Mexico below, and oceans either side. Nothing could be further from the truth.

    This is the story of the United States outside the United States - from nineteenth-century conquests like Alaska and Puerto Rico to the catalogue of islands, archipelagos and military bases dotted around the globe. Full of surprises and previously forgotten episodes, this fascinating book casts America's history, and its present, in a revealing new light.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Humankind: A Hopeful History
    Humankind: A Hopeful History
    ISBN: 9781408898949
    Title: Humankind: A Hopeful History

    A Guardian Book to Look Out For in 2020

    'Humankind challenged me and made me see humanity from a fresh perspective' Yuval Noah Harari

    From 'the folk hero of Davos', Fox News antagonist and author of the international bestseller Utopia for Realists comes a radical history of our innate capacity for kindness.

    It's a belief that unites the left and right, psychologists and philosophers, writers and historians. It drives the headlines that surround us and the laws that touch our lives. From Machiavelli to Hobbes, Freud to Pinker, the roots of this belief have sunk deep into Western thought. Human beings, we're taught, are by nature selfish and governed by self-interest.
    Humankind makes a new argument- that it is realistic, as well as revolutionary, to assume that people are good. The instinct to cooperate rather than compete, trust rather than distrust, has an evolutionary basis going right back to the beginning of Homo sapiens. By thinking the worst of others, we bring out the worst in our politics and economics too.
    In this major book, international-bestselling author Rutger Bregman takes some of the world's most famous studies and events and reframes them, providing a new perspective on the last 200,000 years of human history. From the real-life Lord of the Flies to the cooperation seen in the aftermath of the Blitz, the hidden flaws in the Stanford Prison Experiment to the true story of the Kitty Genovese murder, Bregman shows how believing in human kindness and altruism can be a new way to think o and act as the foundation for achieving true change in our society.
    It is time for a new view of human nature.
    'The topic is vital, the sweep immense, and the storytelling is spellbinding. This is a fabulous book' Tim Harford

    'An extraordinarily powerful declaration of faith in the innate goodness and natural decency of human beings' Stephen Fry

    'Make a note of Humankind. It's an exceptional read' Matt Haig

    'In a sea of cynicism, this book is the sturdy, unsinkable lifeboat the world needs' Daniel H. Pink

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
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