A Modern History: 1945–2015
Starting with the growing nationalist demands for independence that followed the Second World War, Guy Arnold’s magisterial history describes the momentous changes that transformed Africa from a collection of European colonies to fifty independent nations. After an introduction to the post-war continent, the book examines how the hopes of the 1960s were followed by the realities of foreign interference, internal tyrannies and corruption. This 2017 edition ends with the growing influence of China, the Arab Spring and the refugee crisis.
The Illustrated History of Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal House of Windsor
With personal access to world leaders over a period of nearly 70 years, the Queen has witnessed profound political changes as well as experiencing crises in her own family, such as the assassination of Louis Mountbatten and the death of Princess Diana. With historical notes and profiles of leading figures, this photographic biography explores the pageantry and the intrigues of the House of Windsor from the abdication crisis to the Diamond Jubilee.
Scotland from the Sky
Founded in 1919 by First World War flyers, Aerofilms Ltd began photographing Britain from the sky as a commercial venture, finding the shipyards and factories of the Clyde among its first customers in Scotland in the 1920s. Published to accompany the BBC TV series, this photographic survey draws on Scotland’s National Collection of Aerial Photography and mixes historical and contemporary images to show changes in the urban and industrial environment, view notable landmarks from a new perspective and reveal traces of prehistoric settlement in the landscape.
Who Rules the World?
With his usual incisive analysis, Chomsky surveys the international situation and examines the way in which the United States, although diminished in power since its peak at the end of the Second World War, still sets the terms of global discourse. He asks not only ‘who rules the world?’ but explores how they are proceeding, where their efforts are leading, and how the people can overcome the power of business and nationalist ideology.
No Milk Today
From doorstep delivery and money collection to amorous liaisons and dog attacks, this nostalgic social history takes an affectionate look at a great British institution, examines the changes that have taken place over the years, and laments the demise of the industry. Rich with stories and reminiscences, the book documents and celebrates the figure who not only delivered milk but also acted as community worker, handyman and family friend.
The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu
The Quest for this Storied City and the Race to Save its Treasures
When the political chaos of 2012 allowed jihadists to surge across Mali, librarians and archivists secretly worked to hide thousands of Timbuktu’s precious ancient manuscripts. This book combines first-hand reporting of those modern events with the story of Timbuktu’s past as a medieval centre of learning and as the mysterious city that inspired decades of dangerous expeditions by Westerners in search of its fabled wealth. Slightly off-mint.
The True Story of Life Behind the Counter
In the 1960s over a million women worked in shops, nearly a fifth of the female workforce. The number had grown steadily from the early 19th century as industrialization had drawn people to the cities and created a demand for, and supply of, consumer goods. Originally published to accompany the BBC TV series, this book explores the life of the shopgirl from the strict propriety of Victorian department stores to the boutiques of the 1960s.
The Colonel Who Would Not Repent
The Bangladesh War and Its Unquiet Legacy
Muslim and Bengali-speaking Bangladesh was once East Pakistan, created when India achieved independence in 1947. The country gained its own independence from Pakistan in 1971 after a war in which many hundreds of thousands died. More conflict was to follow, exacerbated by natural disaster, famine and corruption. Salil Tripathi, an Indian journalist and Bengali-speaker, presents the first in-depth account of Bangladesh’s struggle for independence and the troubled aftermath.
A Rage for Order
The Middle East in Turmoil, From Tahrir Square to Isis
New York Times correspondent Robert F Worth gives his analysis of the contemporary Middle East in this investigation of how the optimism of the Arab Spring of 2011 disintegrated into civil wars, brutal repressions and the rise of Islamic State. Illuminating the conflicts and contradictions through people caught between loyalties to family, sect, country or religion, the narrative focuses on Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Tunisia.
From Pre-Raphaelites to Punk
Beginning with the 19th century, this anecdotal history explores the less conventional aspects of London society. Recalling incidents in the lives of some of the city’s most Bohemian inhabitants, including Oscar Wilde, Aubrey Beardsley, the Bloomsburyites and Dylan Thomas, it reveals their eccentricities and discusses the places they frequented: the Café Royal, the Colony Room and the Gargoyle Club.
South Asia from Partition to the Present Day
Dispersed across India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, midnight's descendants – the generations born since the midnight partition of British India in 1947 – are the world's fastest-growing population. This first comprehensive history of this complex and inter-connected region charts its uneven and often fraught path to modernization; the volatile relationship between India and Pakistan; the rise of religious fundamentalism; the bitter wars in Kashmir and Sri Lanka; and the area's increasing influence on global economics and geopolitics.