The Collected Works
Anne Frank’s diary is one of the most widely recognized personal testimonies of the Second World War. The full, definitive text is presented here along with her letters, personal reminiscences, daydreams, essays and a notebook of favourite quotations. Scholarly essays provide background on Anne’s life, her family’s history, and the story of how her diary came to be published. The book also includes numerous photographs of the Franks and the other inhabitants of the annexe in which they hid from the Nazis.
The Inside Story of Brexit
David Cameron’s former Director of Communications offers a day-by-day account the six months leading to the EU membership referendum in June 2016, the machinations of the Brexit campaigners, conflict within the Conservative party, and the aftermath of the shock result.
Wehrmacht Combat Reports
The Russian Front, Eastern Front from Primary Sources
Based on rare material from German and Russian original sources, this collection of field reports details the tactics and combat activities of the Wehrmacht in Russia. Compiled by historian Bob Carruthers, and supplemented with illustrations from US intelligence files, it focuses on neglected military features including armoured trains, the construction of field defences, street fighting techniques and improvised anti-tank measures.
The Waterloo Archive
Volume IV: British Sources
Gareth Glover, a long-time Napoleonic war researcher, has annotated and published for the first time letters and journals in the Waterloo Archives. This volume features the accounts of British soldiers from senior ranks to common soldiers, including the poignant final letters of Major Arthur Heyland, more boisterous accounts of bordello visits and recollections of plundering local farmhouses.
The Waterloo Archive
Volume III: British Sources
This volume comprises archive material from British sources, by men of all ranks in the cavalry, infantry and artillery. The many revealing details include failed horse charges, friendly fire, letters from surgeons attending casualties and the camaraderie among Peninsular veterans, with authors such as Sir Hussey Vivan; Frederick Ponsonby, who describes his battlefield wounding; and Daniel Mackinnon, famous for the defence of Hougoumont.
On the Road With Wellington
Diary of a War Commissary in the Peninsular Campaign
Writing his popular Sharpe novels about the Peninsular War, Bernard Cornwell drew on these memoirs more than any other first-hand accounts. '[Schaumann] had an eye for detail and an enthusiasm for campaign life that makes him the most immediate of all the war's chroniclers', Cornwell writes in his foreword to this edition.
Fields of Battle
Retracing Ancient Battlefields
Richard Evans has visited each of the ancient battle sites analysed in this volume and brings new perspectives based on an understanding of the terrain and the latest archaeological finds. The study covers the famous battles of the Persian Wars such as Marathon and Thermopylae, Caesar's campaigns in Iberia, and Vitellius’s battles of Bedriacum in 69 CE.
German Resistance After Valkyrie
Although German resistance to the Nazi regime seemed to end with the failure of the plot to assassinate Hitler in July 1944, and the subsequent execution of those involved, instances of ‘resistance-by-disobedience’ continued to increase. Using newly opened archives, Hansen reveals the acts of opposition carried out by soldiers and civilians across the Western front that saved thousands of lives.
Age of Transition
Byzantine Culture in the Islamic World
In 2012, the catalogue of the exhibition ‘Byzantium and Islam: The Age of Transition’ explored the cultural interaction between the Christian and Jewish communities and the world of Islam. In eleven illustrated essays, this volume extends that investigation, exploring topics including the floor mosaics of Gerasa in Jordan, communal boundaries in Cairo and the destruction of images in eighth-century Palestine.
Secrets of the Russian Ballet from the Rule of the Tsars to Today
For over two centuries, Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet has been the pride of Russian culture, a source of national prestige under tsars and communists alike; yet the shocking acid attack on its artistic director Sergei Filin in 2015 was but the latest in a long line of scandals. Here, the musicologist Simon Morrison charts the Bolshoi’s history of political manipulation and artistic rivalry, with the focus always on the ballet, ‘the cruellest and most wondrous of the arts’.
Between Crown and Commerce
Marseille and the Early Modern Mediterranean
Marseille’s wealthy merchants were strongly opposed to the influence of the French monarchy, which saw the port’s commerce with the Ottoman Empire as central to the enrichment of the state. In her analysis of the period from 1660 to the plague of 1720, Takeda shows how the Crown co-opted the city’s traditions of civic virtue to extend its own power.
The Diary of Mary Berg
Growing up in the Warsaw Ghetto
As the daughter of an American citizen, Mary Berg belonged to a tiny minority of those held in the Warsaw ghetto during the Second World War who were given some privileges. The diary she started on her fifteenth birthday is a compassionate account of the day-to-day suffering she witnessed there.
The Berlin Airlift
The Relief Operation that Defined the Cold War
After the Second World War, the ‘iron curtain’ divided Germany, leaving the British, American and French sectors of the devastated capital stranded in the Soviet-controlled East. Only three air corridors remained open, and between June 1948 and September 1949, Allied air forces defied the blockade, delivering food and fuel by plane. Barry Turner gives a full account of the crisis developing between East and West, the events leading up to June 1948, and the heroic Airlift that saved a besieged city.
The King, The Campaign, The Battle
The overwhelming and unexpected English victory at Agincourt in 1415 was attributed by many to God, but, as Juliet Barker shows, it was the culmination of years of preparation by Henry V. Her book first covers the background of civil war in France and Henry's careful diplomacy; it then follows the campaign's progress from invasion, through the siege of Harfleur and the march to Calais, to Agincourt itself; and finally considers the battle's direct consequences and later legacy.
Empires and Entrepots
The Dutch, the Spanish Monarchy and the Jews, 1585–1713
By the turn of the 17th century the ramifications of conflict between Spain and the Dutch Republic were being felt around the world. Professor Israel’s collection of 15 studies presents his research into government policy, military strategy and diplomacy during the long struggle between these two maritime empires, as well as the important role played by Sephardic Jews. Slightly off-mint
The Final Chapter
When nine skeletons were exhumed near Ekaterinburg, Siberia in July 1991 it prompted an investigation into whether they were the remains of Nicholas II and his family, executed by Bolsheviks 73 years earlier. This investigative history, framed by a narrative of the Romanov’s last days, records the scientific processes that were undertaken by experts from Russia, America and the UK in order to establish the identities of the remains.
And the Last Days of the Third Reich
While he commanded the German submarine fleet, Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz earned Allied respect as a military leader and formidable enemy, but after he succeeded Hitler as head of the Third Reich, his name became more closely associated with Nazi ideology. Turner's study looks in depth at the Admiral's character and conduct, particularly his Operation Hannibal, which rescued two million civilians and troops from the Russian advance; his negotiations for ending the war; and his actions in its aftermath.
Social Change in Aegean Prehistory
Focused on the Early Helladic III to Late Helladic I period in southern Greece, this volume focuses on the processes of social and economic change in the Bronze Age. The nine essays include studies of Pre-Mycenaean pottery shapes; the dynamics of Bronze Age social structures (explored through feasting and hospitality); and domestic architecture as a means to analyse social change.
Gods and Garments
Textiles in Greek Sanctuaries in the 7th to the 1st Centuries BC
Despite their importance in ancient material culture and economy, textiles are often overlooked, due mainly to being very rarely preserved in the archaeological record. This study aims to introduce textiles into the study of ancient Greek religion and thereby illuminate the roles they played in the performance of Greek ritual. The study is in three parts: on the dedication of textiles in Greek sanctuaries; cult images and dress; and sacred dress codes.
Virtuoso Gilder at the French Court
Based on 40 years of research, this well illustrated volume offers insights into the life and career of Gouthière (1732–1813), and a definitive catalogue raisonné of his work. Credited with inventing matt gilding, he secured clients including the Duke of Aumont and Madame Du Barry and was held in such esteem that hundreds of items were attributed to him, yet he fell into obscurity and this is the first major study of him for over a century.
Power and Fortune
After starting amid the horse-trading and blatant bribery of the College of Cardinals’ conclave that elected Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia (1431–1503) as Pope Alexander VI in 1492, Paul Strathern goes back to Rodrigo’s early years in Xàtiva, near Valencia in the Kingdom of Aragon. He follows Borgia from Spain and describes his rise to power, his reign in the Vatican and the fortunes of his offspring, Cesare and Lucretia, in a new portrait and assessment of Renaissance Italy’s most infamous family.
Napoleon and Wellington
Both born in 1769, Napoleon and Wellington were as different in background and temperament as the countries for which they fought. This study follows their rivalry through the campaigns leading up to the Battle of Waterloo, when they met for the first time, and in its aftermath. It assesses their contrasting military techniques, and includes maps of the Peninsular War and the Waterloo campaign.
Hell and Good Company
The Spanish Civil War and the World it Made
The Spanish Civil War inspired and haunted artists and authors including Picasso, Miró, Hemingway and Orwell. It was also the testbed for military and medical technology that would come to the fore in the Second World War. This book tells its story through the eyes of the writers, reporters, doctors and nurses who experienced it first-hand, few of whom were in any doubt that they were witnessing the shape of things to come.
The Invisible Emperor
Napoleon on Elba from Exile to Escape
Mark Braude tells the story of Napoleon's first exile, from his downfall and failed suicide attempt to his return to power in France. He focuses on the emperor’s irrepressible character, revealed through extensive reforms of his tiny realm, establishing courts, a theatre, drainage systems and new crops, and the build-up to his return to power and the Battle of Waterloo.
The Great War and German Memory
Society, Politics and Psychological Trauma, 1914–1945
From the return of the ‘war neurotics’ – the psychologically disabled veterans of the First World War – in 1918 to the end of the Second World War in 1945, this social history explores the psychological effects of war on men, women and their families; the experience of traumatized survivors throughout the Weimar and National Socialist periods; and how theories of mental trauma were used to shape memory of the past war and define future visions of conflict.
A WWII German Airman's Story
Erich Sommer flew for the Luftwaffe as both navigator and pilot during the Second World War, from an early posting in Morocco to missions over Britain, the Russian front and Italy. His career culminated in the first reconnaissance sortie in a jet (the Arado AR234). His memoir also reflects on his childhood and early career in the brewing industry in the 1930s and includes insights into life and attitudes in pre-war Germany.
A History in Seven Sackings
From the Gauls’ siege of the Capitoline Hill in 387 BCE to the city’s occupation by the Nazis in 1943, Kneale tells the story of Rome by focusing on pivotal moments when the arrival of an enemy army set it on a new course. In each case he explains who the attackers were, describes the city they encountered and examines how their actions transformed it.
Midnight at the Pera Palace
The Birth of Modern Istanbul
Inter-war Istanbul was a city in transition between east and west, past and future. This book recreates the social and cultural ferment of a cosmopolitan society peopled with Russian exiles, Jewish refugees and significant figures such as Atatürk and Trotsky. Slightly off-mint.
The Cold War, the Berlin Wall and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth
The backdrop to a tense standoff between American and Soviet tanks in 1961, Checkpoint Charlie was a symbol of Cold War oppression. Featuring interviews with the people who built the wall, the military and espionage personnel who manned the notorious border point, escapees and their families, this history reveals what everyday life was like for those directly affected by the East–West divide.
Empress of the East
How a Slave Girl Became Queen of the Ottoman Empire
Roxelana, the 16th-century slave girl who became an Ottoman queen, is depicted as a woman who dealt with her situation with great common sense, ingenuity and ambition in this detailed social history. As Hurrem Sultan, consort and wife to Suleiman the Magnificent, she had to navigate the complexities of the harem, court life, and domestic and international rivalries, strengthening the role of women in Ottoman society in the process.
With the Guns in the Peninsula
The Peninsular War Journal of Captain William Webber, Royal Artillery
This first-hand account of the Peninsular War covers the 1812 advance to Aranjuez, the winter retreat and the 1813 campaign which pushed the French pushed back across the Ebro. As well as giving an insight into the military operations, the book includes personal observations of the countryside, customs and people, and an overview of the career of Captain Webber, who was wounded at Waterloo.
Voices from the Peninsula
Eyewitness Accounts by Soldiers of Wellington's Army, 1808–1814
Between 1808, when British troops landed in Portugal, and 1814 when their advance into France hastened Napoleon’s downfall, the Peninsular War involved numerous battles and sieges. Drawing on letters, diaries and memoirs, this book presents a chronological account of the campaign in the words of the men who fought in it. Six maps illustrate key engagements, including Talavera and Salamanca.
Stalag Luft III
An Official History of the 'Great Escape' PoW Camp
Prepared for the War Office at the end of hostilities, this official history of the PoW camp has never been published before. Drawing on prisoners’ testimonies, it details the German administration of the camp, the morale and conditions of the men, and the many escape attempts, including the famous ‘Wooden Horse’ of October 1943 and the ‘Great Escape’ of March 1944.
Voices from the Past: the Siege of Sevastopol
Historian Anthony Dawson draws on previously unpublished sources to cast new light on the most destructive war of the nineteenth century. Focusing on the Siege of Sevastopol, during which artillery bombardments, dysentery, cholera and the freezing winter exacted a huge death toll, the book highlights particular aspects including the storming of the Redan and the Mamelon, and the Battle of the Tchernaya, the Russians’ desperate attempt to break the siege.
Memoirs of a French Napoleonic Officer
Jean-Baptiste Barrès, Chasseur of the Imperial Guard
Jean-Baptiste Barrès joined Napoleon's Imperial Guard in 1804 and was present at notable events such as the emperor’s coronations in Paris and Rome, the torchlight procession on the eve of Austerlitz, and the meeting of the two Emperors at Tilsit. His memoir modestly recounts such experiences and gives an insight into the everyday life of a Napoleonic soldier who saw conflict in numerous military engagements.
In the Legions of Napoleon
The Memoirs of a Polish Officer in Spain and Russia 1808–1813
Heinrich von Brandt was an intrepid young Polish soldier who fought for Napoleon from Madrid to Moscow. This memoir describes his career, in which he was severely wounded three times, and experienced the siege of Saragossa, Spanish guerrilla warfare, the crossing of the Niemen and the retreat from Moscow, and gives a direct insight into the minds of the soldiers involved in such gruelling engagements.
The 1/5th (Territorial) Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment in the Great War
The volunteer ‘Saturday night soldiers’ of the West Yorkshire Territorials were considered ‘too sleepy to fight well’ by General Haig, but on the Western Front the 1/5th Battalion became a formidable body of men. Sheehan uses newspapers, letters and photographs to tell the stories of many individuals who displayed heroism and fought with honour, even as their battalion was virtually wiped out on the Somme, at Passchendaele and at Wytschaete.
The Campaign of Waterloo
The Classic Account of Napoleon's Last Battles
First published as part of Fortescue’s A History of the British Army in 1920, this classic account is presented here as a single volume. Illustrated with maps and battle plans, it details the tactics deployed by both sides in every engagement from Napoleon’s escape from Elba in March 1815 to his final defeat at Waterloo in June.
Leprosy and Charity in Medieval Rouen
Between the 12th and 15th centuries, leprosy and its sufferers had a distinctive impact on the society and religious culture of Rouen, at that time the leading city of Normandy. This detailed study of Rouen’s medieval leper houses sheds light on many aspects of economic, political and devotional life as well as issues such as charity and responses to disease and need.