The Dawn Watch
Joseph Conrad in a Global World
The life and work of Joseph Conrad were shaped by migration, terrorism, revolution, nationalism, globalization and rapid technological development – forces that are still reshaping the world. Blending history, biography and travelogue, this book explores the novelist’s childhood and youth in Russian-occupied Poland, his experiences as a sea-captain, and his interest in global politics, to demonstrate why his books remain as relevant today as they were a century ago.
Paging Through History
Although we live in an increasingly digital world, the simple technology of paper – which the Chinese consider the first of the ‘great inventions’ – remains vital. In this history of paper the author examines when and why it came into use in different cultures around the world and how it has played a role in the development not only of literacy, art and education but also of religion, media and commerce. Off-mint and American-cut pages
The Age of the Horse
An Equine Journey Through Human History
Susanna Forrest’s ‘equine journey’ comprises several different itineraries, guiding the reader through the various ways in which humankind has used the horse. In each chapter she sets out from a site visited quite recently – among them a Mongolian steppe, a manège in Versailles, an American sale barn, a polo field outside Beijing and a Portuguese bullring – to explore how the horse has been ridden, harnessed, eaten, kept as a pet, raced for sport or sent to war.
The Jains are one of India’s great heterodox communities but their doctrines are little known in the rest of the world. Among these ideas are Jain scholars’ precisely detailed descriptions of the cosmos as a gigantic theatre where souls play out their role. This volume comprises more than 100 illustrations from manuscripts of classical texts on cosmology, each accompanied by a commentary on the concepts that it represents. Slightly off-mint.
Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day
Peter Ackroyd brings his encyclopedic knowledge of London’s past to this survey of the capital’s gay and lesbian population through alternating periods of permissiveness and censure. Considering such figures as Chaucer’s effeminate Pardoner and the fashionable female transvestites of the 1620s, he traces attitudes towards same-sex relations in literature, law and everyday life, excavates the hidden histories of the city’s queer counter-culture and reveals how generations of Londoners have challenged gender roles.
The Last Voyage of the Lusitania
The sinking of the Lusitania by a German U-boat in 1915 was a historic event, not just because it was the most famous ship afloat and 1,200 people died, but because it was instrumental in bringing the United States into the war. First published in the 1950s, this analysis of the disaster draws on survivors' accounts and naval records to reconstruct the last days of the luxury liner.
Fascinating Footnotes from History
Unearthed from the vast collection of the National Archives by Giles Milton’s ‘metaphorical metal detecting’, here are 100 nuggets of almost – but not quite – forgotten history and an astonishing cast, including dictators, adventurers, criminals and heroes, a war dog and the last Chinese eunuch. Among the footnotes we find the shipwrecked Dutch mariner who ate the last dodo; a kamikaze pilot who survived; and the mystery of the lighthouse men who disappeared from the Flannan Isles.
The History of the World Quiz Book
1,000 Questions and Answers to Test Your Knowledge
From the Stone Age to 1945 in ten historical eras and 1,000 questions, this quiz book covers the major events and prominent people of world history. The questions are not too challenging to tackle after Christmas dinner, although some are trickier than others. Answers at the end of each chapter.
First Contact, Cult of Progress
David Olusoga explores the role of art in the moments of first contact, interaction and conflict between different civilizations, first in the Age of Discovery when Europe’s early imperialists encountered the indigenous peoples and art of other continents: contacts that resulted in mutual curiosity as well as conquest. In Part Two, The Cult of Progress, Olusoga looks at artistic reaction to post-industrial modernization in the 19th and early 20th centuries, ending with Otto Dix’s great triptych, The War (1932).
We Chose to Speak of War and Strife
The World of the Foreign Correspondent
Foreign correspondents risk their own safety to report from the most dangerous places in the world, and are often witnesses to pivotal moments in history. In this celebration of the profession, John Simpson recalls his experiences in Kosovo, Kabul and Baghdad and tells the stories of past and present journalists including Martha Gellhorn, Ernest Hemingway, Don McCullin and Marie Colvin, offering an insight into the origin, development and practice of his challenging occupation.
Consequences of the Peace
The Versailles Settlement: Aftermath and Legacy 1919–2010
In this concluding volume of the Makers of the Modern World: The Peace Conferences of 1919–23 and Their Aftermath series, Alan Sharp investigates some of the most significant, long-term legacies and contributions of the peace treaties signed at the end of the First World War, including the creation of the League of Nations and the United Nations.
The Wager Disaster
Mayhem, Mutiny and Murder in the South Seas
In 1741, with Britain at war with Spain, HMS Wager was wrecked on an uninhabited island off the coast of Chile. Drawing on survivors’ accounts, this book tells the story of the men who mutinied and sailed 2,500 miles in an open boat to safety in Brazil.