The Story of an Island
In her prologue to this much-acclaimed study, Dressler writes of Eigg, ‘From the fierce struggles in clan times to the bleak period of famine and emigration, through to the modern-day fight to maintain a viable crofting community, the island has always been a microcosm of Highland history’. Drawing on oral history, legend and song, and written sources, Dressler’s book covers the story of the island from the coming of the Celts to life on Eigg since the 1997 community buy-out.
Ship of Death
A Voyage That Changed the Atlantic World
In the 1790s, a small British ship, the Hankey, set sail on a mission to establish a colony free from slavery. Drawing on archives from several continents, this book tells the little-known story of how an altruistic project had disastrous consequences that changed the course of history: the ship brought yellow fever to the Americas, causing tens of thousands of deaths, assisting the revolution in Haiti and prompting Napoleon to sell the Louisiana Territory to the United States.
I Used to Know That: History
Stuff You Forgot from School
From Mesopotamia c. 5,000 BCE to the collapse of communism c. 1991, Emma Marriott succinctly presents 'the essentials of the history you really should know’. This is history-made-easy, with the British Civil War straightened out in a mere five pages, Queen Victoria in a paragraph and a minimum of dates.
The Secret Lives of Hair
As well as wigs, toupees and extensions, there are many uses for and beliefs about human hair. Indian traders call it ‘black gold’; in China a protein derived from it was once used in soy sauce; and in 1920s America there was a craze for using it to make ‘invisible’ hairnets. Anthropologist Emma Tarlo travelled the world to search out the facts and here presents the many remarkable hair-related stories she uncovered.
Age of Assassins
A History of Conspiracy and Political Violence 1865–1981
Introduced by a discussion of justifiable killing and the attempts to kill Hitler, this book presents a catalogue of political assassins, from John Wilkes Booth, the man who shot Abraham Lincoln, to the failed attempt on Ronald Reagan’s life in 1981.
Ships to Remember
1400 Years of Historic Ships
The world’s largest passenger ship when it was launched in 1906, and holder of the Blue Riband transatlantic speed record, the Lusitania was already notable before it was sunk by a U-boat in 1915. Other less grand vessels, including the lifeboats in which Captain Bligh and Ernest Shackleton made spectacular voyages, are also included in this collection of maritime stories, and illustrated with maps and drawings and paintings by Austin Dwyer.
Britain's Enemy Aliens, Nazi War Criminals and the Reconstruction of Post-War Europe
During the Second World War over 10,000 Germans and Austrians who had fled Nazi tyranny served in the British forces. This is an account of how they returned to Germany with the Intelligence Corps to 'denazify' and help rebuild the country.
Penguins, Pineapples and Pangolins
First Encounters with the Exotic
Nowadays, with the world’s knowledge at our fingertips, it is hard to recapture the sense of wonder felt by explorers when they first encountered animals and plants, people and customs, stranger than anything they could imagine. Generously illustrated with contemporary prints and woodcuts, this captivating book draws on accounts from Roman times to the 19th century to convey the amazement felt by Europeans when they first saw giraffes and bananas, Mongolian yurts and the statues of Easter Island.
The Great Empires of the Ancient World
Ranging from Egypt and the Mediterranean world to South Asia and China, this volume surveys the history and culture of each of the major imperial powers that held sway in the ancient world between 1600 BCE and 500 CE. As well as accessible accounts by a team of eminent scholars, it features sections quoting texts written by inhabitants of the empires and is illustrated with maps, timelines and images showing such splendid artistic achievements as Sasanian silver and Roman mosaics.
Books on Fire
The Destruction of Libraries throughout History
Whatever the size of our libraries, we feel bound to enrich them and preserve them against the threats of fire and water, worms, war and earthquake. Polastron examines the world's libraries, from the Hebrew, Nordic and Islamic myths of a vast library which existed before the world's creation, to the catastrophic losses of the libraries of Alexandria, the Qing Dynasty and modern Iraq. He also asks whether the digitization of books threatens the very existence of the physical library.
Fighting the First World War
In a radical re-evaluation of the First World War, Dr Philpott argues that the competing and emotionally charged accounts of the events of 1914–1918 have muddled perceptions of the war. Looking beyond the propaganda and myth-making, his clear narrative explains why and how the new type of combat came about; and he examines the attitudes and actions of political leaders and the willing responses of their peoples.
The Invasion of Europe by the Barbarians
JB Bury (1861–1927) was Professor of Modern History, then of Greek, at Cambridge, but his most important contributions were to the study of Late Antiquity. This book brings together a series of lectures on the long period of migrations from the fourth to sixth centuries; with a focus on military matters, they examine how Germans, Visigoths, Gauls, Ostrogoths and Franks took control of Europe as the power and influence of the Roman Empire waned.
A Brief History of the Amazons
Women Warriors in Myth and History
Ancient Greek myth tells of ferocious female warriors called Amazons who lived near the Black Sea and slaughtered their male children. Could the story reflect a real matriarchal society, or perhaps a women-only religious cult? This book follows the author’s quest for the evidence, not only in ancient texts and artistic depictions but also in archaeological discoveries such as the graves of Iron-Age women buried with arrows, swords and armour.
Unbelievable Moments from the Past
From the ancient Egyptian workers who took strike action at Deir el-Medina in 1152 BCE, and the fearsome female warriors of medieval Japan, to the origin of croissants in Vienna (not France) in 1683 and the world’s first cyber-attack... Jem Duducu races through millennia of world history, picking out the almost forgotten, but wonderfully strange stories that you’ll never learn about in school.
Losing the Peace
Failed Settlements and the Road to War
Why did the ‘war to end all wars’ initiate a century of conflict? This searching re-examination shows how the wars of the 20th century originated in unsuccessful peace agreements: how French hostility to the 1871 Treaty of Frankfurt paved the way for the First World War; how German resentment of the Treaty of Versailles brought Hitler to power; and how the post-1945 conflicts in Korea, Vietnam and the Middle East arose from peace treaties that failed to last.
Abbotsford to Zion
The Story of Scottish Place Names Around the World
Despite the A–Z of the title, this book takes a thematic approach as it tells the stories behind a selection of Scottish names of far-flung places. Starting with the explorers and pioneers who opened up wilderness lands, from Sir Alexander Mackenzie in Canada to Dundee Island in Antarctica, chapters describe the Scottish traders and migrants to North America, Australia and New Zealand who named places after themselves, their heroes or their homeland.
1956: The World in Revolt
In January 1956, the home of Martin Luther King, the leader of the Montgomery Improvement Association, was bombed; by December, the black citizens’ campaign had ended segregation on the city’s buses. In this survey of 1956, Simon Hall describes how frustration with the post-war order caused ordinary people across the world – in places as far-flung as Algeria, Eastern Europe, South Africa, Cyprus and Cuba – to speak out, take to the streets and sometimes die in the bid for greater freedoms.
The Seventy Great Journeys in History
Starting with the migration of Homo sapiens from Africa 100,000 years ago, this richly illustrated volume selects 70 of the greatest journeys, whether undertaken for trade, pilgrimage, curiosity or conquest. For each endeavour, from prehistoric migrations known only from archaeological evidence, through the great voyages of exploration, to modern scientific missions into space and the deep ocean, one of 50 expert contributors sets the journey in historical context and describes the travellers, their route and the significance of the achievement.
The Great Cities in History
From Gilgamesh’s Uruk in third millennium BCE Mesopotamia, to modern day Shanghai, John Julius Norwich presents a lavishly illustrated history of the world through 70 of its greatest cities. The volume brings together over 50 distinguished authors to describe the history, culture, art and architecture and the people of each city at its zenith. The result is a spectacular survey of human achievement, not only in building and expanding cities, but in living together in close proximity and concord.
Great Walls and Linear Barriers
Hadrian’s Wall and the Great Wall of China are world famous, but they are not exceptional phenomena. This impressively researched volume shows how, throughout history and across the globe, societies have built such barriers to reinforce their control over territory. Illustrated with numerous photographs and specially commissioned maps, the book ranges from Mesopotamia to Kievan Rus to examine their construction and strategic function, and identifies a recurrent theme: the separation of nomadic peoples from areas of settled agriculture.
Governing the Sea in the Early Modern Era
Essays in Honor of Robert C Ritchie
The global expansion of the early modern European empires challenged their old, land-based systems of defending borders and trade. Now there were issues such as rights to fishing waters and smuggling. This volume of eleven essays sets out to examine how successfully early modern rulers dealt with problems of watery borders, rampant piracy, trade in far-flung colonies, and the slave trade.
Unbelievable Moments from the Past
Have you heard about the ancient Egyptian workers who organized a mass walkout, or the Kettle War, during which only one shot was fired? This entertaining book is full of quirky and intriguing snippets of history that you probably didn’t find out about at school: read it to learn where to locate the other ‘Hadrian’s Walls’, when the world’s first cyberattack happened and which Pope put his dead predecessor on trial.
England's Lost Colony
In the 1650s, a group of Cavaliers fled Cromwell’s England for the lush coast of Surinam. Here, they established a colony named after its founder, Sir Thomas Willoughby. This absorbing book explores the untold story of the colony’s rise and fall. The rich cast of characters includes Willoughby himself, the playwright Aphra Behn, the indigenous people and their rulers, and the planters and mercenaries who would turn this utopia into a hell of terror and slavery.
Houses of History
A Critical Reader in Twentieth-Century History and Theory
A clear, jargon-free introduction to the major theoretical perspectives of 20th-century historians, this reader comprises twelve chapters on major schools of thought, from the empiricists to postmodernists. Each school is represented by a seminal text, including essays by EP Thompson (Marxist), Braudel (Annales), Theda Skocpol (historical sociology) and Catherine Hall (gender and history), accompanied by a substantial introduction and reading list.
Fleeing from the Führer
A Postal History of Refugees from the Nazis
Between 1933, when the Nazis came to power, and the end of the Second World War in 1945, displacement, enforced emigration and deportation became commonplace for families, particularly Jewish families, across Europe. Based on a collection of postcards, envelopes and other ephemera, and covering post from alien internment camps, refugee organizations, refugees in China and Japan, and displaced persons after 1945, this book explores how postal communication – often the only remaining link between separated family members – was achieved in wartime.
Strange Ideas from the Scrapheap of History
Can apples get high on drugs? Are the laws of physics sexist? Was Jesus a giant electron? This book, by a regular contributor to Fortean Times, is an entertaining survey of bizarre experiments and ludicrous theories now abandoned in the dead-ends of scientific history. But, by showing why pseudoscientific fads such as alchemy took hold, it also warns that ‘science sometimes functions as a kind of myth’ when a laudable desire to challenge received thinking meets a faulty belief system.
The Story of the World
A much-travelled historian, WB Bartlett is firm in his conviction that 'history matters' and that nations across the globe are shaped, and sometimes haunted, by their history. Following the grand sweep of events – yet noting in passing such landmarks as the first Sherlock Holmes story – Bartlett eschews the Eurocentric approach and introduces many forgotten cultures, movements and events in this lively and thoughtful introduction to world history.
The Silk Roads
A New History of the World
'For millennia, it was the region lying between east and west, linking Europe with the Pacific Ocean, that was the axis on which the world spun.' In this hugely acclaimed, wide-ranging and very readable international bestseller, Oxford University historian Peter Frankopan presents a new history of the world that focuses on the development of the East and its influence on the West, and explores the forces that have determined the flow of ideas and goods, and driven the rise and fall of empires.
One Bloody Thing After Another
The World's Gruesome History
A testament to human kind's historical predilection toward creative and horrific modes of terror, torture and torment, this is a blood- stained history of the world, from the Greek tyrant Phalaris' great brass bull in which criminals were roasted alive, to the Taiping Rebellion, the bloodiest civil war in history, that claimed over 20 million lives.
A History of the World
'The more one knows about our early history as hunter-gatherers and our long history as farmers, and then about the dizzying acceleration of world trade and industry that has taken us into modern times, the less mysterious today's world seems'. Andrew Marr's popular history of the world starts around 70,000 years ago and surveys cultures that have failed and vanished as well as the origins of modern superpowers, and finds surprising echoes and parallels across vast distances and epochs. Off-mint.
The Cambridge Illustrated History of the Islamic World
What is Islam? Why is it so influential and what are the roots of today's religious and political fundamentalism? The first part of this book forms a narrative overview of Islamic history, with the remaining chapters examining major themes such as the Islamic world's economic foundations and artistic expressions. The authors, all leading specialists on Islamic history, emphasize the interrelationship between the West and the Islamic world and the cultural debts they owe each other.
Civilization's Great Riches Rediscovered
History is filled with tales of precious treasure that has been lost, buried or sunk to the bottom of the ocean. Geographically arranged by continent, this handsome book uncovers the world's most spectacular finds, from the golden mask of Agamemnon to the treasures of the Aztecs and Incas. Lavishly illustrated with stunning photographs and clear, accessible locator maps, it explains the significance of these fabulous objects, the societies that produced them, and recounts the thrilling stories of their discovery.
Dictionary of World Biography
Volumes V and VI: The 19th Century (Two volumes)
The 10-volume Dictionary of World Biography is a revision and re-ordering of the Salem Press's 30-volume Great Lives from History series. These two volumes on the 19th century comprise 613 substantial essays, each with a summary and bibliography. The Dictionary is international in scope and covers figures in all fields, from politics and religion to science and the arts, who made a significant historical or cultural contribution. Most of the essays include a portrait of the subject.
The Evolution of Aviation
Taking the development of flight from balloons to space rockets and supersonic jets, this book details the major steps along the way, highlighting trailblazers such as Charles Lindbergh and jet-engine pioneer Frank Whittle. A congratulatory telegram from Louis Blériot to Amy Johnson, the log book of a Battle of Britain pilot, the Apollo 11 mission report and the fact sheet given to Concorde passengers are among the archive documents reproduced. (Previously published as The Story of Flight.)
German Kampfgruppen Action of World War Two
Kampfgruppen or 'battle groups' were specially created units within the German army formed to undertake specific operations. They often brought together members of disparate military units and could vary from small bands up to substantial formations, which were usually disbanded afterwards. First published in the 1990s, this title examines the role of these flexible shock troops and the part they played in executing Germany's blitzkrieg tactics throughout the Second World War.