The History of Europe in Bite-Sized Chunks
From the emergence of ancient cultures to the financial crisis of 2008, this volume describes the history of Europe in clear, concise text. Maps are included to demonstrate military and geopolitical changes, and ‘mini-biographies’ tell the stories of notable Europeans and their legacies.
Artworks showing how people lived, from a Roman villa to a coal mine of the Industrial Revolution, help to animate the past in this illustrated sweep through world history. Taking an international perspective, the book explores the peoples and cultures of different periods as well as important events and social and historical developments such as the French Revolution and the invention of the printing press.
Menageries in Britain 1100–2000
From Henry I’s walled enclosure at Woodstock, where he kept exotic animals including lions, leopards and a most valued porcupine (a gift from William of Montpellier), this illustrated history follows the progress of menageries, aviaries and zoological gardens and the changing attitudes to keeping and displaying wild animals up to the end of the 20th century, when the conservation of endangered species became as important as entertainment and spectacle.
Voices From the Past
Beginning with the gladiators’ ritual ‘Hail, Caesar! They who are about to die salute you’ on 1 January, WB Marsh’s year of great quotations and the stories behind them ranges across history from antiquity to 2016. The words of participants, whether kings, revolutionaries or poets, offer intriguing and often surprising perspectives on historic events: the ‘empire on which the sun never sets’ turns out to be, not the British, but the Holy Roman Empire, ruled by Charles V from 28 June 1519.
China and the World
This is the history of the largest nation on Earth from 1272, when Khubilai Khan’s Mongol armies invaded China and founded the Great State, to the fall of the republic to Mao’s Communists in 1949. Weaving together the stories of ordinary and extraordinary people, it tells of war, diplomacy, religion, technological innovation, global trade and colonial intervention, and surveys the Chinese diaspora.
The Movement of Humankind from Prehistory to the Present
From the earliest people journeying across Africa to present day students studying abroad, this illustrated volume offers a broad narrative of human mobility. Looking at forced as well as self-motivated migrations, it features chapters on slavery and trafficking, historical events including the Irish ‘Famine Exodus’ and Jewish refugees escaping Nazi rule, as well as phenomena such as retiring abroad and misconceptions about migrant populations.
Mapping the Oceans
Discovering the World Beneath Our Seas
Produced in association with the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, Mapping the Oceans records millennia of human efforts to navigate and chart the seas, first for trade and more recently for research. Illustrated with historic maps, paintings and prints, it explores the development of navigational instruments, the principles of latitude and longitude, marine biology, and the new technologies that have allowed scientists to probe the oceans’ depths.
The Golden Thread
How Fabric Changed History
From the fibres our ancient ancestors wove from plants to the invention of the synthetic material that enabled humans to venture into space, fabric has played many roles throughout history, far beyond offering warmth and protection, demarcating status and providing an outlet for self-expression. This collection of essays considers topics such as the linen used by the ancient Egyptians to wrap their dead, the craft that inspired Vermeer to paint The Lacemaker and recent innovations in sports textiles.
Histories of the Unexpected
How Everything has a History
‘History is like a maze’, write the authors as they embark on this journey through 30 topics, inspired by their podcast series that promotes non-linear historical thinking. They reveal how our everyday world connects with the past in surprising, thought-provoking ways, including the use of paper clips as an anti-Nazi symbol, cats’ significance for the French Revolution and the links between letters, marriage, the Royal Navy and eggs.
The Birth of the U.S. Chemical Warfare Service and the Race for the World's Deadliest Weapons
Although German gas attacks on the battlefields of the First World War were greeted with horror, the Allies responded by developing their own chemical weapons. In America, laboratories began engaging in chemical weapon research, eventually amalgamating into the Chemical Warfare Service. This history of the organization brings together the key scientists, politicians and military personnel involved in its establishment, and describes the numerous logistical and ethical challenges they faced in deploying gas against the Germans. Off-mint with felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge.
Fighting with Allies
America and Britain in Peace and War
In this 2016 edition of his 1996 study, the former British Ambassador to Washington explores the ‘special relationship’ between Britain and the United States since 1940. Drawing on his own experience as well as official documents, diaries and memoirs, Robin Renwick examines the perspectives of each side during moments of crisis, including the Second World War, Suez, the Falklands, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. With Britain’s role in the world about to be transformed by Brexit, the book assesses the prospects for Anglo-American co-operation.
When Europe Was a Prison Camp
Father and Son Memoirs 1940–1941
Otto Schrag and his son Peter fled Nazi-occupied Belgium in 1940, yet both have very different stories to tell. Otto fled to the South of France where, as a Jew, he was interned in a French concentration camp at Saint-Cyprien; ten-year-old Peter, meanwhile, escaped to Boulogne with his mother and grandmother, sheltering in a cellar while the city was bombed. This book combines Otto’s novel-like recollections, written in 1941, with Peter’s thoughtful memoir compiled 40 years later.
Cities of God
The Bible and Archaeology in Nineteenth-Century Britain
In portraits of nine cities – Troy, Jerusalem, Nineveh, Pithom, Babylon, Sodom, Bethlehem, Ephesus and Rome – this volume examines how archaeology, the study of the Bible and the experience of urbanization intersect in 19th-century Britain.
Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage
Captain Cook is best known for his South Pacific voyages, but his exploration of the American Arctic in pursuit of the elusive Northwest Passage is arguably of equal importance. Published to accompany an exhibition at Anchorage, Alaska, this collection of essays assesses the impact of Cook’s journey on Russo-British relations and its legacy for later navigators. The text is lavishly illustrated with contemporary paintings, documents and maps, including Cook’s own charts of the Newfoundland coast.
Aspects of Devon History (Off-Mint)
People, Places and Landscapes
Marking the 40th anniversary of the Devon History Society, this volume brings together 30 essays on a wide range of topics: places such as the medieval landscape of Branscombe and the parish of Parkham in 1841; miscellaneous subjects including fishing, farming, water supply and the coming of electricity; and people from the Saxon thane Ordulf in Tavistock to Dame Georgiana Buller, the only child of Sir Redvers Buller, and her work for disabled people in 20th-century Devon. Off-mint.
The History of the World
From the Dawn of Humanity to the Modern Age
Beginning with the emergence of Homo erectus nearly 1.5 million years ago, this narrative history surveys human growth, survival and achievement across the planet. As well as covering great political and military events and cultural upheavals, from the earliest civilizations to the Industrial Revolution and the War on Terror, it provides insight into the changes in ordinary people's lives brought about by evolving social attitudes and new technologies such as printing and radio.