Secrets, Spies and Sources
The release of thousands of intelligence files to the National Archives means that we are no longer dependent on sensationalist journalism or the memoirs of ex-operatives for our understanding of the role of secret intelligence. Drawing on recently accessible material, this book illuminates the shady world of espionage, how it has served Britain since the early 1900s, and how ‘in its long and distinguished history, British intelligence has spied on almost every country in the world’.
English Writers, Artists and the Imagination from Virginia Woolf to John Piper
Was it a betrayal of the modern movement to be in love, as John Piper was, with old churches? Harris finds the engagement of artists and writers with the English countryside during the interwar years ‘an expression of responsibility – towards places, people and histories too valuable and too vulnerable to go missing from art’. Among the now much-admired figures discussed are Paul Nash, Edward Bawden, Gertrude Hermes, John Betjeman and Daphne du Maurier, and the book features carefully chosen quotations and reproductions of their works.
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.
The Making of the Modern Christmas
What do we mean by a 'traditional' Christmas? Were old Christmases that much better than modern celebrations? This book traces the history of Christmas from pagan mid-winter festivals to its establishment as a Christian feast in the 4th century, through Puritan disapproval and the Victorian revival and refurbishment of old customs to the present day. En route we find The Times in 1912 already lamenting the separation of 'the secular from the sacred part of Christmas'.
Hitler's Diaries, Lincoln's Assassins, and other Famous Frauds
‘History,’ said Napoleon, ‘is a set of lies agreed upon.’ The six audacious hoaxes examined in this book each became widely accepted as historical fact, before being exposed as a fraud. From the purported ‘missing link’ fossils of ‘Piltdown Man’ to the numerous volumes of the Hitler Diaries, they illustrate the forger’s devious modus operandi and warn how easily ‘wanting to believe’, either through greed or for ideological reasons, allows us to be fooled.
Liber Amicorum et Illustorum Hospitum
Published to mark the 70th birthday of Archbishop Heim, this edition of his Liber Amicorum includes Peter Bander van Duren’s substantial introduction to the Archbishop’s life and his work in heraldry. The Liber Amicorum itself comprises over 150 monochrome plates and blazons, with Heim’s celebrated works of heraldic art covering both European and British armorial bearings.
Graveyard of Empires: A New History of the Borderlands
David Isby, the veteran American defence analyst, provides a meticulously researched account of the situation in Afghanistan up to 2010 and, in the light of the country’s history, considers the problems facing the US and NATO coalition.
Atlas of the Ethno-political History of the Caucasus
Poised between Europe and Asia at the strategic crossroads between the Black and Caspian seas, the Caucasus has an exceptionally complex mix of cultures, ethnicities, religions and languages. Through 57 highly detailed large-format maps, this superb atlas charts the region’s volatile history and shifting borders from the 18th century to the present day. The meticulously researched text elucidates the conflicting national narratives, and provides a comprehensive reference tool for scholars, geographers and historians.
Trials of the Diaspora
A History of Anti-Semitism in England
In the long and troubling history of anti-Semitism in England, Julius identifies four distinct versions: the radical prejudice against Jews in medieval England which culminated in their expulsion in 1290; literary anti-Semitism, extending from Shakespeare to TS Eliot and beyond; and from the 17th to the late 20th centuries, the modern anti-Semitism of insult and partial exclusion. Finally, he deals with a new anti-Semitism that treats Zionism and the State of Israel as illegitimate Jewish enterprises.
On The Map
A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks
Maps are a perennial source of interest and wonder, and Simon Garfield's witty, wide-ranging narrative history explores their pleasures and pitfalls from the earliest times to the digital age. It includes chapters on guidebooks, Harry Beck's famous London tube map, and the story of Phyllis Pearsall's A-Z, while pithy sections called 'pocket maps' deal with entertaining curiosities such as the persistent myth that California was an island, a Victorian murder map, and Churchill's map room.
The Theatric Tourist 1805
A Facsimile of the First and Only Edition of 1805 Preceded by a Facsimile of the Original Prospectus
In the late 18th century, actor-manager James Winston toured Britain taking notes on the theatres of every town. Published in 1804-5 with 24 hand-coloured plates, and reproduced here in facsimile, his work is a unique record of theatrical life. Winston notes the history, architecture and capacity of each venue, painting a vivid picture of Georgian England, from Plymouth ('a nightly scene of riot and debauchery') to Brighton, where 'the manager is perpetually bringing out women of loose character.' No jacket.
What was History?
The Art of History in Early Modern Europe
From the late 15th century onward, scholars across Europe began to write books about how to read and evaluate histories. These pioneering works - which often take surprisingly modern-sounding positions - grew from complex debates about law, religion and classical scholarship. In this book, based on his Trevelyan Lectures in 2005, Grafton explains why so many of these works were written, why they attained so much insight and why, in later centuries, scholars gradually forgot that they had existed.
The History of Gaddafi's Pariah State
Under its eccentric dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Libya became a pariah state, harbouring international terrorists, amassing weapons and repressing its own people. But how did Gaddafi come to power, and hold on to it for so long? John Oates, who worked in Libya before the 1969 coup, charts the country's history from the Romans to Gaddafi - encompassing oil barons, Lockerbie, surveillance and mass murder, it is a chilling tale of power, corruption and lies.
A Brief History of the Great Moghuls
Bamber Gascoign's classic book tells of the most fascinating period of Indian history, the 16th and 17th centuries, when the country was ruled by an extraordinarily talented dynasty of emperors. Masters of almost limitless power and incomparable wealth, the 'Great Moghuls', as they were known to European travellers, were passionate about art, science and religion, but also sophisticated administrators who stabilized much of India. First published as The Great Moghuls in 1971.