If I Did It... I Don't Remember
Salisbury's Edwardian Murder Mystery or Who Killed Teddy Haskell
On 31 October 1908, 12 year-old Teddy Haskell was brutally murdered in his own home in Fisherton, a suburb of Salisbury. The case attracted international media attention for months, but remains unsolved more than a century later. This meticulously documented account of the investigation brings new evidence together with inquest and trial transcripts, photographs of the crime scene and the personal thoughts of the detective in charge.
Murder & Crime: London
Within weeks of breaking auction house records, when bought by a Bond Street art dealer, Gainsborough's portrait of the Duchess of Devonshire was sensationally stolen, not to surface again for 25 years. This compendium of London crime describes 18 notorious felonies in the capital from Guy Fawkes and Jack the Ripper to Crippen and Christie.
Adventures of Pirates, Scoundrels, and Other Rebels
Whether anarchists, criminals, free thinkers or revolutionaries, outlaws hold a perennial fascination for the safe, law-abiding majority. Richly illustrated in colour and black-and-white, this book charts the exploits of forest outlaws from Robin Hood to Henry Thoreau; seafarers such as Francis Drake and the female pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read; sharpshooters such as Jesse James and Billy the Kid; and city hoodlums from Bonnie and Clyde to Jacques Mesrine.
The Victorian Master Criminal
Charles Peace and the Murders of Cock and Dyson
Charles Peace had served several short prison terms for burglary before he killed a policeman during a robbery in Manchester in 1876. Later the same year a second murder provoked a nationwide hunt for Peace, who was only apprehended two years later in London, where he had been living luxuriously on the proceeds of his crimes. This book tells the story of one of Victorian England's most notorious criminals, his trial, eventual confession and execution.
A Journey into China's Antiquity
This first volume covers the long period from the Palaeolithic Yuanmou Man 1.7 million years ago, through the introduction of agriculture in the Neolithic to the first dynasties and the ‘Spring and Autumn’ period around 700 BC. The illustrations range from the earliest flint tools through the development of ceramics to the elaborate metal vessels and weaponry of the dynastic era.
A Journey into China's Antiquity
The period from the Warring States (fourth century BC), through the Han dynasty (202 BC–AD 220) to the Northern and Southern Dynasties of the sixth century was one of conflict and dynamism, characterized by a flourishing of literature, philosophy, science and the arts. This volume is illustrated with a profusion of magnificent lacquer wares, jade carving and gold and silver work.
In Search of Human Origins
In his first, much-acclaimed book, Missing Links: The Hunt for Earliest Man (1981), John Reader gave a definitive account of palaeoanthropology, its breakthrough finds, frauds and controversial theories and the central role of fossils in the search for 'missing links' between humans and ape-like ancestors. This expanded and updated edition reflects the exciting and significant advances of the last 30 years, including genetic discoveries and the identification of several new species of extinct hominid.
A Journey into China's Antiquity
After the Sui dynasty (581–618) reunited China, the Tang revived the economy and strengthened the nation. Another period of fragmentation followed in the tenth century, before the Northern and Southern Song dynasties restored stability. Illustrated with exquisite carvings, calligraphy, painting, metalwork and porcelain, this volume demonstrates the growing material prosperity and artistic sophistication of the period.
The Chronicles of a Courtier
A History of Stanton Court, Wiltshire
What do PG Wodehouse, a descendant of Horatio Nelson, the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force and members of the royal family have in common? All, as this fascinating history makes clear, are connected to Stanton Court in Wiltshire. Written by the Georgian rectory’s current inhabitant, the book interweaves local history with the pursuits and fortunes of a host of colourful characters. Period photographs vividly evoke the look and atmosphere of the house and its gardens.
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.
A Journey Into China's Antiquity
This final volume charts the accession of the Yuan dynasty in 1271, the Ming period (1369–1644), and the Qing dynasty, which was ended by the revolution of 1911. The era saw the establishment of Beijing as the capital, and a material culture of extraordinary elegance, including the refinement of printing and the blue-and-white china that became prized across the globe.
A Brief History of Ireland
The first residents of Ireland after the last Ice Age probably crossed over from Scotland, but it was later settlers from the mainland, from the 12th-century Norman invasion onwards, who were at the root of Ireland's modern history of struggle for independence. This introduction considers the importance of Ireland's distinct culture and the influence of its diaspora as well as its turbulent political history.
An Outline History
Syria has seldom been out of the news since the civil war began in 2011, but its history is not so widely known. Combining narrative sweep with telling detail, this account outlines the achievements of ancient Syria, birthplace of agriculture and writing, before charting the succession of invaders – Persian, Greek, Roman, Ottoman, French and British – who attempted to dominate the region. Finally, it locates the roots of the present conflict in the treaties that followed the First World War.
The Dead Do Not Die
'Exterminate All the Brutes' and Terra Nullius
The two works presented in this volume are concerned with the impact of European colonialism on native peoples: in ‘Exterminate All the Brutes’ – a phrase taken from Conrad’s Heart of Darkness – Lindquist travels in Africa and explores the history of the concept of extermination; Terra Nullius is about the shameful treatment of Aboriginal peoples in Australia. With an introduction by Adam Hochschild. Translated from the Swedish.
The History of England: Volume I
With an eye for evocative detail, Ackroyd tells the story of England from prehistory, through the invasions of Romans, Vikings, Saxons and Norman French, and the Middle Ages, up to the death of Henry VII in 1509. This engaging account of our society’s earliest foundations punctuates familiar stories of kings and battles with vivid descriptions of the lives of ordinary people, from their homes, food and sense of humour to their swift and often savage approach to crime and punishment.
The History of England From James I to the Glorious Revolution
Part three of Peter Ackroyd’s much-acclaimed History of England begins in 1603 with Sir Robert Carey’s ride from London to Edinburgh to proclaim James VI of Scotland ‘King of England, France and Ireland’. With an eye for the telling detail, Ackroyd evokes the lives of people – kings and commoners – as he follows the turbulent course of Stuart history, through the Civil War, Oliver Cromwell’s Commonwealth and the Restoration to the arrival of another foreign ruler – William of Orange – to the English throne. (Previously sold in Postscript as Civil War: The History of England Volume III).
The History of England, Volume IV
The fourth volume of Peter Ackroyd’s epic History of England begins in 1688 with a revolution and ends in 1815 with a victory. Against a vivid backdrop of coffee houses and playhouses, it charts the creation of those pillars of modern Britain, the Bank of England and the Stock Exchange, the rise of newspapers, the birth of the novel, and the technological developments that transformed England from a land of green fields to one of iron and coal.
The Course of History
Ten Meals That Changed the World
World-changing decisions have been made over dinner, from the post-Napoleonic Congress of Vienna to Nixon’s historic meeting with Zhou Enlai. This enlightening book not only reveals the importance of dining to diplomacy, it enlists the acclaimed restaurateur Tony Singh to recreate the menus, from the Capon Stuffed with Virginia Ham eaten by Hamilton, Madison and Jefferson as they discussed the new US capital to the Poached Salmon Trout with Caviar consumed by Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt in Tehran.
Shadows of Revolution
Reflections on France, Past and Present
Over the past two centuries, France has experimented with virtually every form of government. This collection of essays and reviews by one of America’s foremost observers of France reflects on the Enlightenment and the Revolution, Robespierre and Napoleon, the Vichy regime and the situation of French Jews, the Arab Spring and the terrorist attacks of 2015. Lively, informed, wide-ranging and highly readable, the book offers a unique insight into ‘the most intense political laboratory the world has ever known’.
The South China Sea
The Struggle for Power in Asia
‘A fulcrum of world trade and a crucible of conflict’, the South China Sea, its shipping lanes and the ownership of its many island groups are matters of global concern. Bill Hayton, a journalist with long experience in Asia, gives a detailed account of the region’s complex history, from the earliest human migrations to the depletion of fish stocks today and problems of sovereignty and territory, which remain insoluble while China refuses to deal with these issues on a multilateral basis.
The Conservation Movement in Norfolk
Norfolk is richly endowed with magnificent landscapes, wildlife habitats, historic buildings and archaeological sites, and has been at the forefront of the modern conservation movement: founded in the 1920s, the county’s Archaeological and Wildlife Trusts were the first in Britain. This book charts the history of those pioneering campaigns, while its many colour photographs illustrate the magnificent heritage they have preserved.
A History and Exploration
With a cast of characters including Mary, Queen of Scots, Sherlock Holmes and Galileo, this book is both a history of cryptography since Greco-Roman times and a lively step-by-step introduction to the techniques used by code-breakers. It now appears in a revised edition, with new material on online banking and the Navajo code talkers of the Second World War. Appendices give instructions for creating and operating your own encrypting machines.
South Asia from Partition to the Present Day
Dispersed across India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, midnight's descendants – the generations born since the midnight partition of British India in 1947 – are the world's fastest-growing population. This first comprehensive history of this complex and inter-connected region charts its uneven and often fraught path to modernization; the volatile relationship between India and Pakistan; the rise of religious fundamentalism; the bitter wars in Kashmir and Sri Lanka; and the area's increasing influence on global economics and geopolitics.
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.
Kings & Queens of Great Britain
Every Question Answered
David Soud chronicles Britain’s evolving institutions and customs through a series of short chapters covering the life and reign of every monarch, from the Anglo-Saxon kings of Wessex to the House of Windsor. The book is richly illustrated with paintings and photographs, and ends with the texts of more than 40 royal documents, such as Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights, the powerful Tilbury speech of Elizabeth I and letters from Victoria to her prime ministers.
At Her Majesty's Secret Service
The Chiefs of Britain's Intelligence Service, MI6
The first 'C' of the British Secret Intelligence Service, Mansfield Smith-Cumming, began by recruiting retired military men who lived abroad. By the time Stewart Menzies took up the position in 1939, operations were greatly expanded; he oversaw the code-breaking at Bletchley Park and also presided over infiltration by the Cambridge spies. This book profiles the 15 men who have held the post, up to 2014, outlining the activities of the department during their tenure.
Studies in Archaic Forms of Social Movement in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Social agitation is as essential a part of public life today as it has ever been. Eric Hobsbawm’s classic study, reissued with a new introduction by Owen Jones, explores the origins of contemporary rebellion in Robin Hood, Nonconformist dissenters, secret societies, Mafiosi, Spanish anarchists and labour movements. This concise guide provides an insightful analysis of the revolutions that shaped Western civilization, while a selection of historical texts presents the radicals’ perspectives in their own words.
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.
A Concise History of the Arabs
From Libya to Syria, the Arab world commands Western headlines even as its politics elude the grasp of readers and commentators. This lucid survey argues that the key to understanding the region lies in its past. The book charts the political, social and intellectual history of the Arab world from the Roman Empire, through the mission of the Prophet Muhammad to the rise of modern Islamism, and concludes with an assessment of the region’s prospects after the Arab Spring.
The Undiscovered Country
Journeys Among the Dead
From John Baret’s effigy of his own corpse in St Mary’s Church, in 15th-century Bury St Edmunds, to the incident that prompted the idea of bringing an anonymous body – ‘An Unknown Soldier’ – back from the First World War trenches, Watkins’ history of the macabre delves into Britain’s past in search of ancient customs, local characters and compelling tales that illuminate the ways in which people have come to terms with death.
A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found
'A severed head can be many things: a loved one, a trophy, scientific data, criminal evidence, an educational prop, a religious relic, an artistic muse, a practical joke.' Larson surveys all these fates of human heads in a strange and often gruesome history that ranges from primitive tribes' shrunken heads to bizarre experiments in bringing guillotined heads back to life, and discusses issues such as the spectacle of public execution, the human face and the act of decapitation.
Portrait of a City Through the Centuries
‘No other place has been so twisted and torn across five centuries of conflict, from religious wars to Cold War, at the hub of Europe’s ideological struggle’: Rory MacLean traces the history of Berlin through 23 people who were inspired by the city or simply belonged there: from Konrad von Cölln, a poor 15th-century poet, through Frederick the Great, Christopher Isherwood and Bertolt Brecht, Marlene Dietrich, Goebbels, John F Kennedy and David Bowie, to a returning Holocaust survivor in 2013.
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.
City of Peace, City of Blood
When US troops entered Baghdad in 2003, they became the latest participants in a drama stretching back 13 centuries. The 'City of Peace', seat of a glittering Islamic civilization and home to astronomers, mathematicians, poets and musicians, has often been one of the most violent places on Earth. This compelling new history – the first in English for almost a century – examines Baghdad's changing fortunes, from its foundation by the caliph al-Mansur to Saddam Hussein.
The People Behind the Power
Steeped in authoritarianism, secrecy and corruption, Russia continues to baffle and frustrate the West. Why is it the way it is? Traversing this vast country from the violent Caucasus to Arctic Siberia, journalist Gregory Feifer interviews hundreds of people, from oligarchs to beggars on Moscow's streets, about everything from sex and vodka to Russia's relations with the world. What emerges is a picture of a society bursting with vitality under a tradition-bound leadership often on the verge of collapse. Slightly off-mint.
Centuries of Change
Which Century Saw the Most Change and Why it Matters to Us
Which century in the past millennium saw the most change? Which development had the most far-reaching effects – the Black Death or votes for women, the Industrial Revolution or the internet? This book from the author of The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England takes us on a tour of Western history – a trip through invention, discovery, revolution and shifts in perspective – pitting one century against another in a quest to measure the pace of change.
London's Lord Mayors
800 Years of Shaping the City
The Lord Mayorship of London is one of the oldest and most successful elected offices in the modern world, and for 800 years its incumbents have shaped, served and supported the City and its inhabitants. Against the pomp and ceremony of the Lord Mayor's Show, this history sheds light on the personalities, decisions, successes and failures of the drapers, goldsmiths, fishmongers and spectacle-makers who have risen to perform this crucial role through plague, fire, rebellion and war.
The Golden Age of Maritime Maps
When Europe Discovered the World
Portolan charts – from the Italian portolano, meaning 'relating to ports' – were used by sailors from the Middle Ages to the 18th century. Painted on vellum, they show every coastal feature, with the seas criss-crossed by rhumb lines. This book reproduces 142 of these maps in superb detail, while experts trace their origins among the Jewish cartographers of Majorca, the influence of Islamic and Indian mapmakers, and the maps' dissemination as Europeans began to explore the Atlantic and Indian oceans.
An Illustrated History
For much of its history the birthplace of democracy has found itself under foreign occupation or military rule. This entertaining survey traces Greece's political, artistic and religious evolution from its Stone Age beginnings, through the glories of its classical civilization, the Byzantine era and the long years of Ottoman rule, to the restoration of democratic government and EU membership.
An Illustrated History
This book succinctly relates the five millennia of Egyptian history from the first dynasties of the pharaohs, through the periods of Roman, Islamic, Ottoman and British rule, and into the 21st century, while providing an insight into the culture of modern Egypt through profiles of key figures such as the singer Umm Kulthum (d.1975) and the writer Naguib Mahfouz (1911–2006).
Korea: An Illustrated History
From Ancient Times to 1945
Although Koreans call their country Chosön – 'The Land of the Morning Calm' – it has weathered many military and political storms. This volume charts its fortunes from the time of the legendary Tan-Gun in the third millennium BCE to the Cold War and the present division of the country, and discusses its profound cultural and spiritual heritage.
An Illustrated History
Capital of the largest country in the world, Moscow has experienced both glorious and turbulent times. This volume recounts its political, social and artistic history through the rise and fall of Imperial Russia, the Bolshevik revolution, two world wars and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, paying particular attention to changes in the city's size and architecture.