A Biography of the World's Greatest River
‘Without doubt the greatest and most influential river system in the world’, the Blue, White and lower Nile together are the subject of Robert Twigger’s idiosyncratic, discursive narrative. A resident of Cairo until recently, he combines personal experience of present-day Egypt with the history, geography and ‘stories red in tooth and claw’ of the river, from its elusive source to Mansoura in the delta, and from shifting tectonic plates in the mists of time to revolution in 2011.
The Story of Coventry
The history of Coventry is often overshadowed by its bombing during the Second World War, but this richly illustrated account explores the city's whole heritage down the centuries, through records, architectural developments and anecdotes. Archive photographs in every chapter provide much to pore over, while the text concludes with comments on the challenges and opportunities that the 21st century will present.
A History 1891-1991
Orlando Figes gives a new perspective on revolutionary Russia, presenting the Revolution in a century-long cycle. Beginning with the 1891 famine and the crisis it provoked, Figes argues for three phases of revolution: the 'Old Bolsheviks', through 1917 and up to the 1920s; Stalin's 'revolution from above', Five Year Plans and collectivization, the latter 'a catastrophe from which the country never recovered'; and finally the years from Khrushchev to 1991, in which the leadership turned its back on Stalin, but not on Leninism.
All The Countries The Americans Have Ever Invaded
Making Friends and Influencing People?
Following on from Laycock's All the Countries We've Ever Invaded, the authors turn their attention to the USA and present an A-Z of articles describing the American invasion, bombing or military involvement (in conflict and peacetime) with a staggering 194 countries. Along with the obvious - Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam - there are some surprising forays, including attacks on 18th-century Canada, the 1856 Watermelon War in Panama, and the ill-fated Polar Bear Expedition into Russia in 1918.
The People Who Made a Civilization
Covering three millennia of Chinese history, this book comprises 96 short biographies of people from as wide a range of regions, ethnicities, eras and achievement as possible. Illustrated with portraits and other artworks, the listing begins with a woman - Fu Hao, a royal consort and female warrior of the 13th century BCE - and includes people from every sphere of political, military, cultural, artistic and scientific life, up to the end of the 20th century.
A History from the Mediterranean Shore to the Sahara
Surrounded by the Mediterranean, the Atlantic and the Sahara, North Africa has seen wave after wave of invaders, from the Romans to the French in the 20th century. Barnaby Rogerson charts its long and complex history up to the Arab Spring, vividly describing a rich cast of memorable characters that includes Dido, Hannibal and St Augustine. The book includes a chronology, an historical gazetteer cross-referenced to the main text, and 11 historical maps.
A Tommy in the Family
First World War Family History and Research
The First World War touched the lives of everyone in Britain in one way or another and many families hold treasured mementos in the form of medals, letters home and war diaries. This book explores 20 different human stories revealed by investigating such keepsakes connected with the author's own extended family, and also provides tips and advice about discovering and analysing ancestral information so that readers can research their own families.
The Golden Thread
The Story of Writing
Ewan Clayton, a Professor of Design and award-winning calligrapher, traces the development of writing in the Roman alphabet, from the simple shapes used to record transactions in ancient Egypt to the impact of artistic Modernism and the revolutionary effect of today's digital age. In an accessible survey of this cultural miracle he explores both the written word's power to share ideas in every field of human endeavour and the impact of changes in writing technology and our understanding of literacy.
The Making of Wakefield 1801-1900
The 19th century brought prosperity to Wakefield, so that by 1900 the city had become both the centre of a new diocese and the seat of the West Riding County Council, with fine public amenities benefiting from mains water and electricity. Making use of contemporary documents and photographs, Taylor surveys this century of civic development and the growth of Wakefield's places of worship, schools and entertainment venues.
Nick Barratt's Beginner's Guide to Your Ancestors' Lives
As well as giving advice on the practicalities of researching and constructing your family tree, this guide explains how to use a range of sources to look more deeply into the social history of each generation - their houses, streets, communities and ways of life. Barratt also offers helpful suggestions for organizing and shaping your findings and, with the help of the latest technology, creating an archive of your personal heritage.
A History of Britain
Book IV: The Stuarts, Cromwell and the Glorious Revolution
Part of a series first published in 1937 and used in schools for decades, this book tells the dramatic events that affected the British Isles during the 17th century as a chronological narrative in fast-paced prose - from the accession of James I to the reign of William and Mary and the treaty of Utrecht in 1713. Edited and updated by David Evans, former Head of History at Eton. No jacket.
From the Gunpowder Plot to the Millennium Bug, all manner of historical mysteries, plots, cover-ups and unexplained phenomena are explored in this colourful survey. The ring-bound file contains not only chapters on assassinations, UFOs and aliens, spies, hoaxes, disputed identities and mysteries surrounding the Titanic and the Bermuda Triangle, but facsimiles of memorabilia including postcards and newspaper front pages.
The Story of England
The story of one community and its progress through fifteen centuries of English history, this book focuses on the Leicestershire village of Kibworth, at the very centre of the country. Drawing on a uniquely rich documentary archive, Michael Wood traces the history of the village since the Roman occupation and shows the effects of conquerors,religious and political conflicts, the Industrial Revolution and two world wars on the lives of the people of Kibworth.
Bringing Them Up Royal
How the Royals Raised Their Children from 1066 to the Present
'With some exceptions', writes David Cohen, 'the royals have not distinguished themselves as parents over the last 1,000 years'. From William the Conqueror's daughter Adela and her favoured son, Stephen, through the young Victoria's strictly controlled childhood under the 'Kensington System', and ending with how Princess Diana filled the role of royal mother, Cohen intertwines history with child psychology as he tells a story of violence, betrayal and cruelty - with the occasional gem of kindness and wisdom.
Postcards of Lost Royals
Beginning with a photograph of the future Edward VIII posing with his great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, this intriguing collection of postcards tells the stories of royals who lost their thrones - and sometimes, like Tsar Nicholas II and Maximilian I of Mexico, their lives - through revolution, war, the abolition of monarchies or abdication during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Part of a series surveying 20th century history, political iconography and propaganda through contemporary images, these 50 postcards are reproduced, with short commentaries, from originals in the John Fraser Collection at the Bodleian Library.
A History 1066-2013
Babies are born every day, but rarely does a child arrive who will inherit the throne. This book tells the story of 25 royal babies, some born in times of peace, others delivered during episodes of civil warfare. From the birth of Matilda, granddaughter of William the Conqueror, in 1102 to Prince George Windsor, the latest addition to the royal family, these stories describe the births of some of the greatest British monarchs in history, as well as many long-forgotten babies.
Solving Genealogy Problems
How to Break Down 'Brick Walls' and Build Your Family Tree
The genealogical researcher often comes up against difficult areas and dead ends, but this book provides advice, information and extra techniques to take the family tree back past apparently insurmountable difficulties. Drawing on his own long experience of research in the British Isles, Davis suggests new ways of looking at problems, offers advice on finding new and unusual records and gives additional ideas on using the census and census substitutes.
People and Places
In a memoir as unconventional as his career, Asa Briggs seeks 'to trace those personal relationships which have most shaped my work as an historian and, indeed, my whole life'. Acknowledging the influence of friends as various as PD James, Jim Callaghan and John Reith, he documents five decades of his pioneering work in universities at home and abroad, reminisces about his early life in Yorkshire and explains his special interest in the Victorians.
Among the Cannibals
Adventures on the Trail of Man's Darkest Ritual
Travel writer Paul Raffaele has journeyed to remote corners of the earth in search of native peoples and sects who practised or are still practising 'this deep and terrible perversity of human nature': cannibalism. This account of his adventures records encounters with man-eaters including the Korowai tribe in New Guinea; holy men of a Hindu sect in Benares; and the warriors of Tonga, who until recently ate their slain enemies. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Pirates of the Seven Seas
Treasure and Treachery on the High Seas in Maps, Pictures and Yarns
The Caribbean raiders of the 18th century, glamorized in literature and film, have given us a popular pirate archetype; but seaborne villains had been around long before Blackbeard or Captain Kidd. This illustrated history, which includes many excellent maps, tells the less romantic stories of real pirates through the ages, from the first sea raiders of the ancient world to the pirates of today preying on shipping off the coasts of Africa and elsewhere.
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.
The Sacred History
How Angels, Mystics and Higher Intelligence Made Our World
This is an alternative narrative of human history, 'a sort of folk history of the world', which weaves together stories of men and women who had visionary experiences involving angels, daemons or other supernatural powers. A spellbinding display of the place of mystery and mysticism in human experience, it features key episodes in religious scriptures, moments in the lives of such potent cultural figures as Joan of Arc and Abraham Lincoln and tales from African, Native American and Celtic traditions.
The Great Republic
A History of America
Republished to mark the 50th anniversary of Churchill's death, this volume brings together all the writings on the USA from his History of the English Speaking Peoples (1956-8). Written with characteristic wit and historical insight, it spans American history from Columbus' discovery of the New World to the Cold War, and is imbued with the love and affection that the author felt for the USA - his mother's homeland. Edited by Churchill's grandson and with a new preface by Andrew Roberts.
A Short History of England
The Glorious Story of a Rowdy Nation
In his concise, but comprehensive single volume, and with over 100 illustrations, Simon Jenkins covers all the key individuals and events in English history and identifies recurring themes such as relations with France and the role of Parliament. From the fifth century 'Saxon Dawn' to the recent coalition government, he provides - 'as simply as possible' - a lucid narrative of how the England we know today came to be.
Noble Endeavours: The Life of Two Countries,
England and Germany in Many Stories
Until their ties were brutally severed by two world wars, Britain and Germany were the closest of friends, natural allies whose mutual admiration and cultural and linguistic kinship were reinforced by many family connections. This magnificent panorama of 19th- and early 20th-century society traces the stories of kings and queens, writers and artists, philanthropists, entrepreneurs and working people whose lives spanned two nations, and demonstrates how the crisis, when it came, was felt at a deeply personal level.
The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life
Before and During the Holocaust. Three volumes.
Profiling more than 6,500 Jewish communities, with over 600 photographs, 17 pages of maps, a chronology and glossary, these volumes are the product of three decades of work at Yad Vasham, the Holocaust Remembrance Authority of Israel. The alphabetically arranged entries provide details of the history, people and customs of communities, large and small, that thrived throughout much of Europe, north Africa and the Middle East during the early part of the 20th century, but were changed irrevocably by the Holocaust.
Earls Court and Brompton Past
At the beginning of the 19th century, Earl's Court consisted largely of market gardens on the banks of the River Westbourne. This absorbing illustrated history explains how the Great Exhibition of 1851 and the building of the Underground spurred its development into a fashionable if slightly raffish suburb inhabited by artists, musicians and Australians. There are also brief biographies of local residents, among them John Everett Millais and Alfred Hitchcock.
Elstree and Boreham Wood Past
Protected from the expansion of London by the creation of the Green Belt, Elstree and Boreham Wood have retained much of their rural charm. This extensively illustrated local history charts their development from prehistoric times to the present, and describes their many surviving historic buildings. Individual chapters are devoted to parish churches, old pubs, local crimes and law enforcement, and the area's celebrated film studios.
Researching London's Houses
An Archives Guide
Researching the history of a house can be fascinating, but it is not always straightforward, especially in London where the maze of sources is complex. Written by an expert on London's built environment, this book provides a systematic guide to the available archives, including title deeds, local government records, rates and taxes, fire insurance and probate. Extensively illustrated with photographs and maps, it includes a brief history of London housing, and three case studies.