Discovering the World in the Eighteenth Century
Founded in 1753 as the world’s first public museum, the British Museum epitomized the Age of Enlightenment. This authoritative study charts the growth of its collections, and illustrates many of its treasures, from antiquities, painting and sculpture to scientific instruments and fossils.
Forkhill Protestants and Forkhill Catholics
Irish history is often reduced to the conflict between Catholics and Protestants: this book tells a different story. In a wide-ranging social history that includes analysis of rural disturbances, landholding patterns, family formation, systems of education and local response to the famine, Kyla Madden reveals that the relationship between the Catholics and Protestants in Forkhill, south Armagh, was both layered and complex - and defies a simple sectarian explanation.
The Dark Defile
Britain's Catastrophic Invasion of Afghanistan, 1838–1842
In 1839, convinced that Russia posed a threat to its empire in India, Britain sent a powerful army into Afghanistan to install a puppet ruler. Within four years, it had been utterly defeated. Skilfully establishing the events leading up to the invasion, this compelling narrative history draws on diaries and letters to recreate the tragic events of the First Afghan War, which turned out to be the opening salvo in the Anglo-Russian rivalry known as the 'Great Game'.