The Road to Passchendaele
The Heroic Year in Soldiers' Own Words and Photographs
This extraordinary collection of 170 photographs, taken surreptitiously by soldiers over the course of 1917 when spirits on the front line were at their lowest, captures not only the physical destruction of the war, but moments of respite away from the shelling when the men could swim, dine and relax. Equally poignant are the excerpts from soldiers’ memoirs which, in describing their own conditions and activities, tell personal stories of hope and, all too often, bewilderment.
Ribbons Among the Rajahs
A History of British Women in India Before the Raj
During the 18th and early 19th centuries, legions of women made the long, costly and hazardous journey to India, some accompanying husbands, others seeking a husband or employment, others still from a sense of adventure; but while the women of the Raj are familiar from literature, these pioneers are generally forgotten. Between the voyage out and their deaths in India, Patrick Wheeler’s social history offers an account of everyday life for these ‘Indian British’ women during the pre-imperial era.
Rebuilding Post-War Britain
Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian refugees in Britain, 1946–1951
After the Second World War, 25,000 Latvians, Lithuanians and Estonians, displaced by conflict and invasion, were recruited to fill labour shortages in Britain. Drawing on interviews and documentary sources, Emily Gilbert brings this little-known episode to life, and charts the refugees’ contribution to British society.
Growing Up in the Not-So-Friendly 'Baby Boomer' Years
Many Baby-Boomers view their childhoods nostalgically as a time when the young were allowed to roam free, untrammelled by concerns for safety. This book takes a cool look at the facts to reveal that life was far more hazardous and unpleasant for a child then than it is now. Even with far fewer cars on the roads, for example, more than 45 times as many children were knocked down and killed in 1965 than today.
A Year in the Life of Ancient Egypt
What would it have been like to live in Ancient Egypt? In this book one of the world’s most acclaimed Egyptologists imagines a year in the life of a government official and his family. Organized according to the three agricultural seasons that structured Egyptian lives – inundation, planting and harvesting – the family’s story illustrates aspects of their everyday lives and customs, their experience of the educational, medical and legal professions and their preparations for the afterlife.
An Infamous Mistress
The Life, Loves and Family of the Celebrated Grace Dalrymple Elliott
Divorced wife, scandalous mistress, prisoner during the French Revolution and reputed mother of the Prince of Wales’s child, Grace Dalrymple Elliott had little choice but to live off her wits and her beauty. This biography not only charts her adventures in London and Paris, buts sets her swashbuckling life against the social history of the Georgian era, and explores her far-flung family connections that extended to France, America, India and Africa.
Warfare in Northern Europe Before the Romans
Evidence from Archaeology
Roman propaganda helped to create the common perception of Northern Europe’s early warriors as disorganized, uncultured savages. However, as this book shows, there is abundant evidence for the use of innovative technologies and sophisticated strategic thinking in societies across the region. To shed light on the centuries before written records, Wileman analyses such monuments as the Bronze Age hillforts at Maiden Castle in Dorset and Alesia in France together with archaeological finds, from ancient weapons to rock art depicting scenes of battle.
Scotland's Hidden Harlots & Heroines
Women's Role in Scottish Society from 1690–1969
Women have played a crucial role in the history of Scotland, yet their contribution has often been overlooked. This study reveals the harsh realities of life for witches, prostitutes, factory hands and bodysnatchers in a misogynist Presbyterian society where women had no personal possessions, no vote and few career options. The final section of the book charts the struggle for women’s rights in the 20th century, and celebrates its heroines.
The World of Mummies
From Ötzi to Lenin
Mummies are found not only in ancient Egyptian tombs but all around the world, in locations as varied as the mountains of South America, European churches and the ice of Greenland. This introduction to the subject, by a distinguished mummy-researcher, explains the natural and artificial processes by which human remains are preserved. The book features colour photographs of several mummies, together with case studies that reveal what scientific analysis of their bodies can teach us about these people’s lives, deaths and diseases.
Two Deaths at Amphipolis
Cleon vs Brasidas in the Peloponnesian War
Mike Roberts brings a fresh perspective to the study of the Peloponnesian War (431–404 BCE) by focusing on the clash of the two dynamic commanders who were killed in 422 during the battle over the Athenian colony at Amphipolis. Roberts follows the career of the heroic Spartan Brasidas, already a veteran of many campaigns when he headed north to this strategically important city, and reconsiders the Athenian Cleon, whose reputation was tarnished by the historian Thucydides’ vociferous criticism.
Returning home to Liverpool in 1805, William King’s determination to speak out against slavery brings him into direct conflict with his father. Interweaving politics, romance and the fortunes of war, this novel reflects the turmoil that preceded the end of British involvement in the slave trade. (Contains material previously published in Ice King.)
Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
Accounts of British Soldiers and Their Protectors in the Great War
In 1914 David Cruickshank, a private in the Scottish Rifles, became trapped by an advancing German force in the village of Le Cateau. He was taken into hiding by the Baudhuin household, but frequent German patrols forced him to dress as a woman. ‘Mademoiselle Louise’ lived in the village for over two years before being caught and sentenced to death. This extraordinary account of Cruickshank’s plight is interwoven with the stories of other stranded British soldiers.
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.
Spy of the Century
Alfred Redl and the Betrayal of Austro-Hungary
When, in 1907, Alfred Redl became head of the Austro-Hungarian Intelligence Bureau, he also began working as a secret agent for the Russian Imperial Army. This biography, the first in English, examines possible motivations behind Redl’s treachery, which is often blamed for Austria’s defeat in the First World War and the break-up of its empire. Was Redl an evil, reckless man or the tragic victim of Russian blackmail that threatened to expose his homosexuality?
The Secret World of the Victorian Lodging House
Throughout the burgeoning cities of Victorian Britain, lodging houses provided shelter to those who flocked from the countryside in search of work. Crowded, insanitary and often disreputable, they aroused the horror of respectable society, and were viewed as hotbeds of crime and disease. Drawing on contemporary accounts, newspaper reports and court cases, this fascinating social history shines a light into the shadowy world of itinerant labourers, criminals, street entertainers, peddlers, prostitutes, abandoned children, and families fallen on hard times.
Saturday at MI9
The Classic Account of the WWII Allied Escape Organisation
Airey Neave was the first British officer to escape from Colditz and make a ‘home-run’ back to Britain. On his return in 1942, he began working for MI9 in the War Office, an organization that helped maintain escape lines across occupied Europe to send stranded servicemen into neutral territory for evacuation. Neave’s account of MI9, first published in 1969, includes many remarkable escape stories and praises the bravery of both escapees and volunteers.
The Russian Army in the First World War
Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives
Rarely seen, here are photographs of first the Tsarist army, then the army of the Provisional Government and Bolsheviks in action against the Germans and Austro-Hungarians on the Eastern Front until the 1917 Revolution and the end of Russia’s war.
Secret Histories of Britain's Rebels and Revolutionaries
Alarmed by the French Revolution, the rulers of Georgian Britain established a network of spies and informers to infiltrate and monitor radical groups at home. Drawing on official records and contemporary accounts, this compelling history probes the shadowy world of government agents pitted against Irish rebels, Luddites, the Pentrick uprising of 1817 and the 1820 plot to murder the cabinet. In vivid prose, the book recreates a climate of fear and repression, in which even peaceful reformers risked arrest.