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A Line in the Sand

Paperback
by James Barr
In 1916, in the middle of the First World War, two men secretly agreed to divide the Middle East between them. Sir Mark Sykes was a visionary politician; Francois Georges-Picot a diplomat with a grudge. The deal they struck, which was designed to relieve tensions that threatened to engulf the Entente Cordiale, drew a line in the sand from the Mediterranean to the Persian frontier. Territory north of that st...
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Europe Etymological Map (Atlas of True Names)

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The Atlas of True Names reveals the etymological roots, or original meanings, of the familiar terms on today's map of Europe. For instance, where you would normally expect to see London indicated, the ‘Atlas’ gives you "Hillfort. The 'True Names' of 1500 cities, countries, rivers, oceans and mountain ranges are displayed on this fascinating map, which includes a comprehensive index of derivations.
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A to Z Atlas And Guide To London And Suburbs 1938/9

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by Geographers' A-Z Map Company
The A to Z Atlas and Guide to London and Suburbs 1938/9 is a historical reproduction atlas that affords a nostalgic look back to a time now rapidly becoming beyond living memory. This was a city of trams and trolley buses, still cloaked in the black sooty grime of Victorian industry, bedeviled by winter smogs.
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The Edge of the World: How the North Sea Made Us Who We are

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by Michael Pye
Michael Pye's The Edge of the World is an epic adventure: from the Vikings to the Enlightenment, from barbaric outpost to global centre, it tells the amazing story of northern Europe's transformation by sea. This is a story of saints and spies, of fishermen and pirates, traders and marauders - and of how their wild and daring journeys across the North Sea built the world we know. When the Roman Empire retre...
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The Trigger: The Hunt for Gavrilo Princip - the Assassin Who Brought the World to War

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by Butcher, Tim
On a summer morning in 1914, a teenage assassin named Gavrilo Princip fired not just the opening shots of the First World War but the starting gun for modern history, when he killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo. A hundred years later, Tim Butcher undertakes an extraordinary journey to uncover the story of this unknown boy who changed our world forever. By retracing Princip's journey from his highlan...
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Wild Ruins: The Explorer's Guide to Britain Lost Castles, Follies, Relics and Remains

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by Dave Hamilton
Discover and explore Britain's extraordinary history through its most beautiful lost ruins. From crag-top castles to crumbling houses lost in ancient forest, and ivy-encrusted relics of industry to sacred places long since over-grown.
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The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914

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by Clark, Christopher
Christopher Clark’s “Sleepwalkers” is a highly acclaimed study of the causes of World War I. Charting the problems leading up to the Great War, from the polarization of Europe in 1887 – 1907 to the actual commencement of the fighting, the book presents the personalities and the unfolding events in London, Paris, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Vienna and Belgrade in considerable detail, but its author never looses ...
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A History of the World in Twelve Maps

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by Jerry Brotton
Throughout history, maps have been fundamental in shaping our view of the world, and our place in it. But far from being purely scientific objects, maps of the world are unavoidably ideological and subjective, intimately bound up with the systems of power and authority of particular times and places. Mapmakers do not simply represent the world, they construct it out of the ideas of their age. In this scinti...
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The New Atlas of World History: Global Events at a Glance

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by John Haywood
The first and only atlas to present global history in a series of uniform world-to-view maps, The New Atlas of World History tells the human story in 56 crystal-clear world maps, from six million years ago to today.
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Stasiland, Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

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by Anna Funder
In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell; shortly afterwards the two Germanies reunited, and East Germany ceased to exist. In a country where the headquarters of the secret police can become a museum literally overnight, and one in 50 East Germans were informing on their countrymen and women, there are a thousand stories just waiting to get out.
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Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide: Facsimile of the 1913 edition

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by George Bradshaw
Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide, once an indispensible tool for anyone planning to explore the Continent and now used in the BBC TV series, provides a fascinating glimpse of Europe soon to be convulsed by the First World War and emerge with many of its international borders changed by the conflict
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The Great War: WWI Western Front 1914 - 1918 IGN Map

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Excellent World War I commemorative map from the IGN presenting an overview of the Western Front supported by three more detailed enlargements of the main battlefields including the Somme area, and highlighting 15 special Remembrance Trails, remaining trenches, numerous memorial sites, museums, cemeteries, etc.
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The Trains Now Departed: Sixteen Excursions into the Lost Delights of Britain's Railways

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by Williams, Michael
Sometimes you come across a lofty railway viaduct, marooned in the middle of a remote country landscape. Or a crumbling platform from some once-bustling junction buried under the buddleia. If you are lucky you might be able to follow some rusting tracks, or explore an old tunnel leading to...well, who knows where? Listen hard. Is that the wind in the undergrowth? Or the spectre of a train from a golden era ...
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The Infographic History Of The World

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by D'Efilippo Valentina
An innovative, visually exciting, informative and, perhaps most importantly, not at all gimmicky way of presenting to the reader a multitude of facts: from history and current affairs, from nature and science, from sociology or the art, etc. The subjects are grouped into: In the Beginning, Getting Civilised, Nation Building, and The Modern World. Each form of graphic presentation is specially chosen to illu...
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Waterloo 1815 Commemorative Map

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Commemorative map from the Belgian national survey organization, NGI, published to mark the bicentenary of the battle of Waterloo in 1815, with present day mapping and reproductions of contemporary maps overprinted to indicate the movements of the French, British and Prussian forces.
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Britain: Bicentennial Geological Map 1815-2015

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Geological map of the United Kingdom (i.e. Northern Ireland is included) at 1:1,000,000 from the British Geological Survey, in a special bicentennial edition depicting modern geological bedrock data in the style of the first ever geological map of Britain published in 1815 by William Smith. The base map has satellite-derived relief plus the road network.
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Britain's Lost Railways: The Twentieth-Century Destruction of Our Finest Railway Architecture

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by Minnis, John
The beautifully restored St Pancras Station is both a magisterial example of Britain's finest Victorian architecture, and an exception that reminds us of the dramatic demolition our rail network has suffered. In the name of progress hundreds of buildings were pulled down and replaced, often by nothing more than a concrete bunker or bus shelter
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Three Men and a Bradshaw

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by Freeman, John George
Wryly humorous and quintessentially British, Three Men and a Bradshaw collects the previously unpublished holiday journals of John Freeman, who travelled Britain with his brothers during the 1870s. Each year the trio would settle upon a destination, buy their tickets and set off - armed, of course, with their trusty Bradshaw's Descriptive Railway Hand-book. John's delightful records of their trips contain m...
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German Invasion Plans For the British Isles (1940)

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by Bodleian Library
“German Invasion Plans for the British Isles” is the book to which Hitler’s generals turned when they planned Operation Sea Lion in 1940. Using one of the only surviving copies found by the Allied forces as they invaded Berlin in 1945 - and subsequently acquired by the Bodleian library - this is the first time this material has been translated and edited to make a single volume.
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History of the World in Maps: The Rise and Fall of Empires, Countries and Cities

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by Times Atlases
From Babylonian tablets to Google Maps, the world has evolved rapidly, along with the ways in which we see it. In this time, cartography has not only kept pace with these changes, but has often driven them. In this beautiful book, over 70 maps give a visual representation of the history of the world. Every map tells a story and this book tells the incredible history of our world through maps, and includes m...
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