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The Globetrotter: Victorian Excursions in India, China and Japan

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by Miller, Amy
In the mid-nineteenth century, as new routes opened up, a new generation of travellers embarked on excursions to India, China and Japan. Globetrotters - leisure tourists with a keen interest in experiencing authentic culture - flocked to the East, casting aside preconceptions and gravitating towards what they hoped to be the unchanged landscapes and traditions of Eastern cultures.
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Ypres Salient & Passchendaele (Major & Mrs Holt's Battle Map)

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by Holt, Tonie
The Ypres Salient and Passchendaele map at 1:45,000 in from T V Holt Associates, showing present-day road network overprinted with WWI-related information: six front lines from different stages of the conflict, memorial sites including cemeteries, monuments and plaques, bunkers, demarcation stones, etc, all cross-referenced to extensive lists on the reverse side.
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Erebus: The Story of a Ship

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by Palin, Michael
In the early years of Queen Victoria's reign, HMS Erebus undertook two of the most ambitious naval expeditions of all time. On the first, she ventured further south than any human had ever been. On the second, she vanished with her 129-strong crew in the wastes of the Canadian Arctic. Her fate remained a mystery for over 160 years. Then, in 2014, she was found. This is her story.
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The New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World

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by Frankopan, Peter
A brand new book from the Sunday Times and internationally bestselling author of The Silk Roads `Masterly mapping out of a new world order' - Evening Standard Revised and updated edition The New Silk Roads takes a fresh look at the relationships being formed along the length and breadth of the ancient trade routes today. The world is changing dramatically and in an age of Brexit and Trump, the the...
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Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics

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by Tim Marshall
All leaders are constrained by geography. Their choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas and concrete. Yes, to understand world events you need to understand people, ideas and movements... but if you don't know geography, you'll never have the full picture.
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Shadowplay: Behind the Lines and Under Fire: The Inside Story of Europe's Last War

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by Marshall, Tim
A gripping eyewitness account of a major 20th-century military conflict by the UK's most popular writer on geopolitics. The shattering of Yugoslavia in the 1990s showed that, after nearly 50 years of peace, war could return to Europe. It came to its bloody conclusion in Kosovo in 1999.
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Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy

by Plokhy, Serhii
*WINNER OF THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION 2018* 'As moving as it is painstakingly researched. . . a cracking read' Viv Groskop, Observer On 26 April 1986 at 1.23am a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine exploded. While the authorities scrambled to understand what was occurring, workers, engineers, firefighters and those living in the area were abandoned to their...
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The Somme Fir Tree Aerial Map

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by Chandler, Richard
A contemporary map of the area of the Somme battlefields in 1916 created by cartographer and artist Richard Chandler, with an overprint indicating the two front lines, various places of interest and the cemeteries from World War I.
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Ancient Britain OS Map

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by UNKNOWN
Ancient Britain’s sites, monuments and related museums overprinted on a large, double-sided present day map of the country at 1:625,000 from the Ordnance Survey, plus numerous panels, maps and photos providing extensive additional information.
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Great British Adventure Map

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It's not easy being an outdoor adventurer in Britain. There's just too much to choose from! The Great British Adventure Map, described by creators Strumpshaw, Tincleton & Giggleswick as ‘all the best bits of Britain on a single sheet of paper’, bamboozles you with choices for where to explore next. Packed with places to visit, things to see, trails to walk, events to join, rides to...ride, it's perfect f...
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Heroes: Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures

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by Fry, Stephen
There are Heroes - and then there are Greek Heroes. Few mere mortals have ever embarked on such bold and heart-stirring adventures, overcome myriad monstrous perils, or outwitted scheming vengeful gods, quite as stylishly and triumphantly as Greek heroes. In this companion to his bestselling 'Mythos', Stephen Fry brilliantly retells these dramatic, funny, tragic and timeless tales. Join Jason aboard t...
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A Line in the Sand

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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Balloon View of London

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One of several maps and panoramas of London to come out in 1851, the year of the Great Exhibition. This is an aerial panorama, naming streets and showing many individual buildings. The view is looking southwards and therefore appears "upside-down" compared to most maps. The enormous glass building built in Hyde Park for the Great Exhibition is shown - Cockneys dubbed it the "Crystal Palace" and it's even na...
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Battle of Normandy Michelin Map

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A reprint of Michelin’s historic 1947 map of Normandy, showing the D-Day Landing sites, the subsequent troop movements, and the battle progressions that established an Allied foothold in the region. Coverage extends beyond the five landing beaches (Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword): along the coast from Le Harve and the Seine estuary to the western side of the Cotentin Peninsula and Mont-St-Michel, and inl...
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What Would Boudicca Do?: Everyday Problems Solved by History's Most Remarkable Women

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by Foley, Elizabeth
Tired of your boss bropropriating your ideas and presenting them as his own? Wondering if the pursuit of having it all has in fact resulted in having not very much? It is time to start channelling the spiky superwomen of history to conquer today. It is time to turn to women like Frida Kahlo and Josephine Baker, Hypatia and Cleopatra, Coco Chanel and Empress Cixi. In this irreverent guide they will help y...
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Travellers in the Third Reich: The Rise of Fascism Through the Eyes of Everyday People

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by Boyd, Julia
One of the Daily Telegraph's Best Books of 2017 A Guardian `Readers' Choice' Best Book of 2017 Without the benefit of hindsight, how do you interpret what's right in front of your eyes? The events that took place in Germany between 1919 and 1945 were dramatic and terrible but there were also moments of confusion, of doubt - of hope. How easy was it to know what was actually going on, to grasp the ...
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Walk Through History: Discover Victorian London

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by Winn, Christopher
'What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare.' - W.H. Davies Walking around London is one of life's great pleasures. There is a huge amount that you can only see on foot – but sometimes it is hard to know where to look. Luckily, Christopher Winn, bestselling author of I Never Knew That About London, knows where all the hidden treasures are. This book takes the reader on a s...
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The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

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by Peter Frankopan
For centuries, fame and fortune were to be found in the west- in the New World of the Americas. Today, it is the east which calls out to those in search of riches and adventure. Sweeping right across Central Asia and deep into China and India, a region that once took centre stage is again rising to dominate global politics, commerce and culture. A major reassessment of world history, The Silk Roads is...
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London: A Life in Maps

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by Whitfield, Peter
Stanfords London Book of the Month February 2017 London: one of the great historic cities of Europe, cultural capital, centre of music and fashion, hub of politics and business, Olympic city, home and workplace of millions. The city's long history is palpable - we can still see the London of Dickens, Dr Johnson, Defoe, Wren and even Shakespeare. The very names St Paul's, Smithfield, Char...
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Zurner's World 1710

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An attractive and decorative map of the world drawn by Zurner in about 1710. The map depicts the geographical knowledge of Europeans at the time - eastern Australia and western North America are largely blank spaces. The interior of Africa is wildly inaccurate - the Nile, Niger and Congo rivers all join up and the Niger flows in the wrong direction! Small diagrams around the edges of the map depict various ...
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