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The Great Cities in History

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by John Julius Norwich
From the origins of urbanization in Mesopotamia to the global metropolises of today, great cities have marked the development of human civilization. The Great Cities in History tells their stories, from Uruk and Memphis to Tokyo and Sao Paulo.
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The Mapmakers - A History of Stanfords

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by Peter Whitfield
We are proud to sell this wonderful book, as The Mapmakers is quite literally, all about us. One of London’s best known specialist shops, we have been trading, in Charing Cross and now Covent Garden, for more than 150 years and we are famous all over the world as a premier supplier of maps and geographical books.
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A Line in the Sand

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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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A Woman in Berlin

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by Anonymous
A Woman in Berlin is a harrowing and moving account of Berlin in the final days of war: it is the diary of an anonymous woman attempting to navigate the chaos and horrors of the 8-week period from April 1945 when Berlin fell to Russian troops.
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Germany: The Memories of a Nation

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by Neil MacGregor
For the past 140 years, Germany has been the central power in continental Europe. Twenty-five years ago a new German state came into being. How much do we really understand this new Germany, and how do its people now understand themselves?
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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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Lost London 1870-1945

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by Philip Davies
Lost London 1870-1945 is a collection of more than 500 black-and-white images of the capital, arranged by region and compiled from the archive, now held by English Heritage, of the former London County Council.
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Short Walks from Bogota: Journeys in the New Colombia

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by Tom Feiling
For decades, Colombia was the 'narcostate'. Now it's seen as one of the rising stars of the global economy. Where does the truth lie? How did a land likened to paradise by the first conquistadores become a byword for hell on earth? And how is it rebuilding itself after decades of violence?
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The Great Explorers

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by Robin Hanbury-Tenison (editor)
The Great Explorers profiles 40 of the world’s greatest explorers, from Europe, America, Asia and Australia. The man who has been hailed as the greatest explorer of the recent times, Robin Hanbury-Tenison presents us with the men and women who trod the paths never taken before and who changed our perception of the world through their courageous explorations, opening our eyes to the physical, natural and his...
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The Quotable Winston Churchill: A Collection of Wit and Wisdom

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by Running Press
A tiny little gem of a book, only 7 x 8.5cm but 2cm thick, “The Quotable Winston Churchill: A Collection of Wit and Wisdom” contains many of Churchill’s inspirational quotes and excerpts from some of his most famous speeches. Arranged by subjects; life, war, his contemporaries, etc, each quote is presented on its own page, although it seems a pity not to have them dated. But the book does give the dates of ...
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The Ancient Paths: Discovering the Lost Map of Celtic Europe

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by Graham Robb
Graham Robb's new book will change the way you see European civilization. Inspired by a chance discovery, Robb became fascinated with the world of the Celts: their gods, their art, and, most of all, their sophisticated knowledge of science.
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Empire of the Mind - A History of Iran

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by Michael Axworthy
From the time of the prophet Zoroaster, to the powerful ancient Persian Empires, to the revolution of 1979, the hostage crisis and current president Mahmud Ahmadinejad – a controversial figure within as well as outside the country – Michael Axworthy produces an account of Iran’s past. He explains clearly and carefully both the complex succession of dynasties that ruled ancient Iran and the surprising ethnic...
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Instructions for British Servicemen in France (1944)

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In 1944 the British War Office distributed a handbook to British soldiers informing them what to expect and how to behave in a newly-liberated France. Containing candid descriptions of this war-ravaged society (widespread malnourishment, rampant tuberculosis) as well as useful phrases and a pronunciation guide (Bonjewer, commont-allay-voo), it was an indispensable guide to everyday life. But this small and ...
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Timekeepers: How the World Became Obsessed with Time

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by Simon Garfield
Not so long ago we timed our lives by the movement of the sun. These days our time arrives atomically and insistently, and our lives are propelled by the notion that we will never have enough of the one thing we crave the most. How have we come to be dominated by something so arbitrary?
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The English Village: History and Traditions

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by Wainwright, Martin
A charming guide to the story of the English village, celebrating this beloved heart of the countryside. The village remains a quintessential and much-loved treasure that is often representative of England. This rural idyll has inspired generations of great poets, novelists and artists including the likes of Constable, Hardy and Wordsworth. The English Village champions all that is unique and loved about ...
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Man's Search for Meaning: The Classic Tribute to Hope from the Holocaust

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by Frankl, Viktor E.
A prominent Viennese psychiatrist before the war, Viktor Frankl was uniquely able to observe the way that both he and others in Auschwitz coped (or didn't) with the experience. He noticed that it was the men who comforted others and who gave away their last piece of bread who survived the longest - and who offered proof that everything can be taken away from us except the ability to choose our attitude in a...
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World Order: Reflections on the Character of Nations and the Course of History

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by Henry A. Kissinger
In World Order, Henry Kissinger - one of the leading practitioners of world diplomacy and author of On China - makes his monumental investigation into the 'tectonic plates' of global history and state relations. World Order is the summation of Henry Kissinger's thinking about history, strategy and statecraft. As if taking a perspective from far above the globe, it examines the great tectonic plates of histo...
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Germania

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by Simon Winder
Germania is a very personal guide to the Germany that Simon Winder loves. Equally passionate about the region's history, folklore, cuisine, architecture and landscape, Winder describes Germany's past afresh - and in doing so sees a country much like our own: Protestant, aggressive and committed to eating some very strange food. This accessible, enthusiastic and startlingly vivid account is a brilliant intro...
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Byzantium

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by Judith Herrin
‘Byzantium - The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire’ is a comprehensive introduction to the history of the Byzantine Empire. A melting pot of East and West, Christian and Pagan, the Byzantine Empire lasted for over one thousand years. Judith Herrin here explores aspects familiar and less familiar in the history of the civilization; from the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, to the Greek Fire, from eunuchs t...
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Paradise Lost. Smyrna 1922

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by Giles Milton
Paradise Lost is a history of the great fire of Smyrna in 1922, by bestselling non-fiction author Giles Milton. A consequence of the latter days of Greco-Turkish War, the fire decimated much of the port city of Smyrna, modern day Izmir, causing death and destruction, and forcing hundreds of thousands of civilians to flee. Above all Milton’s book has been noted for celebrating the heroism of individuals who ...
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