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On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

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by Snyder, Timothy
History does not repeat, but it does instruct. In the twentieth century, European democracies collapsed into fascism, Nazism and communism. These were movements in which a leader or a party claimed to give voice to the people, promised to protect them from global existential threats, and rejected reason in favour of myth. European history shows us that societies can break, democracies can fall, ethics can c...
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The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain

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by Mortimer, Ian
The past is a foreign country: this is your guidebook. If you could travel back in time, the period from 1660 to 1700 would make one of the most exciting destinations in history. It is the age of Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London; bawdy comedy and the libertine court of Charles II; Christopher Wren in architecture, Henry Purcell in music and Isaac Newton in science - the civil wars are over and a ma...
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The Islamic Enlightenment: The Modern Struggle Between Faith and Reason

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by De Bellaigue, Christopher
The Islamic Enlightenment: a contradiction in terms? The Muslim world has often been accused of a failure to modernise, reform and adapt. But, from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present day, Islamic society in its Middle Eastern heartlands has in fact been transformed by modern ideals and practices, including the adoption of modern medicine, the emergence of women from purdah and the develo...
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A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution - Centenary Edition with New Introduction

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by Figes, Orlando
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Easternisation: War and Peace in the Asian Century

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by Rachman, Gideon
The West's domination of world politics is coming to a close. The flow of wealth and power is turning from West to East and a new era of global instability has begun. Easternisation is the defining trend of our age - the growing wealth of Asian nations is transforming the international balance of power. This shift to the East is shaping the lives of people all over the world, the fate of nations and the gre...
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The Mansions of Misery: A Biography of the Marshalsea Debtors' Prison

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by White, Jerry
For Londoners of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, debt was a part of everyday life. But when your creditors lost their patience, you might be thrown into one of the capital's most notorious jails: the Marshalsea Debtors' Prison. The Marshalsea became a byword for misery; in the words of one of its inmates, it was 'hell in epitome'. But the prison was also a microcosm of London life and it housed a c...
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And the Weak Suffer What They Must?

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by Varoufakis, Yanis
The crisis in Europe is not over - it's getting worse. In this dramatic narrative of Europe's economic rise and spectacular fall, Yanis Varoufakis, former finance minister of Greece and 'the emerging rock-star of Europe's anti-austerity uprising' (Telegraph), shows that the origins of the recent collapse go far deeper than our leaders are prepared to admit - and that we have done nothing so far to fix them....
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The Black Prince of Florence: The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro De' Medici

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by Fletcher, Catherine
"Nothing in sixteenth-century history is more astonishing than the career of Alessandro de' Medici". (Hilary Mantel). In The Black Prince of Florence, a dramatic tale of assassination, spies and betrayal, the first retelling of Alessandro's life in two-hundred years opens a window onto the opulent, cut-throat world of Renaissance Italy. The year is 1531. After years of brutal war and political intrigue, the...
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The Gene

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by Mukherjee, Siddhartha
"Mukherjee leaves you feeling as though you've just aced a college course for which you'd been afraid to register - and enjoyed every minute of it". (Andrew Solomon). The Gene is the story of one of the most powerful and dangerous ideas in our history, from bestselling, prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee. Spanning the globe and several centuries, The Gene is the story of the quest to decipher the mas...
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The Water Kingdom

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by Ball, Philip
A secret history of China - a fresh new way of thinking about a people, a civilisation, an epic story. The Water Kingdom takes us on a grand journey through China's past and present, offering a unique window through which we can begin to grasp the overwhelming complexity and teeming energy of the country and its people. Water is a key that unlocks much of Chinese history and thought. The ubiquitous relation...
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Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe

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by Randall, Lisa
66 million years ago, a ten-mile-wide object from outer space hurtled into the Earth at incredible speed and destroyed the dinosaurs, along with three-quarters of the other species on the planet. Where did it come from, and why? And how is this connected to dark matter - the most mysterious, elusive stuff in the universe, that interacts with gravity like ordinary matter but doesn't emit or absorb light. Ast...
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Worlds Elsewhere: Journeys Around Shakespeare's Globe

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by Dickson, Andrew
Anti-apartheid activist, Bollywood screenwriter, Nazi pin-up, hero of the Wild West: this is Shakespeare as you have never seen him before. From the sixteenth-century Baltic to the American Revolution, from colonial India to the skyscrapers of modern-day Shanghai, Shakespeare's plays appear at the most fascinating of times and in the most unexpected of places. No other writer's work has been performed, tran...
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Amexica

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by Ed Vulliamy
Amexica provides a full account of the war along the US-Mexico border. An area of land more than 2,000 miles long and 100 miles wide, it has become a battleground where drugs, guns and killings are the currency of everyday existence. Journalist Ed Vulliamy went on a four month road trip along the entire border where, in the last three years, more than 23,000 people have been murdered in Amexica as criminal ...
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The Hidden Landscape

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by RICHARD FORTEY
'I travelled to Haverfordwest to get to the past. From Paddington Station a Great Western locomotive took me on a journey westwards from London further and further back into geological time, from the age of mammals to the age of trilobites...Under the River Severn and into Wales, I was back before the time of the dinosaurs, to a time when Wales steamed and sweated with the humid heat of moss-laden and boggy...
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Centuries of Change: Which Century Saw the Most Change and Why it Matters to Us

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by Mortimer, Ian
Which century from the past millennium saw the most influential events in the history of the Western world? The historian Ian Mortimer describes the most significant changes and developments from the 11th to the 20th century, covering not only major events such as the Black Death, the invention of printing or the Reformation, but also population growth and urbanization, scientific and medical progress, soci...
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Patriot of Persia

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by de Bellaigue Christopher
On 19 August 1953 the British and American intelligence agencies launched a desperate coup against a cussed, bedridden 72-year-old. His name was Muhammad Mossadegh, the Iranian prime minister. To Winston Churchill he was a lunatic, determined to humiliate Britain. To President Eisenhower he was delivering Iran to the Soviets. Mossadegh must go. And so he did, in one of the most dramatic episodes in modern M...
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The Enemy At The Gate

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by Andrew Wheatcroft
In 1683, two empires - the Ottoman, based in Constantinople, and the Habsburg dynasty in Vienna - came face to face in the culmination of a 250-year power struggle: the Great Siege of Vienna. Within the city walls the choice of resistance over surrender to the largest army ever assembled by the Turks created an all-or-nothing scenario: every last survivor would be enslaved or ruthlessly slaughtered. The Tur...
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A History of Britain Vol. 2

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by Simon Schama
'Great Britain? What was that?' asks Simon Schama at the start of this, the second book of his epic three-volume journey into Britain's past. This volume, "The British Wars", is a compelling chronicle of the changes that transformed every strand and stratum of British life, faith and thought from 1603 to 1776. Travelling up and down the country and across three continents, Schama explores the forces that to...
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A History of Britain Vol.3

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by Simon Schama
'While Britain was losing an empire, it was finding itself...' The compelling opening words to "The Fate of the Empire", set the tone and agenda for the final stage of Simon Schama's epic voyage around Britain, her people and her past. Spanning two centuries, crossing the breadth of the empire and covering a vast expanse of topics - from the birth of feminism to the fate of freedom - he explores the forces ...
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The Forest People

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by Turnbull, Colin M.
The Forest People is an astonishingly intimate and life-enhancing account of a hunter - gatherer tribe living in harmony with nature - and an all-time classic of anthropology. For three years, Colin Turnbull lived with an isolated group of Pygmies deep in the forest of the African Congo, experiencing their daily life first-hand. He attended their hunting parties and initiation ceremonies, witnessed their mu...
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