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The Later Roman Empire (Text Only)

by Averil Cameron HarperPress (March 07, 2013)

A comprehensive study - recently updated for the eBook edition - which introduces the reader to the vigour and variety of the fourth century AD.

After being beset by invasion, civil war and internal difficulties...


1812: Napoleon’s Fatal March on Moscow

by Adam Zamoyski HarperPress (November 29, 2012)

Adam Zamoyski’s bestselling account of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia and his catastrophic retreat from Moscow, events that had a profound effect on European history.

In 1812 the most powerful man in the...


Rites of Peace: The Fall of Napoleon and the Congress of Vienna

by Adam Zamoyski HarperPress (November 29, 2012)

Following on from his epic ‘1812: Napoleon's Fatal March on Moscow’, bestselling author Adam Zamoyski has written the dramatic story of the Congress of Vienna.

In the wake of his disastrous Russian campaign...


The English Civil War: A People’s History (Text Only)

by Diane Purkiss HarperPress (November 01, 2012)

This popular history of the English Civil War tells the story of the bloody conflict between Oliver Cromwell and Charles I from the perspectives of those involved.

The compelling narrative draws on new sources...


The Gunpowder Plot: History in an Hour

by Sinead Fitzgibbon HarperPress (October 25, 2012)

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‘Remember, remember, the fifth of November’. The gunpowder plot is a famed tale of treachery that continues to fascinate and capture the imagination...


Stalin: History in an Hour

by Rupert Colley HarperPress (October 25, 2012)

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Arguably no person in history had such a direct and negative impact on the lives of so many as Joseph Stalin. Under the Red Tsar terror knew no limits,...


JFK: History in an Hour

by Sinead Fitzgibbon HarperPress (October 25, 2012)

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy, America’s youngest President, was assassinated barely one thousand days into his Presidency. In the fiftieth anniversary of his...


George Washington: History in an Hour

by David B. McCoy HarperPress (October 25, 2012)

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George Washington – a figure synonymous with American history. His image is known worldwide, marked on American currency, postage stamps – even a state...


The Bloodless Revolution: Radical Vegetarians and the Discovery of India

by Tristram Stuart HarperPress (October 18, 2012)

In the 1600s, European travellers discovered Indian vegetarianism. Western culture was changed forever…

When early travellers returned from India with news of the country’s vegetarians, they triggered a...


Mussolini and the Rise of Fascism (Text Only Edition)

by Donald Sassoon HarperPress (September 27, 2012)

In this fascinating look at the unique conjuncture of factors surrounding Il Duce’s seizure of power, eminent historian Donald Sassoon traces the political circumstances that sent Italy on a collision course...


Tribes with Flags: Adventure and Kidnap in Greater Syria

by Charles Glass HarperPress (September 13, 2012)

‘Tribes With Flags’ is the gripping story of Charles Glass's dramatic journey through Greater Syria which provides background context to a troubled region once again in the headlines.

Charles Glass began...


My Old Man: A Personal History of Music Hall

by John Major HarperPress (September 13, 2012)

Shortlisted for the Theatre Book Prize; former prime minister John Major takes a remarkable journey into his own unconventional family past to tell the richly colourful story of the British music hall.

Music...


The Medieval Anarchy: History in an Hour

by Kaye Jones HarperPress (August 02, 2012)

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Nicknamed ‘The Anarchy' for its unprecedented levels of chaos and disorder, the succession crisis that followed the death of King Henry I in 1135 resulted...


The Russian Revolution: History in an Hour

by Rupert Colley HarperPress (August 02, 2012)

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In 1917 the world changed forever. One of the most influential and contentious events in recent history, the Russian Revolution unleashed the greatest political...


Savage Kingdom: Virginia and The Founding of English America (Text Only)

by Benjamin Woolley HarperPress (June 28, 2012)

Epic history of the first Virginia Colony and the true story of Pocahontas, to coincide with the colony’s 400th anniversary in 2007.

Four centuries ago, and fourteen years before the Mayflower, a group of...


White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in 18th-century India (Text Only)

by William Dalrymple HarperPress (May 31, 2012)

From the author of the Samuel Johnson prize-shortlisted ‘Return of a King’, the romantic and ultimately tragic tale of a passionate love affair that transcended all the cultural, religious and political...


The Last Highlander: Scotland’s Most Notorious Clan Chief, Rebel & Double Agent

by Sarah Fraser HarperPress (May 10, 2012)

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER PERFECT FOR FANS OF OUTLANDER The true story of one of Scotland’s most notorious and romantic heroes.

He was a spy, a clan-chief, a traitor. A polyglot, a deserter and a man of...


South Africa: History in an Hour

by Anthony Holmes HarperPress (April 05, 2012)

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With the passing of Nelson Mandela, ‘the father of the nation’, comes the end of an era, and the moment to look back on his remarkable saving, and remaking,...


The Vietnam War: History in an Hour

by Neil Smith HarperPress (April 05, 2012)

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‘War, what is it good for?’ THE VIETNAM WAR: HISTORY IN AN HOUR gives a gripping account of the most important Cold War-era conflict, fought between...


The Siege of Leningrad: History in an Hour

by Rupert Colley HarperPress (April 05, 2012)

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The Siege of Leningrad was one of the longest sieges in history and it inflicted some of the worst civilian casualties of World War Two. When Hitler declared...


Titanic: History in an Hour

by Sinead Fitzgibbon HarperPress (March 29, 2012)

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The sinking of the Titanic 100 years ago in 1912, and the subsequent deaths of over 1,500 passengers, sent shock waves around the world. Never before or...


The Queen: History in an Hour

by Sinead Fitzgibbon HarperPress (March 29, 2012)

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Elizabeth II is the longest lived and, after Queen Victoria, second longest reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. From her coronation in 1953 to her Diamond...


World War One: History in an Hour

by Rupert Colley HarperPress (March 29, 2012)

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The ‘Great War’, from July 1914 to November 1918, was without parallel. It brought to an end four dynasties, ignited revolution, and forged new nations....


Battle for the Falklands: The Winter War

by Patrick Bishop & John Witherow HarperPress (March 15, 2012)

‘Boldly planned, bravely executed and brilliantly accomplished’ was Margaret Thatcher’s assessment of the Falklands campaign. But what did the war mean to the men in the trenches and below decks?

This...


Dickens: History in an Hour

by Kaye Jones HarperPress (February 07, 2012)

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Charles Dickens remains – 200 years after his birth – arguably Britain’s most successful writer. Works such as Great Expectations and Oliver Twist...


Tommy: The British Soldier on the Western Front

by Richard Holmes HarperPress (December 21, 2011)

Groundbreaking and critically-acclaimed, Tommy is the first history of World War I to place the British soldier who fought in the trenches centre-stage.

Tommy tells the story of an epic and terrible war through...


1066: History in an Hour

by Kaye Jones HarperPress (December 08, 2011)

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During the year 1066, England had three different kings and fought three huge battles in defence of the realm, including the bloody Battle of Hastings....


American Slavery: History in an Hour

by Kat Smutz HarperPress (December 08, 2011)

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From the first slaves arriving in Jamestown in 1619, the cotton fields in the Southern States and shipbuilding in New England, to the slaves who laid down...


Ancient Egypt: History in an Hour

by Anthony Holmes HarperPress (December 08, 2011)

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Learn about the Egyptian gods, mummification and how the Egyptians built the only wonder of the ancient world still standing – the Pyramids of Giza.

Exploring...


Black History: History in an Hour

by Rupert Colley HarperPress (December 08, 2011)

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Encompassing everything from immigration to civil war, emancipation, slavery and migration, Black History in an Hour gives you a neat overview of this vast...


Hitler: History in an Hour

by Rupert Colley HarperPress (December 08, 2011)

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What made a failed Austrian artist into the most reviled and destructive personality of the twentieth century? Where did the seeds of his rabid anti-Semitism...


The American Civil War: History in an Hour

by Kat Smutz HarperPress (December 08, 2011)

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The American Civil War started when eleven southern ‘slave’ states declared their independence from the United States of America. Abraham Lincoln’s...


Henry VIII’s Wives: History in an Hour

by Julie Wheeler HarperPress (October 13, 2011)

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In his ambition to provide a male heir to the throne, Henry VIII married six times. Divorce from his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, caused England’s...


Nazi Germany: History in an Hour

by Rupert Colley HarperPress (October 13, 2011)

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Having suffered during World War One – not only the indignities of political betrayal and battlefield defeat but also starvation, fuel shortages and a...


The Afghan Wars: History in an Hour

by Rupert Colley HarperPress (October 13, 2011)

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Britain has invaded Afghanistan twice before in the nineteenth century. Both times tenacious Afghan fighters defended their country to humiliating British...


The Cold War: History in an Hour

by Rupert Colley HarperPress (October 13, 2011)

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From the end of World War Two to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia and America eyed each other with suspicion and hostility as the world...


The Reformation: History in an Hour

by Edward A Gosselin HarperPress (October 13, 2011)

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The Reformation was a long struggle of ideas between the established Catholic Church and the questioning of faith brought about by the Renaissance in Western...


World War Two: History in an Hour

by Rupert Colley HarperPress (October 13, 2011)

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Lasting six years and a day, the Second World War saw the lives of millions – soldiers and civilians, young and old – changed forever. During the conflict,...


Redcoat: The British Soldier in the Age of Horse and Musket

by Richard Holmes HarperPress (October 06, 2011)

Redcoat is the brilliant story of the common British soldier from 1700 to 1900, based on the letters and diaries of the men who served and the women who followed them.

Delving into the history of the period...


Sahib: The British Soldier in India 1750–1914

by Richard Holmes HarperPress (October 06, 2011)

Sahib is a magnificent history of the British soldier in India from Clive to the end of Empire, making full use of personal accounts from the soldiers who served in the jewel in Britain’s Imperial Crown.

This...


All Hell Let Loose: The World at War 1939-1945

by Max Hastings HarperPress (September 29, 2011)

Recommended for viewing on a tablet.

From one of our finest historians, a magisterial account of the most terrible event in history – World War II.

The horror of World War II touched the lives of millions...


The Life and Death of St. Kilda: The moving story of a vanished island community

by Tom Steel HarperPress (September 22, 2011)

The extraordinary story of the UK’s most gruelling and spectacularly beautiful islands. Tom Steel’s acclaimed portrait of the St Kildan’s lives is now updated in this reissued edition.

Situated at the...


The Birth of Modern Britain: A Journey into Britain’s Archaeological Past: 1550 to the Present

by Francis Pryor HarperPress (February 17, 2011)

From the author of ‘Britain BC’, ‘Britain AD’ and ‘Britain in the Middle Ages’ comes the fourth and final part in a critically acclaimed series on Britain's hidden past.

The relevance of archaeology...


Crown and Country: A History of England through the Monarchy

by David Starkey HarperPress (October 28, 2010)

From one of our finest historians comes an outstanding exploration of the British monarchy from the retreat of the Romans up until the modern day. This compendium volume of two earlier books is fully revised...


GCHQ

by Richard Aldrich HarperPress (June 10, 2010)

As we become ever-more aware of how our governments “eavesdrop” on our conversations, here is a gripping exploration of this unknown realm of the British secret service: Government Communication Headquarters...


The Lighthouse Stevensons

by Bella Bathurst HarperPress (January 07, 2010)

Bella Bathurst’s epic story of Robert Louis Stevenson’s ancestors and the building of the Scottish coastal lighthouses against impossible odds.

‘Whenever I smell salt water, I know that I am not far from...


Lost Voices of the Edwardians: 1901–1910 in Their Own Words

by Max Arthur HarperPress (April 17, 2009)

Max Arthur, bestselling author of the hugely popular ‘Forgotten Voices’ series, recaptures the day-to-day lives of working people in the Edwardian era.

The Edwardian era is often eclipsed in the popular...


The Kit-Cat Club: Friends Who Imagined a Nation

by Ophelia Field HarperPress (February 05, 2009)

The fascinating history of the male-only members of the Kit-Cat Club, the unofficial centre of Whig power in 17th century Britain, and home to the greatest political and artistic thinkers of a generation.

The...


Warsaw 1920: Lenin’s Failed Conquest of Europe

by Adam Zamoyski HarperPress (September 04, 2008)

The dramatic and little-known story of how, in the summer of 1920, Lenin came within a hair's breadth of shattering the painstakingly constructed Versailles peace settlement and spreading Bolshevism to western...