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... And the Policeman Smiled

by Bloomsbury Publishing Bloomsbury Publishing (June 12, 2014)

For ten months before the Second World War, there was an organised movement of mainly Jewish children out of Nazi Europe. The children were bundled onto trains, waved goodbye to their parents and set off across...

Games with Shadows

by Neal Ascherson Bloomsbury Publishing (October 28, 2011)

Beautifully written, intelligent and provocative reflections on the world scene as Ascherson looks first at the painful business of being English in a period of decline marked by public nastiness and private...

Clouds of Deceit

by Joan Smith Bloomsbury Publishing (December 01, 2011)

The full story of Britain's nuclear weapons tests in the 1950s has only recently begun to emerge. Here, for the first time, through interviews and eye-witness accounts from men who watched the mushroom clouds...

Shallow Waters

by C. R. Benstead Bloomsbury Publishing (October 28, 2011)

In this unusual book, Benstead tells how the men of the British Isles have matched their skill and courage against the menace of the surrounding sea. The fishermen, life-boatmen, the smugglers and hovellers,...

Culture and Society in France 1789-1848

by F. W. J. Hemmings Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

This book, first published in 1987, complements the author's earlier volume on Culture and Society in France 1848-1898. It deals with the interaction of social history and cultural history, covering in succession...


by John Pearson Bloomsbury Publishing (December 01, 2011)

First published in 1973, Arena discusses the Year AD 80, when the Colosseum opened with quite the longest and most nauseating organized mass orgy in history. It was a mammoth celebration on the grandest scale,...

The Polish August

by Neal Ascherson Bloomsbury Publishing (October 28, 2011)

What has happened in Poland? Poland has erupted four times in the last twenty five years, but only the events of 1980 have had comprehensive media coverage. As a result, many questions have been raised in the...

Marching Spain

by V.S. Pritchett Bloomsbury Publishing (July 30, 2012)

In spring 1927 V.S Pritchett set out to walk 300 miles across Spain. The country was almost completely isolated, and Pritchett describes a timeless country on the cusp of being riven by civil war, populated...

Whitaker's Britain

by Bloomsbury Publishing Bloomsbury Publishing (September 26, 2013)

Whitaker's Britain draws on an extensive archive which dates back to 1868 when Joseph Whitaker first published Whitaker's Almanack. With its combination of facts, figures and commentary on subjects as diverse...

The Home Front 1914-1918

by Ian F.W. Beckett Bloomsbury Publishing (December 31, 2013)

The Great War had a profound impact on Britain. Not only did families risk their sons in active combat; every member of society was required to make a contribution to the war effort. National initiatives like...


by Paul Chrystal Bloomsbury Publishing (January 20, 2013)

Kit Kat, Turkish Delight, Creme Egg, Rolo and All Gold: they are all as much a part of British life as were the companies that made them and which led the chocolate revolution in the nineteenth century: Rowntree's,...

Jews in Britain

by Michael Leventhal & Richard Goldstein Bloomsbury Publishing (May 10, 2013)

This book tells the epic thousand-year story of Britain's Jewish community, the country's oldest minority group, replete with the dark episodes of persecution and expulsion, but also with positive periods of...


by Graham Robson Bloomsbury Publishing (September 20, 2012)

Sir William Lyons enjoyed a seemingly unstoppable rise to fame and fortune in the motor industry, and the Jaguar brand that he introduced became world-famous. Yet it did not happen overnight. In the 1920s he...

Walking Jane AustenÂ?s London

by Louise Allen Bloomsbury Publishing (July 10, 2013)

From prize-winning historical novelist Louise Allen, this book presents nine walks through both the London Jane Austen knew and the London of her novels! Follow in Jane's footsteps to her publisher's doorstep...

Spas and Spa Visiting

by Ian Rotherham Bloomsbury Publishing (February 10, 2014)

The British spa came into its own in the Georgian period, with thousands flocking to take the waters at Bath, Cheltenham and Tunbridge Wells as well as numerous other towns. As these towns grew, their reputation...

Scottish National Dress and Tartan

by Stuart Reid Bloomsbury Publishing (March 10, 2013)

Tartan is an enormously popular pattern in modern fashion. Beginning as Highland dress, it was originally peculiar to certain areas of Scotland, but is now generally accepted as its national costume: what was...

The Scouts

by Susan Cohen Bloomsbury Publishing (September 20, 2012)

Scouts have been part of the fabric of British society since the Movement's founding by Lieutenant-General Robert Baden-Powell in 1907, and Scout training continues to provide young people with 'instruction...

Duels and Duelling

by Stephen Banks Bloomsbury Publishing (September 20, 2012)

A duel could result from any challenge to a gentleman's honour, from minor insult to major accusation. At a prearranged time, two men at odds would meet, armed either with swords or pistols, to engage in a formal...

Edwardian Fashion

by Daniel Milford-Cottam Bloomsbury Publishing (February 10, 2014)

Fashion in the Edwardian period underwent some quite revolutionary changes. The delicately coloured, flower-and-lace-trimmed trailing gowns and elaborate hairstyles worn by tightly corseted fashionable ladies...

Debutantes and the London Season

by Lucinda Gosling Bloomsbury Publishing (March 10, 2013)

Until the middle of the last century, London's social calendar was dominated by 'the Season', a round of social events and parties during which the daughters of the upper classes made their 'debuts'. Debutantes...

Posters of the First World War

by David Bownes & Robert Fleming Bloomsbury Publishing (July 10, 2014)

The First World War, a new low in the annals of armed conflict, coincided with a golden age for the relatively new art of advertising. Striking and colourful posters were produced throughout the years 1914Â?18...

The Country Railway

by Tim Bryan Bloomsbury Publishing (September 20, 2013)

Britain's towns and cities were famously transformed in the nineteenth century by the coming of the railways, turning their fortunes around and giving urban dwellers new opportunities to travel across the country...

The Victorian Gardener

by Caroline Ikin Bloomsbury Publishing (February 10, 2014)

Over the course of the nineteenth century, gardening came to be considered a respectable profession, providing a means to an education, a good chance of advancement and decent working conditions. The hierarchy...

Building Toys

by Brian Salter Bloomsbury Publishing (November 20, 2011)

The building-block has been a familiar and much-loved presence in children's toy-boxes for centuries. In the twentieth century, however, new production techniques allowed it to evolve into a multiplicity of...

Royal Weddings

by Emily Brand Bloomsbury Publishing (May 24, 2011)

Royal nuptials are always a cause for excitement both at home and abroad, and never more so than when the couple in question are young, glamorous and bathed in the glow of genuine romance. But the meaning invested...

What Tommy Took to War

by Peter Doyle & Chris Foster Bloomsbury Publishing (March 10, 2014)

On the centenary of the Great War comes this poignant look at fifty objects never far from Tommy's side Â? official uniform, good-luck charms, phrasebooks, a sweetheart's letter, some unexpected and others...

LondonÂ?s Royal Parks

by Paul Rabbitts Bloomsbury Publishing (February 10, 2014)

London's royal parks are amongst its most beautiful and beloved spaces: just as much as the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Victoria Station, the mere mention of Hyde or Regent's Park is enough to...

The Tudor Garden

by Twigs Way Bloomsbury Publishing (June 10, 2013)

Contrived, colourful and cultured, the Tudor garden was a paradise on earth, given over to pleasurable pastimes and aesthetic effect. Artificiality was the fashion of the age, with clipped and twining plants...

Garden Cities

by Sarah Rutherford Bloomsbury Publishing (February 10, 2014)

Garden Cities: the phrase is redolent of Arts and Crafts values and nineteenth-century utopianism. But despite being the culmination of a range of influential movements, and having global influence themselves,...

Art Deco Tiles

by Hans van Lemmen Bloomsbury Publishing (October 10, 2012)

Art Deco was arguably the twentieth century's most popular and memorable design movement, and has come to define the inter-war period with its clean sleek lines, streamlined shapes, bold abstract forms and bright...

Swinging Britain

by Mark Armstrong Bloomsbury Publishing (May 10, 2014)

Travel back in time to the era when Carnaby Street led the world, a golden age of youthful innovation and exhilarating pop culture, and a fashion scene that defined a generation.

The 1960s was one of the most...

The Hindenburg Line

by Patrick R. Osborn, Marc Romanych & Adam Hook Bloomsbury Publishing (October 20, 2016)

Jagging across north-western Europe like an ugly scar, the Hindenburg Line was Germany's most formidable line of defence in World War I. Its fearsome reputation was matched only by its cunning design, with deep...

Armies of the Balkan Wars 1912Â?13

by Philip Jowett & Stephen Walsh Bloomsbury Publishing (March 20, 2012)

In 1912, the Balkan states formed an alliance in an effort to break free from the crumbling Ottoman Empire. Forming an army of some 645,000 troops from Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia and Montenego, they took on a...

Kharkov 1942

by Robert Forczyk & Howard Gerrard Bloomsbury Publishing (April 20, 2013)

After failing to finish off the German Army in the 1941/42 Winter Counteroffensive Stalin directed the Red Army to conduct a powerful blow in one sector of the Eastern Front in order to disrupt German plans....

Salerno 1943

by Angus Konstam & Steve Noon Bloomsbury Publishing (June 20, 2013)

In mid-September 1943, as the opening move of the Allied campaign to liberate the mainland of Italy, an Anglo-American invasion force landed on the beaches of the Gulf of Salerno, only a few dozen miles to the...

World War II Soviet Armed Forces (1)

by Nigel Thomas & Darko Pavlovic Bloomsbury Publishing (February 20, 2012)

This book is a detailed analysis of the Soviet Army at the outbreak of World War II, including the Red Army's campaigns against Japan on the Manchurian plains as well as in Finland. It covers the Red Army's...

NapoleonÂ?s Mounted Chasseurs of the Imperial Guard

by Ronald Pawly & Patrice Courcelle Bloomsbury Publishing (February 20, 2012)

A concise history of the hand-picked elite cavalry guard that served as Napoleon's close personal escort and were committed to the most dangerous areas of combat on the battlefield. Formed from his original...

Aces of the Legion Condor

by Robert Forsyth & Jim Laurier Bloomsbury Publishing (January 20, 2012)

For Germany, the Spanish Civil War proved a perfect testing ground for new technologies and tactics. During the war, some 19,000 German 'volunteers' formed an aviation group called the Legion Condor in support...

The Czech Legion 1914Â?20

by David Bullock & Ramiro Bujeiro Bloomsbury Publishing (February 20, 2012)

The Czech Legion was not just a single military unit, but a volunteer army that fielded up to 100,000 troops on the Allied side on all three main fronts of the war. Since only the defeat of Austro-Hungary and...

The Rise of Imperial Rome AD 14Â?193

by Duncan B Campbell Bloomsbury Publishing (July 20, 2013)

In this book Duncan Campbell explores the course of the wars that ensued as successive emperors sought to extend the empire, from Claudius' conquest of Britannia, Domitian's campaigns on the Rhine and the Danube,...

Aces of Jagdgeschwader 3 'Udet'

by John Weal Bloomsbury Publishing (November 20, 2013)

Jagdgeschwader 3 may not have the same immediate resonance as some of the more famous Luftwaffe fighter units, such Jagdgeschwader 2 'Richthofen', but it is arguably the archetypal German fighter formation of...

NapoleonÂ?s Mamelukes

by Ronald Pawly & Patrice Courcelle Bloomsbury Publishing (February 20, 2012)

The most exotic of all the troops of Napoleon's Imperial Guard were undoubtedly the Mamelukes Â? the bodyguard of Oriental cavalry which followed him home after the Egyptian expedition of 1798Â?1801, and remained...

Albatros D.IÂ?D.II

by James F. Miller, Simon Smith, Henry Morshead & Peter Bull Bloomsbury Publishing (January 20, 2013)

In 1916 German aerial domination had been lost to the French and British fighters. German fighter pilots requested an aircraft that was more powerful and more heavily armed, and the Albatros design bureau set...

Sicily 1943

by Steven J. Zaloga & Howard Gerrard Bloomsbury Publishing (January 20, 2013)

Not only did the Sicily operation represent a watershed in tactical development of combined arms tactics, it was also an important test for future Allied joint operations. Senior British commanders left the...

Jagdverband 44

by Robert Forsyth & Jim Laurier Bloomsbury Publishing (January 20, 2012)

There was no Luftwaffe fighter unit like Jagdverband 44. Formed in February 1945, the unit grew out of Hitler's bizarre decision that the Me 262 jet fighter should be used as a bomber, despite its potential...

NapoleonÂ?s Polish Lancers of the Imperial Guard

by Ronald Pawly & Patrice Courcelle Bloomsbury Publishing (February 20, 2012)

This book draws on original regimental records to give by far the most detailed account ever published in English of the organization and personalities of the most renowned of the foreign units that served in...

Fokker D.XXI Aces of World War 2

by Kari Stenman, Peter de Jong, Chris Davey & Mark Postlethwaite Bloomsbury Publishing (April 20, 2013)

The Dutch D.XXIs saw less than a week of action following the German invasion of the west on 10 May 1940, with many of the country's 28 fighters being destroyed on the ground. However, those that survived the...

Pe-2 Guards Units of World War 2

by Dmitriy Khazanov, Aleksander Medved & Andrey Yurgenson Bloomsbury Publishing (February 20, 2013)

Petlyakov's Pe-2 was the most numerous Soviet twin-engined bomber of World War 2, the aircraft being used as a dive-bomber, ground attack platform and dedicated reconnaissance type. The first examples entered...

Polish Armies of the Partitions 1770Â?94

by Vincent W. Rospond & Raffaele Ruggeri Bloomsbury Publishing (January 20, 2013)

The tragic national epic of Polish history began in these late 18th-century wars. Under Poland's Saxon monarchy, Russia and Prussia constantly meddled in the affairs of the Kingdom. In 1768 a civil war broke...

Italian Light Tanks

by Filippo Cappellano, Pier Paolo Battistelli & Richard Chasemore Bloomsbury Publishing (June 20, 2012)

The Italian army, unlike those of the British and French, did not use tanks in combat during World War I and, by November 1918, only one training unit equipped with French Schneider and Renault tanks had been...