Booklist

Christmas 2021: History

Selected by the Bookshop


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WINNER OF THE BRITISH ACADEMY PRIZE FOR GLOBAL CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING 2021‘Waves Across the South is a riot of ingenuity, a truly powerful and new history of revolutions and empires, re-imagined through the environmental lens of…

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'Pacey and potentially revolutionary' The Times'Fascinating, thought-provoking, groundbreaking. A book that will generate debate for years to come' Rutger Bregman'The Dawn of Everything is also the radical revision of everything, liberating…

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A major study of the collapse of the Soviet Union-showing how Gorbachev's misguided reforms led to its demise In 1945 the Soviet Union controlled half of Europe and was a founding member of the United Nations. By 1991, it had an army…

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'Poetically profound' - Sheila Hicks…

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An entertaining collection of strange, delightful and unexpectedly apt words from the origins of English, which illuminates the lives, beliefs and habits of our linguistic ancestors.…

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The definitive social history of London in the Blitz, which transformed life in the capital beyond recognition.For Londoners the six long years of the Second World War were a time of almost constant anxiety, disruption, deprivation and…

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From the bestselling author of SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome, the fascinating story of how images of Roman autocrats have influenced art, culture, and the representation of power for more than 2,000 yearsWhat does the face of power look…

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The bestselling author of The King in the North turns his attention to the obscure era of British history known as 'the age of Arthur'.'Not just a valuable book, but a distinctive one as well' Tom Holland, Sunday Times'An accessible and…

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‘A wildly ambitious and entertainingly lurid history’ James Barr, The Times‘Highly readable . . . Baer’s fine book gives a panoramic and thought-provoking account of over half a millennium of Ottoman and –…

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In a sweeping narrative that traverses 600 years, one that eloquently weaves precise historical detail with poignant personal reportage, Pulitzer Prize finalist Howard W. French retells the story of medieval and emerging Africa,…

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An engaging, richly illustrated account of parish churches and churchgoers in England, from the Anglo-Saxons to the mid-sixteenth century Parish churches were at the heart of English religious and social life in the Middle Ages and the…

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'Marvellous...Finkel is an expert in Mesopotamian cultures at the British Museum, and is one of the most clever, and nicest, of people it has ever been my pleasure to encounter...A fascinating journey' - The ScotsmanThere are few things…

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'A wonderful book.'…

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What are the origins of the hostile environment for immigrants in Britain? Drawing on new archival material from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Ian Sanjay Patel retells Britain's recent history in an often shocking account of state…

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A monumental new history of post-war Europe - how it was made, and how it made us'Excellent ... much to ponder' Financial Times'Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the world of today' - Margaret MacMillan, author…

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'A masterful portrait of a historic watershed' Publishers Weekly'Elucidating, indispensable' KirkusA thrilling history of the revolutionary birth of modern Greece from 'the preeminent historian of a generation' (Misha Glenny)In the…

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'Dennis Duncan has done a great service to all bibliophiles by writing this scholarly, witty and affectionate history' Lynne Truss, author of Eats, Shoots and LeavesMost of us give little thought to the back of the book - it's just where…

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WINNER OF THE DUFF COOPER PRIZE, 2020Shortlisted for THE WOLFSON HISTORY PRIZE, 2021Shortlisted for the London Hellenic Prize, 2020A TLS, SPECTATOR AND TELEGRAPH BOOK OF THE YEAR 'Magisterial - an outstanding book that shines a bright light…

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