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  • A Short History of Brazilby Gordon Kerr

    Oldcastle Books 2014; US$ 9.99

    Host of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, the fifth largest country in the world is the perfect topic for the next title in the Short History series Discovered by Portuguese sailor and explorer Pedro Álvares Cabral more than 500 years ago, Brazil's history since then has been turbulent, blighted by rebellion, cruelty, dictatorship, and... more...

  • A Short History of the First World Warby Gordon Kerr

    Oldcastle Books 2014; US$ 12.99

    As the war is slipping beyond living memory, this concise history helps ensures that the conflict is never forgotten WWI, lasting just four years from 1914 to 1918, was without parallel, the first true global conflict in which all of the earth's great powers participated. This book tells the story of this cataclysmic event. It describes the background... more...

  • A Short History of Brazilby Gordon Kerr

    Oldcastle Books 2014; US$ 8.47

    The recorded history of Brazil is brief when compared to most European countries, having been discovered by Portuguese sailor and explorer Pedro Álvares Cabral just over five hundred years ago. Since then, however, its history has been turbulent, blighted by rebellion, cruelty, dictatorship and poverty. But, it is also a vibrant, exciting and ethnically... more...

  • A Short History of Africaby Gordon Kerr

    Oldcastle Books 2012; US$ 11.99

    A comprehensive introduction to the sprawling history of this enormous continent, from the dawn of human time in prehistoric Africa right through to Arab Spring Beginning with the origins of the human race and the development of stone age technology, this history of the cradle of civilization moves through ancient and medieval times, the significance... more...

  • A Short History of Chinaby Gordon Kerr

    Oldcastle Books 2013; US$ 8.99

    From the beginnings of Chinese prehistory right through to internet censorship, a comprehensive introduction to the sprawling history of this enormous country An absorbing introduction to more than 4,000 years of Chinese history, this book tells the stories of the tyrants, despots, femmes fatales, artists, warriors, and philosophers who have shaped... more...

  • A Short History of Europeby Gordon Kerr

    Oldcastle Books 2010; US$ 11.99

    From the coronation of Charlemagne in 800 to the signing of the Treaty of Lisbon in 2007, an accessible history of the people, ideas, institutions, and events that have shaped Europe during the last 1,200 years   This fascinating history for beginners provides a coherent map of the jumbled history of Europe and the European idea that has led... more...

  • Great British Losersby Gordon Kerr; James Nunn

    Old Street Publishing 2011; US$ 10.19

    Everyone knows we're a nation obsessed with runners-up and near-missers, that we find failure heroic and success boring, if not downright rude. In this hilarious, fact-packed and up-to-date compendium, vintage losers such as Ethelred 'the Unready' and Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards jostle with newcomers on the failure scene like Sir Fred Goodwin, who blithely... more...

  • A Short History of Europeby Gordon Kerr

    Oldcastle Books 2011; US$ 5.08

     What is Europe? Firstly, of course, it is a continent made up of countless disparate peoples, races and nations, and governed by different ideas, philosophies, religions and attitudes. Nonetheless, it has a common thread of history running through it, stitching the lands and peoples of its past and present together into one fabric and held together... more...

  • A Short History of Africaby Gordon Kerr

    Oldcastle Books 2011; US$ 5.08

    Africa. The cradle of civilisation. From the dawn of human time in prehistoric Africa right through to the so-called 'Arab Spring' of 2011, Gordon Kerr offers a comprehensive introduction to the sprawling history of this enormous continent.   He begins with the origins of the human race and the development of stone age technology, through ancient... more...

  • A Short History of the First World Warby Gordon Kerr

    Oldcastle Books 2014; US$ 5.08

    A Short History of the First World War tells the story of this cataclysmic event. It begins by describing the background to war, the international rivalries and conflicts of the previous decades that led to the nations of Europe forming virtual armed camps, the relentless build-up of military and naval hardware that characterized the early years of... more...