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Great Britain

  • After the Victoriansby A. N. Wilson

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2015; US$ 26.99

    The distinguished historian A.N. Wilson has charted, in vivid detail, Britain's rise to world dominance, a tale of how one small island nation came to be the mightiest, richest country on earth, reigning over much of the globe. Now in his much anticipated sequel to the classic The Victorians, he describes how in little more than a generation Britain's... more...

  • Bitter Freedomby Maurice Walsh

    Faber & Faber 2015; US$ 21.86

    Dr Maurice Walsh is the author of the groundbreaking The News from Ireland: Foreign Correspondents and the Irish Revolution which was described by Colm Toibin as 'an invaluable book'. An award-winning documentary maker, he has reported from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the United States and Europe. His essays, reviews and reportage have appeared... more...

  • The Ingenious Mr. Pykeby Henry Hemming

    PublicAffairs 2015; US$ 26.99

    This is the extraordinary story of Geoffrey Pyke, an inventor, war reporter, escaped prisoner, campaigner, father, educator--and all-around misunderstood genius. In his day, he was described as one of the world's great minds, to rank alongside Einstein, yet he remains virtually unknown today. Pyke was an unlikely hero of both world wars and, among... more...

  • Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canadaby Carolyn Harris

    Dundurn 2015; US$ 11.99

    Carolyn Harris teaches history at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. She received her PhD in European history from Queen's University in 2012. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications including the Globe and Mail , Ottawa Citizen , Smithsonian Magazine , and the BBC News Magazine , and she is a frequent guest on television... more...

  • William III & Mary II (Penguin Monarchs)by Jonathan Keates

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 17.58

    William III (1689-1702) & Mary II (1689-94) (Britain's only ever 'joint monarchs') changed the course of the entire country's history, coming to power through a coup (which involved Mary betraying her own father), reestablishing parliament on a new footing and, through commiting Britain to fighting France, initiating an immensely long period of warfare... more...

  • Victoria (Penguin Monarchs)by Jane Ridley

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 17.58

    Part of the Penguin Monarchs series: short, fresh, expert accounts of England's rulers in a collectible format Queen Victoria inherited the throne at 18 and went on to become the longest-reigning female monarch in history, in a time of intense industrial, cultural, political, scientific and military change within the United Kingdom and great... more...

  • James II (Penguin Monarchs)by David Womersley

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 17.58

    The short, action-packed reign of James II (1685-88) is generally seen as one of the most catastrophic in British history. James managed, despite having access to tremendous reserves of good will and deference, to so alienate his supporters that he had to flee for his life. And yet, most of that life was spent not as king but first as heir to Charles... more...

  • Henry II (Penguin Monarchs)by Richard Barber

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 17.58

    Henry II (1154-89) through a series of astonishing dynastic coups became the ruler of an enormous European empire. One of the most dynamic, restless and clever men ever to rule England, he was brought down both by his catastrophic relationship with his archbishop Thomas Becket and his debilitating arguments with his sons, most importantly the future... more...

  • Fighting the Kaiser's Warby Andrew Lucas; Jurgen Schmieschek

    Pen and Sword 2015; US$ 23.99

    Personal accounts of the Great War experiences of British soldiers are well known and plentiful, but similar accounts from the German side of no man's land are rare. This highly original book vividly describes the wartime lives and ultimate fates of ten Saxon soldiers facing the British in Flanders, revealed through their intimate diaries and correspondence.... more...

  • Tracing Your Trade & Craftsman Ancestorsby Adele Emm

    Pen and Sword 2015; US$ 13.50

    Almost all of us have a tradesman or craftsman - a butcher, baker or candlestick maker - somewhere in our ancestry, and Adèle Emm's handbook is the perfect guide to finding out about them - about their lives, their work and the world they lived in. She introduces the many trades and crafts, looks at their practices and long traditions, and... more...