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World War I

  • George V (Penguin Monarchs)by David Cannadine

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; Not Available

    For a man with such conventional tastes and views, George V had a revolutionary impact. Almost despite himself he marked a decisive break with his flamboyant predecessor Edward VII, inventing the modern monarchy, with its emphasis on frequent public appearances, family values and duty. George V was an effective war-leader and inventor of 'the House... more...

  • Edward VI (Penguin Monarchs)by Stephen Alford

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; Not Available

    Edward VI, the only son of Henry VIII, became king at the age of nine and died wholly unexpectedly at the age of fifteen. All around him loomed powerful men who hoped to use the child to further their own ends, but who were also playing a long game - assuming that Edward would long outlive them and become as commanding a figure as his father had... more...

  • George VI (Penguin Monarchs)by Philip Ziegler

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; Not Available

    Written by Philip Ziegler, one of Britain's most celebrated biographers, George VI is part of the Penguin Monarchs series: short, fresh, expert accounts of England's rulers in a collectible format If Ethelred was notoriously 'Unready' and Alfred 'Great', King George VI should bear the title of 'George the Dutiful'. Throughout his... more...

  • Henry VIII (Penguin Monarchs)by John Guy

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; Not Available

    Charismatic, insatiable and cruel, Henry VIII was, as John Guy shows, a king who became mesmerized by his own legend - and in the process destroyed and remade England. Said to be a 'pillager of the commonwealth', this most instantly recognizable of kings remains a figure of extreme contradictions: magnificent and vengeful; a devout traditionalist... more...

  • Charles I (Penguin Monarchs)by Mark Kishlansky

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; Not Available

    The tragedy of Charles I dominates one of the most strange and painful periods in British history as the whole island tore itself apart over a deadly, entangled series of religious and political disputes. In Mark Kishlansky's brilliant account it is never in doubt that Charles created his own catastrophe, but he was nonetheless opposed by men with... more...

  • Vera Brittain and the First World Warby Mark Bostridge

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2014; US$ 19.99

    Vera Brittain and the First World War tells the remarkable story of the author behind Testament of Youth whilst charting the book's ascent to become one of the most loved memoirs of the First World War period. Such interest is set to expand even more in this centenary year of the war's outbreak. In the midst of her studies at Oxford when war broke... more...

  • The Origins Of The Final Solutionby Christopher Browning

    Random House 2014; US$ 16.39

    The Origins of the Final Solution is the most detailed, careful, and comprehensive analysis to date of the descent of the Nazi persecution of the Jews into mass murder: the Holocaust. Arguing that genocide was not a preconceived plan but rather a discovered possibility, Christopher Browning explains how Hitler's decision to murder the Jews en masse... more...

  • Confronting Political Islamby IV John M. Owen

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    How should the Western world today respond to the challenges of political Islam? Taking an original approach to answer this question, Confronting Political Islam compares Islamism?s struggle with secularism to other prolonged ideological clashes in Western history. By examining the past conflicts that have torn Europe and the Americas?and how they... more...

  • Australia 1901 - 2001by Andrew Tink

    NewSouth 2014; US$ 19.99

    Andrew Tink’s superb book tells the story of Australia in the twentieth century, from Federation to the Sydney 2000 Olympics. A century marked by the trauma of war and the despair of the depression, balanced by extraordinary achievements in sport, science and the arts. A country underpinned by a political system that worked most of the time and... more...

  • Trial By Gasby George H. Cassar

    Potomac Books Inc. 2014; US$ 29.95

    World War I has long captured the macabre imagination for the seemingly willful manner in which nations sent their young men to die in droves while fighting over essentially the same patch of land for four long years. The vision of those senseless deaths becomes even harsher and more depraved when we consider how many soldiers were killed by poison... more...