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Delve into the past with one of our World History books. Our range includes everything from books on Ancient Rome and Egypt to more modern history like World War One and Two. Just use the filters below to find your next history book.

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Written around the 6th century BC, The Art Of War is one of the oldest books about military staggery, and probably the best. It teaches you, how when the battle commences, to think on your feet and catch your enemy off guard. Since its translation its readers have included Napoleon, MacArthur, Montgomery, Mao Zedong and General Van Riper, who helped plan Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm/ The lessons of The Art Of War still apply, and this beautiful edition includes a fascinating photo script on how the ideas of Sun Tzu have peen put to use in business, sport and other areas of life. It is ideal for anyone who wants to outthink and outflank the opposition. This beautiful version of the book comes with a silk bound cover in a slip case box. This hardback book has 160 pages and measures 23.8 x 2.1 x 15.7cm

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D-Day and the Battle for France. Renowned World War Two historian James Holland presents an entirely new perspective on one of the most important moments in recent history, unflinchingly examining the brutality and violence that characterised the campaign, and totally recalibrating our understanding of this momentous event. D-Day and the 76 days of bitter fighting in Normandy that followed have come to be seen as a defining episode in the Second World War. Its story has been endlessly retold, and yet it remains a narrative burdened by both myth and assumed knowledge. In this reexamined history, James Holland challenges what we think we know. Drawing on unseen archives and testimonies from around the world, introducing a cast of eye-witnesses from foot soldiers to bomber crews, sailors, civilians and resistance fighters. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780552176118 • Author: James Holland • Publisher: Corgi • Format: Paperback • Pages: 864 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 3.8 cm

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This no-holds-barred expose of executions through the ages begins with the delights of the Roman Colosseum, where criminals were ripped apart by wild animals! It then moves through the Middle Ages - a period during which criminals were variously broken, burned, boiled, quartered, drowned, and impaled. Next up is the art of hanging, before journeying to France for a look at the invention of the guillotine and its role in the French revolution. Moving on to the 20th century, the electric chair, the gas chamber, and death by lethal injection are also covered. Packed with deliciously gruesome illustrations, this book explored a variety of curious questions - such as how long heads remain conscious after getting the chop. It also reveals fascinating anecdotes - such as the story of the executioner who died by falling off the stage when holding up a victim's head for the crowd to see. Not for the feint-hearted, Hung, Drawn and Quartered is definitely for 'Adults Only'! Product Information: • ISBN: 9780857625861 • Author: Jonathan J. Moore • Publisher: New Burlington • Format: Paperback • Pages: 256 • Dimensions: 22.6 x 17 x 1.6cm

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A lavishly illustrated account of human travel with a foreword by Simon Reeve, from the voyages of the Vikings to the flight to the Moon. Journeys have arisen from all manner of impulse, from migration and the search for food, to pilgrimages, trade, scientific curiosity, or simply the quest for adventure. Journey is a stunning visual guide to the stories of human movement and endeavour, from The Silk Road to the epic Voyager missions. Discover ancient maps, biographies of conquerors, explorers, and travellers, stories of scientific discovery and technological innovation, stunning works of art, and catalogues of travel-related memorabilia. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780241289426 • Format: Hardback • Publisher: DK • Pages: 360 • Dimensions: 31 x 25.5 x 2.5cm.

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An accessible and succinct account of the story of Europe from its ancient foundations to the twenty-first century, The History of Europe in Bite-sized Chunks details the events, personalities, ideas and disasters that have shaped our continent. It begins with the first ancient culture to emerge in Europe: the Minoans. It then proceeds chronologically to the present day, taking in not just significant historical events but also overarching social, technological and cultural trends and their impact. Throughout the book there are mini-biographies of notable individuals (such as Julius Caesar, Catherine the Great and Napoleon Bonaparte) who have been most significant in European history. It is also packed with amazing facts, details and maps that will give the reader a vivid understanding of Europe's past. With the prospect of Brexit looming in Spring 2019, there is no better time to get a handle on European history! Product Information: • ISBN: 9781789294163 • Author: Jacob F. Field • Publisher: Michael O'Mara • Format: Paperback • Pages: 192 • Dimensions: 19.69 x 12.7 x 2.03 cm

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Among millions of Holocaust victims sent to Auschwitz II-Birkenau in 1944, Priska, Rachel, and Anka each passed through its infamous gates with a secret. Strangers to each other, they were newly pregnant, and facing an uncertain fate without their husbands. Alone, scared, and with so many loved ones already lost to the Nazis, these young women were privately determined to hold on to all they had left: their lives, and those of their unborn babies. Born Survivors follows the mothers' incredible journey - first to Auschwitz, where they each came under the murderous scrutiny of Dr. Josef Mengele; then to a German slave labour camp where, half-starved and almost worked to death, they struggled to conceal their condition; and finally, as the Allies closed in, their hellish 17-day train journey with thousands of other prisoners to the Mauthausen death camp in Austria. United by their remarkable experiences of survival against all odds, they now consider each other "siblings of the heart." In Born Survivors, Wendy Holden brings all three stories together for the first time to mark their seventieth birthdays and the seventieth anniversary of the ending of the war. A heart-stopping account of how three mothers and their newborns fought to survive the Holocaust, Born Survivors is also a life-affirming celebration of our capacity to care and to love amid inconceivable cruelty. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780751557411 • Author: Wendy Holden • Publisher: Sphere • Format: Paperback • Pages: 400 • Dimensions: 20.2 x 15.9 x 2.7 cm

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Instant History pulls together all the pivotal moments in modern history into one concise volume. Each page contains a discrete 'cheat sheet', which tells you the most important facts in bite-sized chunks, meaning you can become an expert in an instant. From the Boston Tea Party to the Cold War, the Grand Tour to the Great Depression, the Industrial Revolution to the Russian Revolution, every key event, character or turning point is expressed in succinct and lively text and graphics. Perfect for the knowledge hungry, this collection of graphic-led lessons makes history interesting and accessible. Everything you need to know is here. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781787399792 • Author: Sandra Lawrence • Publisher: Welbeck Publishing • Format: Paperback • Pages: 176 • Dimensions: 23.7 x 1.5 x 18.8 cm

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Soldiers is a very personal gathering of sparkling, gripping tales by many writers, about men and women who have borne arms. The nearly 350 stories illustrate what it is like to fight in wars, to live and die as a warrior, from Greek and Roman times through to recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Here you will meet Jewish heroes of the Bible, Rome’s captain of the gate, Queen Boudicca, Joan of Arc, Cromwell, Wellington, Napoleon’s marshals and the modern SAS. There are tales of great writers who served in uniform including Cobbett and Tolstoy, Edward Gibbon and Siegfried Sassoon, Marcel Proust and Evelyn Waugh, George Orwell and George MacDonald Fraser. Here are also stories of the female ‘abosi’ fighters of Dahomey and heroic ambulance drivers of World War I, together with the new-age women soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is a book to inspire in turn fascination, excitement, horror, amazement, occasionally laughter. Max Hastings mingles respect for the courage of those who fight with compassion for those who become their victims, above all civilians, and especially in the twenty-first century, which some are already calling ‘the Post-Heroic Age’. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780008454227 • Author: Max Hastings • Publisher: William Collins • Format: Hardback • Pages: 496 • Dimensions: 24 x 15.9 x 3.8 cm

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This is the gripping story of the Battle of Britain; of some of the most fateful weeks in history. Drawing on eyewitness accounts from both the RAF and the Luftwaffe, this is a compelling story of history in the making through an intensely fought battle, taking the reader into the heart of the action as told by those who fought and experienced it. The book not only captures the often savage reality of the air battles over the Channel and southern England, but it also traces the true course of the Battle of Britain as it unfolded between August 6th and September 15th, 1940 as the German and British Commanders made their fateful decisions, and Spitfires and Messerschmitts whirled and fought in the skies. It was in these six weeks that the fate of the war, and Britain, were to be decided. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781800325890 • Author: Richard Collier • Publisher: Canelo History • Format: Paperback • Pages: 400 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.2cm

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Spring 1941 – the Third Reich triumphant!  Having taken over Germany in 1933, Hitler launched a series of lightning campaigns across Europe that crushed Poland, Denmark, Norway, France, the Low Countries and then the Balkans. Only Great Britain had withstood the Nazis, but even it was battered and bruised and close to defeat.  Then, on 22 June 1941 – in the most momentous decision of the war – the Nazi dictator turned East and flung his victorious armies into the vastness of the Soviet Union. Having signed a Non-Aggression Pact with Hitler back in 1939, Stalin was taken completely by surprise by the German attack.  Hitler’s Wehrmacht – buoyed by years of untrammelled success and led by some of the greatest commanders Nazi Germany had to offer – crashed across the border and sent the Red Army reeling.  The German plan was simple and its scale staggering; over three million men, armed with over three thousand panzers, the same number of aircraft, more than seven thousand guns and carried by over six hundred thousand vehicles and even more horses, would be joined by over half a million soldiers from allied countries, and together they would destroy the largest army in the world while advancing a thousand miles to the very borders of Asiatic Russia.  There they would halt and what remained of the Soviet Union and the communist faith that spawned it would wither and die. In the newly conquered lebensraum, Hitler and the Nazis would then commence the biggest mass human extermination programme in history.  Barbarossa was huge, but it was fought by men; and on the German side in particular, it would be fought by junior officers and simple soldiers as the Wehrmacht tried to win the war once and for all. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781398107229 • Author: Jonathan Trigg • Publisher: Amberley Publishing • Format: Hardback • Pages: 320 • Dimensions: 23.39 x 15.6 x 2.79 cm

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1941. The Battle of the Atlantic is a disaster. Thousands of supply ships carrying vital food and fuel from North America to Britain are being torpedoed by German U-boats. Britain is only weeks away from starvation and crushing defeat. In the first week of 1942 a group of unlikely heroes - a retired naval captain and a clutch of brilliant young women - gather to form a secret strategy unit.  The Western Approaches Tactical Unit spends days and nights designing and playing war games in an effort to crack the U-boat tactics. As the U-boat wolfpacks continue to prey upon the supply ships, it is race against time to save Britain. With novelistic flair, investigative journalist Simon Parkin shines a light on this riveting true story of war at sea. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529353211 • Author: Simon Parkin • Publisher: Sceptre • Format: Paperback • Pages: 320 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm

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Posted to Moscow as a young diplomat before the Second World War, Fitzroy Maclean travelled widely, with or without permission, in some of the wildest and remotest parts of the Soviet Union, then virtually closed to foreigners.  In 1942 he fought as a founder member of the SAS in North Africa. There Maclean specialised in hair-raising commando raids behind enemy lines, including the daring and outrageous kidnapping of the German Consul in Axis-controlled Iraq.  In 1943 he parachuted into German-occupied Yugoslavia as Winston Churchill's personal representative to Josip Broz Tito and remained there until 1945, all enemy attempts to capture him proving unsuccessful. Eastern Approaches is Maclean's classic, gripping account of the sybaritic delights of diplomatic life, the thrill of remote travel in the then-forbidden zones of Central Asia, and the violence and adventure of world-changing tours in North Africa and Yugoslavia. Maclean is the original British action hero and this is blistering reading. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780241995532 • Author: Fitzroy MaClean • Publisher: Penguin • Format: Paperback • Pages: 576 • Dimensions: 19.81 x 12.9 x 2.49 cm

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Former Tornado Navigator John Nichol tells the incredible story of the RAF Tornado force during the First Gulf War in 1991; the excitement and the danger, the fear and the losses. It is an extraordinary account of courage and fortitude. ‘All I could see was a flame, like a very large firework, coming towards me. Then there was a huge white flash. I remember an enormous wind and then I was knocked unconscious. My last thoughts were that I was going to die.’ In 1990, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein ordered the invasion and occupation of neighbouring Kuwait, setting in motion a chain of events that had unimaginable political, military and personal repercussions, which still reverberate around the globe today. This is the story of the aircrew at the heart of Operation Desert Storm, almost none of whom had any prior experience of armed combat. It is the story of the Tornado’s missions, of those who did not return - and of the families who watched and waited as one of the most complex conflicts in recent history unfolded live on television. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781471180521 • Author: John Nichol • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK • Format: Hardback • Pages: 496 • Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.3 x 3.55 cm

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In September, 1944, the SS march into a remote Italian castle, arrest a mother and seize her two sons, aged just two and three. If Hitler has his way she will never see them again.  For Fey Pirzio-Biroli is the daughter of Ulrich von Hassell, executed days before after the failed assassination of the Fuhre. Mercilessly cast into the Nazi death machine, Fey must cling to the hope that one day she will escape and rescue her lost children . . . An extraordinary story of resistance at the heart of the Second World War, Fey's War is an illuminating and devastating true account of great personal sacrifice, of loss and, above all, of defiance. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780241989449 • Author: Catherine Bailey • Publisher: Penguin • Format: Paperback • Pages: 480 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.9 cm

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The first short narrative history of the continent, from the author of the bestselling A Short History of England Europe is an astonishingly successful place. In this dazzling new history, bestselling author Simon Jenkins grippingly tells the story of its evolution from warring peoples to peace, wealth and freedom - a story that twists and turns from Greece and Rome, through the Dark Ages, the Reformation and the French Revolution, to the Second World War and up to the present day. Jenkins takes in leaders from Julius Caesar and Joan of Arc, to Wellington and Angela Merkel, as well as cultural figures from Aristotle to Shakespeare and Picasso. He brings together the transformative forces and dominant eras into one chronological tale - all with his usual insight, colour and authority. Despite the importance of Europe's politics, economy and culture, there has not been - until now - a concise book to tell this story. Covering the key events, themes and individuals, Jenkins' portrait of the continent could not be more timely - or masterful. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780241995549 • Author: Simon Jenkins • Publisher: Penguin • Format: Paperback • Pages: 400 • Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm

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Find out about the life of Martin Luther King Jr from how he fought racism and led the civil rights movement to his tragic death and how he is remembered now around the world. For children following Book Bands, it is suitable for children reading at band 9, gold. Product Information: ISBN: 9781445166469 Author: Izzi Howell Publisher: Franklin Watts Format: Hardback Pages: 24 Dimensions:  20 x 0.9 x 23.4 cm

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From planning an assassination attempt on Hitler in Switzerland, to spying on the Japanese in Manchuria, to preventing nuclear war (or so she believed) by stealing the science of atomic weaponry from Britain to give to Moscow, Ursula Kuczynski Burton conducted some of the most dangerous espionage operations of the twentieth century. Born to a German Jewish family, as Ursula grew, so did the Nazis' power. A fanatical opponent of the fascism that ravaged her homeland, she was drawn to communism as a young woman, motivated by the promise of a fair and peaceful society. She eventually became a spymaster, saboteur, bomb-maker and secret agent. In Agent Sonya, Britain's most acclaimed historian vividly reveals the fascinating tale of a life that would change the course of history. Classic Ben Macintyre - a gripping ride, based on meticulous research, that reads like a novel - this is the greatest spy story never told.  Product Information: • ISBN: 9780241986950 • Author: Ben MacIntyre • Publisher: Penguin • Format: Paperback • Pages: 400 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.5cm

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How the miracle on the beaches saved a nation. A gripping account of one of the most famous episodes of the Second World War. In May 1940 British and Allied troops on mainland Europe were in a perilous situation: cut off and surrounded, at the conclusion of the bloody Battle of France they faced complete annihilation. It would be a devastating blow, handing Europe to the Nazis. But over a few frantic days, the greatest evacuation in history managed to salvage hope, saving the total destruction of the army and hundreds of thousands of soldiers lives. It was a pivotal and defining moment in the war, one Churchill described as a 'miracle' in his 'we shall fight them on the beaches' speech. Bestselling author John Harris describes in vivid detail how the evacuation developed on a day-by-day basis, and destroys more than one myth associated with Dunkirk. Packed with authentic atmosphere and first-hand recollections, the retreat and the desperate lifting of the weary British expeditionary force is seen in its tragic but spirited entirety, an epic of courage and confusion without parallel. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781800325616 • Author: John Harris • Publisher: Canelo • Format: Paperback • Pages: 288 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.8 cm

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Readers can discover all the foul facts about Scotland, including the truth about William Wallace, the disgusting details of sick Scottish torture techniques, and how to terrify a tourist with gory Scottish ghost stories. With a bold, accessible new look and a heap of extra-horrible bits, these bestselling titles are sure to be a huge hit with yet another generation of Terry Deary fans. Ideal for children who love Horrible Histories. This paperback book has 196 pages and measures: 21.5 x 13.5 x 1cm approx.

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In this updated edition of his acclaimed study of the black presence in Britain during the First World War, Stephen Bourne illuminates fascinating stories of black servicemen of African heritage. These accounts of the fights for their 'Mother Country' are charted from the outbreak of war in 1914 to the conflict's aftermath in 1919, when black communities up and down Great Britain were faced with anti-black 'race riots' despite their dedicated services to their country at home and abroad. With unprecedented access to the wartime personal correspondence of the Jamaican siblings Vera, Norman and Douglas Manley, Bourne helps bring to light the day-to-day trials, tribulations and tragedies of life on the battlefield. Informative and accessible, with first-hand accounts and original photographs, Black Poppies is the essential guide to the military and civilian wartime experiences of black men and women, from the trenches to the music halls. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780750990820 • Author: Stephen Bourne • Publisher: The History Press • Format: Paperback • Pages: 256 • Dimensions: 19.69 x 12.7 x 2.03 cm

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