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Western historians have tended to focus on one Arab Revolt in the early 20th century, while ignoring another, which was bigger and, in the opinion of the author of this vivid book, almost as significant.

The revolt which generally grabs...

A quarter of a century ago, when the Berlin Wall fell, there was an expectation that the Evil Empire’s colonies, no longer subjugated by the yoke of statist orthodoxy, would blithely ascend to the Reaganomic utopia they had been presumed to covet...

In this scholarly but immensely readable book Matt Cook explores the domestic interiors of homosexual men at various times from the end of the 19th century to the onset of AIDS and the acceptance of gay parenting. Trawling through diaries,...

A key debate in recent Soviet historiography has concerned the impact of Stalinist propaganda on citizens’ attitudes and identities. It has tended to focus on their resistance to authority at one extreme and an inability to resist Soviet models...

For those on the British Left, François Mitterrand’s victory in May 1981 was a ray of hope. Here was a president resolutely of the Left, whose socialist programme, evoking the great revolutionary moments in French history, represented a humane...

The Indian army that arrived in Marseilles six weeks after the start of the war was probably the most curious of the First World War. In a battle for freedom the Indian army was from a country that was itself not free and to call it Indian was a...

Baghdad is at once familiar and yet quintessentially unknown. Regularly and for so long has it made the news that we are inured to the apparently unchanging narrative of random violence, political corruption and human tragedy in the city.

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For students of Russian history and observers of Putin’s Russia, the rehabilitation of the Stalinist past and Josef Stalin’s resurgent personal popularity is a disturbing development. Ever since Stalin’s death in March 1953, his ghost has...

The enticing title of this book unfortunately turns out to be something of a misnomer. Instead of hearing how key urban centres shaped the British Empire, we get the historical equivalent of Around The World in 80 Days: a whirlwind tour...

For most people the Byzantine Empire is probably an unfamiliar entity, despite its historical importance. The empire (in reality the Roman Empire that survived throughout the medieval period centred on the ancient Greek city of Byzantium; the...

Ask a Londoner today which beasts they are nearest to and they may well reply that you are never more than six feet away from a rat. Similarly, the city has no shortage of starlings, pigeons and foxes, the animals with which Londoners are most...

This wide-ranging book has been designed for undergraduate courses on the Holocaust. It covers many of the topics that students will touch on in their courses, doing so in a concise, readable fashion.

Implicitly, by starting with three...

When Irvin Ehrenpreis put the final full stop to his triple-decker biography of Jonathan Swift published between 1962 and 1983, one thing at least was certain: the job would have to be done all over again. 

Ehrenpreis had produced a...

Life, the philosopher Kierkegaard believed, is lived forward but can only be understood backwards. Our understanding of history is also refracted through the prism of the present. ‘Even if’, David Reynolds argues, ‘historians write forwards,...

Clement Attlee, Labour prime minister between 1945 and 1951 in the pioneering years that saw the emergence of the modern welfare state and the National Health Service, has always been something of an enigma and the butt of jokes, including...

Arguably, most officers in the British army would agree that Field Marshal the Viscount Slim – ‘Uncle Bill’ – was the Second World War general whom they most admired. Unrestricted by epoch, many would still bring a large vote for Slim’s humanity...

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