Empires of the Steppes: The Nomadic Tribes Who Shaped Civilisation by Kenneth W. Harl is a rollercoaster of historical narration.
A level-headed chronicle of the varied impact of climate on our history.
An intriguing glimpse into the complex politics of the late 19th century Balkans.
Successful cities, by the very nature of mercantile and intellectual exchange, must be multicultural and tolerant of diversity.
Arabic was not just spread by the sword, but by merchants, patron-hunting poets and dowry-seeking princes.