J.H. Plumb

J.H. Plumb shows how, between 1857 and 1888, after much controversy, the mystery of the Nile’s source was finally solved by the successive discoveries of Speke, Burton, Livingstone and Stanley.

J.H. Plumb documents the repeated attempts by British explorers and abolitionists to open West Africa for the Empire.

J.H. Plumb profiles, perhaps, the finest orator to hold the office of British Prime Minister.

Walpole

J.H. Plumb analyses the career of the man recognised as Britain's first prime minister.

At one time a member of Charles II's notorious Cabal, Anthony Ashley Cooper later became the much maligned leader of the Protestant and Parliamentary opposition to the last two Stuart kings. By J.H. Plumb.

J.H. Plumb comments on how the famous historian of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon, sought a detached and truthful past, free from preconception or the idea of inherent purpose.

Cecil Rhodes

J.H. Plumb documents the life of Rhodes - an empire-builder, arch risk-taker, megalomaniac mine-owner and namesake of Zimbabwe's pre-independence antecedant, Rhodesia.