History

The history section contains general history reference; histories of obscure and unexpected things; European and world histories; and biographies of various historical figures.

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The Louvre

Cover Image, Shoestring

James Gardner
Grove Press UK
ISBN 9781611856347
Hardback 2020
Price $AU 39.99
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Almost nine million people from all over the world flock to the Louvre in Paris every year to see its incomparable art collection. Yet few are aware of the remarkable history of that location and of the buildings themselves, and how they chronicle the history of Paris - a fascinating story that historian James Gardner elegantly tells for the first time. A meticulously crafted, sparkling history of the legendary museum.


Rebel Women

Cover Image, Rain Heron

Rosalind Miles
Virago Press
ISBN 9780349006079
Trade paperback 2020
Price $AU 32.99
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Feminist publisher Virago Press presents everything readers need to know about women in the history of the world from 1800 to today.


The Anarchy

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

William Dalrymple
Bloomsbury
ISBN 9781408864388
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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In his most ambitious and riveting book to date, William Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before, unfolding a timely cautionary tale of the first global corporate power.


The Great Imperial Hangover

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Samir Puri
Atlantic Books 
ISBN 9781838950255
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 35.00
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For the first time in millennia we live without formal empires. But that doesn't mean we don't feel their presence rumbling through history. The Great Imperial Hangover examines how the world's imperial legacies are still shaping the thorniest issues we face today. From Russia's incursions in the Ukraine to Brexit; from Trump's 'America-first policy' to China's forays into Africa; from Modi's India to the hotbed of the Middle East, Puri provides a bold new framework for understanding the world's complex rivalries and politics. Organised by region, and covering vital topics such as security, foreign policy, national politics and commerce, The Great Imperial Hangover combines gripping history and astute analysis to explain why the history of empire affects us all in profound ways.


History of the Russian Revolution

Cover Image, History of the Russian Revolution

Leon Trotsky & Max Eastman
Penguin Books
ISBN 9780241301319
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 39.99
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Regarded by many as among the most powerful works of history ever written, The History of the Russian Revolution offers an unparalleled account of one of the most pivotal and hotly debated events in world history. This book presents, from the perspective of one of its central actors, the profound liberating character of the early Russian Revolution. Originally published in three parts, Trotsky's masterpiece is collected here in a single volume. It is still the most vital and inspiring record of the Russian Revolution ever published.


Genghis KhanCover Image, Genghis Khan

Frank McLynn
Vintage Publishing
ISBN 9781784703509
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 27.99
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Genghis Khan was by far the greatest conqueror the world has ever known, whose empire stretched from the Pacific Ocean to central Europe, including all of China, the Middle East and Russia. So how did an illiterate nomad rise to such colossal power, eclipsing Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and Napoleon? Credited by some with paving the way for the Renaissance, condemned by others for being the most heinous murderer in history, who was Genghis Khan? His actual name was Temujin, and the story of his success is that of the Mongol people- a loose collection of fractious tribes who tended livestock, considered bathing taboo and possessed an unparalleled genius for horseback warfare. United under Genghis, a strategist of astonishing cunning and versatility, they could dominate any sedentary society they chose.


Thucydides: The Reinvention of HistoryCover Image, Thucydides

Donald M. Kagan
Penguin
ISBN 9780143118299
Paperback 2010
Price $AU 26.99
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Donald Kagan's magisterial history of the Peloponnesian War is recognised as a landmark of classical scholarship. Now Kagan - one of the most respected classical historians in the world - turns his attention from one of the greatest conflicts in history to the author who so magnificently chronicled it: Thucydides, the first truly modern historian. This study offers readers a remarkable opportunity to experience one great historian engaging another across the centuries in a work that is at once an engrossing voyage of discovery and a moving tribute.


The Last Mughal: The Fall of Delhi, 1857Cover Image, The Last Mughal

William Dalrymple
Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN 9781408800928
Paperback 2009
Price $AU 24.99
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On a dark evening in November 1862, a cheap coffin is buried in eerie silence. There are no lamentations or panegyrics, for the British Commissioner in charge has insisted, 'No vesting will remain to distinguish where the last of the Great Mughal's rests.' This Mughal is Bahadur Shah Zafar II, one of the most tolerant and likeable of his remarkable dynasty who found himself leader of a violent and doomed uprising. The Siege of Delhi was the Raj's Stalingrad, the end of both Mughal power and a remarkable culture.


Bury My Heart At Wounded KneeCover Image, Bury My Heart

Dee Brown
Vintage Publishing
ISBN 9780099526407
Paperback 1987
Price $AU 19.99
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The American West, 1860-1890- years of broken promises, disillusionment, war and massacre. Beginning with the Long Walk of the Navajos and ending with the massacre of Sioux at Wounded Knee, this extraordinary book tells how the American Indians lost their land, lives and liberty to white settlers pushing westward. Woven into a an engrossing saga of cruelty, treachery and violence are the fascinating stories of such legendary figures as Sitting Bull, Cochise, Crazy Horse and Geronimo. First published in 1970, Dee Brown's brutal and compelling narrative changed the way people thought about the original inhabitants of America, and focused attention on a national disgrace.


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