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 Ratline

Cover Image, Shoestring

Philippe Sands
Weidenfield & Nicolson
ISBN 9781474608138
Trade paperback 2020
Price $AU 34.99
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In The Ratline Philippe Sands offers a unique account of the daily life of a senior Nazi and fugitive, and of his wife. Drawing on a remarkable archive of family letters and diaries, he unveils a fascinating insight into life before and during the war, on the run, in Rome, and into the Cold War. Eventually the door is unlocked to a mystery that haunts Wachter's youngest son, who continues to believe his father was a good man - what happened to Otto Wachter, and how did he die?


Burning the Books
Cover Image, Golden Maze

Richard Ovendon
John Murray Press
ISBN 9781529378764
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $32.99
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Richard Ovenden, director of the world-famous Bodleian Library, explains how attacks on libraries and archives have been a feature of history since ancient times but have increased in frequency and intensity during the modern era. Burning the Books is a human story animated by an unlikely cast - self-taught archaeologists, poets, freedom-fighters – and, of course, librarians and the heroic lengths they will go to preserve and rescue knowledge, ensuring that civilisation survives. 


Imperial Mud: The Fight for Fens
Cover Image, English Pastoral

James Boyce
Icon
ISBN 9781785786501
Hardback 2020
Price $24.99
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A population of proud indigenous people fight for generations to preserve their homelands against an expanding empire - an invasion justified as being necessary for 'progress'. After centuries of resistance, their culture and community are destroyed. All of this takes place in East Anglia, roughly between the English Civil Wars and the mid-Victorian period.

The final destruction of England's last lowland wilderness and the dispossession of its custodians was not an inevitable consequence of 'progress', but of the growing power of a centralised and militarised state. Imperial Mud reimagines not just the history of the Fens, but the history and identity of the English people.


Reprehensible - Polite Histories of Bad Behaviour
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Mikey Robins
Simon and Schuster
ISBN 9781760852993
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $29.99
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What are we to make of Catherine the Great’s extensive collection of pornographic furniture, Hans Christian Andersen’s too-much-information diary and Karl Marx’s epic pub crawls? Or the pharaoh who covered his slaves in honey to keep flies off his meal? Rollicking and informative, Reprehensible: Polite Histories of Bad Behaviour is your guide through some of the most shameful behaviour indulged in by humanity’s most celebrated figures, as told by Mikey Robins, one of Australia’s most loved comedians.


The Golden Maze
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Richard Fidler
ABC Books
ISBN 9780733335266
Hardback 2020
Price $39.99
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Following the story of Prague from its origins in medieval darkness to its uncertain present, Fidler does what he does so well - curates an absolutely engaging and compelling history of a place. You will learn things you never knew, with a tour guide who is erudite, inquisitive, and the best storyteller you could have as your companion.


Rummage

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Emily Cockayne
Profile Books
ISBN 9781781258514
Hardback 2020
Price $AU 34.99
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Cockayne extracts glittering gems from the rubbish pile of centuries past and introduces us to the visionaries, crooks and everyday do-gooders who have shaped the material world we live in today - like the fancy ladies of the First World War who turned dog hair into yarn, or the Victorian gentlemen selling pianofortes made from papier-mache, or the hapless public servants coaxing people into giving up their railings for the greater good. An original book for our introspective times.


The Louvre

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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.


The Great Imperial Hangover

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Samir Puri
Atlantic Books 
ISBN 9781838950255
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 34.99
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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.


The Anarchy

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William Dalrymple
Bloomsbury
ISBN 9781408864395
Paperback 2020
Price $AU 22.99
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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.


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.


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.


History of the Russian Revolution

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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.


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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