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  • FAKE HISTORY

    ‘An important new book’ Daily Express

    An alternative history of the world that exposes some of the biggest lies ever told and how they’ve been used over time.

    Lincoln did not believe all men were created equal.

    The Aztecs were not slaughtered by the Spanish Conquistadors.

    And Churchill was not the man that people love to remember.

    In this fascinating new book, journalist and author Otto English takes ten great lies from history and shows how our present continues to be manipulated by the fabrications of the past.

    He looks at how so much of what we take to be historical fact is, in fact, fiction. From the myths of WW2 to the adventures of Columbus, and from the self-serving legends of ‘great men’ to the origins of curry ? fake history is everywhere and used ever more to impact our modern world.

    Setting out to redress the balance, English tears apart the lies propagated by politicians and think tanks, the grand narratives spun by populists and the media, the stories on your friend’s Facebook feed and the tales you were told in childhood. And, in doing so, reclaims the truth from those who have perverted it.

    Fake History exposes everything you weren’t told in school and why you weren’t taught it.

    ISBN: 9781787396425
    AUTHOR: OTTO ENGLISH
    ISBN: 9781787396425
    Publisher: WELBACK
    Subtitle: TEN GREAT LIES AND HOW THEY SHAPED THE WORLD
    Author: OTTO ENGLISH

     1,395
  • FAKE HEROES

    From the author of Fake History, Otto English, comes a shocking yet hilarious look at ten of the greatest liars from our past, examining these previously unquestioned idols and exposing what they were trying to hide.
    Having exposed some of the greatest lies ever told in Fake History, journalist Otto English turns his attention to some of history’s biggest (and most beloved) figures.

    Whether it’s virtuous leaders in just wars, martyrs sacrificing all for a cause, or innovators changing the world for the better, down the centuries supposedly great men and women have risen to become household names, saints and heroes. But just how deserving are they of their reputations?

    Exploring everything from Captain Scott’s reckless hunt for glory and Andy Warhol’s flagrant thievery to Coco Chanel’s murky Nazi past, Otto English dives into the hidden lives of some of history’s most recognisable names. Scrutinising figures from the worlds of art, politics, business, religion and royalty, he brings to light the murkier truths they would rather have kept buried away, at the same time as celebrating the unsung heroes lost to time.

    Fake Heroes exposes the truth of the past and helps us understand why that matters today.

    ISBN: 9781802795899
    AUTHOR: OTTO ENGLISH
    ISBN: 9781802795899
    Publisher: WELBACK
    Subtitle: TEN FALSE ICONS AND HOW THEY ALTERED THE COURSE OF HISTORY
    Author: OTTO ENGLISH

     1,695
  • THE AGE OF EXTREMES

    THE AGE OF EXTREMES is eminent historian Eric Hobsbawm s personal vision of the twentieth century. Remarkable in its scope, and breathtaking in its depth of knowledge, this immensely rewarding book reviews the uniquely destructive and creative nature of the troubled twentieth century and makes challenging predicitions for the future.

    ISBN: 9780349106717

    AUTHOR: ERIC HOBSBAWM
    ISBN: 9780349106717
    Publisher: ABACUS
    Subtitle: 1914-1991
    Author: ERIC HOBSBAWM

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  • A MOST IMPROBABLE JOURNEY

    ‘A thrilling synthesis from a brilliant scientist who discovered one of the most important chapters in our history.’ Sean B. Carroll
    Big History, the field that integrates traditional historical scholarship with scientific insights to study the full sweep of our universe, has so far been the domain of historians. Famed geologist Walter Alvarez best known for the ‘Impact Theory’ explaining dinosaur extinction has instead championed a science-first approach to Big History. Here he wields his unique expertise to give us a new appreciation for the incredible occurrences from the Big Bang to the formation of supercontinents, the dawn of the Bronze Age, and beyond that have led to our improbable place in the universe.
    ISBN: 9780393355192
    AUTHOR: WALTER ALVAREZ
    ISBN: 9780393355192
    Publisher: W. W. NORTON & COMPANY
    Subtitle: A BIG HISTORY OF OUR PLANET AND OURSELVES
    Author: WALTER ALVAREZ

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  • OLD WORLD EMPIRES

    This book provides a one-volume historical survey of the origins, development, and nature of state power. It demonstrates that Eurasia is home to a dominant tradition of arbitrary rule mediated through military, civil, and ecclesiastical servants, and a marginal tradition of representative and responsible government through autonomous institutions. The former tradition finds expression in hierarchically organized and ideologically legitimated continental bureaucratic states while the latter manifests itself in the state of laws. In recent times, the marginal tradition has gained in popularity and has led to continental bureaucratic states attempting to introduce democratic and constitutional reforms.

    These attempts have rarely altered the actual manner in which power is exercised by the state and its elites given the deeper and historically rooted experience of arbitrary rule. Far from being remote, the arbitrary culture of power that emerged in many parts of the world continues to shape the fortunes of states. To ignore this culture of power and the historical circumstances that have shaped it comes at a high price, as indicated by the ongoing democratic recession and erosion of liberal norms within states that are democracies.

    Author: ILHAN NIAZ

    ISBN: 9780190704254
    ISBN: 9780190704254
    Publisher: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle: CULTURES OF POWER AND GOVERNANCE IN EURASIA
    Author: ILHAN NIAZ

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  • GENGHIS KHAN AND THE MAKING OF THE MODERN WORLD

    New York Times Bestseller – The startling true history of how one extraordinary man from a remote cornerof the world created an empire that led the world into the modern age.

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in twenty-five years than the Romans did in four hundred. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization. Vastly more progressive than his European or Asian counterparts, Genghis Khan abolished torture, granted universal religious freedom, and smashed feudal systems of aristocratic privilege.

    From the story of his rise through the tribal culture to the explosion of civilization that the Mongol Empire unleashed, this brilliant work of revisionist history is nothing less than the epic story of how the modern world was made.

    Author: JACK WEATHERFORD

    ISBN: 9780609809648
    ISBN: 9780609809648
    Publisher: THREE RIVERS PRESS
    Subtitle:
    Author: JACK WEATHERFORD

     1,695
  • THE EARTH TRANSFORMED

    Most people can name the influential leaders and major battles of the past. Few can name the most destructive storms, the worst winters, the most devastating droughts. In The Earth Transformed, ground-breaking historian Peter Frankopan shows that engagement with the natural world and with climatic change and their effects on us are not new: exploring, for instance, the development of religion and language and their relationships with the environment; tracing how growing demands for harvests resulted in the increased shipment of enslaved peoples; scrutinising how the desire to centralise agricultural surplus formed the origins of the bureaucratic state; and seeing how efforts to understand and manipulate the weather have a long and deep history. Understanding how past shifts in natural patterns have shaped history, and how our own species has shaped terrestrial, marine and atmospheric conditions is not just important but essential at a time of growing awareness of the severity of the climate crisis. Taking us from the Big Bang to the present day, The Earth Transformed forces us to reckon with humankind s continuing efforts to make sense of the natural world.
    ISBN: 9781526622570
    Publisher: BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING
    Subtitle: AN UNTOLD HISTORY
    Author: PETER FRANKOPAN

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  • COURTING INDIA

    When Thomas Roe arrived in India in 1616 as James I’s first ambassador to the Mughal Empire, the English barely had a toehold in the subcontinent. Their understanding of South Asian trade and India was sketchy at best, and, to the Mughals, they were minor players on a very large stage. Roe was representing a kingdom that was beset by financial woes and deeply conflicted about its identity as a unified ‘Great Britain’ under the Stuart monarchy. Meanwhile, the court he entered in India was wealthy and cultured, its dominion widely considered to be one of the greatest and richest empires of the world.

    In Nandini Das’s fascinating history of Roe’s four years in India, she offers an insider’s view of a Britain in the making, a country whose imperial seeds were just being sown. It is a story of palace intrigue and scandal, lotteries and wagers that unfolds as global trade begins to stretch from Russia to Virginia, from West Africa to the Spice Islands of Indonesia.

    A major debut that explores the art, literature, sights and sounds of Jacobean London and Imperial India, Courting India reveals Thomas Roe’s time in the Mughal Empire to be a turning point in history and offers a rich and radical challenge to our understanding of Britain and its early empire.

    AUTHOR: NANDINI DAS

    ISBN: 9781526615657
    ISBN: 9781526615657
    Publisher: BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING
    Subtitle: ENGLAND, MUGHAL INDIA AND THE ORIGINS OF EMPIRE
    Author: NANDINI DAS

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  • MAKING HISTORY

    Epic, authoritative and entertaining, Making History delves into the lives of those who have charted human history ? professional historians, witnesses, novelists, journalists and propagandists? to discover the agendas that informed their world views, and which in so many ways have informed ours. From the origins of history-writing through to television and the digital age, Making History abounds in captivating figures brought to vivid life, from Thucydides and Tacitus to Voltaire and Gibbon, from Winston Churchill to Mary Beard. Rich in character, complex truths and surprising anecdotes, the result is a unique exploration of both the aims and craft of history-making that will lead us to think anew about our past and ourselves.

    Author: RICHARD COHEN

    ISBN: 9781474615792
    ISBN: 9781474615792
    Publisher: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    Subtitle: THE STORYTELLERS WHO SHAPED THE PAST
    Author: RICHARD COHEN

     3,595
  • THE ORIGINS OF POLITICAL ORDER

    Virtually all human societies were once organized tribally, yet over time most developed new political institutions which included a central state that could keep the peace and uniform laws that applied to all citizens. Some went on to create governments that were accountable to their constituents. We take these institutions for granted, but they are absent or are unable to perform in many of today’s developing countries?with often disastrous consequences for the rest of the world.

    Francis Fukuyama, author of the bestselling The End of History and the Last Man and one of our most important political thinkers, provides a sweeping account of how today’s basic political institutions developed. The first of a major two-volume work, The Origins of Political Order begins with politics among our primate ancestors and follows the story through the emergence of tribal societies, the growth of the first modern state in China, the beginning of the rule of law in India and the Middle East, and the development of political accountability in Europe up until the eve of the French Revolution.

    Drawing on a vast body of knowledge, history, evolutionary biology, archaeology, and economics, Fukuyama has produced a brilliant, provocative work that offers fresh insights on the origins of democratic societies and raises essential questions about the nature of politics and its discontents.

    Author: FRANCIS FUKUYAMA

    ISBN: 9780374533229
    ISBN: 9780374533229
    Publisher: FARRAR
    Subtitle:
    Author: FRANCIS FUKUYAMA

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  • THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN THE FAR EASTCASSELL HISTORY OF WARFARE


    ISBN: 0304361275
    Publisher: CASSELL
    Subtitle: CASSELL HISTORY OF WARFARE
    Author: H. P. WILLMOTT

     3,083
  • THE IDEAS THAT CONQUERED THE WORLDPEACE, DEMOCRACY, AND FREE MARKETS IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY


    ISBN: 8130906082
    Publisher: VIVA BOOKS
    Subtitle: PEACE, DEMOCRACY, AND FREE MARKETS IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
    Author: MICHAEL MANDELBAUM

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  • A SENSE OF THE WORLD


    ISBN: 9780739477243
    Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
    Subtitle: HOW A BLIND MAN BECAME HISTORY’S GREATEST TRAVELER
    Author: JASON ROBERTS

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  • A DICTIONARY OF WORLD HISTORY


    ISBN: 9780199202478
    Publisher: OXFORD
    Subtitle: 2ND ED
    Author: OXFORD

     5,714 11,445
  • A HISTORY OF THE END OF THE WORLD


    ISBN: 9780060816988
    Publisher: HARPERSANFRANCISCO
    Subtitle: HOW THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL BOOK IN THE BIBLE CHANGED THE COURSE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION
    Author: JONATHAN KIRSCH

     3,044 6,601
  • THE LANGUAGE OF THE GODS IN THE WORLD OF MEN

    In this work of impressive scholarship, Sheldon Pollock explores the remarkable rise and fall of Sanskrit, India’s ancient language, as a vehicle of poetry and polity. He traces the two great moments of its transformation: the first around the beginning of the Common Era, when Sanskrit, long a sacred language, was reinvented as a code for literary and political expression, the start of an amazing career that saw Sanskrit literary culture spread from Afghanistan to Java. The second moment occurred around the beginning of the second millennium, when local speech forms challenged and eventually replaced Sanskrit in both the literary and political arenas. Drawing striking parallels, chronologically as well as structurally, with the rise of Latin literature and the Roman empire, and with the new vernacular literatures and nation-states of late-medieval Europe, The Language of the Gods in the World of Men asks whether these very different histories challenge current theories of culture and power and suggest new possibilities for practice.
    ISBN: 0520245008
    Publisher: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS
    Subtitle: SANSKRIT, CULTURE, AND POWER IN PREMODERN INDIA
    Author: SHELDON POLLOCK

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  • IRAN AND THE FIRST WORLD WAR

    The First World War, leading to the overthrow of the Qajar regime and replacement by Reza Shah, was pivotal in the history of modern Iran. The Constitutional Revolution of 1906-09 aimed to abolish the arbitrary regime and bring in a modern constitution and parliament. But growing provincial unrest and rebellion by nomadic peoples, brought chaos and instability, heightened by the strains of war and intervention by foreign powers. Iran was on the brink of disintegration, modernisation had failed, and growing frustration and pressure from the disillusioned middle classes, intelligentsia and urban population, set the stage for centralisation of power under the “Man of Order”–Reza Shah.
    ISBN: 1860649645
    Publisher: I.B. TAURIS
    Subtitle: BATTLEGROUND OF THE GREAT POWERS
    Author: TOURAJ ATABAKI

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  • ASYLUM SEEKERS AND REFUGEES IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD


    ISBN: 0415360919
    Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
    Subtitle:
    Author: DAVID J. WHITTAKER

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  • A HISTORY OF THE JEWS IN THE MODERN WORLD


    ISBN: 0375414975
    Publisher: ALFRED A KNOPF
    Subtitle:
    Author: HOWARD M. SACHAR

     3,060
  • PALGRAVE ADVANCES IN WORLD HISTORIES


    ISBN: 1403912785
    Publisher: PALGRAVE
    Subtitle:
    Author: MARNIE HUGHES

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