Readings Recommends: History
Australia and Appeasement: Imperial Foreign Policy and the Origins of World War II
On 3 September 1939, Robert Menzies, the Australian Prime Minister, broadcast to the Australian people the news that their country was at war with Germany. This book provides fresh insights into the making of imperial foreign...
Engineers of the Soul: In the Footsteps of Stalin’s Writers
Draws the reader into the wild euphoria of the Russian Revolution, as art and reality are bent to radically new purposes. This title takes the reader along to the dramatic final confrontation between writers and engineers that...
Of the People, by the People: A New History of Democracy
Tells the stories of the different democracies that have come into existence during the past two and half millennia. From Athens to Rhaetia, Jamestown to Delhi, and Putney to Pretoria, this book shows how democratic systems are...
The Jewish Dark Continent: Life and Death in the Russian Pale of Settlement
The Jews of the Pale of Settlement created a distinctive way of life little known beyond its borders. Just before World War I, a socialist revolutionary named An-sky and his team collected jokes, recorded songs, took thousands of...
December, 1941: Twelve Days That Began a World War
In far-flung locations around the globe, an unparalleled sequence of international events took place between December 1 and December 12, 1941. This book explores how the story unfolded. It demonstrates how these dramatic events...
Transit of Venus: 1631 to the Present
Transit of Venus was first published in Australia by NewSouth, an imprint of UNSW Press. The first North American edition is published in assosciation with the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia, and NewSouth Publishing. --T.p....
A World on Fire: An Epic History of Two Nations Divided
As America descended into Civil War, British loyalties were torn between support for the North, which was against slavery, and defending the South, which portrayed itself as bravely fighting for its independence. This book gives...
Rome: A Cultural History
Prizewinning writer and critic's dazzling biography of the Eternal City.
Double Entry: How the Merchants of Venice Shaped the Modern World - and How Their Invention Could Make or Break the Planet
Our world is governed by the numbers generated by the accounts of nations and corporations. We depend on these numbers to direct our governments, our institutions, corporations, economies, societies.
Il Duce and His Women: Mussolini’s Rise to Power
First biography to reveal the insights of Mussolini's private life with a particular focus on his renowned appetite for women, and no scabrous or intimate detail spared. Enriched by first-hand documents and previously unpublished...
The Victor’s Crown: Greek and Roman Sport from Homer to Byzantium
A history of Greek and Roman sport in the ancient world, and the genesis of the Olympic Games.
The German Genius: Europe’s Third Renaissance, the Second Scientific Revolution and the Twentieth Century
A virtuoso tour through the cultural history of German ideas and influence, from 1750 to the present
Fear, Faith and Hope: Remembering the Long, Wet Summer of 2010-2011
Fear, faith and hope are just three of the emotions felt by the people of Queensland during the long, wet summer of 2010-2011. The floods and cyclones of that wet season produced a natural disaster which will continue to influence...
The Promise of Iceland
Born from a secret liaison between a British mother and an Icelandic father, Kari Gislason was the subject of a promise - a promise elicited from his father to not reveal his identity. The Icelandic city of Reykjavik, where Kari...
A Short History of Christianity
Geoffrey Blainey, one of Australia's most accomplished and popular historians, takes us on a journey from the very beginnings of Christianity through to the current day. Looking at the development of the religion itself, as well...
Fifty Animals that Changed the Course of History
Fifty Animals that Changed the Course of History is a beautifully illustrated book that uncovers the fascinating stories of creatures great and small. These are the animals that have played a central role in the evolution of...
Mad Dog: William Cyril Moxley and the Moorebank Killings
William Cyril Moxley was hanged at Sydney's Long Bay Gaol in 1932 - the first execution in New South Wales for eight years. His crime was the brutal rape and murder of 21-year-old Dorothy Ruth Denzel and the vicious beating and...
A History of Tasmania
This captivating work charts the history of Tasmania from the arrival of European maritime expeditions through to the modern day.
Burke & Wills: the Scientific Legacy of the Victorian Exploring Expedition
Reveals for the first time the true extent and limits of the scientific achievements of the Burke and Wills Expedition.
Leningrad: Tragedy of a City Under Siege, 1941-44
The siege of Leningrad is one of the great stories of extraordinary and heroic endurance in World War II
The Beauty and the Sorrow
Describing the experiences of twenty ordinary people from around the world, all now unknown, this title explores the everyday aspects of war: not only the tragedy and horror, but also the absurdity, monotony and even beauty.
A Train in Winter: A Story of Resistance, Friendship and Survival
On an icy dawn morning in Paris in January 1943, 230 French women resisters were rounded up from the Gestapo detention camps and sent on a train to Auschwitz. The youngest was a schoolgirl of 15, the eldest a farmer's wife of 68....
Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin
In the middle of Europe, in the middle of the twentieth century, the Nazi and Soviet regimes murdered fourteen million people in the bloodlands between Berlin and Moscow. This book offers an investigation into the motives and...
Atrocitology: Humanity’s 100 Deadliest Achievements
A Guardian and Daily Telegraph 'BOOK OF THE YEAR'
Lisbon War In The Shadows Of The City Of Light
This is the story of how a relatively poor European country not only survived the war physically intact, but came out of it much wealthier in 1945 than it had been when war broke out in 1939. The country's emergence as a...
Jerusalem Jerusalem How The Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World
Carroll's urgent, masterly Jerusalem, Jerusalem uncovers the ways in which the ancient city became, unlike any other in the world, an incendiary fantasy of a city.
When Money Dies: The Nightmare Of The Weimar Hyper-inflation
In 1923, German currency became effectively worthless: the
exchange rate in December of that year was one US dollar to 4200
trillion marks. The Weimar Republic was all but reduced to a barter
economy. Expensive cigars,...
Cradle of Gold: The Story of Hiram Bingham, a Real-life Indiana Jones, and the Search for Machu Picchu
The first-ever account of adventurer Hiram Bingham's search for the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu. Bingham's dispatches cast him as a romanticized hero and revealed the lost city to the Western world. The reader is taken into the...
Bligh: Master Mariner
There's a lot more to Captain Bligh than mutiny, rum and convicts ...
The Gold Rush: The Fever That Forever Changed Australia
The fever that forever changed Australia. David Hill relates the extraordinary people and staggering events of Australia's great gold-rush years. From the mid- to late-1800s, people from all corners of the globe and all walks of...
Venetian Navigators: The Voyages of the Zen Brothers to the Far North
In the 14th century, Nicolo and Antonio Zen journeyed from Venice up the North Atlantic, encountering warrior princes, fighting savage natives and, just possibly, reaching the New World a full century before Columbus. This title...
A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus’s Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich
The riveting story of the Germania and its incarnations and exploitations through the ages.
The Road of Bones: A Journey to the Dark Heart of Russia
An epic and intimate story of life and death on Russia's greatest road: the Vladimirka
Jerusalem: The Biography
The epic story of Jerusalem told through the lives of the men and women who created, ruled and inhabited it.
The Lure of Russia: 20 Years of Travel & 20 Years of Change
Ford visited Russia 18 times in 20 years, leading groups of school students, then music and art groups. Ford provides the historical context to her travels, which provide snapshots of Russian life during pivotal times of momentous...
Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution
Offers a social, cultural and narrative history of the French Revolution. This title provides an impression of the currents and contradictions which made up this terrible sequence of events.
Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris
Taking us from 1750 to the new millennium, this title is both history and travel guide, yet also part memoir, and part mystery. It introduces us to some of the inhabitants in Paris: some famous, some not - and some infamous.
The Three Emperors: Three Cousins, Three Empires and the Road to World War One
As cousins, George V, Kaiser Wilhelm II and the last Tsar Nicholas II should have been friends - but they happened also to rule Europe's three most powerful states. This book offers an account of how three men who should have...
Russia Against Napoleon: The Battle for Europe, 1807 to 1814
In the summer of 1812, Napoleon, the master of Europe, marched into Russia with the largest army ever assembled, confident that he would sweep everything before him. Yet less than two years later his empire lay in ruins. This...
From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor: Front-line Dispatches from the Advertising War
It was a meeting of the agency's top people to find an advertising theme for Panasonic, a major new Japanese electronics firm. Suddenly the new $50,000-a-year creative supervisor leapt to his feet in a frenzy of simulated...
Flight Of The Intellectuals
It created a worldwide furore when Tariq Ramadan was barred from US entry to accept a prestigious appointment at Notre Dame University. In a gripping portrait, Paul Berman details Ramadan's disturbing ties to radical Islam, and...
Crimea: The Last Crusade
The terrible conflict that dominated the mid 19th century, the Crimean War killed at least 800,000 men and pitted Russia against a formidable coalition of Britain, France and the Ottoman Empire. This book reimagines this...
The American Civil War
The American Civil War was one of the longest and bloodiest of modern wars. It is also one of the most mysterious. This book unpicks the geography, leadership and strategic logic of the war and takes us to the heart of the...
Europe’s Tragedy: A New History of the Thirty Years War
The horrific series of conflicts known as the Thirty Years War (1618-48) tore the heart out of Europe, killing perhaps a quarter of all Germans and laying waste to whole areas of Central Europe to such a degree that many towns and...
Between America's retreat from China in late November 1941 and the moment General MacArthur's airplane touched down on the Japanese mainland in August 1945, five men connected by happenstance fought the key battles of the war...
Aboriginal Australians: A History Since 1788
'In this book Richard Broome has managed an enviable achievement. The vast sweeping story of Aboriginal Australia from 1788 is told in his typical lucid and imaginative style... ' Professor Lynette Russell, Centre for Australian...
Wreck Of Western Culture
Humanism built western civilization as we know it today. Its achievements include the liberation of the individual, democracy, universal rights, and widespread prosperity and comfort. So runs the approved view. It is not shared by...
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