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From the Civil War, to World Wars, to the Cold War and the Vietnam War. From Genghis Khan to Ulysses Grant. Spies, murderers, and politicians. Religion and science. Our world history is vast, and these 30 books are only the tip of the iceberg. This list of the best history books includes bestsellers, Pulizter Prize winners and editor’s picks from distinguished historians and biographers. Which history books did we miss? Tell us in the comments below.
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The History and Theory of Fetishism by Alfonso Maurizio Iacono
The History and Theory of Fetishism, the expanded version of Iacono’s enduring classic Teorie del feticismo and available for the first time in English, aims to provide the historical context necessary to understanding the concept of “fetishism” and offers an overview of the ideologies, prejudices, and critical senses that shaped the Western observer’s view of otherness and of his own world.
Without Precedent by Joel Richard Paul
The remarkable story of John Marshall who, as chief justice, statesman, and diplomat, shaped the foundation of the United States. No member of America’s Founding Generation had a greater impact on the Constitution and the Supreme Court than John Marshall, and no one did more to preserve the delicate unity of the fledgling United States.
Weapons of World War II by G.M. Barnes
World War II not only marked the end of a terrifying time in Europe, but also the dawning of many technological breakthroughs. In Weapons of World War II, written by the Chief of Research and Engineering Office of Ordnance, G.M. Barnes discusses the various weapons used during the war.
Viking Age England by Julian D. Richards
From shortly before AD 800 until the Norman conquest, England was subject to raids from seafaring peoples from Scandinavia – the Vikings. They were not only raiders but also traders and settlers. During this period the English state was unified under a single ruler for the first time and Anglo-Saxon society underwent great changes.
Train Doctor by Roger Senior
Train Doctor is the story of Roger Senior’s career in the railway industry, from 1968 when the author joined British Railways, until his retirement from Great North Eastern Railway.
Toward a Global History of Latin America’s by Tanya Harmer
This volume showcases new research on the global reach of Latin American revolutionary movements during the height of the Cold War, mapping out the region’s little-known connections with Africa, Asia, and Europe.
The Struggle for Pakistan by Ayesha Jalal
In a probing biography of her native land, Ayesha Jalal provides a unique insider’s assessment of how the nuclear-armed Muslim nation of Pakistan evolved into a country besieged by military domination and militant religious extremism, and explains why its dilemmas weigh so heavily on prospects for peace in the region.
The Iron Men by Anthony Burton
The eighteenth century saw the second Iron Age. Practically everything was made of iron: the machines of the Industrial Revolution; bridges and the ships that went under them; the trains running on their rails; and the frames of the first skyscrapers. But progress was bought at a price and the working classes paid it.
The Great Stain by Noel Rae
In this “essential” (Kirkus) new work, Noel Rae integrates firsthand accounts into a narrative history that brings the reader face to face with slavery’s everyday reality, expertly weaving together narratives that span hundreds of years.
The Fall of the Roman Empire by Peter Heather
The death of the Roman Empire is one of the perennial mysteries of world history. Now, in this groundbreaking book, Peter Heather proposes a stunning new solution: Centuries of imperialism turned the neighbors Rome called barbarians into an enemy capable of dismantling an Empire that had dominated their lives for so long.
Shakespeare’s English Kings by Peter Saccio
Far more than any professional historian, Shakespeare is responsible for whatever notions most of us possess about English medieval history. Anyone who appreciates the dramatic action of Shakespeare’s history plays but is confused by much of the historical detail will welcome this guide to the Richards, Edwards, Henrys, Warwicks and Norfolks who ruled and fought across Shakespeare’s page and stage.
The Army of Alexander the Great by Stephen English
Alexander the Great is one of the most famous men in history, and many believe he was the greatest military genius of all time (Julius Caesar wept at the feet of his statue in envy of his achievements). Most of his thirteen year reign as king of Macedon was spent in hard campaigning which conquered half the known world, during which he was never defeated in open battle and never besieged a city he did not take.
Rome Resurgent by Peter Heather
Between the fall of the western Roman Empire in the fifth century and the collapse of the east in the face of the Arab invasions in the seventh, the remarkable era of the Emperor Justinian (527-568) dominated the Mediterranean region. Famous for his conquests in Italy and North Africa, and for the creation of spectacular monuments such as the Hagia Sophia, his reign was also marked by global religious conflict within the Christian world and an outbreak of plague that some have compared to the Black Death.
Roman Law Before the Twelve Tables by Sinclair W. Belll
Bringing together a team of international experts from different subject areas – including law, history, archaeology and anthropology – this book re-evaluates the traditional narratives surrounding the origins of Roman law before the enactment of the Twelve Tables.
Riot and Revelry in Early America by William Pencak
Riot and revelry have been mainstays of English and European history writing for more than a generation, but they have had a more checkered influence on American scholarship.
My War in the Air 1916 by Alan Bott
Originally published under the title An Airman’s Outing, this magnificent title chronicles the daily life of the Flying Officer during the Great War. Touchingly dedicated to ‘The Fallen of Umpty Squadron R.F.C.’, Bott chronicles the lives and losses of his squadron as they carried out their duties over France in 1916.
My Nantah Story by Kok Chiang Tan
In 1958, more than a hundred thousand people attended the inauguration ceremony of Nanyang University (Nantah), a true “people’s university” that was founded with the support of all strata of society, from tycoons to trishaw-men.
Mercenaries in the Classical World by Stephen English
Mercenaries were a significant factor in many of the wars of the Classical world, being employed in large numbers by many states. By far the most famous were Xenophon’s ‘Ten Thousand’, who had to cut their way out of the Persian Empire after the death of their employer and such Greek infantry were for long the most dominant type (even a Spartan king hiring himself out in one case), but there was a wide variety of mercenaries available.
Martyr of the American Revolution by C.L. Bragg
In 1781 South Carolina patriot militiamen played an integral role in helping the Continental army reclaim their state from its British conquerors.
Mammoth Book of How it Happened in Britain by Jon E Lewis
From Julius Caesar’s arrival in 55bc to the dawn of the third millennium, here are 300 accounts of exciting and important moments from first hand sources. Featuring snapshots of wartime, political and social unrest, natural disasters, and great individual achievements, plus vignettes of social life – from cockfighting in Tudor inns to a Victorian Sunday in the country.
Making Muslim Women European by Fabio Giomi
This social, cultural, and political history of Slavic Muslim women of the Yugoslav region in the first decades of the post-Ottoman era is the first to provide a comprehensive overview of the issues confronting these women. It is based on a study of voluntary associations (philanthropic, cultural, Islamic-traditionalist, and feminist) of the period.
Making and Remaking the Balkans by Robert Clegg Austin
With more than 25 years since the collapse of communism, the end of the wars and billions of dollars in aid, the Balkans are still characterized by corruption, state capture, and decidedly unmodern states that are often either weak or authoritarian.
Lords of Alba by Ian W. Walker
The early Scottish kingdom underwent a fundamental transformation between the tenth and twelfth centuries. This book on early medieval Scottish history considers how and why the Scottish kingdom was changed at this time. It looks at the role of individuals who initiated or influenced this process.
European Empires in the American South by Joseph P Ward
Contributions by Allison Margaret Bigelow, Denise I. Bossy, Alejandra Dubcovsky, Alexandre Dubé, Kathleen DuVal, Jonathan Eacott, Travis Glasson, Christopher Morris, Robert Olwell, Joshua Piker, and Joseph P. Ward European Empires in the American South examines the process of European expansion into a region that has come to be known as the American South.
Conquering Peace by Stella Ghervas
A bold new look at war and diplomacy in Europe that traces the idea of a unified continent in attempts since the eighteenth century to engineer lasting peace. Political peace in Europe has historically been elusive and ephemeral. Stella Ghervas shows that since the eighteenth century, European thinkers and leaders in pursuit of lasting peace fostered the idea of European unification.
Churchill and Tito by Christopher Catherwood
The true story of Winston Churchill’s fateful decision to side with the Communist Partisans of Yugoslavia in World War II—and seal that nation’s fate. One of Winston Churchill’s most controversial decisions during the Second World War concerned the United Kingdom’s role in Yugoslavia. In 1943, he switched Special Operations Executive support from the Cetniks, loyal to Yugoslavia’s exiled royal government, to Tito and his Communist Partisan guerrillas.
Allied Armoured Fighting Vehicles of the Second by Michael Green
Expert author Michael Green has compiled a full inventory of the armored fighting vehicles developed and deployed by the Allied armies during the six year war against Nazi Germany and her Axis partners.Tank destroyers included the US Army’s M18 Hellcat and M36 Jackson, the British Archer and Achilles and the Soviets SU-85, SU-100 and SU-122.Self-propelled artillery vehicles provide indirect fire support.
Blacklisted by History by M. Stanton Evans
Accused of creating a bogus Red Scare and smearing countless innocent victims in a five-year reign of terror, Senator Joseph McCarthy is universally remembered as a demagogue, a bully, and a liar. History has judged him such a loathsome figure that even today, a half century after his death, his name remains synonymous with witch hunts. But that conventional image is all wrong, as veteran journalist and author M. Stanton Evans reveals in this groundbreaking book.
Blue Dreams by Lauren Slater
A groundbreaking and revelatory history of psychotropic drugs, from “a thoroughly exhilarating and entertaining writer” (Washington Post). Although one in five Americans now takes at least one psychotropic drug, the fact remains that nearly seventy years after doctors first began prescribing them, not even their creators understand exactly how or why these drugs work—or don’t work—on what ails our brains.
Capitalism’s Conscience by Des Freedman
Since its inception in Manchester in 1821 as a response to the 1819 Peterloo Massacre, the Guardian has been a key institution in the definition and development of liberalism. The stereotype of the ‘Guardianista’, an environmentally-conscious, Labour-voting, progressively-minded public sector worker endures in the popular mythology of British press history.