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It is only from studying the past that we can learn about the present and so great history books are essential reading for anyone with an interest in the modern world. From the traditions of the Ancient World, expertly recounted by Mary Beard and Tom Holland, to reflections on the twentieth-century by the likes of Andrew Marr and David Kynaston – not to mention pioneering works by David Olusoga on Black British history – here are books that illuminate previous centuries and help us to understand our shared past.

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Our Best History Books

The Premonitions Bureau
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Aftermath
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Putin's People
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Murder: The Biography
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Operation Pedestal
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A Short History of Russia
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Black Gold
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Barbarossa
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The Gates of Europe
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Brothers in Arms
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Ancestors
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Red Notice
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Powers and Thrones
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Northerners
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A Short History of Europe
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Empireland
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Queen Elizabeth II: Celebrating 70 Years On The Throne

Queen of Our Times
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The Queen
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A Queen for All Seasons
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The Platinum Queen
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Elizabeth & Margaret
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Queen of the World
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The Little Princesses
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Elizabethans
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Young Elizabeth
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The Times Queen Elizabeth II
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The Duke
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George VI
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Queen Elizabeth II
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Philip
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Thorns in the Crown
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A Brief Life of the Queen
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Our Best History Hardbacks

The War on the West
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Shadowlands
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The Shortest History of Democracy
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Africa Is Not A Country
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France: An Adventure History
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The Ship Asunder
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The Restless Republic
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Legacy of Violence
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The Greatest Raid
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The BBC
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The Premonitions Bureau
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Not Far From Brideshead
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In the Shadow of the Gods
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The Stasi Poetry Circle
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The Lion House
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Resistance
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Our Best History Paperbacks

Borderland
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Ancestors
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Empireland
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The Red Prince
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Pandora's Jar
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The Lost Cafe Schindler
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The Shortest History of England
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The Bookseller of Florence
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The Children of Ash and Elm
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The Queen
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River Kings
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The White Ship
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Say Nothing
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Agent Sonya
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New Yorkers
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A Short History of England
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East West Street
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Russia and Ukraine

The Gates of Europe
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Putin's People
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Ukraine Diaries
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Butler to the World
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In Wartime
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Kleptopia
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The Road to Unfreedom
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Borderland
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Red Notice
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Lost Kingdom
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Moneyland
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The Long Hangover
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The Future is History
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Mafia State
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How to Lose the Information War
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The Ukrainians
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Winter Is Coming
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From Roman cremations to Christian burials, the anthropologist and author of the bestselling Ancestors explores the ways in which Ancient Britons bid farewell to their dead in an eye-opening slice of popular history.
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Russia
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Tutankhamun's Trumpet
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Burning Steel
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The Flame of Resistance
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Berlin
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A Spectre, Haunting
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In Search of the Dark Ages
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Come to This Court and Cry
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Rule, Nostalgia
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The Escape Artist
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Buried
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Between Two Hells
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The Dawn of Everything
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The Anglo-Saxons
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Tunnel 29
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The Bomber Mafia
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On The Horizon - The Biggest Books for 2022

Putin
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The Escape Artist
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Femina
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A Woman's World, 1850-1960
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Anne (Penguin Monarchs)
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The Last Colony
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Abyss
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It's a Continent
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Blood, Fire and Gold
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Wild
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The Celts
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The Wrath to Come
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Personality and Power
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Papyrus
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Lost Realms
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Russia
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Europe
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African and Caribbean People in Britain
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Our Best Military History Books

Operation Mincemeat
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The Shortest History of War
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Spitfire
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The Spy and the Traitor
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The Crew
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Sicily '43
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The Greatest Raid
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Under Pressure
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D-Day Through German Eyes
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The Battle for the Falklands
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Harrier 809
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The Art of War
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Crucible of Hell
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Our Best British History Books

Ancestors
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Powers and Thrones
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Empireland
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Northerners
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Queen of Our Times
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The Red Prince
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The Shortest History of England
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The White Ship
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A Short History of England
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Shadowlands
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Natives
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Brilliant Isles
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The House of Dudley
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The Restless Republic
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Viking Britain
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Legacy of Violence
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London and the Seventeenth Century
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Our Best European History Books

Stasiland
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The Shortest History of Germany
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1000 Years of Annoying the French
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The Good Germans
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Hitler and Stalin
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Ravenna
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The Ratline
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Tunnel 29
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The Dream of Europe
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The Shortest History of Greece
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Hidden Hands
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Antwerp
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Between Two Hells
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Osebol
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The Fall of Robespierre
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Aftermath
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The Bookseller of Florence
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The Florentines
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Our Best American History Books

Black Spartacus
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Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee
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The Witches
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The British Are Coming
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The Earth is Weeping
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How to Hide an Empire
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One Summer
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The American West
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JFK
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JFK
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The American Civil War
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Killers of the Flower Moon
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Populista
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Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11
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Gimson's Presidents
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The Penguin History Of Latin America
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Ethel Rosenberg
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King Richard
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Our Best Asian History Books

The Japanese Myths
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The Anarchy
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The Japanese
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Himalaya
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Vietnam
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The Story of China
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The Shortest History of China
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The Great Empires of Asia
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Inglorious Empire
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Eat the Buddha
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Istanbul
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Stranger in the Shogun's City
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Genghis Khan
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Dispatches
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The Great Game
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Wild Swans
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The Opium War
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The Korean War
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Our Best Ancient History Books

Pandora's Jar
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SPQR
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Venus and Aphrodite
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Rubicon
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Thebes
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Philip and Alexander
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The Great Empires of Asia
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The Last Assassin
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The Darkening Age
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Babylon
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A History of Ancient Greece in 50 Lives
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A World Beneath the Sands
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The Spartans
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New Rome
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The Ancient Paths
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The Story of Egypt
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The Classical World
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Luxury & Gift Editions

Greek Myths
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History of the World Map by Map
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As We Were: The First World War
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Secret Britain
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Murder Maps
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STRATA
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The Madman's Library
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History
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The Phantom Atlas
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Battles that Changed History
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Great Cities
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A History of the 20th Century in 100 Maps
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Treasures of World History
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Civilization
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The English Civil War
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World War II: Infographics
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The author discusses four remarkable females who have played a key role in landscape conservation in the last 150 years.