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The Shortest History of Germany
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The Shortest History of Europe
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The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain
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A Very English Scandal
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Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts
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Air Force Blue
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Inglorious Empire
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A History of Britain in 21 Women
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Civilisations: First Contact / The Cult of Progress
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Medieval Bodies
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Istanbul
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A Spy Named Orphan
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A Little History of Archaeology
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The Death of Democracy
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Who We Are and How We Got Here
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The Cold War
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The Long '68
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Dictator Literature
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Napoleon Volume 2
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The Last Battle
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The Operator
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The Deadly Trade
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The Birth of the RAF, 1918
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The Saboteur
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In a little over 225 pages, James Hawes distils some two millennia of history into one exhilarating sprint of a country’s genesis and future. Far more than a simple overview of Germanic progress, The Shortest History of Germany serves too as a virtual CV of Europe, from the shadow of Caesar’s Rome to the schisms of Brexit, offering a real wealth of understanding to what both binds and divides us. Witty, opinionated, almost roguishly confident, for anyone looking to understand what makes Europe’s most powerful economy tick, Hawes’s guide is the perfect portable companion.

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Celebrating 100 Years of Women's Right to Vote

The Century Girls
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Rise Up Women!
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Deeds Not Words
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Votes For Women!
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A Lab of One's Own
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The Suffragettes
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Suffragettes
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My Own Story
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On 17 September 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany's parachute forces, heard the growing roar of aeroplane engines. He went out on to his balcony above the flat landscape of southern Holland to watch the air armada of Dakotas and gliders carrying the British 1st Airborne and the American 101st and 82nd Airborne divisions. He gazed up in envy at this massive demonstration of paratroop power.

Operation Market Garden, the plan to end the war by capturing the bridges leading to the Lower Rhine and beyond, was a bold concept: the Americans thought it unusually bold for Field Marshal Montgomery. But could it ever have worked?

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Protestants
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Air Force Blue
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The Women Who Flew for Hitler
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The King's Assassin
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The 15:17 to Paris
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The Last of the Tsars
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Farewell to the Horse
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England's Forgotten Past
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The Islamic Enlightenment
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Victorians Undone
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Age of Anger
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Blitzed
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12 Strong
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The Last Fighting Tommy
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We Were Warriors
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Where Poppies Blow
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The Unwomanly Face of War
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A Bold and Dangerous Family
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A History of Britain in 21 Women
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Darkest Hour
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Votes For Women!
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Inglorious Empire
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Yorkshire
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Rise Up Women!
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Passchendaele
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A Very English Scandal
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Deeds Not Words
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The Century Girls
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To Catch A King
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Hearts And Minds
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Victorians Undone
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White King
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The Shortest History of Germany
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The Templars
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Six Minutes in May
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Air Force Blue
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The Earth is Weeping
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RAF 100
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East West Street
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The Operator
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Darkest Hour
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Death in Spring
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Praetorian
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A Spy Named Orphan
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The Traitors
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Where Poppies Blow
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Bestselling European History

East West Street
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The Romanovs
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Les Parisiennes
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Four Princes
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The Holocaust
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The House by the Lake
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Germany
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Lenin on the Train
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Homage to Catalonia
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The Holy Roman Empire
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Martin Luther
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Boys in Zinc
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Red Notice
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1000 Years of Annoying the French
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Caught in the Revolution
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Stasiland
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To Hell and Back
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A People's Tragedy
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Ancient History

Rome: A History in Seven Sackings
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Nefertiti's Face
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SPQR
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Pax Romana
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Dynasty
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Greek and Roman Myths: A Guide to Classical Stories
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On the Shortness of Life
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The Republic
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The Odyssey
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The Greek Myths
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Ancient Worlds
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Meditations
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The Celts
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The Penguin Book of Classical Myths
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Rubicon
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Confronting the Classics
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Pompeii
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Battling the Gods
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America, Inc
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Hillbilly Elegy
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On Tyranny
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A Little History of the World
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The Great Cities in History
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In Cold Blood
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Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee
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One Summer
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The Witches
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A History of the World in 100 Objects
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Another Day in the Death of America
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Dreams From My Father
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A History of the World
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Civilization
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Ten Cities that Made an Empire
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Why The West Rules - For Now
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The New Spymasters
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America, Empire of Liberty
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Churchill's Knight: Henry Hemming on M's Darkest Hour

Henry Hemming reveals a crucial clue to the mystery of 'M', Maxwell Knight, Britain's greatest spymaster.

Leanda de Lisle on the Myth of the White King

Leanda de Lisle discusses her page-turning new history of Charles I, White King, exploring pervasive ideas about identity, disability and gender.

Diane Atkinson's Recommended Revolutionary Reading

Continuing our celebration of the centenary of women's right to the vote, Diane Atkinson selects her choice of revolutionary reads.