World History

Front cover of Tradition and the Black Atlantic by Henry Louis Gates Jr
Tradition and the Black Atlantic - Henry Louis Gates Jr

Tradition and the Black Atlantic by Henry Louis Gates Jr is both a vibrant romp down the rabbit hole of cultural studies and an examination of the discipline’s roots and role in contemporary thought. In this conversational tour through the halls of theory, Gates leaps from Richard Wright to Spike Lee, from Pat Buchanan to Frantz Fanon, and ultimately to the source of anti-colonialist thought: the unlikely figure of Edmund Burke.

R110.00
Front cover of Iron Curtain by Anne Applebaum
Iron Curtain -Anne Applebaum

Iron Curtain by Anne Applebaum is the long-awaited follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize-winning "Gulag." Here acclaimed journalist Anne Applebaum delivers a groundbreaking history of how Communism took over Eastern Europe after World War II and transformed in frightening fashion the individuals who came under its sway. At the end of World War II, the Soviet Union to its surprise and delight found itself in control of a huge swath of territory in Eastern Europe.

R195.00
Front cover of Fields of Blood by Karen Armstrong
Fields of Blood - Karen Armstrong

Fields of Blood by Karen Armstrong amasses a sweeping history of humankind to explore the perceived connection between war and the world’s great creeds—and to issue a passionate defence of the peaceful nature of faith. With unprecedented scope, Armstrong looks at the whole history of each tradition—not only Christianity and Islam, but also Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Judaism. Religions, in their earliest days, endowed every aspect of life with meaning, and warfare became bound up with observances of the sacred.

R98.00
Front cover of The Blood Telegram by Gary J Bass
The Blood Telegram - Gary J Bass

The Blood Telegram by Gary J Bass is a thrilling chronicle of a pivotal chapter in American foreign policy. This magnificent history provides the first full account of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger's secret support for Pakistan in 1971 as it committed shocking atrocities in Bangladesh--which led to war between India and Pakistan, shaped the fate of Asia, and left major strategic consequences for the world today.

R135.00
Front cover of A Short History of the 20th Century by Geoffrey Blainey
A Short History of the 20th Century - Geoffrey Blainey

A Short History of the 20th Century by Geoffrey Blainey is another outstanding work by Australia's most eminent historian. Blainey's talent for identifying the telling detail, the crucial event, the key personality makes for masterful storytelling, and his interest ranges wide over the fields of human activity--not only major transformations but also the everyday experiences of people around the world.

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Front cover of Boy Scouts Handbook by Boy Scouts of America
Boy Scouts Handbook - Boy Scouts of America

Boy Scouts Handbook by Boy Scouts of America is a facsimile reprint of the Boy Scouts Handbook of the original 1911 edition. The handbook standardized American scouting and emphasized the virtues and qualifications for scouting, explaining the information, skills, and principles that the American Boy Scouts deemed necessary to becoming a "well-developed, well-informed boy." The book discusses the organization of scouting, signs and signalling, camping, scouting games, and a description of several scouting honours.

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Front cover of Mr Selden's Map of China by Timothy Brook
Mr Selden's Map of China - Timothy Brook

Mr Selden's Map of China by Timothy Brook. In 1659, a vast and unusual map of China arrived in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. It was bequeathed by John Selden, a London business lawyer, political activist, former convict, MP and the city's first Orientalist scholar. Largely ignored, it remained in the bowels of the library, until called up by an inquisitive reader. When Timothy Brook saw it in 2009, he realised that the Selden Map was 'a puzzle that had to be solved': an exceptional artefact, so unsettlingly modern-looking it could almost be a forgery.

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Front cover of A Great and Glorious Adventure by Gordon Corrigan
A Great and Glorious Adventure - Gordon Corrigan

A Great and Glorious Adventure by Gordon Corrigan is a captivating new history of a conflict that raged for over a century. The author reveals the horrors of battle and the machinations of power that have shaped a millennium of Anglo-French relations. The Hundred Years War was fought between 1337 and 1453 over English claims to both the throne of France by right of inheritance and large parts of the country that had been at one time Norman or, later, English.

R160.00
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Che's Travels - Paulo Drinot

Che's Travels edited by Paulo Drinot is a collection of essays regarding Che's travels. Ernesto "Che" Guevara twice traveled across Latin America in the early 1950s. Based on his accounts of those trips (published in English as "The Motorcycle Diaries" and "Back on the Road"), as well as other historical sources, "Che's Travels" follows Guevara, country by country, from his native Argentina through Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Venezuela, and then from Argentina through Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala, and Mexico.

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Front cover of 1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War by Charles Emmerson
1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War - Charles Emmerson

1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War by Charles Emmerson liberates the world of 1913 from this “prelude to war” narrative, and explores it as it was, in all its richness and complexity. Traveling from Europe’s capitals, then at the height of their global reach, to the emerging metropolises of Canada and the United States, the imperial cities of Asia and Africa, and the boomtowns of Australia and South America, he provides a panoramic view of a world crackling with possibilities, its future still undecided, its outlook still open.

R175.00
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Trust Me, I Know What I'm Doing - Bill Fawcett

Trust Me, I Know What I'm Doing by Bill Fawcett proves once again that when global leaders drop the ball, the whole world shakes. With a hundred more bombshell blunders from Pickett s Charge to the Lewinski scandal this compendium takes a fascinating look at some of history s greatest turns for the worse. * The British Parliament passes the Stamp Act, having the American colonies pay for their own defence which instead starts a revolution. * In 1929, President Herbert Hoover decides to let the economy fix itself and the Great Depression gets greater.

R85.00
Front cover of A Kim Jong-Il Production by Paul Fischer
A Kim Jong-Il Production - Paul Fischer

A Kim Jong-Il Production by Paul Fischer is a non-fiction thriller with a plot so jaw-dropping even Hollywood couldn't make it up. Before becoming the world's most notorious dictator, Kim Jong-Il ran North Korea's film industry. He directed every film made in the country but knew they were nothing compared to Hollywood. Then he hit on the perfect solution: order the kidnapping of South Korea's most famous actress and her ex-husband, the country's most acclaimed director.

R110.00
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Album of the Damned - Paul Garson

Album of the Damned by Paul Garson has nearly 400 WWII photographs in this book which were taken primarily by German soldiers; some by civilians; some by professionals embedded with the troops. Consequently, many of them depict everyday life: jobs, weddings, dinners, musical and other social events--men and women at work and play as well as at war.

R325.00
Front cover of Modernism by Peter Gay
Modernism - Peter Gay

Modernism by Peter Gay (acclaimed cultural historian) traces and explores the rise of Modernism in the arts, the cultural movement that heralded and shaped the modern world, dominating western high culture for over a century. He traces the revolutionary path of modernism from its Parisian origins to its emergence as the dominant cultural movement in world capitals such as Berlin and New York, presenting along the way a thrilling pageant of heretics that includes Oscar Wilde, Pablo Picasso, James Joyce, Walter Gropius and Any Warhol.

R175.00
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Empire's Crossroads - Carrie Gibson

Empire's Crossroads by Carrie Gibson unfolds the story of the Caribbean from Columbus's first landing on the island he named San Salvador to today's islands - largely independent, but often still in thrall to Europe and America's insatiable desire for tropical luxuries.

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Front cover of Double Entry by Jane Gleeson-White
Double Entry - Jane Gleeson-White

Double Entry by Jane Gleeson-White takes us from the ancient origins of accounting in Mesopotamia to the frontiers of modern finance. At the heart of the story is double-entry bookkeeping: the first system that allowed merchants to actually measure the worth of their businesses. Luca Pacioli monk, mathematician, alchemist, and friend of Leonardo da Vinci incorporated Arabic mathematics to formulate a system that could work across all trades and nations.

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Front cover of Egypt's Sunken Treasures by Franck Goddio
Egypt's Sunken Treasures - Franck Goddio

Egypt's Sunken Treasures by Franck Goddio. In the shallow waters of Aboukir Bay off the coast of Egypt, lie the ruins of three ancient cities Alexandria, Heraklion, and Canopus. The French underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio discovered these relics, which include statuary, jewellery, pediments, stone tablets, and fragments of buildings, all lost for nearly two thousand years. In addition to remarkable photographs of the excavation process, this illuminating volume connects the artefacts to the lives of Helen of Troy, Cleopatra, and Mark Anthony.

R225.00
Front cover of The Gods of Olympus by Barbara Graziosi
The Gods of Olympus - Barbara Graziosi

The Gods of Olympus by Barbara Graziosi is an elegant and entertaining account of the transformations of the Greek gods across the ages, from antiquity to the Renaissance and the present day The gods of Olympus are the most colourful characters of Greek civilization: even in antiquity, they were said to be cruel, oversexed, mad, or just plain silly. Yet for all their foibles and flaws, they proved to be tough survivors, far outlasting classical Greece itself.

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Empire of the Summer Moon - S C Gwynne

Empire of the Summer Moon by S C Gwynne spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to come out of the Old West: the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed-blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches.

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Front cover of The Last Slave Market by Alastair Hazell
The Last Slave Market - Alastair Hazell

The Last Slave Market by Alastair Hazell is an extraordinary and controversial book which brings Dr John Kirk's years in Zanzibar to life. The horrors of the overland passage from the interior, and the Zanzibar slave market itself, are vividly described, together with Kirk's final, bitter conflict with Livingstone. John Kirk was the only companion of explorer David Livingstone to emerge untainted from the disastrous, tragic expedition up the Zambezi river between 1859 and 1863.

R170.00
Front cover of 1913 by Florian Illies
1913 - Florian Illies

1913 by Florian Illies is a witty yet moving narrative worked up from sketched biographical fragments and is an intimate vision of a world that is about to change forever. The stuffy conventions of the nineteenth century are receding into the past, and 1913 heralds a new age of unlimited possibility. Kafka falls in love; Louis Armstrong learns to play the trumpet; a young seamstress called Coco Chanel opens her first boutique; Charlie Chaplin signs his first movie contract; and new drugs like cocaine usher in an age of decadence.

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Front cover of Bosworth 1485 by Michael Jones
Bosworth 1485 - Michael Jones

Bosworth 1485 by Michael Jones rewrites this landmark event in English history. He shifts our perspective of its heroes and villains and puts Richard firmly back into the context of his family and his times. In 1485 the Battle of Bosworth marked an epoch in the lives of two great houses: the house of York fell to the ground when Richard III died on the field of battle; and the house of Tudor rose from the massacre to reign for the next hundred years.

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Front cover of Never Surrender by John Kelly
Never Surrender - John Kelly

Never Surrender by John Kelly tells the story of summer of 1940, the summer of the 'Supreme Question' of whether or not the British were to surrender to the impending threat of Hitler's invasion. Drawing on the War Cabinet papers, other government documents, private diaries, newspaper accounts, and memoirs, the events, individuals, and institutions that influenced the War Cabinet's deliberations offer a panoramic view of the summer of 1940.

R135.00
Front Cover of World Order by Henry Kissinger
World Order - Henry Kissinger

World Order by Henry Kissinger makes his monumental investigation into the 'tectonic plates' of global history and state relations World Order is the summation of Henry Kissinger's thinking about history, strategy and statecraft. As if taking a perspective from far above the globe, it examines the great tectonic plates of history and the motivations of nations, explaining the attitudes that states and empires have taken to the rest of the world from the formation of Europe to our own times.

R230.00
Front cover of War and Gold by Kwasi Kwarteng
War and Gold - Kwasi Kwarteng

War and Gold by Kwasi Kwarteng starts with Spanish conquistadors discovering the New World. The vast quantities of gold and silver would make their country rich, yet the new wealth, which was plunged into multiple wars, would eventually lead to the economic ruin of their empire. Here, historian and politician Kwasi Kwarteng shows that this moment in world history has been echoed many times, from the French Revolution to both World Wars, right up to the present day, when our own financial crisis saw many of our great nations slip into financial trouble.

R165.00

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