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Charged - review

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Posted on: 17 November 2023

The history of an electric car battery begins with one of the biggest mass extinction events in the history of the plant. I’m talking of course about the Permian-Triassic mass extinction 250 million...

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Assyria - review

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Posted on: 10 November 2023

What have the Assyrians ever done for us? In Assyria: the Rise and Fall of the World’s First Empire Eckart Frahm explains that: they established a template for domination that has been used ever...

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Posted on: 1 November 2023

Fewer history books than normal were published in October - maybe it is a bit of a lull before the Christmas releases? But still nine to choose from, and most of them the product of years of hard...

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The Middle Kingdoms - review

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Posted on: 27 October 2023

I admit that I bought this book without too much research about what it was about: from the picture on the front cover and title I got the vague idea that I was buying something on German medieval...

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The Age of Atlantic Revolution - review

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Posted on: 13 October 2023

It's history is the creation of a world. Simone de Beauvoir, America Day by Day. In Colombia the first song I learnt on my battered travelling guitar was β€œSoy Colombiano” (β€œI am Colombian”)...

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Posted on: 1 October 2023

I like the look of a lot of these, not that one should judge a book by looks alone, but there certainly are more than usual. Click the book covers to see a zoomed in image and links to Amazon if you...

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Pax - review

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Posted on: 8 September 2023

Do you - can you? - think like a Roman? Here’s a test. What would you do in this situation? Imagine you are the pie-loving commander of a powerful army of Roman legions stationed on the Rhine. Your...

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Posted on: 1 September 2023

So here they are, the 14 history books published in August that I could track down and that met my criteria for inclusion! A nice range of different subjects are covered, albeit most of them have a...

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The Six Wives of Henry VIII - review

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Posted on: 18 August 2023

He began his reign as the dashing image of knightly chivalry. He ended it as a bloated, stinking whale, hated and feared across the land. Dominic Sandbrook, The Six Wives of Henry VIII In The...

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