History books and reviews
New history books in May 2023
Posted on: 1 June 2023
So what have we got? It's a pretty good haul this month, centered around Europe mostly but with travel around the world as a bit of a motif... Click the book covers to see a zoomed in image and links...
How can we apply history in our daily life?
Posted on: 26 May 2023
Regular readers of this website will, I imagine, often think to themselves: I know you guys read a lot of history books but how does this actually help you in your day to day life? Perhaps the best...
Great Kingdoms of Africa - review
Posted on: 18 May 2023
Ancient Egyptian kings loved to portray themselves bashing someone else’s head in. One of the most famous head-basher kings is Narmer, often considered to be the first ruler of a unified Egypt,...
Brotherhood of Kings - review
Posted on: 5 May 2023
How do you deal with a bully? This is a problem that most of us will have considered at some point in our lives. But what if your bully is the ruler of a superpower, directly controls an enormous...
New history books in April 2023
Posted on: 1 May 2023
It's mostly European history this month, plus a couple of grand narratives with collapse and microbial doom as a theme... Click the book covers to see a zoomed in image and links to Amazon if you like...
The Blazing World - review
Posted on: 28 April 2023
This is an enjoyable and easy read, with a breezy tone throughout. The author, an historian at Kellogg College, Oxford, has his own website https://thesocialhistorian.wordpress.com/, described as...
Two Houses, Two Kingdoms - review
Posted on: 20 April 2023
The handsome black pig sniffed the musky Parisian air and grunted quietly with satisfaction. Lowering his snout to the floor, he sniffed again, picking up the unmistakable scent of fresh offal....
Can you learn Lessons from History? - School of History Inspection Report
Posted on: 1 April 2023
While researching local secondary schools for my kids I recently came across this intriguing (and damning) school inspection report, which I am sharing here in full just in case anyone is thinking of...
New history books in March 2023
Posted on: 1 April 2023
A nice bunch of books this month. There seems to be a theme of ideas, with titles on Patriarchy, the West, Religion and Science, and a Northern Renaissance. Plus at least one dead-cert best-seller in...
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