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Cartooning China - review

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Posted on: 7 October 2022

These half civilised governments such as those in China Portugal and Spanish America all require a Dressing every eight or Ten years to keep them in order... They care little for words and they must...

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Posted on: 1 October 2022

Thirteen new history books identified this month. No doubt they are all good but to pick out a few: Olando Figes does his bit to enlighten us all with his The Story of Russia. As I had noted earlier...

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In the Reign of King John - review

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Posted on: 23 September 2022

Nowadays we suffer from deforestation. In the 13th Century England had an afforestation problem. More and more of the country was being forested and people were - literally - up in arms about it. What...

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Happy Dreams of Liberty - review

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Posted on: 11 September 2022

Their freedom papers will only be a pass to want and misery... they have happy dreams of liberty... but if they could realise, as clearly as I do, how much more happy they would be back on an...

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Posted on: 1 September 2022

I was pleasantly surprised by the selection of history books over August 2022: expecting a summer holiday month lull, there are actually quite a few good 'uns, as you can see from the covers...

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Dominion - review

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Posted on: 12 August 2022

Lady Elizabeth of Hungary was a young lady who had it all. Daughter of King Andrew II of Hungary, she had been successfully married off at 14 to a German Duke - a husband she seems to have been...

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Posted on: 1 August 2022

Not so many new history books this month, but no doubt the quality is still up there! A few which have piqued my interest are: Two Houses Two Kingdoms: A History of France and England, 1100–1300...

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Posted on: 8 July 2022

We were recently lucky enough to talk to Suleiman the Magnificent who I was particular keen to quiz on the subject of negative β€œculture war” book reviews on Amazon. The recording itself got corrupted...

Posted on: 1 July 2022

What's new this month? We've got 14 history books on our 'just published' list, four of which have picqued my interest... A History of Delusions: The Glass King, a Substitute Husband and a Walking...

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