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History books published in July 2021

A round up of the popular history books published in the UK last month in hardback! This list is intended to be pretty comprehensive (see notes) with covers linking to Amazon (๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง and ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ). Hover mouse or press finger to reveal icon links. Our full list of history books can be found here.

Here is a list of history books released last month (July 2021) in the UK – one of which we have reviewed already: The Last Embassy.

There is a focus on British history this month, and on the medieval period. But other countries such as China and the central Asian states also feature: ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

Our full list of 2021 (and earlier) books can be found here.

The Last Embassy: The Dutch Mission of 1795 and the Forgotten History of Western Encounters with China

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The Last Embassy: The Dutch Mission of 1795 and the Forgotten History of Western Encounters with China
The Adventures in Time: The Six Wives of Henry VIII: The Wives of Henry VIII

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The Adventures in Time: The Six Wives of Henry VIII: The Wives of Henry VIII
Central Asia: A New History from the Imperial Conquests to the Present

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Central Asia: A New History from the Imperial Conquests to the Present
The Florentines: From Dante to Galileo: The Transformation of Western Civilization

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The Florentines: From Dante to Galileo: The Transformation of Western Civilization
Meet the Georgians: Epic Tales from Britainโ€™s Wildest Century

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Meet the Georgians: Epic Tales from Britainโ€™s Wildest Century
Fallen Idols: Twelve Statues That Made History

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Fallen Idols: Twelve Statues That Made History
Raised from the Ruins: Monastic Houses after the Dissolution

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Raised from the Ruins: Monastic Houses after the Dissolution
The Invention of Sicily: A Mediterranean History

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The Invention of Sicily: A Mediterranean History
The Science of Abolition: How Slaveholders Became the Enemies of Progress

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The Science of Abolition: How Slaveholders Became the Enemies of Progress
Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization

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Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization
Kings as Judges: Power, Justice, and the Origins of Parliaments

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Kings as Judges: Power, Justice, and the Origins of Parliaments
Women and Weapons in the Viking World: Amazons of the North

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Women and Weapons in the Viking World: Amazons of the North
In the Forest of No Joy: The Congo-Ocรฉan Railroad and the Tragedy of French Colonialism

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In the Forest of No Joy: The Congo-Ocรฉan Railroad and the Tragedy of French Colonialism
Until Proven Safe: The History and Future of Quarantine

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Until Proven Safe: The History and Future of Quarantine
In Search of a Kingdom: Francis Drake, Elizabeth I, and the Perilous Birth of the British Empire

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In Search of a Kingdom: Francis Drake, Elizabeth I, and the Perilous Birth of the British Empire
Going to Church in Medieval England

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Going to Church in Medieval England
The Story of Work: A New History of Humankind

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The Story of Work: A New History of Humankind
From Rebel to Ruler: One Hundred Years of the Chinese Communist Party

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From Rebel to Ruler: One Hundred Years of the Chinese Communist Party

Notes (return to top)

  • The purpose of this list is to give you a good feel for all the history books published in hardback in the UK. It is a reasonably exhaustive list but…
  • The list is limited to books which are sold on Amazon.co.uk. This means that some publishers that don’t sell on Amazon will be missed but the vast majority are included.
  • It also uses the date published (for the hardback version of the book) entered onto Amazon.co.uk to determine the publication year.
  • Books shown roughly in date published order, with the ones we have reviewed put right to the top.
  • I have excluded military history books which I see as a category all on its own (and would if included have swamped the non-military history books).
  • I have excluded history books that I see as too “local” eg the many books on particular aspects of the US Civil War, or the many books focussing on relatives of medieval English kings.
  • Finally I might have missed some interesting history books! If you think we have, contact us to let us know.

By Anthony Webb

Bipedal omnivore with outsized head and dextrous forelimbs

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