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History books published in August 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.

Last month’s history books (August 2021) are a fairly eclectic mix – geographically and through time, with flag mix: ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ.

The ones I have my eye on are: The Fall of Robespierre: 24 Hours in Revolutionary Paris (Colin Jones), Scenes from Prehistoric Life (Francis Pryor) and perhaps also Paul Kenyon’s history of Romania. We should also give an honorary mention to Blood and Ruins, Richard Overy’s whopper taking a wider (and thicker) view on WW2.

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

The Fall of Robespierre: 24 Hours in Revolutionary Paris

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The Fall of Robespierre: 24 Hours in Revolutionary Paris
The Irish Assassins: Conspiracy, Revenge and the Phoenix Park Murders That Stunned Victorian England

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The Irish Assassins: Conspiracy, Revenge and the Phoenix Park Murders That Stunned Victorian England
The Viking Heart: How Scandinavians Conquered the World

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The Viking Heart: How Scandinavians Conquered the World
Scenes from Prehistoric Life: From the Ice Age to the Coming of the Romans

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Scenes from Prehistoric Life: From the Ice Age to the Coming of the Romans
Antwerp: The Glory Years
Lives Between the Lines: A Journey in Search of the Lost Levant

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Lives Between the Lines: A Journey in Search of the Lost Levant
Tunnel 29: Love, Espionage and Betrayal: the True Story of an Extraordinary Escape Beneath the Berlin Wall

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Tunnel 29: Love, Espionage and Betrayal: the True Story of an Extraordinary Escape Beneath the Berlin Wall
All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Story of the Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler

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All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Story of the Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler
The Making of Oliver Cromwell

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The Making of Oliver Cromwell
The Last Prince of Bengal: An Indian Family's Journey from Royalty to Obscurity in the Age of Empire

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The Last Prince of Bengal: An Indian Family’s Journey from Royalty to Obscurity in the Age of Empire
Hidden Heritage: Rediscovering Britainโ€™s Lost Love of the Orient

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Hidden Heritage: Rediscovering Britainโ€™s Lost Love of the Orient
Nero: The Man Behind the Myth

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Nero: The Man Behind the Myth
A Brief History of Motion: From the Wheel, to the Car, to What Comes Next

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A Brief History of Motion: From the Wheel, to the Car, to What Comes Next
Children of the Night: The Strange and Epic Story of Modern Romania

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Children of the Night: The Strange and Epic Story of Modern Romania
Empire and Jihad: The Anglo-Arab Wars Of 1870-1920

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Empire and Jihad: The Anglo-Arab Wars Of 1870-1920
Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution

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Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution
History Of The Caucasus Volume 1

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History Of The Caucasus Volume 1
Woodsmoke And Sage: The Five Senses 1485-1603: How The Tudors Experienced The World

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Woodsmoke And Sage: The Five Senses 1485-1603: How The Tudors Experienced The World
Dancing with Stalin: A True Story of Love and Survival in Soviet Russia

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Dancing with Stalin: A True Story of Love and Survival in Soviet Russia
Blood and Ruins: The Great Imperial War, 1931-1945

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Blood and Ruins: The Great Imperial War, 1931-1945

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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