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History books published in September 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 (πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ and πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ). Hover mouse or press finger to reveal icon links. Our full list of history books can be found here.

I’m pretty impressed with the new history book line-up for September 2021: 23 new ones including some big hitters such as:

  • Mary Beard with “Twelve Ceasars”
  • Dan Jones with “Powers and Thrones”
  • Peter Ackroyd with “Innovation: History of England”

They are all worth a browse, with some of the others catching my eye being “What is History Now”, “The Dawn of Language” and “Devil Land”.

Also the curiously high profile “Index, A History of The” whose widespread mainstream press coverage has left me a little baffled.

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

Powers and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages

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Powers and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages
Lily's Promise: How I Survived Auschwitz and Found the Strength to Live

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Lily's Promise: How I Survived Auschwitz and Found the Strength to Live
The Dawn of Language: The story of how we came to talk

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The Dawn of Language: The story of how we came to talk
Conclave 1559: The Papal Conclave

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Conclave 1559: The Papal Conclave
Between Two Hells: The Irish Civil War

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Between Two Hells: The Irish Civil War
Index, a History of The: A Bookish Adventure

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Index, a History of The: A Bookish Adventure
Josiah Wedgwood: The Man Who Designed Britain

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Josiah Wedgwood: The Man Who Designed Britain
The Last Viking: The True Story of King Harald Hardrada

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The Last Viking: The True Story of King Harald Hardrada
The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War

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The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War
The Rich and the Pure: Philanthropy and the Making of Christian Society in Early Byzantium

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The Rich and the Pure: Philanthropy and the Making of Christian Society in Early Byzantium
Cuba: An American History

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Cuba: An American History
Century Of Deception: The Birth Of The Hoax In The Eighteenth Century

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Century Of Deception: The Birth Of The Hoax In The Eighteenth Century
The Italian Renaissance and the Origin of the Humanities: An Intellectual History, 1400 to 1800

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The Italian Renaissance and the Origin of the Humanities: An Intellectual History, 1400 to 1800
The Falls of Rome: Crises, Resilience, and Resurgence in Late Antiquity

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The Falls of Rome: Crises, Resilience, and Resurgence in Late Antiquity
Theatres of Restoration: The Palaces, Lives and Loves of the Stuart Kings

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Theatres of Restoration: The Palaces, Lives and Loves of the Stuart Kings
The Making of a King: Antigonus Gonatas of Macedon and the Greeks

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The Making of a King: Antigonus Gonatas of Macedon and the Greeks
What Is History, Now?

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What Is History, Now?
The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics

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The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics
Twelve Caesars: Images of Power from the Ancient World to the Modern

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Twelve Caesars: Images of Power from the Ancient World to the Modern
The Story of the Country House: A History of Places and People

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The Story of the Country House: A History of Places and People
Innovation: History of England

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Innovation: History of England
Devil-Land: The English Under Siege, 1588-1688

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Devil-Land: The English Under Siege, 1588-1688
Black Gold: A History of How Coal-Mining Made Britain

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Black Gold: A History of How Coal-Mining Made Britain

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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