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History books published in October 2021

We are spoiled for choice this month, from the irreverent (“Ask A Historian”) to the serious (all the others!)

A few I am keeping an eye on are…

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 (🇬🇧 and 🇺🇸). Hover mouse or press finger to reveal icon links. Our full list of history books can be found here.

We are spoiled for choice this month, from the irreverent (“Ask A Historian”) to the serious (all the others).

A few I am keeping an eye on are:

  • The Dawn of Everything – as the late David Graeber writes amazingly well, albeit I think he is late to the party here.
  • The Wolf Age – which has been popular in Norway we are told and is now translated into English.
  • The Cause – because I understand Joseph J Ellis has a high standard of scholarship yet also writes very well.
  • Also “The Library”, “The Burgundians” and “The Ottomans” – because I don’t know much about any of these subjects!

Which books appeal to you? You can either silently think of them, or write a note in the comments section below.

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

Plagues Upon the Earth: Disease and the Course of Human History

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Plagues Upon the Earth: Disease and the Course of Human History
George III: The Life and Reign of Britain's Most Misunderstood Monarch

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George III: The Life and Reign of Britain's Most Misunderstood Monarch
Harlots, Whores and Hackabouts: A History of Sex for Sale

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Harlots, Whores and Hackabouts: A History of Sex for Sale
The Light of Italy: The Life and Times of Federico Da Montefeltre, Duke of Urbino

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The Light of Italy: The Life and Times of Federico Da Montefeltre, Duke of Urbino
Wolf Times: The Vikings, the Anglo-saxons and the Battle for the North

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Wolf Times: The Vikings, the Anglo-saxons and the Battle for the North
Hidden Hands: Manuscripts, Makers and Memory

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Hidden Hands: Manuscripts, Makers and Memory
The Dissolution of the Monasteries: A New History

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The Dissolution of the Monasteries: A New History
Newspaper Confessions: A History of Advice Columns in a Pre-Internet Age

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Newspaper Confessions: A History of Advice Columns in a Pre-Internet Age
Paths to Kingship in Medieval Latin Europe, c. 950–1200

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Paths to Kingship in Medieval Latin Europe, c. 950–1200
If These Stones Could Talk: The History of Christianity in Britain and Ireland through Twenty Buildings

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If These Stones Could Talk: The History of Christianity in Britain and Ireland through Twenty Buildings
The Library: A Rich and Fragile History

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The Library: A Rich and Fragile History
The Ottomans: Sultans, Khans, and Caesars

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The Ottomans: Sultans, Khans, and Caesars
Maladies of Empire: How Colonialism, Slavery, and War Transformed Medicine

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Maladies of Empire: How Colonialism, Slavery, and War Transformed Medicine
The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity

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The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity
The Last Emperor of Mexico: The Dramatic Story of the Habsburg Archduke Who Created a Kingdom in the New World

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The Last Emperor of Mexico: The Dramatic Story of the Habsburg Archduke Who Created a Kingdom in the New World
The Cause: The American Revolution and its Discontents, 1773-1783

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The Cause: The American Revolution and its Discontents, 1773-1783
Ding Dong! Avon Calling!: The Women and Men of Avon Products, Incorporated

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Ding Dong! Avon Calling!: The Women and Men of Avon Products, Incorporated
Fortress Dark and Stern: The Soviet Home Front During World War II

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Fortress Dark and Stern: The Soviet Home Front During World War II
The Burgundians: A Vanished Empire

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The Burgundians: A Vanished Empire
Sapiens Graphic Novel Volume 2:

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Sapiens Graphic Novel Volume 2:
The Eternal Decline and Fall of Rome: The History of a Dangerous Idea

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The Eternal Decline and Fall of Rome: The History of a Dangerous Idea
Ask a Historian: 56 Things You Always Wanted to Know, But Didn't Know Who to Ask

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Ask a Historian: 56 Things You Always Wanted to Know, But Didn't Know Who to Ask

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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