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New history books in August 2022

by Anthony Webb, 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 below.

For instance:

  • A History of Water: Being an Account of a Murder, an Epic and Two Visions of Global History, a historical travelogue of two 16th century portugese eccentrics - Europeans making an attempt to understand the rest of the world.
  • Dancing on Bones: History and Power in China, Russia and North Korea, about autocratic government attempts to control their countries history in order to exert power in the present.
  • A Murderous Midsummer: The Western Rising of 1549, I don't know anything about this Cornish rebellion and it would be fascinating to learn more (could it happen again?).
  • Breakspear: The English Pope, because - I was surprised to discover - it is written by the ex-boss of a firm I used to work for and I am curious about how he has spent his retirement!

Click the book covers to see a zoomed in image and (unaffiliated) links to Amazon for those who like to buy their books there.

Dancing on Bones: History and Power in China, Russia and North Korea
A Pipeline Runs Through It: How the World Entered the Oil Age
Small Island: 12 Maps That Explain The History of Britain
A Murderous Midsummer: The Western Rising of 1549
Adriatic: A Two Thousand-Year History of the Sea, Lands and Peoples
Winters in the World: A Journey Through the Anglo-Saxon Year
Lost Realms: Histories of Britain from the Romans to the Vikings
A History of Water: Being an Account of a Murder, an Epic and Two Visions of Global History
Breakspear: The English Pope
Russia - Myths and Realities: The History of a Country with an Unpredictable Past
The Sewing Girls Tale: A Story of the Wrongs of Men—and the Rights of Women

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