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New history books in January 2024

by Anthony Webb, 1 February 2024

12 new history books identified over Jan 2024. A fairly ecclectic mix but with some familar historical themes such as modern Russia and the British Empire. A few top picks highlighted below!

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Empireworld: How British Imperialism Has Shaped the Globe
Judgement at Tokyo: World War II on Trial and the Making of Modern Asia
Forbidden Desire in Early Modern Europe: Male-Male Sexual Relations, 1400-1750
The Picnic: A Dream of Freedom and the Collapse of the Iron Curtain
Strange Ways To Die In History: The Heroic, Tragic and Funny
The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World:
The Wild Men: The Remarkable Story of Britain's First Labour Government
Equality: The History of an Elusive Idea
Putin and the Return of History: How the Kremlin Rekindled the Cold War
Women of the Anarchy
Lenin Lives?
The House Divided: Islam's Sunni-Shia Conflict
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A couple that caught my eye were:

  • Empireworld: How British Imperialism Has Shaped the Globe, by Sathnam Sanghera - after having recently read One Fine Day I'm more conscious of how pervasive the British Empire was until very recently, so am keen to check this one out too.

  • Judgement at Tokyo: World War II on Trial and the Making of Modern Asia, by Gary J Bass - focussing on the arguments made at the war trials of the Japanese top brass, I'm interested to find out how the author links this to Asia nowadays.

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