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New history books in February 2024

by Anthony Webb, 1 March 2024

14 new history books in the metaphorical bag from Feb 2024. For some reason this month has proven to be quite a global mix, which I like!

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The Hours of Richard III
Crypt: Life, Death and Disease in the Middle Ages and Beyond
How the World Made the West: A 4,000-Year History
Vagabond Princess: The Great Adventures of Gulbadan
The Tame and the Wild: People and Animals After 1492
Little Englanders: Britain in the Edwardian Era
To the City: Life and Death Along the Ancient Walls of Istanbul
Shylock's Venice: The Remarkable History of Venice's Jews and the Ghetto
They Called It Peace: Worlds of Imperial Violence
Revolusi: Indonesia and the Birth of the Modern World
Rebel Island: The Incredible Story of Taiwan
A History of the World in Twelve Shipwrecks
How the Spanish Empire Was Built: A 400 Year History
The New Roman Empire: A History of Byzantium
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A few that I would like to dig into are:

  • Revolusi: Indonesia and the Birth of the Modern World, by David Van Reybrouck. I had no idea that Indonesia was the first of the colonial countries to establish it's independence after world war 2, and would love to find out more.

  • To The City: Life and Death Along the Ancient Walls of Istanbul, by Alexander Christie-Miller. Is this a history book? I don't know but it seems to include a blend of modern and medieval history. And Istanbul is such a fascinating place I think it would be hard to write a bad book about it.

  • A History of the World in Twelve Shipwrecks, by David Gibbins. I'm curious to see if the history of the world looks different from the bottom of the ocean.

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