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  1. Cartooning China - reviewposted on 7 October 2022

    Our review of Cartooning China: Punch, Power, & Politics in the Victorian Era, by Amy Matthewson, first published in March 2022.

  2. New history books in September 2022posted on 1 October 2022

    History books published in September 2022 in the UK - a good selection including 3 with black history month (October) in mind

  3. In the Reign of King John - reviewposted on 23 September 2022

    Our review of In the Reign of King John: A Year in the Life of Plantagenet England, by Dan Jones, first published in October 2020.

  4. Happy Dreams of Liberty - reviewposted on 11 September 2022

    Our review of Happy Dreams of Liberty: An American Family in Slavery and Freedom, by R Isabela Morales, first published in August 2022.

  5. New history books in August 2022posted on 1 September 2022

    A look at the new history books published in August 2022, a pretty good haul for the a summer holiday month

  6. Dominion - reviewposted on 12 August 2022

    Our review of Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind, by Tom Holland, first published in September 2019.

  7. New history books in July 2022posted on 1 August 2022

    A round up of the new history books in July 2022 - a bit of a quiet month.

  8. Book reviews and culture wars - an interview with Suleiman the Magnificentposted on 8 July 2022

    A rare interview with Sulieman the Magnificent in which we explore negative culture war reviews on Amazon. What's his take? And how do we avoid perpetuating the negativity?

  9. New history books in June 2022posted on 1 July 2022

    What were the new history books published in June 2022? Have a look here...

  10. Making History - reviewposted on 24 June 2022

    Our review of Making History: The Storytellers Who Shaped the Past, by Richard Cohen, first published in March 2022.

  11. The Ottomans - reviewposted on 17 June 2022

    Our review of The Ottomans: Khans, Caesars and Caliphs, by Marc David Baer, first published in October 2021.

  12. Words The Vikings Gave Us - reviewposted on 9 June 2022

    Our review of Words The Vikings Gave Us, by Grace Tierney, first published in August 2021.

  13. New history books in May 2022posted on 1 June 2022

    What were the new history books published in May 2022? Have a look here...

  14. Crusaders - reviewposted on 13 May 2022

    Our review of Crusaders: An Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands, by Dan Jones, first published in September 2019.

  15. New history books in April 2022posted on 1 May 2022

    A round-up of the new history books published in April 2022 in the UK

  16. The Lion House - reviewposted on 29 April 2022

    Our review of The Lion House: The Coming of a King, by Christopher de Bellaigue, first published in March 2022.

  17. The Burgundians - reviewposted on 22 April 2022

    Our review of The Burgundians: A Vanished Empire, by Bart Van Loo, first published in October 2021.

  18. Lessons from history, a historical novelist's perspective - interview with Christopher Kerrposted on 15 April 2022

    A discussion on what we can learn from history and historical fiction - and how far the truth matters, with the historical novelist Christopher Kerr

  19. Meet the Georgians - reviewposted on 10 April 2022

    Our review of Meet the Georgians: Epic Tales from Britain’s Wildest Century, by Robert Peal, first published in July 2021.

  20. Russia as Empire - reviewposted on 8 April 2022

    Our review of Russia as Empire: Past and Present, by Kees Boterbloem, first published in December 2020.

  21. New history books in March 2022posted on 1 April 2022

    A round-up of the new history books published in March 2022 in the UK

  22. Migrating From WordPress to Eleventy - a non-developer's experienceposted on 29 March 2022

    I recently switched this website / blog from WordPress.com to Eleventy. I'm not a developer. Find out what happened!

  23. London in the Roman World - reviewposted on 27 March 2022

    Our review of London in the Roman World, by Dominic Perring, first published in January 2022.

  24. Phoenicians and the Making of the Mediterranean - reviewposted on 18 February 2022

    Our review of Phoenicians and the Making of the Mediterranean, by Carolina Lopez-Ruiz, first published in January 2022.

  25. Empire and Righteous Nation - reviewposted on 21 January 2022

    Our review of Empire and Righteous Nation: 600 Years of China-Korea Relations, by Odd Arne Westad, first published in January 2021.

  26. Heretics and Believers - reviewposted on 13 January 2022

    Our review of Heretics and Believers: A History of the English Reformation, by Peter Marshall, first published in March 2018.

  27. Reflections on WordPress – 8 months inposted on 10 January 2022

    On this post I’m not going to be talking about history books but instead about WordPress.com the web platform behind this website – my thoughts after having used it for 8 months now.

  28. The Fabric of Civilization - reviewposted on 3 January 2022

    Our review of The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World, by Virginia Postrel, first published in November 2020.

  29. Best history books of 2022 so far...posted on 1 January 2022

    What are the best popular history books of 2022? Here are our favourites so far.

  30. Best history books of 2021posted on 31 December 2021

    What were the best popular history books of 2021? Here are our favourites.

  31. Powers and Thrones - reviewposted on 23 December 2021

    Our review of Powers and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages, by Dan Jones, first published in September 2021.

  32. Fifth Sun - reviewposted on 17 December 2021

    Our review of Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs, by Camilla Townsend, first published in January 2020.

  33. Ravenna - reviewposted on 10 December 2021

    Our review of Ravenna: Capital of Empire, Crucible of Europe, by Judith Herrin, first published in August 2020.

  34. A Curious History of Sex - reviewposted on 3 December 2021

    Our review of A Curious History of Sex, by Kate Lister, first published in February 2020.

  35. What is the benefit of reading history books?posted on 19 November 2021

    This post is my personal reflection on the benefits I get from reading history books. One of my aims in writing it is to clarify my thinking, but also I want to do my bit to encourage others to do more of this enjoyable, rewarding activity!

  36. Scenes from Prehistoric Life - reviewposted on 12 November 2021

    Our review of Scenes from Prehistoric Life: From the Ice Age to the Coming of the Romans, by Francis Pryor, first published in August 2021.

  37. The Enlightenment - reviewposted on 5 November 2021

    Our review of The Enlightenment: The Pursuit of Happiness, 1680-1790, by Ritchie Robertson, first published in November 2020.

  38. The Fall of Robespierre - reviewposted on 29 October 2021

    Our review of The Fall of Robespierre: 24 Hours in Revolutionary Paris, by Colin Jones, first published in August 2021.

  39. From Rebel to Ruler - reviewposted on 22 October 2021

    Our review of From Rebel to Ruler: One Hundred Years of the Chinese Communist Party, by Tony Saich, first published in July 2021.

  40. Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister - reviewposted on 15 October 2021

    Our review of Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China, by Jung Chang, first published in October 2019.

  41. Personality in popular historyposted on 8 October 2021

    Surely there can't be too much personality in popular history can there? Here I argue for a happy medium between boring and biographically biased popular history books.

  42. Dress Codes - reviewposted on 1 October 2021

    Our review of Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made History, by Richard Thompson Ford, first published in February 2021.

  43. Past Mistakes - reviewposted on 24 September 2021

    Our review of Past Mistakes: How We Misinterpret History and Why it Matters, by David Mountain, first published in November 2020.

  44. Trauma or nostalgia? What does history mean in the USA 🇺🇸 and the UK 🇬🇧?posted on 19 September 2021

  45. Augustine - reviewposted on 10 September 2021

    Our review of Augustine: Conversions and Confessions, by Robin Lane Fox, first published in November 2015.

  46. About Time - reviewposted on 10 September 2021

    Our review of About Time: A History of Civilization in Twelve Clocks, by David Rooney, first published in June 2021.

  47. Thebes - reviewposted on 2 September 2021

    Our review of Thebes: The Forgotten City of Ancient Greece, by Paul Cartledge, first published in May 2020.

  48. In Defence of History - reviewposted on 25 August 2021

    Our review of In Defence of History, by Richard J. Evans, first published in September 1997.

  49. Castlereagh - reviewposted on 14 August 2021

    Our review of Castlereagh: From Enlightenment to Tyranny, by John Bew, first published in September 2011.

  50. Dictators - reviewposted on 8 August 2021

    Our review of Dictators: The Cult of Personality in the Twentieth Century, by Frank Dikötter, first published in September 2019.

  51. Making Deep History - reviewposted on 6 August 2021

    Our review of Making Deep History: Zeal, Perseverance, and the Time Revolution of 1859, by Clive Gamble, first published in March 2021.

  52. Why new history books? What's wrong with the old ones?posted on 6 August 2021

    Why a new history book is almost always better than an old history book... with some important caveats!

  53. What Is History? - reviewposted on 31 July 2021

    Our review of What Is History?, by E. H. Carr, first published in January 1961.

  54. Ten Caesars - reviewposted on 24 July 2021

    Our review of Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine, by Barry Strauss, first published in March 2019.

  55. The Last Embassy - reviewposted on 16 July 2021

    Our review of The Last Embassy: The Dutch Mission of 1795 and the Forgotten History of Western Encounters with China, by Tonio Andrade, first published in July 2021.

  56. Slavery After Rome, 500-1100 - reviewposted on 11 July 2021

    Our review of Slavery After Rome, 500-1100, by Alice Rio, first published in April 2017.

  57. The Horde - reviewposted on 4 July 2021

    Our review of The Horde: How the Mongols Changed the World, by Marie Favereau, first published in April 2021.

  58. Empire of Silver - reviewposted on 17 June 2021

    Our review of Empire of Silver: A New Monetary History of China, by Jin Xu (Author), Stacy Mosher (Translator), first published in April 2021.

  59. Soldier, Priest, and God - reviewposted on 15 June 2021

    Our review of Soldier, Priest, and God: A Life of Alexander the Great, by F. S. Naiden, first published in December 2018.

  60. If history is wrong, does it matter?posted on 7 June 2021

    How important is it that history is 'correct'? Should we discard older discredited history books? What does it even mean to be 'wrong'?

  61. Checkmate in Berlin - reviewposted on 5 June 2021

    Our review of Checkmate in Berlin: the first battle of the cold war, by Giles Milton, first published in July 2021.

  62. Norse America - reviewposted on 3 June 2021

    Our review of Norse America: The Story of a Founding Myth, by Gordon Campbell, first published in March 2021.

  63. The English People at War in the Age of Henry VIII - reviewposted on 28 May 2021

    Our review of The English People at War in the Age of Henry VIII, by Steven Gunn, first published in January 2018.

  64. A Story of Us - reviewposted on 26 May 2021

    Our review of A Story of Us: A New Look at Human Evolution, by Lesley Newson, Peter Richerson, first published in March 2021.

  65. What is Popular History?posted on 21 May 2021

    What can I expect from a popular history book?