The Mediterranean has nurtured three of the most dazzling civilisations of antiquity, witnessed the birth or growth of three of our greatest religions and links three of the world's six continents. This work tells the story of the Middle Sea itself - a story that begins with the Phoenicians and the Pharaohs and ends with the Treaty of Versailles.
Hitler's would-be assassins ranged from simple craftsmen to high-ranking soldiers, from the apolitical to the ideologically obsessed, and from enemy agents to his closest associates. This title presents their story - of their plans, their motives and their failures. It also offers a different perspective on the history of the Third Reich.
The theatre for which Shakespeare wrote and acted was a cut-throat commercial entertainment industry. Yet his plays were also intensely alert to the social and political realities of their times.
In a controversial but authoritative debut, Caroline Elkins recounts the waning days of British Empire in Kenya, and the little known destruction of thousands of Kenyans at the hands of the British.
Presents a full-length biography of Isabella of France, Edward II's queen - one of the most notorious femme fatales in history - that aims to change the way we think of her and her world, for ever. She was popularly known as the 'She-Wolf of France'.
One of the most successful women artists in history - a painter who possessed what her friend Goethe called an 'unbelievable' and 'massive' talent - Angelica Kauffman became the toast of Georgian England, captivating society with her portraits, mythological scenes and decorative compositions. This is her biography.
'No war can be conducted successfully without early and good intelligence,' wrote Marlborough, and from the earliest times commanders have sought knowledge of the enemy, his strengths and weaknesses, his dispositions and intentions.
From Blenheim and Waterloo to 'Up Yours, Delors' and 'Hop Off You Frogs', the cross-Channel relationship has been one of rivalry and suspicion. This book tells the complex story of the relationship, from the beginning of the great struggle for mastery during the reign of Louis XIV to the second Iraq War and the enlargement of the EU.
Presents a collection of essays and lectures, which addresses many of the issues that dominate the political and cultural climate of Europe. This work shows that the conventional exclusion of Central and Eastern Europe has led to shortcomings in our understanding of one of the crucial episodes of European history, namely the Second World War.
In 1683, two empires - the Ottoman, based in Constantinople, and the Habsburg dynasty in Vienna - came face to face in the culmination of a 250-year power struggle: the Great Siege of Vienna. This work provides an account of this complex and epic of conflicts.
The war against Saddam Hussein, described and analysed by a foremost military historian. Throughout the war and beyond it, John Keegan's analysis proved more accurate than any other commentator's and now he brings his unrivalled knowledge of military history to bear on the war, its conduct and consequences. Written with special access to new sources of information, this book will be the most authoritative and challenging account of a war which could both set the pattern of military conflicts in the 21st century and significantly affect the world political order.
Shows how Paris has drawn into its magnetic field people who have variously found there education or enlightenment, a refuge or a secret garden, even a different identity. This title features half a dozen individuals, all related in some way, which reveal a web of human feeling and experiences across two centuries.
In April 1478, a plot to murder the two heads of the powerful Medici family miscarried dramatically in the cathedral of Florence. A bloodbath followed in reprisal. All Italy was affected as it emerged that the Pope, the King of Naples and the Duke of Urbino were deeply implicated in the plot.
Explores how, over the past several years, the German people have shaped their natural environment and how the landscapes they created took a powerful hold on the German imagination. This study also shows that while mastery over nature delivers undoubted benefits, it has come at a tremendous cost to both the natural environment and human life.
Iam MacDonald tells the story behind every Beatles song that went to number one in the UK and USA charts, including "Love Me Do", "From Me to You", "She Loves You", "I Want to Hold Your Hand", "Can't Buy Me Love", "I Feel Fine" and "Penny Lane".
This title tells the story of the four years Michelangelo spent painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, battling against ill health, financial difficulties, domestic problems and inadequate knowledge of the art of fresco.
This volume gathers together all the ingredients which contributed to the phenomenon of the celebratory meal - the people, the clothes, the food, the setting, the action and its circumstances - from Roman villa and monastic refectory to Renaissance banquet and the Victorian dinner party.
Examines the contribution of women in building and sustaining the British Empire. This title draws on a range of sources, including diaries and letters home. It provides a panoramic picture of the countless women who departed Britain for India, Australia, the Far East, Canada and Africa - often in search of opportunities unavailable at home.