1381: The Year of the Peasants' Revolt

By Juliet Barker

Written with the fluency readers have come to count on from Juliet Barker, 1381: The 12 months of the Peasants Revolt presents an account of the 1st nice renowned rebellion in England and its historical past, and paints on a extensive canvas an image of English lifestyles in medieval instances. Skeptical of up to date chroniclers money owed of occasions, Barker attracts at the judicial resources of the indictments and court docket court cases that the uprising.

This emphasis deals a clean viewpoint at the so-called Peasants insurrection and provides intensity and texture to the ancient narrative. one of the ebook s arguments are that the rebels believed they have been the dependable matters of the king appearing in his pursuits, and that the boy-king Richard II sympathized with their grievances.

Barker tells how and why a various and not likely staff of standard women and men from each nook of britain from servants and employees residing off wages, in the course of the village elite who served as bailiffs, constables, and stewards, to the ranks of the gentry united in armed uprising opposed to church and nation to call for an intensive political time table. Had it been carried out, this time table may have remodeled English society and expected the French Revolution via 400 years. 1381: The yr of the Peasants Revolt is a crucial reassessment of the rebellion and a desirable, unique examine of medieval existence in England s cities and countryside."

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The Command of the Ocean: A Naval History of Britain 1649-1815

By N. A. M. Rodger

The Command of the Ocean describes with exceptional authority and scholarship the increase of england to naval greatness, and the principal position of the army and naval job within the lifetime of the state and govt. It describes not only battles, voyages and cruises yet how the military was once manned, the way it used to be provided with trees, hemp and iron, how its males (and occasionally ladies) have been fed, and primarily the way it was once financed and directed. It used to be throughout the century and a part coated through this publication that the profitable organizing of those final 3 - victualling, cash and administration - took the military to the guts of the British country. it's the nice success of the publication to teach how thoroughly built-in and collectively based Britain and the military then turned.

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Barmy Britain: Bizarre-but-True Stories from Across the Nation

By Jack Crossley

This hilarious compendium of all that is extraordinary approximately lifestyles within the British Isles uncovers the eccentricity, strange forms, and outright oddity said during the last yr by means of the nation's newspapers. Jack Crossley spent a few forty years in Fleet road and is the precise spouse to steer you thru this laugh-out-loud number of anecdotes and unusual goings-on from round our reasonable isles. stories so outlandish, you would swear they would been made up. unusual indicators, tortuous typos, hilarious headlines and the oddest obituaries: this excellent, inimitable miscellany celebrates all that's off-beat in Albion this present day. even if the remainder of the scoop is doom-laden, the masses of snippets right here will not fail to elevate a laugh.

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22 Days in May: The Birth of the First Lib Dem-Conservative Coalition

By David Laws

David legislation used to be one of many key Lib Dem MPs who negotiated the coalition deal, and the booklet comprises his in-depth, backstage, account of the talks with the Conservative and Labour groups after the overall Election, in addition to the debates inside of his personal social gathering approximately how the Lib Dems may still reply to the demanding situations and threats of a hung parliament. The Liberal Democrats' and Conservatives' determination to shape a Coalition executive has replaced the face of British politics. This booklet units out the interior tale of ways this momentous occasion opened up, and the way - jointly - the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives have began to deal with the problem of an important executive funds deficit.

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A History of Britain: The British Wars 1603–1776

By Simon Schama

Simon Schama explores the forces that tore Britain aside in the course of centuries of dynamic switch - reworking outlooks, allegiances and boundaries.

From the start of July 1637, battles raged on for 2 hundred years - either at domestic and in another country, on sea and on land, up and down the size of burgeoning Britain, throughout Europe, the US and India. so much will be wars of religion - waged on wide-ranging grounds of political or non secular conviction. yet as wars of non secular passions gave technique to campaigns for revenue, the British humans did come jointly within the imperial firm of 'Britannia Incorporated'.

The British Wars is a narrative of revolution and response, proposal and disenchantment, of growth and disaster, and Schama's evocative narrative brings it vividly to existence.

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British Military History For Dummies

By Bryan Perrett

A plain-English advisor to Britons in conflict, from the Roman invasion to the continuing Iraqi war
Charging during the Britain's army prior, this obtainable consultant brings to existence the battles and wars that formed the historical past of Britain-and the realm. The e-book profiles commanders, explains thoughts and strategies, and covers key advancements in weaponry and know-how.

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The New Extremism in 21st Century Britain (Extremism and Democracy)

Since the Nineties, there was a becoming obstacle in regards to the resurgence of extremist and radical events within the Western global. even though various demanding situations to the liberal democratic order have emerged, the main target of outrage between lecturers, policy-makers and practitioners inside of Europe and past has been at the progress and actions of Islamists and to a lesser quantity the intense correct. although, those kinds of extremism are seldom put along one another, and in a way that's delicate to either the factors and outcomes of extremist mobilization. This e-book offers new empirical examine at the motives of those ‘new’ extremisms in twenty first Century Britain and the right responses to it through either the country and civil society.

Both kinds of extremism pose important questions for these focused on the advance of a extra cohesive and good society. not like many experiences, this quantity adopts a holistic technique, bringing jointly specialists from numerous disciplines to check the criteria that reason aid and the aptitude coverage responses, together with key questions such as:

  • What is the present point of help for Islamism and right-wing extremism?
  • Who votes for severe correct events comparable to the BNP in sleek Britain and, regardless of its fresh earnings, why has the intense correct completed merely constrained success?
  • What are the stairs of recruitment into radical violent takfiri jihadism?
  • How powerful are present responses to Islamism and the intense correct, comparable to these provided by way of fighting Violent Extremism (PVE), wider public coverage and policing?
  • What is the aptitude position of political actors, media and civil society in responding to the extremist challenge?

Challenging vast assumptions and bringing jointly major students during this swiftly constructing box, this paintings is key studying for all people with an curiosity in terrorism, fascism, political extremism, social harmony and the way forward for race relations.

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The Best of Benn

Tony Benn was once one of many twentieth century's so much charismatic politicians. The better of Benn showcases his powers of unique pondering and verbal exchange over seven a long time. From "the child of the home" to a retired widower, he used to be a always radical campaigning voice on matters equivalent to the loss of life penalty, the case opposed to the ecu Union, competition to struggle and help of employees' rights. This quantity brings jointly Tony Benn's electrifying speeches, considerate journalism and passionate advocacy of frequently unconventional causes.

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Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy (updated)

By Alison Weir

A distinct booklet on Britain’s royal households by means of this good tested renowned historian.

Britain’s Royal households is a special reference booklet delivering, for the 1st time in a single quantity, whole genealogical info of all contributors of the royal homes of britain, Scotland and nice Britain from 800AD to the current. Drawing on numerous specialists, either historical and smooth, Alison Weir explores the royal genealogy in extraordinary intensity and offers a accomplished advisor to the background of today’s royal relatives.

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Cold War: Sex, Spies and Nuclear Missiles

By Dan Sharp

Chilly battle: intercourse, Spies and Nuclear Missiles is the tale of england throughout the most threatening years of the worldwide nuclear standoff – while the state stood beside the USA opposed to the may possibly of the USSR.

At the peak of Britain’s chilly conflict, the Conservative executive was once dealt a deadly blow via a intercourse scandal concerning the struggle minister, glamorous younger version Christine Keeler and a Soviet undercover agent. The nation’s first nuclear submarine was once introduced and the Polaris missile process used to be got. US president John F. Kennedy used to be assassinated, the Vietnam battle escalated, the good educate Robbers performed Monopoly with actual funds, Sean Connery was once James Bond in From Russia With Love and Kim Philby was once named because the ‘third man’ within the Cambridge secret agent Ring.

Now chilly conflict: intercourse, Spies and Nuclear Missiles, that includes a brand new foreword penned by means of Keeler herself, exposes the spies, finds the scandals, examines the bombs, the plane and the tanks, and delves into the too frequently missed background of Britain’s years because the 3rd international nuclear superpower.

Dan Sharp has labored as a information journalist for 15 years, focusing on politics, crime and army heritage. dependent in Nottinghamshire, he writes for and edits a variety of courses.

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