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Culloden: Great Battles


Murray Pittock

28 July 2022

Great Battles

The story of Culloden, one of the most important battles in Scottish history - how it was fought, how it has been remembered, and what it has come to mean.

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Paramilitarism: Mass Violence in the Shadow of the State


Ugur Ümit Üngör

06 July 2022

From the deserts of Sudan to the jungles of Colombia, from the streets of Belfast to the mountains of Kurdistan, paramilitaries have appeared in violent conflicts. Üngör presents a comparative and global overview of paramilitarism, showing how states use it to successfully outsource mass political violence against civilians.

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The Society of Prisoners: Anglo-French Wars and Incarceration in the Eighteenth Century


Renaud Morieux

01 July 2022

The Past and Present Book Series

Very little has been written of the history of prisoners of war before the twentieth century, and Renaud Morieux seeks to correct this in this new history of war captivity in the eighteenth century, mining archives in Britain and France to take a fresh look at international relations through the histories of prisoners and host communities.

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Unredeemed Land: An Environmental History of Civil War and Emancipation in the Cotton South


Erin Stewart Mauldin

04 April 2022

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Thermopylae: Great Battles


Chris Carey

24 March 2022

Great Battles

The story of Thermopylae, the famous last stand of the Greco-Persian Wars: how it was fought, how it has been remembered, and what it has come to mean.

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Winston Churchill: A Life in the News


Richard Toye

25 November 2021

A books which traces Churchill's life in the news from cradle to grave, showing how tensions between tradition and novelty played into his constantly evolving media image.

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Diplomatic History: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition


Joseph M. Siracusa

06 July 2021

Very Short Introductions

Diplomatic history is the critical study of the management of relations between nation-states. Based on significant historical case studies - the American Revolution, the origins of the Great War and its aftermath, Versailles, the Iraq War, and diplomacy in the age of globalization - this book locates the universal role of diplomatic negotiation.

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War and Religion: A Very Short Introduction


Jolyon Mitchell, Joshua Rey

25 March 2021

Very Short Introductions

This book provides an overview of the history of religion and war, and a framework for analysing it. Ranging from ancient history to modern day conflicts, and touching on both religiously incited violence and pacifism, it offers a nuanced view on these issues that have had such weight in the past, and which continue to shape our present and future.

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Vietnam at War


Mark Philip Bradley

31 December 2020

One of the first books to look at how the Vietnamese themselves experienced the wars for Vietnam, including both the French and the American wars. Combining political, social, and cultural history, Bradley examines how the war was seen both by top policy makers and also everyday soldiers and civilians in both North and South Vietnam.

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Nuclear Weapons: A Very Short Introduction

Third Edition


Joseph M. Siracusa

24 September 2020

Very Short Introductions

Nuclear Weapons are the most deadly weapon ever invented. This Very Short Introduction discusses the history and politics of nuclear weapons since their development in the 1940s. It describes the successes and failures of treaties that have aimed for their control and reduction, and their impact on international relations today.

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Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War

College Edition


Elizabeth R. Varon

22 April 2020

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Aerial Warfare: A Very Short Introduction


Frank Ledwidge

26 March 2020

Very Short Introductions

Aerial warfare has dominated western war-making for over 100 years, and despite regular announcements of its demise, it shows no sign of becoming obsolete. Frank Ledwidge offers a sweeping global history of air warfare, introducing the major battles, crises, and controversies where air power has taken centre stage.

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Concentration Camps: A Very Short Introduction


Dan Stone

28 March 2019

Very Short Introductions

Nazi concentration camps are by no means the only examples of these 'extreme institutions'; Dan Stone sets out the fuller story, from the Boer War to Bosnia. He shows how different regimes have used concentration camps at times of crisis to control populations that appeared threatening, and examines their role in consciousness and identity.

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Concentration Camps: A Short History


Dan Stone

02 March 2017

Dan Stone presents a global history of concentration camps, and considers the importance of these institutions to modern consciousness and identity. Tracing camps from their origins in in early-twentieth century colonial warfare, he discusses their evolution throughout the last century, and the complex questions their use raises.

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World War II: A Very Short Introduction


Gerhard L. Weinberg

13 November 2014

Very Short Introductions

In this Very Short Introduction, the eminent scholar Gerhard L. Weinberg explores one of the most important events in history. Examining the origins, course, and impact of the World War II — through both the soldiers and the ordinary citizens who lived through it — he considers the long-lasting impact it continues to have around the world.

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The Napoleonic Wars: A Very Short Introduction


Mike Rapport

31 January 2013

Very Short Introductions

The Napoleonic Wars left their mark on European and world societies in a variety of ways, not least from the radical social and political change they evoked in many countries. Examining the social, political, and institutional aspects of warfare in the Napoleonic era, Mike Rapport considers their significance and the legacy they leave today.

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Terrorism: How to Respond


Richard English

08 July 2010

Drawing on a wide range of case studies, Richard English argues that we have as yet failed to understand terrorism properly, and that this is at the root of our disastrous failure to respond effectively to terrorism in the post-9/11 crisis.

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The History of the Rebellion: A new selection


Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon, Paul Seaward, Paul Seaward

12 February 2009

Oxford World's Classics

Clarendon's History chonicles the English Civil War from the perspective of someone intimately involved in the events he describes. This classic work is admired for its literary quality as well as its historical value; this new selection also contains passages from The Life, Clarendon's autobiography, to produce a vivid narrative history.

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On War


Carl von Clausewitz, Beatrice Heuser, Michael Howard, Peter Paret

17 April 2008

Oxford World's Classics

This abridged edition of On War by Beatrice Heuser, using the acclaimed translation by Michael Howard and Peter Paret, selects the central books in which Clausewitz's views on the nature and theory of war are developed.

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The First World War: A Very Short Introduction


Michael Howard

25 January 2007

Very Short Introductions

By the time the First World War ended in 1918, eight million people had died in what had been perhaps the most apocalyptic episode the world had known. This Very Short Introduction provides a concise and insightful history of 'the Great War', focusing on why it happened, how it was fought, and why it had the consequences it did.

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