• British Museum Storehouse of Civilisations
    British Museum Storehouse of Civilisations
    A concise history of one of the world's greatest and most comprehensive museum collections, from its founding in 1753 to the present day. A concise history of one of the world's greatest and most comprehensive museum collections, from its founding in 1753. A product and symbol of the 18th-century Enlightenment, the British Museum is as iconic an expression of that cultural tendency as Johnson's Dictionary , the French Encyclopedie and Linnaean plant classification. Its collections embody the raw material of empiricism - the bringing together of things to enable the widest intellectual experiment to take place. James Hamilton explores the establishment of the Museum in the 1750s (from the bequest to the nation of the collections of Sir Hans Sloane); the chosen site of its location; the cultural context in which it came into being; the subsequent development, expansion and diversification of the Museum, both as a collection and as a building, from the early 19th to the 21st century; the controversy occasioned by some of its acquisitions; and the legacy and influence of the Museum nationally and globally.

    ISBN: 9781786691835
    Publication date: 05/04/2018
    Price: $42.99
    Author: Hamilton, James
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $42.99
  • Burke and Wills
    Burke and Wills
    MELBOURNE, 20 AUGUST 1860. In an ambitious quest to be the first Europeans to cross the harsh Australian continent, the Victorian Exploring Expedition sets off, farewelled by 15,000 cheering well-wishers. Led by Robert O'Hara Burke, a brave man totally lacking in the bush skills necessary for his task; surveyor and meteorologist William Wills; and 17 others, the expedition took 20 tons of equipment carried on six wagons, 23 horses and 26 camels.

    Almost immediately plagued by disputes and sackings, the expeditioners battled the extremes of the Australian landscape and weather: its deserts, the boggy mangrove swamps of the Gulf, the searing heat and flooding rains. Food ran short and, unable to live off the land, the men nevertheless mostly spurned the offers of help from the local Indigenous people.

    In desperation, leaving the rest of the party at the expedition's depot on Coopers Creek, Burke, Wills, Charley Gray and John King made a dash for the Gulf in December 1860. Bad luck and bad management would see them miss by just hours a rendezvous back at Coopers Creek, leaving them stranded in the wilderness with practically no supplies. Only King survived to tell the tale.

    Yet, despite their tragic fates, the names of Burke and Wills have become synonymous with perseverance and bravery in the face of overwhelming odds. They live on in our nation's history - and their story remains immediate and compelling.

    ISBN: 9780733640797
    Publication date: 26/06/2018
    Price: $39.99
    Author: FitzSimons, Peter
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Burning Time The Story of the Smithfield Martyrs
    Burning Time The Story of the Smithfield Martyrs
    Smithfield, settled on the fringes of Roman London, was once a place of revelry. Jesters and crowds flocked for the medieval St Bartholomew's Day celebrations, tournaments were plentiful and it became the location of London's most famous meat market. Yet in Tudor England, Smithfield had another, more sinister use: the public execution of heretics.

    Spanning the reigns of British history's most remarkable dynasty, The Burning Time is a vivid insight into an era in which what was orthodoxy one year might be dangerous heresy the next. The first martyrs were Catholics, who cleaved to Rome in defiance of Henry VIII's break with the papacy. But with the accession of Henry's daughter Mary - soon to be nicknamed 'Bloody Mary' - the charge of heresy was levelled against devout Protestants, who chose to burn rather than recant.

    At the centre of Virginia Rounding's vivid account of this extraordinary period are two very different characters. The first is Richard Rich, Thomas Cromwell's protege, who, almost uniquely, remained in a position of great power, influence and wealth under three Tudor monarchs, and who helped send many devout men and women to their deaths. The second is John Deane, Rector of St Bartholomew's, who was able, somehow, to navigate the treacherous waters of changing dogma and help others to survive.

    The Burning Time is their story, but it is also the story of the hundreds of men and women who were put to the fire for their faith. It is a gripping insight into a time when people were willing to die, and to kill, in the name of religion.

    ISBN: 9781447241089
    Publication date: 22/02/2018
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Rounding, Virginia
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Cabinet of Ancient Medical Curiosities
    Cabinet of Ancient Medical Curiosities
    There are few disciplines as exciting and forward-looking as medicine. Unfortunately, however, many modern practitioners have rather lost sight of the origins of their discipline. A Cabinet of Ancient Medical Curiosities aspires to make good this lapse by taking readers back to the early days of Western medicine in ancient Greece and Rome. Quoting the actual words of ancient authors, often from texts which have never been translated into English, it gives a glimpse into the beginnings of such fields as surgery, gynecology, pediatrics, preventive medicine, and pharmacology, as well as highlighting ancient views on such familiar topics as medical ethics and the role of the doctor in society.
    The hundreds of passages quoted from Greek and Roman authors give a vividly direct picture of the ancient medical world, a world in which, for example, a surgeon had to be strong-minded enough to ignore the screams of his patient, diseases were assumed to be sent by the gods, medicine and magic were often indistinguishable, donkeys might be brought into the sick-room to ensure a fresh supply of milk, human anatomy and microbes were equally mysterious, and no qualifications were required before setting up as a doctor. As will be evident from this list, the approach taken in the book is not an entirely serious one. Even so, despite its lighthearted approach, it does aspire, however modestly, to engage the reader in a thought provoking way about many of the issues still current in medicine nowadays.

    ISBN: 9780190610432
    Publication date: 13/02/2017
    Price: $32.99
    Author: McKeown, J. C.
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $32.99
  • Carpathia
    Carpathia
    The dramatic and fascinating story of RMS CARPATHIA: rescue ship to RMS TITANIC; sunk by a German U-boat in WWI; and lost in ocean depths until located by an intrepid dive team nearly 100 years later

    In the early hours of 15 April 1912, the Cunard steamship Carpathia receives a distress call from the new White Star liner Titanic. Captain Arthur Rostron immediately turns Carpathia northwest and sails full speed through the dark night, into waters laden with icebergs, on a rescue mission that will become legendary.

    Almost a century later, Carpathia's wreck has finally been located. She's over 500 feet down and only a few divers in the world can attain these depths. Among them is Englishman Ric Waring's team.

    In this captivating and intensively researched story, we follow the dual narratives of Rostron and the daring rescue of the Titanic survivors by Carpathia, and of Waring's team and their dangerous determination to reach the wreck. Rich in history and drama, the true story of Carpathia from her launching to the sensational events of 1912, World War I and beyond is a compelling narrative that moves at the page-turning pace of the very best fiction.

    ISBN: 9780733640674
    Publication date: 10/07/2018
    Price: $37.99
    Author: Ludowyke, Jay
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $37.99
  • Cartoons of World War Ii
    Cartoons of World War Ii
    In the battle for hearts and minds during the Second World War, cartoonists had a vital role to play. All nations are represented in this book and it is fascinating to see how each side's artists handled the war, aiming their bullets with the precision of frontline snipers. Selected and with notes by cartoonist Tony Husband, the cartoons follow the progress of the war and include work by Kukryniksy, David Low, Sennep, Philip Zec, Pont, EH Shepard and Bernard Partridge.

    ISBN: 9781784043100
    Price: $21.99
    Author: Husband, Tony
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $21.99
  • Castle of the Eagles
    Castle of the Eagles
    High in the Tuscan hills above Florence, an elaborate medieval castle, converted to a POW camp on Mussolinia's personal orders, holds one of the most illustrious groups of prisoners in the history of warfare.The dozen or so British and Commonwealth senior officers includes three knights of the realm and two VCs. The youngest of them is 48, the oldest 63. One is missing a hand and an eye. Another suffers with a gammy hip. Against insuperable odds, these extraordinary middle-aged POWs plan a series of daring escape attempts, culminating in a complex tunnel deep beneath the castle.One rainswept night in March 1943, six men will burst from the earth beyond the castle's curtain wall and slip away. By assorted means, the three Brits, two New Zealanders and a half-Belgian aristocrat will attempt to make it to neutral Switzerland, over 200 miles away.

    ISBN: 9781785782824
    Publication date: 02/11/2017
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Felton, Mark
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Charles Darwin Victorian Mythmaker
    Charles Darwin Victorian Mythmaker
    Charles Darwin: the man who discovered evolution? The man who killed off God? Or a flawed man of his age, part genius, part ruthless careerist who would not acknowledge his debts to other thinkers?In this bold new life - the first single volume biography in twenty-five years - A. N. Wilson, the acclaimed author of The Victorians and God's Funeral, goes in search of the celebrated but contradictory figure Charles Darwin.Darwin was described by his friend and champion, Thomas Huxley, as a 'symbol'. But what did he symbolize? In Wilson's portrait, both sympathetic and critical, Darwin was two men. On the one hand, he was a naturalist of genius, a patient and precise collector and curator who greatly expanded the possibilities of taxonomy and geology. On the other hand, Darwin, a seemingly diffident man who appeared gentle and even lazy, hid a burning ambition to be a universal genius. He longed to have a theory which explained everything.But was Darwin's 1859 master work, On the Origin of Species, really what it seemed, a work about natural history? Or was it in fact a consolation myth for the Victorian middle classes, reassuring them that the selfishness and indifference to the poor were part of Nature's grand plan? Charles Darwin: Victorian Mythmaker is a radical reappraisal of one of the great Victorians, a book which isn't afraid to challenge the Darwinian orthodoxy while bringing us closer to the man, his revolutionary idea and the wider Victorian age.

    ISBN: 9781473620971
    Publication date: 07/09/2017
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Wilson, A. N.
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Chaucers People
    Chaucers People
    In CHAUCER'S PEOPLE, Liza Picard guides us through the tumultuous world of the late fourteenth century in an ingenious, informative and entertaining way. Through the assorted cast of pilgrims Chaucer selected for THE CANTERBURY TALES, Picard brings medieval social history to life and uncovers the detail behind Chaucer's poetic portraits. These are the lives lived beyond the court circles frequented by most of his well-heeled audience. Chaucer chose his pilgrims carefully. He sometimes raises a thought-provoking query in an apparently simple portrait. The Prioress was a sweet, pretty, well-mannered young nun; what was she doing on the road to Canterbury with a mixed band of men, instead of staying in her convent to pray? The Knight was 'a very perfect gentle knight'; but why had his military service landed him in such distant places as Lithuania and Spain? By providing these characters with a three-dimensional framework - the times in which they lived - Liza Picard opens up the fourteenth-century world to us.Drawing on contemporary experiences of a vast range of subjects including war, trade, religion, plague and banking, Liza Picard recreates the medieval world in all its glorious detail.

    ISBN: 9781474606318
    Publication date: 05/10/2017
    Price: $37.99
    Author: Picard, Liza
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $37.99
  • Chernobyl
    Chernobyl
    On 26 April 1986 at 1.23am a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine exploded. While the authorities scrambled to understand what was occurring, workers, engineers, firefighters and those living in the area were abandoned to their fate. The blast put the world on the brink of nuclear annihilation, contaminating over half of Europe with radioactive fallout.

    In Chernobyl, award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy draws on recently opened archives to recreate these events in all their drama, telling the stories of the scientists, workers, soldiers, and policemen who found themselves caught in a nuclear nightmare. While the immediate cause of the accident was a turbine test gone wrong, he shows how its deeper roots lay in the nature of the Soviet political system and the ingrained flaws of its nuclear industry. A little more than five years later, the Soviet Union would fall apart, destroyed from within by its unsustainable ideology and the dysfunctional systems laid bare in the wake of the disaster.

    A moment by moment account of the heroes, perpetrators and victims of a tragedy, Chernobyl is the first full account of a gripping, unforgettable Cold War story.

    ISBN: 9780241367605
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Plokhy, Serhi
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Circus
    Circus
    At its heyday, the American circus was the largest show-biz industry the world had ever seen. From the mid-1800s to mid-1900s, traveling circuses performed for audiences of up to 14,000 per show, employed as many as 1,600 men and women, and crisscrossed the country on 20,000 miles of railroad in one season alone. The spectacle of death-defying daredevils, strapping super-heroes and scantily-clad starlets, fearless animal trainers, and startling "freaks" gripped the American imagination, outshining theater, vaudeville, comedy, and minstrel shows. This book sheds fresh light on the circus phenomenon. With photographic gems of early circus performers, as well as original posters, lightographs, sideshow banners and engravings from the 16th-19th centuries illustrating the worldwide roots of the circus, readers are transported to a world of thrill and skill, grit and glamor. Highlights include iconic circus photographs by Mathew Brady, Cornell Capa, Walker Evans, Weegee, and Lisette Model, and little-known circus images by Stanley Kubrick and Charles and Ray Eames.

    ISBN: 9783836556668
    Publication date: 07/05/2016
    Price: $50.00
    Author: Granfield, Linda
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $50.00
  • Civil War in 3d the Life and Death of the Soldier
    Civil War in 3d the Life and Death of the Soldier
    A collection of 35 stereoscopic photographs and sturdy metal viewer provide a remarkable and highly realistic 3D view of the daily life of soldiers during the American Civil War. Images will include building winter quarters, preparing food in the mess hall, bathing in a river in Virginia, waiting at the depot to be transported to the front lines, building roads, following the wagon trains from battle to battle and recuperating from wounds in hospitals. Detailed descriptions of the scenes depicted in the photographs are included on the back of each card. The kit includes an accompanying 176-page paperback book, The Civil War: The Life and Death of the Soldier, by Michael Stephenson that tells of the war from the soldiers' perspectives from both sides of the Mason-Dixon line. What they ate, where they slept, how they filled the long hours while waiting for the next battle to start and other aspects of their gritty existence are detailed. Letters and diary entries are included and a timeline of the war puts the experiences described into context.

    ISBN: 9781579129729
    Publication date: 01/10/2014
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Stephenson, Michael
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $35.00
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