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Schama’s beautifully descriptive prose follows the causes and course of the French Revolution from the 1770s to the fall of Robespierre, drawing from disciplines across the historical spectrum. The thrust of his argument is simple: the Revolution…
Peter Frankopan's The Silk Roads provides a new economic perspective on world history, taking as its centre not Europe, but the 'true middle of the world', 'the halfway point between east and west, running broadly from the…
Mary Beard has set herself a huge task in writing SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome. Her aims are to cover Rome's first thousand years, from 'a tiny and very unremarkable little village' to an empire that ruled from Britain to Egypt. In…
Tom Holland’s Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar covers the reign of Rome's infamous first five emperors, from Augustus through to Nero, all from the Julio-Claudian dynasty. For many, these emperors, surrounded as they are by…
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