Must have History books

Medieval York by D. M. Palliser

History booksPalliser himself was originally from York and since retiring in 2004 he is now a Visiting Honorary Professor at the University of York and Emeritus Professor of Medieval History at Leeds University. He is said to be an expert in the field of the history of York spending decades upon decades researching it. The Medieval York is set in the most famous long standing medieval city giving a fully understandable account of York over a century and how key changes was brought about post Roman time to the changes that brought about the end to Middle Age England. It has evidential documents to support the books findings in the form of literature, archaeologist finding, urban morphology but to name a few.

Margot Asquith’s Great War Diary 1914-1916 The View from Downing Street

Edited by Michael Brock and Eleanor Brock

Michael Brock a modern historian and Eleanor Brock have begun this edited version of the book with an introductory essay and have included numerous unpublished material which goes to further the readers understanding of the Asquith’s. The book is set around the government and the beginning two years of the First World War. Margot Asquith was the wife to the Prime Minister Herbert Henry Asquith who was in power during the first couple of years of the war. It gives a compelling diary account of the events that surrounded the rise and fall to the Prime Minister and other accounts of authoritative figures at the time including Lloyd George who took over power in 1916.

Rebellion – Britain’s First Stuart Kings 1567-1642

By Tim Harris

Tim sets about giving an in-depth and well researched account of how the three kingdoms; England, Scotland and Ireland rose in rebellion against the King.  James the VI a Protestant King of Scotland became King of England and Ireland in 1603 he was considered a reforming Monarch.  Although things seemed to be coming together this served to be untrue with the ‘Gunpowder’ plot two years later. He used his authority as King to bringing about change especially concerning religions wanting to bring religions together. In 1649 Charles I took over and continued with much of the work his father had previously started. Things quickly fell apart soon after with Scotland rebelling first in 1638, then Ireland in 1641 and followed by England in 1642. The book addresses in some depth how and why things went terribly wrong for the first Stuart Kings.

The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish History

Edited by Alvin Jackson

This book very cleverly brings together the research and investigations of 36 separate scholars on 400 years of Irish history.  The study of Irish history was once seen as restricted but this book allows for new views and aspects to be studied. The Oxford Handbook of Modern History provides perspectives from many aspects of Irish history including, home life, politics, language and geography. It goes deeply in to the history of Ireland showing the diversities of a significant period in Ireland.    

The Oxford Handbook of the History of Communism

Edited by S. A. Smith                                       

Smith is a senior researcher at the University of Oxford who previously was a graduate student at Moscow University and Peking University who went on to teach at the University of Essex. Smith himself an expert in Soviet and Chinese Communism along with the other scholars who have contributed to this book look at the similarities of the communist nations including German and Bolshevik, communism history, how the societies worked and functioned and how the wider community added to communism states.

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