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Black and British
A Forgotten History
David Olusoga - Jan 01, 2018 (first published in 2016)
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Drawing on new genetic and genealogical research, original records, expert testimony and contemporary interviews, Black and British reaches back to Roman Britain, the medieval imagination and Shakespeare's Othello. It reveals that behind the South Sea Bubble was Britain's global slave-trading empire and that much of the great industrial boom of the...
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Inglorious Empire
What the British Did to India
Shashi Tharoor - Sep 01, 2017 (first published in 2016)
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Inglorious Empire tells the real story of the British in India — from the arrival of the East India Company to the end of the Raj — and reveals how Britain’s rise was built upon its plunder of India.In the eighteenth century, India’s share of the world economy was as large as Europe’s. By 1947, after two centuries of British rule, it had decreased ...
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Well-Read Black Girl
Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves
Glory Edim - Oct 30, 2018
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An inspiring collection of essays by black women writers, curated by the founder of the popular book club Well-Read Black Girl, on the importance of recognizing ourselves in literature.Remember that moment when you first encountered a character who seemed to be written just for you? That feeling of belonging can stick with readers the rest of their...
The Old Ways
A Journey on Foot (Landscapes)
Robert MacFarlane - Sep 24, 2013 (first published in 2012)
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Robert Macfarlane travels Britain's ancient paths and discovers the secrets of our beautiful, underappreciated landscape.Following the tracks, holloways, drove-roads and sea paths that form part of a vast ancient network of routes criss-crossing the British Isles and beyond, Robert Macfarlane discovers a lost world - a landscape of the feet and the...
Britain BC
Life in Britain and Ireland Before the Romans
Francis Pryor - Sep 06, 2004 (first published in 2003)
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Francis Pryor's radical re-examination of Britain and Ireland before the coming of the Romans, based on compelling new evidence recently uncovered by aerial photography, coastal erosion and advanced scientific techniques, reveals a much more sophisticated life among the Ancient Britons than has previously been supposed.It bounds along, wonderfully ...
Lost Lives
The Stories of the Men, Women and Children who Died as a Result of the Northern Ireland Troubles
David McKittrick - Jun 01, 2004 (first published in 1999)
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This is the story of the Northern Ireland troubles told as never before. It is not concerned with the political bickering, but with the lives of those who have suffered and the deaths which have resulted from more than three decades of conflict. Over a seven-year period, the authors examined every death which was directly caused by the troubles. Th...
Bear in Mind These Dead
Susan McKay - Apr 02, 2009
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Nearly 4000 people were killed during the Northern Irish Troubles. This book explores the difficult legacy of this conflict for families, friends and communities by interviewing those who loved the missing and the dead, as well as some who narrowly survived....
Glass Shore
Sinéad Gleeson - Oct 03, 2016
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The Glass Shore, compiled by award-winning editor, broadcaster and critic Sinéad Gleeson, provides an intimate and illuminating insight into a previously underappreciated literary canon.Twenty-five female luminaries — whose lives and works cover three centuries — capture experiences that are both vivid and varied, despite their shared geographical ...
Britain and the Sea
Since 1600
G. O'Hara - Jun 30, 2010
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In this book, O'Hara presents the first general history of Britons relationship with the surrounding oceans from 1600 to the present day. This all-encompassing account covers individual seafarers, ship-borne migration, warfare and the maritime economy, as well as the British peoples maritime ideas and self perception throughout the centuries....
[By Shashi Tharoor] Inglorious Empire
What the British Did to India (Hardcover)【2017】by Shashi Tharoor (Author) [1879]
Shashi Tharoor - Jan 01, 2017
***THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER*** In the eighteenth century, India's share of the world economy was as large as Europe's. By 1947, after two centuries of British rule, it had decreased six-fold. Beyond conquest and deception, the Empire blew rebels from cannon, massacred unarmed protesters, entrenched institutionalised racism, and caused mi...
Making Sense of the Troubles
The Story of the Conflict in Northern Ireland
David McKittrick - Mar 18, 2002 (first published in 2000)
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Compellingly written and even-handed in its judgments, this is by far the clearest account of what has happened through the years in the Northern Ireland conflict, and why. After a chapter of background on the period from 1921 to 1963, it covers the ensuing period-the descent into violence, the hunger strikes, the Anglo-Irish accord, the bombers in...
A History of Britain by Simon Schama
The Twelfth Day of July by Joan Lingard
The Atlas of the Real World by Anna Mark, Barford Daniel, Newman Dorling
Human Geography of the UK by Danny Dorling
The widening gap by Mary Shaw
On Roads by Joe Moran
44 Letters From the Liquid Modern World by Zygmunt Bauman
The Energy Glut by Ian Roberts
Life in Britain by Ben Wheeler