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The military historian’s account of the Bolsheviks’ rise and the ensuing turmoil spares no sensitivities
A persuasive study dusts off the maps in going back millennia to unravel Britain’s relationship with Europe
Dominic Lieven takes in empires from Mughal to British and asks: what made them the dominant form of government for centuries?
Ukraine’s first democratically elected president, who liberated his country from Soviet dominion
An economist’s primer on the UK Treasury over the past 25 years highlights how the office has struggled to change with the times
Matthew Teller’s history disputes simplistic division of the Old City into four areas — and laments present-day tensions
As Putin appeals to the distant past to justify his invasion of Ukraine, militant nostalgia is on the march around the world
A moving account of the 80-year quest to restore a Jewish writer’s name to a bestselling Viennese cooking guide
Matthew Green’s time-trip through vanished towns and cities offers an urgent reminder of what may lie ahead
Gary Gerstle’s economic history is essential reading for learning how we arrived at a reckoning with capitalism
Daisy Hay brings to vivid life the publisher who befriended some of the 18th century’s most radical figures
As the French elect their president, Graham Robb and Peter Watson offer contrasting views of what shapes the national narrative
James Poskett challenges the traditional Eurocentric narrative and highlights vital contributions from across the globe
The clear-eyed chronicler of the darkest days of 20th-century history is startlingly relevant for the war in Ukraine
Generations of leaders have wrestled over a lasting settlement in Europe. What can today’s negotiators learn from centuries of statecraft?
Pulitzer-winning Caroline Elkins’ deeply researched account seeks to finally dispel the myth of benevolent British imperialism
Andrew Doig’s compelling history of how we die and the scientific advances that arm us against disease
Scott Reynolds Nelson’s history of the global wheat trade is a timely warning of how basic food exports can shape empires
This collection of curiosities explores how the region has been romanticised — for both good and bad
Hannah Jewell’s book tackles an insult emblematic of our polarised age — but can she convince the critics of ‘woke’?
Three new books examine the violently fraught ties between England and its island neighbour and the prospects of unification
Michael Hann’s entertaining history charts the rise and fall of an influential musical movement
The rise and fall of the dynasty, from opium traders to the British upper classes, has resonance for today’s super-rich
Philip Oltermann’s absorbing portrait of bizarre East German efforts to harness creative writing as a weapon against capitalism
Historian Penelope J Corfield on a ‘long century’ of reason, science, empire and enslavement