The Best History Books of 2014 - List by theguardian™

The Best History Books of 2014

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Title: God's Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England

Gods Traitors is a tale of dawn raids and daring escapes, stately homes and torture chambers, ciphers, secrets and lies. From clandestine chapels and side-street inns to exile communities and the corridors of power, it exposes the tensions and insecurities masked by the cult of Gloriana. Above all, it is a timely story of courage and frailty, repression and reaction and the terrible consequences when religion and politics collide.
Author(s): Jessie Childs
ISBN 13: 9781847921567
Pages: 464
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Title: The Trigger

"On a summer morning in Sarajevo almost a hundred years ago, a teenager took a pistol out of his pocket and fired not just the opening rounds of the First World War but the starting gun for modern history.
Author(s): Tim Butcher
ISBN 13: 9780099581338
Pages: 352
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Title: Partisan Diary: A Woman's Life in the Italian Resistance

Ada Gobetti's Partisan Diary is both diary and memoir. From the German entry into Turin on 10 September 1943 to the liberation of the city on 28 April 1945, Gobetti recorded an almost daily account of events, sentiments, and personalities, in a cryptic English only she could understand. Italian senator and philosopher Benedetto Croce encouraged Ada to convert her notes into a book. Published by the Italian publisher Giulio Einaudi in 1956, it won the Premio Prato, an annual prize for a work inspired by the Italian Resistance (Resistenza).
Author(s): Ada Gobetti;Jomarie Alano
ISBN 13: 9780199380541
Pages: 384
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Title: A Peoples History of the French Revolution

Looking at history from the bottom up, providing an account of working people and peasants, Hazan asks, how did they see their opportunities? What were they fighting for? What was the Terror and could it be justified? And how was the revolution stopped in its tracks? The Peoples History of the French Revolution is a vivid retelling of events, bringing them to life with a multitude of voices. Only in this way, by understanding the desires and demands of the lower classes, can the revolutionary bloodshed and the implacable will of a man such as Robespierre be truly understood.
Author(s): Eric Hazan
ISBN 13: 9781781685891
Pages: 432
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Title: Empires Crossroads

Ever since Christopher Columbus stepped off the Santa Maria onto what is today San Salvador, in the Bahamas, and announced that he had arrived in the Orient, the Caribbean has been a stage for projected fantasies and competition between world powers. In Empires Crossroads, British American historian Carrie Gibson traces the story of this coveted area from the northern rim of South America up to Cuba, and from discovery through colonialism to today, offering a vivid, panoramic view of this complex region and its rich, important history.
Author(s): Carrie Gibson
ISBN 13: 9780802126146
Pages: 447
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Title: The Secret World

The Secret World unites Trevor-Roper's writings on the subject of intelligence including a unique collection of Trevor-Roper's personal letters to a wide cast of leading figures in government, the military and the secret service and an extraordinary chain of correspondence with the exiled spy Kim Philby. Based on original material and extensive supplementary research by E.D.R Harrison, this book is a sharp, revealing and personal first-hand account of the intelligence world in World War II and its aftermath.
Author(s): Hugh Trevor-Roper
ISBN 13: 9781780762081
Pages: 224
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Title: National Service

Winner of the Templer Medal and the Wolfson History Prize Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller Richard Vinen's National Service is a serious - if often very entertaining - attempt to get to grips with the reality of that extraordinary institution, which now seems as remote as the British Empire itself. With great sympathy and curiosity, Vinen unpicks the myths of the two 'gap years', which all British men who came of age between 1945 and the early 1960s had to fill with National Service.
Author(s): Richard Vinen
ISBN 13: 9780141399805
Pages: 300
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Title: Zeppelin Nights: London in the First World War

A Guardian Best Book of the Year 2014. 11pm, Tuesday August 4, 1914: with the declaration of war, London becomes one of the greatest killing machines in human history. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers pass through the capital on their way to the front; wounded men are brought back to be treated in Londons hospitals; and millions of shells are produced in its factories. The war changes London life forever.
Author(s): Jerry White
ISBN 13: 9780099556046
Pages: 368
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