The 100 Best History Books of All Time

The 100 Best History Books of All Time list contains a mixture of the greatest classical, early modern and contemporary works. Ranging from Thucydides to Tacitus, Gibbon to Macaulay, and Toynbee to E. P. Thompson, nearly all the greats are covered and there's definitely something here for everyone.





A Study of History

1. A Study of History

By Arnold J. Toynbee | Used Price: 80% Off

Arnold Toynbee's A Study of History has been acknowledged as one of the greatest achievements of modern scholarship. A ten-volume analysis of the rise and fall of human civilizations, it is a work of breath-taking breadth and vision. D.C. Somervell's abridgement, in two volumes, of this ... More »

The Making of the English Working Class

2. The Making of the English Working Class

By E. P. Thompson | Used Price: 80% Off

"Thompson's book has been called controversial, but perhaps only because so many have forgotten how explosive England was during the Regency and the early reign of Victoria. Without any reservation, The Making of the English Working Class is the most important study of those days since the classic ... More »

The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II

3. The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II

By Fernand Braudel | Used Price: 70% Off

The focus of Fernand Braudel's great work is the Mediterranean world in the second half of the sixteenth century, but Braudel ranges back in history to the world of Odysseus and forward to our time, moving out from the Mediterranean area to the New World and other destinations ... More »

The Age of Revolution: 1789-1848 (4 Volume History of the Modern World)

4. The Age of Revolution: 1789-1848 (4 Volume History of the Modern World)

By Eric Hobsbawm | Used Price: 80% Off

This magisterial volume follows the death of ancient traditions, the triumph of new classes, and the emergence of new technologies, sciences, and ideologies, with vast intellectual daring and aphoristic elegance. Part of Eric Hobsbawm's epic four-volume history of the modern world, along with The Age of Capitalism, The ... More »

The Radicalism of the American Revolution

5. The Radicalism of the American Revolution

By Gordon S. Wood | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

In a grand and immemsely readable synthesis of historical, political, cultural, and economic analysis, a prize-winning historian depicts much more than a break with England. He gives readers a revolution that transformed an almost feudal society into a democratic one, whose emerging realities sometimes baffled and disappointed its ... More »

The Rise of the West

6. The Rise of the West

By William H. McNeill | Used Price: 90% Off

The Rise of the West, winner of the National Book Award for history in 1964, is famous for its ambitious scope and intellectual rigor. In it, McNeill challenges the Spengler-Toynbee view that a number of separate civilizations pursued essentially independent careers, and argues instead that human cultures interacted ... More »

The Sources of Social Power

7. The Sources of Social Power

By Michael Mann

Distinguishing four sources of power in human societies - ideological, economic, military, and political - The Sources of Social Power traces their interrelations throughout human history. In this first volume, Michael Mann examines inter-relations between these elements from neolithic times, through ancient Near Eastern civilizations, the classical Mediterranean ... More »

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

8. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

By Edward Gibbon | Used Price: 70% Off

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is a book of history written by the English historian Edward Gibbon, which traces the trajectory of the Roman Empire and Western civilization as a whole from the late first century AD to the fall of the ... More »

What Is History?

9. What Is History?

By E. H. Carr | Under $1.00

The George Macaulay Trevelyan Lectures delivered at the University of Cambridge January - March 1961. New York Times Book Review: "... a work of rare distinction which nobody can afford to miss." More »

The World of Late Antiquity: AD 150-750

10. The World of Late Antiquity: AD 150-750

By Peter Brown

This remarkable study in social and cultural change explains how and why the Late Antique world, between c. 150 and c. 750 A.D., came to differ from "Classical civilization." These centuries, as the author demonstrates, were the era in which the most deeply rooted of ancient institutions disappeared ... More »

The Contours of American History

11. The Contours of American History

By William Appleman Williams | 70% Off

William Appleman Williams was one of America’s greatest critics of US imperialism. The Contours of American History, first published in 1961, reached back to seventeenth-century British history to argue that the relationship between liberalism and empire was in effect a grand compromise, with expansion abroad containing class and ... More »

The Origins of The Second World War

12. The Origins of The Second World War

By A.J.P. Taylor

A.J.P. Taylor's bestselling "The Origins of the Second World War" overturns popular myths about the outbreak of war. One of the most popular and controversial historians of the twentieth century, who made his subject accessible to millions, A.J.P. Taylor caused a storm of outrage with this scandalous bestseller. ... More »

The Peloponnesian War

13. The Peloponnesian War

By Thucydides | Used Price: 60% Off

"The greatest historian that ever lived." Such was Macaulay's assessment of Thucydides (c. 460-400 BC) and his history of the Peloponnesian War, the momentous struggle between Athens and Sparta that lasted for twenty-seven years from 431 to 404 BC, involved virtually the whole of the Greek world, and ... More »

A People's History of the United States

14. A People's History of the United States

By Howard Zinn | Used Price: 70% Off

“It’s a wonderful, splendid book—a book that should be read by every American, student or otherwise, who wants to understand his country, its true history, and its hope for the future.” —Howard Fast, author of Spartacus and The Immigrants“[It] should be required reading.” —Eric Foner, New York Times ... More »

The Black Jacobins

15. The Black Jacobins

By C.L.R. James | Used Price: 80% Off

A classic and impassioned account of the first revolution in the Third World.This powerful, intensely dramatic book is the definitive account of the Haitian Revolution of 1794-1803, a revolution that began in the wake of the Bastille but became the model for the Third World liberation movements from ... More »

The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time

16. The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time

By Karl Polanyi | Used Price: 50% Off

In this classic work of economic history and social theory, Karl Polanyi analyzes the economic and social changes brought about by the "great transformation" of the Industrial Revolution. His analysis explains not only the deficiencies of the self-regulating market, but the potentially dire social consequences of untempered market ... More »

Liberty before Liberalism

17. Liberty before Liberalism

By Quentin Skinner

This extended essay by one of the world's leading historians seeks, in its first part, to excavate, and to vindicate, the neo-Roman theory of free citizens and free states as it developed in early-modern Britain. This analysis leads on to a powerful defence of the nature, purposes and ... More »

Gender and the Politics of History

18. Gender and the Politics of History

By Joan Scott | Used Price: 60% Off

Winner, in the original edition, of the 1989 Joan Kelly Prize of the American Historical Association, this landmark work from a renowned feminist historian is a trenchant critique of women's history and gender inequality. Exploring topics ranging from language and gender to the politics of work and family, ... More »

Search for Modern China

19. Search for Modern China

By Jonathan Spence | Used Price: 80% Off

Look no further for a comprehensive narrative of Chinese history from the fall of the Ming dynasty to the present. Beautifully written by a leading scholar in the field, the new edition of The Search for Modern China brings to life the characters and events of China’s turbulent ... More »

Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era

20. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era

By James M. McPherson | Used Price: 80% Off

Filled with fresh interpretations and information, puncturing old myths and challenging new ones, Battle Cry of Freedom will unquestionably become the standard one-volume history of the Civil War.James McPherson's fast-paced narrative fully integrates the political, social, and military events that crowded the two decades from the outbreak of ... More »

The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy

21. The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy

By Kenneth Pomeranz

The Great Divergence brings new insight to one of the classic questions of history: Why did sustained industrial growth begin in Northwest Europe, despite surprising similarities between advanced areas of Europe and East Asia? As Ken Pomeranz shows, as recently as 1750, parallels between these two parts ... More »

Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West

22. Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West

By William Cronon | Used Price: 60% Off

"Magnificent... the best work of economic and business history I've ever read."—Paul Krugman In this groundbreaking work, William Cronon gives us an environmental perspective on the history of nineteenth-century America. By exploring the ecological and economic changes that made Chicago America's most dynamic city and the Great West ... More »

The Strange Death of Liberal England: 1910-1914

23. The Strange Death of Liberal England: 1910-1914

By George Dangerfield | Used Price: 50% Off

This book focuses on the chaos that overtook England on the eve of the First World War. Dangerfield weaves together the three wild strands of the Irish Rebellion (the rebellion in Ulster), the Suffragette Movement and the Labour Movement to produce a vital picture of the ... More »

Religion and the Decline of Magic

24. Religion and the Decline of Magic

By Keith Thomas | Used Price: 60% Off

Witchcraft, astrology, divination and every kind of popular magic flourished in England during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, from the belief that a blessed amulet could prevent the assaults of the Devil to the use of the same charms to recover stolen goods. At the same time the ... More »

Greece

25. Greece

By Michael Rostovtzeff | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

Greece is a companion volume to the paperback edition of Rome, and with it comprises the greater part of Rostovzeff's major work, A History of the Ancient World. From the appearance of prehistoric Aegean settlements, through the rise of the city states, to the diffusion of Hellenistic culture ... More »

Rome

26. Rome

By Michael Rostovtzeff | Used Price: 90% Off

First published in 1927 this monumental book has long been out of print. Brilliantly written, it stands on its own merits and has not been outdated by new discoveries or research. Rostovtzeff's narrative begins in the fourth century B.C. and concludes with `the social and political catastrophe of ... More »

The Guns of August

27. The Guns of August

By Barbara Tuchman | Used Price: 70% Off

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all timeThe Proud Tower, the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Guns of August, and The Zimmerman Telegram comprise Barbara W. Tuchman’s classic histories of the First World War eraIn this landmark, Pulitzer Prize–winning account, renowned historian ... More »

Hidden From History: 300 Years of Women's Oppression and the Fight Against It

28. Hidden From History: 300 Years of Women's Oppression and the Fight Against It

By Sheila Rowbotham | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

In this classic study of women in Britain from the Puritan revolution of the mid-seventeenth century to the 1930s, Sheila Rowbotham shows how class and sex, work and the family, personal life and social pressures have shaped and hindered women's struggles for equality. She explores the different effects ... More »

The Century of Revolution: 1603-1714

29. The Century of Revolution: 1603-1714

By Christopher Hill | Used Price: 80% Off

There is an immense range of books about the English Civil War, but one historian stands head and shoulders above all others for the quality of his work on the subject. In 1961 Christopher Hill first published what has come to be acknowledged as the best concise history ... More »

Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

30. Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

By Tony Judt | Used Price: 70% Off

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize Winner of the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Award One of the New York Times' Ten Best Books of the Year Almost a decade in the making, this much-anticipated grand history of postwar Europe ... More »

A Preponderance of Power: National Security, the Truman Administration, and the Cold War

31. A Preponderance of Power: National Security, the Truman Administration, and the Cold War

By Melvyn Leffler | Used Price: 70% Off

In the United States the Cold War shaped our political culture, our institutions, and our national priorities. Abroad, it influenced the destinies of people everywhere. It divided Europe, split Germany, and engulfed the Third World. It led to a feverish arms race and massive sales of military equipment ... More »

The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History

32. The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History

By Ibn Khaldun | Used Price: 50% Off

The Muqaddimah, often translated as "Introduction" or "Prolegomenon," is the most important Islamic history of the premodern world. Written by the great fourteenth-century Arab scholar Ibn Khaldûn (d. 1406), this monumental work laid down the foundations of several fields of knowledge, including philosophy of history, sociology, ethnography, ... More »

The Sinews of Power: War, Money and the English State, 1688-1783

33. The Sinews of Power: War, Money and the English State, 1688-1783

By John Brewer | Used Price: 60% Off

This powerful interpretation of English history provides a completely new framework for understanding how Britain emerged in the eighteenth century as a major international power. John Brewer’s brilliant analysis makes clear that the drastic increase in Britain's military involvement (and success) in Europe and the expansion ... More »

Coercion, Capital and European States: AD 990 - 1992

34. Coercion, Capital and European States: AD 990 - 1992

By Charles Tilly | Used Price: 50% Off

In this pathbreaking work, now available in paperback, Charles Tilly challenges all previous formulations of state development in Europe. Specifically, Tilly charges that most available explanations fail because they do not account for the great variety of kinds of states which were viable at different stages of European ... More »

The American Political Tradition: And the Men Who Made it

35. The American Political Tradition: And the Men Who Made it

By Richard Hofstadter | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

The American Political Tradition is a 1948 book by Richard Hofstadter, an account on the ideology of previous U.S. presidents and other political figures. The full title is The American Political Tradition and the ... More »

A History of the Arab Peoples

36. A History of the Arab Peoples

By Albert Hourani | Used Price: 60% Off

Upon its publication in 1991, Albert Hourani’s masterwork was hailed as the definitive story of Arab civilization, and became both a bestseller and an instant classic. In a panoramic view encompassing twelve centuries of Arab history and culture, Hourani brilliantly illuminated the people and events that have fundamentally ... More »

Commoners: Common Right, Enclosure and Social Change in England

37. Commoners: Common Right, Enclosure and Social Change in England

By J. M. Neeson

This is a paperback edition of one of the most important and original contributions to English rural history published in the past generation. Winner of the Whitfield Prize of the Royal Historical Society in 1994, Commoners challenges the view that England had no peasantry or that it had ... More »

Quicksand: America's Pursuit of Power in the Middle East

38. Quicksand: America's Pursuit of Power in the Middle East

By Geoffrey Wawro | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

An unprecedented history of our involvement in the Middle East that traces our current quandaries there-in Iraq, Israel, Iran, Afghanistan, and elsewhere-back to their roots almost a century ago. Geoffrey Wawro approaches America's role in the Middle East in a fundamentally new way-by encompassing the last ... More »

The Annals: The Reigns of Tiberius, Claudius, and Nero

39. The Annals: The Reigns of Tiberius, Claudius, and Nero

By Cornelius Tacitus | Used Price: 60% Off

Here is a lively new translation of Cornelius Tacitus' timeless history of three of Rome's most memorable emperors. Tacitus, who condemns the depravity of these rulers, which he saw as proof of the corrupting force of absolute power, writes caustically of the brutal and lecherous Tiberius, the weak ... More »

Mass and Elite in Democratic Athens: Rhetoric, Ideology, and the Power of the People

40. Mass and Elite in Democratic Athens: Rhetoric, Ideology, and the Power of the People

By Josiah Ober | Used Price: 70% Off

This book asks an important question often ignored by ancient historians and political scientists alike: Why did Athenian democracy work as well and for as long as it did? Josiah Ober seeks the answer by analyzing the sociology of Athenian politics and the nature of communication between elite ... More »

The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy

41. The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy

By Jacob Burckhardt | Under $1.00

For nineteenth-century Swiss historian Jacob Burckhardt, the Italian Renaissance was nothing less than the beginning of the modern world - a world in which flourishing individualism and the competition for fame radically transformed science, the arts, and politics. In this landmark work he depicts the Italian city-states of ... More »

American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World

42. American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World

By David E. Stannard | Used Price: 60% Off

For four hundred years-from the first Spanish assaults against the Arawak people of Hispaniola in the 1490s to the U.S. Army's massacre of Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee in the 1890s-the indigenous inhabitants of North and South America endured an unending firestorm of violence. During that time the ... More »

The Great Chain of Being

43. The Great Chain of Being

By Arthur O. Lovejoy | Used Price: 80% Off

From later antiquity down to the close of the eighteenth century, most philosophers and men of science and, indeed, most educated men, accepted without question a traditional view of the plan and structure of the world. In this volume, which embodies the William James lectures for 1933, Arthur ... More »

Guns, Germs, and Steel

44. Guns, Germs, and Steel

By Jared Diamond | Used Price: 70% Off

"Fascinating.... Lays a foundation for understanding human history."—Bill Gates Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Guns, Germs, and Steel is a brilliant work answering the question of why the peoples of certain continents succeeded in invading other continents and conquering or displacing their peoples. This edition includes a new ... More »

The American Age: United States Foreign Policy at Home and Abroad 1750 to the Present

45. The American Age: United States Foreign Policy at Home and Abroad 1750 to the Present

By Walter LaFeber

In this leading text, Walter LaFeber offers a comprehensive history of American foreign relations from the mid-eighteenth century to the present. His narrative account features several major themes: the connections between U.S. foreign policy and domestic politics; the impact of American economic development on foreign policy interests; popular ... More »

The Blood Never Dried: A People's History of the British Empire

46. The Blood Never Dried: A People's History of the British Empire

By John Newsinger

The Blood Never Dried challenges the rising chorus of claims that the British Empire was a kinder, gentler force in the world of imperialism. John Newsinger sets out to uncover this neglected history of repression and resistance. To the boast that ""the sun never set on the British ... More »

Reflections on the Cuban Missile Crisis

47. Reflections on the Cuban Missile Crisis

By Raymond Garthoff | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

The Soviet response to the first edition of Reflections has been a prime example of the new openness under glasnost in discussing previously taboo subjects. Using new revelations-- such as the fact that Moscow had twice as many troops in Cuba as the Kennedy administration believed-- from key ... More »

The Landscape of History

48. The Landscape of History

By John Lewis Gaddis | Used Price: 60% Off

What is history and why should we study it? Is there such a thing as historical truth? Is history a science? One of the most accomplished historians at work today, John Lewis Gaddis, answers these and other questions in this short, witty, and humane book. The Landscape ... More »

Imagined Communities

49. Imagined Communities

By Benedict Anderson | Used Price: 60% Off

Imagined Communities, Benedict Anderson’s brilliant book on nationalism, forged a new field of study when it first appeared in 1983. Since then it has sold over a quarter of a million copies and is widely considered the most important book on the subject. In this greatly anticipated revised ... More »

The Destruction of the European Jews

50. The Destruction of the European Jews

By Raul Hilberg

A three-volume study of the Holocaust. First published in 1961, Raul Hilberg's comprehensive account of how Germany annihilated the Jewish community of Europe spurred discussion, galvanized further research, and shaped the entire field of Holocaust studies. This revised and expanded edition of Hilberg's classic work extends the scope ... More »

The First Emperor: Selections from the Historical Records

51. The First Emperor: Selections from the Historical Records

By Sima Qian | Used Price: 70% Off

"The following year Qin unified all under Heaven and the title of August Emperor was immediately adopted."The short-lived Qin dynasty unified China in 221 BC and created an imperial legacy that lasted until 1911. The extraordinary story of the First Emperor, founder of the dynasty, is told in ... More »

Imperial China 900-1800

52. Imperial China 900-1800

By F. W. Mote

This is a history of China for the 900-year time span of the late imperial period. A senior scholar of this epoch, F. W. Mote highlights the personal characteristics of the rulers and dynasties and probes the cultural theme of Chinese adaptations to recurrent alien rule. No ... More »

The Historian's Craft

53. The Historian's Craft

By Marc Bloch

This work, by the co-founder of the Annales School deals with the uses and methods of history. It is useful for students of history, teachers of historiography and all those interested in the writings of the Annales school. More »

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

54. How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

By Walter Rodney

Before a bomb ended his life in the summer of 1980, Walter Rodney had created a powerful legacy. This pivotal work, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, had already brought a new perspective to the question of underdevelopment in Africa. His Marxist analysis went far beyond the heretofore accepted approach ... More »

African Perspectives on Colonialism

55. African Perspectives on Colonialism

By Albert Adu Boahen | Used Price: 70% Off

This history deals with the twenty-year period between 1880 and 1900, when virtually all of Africa was seized and occupied by the Imperial Powers of Europe. Eurocentric points of view have dominated the study of this era, but in this book, one of Africa’s leading historians reinterprets the ... More »

A History of Russia

56. A History of Russia

By Nicholas Riasanovsky; Mark Steinberg

Now completely revised in this eighth edition, A History of Russia covers the entire span of the country's history, from ancient times to the post-communist present. Keeping with the hallmark of the text, Riasanovsky and Steinberg examine all aspects of Russia's history--political, international, military, economic, social, and cultural--with ... More »

The Discovery of India

57. The Discovery of India

By Jawaharlal Nehru | Used Price: 70% Off

In conjunction with the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund in New Delhi, Oxford proudly announces the reissue of Glimpses of World History and The Discovery of India, two famous works by Jawaharlal Nehru. One of modern day's most articulate statesmen, Jawaharlal Nehru wrote a on a wide variety of ... More »

Jefferson and Civil Liberties: The Darker Side

58. Jefferson and Civil Liberties: The Darker Side

By Leonard W. Levy | Used Price: 70% Off

In the most controversial analysis ever written of the apostle of American liberty, the distinguished constitutional historian Leonard W. Levy examines Jefferson’s record on civil liberties and finds it strikingly wanting. Clearing away the saintliness that surrounds the hero, Mr. Levy tries to understand why the “unfamiliar” Jefferson ... More »

The Fall of Rome: And the End of Civilization

59. The Fall of Rome: And the End of Civilization

By Bryan Ward-Perkins | Used Price: 70% Off

Was the fall of Rome a great catastrophe that cast the West into darkness for centuries to come? Or, as scholars argue today, was there no crisis at all, but simply a peaceful blending of barbarians into Roman culture, an essentially positive transformation?In The Fall of Rome, eminent ... More »

The City in History

60. The City in History

By Lewis Mumford | Used Price: 80% Off

The city’s development from ancient times to the modern age. Winner of the National Book Award. “One of the major works of scholarship of the twentieth century” (Christian Science Monitor). Index; illustrations. More »

The Revolution and the Civil War in Spain

61. The Revolution and the Civil War in Spain

By Pierre Broue; Emile Temime

The tragic defeat of the Spanish Civil War has long fascinated those who continue to struggle for social justice. Pierre Broué and Émile Témine’s long-out-of-print history details the internal political dynamics that led the popular front to hold back radical measures that would have galvanized the working class ... More »

The French Revolution: From its Origins to 1793

62. The French Revolution: From its Origins to 1793

By Georges Lefebvre

Internationally renowned as the greatest authority on the French Revolution, Georges Lefebvre combined impeccable scholarship with a lively writing style. His masterly overview of the history of the French Revolution has taken its rightful place as the definitive account. A vivid narrative of events in France and across ... More »

The Political Economy of Merchant Empires: State Power and World Trade, 1350-1750

63. The Political Economy of Merchant Empires: State Power and World Trade, 1350-1750

By James D. Tracy | Used Price: 50% Off

The Political Economy of Merchant Empires focuses on why European concerns eventually achieved dominance in global trade in the period between 1450 and 1750, at the expense, especially in Asia, of well-organized and well-financed rivals. The volume is a companion to The Rise of Merchant Empires (1990), ... More »

The Great War and Modern Memory

64. The Great War and Modern Memory

By Paul Fussell | Under $1.00

The year 2000 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of The Great War and Modern Memory, winner of the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and recently named by the Modern Library one of the twentieth century's 100 Best Non-Fiction Books. Fussell's landmark study ... More »

The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller

65. The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller

By Carlo Ginzburg

The Cheese and the Worms is an incisive study of popular culture in the sixteenth century as seen through the eyes of one man, the miller known as Menocchio, who was accused of heresy during the Inquisition and sentenced to death. Carlo Ginzburg uses the trial records ... More »

The Korean War: A History

66. The Korean War: A History

By Bruce Cumings | Used Price: 60% Off

A BRACING ACCOUNT OF A WAR THAT IS EITHER MISUNDERSTOOD, FORGOTTEN, OR WILLFULLY IGNORED For Americans, it was a discrete conflict lasting from 1950 to 1953. But for the Asian world the Korean War was a generations-long struggle that still haunts contemporary events. With access to new evidence and ... More »

The Idea of History

67. The Idea of History

By R. G. Collingwood | Used Price: 90% Off

The Idea of History is the best-known work of the great Oxford philosopher, historian, and archaeologist R.G. Collingwood. It was originally published posthumously in 1946, having been mainly reconstructed from Collingwood's manuscripts, many of which are now lost. This important work examines how the idea of history has ... More »

History of the Byzantine State

68. History of the Byzantine State

By George Ostrogorsky | Used Price: 80% Off

With clarity and logic, George Ostrogorsky succinctly traces the intricate thousand-year course of the Byzantine Empire. While his emphasis is on political development, he gives extensive consideration to social, esthetic, economic, and ecclesiastical factors as well. He also illuminates the Empire’s links with classical antiquity, as well ... More »

Age of the Democratic Revolution

69. Age of the Democratic Revolution

By R. R. Palmer | Used Price: 90% Off

For the Western world as a whole, the period from about 1760 to 1800 was the great revolutionary era in which the outlines of the modern democratic state came into being. It is the thesis of this major work that the American, French, and Polish revolutions, and the ... More »

The Crowd in History

70. The Crowd in History

By George Rude | Used Price: 70% Off

Who took part in the widespread disturbances that periodically shook 18th-century London? What really motivated the food rioters who helped to spark off the French Revolution? How did the movement of agricultural laborers destroying new machinery spread from one village to another in the English countryside? How did ... More »

History of the Russian Revolution

71. History of the Russian Revolution

By Leon Trotsky | Used Price: 60% Off

The classic account of the social, economic, and political dynamics of the first socialist revolution as told by one of its central leaders. Trotsky describes how, under Lenin s leadership, the Bolshevik Party led the working class, peasantry, and oppressed nationalities to overturn the monarchist regime of the ... More »

British Counterinsurgency: From Palestine to Northern Ireland

72. British Counterinsurgency: From Palestine to Northern Ireland

By John Newsinger

British Counterinsurgency examines the insurgencies that have confronted the British State since the end of the Second World War, and at the methods used to fight them. It looks at the guerrilla campaigns in Palestine, Malaya, Kenya, Cyprus, South Yemen, Oman, and most recently in Northern Ireland, and ... More »

A History of Sub-Saharan Africa

73. A History of Sub-Saharan Africa

By James M. Burns; Robert O. Collins

The second edition of A History of Sub-Saharan Africa continues to provide an accessible introduction to the continent's history for students and general readers. The authors employ a thematic approach to their subject, focusing on how the environment has shaped the societies and cultures of the African peoples. ... More »

The Conquest of the Incas

74. The Conquest of the Incas

By John Hemming | Used Price: 80% Off

“Distinguished by an extraordinary empathy, a feeling of one’s way into the minds of the sixteenth-century Spaniards and Indians . . . Provocative.” — New York Times “An extraordinary book. Combining rigorous historical research and profound analysis with stylistic elegance, this work allows the reader ... More »

Hiroshima

75. Hiroshima

By John Hersey | Used Price: 80% Off

"At, exactly fifteen minutes past eight in the morning on August 6, 1945, Japanese time, at the moment when the atomic bomb flashed above Hiroshima, Miss Toshiko Sasaki, a clerk in the personnel department of the East Asia Tin Works, had just sat down at her place in ... More »

American Slavery: 1619-1877

76. American Slavery: 1619-1877

By Peter Kolchin | Used Price: 90% Off

The single best short survey in America, now updated.Includes a New Preface and AfterwardIn terms of accessibility and comprehensive coverage, Kolchin's American Slavery is a singularly important achievement. Now updated to address a decade of new scholarship, the book includes a new preface, afterword, and revised ... More »

The Battle For Homestead, 1880-1892: Politics, Culture, and Steel

77. The Battle For Homestead, 1880-1892: Politics, Culture, and Steel

By Paul Krause | Used Price: 90% Off

Paul Krause calls upon the methods and insights of labor history, intellectual history, anthropology, and the history of technology to situate the events of the lockout and their significance in the broad context of America’s Guilded Age.  Utilizing extensive archival material, much of it heretofore unknown, he reconstructs ... More »

Zapata and the Mexican Revolution

78. Zapata and the Mexican Revolution

By John Womack | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

"The best piece of narrative history that has been written about modern Latin America in any language. In addition, it conveys an understanding of peasant revolutions that will be of great value to students of other areas beside Latin America." -Ernest R. May More »

Reformation

79. Reformation

By Diarmaid MacCulloch | Used Price: 80% Off

The National Book Critics Circle Award–winning history of the Reformation—from the New York Times bestselling author of Christianity and Silence At a time when men and women were prepared to kill—and be killed—for their ... More »

The Politics of War: The World and United States Foreign Policy, 1943-1945

80. The Politics of War: The World and United States Foreign Policy, 1943-1945

By Gabriel Kolko

A major work of narrative history that brings together diplomatic, economic, and military decisions from the last years of the Second World War to show how the stage was set for many of the postwar conflicts. More »

Inventing the People: The Rise of Popular Sovereignty in England and America

81. Inventing the People: The Rise of Popular Sovereignty in England and America

By Edmund S. Morgan | Used Price: 70% Off

"The best explanation that I have seen for our distinctive combination of faith, hope and naiveté concerning the governmental process." —Michael Kamman, Washington Post This book makes the provocative case here that America has remained politically stable because the Founding Fathers invented the idea of the American people ... More »

The Great War: 1914-1918

82. The Great War: 1914-1918

By Marc Ferro | Used Price: 80% Off

A landmark history of the war that firmly places the First World War in the context of imperialism and gives due weight to the role of non-Europeans in the conflict. More »

Radical Enlightenment: Philosophy and the Making of Modernity 1650-1750

83. Radical Enlightenment: Philosophy and the Making of Modernity 1650-1750

By Jonathan I. Israel

In the wake of the Scientific Revolution, the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries saw the complete demolition of traditional structures of authority, scientific thought, and belief by the new philosophy and the philosophers, including Voltaire, Diderot, and Rousseau. The Radical Enlightenment played a part in this revolutionary process, ... More »

Europe and the People Without History

84. Europe and the People Without History

By Eric R. Wolf

Offering insight and equal consideration into the societies of the "civilized" and "uncivilized" world, Europe and the People Without History deftly explores the historical trajectory of so-called modern globalization. In this foundational text about the development of the global political economy, Eric R. Wolf challenges the long-held anthropological ... More »

Industry and Empire: The Birth of the Industrial Revolution

85. Industry and Empire: The Birth of the Industrial Revolution

By Eric Hobsbawm | Used Price: 70% Off

An updated edition of the classic study of the Industrial Revolution by "one of the few genuinely great historians of our century" (The New Republic). Premier historian Eric Hobsbawm's brilliant study of the Industrial Revolution, which sold more than a quarter of a million copies in its original ... More »

Kingdoms and Communities in Western Europe 900-1300

86. Kingdoms and Communities in Western Europe 900-1300

By Susan Reynolds | Used Price: 80% Off

This wide-ranging and perceptive book focuses on the collective values and activities of lay society over several centuries, from trade guilds and manor courts to the development of parliaments and the rule of feudal monarchs. It offers a new approach to the history of medieval Europe. The second ... More »

Europe: Hierarchy and Revolt: 1320-1450

87. Europe: Hierarchy and Revolt: 1320-1450

By George Holmes | Used Price: 80% Off

This book provides a classic introduction to a key period in the history of Europe - the transition from medieval to Renaissance Europe.In this updated edition, Professor Holmes traces the main political events as well as describing broader changes in social structure and culture. He reveals the interactions ... More »

Medieval Cities: Their Origins and the Revival of Trade

88. Medieval Cities: Their Origins and the Revival of Trade

By Henri Pirenne | Under $1.00

Henri Pirenne is best known for his provocative argument--known as the "Pirenne thesis" and familiar to all students of medieval Europe--that it was not the invasion of the Germanic tribes that destroyed the civilization of antiquity, but rather the closing of Mediterranean trade by Arab conquest in the ... More »

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

89. The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

By Ilan Pappe

The renowned Israeli historian revisits the formative period of the State of Israel. Between 1947 and 1949, over 400 Palestinian villages were deliberately destroyed, civilians were massacred, and around a million men, women, and children were expelled from their homes at gunpoint. Denied for almost six decades, had ... More »

The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World

90. The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World

By Avi Shlaim | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

"Fascinating. . . . Shlaim presents compelling evidence for a revaluation of traditional Israeli history."—New York Times Book Review As it celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, the State of Israel could count many important successes, but its conflict with the Palestinians and the Arab world at large casts a ... More »

Last Reflections on a War

91. Last Reflections on a War

By Bernard B. Fall

8-page b/w photo section 6 x 9 "Last Reflections on a War stands as a fine representative sample of Fall's work as a whole; as such, it is nearly as personal as an autobiography. . . . That the collection includes an excellent outline of ... More »

Bond Men Made Free: Medieval Peasant Movements and the English Rising of 1381

92. Bond Men Made Free: Medieval Peasant Movements and the English Rising of 1381

By Rodney Hilton | Used Price: 90% Off

Rodney Hilton's account of the Peasant's Revolt of 1381 remains the classic authoritative text on the 'English Rising'. Hilton views the revolt in the context of a general European pattern of class conflict. He demonstrates that the peasant movements that disturbed the Middle Ages were not mere unrelated ... More »

Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent

93. Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent

By Eduardo Galeano | Used Price: 80% Off

Since its U.S. debut a quarter-century ago, this brilliant text has set a new standard for historical scholarship of Latin America. It is also an outstanding political economy, a social and cultural narrative of the highest quality, and perhaps the finest description of primitive capital accumulation since Marx.Rather ... More »

The History of England

94. The History of England

By Thomas Babington Macaulay

The History of England from the Accession of James the Second (1848) is the full title of the five volume work by Lord Macaulay (1800 - 1859) more generally known as The History of England. It covers the period from 1685 to 1702, encompassing the reign of James ... More »

Ancient Egypt: Anatomy of a Civilisation

95. Ancient Egypt: Anatomy of a Civilisation

By Barry J. Kemp | Used Price: 60% Off

Completely revised and updated to reflect the latest developments in the field, this second edition of Barry J. Kemp's popular text presents a compelling reassessment of what gave ancient Egypt its distinctive and enduring characteristics. Ranging across Ancient Egyptian material culture, social and economic experiences, and the mindset of its people, ... More »

A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891-1924

96. A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891-1924

By Orlando Figes | Used Price: 70% Off

It is history on an epic yet human scale. Vast in scope, exhaustive in original research, written with passion, narrative skill, and human sympathy, A People's Tragedy is a profound account of the Russian Revolution for a new generation. Many consider the Russian Revolution to be the most ... More »

The Brenner Debate: Agrarian Class Structure and Economic Development in Pre-industrial Europe

97. The Brenner Debate: Agrarian Class Structure and Economic Development in Pre-industrial Europe

By T. H. Aston; Robert Brenner; C. H. E. Philpin

Few historical issues have occasioned such discussion since at least the time of Marx as the transition from feudalism to capitalism in Western Europe. The Brenner Debate, which reprints from Past and Present various article in 1976, is a scholarly presentation of a variety of points of view, ... More »

Society and Culture in Early Modern France

98. Society and Culture in Early Modern France

By Natalie Zemon Davis | Used Price: 90% Off

This classic collection of essays has already established itself as a rich source of material for students of sixteenth and seventeenth-century France. Natalie Davis focuses on the lower social orders - peasants, artisans, the poor generally - and in a series of brilliantly penetrating cast-studies throws fresh light ... More »

The Machiavellian Moment: Florentine Political Thought and the Atlantic Republican Tradition

99. The Machiavellian Moment: Florentine Political Thought and the Atlantic Republican Tradition

By J. G. A. Pocock

The Machiavellian Moment is a classic study of the consequences for modern historical and social consciousness of the ideal of the classical republic revived by Machiavelli and other thinkers of Renaissance Italy. J.G.A. Pocock suggests that Machiavelli's prime emphasis was on the moment in which the republic ... More »

Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America 1492-1830

100. Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America 1492-1830

By John H. Elliott | Used Price: 50% Off

This epic history compares the empires built by Spain and Britain in the Americas, from Columbus’s arrival in the New World to the end of Spanish colonial rule in the early nineteenth century. J. H. Elliott, one of the most distinguished and versatile historians working today, offers us ... More »

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