We've been busy publishing lots of books (of course!), as ever and I thought now would be a good time to introduce some of our latest books on modern history - and all of the below link to previews where you can read extracts. Enjoy!
Second World War
Defeating Hitler: Whitehall's Secret Report On Why Hitler Lost the War
By Paul Winter
Published for the very first time, the secret report Some Weaknesses in German Strategy and Organisation 1933 - 1945 was prepared by Whitehall's highest intelligence body, the Joint Intelligence Committee, and presented to Britain's Chiefs of Staff in 1946 - Paul Winter now sets this unique and important document in its historical setting.
Published: June 2012 | Hardback: £20.00
Forgotten Blitzes: France and Italy under Allied Air Attack, 1940-1945
By Andrew Knapp and Claudia Baldoli
'A masterly, searching and judicious examination of the British and American bombing of France and Italy, which were occupied by or allied to the Third Reich and harnessed to the German war machine ... Based on a mass of archival documentation, this is a tour de force in the comparative history of total war.' - Robert Gildea, Professor of Modern History, University of Oxford
Published: May 2012 | Paperback: £19.99
Outcast Europe: Refugees and Relief Workers in an Era of Total War 1936-48
By Sharif Gemie, Fiona Reid and Laure Humbert
Considers the Spanish Republicans fleeing Franco's Spain in 1939, the French civilians trying to escape the Nazi invasion in 1940, and the millions of people displaced or expelled by the forces of Hitler's Third Reich. Using case studies of displaced people and of relief workers, this book is unique in placing such crises at the centre rather than the margins of wartime experience, making the work nothing less than an alternative history of the Second World War.
Published: November 2011 | Paperback: £19.99
Victorian Women, Unwed Mothers and the London Foundling Hospital
By Jessica A. Sheetz-Nguyen
Addresses the questions of poverty, charity, and public welfare, taking the nineteenth-century London Foundling Hospital as its focus, delineating the social rules that constructed the gendered world of the Victorian age and using 'respectability' as a factor for analysis. Using primary material from the Foundling Hospital's extensive archives, this study moves methodically from the broad social and geographical context of London and the Foundling Hospital itself, to the micro-historical case data of individual mothers and infants.
Published: May 2012 | Paperback: £19.99
South Asian Resistances in Britain, 1858 - 1947
Edited by Rehana Ahmed and Sumita Mukherjee
'All of the essays in this volume are thoroughly scholarly, well-written, and fascinating. They combine fresh and deep archival research with a clearly articulated analysis of their significance in the light of contemporary (then and now) contexts, and the book as a whole brings a significant new understanding of how various individuals, classes, and groups creatively and productively resisted British imperial culture and politics ... This volume is an important intervention in historical and cultural scholarship about Britain and postcolonial studies.' - Lyn Innes, Emeritus Professor of Postcolonial Literatures, University of Kent
Published: December 2011 | Paperback: £22.99
London's Burning: Pulp Fiction, the Politics of Terrorism and the Destruction of the Capital in British Popular Culture, 1840 - 2005
By Antony Taylor
'From the age of the young Queen Victoria to 7/7, this is a history of London seen through the hundreds of sensational and dystopian texts that have provided a mordant commentary on the metropolis. Antony Taylor has written an alternative social history of the capital, within which the threat of terrorism is the only constant in obsessional narratives of disarray, disorder and decline. All who think they know metropolitan or British history, politics or culture should read London's Burning.' - Malcolm Chase, Professor of Social History, University of Leeds
Published: January 2012 | Hardback: £65.00
Poverty and Sickness in Modern Europe: Narratives of the Sick Poor, 1780-1938
Edited by Andreas Gestrich, Elizabeth Hurren and Steven King
A genuinely pan-European analysis of pauper narratives, focusing on the experiences of the sick poor in England, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Wales. This demonstrates that how a relief system treated its sick poor and how those sick poor were able to navigate the system tells us more about welfare history than analysis of any other group.
Published: July 2012 | Paperback: £19.99
Ethnicity, Nationalism and the European Cold War
Edited by Robert Knight
Questions the prevalent assumption that ethnicity and nationalist politics had nothing to do with the Cold War and that, far from being 'frozen' until the fall of communism, they remained central to the conflict in Europe. Leading scholars bring their understanding of particular regions to bear on the wider issue of why ethnic explanations were written out of the discourse and whether this was a failure on the part of Western observers.
Published: April 2012 | Hardback: £65.00
Italy and the Potato: A History, 1550-2000
By David Gentilcore
This is both the little-known social and cultural history of the potato in Italy and a history of agriculture in marginal areas. Gentilcore examines the developing presence of the potato in elite and peasant culture, its place in the difficult mountain environment, in family recipe notebooks and kitchen accounts, in travellers' descriptions, agronomical treatises, cookery books and in Italian literature.
Published: February 2012 | Hardback: £60.00