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Book review: The Ottoman Endgame by Sean McMeekin
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Book review: The Ottoman Endgame by Sean McMeekin

The first world war was part of a much longer period of conflict in the east – and its consequences are still with us.

Medieval sex
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Medieval sex

And the winner of the (medieval) Bad Sex in Fiction award is …

The best history books of 2015
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The best history books of 2015

What were the best history books published in 2015?

Book Review: The Yellow Peril by Christopher Frayling
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Book Review: The Yellow Peril by Christopher Frayling

This history of racism shows how scaremongering cliches about the Chinese have prevailed from Dickens to today.

Magna Carta at 800
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Magna Carta at 800

This month is the 800 anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, and its legacies run deeper within our democracy.

Book Review – Seneca by Emily Wilson
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Book Review – Seneca by Emily Wilson

A fine introduction to the life lessons of a Stoical martyr, one who had high ideals and weak flesh.

Book Review – The Birth of the Pill by Jonathan Eig
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Book Review – The Birth of the Pill by Jonathan Eig

The oral contraceptive gets its own life-affirming history in Jonathan Eig’s vivid account of the four Pill pioneers.

Book Review – Mecca by Ziauddin Sardar
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Book Review – Mecca by Ziauddin Sardar

Ziauddin Sardar unravels the significance of Mecca tracing its history from a barren valley in the desert to the religious centre of a world empire.

Book Review – The Summit by Ed Conway
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Book Review – The Summit by Ed Conway

Ed Conway’s account brings the ‘rancid stew’ of the 1944 Bretton Woods summit and its consequences into vivid focus.

Book Review – Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes
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Book Review – Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes

This political satire was a thrillingly transgressive hit in Germany because it makes fun of Hitler.

Book Review – Governing the World by Mark Mazower
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Book Review – Governing the World by Mark Mazower

Mark Mazower provides a fresh look at modern history and the origins of globalization.

History of financial crises
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History of financial crises

We’ve had regular financial crises for 25 centuries and they keep on coming. Without understanding what causes these bubbles we won’t be able to stop them.

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