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Our GCSE history books are suitable for those studying at KS3 and KS4 level and cover a wide range of eras from bygone eras. Their descriptions and analyses of the past will help children prepare for their coursework and exams.

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Subjects : Secondary School History Books

  • Non-Fiction Bundle 127

    Product Code: SP127
    Collection 11 years +
    Hand-picked favourites
    This bundle is full of books that will appeal to students who prefer facts to fiction. From eye-opening biographies and the history of art and science to books about growing up and boosting self-esteem and confidence, these are a re must for every classroom.
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  • The Book Thief

    Markus Zusak

    Product Code: AITXN
    Paperback 14 years +
    Here is a small fact - You are going to die 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall. Some Important Information - This novel is narrated by Death. It's a small story, about: a girl an accordionist some fanatical Germans a Jewish fist fighter and quite a lot of thievery. Another thing you should know - death will visit the book thief three times.
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  • History

    Product Code: AKEJZ
    Paperback 13 years +
    Excellent value for money, this book contains all the content and questions from our KS3 revision guide, plus lots of extra practice. Based on research that proves repeated practice is more effective than repeated study, this book is guaranteed to help you achieve the best results. More practice material than the market leader! Clear and concise revision notes, plus seven practice opportunities for every topic: * quick tests to check understanding * end of topic practice questions * topic review questions later in book * mixed practice questions at end of book * free Q&A flash cards to download online * more topic by topic practice and mixed practice questions in the added workbook! More practice material than the market leader!
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  • History

    Product Code: AKEJY
    Paperback 11 years +
    With clear and accessible explanations of all the KS3 content, this revision guide provides concise revision notes, plus five practice opportunities for each topic. Based on research that proves repeated practice is more effective than repeated study, it is guaranteed to help achieve the best results. More practice than the market leader! Clear and concise revision notes, plus five practice opportunities for every topic: * quick tests to check understanding * end of topic practice questions * topic review questions later in book * mixed practice questions at end of book * free Q&A flash cards to download online More practice material than the market leader!
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  • Henry VIII

    Harriet Castor

    Product Code: AHGBB
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    Henry VIII was flamboyant, courageous and headstrong. His life spans a fascinating, important period in history, in which he plays a crucial part. This biography of Henry VIII looks further than the facts that everyone knows - what was Henry like as a boy? How did he become the man that he was? Lives in Action is a series of narrative biographies that recount the lives of some of the key figures in history. Page-turning, thrilling plots that read like fiction will keep the most reluctant reader hooked.
  • Stories of Women in World War II

    Andrew Langley

    Product Code: ARGJI
    Paperback 11 years +
    More than 75 million people fought in World War II - nearly all of them men. Who was going to produce the weapons and the food, and do countless other vital jobs? The answer was women. Millions stepped forward to take on work they had rarely done before, such as fighting fires, ploughing fields and cracking codes. These are the stories of four trailblazers who achieved amazing things in difficult circumstances: Anne-Marie Walters became a secret agent in constant danger of being captured, working behind enemy lines in France. A painting of Ruby Loftus operating machinery became an iconic image of women's contribution to the war effort. By the time Nancy Love was in her early twenties, she was one of America's leading woman pilots. When "Red" Harrington and her fellow nurses were captured by the Japanese, they set up a hospital to look after the thousands of other prisoners of war. Many of the rights women have today are down to their actions. They helped change society's image of women forever.
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  • Spartacus

    Tony Bradman

    Product Code: AHGBE
    Paperback
    Spartacus was a rebel at heart. He fought back against the Roman system of slavery, and inspired thousands of other slaves to join him and rebel. This biography looks at the life of the great man, charting his changing fortunes and epic battles. Lives in Action is a series of narrative biographies that recount the lives of some of the key figures in history. Page-turning, thrilling plots that read like fiction will keep the most reluctant reader hooked.
  • A Reformation

    Diarmaid MacCulloch

    Product Code: ADCSJ
    Paperback
    The Reformation was the seismic event in European history over the past 1000 years, and one which tore the medieval world apart. Not just European religion, but thought, culture, society, state systems, personal relations - everything - was turned upside down. Just about everything which followed in European history can be traced back in some way to the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation which it provoked. The Reformation is where the modern world painfully and dramatically began, and MacCulloch's great history of it is recognised as the best modern account.
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  • The Impact of Technology in History and Archaeology

    Alex Woolf

    Product Code: ARJDZ
    Hardback
    How have technology and science helped historians and archaeologists through the years? How does today's technology help us understand the past? What role does technology hold for the future of history studies? From the invention of metal detectors through to today's computer modelling of long-dead people, our knowledge of the past has always been improving thanks to technology. This book looks at historical, current and future techniques for helping us discover traces of the past from artifacts to human remains. We look at how dating these things has become more accurate and also how the internet is giving us more access to historical records than ever before.
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  • Stories of Women in the 1960s

    Cath Senker

    Product Code: ARGJJ
    Paperback 11 years +
    In the 1960s, a woman's place was seen as being in the home. She even found it hard to make a big purchase if a man wasn't with her. African-American women faced racism daily and were given low-paid, exhausting jobs. It was time for women to stand up for equal rights and equal pay. These are the stories of four trailblazers who achieved amazing things in difficult circumstances: Betty Freidan protested at the Miss America pageant against judging women on appearance. Ella Baker helped organize Freedom Schools, where black history was taught for the first time. Barbara Castle was one of the few women members of Parliament and fought for equal pay. Mary Quant showed women they could dress for themselves and not men. Many of the rights women have today are down to their actions. They helped change society's image of women forever.
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  • Horrible Jobs of the Industrial Revolution

    Leon Gray

    Product Code: ARJSA
    Hardback 11 years +
    Horrible Jobs of the Industrial Revolution looks at some of the horrible jobs that some unfortunate people had to do in during the Industrial Revolution. Find out more about daily hazards for matchstick girls, navvies, chimneysweeps, and many others. With fun graphics, colourful illustrations and photographs and a lively text, this is a fascinating look at what our poor ancestors might have had to do for a living during this period.
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  • The Falconer's Knot

    Mary Hoffman

    Product Code: AQAMZ
    Paperback 11 years +
    Silvano and Chiara are two teenagers with a difference. Silvano has been accused of a murder he did not commit. Chiara has been ousted from her family as a young woman with no marriage prospects. For these two very different reasons they are forced to seek refuge in a neighbouring convent and friary. And when they meet they are instantly aware that they are both outsiders, ill at ease with monastic life. Then a grisly murder - followed by another, and then another - strikes fear into the close-knit community. Chiara and Silvano cling together within the terrifying spiral of murder as they, and the friends they have made, attempt to solve the deadly mystery. This remarkably rich mystery thriller, with all the pace and action of a 'whodunnit', is set in the incredibly atmospheric environs of a friary in 14th-century Italy. Amidst all the action of the murder mystery, the author depicts in fascinating and intricate detail the lives and tasks of the friars and nuns, whether it be crushing pigments to create paints for the fresco artists in nearby Assisi, or the daily and nightly ritual of the religious services. All the historical detail is carefully researched. A huge cast of characters with romantic teen heroes, combined with the thriller-murder element, ensure a pacy, richly enjoyable read.
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  • The Moneylender's Daughter

    VA Richardson

    Product Code: AQAIN
    Paperback 11 years +
    It's 1637. Almost a year has passed since the House of Windjammer was torn apart by death and debt. Adam Windjammer is aboard the Draco in search of a lost fleet, struggling to win back his family's honour and fortune, unaware that events back in Amsterdam are overtaking him. From the violent shores of the Americas, to the dark heart of Amsterdam and on into the marshes of the holy lands, Adam's path ultimately takes him back to Jade - daughter of the man responsible for trying to bring down the Windjammers and seize their company. Her struggle is of a different nature. It is a struggle for freedom from a father's tyranny; an inner struggle between her desire to punish him and be loved by him.
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  • The American Civil War?

    Philip Steele

    Product Code: APZCD
    Hardback 10 years +
    This book considers the deadliest war in US history, which killed 750,000 soldiers and many civilians before this young nation was a century old. Its legacy still resonates across the USA today. Did it achieve any of its goals? Did it have unexpected consequences? Did any good at all come out of it?
  • Who Journeyed on the Mayflower?

    Nicola Barber

    Product Code: ANIHX
    Paperback 12 years +
    Readers learn about the Mayflower and the pilgrims who sailed on her.
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  • American Political History: A Very Short Introduction

    Donald Critchlow

    Product Code: ALYEG
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    The Founding Fathers who drafted the United States Constitution in 1787 distrusted political parties, popular democracy, centralized government, and a strong executive office. Yet the country's national politics have historically included all those features. In American Political History: A Very Short Introduction, Donald Critchlow takes on this contradiction between original theory and actual practice. This brief, accessible book explores the nature of the two-party system, key turning points in American political history, representative presidential and congressional elections, struggles to expand the electorate, and critical social protest and third-party movements. The volume emphasizes the continuity of a liberal tradition challenged by partisan divide, war, and periodic economic turmoil. American Political History: A Very Short Introduction explores the emergence of a democratic political culture within a republican form of government, showing the mobilization and extension of the mass electorate over the lifespan of the country. In a nation characterized by great racial, ethnic, and religious diversity, American democracy has proven extraordinarily durable. Individual parties have risen and fallen, but the dominance of the two-party system persists. Fierce debates over the meaning of the U.S. Constitution have created profound divisions within the parties and among voters, but a belief in the importance of constitutional order persists among political leaders and voters. Americans have been deeply divided about the extent of federal power, slavery, the meaning of citizenship, immigration policy, civil rights, and a range of economic, financial, and social policies. New immigrants, racial minorities, and women have joined the electorate and the debates. But American political history, with its deep social divisions, bellicose rhetoric, and antagonistic partisanship provides valuable lessons about the meaning and viability of democracy in the early 21st century. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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  • Hitler

    AN Wilson

    Product Code: ALRWQ
    Hardback
    From acclaimed biographer A. N. Wilson, Hitler is a short, sharp, gripping account of one of the twentieth century's most notorious figures In this brilliant short biography of Adolf Hitler, acclaimed historian A N Wilson offers a fresh interpretation of the life of the 'ultimate demon-tyrant of history'. In 1923, aged thirty -four, Hitler was languishing in prison after leading an unsuccessful putsch to overthrow the German Government. Within a decade he was German Chancellor, one of the most powerful men in Europe. How did he do it? Had Hitler been a regular politician, Wilson argues, he would have vanished without trace after his prison experience. But he was not a regular politician, but rather a conjurer, seeing politics not as the Art of the Possible but as the Art of the Impossible: 'Whereas politicians watched the weather and waited for calm, Hitler wanted to ride storms.' Among the book's many insights, Wilson shows how Hitler had an intuitive sense which amounted to genius that the spoken word was going to be of more significance than the written word during the twentieth century. In this respect, the Fuhrer is presented as a man ahead of his time, who foreshadowed Hollywood and TV stars and post-war politicians. In a field dense with lengthy tomes, this brief, penetrating portrait provides a compelling introduction to a man whose evil continues to fascinate and appal.
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  • The Third Reich

    Michael Burleigh

    Product Code: ABYFI
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    Setting Nazi Germany in a European context, this text shows how the Third Reich's abandonment of liberal democracy, decency and tolerance was widespread in Europe at the time. It shows how a radical, pseudo-religious movement seemed to offer salvation to a Germany exhausted by war, depression and inflation.
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  • Stalin

    Simon Sebag Montefiore

    Product Code: AKIYJ
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    There have been many biographies of Stalin, but the court that surrounded him is untravelled ground. Simon Sebag Montefiore, acclaimed biographer of Catherine the Great and her lover, prime minister and general Potemkin, has unearthed the vast underpinning that sustained Stalin. Not only ministers such as Molotov or secret service chiefs such as Beria, but men and women whose loyalty he trusted only until the next purge.
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  • Margaret Thatcher

    Charles Moore

    Product Code: AJLQF
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    Margaret Thatcher was the longest-serving Prime Minister of the twentieth century and one of the most influential figures of the postwar era. Volume One of Moore's authorized biography gives unparalleled insight into her early life, especially through her extensive correspondence with her sister, and recreates brilliantly the atmosphere of British politics as she was making her way, taking us up to the zenith of her power: victory in the Falklands. Based on unrestricted access to all Lady Thatcher's papers, unpublished interviews with her and all her major colleagues, this is the indispensable portrait of a towering figure of our times.
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  • The Russian Revolution

    Abraham Ascher

    Product Code: AIWTW
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    When the Bolsheviks seized power in 1917, the world held its breath. Here suddenly was the first modern socialist state, "a kingdom more bright that any heaven had to offer." But the dream was short-lived and the following decades of internal struggle, hardship, war, state terror, and eventual collapse would change the shape of world politics in a way that its leaders could never have imagined. How could such a revolution take place and what caused it to go so very wrong? Taking a uniquely long view of events, right up to the 1990s, acclaimed historian Abraham Ascher brings the period to life -- from the utopian ideologies of Lenin and Trotsky to Russia's heroic fight against Nazi Germany, Stalin's state terror, the Cold War, and Gorbachev's abortive attempts to rescue the socialist experiment. This incisive introduction offers new insight into the incredible transformation of politics, economics, and society that turned Russia into the Soviet Union -- and back again.
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  • The American Dream

    Jim Cullen

    Product Code: AHJQE
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    "The American Dream" is one of the most familiar and resonant phrases in our national lexicon, so familiar that we seldom pause to ask its origin, its history, or what it actually means. In this fascinating short history, Jim Cullen explores the meaning of the American Dream, or rather the several American Dreams that have both reflected and shaped American identity from the Pilgrims to the present. Cullen begins by noting that the United States, unlike most other nations, defines itself not on the facts of blood, religion, language, geography, or shared history, but on a set of ideals expressed in the Declaration of Independence and consolidated in the Constitution. At the core of these ideals lies the ambiguous but galvanizing concept of the American Dream, a concept that for better and worse has proven to be amazingly elastic and durable for hundreds of years and across racial, class, and other demographic lines. Cullen then traces a series of overlapping American dreams: the quest for of religious freedom that brought the Pilgrims to the "New World"; the political freedom promised in the Declaration; the dream of upward mobility, embodied most fully in the figure of Abraham Lincoln; the dream of home ownership, from homestead to suburb; the intensely idealistic-and largely unrealized-dream of equality articulated most vividly by Martin Luther King, Jr. The version of the American Dream that dominates our own time--what Cullen calls "the Dream of the Coast"--is one of personal fulfillment, of fame and fortune all the more alluring if achieved without obvious effort, which finds its most insidious expression in the culture of Hollywood. For anyone seeking to understand a shifting but central idea in American history, The American Dream is an interpretive tour de force.
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  • Tudors

    Peter Ackroyd

    Product Code: AGYGV
    Paperback 16 years +
    Rich in detail and atmosphere and told in vivid prose, Tudors recounts the transformation of England from a settled Catholic country to a Protestant superpower. It is the story of Henry VIII's cataclysmic break with Rome, and his relentless pursuit of both the perfect wife and the perfect heir; of how the brief reign of the teenage king, Edward VI, gave way to the violent reimposition of Catholicism and the stench of bonfires under 'Bloody Mary'. It tells, too, of the long reign of Elizabeth I, which, though marked by civil strife, plots against the queen and even an invasion force, finally brought stability. Above all, however, it is the story of the English Reformation and the making of the Anglican Church. At the beginning of the sixteenth century, England was still largely feudal and looked to Rome for direction; at its end, it was a country where good governance was the duty of the state, not the church, and where men and women began to look to themselves for answers rather than to those who ruled them.
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  • The British Empire

    Ashley Jackson

    Product Code: AGREE
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    From the eighteenth century until the 1950s the British Empire was the biggest political entity in the world. The territories forming this empire ranged from tiny islands to vast segments of the world's major continental land masses. The British Empire left its mark on the world in a multitude of ways, many of them permanent. In this Very Short Introduction, Ashley Jackson introduces and defines the British Empire, reviewing its historiography by answering a series of key questions: What was the British Empire, and what were its main constituent parts? What were the phases of imperial expansion and contraction and the general causes of expansion and contraction? How was the Empire ruled? What were its economic effects? What were the cultural implications of empire, in Britain and its colonies? What was life like for people living under imperial rule? What are the legacies of the British Empire and how should we view its place in world history?
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History books for high school

  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Tudors
  • A Brief History of British Kings and Queens
  • Stalin
  • The Russian Revolution
  • An Egyptian Pyramid
  • Horrible Jobs of the Industrial Revolution
  • Horrible Jobs in Medieval Times
  • Stories of Women in the 1960s

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