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NATO: From the Cold War to Ukraine, by Sten Rynning

NATO: From the Cold War to Ukraine, by Sten Rynning

Essential reading for politicians and soldiers.

At a time when the UK is at war by proxy – providing intelligence, weapons and training to Ukraine – and relying on Article Five of the NATO treaty for our own security, this is a most timely book. The author, Sten Renning, is a Danish professor who has been a student...

Sten Rynning on NATO

Sten Rynning on NATO

NATO has had a tough few years, so we look at its past and future with a new history of the organisation's author.
Sten Rynning

NATO was established in 1949, very much as a bulwark against the Eastern Bloc. Does it still have relevance today? Yes, NATO remains the alliance through which the United States upholds the vision of a Europe “whole and free.” America’s power of extended deterrence...

NATO’s Greatest Achievement

NATO’s Greatest Achievement

NATO's response to the fall of communism has made it the world's most powerful alliance.
Sten Rynning

NATO’s Greatest Achievement Readers may rightly wonder why NATO, so pre-eminent as Europe’s security foundation, is so timid in its response to Russia’s war on Ukraine. To fully grasp this, we need to look back to NATO’s perhaps greatest achievement, namely its...

The History of England’s Cathedrals, by Nicholas Orme

The History of England’s Cathedrals, by Nicholas Orme

One of the very few books looking at cathedrals as ancient institutions surviving through so many centuries
Douglas Young

If we set aside social and economic institutions like the family and work, cathedrals (along with bishops and dioceses) are the oldest organisations to function in England, with records of continuous activity going back to about the year 600. Nicholas Orme is...

After the Nazis, by Michael H. Kater

After the Nazis, by Michael H. Kater

A highly accessible and enjoyable read on West Germany's cultural achievements post war.
Jackson van Uden

Michael H. Kater’s After The Nazis is a tremendous study into life and culture in West Germany after World War II up until German Reunification. Throughout the book, Kater sheds light on a side of West Germany’s history that is often overshadowed by its geopolitical...

Volcanic, by John Brewer

Volcanic, by John Brewer

A fascinating portrayal of a dangerous and breath-taking spectacle
Amy Chandler

John Brewer’s historically rich Volcanic: Vesuvius in the Age of Revolution takes readers on a fascinating journey through the history of Mount Vesuvius. Brewer carefully plots the changing attitudes towards Naples and Mount Vesuvius through the lens of the Sublime...

Murder In The Cathedral

Murder In The Cathedral

29 December 1170 saw the most infamous event in Canterbury Cathedral's history.
Nicholas Orme

On Tuesday afternoon, 29 December 1170, Thomas Becket, archbishop of Canterbury, was hustled by his staff from his palace into his cathedral. There had been an angry exchange between him and four knights from the court of Henry II in France. Frustrated by the presence...

Templars, by Steve Tibble

Templars, by Steve Tibble

A coherent analysis of an historical phenomenon which rose to enormous influence.
Trevor James

The historic role and place of the Templars in European history is interwoven with legend and indeed, as Steve Tibble has demonstrated in this very closely argued work, it has attracted any number of misrepresentations and false trails. This book offers us discussion...

Tamerlane & the Reawakening of Mongol Asia

Tamerlane & the Reawakening of Mongol Asia

The author of a new history of the Mongols profiles Tamerlane, the great 14th century conqueror.
Peter Jackson

Tamerlane (Timur ‘the Lame’, c. 1327-1405) was the last major conqueror to emerge from Inner Asia. He was not himself a nomad – except insofar as he spent several decades in incessant campaigning.  But the kernel of his army was made up of nomadic cavalry. Although a...

Nicholas Orme on The History of England’s Cathedrals

Nicholas Orme on The History of England’s Cathedrals

The acclaimed historian gives the lowdown on cathedrals and their importance in England.
Nicholas Orme

Nicholas Orme, many congratulations on your new book, The History of England's Cathedrals. How does one define a cathedral? A cathedral is the church of a bishop and is the chief church of the area that he rules: the diocese. Important ceremonies are held in it, like...