By Daniel Smith
After nutrition rationing used to be brought in 1940, and German U-boats started threatening service provider transport bringing in crucial foodstuffs, the Ministry of Agriculture made up our minds anything needed to be performed to make the kitchens of england extra self-sufficient.
The end result was once one in all Britain's so much winning propaganda campaigns – Dig for Victory – encouraging each guy and lady to show their backyard, or maybe the grass verge of their road, over to cultivating greens. through 1942 part the inhabitants have been participating, or even the Royal kin had sacrificed their rose beds for starting to be onions.
Now, Daniel Smith tells the entire tale of this outstanding wartime episode whilst spades, forks and bean canes turned guns the standard citizen may well take in opposed to the enemy. It had tangible merits for the conflict attempt in that delivery should be reallocated for munitions rather than foodstuff imports, in addition to for the wellbeing and fitness of the state in encouraging a vitamin of clean fruit and veg. The crusade threw up unforeseen celebrities like C.H. Middleton, whose wartime BBC radio talks on gardening reached an enormous viewers, and it even sowed the seeds for the fashionable allotment movement.
Ultimately it's a struggle tale with out scuffling with or killing, person who exhibits how even The Little guy with the Spade, within the phrases of the Minister for Agriculture on the time, did his bit for Victory.
By Dominic Perring
This authoritative and unique paintings units the result of contemporary archaeological study within the context of classical scholarship, because it explores 3 major elements of Romano-British buildings:
* common features of shape and structure
* the ways that they have been outfitted and decorated
* the variety of actions for which they have been designed.
This proof is then used to debate the social practices and family preparations that characterized Romano-British elite society. absolutely illustrated, this quantity is the basic advisor to how homes have been outfitted, used and understood in Roman Britain.
By Trevor Yorke
A concise well-illustrated consultant to the kinds of funerary memorials to be present in the churchyards of britain. Yorke describes the different sorts of gravestones, effigies and tombs, and provides counsel on improvement, courting and nearby adaptations. There also are sections on iconography, and on epitaphs.
By Paul Langford
Whereas the remainder of eighteenth century Europe used to be embroiled in revolution and unrest, Britain launched into an period of comparative calm and balance. makes an attempt by way of the Stuarts to reclaim the throne have been simply placed down, no longer during the strength of the British army, yet throughout the basic apathy of the British humans, who have been simply now not within the temper to affix within the rebellions loved by way of the yank colonies and the French. often referred to as the Age of Enlightenment, this used to be a time for highbrow development, as more desirable literacy charges and the creation of newspapers cleared the path for a extra proficient center type. This was once additionally a fantastic time for the preliminary flourishing of the British Empire, as Britain took benefit of its competitors' issues to additional its goals overseas. This accomplished and authoritative consultant takes a thematic method of eighteenth-century heritage, masking such themes as family politics, non secular advancements and adjustments to social demographics. It provides an entire photograph of an period of reform and growth.
By Peter H. Sand
The coral atoll of Diego Garcia (British Indian Ocean Territory) this day is a pivotal US naval and air base for all center East operations (Afghanistan, Iraq, and possibly, Iran). This ebook, mostly in response to hitherto unpublished resource fabric, describes the build-up of the bottom – beginning with a mystery US-UK bilateral deal in 1966; the deportation of the local island inhabitants within the Seventies; the clouded new function of Diego Garcia as a vacation spot for Guantánamo-style ‘renditions’; and the affects of army building at the setting of the island – which as a result of its usual elevation of four toes above sea-level is at direct danger from weather change
By Sam Delaney
From the instant Margaret Thatcher met the Saatchi brothers, elections campaigns could by no means be a similar back. all at once, each aspiring PM sought after a fast-talking, sharp-thinking advert guy on their group to aid dazzle electorate. yet what have been the results in their fixation with the snappy and simplistic?
Sam Delaney embarks on a trip to reveal the surprising fact at the back of the final election campaigns of the final 4 many years. every little thing is the following - from the fellow who snorted coke in quantity 10 to the baby-kisser who fell in love along with her personal advert exec, from the fist-fights in Downing road to the all-day champagne binges in Whitehall places of work. Sam Delaney talks to the boys on the middle of the battles - Alistair Campbell, Peter Mandelson, Tim Bell, Maurice Saatchi, Norman Tebbit, Neil Kinnock - and many extra.
Dark, revealing and regularly hilarious, Mad males and undesirable Men tells the tale of ways unelected, unaccountable males ended up informing coverage - and the way the British public paid the price.
during this deeply researched biography, Leo Damrosch attracts on discoveries revamped the previous thirty years to inform the tale of Swift’s existence anew. Probing holes within the current proof, he's taking heavily a few bold speculations approximately Swift’s parentage, love lifestyles, and numerous own relationships and indicates how Swift’s public model of his life—the one accredited till recently—was intentionally deceptive. speedy hid points of himself and his relationships, and people in his lifestyles helped to maintain his secrets.
Assembling suggestive clues, Damrosch re-narrates the occasions of Swift’s existence whereas making shiny the points of interest, sounds, and scents of his English and Irish surroundings.Through his personal phrases and people of a large circle of buddies, a fancy fast emerges: a stressed, combative, empathetic determine, a guy of biting wit and robust brain, and an enormous determine within the heritage of worldwide letters.
By Marc Morris
Medieval Britain was once ruled through its kings, and its kings ruled the land with their castles.
But what have been these castles? have been they fortresses? Palaces? Or symbols in their proprietors energy, and in their correct to rule.
In this stimulating number of articles and essays, the best-selling historian and broadcaster Marc Morris solutions these primary questions - and plenty of extra.
He explores a few of Britain’s favorite castles, similar to Framlingham, Goodrich and chateau Acre, and the castle-building campaigns of recognized kings like William the Conqueror and Edward I. And he addresses concerns corresponding to the origins of the cult of St George, the altering position of the medieval English earl and the riddle of the Winchester around desk. articles – one on Edward I’s recognition, one other on Lanercost Priory – seem right here for the 1st time.
Dr Marc Morris is a best-selling historian and broadcaster. In 2003 he offered the six-part television sequence fortress and wrote its accompanying publication. His different books comprise a seriously acclaimed biography of Edward I, a superb and bad King, and an incredible new background of The Norman Conquest
By Andrew Tyrrell, William O. Frazer
Social id is an idea od expanding significance within the social sciences. right here, the idea that is utilized to the usually atheoretical realm of medieval reports. each one contributor specializes in a selected subject of early medieval identification - ethnicity, nationwide identification, social place, subjectivity/personhood, political association, kiship, the physique, gender, age, proximity/regionality, reminiscence and ideological structures. the result's a pioneering imaginative and prescient of medieval social id and a problem to a few of the obtained normal wisdoms approximately this era.