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Explore the Middle Eastern battlefields of the crusades, the intrigue of the Byzantine court or the clash of ideas in the French revolution – the Folio Society publishes a fascinating collection of world history books. Each classic history title includes beautiful illustrations or carefully researched photographs, as well as specially designed hardback covers. See below for the full selection of Folio World History books.

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The Dynasties of China book

The Dynasties of China

Bamber Gascoigne

Bamber Gascoigne leads us on an exhilarating journey spanning three and a half millennia of Chinese imperial civilisation.

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The Fatal Shore book

The Fatal Shore

Robert Hughes

The chilling story of the brutal colonisation of Australia, this epic account by Robert Hughes is a fascinating history of the youngest and yet most ancient of continents.

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Gods, Graves and Scholars: The Story of Archaeology book

Gods, Graves and Scholars: The Story of Archaeology

C. W. Ceram

A treasure trove of archaeological wonder: C. W. Ceram’s infectiously enthusiastic volume is an enduring classic.

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Great Contemporaries book

Great Contemporaries

Winston S. Churchill

Written before he became prime minister, Churchill’s canny and witty insights on the great figures of the day remain entertaining and illuminating.

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Impossible Journeys book

Impossible Journeys

Mathew Lyons

Before the modern age, only the intrepid, foolhardy or mad would undertake a voyage of exploration. Impossible Journeys tells the stories of 24 of these extraordinary journeys, from the Middle Ages to the Victorian era.

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Inventions of the Middle Ages book

Inventions of the Middle Ages

Chiara Frugoni

The middle ages have often been depicted as a period in which life had few comforts. Nonsense, says the great medieval scholar Chiara Frugoni, in this delightful examination of the many inventions we owe to the Middle Ages.

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Longitude book

Longitude

Dava Sobel

A fascinating story of perilous seas and brilliant innovation, accompanied by wonderful colour photographs. With a new preface from the author, Dava Sobel

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The Mapmakers book

The Mapmakers

John Noble Wilford

The definitive history of the pioneers of cartography, lavishly illustrated with 32 pages of colour plates.

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A People's Tragedy book

A People's Tragedy

Orlando Figes

The award-winning history of the Russian Revolution (1891-1924), with a new introduction by author Orlando Figes

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Prehistory: The Making of the Human Mind book

Prehistory: The Making of the Human Mind

Colin Renfrew

A brilliant overview of prehistory by a ‘towering influence’ in archaeology.

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On the Psychology of Military Incompetence book

On the Psychology of Military Incompetence

Norman F. Dixon

A hundred years of military blunders accompanied by a fascinating psychological analysis.

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The Quest for the Northwest Passage book

The Quest for the Northwest Passage

Glyn Williams

Exclusive to Folio, this collection of first-hand accounts – compiled by one of the subject’s leading authorities – charts this epic quest through the testimony of the explorers themselves.

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Seeds of Change: Six Plants That Transformed Mankind book

Seeds of Change: Six Plants That Transformed Mankind

Henry Hobhouse, Preface by the author

Humble plants have long been the spur to economic growth, the key to political power, the tools of conquest, yet until Henry Hobhouse wrote this pioneering book, they had rarely warranted even a footnote in history.

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The Travels of Ibn Battutah book

The Travels of Ibn Battutah

Lively, opinionated and full of idiosyncratic details, The Travels of Ibn Battutah paints a fascinating portrait of medieval civilisation beyond Europe.

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The Venetian Empire: A Sea Voyage book

The Venetian Empire: A Sea Voyage

Jan Morris

A maritime voyage like no other with historian and travel writer Jan Morris, in this unique illustrated edition.

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