World History

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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Black Sea book

Black Sea

Neal Ascherson

Neal Ascherson chronicles the tumultuous history of the sea where East meets West. He recalls Ovid’s exile on its shores, charts Scythian wayfarers, Stalinist purges and Hitler’s vision of a German Gothic Crimea. His thoughtful book ends by considering the sea’s damaged ecology – perhaps to be its final tragedy.

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The Campaigns of Alexander book

The Campaigns of Alexander

Arrian

Written in the 2nd century AD and featuring a new preface by Annabel Lyon, this account of Alexander's conquests is a classic of ancient military history.

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The Classical World book

The Classical World

Robin Lane Fox

Astoundingly broad and ambitious in scope, this brilliant history begins with Homer and ends with Hadrian. With a new introduction by the author.

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The Crusades Through Arab Eyes book

The Crusades Through Arab Eyes

Amin Maalouf

A ground-breaking account of the Crusades by Amin Maalouf, Lebanese journalist, award winning novelist and member of the Académie française.

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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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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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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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Mohammed and Charlemagne book

Mohammed and Charlemagne

Henri Pirenne

Distinguished historian Averil Cameron introduces this seminal book about the origins of the Middle Ages. Numerous photographs show a fascinating array of archaeological sites, illuminations and mosaics.

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Ordeal by Fire - Witnesses to the Great War book

Ordeal by Fire - Witnesses to the Great War

Lyn Macdonald

This emotive history constructs an absorbing narrative from the eyewitness testimonies of those who experienced the war. Contemporary photographs illuminate their words.

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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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The Pillow Book of Sei Shōnagon book

The Pillow Book of Sei Shōnagon

Sei Shōnagon

The revelatory personal writings of a lady at the court of Empress Sadako, luxuriously illustrated with watercolour paintings.

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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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Reformation: Europe's House Divided 1490-1700 book

Reformation: Europe's House Divided 1490-1700

Diarmaid MacCulloch

Exploring the greatest religious schism in Western history, Diarmaid MacCulloch reveals why the people of Europe were willing to die and kill for their beliefs.

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