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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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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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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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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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The World of Late Antiquity book

The World of Late Antiquity

Peter Brown

This fascinating history debunks the notion of a fallow ‘Dark Ages’ following the decline of Rome’s political influence, revealing an Eastern Mediterranean blossoming with theological and cultural innovation.

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A Writer At War: Vasily Grossman with the Red Army 1941-1945 book

A Writer At War: Vasily Grossman with the Red Army 1941-1945

Vasily Grossman

Edited and translated by Antony Beevor and Lyuba Vinogradova

Compelling analysis and vivid everyday observations are combined in the writings of this much-admired journalist. With over 50 contemporary images.

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In Xanadu: A Quest book

In Xanadu: A Quest

William Dalrymple

One of the most successful travel books of the past 20 years, this engaging adventure is published with a new introduction by the author.

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