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Rating: 4.80 / 5
7 reviews

Stephen Hawking: A Life From Beginning to End

by Hourly History

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Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Professionals & Academics, Specific Groups, History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction
Size: 2.24 mb
Free eBook download for Kindle from 20 October 2019 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

Improving Psychiatric Care for Older People: Barbara Robb’s Campaign 1965-1975 (Mental Health in Historical Perspective)

by Claire Hilton

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.This book tells the story of Barbara Robb and her pressure group, Aid for the Elderly in Government Institutions (AEGIS). In 1965, Barbara visited 73-year-old Amy Gibbs in a dilapidated and overcrowded National Health Service psychiatric hospital back-ward. She was so appalled by the low standards that she set out to make improvements. Barbara’s book Sans Everything: A case to answer was publicly discredited by a complacent and self-righteous Ministry of Health. However, inspired by her work, staff in other hospitals ‘whistle-blew’ about events they witnessed, which corroborated her allegations. Barbara influenced government policy, to improve psychiatric care and health service complaints procedures, and to establish a hospitals' in...

Genre: History, Europe, UK, Professional & Technical, Medicine, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Science & Maths
Size: 283 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 20 October 2019 onward  

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Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Enemy Coast Ahead: The Illustrated Memoir of Dambuster Guy Gibson

by Guy Gibson

A definitive new edition of a classic memoir, published in association with the RAF Museum, complete with more than 100 photographs and notes from leading historians.Guy Gibson was the leader of the famous Dambusters raid and Enemy Coast Ahead is a vivid, honest account, widely regarded as one of the best books on World War II. It is also an insider's account that sets down in clear, honest detail the challenges that the RAF faced in the war against Germany’s Luftwaffe.Tragically, Gibson died in September 1944, when his Mosquito crashed near Steenbergen in the Netherlands. He was aged just 26. This new book has been published to mark the 75th anniversary of his death and includes an introduction by James Holland, a historian and broadcaster; notes by Dr Robert Owen, the Official Historia...

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Historical, Leaders & Notable People, Professionals & Academics, History, UK, World, Professional & Technical, Transportation
Size: 536 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 October 2019 onward  

Executing Magic in the Modern Era: Criminal Bodies and the Gallows in Popular Medicine (Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and its Afterlife)

by Owen Davies

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 licenseThis book explores the magical and medical history of executions from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century by looking at the afterlife potency of criminal corpses, the healing activities of the executioner, and the magic of the gallows site. The use of corpses in medicine and magic has been recorded back into antiquity. The lacerated bodies of Roman gladiators were used as a source of curative blood, for instance. In early modern Europe, a great trade opened up in ancient Egyptian mummies and the fat of executed criminals, plundered as medicinal cure-alls. However, this is the first book to consider the demand for the blood of the executed, the desire for human fat, the resort to the hanged man’s hand, and the trade in hanging ro...

Genre: History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 118 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 October 2019 onward  

Punishing the Criminal Corpse, 1700-1840: Aggravated Forms of the Death Penalty in England (Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and its Afterlife)

by Peter King

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 licence. This book analyses the different types of post-execution punishments and other aggravated execution practices, the reasons why they were advocated, and the decision, enshrined in the Murder Act of 1752, to make two post-execution punishments, dissection and gibbeting, an integral part of sentences for murder. It traces the origins of the Act, and then explores the ways in which Act was actually put into practice. After identifying the dominance of penal dissection throughout the period, it looks at the abandonment of burning at the stake in the 1790s, the rapid decline of hanging in chains just after 1800, and the final abandonment of both dissection and gibbeting in 1832 and 1834. It concludes that the Act, by creating differentiation in...

Genre: History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Law, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 212 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 October 2019 onward  

Imperial Technology and 'Native' Agency (Open Access): A Social History of Railways in Colonial India, 1850-1920 (Empires and the Making of the Modern World, 1650-2000)

by Aparajita Mukhopadhyay

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Genre: History, Asia, Europe, UK, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Transportation, Politics & Social Sciences
Size: 254 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 17 October 2019 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
38 reviews

The Wars of the Roses

by John Gillingham

Frequently remembered only as a period of military history which both saw the French beat the English and then the English fight amongst themselves, traditional historians have tended to regard The Wars of the Roses as an episode that wrecked England's military greatness.John Gillingham's highly readable history separates the myth from the reality. He argues that, paradoxically, the Wars of the Roses demonstrate how peaceful England in fact was. From the accession of the infant Henry VI to the thrones of England and France in 1422 to the accession of Henry VII following the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, Gillingham uses his gift for graphic description (particularly with his exciting account of the 1471 campaign) to great effect. He is also good at placing the warfare within its European cont...

Genre: History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction
Size: 287 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 16 October 2019 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
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A History of the UK: in Vietnamese and English: An overview of UK history from Early Britain to the present day

by Andrew Thompson

This book presents a history of the UK from the arrival of hunter-gatherers to the present day. The history is drawn from the UK governments historical account as presented in the official study material for ‘The Life in the UK Test’.

It is hoped that this Vietnamese text will make it much easier for Vietnamese to learn about the history of the UK

For those studying English it is worth noting that the English text has been written to ensure that anyone who can read English at ESOL Level 3 or above should have no difficulty with the language.
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Genre: History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction, Education & Reference, Foreign Languages
Size: 160 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 16 October 2019 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
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History of Scotland: A Captivating Guide to Scottish History, the Wars of Scottish Independence and William Wallace

by Captivating History

If you want to discover the captivating history of Scotland, the Wars of Scottish Independence and William Wallace, then keep reading...Free History BONUS Inside!Three captivating manuscripts in one book:Scottish History: A Captivating Guide to the History of ScotlandWars of Scottish Independence: A Captivating Guide to the Battles Between the Kingdom of Scotland and the Kingdom of England, Including the Impact Made by King Robert the BruceWilliam Wallace: A Captivating Guide to a Freedom Fighter and Martyr Who Impacted Scottish History and Scotland’s Independence from EnglandA sense of poetic irony registers when one learns that Scotland has never won a major military battle when the odds were in their favor. In 1513, the largest Scottish army to ever invade England was defeated by a si...

Genre: History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction, Education & Reference, Education
Size: 242 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 15 October 2019 onward  

Material Cultures of Childhood in Second World War Britain (Material Culture and Modern Conflict)

by Gabriel Moshenska

How do children cope when their world is transformed by war? This book draws on memory narratives to construct an historical anthropology of childhood in Second World Britain, focusing on objects and spaces such as gas masks, air raid shelters and bombed-out buildings. In their struggles to cope with the fears and upheavals of wartime, with families divided and familiar landscapes lost or transformed, children reimagined and reshaped these material traces of conflict into toys, treasures and playgrounds. This study of the material worlds of wartime childhood offers a unique viewpoint into an extraordinary period in history with powerful resonances across global conflicts into the present day....

Genre: History, Europe, Military, UK, World
Size: 198 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 13 October 2019 onward  

Anti-Vivisection and the Profession of Medicine in Britain: A Social History (The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series)

by A.W.H. Bates

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.This book explores the social history of the anti-vivisection movement in Britain from its nineteenth-century beginnings until the 1960s. It discusses the ethical principles that inspired the movement and the socio-political background that explains its rise and fall. Opposition to vivisection began when medical practitioners complained it was contrary to the compassionate ethos of their profession. Christian anti-cruelty organizations took up the cause out of concern that callousness among the professional classes would have a demoralizing effect on the rest of society. As the nineteenth century drew to a close, the influence of transcendentalism, Eastern religions and the spiritual revival led new age social reformers to champion a more ...

Genre: History, Europe, UK, Professional & Technical, Medicine, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Science & Maths
Size: 217 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 13 October 2019 onward  

Remembering and Disremembering the Dead: Posthumous Punishment, Harm and Redemption over Time (Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and its Afterlife)

by Floris Tomasini

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 licence. This book is a multidisciplinary work that investigates the notion of posthumous harm over time. The question what is and when is death, affects how we understand the possibility of posthumous harm and redemption. Whilst it is impossible to hurt the dead, it is possible to harm the wishes, beliefs and memories of persons that once lived. In this way, this book highlights the vulnerability of the dead, and makes connections to a historical oeuvre, to add critical value to similar concepts in history that are overlooked by most philosophers. There is a long historical view of case studies that illustrate the conceptual character of posthumous punishment; that is, dissection and gibbetting of the criminal corpse after the Murder Act (1752),...

Genre: History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction, Parenting & Families, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy, Health & Fitness, Death & Grief
Size: 103 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 13 October 2019 onward  

Capital Punishment and the Criminal Corpse in Scotland, 1740–1834 (Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and its Afterlife)

by Rachel E. Bennett

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Genre: History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 237 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 13 October 2019 onward  

Child Protection in England, 1960–2000: Expertise, Experience, and Emotion (Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood)

by Jennifer Crane

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.This open access book explores how children, parents, and survivors reshaped the politics of child protection in late twentieth-century England.  Activism by these groups, often manifested in small voluntary organisations, drew upon and constructed an expertise grounded in experience and emotion that supported, challenged, and subverted medical, social work, legal, and political authority.  New forms of experiential and emotional expertise were manifested in politics – through consultation, voting, and lobbying – but also in the reshaping of everyday life, and in new partnerships formed between voluntary spokespeople and media.  While becoming subjects of, and agents in, child protection politics over the late twentieth century, chi...

Genre: History, Europe, UK, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: 215 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 13 October 2019 onward  

Rating: 1.00 / 5
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The Rise of the Silver Hatchet Gang: Mike Covell True Crime Series

by Mike Covell

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Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Specific Groups, History, Europe, Reference, UK, Nonfiction, True Accounts, True Crime
Size: 294 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 11 October 2019 onward  

Multiculturalism in the British Commonwealth: Comparative Perspectives on Theory and Practice

by Richard T. Ashcroft

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Genre: History, Asia, Europe, UK, World, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Practical Politics
Size: 305 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 11 October 2019 onward  

Rating: 3.70 / 5
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The Beast of Barmston Drain (Mike Covell Investigates Book 13)

by Mike Covell

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Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Specific Groups, History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction, True Accounts, True Crime
Size: 240 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 10 October 2019 onward  

The History of England (Vol. 1-6): Illustrated Edition

by David Hume

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Genre: History, Europe, UK
Size: 2588 pages
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Rating: 4.10 / 5
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Joseph Bazalgette: A Life From Beginning to End

by Hourly History

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Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Professionals & Academics, History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction
Size: 2.96 mb
Free eBook download for Kindle from 09 October 2019 onward  

Rating: 4.10 / 5
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LIST OF 10: The True Story of Serial Killer Joseph Naso (Detectives True Crime Cases Book 7)

by C.L. Swinney

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Genre: History, Europe, UK, Biography & True Accounts, True Accounts, True Crime
Size: 305 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 09 October 2019 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Perfecta Saxonia: The Unification of the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms

by John Broughton

King Alfred never achieved his dream of uniting the disparate Anglo-Saxon kingdoms into one Perfecta Saxonia.The man destined to fulfill Alfred's dream is his grandson, Athelstan, as the spark of unity begins in the Saxon kingdom of Wessex. Abandoned by his father and raised by his uncle, young Athelstan faces numerous adversities on his way to becoming a mighty warrior and diplomat.But can he overcome the odds to transform England from an insignificant island off the Western European mainland, into the leading centre of tenth-century diplomacy and learning?Discover the story of one of the most important English kings, who put in place the foundations of modern-day England....

Genre: Fiction, Literary Fiction, War, History, Europe, UK, Teen & Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Literature & Fiction
Size: 236 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 09 October 2019 onward  

Rating: 4.60 / 5
3 reviews

Jack The Ripper - The Black Magic Myth

by Mike Covell

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Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Specific Groups, History, Europe, Reference, UK, Nonfiction, True Accounts, True Crime
Size: 649 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 09 October 2019 onward  

Rating: 4.90 / 5
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Glory Hunter *** Number 1 Book ***

by Brian Darling

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Genre: History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction, Sport, Football
Size: 250 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 09 October 2019 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
4 reviews

How Generations Remember: Conflicting Histories and Shared Memories in Post-War Bosnia and Herzegovina (Global Diversities)

by Monika Palmberger

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.This book provides a profound insight into post-war Mostar, and the memories of three generations of this Bosnian-Herzegovinian city. Drawing on several years of ethnographic fieldwork, it offers a vivid account of how personal and collective memories are utterly intertwined, and how memories across the generations are reimagined and ‘rewritten’ following great socio-political change. Focusing on both Bosniak-dominated East Mostar and Croat-dominated West Mostar, it demonstrates that, even in this ethno-nationally divided city with its two divergent national historiographies, generation-specific experiences are crucial in how people ascribe meaning to past events. It argues that the dramatic and often brutal transformations that Bosnia...

Genre: History, Europe, Historical Study, Military, UK, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Ideologies, International, War & Peace
Size: 254 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 09 October 2019 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
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The Governor of England

by Marjorie Bowen

Oliver Cromwell was first and foremost an English soldier.

But he was also a statesman of outstanding gifts and a forceful character, becoming Lord Protector of the Republican Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland from 1653 to 1658.

One of the leading generals on the parliamentary side in the English Civil War against King Charles I, he was indispensable in the campaign to the overthrow of the Stuart monarchy.

In his position as Lord Protector, he raised his country’s status back to being one of leading European power, something it had not experienced since the death of Queen Elizabeth I.

Cromwell was one of the most remarkable rulers in European history; he believed deeply in the value of religious toleration.

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Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Leaders & Notable People, Specific Groups, History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction
Size: 382 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 08 October 2019 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
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The Cost of Insanity in Nineteenth-Century Ireland: Public, Voluntary and Private Asylum Care (Mental Health in Historical Perspective)

by Alice Mauger

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Genre: History, Europe, UK, World, Professional & Technical, Medicine, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Science & Maths
Size: 281 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 07 October 2019 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

The Golden and Ghoulish Age of the Gibbet in Britain (Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and its Afterlife)

by Sarah Tarlow

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 licence. This book is the first academic study of the post-mortem practice of gibbeting (‘hanging in chains’), since the nineteenth century. Gibbeting involved placing the executed body of a malefactor in an iron cage and suspending it from a tall post. A body might remain in the gibbet for many decades, while it gradually fell to pieces. Hanging in chains was a very different sort of post-mortem punishment from anatomical dissection, although the two were equal alternatives in the eyes of the law. Where dissection obliterated and de-individualised the body, hanging in chains made it monumental and rooted it in the landscape, adding to personal notoriety. Focusing particularly on the period 1752-1832, this book provides a summary of the histo...

Genre: History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 155 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 06 October 2019 onward  

Rating: 4.80 / 5
19 reviews

Neptune's Trident: Spices and Slaves 1500-1807 (A History of the British Merchant Navy)

by Richard Woodman

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Genre: History, Europe, UK, World, Nonfiction
Size: 456 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 06 October 2019 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
2 reviews

More Ghost Files (Mike Covell Investigates Book 2)

by Mike Covell

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Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Historical, History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Occult
Size: 295 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 06 October 2019 onward  

Rating: 1.00 / 5
1 review

Jack The Ripper - The Hull Connection

by Mike Covell

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Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Specific Groups, History, Europe, Reference, UK, Nonfiction, True Accounts, True Crime
Size: 368 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 06 October 2019 onward  

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