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Battle Story: Somme 1916

Author: Andrew Robertshaw

Part of a series: Battle Story

Publisher: The History Press (2015)

One of the bloodiest conflicts in military history, the Battle of the Somme raged from 1 July to 18 November 1916. It has come to signify for many the waste and bloodshed of the First World War as hundreds of thousands of men on all sides lost their lives fighting over small gains in land. If you want to understand what happened and why – read Battle Story.

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Battle Story: Waterloo 1815

Author: Gregory Fremont-Barnes

Part of a series: Battle Story

Publisher: The History Press (2015)

On 18 June 1815 the armies Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington, each of approximately equal strength, faced one another in southern Belgium to fight one of the most decisive battles in history, while elements of a third, Prussian, army sought to reach the field in time to turn the tide in favour of the Allies. On the outcome of Waterloo hung the fate of Napoleon’s renewed bid to impose French rule over Europe.

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Britain 1890-1924 (Access To History)

Author: Mike Byrne

Part of a series: Access To History

Publisher: Hodder Education (2008)

This title covers the changing fortunes of the political parties, the emergence of the Labour party, and the impact of the First World War. It also looks at social reform, women's suffrage campaign and the problems in Ireland.

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But You Did Not Come Back

Author: Marceline Loridan-Ivens

Publisher: Faber & Faber (2015)

'I was quite cheerful person, you know, in spite of what happened to us.' In 1944, at the age of fifteen, Marceline Loridan-Ivens was arrested in occupied France, along with her father. They were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland. When they arrived, they were forcibly separated. Though he managed to smuggle a last note to her via an electrician, she never spoke to him again. But You Did Not Come Back is Marceline's letter to the father she would never know as an adult, to the man whose death has enveloped her life. With poignant honesty, she tells him of the events that have continued to haunt her, of the collapse of their family, and of her efforts to find a place in a changing world. This is a breathtaking memoir by an extraordinary woman, and an intimate and deeply moving message from a daughter to her father.

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Call The Midwife

Author: Jennifer Worth

Publisher: Phoenix (2002)

Life in London's docklands in the 1950s was tough. The brothels of Cable Street, the Kray brothers and gang warfare, the meths drinkers in the bombsites - this was the world that Jennifer Worth entered when she became a midwife at the age of twenty-two. Babies were born in slum conditions, often with no running water. Jennifer Worth describes the romance and beauty of the great port of London, the bug-infested tenements, the spectre of disease, the sense of community and the incredible resilience of women who bore more than ten children. Funny, disturbing and moving, Call the Midwife brings to life a world that has now changed beyond measure.

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Authors: Maggie Freeman, Mike Phillips, Pat Murray

Part of a series: Collins Big Cat Series Turquoise Level

Publisher: Collins Educational (2005)

The book reveals how castles were built, not only for people to live in, but also to keep enemies out. Detailed illustrations show the materials that were used and special precautions that were taken to ensure castles would provide adequate defence. Photographs show several examples of castles and castle remains that can still be visited today.

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Changing Minds

Authors: Jamie Byrom, Christine Counsell, MIchael Riley, Paul Stephens-Wood

Part of a series: Think through history

Publisher: Longman (2008)

This book helps pupils to understand the minds of people living through years of great change. It explores the social, political and spiritual lives of people in Britain between 1500 and 1750. A creative combination of outine and depth is at the heart of this book. Overviews are integrated into in-depth studies to develop historical understanding and to ensure thorough coverage of the National Curriculum. Each section is structured as an enquiry, built around a key question of historical significance. A clear pattern of steps builds towards a final activity. Many of the enquiries lead to a piece of extended writing. Students select, sort and classify information and learn to connect the key issues. The book takes a story-based approach. Historical characters illuminate the thinking of people in the past and bring it to life. The clear structure of each enquiry builds confidence and knowledge through repetition and reinforcement. Students of all abilities are helped at every step.

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Chariots Of The Gods?

Author: Erich Von Daniken

Publisher: Berkley (1984)

All over the world there are fantastic ruins and improbable objects which cannot be explained by reference to conventional theories of archaeology, history and religion. Why are the world's Sacred Books full of descriptions of Gods who came down from the sky in fiery chariots and who always promised to return? How could an ancient Sanscrit text contacin an account which can only be of a journey in a space-ship, complete with a graphic description of the force of gravity? Do maps found in the seventeenth century really otline the coast of Antarctica which within historical memory has never been free of a massive ice-cap? Within the framework of the beliefs and ideas of the last thousand years such things could not be explained. But supposing they are looked at in the light of today's knowledge of space travel. This is what Erich Von Daniken has done. This book brings together a vast collection of awkward facts and demonstrates how they can be fitted into our new knowledge. Chariots of the Gods? had an outstanding success in Germany where it was first published. This is not surprising for this book can change completely our knowledge of our own history and evolution.

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Charles Darwin's Voyages Of Discovery

Author: Izzi Howell

Part of a series: Why Do We Remember?

Publisher: Franklin Watts (2016)

Find out why we remember the great naturalist Charles Darwin and his epic voyages of discovery, and learn how he proposed the theory of evolution, which changed science forever. This simple, friendly children's first history series, aimed at readers aged 5 and up, takes a close look at some key events and personalities through history and reveals how and why they are still important to us today. A perfect support to learning about history at Key Stage 1, each book uses a rich variety of historical sources, from diaries to paintings, to bring events to life, while simple historical vocabulary is introduced and explained. Each book also features a simple timeline and explores how we find about the past. All text has been carefully checked by a historian.

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Classical Mythology A Very Short Introduction

Author: Helen Morales

Part of a series: Very Short Introductions

Publisher: Oxford University Press (2007)

Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction explores the rich history and diverse interpretations of classical myths and examines how classical myths are used and understood in both high art and popular culture. The influence of classical myths can be found in the temples of Crete, skyscrapers in New York, Arabic poetry, Hollywood films, psychoanalysis, the Bible, and New Age spiritualism. The myths of ancient Greece and Rome seem to exert a timeless power over us. But what do those myths represent, and why are they so enduringly fascinating? Why do they seem to be such a potent way of talking about ourselves, our origins, and our desires?

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