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History

Enter the exclusive world of Elizabeth I and meet the Virgin Queen’s most coveted courtiers. Discover the true, never-before-told story of a scandalous nineteenth-century convent by one of the world’s leading papal historians. Explore how the momentous battle at Waterloo changed the course of history forever. Find out how a deceptively unimposing force of Arabian tribes conquered and redefined the old world order. This page brings you the widest range of accessible history books from the sharpest minds.

Read blog articles on a range of history topics and watch videos of OUP authors such as Caroline Shenton and Mary Fulbrook discuss their work.

Browse some of the best history books available including bestsellers by Peter Longerich on Heinrich Himmler and Jonathan Steinberg on Bismarck.

Features...

Charles I and the People of England
David Cressy’s "rich account" of the monarch is "fascinating" and "brimming with details", says the Telegraph.
Win a membership to English Heritage
You could win two adult, year-long memberships to English Heritage, ensuring full-access to over 400 historic sites.
The Oxford Illustrated History of World War II
Trace the fascinating history of the Second World War with this interactive timeline.
Napoleon: On War
Drawing on personal correspondence and writings, this ground-breaking book reveals Napoleon’s thinking on war and strategy.
Byron’s Letters & Journals
The Telegraph spotlights this new edition of Lord Byron’s "extraordinary" prose.
I Hope I Don’t Intrude
Delve into nineteenth-century Britain’s cultural, social and political history through the impact of the immensely successful Paul Pry.
Great Shakespeare Actors
Author and expert Stanley Wells discusses the idea behind his latest book.

History Clips...

Susan Doran on the varied relationships of Queen Elizabeth I.

Hester Vaizey on what it was like to grow up within the Berlin Wall.

OUPBlog articles from the sharpest minds...

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Meet the authors

Meet the authors

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Articles archive on the OUPblog

Articles archive on the OUPblog

Browse more history articles from around the world.