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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...

Deng Xiaoping
The Sunday Times praises Alexander V. Pantsov’s "balanced but unflinching" biography for its "direct style" and "vivid anecdotes".
Waterloo
Learn more about the murderous struggle that ended Napoleon’s imperial dreams for good with this exclusive excerpt.
Go-Betweens for Hitler
Author Karina Urbach talks about the secret diplomacy of Nazi Germany and its relevance in today’s politics.
Secret Science
Ulf Schmidt’s ground breaking book is reviewed by the Independent for its new and shocking discoveries.
The Nuns of Sant’Ambrogio
Test your knowledge of the secrets of the Sant’Ambrogio convent with this interactive quiz.
The Guardians
The Wall Street Journal calls Susan Pedersen’s book "indispensable" and "hard-hitting".
Planck
See what The Times has to say about Brandon R. Brown’s biography of Planck.

History Clips...

Alan Forrest on remembering Waterloo.

Anne Curry on the cultural legacy of Agincourt.

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.