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Abbey's History Herald

HISTORY BOOKS SPECIALISTS

HISTORY HERALD represents the vast history book catalogue at Abbey's Bookshop, 131 York Street, Sydney.

We are Australia's specialist bookstore for history and archaeology. Australian History, World & Ancient History, Military & Maritime History, Art History, Roman, Greek, Egyptology - whatever your reading or research interests are, we have books sourced from publishers large and small, and from university presses across the globe.

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THE SHORTEST HISTORY OF CHINA

Linda Jaivin's nimble history of rogues, revolutions and rebellions can be read in a day, but will transform your view for a lifetime. From kung-fu to tofu, tea to trade routes, sages to silk, China has influenced cuisine, commerce, military strategy, aesthetics and philosophy across the world for thousands of years.

BAD PEOPLE - AND HOW TO BE RID OF THEM

Geoffrey Robertson's recent theatre show recounted some key moments from his career which touched on the human rights aspects of big topics such as the death penalty and the pursuit and trial of Julian Assange. An inspirational talk from a truly good-hearted humanist who sees right through the justifications and rationalisations for human rights abuses that the power-hungry cling to. And all done with wit and wisdom.

Robertson's latest book outlines an emerging Plan B for punishing human rights abusers- 'Magnitsky Laws', which could impose debilitating sanctions on 'bad people'. The book explains the background and potential of these laws - early versions of them have been introduced in the US, Canada and Britain, and they are now being considered in Australia.

WHAT ARE THE WORLD'S MOST PEACEFUL NATIONS?

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Do you know what Peace is? Like many Australians who have grown up here, you may think of it simply as being an absence of war. Steve Killelea reframes and expands this to a far more nuanced concept - Positive Peace. This encompasses the complex set of conditions that, once the guns have fallen silent, enable the citizens of a nation to grow and prosper, without fear. He draws the analogy with personal health - a healthy person is more than simply being without disease.

But Steve didn't stop at definitions. He sought to measure it because without means of measurement, how can anyone assess meaningful change? Plus, he really wanted to answer a burning question - What is the planet's most peaceful nation? Enter the Institute of Economics and Peace.

In 2007, Steve established an organisation that would embark on this quest, corralling the data and statistics and developing their analysis. Their efforts produced the Global Peace Index which is now used by nations, NGOs and the World Economic Forum as part of the 'report card' indicators of national social and economic performance.

In this very accessible and personable telling of this mission, along with Steve's personal journey which gave rise to these insights, he has presented us with a wonderful overview into where all nations' leaders efforts should be focused for our continued existence on this planet. Craig Kirchner

STAN GRANT ON A GEOPOLITICAL JOURNEY

Stan Grant is one of our foremost observers and chroniclers of the world in crisis. Weaving his personal experiences of reporting from the front lines of the world's flashpoints, together with his deep understanding of politics, history and philosophy, he explores what is driving the world to crisis and how it might be averted. He fears the worst, but begins to chart the way forward. There is bitterness, anger and history here, but there is also the capacity for negotiation, forgiveness and hope.

A powerful and incisive analysis of the state of our world, and our place within it.

NATIONAL RECONCILIATION: THE LIBERAL CASE

Senator Andrew Bragg says there exists a restlessness in broader Australian society for the nation to come to terms with truth-telling around our past and to acknowledge fully the place of our First Nations people in our nation's past, present and future.

National Reconciliation Week in 2021 was May 27 - June 3. The theme of 'More than a word. Reconciliation takes action.' urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action. #MoreThanAWord #NRW2021

GETTING OUT OF DODGE

THE LAST CORRESPONDENT: Dispatches from the frontline of Xi's new China is Australian journalist, Michael Smith's insider account of living and working in China in a period of unprecedented economic and social upheaval. It was just after midnight when China's notorious secret police came knocking...

IN THE NATIONAL INTEREST - A NEW SERIES

Pocket sized but powerful, In the National Interest is a new series in the Monash University Publishing list that is focused on the challenges Australia confronts. The series informs, influences and inspires public discourse. Showcasing experts both from within Monash and beyond, these short, thought-provoking and accessible books will address the major issues of our times, from public policy to governance and government. Perfect for the thoughtful commuter or an intellectual lunch break.

So far in the series, former PM, Kevin Rudd, examines the conservative movement and Murdoch monopoly, Rachel Doyle SC (a leading barrister who has appeared several Royal Commissions) looks at Power and Consent, Bill Bowtell (leading health policy strategist and an architect of Australia's renowned HIV pandemic response) unmasks pandemic politics and Scott Ryan (long serving Liberal MP, Minister and current President of the Senate) takes on the challenges of modern politics.

Australian History Highlights

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Everything You Need to Know About the Uluru Statement...

Megan Davis

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Farmers or Hunter-gatherers?

The Dark Emu Debate

Peter Sutton

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$34.99 

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Convict-era Port Arthur

Misery of the deepest dye

David W. Cameron

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Rum

A Distilled History of Colonial...

Matt Murphy

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Kulata Tjuta

Art Gallery of SA

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Children of the Dreamtime

Helen Baldwin

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Castaway

The extraordinary survival story...

Robert Macklin

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Darwin

Growth of a City. The 1880s.

Derek Pugh

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Design

Building on Country

Alison Page

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Flash Jim

The astonishing story of the convict...

Kel Richards

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The Battlefield of Imperishable Memory

Passchendaele and the Anzac Legend...

Matthew Haultain-Gall

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Sorry and Beyond

Healing the Stolen Generations

Brian Butler

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The Forgotten Menzies

The World Picture of Australia's...

Stephen Chavura

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Save our Sons

Women, Dissent and Conscription...

Carolyn Collins

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Eliza Hamilton Dunlop

Writing from the Colonial Frontier...

Anna Johnston

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Defiant Voices

How Australia's Female Convicts...

Babette Smith

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Radicals

Remembering the Sixties

Meredith Burgmann

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Mutineers

A True Story of Heroes and Villains...

Robert Hadler

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Convicts Capitalists and Corruption

Nubrygyn and the Colony's Settlement...

Kate Gadsby

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James Cook

The story behind the man who mapped...

Peter FitzSimons

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Secret and Special

The Untold Story of Z Special Unit...

Will Davies

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The Ruby Princess

The Truth Behind the 21st-Century...

Duncan McNab

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Return to Uluru

Mark McKenna

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Into the Loneliness

The unholy alliance of Ernestine...

Eleanor Hogan

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Macquarie

Grantlee Kieza

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Argyle

The Impossible Story of Australian...

Stuart Kells

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Corruption in High Places

The Key Witness in the Justice Murphy...

Clarrie Briese

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The RAAF History

1921-1996 (3-Volume Boxed Set)

Chris Clark

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$69.99 

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Aircraft of The Royal Australian Air Force

Air Force History Branch

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$59.99 

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The Royal Australian Air Force in South Australia During...

Adelaide - Gawler - Mallala - Mount...

Peter Ingman

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Australian Bush to Tiananmen Square

Ross Terrill

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$37.99 

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Continent Aflame

Responses to an Australian Catastrophe...

Pat Anderson

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$40 

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Trouble in the Land of Giving

Australian Charities, Fraud and...

William De Maria

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$32 

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Teddy Sheean VC

A Selfless Act of Valour

Doctor Tom Lewis

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Two Cultures, One Story

Robert Isaacs

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Truth-Telling

History, sovereignty and the Uluru...

Henry Reynolds

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Seeking Refuge in Fortress Europe

WHERE THE WATER ENDS is an expansive account of the refugee crisis and the people at its heart.

Around the world, forced migration doubled in the decade leading up to 2019. Over that time, the borders of the European Union became the world's deadliest frontier. More than 20,000 people have died or disappeared while attempting to gain entry since 2012, the year the EU was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Zoe Holman traces the story of this frontier from the perspective of migrants, mainly from the Middle East, via Greece, the cradle of European and 'western' civilisation, now itself marginalised within the EU and precariously hosting some 90,000 refugees.

More History Highlights

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Agent Sonya

Ben MacIntyre

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$22.99 

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Alexandria

The Quest for the Lost City

Edmund Richardson

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$29.99 

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The Grey Men

Ralph Hope

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Checkmate in Berlin

The Cold War Showdown that Shaped...

Giles Milton

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$34.99 

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The Happy Traitor

Spies, Lies and Exile in Russia:...

Simon Kuper

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$41.95 

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The Broken House

Growing up under Hitler

Horst Kruger

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$32.99 

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The Spy who was left out in the Cold

The Secret History of Agent Goleniewski...

Tim Tate

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King Richard

Nixon and Watergate - an American...

Michael Dobbs

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The Origin of Empire

Rome from the Republic to Hadrian...

David Potter

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Richard III

The Self-Made King

Michael Hicks

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$26.95 

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Bretons and Britons

The Fight for Identity

Barry Cunliffe

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$56.95 

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Escape from Rome

The Failure of Empire and the Road...

Walter Scheidel

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Bad People - and How to Be Rid of Them

A Plan B for Human Rights

Geoffrey Robertson

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$32.99 

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The Shortest History of China

Linda Jaivin

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$24.99 

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The Last Correspondent

Dispatches from the frontline of...

Michael Smith

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Where the Water Ends

Seeking Refuge in Fortress Europe...

Zoe Holman

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$29.99 

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Red Zone

China's Challenge and Australia's...

Peter Hartcher

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The Truth About China

Propaganda, patriotism and the search...

Bill Birtles

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$32.99 

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The Beijing Bureau

25 Australian Correspondents Reporting...

Trevor Watson

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Empire of Silver

A New Monetary History of China...

Jin Xu

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$41.95 

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The Bomber Mafia

A Story Set in War

Malcolm Gladwell

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$35 

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Barbarossa

How Hitler Lost the War

Jonathan Dimbleby

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$35 

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Operation Pedestal

The Fleet That Battled to Malta...

Max Hastings

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$34.99 

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Hitler

Volume II: Downfall 1939-45

Volker Ullrich

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$24.99 

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The Premonition

A Pandemic Story

Michael Lewis

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Empireland

How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern...

Sathnam Sanghera

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The Power of Geography

Ten Maps that Reveal the Future...

Tim Marshall

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Letters to Camondo

Edmund de Waal

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$32.99 

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The New Age of Empire

How Racism and Colonialism Still...

Kehinde Andrews

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$59.99 

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Conservatism

The Fight for a Tradition

Edmund Fawcett

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The Battlefield of Imperishable Memory

Passchendaele and the Anzac Legend...

Matthew Haultain-Gall

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One Day in August

Ian Fleming, Enigma, and the Deadly...

David O'Keefe

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Fall

The Mystery of Robert Maxwell

John Preston

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$35 

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Mussolini and the Eclipse of Italian Fascism

From Dictatorship to Populism

R. J. B. Bosworth

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$51.95 

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Day of the Assassins

A History of Political Murder

Michael Burleigh

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$34.99 

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The Libyan Revolution and its Aftermath

Peter Cole

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$36.95 

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family

A Glorious Illustrated History

DK

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$49.99 

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World War II

The Definitive Visual Guide: From...

DK

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$49.99 

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The Middle East Crisis Factory

Tyranny, Resilience and Resistance...

Iyad El-Baghdadi

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$37.95 

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X Troop

The Secret Jewish Commandos Who...

Leah Garrett

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$35 

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A Very Stable Genius

Donald J. Trump's Testing of America...

Carol D. Leonnig

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$22.99 

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The Western Front

A History of the First World War...

Nick Lloyd

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$49.99 

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Until Justice Be Done

America's First Civil Rights Movement,...

Kate Masur

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$52.95 

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Notre-Dame

The Soul of France

Agnes Poirier

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$22.99 

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After the Fall

Being American in the World We've...

Ben Rhodes

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$29.99 

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This Sovereign Isle

Britain In and Out of Europe

Robert Tombs

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$36.99 

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Surviving Katyn

Stalin's Polish Massacre and the...

Jane Rogoyska

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$39.99 

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What Britain Did to Nigeria

A Short History of Conquest and...

Max Siollun

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$49.95 

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