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Brewer's Britain and Ireland, by John Ayto and Ian Crofton (Cassell, 30 [pounds sterling]) is a dictionary devoted to the historical, linguistic, folkloric, literary, cultural and other associations of 7,000 place-names in Britain and Ireland.

The Palgrave Macmillan Dictionary of Women's Biography, edited by Jennifer Uglow and Maggy Hendry (Palgrave, 25 [pounds sterling]) reaches its fourth edition, with the addition of many contemporary figures; it now carries more than 2,100 biographies of all periods and cultures.

People, Nations and Cultures: An A-Z of the Peoples of the World, Past and Present, edited by John Mackenzie (Cassell, 30 [pounds sterling]) is a handy dictionary of 1,500 of the world's major ethnic and cultural groupings from the Assyrians to the Zulu.

Brief History of Mutiny by Richard Woodman (Constable & Robinson, 9.99 [pounds sterling]), is a furious, savage and bloody account of 400 years of terrifying rebellions and the ruthless strategies used to quell them, from Magellan to the Second World War.

Mammoth Book of True War Stories, edited by Jon E. Lewis (Constable & Robinson 7.99 [pounds sterling]), contains sixty of the finest accounts of war from throughout the ages. Although war is hell, in a few men and women it also brings out the best. Heroism and horror are the keynotes of this new anthology of war writing.

The Genealogist's Internet: Third Expanded Edition (The National Archives, 12.99 [pounds sterling]).There is a wealth of data on the web for those researching a family tree. However, the sheer volume of information and diversity of websites can make starting your search confusing and time-consuming. This clear and authoritative guide from The National Archives starts by explaining how the internet works for the beginner. It continues by dealing with the major sources of primary data available to family historians on-line and highlights the most helpful directories and gateways.

The National Archives: A Practical Guide for Family Historians (The National Archives, 8.99 [pounds sterling]).This is the first-timer's guide to The National Archives for England, Wales and the United Kingdom and many of the key sources for family history research. These include military service records, death duty records and wills before 1858. Expert genealogist Stella Colwell shows how to access the key records and how to interpret them. All the new online services and other developments over the last six years are fully covered.

The Captain's Table, by Sarah Edington (National Maritime Museum Publishing, 16.99 [pounds sterling]) is a collection of recipes from the days of the great ocean liners, recreated for the modern home chef, and beautifully illustrated with original menu cards and other memorabilia.

In the gripping new biographical study A.L. Rowse and Cornwall: A Paradoxical Patriot (University of Exeter Press, 25 [pounds sterling]), Philip Payton explores the complicated relationship which existed between Rowse, historian and man of letters, and his native Cornwall. Drawing on the Rowse archive at Exeter University, Payton reaches a number of original conclusions, all of them persuasive and stimulating. Perhaps the most important, and startling, is that Rowse was one of the true begetters of the 'New British History' which has so transformed our understanding of the Early Modern period.

War Law. International Law and Armed Conflict by Michael Byers (Atlantic, 16.99 [pounds sterling]). In this unique (and readable) book, one of the world's leading experts in international law uses case studies from history to examine the basis on which war is waged. Byers examines the history of armed conflict and international law through a series of case studies of past conflicts, from the 1837 Caroline Incident to the abuse of detainees by US forces at Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq. Byers explores the legal controversies that surrounded the 1999 and 2001 interventions in Kosovo and Afghanistan and the 2003 war in Iraq; the development of international humanitarian law from the 1859 Battle of Solferino to the present; and the role of war crimes tribunals and the International Criminal Court. …

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