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Routledge Historical Biographies

Series Editor: Robert Pearce

Routledge Historical Biographies are concise, accessible introductions to key historical figures. Written by experts in their fields they are designed to help students either starting out on a course, or revising before exams. Far from being dry, academic texts however, they are also perfect, affordable books for the history buff.

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1-10 of 27 results in Routledge Historical Biographies
  1. Bismarck

    A Political History, 2nd Edition

    By Edgar Feuchtwanger

    Series: Routledge Historical Biographies

    Bismarck was arguably the most important figure in nineteenth-century European history after 1815. In this biography, Edgar Feuchtwanger reassesses Bismarck's significance as a historical figure. He traces his development from a typical Junker, a reactionary and conservative, into the so-called...

    Published April 1st 2014 by Routledge

  2. John F. Kennedy

    By Peter J. Ling

    Series: Routledge Historical Biographies

    A lively, concise and cutting-edge biography of one of the towering figures of 20th-century history. Of all the US presidents of the post-Second World War period, John F. Kennedy is the most clearly idolized. There is a well-documented gulf between the public’s largely positive appraisal of this...

    Published November 12th 2013 by Routledge

  3. Franco

    The Biography of the Myth

    By Antonio Cazorla-Sanchez

    Series: Routledge Historical Biographies

    General Francisco Franco, also called the Caudillo, was the dictator of Spain from 1939 until his death in 1975. His life has been examined in many previous biographies. However, most of these have been traditional, linear biographies that focus on Franco’s military and political careers,...

    Published August 8th 2013 by Routledge

  4. John Maynard Keynes

    By Vincent Barnett

    Series: Routledge Historical Biographies

    John Maynard Keynes is arguably the most important and influential economist of the twentieth century, and stands alongside Adam Smith and Karl Marx as one of the most famous economic thinkers of all time. Keynes’s radical reassessment of the accepted principles of economics led to new ways of...

    Published October 30th 2012 by Routledge

  5. Henry V

    By John Matusiak

    Series: Routledge Historical Biographies

    Henry V of England, the princely hero of Shakespeare’s play, who successfully defeated the French at the Battle of Agincourt and came close to becoming crowned King of France, is one of the best known and most compelling monarchs in English history. This new biography takes a fresh look at his...

    Published October 23rd 2012 by Routledge

  6. Hitler

    By Michael Lynch

    Series: Routledge Historical Biographies

    Adolf Hitler is the most notorious political figure of the twentieth century. The story of his life, how he became a dictator, and how he managed to convince so many to follow his cause is a subject of perennial fascination. Balancing narrative and analysis, this biography employs a chronological...

    Published September 17th 2012 by Routledge

  7. Elizabeth I

    By Judith M. Richards

    Series: Routledge Historical Biographies

    Elizabeth I was Queen of England for almost forty-five years. The daughter of Henry VIII and Ann Boleyn, as an infant she was briefly accepted as her father’s heir. After her mother was executed at her father’s command she was declared illegitimate and led a sometimes scandalous existence until her...

    Published September 14th 2011 by Routledge

  8. John Calvin

    By Michael Mullett

    Series: Routledge Historical Biographies

    John Calvin (1509-1564) is one of the most important figures in religious history. Sitting on the cusp of the medieval and early modern world, he was centre stage during the Reformation. In this new biography, Michael Mullett introduces us to this most important figure, tying his life together with...

    Published May 18th 2011 by Routledge

  9. Richard III

    By David Hipshon

    Series: Routledge Historical Biographies

    Despite reigning for only a relatively short period of time, Richard III is one of England’s most controversial monarchs. His life and rule has inspired a huge amount of literature, not least Shakespeare’s great play, and controversy still surrounds his seizure of the throne in 1485, the mystery of...

    Published November 14th 2010 by Routledge

  10. Neville Chamberlain

    By Nick Smart

    Series: Routledge Historical Biographies

    Neville Chamberlain, the Conservative Prime Minister who pursued the doomed policy of appeasing Hitler, is one of the most reinterpreted of modern British Prime Ministers. Infamous on account of his declaration of having achieved ‘peace for our time’, Neville Chamberlain has often been portrayed as...

    Published July 21st 2009 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Martin Luther, 2nd Edition
    By Michael A. Mullett
    To Be Published August 5th 2014
  2. Mussolini, 2nd Edition
    By Peter Neville
    To Be Published September 4th 2014
  3. Martin Luther King Jr, 2nd Edition
    By Peter J. Ling
    To Be Published January 14th 2015
  4. Gandhi
    By Benjamin Zachariah
    To Be Published February 14th 2015

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