Routledge Historical Biographies

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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.

  • Louis XIV

    2nd Edition

    By Richard Wilkinson

    Louis XIV ruled France for more than half a century and is typically remembered for his absolutism, his patronage of the arts and his lavish lifestyle — culminating in the building of Versailles. This original and lively biography focuses on Louis’ personal life while keeping the needs of the…

    Paperback – 2017-08-18 
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    Thomas Cranmer

    By Susan Wabuda

    Thomas Cranmer’s place in English history is firmly established, yet the complexities of his character have remained obscure and he continues to be one of the most problematic figures of the Tudor period. Susan Wabuda’s biography sheds fresh light not only on the private Cranmer, but also on the…

    Paperback – 2017-06-29 
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  • Mao

    2nd Edition

    By Michael Lynch

    Michael Lynch’s second edition of Mao examines the life of this controversial figure. Opening with a detailed chronology, it delves into Mao’s younger years and tracks his gradual rise to power, with a chapter dedicated to the cult status that surrounded him. Through a wealth of primary and…

    Paperback – 2017-05-02 
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    Charlie Chaplin

    A Political Biography from Victorian Britain to Modern America

    By Richard Carr

    Richard Carr’s Charlie Chaplin places politics at the centre of the filmmaker’s life as it looks beyond Chaplin’s role as a comedic figure to his constant political engagement both on and off the screen. Drawing from a wealth of archival sources from across the globe, Carr provides an in-depth…

    Paperback – 2017-04-26 
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    Stalin

    From the Caucasus to the Kremlin

    By Christopher Read

    This new biography of Stalin offers an accessible and up-to-date representation of one of the twentieth-century’s defining figures, as well as new insights, analysis and illumination to deepen our understanding of his actions, intentions and the nature of the power that he wielded. Christopher…

    Paperback – 2016-12-12
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    Queen Victoria

    By Paula Bartley

    Paula Bartley’s Queen Victoria examines Victorian Britain from the perspective of the Queen. Victoria’s personal and political actions are discussed in relation to contemporary shifts in Britain’s society, politics and culture, examining to what extent they did – or did not – influence events…

    Paperback – 2016-02-15
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    Thatcher

    By Graham Goodlad

    Thatcher provides an accessible and scholarly introduction to the personality and career of Britain’s first female political leader and the twentieth century’s longest serving Prime Minister. Providing a balanced narrative and assessment of one of the most significant figures of the post-war era,…

    Paperback – 2015-12-03
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    Henry VI

    By David Grummitt

    In this new assessment of Henry VI, David Grummitt synthesizes a wealth of detailed research into Lancastrian England that has taken place throughout the last three decades to provide a fresh appraisal of the house’s last King. The biography places Henry in the context of Lancastrian political…

    Paperback – 2015-05-18
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    Henry VIII

    2nd Edition

    By Lucy Wooding

    This new edition of Lucy Wooding’s Henry VIII is fully revised and updated to provide an insightful and original portrait of one of England’s most unforgettable monarchs and the many paradoxes of his character and reign. Henry was a Renaissance prince whose Court dazzled with artistic display, yet…

    Paperback – 2015-03-17
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    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    2nd Edition

    By Peter J. Ling

    Peter Ling’s acclaimed biography of Martin Luther King Jr provides a thorough re-examination of both the man and the Civil Rights Movement, showing how King grew into his leadership role and kept his faith as the challenges facing the movement strengthened after 1965. Ling combines a detailed…

    Paperback – 2015-03-05
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    Mussolini

    2nd Edition

    By Peter Neville

    This new edition of Peter Neville’s Mussolini traces and analyses the life of one of the most fascinating twentieth century European dictators, Benito Mussolini, while placing his life in its historic Italian context. Engaging and accessible, the Duce’s career is traced from his roots as a…

    Paperback – 2014-09-04
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    Martin Luther

    2nd Edition

    By Michael A. Mullett

    An engaging and comprehensive new edition of this established biography provides students with an understanding of the European Reformation through the life of its key mover, Martin Luther. Working chronologically through Luther’s life, Michael A. Mullet explains and analyses Luther’s background,…

    Paperback – 2014-08-27
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    Bismarck

    A Political History, 2nd Edition

    By Edgar Feuchtwanger

    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…

    Paperback – 2014-04-02
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    John F. Kennedy

    By Peter J. Ling

    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…

    Paperback – 2013-11-13
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  • Franco: The Biography of the Myth book cover

    Franco

    The Biography of the Myth

    By Antonio Cazorla-Sanchez

    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,…

    Paperback – 2013-08-09
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    John Maynard Keynes

    By Vincent Barnett

    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…

    Paperback – 2012-10-31
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    Henry V

    By John Matusiak

    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…

    Paperback – 2012-10-24
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    Hitler

    By Michael Lynch

    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…

    Paperback – 2012-09-18
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    Elizabeth I

    By Judith M. Richards

    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…

    Paperback – 2011-09-15
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    John Calvin

    By Michael Mullett

    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…

    Paperback – 2011-05-19
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    Richard III

    By David Hipshon

    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…

    Paperback – 2010-11-15
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    Neville Chamberlain

    By Nick Smart

    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…

    Paperback – 2009-07-22
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    Marx

    By Vincent Barnett

    Karl Marx has been portrayed in equal measure both as a political prophet who foresaw the end of capitalist exploitation, and as a populist Anti- Christ whose totalitarian legacy has cost millions of lives worldwide. This new biography looks beyond these caricatures in order to understand more…

    Paperback – 2009-01-30
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    Edward IV

    By Hannes Kleineke

    The reign of King Edward IV occupies a pivotal place in late medieval English history, marking the transition from a medieval to a renaissance monarchy. The personality of the young monarch was undoubtedly a factor in this transition, yet there has been much controversy over the King's…

    Paperback – 2008-07-18
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    Mary Tudor

    By Judith M. Richards

    Mary Tudor is often written off as a hopeless, twisted queen who tried desperately to pull England back to the Catholic Church that was so dear to her mother, and sent many to burn at the stake in the process. In this radical re-evaluation of the first 'real' English queen regnant, Judith M.…

    Paperback – 2008-06-26
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    Louis XIV

    By Richard Wilkinson

    'Wilkinson's prose is vigorous, direct, and often very funny ... There is not a dull page in the book. At the same time, its purpose is entirely serious ... There could scarcely be a better way of drawing the non-specialist reader into the intricate world of seventeenth-century France.' – History…

    Paperback – 2007-04-10
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    Henry VII

    By Sean Cunningham

    This biography illuminates the life of Henry VII himself, how he ran his government, how his authority was maintained, and the nature of the country over which he ruled since he first claimed the throne in 1485. Sean Cunningham explores how Henry's reign was vitally important in stabilizing…

    Paperback – 2007-02-15
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    Oliver Cromwell

    By Martyn Bennett

    In this concise and accessible biography, Martyn Bennett examines the life of Oliver Cromwell – one of the most controversial figures in world history. This study challenges long-held perceptions of Cromwell and the Commonwealth, arguing that they need to be placed at the core of early Modern…

    Paperback – 2006-05-15
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    Mary Queen of Scots

    By Retha M. Warnicke

    "Scholars now have Warnicke to use as their chief one volume study of Mary" Julian Goodare, University of Edinburgh In this biography of one of the most intriguing figures of early modern European history, Retha Warnicke, widely regarded as a leading historian on Tudor queenship, offers a fresh…

    Paperback – 2006-01-27
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  • Lenin: A Revolutionary Life book cover

    Lenin

    A Revolutionary Life

    By Christopher Read

    From a highly distinguished author on the subject, this biography is an excellent scholarly introduction to one of the key figures of the Russian Revolution and post-Tsarist Russia. Not only does it make use of archive material made newly available in the glasnost and post-Soviet eras, it…

    Paperback – 2005-04-29
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    Mao

    By Michael Lynch, Michael Lynch

    Michael Lynch presents an engaging and thorough account of Mao's life and politics, making use of a wealth of primary and secondary sources. He locates Maoism in the broader context of twentieth century Chinese history, discussing the development of the Chinese Communist Party, the creation of the…

    Paperback – 2004-06-03
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    Nehru

    By Benjamin Zachariah

    This engaging new biography dispels many myths surrounding Nehru, and distinguishes between the icon he has become and the politician he actually was. Benjamin Zachariah places Nehru in the context of the issues of his time, including the central theme of nationalism, the impact of Cold War…

    Paperback – 2004-04-29
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    Gladstone

    By Michael Partridge

    Gladstone is one of the most important political figures in modern British history. He held the office of Prime Minister four times during a turbulent and changing time in Britain's history. Michael Partridge provides a new survey of Gladstone's life and career, placing him firmly in the context of…

    Paperback – 2003-04-10
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    Trotsky

    By Ian D. Thatcher

    This new biography provides a full account of Leon Trotsky's political life, based upon a wealth of primary sources, including previously unpublished material. Ian D. Thatcher paints a new picture of Trotsky's standing in Russian and world history. Key myths about Trotsky's heroic work as a…

    Paperback – 2002-12-05
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    Emmeline Pankhurst

    By Paula Bartley

    In this well-structured, fluent and lively account, Paula Bartley uses new archival material to assess whether Pankhurst should be seen as a heroine or a tyrant, a conservative or a progressive. Emmeline Pankhurst was the most prominent campaigner for the women's right to vote and was transformed…

    Paperback – 2002-07-25
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