Seminar Studies

Each book in the Seminar Studies series provides a concise and reliable introduction to a wide range of complex historical events and debates, covering topics in British, European and world history from the early modern period to the present day. Written by acknowledged experts and including supporting material such as extracts from historical documents, chronologies, glossaries, guides to key figures and further reading suggestions, Seminar Studies titles are essential reading for students of history.

Almost half a century after its launch, the series continues to introduce students to the problems involved in explaining the past, giving them the opportunity to grapple with historical documents and encouraging them to reach their own conclusions. To submit proposals for new books in the Seminar Studies series, please contact the series editors:

Clive.Emsley: clive.emsley @ open.ac.uk

Gordon Martel: Gordon.Martel @ unbc.ca

  • Africa: War and Conflict in the Twentieth Century book cover

    Africa: War and Conflict in the Twentieth Century

    By Tim Stapleton

    This book examines the causes, course and consequences of warfare in twentieth century Africa, a period which spanned colonial rebellions, both World Wars, and the decolonization process. Tim Stapleton contextualizes the essential debates and controversies surrounding African conflict in the…

    Paperback – 2018-05-15 
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    The Vietnam War

    3rd Edition

    By Mitchell Hall

    The Vietnam War examines this conflict from its origins up until North Vietnam’s victory in 1975. Historian Mitchell K. Hall’s lucid account is an ideal introduction to the key debates surrounding a war that remains controversial and disputed in American scholarship and collective memory.  The…

    Paperback – 2018-03-16 
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    The Third Reich

    5th Edition

    By David G. Williamson

    The Third Reich is a succinct, comprehensive examination of the major debates surrounding this crucial period in modern German history. The character and operation of the Nazi state, and of its global consequences, have been discussed and disputed since 1933. David G. Williamson’s Seminar Studies…

    Paperback – 2018-01-22 
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  • Britain, America, and the Special Relationship since 1941 book cover

    Britain, America, and the Special Relationship since 1941

    By B. J. C McKercher

    Britain, America and the Special Relationship since 1941 examines the Anglo-American strategic and military relationship that developed during the Second World War and continued until recent years. Forged on a common ground of social, cultural, and ideological values as well as political expediency…

    Paperback – 2017-05-23
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  • The Cold War 1949–2016 book cover

    The Cold War 1949–2016

    3rd Edition

    By Martin McCauley

    Covering the development of the Cold War from the mid-twentieth century to the present day, The Cold War 1949–2016 explores the struggle for world domination that took place between the United States and the Soviet Union following the Second World War. The conflict between these two superpowers…

    Paperback – 2017-05-22
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  • The Arab-Israeli Conflict book cover

    The Arab-Israeli Conflict

    3rd Edition

    By Kirsten E. Schulze

    In this concise yet comprehensive survey, Kirsten E. Schulze analyzes the causes, course and consequences of the Arab–Israeli conflict, exploring the particular dynamics of this conflict and the numerous attempts at its resolution. Covering pivotal events ranging from the creation of the State of…

    Paperback – 2016-11-07
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  • Origins of the First World War book cover

    Origins of the First World War

    4th Edition

    By Gordon Martel

    Origins of the First World War summarizes the policies, issues and crises that brought Europe to war in 1914. Examining the strategic and political problems that confronted each of the great powers and the way in which social and economic factors influenced the decision-making process, Martel…

    Paperback – 2016-10-18
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  • The French Revolution 1787-1804 book cover

    The French Revolution 1787-1804

    3rd Edition

    By P. M. Jones

    P. M. Jones’ The French Revolution, now in its third edition, is an authoritative survey of events in France from 1787, as the power of the ancien régime began to crumble, until 1804 and the demise of the Republic. It provides a balanced and accessible account of the dramatic events of the…

    Paperback – 2016-09-05
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  • The Inter-War Crisis book cover

    The Inter-War Crisis

    3rd Edition

    By Richard Overy

    The Inter-War Crisis is a concise yet analytical overview of the rapidly-changing world between 1918 and 1939, covering the political, economic and social instability that resulted from the First World War and the eventual descent towards the fresh upheaval of the Second World War. Revised…

    Paperback – 2016-07-26
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  • The Origins of the Second World War book cover

    The Origins of the Second World War

    4th Edition

    By Richard Overy

    Exploring the reasons why the Second World War broke out in September 1939 and why a European conflict developed into a war that spanned the globe, The Origins of the Second World War argues that this was not just ‘Hitler’s War’ but one that had its roots and origins in the decline of the old…

    Paperback – 2016-06-29
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  • South Africa: The Rise and Fall of Apartheid book cover

    South Africa

    The Rise and Fall of Apartheid, 3rd Edition

    By Nancy L. Clark, William H. Worger

    South Africa: The Rise and Fall of Apartheid examines the history of South Africa from 1948 to the present day, covering the introduction of the oppressive policy of apartheid when the Nationalists came to power, its mounting opposition in the 1970s and 1980s, its eventual collapse in the 1990s,…

    Paperback – 2016-06-28
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  • Family and Kinship in England 1450-1800 book cover

    Family and Kinship in England 1450-1800

    2nd Edition

    By Will Coster

    Family and Kinship in England 1450-1800 guides the reader through the changing relationships that made up the nature of family life from the late medieval period to the beginnings of industrialisation. It gives a clear introduction to many of the intriguing areas of interest that this field of…

    Paperback – 2016-06-23
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  • Revolution & Terror in France 1789 - 1795 book cover

    Revolution & Terror in France 1789 - 1795

    2nd Edition

    By D. G. Wright

    Dr Wright tackles the many controversies surrounding the French Revolution. He also reviews the arguments of leading historians, and analyses some of the key documentary evidence on which they have based their judgements.…

    Hardback – 2016-05-11
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    China Since 1949

    3rd Edition

    By Linda Benson

    Exploring the remarkable story of China’s rise to global prominence, China since 1949 provides a concise yet comprehensive overview of the events that have shaped the country since the middle of the twentieth century. Covering the Maoist era through the Reform period to the present day, this book…

    Paperback – 2016-05-05
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  • Origins of the Cold War 1941-1949 book cover

    Origins of the Cold War 1941-1949

    4th Edition

    By Martin McCauley

    Origins of the Cold War 1941-1949 covers the formative years of the momentous struggle which developed between two superpowers, the Soviet Union and the United States. It not only involved these titans but also the rest of the globe; many proxy wars were fought much to the detriment of the…

    Paperback – 2015-11-17
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    Tudor Rebellions

    6th Edition

    By Anthony Fletcher, Diarmaid MacCulloch

    Tudor Rebellions, now in its sixth edition, gives a chronological account of the major rebellions against the Tudor monarchy from the reign of King Henry VII until the death of Queen Elizabeth I in 1603. It also throws light on some of the main themes of Tudor history, including the dynasty’s…

    Paperback – 2015-06-29
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  • Napoleon: Conquest, Reform and Reorganisation book cover

    Napoleon

    Conquest, Reform and Reorganisation, 2nd Edition

    By Clive Emsley

    Napoleon had a profound impact on the development of both France and Europe, and his career had repercussions across the wider world. His career had all the elements of a classical tragedy: having begun with spectacular military and civil achievements, it ended in exile on the tiny Atlantic island…

    Paperback – 2014-10-27
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  • Britain and the World since 1945 book cover

    Britain and the World since 1945

    By Alasdair Blair

    This Seminar Studies title is a succinct study of modern British foreign policy, focusing on the period from 1945 to the present day. Since the end of the Second World War, Britain has been engaged in international conflicts from the Suez Crisis to the Gulf War and has actively sought involvement…

    Paperback – 2014-07-18
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  • Muslims and Crusaders: Christianity’s Wars in the Middle East, 1095-1382, from the Islamic Sources book cover

    Muslims and Crusaders

    Christianity’s Wars in the Middle East, 1095-1382, from the Islamic Sources

    By Niall Christie

    Muslims and Crusaders supplements and counterbalances the numerous books that tell the story of the crusading period from the European point of view, enabling readers to achieve a broader and more complete perspective on the period. It presents the Crusades from the perspective of those against…

    Paperback – 2014-06-25
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  • Magic and Medieval Society book cover

    Magic and Medieval Society

    By Anne Lawrence-Mathers, Carolina Escobar-Vargas

    Magic and Medieval Society presents a thematic approach to the topic of magic and sorcery in Western Europe between the eleventh and the fifteenth century. It aims to provide readers with the conceptual and documentary tools to reach informed conclusions as to the existence, nature, importance and…

    Paperback – 2014-05-20
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  • The Crusades, 1095-1204 book cover

    The Crusades, 1095-1204

    2nd Edition

    This new and considerably expanded edition of The Crusades, 1095-1204 couples vivid narrative with a clear and accessible analysis of the key ideas that prompted the conquest and settlement of the Holy Land between the First and the Fourth Crusade. This edition now covers the Fourth Crusade…

    Paperback – 2014-05-19
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  • Trotsky and the Russian Revolution book cover

    Trotsky and the Russian Revolution

    By Geoffrey Swain

    Supporters of Stalin saw Trotsky as a traitor and renegade. Trotsky’s own supporters saw him as the only true Leninist. In Trotsky and the Russian Revolution, Geoffrey Swain restores Trotsky to his real and central role in the Russian Revolution. In this succinct and comprehensive study, Swain…

    Paperback – 2014-02-24
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  • Decolonisation: The British Experience since 1945 book cover

    Decolonisation

    The British Experience since 1945, 2nd Edition

    By Nicholas White

    This updated Seminar Study provides an overview of the process of British decolonisation. The eclipse of the British Empire has been one of the central features of post-war international history. At the end of the Second World War the empire still spanned the globe and yet by the mid-1960s most of…

    Paperback – 2014-01-07
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  • The Irish Revolution, 1916-1923 book cover

    The Irish Revolution, 1916-1923

    By Marie Coleman

    This concise study of Ireland’s revolutionary years charts the demise of the home rule movement and the rise of militant nationalism that led eventually to the partition of Ireland and independence for southern Ireland. The book provides a clear chronology of events but also adopts a thematic…

    Paperback – 2013-11-07
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  • Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement book cover

    Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement

    By John A. Kirk

    Martin Luther King, Jr is one of the iconic figures of 20th century history, and one of the most influential and important in the American Civil Rights Movement; John Kirk here presents the life of Martin Luther King in the context of that movement, placing him at the center of the Afro-American…

    Paperback – 2013-07-19
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  • The Reign of Mary I book cover

    The Reign of Mary I

    3rd Edition

    By Robert Tittler, Judith Richards

    Until recently, the reign of Mary Tudor was generally seen as a ‘sterile interlude’ in the Tudor century, with Mary herself dismissed as ‘Bloody Mary’. Extensive research in the past several decades has overturned these assumptions in almost every respect.  In this succinct and up-to-date…

    Paperback – 2013-04-18
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  • The Medieval Natural World book cover

    The Medieval Natural World

    By Richard Jones

    How did medieval people make sense of their surroundings, and how did this change over the years as understanding and knowledge expanded?This new Seminar Study is designed to familiarise students of medieval history with the ways in which medieval people interpreted the world around them –…

    Paperback – 2013-01-28
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  • The Medieval Military Orders: 1120-1314 book cover

    The Medieval Military Orders

    1120-1314

    By Nicholas Morton

    This new addition to the popular Seminar Studies series looks at the origins, development and organisation of the Military Orders during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, showing how they functioned as a form of religious life and concentrating on their role in the Crusades and in the…

    Paperback – 2012-11-22
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    Modernism

    2nd Edition

    By Robin Walz

    Robin Walz’s updated Modernism, now part of the Seminar Studies series, has been updated to include significant primary source material and features to make it more accessible for students returning to, or studying the topic for the first time.The twentieth century was a period of seismic…

    Paperback – 2012-11-22
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  • The Holocaust: The Third Reich and the Jews book cover

    The Holocaust

    The Third Reich and the Jews, 2nd Edition

    By David Engel

    Fully revised and updated, this second edition includes: ·   A much expanded selection of original documents, many never before anthologised in English ·   Added treatment of the role of non-Germans in the Holocaust and the geographical variations in Jewish response ·   Additional…

    Paperback – 2012-10-02
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    Terrorism

    2nd Edition

    By Rosemary H. T. O'Kane

    The history of terrorism stretches back nearly two thousand years and terrorism, both in the forms of terrorist groups and terror regimes, is an inherent part of the modern world: from Anarchist groups to al-Qaida; from Hitler’s Germany and SS to al-Bashir’s Sudan and Janjaweed militias.…

    Paperback – 2012-05-10
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  • Gender Relations in Early Modern England book cover

    Gender Relations in Early Modern England

    By Laura Gowing

    This concise and accessible book explores the history of gender in England between 1500 and 1700. Amidst the political and religious disruptions of the Reformation and the Civil War, sexual difference and gender were matters of public debate and private contention. Laura Gowing provides unique…

    Paperback – 2012-05-03
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  • Hitler and the Rise of the Nazi Party book cover

    Hitler and the Rise of the Nazi Party

    2nd Edition

    By Frank McDonough

    Now fully revised and reformatted, Hitler and the Rise of the Nazi Party is an indispensible guide to the history of the Nazi party between its initial electoral breakthrough in 1930 and its victory in 1933. Arguing that the Nazis owed their success as much to Hitler’s charismatic leadership and…

    Paperback – 2012-04-26
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    Capitalism

    2nd Edition

    By Paul Bowles

    Capitalism stands unrivalled as the most enduring economic system of our times. Since the collapse of the Soviet bloc the world has become a new stage for capital, and yet despite this dominance capitalism is still not widely understood. It remains a subject of enduring interest that is discovered…

    Paperback – 2012-04-05
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  • Independent India, 1947-2000 book cover

    Independent India, 1947-2000

    By Wendy Singer

    Independent India is an exploration of India’s national history from independence in 1947 to the end of the twentieth century. Wendy Singer charts the rapid development of this emerging world power by following a series of different narratives crucial to the history of post-independence India:…

    Paperback – 2011-10-31
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  • The League of Nations and the Organization of Peace book cover

    The League of Nations and the Organization of Peace

    By Martyn Housden

    The League of Nations - pre-cursor to the United Nations - was founded in 1919 as a response to the First World War to ensure collective security and prevent the outbreak of future wars. It was set up to facilitate diplomacy in the face of future international conflict, but also to work towards…

    Paperback – 2011-10-31
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    Feminism

    2nd Edition

    By June Hannam

    The sheer number of publications on Feminism make it difficult for students who approach the subject for the first time to gain a sense of what the main issues and interpretations are. This book addresses this by offering students an overview of feminism and its history across several countries and…

    Paperback – 2011-10-27
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    Communism

    2nd Edition

    By Mark Sandle

    Why did communism grow so quickly? Why did it spread to turn almost half of the world red by the mid-1970s? What impact did it have upon capitalism and capitalist society?Communism is a concise introduction to one of the most important and influential movements of the 20th century. It shows…

    Paperback – 2011-09-16
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    Environmentalism

    2nd Edition

    By David Peterson Del Mar

    Why are our environmental problems still growing despite a huge increase in global conservation efforts? Peterson del Mar untangles this paradox by showing how prosperity is essential to environmentalism. Industrialization drove people to look for meaning in nature even as they consumed…

    Paperback – 2011-07-28
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  • The United Nations, Peace Operations and the Cold War book cover

    The United Nations, Peace Operations and the Cold War

    2nd Edition

    By Norrie Macqueen

    This is the first introduction to the United Nation's activities during the Cold War period. It combines a history of the UN with a broader account of east-west diplomacy during the Cold War and after. Norrie MacQueen begins by looking at the formation, structure and functions of the UN. Then,…

    Paperback – 2011-07-07
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  • The Birth of Industrial Britain: 1750-1850 book cover

    The Birth of Industrial Britain

    1750-1850, 2nd Edition

    By Kenneth Morgan

    The Industrial Revolution had a profound and lasting effect on socioeconomic and cultural conditions in Britain.The Birth of Industrial Britain examines the impact of early industrialisation on British society in the century before 1850, coinciding with Britain’s transition from a late…

    Paperback – 2011-06-02
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  • Austria, Prussia and The Making of Germany: 1806-1871 book cover

    Austria, Prussia and The Making of Germany

    1806-1871, 2nd Edition

    By John Breuilly

    It is often argued that the unification of Germany in 1871 was the inevitable result of the convergence of Prussian power and German nationalism.  John Breuilly here shows that the true story was much more complex.  For most of the nineteenth century Austria was the dominant power in the…

    Paperback – 2011-05-19
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    The Third Reich

    4th Edition

    By David G. Williamson

    Since publication of the first edition in 1982, David Williamson's The Third Reich has become established as one of the most successful books in the Seminar Studies in History series.  The author draws on up-to-date scholarship to guide students through the maze of historical…

    Paperback – 2011-02-24
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  • Northern Ireland Since 1969 book cover

    Northern Ireland Since 1969

    By Paul Dixon, Eamonn O'Kane

    The conflict in Northern Ireland since 1969 has cost over 3,600 lives and about 100,000 people in Northern Ireland live in a household where someone has been injured in a troubles-related incident. This has been a key issue in British and Irish politics and the recent peace process in Northern…

    Paperback – 2011-02-11
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  • Japan in Transformation, 1945-2010 book cover

    Japan in Transformation, 1945-2010

    2nd Edition

    By Jeff Kingston

    Since 1945, Japan has successfully reinvented itself, rising from the ashes of defeat to become a peaceful and prosperous nation. It is seen as an inspiration for other developing nations and contributes significantly to global development. As the third largest economy in the world, with a…

    Paperback – 2010-11-04
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  • Bismarck and Germany: 1862-1890 book cover

    Bismarck and Germany

    1862-1890, 3rd Edition

    By D.G. Williamson

    Bismarck’s role in the unification and consolidation of Germany is central to any understanding of Germany's development as a nation and its consequent role as aggressor in two world wars. This study provides students with a concise, up-to-date and analytical account of Bismarck's role in…

    Paperback – 2010-08-19
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  • The European Union Since 1945 book cover

    The European Union Since 1945

    2nd Edition

    By Alasdair Blair

    The European Union faces a crossroads in the twenty-first century. While there is evidence of declining enthusiasm for European integration, the EU plays an increasingly vital role in tackling problems that can no longer be dealt with at member state level.  In recent years, the EU has…

    Paperback – 2010-07-08
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  • The French Wars of Religion 1559-1598 book cover

    The French Wars of Religion 1559-1598

    3rd Edition

    By R. J. Knecht

    In the second half of the sixteenth century, France was racked by religious civil wars and peace was only restored when Henry of Navarre finally converted to Catholicism, deciding – in his immortal phrase – that 'Paris is worth a mass'. In this lucid introduction to a complex period in French…

    Paperback – 2010-06-10
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  • The Scramble for Africa book cover

    The Scramble for Africa

    3rd Edition

    By M. E. Chamberlain

    In 1870 barely one tenth of Africa was under European control. By 1914 only about one tenth – Abyssinia (Ethiopia) and Liberia – was not. This book offers a clear and concise account of the ‘scramble’ or ‘race’ for Africa, the period of around 20 years during which European powers carved up…

    Paperback – 2010-06-10
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  • The British Women's Suffrage Campaign 1866-1928: Revised 2nd Edition book cover

    The British Women's Suffrage Campaign 1866-1928

    Revised 2nd Edition

    By Harold L. Smith

    This Seminar Study was the first book to trace the British women’s suffrage campaign from its origins in the 1860s through to the achievement of equal suffrage in 1928.  In this second edition, Smith provides new evidence drawn from the author’s research on how the main post-…

    Paperback – 2009-11-26
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