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Free-to-View History Books

Routledge is pleased to announce that we have made a selection of History books completely free-to-view online until December 31, 2016.

To browse these titles, click the "Look Inside" button on each individual book's page on our website. 

Medieval History

  • 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
    Seminar Studies

  • 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
    Seminar Studies

  • Religion, Politics and Society in Britain, 800-1066

    By A E Redgate

    Using a comparative and broad perspective, Religion, Politics and Society in Britain 800-1066 draws on archaeology, art history, material culture, texts from charms to chronicles, from royal law-codes to sermons to poems, and other evidence to demonstrate the centrality of Christianity and the…

    Paperback – 2014-02-25
    Religion, Politics and Society in Britain

  • The Cistercian Order in Medieval Europe


    By Emilia Jamroziak

    The Cistercian Order in Medieval Europe offers an accessible and engaging history of the Order from its beginnings in the twelfth century through to the early sixteenth century. Unlike most other existing volumes on this subject it gives a nuanced analysis of the late medieval Cistercian experience…

    Paperback – 2013-08-22
    The Medieval World

  • Church and People in the Medieval West, 900-1200

    By Sarah Hamilton

    During the middle ages, belief in God was the single more important principle for every person, and the all-powerful church was the most important institution. It is impossible to understand the medieval world without understanding the religious vision of the time, and this new textbook offers an…

    Paperback – 2013-07-25
    The Medieval World

  • The Cathars

    Dualist Heretics in Languedoc in the High Middle Ages, 2nd Edition

    By Malcolm Barber

    In the second half of the twelfth century, the Catholic Church became convinced that dualist heresy was taking root within Christian society and that it was particularly strong in southern France. The nature and extent of this heresy and the reaction of the Church to the perceived threat have been…

    Paperback – 2013-06-27
    The Medieval World

  • 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
    Seminar Studies

  • Disunited Kingdoms

    Peoples and Politics in the British Isles 1280-1460

    By Michael Brown

    In the last decades of the thirteenth century the British Isles appeared to be on the point of unified rule, dominated by the lordship, law and language of the English. However by 1400 Britain and Ireland were divided between the warring kings of England and Scotland, and peoples still starkly…

    Paperback – 2013-01-21
    The Medieval World

  • The Medieval Military Orders


    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
    Seminar Studies

  • An Environmental History of the Middle Ages

    The Crucible of Nature

    By John Aberth

    The Middle Ages was a critical and formative time for Western approaches to our natural surroundings. An Environmental History of the Middle Ages is a unique and unprecedented cultural survey of attitudes towards the environment during this period. Humankind’s relationship with the environment…

    Paperback – 2012-09-04

Early Modern History

  • 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
    Seminar Studies

  • 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
    Seminar Studies

Remembering the Modern World

  • Remembering the First World War

    Edited by Bart Ziino

    Remembering the First World War brings together a group of international scholars to understand how and why the past quarter of a century has witnessed such an extraordinary increase in global popular and academic interest in the First World War, both as an event and in the ways…

    Paperback – 2014-12-18
    Remembering the Modern World

  • Remembering Genocide

    Edited by Nigel Eltringham, Pam Maclean

    In Remembering Genocide an international group of scholars draw on current research from a range of disciplines to explore how communities throughout the world remember genocide. Whether coming to terms with atrocities committed in Namibia and Rwanda, Australia, Canada, the Punjab, Armenia,…

    Paperback – 2014-06-25
    Remembering the Modern World

  • Remembering the Cold War

    Global Contest and National Stories

    By David Lowe, Tony Joel

    Remembering the Cold War examines how, more than two decades since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Cold War legacies continue to play crucial roles in defining national identities and shaping international relations around the globe. Given the Cold War’s blurred definition – it has neither a…

    Paperback – 2013-12-19
    Remembering the Modern World

History and Theory

  • Historians Debate the Rise of the West

    By Jonathan Daly

    How and why did Europe rise to world pre-eminence? Providing an overview of this central historical conundrum of modern times, Historians Debate the Rise of the West enables students to grasp major scholars’ evaluations of the biggest picture of all: how Western civilization fits into modern world…

    Paperback – 2014-07-03

  • Revisionist Histories

    By Marnie Hughes-Warrington

    Revision and revisionism are generally seen as standard parts of historical practice, yet they are underexplored within the growing literature on historiography. In this accessibly written volume, Marnie Hughes-Warrington discusses this paucity of work on revision in history theory and raises…

    Paperback – 2013-07-01

  • What is Microhistory?

    Theory and Practice

    By Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon, István M. Szijártó

    This unique and detailed analysis provides the first accessible and comprehensive introduction to the origins, development, methodology of microhistory – one of the most significant innovations in historical scholarship to have emerged in the last few decades. The introduction guides the reader…

    Paperback – 2013-05-17

  • History in the Digital Age

    Edited by Toni Weller

    The digital age is affecting all aspects of historical study, but much of the existing literature about history in the digital age can be alienating to the traditional historian who does not necessarily value or wish to embrace digital resources. History in the Digital Age takes a more conceptual…

    Paperback – 2012-09-26

  • A History of History

    By Alun Munslow

    In a provocative analysis of European and American historical thinking and practice since the early 18th century, A History of History confronts several basic assumptions about the nature of history. Among these are the concept of historical realism, the belief in representationalism and the idea…

    Paperback – 2012-09-06

  • Authoring the Past

    Writing and Rethinking History

    Edited by Alun Munslow

    Please explain why you think about and write history as you do? Collecting together the responses to this question from 15 of the world’s foremost historians and theorists, Authoring the Past represents a powerful reflection on and intervention in the historiographical field. Edited by Alun…

    Paperback – 2012-08-02

Women's History

  • Women's Activism

    Global Perspectives from the 1890s to the Present

    Edited by Francisca de Haan, Margaret Allen, June Purvis, Krassimira Daskalova

    Women’s Activism brings together twelve innovative contributions from feminist historians from around the world to look at how women have always found ways to challenge or fight inequalities and hierarchies as individuals, in international women’s organizations, as political leaders, and in global…

    Paperback – 2012-11-21
    Women's and Gender History

  • Women and Gender in Postwar Europe

    From Cold War to European Union

    Edited by Joanna Regulska, Bonnie G. Smith

    Women and Gender in Postwar Europe charts the experiences of women across Europe from 1945 to the present day. Europe at the end of World War II was a sorry testimony to the human condition; awash in corpses, the infrastructure devastated, food and fuel in such short supply. From Soviet Union to…

    Paperback – 2012-03-08