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Just in case I need to know what Great-grandma's life was like!

Advantages: very informative, a great complement to the TV series, well illustrated
Disadvantages: likely to appeal to quite a specific audience

Edwardian Farm had been on my Christmas and birthday lists since the end of 2011, but I only managed to get hold of a copy this New Year, thanks to ordering it from Waterstones. You can probably guess from the above that it’s not the easiest book to lay h ...

KateHurst 09.03.2013 · Read full review
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Review of Edwardian Farm - Ruth Goodman, Alex Langlands, Peter Ginn

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The last nightmare days of a once-mighty family

Advantages: Realistic, stark portrait of the end of the Romanov saga
Disadvantages: None

The city of Ekaterinburg was once regarded as imperial Russia’s gateway to the east. In 1918 it became symbolic with one of the most savage executions, or might we say liquidations, ever recorded in history – the cold-blooded annihilation of the former T ...

JOHNV 29.03.2011 · Read full review
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Review of Ekaterinburg: The Last Days of the Romanovs - Helen Rappaport

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Coming to terms with our imperial past

Advantages: Very well-researched, sometimes wryly amusing account of the Brtish Empire
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In the 21st century, the British Empire may be an anachronism, something for which hand-wringing politicians and church leaders may be ever ready to apologise. Many of us have grown up just as the last imperial remnants overseas were crumbling away. Yet ...

JOHNV 06.02.2012 · Read full review
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Review of Empire: What Ruling the World Did to the British - Jeremy Paxman

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One historian's perspective on the 'Athens of the North'

Advantages: Entertaining read, interesting broad account of Edinburgh's history
Disadvantages: Possible historical inaccuracies, romanticization, omissions/neglect of particular topics

Edinburgh is an intriguing city, a place which I fell in love with and came to call my home. In a very unique way, Edinburgh manages to have a sort of ‘village’ atmosphere and yet it has a grand architecture and topography that reminds you that it was on ...

Renza 25.02.2011 · Read full review
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Review of Edinburgh: A History of the City - Michael Fry

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