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A Cultural History Through the Wardrop Collection
When Marjory Wardrop joined her diplomat brother, Oliver, in Georgia in 1894, they found themselves witnessing the birth pangs of a modern nation. Recognising the significance of these transformative years, they actively participated in the work of I...
Evelyn Waugh's Oxford
Oxford held a special place in Evelyn Waugh's imagination. So formative were his Oxford years that the city never left him, appearing again and again in his novels in various forms. This book explores in rich visual detail the abiding importance of O...
We Are Not Amused
Victorian Views on Pronunciation as Told in the Pages of "Punch"
Pronunciation governs our regional and social identity more powerfully than any other aspect of spoken language. No wonder, then, that it has attracted most attention from satirists. In this intriguing book, David Crystal shows how our feelings about...
Bodleian Library Treasures
Since its foundation in 1602, the Bodleian Library has acquired manuscripts, printed books, maps, music and ephemera in all languages, from all ages and from all corners of the globe. From this huge collection David Vaisey, former Bodley's Librarian...
Sayings of Vladimir Lenin
"Without a revolutionary theory there can be no revolutionary movement".
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, leader of the Bolshevik Revolution and founder of the USSR, was profoundly aware of the power of words. As a zealous orator and prolific writer, he used...
Witnesses to the Russian Revolution
"It's damned hard lines asking for bread and only getting a bullet!"
The dramatic and chaotic events surrounding the Russian Revolution have been studied and written about extensively for the last hundred years, by historians and journalists alike....
Pocket Magna Carta
1217 Text and Translation
"No freeman is to be taken or imprisoned, or dispossessed... except through the lawful judgment of his peers or through the law of the land".
"To no one shall we sell, to no one shall we deny or delay right or justice"
"Magna Carta" (or "Great Char...
Origins and Legacy
Magna Carta is arguably the most famous document in world history. 2015 marks its 800th anniversary. Yet, until relatively recently, it was unknown how many versions of the document survive, the means by which they were distributed, or the relationsh...
Brief History of the Bodleian Library
The Bodleian Library was founded in 1602 at the University of Oxford. It is one of the oldest libraries in Britain, the first library to request a "copyright" edition of every book published in English and its original, beautiful seventeenth-century...
From Downing Street to the Trenches
First-Hand Accounts from the Great War, 1914-1916
Why did Asquith take Britain to war in 1914? What did educated young men believe their role should be? What was it like to fly over the Somme battlefield? How could a trench on the front line be "the safest place"? These compelling eye-witness accoun...