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How appropriate is irony or humour in an account of the Anschluss?
Two professors argue that an exit from the EU could be a ‘disaster with silver linings’
The two rightwingers forged today’s nation by preventing a viable Palestinian state
The Library Book by Susan Orlean, a gripping profile of the LA central library, makes the case for these once-radical institutions
Historians are divided on where ages begin and end: how will they assess this one?
A German soldier-writer’s spellbinding war diary reminds us no one is just a camera
What happened when a closed society de-Stalinised, allowing its citizens a taste of western art and film?
The legacy of the countries’ rivalry lives on in today’s bitter struggles for influence in the region and the fight for its resources
Tony Barber selects his must-read titles
The 1919 Paris Peace Conference promised to remake the world. But today, its vision of nationhood looks increasingly under threat
Identifying the source of an incendiary 1924 letter from Russia makes an absorbing tale
An exhilarating history of US capitalism from the former Fed chief and Adrian Wooldridge
A highly original and powerful graphic novel on German history that works on many levels
The author brings his flair for military history to a new study of Vietnam that both democratises and internationalises the war
A journey across the former Ottoman Empire turns into exile for a journalist barred from Turkey
A magisterial study charts the conflict between Oval Office power and the US constitution
Two new books do an admirable job of judging the communist superpower on its own terms
A timely account of Sir John Franklin’s 1845 expedition to find a way through the Northwest Passage
A harrowing and timely account of the rescue of Yazidi women from Isis terror
Tom Wright and Bradley Hope’s Billion Dollar Whale features a cast of hustlers, heads of state and Hollywood stars
The author has a fine record on the frontlines of the media revolution — but he was less successful at balancing the books
A history of barricades reveals a deep desire that goes beyond bricks and mortar
The story of one of history’s great economic alchemists holds many lessons for us today
A family story tells the larger tale of the Soviet century, from Stalin to Putin
A tale of social climbing and economic chaos in France’s ‘grand siècle’ is worthy of Balzac