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Routledge Historical Biographies

Series Editor: Robert Pearce

Routledge Historical Biographies are concise, accessible introductions to key historical figures. Written by experts in their fields they are designed to help students either starting out on a course, or revising before exams. Far from being dry, academic texts however, they are also perfect, affordable books for the history buff.

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1-10 of 28 results in Routledge Historical Biographies
  1. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    2nd Edition

    By Peter J. Ling

    Series: Routledge Historical Biographies

    Peter Ling’s acclaimed biography of Martin Luther King Jr provides a thorough re-examination of both the man and the Civil Rights Movement, showing how King grew into his leadership role and kept his faith as the challenges facing the movement strengthened after 1965. Ling combines a detailed...

    Published March 2nd 2015 by Routledge

  2. Mussolini

    2nd Edition

    By Peter Neville

    Series: Routledge Historical Biographies

    This new edition of Peter Neville’s Mussolini traces and analyses the life of one of the most fascinating twentieth century European dictators, Benito Mussolini, while placing his life in its historic Italian context. Engaging and accessible, the Duce’s career is traced from his roots as a...

    Published September 3rd 2014 by Routledge

  3. Martin Luther

    2nd Edition

    By Michael A. Mullett

    Series: Routledge Historical Biographies

    An engaging and comprehensive new edition of this established biography provides students with an understanding of the European Reformation through the life of its key mover, Martin Luther. Working chronologically through Luther’s life, Michael A. Mullet explains and analyses Luther’s background,...

    Published August 26th 2014 by Routledge

  4. Bismarck

    A Political History, 2nd Edition

    By Edgar Feuchtwanger

    Series: Routledge Historical Biographies

    Bismarck was arguably the most important figure in nineteenth-century European history after 1815. In this biography, Edgar Feuchtwanger reassesses Bismarck's significance as a historical figure. He traces his development from a typical Junker, a reactionary and conservative, into the so-called...

    Published April 1st 2014 by Routledge

  5. John F. Kennedy

    By Peter J. Ling

    Series: Routledge Historical Biographies

    A lively, concise and cutting-edge biography of one of the towering figures of 20th-century history. Of all the US presidents of the post-Second World War period, John F. Kennedy is the most clearly idolized. There is a well-documented gulf between the public’s largely positive appraisal of this...

    Published November 12th 2013 by Routledge

  6. Franco

    The Biography of the Myth

    By Antonio Cazorla-Sanchez

    Series: Routledge Historical Biographies

    General Francisco Franco, also called the Caudillo, was the dictator of Spain from 1939 until his death in 1975. His life has been examined in many previous biographies. However, most of these have been traditional, linear biographies that focus on Franco’s military and political careers,...

    Published August 8th 2013 by Routledge

  7. John Maynard Keynes

    By Vincent Barnett

    Series: Routledge Historical Biographies

    John Maynard Keynes is arguably the most important and influential economist of the twentieth century, and stands alongside Adam Smith and Karl Marx as one of the most famous economic thinkers of all time. Keynes’s radical reassessment of the accepted principles of economics led to new ways of...

    Published October 30th 2012 by Routledge

  8. Henry V

    By John Matusiak

    Series: Routledge Historical Biographies

    Henry V of England, the princely hero of Shakespeare’s play, who successfully defeated the French at the Battle of Agincourt and came close to becoming crowned King of France, is one of the best known and most compelling monarchs in English history. This new biography takes a fresh look at his...

    Published October 23rd 2012 by Routledge

  9. Hitler

    By Michael Lynch

    Series: Routledge Historical Biographies

    Adolf Hitler is the most notorious political figure of the twentieth century. The story of his life, how he became a dictator, and how he managed to convince so many to follow his cause is a subject of perennial fascination. Balancing narrative and analysis, this biography employs a chronological...

    Published September 17th 2012 by Routledge

  10. Elizabeth I

    By Judith M. Richards

    Series: Routledge Historical Biographies

    Elizabeth I was Queen of England for almost forty-five years. The daughter of Henry VIII and Ann Boleyn, as an infant she was briefly accepted as her father’s heir. After her mother was executed at her father’s command she was declared illegitimate and led a sometimes scandalous existence until her...

    Published September 14th 2011 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Henry VIII, 2nd Edition
    By Lucy Wooding
    To Be Published March 23rd 2015
  2. Henry VI
    By David Grummitt
    To Be Published May 29th 2015
  3. Thomas Cranmer
    By Susan Wabuda
    To Be Published January 15th 2016
  4. Queen Victoria
    By Paula Bartley
    To Be Published January 15th 2016
    By C J Read
    To Be Published February 1st 2016

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