BBC History Magazine


Deputy editor Matt Elton looks at some of the big history titles due in 2022


As the shifting publicatio­n dates of the past year demonstrat­e, it’s harder than ever to guarantee precisely when the latest books will be released. Yet, with that caveat in mind, here’s a preview of some of the history highlights set to hit bookshelve­s over the coming months.

British imperialis­m and the nation’s role in the slave trade continue to be hot historical topics, and in White Debt: The Demerara Uprising and Britain’s Legacy of Slavery (W&N, January) Thomas Harding blends research into his own ancestors’ involvemen­t in slavery with a wider look at how the nation should address the subject in 2022. We’ll be speaking to Harding next issue. Meanwhile, in Uncommon Wealth: Britain and the Aftermath of Empire (John Murray, February), Kojo Koram considers whether the era of decolonisa­tion can help us make sense of some of the challenges Britain has faced in the intervenin­g decades.

For more escapist fare, Tudor Roses: From Margaret Beaufort to Elizabeth I (Amberley, February) by Amy Licence places women at the heart of the dynasty’s story, profiling the ways in which figures such as Mary I and Margaret Beaufort shaped the world around them. Later in the year, Janina Ramirez promises to do the same for the medieval era in Femina: A New History of the Middle Ages (WH Allen, July).

There will be many, many more titles besides, of course – and for interviews with the authors of the latest history books, visit historyext­

 ?? ?? Janina Ramirez puts the women of the /iddle Ages first with her upcoming book, Femina
Janina Ramirez puts the women of the /iddle Ages first with her upcoming book, Femina

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