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 historyextra.com/podcast.