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Did you know that the history of the beard is connected to the Crimean War; that the history of paperclips is all about the Stasi; and that the history of bubbles is all about the French Revolution? And who knew that Heinrich Himmler, Tutankhamun and the history of needlework are linked to napalm and Victorian orphans?

In Histories of the Unexpected, Sam Willis and James Daybell lead us on a journey of discovery that tackles some of the greatest historical themes but via entirely unexpected subjects. By taking this revolutionary approach, they not only present a new way of thinking about the past but also reveal the everyday world around us as never before.

©2018 Sam Willis & James Daybell (P)2019 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • 01-04-20

overall a very interesting book

No complaints about the content, some of it is quite disturbing but it's a history book and it has an abundance of quirky facts, which is just my thing. One of the narrators sounds rather angry/indignant while reading but then maybe it's just me... otherwise I would recommend.

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Thoroughly enjoyable romp

This is a thoroughly enjoyable romp through history looking at how things got their names or how cultural habits were formed. There’s so much to take in I will undoubtedly reread this in future.

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