Best of History

To celebrate a decade of growth at Oxford University Press, we’re sharing a curated collection of free chapters from some of our most popular history titles on Oxford Scholarship Online based on academic usage in 2020. From British history to American history, political history to environmental history, these books from the last ten years exemplify the diversity of perspectives, and approaches to historical scholarship that Oxford University Press prides itself on.

Most Read in Political History

The Guardians

Susan Pedersen

Most Read in History of Science


Samuel K. Cohn, Jr.

Most Read in Military History

Empires at War

Robert Gerwarth and Erez Manela

Most Read in Environmental History

Ecology and Power in the Age of Empires

Corey Ross

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Cultural History

Women in the Holocaust

Zoe Waxman

Most Read in Social History

Family Business and the Industrial Revolution

Hannah Barker

Most Read in History of Ideas


Gregory Claeys

Most Read in Religious History

Being Protestant in Reformation Britain

Alec Ryrie

Most Read in

World History

The Company-State

Philip J. Stern

Most Read in

American History

Mothers of Massive Resistance

Elizabeth Gillespie McRae

Most Read in Latin American History

The Ideological Origins of the Dirty War

Federico Finchelstein

Most Read in British History

London is the Place for Me

Kennetta Hammond Perry

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Asian History

Devouring Japan

Nancy K. Stalker

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Middle East History

Concubines and Courtesans

Matthew S. Gordon and Kathryn A. Hai

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Indian History

The Economic History of India, 1857-1947

Tirthankar Roy

Most Read in African History

The Addis Ababa Massacre

Ian Campbell

Most Read in Ancient History

Statues and Cities

John Ma

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Medieval History

Empires of Faith

Peter Sarris

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20th Century History

How it Feels to Be Free

Ruth Feldstein

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The Prospect of Global History

James Belich, John Darwin, Margret Frenz, and Chris Wickham

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