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The best history books of 2019

As part of Prospect's Books of the Year special, we round up the best offerings in history

By Prospect Team   Winter Special

It is an enduring myth that Britain has always stood in splendid isolation. In Island Stories (William Collins), David Reynolds emphasises that we have always had foreign entanglements: in 1914, the Indian Army made up a third of Britain’s fighting force. William Dalrymple’s The Anarchy (Bloomsbury), a wonderfully readable history of the East India Company, reminds us that one of the earliest Hindustani words to come into English was “loot.” For all the talk of noble mission, the conquest of…

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