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Iron, Steam and Money: The Making of the Industrial Revolution
by Roger Osborne
Emma Griffin on an account that stresses the role of technology and invention in its chronicling of the industrial revolution
Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century
by Geoffrey Parker
Penny Roberts applauds an account of how climate change shaped 17th-century life - and what we can learn today. 
by Helen Bynum
Carsten Timmermann recommends a global history of tuberculosis
Time's Anvil: England, Archaeology and the Imagination
by Richard Morris
David Musgrove on a bid to use archaeology to see the past in new ways
Contagion: How Commerce Has Spread Disease
by Mark Harrison
Michael Worboys praises a history of global disease, and attempts to control it
Erasmus Darwin: Sex, Science and Serendipity
by Patricia Fara
Hallie Rubenhold has reservations about a study of Erasmus Darwin
Turing’s Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe
by George Dyson
Patricia Fara reads a personality-driven account of the mid-20th-century computer revolution
Circulation: William Harvey’s Revolutionary Idea
by Thomas Wright
Patricia Fara considers a vivid biography of William Harvey, which reveals his complex character
The Arch-Conjuror of England: John Dee
by Glyn Parry
Anna Whitelock meets an enigmatic Tudor man of many talents
100 Ideas that Changed the World
by Jheni Osman
Rob Attar enjoys a lively compendium of some of mankind's greatest discoveries
Ralph Tailor’s Summer: A Scrivener, His City and the Plague
by Keith Wrightson
Rab Houston discovers the story of the plague through the pen of a Newcastle clerk
Children of Light: How Electricity Changed Britain Forever
by Gavin Weightman
Stephen Halliday is fascinated by stories of electrical pioneers
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