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A Little History of Archaeology – a video interview with author Brian Fagan

July 2, 2018

What is archaeology? The word may bring to mind images of golden pharaohs and lost civilizations, or Neanderthal skulls and Ice Age cave art. Archaeology is all of these, but also far more: it’s a science built on curiosity about what’s beh …

A Little History of Religion, by Richard Holloway – An Extract

July 6, 2017

If you haven’t discovered our amazing Little History series already, you have a whole host of great books to add to your TBR shelf! The paperback of A Little History of Religion published earlier this week, and we’re pleased to offer o …

A Little History of Economics – a short film with Niall Kishtainy

April 12, 2017

Author of A Little History of Economics, Niall Kishtainy, talks to Yale Books about why understanding economic history is important for all of us, and how the economic theories from centuries ago are inevitably reflected in many of the policies of toda …

An A to Z of Economics: Part 2 – by Niall Kishtainy

March 2, 2017

Welcome to part two of Niall Kishtainy’s A-Z of Economics. Compiled exclusively for the Yale Books Blog to celebrate the publication of A Little History of Economics, Kishtainy’s A-Z brings to light the stories behind key eco …

An A to Z of Economics: Part 1 – by Niall Kishtainy

February 28, 2017

To celebrate the publication of A Little History of Economics, we asked its author – writer, economist and historian Niall Kishtainy – to explain some of the most important staples of economic terminology for us in a handy A-Z of …

A Little History of Religion by Richard Holloway – A Video & Extract

August 11, 2016

To mark the release of the latest addition to the Little Histories series A Little History of Religion, we are sharing a short interview with the author – the wonderful Richard Holloway – and an extract from Chapter Two: The Doors. WATCH A …

James West Davidson on A Little History of the United States

September 14, 2015

‘Here is not merely a nation, but a teeming nation of nations.’ – Walt Whitman James West Davidson’s A Little History of the United States is the latest addition to the insightful and concise Little History family of b …

Martin Luther King & The Dream Speech – 28 August 1963

August 28, 2015

‘The line between slave and free was replaced by a new color line between black and white, enforced more than ever by brutal lynchings.’ On 28 August 1963 – still within living memory, and 52 years ago – civil rights activist Ma …

A Little History of… Independence Day

July 4, 2015

Yale’s Little Histories are a family of books that explore the history of the world’s most remarkable people, events and ideas. Independence Day is celebrated by Americans each year on the 4th of July, and commemorates the adoption of the D …

A Little History of Sarah Young

September 24, 2014

One of the things that make the Yale Little History series unique is that every book is accompanied by specially commissioned illustrations. Each set is created by a different artist-illustrator whose work enlivens the text and creates a unified a …