Medieval Siege Weapons: ''Byzantium, the Islamic World & by David Nicolle, Sam Thompson

By David Nicolle, Sam Thompson

The medieval interval was once essentially the most artistic in army heritage whilst it got here to non-gunpowder desktop improvement. in this interval, the pre-existing military-technological traditions from the traditional worlds have been introduced jointly. 3 civilisations; Graeco-Roman global, Persia, India, and China, have been essentially chargeable for this evolution – the Late-Roman or Byzantine Empire, the Islamic international, and latterly the Mongol ‘World Empire’. This e-book examines the ensuing stone-throwing machines that used various strength assets from torsion ‘energy storage’ platforms, to manpowered and counterbalance sling units, rockets et al.

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Hitler and the Nazi Cult of Celebrity by Michael Munn

By Michael Munn

Hitler's upward push to energy in Germany owed a lot to the construction of his personal superstar. Hitler believed he was once an artist, now not a political candidate, and in his Germany politics and tradition turned one. This famous person was once cultivated and nurtured via Joseph Goebbels, Germany's perfect head of tradition. Hitler and Goebbels loved the corporate of gorgeous lady movie stars, and Goebbels had his personal 'casting couch'. In Germany's model of Hollywood there have been scandals, starlets and mystery brokers, premieres and occasion politics, and an actress who was once the main to killing Hitler. In Nazi Germany, the cult of big name used to be the embodiment of Hitler's variety of cultural governing. The country's maximum celebrities, whether or not they have been actors, writers or musicians, can be certainly one of in basic terms issues: in the event that they have been compliant they have been lauded and presented prestige symbols for the regime, but when they resisted or have been easily Jewish they have been traitors to be interned and murdered. Meticulously researched, this ebook is the surprising account of Hitler's delusion of energy and stardom, of the correlation among paintings and ambition, of flicks used as a weapon, and of sexual predilections. It finds formerly unpublished information regarding the 'Hitler film', which Goebbels envisaged as 'the maximum tale ever told', whereas Hitler used to be making plans on his personal Wagnerian finale

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Handbook to Life in Ancient Mesopotamia by Stephen Bertman

By Stephen Bertman

Modern day archaeological discoveries within the close to East proceed to light up our knowing of the traditional international, together with the various contributions made by means of the folks of Mesopotamia to literature, paintings, govt, and concrete lifestyles The instruction manual to existence in historic Mesopotamia describes the tradition, historical past, and folks of this land, in addition to their fight for survival and happiness, from approximately 3500 to 500 BCE. Mesopotamia used to be the house of a succession of excellent civilizations--Sumeria, Babylonia, and Assyria--which flourished jointly for greater than 3 millennia. Sumerian mathematicians devised the sixty-minute hour that also ideas our lives; Babylonian architects designed the famed Tower of Babel and the striking Gardens of Babylon; Assyrian kings and generals, within the identify of imperialism, performed the various shrewdest army campaigns in recorded historical past. Readers will determine with the literary works of those civilizations, reminiscent of the Code of Hammurabi and the Epic of Gilgamesh, as they're carried throughout centuries to a interval in time in detail entwined with the tale of the Bible. Maps and line drawings offer examples of Mesopotamian geography, whereas different chapters current the Mesopotamian fight to create civilized existence in a fertile land racked through brutal conquest.

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Deadliest Sea: The Untold Story Behind the Greatest Rescue by Kalee Thompson

By Kalee Thompson

quickly after 2:00 <small>A.M.</small> on Easter morning, March 23, 2008, the fishing trawler Alaska Ranger begun taking over water in the course of the frigid Bering Sea. whereas the 1st mate broadcast Mayday calls to a distant Coast safeguard station greater than 8 hundred miles away, the lads at the ship's icy deck scrambled to inflate existence rafts and turn on the beacon lighting fixtures, which might consultant rescuers to them within the water. through 4:30 <small>A.M.</small>, the wheelhouse of the Ranger was once simply slightly seen above the sea's floor, and lots of the forty-seven team participants have been within the water, donning the pink survival suits—a variety of them torn or inadequately sized—that have been presupposed to hold them from freezing to dying. each minute within the twenty-foot swells used to be a struggle for survival. Many knew that in the event that they weren't rescued quickly, they'd drown or freeze to dying.

Coast defend helicopter rescue groups have been woken up in the course of the evening to save lots of the group of the Alaska Ranger. a number of the males notion the undertaking will be regimen. They have been flawed. The helicopter groups battled snow squalls, huge, immense swells, and gale-force winds as they attempted to meet one tenet: store as many as they can. many times, the helicopters diminished a rescue swimmer to the ocean's floor to deliver the shipwrecked males, a few delirious with hypothermia, a few nearly frozen to dying, again to the helicopter and to protection. earlier than the holiday of sunrise, the Coast defend had lifted greater than twenty males from the freezing waves—more than the other cold-water Coast safeguard rescue in historical past.

Deadliest Sea is a bold and enchanting experience story that chronicles the facility of nature opposed to guy, and explores the essence of the terror every one guy and girl needs to face while faced with disaster. It additionally investigates the stunning negligence that results in the sinking of dozens of ships every year, that could be avoided and makes advertisement fishing the most risky occupations on the planet.

With deft writing and technical wisdom, veteran journalist Kalee Thompson recounts the harrowing tales of either the rescuers and the rescued who survived the lethal ordeal within the Bering Sea. alongside the best way, she can pay tribute to the braveness, tenacity, and talent of committed provider those that danger their very own lives for the lives of others.

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Waterloo: The Bravest Man by Andrew Swanston

By Andrew Swanston

June, 1815. The Coldstream Guards and the 3rd guards are ready impatiently for orders to maneuver into conflict opposed to Napoleon and his French military. each day turns out unending because the troops look forward to Wellington's orders. while the gang ultimately stumble upon the French in conflict, a different command comes from Wellington himself to Colonel James Macdonell of the Coldstream Guards: carry the chateau at Hougoumont and don't enable the French cross. What occurs subsequent is history."

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Fire & Blood: A History of Mexico by T. R. Fehrenbach

By T. R. Fehrenbach

There were many Mexicos: the rustic of various terrain, of Amerindian historical past, of the Spanish Conquest, of the Revolution, and of the trendy period of elections and the guideline of bankers. Mexico used to be solid within the fires of successive civilizations, and baptized with the blood of hundreds of thousands, all of whom extra tragic dimensions to the trendy Mexican id. T. R. Fehrenbach brilliantly delineates the contrasts and conflicts among them, unraveling the background whereas weaving a desirable tapestry of attractiveness and brutality: the Amerindians, who wrought from the susceptible land an outstanding indigenous Meso-American civilization through the 1st millennium B.C.; the successive reigns of Olmec, Maya, Toltec, and Mexic masters, who governed via an admirably effective forms and the facility of the clergymen, propitiating the capricious gods with human sacrifices; the Spanish conquistadors, who used smallpox, expertise, and their very own ruthless individualism to erect a brand new tyranny over the ruins of the outdated; the soreness of autonomous Mexico, suffering from the load of its overwhelming prior and super strength. during the narrative the writer resurrects the good personalities of Mexican heritage, akin to Motecuhzoma, Cortes, Santa Anna, Juárez, Maximilian, Díaz, Pancho Villa, and Zapata. Fehrenbach, who has up-to-date this variation to incorporate fresh occasions, has created a piece of scholarly standpoint and gripping prose.

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The People's Armies by Richard Cobb

By Richard Cobb

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The 'People's Armies' of eighteenth-century France have been an tool of the Reign of Terror. Civilian instead of army armies, they have been created to acquire nutrition and armed forces gear from the reluctant and often anti-revolutionary rural population as a way to provide the cities and the warriors struggling with at the frontiers. Composed of city, hugely politicized 'sans-culottes', they interacted with rural villages in a manner that mirrored the age-old clash among city and kingdom. This vintage ebook via the famed historian Richard Cobb describes the conflict among the swaggering, insubordinate 'sans-culottes' and the artful villagers and in so doing, offers vital insighyts into points of the social and administrative heritage of the French Revolution. 'The People's Armies' used to be first released in France in 1961 and has now been translated into English through Marianne Elliott. This booklet was once Cobb's first significant paintings and remains to be mostly considered as his most vital contribution to French history.

It illustrates all these features that experience become visible as commonplace of Cobb's specified ancient kind: the worry with neighborhood color and edition, the vignettes that evoke in shiny element the entire colors of everyday life on the time of the French Revolution, and, so much of all, the sound foundation of distinct and wide-ranging research.The e-book has had a profound effect at the research of the French Revolution and remains to be unsurpassed as a background of an immense establishment of the interval of innovative executive in France. Richard Cobb was once professor of contemporary ecu historical past at Oxford college.

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The Decembrist Myth in Russian Culture by Ludmilla A. Trigos

By Ludmilla A. Trigos

This ebook is the 1st interdisciplinary therapy of the mythic snapshot of the Decembrists, a gaggle of Russian noble officials who tried, yet failed, to overthrow the tsarist govt in 1825. by way of exploring Russian literature, background, movie and opera this booklet indicates how the Decembrist fable advanced through the years counting on political agendas. although initially it functioned as a fable of competition to authority and espoused self-sacrifice, it later grew to become a legitimating delusion for the Soviet regime. Ludmilla Trigos finds how the Decembrist delusion encouraged generations of Russian revolutionaries and writers and nonetheless keeps its carry at the Russian cultural imagination.

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The Country of Football: Soccer and the Making of Modern by Roger Kittleson

By Roger Kittleson

Isbn 9780520279087 (hardback)
isbn 9780520279094(pbk)
isbn 9780520958258 (ebook)

GV944.B7K57 2014
796.3340981—dc23
LCCN: 2013046594

(The Fletcher Jones starting place Humanities Imprint)

Soccer is the world’s most well liked activity, and the Brazilian nationwide group is loved round the planet for its attractive enjoying variety, the jogo bonito. With the main winning nationwide football group within the background of the realm Cup, Brazil is the single nation to have performed in each pageant and the winner of extra championships than the other state. football is perceived, like carnival and samba, to be quintessentially Brazilian and Afro-Brazilian.

Yet the perform and heritage of football also are synonymous with clash and contradiction as Brazil maintains its trajectory towards modernity and monetary energy. the continued debate over how workforce Brazil should still play and certainly characterize a kingdom of challenging supporters bears on many the most important points of a rustic riven via racial and sophistication tensions.

The state of soccer is stuffed with enticing tales of big name avid gamers and different key figures, in addition to remarkable examine on neighborhood, nationwide, and overseas football groups. football fanatics, students, and readers who're drawn to the heritage of game will emerge with a better knowing of the advanced dating among Brazilian football and the nation’s history.

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Penser Le Pouvoir Au Moyen Age (VIIIe-XVe Siècle): études by Dominique Boutet, Jacques Verger

By Dominique Boutet, Jacques Verger

L'histoire politique médiévale n'est plus considérée comme le basic récit événementiel des règnes et des batailles. Les mécanismes du pouvoir, los angeles sociologie des gouvernants, leur tradition, les réflexions théoriques et pratiques menées sur l'exercice du pouvoir, les symboles liés à l. a. souveraineté sont désormais au coeur de l'histoire politique du Moyen Âge occidental. Les vingt essais réunis ici balisent, de l'époque carolingienne à los angeles fin du XVe siècle, de los angeles Bohême à l'Italie, un champ encore largement ouvert de l. a. recherche historique.

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