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'I can never understand how the scribbles of such an ordinary person ... can possibly have value.' So wrote Nella Last in her diary on 2 September 1949. Sixty years on, tens of thousands of people have read and enjoyed the first two volumes of her uniquely detailed and moving diaries, written during World War II and its aftermath as part of the Mass Observation project, and the basis for BAFTA-winning drama Housewife 49 starring... more...
At 10:30 A.M. on November 30, 1939, a formation of Russian bombers dropped from a cloud bank to unload a salvo of bombs on Helsinki, the capital city of Finland. The Winter War was underway. Overwhelming superiority in manpower and weapons ultimately prevailed, but not before Finland had written a saga of heroic resistance. It is this too-seldom-remembered story that William R. Trotter recounts in Fire and Ice. 16 pages of photographs.
Telling an engrossing and dramatic tale of a little-known aspect of Australia’s political history, this book investigates the details of the August 1940 crash of a Hudson bomber—the A16-97—that killed three Australian cabinet ministers. The plane crashed into a ridge near Canberra and, in the ghastly inferno, the nation lost its key war leaders. Over the next 12 months, it became clear that the passing of Geoffrey Street, Sir... more...
Thieves of Baghdad is a riveting account of Colonel Matthew Bogdanos and his team's extraordinary efforts to recover over 5,000 priceless antiquities stolen from the Iraqi National Museum after the American invasion of Baghdad.
This book provides a detailed description of the main episodes in the emergence of partial differentiation during the period 1690-1740. It argues that the development of this concept - to a considerable degree of perfection - took place almost exclusively in problems concerning families of curves. Thus, the book shows the origins of the ideas and techniques which paved the way for the sudden introduction of partial differential equations in 1750. The... more...
The largest enterprise in the capitalist world between 1920 and 1945, the Deutsche Reichsbahn (German National Railway) was at the center of events in a period of great turmoil in Germany. In this, the second volume of his comprehensive history of the Reichsbahn, Alfred Mierzejewski offers the first complete account of the national railway under Hitler's regime. Mierzejewski uses sources that include Nazi Party membership records and Reichsbahn... more...
"Explorations in the Social History of Modern Central Asia" offers new insights on the continuities and changes in the history of Muslim rural and pastoral societies in Central Asia under Russian rule (19th - early 20th century).
To mark the two hundredth anniversary of the War of 1812, author and noted historian Don Burzynski sheds some rare and exciting light on the part played by the nascent United States Marine Corps in that pivotal conflict and on their development in the turbulent years leading up to America’s second war with Great Britain. There’s not much in the official record of that time but Burzynski uses his passion and background to fill in the blanks and... more...
The first oral history of the Gulf War brings the conflict vividly to life through interviews with everyone from the former British Prime Minister, John Major, to the tank regiments who fought there   In 1988 Iraq was the region’s dominant military power and ambitious to become leader of the Arab world. Saddam Hussein’s war–experienced army were known to have used... more...
The authors of "Chinatowns around the World: Gilded Ghetto, Ethnopolis, and Cultural Diaspora" seek to expose the social reality of Chinatowns with empirical data while examining the changing nature and functions of Chinatowns in different countries around the world.
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