Herodotus and the Question Why
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Herodotus and the Question Why

"This is a fantastic book: fluently organized, written in a straightforward and friendly tone, and massively supported by research, as the ample and up-to-date bibliography evinces. Particularly interesting and admirable is the establishment of a vocabulary for describing Herodotus's arguments that is won from his texts and those of his contemporaries and therefore never seems imposed or anachronistic. I can think of no volume that i...

Luftwaffe: Secret Projects of the Third Reich
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Luftwaffe: Secret Projects of the Third Reich

Hundreds of thousands of classified documents were captured from Germany’s aircraft manufacturers and aviation ministry at the end of the Second World War, including details of ‘secret project’ aircraft designs created by firms such as Arado, Gotha, Blohm & Voss, Messerschmitt and Focke-Wulf. Ongoing new research in archives around the world has revealed dozens of previously unknown wartime plans and proposals for aircraft that w...

Looking to London: Stories of War, Escape and Asylum
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Looking to London: Stories of War, Escape and Asylum

"Looking to London makes one want to hop on a red bus to explore each of the city's vibrant neighbourhoods - to immerse oneself in the local lives of politically engaged women in a way that enables one to grasp the lasting effects of wartime violence. This is a quintessentially Cockburn book for our troubled times."

Cracking the Zero Mystery: How the U.S. Learned to Beat Japan's Vaunted WWII Fighter Plane
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Cracking the Zero Mystery

For six months after Pearl Harbor the nimble Japanese Zero-sen plane dominated the Pacific air war. Then, on June 4, 1942 a Zero crashed on tiny Akutan Island in the Aleutians. It lay there for five weeks until spotted by an American plane. Hauled back to California, the Zero revealed its secrets in a series of tests and analyses. Fast, but lacking protection for the pilot as well as a self-sealing gas tank which all U.S. planes had,...

Late Byzantine Coins 1204 - 1453 in the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
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Late Byzantine Coins 1204 - 1453 in the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Over 1,100 coins listed and illustrated. This brand new book, written by an expert in the field, will provide an indispensable point of reference for students, curators, dealers and collectors as well as a ready source of information for archaeologists, historians and others with a more general interest in Late Byzantine numismatics. The collection of Late Byzantine coins in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, comprises one of the most imp...

The Mongol Empire: Its Rise and Legacy
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The Mongol Empire: Its Rise and Legacy

"[The Mongol Empire] has the rare merit of being both scholarly and exciting.... The entire world comes on to his canvas, romantic and fantastical persons pass in our view, and at the conclusion we realize that we have seen the whole of what Marco Polo saw only in part."

Instruments of War: Weapons and Technologies That Have Changed History
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Instruments of War: Weapons and Technologies That Have Changed History

This is a good general guide to "instruments of war" as described in the title. The subtitle is "weapons and technologies that have changed history" which the book doesn't describe well--there's not much consideration of what technologies were most important or of why they changed history. Tucker, who is a prolific writer (and also a professor) may assume that's all common knowledge, but it strikes me as the weak point of the book. T...

Pirates of the Americas  2 volumes
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Pirates of the Americas 2 volumes

These volumes chronicle the real-life swashbuckling corsairs of the Caribbean immortalized in film by Disney and Johnny Depp. Naval historian Marley, who also authored Pirates and Privateers of the Americas (1994), surveys the larger-than-life characters such as William Kidd, Henry Morgan, and the French buccaneers of Hispaniola’s Tortuga Island in an effort to separate myth from reality. The intended audience is the student or schol...

Violence and Militants: From Ottoman Rebellions to Jihadist Organizations
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Violence and Militants: From Ottoman Rebellions to Jihadist Organizations

How do militants rationalize violence and what are their motives? How do time and space shape their destiny? In Violence and Militants Baris Cayli explores these enduring questions by comparing violent episodes in towns and villages in the nineteenth-century Ottoman Balkans with today's zones of conflict from Afghanistan to the Middle East. Placing history alongside the troubles of the present, Violence and Militants reveals parallel...