The Berlin Airlift
The Relief Operation that Defined the Cold War
After the Second World War, the ‘iron curtain’ divided Germany, leaving the British, American and French sectors of the devastated capital stranded in the Soviet-controlled East. Only three air corridors remained open, and between June 1948 and September 1949, Allied air forces defied the blockade, delivering food and fuel by plane. Barry Turner gives a full account of the crisis developing between East and West, the events leading up to June 1948, and the heroic Airlift that saved a besieged city.
The King, The Campaign, The Battle
The overwhelming and unexpected English victory at Agincourt in 1415 was attributed by many to God, but, as Juliet Barker shows, it was the culmination of years of preparation by Henry V. Her book first covers the background of civil war in France and Henry's careful diplomacy; it then follows the campaign's progress from invasion, through the siege of Harfleur and the march to Calais, to Agincourt itself; and finally considers the battle's direct consequences and later legacy.
The Final Chapter
When nine skeletons were exhumed near Ekaterinburg, Siberia in July 1991 it prompted an investigation into whether they were the remains of Nicholas II and his family, executed by Bolsheviks 73 years earlier. This investigative history, framed by a narrative of the Romanov’s last days, records the scientific processes that were undertaken by experts from Russia, America and the UK in order to establish the identities of the remains.
And the Last Days of the Third Reich
While he commanded the German submarine fleet, Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz earned Allied respect as a military leader and formidable enemy, but after he succeeded Hitler as head of the Third Reich, his name became more closely associated with Nazi ideology. Turner's study looks in depth at the Admiral's character and conduct, particularly his Operation Hannibal, which rescued two million civilians and troops from the Russian advance; his negotiations for ending the war; and his actions in its aftermath.
Social Change in Aegean Prehistory
Focused on the Early Helladic III to Late Helladic I period in southern Greece, this volume focuses on the processes of social and economic change in the Bronze Age. The nine essays include studies of Pre-Mycenaean pottery shapes; the dynamics of Bronze Age social structures (explored through feasting and hospitality); and domestic architecture as a means to analyse social change.
Gods and Garments
Textiles in Greek Sanctuaries in the 7th to the 1st Centuries BC
Despite their importance in ancient material culture and economy, textiles are often overlooked, due mainly to being very rarely preserved in the archaeological record. This study aims to introduce textiles into the study of ancient Greek religion and thereby illuminate the roles they played in the performance of Greek ritual. The study is in three parts: on the dedication of textiles in Greek sanctuaries; cult images and dress; and sacred dress codes.
Virtuoso Gilder at the French Court
Based on 40 years of research, this well illustrated volume offers insights into the life and career of Gouthière (1732–1813), and a definitive catalogue raisonné of his work. Credited with inventing matt gilding, he secured clients including the Duke of Aumont and Madame Du Barry and was held in such esteem that hundreds of items were attributed to him, yet he fell into obscurity and this is the first major study of him for over a century.
Power and Fortune
After starting amid the horse-trading and blatant bribery of the College of Cardinals’ conclave that elected Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia (1431–1503) as Pope Alexander VI in 1492, Paul Strathern goes back to Rodrigo’s early years in Xàtiva, near Valencia in the Kingdom of Aragon. He follows Borgia from Spain and describes his rise to power, his reign in the Vatican and the fortunes of his offspring, Cesare and Lucretia, in a new portrait and assessment of Renaissance Italy’s most infamous family.
Napoleon and Wellington
Both born in 1769, Napoleon and Wellington were as different in background and temperament as the countries for which they fought. This study follows their rivalry through the campaigns leading up to the Battle of Waterloo, when they met for the first time, and in its aftermath. It assesses their contrasting military techniques, and includes maps of the Peninsular War and the Waterloo campaign.
Hell and Good Company
The Spanish Civil War and the World it Made
The Spanish Civil War inspired and haunted artists and authors including Picasso, Miró, Hemingway and Orwell. It was also the testbed for military and medical technology that would come to the fore in the Second World War. This book tells its story through the eyes of the writers, reporters, doctors and nurses who experienced it first-hand, few of whom were in any doubt that they were witnessing the shape of things to come.
A WWII German Airman's Story
Erich Sommer flew for the Luftwaffe as both navigator and pilot during the Second World War, from an early posting in Morocco to missions over Britain, the Russian front and Italy. His career culminated in the first reconnaissance sortie in a jet (the Arado AR234). His memoir also reflects on his childhood and early career in the brewing industry in the 1930s and includes insights into life and attitudes in pre-war Germany.
A History in Seven Sackings
From the Gauls’ siege of the Capitoline Hill in 387 BCE to the city’s occupation by the Nazis in 1943, Kneale tells the story of Rome by focusing on pivotal moments when the arrival of an enemy army set it on a new course. In each case he explains who the attackers were, describes the city they encountered and examines how their actions transformed it.
Midnight at the Pera Palace
The Birth of Modern Istanbul
Inter-war Istanbul was a city in transition between east and west, past and future. This book recreates the social and cultural ferment of a cosmopolitan society peopled with Russian exiles, Jewish refugees and significant figures such as Atatürk and Trotsky. Slightly off-mint.
The Cold War, the Berlin Wall and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth
The backdrop to a tense standoff between American and Soviet tanks in 1961, Checkpoint Charlie was a symbol of Cold War oppression. Featuring interviews with the people who built the wall, the military and espionage personnel who manned the notorious border point, escapees and their families, this history reveals what everyday life was like for those directly affected by the East–West divide.
Empress of the East
How a Slave Girl Became Queen of the Ottoman Empire
Roxelana, the 16th-century slave girl who became an Ottoman queen, is depicted as a woman who dealt with her situation with great common sense, ingenuity and ambition in this detailed social history. As Hurrem Sultan, consort and wife to Suleiman the Magnificent, she had to navigate the complexities of the harem, court life, and domestic and international rivalries, strengthening the role of women in Ottoman society in the process.
Stalag Luft III
An Official History of the 'Great Escape' PoW Camp
Prepared for the War Office at the end of hostilities, this history of the PoW camp has never been published before. Drawing on prisoners’ testimonies, it details the German administration of the camp, the morale and conditions of the men, and the many escape attempts, including the famous ‘Wooden Horse’ of October 1943 and the ‘Great Escape’ of March 1944.
Voices from the Past: the Siege of Sevastopol
Historian Anthony Dawson draws on previously unpublished sources to cast new light on the most destructive war of the nineteenth century. Focusing on the Siege of Sevastopol, during which artillery bombardments, dysentery, cholera and the freezing winter exacted a huge death toll, the book highlights particular aspects including the storming of the Redan and the Mamelon, and the Battle of the Tchernaya, the Russians’ desperate attempt to break the siege.
Memoirs of a French Napoleonic Officer
Jean-Baptiste Barrès, Chasseur of the Imperial Guard
Jean-Baptiste Barrès joined Napoleon's Imperial Guard in 1804 and was present at notable events such as the emperor’s coronations in Paris and Rome, the torchlight procession on the eve of Austerlitz, and the meeting of the two Emperors at Tilsit. His memoir modestly recounts such experiences and gives an insight into the everyday life of a Napoleonic soldier who saw conflict in numerous military engagements.
The 1/5th (Territorial) Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment in the Great War
The volunteer ‘Saturday night soldiers’ of the West Yorkshire Territorials were considered ‘too sleepy to fight well’ by General Haig, but on the Western Front the 1/5th Battalion became a formidable body of men. Sheehan uses newspapers, letters and photographs to tell the stories of many individuals who displayed heroism and fought with honour, even as their battalion was virtually wiped out on the Somme, at Passchendaele and at Wytschaete.