The History of Europe in Bite-sized Chunks
From the emergence of ancient cultures to the financial crisis of 2008, this volume describes the complete history of Europe in clear, concise text. Maps are included to demonstrate military and geopolitical changes, and ‘mini-biographies’ tell the stories of notable Europeans and their legacies.
Artists Under Hitler
Collaboration and Survival in Nazi Germany
Illuminating the complex cultural life of Nazi Germany, Petropoulos argues that modernist and avant-garde movements ‘persisted as an unresolved issue’ during Hitler’s reign. He examines ten artists that stayed in Germany: those who sought accommodation with the fascist regime, including Walter Gropius, Paul Hindemith and Emil Nolde; and those who achieved it, among them, Richard Strauss, Leni Riefenstal and Albert Speer.
Tudor and Stuart Seafarers
The Emergence of a Maritime Nation, 1485–1707
Between the first English ‘Merchant Adventurers’ who voyaged to the New World opened up by European mariners such as Columbus and Vespucci, and the early 1700s, when British sea power was seen as the bastion of national liberty, stability and prosperity, this richly illustrated volume explores a formative period in our maritime history. Published to mark the opening of the ‘Tudor and Stuart Seafarers’ gallery at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, the book draws on the Museum’s unparalleled collections and comprises essays by 13 eminent historians.
The Pilots Behind the Battle of Britain
This bestselling account of the Battle of Britain weaves together the personal experiences of the young pilots of Fighter Command, from the Phoney War of 1939 to the massed German raids of Autumn 1940. The stories reveal fear and bravery as well as lighter moments, including the pilot who was shot down over Dartford and went dancing in London before returning to his squadron, and give an insight into the spirit and character of the celebrated 'few'.
Twenty Battles That Shaped Medieval Europe
Georgios Theotokis uses 20 decisive battles to tell the story of Europe from the defeat of the Western Roman armies near the river Frigidus in 394 CE to the confrontation between Ottoman and Christian forces at Varna (1444), which sealed the fate of the Byzantine Empire. He sets out each engagement’s historical background and describes the composition and equipment of the opposing sides before analysing their strategy and battle-tactics.
Writing the Revolution
The Construction of "1968" in Germany
The concept of ‘1968' is synonymous with the anti-authoritarian German Student Movement of 1966 to 1968 and is viewed variously as a liberalization, a myth and an irritation, sometimes judged a ‘successful failure’. This volume explores the portrayal of the ’68ers over the decades, the writing about the movement, and its afterlife as a foundational myth, whose utopian aims can still fire the imagination.
The Chivalric Biography of Boucicaut, Jean II Le Meingre
The early 15th-century chivalric biography of Jean II Le Meingre, known as Boucicaut, marshal of France, is an important source for chivalric culture, medieval crusading, the study of France and Italy during the Great Schism, and the impact of classical learning on vernacular literature. This is a translation Denis Lalande’s 1985 edition of the text, with critical apparatus including notes on geographical locations and the anonymous biographer’s sources.
Problems and Perspectives
The duchy of Aquitaine (Gascony) was given to the future Edward I by his father, Henry III, in 1252 and it remained united under the English crown until 1453. The Gascon Rolls are the main source for the history of Aquitaine during that period, and this volume illustrates the variety of recent researches, with subjects including the wine trade; Jean II, count of Armagnac (1373–1384); and English soldiers in the region, 1369 to 1450.
In Bed with the Ancient Greeks
Sex and Sexuality in Ancient Greece
As the poet Theocritus wrote, ‘We are not the first mortals to see beauty in what is beautiful’. In this thorough survey of ancient Greeks’ attitudes to love, sex, marriage and adultery, Chrystal brings together mythology, literature and visual art with evidence from medical writings, sex manuals, and religious, philosophical and magical texts. The book ends with discussion of the Greek sexual vocabulary and an extensive bibliography listing ancient sources and modern scholarship. Sexually explicit.
The Dwarfs of Auschwitz
In the 1930s, the Ovitz family – seven of whom were dwarfs – enjoyed massive success as the Lilliput Troupe of singers and actors, but as the Nazi regime tightened its grip, they were plunged into the horrors of Auschwitz. Based on interviews with Perla Ovitz, the last living member of the troupe, and many other concentration camp survivors, this powerful book tells the inspirational story of this remarkable family and their indomitable will to survive.
Code-Breaking in Bletchley Park
Renowned as one of England's foremost historians, Asa Briggs turns to his own role in wartime code-breaking, which he kept secret for many years. His meticulously researched account of daily life at Bletchley Park covers the various types of work done there, from cryptography to catering, and also provides a fascinating first-hand insight into the diverse and vibrant community and social life of the two camps where the employees were accommodated.
The Komnene Dynasty
Byzantium's Struggle for Survival 1057–1185
During the 128-year rule of the Komnenes, Byzantium faced attacks from Turks in the East and from Western Christian forces fighting the early Crusades. Carr tells the story of this vital period for Eastern Christendom, when the emperors introduced new military techniques and relied on mercenaries including English soldiers who fled the Norman Conquest to join Byzantium’s renowned Varangian Guard.
Defending the Rock
Gibraltar and the Second World War
Gibraltar has been an indispensable naval fortress since 1704, yet in July 1940 it was threatened on four sides: by Vichy France, Nazi Germany, and fascist Italy and Spain. This history of the Rock’s strategic importance during the war also explores the pre-war imperial incursions in the Mediterranean region, which would threaten Gibraltar as a wartime escape route and key link in the ‘steel chain of sea power’.
The Recollections of Lieutenant John Hildebrand 35th Foot in the Mediterranean and Waterloo Campaigns
While Wellington was in Iberia, John Hildebrand joined the British garrison in Malta and took part in the defence of Sicily, the campaign in the Ionian Islands and the siege of Ragusa before being sent to Belgium and marching on Paris after Waterloo. The young officer's colourful memoirs are accompanied by maps, illustrations and commentary.
Decline and Fall of Napoleon's Empire
How the Emperor Self-Destructed
Digby Smith takes a somewhat anti-Napoleon tone in this analysis of the French Emperor's management of military and civic matters in the years up to his downfall in 1815. Among Bonaparte's chief major errors, he argues, were the invasion of Russia in 1812, the failure to invest in the Navy, and diplomatic mistakes that resulted in opponents gathering on all sides.
Bath in the Great War
Your Towns and Cities in the Great War
Contemporary newspaper stories, archive photographs and ephemera provide an insight into life for the residents of Bath during the First World War. While normal civic activities continued, despite the altered circumstances, the billeting of soldiers, caring for wounded and war fundraising became commonplace.
The True Stories of the Reconnaissance and Intelligence Missions Behind D-Day
In preparation for the Normandy invasion, the Allies left as little as possible to chance: in addition to the intense military planning and training a vast information-gathering campaign was undertaken. This study details how specialist units across the services built up an unprecedented body of intelligence, with sources ranging from aerial reconnaissance missions and decipherment of German signals to canoeist and swimmer teams sneaking onto beaches to take soil and sand samples.
A Brief History of the Mediterranean
Aimed at armchair readers and travellers, this book offers a chronological history of the Mediterranean from ancient Rome – the only state to control its entire coastline – to the two world wars and the Middle East conflict. It records naval battles between Christians and Ottomans, and the rise and fall of the maritime empires of Genoa and Venice, while also acknowledging the role of the sea in trade, tourism and migration.
Made in Sweden
25 Ideas that Created a Country
Sweden is widely admired as a tolerant, egalitarian society, though this image has been tarnished in recent years by the rise of the far right. Elisabeth Åsbrink, who loves her country ‘but not blindly’, presents 25 symbols of Sweden, including Ikea, Ingmar Bergman, Scandi Noir, and the footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, to investigate the tensions beneath the nation’s urbane surface.
Travels Through Forgotten Italy
Written during the same Italian sojourn as Lady Chatterley’s Lover, these six essays on the ancient Etruscans share several of the novel’s themes. As Lawrence describes his visits to Etruscan painted tombs, he meditates on this enigmatic civilization’s uninhibited self-expression, which he contrasts with the darker, more oppressive Italy of Mussolini. This edition features a new foreword by Michael Squires.
The Collected Works
Anne Frank’s diary is one of the most widely recognized personal testimonies of the Second World War. The full, definitive text is presented here along with her letters, personal reminiscences, daydreams, essays and a notebook of favourite quotations. Scholarly essays provide background on Anne’s life, her family’s history, and the story of how her diary came to be published. The book also includes numerous photographs of the Franks and the other inhabitants of the annexe in which they hid from the Nazis.
A German View
Rudolf Böhmler was a highly decorated German paratroop officer who participated in various fronts of the Second World War. Afterward, he wrote this description of the Italian campaign, focusing on the exhausted, heavily outnumbered German troops who tenaciously defended the town of Cassino and the Monte Cassino abbey.
Heinkel He 111
The Latter Years – The Blitz and War in the East to the Fall of Germany
The distinctive glazed cockpit of the He 111 is much in evidence in this selection of photographs of the bomber in action, from the British raids of 1941 to the Russian and Mediterranean theatres through to the end of the war. Among the images of crews, airfields, in-flight views and wrecks are some rare contemporary colour photographs of aircraft at a French airbase during the Blitz.
The Crecy War
A Military History of the Hundred Years War from 1337 to the Peace of Bretigny in 1360
The first of a two-part history of the Hundred Years War looks at the period covering the two major victories at Crecy and Poitiers and the subsequent Treaty of Bretigny that established the British right to territory in France without tribute. Burne argues that while these victories are routinely credited to the Black Prince, Edward III is yet to receive full recognition of his strategic skill and vision.
Conquerors of the Roman Empire
In the confusion of the Western Empire’s collapse, the Franks fought both for and against Rome, eventually achieving supremacy in Gaul and giving their name to modern France. This military history of the Germanic tribe analyses the size, composition, equipment and tactics of its armies to explain why they were so effective against Roman forces, from early incursions in the 3rd century to the Battle of Casilinum in 554.
The Man, His Era
This first comprehensive biography is based on previously unavailable material released since the fall of the Soviet Union and records Khrushchev’s peasant upbringing and political initiation in the heady days following the 1917 revolution. It then probes the contradictions of a man who was implicated in Stalin’s crimes but subsequently denounced his mentor, and a would-be peacemaker whose nuclear standoff with Kennedy brought the world to the brink of destruction.
Power and Pragmatism
The Memoirs of Malcolm Rifkind
Malcolm Rifkind was one of Britain’s longest serving ministers, having held cabinet positions including Foreign Secretary for 18 years. He recalls his Jewish upbringing in Edinburgh, and a formative overland journey to India when he was 19, before describing a political career that involved negotiations with Mikhael Gorbachev, Britain’s intervention in the Bosnian war, and conflict with Margaret Thatcher over Scottish devolution.
The People's Flag and the Union Jack
An Alternative History of Britain and the Labour Party
The Labour Party has always found notions of nationalism problematic in a political landscape where traditional values and patriotism have typically been associated with conservatism. This study reviews Labour's relationship with Britishness, from the early pre-war party to the Corbyn era and beyond, in the light of contemporary attitudes to the United Kingdom, Brexit and increasing support for Scottish independence.
Air Bridge to Freedom
From June 1948 to May 1949 supplies were flown in to the isolated West Berlin, which the Soviets had cut off access to by road. This photographic document of the operation considers the different aspects of the crisis, including the building of runways, the plight of the beleaguered Berliners, the airlift pilots and their aircraft.
The Inside Story of Brexit
David Cameron’s former Director of Communications offers a day-by-day account the six months leading to the EU membership referendum in June 2016, the machinations of the Brexit campaigners, conflict within the Conservative party, and the aftermath of the shock result.
Wehrmacht Combat Reports
The Russian Front, Eastern Front from Primary Sources
Based on rare material from German and Russian original sources, this collection of field reports details the tactics and combat activities of the Wehrmacht in Russia. Compiled by historian Bob Carruthers, and supplemented with illustrations from US intelligence files, it focuses on neglected military features including armoured trains, the construction of field defences, street fighting techniques and improvised anti-tank measures.
The Waterloo Archive
Volume IV: British Sources
Gareth Glover, a long-time Napoleonic war researcher, has annotated and published for the first time letters and journals in the Waterloo Archives. This volume features the accounts of British soldiers from senior ranks to common soldiers, including the poignant final letters of Major Arthur Heyland, more boisterous accounts of bordello visits and recollections of plundering local farmhouses.
The Waterloo Archive
Volume III: British Sources
This volume comprises archive material from British sources, by men of all ranks in the cavalry, infantry and artillery. The many revealing details include failed horse charges, friendly fire, letters from surgeons attending casualties and the camaraderie among Peninsular veterans, with authors such as Sir Hussey Vivan; Frederick Ponsonby, who describes his battlefield wounding; and Daniel Mackinnon, famous for the defence of Hougoumont.
Voices in Flight
RAF Fighter Pilots in WW2
Using original combat reports and first-person accounts, this book tells the stories of the young pilots who flew Spitfires and Hurricanes against the Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain, and against the Italian air force flying out of Malta. Illustrated with vintage photographs, it includes the exploits of Douglas Bader, Peter Townsend, ‘Johnnie’ Johnson and ‘Sandy’ Lane, alongside those of their adversaries such as Oberleutnant Ulrich Steinhilper.
Voices from the Past
Composed of more than 300 eyewitness accounts, official documents and newspaper reports, this collection tells the story of Waterloo, mainly from British participants’ point of view. From the camaraderie among the massed allied troops ahead of the battle to the horrors of the cavalry charges and artillery bombardments, this gives a human view from commanding officers and lower ranks of some lighter moments and the heat of battle.
On the Road With Wellington
Diary of a War Commissary in the Peninsular Campaign
Writing his popular Sharpe novels about the Peninsular War, Bernard Cornwell drew on these memoirs more than any other first-hand accounts. '[Schaumann] had an eye for detail and an enthusiasm for campaign life that makes him the most immediate of all the war's chroniclers', Cornwell writes in his foreword to this edition.
The Naval Flank of the Western Front
The German MarineKorps Flandern 1914–1918
German raids on British shipping in the Channel were a constant problem for the Royal Navy and attempts were made to neutralize the threat from Belgian ports, including scuttling ships to block Zeebrugge harbour in 1918. This history reviews the activities of the MarineKorps Flandern during the war and the British responses, and contains a section of contemporary photographs.
Foreign Units in the French Army Under the Consulate and Empire, 1799 to 1814
Non-French mercenaries formed a crucial part of Napoleon's Grande Armée. This comprehensive study examines each foreign unit in turn, giving an overview of its origins, organizational and combat history, uniforms and standards, and eventual fate. Eyewitness accounts from contemporary sources and memoirs illustrate what life was like for soldiers the of the predominantly Polish, German, Swiss, Italian, Spanish, and other units.
March of Death
Sir John Moore's Retreat to Corunna, 1808–1809
In the freezing winter of 1808, a small British force found itself outnumbered and outmanoeuvred by Napoleon’s army. The only escape route for the British, commanded by Sir John Moore, was through the snow and ice of northern Spain, constantly pursued by the French. This account of their march recalls the desperation of the often barefoot and starving soldiers.