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W.B. Yeats, Ezra Pound, and the Poetry of Paradise

by Sean Pryor

Emphasizing the interplay of aesthetic forms and religious modes, Sean Pryor's ambitious study takes up the endlessly reiterated longing for paradise that features throughout the works of W. B. Yeats and Ezra...


France and the Spanish Civil War: Cultural Representations of the War Next Door, 1936-1945

by Martin Hurcombe

In this wide-ranging study of French intellectuals who represented the Spanish Civil War as it was happening and in its immediate aftermath, Hurcombe explores the ways in which these individuals addressed national...


The Mannerheim Line 1920-39: Finnish Fortifications of the Winter War

by Bair Irincheev & Brian Delf

In the wake of the bloody civil war that followed Finland's independence from Russia in 1917, the border between the two countries was established across the Karelian Isthmus, an area long fought over by Russia,...


The Stalin and Molotov Lines: Soviet Western Defences 1928-41

by Neil Short & Adam Hook

During the Russian Civil War, the Red Army created a series of fortified areas, or ukreplinnyje rajony (UR), which were to be used not only for defence but were also to act as staging points for offensive operations....


D-Day Fortifications in Normandy

by Steven Zaloga & Hugh Johnson

German defenses along the Normandy beaches were part of the larger Atlantic Wall fortifications designed to defend Fortress Europe. When Field Marshal Erwin Rommel took command of the invasion front in late...


Balloon-Busting Aces of World War 1

by Jon Guttman & Harry Dempsey

Tethered balloons reached their zenith as a means of providing a stationary observation platform above the battlefield during World War I. It took a special breed of daredevil to take on such odds deep in enemy...


The naval battles for Guadalcanal 1942: Clash for supremacy in the Pacific

by Mark Stille & Howard Gerrard

The battle for Guadalcanal that lasted from August 1942 to February 1943 was the first major American counteroffensive against the Japanese in the Pacific, it also marks the high point of Japanese expansion...


The Channel Islands 1941-45: Hitler's impregnable fortress

by Charles Stephenson & Chris Taylor

Following the fall of France and the surrender of Paris on 14 June 1940, the British Government announced that the Channel Islands had no strategic importance and would not be defended. The Germans occupied...


The Fuhrer's Headquarters: Hitler's command bunkers 1939-45

by Neil Short & Adam Hook

The 100th title in the Fortress series, this book describes and examines the Führerhauptquartiere - the 14 or so headquarters built for Hitler. Revealing their locations and how they were used to direct the...


Sticklers, Sideburns and Bikinis: The Military Origins of Everyday Words and Phrases

by Graeme Donald

Did you know they started 'hearing through the grapevine' during the American Civil War? It was a reference to the telegraph lines used for communicating with the army. These looked like twisted grapevines....


Modern Print Activism in the United States

by Rachel Schreiber

Print media have been used throughout the twentieth century to promote social and political activism. At a time when the golden age of print appears to be ending, Modern Print Activism in the United States argues...


Ludics in Surrealist Theatre and Beyond

by Vassiliki Rapti

This study reconsiders Surrealist theatre specifically from the perspective of ludics-a poetics of play and games-an ideal approach to the Surrealists, whose games blur the boundaries between the 'playful' and...


The American YMCA and Russian Culture: The Preservation and Expansion of Orthodox Christianity, 1900-1940

by Matthew Lee Miller

In The American YMCA and Russian Culture, Matthew Lee Miller explores the impact of the philanthropic activities of the Young Men’s Christian Association on Russians during the late imperial and early Soviet...


The Ideal Man: The Tragedy of Jim Thompson and the American Way of War

by Joshua Kurlantzick

How the West's greatest spy in Asia tried to stop the new American way of war-and the steep price he paid for failing

Jim Thompson landed in Thailand at the end of World War II, a former American society dilettante...


The Big Jump: Lindbergh and the Great Atlantic Air Race

by Richard Bak

The trans-Atlantic air race of 1927 and the flight that made Charles Lindbergh a hero

The race to make the first nonstop flight between the New York and Paris attracted some of the most famous and seasoned aviators...


Himmler's Crusade: The Nazi Expedition to Find the Origins of the Aryan Race

by Christopher Hale

The compelling story of a trek across an exotic land-and the sinister consequences

It was an SS mission led by two complex individuals-one who was using the Nazis to pursue his own ends, and one so committed...


1959: The Year Everything Changed

by Fred Kaplan

Acclaimed national security columnist and noted cultural critic Fred Kaplan looks past the 1960s to the year that really changed America

While conventional accounts focus on the sixties as the era of pivotal...


A Companion to Richard M. Nixon

by Melvin Small

This companion offers an overview of Richard M. Nixon’s life, presidency, and legacy, as well as a detailed look at the evolution and current state, of Nixon scholarship.

  • Examines the central arguments and...


The Making of a World Trading Power: The European Economic Community (EEC) in the GATT Kennedy Round Negotiations (1963-67)

by Lucia Coppolaro

Following its foundation in 1957, the European Economic Community set about establishing itself as a major player on the world stage. One of the first key arenas in which the new organisation began to make its...


Haig and Kitchener in Twentieth-Century Britain: Remembrance, Representation and Appropriation

by Stephen Heathorn

Lord Kitchener and Lord Haig are two monumental figures of the First World War. Their reputations, both in their lifetimes and after their deaths, have been attacked and defended, scrutinized and contested....