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The Other First World War: The Blood-Soaked Russian Fronts 1914-1922

by Douglas Boyd

Unlike the stalemate of the trenches in Flanders, the little-known eastern front of the First World War was a war of movement that cost 12 million casualties, including female combatants. It spanned thousands...


No Pyrrhic Victories: The 1918 Raids on Zeebrugge and Ostend - A Radical Reappraisal

by E C Coleman

In early 1918, it seemed to many that the British people and their allies were close to defeat. At home, the chief culprit was the German U-boat. Sailing almost unopposed from the North Sea ports of Zeebrugge...


German Assault Troops of the First World War: Stosstrupptaktik - The First Stormtroopers

by Stephen Bull

To many it would later seem as if the rule book of war had been torn up and thrown away. The First World War is usually characterised as a static war of attrition, but by its end a new doctrine of fire and movement...


Who Takes Britain To War?

by James Gray, Mark Lomas QC & Secretary of State for Defence Hammond

The long-standing Parliamentary convention known as the 'Royal Perogative' has always allowed Prime Ministers to take the country to war without any formal approval by Parliament. The dramatic vote against any...


Battle Story Mafeking 1900

by Edmund Yorke

The Siege of Mafeking remains one of the most famous actions of the Second Boer War, with the British Army defeating a Boer force of over 8,000 men with only 1,500 troops. The town of Mafeking was designated...


Killers of the King: The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I

by Charles Spencer

January, 1649. After seven years of fighting in the bloodiest war in Britain's history, Parliament had overpowered King Charles I and now faced a problem: what to do with a defeated king, a king who refused...


Son of the Alhambra: Don Diego Hurtado de Mendoza, 1504-1575

by Erika Spivakovsky

Last of the Spanish Renaissance men, Diego Hurtado de Mendoza (1504-1575) was a master of the humanist disciplines as well as an active diplomat whose correspondence provides insight into the workings of power...


Making Peace with Spain: The Diary of Whitelaw Reid, September-December, 1898

by Whitelaw Reid & H. Wayne Morgan

Whitelaw Reid, according to H. Wayne Morgan, was a "leading newspaperman, more than an occasional diplomat, a power in his party's politics, a supporter of some of the best in his era's culture . . . Of all...


Soviet Cinema in the Silent Era, 1918-1935

by Denise J. Youngblood

The golden age of Soviet cinema, in the years following the Russian Revolution, was a time of both achievement and contradiction, as reflected in the films of Eisenstein, Pudovkin, and Kuleshov. Tensions ran...


The Touring Caravan

by Andrew Jenkinson

From the original concept of using a horse-drawn caravan for leisure, this book explains how the modern touring caravan has evolved from a primitive concept to the sophisticated leisure vehicle it's become today....


Pillboxes and Tank Traps

by Bernard Lowry

The very real threat of the invasion of Britain in 1940 initiated a huge military construction program. Around the vulnerable coasts of the country, as well as inland, were built thousands of pillboxes, anti-tank...


Cruise Through History: Itinerary 1 - London to Rome

by Sherry Hutt

Cruise through History is a collection of short stories grouped by the sequence of many popular cruise itineraries, rather than by country, or period of history. An enjoyable cruise itinerary, particularly for...


How to Ruin a Queen: Marie Antoinette and the Diamond Necklace Affair

by Jonathan Beckman

A tale of greed, lust, deceit, theft on an extraordinary scale, charlatanry, kidnapping, assassination and escape from prison.


Inglorious Royal Marriages: A Demi-Millennium of Unholy Mismatrimony

by Leslie Carroll

It's no secret that the marriages of monarchs are often made in hell. Here are some of the most spectacular mismatches in five hundred years of royal history....

In a world where many kings, queens, and princes...


The Rosary, the Republic, and the Right: Spain and the Vatican Hierarchy, 1931¿1939

by Karl J. Trybus

The birth of the Second Spanish Republic in April 1931 ushered in a period of possible secularization to Spain. Liberals welcomed legal changes, while conservatives feared the special “privileges” they enjoyed...


An Old English Home

by S. Baring-gould

There lives in my neighbourhood a venerable dame, in an old bacon box in a fallen cottage, whose condition will be best understood by the annexed illustration.


Castles and Chateaux of Old Burgundy

by Francis Miltoun

This statement is of undeniable merit, as some of us, who so love la belle France—even though we be strangers—well know. The Burgundy of Charlemagne’s time was a much vaster extent of territory than that...


Cromwell was Framed: Ireland 1649

by Tom Reilly

Revealed: The definitive research that proves the Irish nation owes Oliver Cromwell a huge posthumous apology for wrongly convicting him of civilian atrocities in 1649.


The Tragedy of Fatherhood: King Laius and the Politics of Paternity in the West

by Silke-Maria Weineck

Theories of power have always been intertwined with theories of fatherhood: paternity is the oldest and most persistent metaphor of benign, legitimate rule. The paternal trope gains its strength from its integration...


The Provisional Austrian Regime in Lombardy-Venetia, 1814-1815

by R. John Rath

When Austrian soldiers first set foot in Lombardy-Venetia in October, 1813, they were greeted everywhere as liberators and friends. In the spring of 1815, when Joachim Murat's efforts to establish a united Italy...