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Hacks, Sycophants, Adventurers, and Heroes: Madison's Commanders in the War of 1812

by Colonel David Fitz-Enz

Often confused by advisors of little military talent, President James Madison put his trust, and that of the people, in the grasp of hacks, sycophants, adventurers, and a few good men. This is the story of the...


Commanding Lincoln's Navy: Union Naval Leadership During the Civil War

by Stephen R. Taaffe

The Union Navy played a vital role in winning the Civil War by blockading Confederate ports, cooperating with the Union Army in amphibious assaults, and controlling the Mississippi River and its tributaries....


A Cultural History of Firearms in the Age of Empire

by Karen Jones & Giacomo Macola

Firearms have been studied by imperial historians mainly as means of human destruction and material production. Yet, as suggested by constructivist approaches to the history of technology, firearms have always...


The Victorian Detective

by Alan Moss

Procedural drama TV shows consistently top the ratings and this book explores the very roots of crime solving, telling the story of the iconic Victorian detective and how he shrewdly cracked criminal cases...


Methodists and their Missionary Societies 1760-1900

by John Pritchard

This book, together with a companion volume on the 20th century, offers an account of the overseas mission activity of British and Irish Methodists, its roots and fruits. Pritchard explores many aspects of mission,...


Stealing Things: Theft and the Author in Nineteenth-Century France

by Rosemary A. Peters

Stealing Things demonstrates how ninteenth-century French narratives portraying the “thief” figure reflect and critique popular attitudes of the times. This book focuses on how stolen objects shape individual...


Victorian Fashion Accessories

by Ariel Beaujot

An accessible and lively study of Victorian fashion accessories as tools of flirtation and indicators of class, political ideology, chastity and respectability.


Far China Station: The U.S. Navy in Asian Waters, 1800-98

by Robert Erwin Johnson

This was the first study to put 19th century American naval and diplomatic affairs in the Far East into clear perspective. Johnson examines the origins of the East India Squadron, defines its import role in...


The French Foreign Legion

by Martin Windrow & Michael Roffe

It is arguable that no group of fighting men in the history of European arms has been so misrepresented by ill-informed publicity as the French Foreign Legion. Though initially conceived in 1831 as a means of...


The Louisiana Purchase and American Expansion, 1803 1898

by Bartholomew Sparrow, Sanford Levinson & H. W. Brands

In this long overdue collection, Sanford Levinson and Bartholomew Sparrow bring together noted scholars in American history, constitutional law, and political science to examine the role that the Louisiana Purchase...


The Human Tradition in Modern Europe, 1750 to the Present

by Cheryl A. Koos, Cora Granata & Karin Breuer

This engaging and humanizing text traces the development of Europe since the mid-eighteenth century through the lives of people of the time. Capturing key moments, themes, and events in the continent's turbulent...


The Profligate Son: Or, A True Story of Family Conflict, Fashionable Vice, and Financial Ruin in Regency Britain

by Nicola Phillips

Foppish, impulsive, and philandering: William Jackson was every Georgian parent’s worst nightmare. Gentlemen were expected to be honorable and virtuous, but William was the opposite, much to the dismay of...


American Civil War Fortifications (2): Land and Field Fortifications

by Ron Field & Peter Dennis

The American Civil War saw a massive development in the use of field fortifications, the result of the practical application of antebellum West-Point teaching, and the deadly impact of rifled infantry weapons...


Union Infantryman 1861-65

by John Langellier & John White

A Union supporter once said, "What is a man's life worth if our glorious union is to be shattered by traitors?" President Lincoln's volunteers and conscripted soldiers expanded the permanent Union army to include...


Armies of the Napoleonic Wars

by Gregory Fremont-Barnes

The armies of the Napoleonic Wars fought in a series of devastating campaigns that disturbed the peace of Europe for twelve years, yet the composition, organization and fighting efficiency of these forces receive...


Redcoats: The British Soldiers of the Napoleonic Wars

by Philip Haythornthwaite

What was a British soldier's life like during the Napoleonic Wars? How was he recruited and trained? How did he live on home service and during service abroad? And what was his experience of battle? In this...


Religion, Identity and Conflict in Britain: From the Restoration to the Twentieth Century: Essays in Honour of Keith Robbins

by Stewart J. Brown & Frances Knight

The British state between the mid-seventeenth century to the early twentieth century, was essentially a Christian state, in which Christianity permeated all aspects of society. This book brings together a distinguished...


Oliver Hazard Perry: Honor, Courage, and Patriotism in the Early U.S. Navy

by David C. Skaggs

Hailed for his decisive victory over a Royal Navy squadron on Lake Erie in September 1813 and best known for his after-action report proclamation We have met the enemy and they are ours, Oliver Hazard Perry...


Jane Austen's England

by Lesley Adkins & Roy Adkins

A cultural snapshot of everyday life in the world of Jane Austen

Jane Austen, arguably the greatest novelist of the English language, wrote brilliantly about the gentry and aristocracy of two centuries ago in...


The British Imperial Century, 1815-1914: A World History Perspective

by Timothy Parsons

Ideal for adoption in introductory and upper-level classes in European and world history, this book provides a concise narrative account of the rise and fall of British imperialism. Focusing on the transition...