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              A Short History of the American Revolutionary War
               

              A Short History of the American Revolutionary War (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Conway, Stephen

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                18 Nov 21

              The American war against British imperial rule (1775-1783) was the world's first great popular revolution. Ideologically defined by the colonists' formal Declaration of Independence in 1776, the struggle has taken on something of a mythic character. From the Boston Tea Party to P...aul Revere's ride to raise the countryside of New England against the march of the Redcoats; and from the American travails of Bunker Hill (1775) to the final humiliation of the British at Yorktown (1781), the entire contest is now emblematic of American national identity. Stephen Conway shows that, beyond mythology, this was more than just a local conflict: rather a titanic struggle between France and Britain. The Thirteen Colonies were merely one frontline of an extended theatre of operations, with each superpower aiming to deliver the knockout blow. This bold new history recognizes the war as the Revolution but situates it on the wider, global canvas of European warfare.
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              ISBN 9781350147119
              Released NZ 18 Nov 2021
              Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
              Interest Age 16+ years
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              A Short History of the Byzantine Empire

              A Short History of the Byzantine Empire (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Stathakopoulos, Dionysios

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              The Byzantine Empire was one of the most impressive imperial adventures in history. It ruled much of Europe and Anatolia for a remarkable eleven hundred years. From Constantine I's establishment of Byzantium (renamed Constantinople) as his capital in 324 CE, until the fall of the... city to the Ottomans in 1453, the Byzantine domain became a powerhouse of literature, art, theology, law and learning. Dionysios Stathakopoulos here tells a compelling story of military conquest, alliance and reversal, including the terrifying secret of Greek fire: of a state constantly at war, but not warlike, resorting wherever possible to a sophisticated diplomacy with its neighbours and enemies. Breaking with outdated notions of Byzantium as an unchanging, theocratic state, Stathakopoulos uses the most recent research to explore its political, economic, social and cultural history. He evokes the dynamism of a people whose story is one of astonishing resilience and adaptability; and whose legacy, whether it be the bronze horses of the Hippodrome, or the very term 'Byzantine', everywhere endures. His new short history embraces individuals like Justinian I, the powerful ruler who defeated the Ostrogoths in Italy and oversaw construction of Hagia Sofia (completed in 537); his notorious queen Theodora, a courtesan who rose improbably to the highest office of imperial first lady; the charismatic but cuckolded general Belisarios; and the religious leaders Arius and Athanasios, whose conflicting ideas about Christ and doctrine shook the Empire to its core.
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              ISBN 9781350147126
              Released NZ 20 May 2021
              Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
              Interest Age 16+ years
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              A Short History of the Russian Revolution: Revised Edition
               

              A Short History of the Russian Revolution: Revised Edition (Trade Paperback / Paperback, 2nd edition)

              By Swain, Professor Emeritus Geoffrey

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                10 Mar 22

              The 1917 Revolution sent shockwaves throughout the globe, setting a chain of events in motion that would change the entire course of the 20th century. With the overthrow of the Romanov Dynasty, Russia was plunged into the political unknown and, from the crucible of social unrest,... ideological conflict and violent civil war, the world's first communist state was forged. This book provides an incisive overview of one of the most complex and turbulent periods in modern history, tracing key moments from the abdication of Tsar Nicolas II to the Bolshevik seizure of power. A leading authority on Russia and Eastern Europe, Geoffrey Swain highlights the important legacies of 1905, demonstrating how early revolutionary ambitions among the masses culminated in the events of 1917. Challenging conventions in Soviet scholarship, Swain argues that the Bolshevik concepts of discipline and ideology that had mobilised the revolution, set an unnecessary course towards dictatorship and terror. Attentive to new historiography in the field, this revised edition places a renewed emphasis on the social and cultural upheaval experienced in Russia amid the nation's political turmoil.
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              ISBN 9781350153837
              Released NZ 10 Mar 2022
              Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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              A Short History of the Russian Revolution

              A Short History of the Russian Revolution (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Swain, Professor Emeritus Geoffrey

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              In 1917 revolutionary fervour swept through Russia, ending centuries of imperial rule and instigating political and social changes that would lead to the formation of the Soviet Union. This book provides a concise yet thorough overview of the revolution and the path to civil war.

              ISBN 9781780767932
              Released NZ 15 Feb 2017
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              A Short History of the Spanish Civil War: Revised Edition
                

              A Short History of the Spanish Civil War: Revised Edition (Hardback, 2nd edition)

              By Casanova, Prof. Julian

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                2 Dec 21

              In elegant and accessible prose, Julian Casanova tells the gripping story of the Spanish Civil War. These anguished and traumatic years filled Spain with hope, frustration and drama. Not only did it pit countryman against countryman, and neighbour against neighbour, but from 1936...-39 this bitterly contended struggle sucked in competing and seemingly atavistic forces that were soon to rage across the face of Europe, and then the rest of the world: nationalism and republicanism; communism and fascism; anarchism and monarchism; anti-clerical reformism and aristocratic Catholic conservatism. The 'Guerra Civil' is of enduring interest precisely because it represents much more than just a regional contest for power and governmental legitimacy. It has come to be seen as a seedbed for the titanic political struggles and larger social upheavals that scarred the entire 20th century. Charting the most significant events and battles alongside the main players in the tragedy, Casanova provides answers to some of the pressing questions (such as the roots and extent of anticlerical violence) that have been asked in the 70 years that have passed since the painful defeat of the Second Republic. Now with a revised introduction, Casanova offers an overview of key historiographical shifts since the title was first published; not least the wielding of the conflict to political ends in certain strands of contemporary historiography towards an alarming neo-Francoist revisionism.
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              ISBN 9781350152564
              Released NZ 2 Dec 2021
              Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
              Interest Age 19+ years
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              India and South Asia: A Short History

              India and South Asia: A Short History (Trade Paperback / Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)

              By Ludden, David

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              Offers insight into the key economic, social, and political developments that have shaped both the individual countries of South Asia and the region as a whole.

              ISBN 9781851689361
              Released NZ 30 Oct 2013
              Publisher Oneworld Publications
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              A Short History of the Mongols

              A Short History of the Mongols (Hardback)

              By Lane, George

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              George Lane argues that the Mongols were not only subjugators who swept all before them but one of the great organising forces of world history. His book traces the rise of the Great Khan in 1206 to the dissolution of the empire in 1368 by the Ming Dynasty.

              ISBN 9781780766058
              Released NZ 15 Dec 2017
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              A Short History of the Anglo-Saxons

              A Short History of the Anglo-Saxons (Hardback)

              By Leyser, Henrietta

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              Arguing that the desperate struggle (led by Alfred the Great) against the Vikings helped define a distinctively English sensibility, the author explores relations with the indigenous British, the Anglo-Saxon conversion to Christianity, the ascendancy of Mercia and the rise of Wes...sex.
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              ISBN 9781780765990
              Released NZ 15 Sep 2016
              Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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              A Short History of Medieval Christianity

              A Short History of Medieval Christianity (Hardback)

              By Evans, Dr. G. R.

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              What did people really believe in the Middle Ages? Much of our sense of the medieval period has come down to us from the writings of the learned: the abbots, priors, magnates, scholastic theologians and others who between them, and across Christendom, controlled the machinery of ...church and state. For G R Evans too much emphasis has been placed on a governing elite and too little on those - the great mass of the semi-literate and illiterate, and the emergent middle classes - who stood outside the innermost circles of ecclesiastical power, privilege and education. Her book finally gives proper weight to the neglected literature of demotic religion: the lives of saints; writings by those - including lay women - who had mystical experiences; and lively texts containing stories for popular edification. Ranging widely, from the fall of Rome to the ideas of the Reformation, the author addresses vital topics like the appeal of monasticism, the lure of the Crusades, the rise of the friars and the acute crisis of heresy. As Evans reveals, medieval Christianity was shaped above all by its promise of salvation or eternal perdition.
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              ISBN 9781784532826
              Released NZ 15 Mar 2017
              Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
              Interest Age 19+ years
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              Iraq: A History

              Iraq: A History (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Robertson, John

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              A unique account of Iraq - cradle of great civilizations and birthplace of the first cities

              ISBN 9781780749495
              Released NZ 26 Oct 2016
              Publisher Oneworld Publications
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