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Fatal Avenue

Fatal Avenue

A Traveller's History of the Battlefields of Northern France and Flanders, 1346-1945

  • Author: Richard Holmes
  • Publisher: Pimlico
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Battlefields
  • Page: 582
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De Gaulle called it a 'fatal avenue' - that broad sweep of low-lying country stretching north east of Paris. Over the centuries, invading armies have swept back and forth over this bloody terrain, and the names of battles fought here read like a dictionary of military history - from Agincourt, Calais and Crecy to Verdun, Vimy and Ypres. Fatal Avenue is both a history and a guide - a unique study of a region that has witnessed more bitter military conflict than any other area of its size on earth.

Air Power History

Air Power History

Turning Points from Kitty Hawk to Kosovo

  • Author: Richard Overy
  • Publisher: Psychology Press
  • ISBN: 9780714652917
  • Category: History
  • Page: 362
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he 20th century saw air power transformed from novelists' fantasy into stark reality. From string and canvas to precision weaponry and stealth, air power has progressed to become not only the weapon of first political choice, but often the only conceivable option. This rapid development has given rise to considerable debate and controversy with those holding entrenched views rarely slow to shout their case. Many myths have grown over the period, ranging from the once much vaunted ability of air power to win wars alone through to its impact as a coercive tool. This volume examines the theory and practice of air power from its earliest inception. The contributors have been drawn from academia and the military and represent some of the world's leading proponents on the subject. All significant eras on air power employment are examined: some are evidently turning points, while others represent continuous development. Perhaps more importantly, the book highlights the areas that could be considered to be significant, and invites the reader to enter the debate as to whether it constitutes a continuum, a turning point, or indeed a revolution.

Verdun 1916

Verdun 1916

  • Author: Malcolm Brown
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • ISBN: 0750962518
  • Category: History
  • Page: 240
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1916 was a year of killing. The British remember the Somme, but earlier in the year the heart of the French army was ripped out by the Germans at Verdun. The garrison city in north-eastern France was the focus of a massive German attack; the French fought back ferociously, leading to a battle that would claim hundreds of thousands of lives and permanently scar the French psyche. To this day one can visit the site of ghost villages uninhabited since, but still cherished like shrines. Memories of Verdun would greatly influence military and political thinking for decades to come as both sides came away with memories of bravery, futility and horror. Malcolm Brown has produced a vivid new history of this epic clash; drawing on original illustrations and eye-witness accounts he has captured the spirit of a battle that defines the hell of warfare on the Western Front.

History of the United States

History of the United States

From the Earliest Discoveries to the Present Time ; with Additions Containing History of the British American Provinces, History of Mexico and the Constitution of the United States, with Explanatory Notes and Questions

  • Author: Marcius Willson
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: United States
  • Page: 429
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American History: Comprising Historical Sketches of the Indian Tribes

American History: Comprising Historical Sketches of the Indian Tribes

A Description of American Antiquities, with an Inquiry Into Their Origin and the Origin of the Indian Tribes; History of the United States, with Appendices Showing Its Connection with European History: History of the Present British Provinces; History of Mexico; and History of Texas, Brought Down to the Time of Its Admission Into the American Union

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Indians of North America
  • Page: 706
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History of United States

History of United States

  • Author: Marcius Willson
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
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The Lovers' Quarrel

The Lovers' Quarrel

The Two Foundings and American Political Development

  • Author: Elvin T. Lim
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 019932395X
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 312
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The United States has had not one, but two Foundings. The Constitution produced by the Second Founding came to be only after a vociferous battle between Federalists and Anti-Federalists. The Federalists favored a relatively powerful central government, while the Anti-Federalists distrusted the concentration of power in one place and advocated the preservation of sovereignty in the states as crucibles of post-revolutionary republicanism -- the legacy of the First Founding. This philosophical cleavage has been at the heart of practically every major political conflict in U.S. history, and lives on today in debates between modern liberals and conservatives. In The Lovers' Quarrel, Elvin T. Lim presents a systematic and innovative analysis of this perennial struggle. The framers of the second Constitution, the Federalists, were not operating in an ideational or institutional vacuum; rather, the document they drafted and ratified was designed to remedy the perceived flaws of the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union. To decouple the Two Foundings is to appreciate that there is no such thing as "original meaning," only original dissent. Because the Anti-Federalists insisted that prior and democratically sanctioned understandings of federalism and union had to be negotiated and partially grafted onto the new Constitution, the Constitution's Articles and the Bill of Rights do not cohere as well together as has conventionally been thought. Rather, they represent two antithetical orientations toward power, liberty, and republicanism. The altercation over the necessity of the Second Founding generated coherent and self-contained philosophies that would become the core of American political thought, reproduced and transmitted across two centuries, whether the victors were the neo-Federalists (such as during the Civil War and the New Deal) or the neo-Anti-Federalists (such as during the Jacksonian era and the Reagan Revolution). The Second Founding -- the sole "founding" that we generally speak of -- would become a template for the unique, prototypically American species of politics and political debate. Because of it, American political development occurs only after the political entrepreneurs of each generation lock horns in a Lovers' Quarrel about the principles of one of the Two Foundings, and succeed in justifying and forging a durable expansion or contraction of federal authority.

American History

American History

Comprising Historical Sketches of the Indian Tribes, a Description of American Antiquities, with an Inquiry Into Their Origin and the Origin of the Indian Tribes, History of the United States, with Appendices Showing Its Connection with European History, History, History of the Present British Provinces, History of Mexico, and History of Texas, Brought Down to the Time of Its Admission Into the American Union

  • Author: Marcius Willson
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Indians of North America
  • Page: 706
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Three German Invasions of France

Three German Invasions of France

The Summers Campaigns of 1830, 1914, 1940

  • Author: Douglas Fermer
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword
  • ISBN: 1473831458
  • Category: History
  • Page: 288
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Tension and rivalry between France and Germany shaped the history of Western Europe in the century from 1860. Three times that hostility led to war and the invasion of France - in 1870, 1914 and 1940. The outcomes of the battles that followed reset the balance of power across the continent. Yet the German invasions tend to be viewed as separate events, in isolation, rather than as connected episodes in the confrontation between the two nations. Douglas Fermer's fresh account of the military campaigns and the preparations for them treats them as part of a cycle of fear, suspicion, animosity and conflicting ambitions extending across several generations. In a clear, concise account of the decisive opening phase of each campaign, he describes the critical decision-making, the manoeuvres and clashes of arms in eastern France as German forces advanced westwards. As the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War approaches, this is a fitting moment to reconsider these momentous events and how they fit into the broad sweep of European history.

Agincourt

Agincourt

My Family, the Battle and the Fight for France

  • Author: Ranulph Fiennes
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1444792105
  • Category: History
  • Page: 336
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25 October 2015 was the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt - a hugely resonant event in English (and French) history. Sir Ranulph Fiennes casts new light on this epic event, revealing that three of his own ancestors fought in the battle for Henry V, and at least one for the French. This is a unique perspective on Agincourt from a trained and decorated soldier. Ran reveals the truth behind the myths and legends of the battle. He tells how after the battle Henry V entertained his senior commanders to dinner, where they were waited on by captured French knights. There is the story of Sir Piers Legge of Lyme Hall, who lay wounded in the mud while his mastiff dog fought off the French men-at-arms. Then there is the legend that the French intended to cut off the first and second right hand fingers of every captured archer, to prevent him from using his bow. The archers raised those two fingers to the advancing French as a gesture of defiance. In this gripping study Sir Ranulph Fiennes brings back to life these stories and more, including those of his own ancestors, in a celebration of a historical event integral to English identity. Fiennes, arguably our greatest explorer...has delved deep into history to tell the story of his family's epic journey. - The Times