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A Knight of the White Cross

A Knight of the White Cross [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1776674456
Publisher: The Floating Press
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For centuries, the island of Rhodes had been the territory of the Knights of Saint John, a military regiment with ties to the Crusades. After a failed invasion in the late 1400s, the Ottoman Empire launched a second campaign to take back the strategically important island in the eastern Mediterranean. In this exciting account of the conflict, a young knight named Gervaise Tresham does his best to defend the island.

Peninsular Sketches; by Actors on the Scene.

Peninsular Sketches; by Actors on the Scene. [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1908902493
Author: William Hamilton Maxwell
Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing
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Peninsular Sketches; by Actors on the Scene. by William Hamilton Maxwell Book Resume:

Despite the rather prosaic title, these two volumes contain some of the best eye-witness accounts of the Peninsular War. Maxwell wrote a number of books on the Napoleonic Wars himself, the research for which put him in contact with numerous ex-soldiers. In these two volumes, he assembled their accounts and published them as a collection. The accounts are not published in chronological order, but this does not detract from their value: the recollections are taken not just from the officers involved, but also the rank and file soldiers. In this first volume you will find the following narratives:— Leaves From The Journal Of A Veteran. The British Cavalry On The Peninsula. The British Campaign Of 1809; Under Sir A. Wellesley. Recollections In Quarters. Affair Of El Bodon. The Capture Of Ciudad Rodrigo. The Storming Of Badajoz. From The Journal Of Lieut. P. K., 88th Regt. The Storming Of Badajoz. The Battle Of Salamanca. Events Subsequent To The Battle And Advance From Salamanca. Advance From Salamanca. William Hamilton Maxwell was an Irish author of prodigious output: his output was varied from historical novels and biographies to local legends of the Cheviots and Irish travelogues. The author’s history is slightly shrouded, although he seems to have had some military background in British service. His most enduring works, however, are those he wrote on the military history of the Napoleonic Wars: his biography of the Duke of Wellington is still frequently referred to and quoted from. Author/Editor — William Hamilton Maxwell (1792-1850)

Gender and Justice

Gender and Justice [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1136332065
Author: Sally J. Kenney
Publisher: Routledge
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Gender and Justice by Sally J. Kenney Book Resume:

Intended for use in courses on law and society, as well as courses in women’s and gender studies, women and politics, and women and the law, this book explores different questions in different North American and European geographical jurisdictions and courts, demonstrating the value of a gender analysis of courts, judges, law, institutions, organizations, and, ultimately, politics. Gender and Justice argues empirically for both more women and more feminists on the bench, while demonstrating that achieving these two aims are independent projects.

By the Spear

By the Spear [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0190213833
Author: Ian Worthington
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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By the Spear by Ian Worthington Book Resume:

Alexander the Great, arguably the most exciting figure from antiquity, waged war as a Homeric hero and lived as one, conquering native peoples and territories on a superhuman scale. From the time he invaded Asia in 334 to his death in 323, he expanded the Macedonian empire from Greece in the west to Asia Minor, the Levant, Egypt, Central Asia and "India" (Pakistan and Kashmir) in the east. Although many other kings and generals forged empires, Alexander produced one that was without parallel, even if it was short-lived. And yet, Alexander could not have achieved what he did without the accomplishments of his father, Philip II (r. 359-336). It was Philip who truly changed the course of Macedonian history, transforming a weak, disunited, and economically backward kingdom into a military powerhouse. A warrior king par excellence, Philip left Alexander with the greatest army in the Greek world, a centralized monarchy, economic prosperity, and a plan to invade Asia. For the first time, By the Spear offers an exhilarating military narrative of the reigns of these two larger-than-life figures in one volume. Ian Worthington gives full breadth to the careers of father and son, showing how Philip was the architect of the Macedonian empire, which reached its zenith under Alexander, only to disintegrate upon his death. By the Spear also explores the impact of Greek culture in the East, as Macedonian armies became avatars of social and cultural change in lands far removed from the traditional sphere of Greek influence. In addition, the book discusses the problems Alexander faced in dealing with a diverse subject population and the strategies he took to what might be called nation building, all of which shed light on contemporary events in culturally dissimilar regions of the world. The result is a gripping and unparalleled account of the role these kings played in creating a vast empire and the enduring legacy they left behind.

History of the War in Afghanistan, Vol. I (of 3)

History of the War in Afghanistan, Vol. I (of 3) [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10:
Author: John William Kaye
Publisher: WM. H. ALLEN & CO.
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History of the War in Afghanistan, Vol. I (of 3) by John William Kaye Book Resume:

Example in this ebook CHAPTER I. [1800-1801.] At the dawn of the present century, Zemaun Shah reigned over the Douranee Empire. The son of Timour Shah, and the grandson of the illustrious Ahmed Shah, he had sought, on the death of his father, the dangerous privilege of ruling a divided and tumultuous people. Attaining by intrigue and violence what did not rightfully descend to him by inheritance, he soon began to turn his thoughts towards foreign conquest, and to meditate the invasion of Hindostan. His talents were not equal to his ambition, and his success fell far short of the magnitude of his designs. There was too little security at home to ensure for him prosperity abroad. And so it happened, that he was continually marching an army upon the frontier, eager to extend the Douranee Empire to the banks of the Ganges; and continually retracing his steps in alarm, lest his own sovereignty should be wrested from him in his absence. For many years Zemaun Shah’s descent upon Hindostan kept the British Indian Empire in a chronic state of unrest. But he never advanced further than Lahore, and then was compelled precipitately to retire. Starvation threatened his troops; a brotherly usurper his throne; and he hastened back lest he should find Prince Mahmoud reigning at Caubul in his stead. This was in 1797, when Sir John Shore was Governor-General of India. We smile now at the alarm that was created along the whole line of country from the Attock to the Hooghly, by the rumoured approach of this formidable invader. But half a century ago, the English in India knew little of the resources of the Douranee Empire, of the national characteristics of the people, of the continually unsettled state of their political relations, or of the incompetency of the monarch himself to conduct any great enterprise. Distance and ignorance magnified the danger: but the apprehensions, which were then entertained, were not wholly groundless apprehensions. All the enemies of the British Empire in India had turned their eyes with malicious expectancy upon Caubul. Out of the rocky defiles of that romantic country were to stream the deliverers of Islam from the yoke of the usurping Franks. The blood of the Mahomedan princes of India was at fever heat. From northern Oude and from southern Mysore had gone forth invitations to the Afghan monarch. With large promises of aid, in money and in men, Vizier Ali and Tippoo Sultan had encouraged him to move down upon Hindostan at the head of an army of true believers. Others, with whom he could claim no community of creed, extended to him the hand of fellowship. The Rajah of Jyneghur offered him a lakh of rupees a day as soon as the grand army should enter his district. We, who in these times trustingly contemplate the settled tranquillity of the north-western provinces of India, and remember Zemaun Shah only as the old blind pensioner of Loodhianah, can hardly estimate aright the real importance of the threatened movement, or appreciate the apprehensions which were felt by two governors-general of such different personal characters as Sir John Shore and Lord Wellesley. To be continue in this ebook...

Hero Born (Seeds of Destiny, Book 1)

Hero Born (Seeds of Destiny, Book 1) [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0007593066
Author: Andy Livingstone
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
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Hero Born (Seeds of Destiny, Book 1) by Andy Livingstone Book Resume:

It’s in the darkest hour, when all hope is lost, that heroes are born.

The Mammoth Book of Predators

The Mammoth Book of Predators [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1780334036
Author: Alex MacCormick
Publisher: Robinson
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The Mammoth Book of Predators by Alex MacCormick Book Resume:

Don't go into the woods today. . . If you're on a cruise, tramping through a forest or holidaying in an exotic location, you are constantly being watched - somewhere close by a creature is lurking, stalking and eyeing your every move. The variety and range of these potential predators is truly astonishing, from Asiatic wolves to rogue elephants, fire ants to sharks, snakes, crocodiles and grizzlies. In this definitive anthology survivors recall their terrifying ordeals, while hunters and other witnesses describe the final bloody moments of victims and their killers. Including: The British climber alone in the mountain wilderness pursued for days by a vengeful bear The African traveller's unhappy encounter with a crocodile A member of the Royal Family's gory meeting with a shark in the Caribbean A tiger breaking out of the jungle to grab a woman from her village

Defender of Canada

Defender of Canada [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0806150734
Author: John R. Grodzinski
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
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Defender of Canada by John R. Grodzinski Book Resume:

When war broke out between Great Britain and the United States in 1812, Sir George Prevost, captain general and governor in chief of British North America, was responsible for defending a group of North American colonies that stretched as far as the distance from Paris to Moscow. He also commanded one of the largest British overseas forces during the Napoleonic Wars. Defender of Canada, the first book-length examination of Prevost’s career, offers a reinterpretation of the general’s military leadership in the War of 1812. Historian John R. Grodzinski shows that Prevost deserves far greater credit for the successful defense of Canada than he has heretofore received. Earlier accounts portrayed Prevost as overly cautious and attributed the preservation of Canada to other officers, but Grodzinski challenges these assumptions and restores the general to his rightful place as British North America’s key military figure during the War of 1812. Grodzinski shows that Prevost’s strategic insight enabled him to enact a practicable defense despite scarce resources and to ably integrate naval power into his defensive plans. Prevost’s range of responsibilities in British North America were daunting. They included overseeing joint endeavors with Indian allies, managing logistical matters, monitoring naval construction and personnel needs, supervising colonial governments, and commanding the defense of Canada. Tasked with protecting an extensive and complex territory, Prevost employed a mix of soldiers, sailors, locally raised forces, and indigenous people in taking advantage of the American military’s weaknesses to defeat most of its plans. Following his recall to Britain in 1815 after the defeat at the Battle of Plattsburgh, Prevost would have been court-martialed had he not died unexpectedly. In carefully examining the charges leveled against Prevost, Grodzinski shows the general to have preserved the integrity of Canada, allowing diplomats to ensure its continued existence.

All for the King's Shilling

All for the King's Shilling [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0806146168
Author: Edward J. Coss
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
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All for the King's Shilling by Edward J. Coss Book Resume:

The British troops who fought so successfully under the Duke of Wellington during his Peninsular Campaign against Napoleon have long been branded by the duke’s own words—“scum of the earth”—and assumed to have been society’s ne’er-do-wells or criminals who enlisted to escape justice. Now Edward J. Coss shows to the contrary that most of these redcoats were respectable laborers and tradesmen and that it was mainly their working-class status that prompted the duke’s derision. Driven into the army by unemployment in the wake of Britain’s industrial revolution, they confronted wartime hardship with ethical values and became formidable soldiers in the bargain These men depended on the king’s shilling for survival, yet pay was erratic and provisions were scant. Fed worse even than sixteenth-century Spanish galley slaves, they often marched for days without adequate food; and if during the campaign they did steal from Portuguese and Spanish civilians, the theft was attributable not to any criminal leanings but to hunger and the paltry rations provided by the army. Coss draws on a comprehensive database on British soldiers as well as first-person accounts of Peninsular War participants to offer a better understanding of their backgrounds and daily lives. He describes how these neglected and abused soldiers came to rely increasingly on the emotional and physical support of comrades and developed their own moral and behavioral code. Their cohesiveness, Coss argues, was a major factor in their legendary triumphs over Napoleon’s battle-hardened troops. The first work to closely examine the social composition of Wellington’s rank and file through the lens of military psychology, All for the King’s Shilling transcends the Napoleonic battlefield to help explain the motivation and behavior of all soldiers under the stress of combat.

Architect of Soviet Victory in World War II

Architect of Soviet Victory in World War II [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0786456671
Author: Richard W. Harrison
Publisher: McFarland
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Architect of Soviet Victory in World War II by Richard W. Harrison Book Resume:

The Red Army’s leading operational theorist in the 1930s, Georgii Samoilovich Isserson was the mastermind behind the “deep operation”—the cornerstone of Soviet offensive operations in World War II. Drawing from an in-depth analysis of Isserson’s numerous published and unpublished works, his arrest file in the former KGB archives, and interviews with his family, this book provides the first full-length biography of the man. The bulk of the narrative deals with the flowering of his intellectual talents from 1929 through 1941. Additional chapters deal with Isserson’s arrest and his remaining 35 years, 14 of which were spent in labor camps and internal exile.

Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius

Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1627938516
Author: Niccolo Machiavelli
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius by Niccolo Machiavelli Book Resume:

The Discourses on Livy (Discorsi sopra la prima deca di Tito Livio, Discourses on the First Ten Books of Titus Livy) is a work of political history and philosophy composed in the early 16th century by the famed Florentine public servant and political theorist Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527), best known as the author of The Prince. Where The Prince is devoted to advising the ruler of a principality, the Discourses purport to explain the structure and benefits of a

Shadow Ops: Breach Zone

Shadow Ops: Breach Zone [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0698143272
Author: Myke Cole
Publisher: Penguin
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Shadow Ops: Breach Zone by Myke Cole Book Resume:

The Great Reawakening did not come quietly. Across the country and in every nation, people began “coming up Latent,” developing terrifying powers—summoning storms, raising the dead, and setting everything they touch ablaze. Those who Manifest must choose: become a sheepdog who protects the flock or a wolf who devours it… In the wake of a bloody battle at Forward Operating Base Frontier and a scandalous presidential impeachment, Lieutenant Colonel Jan Thorsson, call sign “Harlequin,” becomes a national hero and a pariah to the military that is the only family he’s ever known. In the fight for Latent equality, Oscar Britton is positioned to lead a rebellion in exile, but a powerful rival beats him to the punch: Scylla, a walking weapon who will stop at nothing to end the human-sanctioned apartheid against her kind. When Scylla’s inhuman forces invade New York City, the Supernatural Operations Corps are the only soldiers equipped to prevent a massacre. In order to redeem himself with the military, Harlequin will be forced to face off with this havoc-wreaking woman from his past, warped by her power into something evil…


Wellington [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0826425909
Author: Gordon Corrigan
Publisher: A&C Black
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Wellington by Gordon Corrigan Book Resume:

The Duke of Wellington, the most successful of British commanders, set a standard by which all subsequent British generals have been measured. His defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815 crowned a reputation first won in India at Assaye and then confirmed during the Peninsular War, where he followed up his defence of Portugal by expelling the French from Spain. Gordon Corrigan, himself an ex-soldier, examines his claims to greatness. Wellington was in many ways the first modern general, combining a mastery of logistics with an ability to communicate and inspire. He had to contend not only with enemy armies but also with his political masters and an often sceptical public at home.

A Narrative of The Peninsular War

A Narrative of The Peninsular War [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1786259869
Author: Sir Andrew Leith Hay
Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing
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A Narrative of The Peninsular War by Sir Andrew Leith Hay Book Resume:

An invaluable first-hand account of a British officer who served under both Moore and Wellington against Napoleon’s invading French forces in the Iberian peninsula. Andrew Leith Hay joined the army as an ensign in the 72nd Foot and but went to the peninsula as an aide-de-camp to his uncle, General Sir James Leith. He spent a considerable period gathering intelligence and communicating with other commanders in the British, Portuguese and Spanish armies. Along his travels, Leith Hay made sketches of the terrain through which he passed and, in 1831, incorporated these into this a two-volume account of his Peninsular War experiences. This 4th edition, originally published in 1850, comprises both volumes in one book.

Peveril of the Peak

Peveril of the Peak [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1473362830
Author: Sir Walter Scott
Publisher: Read Books Ltd
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Peveril of the Peak by Sir Walter Scott Book Resume:

This vintage book contains Sir Walter Scott's 1823 historical novel, "Peveril of the Peak". Julian Peveril is a Cavalier accused of being involved with the "Popish Plot". He is also desperately in love with Alice Bridgenorth, the daughter of a Roundhead. Set in Derbyshire, it is a masterful piece of English civil war fiction and part of Scott's famous Waverley Novels series. "Peveril of the Peak" is the longest novel written by Scott and constitutes a must-read for all fans of his work. Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832) was a seminal Scottish playwright, poet, and historical novelist whose novels were and remain to be widely read and enjoyed the world over. Other notables works by this author include: "Ivanhoe", "Rob Roy", "Old Mortality", "The Lady of the Lake", "Waverley", "The Heart of Midlothian", and "The Bride of Lammermoor". Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly rare and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.

For the Temple

For the Temple [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1625584040
Author: G. A. Henty
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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For the Temple by G. A. Henty Book Resume:

For the Temple, A Tale of the Fall of Jerusalem by G.A. Henty tells the story of the the first century Jewish revolt. Revolting against imperial rule, there is a struggle for control of the city of Jerusalem. Meanwhile, the Romans are moving quickly to crush the rebellion.

Vauban and the French Military Under Louis XIV

Vauban and the French Military Under Louis XIV [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0786456981
Author: Jean-Denis G.G. Lepage
Publisher: McFarland
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Vauban and the French Military Under Louis XIV by Jean-Denis G.G. Lepage Book Resume:

A man of inventiveness, versatility and reformist ideas, Marshal Sébastien Le Preste de Vauban built a formidable ring of fortresses to protect France’s national frontiers. More than just a fortification designer, Vauban was also a gifted economist, author, and political strategist. This book tells the complete story of Vauban’s exceptional career, placing him within the framework of Louis XIV’s reign and revealing his lasting influences in France and other nations. With the aid of numerous detailed drawings, 17th century bastioned fortification, artillery, and seige warfare are described in detail. Vauban’s fortifications that are still standing today are particularly highlighted.