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 The Oxford Handbook of Iranian History
The Oxford Handbook of Iranian History
Author: Touraj Daryaee
The Oxford Handbook of Iranian History
Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199732159
2012
Format: PDF
Size: 31,9 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 426
This Handbook is a current, comprehensive single-volume history of Iranian civilization. The authors, all leaders in their fields, emphasize the large-scale continuities of Iranian history while also describing the important patterns of transformation that have characterized Iran's past. Each of the chapters focuses on a specific epoch of Iranian history and surveys the general political, social, cultural, and economic issues of that era. The ancient period begins with chapters considering the anthropological evidence of the prehistoric era, through to the early settled civilizations of the Iranian plateau, and continuing to the rise of the ancient Persian empires. The medieval section first considers the Arab-Muslim conquest of the seventh century, and then moves on to discuss the growing Turkish influence filtering in from Central Asia beginning in the tenth and eleventh centuries. The last third of the book covers Iran in the modern era by considering the rise of the Safavid state and its accompanying policy of centralization, the introduction of Shi'ism, the problems of reform and modernization in the Qajar and Pahlavi periods, and the revolution of 1978-79 and its aftermath. The book is a collaborative exercise among scholars specializing in a variety of sub-fields, and across a number of disciplines, including history, art history, classics, literature, politics, and linguistics. Here, readers can find a reliable and accessible narrative that can serve as an authoritative guide to the field of Iranian studies.

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 The Pity of War
The Pity of War
Author: Niall Ferguson
The Pity of War
Basic Books
2000
Format: PDF
Pages: 661
Language: English
Size: 40.4 MB

If someone less distinguished than Jesus College, Oxford, fellow Niall Ferguson had written The Pity of War, you could be forgiven for thinking the book was out for a few cheap headlines by contradicting almost every accepted orthodoxy about the First World War. Ferguson argues that Britain was as much to blame for the start of the war as Germany, and that, had Britain sacrificed Belgium to Germany, the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution would never have happened. Germany, he continues, would have created a united European state, and Britain could have remained a superpower. He also contends that there was little enthusiasm for the war in Britain in 1914; on the other hand, he claims the war was prolonged not by clever manipulation of the media, but by British soldiers' taking pleasure in combat. If that isn't enough, he further maintains that it wasn't the severity of the conditions imposed on Germany at Versailles in 1919 that led inexorably to World War II, and blames instead the comparative leniency and the failure to collect reparations in full.
The Pity of War, with no pretensions to offering a grand narrative of the war, goes over its chosen questions like a polemical tract. As such it is immensely readable, well researched, and controversial. You may not end up agreeing with all of Ferguson's arguments, but that should not deter you from reading it. All of us need our deeply held views challenged from time to time, even if only to remind us why we've got them.

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 The U.S. Marine Corps
The U.S. Marine Corps
Author: J. F. Warner
The U.S. Marine Corps
Lerner Publications Company
1991
Format: PDF
Pages: 96
Language: English
Size: 11.3 MB

Reviews the history, modern day life, and equipment of the Marine Corps, and details the enlistment and promotion procedures.

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 A Handbook of Fighter Aircraft
A Handbook of Fighter Aircraft
Author: Francis Crosby
A Handbook of Fighter Aircraft
Hermes House
2002
Format: PDF
Pages: 272
Language: English
Size: 31.6 MB

An Illustrated history of fighter aircraft, their origins and evolution. Fokkers, Spitfires, Messerschmitts and many others from WW I & II. Today's Powerful supersonic jets, including F-15 Eagles, MiGs and the Eurofighter. Features Photographs from the Imperial War Museum.

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 Hitler's Olympics: The 1936 Berlin Olympic Games
Hitler's Olympics: The 1936 Berlin Olympic Games
Author: Christopher Hilton
Hitler's Olympics: The 1936 Berlin Olympic Games
Sutton Publishing
2006
Format: PDF
Pages: 244
Language: English
Size: 94.4 MB

"I'm afraid the Nazis have succeeded with their propaganda." - William Shirer's diary, August 16, 1936. The Berlin Olympic Games, which remain the most controversial ever held, have their 70th anniversary in August 2006. "Hitler's Olympics" creates a vivid account of the disputes, the personalities and the events which made these Games so memorable. Ironically, the choice of Germany as the host nation for the 1936 Olympics was intended to signal its return to the world community after defeat in World War I. In actuality, Hitler intended the Berlin Games to be an advertisement for Germany as he was creating it, and they became one of the largest propaganda exercises in history. Two Germans Jews competed in the Games while the most memorable achievement was that of black American Jesse Owens, who won four gold medals. Ultimately, however, Germany was the overall biggest medal winner. The popular success of Owens allowed the Nazis to claim that their policies had no racial element and charges of anti-semitism which did arise were levelled at the Americans. In this stunning and important book, Christopher Hilton uses newspapers, diaries and interviews to recreate the unique atmosphere during the XIth Olympiad.

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 Sunk by the Bismarck: The Life and Death of the Battleship HMS Hood
Sunk by the Bismarck: The Life and Death of the Battleship HMS Hood
Author: Edwin P. Hoyt
Sunk by the Bismarck: The Life and Death of the Battleship HMS Hood
G.K. Hall & Co.
201
Format: PDF
Pages: 212
Language: English
Size: 37.4 MB

When she was completed in the spring of 1920 HMS Hood was the greatest warship afloat. She was the largest the fastest and the finest. Every sailor in the world knew the name Hood and marveled at her strength and size. For twenty years the HMS Hood was the world's mightiest warship. When World War II broke out she was stationed at Scapa Flow in Northern Scotland shepherding convoys and guarding against attack by Hitler's heavy surface fleet. Then in May 1941 3 the Bismarck sailed into the Atlantic. This is the saga of how the Hood served and fought and the dramatic story of how she finally died sunk by the new Nazi super-battleships Bismarck destined to become a legend of its own.

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 War in the Balkans: An Encyclopedic History from the Fall of the Ottoman Empire to the Breakup of Yugoslavia
War in the Balkans: An Encyclopedic History from the Fall of the Ottoman Empire to the Breakup of Yugoslavia
Author: Richard C. Hall
War in the Balkans: An Encyclopedic History from the Fall of the Ottoman Empire to the Breakup of Yugoslavia
ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1610690303
2014
Format: PDF
Size: 7,9 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 411
The Balkan Peninsula, which consists of Albania, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, and the former Yugoslavia, resides in the southeastern part of the European continent. Its strategic location as well as its long and bloody history of conflict have helped to define the Balkans' role in global affairs. This singular reference focuses on the events, individuals, organizations, and ideas that have made this region an international player and shaped warfare there for hundreds of years.
Historian and author Richard C. Hall traces the sociopolitical history of the area, starting with the early internal conflicts as the Balkan states attempted to break away from the Ottoman Empire to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand that ignited World War I to the Yugoslav Wars that erupted in the 1990s and the subsequent war crimes still being investigated today. Additional coverage focuses on how these countries continue to play an important role in global affairs and international politics.

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 Warships of the World: Major Classes
Warships of the World: Major Classes
Author: Bernard Ireland
Warships of the World: Major Classes
Charles Scribner's Sons
1976
Format: PDF
Pages: 140
Language: English
Size: 21.4 MB

The large warship, by virtue of cost and complexity, is becoming increasingly the prerogative of the two major naval powers and a book on the subject is, necessarily, devoted in great part to two fleets. Warship development is composed largely of one power's efforts to neutralize an advance on the part of another and warship designs of the last twenty years have been dominated by one of two major developments — the guided missile and the nuclear submarine. These have dictated weaponry and electronics which have, in turn, defined the ship, which is, after all, only the package which delivers them.

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 Explosives, Propellants and Pyrotechnics
Explosives, Propellants and Pyrotechnics
Explosives, Propellants and Pyrotechnics (Brassey's World Military Technology)
Author: A. Bailey
Brassey's
ISBN: 1857532554
2000
Pages: 193
Format: PDF
Size: 81.22МБ
Language: English
Fully revised and updated to take account of the most recent developments in the field, this useful text explains today''s explosives from simple theory to practical use and considers future developments.

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 Boeing. Planemaker to the World
Boeing. Planemaker to the World
Author: Robert Redding, Bill Yenne
Boeing. Planemaker to the World
Crescent Books
1983
Format: PDF
Pages: 264
Language: English
Size: 37.6 MB

This book tells the Boeing story from its beginnings in a Lake Union boathouse, to its present status as the premier builder of commercial aircraft in the world. Trace the development from the first Boeing mailplanes to the B-17 Flying Fortress and the B-29 Superfortress of WWII to the first jetliner, the 707, to today's mammoth 777. Also examines Boeing's manufacture of helicopters, hydrofoils, and aerospace technology. Includes 100 color and 250 b/w photographs.

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 Cockleshell Raid
Cockleshell Raid
Author: Paul Oldfield
Cockleshell Raid
Pen and Sword Military
Battleground Europe
ISBN: 1781592551
2012
Format: EPUB
Pages: 232
Size: 9 Mb
Language: English

Operation 'Frankton' is a story of how a handful of determined and resourceful men, using flimsy canoes, achieved what thousands could not by conventional means. The volunteers had enlisted for 'Hostilities Only' and, except for their leader, none had been in a canoe before. However, with a few months training they carried out what one German officer described as, "the outstanding commando raid of the war". They became known as the 'Cockleshell Heroes', having been immortalized in a film and a book of that name in the 1950s.

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 The Geeks of War: The Secretive Labs and Brilliant Minds Behind Tomorrow's Warfare Technologies
The Geeks of War: The Secretive Labs and Brilliant Minds Behind Tomorrow's Warfare Technologies
Author: John Edwards
The Geeks of War: The Secretive Labs and Brilliant Minds Behind Tomorrow's Warfare Technologies
AMACOM
2005
Format: PDF
Size: 1,5Mb
Language: English

"Wars are fought on the battlefield, but the technologies that enable 21st century warfare are developed in research laboratories. Within the walls of corporate, government, and academic labs, researchers are probing the edges of science to uncover technologies that will make warfare more efficient - and more deadly. This book looks at the people behind the curtain, and at the next generation of tactical, information, communication, vehicular, biological, and cryptographic systems. Featuring in-depth interviews with the project directors and scientists performing this groundbreaking research, "The Geeks of War" also examines their scientific, political, patriotic, and financial motives, as well as the implications these technologies may have for the future. Presenting the views of numerous respected military, business, and technology analysts, "The Geeks of War" takes readers inside America's leading military technology research facilities - exploring a clandestine world that few people ever see."

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 Dress and Ideology: Fashioning Identity from Antiquity to the Present
Dress and Ideology: Fashioning Identity from Antiquity to the Present
Author: Shoshana-Rose Marzel (Editor), Guy D. Stiebel (Editor)
Dress and Ideology: Fashioning Identity from Antiquity to the Present
Bloomsbury Academic
2015
Format: epub/pdf
Size: 4.2 Mb
Language: English

Dress and fashion are powerful visual means of communicating ideology, whether political, social or religious. From the communist values of equality, simplicity and solidarity exemplified in the Mao suit to the myriad of fashion protests of feminists such as French revolutionary women's demand to wear trousers, dress can symbolize ideological orthodoxy as well as revolt.
With contributions from a wide range of international scholars, this book presents the first scholarly analysis of dress and ideology through accessible case studies. Chapters are organized thematically and explore dress in relation to topics including nation, identity, religion, politics and utopias, across an impressive chronological reach from antiquity to the present day.

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 The Year in Defence 2010
The Year in Defence 2010
Author: Collective
The Year in Defence 2010
Faircount LLC
2010
Format: PDF (e-book)
Pages: 148
Size: 20 Mb
Language: English

The Year in Defense is one of today’s leading military and defense information sources for leaders and managers within the American defense community and industrial base. The publication reviews significant activities in the U.S. Department of Defense and military departments over the recent 12-month period while previewing the year ahead.

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 The Young Turk Legacy and Nation Building: From the Ottoman Empire to AtatA?rk's Turkey
The Young Turk Legacy and Nation Building: From the Ottoman Empire to AtatA?rk's Turkey
Author: Erik J.
The Young Turk Legacy and Nation Building: From the Ottoman Empire to AtatA~1/4rk's Turkey (Library of Modern Middle East Studies)
I. B. Tauris
2010
Pages: 368
ISBN: 184885272X
Format: pdf
Size: 10,9 mb
Language: English
Quality: Good

The grand narrative of The Young Turk Legacy and Nation Building is that of the essential continuity of the late Ottoman Empire with the Republic of Turkey that was founded in 1923. Erik Jan Zurcher shows that Kemal's "ideological toolkit," which included positivism, militarism, nationalism and a state-centred world view, was shared by many other Young Turks. Authoritarian rule, a one-party state, a legal framework based on European principles, advanced European-style bureaucracy, financial administration, military and educational reforms and state-control of Islam, can all be found in the late Ottoman Empire, as can policies of demographic engineering. The book focuses on the attempts of the Young Turks to save their empire through forced modernization as well as on the attempts of their Kemalist successors to build a strong national state. The decade of almost continuous warfare, ethnic conflict and forced migration between 1911 and 1922 forms the background to these attempts and accordingly occupies a central position in this volume.
This is a powerful history reflecting and contributing to the latest research from a leading historian of modern Turkey. It is essential for all readers interested in the history of the Ottoman Empire and Turkey, and for an understanding of a key player in the politics of the Middle East and Europe.

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 Modeling Human and Organizational Behavior: Application to Military Simulations
Modeling Human and Organizational Behavior: Application to Military Simulations
Author: Richard W. Pew, Anne S. Mavor
Modeling Human and Organizational Behavior: Application to Military Simulations
National Academies Press
ISBN: 0309060966
1998
Format: PDF
Size: 7,6 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 432
Simulations are widely used in the military for training personnel, analyzing proposed equipment, and rehearsing missions, and these simulations need realistic models of human behavior. This book draws together a wide variety of theoretical and applied research in human behavior modeling that can be considered for use in those simulations. It covers behavior at the individual, unit, and command level.

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 Aviation Archive – British Jet Airliners
Aviation Archive – British Jet Airliners
Author: Martyn Chorlton
Aviation Archive – British Jet Airliners
Kelsey Publishing Group
ISBN: 1909786071, 978-1909786073
2014
Format: PDF
Pages: 100
Size: 79 MB
Language: English

Aeroplane Collectors’ Archive is a series of bookazines produced by a dedicated team of enthusiasts focusing on groups of aircraft from the history of aviation in a particularly close-up fashion. Featuring archive images alongside period cutaway diagrams, the intention is to take reader ‘inside’ the aircraft in the most literal sense.

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 Submarines: The Story of Underwater Craft From the Diving Bell of 300 B.C. to Nuclear-Powered Ships
Submarines: The Story of Underwater Craft From the Diving Bell of 300 B.C. to Nuclear-Powered Ships
Author: Edward C. Stephens
Submarines: The Story of Underwater Craft From the Diving Bell of 300 B.C. to Nuclear-Powered Ships
Golden Press. Inc.
1962
Format: PDF
Pages: 56
Language: English
Size: 10.4 MB

Informative, lively, easily read texts • Completely authoritative, each book checked for accuracy by an expert in the field • Handsomely illustrated with full-color photographs, paintings, diagrams and charts • Wide range of fascinating subjects • Prepared under the supervision of Dr. Herbert S. Zim, noted authority on science education and editor of the Golden Nature Guides.

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 T-72M1 (The Combat Tanks Collection 84)
T-72M1 (The Combat Tanks Collection 84)
Author: Collective
T-72M1
De Agostini UK
The Combat Tanks Collection 84
2012
Format: PDF
Pages: 16
Size: 34 Mb
Language: English

• Technical development: Large rockets and rocket-launcher tanks
• Tanks in action: Using tanks in special situationsn

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