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 Shenandoah 1864: Sheridan’s Valley Campaign
Shenandoah 1864: Sheridan’s Valley Campaign
Author: Mark Lardas
Shenandoah 1864: Sheridan’s Valley Campaign
Osprey Publishing
Osprey Campaign 274
ISBN: 147280483X
2014
Format: PDF (e-book)
Pages: 98
Size: 10 Mb
Language: English

For three years of war the Union and the Confederacy had battled over the picturesque Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians to the west, the valley served as the granary for the Army of Northern Virginia. It provided bread and beef to feed this shield of the Confederacy and remounts for its cavalry.

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 Ramillies 1706: Year of Miracles
Ramillies 1706: Year of Miracles
Author: James Falkner
Ramillies 1706: Year of Miracles
Pen and Sword Military
Battleground Marlborough
ISBN: 0850526612
2006
Format: EPUB
Pages: 144
Size: 3 Mb
Language: English

On Sunday 23 May 1706, near the village of Ramillies in modern Belgium, the Anglo-Dutch army commanded by John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, inflicted a devastating defeat on the French army of the Duke de Villeroi. Marlborough's triumph on that day ranks alongside Blenheim as one of the great feats of his extraordinary military career. The French army was shattered physically and morally and, as a result, Marlborough's army overran almost all of the Spanish Netherlands in the next six weeks, and gained an unshakeable advantage over the armed might of Louis XIV's France during the long War of the Spanish Succession.

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 Frederick the Great - The Magnificent Enigma
Frederick the Great - The Magnificent Enigma
Author: Robert B. Asprey
Frederick the Great - The Magnificent Enigma
Ticknor & Fields
1986
Format: PDF
Pages: 752
Language: English
Size: 84.3 MB

Frederick the Great was not a particularly nice human being. He was a misanthrope and a misogynist, a cynic and a manipulator. He transcended his times neither as soldier, nor as statesman, nor as reformer. Nevertheless, by establishing Prussia as a great power, by presenting that power in military terms, and by establishing the state as a matrix with its ruler at the center, Frederick left an enduring legacy. Robert Asprey's biography reveals the taproots of the modern era.

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 The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783
The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783
Author: Alfred Thayer Mahan
The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783
Dodo Press
2008
Pages: 480
Format: PDF
Language: English
Size: 16 mb

Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840-1914) was a United States Navy officer, geostrategist, and educator. His ideas on the importance of sea power influenced navies around the world, and helped prompt naval buildups before World War I. Despite his success in the Navy, his skills in actual command of a ship were not exemplary, and a number of vessels under his command were involved in collisions. On the other hand, the books he wrote ashore made him arguably the most influential naval historian. In 1885, he was appointed lecturer in naval history and tactics and the Naval War College. Before entering on his duties, Mahan was pointed to write his future studies and lectures on the influence of sea power. He organized his lectures into his most influential books, The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1660-1783 (1890). To a modern reader his emphasis on sea-borne commerce may seem commonplace, but the notion was much more radical in Mahan's time. His other works include: The Interest of America in Sea Power, Present and Future (1897) and Types of Naval Officers (1902).

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 Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766
Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766
Author: Fred Anderson
Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766
Vintage
2001
ISBN: 0375706364
Format: EPUB
Size: 15,2 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 912
In this vivid and compelling narrative, the Seven Years' War–long seen as a mere backdrop to the American Revolution–takes on a whole new significance. Relating the history of the war as it developed, Anderson shows how the complex array of forces brought into conflict helped both to create Britain’s empire and to sow the seeds of its eventual dissolution.
Beginning with a skirmish in the Pennsylvania backcountry involving an inexperienced George Washington, the Iroquois chief Tanaghrisson, and the ill-fated French emissary Jumonville, Anderson reveals a chain of events that would lead to world conflagration. Weaving together the military, economic, and political motives of the participants with unforgettable portraits of Washington, William Pitt, Montcalm, and many others, Anderson brings a fresh perspective to one of America’s most important wars, demonstrating how the forces unleashed there would irrevocably change the politics of empire in North America.

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 The Sources of Social Power: Volume 1, A History of Power from the Beginning to AD 1760
The Sources of Social Power: Volume 1, A History of Power from the Beginning to AD 1760
Author: Michael Mann
The Sources of Social Power: Volume 1, A History of Power from the Beginning to AD 1760
Cambridge University Press
2005
Format: pdf
Language: English
Size: 16.17 MB

This is the first part of a three-volume work on the nature of power in human societies. In it, Michael Mann identifies the four principal 'sources' of power as being control over economic, ideological, military, and political resources. He examines the interrelations between these in a narrative history of power from Neolithic times, through ancient Near Eastern civilisations, the classical Mediterranean age, and medieval Europe, up to just before the Industrial Revolution in England. Rejecting the conventional monolithic concept of a 'society', Dr. Mann's model is instead one of a series of overlapping, intersecting power networks. He makes this model operational by focusing on the logistics of power - how the flow of information, manpower, and goods is controlled over social and geographical space-thereby clarifying many of the 'great debates' in sociological theory. The present volume offers explanations of the emergence of the state and social stratification.

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 The Prussian Army of the Lower Rhine 1815
The Prussian Army of the Lower Rhine 1815
Author: Peter Hofschroer
The Prussian Army of the Lower Rhine 1815
Osprey Publishing
Osprey Men-at-Arms 496
ISBN: 1782006176
2014
Format: PDF (e-book)
Pages: 51
Size: 3 Mb
Language: English

The Prussian Army of the Lower Rhine, led by Blücher in 1815, played a crucial part in the Allied victory at Waterloo, and was involved in intense fighting at Wavre and Ligny. Delving into original sources, including eyewitness accounts and regimental histories known only to German scholars, this book tells the story of the soldiers on the ground: how they were organised and drilled, their previous service; their march to the battlefield; and what they did when they got there.

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 Point Pleasant 1774
Point Pleasant 1774
Author: John F. Winkler
Point Pleasant 1774: Prelude to the American Revolution
Osprey Publishing
Osprey Campaign 273
ISBN: 1472805097
2014
Format: PDF (e-book)
Pages: 98
Size: 12 Mb
Language: English

The only major conflict of Lord Dunmore’s War, the battle of Point Pleasant was fought between Virginian militia and American Indians from the Shawnee and Mingo tribes. Following increased tensions and a series of incidents between the American settlers and the natives, Dunmore, the last colonial governor of Virginia, and Colonel Andrew Lewis led two armies against the tribes. On October 10, 1774 Lewis and his men resisted a fierce attack, led by Shawnee chief Keigh-tugh-qua, or Cornstalk, at Point Pleasant, near the mouth of the Kanawha river. Despite significant losses on both sides, Lewis succeeded in forcing the Shawnee to retreat back to their settlements in the Scioto Valley.

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 Time Frame AD 1850-1900 - The Colonial Overlords
Time Frame AD 1850-1900 - The Colonial Overlords
Author: Collective
Time Frame AD 1850-1900 - The Colonial Overlords
Time-Life Books
1990
Format: PDF
Pages: 184
Language: English
Size: 36.5 MB

Reading this series will make your entire study of history much more meaningful and rewarding. It is perfect for anyone who needs an overarching understanding of how the different periods of human history developed and how each period and event relates to the context of the whole.
Content:
High noon of the Raj
Germany's iron chancellor
The scramble for Africa
The shaping of Australia
America divided

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 The Family Tree Historical Maps Book - Europe: A Country-by-Country Atlas of European History, 1700s-1900s
The Family Tree Historical Maps Book - Europe: A Country-by-Country Atlas of European History, 1700s-1900s
The Family Tree Historical Maps Book - Europe: A Country-by-Country Atlas of European History, 1700s-1900s
Author: Allison Dolan
Family Tree Books
2015
ISBN-13: 978-1440342042
Pages: 224
Language: English
Format: Epub
Size: 100 MB

Journey to the Old Country
From Ireland to Italy, Portugal to Poland, Germany to Greece, and everywhere in between, explore your ancestors' European homelands through more than 200 gorgeous reproductions of 18th-century maps, 19th-century and early 20th-century maps. These full-color period maps--covering the peak years of European immigration to America--will help you understand changing boundaries in ancestral countries, and inform your search for genealogical records.
Inside you'll find:
Historical maps of the European continent showing how national borders evolved over three centuries
Detailed country maps illustrating key geographical units--provinces, counties, regions, cities and more
Time lines of important events in each country's history
Lists of administrative divisions by country for easy reference.
A complete index to aid in viewing maps of interest in greater detail online.
This country-by-country atlas is an indispensable tool for European genealogy. Put your ancestral origins in geographical context, unravel the boundary changes that trip up genealogists, and envision the old country as your ancestors knew it. The book is also a valuable reference for teachers, homeschooling parents and anyone with an interest in European history. Time travel across the continent with the Family Tree Historical Maps Book: Europe.

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 The War of 1812, Conflict and Deception
The War of 1812, Conflict and Deception
Author: Ronald J. Drez
The War of 1812, Conflict and Deception
Louisiana State University Press
ISBN: 080715931X
2014
Format: PDF
Size: 15,8 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 408
Perhaps no conflict in American history is more important yet more overlooked and misunderstood than the War of 1812. Begun by President James Madison after decades of humiliating British trade interference and impressment of American sailors, the war in many ways was the second battle for United States independence.
At the climax of the war -- inspired by the defeat of Napoleon in early 1814 and the perceived illegality of the Louisiana Purchase -- the British devised a plan to launch a three-pronged attack against the northern, eastern, and southern U.S. borders. Concealing preparations for this strike by engaging in negotiations in Ghent, Britain meanwhile secretly issued orders to seize New Orleans and wrest control of the Mississippi and the lands west of the river. They further instructed British commander General Edward Pakenham not to cease his attack if he heard rumors of a peace treaty. Great Britain even covertly installed government officials within military units with the intention of immediately taking over administrative control once the territory was conquered.

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 In the Hour of Victory
In the Hour of Victory
Author: Sam Willis
In the Hour of Victory
Atlantic Books
2014
ISBN: 0857895737
Format: EPUB
Size: 21,4 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 416
Between 1794 and 1815 the Royal Navy repeatedly crushed her enemies at sea in a period of military dominance that equals any in history.
When Napoleon eventually died in exile, the Lords of the Admiralty ordered that the original dispatches from seven major fleet battles - The Glorious First of June (1794), St Vincent (1797), Camperdown (1797), The Nile (1798), Copenhagen (1801), Trafalgar (1805) and San Domingo (1806) - should be gathered together and presented to the Nation. These letters, written by Britain's admirals, captains, surgeons and boatswains and sent back home in the midst of conflict, were bound in an immense volume, to be admired as a jewel of British history.

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 A Short History of Cambodia: From Empire to Survival
A Short History of Cambodia: From Empire to Survival
Author: Tully John
A Short History of Cambodia: From Empire to Survival
Allen & Unwin, Australia
2005
Pages: 288
Language: English
Format: PDF
Size: 3.43 mb

In this concise and compelling history, Cambodia’s past is described in vivid detail, from the richness of the Angkorean empire through the dark ages of the 18th and early-19th centuries, French colonialism, independence, the Vietnamese conflict, the Pol Pot regime, and its current incarnation as a troubled democracy. With energetic writing and passion for the subject, John Tully covers the full sweep of Cambodian history, explaining why this land of contrasts remains an interesting enigma to the international community. Detailing the depressing record of war, famine, and invasion that has threatened to destroy Cambodia, this discussion shows its survival to be a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

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 God Save Catalonia: England’s Intervention in Catalonia During the War of the Spanish Succession
God Save Catalonia: England’s Intervention in Catalonia During the War of the Spanish Succession
Author: Xavier Rubio
God Save Catalonia: England’s Intervention in Catalonia During the War of the Spanish Succession
Llibres de Matricula
2011
Format: PDF
Pages: 136
Language: English
Size: 22.8 MB

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 Civil War Generalship: The Art Of Command
Civil War Generalship: The Art Of Command
Author: W. J. Wood
Civil War Generalship The Art Of Command
Da Capo Press
ISBN: 0306809737
2000
Format: PDF
Size: 27,4 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 288
In this unique examination of Civil War leadership, W. J. Wood looks at the tactical and strategic problems that threatened to overwhelm untried Civil War generals and the pragmatic strategies, born of necessity, that they developed to solve them. Focusing on three decisive battles involving six generals, Wood provides the background necessary to understand the problems confronting commanders on both sides of the war, then looks at the campaign of Cedar Mountain, directed by Stonewall Jackson and Nathaniel Banks; the battle of Chickamauga, where Confederate Army leader Braxton Bragg and Union General William Rosecrans faced each other; the battle of Nashville, where Jon Bell Hood led his Southern troops against George H. Thomas and his Union army. Deftly describing the art of war these men developed, an art that provides paradigms for military leaders to this day, Wood demonstrate why Civil War remains a topic of never-diminishing interest.

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 Rasputin: The Untold Story
Rasputin: The Untold Story
Author: Joseph T. Fuhrmann
Rasputin: The Untold Story
Wiley
ISBN: 1118172760
2012
Format: PDF
Size: 27,0 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 320
Based on new sources—the definitive biography of Rasputin, with revelations about his life, death, and involvement with the Romanovs
A century after his death, Grigory Rasputin remains fascinating: the Russian peasant with hypnotic eyes who befriended Tsar Nicholas II and helped destroy the Russian Empire, but the truth about his strange life has never fully been told. Written by the world's leading authority on Rasputin, this new biography draws on previously closed Soviet archives to offer new information on Rasputin's relationship with Empress Alexandra, sensational revelations about his sexual conquests, a re-examination of his murder, and more.
Based on long-closed Soviet archives and the author's decades of research, encompassing sources ranging from baptismal records and forgotten police reports to notes written by Rasputin and personal letters
Reveals new information on Rasputin's family history and strange early life, religious beliefs, and multitudinous sexual adventures as well as his relationship with Empress Alexandra, ability to heal the haemophiliac tsarevich, and more
Includes many previously unpublished photos, including contemporary studio photographs of Rasputin and samples of his handwriting
Written by historian Joesph T. Fuhrmann, a Rasputin expert whose 1990 biography Rasputin: A Life was widely praised as the best on the subject
Synthesizing archival sources with published documents, memoirs, and other studies of Rasputin into a single, comprehensive work, Rasputin: The Untold Story will correct a century's worth of misconception and error about the life and death of the famous Siberian mystic and healer and the decline and fall of Imperial Russia.

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 Napoleon and the Struggle for Germany: The Franco-Prussian War of 1813
Napoleon and the Struggle for Germany: The Franco-Prussian War of 1813
Napoleon and the Struggle for Germany: The Franco-Prussian War of 1813
Author: Michael V. Leggiere
Cambridge University Press
2015
Pages: 610
ISBN: 1107080541, 9781107080546
Format: PDF
Size: 15 mb
Language: English
Cambridge Military Histories

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 Three Victories and a Defeat: The Rise and Fall of the First British Empire, 1714-1783
Three Victories and a Defeat: The Rise and Fall of the First British Empire, 1714-1783
Author: Brendan Simms
Three Victories and a Defeat: The Rise and Fall of the First British Empire, 1714-1783
Penguin Books
2007
Format: PDF
Pages: 787
Language: English
Size: 35.7 MB

This highly original, extremely enjoyable book tells the story of Britain's extraordinary scramble to world power in the 18th century and how, through hubris and incompetence, it lost almost everything it had gained. Whilst Britain was an important European power, few would have expected her global preeminence by 1760, but as Brendan Simms shows with great flair and originality, Britain had a crucial card to play. It was the joining of the British crown to Hanover that gave Britain two empires: one scattered around the world and another - the more important of the two - firmly locked into Germany. Having created a new empire Britain then spectacularly lost it, this time because of its chaotic failure to maintain its European alliances. This is an epic and often unexpected story, and Simms tells it brilliantly.

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 The Civil War: Photographs from the Special Collections of the Library of Congress
The Civil War: Photographs from the Special Collections of the Library of Congress
Author: Allen Boyce Eddington
The Civil War: Photographs from the Special Collections of the Library of Congress: A Book of Postcards
Pomegranate Artbooks
ISBN: 1566404355
1995
Format: PDF
Pages 65
Size: 31 Mb
Language: English

hese are some thirty examples from the Library's Prints and Photographs Division. Included are images made by Mathew B. Brady. Here are portraits of Col. E. E. Ellsworth, Robert E. Lee, U. S. Grant, George Armstrong Custer, and Abraham Lincoln. Scenes include a Confederate fort in Georgia, units of infantry, the hanging of the Lincoln conspirators, men of the ironclad Monitor, the Mississippi River Fleet, and more.

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