Peasant Petitions: Social Relations and Economic Life on by R. Houston

By R. Houston

This e-book examines the constructions and texture of rural social relationships, utilizing one form of rfile present in abundance over the entire 4 part elements of england and eire: petitions from tenants to their landlords. The publication deals unforeseen angles on many elements of society and financial system on estates within the seventeenth and 18th centuries.

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Dark History of the Kings and Queens of England (Dark by Brenda Ralph Lewis

By Brenda Ralph Lewis

regardless of its recognition because the longest tested in Europe, the historical past of the English monarchy is punctuated via scandal, murders, betrayals, plots, and treason. due to the fact William the Conqueror seized the crown in 1066, England has noticeable 3 civil wars; six monarchs were murdered or finished; the throne of britain has been usurped 4 instances, and received in conflict thrice; and private scandals and royal kin quarrels abound. a gloomy background: The Kings & Queens of britain offers a thrilling and dramatic account of English royal background from 1066 to the current day. This engrossing e-book explores the scandal and intrigue at the back of each one royal dynasty, from the ‘accidental’ homicide of William II in 1100, during the excesses of Richard III, Henry VIII and ‘Bloody’ Mary, to the conspiracies surrounding the loss of life of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997. conscientiously researched, beautifully exciting and illustrated all through with greater than two hundred color and black-and-white pictures and artistic endeavors, this available and immensely relaxing e-book highlights the genuine personalities and actual lives of the members honoured with the crown of England—and these unlucky sufficient to move their paths.

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Pillars of Fire: The Battle of Messines Ridge, 1917 by Ian Passingham

By Ian Passingham

Gentleman, we won't make historical past day after today, yet we will definitely swap the geography.’ So acknowledged common Plumer the day ahead of six hundred a whole lot explosives have been detonated lower than the German place on Messines Ridge. The explosion was once heard by way of Lloyd George in Downing road, and as distant as Dublin. until eventually 1918, Messines used to be the one transparent reduce Allied victory at the Western entrance, coming at a time while Britain and her allies wanted it such a lot: boosting Allied morale and shattering that of the Germans. accurately orchestrated, Messines used to be the 1st real all-arms smooth conflict which introduced jointly artillery, engineers, infantry, tanks, plane and administrative devices from a commonwealth of countries to defeat the typical enemy. So why is its identify now not as widespread because the Somme, Passchendaele or Verdun? This ebook examines the conflict for the Messines-Wytschaete Ridge from the British, ANZAC and German views. Illustrated with archive photos and maps, it's a significant contribution to our knowing of 1 of the seminal battles of the 1st international War.

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The Official History of the UK Strategic Nuclear Deterrent: by Matthew Jones

By Matthew Jones

Volume I of The authentic historical past of the united kingdom Strategic Nuclear Deterrent offers an authoritative and in-depth exam of the British government’s strategic nuclear coverage from 1945 to 1964.

Written with complete entry to the united kingdom documentary checklist, this volume examines how British governments after 1945 attempted to construct after which preserve an self reliant, nationally managed strategic nuclear capability, and the debates this provoked in reliable circles. opposed to a heritage of evolving British principles approximately deterrence in the course of the chilly struggle, it specializes in the strategic, political and diplomatic concerns that pressured governments, within the face of ever-increasing pressures at the defence finances, to persist of their efforts to strengthen nuclear guns and to installation a reputable nuclear strength, because the age of the manned bomber gave solution to the ballistic missile. specific recognition is given to controversies over the component to the defence price range dedicated to the deterrent programme, the results of the recovery of Anglo-American nuclear collaboration after 1958, expanding reliance at the usa for nuclear supply structures, the negotiations that resulted in the Nassau contract of 1962 and the availability of Polaris, and discussions in the Western Alliance over the keep an eye on of nuclear forces. by the point of the October 1964 election, while this quantity concludes, past dismissal of the customers for profitable ballistic missile defence have been giving approach to transforming into doubts over the long term effectiveness of the Polaris method in its function as an self sustaining deterrent, numerous years prior to it used to be as a result of input provider with the Royal army.

This publication can be of a lot curiosity to scholars of British politics, chilly battle historical past, nuclear proliferation and foreign relations.

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Britain and Interwar Danubian Europe: Foreign Policy and by Dragan Bakic

By Dragan Bakic

Danubian Europe awarded consistent and critical defense dangers for ecu peace and balance and, therefore, opposite to traditional knowledge, it commanded the eye of British international relations in an effort to appeasing neighborhood conflicts. Britain and Interwar Danubian Europe examines the way during which the overseas place of work perceived and handled the antagonism among the Little Entente, made from Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and Romania, and Hungary, at the one hand, and revisionist Bulgaria and her neighbours within the Balkans, at the different, and the effect that those neighborhood conflicts had in reference to Franco-Italian contention in Central/South-Eastern Europe.

With Hitler's accession to energy, Danubian Europe used to be seen in Whitehall relating to its position within the potential coverage for protecting Austrian independence and containing German aggression. Dragan Bakic argues that the British method of safety difficulties in Danubian Europe had definite everlasting positive aspects which stemmed from the final British outlook at the new successor states -the individuals of the Little Entente- based at the ruins of the Habsburg monarchy. This ebook indicates that it was once the shortcoming of self belief of their balance and permanence, in addition to the misperceptions in regards to the factors and intentions of the rules pursued through different Powers in the direction of Central/South-Eastern Europe, which accounted for the plain sluggishness and ineffectiveness of the international Office's dealings with protection challenges.

according to large, unique archival learn, this can be a interesting quantity for any historian willing to understand extra concerning the 20th-century heritage of East-Central Europe or British international coverage within the interwar years.

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From East of Suez to the Eastern Atlantic: British Naval by Edward Hampshire

By Edward Hampshire

Exploring British naval coverage throughout the first governments of Harold Wilson (1964-70), this publication analyses how the army division of the Ministry of Defence and the Navy's specialist management handled six years of defence stories, retrenchment and strategic re-orientation. this era witnessed a dramatic blow to the service's self photo and self-worth as a result cancellation of the massive CVA-01 plane provider, and a steady strategy of realignment, reorientation and variation to the replaced political surroundings, leading to a restoration of self-confidence, a brand new procedure and the approval in precept of a category of small airplane providers. profiting from the lately published reputable documents, the learn highlights for the 1st time simply how in perform Mountbatten controlled to dominate the Chiefs of employees equipment, and the way his energy was once undermined and reduced. It additionally demonstrates that, opposite to common ancient opinion, Denis Healey used to be no longer inevitably set opposed to service air energy from his arrival in place of work and used to be prepared to contemplate the procurement of a medium service for the army. in addition, the paintings highlights the significance of the Mediterranean within the rehabilitation and renewal of self-confidence by means of the military within the overdue Nineteen Sixties. even though focusing totally on coverage and strategic concerns, the ebook comprises wider historic attention, reviewing different components that stimulated policy-making resembling overseas coverage, monetary assets, materiel, manpower and recruitment, as well as the executive equipment and the cultural surroundings of the time. In so doing, Dr Hampshire deals a brilliant perception into the interactions of presidency and army at a severe juncture within the altering nature of Britain's worldwide role.

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Coastal Command's Air War Against the German U-Boats: Rare by Norman Franks

By Norman Franks

This publication summarises the tale of the way RAF Coastal Command overcame the German U-boat chance through the moment international struggle and the way the escalation of the U-boat battle promoted the advance of anti-submarine struggle, resulting in victory over this threat within the Atlantic.

At the beginning of the warfare, RAF Coastal Command had nearly no genuine likelihood of both discovering or sinking Germany's submarines, yet inside of a quick time period, new equipment of detecting and offering lethal ordnance with which to sink this underwater hazard have been dreamt up and carried out. 

It took the lads of Coastal Command lengthy hours patrolling over a frequently adverse sea, in every kind of climate, yet their diligence, perseverance and commitment received via, saving numerous lives of either service provider and army seamen out within the chilly wastes of the Atlantic and contributing a lot to the ultimate victory over Nazi Germany. This new addition to the photographs of warfare sequence serves as a tribute to those males, recording their exploits in phrases and images.

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An Age of Transition?: Economy and Society in England in the by Christopher Dyer

By Christopher Dyer

Christopher Dyer examines the transition within the financial system and society of britain among 1250 and 1550. utilizing new resources of proof, he demonstrates that vital structural alterations after 1350 equipped at the advertisement development of the 13th century. He exhibits that improvement of person estate, reaction to new intake styles, and use of credits and funding, got here from the peasantry instead of the aristocracy. An Age of Transition?, an important new paintings via a best medievalist, finds how England used to be set heading in the right direction to turn into the 'first business nation'.

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