• General & world history

      A Greater Love

      by Olga Watkins

      The true story of a woman's incredible journey into the heart of the Third Reich to find the man she loves. When the Gestapo seize 20-year-old Olga Czepf's fiance she is determined to find him and sets off on an extraordinary 2,000-mile search across Nazi-occupied Europe risking betrayal, arrest and death. As the Second World War heads towards its bloody climax, she refuses to give up - even when her mission leads her to the gates of Dachau and Buchenwald concentration camps... Now 89 and living in London, Olga tells with remarkable clarity of the courage and determination that drove her across war-torn Europe, to find the man she loved. The greatest untold true love story of World War Two.

    • 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

      Finish Forty and Home

      The Untold World War II Story of B-24s in the Pacific

      by Phil Scearce

      Finish Forty and Home was selected as a title within the Best of the Best from University Presses 2012 program and presented at the annual American Library Association conference. During the early years of World War II in the Pacific theatre, against overwhelming odds, young American airmen flew the longest and most perilous bombing missions of the war. They faced determined Japanese fighters without fighter escort, relentless anti-aircraft fire with no deviations from target, and thousands of miles of over-water flying with no alternative landing sites. Finish Forty and Home, by Phil Scearce, is the true story of the men and missions of the 11th Bombardment Group as it fought alone and unheralded in the South Central Pacific, while America had its eyes on the war in Europe. The book opens with Sgt. Herman Scearce, the author’s father, lying about his age to join the Army Air Corps at 16. The narrative follows Scearce through training and into combat with his new crewmates, including pilot Lt. Joe Deasy, whose last-minute transfer from training duty thrusts the new crew into the squadron commander’s role. Inexperienced crews are pressed into combat with navigational training inadequate for the great distances flown over Pacific routes, and losses mount. Finish Forty and Home takes the reader into combat with B-24 Liberator bomber crews facing the perils of long missions against tiny Japanese-held island targets. After new crews assembled into a squadron on Hawaii, they are sent on a mission to bomb Nauru. Soon the squadron moves on to bomb Wake Island, Tarawa, and finally Iwo Jima. These missions bring American forces closer and closer to the Japanese home islands and precede the critical American invasions of Tarawa and Iwo Jima. The 42nd Squadron’s losses through 1943 were staggering: 50 out of 110 airmen killed. Phil Scearce explores the context of the war and sets the stage for these daring missions, revealing the motivations of the men who flew them: to finish forty combat missions and make it home again. He based his story upon substantial research at the Air Force Historical Research Agency and the National Archives, interviews with surviving airmen, and interviews and correspondence with the survivors of men who were lost. His is the first book to document America’s bomber offensive in the early days of the Pacific War.

    • 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000
      May 2011

      WWII Voices

      by Hilary Kaiser

      These oral histories give voice to both American veterans who chose to reside in France after World War II and to French women who married GIs and subsequently emigrated to the United States. Author Hilary Kaiser introduces us into the lives of seventeen soldiers of various ethnicity, gender and rank, and revisits their diverse experience as American servicemen in WWII France. Ms. Kaiser elicits fascinating and candid first person narratives of the key wartime events which transformed the lives of these men and women. Each chapter constitutes an inspirational short story starting with WWII and ending with the present day status of these unsung heroes and the women who loved them. Anyone with an interest in WWII and its effects on the lives of ordinary men and women will thoroughly enjoy this book

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      September 2018

      Das Dritte Reich

      Diktatur, Volksgemeinschaft, Krieg

      by Jörg Echternkamp

      Die Reihe Oldenbourg Grundriss der Geschichte dient seit 1978 als wichtiges Mittel der Orientierung, sowohl für Studierende wie für Lehrende. Sie löst seither ein, was ihr Titel verspricht: ein Grundriss zu sein, also einen Plan zur Verfügung zu stellen, der aus der Vogelschau Einsichten gewährt, die aus anderen Perspektiven schwerlich zu gewinnen wären. Seit ihren Anfängen ist die Reihe bei ihren wesentlichen Anliegen geblieben. In einer bewährten Dreiteilung wollen ihre Bände in einem ersten Teil einen Überblick über den jeweiligen historischen Gegenstand geben. Ein zweiter Teil wird bestimmt durch einen ausgiebigen Forschungsüberblick, der nicht nur den Studierenden in einem historischen Forschungsgebiet eine Übersicht über gegenwärtige wie vergangene thematische Schwerpunkte und vor allem Debatten gibt. Denn angesichts der Komplexität, Internationalität sowie der zeitlichen Tiefe, die für solche Diskussionen kennzeichnend sind, stellt es auch für Wissenschaftler eine zunehmende Herausforderung dar, über die wesentlichen Bereiche einer Forschungsdebatte informiert zu bleiben. Hier leistet die Reihe eine wesentliche Hilfestellung – und hier lässt sich auch das Merkmal identifizieren, das sie von anderen Publikationsvorhaben dieser Art deutlich abhebt. Eine umfangreiche Bibliographie rundet als dritter Teil die jeweiligen Bände ab. Im Laufe ihrer eigenen Historie hat der Oldenbourg Grundriss der Geschichte auf die Veränderungen in geschichtswissenschaftlichen Diskussionen und im Geschichtsstudium reagiert. Sie hat sich nach und nach neue Themenfelder erschlossen. Es geht der Reihe in ihrer Gesamtheit nicht mehr ausschließlich darum, in der griechisch-römischen Antike zu beginnen, um das europäische Mittelalter zu durchschreiten und schließlich in der Neuzeit als unserer erweiterten Gegenwart anzukommen. Dieser Gang durch die Chronologie der deutschen und europäischen Geschichte ist für die Orientierung im historischen Geschehen weiterhin grundlegend; er wird aber zunehmend erweitert durch Bände zu nicht europäischen Themen und zu thematischen Schwerpunkten. Die Reihe dokumentiert damit die inhaltlichen Veränderungen, die sich in den Geschichtswissenschaften international beständig vollziehen. Mit diesen Inhalten wendet sich die Reihee einerseits an Studierende, die sich die Komplexität eines Themenfeldes nicht nur inhaltlich, sondern auch forschungsgeschichtlich erschließen wollen. Andererseits sollen Lehrende in ihrem Anliegen unterstützt werden, Themengebiete in Vorlesungen und Seminaren vermitteln zu können. Im Mittelpunkt steht aber immer der Versuch zu zeigen, wie Geschichte in ihren Ereignissen und Strukturen durch Wissenschaft gemacht wird und damit selbst historisch gewachsen ist. Karl-Joachim Hölkeskamp Achim Landwehr Steffen Patzold Benedikt Stuchtey

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      August 2018

      Hitler – New Research

      by Elizabeth Harvey, Johannes Hürter

      How should we understand Hitler as a factor in the history of the Third Reich? In recent years scholarly interest in the German dictator has once again intensified, as is evident from debates surrounding the publication of Mein Kampf, and from the publication of numerous new studies on Hitler’s personality, ideology and politics. Edited by Elizabeth Harvey (University of Nottingham) and Johannes Hürter (Institute for Contemporary History Munich – Berlin), the third volume of the German Yearbook of Contemporary History presents the latest in German research on Hitler based on selected articles from the Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte. Additionally, it includes new commentaries by renowned experts from the English-speaking world on theories concerning Hitler’s personality and authenticity, the sources of his radical racism, and the relationship between the dictator and German society.

    • Historical fiction
      June 2013

      Across Great Divides

      by Monique Roy

      Across Great Divides is a timeless story of the upheavals of war, the power of family, and the resiliency of human spirit. When Hitler came to power in 1933, one Jewish family refused to be destroyed and defied the Nazis only to come up against another struggle—confronting apartheid in South Africa. The novel chronicles the story of Eva and Inge, two identical twin sisters growing up in Nazi Germany. As Jews, life becomes increasingly difficult for them and their family under the Nazi regime. After witnessing the horrors of Kristallnacht, they realize they must leave their beloved homeland if they hope to survive. They travel to Antwerp, Belgium, and then on to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, chasing the diamond trade in hopes of finding work for their father, a diamond merchant. Finally, they find a home in beautiful South Africa and begin to settle down. But just as things begin to feel safe, their new home becomes caught up in it’s own battles of bigotry and hate under the National Party’s demand for an apartheid South Africa. Eva and Inge wonder if they will ever be allowed to live in peace, though they cling to the hope for a better day when there will be “an understanding of the past, compassion for all humanity, and …hope and courage to move forward across great divides.” Worldwide rights are available for this novel. I would like to sell Across Great Divides in Europe, Africa and Asia. The readership for Across Great Divides are history buffs, both female and male, and all ages, from late teens through adult.

    • Poetry

      Xchanges

      Selected Poems 2008-1988

      by Joanne Maria McNally

      XChanges has imaginative vitality and variety in form and content; playfulness and philosophical contemplation, a warm sense of humanity and love of nature. It also engages thoughtfully with contemporary issues, has a deep sense of the historical and a keen and caring eye for the future. XChanges comprises selected poems dating back to 1988 and is in IV Parts: I. ‘An Italian Connection’ (2008); II. ‘Bones of War. A Poem for Peace’ (long lyric poem composed in 2004); III. ‘Knowing’ (long prose poem composed in 2002); and, IV. ‘Life, Death and Renewal’ (1988-2007).

    • The Arts

      Hell Unlimited

      Where Shakespeare Met Goethe

      by Joanne Maria McNally

      In short, incisive scenes this novella explores the role of theatre, film, dreams and nightmares in and beyond life in a situation of sadistic imprisonment, and explores the way the inevitable and dramatic unfolding of their oppressors’ horrific plans impact upon the lives of three individuals (who are also artists) and their friendship. The novella has a contemporary feel due to the framing of it in the present and in the form of a talk to an audience. It opens with the main character, an elderly famous actor known only as Carl, reciting Shakespeare to the walls of a dilapidated barrack. His much younger friend, an acclaimed photographer and cameraman known only as Carl’s friend, and a new arrival to the camp, breaks the illusion of Carl’s apparent spell of madness with ‘his rescue’ of Carl by reciting some lines from Carl’s earlier portrayal of Goethe’s Mephistopheles on the stages in Prague, and by reminding him of their shared friendship and companionship before the terror was unleashed. Simultaneously, the backdrop of evil, and Faust’s pact with the devil is brought immediately into sharp focus, and is omnipresent in various forms throughout as the protagonists struggle with their sense of theatre and reality before and since life in the camp and their own use of illusion, illicit theatrical performances and dreams as a self-preservation strategy during their imprisonment. Lines from Shakespeare and Goethe’s ‘Faust’ are interspersed with the characters’ own reflections and interactions and lift the characters to a higher plain, and beyond the immediate brutal circumstances and oppression. The slow-moving opening gives way to an ever-increasing momentum as external circumstances plunge the two main protagonists into situations which force them to the edge of humanity. The work sounds very interesting indeed Patrick Spottiswode, Director, Globe Education The novella also exists as a play (updated by the author between 2011- 2013).

    • 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

      Jiwbilòi Y Fam Wen Fawr

      Victoria, 1887-1897

      by Hywel Teifi Edwards

    • Science: general issues
      June 2012

      Losing Small Wars

      British Military Failure in Iraq and Afghanistan

      by Frank Ledwidge

    • Diaries, letters & journals
      October 2004

      Jack Toffey's War

      A Son's Memoir

      by John J. Toffey, IV

    • General & world history
      March 2007

      Hungary in World War II

      Caught in the Cauldron

      by Deborah S. Cornelius

    • Constitutional & administrative law

      From Imperial Myth to Democracy

      Japan's Two Constitutions, 1889-2002

      by Lawrence W Beer , John M Maki

      While English-language studies of Japanese law have enjoyed remarkable growth in the past half-century, scholars have given only scant attention to the broad sweep of Japan's constitutional history. Deftly combining legal and historical analysis, Lawrence W Beer and John M Maki contrast Japan's two modern-era constitutions -- the Meiji Constitution of 1889 and the Showa Constitution of 1947. Moving beyond a narrowly focused study of the documents themselves, Beer and Maki present these constitutions as key to understanding differences in Japanese society and politics before and after World War II. Their clear and fluid presentation makes this an engaging and approachable study of not only constitutional law but also this remarkable period in Japanese history.

    • Political ideologies

      Wives, Mothers, and the Red Menace

      Conservative Women and the Crusade Against Communism

      by Mary Brennan

      Mary Brennan examines conservative women's anti-communist activism in the years immediately after World War II. She describes the Cold War context in which these women functioned and the ways in which women saw communism as a very real danger to domestic security and American families. From writing letters and hosting teas to publishing books and running for political office, they campaigned against communism and, incidentally, discovered the power they had to effect change through activism. Brennan reveals how the willingness of these deeply conservative women to leave the domestic sphere and engage publicly in politics evinces the depth of America's postwar fear of communism. She further argues that these conservative, anti-communist women pushed the boundaries of traditional gender roles and challenged assumptions about women as political players by entering political life to publicly promote their ideals.

    • Local history

      The Archaeology of Class War

      The Colorado Coalfield Strike of 1913-1914

      by Karin Larkin (Editor) , Randall H. McGuire (Editor)

      The Archaeology of the Colorado Coalfield War Project has conducted archaeological investigations at the site of the Ludlow Massacre in Ludlow, Colorado, since 1996. With the help of the United Mine Workers of America and funds from the Colorado State Historical Society and the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities, the scholars involved have integrated archaeological finds with archival evidence to show how the everyday experiences of miners and their families shaped the strike and its outcome. This book weaves together material culture, documents, oral histories, landscapes, and photographs to reveal aspects of the strike and life in early twentieth-century Colorado coalfields unlike any standard documentary history. Excavations at the site of the massacre and the nearby town of Berwind exposed tent platforms, latrines, trash dumps, and the cellars in which families huddled during the attack. Myriad artefacts -- from canning jars to a doll's head -- reveal the details of daily existence and bring the community to life. The book will be of interest to archaeologists, historians, and general readers interested in mining and labour history.

    • Economic history

      Americans View Their Dust Bowl Experience

      A Crow Creek Trilogy

      by Frances W Kaye

      Ideal for courses in American history, this book gathers first-person accounts of the trauma of the Thirties in the Heartland and assesses these accounts from the distance of several decades.

    • Biography: historical, political & military

      Wayne Aspinall and the Shaping of the American West

      by Steven C Schulte

      Steven C Schulte details a political career that encompassed some of the most crucial years in the development of the twentieth-century West. As chairman of the House Interior and Insular Affairs Committee from 1959 to 1973, Aspinall shaped the nation's reclamation, land, wilderness, and natural resource policies. His crusty and determined personality was at the centre of some of the key environmental battles of the twentieth century, including the Echo Park Dam fight, the struggle for the Wilderness Act, and the long controversy over the Central Arizona Project.

    • History of the Americas

      Nisei

      The Quiet Americans

      by Bill Hosokawa

      Hailed at the time of its publication in 1969, Bill Hosokawa's 'Nisei' remains an inspiring account of the original Japanese immigrants and their role in the development of the West. Hosokawa recounts the ordeals faced by the immigrant generation and their American-born offspring, the Nisei; the ill-advised government decisions that led to their uprooting during World War II; how they withstood harsh camp life; and their courageous efforts to prove their loyalty to the United States.

    • General & world history

      Industrializing the Rockies

      Growth, Competition, and Turmoil in the Coalfields of Colorado & Wyoming

      by David A Wolff

      The two defining moments of Western coalfield labour relations have been massacres: Wyoming's Rock Springs Massacre of 1885 and Colorado's Ludlow Massacre of 1914. But it wasn't just the company guns that were responsible for the deaths of 28 Chinese coal miners and 13 women and children. It was the result of racial tensions and the economics of the coal industry itself. David A Wolff places these deadly conflicts and strikes in the context of the Western coal industry from its inception in 1868 to the age of maturity in the early twentieth century. The result is the first book-length study of the emergence of coalfield labour relations and a general overview of the role of coal mining in the American West. Wolff examines the coal companies and the owners' initial motivations for investment and how these motivations changed over time. He documents the move from speculation to stability in the commodities market, and how this was reflected in the development of companies and company towns. The book also examines the workers and their workplaces: how the miners and labourers struggled to maintain mining as a craft and how the workforce changed, ethnically and racially, eventually leading to the emergence of a strong national union. Wolff shines light on the business of coal mining detailing the market and economic forces that influenced companies and deeply affected the lives of the workers.

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