The Kaiser's Army: The Politics of Military Technology in Germany during the Machine Age, 1870-1918

By Eric Dorn Brose

This quantity covers a desirable interval within the background of the German military, a time within which laptop weapons, airplanes, and guns of mass destruction have been first built and used. Eric Brose strains the commercial improvement of equipment and its software to infantry, cavalry, and artillery strategies. He examines the modernity as opposed to anti-modernity debate that raged after the Franco-Prussian conflict, arguing that the residue of years of resistance to technological switch heavily undermined the German military in the course of global warfare I.

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Bristol F2 Fighter Aces of World War I (Aircraft of the Aces)

By Jon Guttman

This can be the historical past of the easiest Allied fighter-destroyer of worldwide battle 1 and the pilots who flew it. Nicknamed "Biff" by way of the pilots, the Bristol F2 Fighter loved striking good fortune over the Western entrance within the ultimate 18 months of the struggle. besides the fact that, it had an inauspicious debut, as a whole flight of F2As was once burnt up by way of von Richthofen's Jasta eleven. a brand new better F2B was once quickly brought to front which functioned in a wholly various demeanour. The crews operated the airplane no longer as a typical two-seater, yet as a single-seat with a "sting within the tail" within the type of a rear gunner with a Lewis computer gun. a number of ace groups earned the "Biff" grudging admire from its German rivals. This booklet charts the advance of the airplane from its unpromising beginnings to the revised version working with a brand new type of strategies. furthermore, the varied first-hand money owed and wrestle reviews provide a desirable perception into the studies of the pilots themselves.

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A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918

By G.J. Meyer

The 1st international warfare is considered one of history’s maximum tragedies. during this awesome and intimate account, writer G. J. Meyer attracts on exhaustive examine to deliver to existence the tale of the way the good battle decreased Europe’s mightiest empires to rubble, killed twenty million humans, and cracked the rules of the realm we are living in today.

The First global conflict is one in every of history’s maximum tragedies. during this extraordinary and intimate account, writer G. J. Meyer attracts on exhaustive study to convey to existence the tale of ways the good conflict decreased Europe’s mightiest empires to rubble, killed twenty million humans, and cracked the rules of the realm we are living in today.

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London 1917-18: The Bomber Blitz

By Ian Castle

On a sunny may perhaps afternoon in 1917, the peace of an English beach city used to be shattered while a flight of German Gotha bombers seemed suddenly. Twenty-three Gothas had got down to assault London during this first bomber raid, yet heavy cloud compelled them to focus on Folkestone and the Shorncliffe military camp as an alternative. It used to be the beginning of a brand new part of the warfare aimed toward destroying the morale of the British humans. London's defences have been speedy overhauled to stand this new hazard, offering the root for Britain's defence in the course of international conflict II. This ebook tells the tale of the Gotha and the large Staaken 'Giant' bomber raids opposed to London.

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The Somme: Heroism and Horror in the First World War

By Martin Gilbert

From considered one of our so much amazing historians, an authoritative and shiny account of the devastating global warfare I conflict that claimed greater than 300,000 lives

At 7:30 am on July 1, 1916, the 1st Allied squaddies climbed out in their trenches alongside the Somme River in France and charged out into no-man's-land towards the barbed cord and desktop weapons on the German entrance strains.

By the tip of this primary day of the Allied assault, the British military on my own might lose 20,000 males; within the coming months, the fifteen-mile-long territory alongside the river may erupt into the epicenter of the good struggle. The Somme might mark a turning aspect in either the conflict and armed forces historical past, as squaddies observed the 1st visual appeal of tanks at the battlefield, the emergence of the air battle as a devastating and decisive consider conflict, and a couple of million casualties (among them a tender Adolf Hitler, who took a fraction within the leg). in exactly 138 days, 310,000 males died.

In this shiny, deeply researched account of 1 history's such a lot damaging battles, historian Martin Gilbert tracks the conflict of the Somme during the reports of footsoldiers (known to the British because the PBI, for negative Bloody Infantry), generals, and everybody in among. Interwoven with images, magazine entries, unique maps, and files from each level and point of making plans, The Somme is the main authoritative and affecting account of this bloody turning aspect within the nice War.

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Presidential Mission (The Lanny Budd Novels)

With the United States at struggle, Lanny Budd hazards existence and limb from North Africa to Moscow on behalf of the Allied cause

contributors of the German excessive command think that American paintings specialist Lanny Budd is sympathetic to their reason, yet for the reason that 1938 he has been an secret agent operating for President Franklin Roosevelt. Now, in 1941, the us has been pulled into the fray by means of the japanese assault on Pearl Harbor, and Lanny’s providers are required greater than ever.

In Algiers he needs to persuade the French troops to face with the Allies earlier than the Axis invasion. a gathering in Moscow, meant to sway Communist despot Joseph Stalin, precedes Hitler’s disastrous selection to invade Russia. Over the process the following years, Lanny faces demise at almost each flip as his vital presidential missions hold him from the sands of the African desolate tract to the bomb-blasted streets of Berlin.
Presidential Mission is the electrifying 8th bankruptcy of Upton Sinclair’s Pulitzer Prize–winning dramatization of twentieth-century international historical past. An dazzling mixture of event, romance, and political intrigue, the Lanny Budd Novels are a testomony to the breathtaking scope of the author’s imaginative and prescient and his singular skills as a storyteller.

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From Empire to Republic: Turkish Nationalism and the Armenian Genocide

By Taner Akçam

Taner Akçam is without doubt one of the first Turkish teachers to recognize and speak about overtly the Armenian Genocide perpetrated via the Ottoman-Turkish executive in 1915. This booklet discusses western political rules in the direction of the quarter more often than not, and represents the 1st severe scholarly try to comprehend the Genocide from a culprit instead of sufferer viewpoint, and to contextualize these occasions inside of Turkey's political historical past. through refusing to recognize the very fact of genocide, successive Turkish governments not just perpetuate gigantic historic injustice, but additionally pose a basic main issue to Turkey's democratization today.

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Vienna, 1814: How the Conquerors of Napoleon Made Love, War, and Peace at the Congress of Vienna

By David King

“Reads like a unique. A fast moving page-turner, it has every thing: intercourse, wit, humor, and adventures. however it is an impressively researched and critical story.”
—David Fromkin, writer of Europe’s final Summer

Vienna, 1814 is an evocative and brilliantly researched account of the main audacious and lavish peace convention in sleek ecu heritage. With the dreaded Napoleon Bonaparte most likely defeated and exiled to the small island of Elba, heads of a few 216 states accrued in Vienna to start piecing jointly the ruins of his toppled empire. significant questions loomed: What will be performed with France? How have been the newly liberated territories to be divided? What kind of restitution will be provided to households of the deceased? yet this unparalleled amassing of kings, dignitaries, and diplomatic leaders unfurled a probably unending flow of private vendettas, long-simmering feuds, and romantic entanglements that threatened to undermine the an important paintings to hand, whilst their hard-fought coverage judgements formed the future of Europe and resulted in the longest sustained peace the continent could ever see.

Beyond the diplomatic wrangling, despite the fact that, the Congress of Vienna served as a backdrop for the main striking self-importance reasonable of its time. Highlighted by way of such celebrated figures because the stylish yet enormously useless Prince Metternich of Austria, the unflappable and devious Prince Talleyrand of France, and the risky Tsar Alexander of Russia, in addition to appearances by way of Ludwig van Beethoven and Emilia Bigottini, the sheer megastar strength of the Vienna congress outshone approximately every thing else within the public eye.

An early incarnation of the cult of big name, the congress devolved right into a sequence of debauched events that regularly not on time the development of peace, till note arrived that Napoleon had escaped, suddenly halting the revelry and shrouding the continent in panic as soon as again.

Vienna, 1814 superbly illuminates the elaborate social and political intrigue of this history-defining congress–a glorified celebration that possible valued frivolity over substance yet still controlled to enormously reconfigure Europe’s stability of energy and bring in the fashionable age.

From the Hardcover edition.

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British Artillery 1914-19: Heavy Artillery (New Vanguard)

By Dale Clarke

Global battle I is usually deemed to were 'a battle of artillery', and British heavy artillery performed an integral part in destroying the German trenches and offering worthwhile disguise for advancing troops at the Western entrance. This e-book information the large weapons of the Royal Garrison Artillery, together with the 6-in. siege gun and howitzer, the 8-in. howitzer, the 12-in. railway and siege howitzer and the notorious 9.2-in breech-loading siege howitzer. Camouflage and enemy battery destinations and delivery are coated, in addition to strategies used and the way the weapons have been built and manned.

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Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man

By Siegfried Sassoon

The first quantity in Siegfried Sassoon’s cherished trilogy, The whole Memoirs of George Sherston, with a brand new creation by way of celebrated historian Paul Fussell

A hugely adorned English soldier and an acclaimed poet and novelist, Siegfried Sassoon gained popularity for his trilogy of fictionalized autobiographies that splendidly catch the vanishing idylls of Edwardian England and the brutal realities of war.

In this primary novel of the semiautobiographical George Sherston trilogy, Sassoon splendidly captures the vanishing idylls of the Edwardian English geographical region. by no means out of print due to the fact that its unique booklet in 1928, whilst it gained the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, Sassoon's memories approximately youth and the start of global warfare I are channeled via young George Sherston, whose lifetime of neighborhood cricket tournaments and fox-hunts falls aside as battle ways and he joins as much as struggle. Sassoon's first novel, notwithstanding rife with comedian characters and a jaunty experience of storytelling, provides his personal lack of innocence and the destruction of the rustic he knew and loved.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the top writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the simplest works all through background and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts more advantageous by way of introductions and notes via wonderful students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations through award-winning translators.

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