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The Oxford Illustrated History Of The First World War

Author : Hew Strachan
ISBN : 9780191640414
Genre : History
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The First World War, now a century ago, still shapes the world in which we live, and its legacy lives on, in poetry, in prose, in collective memory and political culture. By the time the war ended in 1918, millions lay dead. Three major empires lay shattered by defeat, those of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottomans. A fourth, Russia, was in the throes of a revolution that helped define the rest of the twentieth century. The Oxford History of the First World War brings together in one volume many of the most distinguished historians of the conflict, in an account that matches the scale of the events. From its causes to its consequences, from the Western Front to the Eastern, from the strategy of the politicians to the tactics of the generals, they chart the course of the war and assess its profound political and human consequences. Chapters on economic mobilization, the impact on women, the role of propaganda, and the rise of socialism establish the wider context of the fighting at sea and in the air, and which ranged on land from the trenches of Flanders to the mountains of the Balkans and the deserts of the Middle East. First published for the 90th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice, this highly illustrated revised edition contains significant new material to mark the 100th anniversary of the war's outbreak.

The Oxford Illustrated History Of The First World War

Author : Hew Strachan
ISBN : 0198206143
Genre : History
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Explores the causes and consequences of World War I, both on the front and at home

The Oxford Illustrated History Of World War Two

Author : Richard Overy
ISBN : 9780191045394
Genre : History
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World War Two was the most devastating conflict in recorded human history. It was both global in extent and total in character. It has understandably left a long and dark shadow across the decades. Yet it is three generations since hostilities formally ended in 1945 and the conflict is now a lived memory for only a few. And this growing distance in time has allowed historians to think differently about how to describe it, how to explain its course, and what subjects to focus on when considering the wartime experience. For instance, as World War Two recedes ever further into the past, even a question as apparently basic as when it began and ended becomes less certain. Was it 1939, when the war in Europe began? Or the summer of 1941, with the beginning of Hitler's war against the Soviet Union? Or did it become truly global only when the Japanese brought the USA into the war at the end of 1941? And what of the long conflict in East Asia, beginning with the Japanese aggression in China in the early 1930s and only ending with the triumph of the Chinese Communists in 1949? In The Oxford Illustrated History of World War Two a team of leading historians re-assesses the conflict for a new generation, exploring the course of the war not just in terms of the Allied response but also from the viewpoint of the Axis aggressor states. Under Richard Overy's expert editorial guidance, the contributions take us from the genesis of war, through the action in the major theatres of conflict by land, sea, and air, to assessments of fighting power and military and technical innovation, the economics of total war, the culture and propaganda of war, and the experience of war (and genocide) for both combatants and civilians, concluding with an account of the transition from World War to Cold War in the late 1940s. Together, they provide a stimulating and thought-provoking new interpretation of one of the most terrible and fascinating episodes in world history.

The Oxford Illustrated History Of New Zealand

Author : Keith Sinclair
ISBN : UOM:39015021889095
Genre : History
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A thousand years ago, Polynesian islanders on canoes washed ashore on two large, ruggedly beautiful islands east of Australia. They became the Maori people. In 1642, the islands were visited by the Dutch sailor Abel Tasman, and in 1770 they were charted by Captain James Cook. British whalers, sealers, traders, farmers, and missionaries followed, joining the Maori in the land we now know as New Zealand. Written by a team of noted historians, The Oxford Illustrated History of New Zealand takes us on a beautifully illustrated tour though the past of this unique land. In these pages we see how the Maori established a highly cultivated society among New Zealand's moutains and waters, developing an uneasy relationship with the first European settlers. The British government eventually signed the Treaty of Waitangi with the Maori in 1848, opening the way for mass colonization, even as private speculators tricked, bribed, and brutalized the tribesmen into surrendering their lands. But the Maori flocked to anti-Western cults like Pia Marire and Ringatu, until their resistance was finally shattered in open war with the British in the 1860s. The authors show how the colony of New Zealand flourished in the years that followed, developing a growing sense of nationalism and political maturity. Women won the vote in 1893, decades before they did in Britain or the U.S., and pensions for the elderly followed soon after. New Zealand's soldiers shouldered the unsung burden of defending the British empire, dying for England in the Boer War, in the Gallipoli fiasco and in France during the First World War, and in North Africa, Crete, and Italy in the Second. The text addresses New Zealand's changing role in international affairs after 1945, as it moved from faithful membership in the Australia-New Zealand-United States (ANZUS) defense pact to its independent stand against allowing nuclear-armed American ships into its harbors, despite tremendous U.S. pressure. The authors also examine how New Zealand's politics and society have changed over the last century, from the welfare programs of the late 1930s, to the National party governments of the postwar decades, to the drift of the Maori into the cities, to the rise of the Young Maori Party. A fascinating, beautiful, and complex country, New Zealand has had a colorful and eventful past. Now The Oxford Illustrated History of New Zealand brings it to life, in a handsome and distinguished volume that will be treasured by anyone interested in New Zealand, the South Pacific, or the British Commonwealth.

The Oxford Illustrated History Of Modern China

Author : Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom
ISBN : 9780199683758
Genre : History
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This lavishly illustrated volume explores the history of China during a period of dramatic shifts and surprising transformations, from the founding of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) through to the present day. The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China promises to be essential reading for anyone who wants to understand this rising superpower on the verge of what promises to be the 'Chinese century, ' introducing readers to important but often overlooked events in China's past, such as the bloody Taiping Civil War (1850-1864), which had a death toll far higher than the roughly contemporaneous American Civil War. It also helps readers see more familiar landmarks in Chinese history in new ways, such as the Opium War (1839-1842), the Boxer Uprising of 1900, the rise to power of the Chinese Communist Party in 1949, and the Tiananmen protests and Beijing Massacre of 1989. This is one of the first major efforts - and in many ways the most ambitious to date - to come to terms with the broad sweep of modern Chinese history, taking readers from the origins of modern China right up through the dramatic events of the last few years (the Beijing Games, the financial crisis, and China's rise to global economic pre-eminence) which have so fundamentally altered Western views of China and China's place in the world.

The Oxford Illustrated History Of The Royal Navy

Author : J. R. Hill
ISBN : 0198605277
Genre : History
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Britain is an island nation and throughout history its navy has been of great importance for its defence. As a consequence it has always had a special significance and has over the centuries entrenched itself in the national psyche, making itself manifest not only through the hero-worship of its principal characters such as Horatio Nelson and Sir Francis Drake but also finding expression through art, music, and literature. Like any great national institution, the navy is a complex webof interconnected histories - operational, strategic, political, economic, administrative, technological, and social. Now updated for its paperback edition, The Oxford Illustrated History of the Royal Navy, in a series of fourteen chapters, provides a thorough and engaging treatment of these histories, covering every aspect of naval history from the Anglo-Saxon period to the dawn of the new millennium. The book explores: Major action and campaigns - the defeat of the Spanish Armada, the Anglo-Dutch Wars, the Battle of Trafalgar, the Battle of Jutland, the Atlantic Campaign of 1939-45, the Falklands conflict, the Gulf War, and attacks on terrorist bases in Afghanistan in 2001. Developments in naval history and technology - navigational advances, surveying, constructional developments, disaster relief, the suppression of the slave trade, and the Strategic Defence Review of 1998. Key personalities - Drake and Nelson, Samuel Pepys, Francis Beaufort, Jackie Fisher, Lord Charles Beresford, Lord Jellicoe. Naval life - recruitment (press gangs, training, education, discipline), tactics, gunnery and armaments, amphibious operations, wages and conditions, victualling and supply. How and when did Britain's perception of the sea change from a thing of fear to a 'moat defence' (in the words of Shakespeare)? How did the navy's administrative systems develop during the Tudor period? During the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, its greatest period of expansion, how didthe navy develop strategically and operationally? How successfully did the navy defend the British Empire during the nineteenth century? What role did the navy play in Victorian Britain's thirst for exploring of the world? What technical developments have been important to the navy? What effect did two world wars have on the role of the Royal Navy? What does the modern navy look like now and what about the future? With a full chronology, which has been brought up to date to the end of 2001, an extensive list of further reading, 16 pages of colour plates, 23 maps, 6 special Action Station diagram 'box' features, and around 200 black-and-white integrated illustrations, this is an authoritative and highly readable account of a unique fighting service and its people.

The Oxford Illustrated History Of Medieval England

Author : Nigel Saul
ISBN : 0192893246
Genre : History
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An introduction to medieval England surveying the years from the departure of the Roman legions to the Battle of Bosworth covers England's social, cultural, political, and religious life during the Middle Ages.

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