The Command of the Ocean: A Naval History of Britain 1649-1815

By N. A. M. Rodger

The Command of the Ocean describes with extraordinary authority and scholarship the increase of england to naval greatness, and the valuable position of the military and naval job within the lifetime of the state and executive. It describes not only battles, voyages and cruises yet how the army was once manned, the way it used to be provided with trees, hemp and iron, how its males (and occasionally ladies) have been fed, and peculiarly the way it used to be financed and directed. It was once in the course of the century and a part coated by way of this ebook that the winning organizing of those final 3 - victualling, cash and administration - took the military to the guts of the British nation. it's the nice fulfillment of the publication to teach how thoroughly built-in and at the same time based Britain and the military then turned.

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Castles of Great Britain: Volume 1 (The Heritage Trail Explores)

By Linda Lee

Even if a variety of sorts of fortification existed good sooner than the Norman invasion and plenty of glossy 'Stately Homes' are frequently often called such, this booklet explores 30 of the international locations surviving buildings thought of to be 'true castles'. outfitted among the 11th and 17th centuries after they signified strength and standing, those fortifications lie on the very middle of Britain's historical past. The purpose-built south coast defences of Henry VIII are just a little an anomaly, yet examples of those are integrated for his or her range. every one article contains a color photo, an historic evaluate, and a knowledge panel containing commencing instances, grid reference, tackle, cellphone quantity, and site information (where applicable).

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Public Servant, Secret Agent: The Enigmatic Life and Violent Death of Airey Neave

By Paul Routledge

This biography looks on the lifestyles of Airey Neave, Colditz escapee, MI6 officer, mastermind of Margaret Thatcher's management crusade, and at the verge of being her first Secretary of kingdom for Northern eire while he was once brutally murdered within the palace of Westminster by way of the INLA. Neave's sensational get away and his both sensational dying are the level of such a lot people's wisdom and appreciation of 1 of Britain's such a lot mysterious public figures.

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Britain's Empire: Resistance, Repression and Revolt

By Richard Gott

This revelatory new background punctures the nonetheless broadly held trust that the British Empire was once an enlightened and civilizing firm of significant gain to its topic peoples. in its place, Britain’s Empire unearths a background of systemic repression and virtually continuous violence, exhibiting how British rule was once imposed as an army operation and maintained as an army dictatorship. For colonized peoples, the adventure used to be a terrible one—of slavery, famine, conflict and extermination.

Yet, as Richard Gott illustrates, the empire’s oppressed peoples didn't move lightly into that stable evening. anyplace Britain attempted to plant its flag, there has been resistance. From eire to India, from the yankee colonies to Australia, Gott chronicles the backlash. He exhibits, too, how Britain supplied a blueprint for the genocides of twentieth-century Europe, and argues that its prior leaders needs to rank along the dictators of the 20 th century because the perpetrators of crimes opposed to humanity on an notorious scale. In tracing this background of resistance, all yet misplaced to fashionable reminiscence, Richard Gott recovers those forgotten peoples and places them the place they need to be: on the middle of the tale of Britain’s empire.

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Napoleon and British Song, 1797-1822 (War, Culture and Society, 1750-1850)

By Oskar Cox Jensen

This research bargains a thorough reassessment of a very important interval of political and cultural background. by means of taking a look at a few four hundred songs, a lot of that are made to be had to listen to, and at their writers, singers, and audiences, it questions either our courting with track, and usual Britons' courting with Napoleon, the struggle, and the belief of england itself.

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This Sceptred Isle, 55 BC - 1901: From the Roman Invasion to the Death of Queen Victoria

By Christopher Lee

According to the award-winning Radio four courses "This Sceptred Isle" tells the interesting tale of British background from Caesar's invasion in fifty five BC to Queen Victoria's demise in 1901. utilizing extracts from Winston Churchill's "A historical past of the English-Speaking People" plus debts from modern chronicles and diaries, Lee's e-book makes a speciality of the pivotal occasions and key characters that experience formed British heritage. it's written in an available but authoritative kind. 'Has there ever been a extra hassle-free ability to the background of Britain' - "The Spectator".

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Not Our War: Writings Against the First World War

Some of the voices during this e-book got here to oppose international struggle I after reflecting on adventure, others adverse it on precept earlier than a shot used to be fired—they can have been few in quantity, yet progressively their effect rose. This anthology offers different voices of fellows and girls who puzzled and hostile the battle: liberals, radicals and pacifists, anarchists and socialists, infantrymen and noncombatants. Featured writers contain: James Connolly, Eugene Debs, Emma Goldman, Keir Hardie, Jean Jaurès, Louis Lecoin, V. I. Lenin, John Maclean, Errico Malatesta, Sylvia Pankhurst, Siegfried Sassoon. they're American, Asian, British, French, German, Irish, Italian, and Russian. a number of the texts are newly translated or look in English the 1st time.

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Heligoland: The True Story of German Bight and the Island That Britain Betrayed

By George Drower

Heligoland is the surprising tale of a mysterious British colony within the North Sea that the leading Minister, Lord Salisbury, swapped for Zanzibar in 1890. After years of getting a UK-style flag, postage stamps, taxation approach and forex, Heligolanders have been quickly experiencing the crushing in their tradition, and have been pressured into studying German. The unscrupulous transference of the island to Germany, in defiance of the islanders' needs, sparked a public controversy; the explorer Stanley famously commented that Britain had acquired a waistcoat in alternate for a trouser button. The sacrifice of the enigmatic Heligoland grew to become a strategic blunder through the international Wars, while the island used to be made right into a weaponry fort via the Germans. After the second one international conflict there has been a plot to hide up the error whilst Britain deliberate to break Heligoland with an A-bomb energy explosion. Implicated within the epic scandal are many key personalities; between them Queen Victoria, Kaiser Wilhelm, Arthur Balfour, and The Riddle of the Sands writer Erskine Childers. Heligoland is going past an grand tale of intrigue, excessive experience and nationwide ambition. It highlights Britain's family with continental Europe; the behavior of the British Empire; even the form and id of the British Isles. utilizing thoughts of biography, renowned heritage and narrative, this ebook unravels for the 1st time the genuine tale of the island Britain gave away.

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A History of Modern Britain

By Andrew Marr

This enticing quantity tells the tale of ways the good political visions and idealisms of Victorian Britain got here to be defeated through a tradition of consumerism, star, and self-gratification. It explains how in every one decade, political leaders chanced on themselves confounded by way of the British humans, who constantly grew to become out to be tougher to herd than expected. traditionally Britain has been a rustic at the facet first of invasion, then of financial ruin, then at the weak entrance line of the chilly battle, and later within the vanguard of the good beginning up of capital and migration. This background follows the entire political and financial tales of the trendy period in addition to with such social developments as comedy, vehicles, the conflict opposed to homosexuals, oil-men and punks, Margaret Thatcher’s impressive strong success, political lies, and the real heroes of British theater.

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Cocky: The Rise & Fall of Curtis Warren, Britain's Biggest Drug Baron

By Tony Barnes

Curtis Warren is an underworld legend, the Liverpool scally who took the equipment of the road nook and increased them to an paintings shape. He cast direct hyperlinks with the the cocaine cartels of Columbia, the heroine godfathers of Turkey, the hashish cultivators of Marocco and the Ectasy brands of Holland and japanese Europe. His medicines went world wide, from the golf equipment of Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin to the golden shorelines of Sydney.

This acclaimed and best-selling biography uncovers his meteoric upward thrust from road mugger to the richest and such a lot profitable British felony who has ver been stuck. It relates how the Liverpool mafia grew to become the UK's top-rated drug importers; tells how Warren survived gang struggle and the way he corrupted top-level law enforcement officials; unveils the interior tale of the largest and such a lot winning British legislation enforcement operation ever undertaken; and divulges the explosive contents of the covert wiretaps that introduced his worldwide empire crashing down.

Thoroughly revised and up-to-date, COCKY is a surprising perception into prepared crime and a huge research right into a modern overseas drug baron.

'Compelling' - The Observer.

Shortlisted for the Macallan Gold Dagger for Crime Non-fiction.

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