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20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

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A Communist in the Family Searching for Rewi Alley

A Communist in the Family Searching for Rewi Alley

Author: Elspeth Sandys Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2019

The Long 1989 Decades of Global Revolution

The Long 1989 Decades of Global Revolution

Author: Piotr H. Kosicki Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2019

The fall of communism in Europe is now the frame of reference for any mass mobilization, from the Arab Spring to the Occupy movement to Brexit. Even thirty years on, 1989 still figures as a guide and motivation for political change. It is now a platitude to call 1989 a world event, but the chapters in this volume show how it actually became one. The authors of these nine essays consider how revolutionary events in Europe resonated years later and thousands of miles away: in China and South Africa, Chile and Afghanistan, Turkey and the USA. They trace the circulation of people, practices, and concepts that linked these countries, turning local developments into a global phenomenon. At the same time, they examine the many shifts that revolution underwent in transit. All nine chapters detail the process of mutation, adaptation, and appropriation through which foreign affairs found new meanings on the ground. They interrogate the uses and understandings of 1989 in particular national contexts, often many years after the fact. Taken together, this volume asks how the fall of communism in Europe became the basis for revolutionary action around the world, proposing a paradigm shift in global thinking about revolution and protest.

British World Policy and the Projection of Global Power, c.1830-1960

British World Policy and the Projection of Global Power, c.1830-1960

Author: T. G. (University of East Anglia) Otte Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2019

A fundamental truth about British power in the nineteenth century and beyond was that Britain was a global power. Her international position rested on her global economic, naval and political presence; and her foreign policy operated on a global scale. This volume throws into sharp relief the material elements of British power, but also its less tangible components, from Britain's global network of naval bases to the vast range of intersecting commercial, financial and intelligence relationships, which reinforced the country's political power. Leading historians reshape the scholarly debate surrounding the nature of British global power at a crucial period of transformation in international politics, and in so doing they deepen our understanding of the global nature of British power, the shifts in the international landscape from the high Victorian period to the 1960s, and the changing nature of the British state in this period.

Unef: the Yugoslav Contingent The Yugoslav Army Contingent in the Sinai Peninsula 1956-1967

Unef: the Yugoslav Contingent The Yugoslav Army Contingent in the Sinai Peninsula 1956-1967

Author: Bojan Dimitrijevic Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/09/2019

Pursuing a policy of social revolution, national liberation, and non-alignment, Yugoslavia under Josip Broz Tito became involved in the Middle East in the mid-1950s. Combined with some initial interest in economic and military assistance, this involvement found a positive reception among several Arab states, foremost Egypt under Gamal Abdel Nasser. Close personal ties between Tito and Nasser significantly contributed to the deployment of a contingent from the Yugoslav Popular Army (JNA) within the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) in Egypt, following the Suez War of 1956. Established in a hurry and deployed to Egypt in late November 1956, the JNA's part of the UNEF consisted of a reinforced reconnaissance battalion. The unit was manned by conscript soldiers and equipped with vehicles provided by the USA within the frame of the Mutual Defence Assistance Program (MDAP). The story of the unit's difficult task of entering the Sinai Peninsula right on the heels of withdrawing Israeli forces is the centrepiece of this book. While warmly welcomed by the local inhabitants, through late 1956 and all of 1957, the JNA contingent had the difficult task of reaching the demarcation lines, establishing observation posts, and making sure the cease-fire would be respected by all of the belligerents. For a force that understood itself to have a national-liberation and revolutionary role, rather than being an expeditionary military, the Yugoslav Popular Army thus went through a particularly unusual experience. The mission of the JNA's contingent with the UNEF on the Sinai came to a sudden end during the crisis leading to the June 1967 Arab-Israeli War: squeezed between the advancing Israeli forces, it had to be quickly evacuated, leaving all its heavy equipment and vehicles behind. Prepared with help of the original documentation from a host of archival sources of the former JNA, the book Yugoslav UNEF Contingent focuses foremost on the deployment immediately after the Suez Crisis of 1956. Providing detailed coverage of the much underreported closing chapter of that conflict, it is illustrated by more than 150 original photographs, most of which have never been published before.

Canada and the World since 1867

Canada and the World since 1867

Author: Asa (McMaster University, Canada) McKercher Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/09/2019

This book is a history of Canada's role in the world as well as the impact of world events on Canada. Starting from the country's quasi-independence from Britain in 1867, its analysis moves through events in Canadian and global history to the present day. Looking at Canada's international relations from the perspective of elite actors and normal people alike, this study draws on original research and the latest work on Canadian international and transnational history to examine Canadians' involvement with a diverse mix of issues, from trade and aid, to war and peace, to human rights and migration. The book traces four inter-connected themes: independence and growing estrangement from Britain; the longstanding and ongoing tensions created by ever-closer relations with the United States; the huge movement of people from around the world into Canada; and the often overlooked but significant range of Canadian contacts with the non-Western world. With an emphasis on the reciprocal nature of Canada's involvement in world affairs, ultimately it is the first work to blend international and transnational approaches to the history of Canadian international relations.

Fighting the Cold War in Post-Blockade, Pre-Wall Berlin Behind Enemy Lines

Fighting the Cold War in Post-Blockade, Pre-Wall Berlin Behind Enemy Lines

Author: Mark (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK) Fenemore Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/09/2019

As fought in 1950s Berlin, the cold war was a many-headed monster. Winning stomachs with enticing consumption was as important as winning hearts and minds with persuasive propaganda. Demonstrators not only fought the police in the streets; they were swayed one way or another by cultural competition. Western espionage agencies waged brazen but surreptitious covert warfare, while the Stasi fought back with a campaign of targeted kidnapping. This book takes seriously a complex borderscape, which narrowed but did not stem the flow of people, ideas and goods over an open boundary. Assessing the licit and the illicit, the book stresses the messy and entwined nature of this war of a thousand cuts / miniscule salami slices. While brinkmanship was orchestrated by the elites in Moscow and Washington, the effects of such intense psychological pressure were felt by ordinary Berliners, who sought to carry on with their mundane

Jewish Orthodoxy in Scotland Rabbi Dr Salis Daiches and Religious Leadership

Jewish Orthodoxy in Scotland Rabbi Dr Salis Daiches and Religious Leadership

Author: Hannah Holtschneider Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/08/2019

Kosher haggis, tartan kippot, and Jewish Burns' Night Suppers: Jews acculturated to Scotland within one generation and quickly inflected Jewish culture in a Scottish idiom. This book analyses the religious aspects of this transition through a transnational perspective on migration in the first three decades of the twentieth century. As immigrants began to outnumber the established Jewish community, and Eastern European rabbis challenged the British Jewish leadership in London, Scottish Jewry underwent momentous changes. The book examines this tumultuous period through a thematic biography of Salis Daiches, Scotland's most significant rabbi. Drawing on previously unseen archival material, including Rabbi Daiches' personal correspondence, the book provides a window into the dynamics of Jewish religious life and power relations.

Returning to Asia' Japan-Indonesia Relations, 19302-1942

Returning to Asia' Japan-Indonesia Relations, 19302-1942

Author: Ken'ichi Goto Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/08/2019

Japan's incursion into Southeast Asia at the start of the Pacific War was largely directly at Indonesia, but it followed more than a decade of debate about the significance of Southeast Asia to Japan's future. One of a very small number of scholars able to examine this process using both Japanese and Indonesian sources, Ken'ichi Goto marshals a vast array of materials to examine the thinking of key figures in both territories as the region moved toward war. On the Japanese side, the country was shifting away from the Western orientation adopted at the time of the Meiji Restoration and, as the title indicates, Returning to Asia. On the Indonesian side, youthful nationalists were seeking freedom from colonial rule and beyond that attempting to shape the future of their country. Ken'ichi Goto examines the experiences of Indonesian students and nationalist leaders who lived in or visited Japan and of Japanese civilians and military figures who lived in and or visited Indonesia during the 1930s and early 1940s, based on memoirs, diaries and interviews. The result is a penetrating account of an evolving and many-faceted relationship with broad implications for future relations between two major Asian powers that provides deep insights into the thinking on both sides.

Cheerful Memories/Troubled Years A Story of a Refusenik's Family in Leningrad and its Struggle for Immigration to Israel

Cheerful Memories/Troubled Years A Story of a Refusenik's Family in Leningrad and its Struggle for Immigration to Israel

Author: Aba Taratuta, Ida Taratuta Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/08/2019

This book captures the story of the Taratuta family and their struggle to flee the hardships of the USSR and repatriate to Israel in the late twentieth century. The narrative follows the lives of three family members, Aba, his wife Ida, and their son Misha, as they endure countless struggles throughout their journey to freedom. Tense moments ensue as the refuseniks print copies of forbidden Zionist literature and textbooks, publicly support those detained in prison and the Gulag, organize scientific and legal seminars in their apartment, receive Western visitors, and secretly partake in weekly Hebrew lessons. Well-recognized in the West as central players in the Soviet Jewish movement in Leningrad throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the Taratutas underwent constant surveillance by the KGB until they were finally able to repatriate to Israel. In spite of their hardships, the family attempted to live a life of normalcy and to cherish moments of happiness and togetherness.

Cheerful Memories/Troubled Years A Story of a Refusenik's Family in Leningrad and its Struggle for Immigration to Israel

Cheerful Memories/Troubled Years A Story of a Refusenik's Family in Leningrad and its Struggle for Immigration to Israel

Author: Aba Taratuta, Ida Taratuta Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/08/2019

This book captures the story of the Taratuta family and their struggle to flee the hardships of the USSR and repatriate to Israel in the late twentieth century. The narrative follows the lives of three family members, Aba, his wife Ida, and their son Misha, as they endure countless struggles throughout their journey to freedom. Tense moments ensue as the refuseniks print copies of forbidden Zionist literature and textbooks, publicly support those detained in prison and the Gulag, organize scientific and legal seminars in their apartment, receive Western visitors, and secretly partake in weekly Hebrew lessons. Well-recognized in the West as central players in the Soviet Jewish movement in Leningrad throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the Taratutas underwent constant surveillance by the KGB until they were finally able to repatriate to Israel. In spite of their hardships, the family attempted to live a life of normalcy and to cherish moments of happiness and togetherness.

The Paulista War The Last Civil War in Brazil, 1932

The Paulista War The Last Civil War in Brazil, 1932

Author: Javier Garcia de Gabiola Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2019

The Year 1932 was not only the year in which the famous carnival of Rio de Janeiro was organized for the first time, or the giant statue of the Christ the Redeemer was placed on top of the Corcovado mountain ridge: tragically, it was also the year of the last civil war fought in Brazil. On 9 July 1932, about 35,000 men from two Brazilian federal states - Sao Paulo and Mato Grosso do Sul - rose in arms against the dictatorship of Getulio Vargas, demanding the return to constitutionality and democracy. This movement became known as the `Constitutionalist', while its members became known as the `Paulistas'. The Brazilian government reacted with brute force: it deployed over 100,000 troops supported by heavy artillery and combat aircraft. The result was the biggest war ever fought in Brazil: the first ever campaign to see strategic aerial bombardment conducted in the Americas; the first aircraft shot down in air combat, and the first to see night bombing operations. Following three months of bitter fighting - which often degenerated into trench warfare - the Paulistas were defeated. Indeed, the end of this conflict brought to the end a period of successive civil wars fought in Brazil since 1889. The Paulista War - the first authoritative account of this conflict ever published in the English language - provides a blow-by-blow account of both aerial and ground combat operations. It is lavishly illustrated with a collection of authentic photographs and exclusive colour profiles, and as such is an indispensable source of reference about this crucial moment in the history of the largest country in South America.

Conservative Revolutionary The Lives of Lewis Namier

Conservative Revolutionary The Lives of Lewis Namier

Author: David Hayton Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/08/2019

Acclaimed after the Second World War as England's greatest historian, Sir Lewis Namier was an eastern European immigrant who came to idealise the English gentleman and enjoyed close friendship with leading figures of his day, including Winston Churchill. Today, Namier is associated with the belief that the thoughts and actions of elites matter most, and with a view of politics in which those who enter public life do so only in pursuit of personal and material advantage. This exaggerated view has made him a hero to social and political conservatives, and a demonic figure to the Left. Preoccupied by nationalism, empire, and human motivation, Namier also remains famous in academic circles for supposedly declaring that any reference to ideas in political discourse was nothing more than 'flapdoodle'. The first biography of Namier in over thirty years, this book is based on a vast range of sources, including rich new archival material. -- .