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    • Writing local history today : a guide to researching, publishing, and marketing your book
    • Playing with the past : digital games and the simulation of history
      Playing with the past : digital games and the simulation of history
      edited by Matthew Wilhelm Kapell and Andrew B.R. Elliott.
      "Game Studies is a rapidly growing area of contemporary scholarship, yet volumes in the area have tended to focus on more general issues. With Playing with the Past, game studies is taken to the next level by offering a specific and detailed analysis of one area of digital game play -- the representation of history. The collection focuses on the ways in which gamers engage with, play with, recreate, subvert, reverse and direct the historical past, and what effect this has on the ways in which we go about constructing the present or imagining a future. What can World War Two strategy games teach us about the reality of this complex and multifaceted period? Do the possibilities of playing with the past change the way we understand history? If we embody a colonialist's perspective to conquer 'primitive' tribes in Colonization, does this privilege a distinct way of viewing history as benevolent intervention over imperialist expansion? The fusion of these two fields allows the editors to pose new questions about the ways in which gamers interact with their game worlds. Drawing these threads together, the collection concludes by asking whether digital games - which represent history or historical change - alter the way we, today, understand history itself"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • The race for paradise : an Islamic history of the crusades
      The race for paradise : an Islamic history of the crusades
      Paul M. Cobb.
      "In The Race for Paradise, Paul M. Cobb offers an accurate and accessible representation of the Islamic experience of the Crusades during the Middle Ages. Cobb overturns previous claims and presents new arguments, such as the idea that the Frankish invasions of the Near East were something of a side-show to the broader internal conflict between Sunnis and Shi'ites in the region. The Race for Paradise moves along two fronts as Cobb stresses that, for medieval Muslims, the contemporaneous Latin Christian expansion throughout the Mediterranean was seen as closely linked to events in the Levant. As a consequence of this expanded geographical range, the book takes a broader chronological range to encompass the campaigns of Spanish kings north of the Ebro and the Norman conquest of Sicily (beginning in 1060), well before Pope Urban II's famous call to the First Crusade in 1095. Finally, The Race for Paradise brilliantly combats the trend to portray the history of the Crusades, particularly the Islamic experience, in simplistic or binary terms. Muslims did not solely experience the Crusades as fanatical warriors or as helpless victims, Cobb writes; as with any other human experience of similar magnitude, the Crusades were experienced in a great variety of ways, ranging from heroic martyrdom, to collaboration, to utter indifference"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Normandy : breaching the Atlantic wall : from D-Day to the breakout and liberation
    • Hitler's elite : the SS 1939-45
      Hitler's elite : the SS 1939-45
      edited by Chris McNab.
      The SS has become the most infamous military formation in history. From its diminutive origins in the 1920s as Hitler's personal bodyguard, by the late war years it grew to a sprawling organization of hundreds of thousands of men, with a field army (the Waffen-SS-Armed-SS) numbering nearly 40 divisions and huge corporate, racial, and political power in the Allgemeine-SS (General-SS). The activities of the SS ranged from the heroic to the horrific; from fighting extraordinary defensive battles on the Eastern and Western Fronts, to running the concentration and extermination camp systems, and providing personnel for the Einsatzgruppen murder squads in Eastern Europe.
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    • Elephant Company : the inspiring story of an unlikely hero and the animals who helped him save lives in World War II
      Elephant Company : the inspiring story of an unlikely hero and the animals who helped him save lives in World War II
      Vicki Constantine Croke.
      "At the onset of World War II, [Billy] Williams formed Elephant Company and was instrumental in defeating the Japanese in Burma and saving refugees, including on his own 'Hannibal Trek,' [becoming] a media sensation during the war, telling reporters that the elephants did more for him than he was ever able to do for them"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • World War II in Medina County, Ohio : at home & overseas
    • World War II from above : an aerial view of the global conflict
      World War II from above : an aerial view of the global conflict
      Jeremy Harwood.
      "[The] story of the battle waged by Allied and Axis spies in the skies to obtain accurate aerial intelligence during the Second World War"--Page 4 of cover.
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    • US Marine Corps fighter squadrons of World War II
      US Marine Corps fighter squadrons of World War II
      Barrett Tillman
      The presence of "flying leathernecks" in the Pacific Theater helped lead the United States to victory over the formidable Japanese forces. Dogfighting over the sea and islands, and supporting the amphibious assaults that eventually secured victory over the Japanese in the Pacific, the US Marine Corps' Corsairs, Wildcats and Hellcats proved to be more than just aircraft, becoming icons as World War II progressed. Engaging in combat with Japanese fighters, principally the Zero, and attacking targets on the ground, the aviators' scores mounted and a growing number of US Marine Corps pilots achieved "ace" status having downed five or more enemy aircraft. The "top guns" included legendary pilots Joe Foss, Greg "Pappy" Boyington and John Smith, all of whom were recipients of the prestigious Medal of Honor. This book is a comprehensive guide to the US Marine Corps fighter squadrons and hteir war in the Pacific during World War II.
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    • Hitler's war : World War II as portrayed by Signal, the international Nazi propaganda magazine
      Hitler's war : World War II as portrayed by Signal, the international Nazi propaganda magazine
      Jeremy Harwood.
      "Experience World War II as portrayed by Nazi propaganda magazine Signal-- and contrast it with what really happened between 1939 and 1945."--Page 4 of cover.
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    • The Cold War in the Third World
    • Queen Anne : patroness of arts
    • The non-conformists : Martin Parr
      The non-conformists : Martin Parr
      text, Susie Parr.
      The Non-Conformists' features Martin Parr's first major body of work from the mid-1970s, published here for the first time in book form. A wonderful and charming surprise for Parr enthusiasts and fans of traditional reportage, this body of black-and-white imagery predates the cutting colour work that earned him his fame in the 1980s. In 1975, fresh out of art school, Martin Parr found poor footing in the London photography scene, so he moved to the picturesque Yorkshire Pennine mill town of Hebden Bridge. Over a period of five years, he documented the town in photographs, showing in particular the aspects of traditional life that were beginning to decline. Susie Parr, whom he had met in Manchester, joined him in documenting a year in the life of a small Methodist chapel, together with its farming community. In words and pictures, the Parrs vividly and affectionately document cobbled streets, flat-capped mill workers, hardy gamekeepers, henpecked husbands, and jovial shop owners.
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    • London villages : explore the city's best local neighbourhoods
      London villages : explore the city's best local neighbourhoods
      Zena Alkayat
      Discover the unique and vibrant neighbourhoods of London! This is your key to exploring the city, its spirit and history. Alkayat shows you the best independent shops, markets, cafes and public spaces to visit.
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    • Eltham Palace
    • Welsh history : strange but true
    • The Scottish castles story
      The Scottish castles story
      Marc Alexander.
      Marc Alexander explores the story of Scotland's castles, featuring many vivid tales from history and legend, and showcasing a wide range of its incredible wealth of castles.
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    • The Habsburgs : dynasty, culture and politics
    • A great and glorious adventure : a history of the Hundred Years War and the birth of Renaissance England
      A great and glorious adventure : a history of the Hundred Years War and the birth of Renaissance England
      Gordon Corrigan.
      In this succinct history of a conflict that raged for over a century, Gordon Corrigan reveals the horrors of battle and the machinations of power that have shaped a millennium of Anglo-French relationships.
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    • When the United States spoke French : five refugees who shaped a nation
      When the United States spoke French : five refugees who shaped a nation
      Francois Furstenberg.
      "In 1789, as the French Revolution shook Europe to the core, the new United States was struggling for survival in the face of financial insolvency and bitter political and regional divisions. When the United States Spoke French explores the republic's formative years from the viewpoint of a distinguished circle of five Frenchmen taking refuge in America. When the French Revolution broke out, these men had been among its leaders. They were liberal aristocrats and ardent Anglophiles, convinced of the superiority of the British system of monarchy and constitution. They also idealized the new American republic, which seemed to them an embodiment of the Enlightenment ideals they celebrated. But soon the Revolutionary movement got ahead of them, and they found themselves chased across the Atlantic. Francois Furstenberg follows these five men -- Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord, Napoleon's future foreign minister; theorist/reformer Rochefoucauld, the duc de Liancourt; Louis-Marie Vicomte de Noailles; Moreau de Saint-Mery; and Constantin-Francois Chasseboeuf, Comte Volney -- as they left their homes and families in France, crossed the Atlantic, and landed in Philadelphia -- then America's capital, its principal port, and by far its most cosmopolitan city and the home of the wealthiest merchants and financiers. The book vividly reconstructs their American adventures, following along as they integrated themselves into the city and its elite social networks, began speculating on backcountry lands, and eventually became enmeshed in Franco-American diplomacy. Through their stories, we see some of the most famous events of early American history in a new light, from the diplomatic struggles of the 1790s to the Haitian Revolution to the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. By the end of this period, the United States was on its way to becoming a major global power. Through this small circle of men, we find new ways to understand the connections between U.S. and world history, and gain fresh insight into American history's most critical era. Beautifully written and brilliantly argued, When the United States Spoke French offers a fresh perspective on the tumultuous years of the young nation, when the first great republican experiments were put to the test"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Byzantine matters
      Byzantine matters
      Averil Cameron.
      "For many of us, Byzantium remains "byzantine"--obscure, marginal, difficult. Despite the efforts of some recent historians, prejudices still deform popular and scholarly understanding of the Byzantine civilization, often reducing it to a poor relation of Rome and the rest of the classical world. In this book, renowned historian Averil Cameron presents an original and personal view of the challenges and questions facing historians of Byzantium today.The book explores five major themes, all subjects of controversy. "Absence" asks why Byzantium is routinely passed over, ignored, or relegated to a sphere of its own. "Empire" reinserts Byzantium into modern debates about empire, and discusses the nature of its system and its remarkable longevity. "Hellenism" confronts the question of the "Greekness" of Byzantium, and of the place of Byzantium in modern Greek consciousness. "The Realms of Gold" asks what lessons can be drawn from Byzantine visual art, and "The Very Model of Orthodoxy" challenges existing views of Byzantine Christianity.Throughout, the book addresses misconceptions about Byzantium, suggests why it is so important to integrate the civilization into wider histories, and lays out why Byzantium should be central to ongoing debates about the relationships between West and East, Christianity and Islam, Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, and the ancient and medieval periods. The result is a forthright and compelling call to reconsider the place of Byzantium in Western history and imagination"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • The rise of imperial Rome, AD 14-193
    • Toronto
      Toronto
      photography, George Fischer

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    • ICE STORM, ONTARIO 2013: THE BEAUTY, THE DEVASTATION, THE AFTERMATH
    • Maya art and architecture
      Maya art and architecture
      Mary Ellen Miller, Megan E. O'Neil.
      Mary Miller and Megan ONeil take the reader through the visual world of the Maya, explaining how and why the Maya created paintings, sculpture and monuments. With an array of new material, from recent finds including the La Corona panels, to new studies of the monuments at Palenque, Zotz and elsewhere, to the beautiful wall paintings discovered in recent years, this new edition will be essential reading.
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    • At the point of a cutlass : the pirate capture, bold escape, & lonely exile of Philip Ashton
      At the point of a cutlass : the pirate capture, bold escape, & lonely exile of Philip Ashton
      Gregory N. Flemming.
      Taken in a surprise attack near Nova Scotia in June 1722, Ashton was forced to sail across the Atlantic and back with a crew under the command of Edward Low, a man so vicious he tortured victims by slicing off an ear or nose and roasting them over a fire. "A greater monster," one colonial official wrote, "never infested the seas." Ashton barely survived the nine months he sailed with Low's crew -- he was nearly shot in the head at gunpoint, came close to drowning when a ship sank near the coast of Brazil, and was almost hanged for secretly plotting a revolt against the pirates. Like many forced men, Ashton thought constantly about escaping. In March of 1723, he saw his chance when Low's crew anchored at the secluded island of Roatan, at the western edge of the Caribbean. Ashton fled into the thick, overgrown woods and, for more than a year, had to claw out a living on the remote strip of land, completely alone and with practically nothing to sustain him. The opportunity to escape came so unexpectedly that Ashton ran off without a gun, a knife, or even a pair of shoes on his feet. Yet the resilient young castaway -- who has been called America's real-life Robinson Crusoe -- was able to find food, build a crude shelter, and even survive a debilitating fever brought on by the cool winter rains before he was rescued by a band of men sailing near the island.
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    • Brazil : a way of life.