Britain’s Maritime Empire 1763-1820 by John McAleer

Britain’s Maritime Empire: Southern Africa, the South Atlantic and the Indian Ocean, 1763-1820 by John McAleer
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Overview: A fascinating new study in which John McAleer explores the maritime gateway to Asia around the Cape of Good Hope and its critical role in the establishment, consolidation and maintenance of the British Empire in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Situated at the centre of a maritime chain that connected seas and continents, this gateway bridged the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, which, with its commercial links and strategic requirements, formed a global web that reflected the development of the British Empire in the period. The book examines how contemporaries perceived, understood and represented this area; the ways in which it worked as an alternative hub of empire, enabling the movement of people, goods, and ideas, as well as facilitating information and intelligence exchanges; and the networks of administration, security and control that helped to cement British imperial power.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Social Welfare in Britain 1885-1985 by Rex Pope

Social Welfare in Britain 1885-1985 by Rex Pope, Alan Prat, Bernard Hoyle
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Overview: This collection of documents follows the same format as Pope and Hoyle’s British Economic Performance (1984), to provide a survey of the main developments in social welfare. Students of economic and social history and of social policy and administration are being required to do more and more work with original documents, and this collection is tailored to meet their needs.

The primary sources are presented in two sections, covering the periods 1885-c. 1940 and c. 1940 to 1985. During the former, ideas on, and the scope of, welfare provision, broadened greatly. There was a sense of progress. Developments though were piecemeal. There was no conception of a ‘Welfare State’. The second period begins with the changes associated with the assumption that Britain was establishing a Welfare State. But the hopes of 1940 have not been fulfilled, and there has been growing speculation about the value of such an organisation of society.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Britain’s Korean War by Thomas Hennessey

Britain’s Korean War: Cold War diplomacy, strategy and security 1950-53 by Thomas Hennessey
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Overview: Available in eBook for the first time, this book assesses the strains within the ‘Special Relationship’ between London and Washington and offers a new perspective on the limits and successes of British influence during the Korean War. The interaction between the main personalities on the British side – Attlee, Bevan, Morrison, Churchill and Eden – and their American counterparts – Truman, Acheson, Eisenhower and Dulles – are chronicled. By the end of the war the British were concerned that it was the Americans, rather than the Soviets, who were the greater threat to world peace. British fears concerning the Korean War were not limited to the diplomatic and military fronts these extended to the ‘Manchurian Candidate’ threat posed by returning prisoners of war who had been exposed to communist indoctrination. The book is essential reading for those interested in British and US foreign policy and military strategy during the Cold War.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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BBC: Brainwashing Britain? by David Sedgwick +

BBC: Brainwashing Britain?: How and why the BBC controls your mind by David Sedgwick
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Overview: The people of Britain are under attack. We are being brainwashed. We are being brainwashed completely, ceaselessly and cynically… So just who is doing the brainwashing? How are they doing it and for what purposes? David Sedgwick’s latest book takes the reader on a disturbing journey deep into the realms of mistruth and deception to reveal, for the very first time, the many tricks and subterfuges used by the British Broadcasting Corporation. Every time we engage with BBC content, the author argues, we are exposing ourselves to a very dark art: the art of brainwashing. Wilful, deceitful and incessant, Orwellian parallels define the modern corporation and should chill the soul of all who cherish freedom and liberty. Mind control is here. This is not fiction. BBC: Brainwashing Britain? is a shocking expose of mass propaganda, its components, and aims. You may never look at Auntie in the same way ever again.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational

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Trucks and Special Vehicles Great Britain by John B. Carpenter

Trucks and Special Vehicles of Great Britain in the World War II by John B. Carpenter
Requirements: .MOBI reader, 3.3 MB
Overview: When they say that the Second World War was a war of motors, they remember, first of all, tanks and airplanes. However, the largest number of engines in the armies of the battling states drove cars, among which, in turn, the bulk of the trucks were.
In the interwar period, the armies of most states were content with the usual "civilian" trucks, at best slightly modified for military needs.
From the very beginning, it was obvious that during the war trucks would not move only along good roads. The fighting armies needed reliable, high-quality and unpretentious machines with the greatest possible cross-country capability.
However, the scale of the war and the ever-growing need for trucks created another demand, which often contradicted the previous ones – a wartime machine in a warring country was supposed to be also cheap. This problem was solved by the designers, simplifying the pre-war models as much as possible and "throwing" everything out of the cars without which something can be done, including one or even both headlights and windshield wipers.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The Story of Britain by Roy Strong

The Story of Britain: A History of the Great Ages: From the Romans to the Present by Roy Strong
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Overview: An authoritative and sweeping history of Britain from the Romans to the present day-in a newly revised edition for the next generation of readers.

The Story of Britain is an accessible one-volume history that clearly depict Britain’s origins-and explain how the past shaped the nation’s current identity. He begins the story of Britain from the very earliest recorded Celtic times, and with this new edition has now brought it up to date via the Blair years and into the present day of Brexit Britain.

A magnificently eloquent volume, the narrative chronicles two thousand years of Britain’s history, the triumph of its people, the glory of its culture, and its dramatic influence on other nations of the world, especially the United States. It is a remarkable achievement and, with his passion, enthusiasm and wide-ranging knowledge, Strong is the ideal narrator. The book is ideally suited for everyone who cares about Britain’s past.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Boudicca’s Heirs: Women in Early Britain by Dorothy Watts +

Boudicca’s Heirs: Women in Early Britain by Dorothy Watts
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Overview: Affording a clearer depiction of women in the Late Iron Age and Roman Britain than currently exists, Dorothy Watts examines archaeological, inscriptional and literary evidence to present a unique assessment of women and their place during the Romanization of Britain. Analyzing information from over 4,000 burials in terms of age, health and nutrition, Watt draws comparison with evidence on men’s lives and burials. Effectively integrating her archaeological findings with the political and social history of the late Iron Age and Roman period, she expertly places women in their real context. This fascinating study of women’s status, daily life, religion and death is an invaluable insight into the lives and loves of women in Roman Britain, and students of history, women’s studies, classical studies and archaeology will find this book an indispensable aid to their studies.
Genre: Non Fiction > History

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