Vintage British Shotguns: A Shooting Sportsman Guide

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The British Army in Italy, 1917-18 by John Wilks, Eileen Wilks

The British Army in Italy, 1917-18 by John Wilks, Eileen Wilks
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Overview: After the Italian defeat at Caporetto, a Bri tish Expeditionary Force under General Plumer was despatched from France. This account describes the campaign which ended after the victory at Vittorio Veneto over the Austrians
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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British Campaigns in the South Atlantic by John D. Grainger

British Campaigns in the South Atlantic, 1805-1807 by John D. Grainger
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Overview: Between 1805 and 1807 the British mounted several expeditions into the South Atlantic aimed at weakening Napoleon’s Spanish and Dutch allies. The targets were the Dutch colony on South Africa’s Cape of Good Hope, which potentially threatened British shipping routes to India, and the Spanish colonies in the Rio de la Plata basin (now parts of Argentina and Uruguay). 

In 1805 an army of around 6,000 men was dispatched for the Cape under the highly-respected General David Baird. They were escorted and assisted by a naval squadron under Home Riggs Popham. The Cape surrendered in January 1806. 
Popham then persuaded Baird to lend him troops for an attack on Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires was taken in July but the paltry British force (around 2,400 men) was then besieged and forced to surrender in August. Popham was later court martialled for exceeding his orders.

In Feb 1807 Montevideo was taken by a new (officially sanctioned) British force of 6,000 men. Whitelocke, the British Commander then attempted to retake Buenos Aires (not least to free British prisoners from the first attempt) but was defeated by unexpectedly fierce resistance stiffened by armed creoles and slaves. After heavy losses he signed an armistice, surrendering Montevideo and withdrawing all his forces. He too was court-martialled. 

One of the major themes of this new account is the strong Scottish connection – Baird and Popham were both Scots, and the 71st Highlanders made up the main force in the Cape and Popham’s adventure. Another is the unlooked for consequences of these actions. The arrival of Scottish Calvinist ministers in the Cape influenced the eventual development of apartheid, while successful resistance to the British, with little help from Spain, shaped and accelerated the independence movement in South America.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The British Blues Network by Andrew Kellett

The British Blues Network: Adoption, Emulation, and Creativity by Andrew Kellett
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Overview: Beginning in the late 1950s, an influential cadre of young, white, mostly middle-class British men were consuming and appropriating African-American blues music, using blues tropes in their own music and creating a network of admirers and emulators that spanned the Atlantic. This cross-fertilization helped create a commercially successful rock idiom that gave rise to some of the most famous British groups of the era, including The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, Eric Clapton, and Led Zeppelin. What empowered these white, middle-class British men to identify with and claim aspects of the musical idiom of African-American blues musicians? The British Blues Network examines the role of British narratives of masculinity and power in the postwar era of decolonization and national decline that contributed to the creation of this network, and how its members used the tropes, vocabulary, and mythology of African-American blues traditions to forge their own musical identities.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

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Sexuality and Its Impact on History: The British Stripped Bare


Sexuality and Its Impact on History: The British Stripped Bare
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British Flying Boats by Peter London

British Flying Boats by Peter London
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Overview: The flying boat is a unique form of aircraft, with the ability to operate from sea or river and, in amphibian form, from land too. Over a hundred types of British flying boat and amphibian were built during a forty year period from the days of the pioneer airmen to the advent of the jet engine. Early attempts at flying from water were sometimes fraught, but during the First World War the practical military flying boat was steadily developed, serving with the Royal Naval Air Service as an important component in the campaigns waged against the naval forces of Imperial Germany – particularly her U-Boats. The inter-war period witnessed the growth in prominence of civil flying boats as commercial air routes became established worldwide, notably by Britain’s Imperial Airways. Light civilian flying boats were produced for use by private owners and modest operators, while the military flying boats of the RAF were many and varied. Throughout the Second World War the flying boat defended Britain’s sea routes around the globe with great success, and British examples were also employed by many of the Allied nations. Yet after the war, the type faded from widespread use and, despite resistance from enthusiasts, by the mid-1950s they had all but disappeared. The British flying boat today evokes and great nostalgia and the few remaining examples are carefully preserved for future generations to share.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Slavery And British Society 1776-1846 by James Walvin

Slavery And British Society 1776-1846 by James Walvin
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Overview: The direct British involvement with black chattel slavery, the institution which had proved instrumental in the development of the Caribbean islands and other parts of the Americas, was brought to a relatively swift end in the years 1776-1838.
The main produce of the region – sugar – lost its former primacy when the system of economic protection was terminated in the years 1846-52 under pressure from a changing economic philosophy. Thus ended not only the labour system which had come to characterise plantation life in the Caribbean but also the economic rationale for the plantation system itself. The essays which follow address themselves to some of the major themes in the history of the tortuous and sometimes tortured relations between the British imperial metropolis and the Caribbean slave islands in these years of major change.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Opera In The British Isles, 1875-1918 (music …

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The British Empire and the Armenian Genocide by Michelle Tusan

The British Empire and the Armenian Genocide: Humanitarianism and Imperial Politics from Gladstone to Churchill by Michelle Tusan
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Overview: An estimated one million Armenians were killed in the dying days of the Ottoman Empire in 1915. Against the backdrop of World War I, reports of massacre, atrocity, genocide and exile sparked the largest global humanitarian response up to that date. Britain and its empire – the most powerful internationalist institutional force at the time – played a key role in determining the global response to these events. This book considers the first attempt to intervene on behalf of the victims of the massacres and to prosecute those responsible for ‘crimes against humanity’ using newly uncovered archival material. It looks at those who attempted to stop the violence and to prosecute the Ottoman perpetrators of the atrocities. In the process it explores why the Armenian question emerged as one of the most popular humanitarian causes in British society, capturing the imagination of philanthropists, politicians and the press. For liberals, it was seen as the embodiment of the humanitarian ideals espoused by their former leader (and four-time Prime Minister), W.E. Gladstone. For conservatives, as articulated most clearly by Winston Churchill, it proved a test case for British imperial power. In looking at the British response to the events in Anatolia, Michelle Tusan provides a new perspective on the genocide and sheds light on one of the first ever international humanitarian campaigns.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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British Foreign Policy, 1945-56 by Michael Dockrill+

British Foreign Policy, 1945-56 by Michael Dockrill, John W. Young
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Overview: A collection of essays by international historians which explore British diplomatic policy in the decade following the end of World War II. Topics include propaganda, atomic policy, Imperial problems, European unity and Britain’s response to political crises in the Middle East and Far East.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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British Foreign Policy, 1945-56 by Michael Dockrill+

British Foreign Policy, 1945-56 by Michael Dockrill, John W. Young
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Overview: A collection of essays by international historians which explore British diplomatic policy in the decade following the end of World War II. Topics include propaganda, atomic policy, Imperial problems, European unity and Britain’s response to political crises in the Middle East and Far East.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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British Establishment Perspectives on France by Michael Dockrill

British Establishment Perspectives on France, 1936-40 by Michael Dockrill
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Overview: This book analyses British official reactions to the apparent decline of France, politically, socially and economically, in the three years before the outbreak of war in Europe. The book is based on public and private archival sources and on the memoirs and biographies of leading British figures and describes the British Government’s efforts to cope with the desperate strategic situation created by its own military weakness and the malaise of the Third Republic, its own potential great power ally in a war with the Axis powers.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The British Are Coming by Rick Atkinson (.M4B)

The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 by Rick Atkinson
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Overview: From the best-selling author of the Liberation Trilogy comes the extraordinary first volume of his new trilogy about the American Revolution.

Rick Atkinson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning An Army at Dawn and two other superb books about World War II, has long been admired for his deeply researched, stunningly vivid narrative histories. Now, he turns his attention to a new war, and in the initial volume of the Revolution Trilogy, he recounts the first 21 months of America’s violent war for independence. From the battles at Lexington and Concord in spring 1775 to those at Trenton and Princeton in winter 1777, American militiamen and then the ragged Continental Army take on the world’s most formidable fighting force.

It is a gripping saga alive with astonishing characters: Henry Knox, the former bookseller with an uncanny understanding of artillery; Nathanael Greene, the blue-eyed bumpkin who becomes a brilliant battle captain; Benjamin Franklin, the self-made man who proves to be the wiliest of diplomats; George Washington, the commander in chief who learns the difficult art of leadership when the war seems all but lost. The story is also told from the British perspective, making the mortal conflict between the redcoats and the rebels all the more compelling.

Full of riveting details and untold stories, The British Are Coming is a tale of heroes and knaves, of sacrifice and blunder, of redemption and profound suffering. Rick Atkinson has given stirring new life to the first act of our country’s creation drama.
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A Companion to British and Irish Cinema by John Hill

A Companion to British and Irish Cinema by John Hill
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Overview: A stimulating overview of the intellectual arguments and critical debates involved in the study of British and Irish cinemas
British and Irish film studies have expanded in scope and depth in recent years, prompting a growing number of critical debates on how these cinemas are analysed, contextualized, and understood. A Companion to British and Irish Cinema addresses arguments surrounding film historiography, methods of textual analysis, critical judgments, and the social and economic contexts that are central to the study of these cinemas. Twenty-nine essays from many of the most prominent writers in the field examine how British and Irish cinema have been discussed, the concepts and methods used to interpret and understand British and Irish films, and the defining issues and debates at the heart of British and Irish cinema studies.
Offering a broad scope of commentary, the Companion explores historical, cultural and aesthetic questions that encompass over a century of British and Irish film studies-from the early years of the silent era to the present-day. Divided into five sections, the Companion discusses the social and cultural forces shaping British and Irish cinema during different periods, the contexts in which films are produced, distributed and exhibited, the genres and styles that have been adopted by British and Irish films, issues of representation and identity, and debates on concepts of national cinema at a time when ideas of what constitutes both ‘British’ and ‘Irish’ cinema are under question.
A Companion to British and Irish Cinema is a valuable and timely resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students of film, media, and cultural studies, and for those seeking contemporary commentary on the cinemas of Britain and Ireland.
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