Download Dangerous Frontiers by Bryan Ray (.ePUB)

Dangerous Frontiers: Campaigning in Somaliland and Oman by Colonel Bryan Ray
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Overview: Since the Second World War British soldiers have been continuously involved in small wars many of which, largely for political reasons, have received little or no publicity. Dangerous Frontiers is a gripping personal memoir of soldiering in two hot and hostile areas of the world. In Part 1 the author describes his life as a young officer in the Somaliland Scouts in the (then) British Protectorate of Somaliland. At that time tribal quarrels, generally over water, were taking place in the Ogaden, that troubled strip of country between the Protectorate and Ethiopia. It was the Scouts’ difficult task to keep the warring clansmen apart. His account gives a rare and vivid account of a nineteen-year-old in command of Somali troops in a fascinating and unpredictable country.The second and longer part of the book deals with the Author’s second period of service with Muslims a quarter of a century later. This time it is in Dhofar, the Southern Province of Oman, where he was commanding the Northern Frontier Regiment of the Sultan’s Armed Forces in a limited but fierce war against Communist insurgents. He describes, with great modesty, how the tide was turned against a brave and ruthless enemy fighting on their home ground among the savage wadis and cliffs of the jebel.Dangerous Frontiers will appeal to a wide audience, including those interested in military history and in these two little known areas – the Horn of Africa and Southern Oman. The affection and respect that existed mutally between the handful of British officers and their Muslim soldiers stands out in both campaigns. This fascinating memoir is written with humour and a clear understanding of other cultures and throws new light on little known conflicts that took place before the advent of 24 hour news coverage.
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Download Pacific Exploration by Glyn Williams (.ePUB)

Pacific Exploration: Voyages of Discovery from Captain Cook’s Endeavour to the Beagle by Glyn Williams, Nigel Rigby, Pieter van der Merwe
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Overview: Captain Cook is generally acknowledged as the first great European scientific explorer. Despite his ordinary roots, he rose through the ranks to become a remarkable officer. On May 27, 1768, Cook, then just a Royal Naval lieutenant, took command of HM bark Endeavour. Its voyage of exploration to the Pacific would last almost three years, record thousands of miles of uncharted lands and seas–including New Zealand, the east coast of Australia and many Pacific islands–and test all Cook’s skills as a navigator, seaman and leader. Cook’s three voyages were among the first to take civilian scientists, notably Sir Joseph Banks, and they would reveal to European eyes the lands, peoples, flora and fauna of the Pacific as never before, heralding a period of great change for the region. His voyages would also set new standards for scientific enquiry and exploration.

But while the figure of Cook understandably dominates the story of 18th-century Pacific exploration, his fame has often shadowed those who followed him on many voyages of science and exploration into the Pacific, depriving these explorers of the greater attention they deserve. Correcting this imbalance, Pacific Encounters reveals the European voyages that continued Cook’s work not only of charting but also starting to exploit and control the Pacific. These voyages, by William Bligh, George Vancouver, Matthew Flinders, Malaspina, Lapérouse and Arthur Phillip, span a period that saw Britain becoming the world’s leading maritime power, a situation well in place by the time that Charles Darwin’s voyage in Fitzroy’s Beagle laid the basis of even greater understanding of the development of life on earth.
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Download American Trip by Ido Hartogsohn (.ePUB)

American Trip: Set, Setting, and the Psychedelic Experience in the Twentieth Century (The MIT Press) by Ido Hartogsohn
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Overview: How historical, social, and cultural forces shaped the psychedelic experience in midcentury America, from CIA experiments with LSD to Timothy Leary’s Harvard Psilocybin Project.

Are psychedelics invaluable therapeutic medicines, or dangerously unpredictable drugs that precipitate psychosis? Tools for spiritual communion or cognitive enhancers that spark innovation? Activators for one’s private muse or part of a political movement? In the 1950s and 1960s, researchers studied psychedelics in all these incarnations, often arriving at contradictory results. In American Trip, Ido Hartogsohn examines how the psychedelic experience in midcentury America was shaped by historical, social, and cultural forces—by set (the mindset of the user) and setting (the environments in which the experience takes place).
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Download Carville’s Cure by Pam Fessler (.ePUB)

Carville’s Cure: Leprosy, Stigma, and the Fight for Justice by Pam Fessler
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Overview: The unknown story of the only leprosy colony in the continental United States, and the thousands of Americans who were exiled―hidden away with their “shameful” disease.

The Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans curls around an old sugar plantation that long housed one of America’s most painful secrets. Locals knew it as Carville, the site of the only leprosy colony in the continental United States, where generations of afflicted Americans were isolated―often against their will and until their deaths.

Following the trail of an unexpected family connection, acclaimed journalist Pam Fessler has unearthed the lost world of the patients, nurses, doctors, and researchers at Carville who struggled for over a century to eradicate Hansen’s disease, the modern name for leprosy. Amid widespread public anxiety about foreign contamination and contagion, patients were deprived of basic rights―denied the right to vote, restricted from leaving Carville, and often forbidden from contact with their own parents or children. Neighbors fretted over their presence and newspapers warned of their dangerous condition, which was seen as a biblical “curse” rather than a medical diagnosis.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History , Medicine

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Download Stranger in the Shogun’s City by Amy Stanley (.ePUB)

Stranger in the Shogun’s City: A Japanese Woman and Her World by Amy Stanley
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Overview: A vivid, deeply researched work of history that explores the life of an unconventional woman during the first half of the 19th century in Edo—the city that would become Tokyo—and a portrait of a great city on the brink of a momentous encounter with the West.

The daughter of a Buddhist priest, Tsuneno was born in a rural Japanese village and was expected to live a traditional life much like her mother’s. But after three divorces—and a temperament much too strong-willed for her family’s approval—she ran away to make a life for herself in one of the largest cities in the world: Edo, a bustling metropolis at its peak.

With Tsuneno as our guide, we experience the drama and excitement of Edo just prior to the arrival of American Commodore Perry’s fleet, which transformed Japan. During this pivotal moment in Japanese history, Tsuneno bounces from tenement to tenement, marries a masterless samurai, and eventually enters the service of a famous city magistrate. Tsuneno’s life provides a window into 19th-century Japanese culture—and a rare view of an extraordinary woman who sacrificed her family and her reputation to make a new life for herself, in defiance of social conventions.

Immersive and fascinating, Stranger in the Shogun’s City is a revelatory work of history, layered with rich detail and delivered with beautiful prose, about the life of a woman, a city, and a culture.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Download They Didn’t See Us Coming by Lisa Levenstein (.ePUB)

They Didn’t See Us Coming: The Hidden History of Feminism in the Ninetie by Lisa Levenstein
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 6 MB
Overview: From an award-winning scholar, a vibrant portrait of a pivotal moment in the history of the feminist movement

From the declaration of the “Year of the Woman” to the televising of Anita Hill’s testimony, from Bitch magazine to SisterSong’s demands for reproductive justice: the 90s saw the birth of some of the most lasting aspects of contemporary feminism. Historian Lisa Levenstein tracks this time of intense and international coalition building, one that centered on the growing influence of lesbians, women of color, and activists from the global South. Their work laid the foundation for the feminist energy seen in today’s movements, including the 2017 Women’s March and #MeToo campaigns.

A revisionist history of the origins of contemporary feminism, They Didn’t See Us Coming shows how women on the margins built a movement at the dawn of the Digital Age.
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Download A Short History of Russia by Mark Galeotti (.ePUB)

A Short History of Russia by Mark Galeotti
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Overview: A Library Journal 2020 Title to Watch

Russia’s epic and dramatic history told in an accessible, lively and short form, from Ivan the Terrible to Vladimir Putin via Catherine the Great, the Russian Revolution and the fall of the USSR.

Russia is a country with no natural borders, no single ethnic group, no true central identity. At the crossroads of Europe and Asia, it has been subject to invasion by outsiders, from Vikings to Mongols, from Napoleon’s French to Hitler’s Germans. In order to forge an identity, it has mythologized its past to unite its people and to signal strength to outsiders.

In A Short History of Russia, Mark Galeotti explores the history of this fascinating, glorious, desperate and exasperating country through two intertwined issues: the way successive influences from beyond its borders have shaped Russia, and the way Russians came to terms with this influence, writing and rewriting their past to understand their present and try to influence their future. In turn, this self-invented history has come to affect not just their constant nation-building project but also their relations with the world.
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Download Legacies of Left Turn in Latin America by Manuel Balán (Balan) (.PDF)

Legacies of the Left Turn in Latin America: The Promise of Inclusive Citizenship by Manuel Balán (Balan)
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Overview: Legacies of the Left Turn in Latin America: The Promise of Inclusive Citizenship contains original essays by a diverse group of leading and emerging scholars from North America, Europe, and Latin America. The book speaks to wide-ranging debates on democracy, the left, and citizenship in Latin America. What were the effects of a decade and a half of left and center-left governments? The central purpose of this book is to evaluate both the positive and negative effects of the Left turn on state-society relations and inclusion.

Promises of social inclusion and the expansion of citizenship rights were paramount to the center-left discourses upon the factions’ arrival to power in the late 1990s and early 2000s. This book is a first step in understanding to what extent these initial promises were or were not fulfilled, and why. In analyzing these issues, the authors demonstrate that these years yield both signs of progress in some areas and the deepening of historical problems in others. The contributors to this book reveal variation among and within countries, and across policy and issue areas such as democratic institution reforms, human rights, minorities’ rights, environmental questions, and violence. This focus on issues rather than countries distinguishes the book from other recent volumes on the left in Latin America, and the book will speak to a broad and multi-dimensional audience, both inside and outside the academic world.
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Download History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions by Andrew Thompson (.PDF)

The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions, Volume II: The Long Eighteenth Century c. 1689-c. 1828 by Andrew Thompson
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Overview: The five-volume Oxford History of Dissenting Protestant Traditions series is governed by a motif of migration (‘out-of-England’). It first traces organized church traditions that arose in England as Dissenters distanced themselves from a state church defined by diocesan episcopacy, the Book of Common Prayer, the Thirty-Nine Articles, and royal supremacy, but then follows those traditions as they spread beyond England -and also traces newer traditions that
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Download The History of the Royal Air Force by John D. R. Rawlings (.PDF)

The History of the Royal Air Force by John D. R. Rawlings
Requirements: .PDF reader, 243 MB
Overview: A full narrative and pictorial account of Britain’s RAF details the service’s dramatic past and the numerous aircraft that RAF pilots have flown and covers the Falklands actions and new equipment
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