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France: A History: from Gaul to de Gaulle

Historisches Sachbuch von John Julius Norwich

From frowning Roman generals and belligerent Gallic chieftains, to Charlemagne (hated by generations of French children taught that he invented schools) through Marie Antoinette and the storming of the Bastille to Vichy, the Resistance and beyond, FRANCE is packed with heroes and villains, adventures and battles, romance and revolution. Full of memorable stories and racy anecdotes, this is the perfect introduction to the country that has inspired the rest of the world to live, dress, eat — and love better.

John Julius Norwich (1929 – 2018) war ein populärer britischer Historiker. „Norwich romps through French history with lots of good stories: philandering kings, dread plagues and legendary dinners.“ (The Times) (35 Rezensionen / 4,5 Sterne), 400 Seiten noch günstig?

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Crete: The Battle and the Resistance

Historisches Sachbuch von Antony Beevor

The Germans expected their airborne attack on Crete in 1941 – a unique event in the history of warfare – to be a textbook victory based on tactical surprise. They had no idea that the British, using Ultra intercepts, knew their plans and had laid a carefully-planned trap. It should have been the first German defeat of the war, but a fatal misunderstanding turned the battle round. Nor did the conflict end there. Ferocious Cretan freedom fighters mounted a heroic resistance, aided by a dramatic cast of British officers from Special Operations Executive.

Sir Antony James Beevor (* 14. Dezember 1946) ist ein britischer Historiker, der unter anderem verschiedene Werke über den Zweiten Weltkrieg verfasst hat, sowohl über die Schlacht von Stalingrad, die Luftlandeschlacht um Kreta, die Landung in der Normandie und die Schlacht um Berlin, als auch ein Werk zum Spanischen Bürgerkrieg. „Beevor’s account is excellent: fresh, lively and peppered with anecdotes.“ (Mail on Sunday) (110 Rezensionen / 4,5 Sterne), 432 Seiten noch günstig?

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The Private Lives of the Tudors

Historisches Sachbuch von Tracy Borman

The Tudor monarchs were constantly surrounded by an army of attendants, courtiers and ministers. Even in their most private moments, they were accompanied by a servant specifically appointed for the task. A groom of the stool would stand patiently by as Henry VIII performed his daily purges, and when Elizabeth I retired for the evening, one of her female servants would sleep at the end of her bed.

Tracy Borman ist eine britische Historikerin, die faszinierende Bücher über die englische Geschichte verfasst. “Tracy Borman s eye for detail is impressive; the book is packed with fascinating courtly minutiae … [Borman is] a very good historian and this is a wonderful book.” (Times) (138 Rezensionen / 4,6 Sterne), 464 Seiten noch günstig?`

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The Korean War

Historisches Sachbuch von Bruce Cumings

For Americans, it was a discrete conflict lasting from 1950 to 1953. But for the Asian world the Korean War was a generations-long struggle that still haunts contemporary events. With access to new evidence and secret materials from both here and abroad, including an archive of captured North Korean documents, Bruce Cumings reveals the war as it was actually fought. He describes its origin as a civil war, preordained long before the first shots were fired in June 1950 by lingering fury over Japan’s occupation of Korea from 1910 to 1945.

Bruce Cumings ist ein amerikanischer Ostasien-Historiker, Professor, Dozent und Autor. “A powerful revisionist history … a sobering corrective.” (The New York Times) (118 Rezensionen / 3,6 Sterne), 320 Seiten noch günstig?

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James I: Scotland’s King of England

Biografie von John Matusiak

Few kings have been more savagely caricatured or grossly misunderstood than England’s first Stuart. Yet, as this new biography demonstrates, the modern tendency to downplay his defects and minimise the long-term consequences of his reign has gone too far. In spite of genuine idealism and flashes of considerable resourcefulness, James I remains a perplexing figure – a uniquely curious ruler, shot through with glaring inconsistencies.

John Matusiak war lange Zeit Geschichtslehrer in England und ist der Autor vieler historischer Bücher. “Probably the most enjoyable history book I have ever read. It not only captures the political events of the time but creates a vivid picture of the personalties of James 1st and often vicious behaviour of other royals and the many advisors to the throne.” (Leser) (12 Rezensionen / 4,0 Sterne), 361 Seiten noch günstig?

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Black and British

Historisches Sachbuch von David Olusoga

Drawing on new genealogical research, original records, and expert testimony, Black and British reaches back to Roman Britain, the medieval imagination, Elizabethan ‘blackamoors’ and the global slave-trading empire. It shows that the great industrial boom of the nineteenth century was built on American slavery, and that black Britons fought at Trafalgar and in the trenches of both World Wars. Black British history is woven into the cultural and economic histories of the nation. It is not a singular history, but one that belongs to us all.

David Adetayo Olusoga OBE ist ein britischer Volkshistoriker, Schriftsteller, Rundfunksprecher, Moderator und Filmemacher. Er ist Professor für öffentliche Geschichte an der University of Manchester. “Comprehensive and important … Written with a wonderful clarity of style and with great force and passion” (Sunday Times) (131 Rezensionen / 4,7 Sterne), 624 Seiten noch günstig?

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