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Sakwa Richard: Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands

Скачать книгу (размер 1 115 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 220) Аннотация: The unfolding crisis in Ukraine has brought the world to the brink of a new Cold War. As Russia and Ukraine tussle for Crimea and the eastern regions, relations between Putin and the West have reached an all-time low. How did we get here? Richard Sakwa here unpicks the context of conflicted Ukrainian identity and of Russo-Ukrainian relations and traces the path to the recent disturbances through…

Steinfeld Jemimah: Little Emperors and Material Girls: Sex and Youth in Modern China

Скачать книгу (размер 1 299 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 256) Аннотация: China is the world's fastest-growing economic powerhouse. Everybody knows this. But behind the headlines a once-in-a-generation sexual and cultural revolution is taking place — all in the bars, cafes and streets of China's growing mega-cities. Welcome to this new China. Writer and journalist Jemimah Steinfeld meets the young people behind the world's fastest-moving nation to unveil their…

Werth Alexander: Leningrad, 1943: Inside a City Under Siege

Скачать книгу (размер 1 054 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 208) Аннотация: The 900-day German Siege of Leningrad is the most powerful testimony to the immeasurable cruelty and horror of World War II. As the sole British correspondent to have been in the city during the blockade, Alexander Werth presents a harrowing firsthand account of the savagery and destruction wrought by the Nazis against the civilian population of the city. His writing evokes compelling images of…

Redford Duncan: A History of the Royal Navy: World War II

Скачать книгу (размер 1 299 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 256) Аннотация: The Royal Navy's operations in World War II started on 3 September 1939 and continued until the surrender of Japan in August 1945 — there was no 'phoney war' at sea. The navy played a central role in the evacuation of the retreating British army at Dunkirk, and later orchestrated the sinking of Germany's mighty battleship and Hitler's pride, the Bismarck. Without the Royal Navy's attention to the…

Robson Martin: A History of the Royal Navy: Napoleonic Wars

Скачать книгу (размер 1 299 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 256) Аннотация: The Napoleonic Wars were the first truly global conflict. The Royal Navy was a key player in the wars and, at the cessation of hostilities, Britain emerged as the only naval power capable of sustained global hegemony. Many of the most iconic battles of this era were fought at sea — from the Battle of the Nile in 1798 to Nelson's momentous victory at Trafalgar in October 1805. This book looks at…

Redford Duncan: The Royal Navy: A History Since 1900

Скачать книгу (размер 1 789 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 352) Аннотация: Since 1900, the Royal Navy has seen vast operational changes. This book tells the story, not just of victory and defeat, but also of how the Navy has adjusted to a century of rapid technological and social change. The extensive reforms made by Admiral Fisher at the dawn of the twentieth century saw the navy's nineteenth-century wooden fleet replaced with the latest modern technology — battleships…

Fotiade: A Bout de Souffle

Скачать книгу (размер 718 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 142) Аннотация: One of the most charismatic feature films of the New Wave, A Bout de souffle (1960) has retained its appeal not only as the emphatic statement of a generational break with tradition, but also as Godard's earliest rendition of a set of thematic and stylistic motifs that would become his trademark. A Bout de souffle is now a cult film, propelled in part by the memorable coupling of its leading…

Englund Peter: The Battle That Shook Europe: Poltava and the Birth of the Russian Empire

Скачать книгу (размер 1 544 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 304) Аннотация: 'This victory', exulted Peter the Great, 'has laid the final stone in the foundations of St Petersburg!' The Battle of Poltava, 1709, marks the birth of the Tsar's vast Russian Empire. In 1700, seeking to open Russian trade routes to the West, the Tsar combined with Denmark, Saxony and Poland to attack Swedish hegemony in the North. Against the odds, King Charles XII of Sweden subdued the hostile…

Storer Colin: The Weimar Republic

Скачать книгу (размер 1 299 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 256) Аннотация: It is impossible to understand the history of modern Europe without some knowledge of the Weimar Republic. The brief fourteen-year period of democracy between the Treaty of Versailles and the advent of the Third Reich was marked by unstable government, economic crisis and hyperinflation and the rise of extremist political movements. At the same time, however, a vibrant cultural scene flourished,…

Evans G.R.: The University of Oxford: A New History

Скачать книгу (размер 1 952 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 384) Аннотация: The University of Oxford was a medieval wonder. After its foundation in the late 12th century it designed one of Europe's most admired syllabuses for the study of the liberal arts (the trivium and the quadrivium) and theology, and attracted teachers of international calibre and fame. The ideas of brilliant thinkers like Robert Grosseteste (who in the early 13th century mastered and taught Greek…

Brehony N.: Yemen Divided

Скачать книгу (размер 1 462 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 288) Аннотация: South Yemen has come to be seen as a potential Al-Qaeda stronghold and at the heart of a separatist movement threatening to rip apart southern Arabia. How has this country of forbidding mountains and arid deserts gone from British colony to communist state and then to 'terrorist base' in just half a century? In 'Yemen Divided', author and Middle East expert Noel Brehony tells for the first time…

Cassel M.: Writing Revolution

Скачать книгу (размер 1 544 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 304) Аннотация: From Cairo to Damascus and from Tunisia to Bahrain, Layla Al-Zubaidi and Matthew Cassel have brought together some of the most exciting new writing born out of revolution in the Arab world. This is a remarkable collection of testimony, entirely composed by participants in, and witnesses to, the profound changes shaking their region. Situated between past, present and future — in a space where the…

Synessios N.: Mirror

Скачать книгу (размер 605 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 120) Аннотация: »Mirror» — Andrei Tarkovsky's most complex autobiographical film--is the subject of this critical companion. The film reconstructs and records ironic memories and emotional impressions in the life of an individual, nation, and era. The critical acclaim was overwhelming, and «Mirror» is still the favorite Tarkovsky film of most Russians. This book provides a production history, critical analysis,…

Ziadeh: Power and Policy in Syria

Скачать книгу (размер 1 156 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 228) Аннотация: As Bashar al-Asad rescinds emergency rule in the face of demonstrations and protests, Syria finds itself in a key position in a Middle East beset by regional tensions, the repercussions of the global war on terror and popular uprisings.The bloodless coup by General Hafez al-Assad, in 1970, put in place a powerful autocratic machinery at the core of the state which continues till today under the…

Moubayed Sami: Syria and the USA: Washington's Relations with Damascus from Wilson to Eisenhower

Скачать книгу (размер 1 217 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 240) Аннотация: The forty years between 1919 and 1959 saw the creation and unravelling of America's relationship with Syria. In this book, Moubayed brilliantly explores the events of these years and, using original research and previously unpublished material, sheds light on an often overlooked subject.

Reynolds Barbara: Dante: Poet, Thinker, Man

Скачать книгу (размер 2 441 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 480) Аннотация: Dante is one of the world's towering literary geniuses and yet perhaps the most enigmatic, with many puzzles remaining about his turbulent life. Now Barbara Reynolds, a leading expert on Dante, in this her acclaimed biography, pieces together the many mysterious clues scattered throughout Dante's works, including his masterpiece The Divine Comedy. She reveals a startling new portrait of Dante:…

Unwin Brian: Terrible Exile: Last Days of Napoleon on St Helena

Скачать книгу (размер 1 299 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 256) Аннотация: At its height, the Napoleonic Empire spanned much of mainland Europe. Feted and feared by millions of citizens, Napoleon was the most powerful and famous man of his age. But following his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo the future of the one-time Emperor of France and master of Europe seemed irredeemably bleak. How did the brilliant tactician cope with being at the mercy of his captors? How did…

Roxburgh Angus: Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia

Скачать книгу (размер 1 870 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 368) Аннотация: Russia under Vladimir Putin has proved a prickly partner for the West, a far cry from the democratic ally many hoped for when the Soviet Union collapsed. Abroad, he has used Russia's energy might as a foreign policy weapon, while at home he has cracked down on opponents, adamant that only he has the right vision for his country's future. Former BBC Moscow correspondent Angus Roxburgh charts the…

Sassoon Donald: One Hundred Years of Socialism: West European Left in Twentieth Century

Скачать книгу (размер 5 134 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 1008) Аннотация: A unique and comprehensive study, One Hundred Years of Socialism traces the fortunes of the political parties on the left in Western Europe through the 20th century. From the Second International to the birth of the welfare state to the student uprisings of the 1960s and beyond, acclaimed historian Donald Sassoon charts the course of socialism across 14 countries, showing us both the origins of…

Liddle Roger: The Europe Dilemma: Britain and the Drama of EU Integration

Скачать книгу (размер 1 299 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 256) Аннотация: What is Britain's future in Europe? This book revisits an old argument but for dramatically new times. The old argument is about Britain's 'semi-detachedness' from Europe and whether that posture could ever change. The new times are the crisis in the Eurozone and its wider impact on the European Union's future. While logic may point to deeper integration, the politics associated with the EU's…