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Book The Trigger

Download or read book The Trigger written by Tim Butcher and published by Open Road + Grove/Atlantic. This book was released on 2014-06-03 with total page 249 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: From the author of Blood River: “A splendid book, part memoir, part history,” about the teenager who killed Archduke Ferdinand and sparked WWI (Norman Stone, author of World War One). Sarajevo, 1914. On a June morning, nineteen-year-old Gavrilo Princip drew a pistol from his pocket and fired the first shot of the First World War, killing the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Princip then launched a series of events that would transform the world forever. Retracing Princip’s steps from the feudal frontier village of his birth to the city of Belgrade and ultimately Sarajevo, journalist and bestselling author Tim Butcher discovers details about the young assassin that have eluded historians for a century. Drawing on his own experiences in the Balkans covering the Bosnian War in the 1990s, Butcher also unravels the complexities and conflicts of this part of the world, showing how the events of that day in 1914 still have influence today. “Devastating yet strangely exhilarating.” —Publishers Weekly “Evocative and moving . . . [Butcher] reveals an intelligent and determined South Slav patriot who gave his life for the cause.” —Saul David, author of Military Blunders “Well-researched history . . . indelible personal recollections of the Bosnian war . . . piquant vignettes of traversing rural Bosnia on foot . . . Consistently appetizing and highly controversial.” —Dervla Murphy, author of Full Tilt “A great book . . . to be recommended to professional and amateur historians alike.” —General Sir David Richards, former chief of the British Defense Staff

Book The Trigger

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  • Author : Tim Butcher
  • Publisher : Grove Press
  • Release : 2015-06-09
  • ISBN : 9780802123893
  • Pages : 0 pages

Download or read book The Trigger written by Tim Butcher and published by Grove Press. This book was released on 2015-06-09 with total page 0 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "First published in Great Britain in 2014 by Chatto & Windus, an imprint of Random House"--Title page verso.

Book Misfire

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  • Author : Paul Miller-Melamed
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2022-05-27
  • ISBN : 0197620019
  • Pages : 297 pages

Download or read book Misfire written by Paul Miller-Melamed and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2022-05-27 with total page 297 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A new interpretation of the Sarajevo assassination and the origins of World War I that places focus on the Balkans and the prewar period. The story has so often been told: Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Habsburg Empire, was shot dead on June 28, 1914, in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. Thirty days later, the Archduke's uncle, Emperor Franz Joseph, declared war on the Kingdom of Serbia, producing the chain reaction of European powers entering the First World War. In Misfire, Paul Miller-Melamed narrates the history of the Sarajevo assassination and the origins of World War I from the perspective of the Balkans. Rather than focusing on the bang of assassin Gavrilo Princip's gun or reinforcing the mythology that has arisen around this act, Miller-Melamed embeds the incident in the longer-term conditions of the Balkans that gave rise to the political murder. He thus illuminates the centrality of the Bosnian Crisis and the Balkan Wars of the early twentieth century to European power politics, while explaining how Serbs, Bosnians, and Habsburg leaders negotiated their positions in an increasingly dangerous geopolitical environment. Despite the absence of evidence tying official Serbia to the assassination conspiracy, Miller-Melamed shows how it spiraled into a diplomatic crisis that European statesmen proved unable to resolve peacefully. Contrasting the vast disproportionality between a single deadly act and an act of war that would leave ten million dead, Misfire contends that the real causes for the world war lie in "civilized" Europe rather than the endlessly discussed political murder.

Book Americans in a Splintering Europe

Download or read book Americans in a Splintering Europe written by Mark Strecker and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2018-11-27 with total page 204 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: World War I began in August 1914--the United States did not enter the conflict until April 1917. During those nearly three years of neutrality, a small number of Americans did experience the horrors of the war zones of Europe. Some ran for their lives as refugees while others, like journalists and doctors, headed toward the fighting. Missionaries in Persia (Iran) and the Ottoman Empire became witnesses to both the Armenian genocide and the persecution of Assyrian Christians. This history focuses on the war from the perspective of ordinary people who found themselves in the midst of what was then the most destructive and bloody war in history.

Book The First World War

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  • Author : Antonello Biagini
  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Release : 2015-09-04
  • ISBN : 1443881864
  • Pages : 415 pages

Download or read book The First World War written by Antonello Biagini and published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. This book was released on 2015-09-04 with total page 415 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This volume is the result of an international conference held at Sapienza University of Rome in June 2014, which brought together scholars from different countries to re-analyse and re-interpret the events of the First World War, one hundred years after a young Bosnian Serb student from the “Mlada Bosna,” Gavrilo Princip, “lit the fuse” and ignited the conflict which was to forever change the world. The Great War – initially on a European and then on a world scale – demonstrated the fragility of the international system of the European balance of powers, and determined the dissolution of the great multinational empires and the need to redraw the map of Europe according to the principles of national sovereignty. This book provides new insights into theories of this conflict, and is characterized by internationality, interdisciplinarity and a combination of different research methods. The contributions, based on archival documents from various different countries, international and local historiography, and on the analysis of newspaper articles, postcards, propaganda material, memorials and school books, examine ideological and historiographical debates, the memory of the war and its most important contemporary and popular narratives, and the use of propaganda for the mobilization of public opinion, in addition to military, social, political, economic and psychological aspects of the conflict.

Book World War 1 History For Kids  Stories Of Courage  Cautionary Tales   Fascinating Facts To Inspire   Educate Children About The History Of WW1

Download or read book World War 1 History For Kids Stories Of Courage Cautionary Tales Fascinating Facts To Inspire Educate Children About The History Of WW1 written by History Brought Alive and published by History Brought Alive. This book was released on 101-01-01 with total page 158 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Prepare for an epic journey through the dramatic events of World War 1 Unlike typical history books, this book is filled with exciting stories, intriguing metaphors, and lessons that will inspire and educate young readers. Inside you'll discover valuable lessons intertwined with stories to help young readers understand the significance of World War 1. Discover what caused World War 1, from Europe's arms race to a shocking assassination in Sarajevo, all showing how small events can change history in big ways Prepare to be captivated by heroic tales, such as the brave soldiers who raced on horseback through enemy fire in the Battle of Beersheba. Learn about pivotal moments like the entry of The United States, the One Hundred Days Offensive, the Russian Revolution and much more. Unveil the world of secret codes, spies and marvel at the weapons crafted by the wartime inventors. Explore the intense moments leading up to the November 11th armistice, the Treaty of Versailles peace deal and the uncertain aftermath. But it's not just about battles and conflict – this book also delves into the emotional journeys of people forced to migrate and resettle. Through its captivating stories, vivid metaphors, and powerful lessons, this book ensures that the heroes and history of this era come alive for young minds. So buckle up, get ready for adventure, and embark on an unforgettable journey through the pages of this remarkable book! Begin reading now

Book Day of the Assassins

Download or read book Day of the Assassins written by Michael Burleigh and published by Pan Macmillan. This book was released on 2021-05-27 with total page 478 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: ‘Written with Burleigh’s characteristic brio, with pithy summaries of historical moments (he is brilliant on the Americans in Vietnam, for example) and full of surprising vignettes’ – The Times ’Book of the Week’ In Day of the Assassins, acclaimed historian Michael Burleigh examines assassination as a special category of political violence and asks whether, like a contagious disease, it can be catching. Focusing chiefly on the last century and a half, Burleigh takes readers from Europe, Russia, Israel and the United States to the Congo, India, Iran, Laos, Rwanda, South Africa and Vietnam. And, as we travel, we revisit notable assassinations, among them Leon Trotsky, Hendrik Verwoerd, Juvénal Habyarimana, Indira Gandhi, Yitzhak Rabin and Jamal Khashoggi. Combining human drama, questions of political morality and the sheer randomness of events, Day of the Assassins is a riveting insight into the politics of violence. ‘Brilliant and timely . . . Our world today is as dangerous and mixed-up as it has ever been. Luckily we have Michael Burleigh to help us make sense of it.’ – Mail on Sunday

Book Britain Goes to War

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  • Author : Peter Liddle
  • Publisher : Pen and Sword
  • Release : 2015-11-30
  • ISBN : 1473878365
  • Pages : 442 pages

Download or read book Britain Goes to War written by Peter Liddle and published by Pen and Sword. This book was released on 2015-11-30 with total page 442 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The First World War had a profound impact on British society and on British relations with continental Europe, the Dominions, the United States and the emerging Soviet Union. The pre-war world was transformed, and the world that we recognize today began to take shape. That is why, 100 years after the outbreak, the time is right for this collection of thought-provoking chapters that reassesses why Britain went to war and the preparations made by the armed forces, the government and the nation at large for the unprecedented conflict that ensued.A group of distinguished historians looks back, with the clarity of a modern perspective, at the issues that were critical to Britain's war effort as the nation embarked on the most intense and damaging struggle in its history. In a series of penetrating chapters they explore the reasons for Britain going to war, the official preparations, the public reaction, the readiness of the armed forces, internment, the impact of the opening campaign, the experience of the soldiers, recruitment, training, weaponry, the political implications, and the care of the wounded.

Book The Balkans as Europe  1821 1914

Download or read book The Balkans as Europe 1821 1914 written by Timothy Snyder and published by Boydell & Brewer. This book was released on 2018 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Focusing on state formation and the identity-geopolitics relationship, makes the case that the Balkans were at the forefront of European history in the century before World War I

Book The First Nazi

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  • Author : Will Brownell
  • Publisher : Catapult
  • Release : 2016-03-01
  • ISBN : 1619027585
  • Pages : 197 pages

Download or read book The First Nazi written by Will Brownell and published by Catapult. This book was released on 2016-03-01 with total page 197 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "The authors deliver a chilling, well–researched biography that opens a whole new window on the world wars and the German psyche at the time."—Kirkus Reviews "A brilliant tactician and an abysmally poor politician and strategist, Ludendorff summed up the strengths and weaknesses of the German General Staff. His is a fascinating story of talent, discipline, obsession, and denial."—Professor Isabel Virginia Hull, PhD, Cornell University One of the most important military individuals of the last century, yet one of the least known, Ludendorff not only dictated all aspects of World War I, he refused all opportunities to make peace; he antagonized the Americans until they declared war; he sent Lenin into Russia to forge a revolution in order to shut down the Russian front; and in 1918 he pushed for total military victory, in a slaughter known as "The Ludendorff Offensive." Ludendorff created the legend that Germany had lost the war only because Jews had conspired on the home front. He forged an alliance with Hitler, endorsed the Nazis, and wrote maniacally about how Germans needed a new world war, to redeem the Fatherland. He aimed to build a gigantic state to dwarf even the British Empire. Simply stated, he wanted the world.

Book Two Bullets in Sarajevo

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  • Author : D. Lawrence-Young
  • Publisher : Troubador Publishing Ltd
  • Release : 2016-03-23
  • ISBN : 178589160X
  • Pages : 240 pages

Download or read book Two Bullets in Sarajevo written by D. Lawrence-Young and published by Troubador Publishing Ltd. This book was released on 2016-03-23 with total page 240 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In the summer of 1914, Europe was a large bonfire just waiting to be lit... Princip, a poverty-stricken student, becomes involved with an extreme Serbian nationalist organisation known as the Black Hand, which dreams of achieving independence from Austria. Opposing them, the Austrian Emperor, Franz Josef is determined not to give in to Serbia’s demands and sends his nephew, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, to ‘show the flag’ in Sarajevo. This is a golden opportunity for Princip et al to act. They assassinate the archduke and his wife, but have to pay the price for this act of murder. Two Bullets in Sarajevo is a different style novel about the First World War. Instead of dealing with the national and international politics of the time, it concentrates on actual people involved (the conspirators and the victims who were behind this assassination), in one of the most crucial murders in world history. It is also a love story – the story of how the outwardly gruff and forbidding Archduke Franz Ferdinand fought against the rigid protocols of the Austrian court in order to marry his beautiful wife-to-be, Sophie Chotek. It takes him over five years to overcome the court’s opposition, but in the end he succeeds and marries his beloved Sophie. This well-researched novel delves into the personalities involved on both sides of this historical situation: the unbending Austrian aristocrats and military leaders, as well as the poverty-stricken idealistic Serbian nationalists who can dream only of independence for their beloved Serbia. It will appeal to those looking for an inspired yet accurate retelling of First World War history.

Book The Secret World

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  • Author : Christopher M. Andrew
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release : 2018-01-01
  • ISBN : 0300238444
  • Pages : 993 pages

Download or read book The Secret World written by Christopher M. Andrew and published by Yale University Press. This book was released on 2018-01-01 with total page 993 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The first-ever detailed, comprehensive history of intelligence, from Moses and Sun Tzu to the present day The history of espionage is far older than any of today's intelligence agencies, yet the long history of intelligence operations has been largely forgotten. The codebreakers at Bletchley Park, the most successful World War II intelligence agency, were completely unaware that their predecessors in earlier moments of national crisis had broken the codes of Napoleon during the Napoleonic wars and those of Spain before the Spanish Armada. Those who do not understand past mistakes are likely to repeat them. Intelligence is a prime example. At the outbreak of World War I, the grasp of intelligence shown by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and British Prime Minister Herbert Asquith was not in the same class as that of George Washington during the Revolutionary War and leading eighteenth-century British statesmen. In this book, the first global history of espionage ever written, distinguished historian Christopher Andrew recovers much of the lost intelligence history of the past three millennia--and shows us its relevance.

Book Conspiracy

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  • Author : Michael Shermer
  • Publisher : JHU Press
  • Release : 2022-10-25
  • ISBN : 1421444461
  • Pages : 375 pages

Download or read book Conspiracy written by Michael Shermer and published by JHU Press. This book was released on 2022-10-25 with total page 375 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Best-selling author Michael Shermer presents an overarching theory of conspiracy theories—who believes them and why, which ones are real, and what we should do about them. Nothing happens by accident, everything is connected, and there are no coincidences: that is the essence of conspiratorial thinking. Long a fringe part of the American political landscape, conspiracy theories are now mainstream: 147 members of Congress voted in favor of objections to the 2020 presidential election based on an unproven theory about a rigged electoral process promoted by the mysterious group QAnon. But this is only the latest example in a long history of ideas that include the satanic panics of the 1980s, the New World Order and Vatican conspiracy theories, fears about fluoridated water, speculations about President John F. Kennedy's assassination, and the notions that the Sandy Hook massacre was a false-flag operation and 9/11 was an inside job. In Conspiracy, Michael Shermer presents an overarching review of conspiracy theories—who believes them and why, which ones are real, and what we should do about them. Trust in conspiracy theories, he writes, cuts across gender, age, race, income, education level, occupational status—and even political affiliation. One reason that people believe these conspiracies, Shermer argues, is that enough of them are real that we should be constructively conspiratorial: elections have been rigged (LBJ's 1948 Senate race); medical professionals have intentionally harmed patients in their care (Tuskegee); your government does lie to you (Watergate, Iran-Contra, and Afghanistan); and, tragically, some adults do conspire to sexually abuse children. But Shermer reveals that other factors are also in play: anxiety and a sense of loss of control play a role in conspiratorial cognition patterns, as do certain personality traits. This engaging book will be an important read for anyone concerned about the future direction of American politics, as well as anyone who's watched friends or family fall into patterns of conspiratorial thinking.

Book The Final Keystone

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  • Author : John Kevin Crowley
  • Publisher : Dorrance Publishing
  • Release : 2021-03-04
  • ISBN : 1649134800
  • Pages : 140 pages

Download or read book The Final Keystone written by John Kevin Crowley and published by Dorrance Publishing. This book was released on 2021-03-04 with total page 140 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Final Keystone By: John Kevin Crowley Every case in the history of Jurisprudence involves three things: Trust, Betrayal, and Accountability. Through his education, studies, and observations and experiences, author John Kevin Crowley has learned the interconnection of history, law, philosophy, and religion with the human condition. How that relationship has played out in human history leading to present day is a focus of The Final Keystone. This treatise is the story of us and the source of the lessons left unlearned. It is a reminder of what does not work and how what does work must be ever vigilantly guarded.

Book The rise of devils

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  • Author : James Crossland
  • Publisher : Manchester University Press
  • Release : 2023-01-31
  • ISBN : 1526160684
  • Pages : 274 pages

Download or read book The rise of devils written by James Crossland and published by Manchester University Press. This book was released on 2023-01-31 with total page 274 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 'Punctuated by the stories of a host of interesting and extraordinary characters, Crossland has produced a fascinating exploration of the long nineteenth century’s development of terrorism and counterterrorism, highlighting the role of fear and the paranoia, repression, and overreaction it engendered.' Michael Stohl, Professor at the University of California Author of Crime and Terrorism 'By applying an innovative historical lens, The Rise of the Devils by James Crossland offers a remarkable perspective on the history of terrorism that is not overdetermined by the events of 9/11 and explores a "violent strain of nihilism intoxicated by a whiff of martyrdom." The book reads like the prequel to the "National Treasure" movie franchise and offers a completely unique understanding of Terrorism’s First Wave.' Mia Bloom, Georgia State University Author of Dying to Kill: the Allure of Suicide Terror In the dying light of the nineteenth century, the world came to know and fear terrorism. Much like today, this was a time of progress and dread, in which breakthroughs in communications and weapons were made, political reforms were implemented and immigration waves bolstered the populations of ever-expanding cities. This era also simmered with political rage and social inequalities, which drove nationalists, nihilists, anarchists and republicans to dynamite cities and discharge pistols into the bodies of presidents, police chiefs and emperors. This wave of terrorism was seized upon by an outrage-hungry press that peddled hysteria, conspiracy theories and, sometimes, fake news in response, convincing many a reader that they were living through the end of days. Against the backdrop of this world of fear and disorder, The rise of devils chronicles the journeys of the men and women who evoked this panic and created modern terrorism – revolutionary philosophers, cult leaders, criminals and charlatans, as well as the paranoid police chiefs and unscrupulous spies who tried to thwart them. In doing so, this book explains how radicals once thought just in their causes became, as Pope Pius IX denounced them, little more than ‘devils risen up from Hell’.

Book The Lesser Jihads

Download or read book The Lesser Jihads written by Phil Gurski and published by Rowman & Littlefield. This book was released on 2017-08-25 with total page 214 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Lesser Jihads examines conflict through the lens of Islamist terrorist groups. Bringing together in one volume different conflicts where terrorist groups are active worldwide, this text introduces the world and thinking of Jihadists while highlighting a number of seldom reported cases.

Book The Guns of John Moses Browning

Download or read book The Guns of John Moses Browning written by Nathan Gorenstein and published by Simon and Schuster. This book was released on 2022-05-17 with total page 344 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A “well-researched and very readable new biography” (The Wall Street Journal) of “the Thomas Edison of guns,” a visionary inventor who designed the modern handgun and whose awe-inspiring array of firearms helped ensure victory in numerous American wars and holds a crucial place in world history. Few people are aware that John Moses Browning—a tall, humble, cerebral man born in 1855 and raised as a Mormon in the American West—was the mind behind many of the world-changing firearms that dominated more than a century of conflict. He invented the design used in virtually all modern pistols, created the most popular hunting rifles and shotguns, and conceived the machine guns that proved decisive not just in World Wars I and II but nearly every major military action since. Yet few in America knew his name until he was into his sixties. Now, author Nathan Gorenstein brings firearms inventor John Moses Browning to vivid life in this riveting and revealing biography. Embodying the tradition of self-made, self-educated geniuses (like Lincoln and Edison), Browning was able to think in three dimensions (he never used blueprints) and his gifted mind produced everything from the famous Winchester “30-30” hunting rifle to the awesomely effective machine guns used by every American aircraft and infantry unit in World War II. The British credited Browning’s guns with helping to win the Battle of Britain. His inventions illustrate both the good and bad of weapons. Sweeping, lively, and brilliantly told, this fascinating book that “gun collectors and historians of armaments will cherish” (Kirkus Reviews) introduces a little-known legend whose impact on history ranks with that of the Wright Brothers, Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford.