Behind the 1953 Coup in Iran: Thugs, Turncoats, Soldiers, and Spooks
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Behind the 1953 Coup in Iran

"This extraordinarily impressive study has moved the historiography of the most controversial event in modern Iranian history onto an altogether different plane. In a forensic analysis of four critical days, the actions and motives of the main perpetrators, including for the first time army officers, power brokers, and mobsters, are laid bare in compelling detail." "Ali Rahnema's new book on the 1953 coup presents a comprehensive, ba...

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Physical Evidence for Ritual Acts, Sorcery and Witchcraft in Christian Britain(Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic)

“Ronald Hutton, Timothy Eastham and their fellow contributors are to be congratulated on a book full of interest. … the book is largely concerned with the English evidence but with a final glance at Australia and United States. Its great merit is that it takes seriously as a subject of study the puzzling graffiti scratched, drawn and painted in buildings. … the book is really the beginning of a conversation rather than the last word ...

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Maori Origins and Migrations

Since Europeans first set foot in New Zealand they have speculated about where the Māori people came from, how they made their way to New Zealand and how they lived when they arrived here. Theories have abounded: some of them have hardened into accepted truth. The result has been an accumulation of Pakeha myths about Māori origins. The process of this mythmaking is the subject of Sorrenson's book: 'It is not an attempt to find an ori...

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A Seventeenth-century Odyssey in East Central Europe

A Seventeenth-Century Odyssey in East Central Europe: The Life of Jakab Harsányi Nagy (History of Oriental Studies) Lam Edition In A Seventeenth-Century Odyssey Gábor Kármán reconstructs the life story of a lesser-known Hungarian orientalist, Jakab Harsányi Nagy. The discussion of his activities as a school teacher in Transylvania, as a diplomat and interpreter at the Sublime Porte, as a secretary of a Moldavian voivode in exile, as ...

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Beer in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

"Entertainingly written and amply illustrated and referenced, Unger's book on the beginnings of commercial brewing will be of interest to beer lovers; experts in economic, social, cultural, legal, medical, and food history; anthropologists; philologists; and feminists."—Journal of Interdisciplinary History

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Caesar's Conquest of Gaul (Military History from Original Sources)

The Gallic Wars were a series of military campaigns waged by the Roman proconsul Julius Caesar against several Gallic tribes. They lasted from 58 BC to 50 BC and culminated in the decisive Battle of Alesia in 52 BC, in which a complete Roman victory resulted in the expansion of the Roman Republic over the whole of Gaul. The wars paved the way for Julius Caesar to become the sole ruler of the Roman Republic. Although Caesar portrayed ...

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Repossessing the Romantic Past

Work on British Romanticism is often characterised as much by its conscious difference from preceding positions as it is by its approach to or choice of material. As a result, writing neglected or marginalised in one account will be restored to prominence in another, as we reconstruct the past as a history of the present. This collection of essays takes as its starting point the wide-ranging work of Marilyn Butler on Romantic literat...

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Operation Lusty

Graham Simons has been granted access to a staggering archive; a wealth of fascinating documentation that has never before seen the light of day. Category 1, top secret documents, prepared by the Director of Technical Services at Wright Field in 1945, feature lists of aircraft, radar equipment, and other military and aviation accessories that the United States and the Allies lusted after in the dying days of The Second World War and ...

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Great War Tanks in Canadian Service

Canadian infantry were among those taking part of the first tank attack in 1916. In preparation for the planned 1919 campaign it was decided to form Canadian tank units. 1st Canadian Tank Battalion was raised from university students in early 1918, rapidly reaching full strength they sailed to England for training at Bovington and Lulworth in Dorset. Courses in driving, maintenance and gunnery were along British lines and came with l...

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Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities

Istanbul has always been a place where stories and histories collide and crackle, where the idea is as potent as the historical fact. From the Qu'ran to Shakespeare, this city with three names - Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul - resonates as an idea and a place and overspills its boundaries - real and imagined. Standing as the gateway between the East and West, it has served as the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottom...