By Francis W. Halsey
I met close to the bottom a tender gentleman from Edinburgh who had left Rowardennan prior to us, and we started ascending together... We quickly attained the summit, and, mountaineering up a bit mound of earth and stones, I observed the 1/2 Scotland at a look. The clouds hung simply above the mountain-tops, , which rose throughout just like the waves of a potent sea. On each facet, close to and much, stood their misty summits, yet Ben Lomand used to be the monarch of all of them. -from "Ben Lomand and the Highland Lakes," by means of Bayard Taylor From the period from a visit to the Continent was once rarer yet extra deeply favored comes a fascinating literary travelogue assembled from the hearts and minds of a few of the best wordsmiths within the English language. A Grand journey in 10 volumes, those pleasant volumes, first released in 1914, assemble little-seen essays from recognized erudite explorers in compact collections that might encourage these who have by no means been in a foreign country to make the adventure, and circulation those that need to pack their luggage back. quantity II maintains the sequence' exploration of significant Britain and eire in the course of the eyes and prose of a panoply of remarkable writers: Ralph Waldo Emerson discovers Stonehenge, Robert Louis Stevenson extols the virtues of Edinburgh, William Makepeace Thackeray visits Dublin on a summer season, and masses extra through such extraordinary voices as Sir Walter Scott, James Boswell, William Cullen Bryant, and others. superbly illustrated with fascinating images, it's a paintings to treasure... and to take alongside in your subsequent journey. OF curiosity TO: armchair tourists, readers of vintage literature American journalist and historian FRANCIS WHITING HALSEY (1851-1919) used to be literary editor of the hot York instances from 1892 via 1896. He wrote and lectured generally on historical past, and likewise edited the two-volume nice Epochs in American heritage defined by way of recognized Writers, From Columbus to Roosevelt (1912).
By Alan O'Day
By Michael F. Graham
This can be the 1st sleek book-length examine of the case of Thomas Aikenhead, the someday college of Edinburgh pupil who in 1697 earned the unlucky contrast of being the final individual performed for blasphemy in Britain.Taking a micro-historical procedure, Michael Graham makes use of the Aikenhead case to open a window into the realm of Edinburgh, Scotland and Britain in its transition from the confessional period of the Reformation and the covenants, which put excessive emphasis at the defence of orthodox trust, to the well mannered, literary international of the Enlightenment, of which Edinburgh might develop into a massive centre. Graham strains the roots of the Aikenhead case in seventeenth-century Scotland and the legislation of blasphemy which used to be evolving in keeping with the recent highbrow currents of biblical feedback and deism. He analyzes Aikenhead's trial and the Scottish government's determination to uphold the sentence of putting. eventually, he information the talk engendered by way of the execution, performed in a public sphere of pri
By T. C. W. Blanning
Written by means of a global crew of best students, The Oxford background of contemporary Europe lines Europe's turbulent heritage, from the beginnings of the Revolution in France to the sunrise of 2 international Wars, to the breakup of the Soviet Union, to modern day kaleidoscope of realms. The achievements and screw ups of key figures from many arenas--politics, know-how, battle, faith, and the humanities between them--are drawn vividly, and social, cultural, and monetary insights are integrated along the checklist of geopolitical strife. We learn of the character cult as exemplified via the Soviet pics glorifying Lenin; the significance of the nylon stocking within the post-World struggle II monetary growth; the effect of faith as 5 new international locations (Serbia, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Romania, and Albania) emerged among 1871 and 1914--an impression that remains either energetic and lethal; and the disagreement among conventional and glossy cultures captured because the railway age all started in Russia.
superbly illustrated with over 2 hundred images in colour and black and white, this insightful e-book deals an unheard of, knowledgeable viewpoint at the background of an ever-changing continent.
By David Cornell
Few battles resonate via British background as strongly as Bannockburn. On June 24, 1314, the Scots less than the management of Robert the Bruce suddenly trounced the English, leaving millions lifeless or wounded. The victory was once one in all Scotland’s maximum, the extra so as the Scottish military used to be outnumbered via approximately 3 to at least one. The loss to the English, combating below Edward II, used to be staggering.
In this groundbreaking account of Bannockburn, David Cornell units the enduring conflict in political and army context and focuses new realization at the roles of Robert and Edward within the occasions resulting in the accumulation in their armies. the writer brings the two-day conflict to existence and reassesses either the an important mêlée fought at the moment day and the casualties suffered by means of the English. packed with colourful element and clean insights, the ebook throws new mild at the conflict itself, the nature of the English defeat, the impression of that defeat at the process the Anglo-Scottish wars, and the strong effect of the battle’s legacy on English and Scottish nationwide identity.
By Kyla Madden
Within the overdue eighteenth century, an inflow of Protestant settlers to the customarily Catholic parish of Forkhill at the Ulster borderlands provoked clashes among natives and rookies. None was once extra awful than the brutal assault on a Protestant family members within the iciness of 1791. The clash was once instantly solid in sectarian phrases, framing the knowledge of greater than two hundred years of ill-will. yet used to be it a misdiagnosis?Forkhill Protestants and Forkhill Catholics explores the social background of the parish among 1787 and 1858, starting with a re-assessment of the notorious Forkhill outrage. In a wide-ranging research, Kyla Madden demonstrates that there has been a better measure of cooperation and trade among Catholics and Protestants than the old list has said. eventually, Madden contends that if a few of our assumptions in regards to the styles of Irish heritage dissolve below scrutiny on the neighborhood point, they need to be extra carefully utilized on a bigger scale.
By James Tanner, Peter Dennis
From the 1st Gulf warfare in Iraq to the continued warfare in Afganistan the British military has gone through monstrous alterations in every little thing from undertaking functions to equipment.
Fully illustrated and written by way of an insider, this attractive ebook strains the main changes in British military doctrine, association, constructions, devices, uniforms and kit, from the tip of the chilly battle within the Nineties as much as this present day. because the finish of the chilly battle in 1991, the British military has gone through deep and frequent adjustments, together with the construction of recent devices and features, in addition to cuts and amalgamations. It has digested those adjustments whereas concurrently battling in significant expeditionary wars (one of them ongoing) and in different lesser in another country deployments. whereas small by way of superpower criteria, it keeps to "punch above its weight," and is surely the main skilled (indeed, nearly the single skilled) struggling with strength in Europe. It continues to be the one NATO best friend which america can depend upon to give a contribution major strive against forces for expeditionary campaigns.
By Ronald Carter
By Stuart Reid
The 18th century was once marked by means of a gradual progress in significant keep an eye on of the British military and a corresponding reduce within the impression loved by means of person commanding officials. the obvious signal of this method was once the expanding uniformity of the garments issued every year to the warriors. however, so far as those that devised the garments rules have been involved, it was once a continuing, and continually fairly uphill fight to implement compliance. This significant other quantity to Men-at-Arms 285 takes an extra examine the infantry uniforms of the mid-18th century British military, additionally overlaying many of the auxiliary infantry formations, corresponding to the military, Volunteers, Marines and the troops of the East India corporation. Men-at-Arms 273, 285, 289, 290 and 292 also are to be had in one quantity unique variation as вЂSoldiers of the progressive WarвЂ™.
By Virginia Berridge, Philip Strong
The appearance of AIDS has ended in a revival of curiosity within the old dating of affliction to society. There now exists a brand new realization of AIDS and historical past, and of AIDS itself as an old occasion. this gives the starting-point of this choice of essays. Its dual issues are the 'pre-history' of the influence of AIDS, and its next background. Essays within the part at the 'pre-history' of AIDS examine the contexts opposed to which AIDS can be measured. The part on AIDS as heritage offers chapters by means of historians and coverage scientists on such subject matters as British and US medicinal drugs coverage, the later years of AIDS guidelines within the united kingdom and the emergence of AIDS as a political factor in France. a last bankruptcy appears on the archival power within the AIDS zone. As a complete the quantity demonstrates the contribution that historians could make within the research of near-contemporary occasions.