Civil War and the Emergence of a Transnational News Culture in France and the Netherlands, 1561-1598
This book explores the reception of foreign news in the late sixteenth century civil wars in France and the Netherlands. Using a large number of French and Dutch chronicles, Baars innovatively demonstrates that the wider public was well aware of events abroad, though mutual interest in the other conflict was far from constant. She sheds new light on the connections between the Dutch Revolt and French Wars of Religion: contemporaries were gradually more inclined to see these wars as part of an international struggle. Baars argues that these times of civil war made inhabitants of both countries more experienced in distinguishing rumour from reliable rapports, stimulating the emergence of a public of critical news consumers.
A Military History of Russia’s Move into the South Caucasus and the First Russo-Iranian War, 1801-1813
In From the Kur to the Aras George A. Bournoutian presents the first military history of the Russian advance into the South Caucasus in 1801 and the ensuing First Russo-Iran War (1804-1813) that was a crucial step in the Russian Empire’s eventual expansion into the Caucasus region. Using both Iranian and Russian primary sources, the work vividly describes the strategies, military capabilities and personalities that clashed for ten years, ending with the Treaty of Golestan. Numerous and illustrative maps, as well as informative appendices, add to a balanced view of a struggle between and ancient and an emerging empire.
This comprehensive history of nineteenth century Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second largest city, uses not only traditional historical sources, but unpublished diaries, archived military reports, contemporary photographs, drawings, paintings, and maps of the city drawn by British soldiers, other European visitors, and Asian sources. In addition to its detailed expansion on familiar political history, he addresses the social structure, tribal and ethnic composition, religious institutions, and economic activity during this century. Central to his work is an often street-by-street description of the geographical layout of Kandahar, its key features, and how they changed over time. Both for historians and those seeking the context of contemporary issues in Central Asia, Trousdale’s work is an essential read.
Verdeckte deutsch-niederländische Rüstungsproduktion und die Firma IvS 1922-1945
Author: S.J. de Groot
1922 wurde das Ingenieurbüro für Schiffbau (IvS/ Inkavos A.G.) unter der Leitung von Dr. Hans Techel in Den Haag gegründet. Auf diesem Wege sollten durch eine geheime Kooperation mit den Niederlanden die technische Erfahrung und der Technologievorsprung des Deutschen Reiches im U-Bootbau erhalten bleiben – obwohl der Versailler Vertrag dem Deutschen Reich die U-Bootrüstung untersagte.
Kurz nach seiner Gründung bezog das IvS seine Büros im selben Gebäude wie die Schiffbauliche Abteilung der niederländischen Marine. Hieraus ergab sich eine enge Zusammenarbeit in der U-Boot-Konstruktion. So im Bereich des Rumpfdesigns, der Torpedoausstoßvorrichtungen und der Torpedos, Sehrohre, Echolote, Schallortungsgeräte und des Schweißens von hochfestem Stahl. Die Ergebnisse der Kooperation beeinflussten sowohl die U-Booteigenbauten der Niederländischen Marine wie jene des IvS für seine ausländischen Kunden. Gegenüber diesen erfüllten beide Parteien ihre vertraglichen Verpflichtungen zwischen 1922 und 1940. 1945 übernahm die niederländische Regierung das IVS. Es wurde erst 1957 geschlossen.
Fr. Luis Martín García was superior general of the Society of Jesus during one of the most fractious periods in western history, 1892 to his death in 1906. Fortunately for both the church and his order, he was endowed with remarkable gifts of mind and spirit. He was also troubled with personal challenges that he had to face almost entirely on his own. As an aid, he kept a memoir, prodigious in both size and content, to be published posthumously. Having appeared in a critical Spanish edition (1988), David Schultenover has herewith provided a concise English version and interpretation engaging the question, Why would a Jesuit superior general leave to posterity such a candid memoir? The subtitle “Showing Up” provides a clue.
In Naval Warfare and Maritime Conflict in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age Mediterranean, Jeffrey P. Emanuel examines the evidence for maritime violence in the Mediterranean region during both the Late Bronze Age and the tumultuous transition to the Early Iron Age in the years surrounding the turn of the 12th century BCE.

There has traditionally been little differentiation between the methods of armed conflict engaged in during the Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages, on both the coasts and the open seas, while polities have been alternately characterized as legitimate martial actors and as state sponsors of piracy. By utilizing material, documentary, and iconographic evidence and delineating between the many forms of armed conflict, Emanuel provides an up-to-date assessment not only of the nature and frequency of warfare, raiding, piracy, and other forms of maritime conflict in the Late Bronze Age and Late Bronze-Early Iron Age transition, but also of the extent to which modern views about this activity remain the product of inference and speculation.
Neo-Assyrian and Greek Divination in War focuses on all divinatory practices which were used in the ancient Near East and Greece in time of war. Divination was a practical way of discovering the will of the gods, and enabled human contact with the divine. Divinatory practices were crucial to decision-taking. The results of divination were especially important during war. This book concentrates on the methods used to obtain all possible information from the divine world which could impact on the results of war. Knowledge of divine plans, verdicts and favors would ensure victory, power and eternal glory.
This book is also about the convergence of the ancient Near East and Greek divinatory systems, methods and practices. Step by step, it points out that the Greeks treated divination in a very similar way to the Mesopotamians, and presents the possible routes of transmission of this divine knowledge, which was practiced in both cultures by a group of well-trained professionals.
Essays in Honor of Donald D. Horward. (Revised and Extended Edition)
Volume Editor: Michael V. Leggiere
In this revised and extended edition of Napoleon and the Operational Art of War, the leading scholars of Napoleonic military history provide the most authoritative analysis of Napoleon’s battlefield success and ultimate failure. Napoleon’s development and mastery of the operational art of warfare is revealed as each chapter analyzes one Napoleonic war or major campaign of a war. To achieve this, the essays conform to the common themes of Napoleon’s planning, his command and control, his execution of plans, and the response of his adversaries. Napoleon's sea power and the British response to the French challenge at sea is also investigated. Overall, this volume reflects the finest scholarship and cutting-edge research to be found in Napoleonic military history.
Contributors include Jonathan Abel, Robert M. Citino, Phillip R. Cuccia, Huw J. Davies, Mark T. Gerges; John H. Gill; Jordan R. Hayworth, Kenneth G. Johnson, Michael V. Leggiere, Kevin D. McCranie, Alexander Mikaberidze, Frederick C. Schneid, John Severn, Dennis Showalter, Geoffrey Wawro, and John F. Weinzierl.
Der Kampf um Rom und seine Inszenierung
Author: Magnus Pahl
Die drei Schlachten um den Monte Cassino südlich von Rom tobten von Januar bis Mai 1944. Am 18. Mai 1944 war das Ringen um den Monte Cassino für die Wehrmacht verloren. Die Alliierten hatten den umkämpften „Wellenbrecher Cassino“, wie ihn die deutsche Propaganda nannte, nach knapp einem halben Jahr schwerer Kämpfe ein-genommen. Nun drangen sie auf Rom vor. Die nationalsozialistische Propaganda agierte jedoch so geschickt und nachhaltig, dass viele Deutsche bis auf den heutigen Tag mit dem Namen „Monte Cassino“ in erster Linie einen letzten deutschen Abwehrsieg und keine Niederlage verbinden. Insbesondere das Bild unbesiegter deutscher Fallschirmjäger hat sich dabei in den Köpfen festgesetzt. Sogar die wissenschaftliche Literatur übernahm dieses Narrativ.
Magnus Pahl analysiert in seinem Buch die Inhalte der deutschen Propaganda. Er wirft den Blick ebenso auf die multinationalen Streitkräfte der Alliierten, unter denen das neuseeländische wie auch das polnische Kontingent eine besondere Rolle spielten. Monte Cassino ist auf seine Weise ein europäischer, ja ein globaler Erinnerungsort des Zweiten Weltkriegs. In diesem Sinne ist dem Band ein Geleitwort des polnischen Militärhistorikers Zbigniew Wawer beigegeben.