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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of nineteenth century Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second largest city, uses not only traditional historical sources, but unpublished diaries, archived military reports, contemporary photographs, drawings, paintings, and maps of the city drawn by British soldiers, other European visitors, and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.
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.
Ereignis - Narrativ - Erinnerungsort
Die „heldenhafte Verteidigung der Brester Festung“ vom Sommer 1941 gehörte in der Sowjetunion zu den zentralen Staatsmythen und zu den wichtigsten Erinnerungsorten. Hier soll der Krieg begonnen haben, hier sollen die „ersten Ziegel im Fundament des Großen Sieges“ gelegt worden sein.
Die Dauer der Kämpfe wurde von realen acht auf 32 Tage aufgebauscht, für Kriegsgefangene war im Narrativ kein Raum. In diesem Buch wird die Militärgeschichte des Ereignisses neu geschrieben. Dabei werden Topoi des offiziellen sowjetischen Narrativs mit Quellenbefunden kontrastiert und dessen Entstehung und Entwicklung nachgezeichnet. Ein Schwerpunkt liegt auf dem Umgang mit den in deutsche Gefangenschaft geratenen Festungsverteidigern. Schließlich werden Geschichte und Formen der Erinnerung untersucht. Im Zentrum steht dabei die Gedenkstätte „Brester Heldenfestung“ mit ihren Museen.
Essays in Honor of Donald D. Horward. (Revised and Extended Edition)
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 Davies, Mark T. Gerges; John H. Gill; Jordan 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.
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.
A How-to Manual in Eight Essays
Author: Brien Hallett
Wishing to be helpful, Nurturing the Imperial Presidency by Brien Hallett illuminates the 5,000-year-old invariant practice of executive war-making. Why has the nation's war leader always decided and declared war?

Substituting a speech act approach for the traditional "separation of powers" approach, Hallett argues that he who controls the drafting of the declaration of war also controls the decision to go to war.

However, recent legislation calling for legislated "approvals" or “authorization to use force” before the executive can go to war, in no way hinder the executive's ancient prerogative power to decide and declare war. Innovative ways to deny the executive its ability to decide and declare war are proposed in this book.
In People and Institutions in the Roman Empire colleagues honor Garrett Fagan for his contributions to our understanding and appreciation of Roman history and culture. In addition to reviewing and contextualizing Fagan’s works and legacy, contributing authors pursue in their chapters topics and methodologies that interested Fagan - the experiences of individuals within Roman state and social institutions from the end of the Republic through the Empire and into Late Antiquity.
Part One contextualizes Fagan’s scholarship, demonstrating the diversity of his interests and his impact. Part Two considers the intersection between people and core state institutions: army, law, and religion. Part Three examines Roman social and cultural institutions such as the baths, arena, historiography, and provincial elite society.
Der Kampf um Rom und seine Inszenierung
Author: Magnus Pahl
Am 18. Mai 1944 war die Schlacht 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 eingenommen und drangen auf Rom vor. Goebbels Propaganda aber agierte so geschickt und nachhaltig, dass viele Deutsche bis auf den heutigen Tag mit den Namen „Monte Cassino“ in erster Linie einen letzten deutschen Abwehrsieg und keine verlorene Schlacht verbinden. Insbesondere das Bild unbesiegter deutscher Fallschirmjäger prägt oft das Klischee bei militärgeschichtlich Interessierten. Aber sogar die wissenschaftliche Literatur übernahm diese Propagandainhalte.
Magnus Pahl hinterfragt in seinem Buch den Mythos der deutschen Kampfkraft bei Cassino. Er wirft dabei den Blick aber ebenso auf die multinationalen Streitkräfte der Alliierten, unter denen das neuseeländische wie auch das polnische Kontingent eine besondere Rolle spielte. Monte Cassino ist auf seine Weise auch ein europäischer, ja globaler Erinnerungsort des Zweiten Weltkriegs. In diesem Sinne ist dem Band ein Geleitwort des polnischen Militärhistorikers Zbigniew Wawer beigegeben.