Our military history publishing continues to go from strength to strength in 2012. See below for some of our recent military history highlights, including cheaper paperback editions of some of our research titles. Most books are available to preview online (for new in paperback, see hardback editions).
'Provides a template for how cultural history ought to be written ... Ranging freely across disciplines and genres, from military history to media studies, Indomitable Will is a marvelous and persuasive hybrid of a book, a creature as rarely encountered as the unicorn in the forests of American Studies: a work of original scholarship that will inform and entertain a popular audience.' - Campbell McGrath, Florida International University
Offers a fresh approach to the debate on the RAF's strategic bomber offensive, by using modern strategic leadership theory as an analytical tool. Gray looks at major controversies in the aims of the campaign and at the personalities involved, yielding new insights into the offensive at its highest level of leadership.
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Combines social anthropology and military history to provide a novel way of looking at the anatomy of the British Army over the past 300 years - from an entirely individual, human perspective. Grounded in interviews, memoirs, diaries and letters, and concentrating on the attitudes, expectations, and concerns expressed, Kirke traces a common thread in daily human interactions.
Fratricide in Battle: (Un)Friendly Fire Edited by Charles Kirke
A collection of systematic studies covering three main themes: the nature and common origins of fratricide, the part played by humans as opposed to technology in fratricide incidents, and possible ways of tackling the problem in the future. International contributors provide a cohesive understanding of fratricide in both historical and contemporary contexts.
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In the first study of its kind, Holborn seeks to explain how an infantry brigade, particularly one titled 'Independent', was actually used in battle. Contains new primary material from The National Archives, the Imperial War Museum Archive and the Regimental Museum.
Reinventing Warfare 1914-18: Novel Munitions and Tactics of Trench Warfare by Anthony Saunders
Examines the extent and complexity of British invention and manufacturing of munitions weaponry, at a time when no body of knowledge about trench warfare munitions existed. Based on detailed new research of key inventions, it uniquely considers the relationship between technical design and tactical use, providing a blueprint that is applicable to all types of weapons and warfare.
Environmental History of the UK Defence Estate, 1945 to the Present by Marianna Dudley
Explores the environmental history of the British military through the comparison of five key sites in England and Wales, examining the claim that military presence at these places has protected them from more damaging land uses and asking why the military embraced nature conservation policies.
Rethinking History, Dictatorship and War: New Approaches and Interpretations edited by Claus-Christian Szejnmann
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'In his introductory remarks Overy argues that it is the job of the historian to think freely and critically about the past ... the authors of the essays in this collection have done just that.' - English Historical Review
The contributors deal with three of the most important themes of modern history: the way history is or ought to be written, the nature of dictatorships and the nature of wars.