Fifty Ships That Changed the Course of History

A Nautical History of the World

Author: Ian Graham

Publisher: Firefly Books

ISBN: 9781770857193

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 402

From an ancient funeral ship to the Rainbow Warrior -- war, trade, science and pleasure on the open seas.

50 Battles That Changed the World

Author: William Weir

Publisher: Permuted Press

ISBN: 1682617653

Category: History

Page: 904

View: 3755

Rather than celebrating warfare, 50 Battles That Changed the World looks at the clashes the author believes have had the most profound impact on world history. Ranked in order of their relevance to the modern world, these struggles range from the ancient past to the present day and span the globe many times over. Some of the battles in this book are familiar to us all—Bunker Hill, which prevented the American Revolution from being stillborn, and Marathon, which kept the world's first democracy alive. Others may be less familiar—the naval battle at Diu (on the Indian Coast), which led to the ascendancy of Western Civilization and the discovery of America, and Yarmuk, which made possible the spread of Islam from Morocco to the Philippines. With remarkable accounts of both famous and lesser-known clashes, 50 Battles provides impressive insight into the battles that shaped civilization as we know it.

The Congressional Globe

Author: United States. Congress

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: United States

Page: N.A

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The History Of England

Illustrated with Maps, Genealogical Tables, and the Heads and Monuments of the Kings, Engraven on Seventy Seven Copper Plates

Author: Paul Rapin de Thoyras,Nicholas Tindal

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 807

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The History of England

Author: Rapin de Thoyras (M., Paul)

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Great Britain

Page: N.A

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The Sea and Civilization

A Maritime History of the World

Author: Lincoln Paine

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307962253

Category: History

Page: 784

View: 7377

A monumental retelling of world history through the lens of maritime enterprise, revealing in breathtaking depth how people first came into contact with one another by ocean and river, lake and stream, and how goods, languages, religions, and entire cultures spread across and along the world’s waterways, bringing together civilizations and defining what makes us most human. Lincoln Paine takes us back to the origins of long-distance migration by sea with our ancestors’ first forays from Africa and Eurasia to Australia and the Americas. He demonstrates the critical role of maritime trade to the civilizations of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Indus Valley. He reacquaints us with the great seafaring cultures of antiquity like those of the Phoenicians and Greeks, as well as those of India and Southeast and East Asia, who parlayed their navigational skills, shipbuilding techniques, and commercial acumen to establish thriving overseas colonies and trade routes in the centuries leading up to the age of European expansion. And finally, his narrative traces how commercial shipping and naval warfare brought about the enormous demographic, cultural, and political changes that have globalized the world throughout the post–Cold War era. This tremendously readable intellectual adventure shows us the world in a new light, in which the sea reigns supreme. We find out how a once-enslaved East African king brought Islam to his people, what the American “sail-around territories” were, and what the Song Dynasty did with twenty-wheel, human-powered paddleboats with twenty paddle wheels and up to three hundred crew. Above all, Paine makes clear how the rise and fall of civilizations can be linked to the sea. An accomplishment of both great sweep and illuminating detail, The Sea and Civilization is a stunning work of history.

Appletons' Journal

A Magazine of General Literature

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: N.A

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Naval Firepower

Battleship Guns and Gunnery in the Dreadnought Era

Author: Norman Friedman

Publisher: Seaforth Publishing

ISBN: 1848321856

Category: History

Page: 318

View: 2248

For more than half a century the big gun was the arbiter of naval power, but it was useless if it could not hit the target fast and hard enough to prevent the enemy doing the same. Because the naval gun platform was itself in motion, finding a 'firing solution' was a significant problem made all the more difficult when gun sizes increased and fighting ranges lengthened and seemingly minor issues like wind velocity had to be factored in. To speed up the process and eliminate human error, navies sought a reliable mechanical calculation. This heavily illustrated book outlines for the first time in layman's terms the complex subject of fire-control, as it dominated battleship and cruiser design from before World War I to the end of the dreadnought era. Covering the directors, range-finders, and electro-mechanical computers invented to solve the problems, America's leading naval analyst explains not only how the technology shaped (and was shaped by) the tactics involved, but analyses their effectiveness in battle. His examination of the controversy surrounding Jutland and the relative merits of competing fire-control systems draws conclusions that will surprise many readers. He also reassesses many other major gun actions, such as the battles between the Royal Navy and the Bismarck and the US Navy actions in the Solomons and at Surigao Strait. All major navies are covered, and the story concludes at the end of World War II with the impact of radar. This is a book that everyone with a more than passing interest in twentieth-century warships will want to read, and nobody professionally involved with naval history can afford to miss.

Britain's Oceanic Empire

Atlantic and Indian Ocean Worlds, C.1550-1850

Author: H. V. Bowen,Elizabeth Mancke,John G. Reid

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 110702014X

Category: History

Page: 464

View: 3472

A comparative study of how the British managed the expansion of empire in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean.

The Extra Globe

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: United States

Page: N.A

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Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit

Author: Yuval Noah Harari

Publisher: DVA

ISBN: 364110498X

Category: History

Page: 528

View: 8544

Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.

Pantologia

A New Cyclopaedia, Comprehending a Complete Series of Essays, Treatises, and Systems, Alphabetically Arranged; with a General Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and Words ... Illustrated with Engravings, Those on History Being from Original Drawings by Edwards and Others ...

Author: John Mason Good,Olinthus Gregory,Newton Bosworth

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Encyclopedias and dictionaries

Page: N.A

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Lenin's Private War

The Voyage of the Philosophy Steamer and the Exile of the Intelligentsia

Author: Lesley Chamberlain

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1429969725

Category: History

Page: 432

View: 3772

In 1922, Lenin personally drew up a list of some 160 ‘undesirable' intellectuals – mostly philosophers, academics, scientists and journalists – to be deported from the new Soviet State. ‘We're going to cleanse Russia once and for all' he wrote to Stalin, whose job it was to oversee the deportation. Two ships sailed from Petrograd that autumn, taking Old Russia's eminent men and their families away to what would become permanent exile in Berlin, Prague and Paris. Lesley Chamberlain creates a rich portrait of this chilling historical moment, evoked with immediacy through the journals, letters, and memoirs of the exiles.

Library of American History

A Reprint of Standard Works: Connected by Editorial Remarks, Abounding with Copious Notes, Biographical Sketches, and Miscellaneous Matter, Intended to Give the Reader a Full View of American History, from the Earliest Discovery to the Present Time ...

Author: Samuel Lorenzo Knapp

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: America

Page: N.A

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Niles' Weekly Register

Author: Hezekiah Niles

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: United States

Page: N.A

View: 3898

Galignani's Messenger

The Spirit of the English Journals. 1825,2

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: N.A

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