• History

The Irish War of Independence


Author: Michael Hopkinson
Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
ISBN: 9780773528406
Category: History
Page: 274
View: 5103
The Irish War of Independence was a sporadic guerrilla campaign taht lasted from January 1919 until July 1921. Michael Hopkinson makes full use of the recently opened files of the Bureau of Military Archives in Dublin, which contain valuable first-hand contemporary accounts of the war, meticulously piecing together the many disparate local actions to create a coherent narrative. He stresses the importance of local and contingent issues over the idea of a master plan developed by the Dublin-based republican leadership. The war was prosecuted ruthlessly by the Irish Republican Army which, paralleling the political efforts of Sinn Fein, hoped to break Britain's will to rule Ireland and create an independent Irish republic. The British retaliated by introducing two new irregular forces into Ireland, the Black and Tans and the Auxiliaries, Fighting took place principally in counties Cork, Limerick, Tipperary, Monaghan, Armagh, Clare, Kerry, and Longford. It was sporadic but vicious, with fewer than 2,000 IRA volunteers facing over 50,000 crown forces. The IRA depended upon energetic local leaders - where there were none, there was little fighting.

    • Biography & Autobiography

Captain Jack White

Imperialism, Anarchism and the Irish Citizen Army
Author: Leo Keohane
Publisher: Merrion Press
ISBN: 1908928719
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 288
View: 4941
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    • History

Tyrone's Rebellion

The Outbreak of the Nine Years War in Tudor Ireland
Author: Hiram Morgan
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
ISBN: 9780851156835
Category: History
Page: 250
View: 1566
As a study of both Tudor Anglo-Irish relations and the sixteenth-century, Morgan's work is first rate, thoughtful, well-researched and subtle. ARCHIVES Fascinating piece of detective work... No serious student of late Tudor Ireland can afford to ignore this rigorous and painstaking analysis. HISTORY Between 1594-1603 Elizabeth I faced her most dangerous challenge - the insurrection in Ireland known to British historians as the rebellion of the earl of Tyrone, and to their Irish counterparts in the Nine Years War. This study examines the causes of the conflict in the developing policy of the Crown, which climaxed in the Monaghan settlement of 1591, and the continuing resilience of the Gaelic system which brought to power Hugh Roe O'Donnell and Hugh O'Neill. The role of Hugh O'Neill, the earl of Tyrone, was pivotal in the conspiracies leading up to the war and in the leadership of the Irish cause thereafter. O'Neill's acceptance of an alliance with Spain rather than a fragile compromise with England is the terminal point of the study. By exploiting all the available source material, Dr Morgan has not only provided a critical reassessment of the early career of Hugh O'Neill but also made an original and lasting contribution to both Irish and Tudor historiography. HIRAM MORGAN is lecturer in history, University College, Cork.

English Knight


Author: Griff Hosker
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781540334107
Category:
Page: 422
View: 9467
The throne of England is slipping from King Henry's grasp. His only son has drowned in the English Channel and the predators are gathering ready to devour both England and Normandy. When the last of King Harold's Housecarls returns to England to die he brings with him a reluctant hero who will save the kingdom. Alfraed, son of Ridley, is the first of a new breed, he is an English Knight. The novel is set in a time when warlords fight for small parcels of land and treachery is the order of the day. English Knight is a fast moving novel set in that most turbulent of times, The Anarchy. Filled with action and battles this is the first in a series of chronicles painting a picture of a bloody time in English history when the only people you could rely on were your household warriors and you slept with a dagger beneath your bed.

    • Fiction

Blood's Game

In the court of Charles II fortune favours the brave...But one false step could prove fatal
Author: Angus Donald
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1499861729
Category: Fiction
Page: 336
View: 8004
The new historical series from the bestselling author of the Outlaw Chronicles. THE THRILLING NEW SERIES FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE 'OUTLAW CHRONICLES'. PERFECT FOR FANS OF BERNARD CORNWELL AND CONN IGGULDEN. AFTER THE TUDORS CAME THE STUARTS . . . London, Winter 1670. Holcroft Blood has entered the employ of the Duke of Buckingham, one of the most powerful men in the kingdom after the king. It is here that his education really begins. With a gift for numbers and decoding ciphers, Holcroft soon proves invaluable to the Duke, but when he's pushed into a betrayal he risks everything for revenge. His father, Colonel Thomas Blood, has fallen on hard times. A man used to fighting, he lives by his wits and survives by whatever means necessary. When he's asked to commit treason by stealing the crown jewels, he puts himself and his family in a dangerous situation - one that may end at the gallows. As the machinations of powerful men plot to secure the country's future, both father and son must learn what it is to survive in a more dangerous battlefield than war - the court of King Charles II.

    • Fiction

The South

A Novel
Author: Colm Toibin
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 147670449X
Category: Fiction
Page: 240
View: 4944
In 1950, Katherine Proctor leaves Ireland for Barcelona, determined to escape her family and become a painter. There she meets Miguel, an anarchist veteran of the Spanish Civil War, and begins to build a life with him. But Katherine cannot escape her past, as Michael Graves, a fellow Irish émigré in Spain, forces her to reexamine all her relationships: to her lover, her art, and the homeland she only thought she knew. The South is a novel of classic themes—of art and exile, and of the seemingly irreconcilable yearnings for love and freedom—to which Colm Tóibín brings a new, passionate sensitivity.

    • History

The Irish Civil War and Society

Politics, Class, and Conflict
Author: G. Foster
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137425709
Category: History
Page: 315
View: 8407
The Irish Civil War and Society sheds new light on the social currents shaping the Irish Civil War, from the 'politics of respectability' behind animosities and discourses; to the intersection of social conflicts with political violence; to the social dimensions of the war's messy aftermath.

    • Fiction

The Shadow of War

The Great War Series
Author: Stewart Binns
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 1405915188
Category: Fiction
Page: 560
View: 1731
The Shadow of War is the first novel in Stewart Binns's new series which will see a book release for each year of the First World War. June 1914. The beginning of another long, prosperous summer for Britain. But beneath the clear skies, all is not as it seem - as the chill wind of social discontent swirls around this sceptred isle. Shots ring out in a distant European land - the assassination of a foreign aristocrat. From that moment the entire world is propelled into a conflict unlike any seen before. This is the story of five British communities, their circumstances very different, but who will all share in the tragedy that is to come. All that they have known will be changed for ever by the catastrophic events of the Great War. This is a story of love and comradeship, of hatred and tragedy - this is the story of the Great War. The Shadow of War, the first novel in The Great War series from Stewart Binns, is a thrilling read and perfect for those who enjoy the writing of Conn Iggulden and Bernard Cornwell. Praise for Stewart Binns: 'Anyone with even a vague interest in Britain and the Great War should read Shadow of War' Celia Sandys, granddaughter of Winston Churchill 'A fascinating mix of fact, legend and fiction . . . this is storytelling at its best' Daily Mail 'Stewart Binns has produced a real page-turner, a truly stunning adventure story' Alastair Campbell 'Once again Stewart Binns has managed to create something unique, entertaining and eye-opening' Parmenion Books 'Unarguably heart-warming... will leave any reader with a sense of British pride' Goodreads 'Truly a book that educates while entertaining, a talent of this best-selling author' Historical Novel Review Stewart Binns began his professional life as an academic. He then pursued several adventures, including a stint at the BBC, before settling into a career as a schoolteacher, specializing in history. Later in life a lucky break took him back to the BBC, which was gthe beginning of a successful career in television. He has won a BAFTA, a Grierson, an RTS and a Peabody for his documentaries. Stewart's passion is English history especially its origins and folklore. His previous Making of England series: Crusade, Conquest, Anarchy and Lionheart, were published to great acclaim

    • History

Unruly Equality

U.S. Anarchism in the Twentieth Century
Author: Andrew Cornell
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520961846
Category: History
Page: 416
View: 6341
The first intellectual and social history of American anarchist thought and activism across the twentieth century In this highly accessible history of anarchism in the United States, Andrew Cornell reveals an astounding continuity and development across the century. Far from fading away, anarchists dealt with major events such as the rise of Communism, the New Deal, atomic warfare, the black freedom struggle, and a succession of artistic avant-gardes stretching from 1915 to 1975. Unruly Equality traces U.S. anarchism as it evolved from the creed of poor immigrants militantly opposed to capitalism early in the twentieth century to one that today sees resurgent appeal among middle-class youth and foregrounds political activism around ecology, feminism, and opposition to cultural alienation.

    • History

Eggs or Anarchy

The remarkable story of the man tasked with the impossible: to feed a nation at war
Author: William Sitwell
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1471151085
Category: History
Page: 368
View: 6182
Eggs or Anarchy is one of the great, British stories of the Second World War yet to be told in full. It reveals the heroic tale of how Lord Woolton, Minister for Food, really fed Britain. As a nation at war, with supply routes under attack from the Axis powers and resources scarce, it was Woolton's job to fulfil his promise to the British people, and Prime Minister Winston Churchill in particular, that there would be food on the shelves each week. Persuading the public to not resort to the black market and to manage on the very limited ration was one thing, but Woolton had to fulfil his side of the bargain and maintain supplies in time of crisis. A grammar school-educated genius, he was a fish out of water in Churchill's cabinet and the PM himself doubted Woolton would survive due to the unstinting criticism he faced from colleagues, the press and public. This is the story of how he battled to save his own career while using every trick in his entrepreneurial book to secure supplies. He battled to outwit unscrupulous dealers on the black market streets of cities within the British Empire - such as Alexandria in Eygpt - persuading customs authorities to turn a blind eye to his import schemes. If Britain had gone hungry the outcome of the war could have been very different. This book, for the first time, finds out the real story of how Lord Woolton provided food for Britain and her colonies and discovers that for him there were days when it was literally a choice of 'eggs or anarchy'.

    • Bands (Music)

The Thrill of it All


Author: Joseph O'Connor
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0436205734
Category: Bands (Music)
Page: 402
View: 5664
At college in 1980s Luton, Robbie Goulding, an Irish-born teenager, meets the elusive Fran Mulvey, an orphaned Vietnamese refugee. Together they form a band. Joined by cellist Sarah-Thérèse Sherlock and her twin brother Seán on drums, The Ships in the Night set out to chase fame. But the story of this makeshift family is haunted by ghosts from the past. Spanning 25 years, The Thrill of it All rewinds and fast-forwards through an evocative soundtrack of struggle and laughter. Infused with blues, ska, classic showtunes, New Wave and punk, using interviews, lyrics, memoirs and diaries, the tale stretches from suburban England to Manhattanâe(tm)s East Village, from Thatcher-era London to the Hollywood Bowl, from the meadows of the Glastonbury Festival to a wintry Long Island, culminating in a Dublin evening in July 2012, a night that changes everything. A story of loyalties, friendship, the call of the muse, and the beguiling shimmer of teenage dreams, this is a warm-hearted, funny and deeply moving novel for anyone thatâe(tm)s ever loved a song.

    • Business & Economics

Edge of Chaos

Why Democracy Is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth—and How to Fix It
Author: Dambisa Moyo
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0465097472
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 320
View: 8825
From an internationally acclaimed economist, a provocative call to jump-start economic growth by aggressively overhauling liberal democracy Around the world, people who are angry at stagnant wages and growing inequality have rebelled against established governments and turned to political extremes. Liberal democracy, history's greatest engine of growth, now struggles to overcome unprecedented economic headwinds--from aging populations to scarce resources to unsustainable debt burdens. Hobbled by short-term thinking and ideological dogma, democracies risk falling prey to nationalism and protectionism that will deliver declining living standards. In Edge of Chaos, Dambisa Moyo shows why economic growth is essential to global stability, and why liberal democracies are failing to produce it today. Rather than turning away from democracy, she argues, we must fundamentally reform it. Edge of Chaos presents a radical blueprint for change in order to galvanize growth and ensure the survival of democracy in the twenty-first century.

    • Political Science

Recipes for Disaster

An Anarchist Cookbook, a Moveable Feast
Author: CrimeInc Worker's Collective
Publisher: CrimethInc. Collective
ISBN: 0970910142
Category: Political Science
Page: 621
View: 2194
Beautifully designed A-Z of the totality of revolutionary politics. This brand new Crimethinc book is the action guide - the direct action guide. From affinity groups to wheatpasting, coalition building, hijacking events, mental health, pie-throwing, shoplifting, stenciling, supporting survivors of domestic violence, surviving a felony trial, torches, and whole bunch more. Incredible design, and lots of graphics give it that hip situ feel. Loads to read, to think about, and to do. At 650 pages, you could always throw the damn book at a suitable target. What are you waiting for?

    • Philosophy

In Defense of Anarchism


Author: Robert Paul Wolff
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520215733
Category: Philosophy
Page: 86
View: 2901
Once more available in paperback, and with a new Preface, here is Robert Paul Wolff's classic 1970 analysis of the foundations of the authority of the state and the problems of political authority and moral autonomy in a democracy.

    • Fiction

The Sword of Cartimandua


Author: Griff Hosker
Publisher: FeedARead.com
ISBN: 9781908481658
Category: Fiction
Page: 308
View: 1984
Marcus was a young auxiliary cavalryman but, in the first century, along with his centurion Ulpius Felix he saved the life of Queen Cartimandua and changed the course of Romano-British history. Fighting not only the fierce Brigante and Carvetii warriors Ulpius and Marcus also have to fend off spies, assassins and even fellow Romans determined to thwart them. This piece of fiction is based upon actual events at the start of Roman rule in Britain. It is the first in a series about the Roman soldiers who conquered Britain.

    • Fiction

Sons of Anarchy

Bratva
Author: Christopher Golden,Kurt Sutter
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1466866594
Category: Fiction
Page: 256
View: 8986
Set between the third and fourth episodes of season four of the groundbreaking television drama Sons of Anarchy, from the mind of Executive Producer Kurt Sutter... With half of the club recently released from Stockton State Penitentiary, and the Galindo drug cartel bringing down heat at every turn, the MC already has its hands full. Yet Jax Teller the V.P. of SAMCRO has another problem to deal with. He just learned that his Irish half-sister Trinity has been in the U.S. for months entangled with Russian BRATVA gangsters. Now that she's abruptly gone missing, he's sure the brewing mafia war is connected to her disappearance. Jax heads to Nevada with Chibs and Opie to search for her and seek revenge. Trinity may be half-Irish, but she's also half-Teller and where Teller's go, trouble follows.

    • Social Science

The Ways of the World


Author: David Harvey
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190469463
Category: Social Science
Page: 352
View: 3550
David Harvey is one of most famous Marxist intellectuals in the past half century, as well as one of the world's most cited social scientists. Beginning in the early 1970s with his trenchant and still-relevant book Social Justice and the City and through this day, Harvey has written numerous books and dozens of influential essays and articles on topics across issues in politics, culture, economics, and social justice. In The Ways of the World, Harvey has gathered his most important essays from the past four decades. They form a career-spanning collection that tracks not only the development of Harvey over time as an intellectual, but also a dialectical vision that gradually expanded its reach from the slums of Baltimore to global environmental degradation to the American imperium. While Harvey's coverage is wide-ranging, all of the pieces tackle the core concerns that have always animated his work: capitalism past and present, social change, freedom, class, imperialism, the city, nature, social justice, postmodernity, globalization, and the crises that inhere in capitalism. A career-defining volume, The Ways of the World will stand as a comprehensive work that presents the trajectory of Harvey's lifelong project in full.

    • Fiction

The Way to Valhalla


Author: Brendan Martin
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 9781857567205
Category: Fiction
Page: 258
View: 863
Skillful use of imagery combined with a barrage of raw emotion set the course for this novel about the effects of violence on a young man's life. Haunted by his brutal upbringing and hardened by working-class deprivation, young Jimmy Curtis decided long ago that becoming a soldier was his best chance to escape from the mean streets of southern Ireland. Now training to become a paratrooper, he is confident of his skills and relieved to be in a new environment; but as he starts to ship out to hot spots around the world, he is thrown into another kind of violence, sponsored by nations but lethal all the same. Following stints patrolling the streets of Northern Ireland and intervening in mercenary warfare in Africa, Jimmy finds himself on the front lines in the Falklands War, face-to-face with the terrifying power of modern technical weapons as he battles at close quarters. In the aftermath, shaken by his experiences, Jimmy returns to his boyhood neighborhood in Ireland—only to be dragged back into the soulless anarchy he had thought was in the past.

    • Political Science

The Conquest of Bread


Author: Peter Kropotkin
Publisher: Kipling Books
ISBN: 1522093419
Category: Political Science
Page: 212
View: 7521

Knight of the Empress


Author: Griff Hosker
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781974382385
Category:
Page: 296
View: 1914
Alfraed of Norton is given the task of protecting the Empress Matilda back to the Emperor, her husband. He and his men have to fight enemies, bandits and treachery from within as they battle through an Empire which is a nest of treachery and political ambition. While princes play for thrones Alfraed must keep the Empress safe. A fast moving novel which is set against the turbulent 11th century.