Shipwreck at Cape Flora: The Expeditions of Benjamin Leigh Smith, England’s Forgotten Arctic Explorer

Shipwreck at Cape Flora: The Expeditions of Benjamin Leigh Smith, England’s Forgotten Arctic Explorer

Benjamin Leigh Smith discovered and named dozens of islands in the Arctic but published no account of his pioneering explorations. He refused public accolades and sent stand-ins to deliver the results of his work to scientific societies. Yet, the Royal Geographic Society’s Sir Clements R. Markham referred to him as a polar explorer of the first rank.Traveling to the Arctic islands that Leigh Smith explored and crisscrossing England to uncover unpublished journals, diaries, and photographs, archaeologist and writer P. J. Capelotti details Leigh Smith’s five major Arctic expeditions and places them within the context of the great polar explorations in the nineteenth century.

Breaking Japanese Diplomatic Codes : David Sissons and D Special Section during the Second World War

Breaking Japanese Diplomatic Codes : David Sissons and D Special Section during the Second World War

During the Second World War, Australia maintained a super-secret organisation, the Diplomatic (or `D’) Special Section, dedicated to breaking Japanese diplomatic codes. The Section has remained officially secret as successive Australian Governments have consistently refused to admit that Australia ever intercepted diplomatic communications, even in war-time. This book recounts the history of the Special Section and describes its code-breaking activities.

A Global History of Execution and the Criminal Corpse

A Global History of Execution and the Criminal Corpse

Through studies of beheaded Irish traitors, smugglers hung in chains on the English coast, suicides subjected to the surgeon’s knife in Dresden and the burial of executed Nazi war criminals, this volume provides a fresh perspective on the history of capital punishment.

Sportdiktatur : Bewegungskulturen im nationalsozialistischen Österreich

Sportdiktatur : Bewegungskulturen im nationalsozialistischen Österreich

Primäre Intention des Buches ist die Reduktion des enormen österreichischen Forschungsdefizit zur Aufarbeitung des Sportlebens unter dem NS-Regime. Daher wird der gesamte Bereich des Sportes im Territiorium Österreichs zwischen 1938 und 1945 dargestellt: Der Breiten- und Spitzensport, Massen- und Minderheitensport, den Vereins- und Jugendsport sowie der Sport der Formationen. Auf Grund der Materialfülle wird die Überblicksdarstellung von einer Detailanalyse zu drei Zeitpunkten begleitet: In den Monaten nach dem “Anschluss”, rund um den Kriegsbeginn und in der Endphase des Regimes nach Stalingrad.

Les messagers volants en terre d’Islam

Les messagers volants en terre d’Islam

Le pigeon voyageur a joué un rôle primordial en terre d’Islam dès le début du califat abbasside (fin du VIIIe siècle). Des vallées du Tigre et de l’Euphrate qui en furent sans doute le berceau, il gagna l’Orient comme l’Occident (Andalus et Sicile). Mais nul État ne lui attacha plus de prix que celui des Mamelouks qui couvrit l’Empire d’un dense réseau de colombiers, des rives de l’Euphrate en Syrie du Nord au bord de la mer Rouge en Égypte.

Ten Journeys to Cameron’s Farm : An Australian Tragedy

Ten Journeys to Cameron’s Farm : An Australian Tragedy

Three decades after what he called ‘a dreadful air crash, almost within sight of my windows’ Robert Menzies wrote ‘I shall never forget that terrible hour; I felt that for me the end of the world had come…’ Ten Journeys to Cameron’s Farm tells the lives of the ten men who perished in Duncan Cameron’s Canberra property on 13 August 1940: three Cabinet ministers, the Chief of the General Staff, two senior staff members, and the RAAF crew of four. The inquiries into the accident, and the aftermath for the Air Force, government, and bereaved families are examined.

Les loteries royales dans l’Europe des Lumieres

Les loteries royales dans l’Europe des Lumieres

Un « impôt sur les imbéciles », une « friponnerie », un « jeu cruel », un « fléau inventé par le despotisme »… Les hommes des Lumières n’avaient pas de mots assez durs pour dénoncer la loterie royale, une institution que tous les États européens ont mis sur pied au xviiie siècle. Les souverains encourageaient donc la passion du jeu, l’oisiveté, et captaient sans vergogne l’épargne de leurs sujets ? Faire croire que l’on gagne, tandis que l’on perd toujours, n’était-ce pas le propre d’un État corrompu ? Ou bien doit-on plutôt considérer la loterie royale comme un outil d’ingénierie financière, le fruit d’une nouvelle rationalité publique ?

Travels of a Country Woman

Travels of a Country Woman

The former Lera Margaret Ussery, born in post-Victorian Tennessee, began her colorful adventures in 1896. Travels of a Country Woman, begins with the family’s emergence from the Depression, initially by way of a trip from Columbia, Tennessee, to the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933. They traveled by “Elizabeth T,” the family Model T Ford and Lera wrote articles about the “Flivver” trip for the Nashville Banner.

Karl Außerhofer – Das Kriegstagebuch eines Soldaten im Ersten Weltkrieg

Karl Außerhofer – Das Kriegstagebuch eines Soldaten im Ersten Weltkrieg

Das Tagebuch des Karl Außerhofer berichtet vom Kriegseinsatz im Gebirgskrieg des Ersten Weltkrieges im Pustertal sowie an der Südfront. Es zeigt die Eigen- sowie Feindwahrnehmung Außerhofers, gibt emotionale Einblicke in seinen Kriegsdienst und das Leben seiner Familie, die von Hoffnungen auf eine bessere Zukunft geprägt sind. Beschreibungen zu Landschaft, Wetter, Essen, Freizeit, zu Kleidung, Hygiene, Unterkunft, zu Krankheit, Tod und zur Religion runden den sehr persönlichen Bericht ab.

Austerity baby

Austerity baby

Austerity Baby might best be described as an ‘oblique memoir’. Janet Wolff’s fascinating volume is a family history – but one that is digressive and consistently surprising. The central underlying and repeated themes of the book are exile and displacement; lives (and deaths) during the Third Reich; mother-daughter and sibling relationships; the generational transmission of trauma and experience; transatlantic reflections; and the struggle for creative expression. Stories mobilised, and people encountered, in the course of the narrative include: the internment of aliens in Britain during the Second World War; cultural life in Rochester, New York, in the 1920s; the social and personal meanings of colour(s); the industrialist and philanthropist, Henry Simon of Manchester, including his relationship with the Norwegian explorer, Fridtjof Nansen; the liberal British campaigner and MP of the 1940s, Eleanor Rathbone; reflections on the lives and images of spinsters.

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