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Terror and Insurgency in the Sahara-Sahel Region: Corruption, Contraband, Jihad and the Mali War of 2012-2013 (The International Political Economy of New Regionalisms Series)

by Stephen A. Harmon

Harmon focuses on terrorism and insurgency in the lawless expanse of the Sahara Desert and the adjacent, transitional Sahel zone, plus the broader meta-region that includes countries such as Algeria, Mali, and Nigeria, and to a lesser extent, Niger and Mauritania. Covering such issues as Islamist terrorism, border insecurity, contraband, and human trafficking, this book looks at the interrelated problems of political and social pathologies that affect terrorist movements and security in the region. A valuable publication, it treats a series of related problems on the basis of a broadly defined area, with a special emphasis on the role of Islam as both a moderating and exacerbating factor. The book has a broader appeal than more narrowly focused country studies that derive from the perspective of only one problem such as terrorism or border insecurity.

Testing Fresh Expressions: Identity and Transformation (Routledge Contemporary Ecclesiology)

by John Walker

Testing Fresh Expressions investigates whether fresh expressions of church really do what is claimed for them by the fresh expressions movement and, in particular, whether their unique approach helps to reverse trends of decline experienced by traditional churches. Part 1 examines those claims and untangles their sociological and theological assumptions. From a careful study of factors underlying attendance decline and growth, Part 2 argues that long-term decline can be resisted only if churches are better able to attract children, the non-churched or both. Part 3 tests the comparative ability of a group of growing parish churches and a group of fresh expressions to resist trends of decline and discovers some intriguing social dynamics common to both groups. Part 4 argues that fresh expressions do not fulfil the unique role often claimed for them but that they do have the capacity to help reinvigorate the whole church.

The American Imperial Gothic: Popular Culture, Empire, Violence (The Cultural Politics of Media and Popular Culture)

by Johan Hoglund

The imagination of the early twenty-first century is catastrophic, with Hollywood blockbusters, novels, computer games, popular music, art and even political speeches all depicting a world consumed by vampires, zombies, meteors, aliens from outer space, disease, crazed terrorists and mad scientists. These frequently gothic descriptions of the apocalypse not only commodify fear itself; they articulate and even help produce imperialism. Building on, and often retelling, the British ’imperial gothic’ of the late nineteenth century, the American imperial gothic is obsessed with race, gender, degeneration and invasion, with the destruction of society, the collapse of modernity and the disintegration of capitalism. Drawing on a rich array of texts from a long history of the gothic, this book contends that the doom faced by the world in popular culture is related to the current global instability, renegotiation of worldwide power and the American bid for hegemony that goes back to the beginning of the Republic and which have given shape to the first decade of the millennium. From the frontier gothic of Charles Brockden Brown's Edgar Huntly to the apocalyptic torture porn of Eli Roth's Hostel, the American imperial gothic dramatises the desires and anxieties of empire. Revealing the ways in which images of destruction and social upheaval both query the violence with which the US has asserted itself locally and globally, and feed the longing for stable imperial structures, this book will be of interest to scholars and students of popular culture, cultural and media studies, literary and visual studies and sociology.

The Antimodern Condition: An Argument Against Progress

by Peter King

Much of social and political thought over the last three centuries has been concerned with transgression and change, with progress and a focus on creating something ’better’ than we have now. But when many of these ideas are put into practice the result has been violence, turmoil and human misery. This, we might say, has been the result of grand ideals taking precedence over the interests of ordinary people. This book presents an alternative view: the antimodern condition. This involves the rejection of change and progress and instead seeks to promote certainty, permanence and settlement. The antimodern condition is where we are in place and settled. It is where we are part of the world around us and not at war with it. It is where we accept our place: we are with those who we care for, and so we are theirs. The antimodern condition is where we recognise that we dwell within traditions, which may evolve and change, but which keep us within the bounds of what is known and what works. This book takes a cross-disciplinary approach, integrating ideas from politics, philosophy, social theory and architecture to present an alternative to progress and other modern conceits.

Under A Lucky Star: A Lifetime of Adventure

by Roy Chapman Andrews

All the world knows that Roy Chapman Andrews is the discoverer of the dinosaur Eggs, for these small and fragile relics of an inconceivably remote past fired the public’s imagination and were the sensation of their day. These eggs, however, were only an incident, and by no means the most important incident, in a rich, exciting, and valuable career. Now Andrews looks back over that life, weighs the relative importance of its many chapters, relives the finest moments, and regards with wonder the chance and good fortune that shaped his way.The author’s position as a naturalist is almost unique in that he was both a field operation and museum man, both an explorer and an administrator. His book, thus, is only in part concerned with the many voyages—landmarks of scientific history—that began with the first scientific study of the whale and culminated in the great forays into the forbidding Gobi region in quest of the birthplace of mammal life. Andrews has been on the staff of the American Museum of Natural History for almost all his adult life, and he records fascinating glimpses of the adventures and discoveries that take place behind the doors marked “private”. A man who attempts expeditions on the grand scale, moreover, must be a financier, a field marshal, and at times a diplomat of no mean subtlety. Andrews played all those roles with gusto, and recalls here the outstanding exploits.And the author is not a specialist whose vision is confined to bones and carcasses and show cases. He was for many years a leading figure in the hectic international society of the Orient, and he gives unforgettable pictures of life in Yokohama, Singapore, Tokyo, Port Said, Peking, and other storied cities of the East.Andrews believes he was born under a lucky star. The reader will decide that he hitched his wagon to it and had the courage to hang on. It is an enviable life he has led; it makes wonderfully engrossing reading.

China Doctor: The Life Story of Harry Willis Miller

by Raymond S. Moore

Here is the full story of one man’s adventures as he seeks out the poor and sick in China as a medical missionary, and who was still busily at work in the Far East in his 80’s. In that time he built 15 hospitals and clinics, improvised and improved operation techniques, becoming one of the most widely practiced surgeons in the world, made new discoveries in preventive medicine, invented and developed soybean milk, which is responsible today for saving thousands of lives in undernourished areas of the world, was consulting physician to three U.S. Presidents and personal physician to senators and ambassadors.All this and much more is told us by Raymond S. Moore, vice-president of the College of Medical Evangelists in Loma Linda, California. It is a thrilling story of what happens when a man gives himself and his talents to the service of God. This book deserves a prominent place in the annals of those modern missionaries whose deeds prove that there is still romance and thrill in lives that are God-seeking rather than self-serving.“It is not too much to say that the whole thrilling history of missionary enterprise during the past 100 years has produced few more towering figures than Dr. Harry W. Miller.“He is not only in the inspiring tradition of such all-time ‘greats’ as Livingstone, Judson and Paton, whose dedicated skills indelibly marked the maps with Christian humanitarianism throughout the world’s far places, he is also a restless creator of new traditions, a modern-day pioneer whose imaginative use of medicine has touched millions with the magic of new hope and health.“We are indebted to Raymond S. Moore for this moving and revealing account of Dr. Miller’s unique and infinitely varied life and work.”—Clarence Hall, Senior Editor of Reader’s Digest and author of ADVENTURERS FOR GOD

Between Tears and Laughter

by Lin Yutang

Now sorrowful, now joking, but always in deadly earnest, the Chinese philosopher faces the grim facts of war and the grimmer prospects of peace. Dismayed by the materialism of the West, he offers not a “blueprint” for the postwar world, but an approach to thinking about it, that is new to us but not new at all to the Orient, wise in the ways of Man.This book is a positive contribution from the store of Chinese political philosophy to the vexed question of world peace. More important than the Four Freedoms, says Lin, is Freedom from Humbug. The changes in our thinking must be basic if we are to be saved from utter disaster. We cannot be saved by science, by mathematics, by modern mechanism. We need deep draughts of the wine of wisdom, matured through four thousand years by Asiatic thought and experience in learning how man must deal with man.Confucius and Lao-tse, the ancient Greeks and the Hindus, join forces with Lin Yutang in his thrusts at such topics as: The White Man’s Burden, American Isolationism, British Imperialism, Nazi Geopolitics, the Crimes of Europe, The Future of Asia, and The Crux of the Modern Age.No citizen of the Western world can ignore this wisdom and this warning except at his own peril.“A powerful and relentless warning.”—Boston Herald“If you think a gentle, well-mannered philosopher can’t deliver a punch, you’d better read this book. It’s out-and-out sensational, no less, enormously, provocative.”—San Francisco Chronicle“He gives us, mixed with the tolerance and humor of the philosopher, some of the plainest speaking we have had in a long time on the issue of the war and the peace.”—The New Yorker

The Architecture of Edwin Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew: Twentieth Century Architecture, Pioneer Modernism and the Tropics (Ashgate Studies in Architecture)

by Iain Jackson Jessica Holland

Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew were pioneers of Modern Architecture in Britain and its former colonies from the late 1920s through to the early 1970s. As a barometer of twentieth century architecture, their work traces the major cultural developments of that century from the development of modernism, its spread into the late-colonial arena and finally, to its re-evaluation that resulted in a more expressive, formalist approach in the post-war era. This book thoroughly examines Fry and Drew's highly influential 'Tropical Architecture' in West Africa and India, whilst also discussing their British work, such as their post World War II projects for the Festival of Britain, Harlow New Town, Pilkington Brothers’ Headquarters and Coychurch Crematorium. It highlights the collaborative nature of Fry and Drew's work, including schemes undertaken with Elizabeth Denby, Walter Gropius, Denys Lasdun, Pierre Jeanneret and Le Corbusier. Positioning their architecture, writing and educational endeavours within a wider context, this book illustrates the significant artistic and cultural contributions made by Fry and Drew throughout their lengthy careers.

The Architecture of Industry: Changing Paradigms in Industrial Building and Planning (Ashgate Studies in Architecture)

by Mathew Aitchison

From the Rust Belt to Silicon Valley, the intersection between architecture and industry has provided a rich and evolving source for historians of architecture. In a historical context, industrial architecture evokes the smoking factories of the nineteenth century or Fordist production complexes of the twentieth century. This book documents the changing nature of industrial building and planning from the end of the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twenty-first century. Drawing on research from the United States, Europe and Australia, this collection of essays highlights key moments in industrial architecture and planning representative of the wider paradigms in the field. Areas of analysis include industrial production, factories, hydroelectricity, aerospace, logistics, finance, scientific research and mining. The selected case studies serve to highlight architectural and planning innovations in industry and their contributions to wider cultural and societal currents. This richly illustrated collection will be of interest for a wide range of built environment studies, incorporating findings from both historical and theoretical scholarship and design research.

The Architecture of Luxury (Ashgate Studies in Architecture)

by Annette Condello

Over the past century, luxury has been increasingly celebrated in the sense that it is no longer a privilege (or attitude) of the European elite or America’s leisure class. It has become more ubiquitous and now, practically everyone can experience luxury, even luxury in architecture. Focusing on various contexts within Western Europe, Latin America and the United States, this book traces the myths and application of luxury within architecture, interiors and designed landscapes. Spanning from antiquity to the modern era, it sets out six historical categories of luxury - Sybaritic, Lucullan, architectural excess, rustic, neoEuropean and modern - and relates these to the built and unbuilt environment, taking different cultural contexts and historical periods into consideration. It studies some of the ethical questions raised by the nature of luxury in architecture and discusses whether architectural luxury is an unqualified benefit or something which should only be present within strict limits. The author argues how the ideas of permissible and impermissible luxury have informed architecture and how these notions of ethical approval have changed from one context to another. Providing voluptuous settings for the nobles and the leisure class, luxury took the form of not only grand palaces, but also follies, country and suburban houses, private or public entertainment venues and ornate skyscrapers with fast lifts. The Architecture of Luxury proposes that in Western societies the growth of the leisure classes and their desire for various settings for pleasure resulted in a constantly increasing level of ’luxury’ sought within everyday architecture.

Double Ten: Captain O’Banion’s Story of the Chinese Revolution

by Carl Glick

The struggle in China between the Manchus and the old Ming Dynasty had been going on for over three centuries when Captain Ansel O’Banion signed his name in blood to the secret oath with the Po Wong Wui and became involved in the Chinese revolutionary movement. The book reveals how O’Banion commanded the secret-training of Chinese in some 21 cities in the United States; how he was initiated into the secret society of the Po Wong Wui; how the Royalists in this country try to take over the revolutionary movement and attempted to assassinate Dr. Sun Yat-Sen; how he smuggled Dr. Sun into this country; how he obtained for General Homer Lea the secret war plans of Japan, upon which Lea based his book, The Valor of Ignorance; how the Chinese trained in this country as officers were smuggled into China where they enlisted as privates in the Royal Manchu Army, ready to take over when the revolution occurred and why, when the revolution finally happened at Double Ten Day (October 10, 1911) as the Chinese call the Tenth Day of the tenth Month, this revolution was the first great, practically bloodless revolution in the history of the world.

The Ashgate Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters

by Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

From vampires and demons to ghosts and zombies, interest in monsters in literature, film, and popular culture has never been stronger. This concise Encyclopedia provides scholars and students with a comprehensive and authoritative A-Z of monsters throughout the ages. It is the first major reference book on monsters for the scholarly market. Over 200 entries written by experts in the field are accompanied by an overview introduction by the editor. Generic entries such as 'ghost' and 'vampire' are cross-listed with important specific manifestations of that monster. In addition to monsters appearing in English-language literature and film, the Encyclopedia also includes significant monsters in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, African and Middle Eastern traditions. Alphabetically organized, the entries each feature suggestions for further reading. The Ashgate Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters is an invaluable resource for all students and scholars and an essential addition to library reference shelves.

The Ashgate Handbook of Legal Translation (Law, Language and Communication)

by Le Cheng King Kui Sin

This volume investigates advances in the field of legal translation both from a theoretical and practical perspective, with professional and academic insights from leading experts in the field. Part I of the collection focuses on the exploration of legal translatability from a theoretical angle. Covering fundamental issues such as equivalence in legal translation, approaches to legal translation and the interaction between judicial interpretation and legal translation, the authors offer contributions from philosophical, rhetorical, terminological and lexicographical perspectives. Part II focuses on the analysis of legal translation from a practical perspective among different jurisdictions such as China, the EU and Japan, offering multiple and pluralistic viewpoints. This book presents a collection of studies in legal translation which not only provide the latest international research findings among academics and practitioners, but also furnish us with a new approach to, and new insights into, the phenomena and nature of legal translation and legal transfer. The collection provides an invaluable reference for researchers, practitioners, academics and students specialising in law and legal translation, philosophy, sociology, linguistics and semiotics.

The Ashgate Research Companion to Fan Cultures

by Stijn Reijnders Linda Duits Koos Zwaan

Fans constitute a very special kind of audience. They have been marginalized, ridiculed and stigmatized, yet at the same time they seem to represent the vanguard of new relationships with and within the media. ’Participatory culture’ has become the new normative standard. Concepts derived from early fan studies, such as transmedial storytelling and co-creation, are now the standard fare of journalism and marketing text books alike. Indeed, usage of the word fan has become ubiquitous. The Ashgate Research Companion to Fan Cultures problematizes this exaltation of fans and offers a comprehensive examination of the current state of the field. Bringing together the latest international research, it explores the conceptualization of ’the fan’ and the significance of relationships between fans and producers, with particular attention to the intersection between online spaces and offline places. The twenty-two chapters of this volume elucidate the key themes of the fan studies vernacular. As the contributing authors draw from recent empirical work around the globe, the book provides fresh insights and innovative angles on the latest developments within fan cultures, both online and offline. Because the volume is specifically set up as companion for researchers, the chapters include recommendations for the further study of fan cultures. As such, it represents an essential reference volume for researchers and scholars in the fields of cultural and media studies, communication, cultural geography and the sociology of culture.

The Ashgate Research Companion to Giorgio Vasari (Routledge Art History and Visual Studies Companions)

by David J. Cast

The Ashgate Research Companion to Giorgio Vasari brings together the world's foremost experts on Vasari as well as up-and-coming scholars to provide, at the 500th anniversary of his birth, a comprehensive assessment of the current state of scholarship on this important-and still controversial-artist and writer. The contributors examine the life and work of Vasari as an artist, architect, courtier, academician, and as a biographer of artists. They also explore his legacy, including an analysis of the reception of his work over the last five centuries. Among the topics specifically addressed here are an assessment of the current controversy as to how much of Vasari's 'Lives' was actually written by Vasari; and explorations of Vasari's relationships with, as well as reports about, contemporaries, including Cellini, Michelangelo and Giotto, among less familiar names. The geographic scope takes in not only Florence, the city traditionally privileged in Italian Renaissance art history, but also less commonly studied geographical venues such as Siena and Venice.

A Hessian Soldier in the American Revolution: The Diary Of Stephan Popp

by Stephan Popp

German corporal Stephan Popp kept a diary during his time in the American Revolution. This present volume is the translation of his diary by Reinhart J. Pope, originally published in 1953.Corporal Popp takes the reader on a gripping journey, beginning with his departure of his Bayreuth regiment from its home encampment, the voyage to America, and the arrival in New York. Popp then relates events of the war from the vantage point of the Bayreuth regiment, with inclusion also of the activities of an associated regiment sent from the neighboring principality of Ansbach, which was at that time under the same ruler. Popp’s account includes a description of the siege of Yorktown, Virginia, where the Ansbach-Bayreuth troops were taken prisoner by the Americans in October 1781 until their release in May 1783. Popp also describes the journey home, ending with his arrival in Bayreuth.

Brigadier-General Louis Lebegue Duportail, Commandant of Engineers in the Continental Army, 1777-1783

by Elizabeth S. Kite

First published in 1933, this book contains a collection of documents that tell the story of Louis Lebègue de Presle Duportail (1743-1802), a French military leader who served as a volunteer and the chief engineer in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He also served as the French Minister of Defense during the beginning of the French Revolution.“Truly a soldier he was and then an engineer, such as we who now follow him most desire to be, and must be if we are to do our full duty to our country.”—Lytle Brown

The Ashgate Research Companion to Islamic Law

by Peri Bearman

This unparalleled Companion provides a comprehensive and authoritative guide to Islamic law to all with an interest in this increasingly relevant and developing field. The volume presents classical Islamic law through a historiographical introduction to and analysis of Western scholarship, while key debates about hot-button issues in modern-day circumstances are also addressed. In twenty-one chapters, distinguished authors offer an overview of their particular specialty, reflect on past and current thinking, and point to directions for future research. The Companion is divided into four parts. The first offers an introduction to the history of Islamic law as well as a discussion of how Western scholarship and historiography have evolved over time. The second part delves into the substance of Islamic law. Legal rules for the areas of legal status, family law, socio-economic justice, penal law, constitutional authority, and the law of war are all discussed in this section. Part three examines the adaptation of Islamic law in light of colonialism and the modern nation state as well as the subsequent re-Islamization of national legal systems. The final section presents contemporary debates on the role of Islamic law in areas such as finance, the diaspora, modern governance, and medical ethics, and the volume concludes by questioning the role of Sharia law as a legal authority in the modern context. By outlining the history of Islamic law through a linear study of research, this collection is unique in its examination of past and present scholarship and the lessons we can draw from this for the future. It introduces scholars and students to the challenges posed in the past, to the magnitude of milestones that were achieved in the reinterpretation and revision of established ideas, and ultimately to a thorough conceptual understanding of Islamic law.

The Routledge Research Companion to Media Geography

by Paul C. Adams Jim Craine

This Companion provides an authoritative source for scholars and students of the nascent field of media geography. While it has deep roots in the wider discipline, the consolidation of media geography has started only in the past decade, with the creation of media geography’s first dedicated journal, Aether, as well as the publication of the sub-discipline’s first textbook. However, at present there is no other work which provides a comprehensive overview and grounding. By indicating the sub-discipline’s evolution and hinting at its future, this volume not only serves to encapsulate what geographers have learned about media but also will help to set the agenda for expanding this type of interdisciplinary exploration. The contributors-leading scholars in this field, including Stuart Aitken, Deborah Dixon, Derek McCormack, Barney Warf, and Matthew Zook-not only review the existing literature within the remit of their chapters, but also articulate arguments about where the future might take media geography scholarship. The volume is not simply a collection of individual offerings, but has afforded an opportunity to exchange ideas about media geography, with contributors making connections between chapters and developing common themes.

The Ashgate Research Companion to Popular Culture in Early Modern England

by Andrew Hadfield Matthew Dimmock Abigail Shinn

The Ashgate Research Companion to Popular Culture in Early Modern England is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary examination of current research on popular culture in the early modern era. For the first time a detailed yet wide-ranging consideration of the breadth and scope of early modern popular culture in England is collected in one volume, highlighting the interplay of 'low' and 'high' modes of cultural production (while also questioning the validity of such terminology). The authors examine how popular culture impacted upon people's everyday lives during the period, helping to define how individuals and groups experienced the world. Issues as disparate as popular reading cultures, games, food and drink, time, textiles, religious belief and superstition, and the function of festivals and rituals are discussed. This research companion will be an essential resource for scholars and students of early modern history and culture.

Caesar’s Gallic Campaigns

by Sidney G. Brady

Caesar was a surpassing military genius. Among students and professionals of the martial art prime interest in the great Roman’s career centers, upon his campaigns, leading with his immemorial conquest of Gaul. Of this, in his Commentaries, “admirable for their directness and luminous simplicity of statement,” he was his own inimitable historian. The stirring record of his nine years’ struggle against the warlike tribes that resisted Roman conquest in what is now France is the most famous military book in the world.Equally capable, ambitious and persevering in the development of all his inherent potentialities, Caesar also excelled in statesmanship, in politics, in oratory, in letters and in social gifts. His high and enduring achievements in civil life successfully brought into play the same constructive qualities of genius, character, energy and judgment which enabled him to dominate battlefields.For centuries famous captains have made Caesar their mentor, and followed profitably his strategical and tactical expositions. Innumerable generations have not found their interest lagging in absorbing the stirring accounts of Caesarian exploits in Gaul.“The most stimulating addition to the long bibliography of Caesariana published in recent years; it will be welcomed by student and teacher alike…exciting reading.”—The Classical Weekly

The Ptolemies of Egypt

by P. G. Elgood

The Ptolemaic Kingdom was a Hellenistic kingdom based in ancient Egypt. It was ruled by the Ptolemaic dynasty, which started with Ptolemy I Soter’s accession after the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC and which ended with the death of Cleopatra and the Roman conquest in 30 BC.The Ptolemaic Kingdom was founded in 305 BC by Ptolemy I Soter, a diadochus originally from Macedon in northern Greece who declared himself pharaoh of Egypt and created a powerful Macedonian Greek dynasty that ruled an area stretching from southern Syria to Cyrene and south to Nubia. Alexandria, a Greek polis founded by Alexander the Great, became the capital city and a major center of Greek culture and trade. To gain recognition by the native Egyptian populace, the Ptolemies named themselves as pharaohs. The later Ptolemies took on Egyptian traditions by marrying their siblings per the Osiris myth, had themselves portrayed on public monuments in Egyptian style and dress, and participated in Egyptian religious life. The Ptolemies were involved in foreign and civil wars that led to the decline of the kingdom and its final conquest by Rome.“THIS book is intended less for the student than for the general reader. The period has become highly specialized: the administrative and economic conditions of Ptolemaic Egypt have been exhaustively reviewed. Textbooks treating of these and kindred subjects exist, and it would be superfluous to add to their number. But the kings and queens of the period, virile if not specially virtuous rulers, have received less attention, and it is in the hope of rescuing from oblivion their personality that this book has been written.”—P. G. Elgood, Foreword

Bury Me In An Old Press Box: Good Times and Life of a Sportswriter

by Fred Russell

BURY ME IN AN OLD PRESS BOX is Fred Russell’s way of saying that he hopes the Hereafter will be half as much fun as the life of a sports writer. It is a book about sports and sports writing. There is a thread of autobiography in it, though the book’s main fabric is woven of joyful episodes and anecdotes involving many of sports’ best-known personalities. There is comedy on nearly every page, supporting the author’s thesis that the humorous twists and delightful oddballs contribute as much to the fun of sports as do the generally happy circumstances in which games are played and enjoyed.Mingled with these lighthearted aspects are the eye-filling views that a widely-roving sportswriter has of the whole sports panorama. While Russell’s base is Nashville and the Nashville Banner, his beat is the nation. His lack of provincialism is indicated by his regular authorship of the Saturday Evening Post’s annual “Pigskin Preview.”A change of pace in the frolicsome pattern of the book is Russell’s considered judgments on a good many of the sports personalities he has seen and known, and his analysis of each major sport’s basis of appeal. He also states the case for sports in general, cleverly and perhaps more convincingly than it has ever been argued before.

The Ashgate Research Companion to the Korean War

by Donald W. Boose

This essential companion provides a comprehensive study of the literature on the causes, course, and consequences of the Korean War, 1950-1953. Aimed primarily at readers with a special interest in military history and contemporary conflict studies, the authors summarize and analyze the key research issues in what for years was known as the 'Forgotten War.' The book comprises three main thematic parts, each with chapters ranging across a variety of crucial topics covering the background, conduct, clashes, and outcome of the Korean War. The first part sets the historical stage, with chapters focusing on the main participants. The second part provides details on the tactics, equipment, and logistics of the belligerents. Part III covers the course of the war, with each chapter addressing a key stage of the fighting in chronological order. The enormous increase in writings on the Korean War during the last thirty years, following the release of key primary source documents, has revived and energized the interest of scholars. This essential reference work not only provides an overview of recent research, but also assesses what impact this has had on understanding the war.

The Ashgate Research Companion to the Thirty Years' War

by Olaf Asbach Peter Schröder

The Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) remains a puzzling and complex subject for students and scholars alike. This is hardly surprising since it is often contested among historians whether it is actually appropriate to speak of a single war or a series of conflicts. Similarly emphasis is also put on the different motives for going to war, as conflicting religious and political interests were involved. This research companion brings together leading scholars in the field to synthesize the range of existing research on the war, which is still fragmented and divided along national historical lines, and to further explore the complexities of the conflict using an innovative comparative approach. The companion is designed to provide scholars and graduate students with a comprehensive and authoritative overview of research on one of the most destructive conflicts in European history.

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