Download E-books Animal Rights: Political and Social Change in Britain since 1800 PDF

By Hilda Kean

Within the past due 20th century animals are information. Parliamentary debates, protests opposed to fox searching and tv courses like Animal Hospital all concentrate on the way we deal with animals and on what that claims approximately our personal humanity. As vegetarianism turns into ever extra renowned, and animal experimentation extra debatable, it's time to hint the heritage to modern debates and to situate them in a broader historic context.

Hilda Kean appears to be like on the cultural and social position of animals from 1800 to the current – on the approach during which visible pictures and myths captured the preferred mind's eye and inspired sympathy for animals and outrage at their exploitation. From early campaigns opposed to the thrashing of farm animals and ill-treatment of horses to trouble for canines in warfare and cats in laboratories, she explores the connection among renowned photographs and public debate and motion. She additionally illustrates how curiosity in animal rights and welfare was once heavily aligned with campaigns for political and social reform via feminists, radicals and socialists.

"A considerate, potent and well-written book"—The Scotsman

"It may well not often be extra well timed, and its exceptional fabric is sure to impress ... reflection"—The Independent

"A paintings of serious interest"—Sunday Telegraph

"Lively, impressively researched, and well-written ... a publication that's well timed and valuable"—Times Literary Supplement

"A wonderful stability of anecdote and analysis"—Times greater academic Supplement

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Download E-books Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia PDF

By David Vine

The American army base at the island of Diego Garcia is among the such a lot strategically very important and secretive U.S. army installations outdoor the USA. positioned close to the distant middle of the Indian Ocean and available in basic terms via army shipping, the little-known base has been instrumental in American army operations from the chilly warfare to the battle on terror and should condominium a top-secret CIA criminal the place terror suspects are interrogated and tortured. yet Diego Garcia harbors one other soiled mystery, one who has been stored from lots of the world--until now.

Island of Shame is the 1st significant ebook to bare the stunning fact of the way the USA conspired with Britain to forcibly expel Diego Garcia's indigenous people--the Chagossians--and deport them to slums in Mauritius and the Seychelles, the place such a lot reside in dire poverty to at the present time. Drawing on interviews with Washington insiders, army strategists, and exiled islanders, in addition to thousands of declassified files, David Vine exposes the key heritage of Diego Garcia. He chronicles the Chagossians' dramatic, unfolding tale as they try to outlive in exile and struggle to come to their native land. Tracing U.S. international coverage from the chilly battle to the conflict on terror, Vine exhibits how the U.S. has solid a brand new and pervasive type of empire that's quietly dominating the planet with enormous quantities of in a foreign country army bases.

Island of Shame is an unforgettable exposé of the human expenditures of empire and a must-read for an individual excited by U.S. international coverage and its effects. the writer will donate all royalties from the sale of this e-book to the Chagossians.

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Download E-books The Many Not The Few: The Stolen History of the Battle of Britain PDF

By Richard North

Immortalized in Churchill's usually quoted statement that by no means prior to "was quite a bit owed via such a lot of to so few," the top-down narrative of the conflict of england has been firmly verified in British legend: Britain used to be kept from German invasion by way of the gallant band of Fighter Command Pilots of their Spitfires and Hurricanes, and the general public owed them their freedom.
Richard North's radical re-assessment of the conflict of england dismantles this legendary retelling of occasions. Taking a much wider viewpoint than the much-discussed air warfare, North takes a clean examine the clash as a complete to teach that the civilian event and participation, faraway from being separate and detailed, used to be crucial to the conflict. This restoration of the people's background demonstrates that Hitler's goal was once no longer the army conquest of britain, and that his unattained goal used to be the hearts and minds of the British people.

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Download E-books Essex Land Girls PDF

By Dee Gordon

Up to 70 in step with cent of Essex is agricultural, and given its proximity to the capital it's now not superb that such a lot of individuals of the Women's Land military chanced on themselves on Essex farms and fields through the First and moment global Wars. due to the paintings of the Women's Land military, Britain didn't starve.

This ebook comprises not just interviews with a few of the final surviving land 'girls' yet a wealth of fabric unearthed in diaries, letters and within the tales passed down from one iteration to the subsequent approximately ladies in Essex who have been, actually, donning the trousers. They weren't all Essex ladies, and plenty of arrived from the towns by no means having obvious a cow or a tractor. The wit, camaraderie and British spirit that served us so good in the course of these tumultuous years shines via in each tale, and may depart an enduring impact.

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Download E-books Bannockburn 1314: Robert Bruce's great victory (Campaign) PDF

Osprey's research of the conflict of Bannockburn, which was once a part of the 1st warfare of Scottish Independence (1296-1328) and the climax of the profession of King Robert the Bruce. In 1307 King Edward I of britain, 'The Hammer of the Scots' and nemesis of William Wallace, died and his son, Edward II, was once now not from an analogous mold. Idle and apathetic, he allowed the Scots the opportunity to get over the grievous punishment inflicted upon them. through 1314 Bruce had captured each significant English-held fortress bar Stirling and Edward II took a military north to subdue the Scots. Pete Armstrong's account of this pivotal crusade culminates on the decisive conflict of Bannockburn that at last received Scotland her independence.

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Download E-books Heligoland: The True Story of German Bight and the Island That Britain Betrayed PDF

By George Drower

Heligoland is the miraculous tale of a mysterious British colony within the North Sea that the top Minister, Lord Salisbury, swapped for Zanzibar in 1890. After years of getting a UK-style flag, postage stamps, taxation procedure and forex, Heligolanders have been quickly experiencing the crushing in their tradition, and have been compelled into studying German. The unscrupulous transference of the island to Germany, in defiance of the islanders' needs, sparked a public controversy; the explorer Stanley famously commented that Britain had got a waistcoat in trade for a trouser button. The sacrifice of the enigmatic Heligoland grew to become a strategic blunder throughout the international Wars, while the island was once made right into a weaponry castle via the Germans. After the second one global conflict there has been a plot to hide up the error while Britain deliberate to smash Heligoland with an A-bomb energy explosion. Implicated within the epic scandal are many key personalities; between them Queen Victoria, Kaiser Wilhelm, Arthur Balfour, and The Riddle of the Sands writer Erskine Childers. Heligoland is going past an awesome tale of intrigue, excessive experience and nationwide ambition. It highlights Britain's family members with continental Europe; the behavior of the British Empire; even the form and identification of the British Isles. utilizing thoughts of biography, renowned historical past and narrative, this booklet unravels for the 1st time the genuine tale of the island Britain gave away.

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Download E-books The Wild Places PDF

By Robert Macfarlane

?An eloquent (and compulsively readable) reminder that, notwithstanding we?re laying waste the realm, nature nonetheless holds sway over a lot of the earth?s surface.?
?Bill McKibben

Are there any certainly wild areas left in Britain and eire? that's the query that Robert Macfarlane poses to himself as he embarks on a chain of breathtaking trips via a number of the archipelago?s so much impressive landscapes. He climbs, walks, and swims via day and spends his nights snoozing on cliff-tops and in old meadows and wildwoods. With attractiveness and fervour he entwines background, reminiscence, and panorama in a bewitching evocation of wildness and its important significance. a special travelogue that would intrigue readers of traditional background and experience, The Wild Places solidifies Macfarlane?s popularity as a tender author to observe.

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Download E-books In the Land of Giants: Journeys Through the Dark Ages PDF

By Max Adams

The 5 centuries among the tip of Roman Britain (410) and the demise of Alfred the good (899) have left few voices shop a handful of chroniclers, yet Britain's ‘Dark Ages' can nonetheless be explored via their fabric remnants: structures, books, metalwork, and, chiefly, landscapes.

Max Adams explores Britain's misplaced early medieval earlier via jogging its paths and exploring its lasting imprint on valley, hill and box. From York to Whitby, from London to Sutton Hoo, from Edinburgh to Anglesey and from Hadrian's Wall to Loch Tay, every one of his ten stroll narratives shape either free-standing chapters and components of a much broader portrait of a Britain of fortress and fyrd, crypt and crannog, church and causeway, holy good and memorial stone.

Part travelogue, half specialist reconstruction, In the Land of Giants deals a superbly written perception into the lives of peasants, drengs, ceorls, thanes, clergymen and kings in the course of an enigmatic yet richly intriguing interval of our island's heritage.

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