Margaret Catchpole was a fascinating real-life figure who was born in Suffolk and was later deported to Australia as a criminal. This fictionalized account of her life is a rip-roaring adventure from start to finish, detailing Catchpole's exploits as a horse thief, escape artist, and amateur historian and writer in her own right.
Half a century ago, much of Asia lay in ruins, shattered by the long years of total war. Fifty years later, much of the region has been transformed. Asia today is an economic powerhouse, generating wealth and prosperity on an enormous scale. An increasing number of Asian countries have embraced a market economy and adapted their political structures to accommodate the resulting economic and social changes. The so-called 'Asian Dragons' are roaring ahead. Japan, then Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea led the way, followed more recently by countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, and now Vietnam and the Philippines are set to join the dragon family. Economic revolution in China, combined with the steady liberalization of the Indian economy, will spur future economic growth, not just in Asia but in the world. This volume investigates the economic, military and political aspects of the remarkable developments in this part of the world over the past fifty years. It also looks tentatively into the future, to hazard a guess at what the next fifty years may hold.
The World Reshaped: Fifty Years after the War in Europe looks at the way the world has evolved since the end of the Second World War. The book focuses on Europe, commemorating the end of the War and the seemingly inevitable transition into the Cold War; the break-up of the Soviet Union; and projections into the future. The contributions, each with their own perspectives, trace many of the dominant themes of the history of Europe of the last fifty years, and look forward to the next millennium.