Black begins by setting the background to British military history, in particular the anti-(large) army ideology, the maritime tradition, and the growing geo-political rivalry with France. After the defeat of the French in North America, Britain would become the world's leading maritime power. The 19th Century would see tension between Britain and the new United States, France, Germany, and an increasing emphasis on imperial conquests. Organized in three parts: Britain as Imperial Parent; Britain as Imperial Rival; and Britain as Imperial Partner. A primary focus of this account will be the 20th century, examining Britain and World War I (including Britain as a world power and issues of imperial overstretch) and World War II (and the subsequent wars of Imperial Retention in Malaya, Kenya, and Cyprus). As in all of his writing, Black seeks to challenge conventional assumptions, and offer illuminating new perspectives.
Black details the involvement of Britain in global affairs up to the present. Recent issues of continuing importance include Britain as a nuclear power, the end of the East of Suez policy, NATO membership; out-of-area conflict (from the Falklands to Iraq), and the adjustment to new global roles. This wide-ranging and broadly-based account is designed for students and for the general reader.
The NovoPulp Anthology is back with it's third volume of speculative fiction, written by and for those who love the genre. Pushing boundaries, asking questions, demanding answers, and even providing some. Bringing back the best of Pulp!
The stories in this volume range from the deeply thought-provoking (such as Death of a Universe by Lacerant Plainer), through the heart-breaking (Perfect by Chris Dangerfield), through classic hard-sf (such as Salvage by M. J. Kobernus and Nothing At All by H. David Blalock), to the just plain fun (Star-Crossed Lawlessness by William J. Jackson).
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The author attributes a vital role to the military commander who, in addition to being technically proficient, must also be sensitive to the needs of his men. He makes a study of creativity and interprets it for us in military terms. The book is profusely illustrated with photographs of well-known military leaders, figures which explain the process of creative thinking, and maps and sketches of combat areas.
The book covers the period from 1740, when the British first became a major power broker in south India, to 1849, when the British eliminated the last substantial indigenous kingdom in the sub-continent. Placing South Asian military history in a global, comparative context, it examines military innovations; armies and how they conducted themselves; navies and naval warfare; major Indian military powers - such as the Mysore and Khalsa kingdoms, the Maratha confederacy - and the British, explaining why they succeeded.