Portraits of Old Russia Imagined Lives of Ordinary People, 1300-1745

History / Military

Portraits of Old Russia: Imagined Lives of Ordinary People, 1300-1745 by Donald Ostrowski, Marshall T. Poe
Hitler’s Tank Destroyers : Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives
The Royal Navy at Dunkirk : Commanding Officers’
Reports of British Warships In Action During Operation Dynamo
Migration and Disease in the Black Sea Region : Ottoman-Russian
Relations in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries
Russian-Ottoman Borderlands : The Eastern Question Reconsidered

Portraits of Old Russia: Imagined Lives of Ordinary People, 1300-1745 by Donald Ostrowski, Marshall T. Poe

2011 | ISBN: 0765627280, 0765627299 | English | 335 pages | PDF | 7 MB

This book introduces readers to a little-known place and time in world history – early modern Russia, from its beginnings as Muscovy, in the fourteenth century, through the reign of Peter I (1689-1725) – by portraying the lives of representative individuals from the major levels of the society of that era. The portraits, written by professional historians, are imaginative reconstructions or composites of individual lives, rather than biographies. The portraits are arranged into socio-political categories, and include members of ruling families, government servitors, clerks, military personnel, church prelates, monks, provincial landowners, townspeople and artisans, Siberian explorers and traders, free peasants, serfs, slaves and holy fools. Using these portraits, the book brings old Russian society to life in an interesting way.

Hitler’s Tank Destroyers : Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives

English | 2017 | ISBN: 1473896177 | 136 Pages | ePUB | 24 MB

Dedicated German antitank vehicles made their first major appearance in the Second World War as combatants developed effective armored vehicles and tactics. Some were little more than stopgap solutions, mounting an antitank gun on a tracked vehicle to give mobility, while others were more sophisticated designs. The book covers the development and technology throughout the war that led to tank destroyers like the Panzerjger I, Sturmgeschtz, Marders, Nashorn. Hetzer, Jagdpanzer, Elefant, Jagdtiger IV and Jagdpanther vehicles being developed.
As the war progressed the tank destroyers fire power became more lethal to meet the ever increasing threat against Soviet armor. Larger and more powerful variants entered the battlefield, but due the overwhelming enemy opposition they were compelled not only to attack armor, but to support ground troops too. This comprehensive account covers all the Nazis mobile antitank vehicles in words and images.

The Royal Navy at Dunkirk : Commanding Officers’
Reports of British Warships In Action During Operation Dynamo

English | 2017 | ISBN: 1473886724 | 448 Pages | ePUB | 3.18 MB

The fact that the British Expeditionary Force was evacuated from Dunkirk in May-June 1940 has achieved the status of a legend. Whilst the part played by the ‘Little Ships’ in that ‘miracle’ is equally well known, the role of the Royal Navy’s warships – the destroyers, minesweepers and personnel ships – is often overlooked. Indeed, more than 300,000 troops out of a total of 338,226, were evacuated from the harbour at Dunkirk in these vessels.
In the weeks after Operation Dynamo, the Admiralty issued an order requiring the Commanding Officers of those British warships involved to submit a report detailing their actions.
Described in their own words, with the events still fresh in their minds, the result is a vivid record of the chaos, improvisation, skill and bravery that all combined to rescue the basis of an army that helped carry Britain through the dark months and years that followed. It is a record that forms the basis of this book.
“Good histories rely on reliable source material and you cannot get much better than the contents of this compelling read assembled by Martin Mace… I can’t recommend this book highly enough. Martin Mace knows how to handle this sort of stuff using the lightest of touches. He has done a superb job bringing all this material together but he deliberately fades into the background allowing the men who were there to speak for themselves… The result is an enthralling compendium of histories that dovetail together in the best of ways. This is a Dunkirk book everyone should read.” – War History Online

Migration and Disease in the Black Sea Region : Ottoman-Russian
Relations in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries

English | 2017 | ISBN: 1474259499 | 281 Pages | PDF | 6 MB

Drawing upon Ottoman, Russian, and Bulgarian archival sources, this book explores the nexus between the environment, epidemic disease, human mobility, and the centralizing initiatives of the Ottoman and Russian states in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
As part of a broader discussion on Ottoman-Russian diplomacy, this book re-conceptualizes Ottoman-Russian relations in the Black Sea region in the 18th and 19th centuries. In response to significant increases in human mobility and the spread of epidemic diseases, Ottoman and Russian officials – at the imperial, provincial, and local levels – communicated about and coordinated their efforts to manage migratory movements and check the spread of disease in the Black Sea region. By focusing on the settlement of migrants and refugees along the peripheries of the Ottoman and Russian Empires and by foregrounding the role of local and municipal-level state authorities in the management of migration, Migration and Disease in the Black Sea Region contributes to the developing field of provincial studies in Ottoman and Russian history. This is an important book for anyone interested in comparative imperial history, migration, diaspora formation and the spread of epidemic diseases.
“Robarts has produced a truly excellent study covering the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and has supplied rich factual information while opening new intellectual vistas. I recommend it very strongly to all students of the Black Sea region.” – The Russian Review

Russian-Ottoman Borderlands : The Eastern Question Reconsidered

English | 2014 | ISBN: 0299298043 | 376 Pages | PDF | 2.5 MB

During the nineteenth century—as violence, population dislocations, and rebellions unfolded in the borderlands between the Russian and Ottoman Empires—European and Russian diplomats debated the “Eastern Question,” or, “What should be done about the Ottoman Empire?” Russian-Ottoman Borderlands brings together an international group of scholars to show that the Eastern Question was not just one but many questions that varied tremendously from one historical actor and moment to the next. The Eastern Question (or, from the Ottoman perspective, the Western Question) became the predominant subject of international affairs until the end of the First World War. Its legacy continues to resonate in the Balkans, the Black Sea region, and the Caucasus today.
The contributors address ethnicity, religion, popular attitudes, violence, dislocation and mass migration, economic rivalry, and great-power diplomacy. Through a variety of fresh approaches, they examine the consequences of the Eastern Question in the lives of those peoples it most affected, the millions living in the Russian and Ottoman Empires and the borderlands in between.