Ships of Oak, Guns of Iron The War of 1812 and the Forging of the American Navy

History / Military

Ronald Utt, “Ships of Oak, Guns of Iron: The War of 1812 and the Forging of the American Navy”
Irishness on the Margins: Minority and Dissident Identities (New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature) by Pilar Villar-Argáiz
Juana I: Legitimacy and Conflict in Sixteenth-Century Castile (Queenship and Power) by Gillian B. Fleming
Sleep and the Novel: Fictions of Somnolence from Jane Austen to the Present by Michael Greaney
The Social and Human Sciences in Global Power Relations (Socio-Historical Studies of the Social and Human Sciences) by Johan Heilbron

Ronald Utt, “Ships of Oak, Guns of Iron: The War of 1812 and the Forging of the American Navy”

ASIN: B009SMAAWE, ISBN: 1621570029, 1621573044 | 2012 | AZW3 | 528 pages | 1 MB

The War of 1812 is typically noted for a handful of events: the burning of the White House, the rise of the Star Spangled Banner, and the battle of New Orleans. But in fact the greatest consequence of that distant conflict was the birth of the U.S. Navy. During the War of 1812, America’s tiny fleet took on the mightiest naval power on earth, besting the British in a string of victories that stunned both nations.
In his new book, Ships of Oak and Guns of Iron: The War of 1812 and the Birth of the American Navy, author Dr. Ronald Utt not only sheds new light on the naval battles of the War of 1812 and how they gave birth to our nation’s great navy, but tells the story of the War of 1812 through the portraits of famous American war heroes. From the cunning Stephen Decatur to the fierce David Porter, Ships of Oak and Guns of Iron relates how thousands of American men and boys gave better than they got against the British Navy. The great age of fighting sail is as rich in heroic drama as any epoch.
Dr. Utt’s Ships of Oak and Guns of Iron retrieves the American chapter of that epoch from unjustified obscurity, and offers readers an intriguing chronicle of the War of 1812 as well as a unique perspective on the birth of the U.S. Navy.

Irishness on the Margins: Minority and Dissident Identities (New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature) by Pilar Villar-Argáiz

English | 25 May 2018 | ISBN: 3319745662 | 312 Pages | PDF (True) | 3.01 MB

This collection examines the presence of minority communities and dissident voices in Ireland both historically and in a contemporary framework. Accordingly, the contributions explore different facets of what we term “Irish minority and dissident identities,” ranging from political agitators drowned out by mainstream narratives of nationhood, to identities differentiated from the majority in terms of ethnicity, religion, class and health; and sexual minorities that challenge heteronormative perspectives on marriage, contraception, abortion, and divorce. At a moment when transnational democracy and the rights of minorities seem to be at risk, a book of this nature seems more pressing than ever. In different ways, the essays gathered here remind us of the importance of ‘rethinking’ nationhood, by a process of denaturalisation of the supremacy of white heterosexual structures.

Juana I: Legitimacy and Conflict in Sixteenth-Century Castile (Queenship and Power) by Gillian B. Fleming

English | 17 May 2018 | ISBN: 3319743465 | 380 Pages | PDF (True) | 4.52 MB

This book examines the deep and lengthy crisis of legitimacy triggered by the death of Prince Juan of Castile and Aragon in 1497 and the subsequent ascent of Juana I to the throne in 1504. Confined by historiography and myth to the madwoman’s attic, Juana emerges here as a key figure at the heart of a period of tremendous upheaval, reaching its peak in the war of the Comunidades, or comunero uprising of 1520–1522. Gillian Fleming traces the conflicts generated by the ambitions of Juana’s father, husband and son, and the controversial marginalisation and imprisonment of Isabel of Castile’s legitimate heir. Analysing Juana’s problems and strategies, failures and successes, Fleming argues that the period cannot be properly understood without taking into account the long shadow that Juana I cast over her kingdoms and over a crucial period of transition for Spain and Europe.

Sleep and the Novel: Fictions of Somnolence from Jane Austen to the Present by Michael Greaney

English | 14 Jun. 2018 | ISBN: 3319752529 | 238 Pages | PDF (True) | 1.82 MB

Sleep and the Novel is a study of representations of the sleeping body in fiction from 1800 to the present day which traces the ways in which novelists have engaged with this universal, indispensable – but seemingly nondescript – region of human experience. Covering the narrativization of sleep in Austen, the politicization of sleep in Dickens, the queering of sleep in Goncharov, the aestheticization of sleep in Proust, and the medicalization of sleep in contemporary fiction, it examines the ways in which novelists envision the figure of the sleeper, the meanings they discover in human sleep, and the values they attach to it. It argues that literary fiction harbours, on its margins, a “sleeping partner”, one that we can nickname the Schlafroman or “sleep-novel”, whose quiet absorption in the wordlessness and passivity of human slumber subtly complicates the imperatives of self-awareness and purposive action that traditionally govern the novel.

The Social and Human Sciences in Global Power Relations (Socio-Historical Studies of the Social and Human Sciences) by Johan Heilbron

English | 2 May 2018 | ISBN: 3319732986 | 396 Pages | PDF (True) | 4.23 MB

This volume employs new empirical data to examine the internationalization of the social sciences and humanities (SSH). While the globalization dynamics that have transformed the shape of the world over the last decades has been the subject of a growing number of scientific studies, very few such studies have set out to analyze the globalization of social and human sciences themselves. Arguing against the complacent assumption that Science is ‘international by nature’, this work demonstrates that the growing circulation of scholars and scientific ideas is a complex, contradictory and contested process. Arranged thematically, the chapters in this volume present a coherent exploration of patterns of transnationalization, South-North and East-West exchanges, and transnational regionalization. Further, they offer fresh insight into specific topics including the influence of the Anglo-American research infrastructure and the development of social and human sciences in postcolonial contexts. Featuring contributions from leading international scholars in the field, this work will advance the research agenda and will have interdisciplinary appeal for scholars from across the social sciences.

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