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A History of Spain

by Charles Chapman

THE present work is an attempt to give in one volume the main features of Spanish history from the standpoint of America. It should serve almost equally well for residents of both the English-speaking and the Spanish American countries, since the underlying idea has been that Americans generally are concerned with the growth of that Spanish civilization which was transmitted to the new world. One of the chief factors in American life today is that of the relations between Anglo-Saxon and Hispanic America. They are becoming increasingly important. The southern republics themselves are forging ahead; on the other hand many of them are still dangerously weak, leaving possible openings for the not unwilling old world powers; and some of the richest prospective markets of the globe are in those as yet scantily developed lands. The value of a better understanding between the peoples of the two Americas, both for the reasons just named and for many others, scarcely calls for argument. It is almost equally clear that one of the essentials to such an understanding is a comprehension of Spanish civilization, on which that of the Spanish American peoples so largely depends. That information this volume aims to provide.

Abraham Lincoln and the Union

by Nathaniel Stephenson

The task imposed upon the volume resolves itself, at bottom, into just two questions: Why was there a war? Why was the Lincoln Government successful? With these two questions always in mind I have endeavored, on the one hand, to select and consolidate the pertinent facts; on the other, to make clear, even at the cost of explanatory comment, their relations in the historical sequence of cause and effect. This purpose has particularly governed the use of biographical matter, in which the main illustration, of course, is the career of Lincoln. Prominent as it is here made, the Lincoln matter all bears in the last analysis on one pointâ??his control of his support. On that the history of the North hinges. The personal and private Lincoln it is impossible to present within these pages. The public Lincoln, including the character of his mind, is here the essential matter.

History of Germany

by Ernest Henderson

GERMANY stands in the centre of Europe, and on her soil all the great international struggles have been fought, – the Thirty Years’ War, the early campaigns of the Spanish Succession War, the Seven Years’ War, the gigantic wars against Napoleon. It is the custom for modern educators to recommend the study of the history of France as a guiding thread through the intricacies of general European history; but is this choice justifiable? The two great, omnipresent factors of the whole mediæval period are the Papacy and the Empire; the Empire was German from the ninth to the nineteenth century, – from the days of Charlemagne until the days of Francis II., – and the Empire interfered in the affairs of the Papacy and of Italy far more than did France. When we come to the period of the Reformation, surely Luther and his kind were more prominent than the. French reformers, and the Emperor Charles V. had more to do with the affairs of Europe than any of the French kings. In the Thirty Years’ War, larger interests were at stake than in the Huguenot struggles, and the German Peace of Westphalia necessitated a recasting of the whole map of Europe. Louis XIV., it is true, gave the tone to the high society of his age, and French was almost universally spoken and written at the German courts; but this influence was neither very deep nor very beneficial. Nor can it be denied that the French Revolution produced great results for Europe. Yet its effects, as far as Germany was concerned, have been overrated; the liberation of the serfs would probably have been accomplished without it, while constitutional government, popular representation, and trial by jury had still to wait for half a century.

French History from Caesar to Waterloo

by Agnes Robinson

Two thousand years ago the name of France was Gaul.
When Julius Caesar invaded the country, some fifty years before the birth of Christ, he found it divided into three principal parts: there was Aquitaine, the land of springs and waters, extending, in the southwest, from the ocean to the Garonne, already a land of pleasant life, rich in commerce and refinement; there was Celtic Gaul, the west, which reached from the Atlantic to the Marne and the Seine; and there was Belgian Gaul (as Caesar calls it), that north-eastern space between the Seine and the Rhine: an expanse which roughly corresponds to the provinces devastated by the Great War. Metz, Toul, Verdun, Soissons, Châlons, Saint-Quentin, Arras, Toumai, Cambrai, Noyon, Beauvais, Amiens, and Boulogne were even then the towns of Belgian Gaul. And the inhabitants of these districts, said the Roman General, are braver than any others “because not corrupted by the culture and humanities of the Roman Province [that is to say Provence, already completely Latinized] nor made effeminate by the passage of our merchants.”
If Caesar could revisit France to-day, he would find these essential differences still existent. The man from the Garonne, eloquent, able, versatile, fond of his ease, seems made by nature for a lawyer or a merchant; his neighbour from Celtic Gaul, the Breton sailor or the farmer from Anjou, is gentle, obstinate, and dreamy, careless of comfort or success – ever dependent on something beyond the facts of life: religion, poetry, politics, or drink. But these sons of Martha and these sons of Mary have more in common than either has with the man from the north-east, the keen, calculating, sparing Picard or Lorrainer, admirable in any battlefield, not only on account of his fierce courage, but because of his capacity for discipline, still as of old “horum omnium fortissimus.”
Coming from Italy to conquer first Gaul, and then the German tribes, Caesar was struck by the difference in the worlds that reach from the two banks of the Rhine, and suddenly struck out an idea which, since then, has made much stir in the world; that the Rhine was the natural frontier of Gaul. On the left bank were studded villages with their fields and gardens, for the Celts were builders and agriculturists. Industry and prosperity reigned in their settlements, great were their ingenuity and order, and they would have been richer and more admirable still but for their extraordinary taste for civil conflict, for wars and rumours of wars, for party strife and turbulent agitation. The Gauls were ever lovers of a new thing, “omnes fere Gallos novis rebus studere.” Any change was welcome, and especially a change in the direction of stir and strife…


by Kyle Graves

The year is 1519 a.d. and a new unexplored continent has just been discovered. Stories of a golden city in the direction of the setting sun have been whispered around Cuba exciting every young man with dreams of striking it rich in the new world, including a young Cortes. With the rescue of an enslaved Spanish soldier who knows of this golden city the race is on for Cortes to make his claim on fortune and immortality but can he make it there first before the Governor of Cuba, who wants Cortes dead.

Three Years among the Comanches: The Narrative of Nelson Lee the Texan Ranger

by Nelson Lee

Three Years among the Comanches: The Narrative of Nelson Lee the Texan Ranger, is an autobiographical account of the captivity of Lee. It was first published in 1859, one year after Lee escaped and made his way to El Paso, Texas.

World War 2: Leadership: Brief History of the Famous Allied Leaders of WWII (Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin, Josef Stalin, World … WW2, World War II, WWII, Biography Book 1)

by Ryan Jenkins

Delve into the Diverse Backgrounds and Leadership Styles of the Big Three

Anyone can tell you who the Big Three were in relation to World War II’s Allied powers: Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin. Seeing those names together may seem unlikely, and though they all came from very different walks of life and ways of thinking, they won the Second World War by working together against Hitler and his allies. Take a look today and learn about the lives of these great men.

Here’s a Preview of What You Will Learn

* Franklin D. Roosevelt
* Winston Churchill
* Joseph Stalin
* Their origins
* Working together as the Big Three


Comments From Other Readers

“It’s hard to imagine Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin ever working together, but the fact that they were on the same side (and won the war) is a testament to putting aside your differences in order to work toward a common goal. This book does a great job of outlining their backgrounds and then bringing them together as the Big Three and analyzing their actions there. Loved reading this.” – Hailey G. (Boston, USA)

“Great look at three different men who were of one heart and mind when it came to defeating Adolf Hitler. I especially enjoyed the time that the author took to flesh out who each man was and what they brought to the table.” – Gordon T. (Wales, UK)

“An incredibly detailed look at three great lives, both separately and as they related to one another. Stalin’s past was heartbreaking, but explained a lot about who he became, so I was especially interested by that chapter. Of course, Churchill and Roosevelt’s backgrounds also explained their personalities.” – Art C. (Boonsboro, USA)

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History of Fort Laramie

by C.G. Coutant

History of Fort Laramie is an overview of the famous fort in Wyoming written by noted Wyoming historian C.G. Coutant. First published in 1899, this edition includes the original illustrations.

Whatever that Means – Vietnam 1968

by Roy L Parker

Follow a young man from South Texas on his journey through the horrors of combat in America’s most controversial war. I know many veterans do not wish to recall the horrors of war, but I believe that remaining silent is a disservice to the young people of this country, especially those who will one day serve in combat. As a high school substitute teacher I was dealing with young people who upon learning I was a Vietnam combat veteran, asked me to write a short book about my first tour of Vietnam. I realized the book would have to be geared toward very young people so I omitted all bad language and much of the graphic descriptions of war. This book should be read by people over the age of 14.

De la Route de la Soie au Tonkin via le Tibet, tome 2 (French Edition)

by Robert Christian Schmitte

Le tome 1 relate comment, en 1889, une expédition française a été la première à traverser les hauts plateaux tibétains à partir de la Route de la Soie.
Exténués, affamés, par des températures polaires, les explorateurs arrivent en vue de Lhassa.
Là, on les fait patienter car les enjeux politiques sont importants.
Les dirigeants tibétains, en cachette des Chinois, proposent une alliance franco-tibétaine.
La caravane reprend la route à travers le territoire des farouches guerriers Kham
Une portion de la Chine se trouve être la plus dangereuse ; drogués, affamés, les Chinois haïssent les étrangers et veulent les massacrer.
Malgré toutes ces difficultés, l’expédition atteint le Tonkin.
C’est un pan inconnu de l’histoire de France, de la guerre politique entre les Français, les Anglais, les Russes et la Chine.

Fierce Courage: A Historical European Fiction Novel

by Gabriella Kovac

Historical European Fiction Novel: Fierce Courage

The guards had spotted them! Moving forward was their only option. Bullets flew, cracking the frozen river around them. There was no going back now. Ivo would either reach freedom or die trying. Driven by courage and his desire to make a new life, Ivo must make a risky escape. Despite surviving the Civil War and World War II, he must now take the risk of a lifetime to escape his service in the Yugoslavian army. Running across the deadly and barren winter lands of Austria, his getaway soon leads to adventure as he comes to find romance, family and a home in Australia.

A new book by Gabriella Kovac based on a series of true events; written for the adventurer, the romantic and the history buff.

Tags: baltic historical fiction, historical european fiction, europe, baltic states

Old Florence and Modern Tuscany

by Janet Ross

Old Florence and Modern Tuscany is an overview of the area by Janet Ross, a British expatriate.

A Narrative of Colonel Robert Campbell’s Experiences in the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade from 1825 to 1835

by Robert Campbell

A Narrative of Colonel Robert Campbell’s Experiences in the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade from 1825 to 1835 is an interesting memoir from the time of booming fur trade out of Missouri and farther west.

Recollections of a Confederate Staff Officer

by G. Moxley Sorrel

Recollections of a Confederate Staff Officer , published in 1905 after General Sorrel’s death, is considered one of the most interesting Civil War memoirs as it describes many of the famous Confederates in personal detail.

With the Help of God and a Few Marines: The Battles of Chateau Thierry and Belleau Wood (Illustrated)

by Albertus Catlin

With the Help of God and a Few Marines: The Battles of Chateau Thierry and Belleau Wood is the recollections of Brigadier General Albertus Wright Catlin during World War I. The original illustrations are included.

Forlorn Hope: Expeditions to the Depths of Despair

by Michael Scott

Murder, Mystery, and Cannibalism

The most disastrous adventures of all time:

~ Ernest Shackleton and his men were so hungry they ate candle wax.
~ John Franklin was known as the man who ate his boots.
~ Lt. Greely and his soldiers ate each other.
~ Charles Hall became the subject of history’s oldest cold case that was solved 150 years after his murder.
~ Robert Scott raced to the south pole only to be beaten at the last minute, and that was the least of his worries.
~ One expedition of 128 men simply vanished.
~The Donner Party ate each other and one survivor boasted of enjoying human flesh.

These shocking true stories end with being lost in unknown lands, mysterious deaths, starvation, insanity, and even cannibalism.

Four Years in the Stonewall Brigade (Illustrated)

by John Casler

Four Years in the Stonewall Brigade are the recollections of notorious Confederate soldier John O. Casler. Casler was arrested five times during the Civil War, and infamous for robbery during the Battle of Gettysburg. The original illustrations are included.

El Imperio perdido de los Jázaros (Spanish Edition)

by Rafael Cerrato

Los jázaros fueron un Imperio, cuya actividad, al frenar el ímpetu brioso de aquellos primeros años de expansión del Islam, contribuyó con decisión a preservar la cultura occidental. Un Imperio que favoreció que los conocimientos, mercancías y culturas del «Lejano Oriente», atravesaran toda Europa, llegando hasta la misma España.
El autor, de manera novelada, narra la historia de aquel ImperioJudío desaparecido, enlazando su final con los conflictos actuales de Oriente Medio, aprovechando la trama para dar a conocer al lector el desarrollo del pensamiento antijudío a lo largo de la historia, la importancia estratégica del Cáucaso actual y su visión del moderno Estado de Israel.
De camino publica â??que él sepa por primera vez en españolâ??, la correspondencia mantenida entre el rey de los Jázaros y el primer ministro del Califato de Córdoba, el judío Hasday Ibn-Saprut.

QUIÃ?ONES (Spanish Edition)

by Teléfonica del Perú SA

Esta edición es el cálido homenaje de la Fuerza Aérea del Perú en el centenario del natalicio del heroico aviador José Abelardo Quiñones Gonzales, quien con su admirable ejemplo forjó la gloria de la Patria y de su nombre, mientras defendía la integridad territorial de la Nación en la Batalla de Zarumilla, el 23 de julio de 1941.

História do Paraná: séculos XIX e XX (Portuguese Edition)

by Angelo Priori

História do Paraná: séculos XIX e XX é uma obra que analisa diversos temas da história do Estado, buscando compreender a diversidade das experiências sociais, culturais e políticas, a partir de uma postura crítica e interpretativa. A análise do passado, quando submetida a uma metodologia histórica adequada, faz com que os leitores possam ampliar a compreensão dos fatos históricos. O objetivo principal deste livro não é mostrar uma história tradicional, mas contribuir para o entendimento da história do Paraná, sempre levando em consideração as experiências sociais do nosso povo, no tempo e no espaço. Portanto, o livro não abarca todos os temas fundamentais da história do Paraná. Houve uma seleção de assuntos. O livro parte de um perfil bem definido: a história vista a partir dos seus movimentos sociais, políticos, econômicos e culturais. Para isso, definiu-se analisar aqueles movimentos mais importantes e as mudanças estruturais que marcaram o Paraná dos séculos XIX e XX.

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