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  • Fleeing Hitlerby Hanna Diamond

    OUP Oxford 2007; US$ 35.99

    The first ever account of how the fall of France to the Germans in 1940 affected the lives of ordinary French people. Using eyewitness accounts, Hanna Diamond tells a story of mass exodus, defeat, humiliation, and occupation - opening the way for the triumph of the Vichy regime under Marshal Pétain. more...

  • For Comrade and Countryby Robert G. Thobaben

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2002; US$ 39.95

    Ray Hill was a cook and machine gunner who survived the sinking of a PT boat by a kamikaze. German forces in the middle of the Siegfried defensive line captured Robert Corbin, a forward artillery observer officer who later escaped after 140 days of captivity. Arthur Ensley, a B-25 pilot, was shot down on his 79th mission into the Brenner Pass. He was... more...

  • Vietnamby Andrew Wiest

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2013; US$ 9.99

    Based on rich collections housed at the National Archive, the Center of Military History, and at the Vietnam Archive at Texas Tech, Voices from America's Failed Crusade will trace the American experience of Vietnam from the war's popular inception to its morale-crushing and bitter conclusion. Being careful to demonstrate that the Vietnam War was actually... more...

  • The Boys of ’67by Andrew Wiest

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2012; US$ 9.99

    In the spring of 1966, while the war in Vietnam was still popular, the US military decided to reactivate the 9th Infantry Division as part of the military build-up. Across the nation, farm boys from the Midwest, surfers from California and city-slickers from Cleveland opened their mail to find greetings from Uncle Sam. Most American soldiers of the... more...

  • Pathways that Changed Myanmarby Matthew Mullen

    Zed Books 2016; US$ 29.95

    The story of ordinary Burmese people who have been able to effect meaningful change through subtle, everyday acts of resistance. more...

  • The Order Has Been Carried Outby Alessandro Portelli

    Palgrave Macmillan US 2016; US$ 31.86

    On March 24, 1944, Nazi occupation forces in Rome killed 335 unarmed civilians in retaliation for a partisan attack the day before. Portelli has crafted an eloquent, multi-voiced oral history of the massacre, of its background and its aftermath. The moving stories of the victims, the women and children who survived and carried on, the partisans who... more...

  • Social Memory and War Narrativesby C. Weber

    Palgrave Macmillan US 2015; US$ 84.95

    The Vietnam War has had many long-reaching, traumatic effects, not just on the veterans of the war, but on their children as well. In this book, Weber examines the concept of the war as a social monad, a confusing array of personal stories and public histories that disrupt traditional ways of knowing the social world for the second generation. more...

  • Namibia's Red Lineby G. Miescher

    Palgrave Macmillan US 2012; US$ 95.58

    Based on archival sources and oral history, this book  reconstructs a border-building process in Namibia that spanned more than sixty years. The process commenced with the establishment of a temporary veterinary defence line against rinderpest by the German colonial authorities in the late nineteenth century and ended with the construction of a continuous... more...

  • Slave Songs and the Birth of African American Poetryby L. Ramey

    Palgrave Macmillan US 2008; US$ 28.67

    In this insightful and provocative volume, Rameyreveals spirituals and slave songs to be a crucial element in American literature. This book shows slave songs'intrinsic value as lyric poetry, sheds light on their roots and originality, anddraws new conclusions on anart form long considereda touchstone of cultural imagination. more...

  • Soviet Communal Livingby P. Messana

    Palgrave Macmillan US 2011; US$ 90.27

    This book brings together fascinating testimonies from thirty inhabitants of the 'Kommunalka,' the communal apartments that were the norm in housing in the cities of Russia during the whole history of the Soviet Union. more...