A History of The Crusades, Vol. Iii: The Kingdom of Acre And The Later Crusades

A History of the Crusades, Vol. III: The Kingdom of Acre and the Later Crusades

Steven Runciman, "A History of the Crusades, Vol. III: The Kingdom of Acre and the Later Crusades "
Cambridge University Press | December 25, 1987 | ISBN: 0521347726 | DJVU | 542 pages | 3.4 MB

Sir Steven Runciman's three volume A History of the Crusades, one of the great classics of English historical writing, is now being reissued. In this final volume, Runciman examines the revival of the Frankish kingdom at the time of the Third Crusade until its collapse a century later. The interwoven themes of the book include: Christiandom, the replacement of the cultured Ayubites by the less sympathetic Mameluks as leader of the Moslem world, and the coming of the Mongols. He includes a chapter on architecture and the arts, and an epilogue on the last manifestations of the Crusading spirit.
A History of the Crusades Vol. I: The First Crusade and the Foundations of the Kingdom of Jerusalem

Steven Runciman, "A History of the Crusades Vol. I: The First Crusade and the Foundations of the Kingdom of Jerusalem (Volume 1)"
Cambridge University Press | December 25, 1987 | ISBN: 052134770X | DJVU | 394 pages | 7.3 MB

Sir Steven Runciman's three volume A History of the Crusades, one of the great classics of English historical writing, is being reissued. This volume deals completely with the First Crusade and the foundation of the kingdom of Jerusalem. As Runciman says in his preface: 'Whether we regard the Crusades as the most tremendous and most romantic of Christian adventures, or as the last of the barbarian invasions, they form a central fact in medieval history. Before their inception the centre of our civilization was placed in Byzantium and in the lands of the Arab caliphate. Before they faded out the hegemony in civilization had passed to western Europe. Out of this transference modern history was born.
27: A History of the 27 Club through the Lives of Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison ...

Howard Sounes, "27: A History of the 27 Club through the Lives of Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse"
ISBN: 0306821680 | 2013 | EPUB | 384 pages | 4 MB
A History of the End of the World: How the Most Controversial Book in the Bible Changed the Course of Western Civilization

Jonathan Kirsch, "A History of the End of the World: How the Most Controversial Book in the Bible Changed the Course of Western Civilization"
Publisher: HarperOne | ISBN: 0061349879 | 2007 | EPUB/PDF | 352 pages | 447 KB/2 MB

The mysterious author of the Book of Revelation (or the Apocalypse, as the last book of the New Testament is also known) never considered that his sermon on the impending end times would last beyond his own life. In fact, he predicted that the destruction of the earth would be witnessed by his contemporaries. Yet Revelation not only outlived its creator; this vivid and violent revenge fantasy has played a significant role in the march of Western civilization.
Awarded for Valour: A History of the Victoria Cross and the Evolution of the British Concept of Heroism

Awarded for Valour: A History of the Victoria Cross and the Evolution of the British Concept of Heroism
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan | ISBN: 0230547052 | edition 2008 | PDF | 288 pages | 1,03 mb

Based on primary source research, Awarded for Valour is the most comprehensive history of the Victoria Cross available, tracing the evolution of the award from its inception in 1856 to the most recent bestowals in the twenty-first century. The study examines the evolution of the concept of heroism as well, analyzing the nature of the acts that won the VC and how the definition of heroism changed along with the nature of warfare.

The History of the Jews in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem  

Posted by robin-bobin at July 9, 2009
The History of the Jews in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem

The History of the Jews in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem (Oxford University Press academic monograph reprints) By Joshua Prawer
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA 1988-08-25 | 328 Pages | ISBN: 0198225571 | PDF (OCR from html) | 1.8 MB

From the Crusader conquest, massacres, and destruction in 1099, to the fall of the Latin Kingdom in 1291, Prawer vividly describes the Jewish community in Palestine: their internal organization, relation to Crusader institutions and conquerors, and attitudes toward neighboring Muslim rulers.

Abrams: A History of the American Main Battle Tank  

Posted by Oleksandr74 at April 21, 2009
Abrams: A History of the American Main Battle Tank

R. P. Hunnicutt - Abrams: A History of the American Main Battle Tank
Presidio Press | 1990 | ISBN: 089141388X | 320 pages | PDF | 163.25 MB

R.P Hunnicutt has written a series of books that mark the definitive history of American armored fighting vehicles, and serious students of the subject would be well advised to collect them all. Each encyclopedia-size volume has a thorough history of vehicle development, chapters devoted to prototypes and experimental vehicles, four view 1:48th scale drawings of all major types and subtypes, and a photo section depicting the vehicles in service. There are hundreds of detail photographs and illustrations, and the books are printed on high quality glossy paper.
This particular volume chronicles the US military's search for a true main battle tank that could replace both the medium and heavy gun tanks in service in the 1950's and early 60's. The MBT-70/XM803 project of the 1960's and early 70's is covered in detail, and finally the M1 Abrams itself, developed in the 1970's and first fielded in 1982. The book discusses the multilayered armor (nicknamed Chobham armor after the British MVEE facility that developed it) which gave the new generation of tanks their reputation for invincibility, though of course the exact composition was and is classified. It also covers the competitive trials between the General Motors and Chrysler Abrams prototypes and the German Leopard 2. The Leopard 2 was rejected for US service, but its 120 mm gun was incorporated into the US tanks beginning with the M1A1. The book went to print just as the M1A1 was being deployed to Saudi Arabia in 1990, so the history ends there, but it is still a superb reference for the Abrams.

A History of the Crusades: Volume II The Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Frankish East, 1100-1187

Steven Runciman, "A History of the Crusades: Volume II The Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Frankish East, 1100-1187"
Cambridge University Press | December 25, 1987 | ISBN: 0521347718 | DJVU | 538 pages | 5.5 MB

Sir Steven Runciman's three volume A History of the Crusades, one of the great classics of English historical writing, is now being reissued. This volume describes the Frankish states of Outremer from the accession of King Baldwin I to the re-conquest of Jerusalem by Saladin. As Runciman says in his preface, 'The politics of the Moslem world in the early twelfth-century defy straightforward analysis, but they must be understood if we are to understand the establishment of the Crusader states and the later causes of the recovery of Islam … The main theme in this volume is warfare … I have followed the example of the old chroniclers, who knew their business; for war was the background to life in Outremer and the hazards of the battlefield often decided its destiny.

A History of the Middle Ages [repost]  

Posted by FenixN at Sept. 3, 2015
A History of the Middle Ages [repost]

A History of the Middle Ages
Audio CDs in MP3 / English: MP3, 64 kb/s (1 ch) | Duration: 19:04:11 | ISBN-10: N/A | ASIN: B000216ZVK | 2004 | 523 MB
Genre: History

A History of the Middle Ages is the amazing story of European man in transition. It is a dramatic chronicle of 1,000 years of political, social, and economic transformation beginning with the dissolution of the classical Mediterranean civilization and ending with the first flowering of the Renaissance. It is also the story of two new religions, Christianity and Islam, both of which were destined to dominate the mind of every person in those new civilizations arising in their wake. This was the great Age of Faith, a time of darkness and a time of enlightenment…a time of lords and vassals, popes and kings, and commerce and cathedrals.

Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film  

Posted by Rare-1 at April 29, 2015
Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film

Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film By Erik Barnouw
English | Oxford University Press; New edition (August 19, 1976) | ISBN-10: 0195020057 | 342 pages | PDF | 38 MB

Now brought completely up to date, the new edition of this classic work on documentary films and filmmaking surveys the history of the genre from 1895 to the present day. Withthe myriad social upheavals over the past decade, documentaries have enjoyed an international renaissance; here Barnouw considers the medium in the light of an entirely new political and social climate. He examines as well the latest filmmaking technology, and the effects that video cassettes and cable television are having on the production ofdocumentaries. And like the previous editions, Documentary is filled with photographs, many of them rare, collected during the author's travels around the world. Covering thefull course of the documentary from Louis Lumiere's first effort to recent landmark productions such as Shoah, this book makes the growing importance of a unique blend of art and reality accessible and understandable to all film lovers.