Month: August 2016

Naval Warfare. A Global History since 1860

Published by Rowman & &Littlefield.
eBook coming soon.

naval-warfareThe modern age of naval warfare began with the combination of steam power, iron warships, and modern artillery. This started a new period of naval competition, one, moreover, that was of marked international and geopolitical significance because of the roles of trans-oceanic possessions in imperial expansion and due to the growing significance of the USA and Japan. This book provides an accessible account of naval warfare, one beginning in the 1860s and going into the future. More…

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Review of The Holocaust

“Historiographer Black generally attempts to avoid emotion, ‘an abstraction that means smashing living babies’ skulls against walls,’ in writing about ultimately incomprehensible genocide… A compact and cogent academic account of the Holocaust.”
Kirkus Reviews

“This is a valuable addition to the literature on the Holocaust. This excellent brief study places the Holocaust in the context of Germany’s military strategy in World War II. Black insightfully explores important and still unresolved questions concerning the nature and presence of evil in the world, and alerts readers to the ever-present dangers of divisiveness and prejudice in today’s political and theological climate.”
Ian J. Bickerton, coauthor of A History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

New! The Holocaust. History and Memory

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Brilliant and wrenching, The Holocaust: History and Memory tells the story of the brutal mass slaughter of Jews during World War II and how that genocide has been remembered and misremembered ever since. Taking issue with generations of scholars who separate the Holocaust from Germany’s military ambitions, historian Jeremy M. Black demonstrates persuasively that Germany’s war on the Allies was entwined with Hitler’s war on Jews.

In chilling detail, Black unveils compelling evidence that many everyday Germans must have been aware of the genocide around them. In the final chapter, he incisively explains the various ways that the Holocaust has been remembered, downplayed, and even dismissed as it slips from horrific experience into collective consciousness and memory. Essential, concise, and highly readable, The Holocaust: History and Memory bears witness to those forever silenced and ensures that we will never forget their horrifying fate.

Published by Indiana University Press 978-0-2530-2214-1 £22.99. 30% discount when you order using code CSF816THJB from www.combinedacademic.co.uk

Studying History, fourth edition coming soon

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History is a dynamic discipline; one which will present you with many exciting challenges during your studies. Perhaps you want to explore how the Annales School fits into the historical landscape, or how postmodernism has influenced the subject in recent years; maybe you would like advice on producing a history essay or your dissertation.
Whatever your query, Studying History is the course companion you need.

Fully revised and expanded, the fourth edition of this best-selling text explores the multi-faceted nature of history, from the fundamental question of ‘what is history?’ to the skills required to succeed at the subject.

Features include:

  • New material on using web-based sources and the digital aspects of studying history
  • Extended sections on new cultural history and comparative history
  • Additional guidance on how to reference correctly and avoid plagiarism

Combining a clear, straightforward assessment of the huge variety of historical scholarship with practical proficiency, this book is essential reading for any history student.

JEREMY BLACK is Professor of History at the University of Exeter, UK. His publications include Maps and History, War and the World 1450-2000 and A History of the British Isles.

DONALD M. MACRAILD is Professor of History at Ulster University, Northern Ireland, UK. His publications include The Irish Diaspora in Britain, 1750-1939 and Social Theory and Social History.

The Holocaust: History and Memory

This is a valuable addition to the literature on the Holocaust.  Its value is twofold.

First, this excellent brief study places the Holocaust in the context of Germany’s military strategy in World War II.  It is a timely reminder that Hitler’s genocidal determination to rid Europe of its Jewish population was a key element in Germany’s conduct of the war.  Black also emphasises the extent to which all of Europe was complicit in the destruction of European Jewry.

Secondly, in detailing the history of the memorialization of the Holocaust in Europe and beyond, Black insightfully explores important and still unresolved questions concerning the nature and presence of evil in the world, and alerts readers to the ever-present dangers of divisiveness and prejudice in today’s political and theological climate.”

Ian J. Bickerton, UNSW

Accolades for Insurgency book

Insurgency and Counterinsurgency

“The problem of insurgencies and how to defeat them still poses tremendous challenges to modern militaries. Industrial weapons, modern systems of organization, and now computerized information have all proven elusive as war winners against adaptive insurgents. Jeremy Black brings much-needed historical perspective to this problem, which will be invaluable for all who wrestle with trying to understand where insurgents come from and how to reduce the threat they pose.”
— Michael S. Neiberg, author of Potsdam: The End of World War II and the Remaking of Europe

“A masterful survey from the Roman Empire to present-day Syria. Jeremy Black not only discusses the historical evolution of armed rebellions and COIN but also throws light on their probable nature in the near future.”
— Kaushik Roy, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, and Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Norway

Insurgency is published by Rowman and Littlefield and is available from August 2016.