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AD69: Emperors, Armies and Anarchy

With the demise of Nero through his personal shaky hand, the ill-sorted, ill-starred Iulio-Claudian dynasty got here to an ignominious finish, and Rome was once up for the taking. This was once nine June, advert sixty eight. the subsequent 12 months, generally known as the ‘Year of the 4 Emperors’, used to be most likely one in every of Rome’s worst.

Nero's loss of life threw up a severe query for the Empire. How may a brand new guy occupy the vacant throne in Rome and identify a brand new dynasty? this example had by no means arisen sooner than, because in all prior successions the hot emperor had a few relation to his predecessor, however the psychotic and paranoid Nero had performed away with any eligible family. and the way may well a brand new emperor safe his criminal place and authority near to the Senate and to the military, in addition to to those that had a vested curiosity within the procedure, the Praetorian defend? the end result was once that bold and unscrupulous generals of the empire fell right into a bloody strength fight to determine who had the precise to put on the imperial purple.

Tacitus, in his acid manner, comments that 'one of the secrets and techniques of ruling were printed: an emperor may be created outdoor Rome'. This was once simply because imperial authority used to be eventually in keeping with regulate of the army. therefore, to maintain energy a participant within the video game of thrones needed to achieve an unshakable regulate over the legions, which have been dotted alongside the fringes of the empire. in fact, this in flip intended that the warriors themselves may possibly impose their very own selection. certainly, it grew to become out that whether an emperor won attractiveness in Rome, this counted for not anything within the face of competition from the armies out within the frontier provinces. It used to be to take a tumultuous yr of civil struggle and the loss of life of 3 imperial applicants sooner than a fourth candidate might pop out on best, stay there, and determine for himself a brand new dynasty. Nic Fields narrates the twists and turns and the army occasions of this brief yet bloody interval of Roman history.

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Nero's Killing Machine: The True Story of Rome's Remarkable 14th Legion

By Stephen Dando-Collins

The 14th Gemina Martia Victrix Legion used to be the main celebrated unit of the early Roman Empire–a strength that have been burnt up lower than Julius Caesar, reformed, and virtually burnt up back. After partaking within the a.d. forty three invasion of england, the 14th Legion accomplished its maximum glory while it positioned down the recognized uprising of the Britons below Boudicca. Numbering lower than 10,000 males, the disciplined Roman killing computing device defeated 230,000 rampaging rebels, slaughtering 80,000 with merely four hundred Roman losses–an accomplishment that led the emperor Nero to honor the legion with the identify ""Conqueror of Britain."" during this gripping booklet, moment within the author’s definitive histories of the legions of old Rome, Stephen Dando-Collins brings the 14th Legion to existence, providing army historical past aficionados a distinct soldier’s-eye view in their strategies, campaigns, and battles.

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The Magnificent Bastards: The Joint Army-Marine Defense of Dong Ha, 1968

By Keith William Nolan

"Nolan . . . is going past the headlines to inform the tale of the boys who drove the ememy out in their hiding locations. this can be wrestle narrative at its most sensible. Nolan has mastered the soldier's slang and weaves it expertly into the account. . . . A compelling learn and a priceless addition to the growing to be physique of Vietnam literature".--Military evaluation. pictures and maps.

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The First World War: A Very Short Introduction

By Michael Howard

By the point the 1st international battle resulted in 1918, 8 million humans had died in what were possibly the main apocalyptic episode the area had known.

This Very brief creation offers a concise and insightful background of the good War--from the kingdom of Europe in 1914, to the function of the USA, the cave in of Russia, and the eventual give up of the principal Powers. analyzing how and why the conflict used to be fought, in addition to the old controversies that also encompass the struggle, Michael Howard additionally appears to be like at how peace used to be finally made, and describes the effective legacy of resentment left to Germany.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and elegance, Very brief Introductions provide an creation to a few of life's finest subject matters. Written by way of specialists for the newcomer, they reveal the best modern brooding about the critical difficulties and matters in 1000s of key subject matters, from philosophy to Freud, quantum concept to Islam.

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Intelligence in War: The value--and limitations--of what the military can learn about the enemy

John Keegan, whose many books, together with vintage histories of the 2 global wars, have proven him because the most well known miltary historian of our time, the following offers a masterly examine the worth and boundaries of intelligence within the behavior of war.

Intelligence amassing is an immensely advanced and weak undertaking. And it usually fails. until eventually the discovery of the telegraph and radio, details frequently traveled no speedier than a horse may experience, but intelligence helped defeat Napoleon. within the 20th century, photograph analysts didn’t realize Germany’s V-2 rockets for what they have been; nonetheless, intelligence helped bring about victory over the japanese at halfway. In Intelligence in War, John Keegan illustrates that merely whilst paired with strength has army intelligence been a good instrument, because it may perhaps sooner or later be in besting al-Qaeda.

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And Some Fell on Stony Ground: A Day in the Life of an RAF Bomber Pilot

By Leslie Mann

And a few Fell on Stony Ground is a quick tale through Leslie Mann, released in organization with the Imperial conflict Museums. A rear gunner within the RAF, he was once shot down in Whitley Bomber in a raid over Düsseldorf on June 20, 1941.

After the warfare, as well as operating for directioné information and as a world battle correspondent, he chronicled his reports as an RAF "Bomber Boy" in a fictional narrative.

Award-winning historian Richard Overy offers a close creation. The Guardian's Richard J. Evans defined his booklet, The Bombers and the Bombed, as "the most vital ebook released at the historical past of the second one international struggle this century."

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Rhetoric and Reality in Air Warfare: The Evolution of British and American Ideas about Strategic Bombing, 1914-1945 (Princeton Studies in International History and Politics)

By Tami Davis Biddle

A big revision of our realizing of long-range bombing, this booklet examines how Anglo-American principles approximately "strategic" bombing have been shaped and applied. It argues that principles approximately bombing civilian objectives rested on--and won validity from--widespread yet considerably faulty assumptions in regards to the nature of contemporary commercial societies and their vulnerability to aerial bombardment. those assumptions have been derived from the social and political context of the day and have been maintained principally via cognitive blunders and bias. Tami Davis Biddle explains how air theorists, and people motivated by way of them, got here to think that strategic bombing will be a particularly powerful coercive software and the way they spoke back while their assumptions have been challenged.

Biddle analyzes how a selected interpretation of the area conflict I adventure, including airmen's organizational pursuits, formed interwar debates approximately strategic bombing and preserved conceptions of its in all likelihood innovative personality. This improper interpretation in addition to a failure to expect implementation difficulties have been printed as international struggle II began. by way of then, the British and american citizens had invested seriously in strategic bombing. They observed little selection yet to attempt to resolve the issues in genuine time and make long-range bombing as powerful as possible.

Combining narrative with research, this booklet offers the first-ever comparative background of British and American strategic bombing from its origins via 1945. In analyzing the tips and rhetoric on which strategic bombing depended, it deals severe insights into the validity and robustness of these ideas--not simply as they utilized to international warfare II yet as they practice to modern battle.

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Alexander the Great in his World

By Carol G. Thomas

Alexander the good is likely one of the so much celebrated figures of antiquity. during this publication, Carol G. Thomas areas this robust determine in the context of his time, position, tradition, and ancestry which will detect what impacts formed his existence and career.

The publication starts with an exploration of the Macedonia that conditioned the lives of its population. It additionally lines such impacts on Alexander's existence as his royal Argead ancestry, his father, Philip II, and his mom, Olympias. the writer examines Alexander's engagement with Greek tradition, specially his dating with Aristotle, and contemplates how different societal components - in particular the hugely militarized Macedonian country and the character of Macedonia's dating with neighboring states - contributed to his achievement.

What used to be the importance of those impacts at the guy who succeeded in conquering lots of the identified international from the Adriatic Sea to the Indus River? the writer specializes in this query in exploring historic landscapes and resurrecting key figures from antiquity to be able to penetrate the incentive, objectives, and internal being of Alexander the good.

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Warfare in Eastern Europe, 1500-1800 (History of Warfare)

This quantity examines continuities and new advancements within the behavior of war in early sleek jap Europe from the early 16th century, while Ottoman imperial growth reached the Danube and Crimea, to the overdue eighteenth century, whilst the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth used to be partitioned out of lifestyles and Russia rolled again Ottoman strength from Ukraine and Moldavia. participants comprise experts in Russian, Polish, Ottoman, Habsburg, Cossack, and Crimean Tatar heritage. The essays have interaction army heritage understood within the broadest feel and deal with such topics as taxation, recruitment, the sociology and tradition of officer corps, logistics, command-and-control, and beliefs in addition to know-how and strategies. the quantity goals at facilitating comparative research of japanese eu army improvement throughout jap Europe and its issues of divergence from army perform within the West. individuals are Virginia H. Aksan, Brian J. Boeck, Peter B. Brown, Brian Davies, Dariusz Kupisz, Erik Lund, Janet Martin, Oleg Nozdrin, Victor Ostapchuk, Geza Palffy and Carol Belkin Stevens.

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