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Ivan the Terrible

Ivan the Terrible Author Maureen Perrie
ISBN-10 9781317894674
Release 2014-07-10
Pages 244
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This is the first major re-assessment of Ivan the Terrible to be published in the West in the post-Soviet period. It breaks away from older stereotypes of the tsar – whether as ‘crazed tyrant’ and ‘evil genius’, on the one hand, or as a ‘great and wise statesman’, on the other – to provide a more balanced picture. It examines the ways in which Ivan’s policies contributed to the creation of Russia’s distinctive system of unlimited monarchical rule. Ivan is best remembered for his reign of terror, the book pays due attention to the horrors of his executions, tortures and repressions, especially in the period of the oprichnina (1565-72), when he mysteriously divided his realm into two parts, one of which was under the direct control of the tsar and his oprichniki (bodyguard). This work argues that the often gruesome forms assumed by the terror reflected not only Ivan’s personal cruelty and sadism, but also his religious views about the divinely ordained right of the tsar to punish his treasonous subjects, just as sinners were punished in Hell. Primarily chronological in its organisation, the book focuses on three main aspects of Ivan’s power: the territorial expansion of the state, the mythology, rituals and symbols of monarchy; and the development of the autocratic system of rule.

Ivan the Terrible

Ivan the Terrible Author Don Nardo
ISBN-10 156711900X
Release 2005-09-01
Pages 112
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A biography of the infamous czar.

The Terrible Leader

The Terrible Leader Author Dan White
ISBN-10 9789814351775
Release 2011
Pages 313
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This book is unlike any other management book on the market. In a crowded market place full of well-intentioned books with advice and guidance on how to be a better leader, The Terrible Leader goes completely against the grain.


Gandhi Author David Arnold
ISBN-10 9781317882350
Release 2014-06-17
Pages 284
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Gandhi's is an extraordinary and compelling story. Few individuals in history have made so great a mark upon their times. And yet Gandhi never held high political office, commanded no armies and was not even a compelling orator. His 'power' therefore makes a particularly fascinating subject for investigation. David Arnold explains how and why the shy student and affluent lawyer became one of the most powerful anti-colonial figures Western empires in Asia ever faced and why he aroused such intense affection, loyalty (and at times much bitter hatred) among Indians and Westerners alike. Attaching as much influence to the idea and image of Gandhi as to the man himself, Arnold sees Gandhi not just as a Hindu saint but as a colonial subject, whose attitudes and experiences expressed much that was common to countless others in India and elsewhere who sought to grapple with the overwhelming power and cultural authority of the West. A vivid and highly readable introducation to Gandhi's life and times, Arnold's book opens up fascinating insights into one of the twentieth century's most remarkable men.


Mussolini Author
ISBN-10 9781317898405
Release 2014-06-06
Pages 376
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Benito Mussolini was a brilliant Socialist journalist who in 1914 declared war, put himself at the head if the anti-Socialist movement in Italy, manoeuvred himself into power by 1933 and ruled the country until overthrown in 1943. He was a dynamic but insecure personality, who appeared dictatorial but always had to share power with the military and bureaucratic establishment. Mussolini founded an Empire in Africa and tried to 'make Italians' in his own heroic, war like image, but in fact failed to even control his own family! In June 1940, when France fell, he could not resist joining in the Second World War on the German side, although Italy was not equipped for serious fighting. His rule ended in Military disaster and personal humiliation. This new biography focuses both on Mussolini's personality and on the way he exercised power, and regards these two issues as closely linked. It sees him as a man with all the talents needed to attain power but few of those needed to exercise it well. This book primarily focuses on how Mussolini had absolutely the wrong personality for a successful political leader.


Trotsky Author Geoffrey Swain
ISBN-10 9781317868750
Release 2014-05-22
Pages 248
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Without Trotsky there would have been no Bolshevik Revolution, but Trotsky was no Bolshevik. Providing a full account of Trotsky’s role during the Russian Civil War and concentrating on his time as an active participant in Russian revolutionary politics, rather than his ideological writings of emigration, Swain gives the student a very different picture of the Bolshevik Commissar of War. This radically new interpretation of Trotsky’s career spanning 1905-1917 incorporates the tense relationship between Trotsky and Lenin until 1917, and pays particular attention to the Russian Civil War and Trotsky’s military organisation and contribution to the war. Swain argues critically that Trotsky achieved where Lenin would have failed, suggesting that Trotsky was in the main part responsible for the Bolshevik Revolution.


Kennedy Author Hugh Brogan
ISBN-10 9781317874799
Release 2014-07-10
Pages 260
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This invaluable account provides an excellent introduction to the Presidency of John F. Kennedy. To understand Kennedy's aims and achievements in the White House, it looks at Kennedy the man and outlines his background and early career and the influences upon him. Hugh Brogan shows Kennedy as a credible statesman, a man of solid achievement. His record as President was, broadly, impressive and would have been more so had he lived.


Burghley Author Michael A. R. Graves
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105023471670
Release 1998
Pages 239
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Burghley was, for 40 years, Elizabeth I's chief minister and much of what we celebrate or condemn her for was Burghley's work as well as hers. Their partnership was uniquely long, close and productive, and anyone interested in the reign of Elizabeth will be interested in Burghley as well. He was cautious, conservative, scholarly, fussily bureaucratic and persistent while she was theatrical, dramatic dishonest, vacillating, indecisive and autocratic they made a weird couple, but they worked.


Mao Author S.G. Breslin
ISBN-10 9781317874812
Release 2014-06-17
Pages 236
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A lucid analysis of Mao as revolutionary general, ideologist and astute political manipulator, this introduction to the life and career of Mao Zedong provides an excellent introduction to modern Chinese history and its enigmatic protagonist.

Slavic Review

Slavic Review Author
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105114638088
Release 2004
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Slavic Review has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Slavic Review also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Slavic Review book for free.

Joseph II

Joseph II Author T C W Blanning
ISBN-10 9781317899655
Release 2013-11-26
Pages 240
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Joseph II (1741--90) -- son and eventual successor of Maria Theresa -- has conventionally been seen in the context of the "Enlightened Despot'' reformers. Today's turmoil in his former territories invites a rather different perspective, however, as Joseph grapples with the familiar and intractable problems of creating a viable unitary state out of his multi-national empire in Central Europe. Professor Blanning's brilliant short study, based on extensive archival research, offers a history of the Habsburg monarchy in the eighteenth century, as well as a revaluation of the emperor's complex personality and his ill-fated reform programme.


Franco Author Sheelagh M. Ellwood
ISBN-10 9781317874676
Release 2014-06-17
Pages 268
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An excellent introduction to Franco's rise to power and his four decades as autocratic head of state in Spain.


Ataturk Author Alexander Lyon Macfie
ISBN-10 9781317897347
Release 2014-01-14
Pages 232
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This concise account of the life and career of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881--1938), the formidable "founder of modern Turkey", offers a substantial revaluation of a key figure in modern history, and also an introduction to the Turkish republic itself. It is a timely study with Turkey again at the centre of international attention, as Islamic fundamentalists challenge many of Atatürk's westernising and secularizing reforms, and as the regional aftershocks of the Soviet collapse reopen profound questions about Turkey's nature, role and relationships Atatürk had sought to settle for good.

The Czars

The Czars Author James P. Duffy & Vincent L. Ricci
ISBN-10 9781612308869
Release 2015-06-22
Pages 723
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During the course of most of Russia's turbulent history, czars ruled. The story of these men and women - as diverse as the lands they governed - is, in many ways, the story of Russia itself. From the birth of the Kievan state in the second half of the ninth century to the murder of Czar Nicholas II and his family in 1918, historians James P. Duffy and Vincent L. Ricci trace the long and twisted line of imperial rule in Russia, offering many insights into the uses and abuses of absolute power, as well as a glimpse at world history through the eyes of those who made it. The Czars is a vital page in the literature of Russian history.


Stalin Author Hiroaki Kuromiya
ISBN-10 9781317867807
Release 2013-08-16
Pages 246
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This profile looks at how Stalin, despite being regarded as intellectually inferior by his rivals, managed to rise to power and rule the largest country in the world, achievieving divine-like status as a dictator. Through recently uncovered research material and Stalin’s archives in Moscow, Kuromiya analyzes how and why Stalin was a rare, even unique, politician who literally lived by politics alone. He analyses how Stalin understood psychology campaigns well and how he used this understanding in his political reign and terror. Kuromiya provides a convincing, concise and up-to-date analysis of Stalin’s political life.

Oliver Cromwell

Oliver Cromwell Author Barry Coward
ISBN-10 9781317874720
Release 2014-07-22
Pages 216
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Oliver Cromwell is one of the most puzzling and controversial figures in English history. In this excellent introduction, Barry Coward uses Cromwell's own words and actions to analyse the life of Oliver Cromwell as a political figure and look at the historical problems associated with his exercise of power.

The Gathering

The Gathering Author Isobelle Carmody
ISBN-10 190301509X
Release 2001
Pages 267
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In this gripping thriller from one of Australia's leading writers, four troubled young people and a ghost battle evil forces taking over their town.