Monday, 10 August 2009

This Monday's New Releases

Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean, Edward Kritzler (JR Books)
An account of a hidden chapter of Jewish history when, forced to flee Spain as a result of the Spanish Inquisition at the end of the 15th century, some Jews took to the seas, attacked and plundered the Spanish fleet, and carved out an empire in the New World.

Men of Empire, Monique O’Connell (The Johns Hopkins University Press)
An institutional and administrative history of Venice from 1380 to 1540, which describes the structures, processes, practices and laws by which the city-state dominated a fragmented empire at the boundary between East and West, between Latin Christian, Greek Orthodox and Muslim worlds, and maintained its vast overseas holdings.

Napoleon 1814: The Defence of France, Andrew Uffindell (Pen & Sword)
A study of Napoleon’s military campaign following the Allied invasion of France in 1814, which records the successive clashes leading up to the final battle outside Paris and Napoleon’s abdication, as well the impact of the campaign on the civilian population.

The Battle of Kosovo 1389: An Albanian Epic, Anna Di Lellio (I.B. Tauris)
More often presented from the Serb perspective, this new translation of the Albanian account of the 1389 Battle of Kosovo between the Ottoman Sultan Murat I and a coalition of Balkan forces provides a deeper understanding of the Albanian debate on national and cultural belonging.

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