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  • Border Conflicts in a German African Colony • Arena Books
    An historical demographer with a background in Geography Demography History and Public Health he writes from an interdisciplinary perspective and is particularly skilled in reconstructing past populations and understanding how people react when confronted by disasters like epidemics pandemics and wars The author of a number of books and more than 100 academic papers he also writes extensively for the Australian and New Zealand media on population and health issues and has been involved in the making of a number of TV programs In this current book he brings his historical demographic expertise to bear on a different sort of human disaster one involving the clash of civilisations in German Southwest Africa and the part played by a young Australian adventurer in the Nama rebellion against the Germans between 1903 and 1907 In such a way he constructs a micro history which illuminates a wider range of issues relating to early 20th century imperialism British Colonial relationships and the attitude towards indigenous colonised peoples About The Book The story of a young Australian adventurer Edward Presgrave who enlisted in an irregular unit in the Boer War and stayed on in the Northern part of the Cape Colony to fight alongside Jakob Morengo and the Nama peoples in their epic guerrilla war against the Germans in German Southwest Africa or present day Namibia It records the adventure sacrifice deception and betrayal touching on major themes dominating the history of Southern Africa in the early years of the 20th century The book vividly describes the Herero and Nama rebellions against the Germans in the years 1903 1907 and the shattering aftermath of concentration death and work camps and the German policy of genocide It also details the full cost of the war in human terms to both the Herero and Nama peoples

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  • The Chilll From Siberia • Arena Books
    magazine Salvo During her busy and interesting career she has illustrated a book entitled Obstetrics by Jean Hallum and slides on Iso immunisation for Professor Denis Fairweather All her life she had intended to write the story of her immediate forebears and their trials and tribulations in 19th century Poland and here it is at last in her moving and descriptive novel The Chill From Siberia About The Book This is a moving tale about mid 19th century Poland based on the experiences of the author s forebears during the time when her country was under the yoke of Tsarist oppression The story is about a young noblewoman Kamila in the struggle to retain her inheritance following the arrest and deportation of her parents to Siberia following their involvement in the struggle for Poland s freedom The novel opens in the Eastern half of the country with the execution of her two brothers during that year of European revolutions of 1848 With the deportation of her parents two years later and from whom she was never to hear again her aunt marries her off to an only surviving son Karol on his deathbed to ensure that her property would not

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  • The Tower • Arena Books
    Surrealist drama art and philosophy It follows one unnamed female character trying to make sense of a nonsensical world About The Book Set in a time unknown and a place indiscernible The Tower follows the story of an unnamed female character as she goes about her mundane life in an extraordinary world Living inside a great and towering stone wall she is invited away from her daily routine of cleaning the dirty kitchens and bathrooms of different people by a mysterious character called Shadow who employs her as a rower for his boat Together they set out on trips over the sea of fire which is encompassed by a stone wall and the woman becomes more intrigued by the multiple stone towers that stand within the fiery sea not least one tower from which a piece of paper falls and lands in Shadow s lap Yet as the woman s curiosity grows the web of mystery tightens and she finds herself in a confusing world where nothing is what it seems and nothing is predictable The Tower is a challenging novel exploring themes of one s relationship with reality and the purpose and nature of identity in love As a

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  • The Politics of The Rope • Arena Books
    illuminating broad based political and cultural study presents the definitive account of the campaign to abolish capital punishment in the period 1955 69 It comprises a work of contemporary history exploring the theme from a number of angles both pro and contra which have not been covered so extensively before From the sphere of governmental and parliamentary politics to the relevant pressure groups to the role of the mass media to the significance of the different churches and the influence of professional bodies such as those representing the police and prison officers the book skilfully identifies their interaction with one another It examines the effect on the campaign of fluctuations in public opinion and of controversial murder cases such as those of Timothy Evans Derek Bentley Ruth Ellis and James Hanratty which in turn often informed the state of public opinion The work sets the campaign in the context of the social and cultural ferment of the era the advent of the permissive society and contrasts the fortunes of the movement with those of other conscience issues such as the legalisation of abortion homosexual law reform divorce liberalisation and the abolition of theatre censorship It seeks to account for the

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  • The Wolds’ Old Ways • Arena Books
    seldom writing under her own name Towards the end of her life she also wrote for the Driffield Times under the name of Aunt Emmy until her death From the beginning she pasted her newspaper cuttings in a large scrapbook They are a varied and wonderfully evocative record of daily life in and around the market town of Driffield in the Yorkshire Wolds during the 1930s It was found by her niece in the back of a cupboard after Florence died She has re arranged the newspaper cuttings in chronological Sections according to subject to aid readers whilst preserving their originality About The Book This book will bring back old times take care of it wrote Florence Hopper freelance journalist in the front of her cuttings book Found in the depths of a dark cupboard crawled into by her niece after her aunt died and now edited by her it is a fascinating read At first it was kept safe for the family to enjoy Starting early in the 1930s the cuttings are a verbatim record of life in a busy market town and on the Wolds farms it served including some on fishing disputes between onshore fishermen from rival

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  • Two Days In July • Arena Books
    been published and or staged in over 20 countries Two Days in July is the first documentary novel to deal with the attempted coup staged by German officers during the Second World War which came within a hair s breadth of success Had it not been thwarted it could have been a turning point in the war and changed the course of world history On that day 20th July 1944 a small group of German officers supported by German officials undertook the only organised attempt by the Germans to unseat the Nazi regime In so doing they gave the lie to the impression of apparently unanimous support for the Hitler regime both among the German people and in the German army After the war Winston Churchill paid tribute to the action of these German officers and officials as one of the few true heroic actions of the war About The Book This docu drama presents the story of Claus von Stauffenberg s assassination and coup attempt against Hitler on 20th July 1944 with perhaps greater clarity and psychological insight than any straight factual account could succeed in conveying Leading reviews from the Danish German press The documentary fiction of Stig Dalager is deeply fascinating as well as intriguing both as an elementary exciting tale and as a demonstration of the psychological and sociological factors which together influence human lives and at some point with immense consequences for the world The portrait of Hitler has an especially deep impact the psychopath whose illness makes him blind to the normal ethics of good and evil Jyllandsposten Dalager draws a penetrating portrait of Hitler and raises a wonderful memorial for the men who fought in vain against the evil Der neue Tag Perhaps the Danish writer Stig Dalager found the real human being

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  • The Girl From East Berlin • Arena Books
    Ron Evans spy case recording his adventures in Finland in the mid 1960s and some twenty years later under the name of Geoff Carter he wrote Death In Riyadh dark secrets in hidden Arabia describing his experiences as a businessman in the Gulf States Under his real name Robert Corfe he is the author of several specialised political science titles About The Book Described as a docu drama rather than a novel because of the extent of its fact based storyline and material in re creating the milieu of a city James Furner has achieved for the Berlin of the post War period what Christopher Isherwood achieved for the Berlin of 30 years before This is a realistic drama on an epic scale set in Berlin immediately prior to the building of the Wall which was to divide the city for three decades Packed with humorous observations it is a poignant story of true love intercepted by the political conflict and intrigues of the East West power blocs In retrospect it takes the form of a historical novel of the most authentic type i e not based on an imaginative reconstruction of the past but drawing on detailed diary entries and the author s immediate report of strongly felt personal events resurrected for publication after a period of almost 50 years Few novels appear on such a grand scale as this what begins as an inauspicious chance meeting in an East Berlin art shop leads to an adventure exploring the many social and psychological aspects characterising the division of a great European capital It is an encyclopaedia of the soul of a city unlikely again to be described so comprehensively or in such depth It is as much a political novel as a love drama especially in so far as

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  • The Rocket's Trail • Arena Books
    the hidden history behind America s victory in the Space Race and how Cold War Warriors went to extreme lengths to cover it up All the German and American military characters in this story are factual and placed in their correct context both chronologically and geographically All evidence about the scientists wartime activities and its cover up is proven and resides in the archives ofNASA the US Justice Department and the FBI The author is the grandson of one of the British scientists seconded into the Forces and sent to Germany in 1945 to find and bring back anything of value as part of the intellectual reparations programme About The Book That one small step for man in July 1969 was made possible by a small group of Germans captured by the Americans at the end of WWII The Rocket s Trail is about one of these men his direct links to crimes against humanity and how US Cold War Warriors went to extreme lengths to cover them up The story is revealed through the eyes of Jim Black an English scientist drafted in to the secret post war intellectual reparations programme Black s personal ambition leads him into a

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