The Inter War Years are a fascinating period of history, swinging from ´never again´ to the start of another world war. Our Inter War Years GCSE series not only brings this alive but also sets out everything you will need to know for both your coursework and your exams. Starting from the end of World War I, it examines the peace treaties and how fair they were, whether or not the League of Nations was successful and why international peace had collapsed by 1939. Each chapter will address these questions and give you enough detail to help prepare for your exams and keep on top of your coursework. Our chapters are as follows: Introduction to the Inter War Years Background to the Inter War Years Aims of the Big Three - Were the Peace Treaties Fair? Terms of the Treaty of Versailles - Did Victors Get What They Wanted? Germany´s Punishment Other Peace Treaties Overview of Peace Treaties Aims of the League of Nations Membership and Structure of the League Border Disputes - 1920s Other Issues - 1920s Impact of Economic Depression Manchurian Crisis (1931-33) The Disarmament Conference (1932-33) Abyssinian Crisis (1935-36) Hitler´s Foreign Policy Hitler´s Actions 1933-36 Anschluss (1938) Appeasement Impact of Appeasement Nazi Soviet Pact (1939) Overview: The Causes of World War II Overall Conclusion and Final Exam Preparation 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alexander Piggins, Jonathan Matthews. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adpi/000027de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1886, the U.S. had no navy to speak of. But it did have Alfred T. Mahan, a captain of the U.S. Navy who had spent much of his career observing the exemplary fleets of the British Empire. At age 46, Mahan was just 10 years short of retirement age when the newly formed Naval and War College at Newport, Rhode Island, asked him to lecture on naval history and tactics. Out of these lectures grew a book that would change the world. It´s no exaggeration that The Influence of Seapower Upon History affected the outcome of both great world wars. When it was first published in 1890, prime ministers, kings, admirals, and chancellors eagerly studied its strategies, which England first employed to rule the seas. Likewise, all the major powers have used it to shape imperial policies. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Reese. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bkot/000070de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
There is a sinister and secretive group of people who run the globe by controlling everything from the banks to the media. They achieve this by owning 99 percent of the world´s wealth, despite the fact that they make up less than 1 percent of the population. They come from ancient family bloodlines and pass down their power from generation to generation. They have sacred rites and secret rituals as well as a belief system that stretches back for thousands of years, to their very origin. They spawned the religions, the royal families, global business, and financial systems. They also benefit monetarily from the revolutions and wars they strategically create on an epic scale. They monitor everything we do and have devised methods to manipulate our thoughts and actions. We are all in their service without even realizing it. For thousands of years, they have been doing this with one goal in sight: complete and total supremacy on earth. This is the darkest untold tale of the war to control the masses. This is the story of what they believe, what they do, how they do it, and why. While they have many names, they have but one origin and purpose. However, by using previously unknown and secret sources, we will reveal them. This is the Illuminati. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Philip Gardiner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/real/000452de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It can be argued that one simple idea - the concept of freedom - has been the driving force of Western civilization and may be the most influential intellectual force the world has ever known. But what is freedom, exactly? These 36 engaging lectures tell the dramatic story of freedom from ancient Greece to our own day, exploring a concept so close to us we may never have considered it with the thoroughness it deserves. In exploring what freedom meant to Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King, and other great historical figures, you´ll probe a range of provocative issues related to a concept we in the 21st century sometimes take for granted. What does it take to be free, to have and to hold liberty? What role do the liberal arts and the world of the intellect play in the life of a free society or a free individual? How should we understand the relationship among freedom, religion, and morality? With Professor Fears guiding and informing your thinking, you explore the birth of the idea of freedom in Greece and the story of the world´s first democracy; the status and meaning of freedom in both the Roman Republic and the Empire; the role of Christianity in that flowering of freedom, and the Christian view of the true meaning of human liberation; the debates about freedom that informed the framing and ratification of the United States Constitution; its awful testing on the battlefields of the Civil War; the struggles of free peoples against domestic injustices and foreign dictatorships during the 20th century; and the questions about freedom we still face today. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Professor Rufus J. Fears. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000147de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
American influence across the world really started to be felt for the first time during this period of study. The Roaring ´20s conjure up images of wealth, parties, music, gangsters, cars and an emerging Hollywood. The cultural influence of the US was starting to spread. The 1930s Wall Street crash and subsequent depression reverberated around the world and still do. Our GCSE History series for USA 1919-1941 has been written by Briton Dr David Perkins and American historian Jakub Gaweda and gives a fascinating insight into these turbulent times. The chapters for this series are as follows: Introduction to series USA 1919-1941. An introduction to the USA in the 1920s. The impact of WWI on American society. Topic 1: How far did the US economy boom in the 1920s? Part 1: On what was the economic boom based? Part 2: Why did some industries prosper while others did not? Part 3: Why did agriculture not share in the prosperity? Part 4: How far did America boom in the 1920s? Topic review and exam guidance. Topic 2: How far was the US a free and equal society in the 1920s? Part 1: How widespread was racial intolerance in US society? Part 2: What were the Roaring ´20s? Part 3: Prohibition - why was it introduced and then later repealed? Part 4: How far did the roles of women change in the ´20s? Part 5: Major changes to US society in the 1920s. TOPIC 3: What were the causes and consequences of the Wall Street Crash? Part 1: How far was speculation responsible for the crash? Part 2: What impact did the crash have on the economy? Part 3: Why did Roosevelt win the election of 1932? Part 4: What were the causes and consequences of the Wall Street Crash? Topic review and exam guidance. Topic 4: How successful was the New Deal? Part 1: What was the New Deal as i... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alexander Piggins, Zoe Lambrakis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adpi/000022de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Crusades is an authoritative, accessible single-volume history of the brutal struggle for the Holy Land in the Middle Ages. Thomas Asbridge - a renowned historian who writes with ´´maximum vividness´´ (Joan Acocella, The New Yorker) - covers the years 1095 to 1291 in this big, ambitious, listenable account of one of the most fascinating periods in history. From Richard the Lionheart to the mighty Saladin, from the emperors of Byzantium to the Knights Templar, Asbridge´s book is a magnificent epic of holy war between the Christian and Islamic worlds, full of adventure, intrigue, and sweeping grandeur. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Derek Perkins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005453de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is a guide into what some of the punishments were during the medieval period around the world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Daniel Hawking. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/051190de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the award winning author of Never Subdued, Never Subdued II is an eye-opening look at the rise of Islam from unique religious and historical perspectives. It is an action packed true story with heroes and villains, keeping the reader in suspense. Never Subdued II tells how our founding fathers dealt with extortion on the high seas with virtually no assets at their disposal. Yet the founding fathers were dealing with fanatic fundamentalists with the same beliefs and attitudes as those causing acts of terror around the world today. Hook doesn´t spare fundamentalists of other religions either, with mentioned reviews of historical acts of terror from fanatics of three of the major religions. Included are Franklin Hook´s 10 Commandments of Muslim Diplomacy, which present the reader with suggestions of how to handle the most urgent problems of the world and gives us hope for the future. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott P. Delaney. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/064967de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´There is no doubt in the sanctity of Mecca, but a donkey won´t become a Hajj pilgrim by just going through the motions.´´ (Rahman Baba) ´´Whenever the Prophet...returned from a journey and observed the walls of Madinah, he would make his Mount go fast, and if he was on an animal (i.e., a horse), he would make it gallop because of his love for Madinah.´´ (Sahih Bukhari, Book 30: Hadith 110) The reason for the existence of most of the world´s cities is obvious to geography students. New York and Shanghai control deep ports and straddle great rivers, bringing trade from the interior; Paris and London are at the crossing points of major cross-country rivers; Johannesburg sits atop a great mountain of gold ore; and Moscow and Madrid are at the hearts of their great nations, easily able to control even the more distant corners of the land. Mecca is quite different, as the city exists solely because it is holy. Even centuries before the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, the leaders of Mecca established that their city was the preeminent holy site in Western Arabia and established a truce for pilgrims to the city. In the process one effect of this was that Mecca became a center for what might today be described as tourism, as even ancient visitors needed places for food, water, and sleep. At the same time, they could make offerings in the temples and leave with mementos of their time in Mecca. Many also found it convenient to bring their trade goods to the markets of Mecca, where they could find visitors bringing interesting wares from across the region, and the city also enjoyed the status of a trade center. Of course Mecca is now best known for being Islam´s holiest city, revered as the birthplace of Muhammad and the site where Allah first revealed the Qu´ran to him. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Doron Alon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/039834de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Awe-inspiring and majestic, churches and cathedrals have been the place of gathering and worship for centuries, but many of them hold secret mysteries and meanings that are waiting to be rediscovered. From the majestic stained glass windows that convey the message of faith via beauty and light, to the intricate statues and carvings that adorn the exteriors and interiors and deliver subtle messages of good versus evil, there is a vast amount of symbolism to be explored. Having been built centuries ago, many of these holy buildings contain complex mysteries that have been lost over the years. Come with us on a journey around the world as we visit stunning cathedrals and churches in order to unveil the secrets they hold. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Philip Gardiner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/real/000477de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
One of the most fascinating aspects of World War II was Japan´s use of suicide pilots known around the globe as kamikazes, though the Japanese referred to them as Tokubetsu kōgekitai (´´Special Attack Units´´). Translated as ´´God Wind´´, ´´Divine Wind´´, and ´´God Spirit´´, kamikazes would sink 47 Allied vessels and damage over 300 by the end of the war, but the rise in the use of kamikaze attacks was evidence of the loss of Japan´s air superiority and its waning industrial might. This method of fighting would become more common by the time Iwo Jima was fought over in early 1945, and it was especially prevalent during the invasion of Okinawa in April 1945. The ´´privilege´´ of being selected as a kamikaze pilot played directly into the deep-seated Japanese mindset of ´´death before defeat´´. The pilot training manual assured each kamikaze candidate that when they eliminated all thoughts of life and death, fear of losing the earthly life can be easily overcome. Still, not all cases of those chosen to be kamikazes were equally noble. Recruits were trained with torturous regimens or corporal punishment, and stories of mental impairment caused by drugs or saki abound. Some were described as ´´tottering´´ and dazed, being carried to their planes by maintenance officers, and forcibly pushed in if they backed down. Pilots who could not find their targets were told to turn around and spare their own lives for another day, but if a pilot returned nine times, he was to be shot. At the moment of collision, he was instructed to keep his eyes open at all times, and to shout ´´Hissatsu´´ (´´clear kill´´). The Kamikazes chronicles the history of Japan´s famous suicide pilots and explains when, why, and how Japan resorted to their use near the end of war. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stan Chandler. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/034713de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Adolf Eichmann, also known as ´´The Master,´´ was put in charge of organizing the Jews and sending them away to concentration camps. On Sunday, March 19th, 1944, Eichmann was standing in what would become one of many concentration camps; from there he led a long convoy of SS members into Hungary. As Eichmann and his men rolled along the trail, Hitler ordered troops of men to invade the capital city of Hungary and seize strategic positions. Eichmann was methodic in his annihilation of the Jews. First, he would isolate them. He would mark them with yellow stars so that they could not travel or use any form of communication as well as banning them from a number of occupations including civil service. After the isolation stage, he would collect every form of wealth owned by the Jews. From bank account to businesses all the way down to their ration cards, they would have nothing to leave behind. He would then remove the Jews from their homes and march them to a holding area where they would be kept before being shipped to the concentration camps. Here is a preview of what you´ll learn: Learn how Eichmann was tracked in Argentina and brought to Israel in secrecy Learn why Eichmann managed to escape for so long Learn about how the Mossad (Israeli secret service) assisted in this mission 1. Language: English. Narrator: Daniel Hawking. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/062911de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.