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Mao

Mao

1st Edition

By S.G. Breslin
August 17, 2000

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....

The Younger Pitt

The Younger Pitt

1st Edition

By Michael Duffy
August 21, 2000

First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

Ferdinand and Isabella

Ferdinand and Isabella

1st Edition

By J. Edwards
October 22, 2004

This book is about a couple, not a single, dominant ruler. Thus it raises issues of gender, and the dynamics of a marriage over thirty-five years, as well as the practice of monarchical power. The reader sees Ferdinand and Isabella struggle to establish their regime, and then work out an elaborate ...

Castro

Castro

3rd Edition

By Sebastian Balfour
November 20, 2008

The story of Fidel Castro has few parallels in contemporary history. None of the outstanding Third World leaders of the twentieth-century played such a prominent and restless part on the international stage and none survived as head of state for as long. Over almost 50 years, he was one of the most...

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.

1st Edition

By John A. Kirk
November 05, 2004

Combining the latest insights from KIng biographies and movement histories, this book provides an up-to-date critical analysis of the relationship between King and the wider civil rights movement.  Delivering a fresh perspective on the relationship between 'the man and the movement', Kirk ...

Oliver Cromwell

Oliver Cromwell

1st Edition

By Barry Coward
August 21, 2000

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 ...

Stalin

Stalin

1st Edition

By Hiroaki Kuromiya
November 03, 2005

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, ...

Ataturk

Ataturk

1st Edition

By Alexander Lyon Macfie
August 01, 1994

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 ...

Cavour

Cavour

1st Edition

By Harry Hearder
August 15, 1994

Cavour was perhaps the key figure in the process of Italian unification. As prime minister of Piedmont, still reeling from military humiliation by Austria, he turned his backward and insignificant home state into the nucleus of the new Italy by his astute manipulation of the European great powers, ...

De Gaulle

De Gaulle

1st Edition

By Andrew Shennan
August 16, 1993

If any modern democratic leader has believed in the "great man'' theory of history and acted self-consciously in accordance with it, it was surely de Gaulle. On both occasions when he came to power it was in his own right, as a ``providential figure'', not as the representative of a political or ...

Joseph II

Joseph II

1st Edition

By T.C.W. Blanning
June 13, 1994

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 ...

Kaiser Wilhelm II

Kaiser Wilhelm II

1st Edition

By Christopher (St Catherine'S College, University Of Cambridge) Clark
August 25, 2000

Kaiser Wilhelm II is one of the key figures in the history of twentieth-century Europe: King of Prussia and German Emperor from 1888 to the collapse of Germany in 1918 and a crucial player in the events that led to the outbreak of World War I. Following Kaiser Wilhelm's political career from ...

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