Vartan of Nazareth: Missionary and Medical Pioneer in the Nineteenth-century Middle East
Paul Holberton Publishing
Description: This is the little-known story of a medical pioneer and missionary who founded a hospital in Nazareth 150 years ago. This book traces the remarkable life of Pacradooni Kaloost Vartan, the son of a poor Armenian tailor in Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul). Born in 1835 at a time of great change in the Ottoman Empire, the young Vartan attended the first American missionary school in the imperial city. He left school to join the British Army as an interpreter in the Crimea and, having witnessed the rigours of battlefield medicine, he was drawn to a career as a surgeon and physician.
Malcolm BIllings has spent most of his career broadcasting and producing Radio 4 and BBC World Service programmes. He presented the Today programme during the 1970s.
Place and publisher: Paul Holberton Publishing
Date of publication: 2013
Number of pages: 240
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Description: This book a facsimile reproduction of a contemporary account of the battle of Waterloo, packed with first-hand accounts and official reports. The first section is a narrative description of the campaign followed by various personal interpretations of the battle, including letters from such notables as the Duke of Wellington. This is followed by the official reports of the battle from all sides, including the various orders of the day issued to the different armies, the official gazette sent by Wellington and the first-hand accounts of French marshals such as Ney and Grouchy. The book concludes with sobering lists of the killed and wounded, those honoured after the battle and obituaries of the more prominent figures. The book features two beautifully detailed concertina-fold maps, one giving an overview of the campaign as a whole and the other detailing the positions on the battlefield itself. In addition to this there is a detailed panorama of the battlefield, done in pen and ink that is arranged in two six-part folded sections in the middle of the book.
Place and publisher: Osprey, London
Date of publication: 2015
Number of pages: 288
Description: From the publishers:
"The Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars profoundly affected German Central Europe. Thousands of German and Austrian soldiers fought as enemies and allies of France in military campaigns that stretched from the sierras of Spain to the snowfields of Russia. Meanwhile, German and Austrian civilians found their lives touched by warfare in a way not seen for decades. The political geography of area was transformed as the thousand-year Holy Roman Empire collapsed and Napoleon redrew state borders. Millions found themselves forced to adapt to the political and military reality of French domination.
This book traces the individual and collective experience of these momentous events in the letters, diaries and memoirs of contemporaries. It explores how soldiers and civilians wrote about both the horrors and pleasures of warfare and how these experiences were mediated by social status, sex, religion and geography. It suggests that despite the trauma of a generation of warfare, older, pre-Revolutionary interpretations of armed conflict remained important as eyewitnesses sought to explain and understand the turmoil around them".
Place and publisher: London,Palgrave Macmillan
Date of publication: 2013
Number of pages: 281
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