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When We Dead Awaken: Australia, New Zealand, and the Armenian Genocide (Hardcover): James Robins When We Dead Awaken: Australia, New Zealand, and the Armenian Genocide (Hardcover)
James Robins
R1,625 R1,493 Discovery Miles 14 930 Save R132 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

On April 24th 1915 Armenian intellectuals of the Ottoman Empire were arrested en masse marking the beginning of the Armenian Genocide. The following day, April 25th 1915, saw the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landing at Gallipoli. This book draws the connections between these two landmark historical events: the genocide of the minority Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire and the Anzac soldiers who fought at Gallipoli during World War I. Through eye witness accounts of Anzac soldiers witnessing the genocide, to a history of the Australasian involvement in the international Armenian relief campaign, and enduring discussions around genocide recognition, James Robins explores the international political implications that this unexplored history still has today.

Chasing a Dream - The Exploration of the Imaginary Pacific (Paperback): John Dunmore Chasing a Dream - The Exploration of the Imaginary Pacific (Paperback)
John Dunmore
R514 R385 Discovery Miles 3 850 Save R129 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Early Europeans may have believed the world was flat, but by the Middle Ages there was widespread acceptance that it was, in fact, a globe. What remained a mystery, however, was what lay on the "other side". The belief in a vast southern continent went back centuries, and many expeditions set out to find it, sometimes in search of wealth, sometimes to convert its inhabitants to Christianity. This is the story of the voyages into this great unknown, by the Chinese and early Americans, the Dutch, Spanish, French and English; it recounts the exploits of pirates and scientists, and what lead to the debunking of many myths, from the sunken Great Southern Continent, to the idea that in the "antipodes", people walked upside down.

Hawaiki Rising - Hokule'a, Nainoa Thompson, and the Hawaiian Renaissance (Hardcover): Sam Low Hawaiki Rising - Hokule'a, Nainoa Thompson, and the Hawaiian Renaissance (Hardcover)
Sam Low
R858 Discovery Miles 8 580 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Attuned to a world of natural signs-the stars, the winds, the curl of ocean swells-Polynesian explorers navigated for thousands of miles without charts or instruments. They sailed against prevailing winds and currents aboard powerful double canoes to settle the vast Pacific Ocean. And they did this when Greek mariners still hugged the coast of an inland sea, and Europe was populated by stone-age farmers. Yet by the turn of the twentieth century, this story had been lost and Polynesians had become an oppressed minority in their own land. Then, in 1975, a replica of an ancient Hawaiian canoe-Hokule'a-was launched to sail the ancient star paths, and help Hawaiians reclaim pride in the accomplishments of their ancestors. Hawaiki Rising tells this story in the words of the men and women who created and sailed aboard Hokule'a. They speak of growing up at a time when their Hawaiian culture was in danger of extinction; of their vision of sailing ancestral sea-routes; and of the heartbreaking loss of Eddie Aikau in a courageous effort to save his crewmates when Hokule'a capsized in a raging storm. We join a young Hawaiian, Nainoa Thompson, as he rediscovers the ancient star signs that guided his ancestors, navigates Hokule'a to Tahiti, and becomes the first Hawaiian to find distant landfall without charts or instruments in a thousand years. Hawaiki Rising is the saga of an astonishing revival of indigenous culture by voyagers who took hold of the old story and sailed deep into their ancestral past.

The Camera in the Crowd - Filming New Zealand in Peace and War, 1895-1920 (Hardcover): Christopher Pugsley The Camera in the Crowd - Filming New Zealand in Peace and War, 1895-1920 (Hardcover)
Christopher Pugsley
R1,593 R980 Discovery Miles 9 800 Save R613 (38%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Abandoned Women - Scottish Convicts Exiled Beyond the Seas (Paperback): Lucy Frost Abandoned Women - Scottish Convicts Exiled Beyond the Seas (Paperback)
Lucy Frost
R382 R360 Discovery Miles 3 600 Save R22 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

'Her superb research and sympathetic reconstructions of nineteenth-century Scotland and Australia bring to life a long-forgotten but fascinating group of women.' - Si n Rees, author of The Floating BrothelIn the early nineteenth century, crofters and villagers streamed into the burgeoning cities of Scotland, and families splintered. Orphan girls, single mothers and women on their own all struggled to feed and clothe themselves. For some, petty theft became a part of life. Any woman deemed 'habite & repute a thief' might find herself before the High Court of Justiciary, tried for yet another minor theft and sentenced to transportation 'beyond Seas'.Lucy Frost memorably paints the portrait of a boatload of women and their children who arrived in Hobart in 1838. Instead of serving time in prison, the women were sent to work as unpaid servants in the houses of settlers. Feisty Scottish convicts, unaccustomed to bowing and scraping, often irritated their middle-class employers, who charged them with insolence, or refusing to work, or getting drunk. A stint in the female factory became their punishment.Many women survived the convict system and shaped their own lives once they were free. They married, had children and found a place in the community. Others, though, continued to be plagued by errors and disasters until death.

From Desk to Dugout (Paperback): Robyn Youl From Desk to Dugout (Paperback)
Robyn Youl
R278 Discovery Miles 2 780 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Come see my little dugout - way up on the hill it stands, Where I can get a lovely view of Anzac's golden sands.' The Anzac Book was the finest 'trench publication' produced during the Great War and was an instant bestseller when first released in 1916. Created by soldiers under enemy fire and in extreme hardship, the illustrations, stories, cartoons, and poems were intended as a Christmas and New Year diversion for soldiers facing a harsh winter in the trenches on Gallipoli. The way these young men powerfully captured their felt experiences and struggles in the trenches had a huge emotional effect on readers back home in Australia. From Desk to Dugout explores this particular moment in Australian literary and educational history and its intersections with the war at Gallipoli and the history of ANZAC.

A Shark Going Inland Is My Chief - The Island Civilization of Ancient Hawai'i (Hardcover): Patrick Vinton Kirch A Shark Going Inland Is My Chief - The Island Civilization of Ancient Hawai'i (Hardcover)
Patrick Vinton Kirch
R962 R784 Discovery Miles 7 840 Save R178 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Tracing the origins of the Hawaiians and other Polynesians back to the shores of the South China Sea, archaeologist Patrick Vinton Kirch follows their voyages of discovery across the Pacific in this fascinating history of Hawaiian culture from about one thousand years ago. Combining more than four decades of his own research with Native Hawaiian oral traditions and the evidence of archaeology, Kirch puts a human face on the gradual rise to power of the Hawaiian god-kings, who by the late eighteenth century were locked in a series of wars for ultimate control of the entire archipelago.
This lively, accessible chronicle works back from Captain James Cook's encounter with the pristine kingdom in 1778, when the British explorers encountered an island civilization governed by rulers who could not be gazed upon by common people. Interweaving anecdotes from his own widespread travel and extensive archaeological investigations into the broader historical narrative, Kirch shows how the early Polynesian settlers of Hawai'i adapted to this new island landscape and created highly productive agricultural systems.

On Red Earth Walking - The Pilbara Aboriginal Strike, Western Australia 1946-1949 (Paperback): Anne Scrimgeour On Red Earth Walking - The Pilbara Aboriginal Strike, Western Australia 1946-1949 (Paperback)
Anne Scrimgeour
R982 Discovery Miles 9 820 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Walk a War in My Shoes (Hardcover): Murray Ernest Hall Walk a War in My Shoes (Hardcover)
Murray Ernest Hall
R530 R438 Discovery Miles 4 380 Save R92 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Labour: the New Zealand Labour Party 1916-2016 (Paperback): Franks Peter Mcaloon Jim Labour: the New Zealand Labour Party 1916-2016 (Paperback)
Franks Peter Mcaloon Jim
R953 R864 Discovery Miles 8 640 Save R89 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Labour Party is New Zealand's oldest political party. On 7 July 2016 it celebrates a hundred years of commitment to democracy, social justice and economic development-a commitment that has often made for precarious balancing acts. First in government from 1935-1949, Labour set the terms of economic and social policy for over 40 years only to then struggle to define itself during the 1950s and 60s. After single terms in government in the late 1950s and early 1970s, Labour experienced the 1984 Lange government's radical Rogernomics policies which threatened to destroy the party even as the anti-nuclear policy was warmly applauded. Helen Clark's nine-year reconciliation of social democracy and globalization followed, proving across the century that Labour has consistently represented a broad-based party of reform. Labour: The New Zealand Labour Party 1916-2016 shows how Labour builds on a long tradition of radical and democratic agitation, and how members and activists from all walks of life fought for their their economic and social visions. It shows how a party founded in a male-dominated trade union movement grew-sometimes with difficulty-to embrace and advocate for the aspirations of women, Maori, Pasifika peoples, and rainbow communities. An essential read for all with an interest in New Zealand's political history, this analysis of Labour's past will go on to inform the future of social democratic politics.

Oceania Under Steam - Sea Transport and the Cultures of Colonialism, c. 1870-1914 (Hardcover): Frances Steel Oceania Under Steam - Sea Transport and the Cultures of Colonialism, c. 1870-1914 (Hardcover)
Frances Steel
R1,920 Discovery Miles 19 200 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The age of steam was the age of Britain's global maritime dominance, the age of enormous ocean liners and human mastery over the seas. The world seemed to shrink as timetabled shipping mapped out faster, more efficient and more reliable transoceanic networks. But what did this transport revolution look like at the other end of the line, at the edge of empire in the South Pacific? Through the historical example of the largest and most important regional maritime enterprise - the Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand - Frances Steel eloquently charts the diverse and often conflicting interests, itineraries and experiences of commercial and political elites, common seamen and stewardesses, and Islander dock workers and passengers. Drawing on a variety of sources, including shipping company archives, imperial conference proceedings, diaries, newspapers and photographs, this book will appeal to cultural historians and geographers of British imperialism, scholars of transport and mobility studies, and historians of New Zealand and the Pacific. -- .

British Imperial Air Power - The Royal Air Forces and the Defense of Australia and New Zealand Between the World Wars... British Imperial Air Power - The Royal Air Forces and the Defense of Australia and New Zealand Between the World Wars (Paperback)
Alex M. Spencer; Foreword by Richard Hallion
R937 Discovery Miles 9 370 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

British Imperial Air Power examines the air defense of Australia and New Zealand during the interwar period. It also demonstrates the difficulty of applying new military aviation technology to the defense of the global Empire and provides insight into the nature of the political relationship between the Pacific Dominions and Britain. Following World War I, both Dominions sought greater independence in defense and foreign policy. Public aversion to military matters and the economic dislocation resulting from the war and later the Depression left little money that could be provided for their respective air forces. As a result, the Empire's air services spent the entire interwar period attempting to create a strategy in the face of these handicaps. In order to survive, the British Empire's military air forces offered themselves as a practical and economical third option in the defense of Britain's global Empire, intending to replace the Royal Navy and British Army as the traditional pillars of imperial defense.

Untold Valor - The Second World War in the Pacific (Hardcover): Rob Morris Untold Valor - The Second World War in the Pacific (Hardcover)
Rob Morris
R663 R530 Discovery Miles 5 300 Save R133 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Military author Rob Morris spent three years tracking down and interviewing veterans of the war in the Pacific, focusing on men who had undergone extreme combat, imprisonment, and/or or sinking. Each stand-alone chapter tells the reader, through the eyes of one to three survivors, what is was like to live through some of the greatest challenges of the Pacific War. From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima, from Bataan to the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, each chapter of untold valour and against-the-odds survival tells an intensely personal tale of young Americans fighting for survival. The book is certain to interest anyone with interest in the Second World War, told with the intensely personal style and attention to background research that has become Morris's trademark.

U.S.Marine Corps, 1941-45 (Paperback): Gordon L. Rottman U.S.Marine Corps, 1941-45 (Paperback)
Gordon L. Rottman; Illustrated by Mike Chappell
R421 R347 Discovery Miles 3 470 Save R74 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

While the US Marine Corps was one of the smallest of American armed services in World War II (1939-1945), its contribution to the final victory cannot be overstated. The US Marine Corps may have only comprised 5 percent of America's armed forces, but it suffered 10 percent of all World War II combat casualties. Above all, the amphibious nature of the war in the Pacific imposed on the Marine Corps greater tasks than any it had ever before been called upon to perform. This title details the organization, weapons and equipment of the US Marines of World War II.

One Law For All? Aboriginal people and criminal law in early South Australia (Paperback): Alan Pope One Law For All? Aboriginal people and criminal law in early South Australia (Paperback)
Alan Pope
R796 R676 Discovery Miles 6 760 Save R120 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the planned colony of South Australia, Aboriginal people were to be British subjects, held accountable for their actions by English law and fully entitled to its protection. The reality, however, failed to meet the high expectations of London's reformers as British law struggled to protect the settlers' interests and failed to protect Aboriginal lives and birthrights. Revealing the efforts made by the judiciary to apply the legal equality policy as well as the frustrations of the Aborigines as they coped with the invasion of their lands, this account paints a clear picture of the South Australian frontier.

Bound for Australia - A Guide to the Records of Transported Convicts and Early Settlers (Paperback, New): David T. Hawkings Bound for Australia - A Guide to the Records of Transported Convicts and Early Settlers (Paperback, New)
David T. Hawkings
R516 R419 Discovery Miles 4 190 Save R97 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

2012 marks the 225th anniversary of the sailing of the eleven vessels of the First Fleet from England, bound for Australia. From the arrival of the first 788 convicts in 1788, to the end of transportation in 1868, a staggering 165,000 criminals were sent to Australia for a range of crimes. In addition to those transported, hundreds of thousands of free persons emigrated from Britain and Ireland to colonies in Australia. Because of the vast distance involved, few returned, and the descendants of many of them now live in Australia. Tracing those ancestors today may seem like a daunting task, with The National Archives alone holding over 100 miles of shelving for historical records. Now completely revised and expanded to include new research, Bound for Australia is the essential guide to these records. By directing the reader straight to the relevant files and providing a case study to follow the stages necessary to research your Antipodean relatives, Hawkings makes locating you Australian ancestors more achievable than ever before. Who knows, you may even trace your ancestor to the victualling list of 788 criminals on the First Fleet.

The First World War, the Universities and the Professions in Australia 1914-1939 (Paperback): James Waghorne, Kate Darian-Smith The First World War, the Universities and the Professions in Australia 1914-1939 (Paperback)
James Waghorne, Kate Darian-Smith
R1,058 R937 Discovery Miles 9 370 Save R121 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Australia's extraordinary contribution to World War I extended well beyond its military forces to the expertise of its universities and professional men and women. Scientists and engineers oversaw the manufacture of munitions and the development of chemical weapons. Doctors sustained soldiers in the trenches, and treated the physically and psychologically damaged. Public servants, lawyers and translators were employed in the war bureaucracy, while artists and writers found new modes to convey the trauma of war. The graduates and staff of Australia's six universitiesaEURO"Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Tasmania, Queensland and Western Australia and QueenslandaEURO"were involved in this expansion of expertise. But what did these men and women do after the guns were silenced? How were the professions and universities transformed by the immediate and longer-term impacts of the war? The First World War, the Universities and the Professions examines how the technical and conceptual advances that occurred during World War I transformed Australian society. It traces the evolving role of universities and their graduates in the 1920s and 1930s, the increasing government validation of research, the expansion of the public service, and the rise of modern professional associations and international networks. While the war contributed to greater specialisations in traditional professions such as teaching or medicine, it also stimulated new jobs and trainingaEURO"whether in economics, anthropology or graphic art. This volume provides a new account of the interwar years that places knowledge and expertise at the heart of the Australian story. Its four sectionsaEURO"The Medical Sciences; Science and Technology; Humanities, Social Sciences and Teaching; and The Arts: Design, Music and WritingaEURO"highlight how World War I disrupted and shaped the careers of individuals as well as the development of Australian society and institutions.

Papua Road Map - Improving the Present and Securing the Future (Paperback): Muridan S. Widjojo Papua Road Map - Improving the Present and Securing the Future (Paperback)
Muridan S. Widjojo
R654 R617 Discovery Miles 6 170 Save R37 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The sources of the Papua conflict are grouped into four sets of issues. First is the issue of the marginalization of indigenous Papuans, and the discriminatory impacts on them resulting from the economic development of, political conflicts in, and mass migrations to Papua since 1970. Second is the issue of the failure of development, particularly in the fields of education, health, and economic empowerment. Third is the issue of contradictions between Papuan and Jakartan constructions of political identity and history. Fourth is the issue of accountability for past state violence toward Indonesian citizens in Papua. The above four issues and agendas can be woven together to form a mutually interrelated policy strategy for comprehensive long-term resolution of the Papuan conflict.The atmosphere of Reformasi, and the existence of the accommodative Law No. 21/2001 on Special Autonomy (UU Otsus), a responsive central government, as well as the very large size of Papuas budget, lead the LIPI team to have faith that the problems of Papua can be resolved with justice, peace and dignity. Co-published with Yayasan Pustaka Obor Indonesia. The ISEAS edition is for sale in all countries except Indonesia.

Possessing The Dead - The Artful Science of Anatomy (Paperback): Helen Macdonald Possessing The Dead - The Artful Science of Anatomy (Paperback)
Helen Macdonald
R941 R874 Discovery Miles 8 740 Save R67 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

London, 1868: visiting Australian Aboriginal cricketer Charles Rose has died in Guy's Hospital. What happened next is shrouded in mystery. The only certainty is that Charles Rose's body did not go directly to a grave. Written with clarity and verve, and drawing on a rich array of material, Possessing the Dead explores the disturbing history of the cadaver trade in Scotland, England and Australia, where laws once gave certain officials possession of the dead, and no corpse lying in a workhouse, hospital, asylum or gaol was entirely safe from interference. With a rare blend of curiosity, delight in the unexpected and an eye for detail, award-winning historian Helen MacDonald brings to life this gruesome past to reveal the chicanery at play behind the procuring of bodies for dissections, autopsies and collections.

The Tongan Double Canoes (Paperback, New edition): Peter Suren The Tongan Double Canoes (Paperback, New edition)
Peter Suren
R692 Discovery Miles 6 920 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The double canoe constituted the backbone of Polynesian culture, since it enabled the Polynesians to enter and conquer the Pacific. In Tonga, a center of Polynesian navigation, two types were known: the tongiaki and the kalia. Contrary to most contributions, the author argues that the Tongans were not only the Western Pacific masters of navigation, but also of canoe designing. Typical of Polynesian canoes was the sewing technique which can be traced back to ancient India but was also practiced in Pharanoic Egypt and southern Europe. The legend of the magnetic mountain is to be viewed in this context. Oceanic navigation, which declined during the 19th century, had developed its own means of orientation at sea, including astronomy and meteorology.

Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All (Paperback): Christina Thompson Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All (Paperback)
Christina Thompson
R260 R222 Discovery Miles 2 220 Save R38 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Come On Shore and We Will Kill And Eat You All is a sensitive and vibrant portrayal of the cultural collision between Westerners and Maoris, from Abel Tasman's discovery of New Zealand in 1642 to the author's unlikely romance with a Maori man. An intimate account of two centuries of friction and fascination, this intriguing and unpredictable book weaves a path through time and around the world in a rich exploration of the past and the future that it leads to.

But Wait, There's More... - A History of Australian Advertising, 1900-2000 (Paperback): Robert Crawford But Wait, There's More... - A History of Australian Advertising, 1900-2000 (Paperback)
Robert Crawford
R895 R831 Discovery Miles 8 310 Save R64 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Catchy phrases, chants at cricket matches and jingles which consumers just can't get out of their heads-the best advertising stands out because it is creative, clever and, most importantly, funny. Advertising in Australia can be traced back to the early 1900s, when spruikers wooed the public with appeals to vanity, health and patriotism. By the time Australia had endured two World Wars, the Depression, economic downturns, political upheavals and direct confrontations, the advertising industry had not only survived, but had become a multi-billion dollar industry, with an enormous influence over people's everyday lives and their spending habits. But Wait, There's More is the first detailed history of the Australian advertising industry, exploring its development over the course of the twentieth century from a disorganised group of individuals selling newspaper space to a multi-billion dollar enterprise run by giant transnationals. It follows the admen and adwomen who worked to convert their audiences into consumers and examines their ongoing quest for legitimacy in the face of new technologies and an increasingly sophisticated and media-savvy audience.

A Commonwealth of Thieves - The Improbable Birth of Australia (Paperback): Thomas Keneally A Commonwealth of Thieves - The Improbable Birth of Australia (Paperback)
Thomas Keneally
R337 Discovery Miles 3 370 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In this spirited history of the remarkable first four years of the convict settlement of Australia, Thomas Keneally offers us a human view of a fascinating piece of history. Combining the authority of a renowned historian with a brilliant narrative flair, Keneally gives us an inside view of this unprecedented experiment from the perspective of the new colony s governor, Arthur Phillips. Using personal journals and documents, Keneally re-creates the hellish overseas voyage and the challenges Phillips faced upon arrival: unruly convicts, disgruntled officers, bewildered and hostile natives, food shortages, and disease. He also offers captivating portrayals of Aborigines and of convict settlers who were determined to begin their lives anew. A Commonwealth of Thieves immerses us in the fledgling penal colony and conjures up the thrills and hardships of those first four improbable years."

Honeysuckle Creek - The Story of Tom Reid, a Little Dish and Neil Armstrong's First Step (Paperback): Andrew Tink Honeysuckle Creek - The Story of Tom Reid, a Little Dish and Neil Armstrong's First Step (Paperback)
Andrew Tink
R593 R541 Discovery Miles 5 410 Save R52 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Honeysuckle Creek reveals the pivotal role that the tracking station at Honeysuckle Creek, near Canberra, played in the first moon landing. Andrew Tink gives a gripping account of the role of its director Tom Reid and his colleagues in transmitting some of the most-watched images in human history as Neil Armstrong took his first step. Part biography and part personal history, this book makes a significant contribution to Australia's role in space exploration and reveals a story little known until now. As Christopher Columbus Kraft Jr, the director of flight operations for Apollo 11, acknowledged: `The name Honeysuckle Creek and the excellence which is implied by that name will always be remembered and recorded in the annals of manned space flight'.

Devils on Horses - In the Words of the Anzacs in the Middle East 1916-19 (Hardcover, illustrated edition): Terry Kinloch Devils on Horses - In the Words of the Anzacs in the Middle East 1916-19 (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Terry Kinloch; Foreword by Christopher Pugsley
R828 R607 Discovery Miles 6 070 Save R221 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Reunited with their horses in Egypt after the shattering experience of Gallipoli (a story recounted in Terry Kinloch's earlier book, Echoes of Gallipoli), the Anzac mounted riflemen and light horsemen were initially charged with the defence of the Suez Canal, then with the clearance of the Sinai peninsula, and finally with the destruction of the Turkish armies in Palestine and Syria. At last they could pursue the style of warfare for which they had been trained: on horseback. The First World War battlefields in the Middle East have long been overshadowed by those of Gallipoli and the Western Front. Yet the story of the mounted riflemen in Sinai and Palestine is a truly fascinating one. Using the soldiers' original letters and diaries wherever possible, Kinloch vividly describes every battle and skirmish in the long campaign against the Turks: the crucial Battle of Romani, the defeats at Bir el Abd, Gaza and Amman, and the successes at Beersheba, Ayun Kara and elsewhere. He explains the reality of tactical operations in the harsh desert environment, the ever-present necessity of securing water for the precious horses and the remorseless tenacity of the enemy. The horses play a major part in the story, but of the thousands of faithful animals involved, only one would ever return home after the war. Devils on Horses is a gripping read that offers new information about a theatre of war that has been overlooked for decades. Based on original research, it is sure to be the standard reference work on New Zealand's Middle East campaign for years to come.

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