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For King and Other Countries (Hardcover): Glyn Harper For King and Other Countries (Hardcover)
Glyn Harper
R1,238 R950 Discovery Miles 9 500 Save R288 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Lost Ocean Sea Life coloring book For Adults - Simple, Unique & Fanciful Sea Life Coloring Book (Adult Coloring) (Paperback):... Lost Ocean Sea Life coloring book For Adults - Simple, Unique & Fanciful Sea Life Coloring Book (Adult Coloring) (Paperback)
Dakota Jenning
R180 Discovery Miles 1 800 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Sea Life The Under Ocean Kids Coloring Book - Easy, Simple And Beautiful The Under Ocean Coloring Book (Kids Coloring)... Sea Life The Under Ocean Kids Coloring Book - Easy, Simple And Beautiful The Under Ocean Coloring Book (Kids Coloring) (Paperback)
Camelia Gregory
R180 Discovery Miles 1 800 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Truth Of The Matter - His Powerful Account of the Dismissal (Paperback, New Ed): Gough Whitlam The Truth Of The Matter - His Powerful Account of the Dismissal (Paperback, New Ed)
Gough Whitlam
R537 Discovery Miles 5 370 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

On Remembrance Day, 1975, the Governor-General of Australia, Sir John Kerr, sacked the Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam. The Dismissal was the culmination of almost three years of political conflict, as Whitlam's reforming Labor government rammed home overdue legislative reforms in the face of implacable, and increasingly bitter, conservative opposition. The focus of the Opposition's scheming was the Senate, where its leaders blocked supply in order to force a political crisis. Whitlam, famous for his 'crash through or crash' style, refused to compromise with his political enemies. Passionate, pithy, learned, witty, and vigorously combative, ""The Truth of the Matter"" tells the extraordinary political story of the only Prime Minister of Australia ever deposed from office.

The Rise And Fall Of Marvellous Melbourne (Paperback, Revised edition): Graeme Davison The Rise And Fall Of Marvellous Melbourne (Paperback, Revised edition)
Graeme Davison
R1,023 R938 Discovery Miles 9 380 Save R85 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A new edition of this classic work which looks at Melbourne, among the most surburbanized of nineteenth-century cities, in its pursuit of 'suburbanism as a way of life'. Looks beyond public events to discover how the experience of boom and depression touched the lives of ordinary Melburnians, at work and at home, and reshaped their society and their sense of urban identity.

B-29 Superfortress vs Ki-44 'Tojo' - Pacific Theater 1944-45 (Paperback): Donald Nijboer B-29 Superfortress vs Ki-44 'Tojo' - Pacific Theater 1944-45 (Paperback)
Donald Nijboer; Illustrated by Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector
R339 R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Save R52 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

By the time the Americans began their aerial bombardment of Japan in 1944, both the JAAF and IJNAF were spent forces. What the Japanese did have though was the Ki-44 "Tojo". Armed with two 40 mm cannon, it was the most heavily armed and feared single-seat fighter to see action against the new American bomber, the B-29 Superfortress. For the bomber crews, they had what they believed was their 'ace in hole': a fully armed B-29 carried four remotely operated gun turrets and a tail gunner's position, making it the world's most advanced self-defending bomber. In every respect the Ki-44 pilots were fighting a desperate battle. Many who made their mark did so using suicidal ramming attacks or "taiatari". Illustrated with full colour artwork, this volume examines why the Ki-44 was unable to break up bomber formations conventionally during the Pacific War, and how its ramming tactics, while terrifying, graphically revealed Japan's inability to stop the B-29.

Godley (Hardcover): Terry Kinloch Godley (Hardcover)
Terry Kinloch
R1,050 R740 Discovery Miles 7 400 Save R310 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A comprehensive biography of General Sir Alexander Godley, presenting for the first time a fair and balanced look at his time as commander of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF) and II ANZAC Corps during World War I. While Godley is generally remembered as being a poor field commander, Terry Kinloch argues that he was in fact a capable one who had little or no ability to influence the failed battles at Gallipoli and Passchendaele that he is often seen as responsible for. Kinloch also presents, for the first time, a detailed account of Godley's long pre- and post-World War I career in the British Army. After the war Godley returned to the British Army, eventually reaching the rank of general before retiring in 1933. During his 48-year military career, he also served on operations in Rhodesia and South Africa, as a mounted infantry instructor, in the post-war British occupation force in Germany, and as the Governor of Gibraltar.

Daviborshch's Cart - Narrating the Holocaust in Australian War Crimes Trials (Hardcover): David Fraser Daviborshch's Cart - Narrating the Holocaust in Australian War Crimes Trials (Hardcover)
David Fraser
R1,211 R1,034 Discovery Miles 10 340 Save R177 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the spring of 1942, Nazi forces occupying the Ukraine launched a wave of executions targeting the region's remaining Jewish communities. These mass shootings were open, public, and intimate. Although the victims themselves could never testify against their killers, many eyewitnesses could and did identify the perpetrators. Among these communities, three local men from the villages of Serniki, Israylovka, and Gnivan were intimately implicated in such killing operations: Ivan Polyukhovich, a forester in the German-controlled administration; Heinrich Wagner, a Volksdeutscher liaison officer; and Mikolay Berezowsky, a member of the local police force. More than fifty years later, these three men were arrested and brought to trial in Australia for their alleged war crimes. Daviborshch's Cart is more than an account of Holocaust perpetrators who found a safe haven in postwar Australia. It is also the story of the Holocaust in the Ukraine, the War Crimes Act, Nazi policies, and the ways in which future generations translate history into law, archives into proof, and law into justice. Based on a review of previously unexamined historical and legal documents and transcripts, Daviborshch's Cart offers the first critical examination of Australian attempts to bring alleged Nazi criminals to justice.

The History of Australian Exploration - From 1788 to 1888 (Paperback): Ernest Favenc The History of Australian Exploration - From 1788 to 1888 (Paperback)
Ernest Favenc
R435 Discovery Miles 4 350 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The History of Tasmania - Volume II: Large Print (Paperback): John West The History of Tasmania - Volume II: Large Print (Paperback)
John West
R416 Discovery Miles 4 160 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The History of Australian Exploration - From 1788 to 1888: Large Print (Paperback): Ernest Favenc The History of Australian Exploration - From 1788 to 1888: Large Print (Paperback)
Ernest Favenc
R506 Discovery Miles 5 060 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Explorers of Australia and their Life-work (Paperback): Ernest Favenc The Explorers of Australia and their Life-work (Paperback)
Ernest Favenc
R275 Discovery Miles 2 750 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The History of Tasmania - Volume II (Paperback): John West The History of Tasmania - Volume II (Paperback)
John West
R356 Discovery Miles 3 560 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Survivor Memorials - Remembering Trauma and Loss in Contemporary Australia (Paperback): Alison Atkinson-Phillips Survivor Memorials - Remembering Trauma and Loss in Contemporary Australia (Paperback)
Alison Atkinson-Phillips
R1,031 Discovery Miles 10 310 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This is a book about memorials--specifically about a new type of memorial that commemorates experiences of survivors. These new memorials acknowledge loss and trauma that people have lived through, rather than died because of. It is also a book about why people feel the need to remember such difficult experiences. As such, it combines a topic that has strong scholarly interest with human stories of pain and resilience from Australia's recent history. The first half of the book outlines the emergence of this new genre of commemoration in three stages from the 1980s through the mid-2000s. The book includes six case study chapters, each of which tell the story of the development of a different Australian memorial.

James Cook - The story of the man who mapped the world (Paperback): Peter Fitzsimons James Cook - The story of the man who mapped the world (Paperback)
Peter Fitzsimons
R475 R380 Discovery Miles 3 800 Save R95 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Captain James Cook is one of the most recognisable in Australian history - an almost mythic figure who is often discussed, celebrated, reviled and debated. But who was the real James Cook? The name Captain James Cook is one of the most recognisable in Australian history - an almost mythic figure who is often discussed, celebrated, reviled and debated. But who was the real James Cook? This Yorkshire farm boy would go on to become the foremost mariner, navigator and cartographer of his era, and to personally map a third of the globe. His great voyages of discovery were incredible feats of seamanship and navigation. Leading a crew of men into uncharted territories, Cook would face the best and worst of humanity as he took himself and his crew to the edge of the known world - and beyond. With his masterful storytelling talent, Peter FitzSimons brings James Cook to life. Focusing on his most iconic expedition, the voyage of the Endeavour, where Cook first set foot on Australian and New Zealand soil, FitzSimons contrasts Cook against another figure who looms large in Australasian history: Joseph Banks, the aristocratic botanist. As they left England, Banks, a rich, famous playboy, was everything that Cook was not. The voyage tested Cook's character and would help define his legacy. Now, 240 years after James Cook's death, FitzSimons reveals what kind of man James was at heart. His strengths, his weaknesses, his passions and pursuits, failures and successes. JAMES COOK reveals the man behind the myth.

The People of the Sea - Environment, Identity, and History in Oceania (Paperback): Paul D'Arcy The People of the Sea - Environment, Identity, and History in Oceania (Paperback)
Paul D'Arcy
R671 Discovery Miles 6 710 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Oceania is characterized by thousands of islands and archipelagoes amidst the vast expanse of the Pacific. Although it is one of the few truly oceanic habitats occupied permanently by humankind, surprisingly little research has been done on the maritime dimension of Pacific history. ""The People of the Sea"" attempts to fill this gap by combining neglected historical and scientific material to provide the first synthetic study of ocean-people interaction in the region from 1770 to 1870.

Horror In The East - Japan And The Atrocities Of World War 2 (Hardcover, 1st Da Capo Press ed): Laurence Rees Horror In The East - Japan And The Atrocities Of World War 2 (Hardcover, 1st Da Capo Press ed)
Laurence Rees
R536 R466 Discovery Miles 4 660 Save R70 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The question is as searing as it is fundamental to the continuing debate over Japanese culpability in World War II and the period leading up to it: "How could Japanese soldiers have committed such acts of violence against Allied prisoners of war and Chinese civilians?" During the First World War, the Japanese fought on the side of the Allies and treated German POWs with respect and civility. In the years that followed, under Emperor Hirohito, conformity was the norm and the Japanese psyche became one of selfless devotion to country and emperor; soon Japanese soldiers were to engage in mass murder, rape, and even cannibalization of their enemies. Horror in the East examines how this drastic change came about. On the basis of never-before-published interviews with both the victimizers and the victimized, and drawing on never-before-revealed or long-ignored archival records, Rees discloses the full horror of the war in the Pacific, probing the supposed Japanese belief in their own racial superiority, analyzing a military that believed suicide to be more honorable than surrender, and providing what the Guardian calls "a powerful, harrowing account of appalling inhumanity...impeccably researched."

He Was My Father (Paperback): Harry Hill He Was My Father (Paperback)
Harry Hill
R330 R233 Discovery Miles 2 330 Save R97 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Harry was 13 when his father died. He has reconstructed his father's life, and where information was spare, has carefully researched how such people lived. Discovering harsh the life of a stockman , a shearer and a general labourer. Harry has illuminated his father's life with material such as letters home from the battlefront, photographs, including those of such necessities as snake bit kits. Clem Hill's life was one of hard work, harsh conditions, tempered by his skill as a bushman. During his military service Clem was wounded three times and it was only when his arm and shoulder were shattered that he was considered unfit for service. The severe wounds he received affected him for the rest of his life (one arm being rendered almost useless). This is a picture of life in rural Australia before, during and after World War 1 and during the Depression.

Up Came a Squatter - Niel Black of Glenormiston, 1839-1880 (Paperback): Maggie Black Up Came a Squatter - Niel Black of Glenormiston, 1839-1880 (Paperback)
Maggie Black
R723 R684 Discovery Miles 6 840 Save R39 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Niel Black, a Scot from Argyllshire, arrived in Melbourne in September intending to make his fortune. Ambitious and determined, Black became one of the most successful and energetic squatters in the Western District of Victoria - a livestock breeder and a Member of the Legislative Council. He was also a correspondent extraordinaire, and his letters to family, fellow pastoralists, colonial officials, and his chief UK business partner, Thomas Steuart Gladstone (and first cousin of the British prime minister), offer a unique insight into the time. Black's letters and journals, now held at the State Library Victoria, are the inspiration for this revelatory book written by his great-granddaughter. Battles with local Aboriginal people, other settlers, Commissioners of Crown Lands and bush-fires, along with droughts, family feuds, multiple trips back to Scotland to find a wife and Black's rise to gentrified excess are all vividly brought to life.

CRABS Coloring Book For Kids - The Ocean Animal To Get Creative, Be Inspired, Have Fun, and Chill Out Coloring Book For Kids... CRABS Coloring Book For Kids - The Ocean Animal To Get Creative, Be Inspired, Have Fun, and Chill Out Coloring Book For Kids (Paperback)
Rowan Pascall
R174 Discovery Miles 1 740 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Dispossession and the Environment - Rhetoric and Inequality in Papua New Guinea (Hardcover): Paige West Dispossession and the Environment - Rhetoric and Inequality in Papua New Guinea (Hardcover)
Paige West
R1,858 R1,719 Discovery Miles 17 190 Save R139 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When journalists, developers, surf tourists, and conservation NGOs cast Papua New Guineans as living in a prior nature and prior culture, they devalue their knowledge and practice, facilitating their dispossession. Paige West's searing study reveals how a range of actors produce and reinforce inequalities in today's globalized world. She shows how racist rhetorics of representation underlie all uneven patterns of development and seeks a more robust understanding of the ideological work that capital requires for constant regeneration.

New Zealand Infantryman vs German Motorcycle Soldier - Greece and Crete 1941 (Paperback): David Greentree New Zealand Infantryman vs German Motorcycle Soldier - Greece and Crete 1941 (Paperback)
David Greentree; Illustrated by Adam Hook
R339 R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Save R52 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In April 1941, as Churchill strove to counter the German threat to the Balkans, New Zealand troops were hastily committed to combat in the wake of the German invasion of Greece where they would face off against the German Kradschutzen - motorcycle troops. Examining three major encounters in detail with the help of maps and contemporary photographs, this lively study shows how the New Zealanders used all their courage and ingenuity to counter the mobile and well-trained motorcycle forces opposing them in the mountains and plains of Greece and Crete. Featuring specially commissioned artwork and drawing upon first-hand accounts, this exciting account pits New Zealand's infantrymen against Germany's motorcycle troops at the height of World War II in the Mediterranean theatre, assessing the origins, doctrine and combat performance of both sides.

Darwin 1942 - The Japanese attack on Australia (Paperback): Bobby R. Alford Darwin 1942 - The Japanese attack on Australia (Paperback)
Bobby R. Alford; Illustrated by Jim Laurier
R392 R330 Discovery Miles 3 300 Save R62 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Following the devastating raids on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, lightning advances by Japanese forces throughout the Pacific and the Far East, and a desperate battle by the Allied command in the Dutch East Indies, it became evident that an attack on Australia was more a matter of 'when' and not 'if'. On 19 February, just eleven weeks after the attacks on Pearl Harbor and two weeks after the fall of Singapore, the same Japanese battle group that had attacked Hawaii was ordered to attack the ill-prepared and under-defended Australian port of Darwin. Publishing 75 years after this little-known yet devastating attack, this fully illustrated study details what happened on that dramatic day in 1942 with the help of contemporary photographs, maps, and profiles of the commanders and machines involved in the assault.

Photography, Humanitarianism, Empire (Paperback): Jane Lydon Photography, Humanitarianism, Empire (Paperback)
Jane Lydon
R605 Discovery Miles 6 050 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

With their power to create a sense of proximity and empathy, photographs have long been a crucial means of exchanging ideas between people across the globe; this book explores the role of photography in shaping ideas about race and difference from the 1840s to the 1948 Declaration of Human Rights. Focusing on Australian experience in a global context, a rich selection of case studies - drawing on a range of visual genres, from portraiture to ethnographic to scientific photographs - show how photographic encounters between Aboriginals, missionaries, scientists, photographers and writers fuelled international debates about morality, law, politics and human rights.Drawing on new archival research, Photography, Humanitarianism, Empire is essential reading for students and scholars of race, visuality and the histories of empire and human rights.

Into the Dark House - Australian and American National Character Through the Close of the Great Frontier (Paperback): Jim W... Into the Dark House - Australian and American National Character Through the Close of the Great Frontier (Paperback)
Jim W Potter
R398 Discovery Miles 3 980 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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