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  1. In the Graveyard of Empires

    Posted May 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... title alludes to numerous failed attempts (from Alexander the Great to the British to the Soviet Union) to bring order to Afghanistan, is not for readers who simply cock an ear when there's ... Charmaine Chan In the Graveyard of Empires by Seth Jones Norton, HK$128 Last summer, in his assessment of Afghanistan, US General Stanley McChrystal said: 'We face not only ...

  2. The Decline and Fall of the British Empire

    Posted Nov 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of the British Empire, Brendon shows how Britannia's rule in the 1930s of 500 million foreign subjects crumbled within a generation, leaving behind the spectre of the Commonwealth 'overshadowed by Imperial America'. The title borrows from Edward Gibbon's The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire because Britons 'found the key to understanding the British Empire ...

  3. Hong Kong's watershed

    Posted May 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Gary Cheung

    ... over the arrests and demanded the release of the arrested workers. The left wing was inspired by Beijing authorities' public support for the 'anti-British struggle', particularly ... of the British'. The leftist camp called a general strike and a four-day 'food strike' at the end of June but the colonial administration stood firm. The confrontation between the leftist camp ...

  4. Duel in the Snows

    Posted Dec 05th 2004, 12:00am by Diana McPartlin

    ... Diana McPartlin Duel in the Snows by Charles Allen John Murray $15I In December 1903 a British army marched over the Himalayas to counter a non-existent Russian threat and was confronted by a medieval Tibetan army ordered to stop it by non-violent means. It was a clash between the mightiest political power in the world and the weakest. Leading the mission was Francis Younghusband. ...

  5. Japan should clarify defence intentions

    Posted Nov 30th 2003, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... and British troops, and then reassess the situation. Given Japan's extreme generosity as an international donor, there is no doubt about its desire for world peace and stability. As a nation, ...

  6. Great Highland Bagpipe is well travelled

    Posted Apr 25th 2010, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... but other bagpipe traditions throughout Europe, from Spain to Russia, almost universally went into decline by the late 19th and early 20th centuries. During the expansion of the British Empire ... John Carney The bagpipe is native to Scotland and has achieved widespread recognition through its usage in the British military and in pipe bands throughout the world. Its first use ...

  7. The west's dubious saviour complex

    Posted Aug 09th 2004, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... are a chance consequence of the interaction of British, French and Turkish empires in 1898- although Darfur was not formally added until 1916, when the British invaded it and killed its sultan. Perhaps ... and Australia sending troops, as though they had not learned enough in Afghanistan and Iraq of the problems of trying to impose a foreign order on ethnically complex countries. Thankfully, US President ...

  8. There's more to Anzac Day than Gallipoli

    Posted Apr 26th 2007, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... McLachlan writes of British Field Marshal Douglas Haig ordering impossible assaults through the quagmire that was Passchendaele. 'In a war characterised by incompetent decision-making, ... the Canadians were the superior troops, Dr Pedersen believes, at least for the first few years of the war. 'Until 1917 the Canadians were the best in the Empire,' he said. Popular opinion also ...

  9. Lifestyle - Books - HISTORY

    Book: Writing War, by Aaron William Moore

    Posted Jun 23rd 2013, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall Writing War: Soldiers Record the Japanese Empire by Aaron William Moore Harvard University Press Soldiers of all nations fighting in the Far East during the second world war were partly radicalised to commit atrocities by their own diaries, according to a new book by a historian at the University of Manchester. Dr Aaron Moore has spent more than a decade studying ...

  10. Waterloo - Napoleon's Last Gamble

    Posted Feb 19th 2006, 12:00am by Tim Cribb

    ... beginning of the modern British empire'. ... of the British battle line even as the Prussian army arrived to lend unexpected support. It was one of those moments in history. Waterloo - Napoleon's Last Gamble is the first in HarperCollins' ...




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