New and Noteworthy

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New and Noteworthy


Just as war dominated the twentieth century, so do new books on warfare dominate this month's new releases. JOHN MURRAY has recently published Gregor Dallas' 1918: War and Peace ([pound]25.00. 616 pages). This original study answers the question, 'How do wars end?' The author is interested in the 'continuity' between the signing of the armistice on 11 November and the conclusion of peace in 1919. He concentrates on five capitals: London, Paris, Washington, Moscow and Berlin and gives us a first-rate picture of a world dying and being reborn. In Prof Keith Yates' Flawed Victory: Jutland, 1916 ([pound]20.00. 315 pages) and published by Chatham Publishing, an imprint of DUCKWORTH, we have a new study of the Great War's most famous naval battle. The author gives us a most valuable background to the battle itself and concludes that the battle 'played a pivotal role in the deterioration of the German fleet, and in its eventual mutiny'.

There are three new reprints of books on the Second World War. The first is from FRANK CASS: The Battle of Britain by T. C. G. James and edited by Sebastian Cox ([pound]45.00 h.b. and [pound]18.50 p.b. 412 pages). This volume, part of the Royal Air Force's official study of the war was written in 1943-4 and never intended for publication. This then is a new and valuable source made available to historians. ROBSON BOOKS have republished two American titles dealing with the war. The first is Hanson W. Baldwin's Battles Lost and Won: Great Campaigns of World War II ([pound]19.95. 532 pages), first published in 1966 and Carlo D'Este's Decision in Normandy ([pound]18.95. 555 pages), first published in 1983. This was the first study of the Normandy landings to make use of first-hand recollections and it remains an invaluable source to historians and all those interested in this greatest of amphibious assaults.

The final new-comer is Brian Catchpole's The Korean War ([pound]25.00. 372 pages) from CONSTABLE. The author, himself a Korean War veteran, disentangles the various strands that made up the war: the role of the U.N., the importance of the Allies' naval superiority, the treatment of prisoners by the North Koreans and the effect of the war on the role of the U.N. He shows how important this 'forgotten war' was: it established Britain's partnership with America; it gave birth to the two Koreas and it established China as a player on the world diplomatic stage.

New publications on international relations are almost as numerous as those on war. ROUTLEDGE, a leader in this field, has brought out Nationalism and Internationalism in the Post-Cold War Era edited by Kjell Goldmann, Ulf Hannerz and Charles Westin ([pound]18.99 p.b. 290 pages) all of whom teach in the University of Stockholm. The twelve essays, all based on a Nobel symposium, discuss not only theoretical views of the conflict between nationalism and internationalism but 'case studies' of specific cases such as the E.U. or Poland's experience after 1945. A second Routledge release is European Foreign Policy: Key Documents edited by Christopher Hill and Karen B. Smith ([pound]19.99 p.b. 477 pages) which is the first collection of the most important official documents released by the E.U. in its attempt to create a unified foreign policy. The volume alms 'to fill a void long noticed by students of European foreign policy'.

A third and timely new title, this time from FRANK CASS, is Peacekeeping and Conflict Resolution edited by Tom Woodhouse and Oliver Ramsbotham ([pound]42.

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