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Nuclear Weapons

  • What You Need to Know
  • Jeremy Bernstein
  • Hardback | ISBN-13: 9780521884082
  • GBP £16.99

This book is a history of nuclear weapons. From their initial theoretical development at the start of the twentieth century to the recent tests in North Korea, Jeremy Bernstein seeks to describe the basic science of nuclear weaponry at each point in the narrative. At the same time, he offers accounts and anecdotes of the personalities involved, many of whom he has known first hand. Dr Bernstein writes in response to what he sees as a widespread misunderstanding throughout the media and hence among the general public of the basic workings and potential impact of nuclear weaponry. For example, he points out that it has been nearly thirty years since anyone has even seen a nuclear detonation. The Nagasaki bomb, primitive when compared to more modern devices, generated an explosion roughly the equivalent of eight thousand copies of the truck bomb used by Timothy McVeigh in Oklahoma City.

- Combines a narrative of the history of nuclear weapons with explanations of the basic science involved
- The author has spent several decades writing about science for the general reader and has worked as a staff writer for the New Yorker
- Features accounts and anecdotes from the personalities involved in the history of nuclear weapons

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  • The Formation of a European Identity
  • Rosamond McKitterick
    University of Cambridge
  • Paperback | ISBN-13: 9780521716451
  • GBP £15.99

Charlemagne is often claimed as the greatest ruler in Europe before Napoleon. In this magisterial new study, Rosamond McKitterick re-examines Charlemagne the ruler and his reputation. She analyses the narrative representations of Charlemagne produced after his death, and thereafter focuses on the evidence from Charlemagne's lifetime concerning the creation of the Carolingian dynasty and the growth of the kingdom, the court and the royal household, communications and identities in the Frankish realm in the context of government, and Charlemagne's religious and cultural strategies. She offers a completely fresh and critical examination of the contemporary sources and in so doing transforms our understanding of the development of the Carolingian empire, the formation of Carolingian political identity, and the astonishing changes effected throughout Charlemagne's forty-six year period of rule. This is a major contribution to Carolingian history which will be essential reading for anyone interested in the medieval past.

- A comprehensive study of a crucial stage in the formation of European political identity
- Offers a fresh analysis of the contemporary primary sources and challenges long-held assumptions
- Written by one of the world's leading experts in the field