Abortion rights battles are spreading to the UK, says leading academic

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Recent British court ruling opens the way to prosecute abortionists for murder

Following reports from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) that the number of protests outside clinics is on the rise, and as medical and rights groups call for buffer zones to be set up around abortion clinics to prevent women being harassed by anti-abortion activists, a leading expert on protest says that the UK is seeing the formation of an ‘abortion’ battleground similar to that in the US.

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Book Review – The Vikings and Their Enemies, Warfare in Northern Europe 750-1100

B2029

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The author has specialized in Scandinavian history during the period when the Vikings burst out onto Europe and beyond. His knowledge of warfare and tactics of the time is impressive and this book takes a fresh approach to the period, considering both the Vikings and their enemies. This is probably the finest account of warfare during the period and is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand this extraordinary period. There is a compact by useful photo-plate section and the writing style is descriptive and easy to follow.

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Book Review – One Year, One Empire, Four Emperors, AD69, Emperors, Armies & Anarchy

B2028

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The author has a very readable style and he has chosen a period in Roman history that provides many twists and turns as Rome emerged from the period of rule by Nero. The result is a fascinating account of a fascinating slice of Roman history.

The author has followed the machinations, to elevation and destruction of potential contenders and the role of the Legions in influencing the process. There is much of the thrills and tension of a novel. Even readers who would rarely consider an historical account of a period in ancient history will find a plot and pace to keep them turning pages. This is a book that must be recommended for even the most casual reader and become required reading for any aspiring historian of this period.

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Book Review – Lincoln’s Assassin, The Unsolicited Confessions of J Wilkes Booth

B2027

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The author has taken lively and innovative approach to presenting one of the possible diaries of the conspiracy theories that surround the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The book is set out as a play and imagines the unsolicited confessions of an assassin who has escaped, only to emerge many years later. The book layout is appropriate in as much as J Wilkes Booth was an actor who came from a well-known American acting family, and the assassination took place in a box at a theatre.

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Book Review – Prelude to Waterloo, Quatre Bras, The French Perspective

B2026

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The author has produced the most interesting account of the vital battle that preceded the main battles of Waterloo. He has based his review on French primary sources that have never been published before in English and the book has been published to mark the 200th anniversary of the battle. Naturally, the French view of Quatre Bras differs in several respects from the widely read English accounts and reviews.

The author has upset that comfortable and convenient view by using French accounts to take a fresh view and the stimulating result will be enjoyed by readers. The resulting account is not a simple “we wuz robbed” French view of the type that is periodically offered by French historians. What the author presents is a balanced view of how events built to the first serious contact of forces at Quatre Bras and how that key skirmish influenced the two large set piece encounters between Wellington and his Allies with Napoleon’s forces at Ligny and at Waterloo.

The author has produced a balanced view together with fresh insight. The reader will achieve a broader base of views and be better able to draw conclusions. This is therefore an important book and a timely publication.

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Book Review – The Boer War 1899-1902, Ladysmith, Magersfontein, Spion Kop, Kimberley, Mafeking

B2025

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This book is text-based but it does have an interesting photo plate section that includes in the background of one image an observation balloon that gave British artillery a new advantage, and an image of naval guns sent ashore and mounted on carriages. This also provided the Royal Navy with valuable experience that was carried into the man-carrying kite experiments from 1903 and the acquisition of aircraft.

For the military enthusiast, this book provides a very useful bridge from the military environment of the Napoleonic Wars into the global conflicts that marked and marred the Twentieth Century. This book is highly recommended.

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