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  • Peking 1900: The Boxer Rebellion (Campaign)
    by Peter Harrington
    ISBN 1841761818 (1-84176-181-8)
    Softcover, Osprey Publishing

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    Osprey's study of the violent Boxer Rebellion, whichswept northern China in 1900. The Boxers were a secret society who sought to rid their country of the pernicious influence of the foreign powers who had gradually acquired a stranglehold on China. With the connivance of the Imperial Court they laid siege to the legation quarter of Peking. Trapped inside were an assortment of diplomats, civilians and a small number of troops. They were all Sir Claude Macdonald, the British Minister in Peking, had to defend against thousands of hostile Boxers and Imperial troops. It would now be a race against time. Could the rag-tag defenders hold out long enough for the gathering relief force to reach them? This book describes the desperate series of events as the multinational force rushed to their rescue.

  • Harrington, Peter: Peking 1900: The Boxer Rebellion (Praeger Illustrated Military History)
    Peking 1900: The Boxer Rebellion (Praeger Illustrated Military History)
    by Peter Harrington
    ISBN 0275986349 (0-275-98634-9)
    Hardcover, Praeger Publishers

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    In the 19th century China was gradually becoming another colony of the European powers that saw in her many riches that were ripe for the picking. From 1860 when Britain went to war with her, until the end of the century, China was constantly at odds with the world powers and her neighbours. While she was attempting to modernise, the archaic condition of her army was displayed in the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-95 when she was soundly beaten by the new Asian upstart. The great powers saw this as the opportunity for more exploitation and land grabbing. By 1897, the Chinese were desperate to remove all foreigners from their land and used the Boxers as a tool for this purpose. Numerous atrocities were committed against foreigners, particularly missionaries, and in the middle of 1900 they turned their attention on the diplomatic missions in Peking.

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  • Plassey 1757: Clive of India's Finest Hour (Praeger Illustrated Military History) (0275986322) by Harrington, Peter
    Plassey 1757: Clive of India's Finest Hour (Praeger Illustrated Military History)
    by Peter Harrington
    ISBN 0275986322 (0-275-98632-2)
    Hardcover, Praeger Publishers

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    Plassey was the battle which established the reputation of Clive of India. After relatively lowly beginnings as a writer in the East India Company, Clive rose to be perhaps the most important single figure in the history of British involvement in India. At Plassey on 23 June 1757 Clive's 3,500 native and East India Company troops faced an army of 50,000 under the French supported nawab Siraj-ud-daula. Having succeeded in keeping his powder dry in a torrential rainstorm which soaked the nawab's artillery, Clive's guns were able to open a murderous fire on the enemy troops as they attempted to encircle him. Siraj-ud-daula's attack was beaten off and the counter-attack which Clive launched swept the field; only the French gunners under St. Frais fought to the last. This battle decided the fate of Bengal, the nawab being assassinated a few days later and succeeded by Clive's nominee, Mir Jaffa. Clive's losses in the battle totalled only 23 men killed. Plassey was crucial because it helped to ensure British dominion over India.

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  • Queen Victoria's Army in Color: The British Military Paintings of Orlando Norie
    by Peter Harrington , Michel Tomasek
    ISBN 0764317768 (0-7643-1776-8)
    Hardcover, Schiffer Publishing

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    Orlando Norie is considered to have been one of the foremost illustrators of the British army in the 19th century, with thousands of watercolors to his credit in public and private collections. His pictures are highly sought after and command high prices. Yet his life remained a mystery that is only now being uncovered. Many of these wonderful pictures are revealed here for the first time. The Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection in Brown University Library, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, possesses one of the largest, if not the largest public collection of original military watercolors by Orlando Norie. The pictures in the Brown military collection range from single figure uniform studies or composites, to genre and battle scenes and at least one named portrait. These are published as a group for the first time along with Michel Tomaseks masterful account of Nories life, including comments on the artists British pictures by Peter Harrington.

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  • A Splendid Little War, 1898: The Artists' Perspective - A Centennial Exhibition
    by Peter Harrington
    ISBN 1853673161 (1-85367-316-1)
    Softcover, Greenhill Books

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    A collection assembled for the centennial of the Spanish- American War Features the work of renowned artists of the day, including Frederic Remington Biographical notes on the artists Some notable artists covered the Spanish-American War of 1898 for the illustrated press, including William Glackens, Howard Chandler Christy, Henry Reuterdahl, and Frederic Remington. To commemorate the centennial of the war, the Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection is mounting a major exhibition of the work of these war artists. This superbly illustrated catalog accompanies the exhibition and provides an overview of the drawings, watercolors, and prints, as well as biographical details on the artists. With pictures from the Frederic A. Sharf Collection, West Point Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Anne S. K. Brown Collection at Brown University, the exhibition provides a wealth of images on a war that ranged from Cuba to the Philippines and involved several young Americans who would later become famous, such as Theodore Roosevelt.

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