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Braun/Hogenberg. Cities of the World
Braun/Hogenberg. Cities of the World
by Stephan Fussel
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book providing a great overview of all maps included ..., 22 Sept. 2014
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Excellent book providing a great overview of all maps included into the Braun and Hogenberg fundamental work of XVI century. Great feeling going through all of this in one volume. Excellent quality of print makes even smaller size maps look very detailed.


London Goldsmiths 1697-1837 : Their Marks & Lives
London Goldsmiths 1697-1837 : Their Marks & Lives
by Arthur Grimwade
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful and easy to use, 10 Oct. 2012
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At the beginning I have purchased "Silver and Gold Marks of England, Scotland and Ireland" by Charles James Jackson and Ian Pickford and thought that it will be more than enough on the hallmarks of these countries. After a long hesitation I have decided to buy the Grimwade's book and was astonished by finding a completely different search system being applied. It was really different but after a few initial searches I have recognised a great advantage of this system and I take the Jackson's volume very occasionally since then.


Russian Silversmiths' Hallmarks: 1700 -1917
Russian Silversmiths' Hallmarks: 1700 -1917
by Geoffrey Watts
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use and very helpful, 10 Oct. 2012
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After having bought M. Postnikova-Loseva's Silversmithing in the territories of the USSR I hesitated to buy this Geoffry Watt's book. However I was not disappointed as this book is very handy and easy to use comparing with the Loseva's rather big volume. If you try to look for some new discoveries in it comparing with the Loseva's book you could be disappointed. Marks are more or less the same in both books (Loseva's volume hovever is more explicit). That is the reason I gave 4 stars grade for this book.


The Directory of Gold and Silversmiths, Jewellers and Allied Traders, 1838-1914
The Directory of Gold and Silversmiths, Jewellers and Allied Traders, 1838-1914
by John Culme
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential work for this period, 10 Oct. 2012
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An essential work to have a complete reference of silver hallmarks of the UK in addition to the Jackson's and Grimwade works on the earlier period marks.


Iron & Blood: The Legend of Taras Bulba [DVD]
Iron & Blood: The Legend of Taras Bulba [DVD]
Dvd ~ Vladimir Bortko
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Price: £2.66

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Flawed propaganda creation, 10 Oct. 2012
I was badly disappointed by the movie as I found it more related to some nowadays political issues than to the historical background it was supposed to be depicting. It is possible to feel that a lot of money were poured into the making of this film and after the repetitious praising of the greatness of Russia by the cossack leader you start feeling yourself a bit uncomfortable. Especially if to believe the description of the movie that the story is taking place in the XVIth century. The Republic of Both Nations (that was the official name of the federation between the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania after the Lublin Union was signed in 1569) was heavily involved into the Livonian war with the Moscow Grand Duchy and the Swedish Kingdom, and was acting very occasionally at the southern frontiers. There with a serious help by cossacs the RoBN repulsed occasional invasions by the Crymean tartars. However in the XVIIth century the story turned around. Former guardians of the southern borders of the RoBN, cossacs went against the Poles for economic (bad opression of peasantry), political (demands for a greater autonomy of the Russins' (Ruthenians) lands within the RoBN or even for a transformation of the RoBN into the Republic of Three Nations) and religious (since three Ukrainian regions were joined to the Kingdom of Poland instead of being a part of the GDL, the orthodoxy rights seriously deteriorated in these teritories). Only then Russia (being recognised as such in the middle of the XVIIth century - please look at the contemporary maps of the XVI-XVIIth centuries)stepped into play and supported cossack uppraisals and gained the Eastern Ukraine as its territory in 1654 by signing the Pereyaslavl agreement with the cossack leaders. This long historical explanation, I think, just was needed to explain that not everything was so straightforward in the shown period of the movie and that even good art works could lose their value by falling into the hands of propaganda interests. By the way the movie "1612" also suffered badly because of propaganda cliches applied to this also very contraversional period shown in that movie.


Sealey AK9623EV 0-300mm/0-12-inch Digital Vernier Calliper
Sealey AK9623EV 0-300mm/0-12-inch Digital Vernier Calliper
Offered by County Industrial Supplies
Price: £44.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Good and precise, 7 May 2012
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This tool is very handy and the length of it allows to measure longer items for precise length which is sometimes necessary.


The Oxford History Of Medieval Europe
The Oxford History Of Medieval Europe
by George Holmes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.19

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Simple disappointment, 7 May 2012
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It seems that the medieval times happened only in the western part of Europe. The book fell extremely short of my expectations and I cannot use it even as a reference as it excludes huge areas to be covered to understand a complexity of Medieval Europe.
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The Polish-Lithuanian State, 1386-1795: Volume 4 (A History of East Central Europe (HECE))
The Polish-Lithuanian State, 1386-1795: Volume 4 (A History of East Central Europe (HECE))
by Daniel Z. Stone
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £38.04

5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting overview of 400 years common history, 7 May 2012
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I bought this book somehow hesitating as I have a lot of published books on the Lithuanian - Polish history in Polish, Lithuanian, Russian and also in English. I just wanted to compare how some widespread onesided assumptions are reflected by the author. To my positive surprise I found the text as well balanced and with needed depth to understand complicated history of these two nations. In many cases western historians fall short to write balanced history books on this part of Europe as rely in most cases on the Polish or Russian sources exclusively.
The main disadvantage of the book is that it starts relatively late in the history of Lithuania and Poland. This causes some gap in understanding why it happened so as it happened in the history of both nations. However I suppose that this was explored in previous books of this series so I do not lessen my rating for the book.


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