Drawing upon Vietnamese-language sources never previously employed in Western accounts
of the siege, "Valley of the Shadow: The Siege of Dien Bien Phu" by Kevin Boylan and Luc Olivier is a dramatic re-telling of the climactic battle of the First Indochina War, the conflict that saw the French expelled from their former colony and set the stage for the "American War" in Vietnam.
Even more than a 100 years after the war, it is not well-known that millions of Indian soldiers fought in the war because historical archives tend to focus on European and Western accounts
, completely silencing the narratives of the Indian soldiers.
As for the impact that this had on the perceived vulnerabilities of Australia and India, this is probably something that is understated in the other Western accounts
and Britts, as an Australian, is in the right place to redress this balance.
In terms of genre, the book stands between "professional historical scholarship" and "popular history." The author has researched a good deal of Western archival material as well as contemporary Western accounts
. However, he does not discuss what, if any, the book's original contribution to current scholarship might be.
Iran's Judiciary released documents Saturday that were shown in the video, some of which challenge the Western accounts
about Zaghari-Ratcliffe's employment.
, however, tell only one side of the story.
He is particularly drawn to the Crow, a tribe usually overlooked in western accounts
and often denigrated for their allegiance to the United States Army that used them as effective scouts.
Also it behooves the author to locate authentic texts from India on the subject of Yoga and Ayurveda rather than simply relying on Western accounts
. This book will have some utility for people struggling with addiction and those helping people with addiction.
More surprising perhaps (in view of some conventional Western accounts
) he argues that much of Karakallou's artwork was not executed by 'in house' painter-monks, or even by local Athonite ateliers, but imported, especially in the 18th and 19th Centuries, from as far as Limnos and Albania and latterly even showing the influence of the German Nazarenes.
The book is a valuable departure from a body of literature dominated by Western accounts
of new media opportunity.
According to Assad's version of events, which departs from Turkish and other Western accounts
, Damascus began to implement reforms shortly after Syrians began to protest in March 2011.
Zarinebaf's research is primarily based on Istanbul court records from select courtships and years (primarily the 1720s and 1730s), imperial orders, police and prison records, galley registers (which provide information on convicts who served their sentences in galleys as oarsmen), Ottoman chronicles, and Western accounts
of the Ottoman state and society.