Finland s War of Choice

Author: Henrik Lunde
Publisher: Casemate
ISBN: 1612000371
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A selection of the Military Book Club. This book describes the odd coalition between Germany and Finland in World War II, and their joint military operations from 1941 to 1945. This is a topic often missing in English, though in stark contrast to the numerous books on the shorter and less bloody Winter War. That conflict represented a gallant fight of a democratic “David” against a totalitarian “Goliath” that caught the imagination of the world. The story of Finland fighting alongside a “Goliath” of its own has not brought pride to that nation and was a period many Finns would rather forget. The prologue of this book brings the reader up to speed by briefly examining the difficult history of Finland, from its separation from the Soviet Union in 1917 to its isolation after being bludgeoned in 1939–40. It then examines both Finnish and German motives for forming a coalition against the USSR, and how—as logical as a common enemy would seem—the lack of true planning and preparation would doom the alliance. This book posits that it was mind-boggling how the highly professional German General Staff allowed itself to accept the militarily unsound and shaky coalition that resulted. The war aims were not discussed or harmonized, there were no campaign plans with tasks and missions spelled out past the initial assault, no effective main effort established, inadequate force levels, and an unsound command structure with various headquarters. Practically every rule in the book was broken. The objective of linking up with the Finns in the Leningrad area was an important factor in Hitler opting for three main drives into the Soviet Union rather than an earlier OKH plan that called for only two. After describing the operations during and after Barbarossa, this book describes how the Finnish theater became a blind ally for the Germans. Their strongest and best army was trapped both operationally and geographically in central and northern Finland, making virtually no contribution to the war effort. The Germans could not bring to bear enough forces to accomplish their objectives without substantial Finnish assistance, and that was not forthcoming. The final chapters deal with the Soviet counteroffensive against the Finns in 1944. The Finns lost all their gains and quickly concluded a separate armistice. This left the German forces in Finland to simply vacate the territory, fighting between the Finns and Soviets alike as they tried to return to the main war. Jointly suffering 291,000 casualties, the only consolation was that the coalition had inflicted some 830,000 on the Soviets. In this book, Henrik Lunde, a former US Special Operations colonel, and the renowned author of Hitler’s Pre-emptive War: The Battle for Norway, 1940, once again fills a profound gap in our understanding of World War II.

A History of Finland s Literature

Author: George C. Schoolfield
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803241893
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The literature of Finland is bilingual, with lively and extensive traditions in both Finnish and Swedish. This history covers both literary traditions in detail. The volume?s first section, on Finnish-language literature, consists of a series of connected chapters by leading authorities within the field. It opens with a consideration of the folk literature in Finnish that flourished during the Middle Ages and then examines the more recent history of Finnish-language literature, with special emphasis placed on writings from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The second part of the book provides an examination of Finland?s Swedish-language literature from the late fifteenth century through the early nineteenth century. Subsequent chapters trace developments in Finland?s Swedish-language literature during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A survey of children?s literature?from both the Finnish- and Swedish-language traditions?concludes this exceptionally thorough volume.

Kaputt

Author: Curzio Malaparte
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590171470
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Curzio Malaparte was a disaffected supporter of Mussolini with a taste for danger and high living. Sent by an Italian paper during World War II to cover the fighting on the Eastern Front, Malaparte secretly wrote this terrifying report from the abyss, which became an international bestseller when it was published after the war. Telling of the siege of Leningrad, of glittering dinner parties with Nazi leaders, and of trains disgorging bodies in war-devastated Romania, Malaparte paints a picture of humanity at its most depraved. Kaputt is an insider's dispatch from the world of the enemy that is as hypnotically fascinating as it is disturbing.

Gucci Blind for Love

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ISBN: 9781614286004
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A limited edition of 2000 copies, Blind for Love presents inspirational and backstage photographs by noted British artist Nick Waplington documenting the Gucci Cruise 2017 collection runway show, which was held in one of London's most historical landmarks, the Cloisters in Westminster Abbey. Gucci creative director Alessendro Michele's ode to the quintessential British culture and aesthetics, showcasing iconic English motifs such as garden flowers, King Charles spaniels and Union Jack, the collection juxtaposes punk attitude with classic British stateliness. In the best tradition of photo-reportage, Walpington captures candid moments behind the scenes before, during and after the events. The show's soundtrack featured a haunting version of the traditional english ballad "Scarborough Fair" and the lyrics of the song run as a refrain through the book, enhancing the evecative images.

Signal Processing for Mobile Communications Handbook

Author: Mohamed Ibnkahla
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 0203496515
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In recent years, a wealth of research has emerged addressing various aspects of mobile communications signal processing. New applications and services are continually arising, and future mobile communications offer new opportunities and exciting challenges for signal processing. The Signal Processing for Mobile Communications Handbook provides a comprehensive survey of signal processing techniques used in mobile communications that concern the transmitter, the receiver, and the propagation channel. Distinguished contributors discuss a spectrum of topics, including 4-G mobile communication challenges, adaptive coded modulation, channel modeling, estimation and identification, diversity combining and adaptive equalization, multi-user detection, DSP for OFDM, synchronization, and more. Emerging techniques such as neural networks, Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methods, time-frequency analysis, and Chaos are also explored. Presented in a tutorial format with hundreds of figures and tables, this handbook makes signal processing as applied to digital communications accessible for all professionals, researchers, and students involved in mobile communications.

Blind Image Deconvolution

Author: Patrizio Campisi
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1351837680
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Blind image deconvolution is constantly receiving increasing attention from the academic as well the industrial world due to both its theoretical and practical implications. The field of blind image deconvolution has several applications in different areas such as image restoration, microscopy, medical imaging, biological imaging, remote sensing, astronomy, nondestructive testing, geophysical prospecting, and many others. Blind Image Deconvolution: Theory and Applications surveys the current state of research and practice as presented by the most recognized experts in the field, thus filling a gap in the available literature on blind image deconvolution. Explore the gamut of blind image deconvolution approaches and algorithms that currently exist and follow the current research trends into the future. This comprehensive treatise discusses Bayesian techniques, single- and multi-channel methods, adaptive and multi-frame techniques, and a host of applications to multimedia processing, astronomy, remote sensing imagery, and medical and biological imaging at the whole-body, small-part, and cellular levels. Everything you need to step into this dynamic field is at your fingertips in this unique, self-contained masterwork. For image enhancement and restoration without a priori information, turn to Blind Image Deconvolution: Theory and Applications for the knowledge and techniques you need to tackle real-world problems.

The Two Halves of the Brain

Author: Kenneth Hugdahl
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262014130
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State-of-the-art research on brain asymmetry, explained from molecular to clinicallevels.

Impact of Occupants Behaviour on Zero Energy Buildings

Author: Francesca Stazi
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319718673
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This book highlights the importance of human behaviour in the building design process, with a focus on the construction of zero-energy buildings. It reports on and discusses the strategies the authors have adopted to develop behavioural models, and explains how to integrate them into building design. The analyses and findings presented in the book are supported by novel experimental data derived from building monitoring projects carried out by the authors’ research group. Further, the book suggests key methodologies and modelling approaches. The authors subsequently address occupants’ behaviour in zero-energy buildings from an energy perspective. They investigate many different aspects of the interactions between users and buildings devices, from assessing the triggering factors of occupants’ behaviours, to discussing modelling and simulation approaches. Methods for acquiring and analysing experimental data are presented, as well as a discussion on objective and subjective factors that trigger occupants’ behaviour. Other content includes: experimental investigations from real case studies to assess occupants’ interaction with building devices; an assessment of the driving factors that trigger human actions to identify the key parameters in the behavioural models; and critical suggestions on monitoring and modelling approaches to optimise data acquisition and modelling methods. The guidelines presented here will allow designers and researchers to improve the accuracy of their simulations of buildings energy performance, and support both building design and management processes. It will be of particular use to researchers involved in the development of behavioural models, as it presents experimental data and a comprehensive overview of behavioural modelling. The book will also be of interest to students who are studying the behavioural component of integrated building design.

Fourth International Conference on Minority Languages

Author: Durk Gorter
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
ISBN: 9781853591044
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The theme of this volume is comparative research on minority languages and development of theories. The three previous volumes focused mainly on problems of definition, on language in society and on the linguistics of minority languages. This fourth ICML attempts to go forward by concentrating, on the one hand, on comparative research regarding minority languages and on the other hand on the development of theories in this field. It allows for a confrontation of different emerging theoretical perspectives.