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Edwin H. Lowe Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of:

The Makarov Pistol (Volume 1): Soviet Union and East Germany
by Henry C. Brown and Cameron S. White (Edwin H. Lowe Publishing 2016)

The Makarov Pistol entered service as the primary service pistol in the armed forces and security services of the Soviet Union in 1951.  It continues to serve in the forces of the Russian Federation, and the former Soviet Union, and of nations around the world.  It has been estimated that some 5 million Makarov pistols had been produced in the Soviet Union and Russian Federation alone up 2002, and production continues for military, police and civil markets in Russia to this day.  Additionally, the Makarov Pistol was also produced under license in East Germany, Bulgaria and China.  The Makarov Pistol has served around the world in conflicts and security duties in all climates and terrains, and can claim the distinction of being the first firearm to be carried into space.

Despite the large numbers and the widespread use of the Makarov Pistol, it remained a rare and little known firearm among western collectors until the end of the Cold War.  In the 1990s however, large numbers of Makarov Pistols, accessories and its previously unobtainable 9x18mm cartridge were exported to the west with the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Eastern Bloc, opening up a new field of firearms collecting.

While collectors have been documenting and recording the many aspects of the Makarov Pistol over the last 25 years, this information has never been systematically consolidated into a handy reference book - until now.

This book documents the Makarov Pistols produced by the Soviet Union and Russian Federation, and the Pistole M, the version produced in East Germany.  This is the first volume of a two volume series documenting the history, features, manufacturing variations and markings of the Makarov Pistol, its accessories, documentation and other collectibles available to the collector.  This is a book by collectors, for collectors, and it is the first comprehensive collector’s review of the Makarov Pistol. 

Publication Date:  Sep 23 2016
ISBN/EAN13:  0994168233 / 9780994168238 
Page Count: 134
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 8.5" x 11"
Language: English
Color: Full Color
Related Categories: History / Military / Weapons



Kindle Edition
Available October 2016

Edwin H. Lowe Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of:

The Free Mind:  Essays and Poems in Honour of Barry Spurr

Edited by Catherine A. Runcie  (Edwin H. Lowe Publishing 2016)

For over forty years, Barry Spurr has created a significant body of work in English literary scholarship, spanning a wide range of fields from Early Modern literature to contemporary Australian poetry. Barry Spurr is acknowledged as a leading scholar in the fields of religious literature and liturgical language, most notably in the works of Renaissance poet John Donne, the Modernist poet T.S. Eliot, and the language and literature of the Anglo-Catholic tradition. He was appointed by the University of Sydney as Australia's first Professor of Poetry and Poetics, and holds a notable reputation as a teacher and mentor to students, and as a friend to peers and colleagues. He has also been notable as a public intellectual, with a particular interest in the role of literature in the modern education system, and the role of the humanities in the modern university.

This book is a collection of scholarly papers, contemplative essays and poems, written or contributed in honour of Barry Spurr. The Festschrift's contributors include his former teachers and mentors, his students and colleagues, and includes scholars and public intellectuals in his fields of scholarship or public interest. This Festschrift is a very fine collection of poetry, public discourse and literary criticism, on topics ranging from the works of William Shakespeare, to John Milton, T.S. Eliot, Charles Dickens, and Wilfred Owen, in addition to scholarship on liturgical language and religious and literary philosophy.

Contents (Select to view Author or Essay Preview)

Catherine A. Runcie - Foreword

G.A. WilkesThe Strategy of Shakespeare's Sonnets

David Brooks - Shakespeare's Moral Wisdom and Political Insight: Dual Power in Coriolanus

David Daintree - "Pour forth thy fervours for a healthful mind": Pagan and Christian Views of Courage
Jonathan Mills - State of the Arts

Stephen McInerney - Four Sonnets - 'The Back Window, Kiama', 'How Calm The Harbour', 'A Short Walk At Dusk, Forest of Dean', 'Were The Window Frosted'

Kevin Hart - Eliot's Rose-Garden: Some Phenomenology and Theology in "Burnt Norton"

Bradley M. Wells - The Call of Canterbury: The Festival Plays of T.S. Eliot and Charles Williams (1935-1936)
Robert Gray - 'The Sea-Wall' (poem)

Stephen Gaukroger - Knowing Oneself and the Aesthetic Shaping of Character: German Romantic Anthropology

Jennifer Gribble - Do Not Forget: Memory and Moral Obligation in Little Dorrit

Lyn Ashcroft - A Reading of Wilfred Owen's 'Dulce et Decorum Est'

Christine Townend -
'The Lizard' (poem)
David Jasper - Liturgy and Language

Garry W. Trompf - Calumniation and Payback Theory: Wars of Words in the Breakdown of the Warrior Ethos

Ivan Head - Two Poems - 'Pie Apocalypse', 'The Lark Ascending'

Ivan Francis Head - An Introduction to St Philip Neri

John Bunyan - The Pen of a Ready Writer:The Psalms of Myles Coverdale

John Bunyan - 'Spurred On' (poem)

Carole M. Cusack - The Cultic Milieu in Australia: Deviant Religiosity in the Novels of Carmel Bird

Geoffrey Lehmann - 'Small Child and Art Installation' (poem)

Michael Warren Davis - The Future of the Humanities

Henry Cooper - The Supervisor - Student Relationship

Karina Hepner - O Where Are the Sounds? Inviting Poetry Back into the Lives of Learners

Devika Brendon - 'Imagery for the End of the Day' (poem)

List of Contributors - Mini-biographies

Publication Date: May 25 2016
ISBN/EAN13: 0994168217 / 9780994168214
Page Count: 334
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Language: English
Color: Black and White
Related Categories: Literary Criticism / Modern / General
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Edwin H. Lowe Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of:

Chinese Military Manual Series No.1

Militia Marksmanship Training Manual (Rifle and Submachine Guns) - Type 53 Mosin Nagant, Chiang Kai-shek Mauser, Arisaka and M1903 Springfield Rifles; Type 50 (PPSh-41) and Type 54 (PPS-43) Submachine Guns.  

Translated and New Text by Edwin H. Lowe (Edwin H. Lowe Publishing 2015). 

This book is an illustrated training manual first published in 1973 for the training of the Chinese Militia in World War II era weapons. These are the Type 53 Mosin Nagant, Zhongzheng (Chiang Kai-shek) Mauser, Type 38 Arisaka, Type 99 Arisaka and M1903 Springfield rifles; the Type 50 (PPSh-41) and Type 54 (PPS-43) submachine guns. The manual is presented as a complete and original translation.

Collectors and shooters of the rifles and submachine guns described in this book will find the manual useful. It contains the official Chinese military training instructions for the maintenance, marksmanship and field employment of these weapons, as well as data for the various weapons and ammunition types.

Of particular interest to collectors, this book features colour photographs, descriptions and translations of markings of representative Chinese Militia weapons, accessories, ammunition labels, field equipment and accoutrements described in the manual. 

About This Series
The Chinese Military Manual Series are translations of historical Chinese military manuals issued for the training of the People’s Liberation Army and the Militia.  First published in the People’s Republic of China, these are the first publically available translations of Chinese military manuals in English.
Publication Date: Feb 20 2015
ISBN/EAN13: 0994168209 / 9780994168207
Page Count: 116
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 8.5" x 11"
Language: English
Color: Full Color
Related Categories: History / Military / Weapons


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Review by Roger A. Finzel
"This book is the beginning of more than just new revelations into Chinese military preparation, arms production and use. In addition to translating The Official Chinese Militia Marksmanship Training Manual (fascinating) Edwin Lowe includes information of interest to students of Chinese modern military preparation and history. New information pops up on every page. The color photos illuminate his concise and clearly written commentaries. The descriptions of the militia organization, gun accessories, ammunition identification and Militia badges foreshadows additional information forthcoming in his soon to be published book, 'Everyone a Solider! The Chinese Militia 1958-1984'. Everyone wondering where the new China came from will be rewarded with original information and insights into this formative period of Modern Chinese history. This book is the first step that Edwin Lowe is providing in an area ignored for far too long."

Review by Bob 'Tex' Hanes
" is outstanding and recommend it highly if you have any interest in the Weapons of the PLA... it is a great work and will fill a space in my library."

Review by 'sksguide'
"This book is the beginning of new revelations into Chinese arms production and use. Aside from translating the Chinese Militia Marksmanship Training manual, ( fascinating) Edwin Lowe has added his insights to research providing new information of interest to all collectors of Chinese Weapons. We now know that there is no such thing as "Chu" wood! Forever, it seems, collectors of Type 53 and Type 56 (SKS) have incorrectly identified the wood used on these stocks. We now know the wood is properly called in Chinese qiu wood otherwise known as Catalpa bugei or more commonly Manchurian Catalpa.
His explanation of the origin and basis for condition of the many militia guns exported in the 80s and 90s answers questions that have puzzled collectors for years.... These are a must buy for collectors and will definitively answer and provide accurate direction for all future discussions of Chinese weapons.

Review by E L Baldwin
"A well written translation, easy to read with sufficient explanations & citations to understand the content. Manual covers various weapons, tactics & accessories. There is also some interesting background information concerning not only the weapons involved but also the tactical/ political/ social/ technological issues & influences of the period. This manual sits comfortably alongside the Mosin Nagant Manuals (both J F Gebhardt & T W Lapin) & The Partisan's Companion (L Grau, M Gress). Recommended reading."

Edwin H. Lowe Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of:

When Dragons Whisper: Haunted By The Shadow Of Tiananmen
by Valerie Horniman, Forewords by Catherine A. Runcie and Jocelyn Chey, (Edwin H. Lowe Publishing 2014).

When Dragons Whisper is now available in both colour and black-and-white print editions, as well as colour Kindle.

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In 1979 Australian teacher and education administrator, Valerie Horniman, began mentoring Chinese postgraduate scholars at the University of Sydney. They were the 'Gang of Nine' and were among the first scholars from mainland China to be awarded degrees at a Western university, since the establishment of the Communist government in 1949.

The 'Gang of Nine' arrived in Australia in 1979, at the very moment that China began its head long rush into 'Reform and Opening Up'. The 'Gang of Nine' had endured academic repression and personal hardships during the intellectual calamity of the Cultural Revolution. Now, they found the intellectual freedom and the intellectual rigour of a Western university, as well as life in Western society, liberating, confusing and confronting. Valerie Horniman extended her friendship, support and understanding to the 'Gang of Nine', who would become important scholars upon their return to China.

That mentorship was turned full circle in 1990, when Valerie began a new career as a teacher of English literature and Western culture to postgraduate students in Chinese universities. Valerie plunged head on into Chinese universities in the immediate aftermath of the 1989 Tiananmen Square student protests and the June 4th massacre.

Valerie arrived to find Chinese students seething with barely concealed discontent. Repression of intellectual freedom had returned to Chinese universities, as the hard line conservative leaders sought to regain control of university campuses. Yet the 'Cultural Fever' for Western thought and ideas which had gripped China since its 'opening up', was a genie that could not be returned to its bottle.

After the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre, China forged on with reform, continuing to wind back stifling totalitarian controls, while at the same time, carefully building new forms of authoritarianism over a rapidly changing society and economy. It was amidst this ambiguity and uncertainty that Valerie was given a free hand in curriculum design and content. Valerie tapped into this curiosity and thirst for Western knowledge amongst Chinese students, whilst walking on a knife edge, teaching in universities haunted by the shadow of Tiananmen.

Valerie faced vast cultural gaps between Chinese and Western culture. She bridged those gaps by drawing upon her love of Chinese literature and arts. Expertly guided by Professor Hou Weirui of the 'Gang of Nine', Valerie used the universal ideas she found in Chinese literature as a key to unlock her students' understanding of English literature and Western thought. Valerie's students studied a broad range of English literature, free from the constraints of ideologically mandated scholarship. Her students studied George Orwell's 'Animal Farm' - watching the animated film and singing 60's protest songs - on an anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre as police patrolled the campus. Challenging and innovative, Valerie's teaching satisfied both her students' thirst for knowledge, as well as their desire to covertly express critical and taboo topics in the wake of Tiananmen.

'When Dragons Whisper - Haunted by the Shadow of Tiananmen' is Valerie Horniman's memoir, documented with colour photographs. It is the story of her seven year odyssey in China - her journeys and her teaching in a China still opening up in the wake of the Tiananmen Massacre.

Keywords:  Teaching in China, English Literature, Intercultural Teaching, Intercultural Communication, China After Tiananmen


"As I read of her classroom experiences, I am very much aware of how her pedagogic mandate to teach English Literature, Western Thought and Culture, and thesis preparation was constantly motivated by her unique combination of a deep love of several English literatures, Australian among them, of music and of world history plus a plucky and very Australian love of natural justice.  All this with her affection for her students who always inspired her and her love of China. After over forty years of university teaching, I still find inspiration in Val’s tales of teaching.   Her candid and caring book is a friend to China as much as to students and teachers everywhere."

Dr Catherine Runcie. 
Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Literary Theory, University of Sydney 1969-2001

"Anyone interested in how China has evolved from a doctrinaire socialist state into the present free-wheeling materialist nation that it is will find Val’s memoirs fascinating and inspiring.  Above all, she reveals the deep spiritual hunger that has resulted from the confused and confounding shifts in modern Chinese history, from communism to materialism and from isolationism to globalism."

 Dr Jocely Chey AM.
Visiting Professor,  University of Sydney

"It is a remarkable and valuable account of such an intense and changing time in China, an in Australia's relationships with China, told through no less intense personal stories.  As someone with a background in English literature, I particularly appreciate your very fine-grained account of teaching English literature in China. You evoke the richness and freshness with which so many Chinese students and scholars in that period responded to the great works of English literature.  This is a remarkable phenomenon and a little told story."

Professor Nicholas Jose
Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing, University of Adelaide  

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