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Discussion in 'History & Literature' started by Silas, Aug 19, 2016.

  1. Silas

    Silas Fabulous patriot.

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    Wartime Britain: 1939-1945 - Juliet Gardner

    Incredible book if you like to know the trivial, social side of war domestically. Some very interesting first-hand accounts.

    The Flight of the Romonovs - John Curtis Perry

    Covers the last century of the Romonov dynasty, very interesting and detailed in what has to be one of the most useless autocracies of all time. Christ, how did they last so long?

    Recommendations pls :duke
     
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    Adam Are you cereal?

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    Byzantium: The Early Centuries/Apogee/The Decline and Fall by John Julius Norwich.

    A trilogy of books on the Byzantine Empire from the Tetrarchy of the 3rd century AD to the Fall of Constantinople in the 15th. Probably the best popular history series I've ever read. It's full of tragedy, farce and drama, it also did a lot to bring a relatively little known European empire to the eyes of the public.

    Also some of my favourites from other periods:

    The Falklands by Max Hastings
    The Hubris/Nemesis biographies of Hitler by Ian Kershaw
    Alexander of Macedon by Peter Green

    Trying (mostly failing) to read Herodotus' Histories which are hard going at times. In terms of classical history though you can't beat Thucydides' The Peloponnesian War.
     
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    Never Alone A Dull but Constant Drone

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    Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy D. Snyder
    Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning by Timothy D. Snyder
    The Kaiser's Holocaust by Casper W. Erichsen and David Olusoga
    Postwar by Tony Judt
    I Didn't Do It For You by Michela Wrong
     
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    Fo Shizzle Rising...

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    Currently reading 'History of the World' by Andrew Marr. Obviously doesn't go into huge amounts of detail but it does enough to cover most significant stories and periods throughout human history.
     
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    rocknrollnobody Outrageously level-headed

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    D-Day: The Battle for Normandy, by Max Hastings. Excellent account of the landings and the fight to break out.
     
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    Just started The Spanish Civil War -Paul Preston.
     
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    rocknrollnobody Outrageously level-headed

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    The Perfect King - Ian Mortimer (excellent account of the reign of Edward III)
     
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    I think I read most books on the subject in the early 1980's. Orwell's Homage to Catalonia is a good read. I now live in an area of southern France where a lot of Republicans settled in exile
     
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    I always thought in my ignorance that the Allies landed and after fierce fighting the Germans withdrew. Truth is fighting went on for ages and Caen was only liberated end of July, Caen is very close to the landing beaches. My father referred to it from time to time, he landed on D Day +1. He very rarely mentioned the war and died in 1993 so it's too late now.
    The Americans lost 2,500 dead on Omaha beach don't know about the other figures.
     
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    Read that 30 years ago and yes i enjoyed it the "all tobacconists are fascists .." line always made me laugh .
     
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    The Assassination of the Archduke. Struggling with it a bit.
     

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