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  • The Assassination of the Archduke.



    It's popular history, but I thought it would be chick lit and it's not --- it's heavily footnoted and has some interesting analyses and some stuff I haven't seen elsewhere, such as the basis for the suspicions at the time that the assassination was planned in Vienna.

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    • A must read

      For those who specialize in Medieval Europe you need to read "The Civilization of the Middle Ages" by the late Norman F Cantor.

      This book is a specific examination of the role of Christianity, Chritian thought and doctrinal development, the rise of the Church's secular power, how it handle the reintroduction of Aristolian logic to Europe and the various conflicts with developing monarchies, etc.

      This is not a survey (detailed or otherwise) of all aspects of European civilisation as found in Goldsworthy, Wickham or Heather. It runs to some 566 pages plus introduction so it is not light reading but you will come away with a very clear understanding of how much influence the Cristian church had over secular Europe and how that power came about.
      The Purist

      Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking - John Maynard Keynes.

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      • Political Violence Under the Swastika: 581 Early Nazis
        by Peter Merkl

        Foreign Affairs brief description:
        An American political scientist, who has written extensively on contemporary Germany, reexamines the 581 autobiographical statements by veteran Nazis, originally submitted in 1934 in response to a competition organized by a Columbia University sociologist. Using quantitative methods and ably supplementing these with common-sense observations drawn from existing literature, the author gives a fuller picture of what psychological and sociological reasons prompted these Germans to become Nazis. An interesting work.
        In 1934, 581 members of the SA responded when Columbia University sociologist Theodore Abel sponsored an essay contest which asked for ""the best personal life history of an adherent of the Hitler movement."" It is these responses Merkl uses as the basis for his study.

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        • Just finished reading Prit Buttar's (what a name) Collisions of Empires: The War on the Eastern Front in 1914.

          Excellent book that discusses the war from all four of the major combatants with each major battle and campaign discussed in some detail down typically to the corps level, but often division with some vignettes of smaller more personal anecdotes. Buttar does a good job of summarizing the causes of the war as well as nice bios of the main players. One comes away understanding Conrad and his decision making much better then any other works. Some may think him too easy on Conrad, but in mind he treats the man fairly objectively in his analysis. He does not gloss over his mistakes, but does not vilify the man like Norman Stone and others.

          A particular good aspect of the book is that Buttar does an excellent job of tying in the various campaigns and the decisions made by the various commanders as they related to one another thus allowing a better understanding of the war on the Eastern Front than has heretofore been given.

          There is a lot of "travelogue" type description of the battles (such and such division attacked toward such and such (generally unpronounceable town) and was struck in the flank by such and such) that many might find distracting and difficult to follow, that is why an order of battle with lots of good maps is called for, but Buttar fails in this aspect. The maps are quite general and only show general corps size movements, but not all the towns etc named. I found downloading the first volume of maps and charts from Austria-Hungary's official history to be very useful in this regard.

          Overall I rate it 7 of 10 stars. Had it better maps it would rate higher. A must read for any good understanding of the war in the east during that first campaign season of the First World War



          Michael

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          • Воспоминания, Генерал Павел Николаевич Шатилов
            Memoirs, General Pavel Nikolaevich Shatilov.

            Unpublished autobiography of P. N. Shatilov, a veteran of Russo-Japanese War, World War I, and the Civil War. Cavalry general and holder of the St. George Cross,commander of the Black Sea Cossack regiment in the 2nd Caucasian Cossack division, Quartermaster-General of the Staff of Army, Chief of a Staff of the Caucasian Army under the command of General Vrangelí, Chief of a Staff of the Russian Volunteer Army, Assistant to the Commander-In-Chief after election of General Vrangelí as the Commander-In-Chief, Chief of a Staff of Russian Army of General Vrangelí.

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            • Plutarch's Complete Works
              I was married for two ******* years! Hell would be like Club Med! - Sam Kinison

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              • Orderly and Humane: The Expulsion of the Germans After the Second World War by R. M. Douglas.

                Last edited by Gorque; 18 Jul 14, 10:14.

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                • Mad Trapper From Rat River
                  Truse story of Albert Johnson

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                  • Монархические организации русской эмиграции в Европе в 1919-1933 годах, Серегин Александр Владимирович.

                    Monarchist organizations of the Russian emigres in Europe between 1919 and 1933. Seregin, Aleksandr Vladimirovich, MSU dissertation

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                    • The Decline and Fall of the Ottoman Empire

                      Alan Palmer 1992



                      Told in narrative form and very enjoyable.
                      Any metaphor will tear if stretched over too much reality.

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                      • Currently started W Bruce Lincoln's Red Victory: A History of the Russian Civil War. I bought this long ago, but am just getting around to reading it. Like Lincoln's other works it is a general history of the war covering all aspects of the conflict; social, political, economic, military, etc. I would rather have liked more detail on the military campaigns, but that would have made this 500 page volume unwieldy.



                        Michael

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                        • Originally posted by GCoyote View Post
                          Alan Palmer 1992



                          Told in narrative form and very enjoyable.
                          Old favorite of mine. If you have enjoyed this you may also like 'Lords of the Horizons' by Jason Goodwin, also a very associative narrative of the Ottoman Empire.

                          Last edited by Colonel Sennef; 22 Jul 14, 03:58.
                          BoRG

                          You may not be interested in War, but War is interested in You - Leon Trotski, June 1919.

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                          • Originally posted by GCoyote View Post
                            Alan Palmer 1992



                            Told in narrative form and very enjoyable.
                            How much does the book focus on the Ottoman Empire in WWI?

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                            • Just getting to that part but it's not focused on military events. Looks like the last 20% gets into the 20th century.
                              Any metaphor will tear if stretched over too much reality.

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                              • Currently reading this:
                                Time is inside of us and we are inside time. It turns us and we turn It.
                                Vasil Levski


                                http://www.armchairgeneral.com/forum...91#post2139891

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