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Bookclub Wednesday!

Hello everyone,

Welcome to our weekly e-book suggestion thread!

We’ve got discovered that lots of people come to this sub to ask for books about historical past or sources on sure subjects. Others make posts a couple of e-book they themselves have learn and need to share their ideas about it with the remainder of the sub.

We thought it will be a good suggestion to try to bundle these posts collectively a bit. One huge weekly put up the place everyone can ask for books or (re)sources on any historic topic or timeperiod, or to share books they not too long ago found or learn. Giving opinions or asking about their factuality is inspired!

In fact it’s not restricted to *simply* books; podcasts, movies, and many others. are additionally welcome. As a reminder, [r/history]( past/) additionally has a advisable checklist of issues to [read, listen to or watch]([]( past/wiki/recommendedlist))

Comments ( 10 )

  1. Can I get a resource recommendation on Henry Ford, Fordism, or Ford Model T?

  2. Are there any resources that detail life in East Berlin during the Cold War? From mundane activities such as children attending school to gangs, civilian perspectives and typical police/military routines.

  3. I’ve been reading quite a few WWI books recently – but all on the shorter side and one was only 100 pages . Trying to make a dent in my unread WWI book pile. Reviews copied and pasted

    **They Shall Not Pass: The French Army on the Western Front 1914-1918 by Ian Sumner**

    >4.5/5 rounding down for goodreads.

    >Overall very good, definitely worth a read if you are interested in WWI. Focuses a lot more on the personal accounts of soldiers, mainly accounts from the time (diaries, letters) not sources from after the war. There is a decent amount on combat but also on the day to day life in the trenches. There is some stuff about the thinking of the generals, to explain the logic behind the attacks, but this is secondary to the soldier’s experiences. Because of the more personal, on the ground focus I thought it was accessible and that you don’t need to know much about WWI to read this. It also isn’t particularly long at 220 pages and 5 chapters – a chapter for each year which covers the main battles as well as a related broader topic like morale or discipline.

    **Douglas Haig: Defeat Into Victory by Gordon Corrigan**

    >3.5/5 rounding down for goodreads. I got it for £1 on a kindle deal and for that I’m happy with it.

    >Very short, about 100 pages total. Enjoyable to read. Corrigan takes a VERY pro-Haig point of view, trying to defend Haig against his critics. His main argument is that Haig was a good leader but constrained by factors outside his control as Britain was the junior partner (on land) compared to the French. So the Somme campaign had to be fought to relieve Verdun and Passchendaele had to be fought to buy time for the French army to recover from the mutinies – and in the end these battles did more damage to the Germans than the British anyway. Corrigan also argues against the more personal criticisms of Haig, such as him not leading from close enough to the frontline or him not being interested in technology. I think he argues the case mostly well, although I happened to agree with this point of view before reading this, but he takes it a bit far in the other direction at times.

    Just finished now **Disputed Earth: Geology and Trench Warfare on the Western Front 1914-18 by Peter Doyle**

    >Charity shop find. Enjoyment 3/5 stars. Detail and info 4.5/5. Only read if you are very interested in the WWI Western Front. I’m quite into WWI and I still found it a bit of a struggle.

    >It isn’t that long at 230 pages plus another 50 for notes/sources. There are a lot of photographs, maps, diagrams – some from the time and some more recent and they tend to be pretty high quality (at least in the Uniform edition). There is plenty of info and lots of detail but it is rather dry to read and at times rather hard to read, but I don’t know a lot about geology. There is a lot about how the different terrains (clay regions, chalky regions etc) responded to water (drainage, water levels. runoff etc) and how this affected the war, for things like mining, making dugouts and trenches, tanks etc. Even as a WWI nerd it started to get a bit repetitive reading about the different kinds of soil or clay and how wet it was.

    I’m now doing a new thing of one kindle book, one physical book at the same time so I’m now reading **The Zimmerman Telegram by Barbara Tuchman** (Kindle) and I might start **July 1914: Countdown to War by Sean McKeekin**

  4. Currently reading Norah Lofts’ Anne Boleyn from the local library. TIL Anne Boleyn had an extra finger on her right hand!

  5. I’m looking for a book on the history of Buddhism. Is there anything like what Diarmaid MacCulloch has written regarding Christianity?

    I’m particularly interested in how Buddhism has changed as it has been adopted in new countries/cultures. Ideally it would be written for a lay and secular audience.

    Is there such a book?

  6. Hi! I want to learn more about the impact of colonialism on 19th and early 20th century China. Ideally the books would explain in depth events like Opium Wars and Boxer Rebellion. Thanks!

    Edit: Thank you for the answers!

  7. What are your favourite books about the ancient Near East?

    I’m also looking for books about ancient Asia Minor.

  8. I’m not sure if I’m allowed to make a second comment here, but: any resources on Britain’s colonization of India and life during/after the colonization process?

  9. Currently reading David Herbert Donald

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