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Bookclub and Sources Wednesday!

Hello everyone,

Welcome to our weekly e book advice thread!

Now we have discovered that lots of people come to this sub to ask for books about historical past or sources on sure matters. Others make posts a few 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 submit the place everyone can ask for books or (re)sources on any historic topic or timeperiod, or to share books they just lately found or learn. Giving opinions or asking about their factuality is inspired!

After all it’s not restricted to *simply* books; podcasts, movies, and so forth. are additionally welcome. As a reminder, [r/history]( past/) additionally has a advisable checklist of issues to learn, take heed to or watch

Comments ( 30 )

  1. Hello y’all,
    I just finished a Nixon Biography and it really piqued my interest about 20th century US politics, so I wanted to ask if there’s any recommendations. I’m European and usually read books about European history, but I have a solid base when it comes to American history.
    I’m especially interested in elections and Party politics. stuff like nixons southern strategy or the party switch, failed presidential candidates as well as third party candidates and things like the new deal coalition.
    Also social issues like segregation or economic ones like the rise of neoliberalism.
    All of this in the time frame from including FDR to including Bill Clinton.

    If anyone can recommend me books that touch on as many as these topics as possible, even if they initially don’t go in depth, I would be very thankful. I can always look for a specific topic later if I find something that really interests me, but right now I would like to get a broad overview first.

    Thank you very much and I hope all of you have a nice day

  2. I am interested in learning more Belgium history.
    Any good resources on this topic?

  3. Just started reading Cold War: A New History by John Lewis Gaddis. It’s an average length book but god damn it puts a lot of information in that short length, have to keep rereading paragraphs as its overwhelming my brain.

    Bought my dad the book The Road Not Taken by Max Boot for his birthday, it’s a HUGE book! Wouldn’t be surprised if he’ll finish it and then it’ll be his next birthday!

  4. I want to learn more about early cultures like andronovo (and especially about andronovo). Can anyone suggest readings on them? Thanks.

  5. I’ve hit a rut in my Ancient Roman history. I’ve read everything by Goldsworthy, Holland, Mary Beard, and Anthony Everitt. I have been reading some academic papers (not my field, but like them) and am trying to get recommendations that:

    * Are by academic historians along the lines of Mary Beard. Any topic.
    * Roman military historians writing about specific rather than broad topics (Particular campaign, or era, etc)
    * Any really interesting academic publications you’ve come across (DOI please?)

  6. I’m looking for books about daily life and material culture in pre-20th century America. Anything about the boring day to day stuff that political biographies miss. How did normal people live/love/eat/sleep/hang out? Or diaries from that era. I love the journal of Nicholas cresswell for example

  7. I guess it doesn’t hurt to see if anyone has recommendations for Marxist reads. Also academic historiography on fascism, specially fascism in South America, I intend to study fascism in Brasil. Not sure if it will happen but who knows, new doc new pills.

  8. Happy Wednesday everyone!

    Just wrapped up [King of Kings: The Triumph and Tragedy of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia l](, and it was fantastic. The book does an excellent job conveying the Selassie’s biography, from as close to an objective perspective as I’ve seen. Highly recommend this one!

  9. A couple that stand our for me:

    *April 1865* – The authors thesis is that one month represented a “fold” in history. A focused take on the events rather than a general history. I had read many books on the U.S. Civil War and related persons, but this offered new insights that I had not considered previously.

    *Partners in Command: George Marshall and Dwight Eisenhower in War and Peace* – From a historical perspective, it is really interesting and places some world events in context. Great histories of both men and their relationship. For senior military officers, I expect you may agree with me that the author got it wrong by describing Marshall as Eisenhower’s “commander”. Eisenhower eclipsed Marshall, but respected him as a mentor and friend and valued his input. It highlighted the amazing impact that Marshall had on the Army and the Department of Defense. Despite what I considered a significant shortcoming of the book, I think the rest redeems the book and makes it a worthwhile read.

  10. On the podcast front: The Rest is History podcast just did a really good multi-part series on Ronald Reagan.

  11. A podcast that I like is Literature and History, by Doug Metzger. It’s about the history of English literature! He covers stuff chronologically, starting off with cuneiform, since you can’t talk about literature without talking about the birth of writing. I’ve just finished up the season where he talks about Roman literature! It’s very cool, he has his PhD in American literature of the 1800s (I think, don’t quote me) and it is peer-reviewed! Amazing educational podcast.

  12. I just finished Malcolm Gaskill’s *Ruin of All Witches: Life and Death in the New World*. It’s the story of the witch hunt in Springfield Massachusetts in 1651, but it starts with the founding of the plantation and it’s an incredible exploration of what life was actually like there in the 1600s. He perfectly captures the hothouse atmosphere of exhaustion, boredom, anxiety and gossip that led to the witch accusations, but I also don’t think I’ve gotten a better portrait of what life was like for the Puritans.

    It really well written too, and sometimes unexpectedly funny. Somehow I did not expect >!the most damning accusation to be based on a pudding!<

  13. A list or various books that I recommend.

    *A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility* by Taner Akcam

    *The Master Plan: Himmler’s Scholars and the Holocaust* by Heather Pringle

    *The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe’s Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War* by Lynn H. Nicholas

    *The Dancing Plague: The Strange, True Story of an Extraordinary Illness* by John Waller

    *SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome* by Mary Beard

    *Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane* by Andrew Graham-Dixon

    *Bernini: His Life and His Rome* by Franco Mormando

    *The Tudors: The Complete Story of England’s Most Notorious Dynasty* by G. J. Meyer

    *Rembrandt’s Eyes* by Simon Schama

    *Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution* by Simon Schama

    *The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age* by Simon Schama

    *Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies* by Ross King

    *India: A History* by John Keay

    *China: A History by John Keay*

    *Four Princes: Henry VIII, Francis I, Charles V, Suleiman the Magnificent and the Obsessions that Forged Modern Europe* by John Julius Norwich

  14. Does anyone have particularly good books/podcasts on pre-Columbian North American tribes such as the Mississippi?

  15. Eleanor of Aquitaine, queen of France and England. Mother of empires, by Sara Cockerill. I was disappointed to learn that alot of the “white myth ” stories are just that. Stories. She lived a remarkable life, but she was far from the Amazonian warrior queen that many of us have been told about. Excellent read and expertly researched.

  16. Finished 2 books. Reviews copied and pasted from Goodreads –

    **When Money Dies: The Nightmare of the Weimar Hyper-inflation
    by Adam Fergusson**

    >3.5/5 being harsh rounding down for Goodreads.

    >Good at describing the causes and societal impact of hyperinflation during early 20s Germany. Not too heavy on the economic terminology and doesn’t overload you with numbers. But the writing is a bit dry and I was sort of disappointed in that regard. Could’ve had more focus on the impact on normal people. Also has some stuff on Austria and Hungary. The main argument is that inflation on such a large scale damages the morals and structure of a society, leading to distrust between different groups. a loss of faith in democracy, aids extremists on the left and right, etc and basically traumatises a society. It also argues that the German hyper-inflation wasn’t done deliberately to avoid paying the Versailles reparations but instead was done by a mix of incompetence and attempting to avoid unemployment (edit – plus to support the resistance to French occupation of the Ruhr in 1923). The book came out in 1975 and I haven’t read that much on Weimar Germany yet so I don’t know if the way it is presented here still holds up well academically.

    Just finished **Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy by Eric D. Weitz**

    >4/5 I feel like I got a lot out of it.

    >Not much to say about it. Solid overview of the Weimar Republic. Mix of political, economics and cultural chapters. Well written and enjoyable to read. Personally I preferred the political chapters more, especially on the political right and the ‘enemies of the republic’. The economics chapter was also good as it focused more on what the economic conditions meant for normal people instead of just a load of numbers about industrial production. The book is very good at giving a feeling of what the time period was like. My main criticism is that I found it to be a bit heavy on the architecture and the intellectuals at times, but that is more my personal taste than an objective negative. Overall a good introduction to Weimar Republic era Germany and despite it not being the cheapest book (at least on UK Amazon) I would recommend it for anyone interested in the topic, whether you’ve read other books on it or not.

  17. Recently finished On Desperate Ground by Hampton Sides about the Korean War, specifically the Chosin Reservoir battle. I thought it was a great book that really showed the genius of Incheon and the following mistakes made from hubris that led to the Chosin battle, and the suffering and courageous determination that resulted in the survival of the majority of the US forces. Obviously didn’t focus very much on the larger context, or the Chinese side much, but for the focus it had, it did a great job.

  18. Read Taking Berlin by Martin Dugard, but didn’t enjoy it as much as Taking Paris. The parts about Patton and Martha Gellhorn were super interesting I’ve never read about Gellhorn before and she’s a fascinating individual. The rest was very disjointed and it was almost Russia, Russia, Russia bait with the Russiagate conspiracy thrown in at the end. I hate communism, but the Soviet contribution was barely there and what was seemed thrown in as an after thought. Which makes no sense because the Soviets actually capture Berlin. Altogether, a little disjointed but a solid read.

  19. Just listened to a podcast episode talking about the history of the FBI and liked one part how LBJ had the FBI take down the Klan. Is there anything more in depth on this?

  20. Would love some recommendations on social or fashion history in the Regency/early Victorian period in the UK!

  21. Hello, people! I would be very interested in books about the social history of europe and would also really love to read about a history of the nordic countries. All suggestions are welcome!

  22. I need a hand finding sources for the Serbian Black Hand terrorist group.

    I’m currently in the process of writing a university research paper on the Serbian Black Hand as a terrorist group, but I’m having serious difficulties finding scholarly sources that discuss them SPECIFICALLY – as most sources just discuss the origins of the First World War and the role the group played. Any help would be appreciated. If any of you know of specific articles or sources that I can use, please let me know. Thanks!

  23. The Real Lincoln: Thomas DiLorenzo

    DiLorenzo criticizes Lincoln for the suspension of habeas corpus, violations of the First Amendment, war crimes committed by generals in the American Civil War, and the expansion of government power. He argues that Lincoln’s views on race exhibited forms of bigotry that are commonly overlooked today, such as belief in white racial superiority, against miscegenation, and even against black men being jurors. He says that Lincoln instigated the American Civil War not over slavery but rather to centralize power and to enforce the strongly protectionist Morrill Tariff; similarly, he criticizes Lincoln for his strong support of Henry Clay’s American System economic plan. DiLorenzo regards Lincoln as the political and ideological heir of Alexander Hamilton, and contends that Lincoln achieved by the use of armed force the centralized state which Hamilton failed to create in the early years of the United States.
    DiLorenzo’s negative view of Lincoln is explicitly derived from his anarcho-capitalist views. He considers Lincoln to have opened the way to later instances of government involvement in the American economy, for example Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, of which DiLorenzo strongly disapproves. DiLorenzo objects to historians who described Lincoln as having carried out “a capitalist revolution”, since in DiLorenzo’s view protectionist policies such as Lincoln strongly advocated and implemented “are not true Capitalism.” In DiLorenzo’s explicitly expressed view, only free trade policies are truly capitalist –a distinction not shared by most economists and political scientists. DiLorenzo declares protectionism and mercantilism to be one the same, using the two as interchangeable and frequently talking of “Lincoln’s Mercantilist policies”. In general, academics do not regard protectionism and mercantilism as being identical, at most regarding the two as having some common features.
    In the foreword to DiLorenzo’s book, Walter E. Williams, a professor of economics at George Mason University, says that “Abraham Lincoln’s direct statements indicated his support for slavery,” and adds that he “defended slave owners’ right to own their property” by supporting the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.

    Blacklisted by History: M. Stanton Evans
    The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America’s Enemies is a 2007 book by author M. Stanton Evans, who argues that Joseph McCarthy was proper in making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason within the US State Department and the US Army, showing proper regard for evidence.

  24. This sounds really interesting actually! Hoping someone has a recommendation or two.

  25. I am looking for a 21st Century history of Venice. The John Julius Norwich one I am reading is horribly outdated with terms and sensibilities strait out of the mid-century British aristocracy.

  26. I’m interested in learning more about Iranian history. Any good resources?

  27. I’m looking for resources on the history of the communist party in the Philippines under the leadership of Jose Maria Sison, would greatly appreciate journal articles, newspaper articles, and scholarly books/chapters

  28. Looking for a book which covers the Congo wars

  29. Anybody have any good recommendations for readings about land speculation (mining or rail related for instance) and the development of the western US?

  30. I have numerous recommendation requests, any help with any of them is nice

    1. Islamic Caliphates, including conquest and war but especially culture (including Christians under Muslim rule)
    2. Early Modern Europe (what was going on at the transition from the Medieval to Early Modern eras?)
    3. Thirty Years War (especially the equipment, tactics, strategies and commanders, and how the war affected the common people and the continent at large)
    4. Italian Merchant Republics in the Late Medieval and Early Modern era, especially the day to day life, the nobility, and trade and politics

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