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Bookclub and Sources Wednesday!

Hello all people,

Welcome to our weekly guide advice thread!

We now have 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 few guide they themselves have learn and wish to share their ideas about it with the remainder of the sub.

We thought it might be a good suggestion to attempt to bundle these posts collectively a bit. One large weekly publish the place all people 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 on. are additionally welcome. As a reminder, [r/history]( past/) additionally has a really useful record of issues to learn, hearken to or watch

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  1. I’ve been reading a bit on the middle east lately, and I was hoping that someone could recommend some good sources on the Iranian revolution of 1979. I’d love to know more about the circumstances of the revolution, the background history of it, the shah’s rule, and so on.

    Also I’ve recently read The Kingdom: Arabia and the House of Saud by Robert Lacey. It helped to fill in a lot of gaps in my knowledge of Saudi Arabia and how the house of Saud got into power. It covers his conquest and the subsequent rule of Saudi kings and does a brief dive into the history of the regions of the Arabian peninsula.

    However, it is a bit dated, written in 1981 and ends in 1979. Woupd anyone know any other good books on the history of Saudi Arabia?

  2. Happy Wednesday everyone!

    Just wrapped up [The Ornament of the World]( by Maria Menocal. The book provided an excellent overvoew of the socio-cultural tolerance, relative to the times, in Medieval Andalusia. The book is readable, and sheds an important light on the often forgotten/overshadowed history of Muslim Spain. Highly recommend!

  3. I recently saw a video overviewing geographical issues with the African continent (specifically sub-Saharan Africa) such as lack of navigable rivers, lack of pack animals, lack of protected coves and shallow waters for ships, etc. Looking into this, it was information taken from a book by Thomas Sowell called Conquests and Cultures. I know Sowell is heavily involved in the conservative movement and the book seems in many ways to dismiss colonialism as an excuse for Africa’s current underdevelopment which is obviously not the case.

    While I understand the biased view within the book I am always interested in how geography affects culture and development in certain areas. Has anyone read Conquests and Cultures and is it worthwhile reading? And is there another less biased source regarding Africa specifically and how the geographical aspects have affected development?

  4. Hello! I’m working on a research paper and need recommendations on books for ancient Greece and Rome, particularly the LGBT aspects of them. Thanks for any help!

  5. Currently reading ‘Napoleon: Soldier of Destiny’ – Michael Broers. It’s part 1 of a 3-part series about the life of napoleon. This volume covers early life until becoming an emperor.

    I’m thoroughly enjoying it so far. Very well written, goes into a good amount of depth not just about Napoleon’s actions but also of the bigger picture and various players around him that shape his actions. Insightful and honest opinions without being ‘great man history’. I highly recommend and will be reading the rest of the series.

  6. Hello everyone.

    I was wondering if anyone had some media (preferably books or podcasts) about American Indian history as told through the eyes of the indigenous communities affected. Any books about current-day problems in reservations or art movements would also be greatly appreciated.

  7. Hi, I am trying to write a paper on what people thought of MLK jr when he was alive. I was wondering if someone could point me towards some sources, because I am having trouble finding some.

  8. Hey all, looking for your book recommendations on any and all of the following topics: Taipei rebellion, late qing dynasty, xinhai revolution, warlord era, Chinese civil war. Really just anything china 19th and 20th centuries. Thanks!

  9. Any good books on the Byzantine Empire or the Ottoman empire that isn’t just politics, religion and war? I know those things are movers and shakers of history but they tend to be presented as they are, not how they eventually impacted the common citizen.

    I’ve tried a few books on the Byzantine empire and the authors either get lost in the weeds discussing the minutia of Christian dogma or coins or create endless lists of personages. I’m interesting in reading what it was like to live in these places and especially interested in stories of trade and cultural exchange.[1]


    [1] Currently reading Courting India: Seventeenth-Century England, Mughal India, and the Origins of Empire by Dandni Das and I’m enjoying it.

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