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Bookclub and Sources Wednesday!

Hello all people,

Welcome to our weekly e-book suggestion 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 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 could be a good suggestion to attempt to bundle these posts collectively a bit. One massive weekly put up 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!

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 really useful record of issues to learn, hearken to or watch

Comments ( 14 )

  1. Hey everyone,

    Just wrapped up another fantastic book by Peter Cozzens, who authored the Earth is Weeping and Tecumseh and the Prophet.

    [A Brutal Reckoning]( is a fantastic book that provides an overview of the Creek Wars, which lead to the infamously tragic Trail of Tears, under Andrew Jackson. Very readable, and does a great service to Native American history by shedding a detailed and nuanced light on a tragic past, a rich culture, and 19th century American politics. Highly recommend!!

  2. Recommend “The Lightless Sky”- by Gulwali Pasarlay. The true story of a child’s harrowing journey from Afghanistan to England.

  3. I finished the Pekka Hamalanien book, Indigenous Continent, this week. It was good and I’d definitely recommend it. I don’t totally buy his hypothesis and everything after 1865 is kind of why. The US just never really wanted to field an army to deal with Native Americans. Once they had one hanging around, they were pretty able to dictate what the various Indian groups lives were going to be like from then on. Even that was with a fairly small force. So, I think pre Civil War interactions with native groups had more to do with a lack of will on the part of the US.

    But the book does a good job about explaining what groups held power where and during what times and how that shifted. People tend to think the Americas were fairly static before the Europeans arrived and the author shows how much more dynamic the politics were.

    I wish there had been a little bit about the Hopis. And more than like 2 or 3 paragraphs about the Indians west of the Rockies. Besides the Navajo and Apache there was like 1 paragraph about the Makah and 1 about the Modoc.

  4. Finished **The Northern Wars: War, State and Society in Northeastern Europe, 1558-1721 by Robert I. Frost**

    >3/5 (chosen by random selection from my unread pile)

    >Read as an amateur on the time period. The book covers the wars around the Baltic from the fall of the Livonian Order to the end of the Great Northern War between Peter the Great of Russia and Charles XII of Sweden. The main topics are the various campaigns and wars and how they were fought, the changes in all major aspects of the military (tactics, equipment, organisation etc) over the course of the period and how the relationships between state and military changed over time for the contenders (mainly Denmark, Sweden, Poland-Lithuania and Muscovy/Russia).

    >In terms and information and arguments the book seems pretty good to me, but I don’t know a lot about the time period. The main reason I’m only giving it a 3/5 is that it is very heavy on the names of people (leaders, generals, political figures), places and also numbers – things like the percentages of foreign mercenaries in leadership positions or the demographic makeup of different militaries over time. So I found it rather hard to follow at times which limited how much I got out of the book.

  5. I’m looking for books covering the 18th century. The broader the time period covered, the better – I would prefer the entire century to a few decades of it. Absolutely any region welcome, especially empires. If you have a favorite, tell me all about it. What I’m really looking for is day to day life: what were the houses like, the clothes, the food, the landscape, grooming, manners, entertainment.

  6. I’m going to throw a second post up today b/c the Pulitzer Prizes were announced earlier this week. Here’s a link to the history prizes: [](

    The Cowie book looked really interesting and I’ve heard a couple interviews with him so that’s been on my list. Here’s his talk from Politics and Prose in DC:

    Also, Seeing Red sounds like it’d be a good follow up for anyone who read Masters of Empire. Here’s a talk with Witgen where is slides are in decent quality:

    In the biography category, the new Hoover biography won, so there’s lots of overlap with history of the US 20th century there too. Here’s her talk from Yale’s youtube page. This one is nice b/c it’s pretty concise.

  7. Not sure if this makes sense, but I’m looking for a book that will make me feel like I’ve read Josephus without actually having to read Josephus. Maybe a good bio on Josephus, or something about the Jewish rebellions during the Roman period. Is Martin Goodman’s Rome and Jerusalem what I’m looking for? Something else?

  8. Any good books on the history of Math? I’d love to learn more about how the earliest counting methods eventually evolved into Calculus, as well as how various concepts like logarithms and matrices came to be

  9. does anyone know of some good books about ancient civilizations? i want to learn more about them! 🙂

  10. Hello, I am looking for books regarding the Cossacks and or Siberian colonization by Russia. I am hoping to learn more about how the Cossacks were utilized as a paramilitary force by the Tzar. Bonus point for specific episodes in history or more scholarly works

  11. I’m looking for something pretty specific. [This New York Times article]( references a declassified 1945 secret report by the United States Army about the security around the Manhattan Project. It does not, however, provide a link to that report, nor even a title that I can search for. After some unsuccessful searching, with so little to go on, I figured Reddit was my best bet.

  12. What’s a good book for some Scandinavian history? I want to read about how some of these countries got to the point they are today where they’re perceived to have a proficient welfare state, etc. I would be happy for a book focusing on one country in particular.

  13. I’m looking for recommendations on books covering the history of Pirates in the Caribbean (not the movie) / Famous pirates. Thank you in advance!

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