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The Reckoning: Financial Accountability and the Making and Breaking of Nations
The Reckoning: Financial Accountability and the Making and Breaking of Nations
by Jacob Soll
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.60

3.0 out of 5 stars The title claims a lot, 19 Aug 2014
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A pity the author doesn't elaborate. The basic idea behind this publication is quite clear. However, pushing for an idea does not make for accurate and insightful historical literature. As always, the risk then becomes that instead of a critical study, it reads like a pamphlet. Counterproductive therefore.


The Russian Origins of the First World War
The Russian Origins of the First World War
by Sean Mcmeekin
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.71

5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent., 19 Aug 2014
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Magnificent read. A different view at long last on the origins of the Great War. Anyone interested in this period of our history should pick this one up. Well written and documented. Is this "revisionist" ? No, the author is doing what a historian is supposed to do. Try to understand and step away from well publicised views to get to a more accurate picture of our past. Will this be the final world on this painful episode of Europe's nations living together ? Definitely not. But it's a huge step forward in gaining a bit more of an insight.


Berghaus Twentyfourseven 25L Backpack
Berghaus Twentyfourseven 25L Backpack
Price: 9.28 - 72.97

2.0 out of 5 stars It's lightweight and does partially do the job. After ..., 19 Aug 2014
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It's lightweight and does partially do the job. After a few days of rain, not uncommon in the UK, the backpack let's through water. Bit of a nuisance.


Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self
Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self
by Claire Tomalin
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant and interesting read, 28 Oct 2013
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Reads like a novel. Well researched and thoroughly presented. History does not need fictitious storytelling to be engaging at all as this work clearly proves.


Cabin Max City V2 Flight Approved Carry on Backpack - massive 44l capacity. Includes an extra padded section for up to a 17" Laptop
Cabin Max City V2 Flight Approved Carry on Backpack - massive 44l capacity. Includes an extra padded section for up to a 17" Laptop
Offered by Home & Travel
Price: 49.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worthless, 12 Oct 2013
Don't buy. The quality is bad, used once and the seams started to come apart. The zips don't close too well either.


The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914
The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914
by Christopher Clark
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.69

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive work., 29 July 2013
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There's not much to add to the acclaim received by the author for this superb history work. Proves that moving away from popular writing can produce thorough insights and history reading like a novel. Extraordinary structure allows more of a grasp of the complex growth towards a world at war. Some minor details missing though, such as the origin of the Alsace-Lorraine dispute which could have benefited from a view beyond the 1870-1871 war.
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1913: The World before the Great War
1913: The World before the Great War
by Charles Emmerson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.00

5 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately not worth the expense, 29 July 2013
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Another way of trying to summarise an era before a worldwide conflict. Unfortunately, the title offers hope of a comprehensive well researched view on what the world looked like prior to the drama unfolding in European history. The reality after reading this book proved to be a big disappointment with, at most, superficial "impressions" straight out of popular writing. In short, an expensive disappointment.


The Spanish Holocaust
The Spanish Holocaust
by Paul Preston
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.69

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a disappointment, 8 Jun 2013
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This review is from: The Spanish Holocaust (Paperback)
This is no doubt a well researched book, written with an in-depth knowledge which most probably cannot be faulted. At times however it does resemble a long history of facts whereby the main threads are easily lost.


Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II
Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II
by Keith Lowe
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive, 8 Jun 2013
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Impressive, there is no other word to describe the authors effort and knowledge of the period. The author may have overstressed at times his efforts not to make judgment calls, but the mere choice of examples of all sides involved in the numerous conflicts and movements in the aftermath of World War II make this book an interesting read. I must admit a lot of the material brought together and hence the histories behind current European nations were unknown to me and this book hence adds extensive knowledge and new impressions to my understanding of current European politics.


History of Germany, 1780-1918: The Long Nineteenth Century (Blackwell Classic Histories of Europe)
History of Germany, 1780-1918: The Long Nineteenth Century (Blackwell Classic Histories of Europe)
by David Blackbourn
Edition: Paperback
Price: 20.83

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of those summaries of long time spans in history, but this one is highly advisable as a read, 8 Jun 2013
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Splendid job, without a doubt. Not only as a consequence of the thorough knowledge and erudite character of the writer, but even more so because of the vision and analysis of historical time frames. Definitive read.


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