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Towards the Flame: Empire, War and the End of Tsarist Russia
Towards the Flame: Empire, War and the End of Tsarist Russia
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating description of Russia's path to WW1., 20 Jun. 2015
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A fascinating addition to the works on the origins of WW1. The situation in Russia leading up to 1914 is described very well and it is not surprising that the Tsar was unable to control the civil, diplomatic and military administration. I believe Prof Lieven is correct in his judgement that it was the unconditional assurance of support given by Berlin to Vienna that ensured Europe descended into war. It seems also clear that Austria, Prussia and Russia could not have survived for long as they were and it is most unlikely their transitions would be peaceful.


Kaiser Wilhelm II: A Concise Life
Kaiser Wilhelm II: A Concise Life
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very concise but quite enough., 17 Nov. 2014
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I had not realised first the extent of the power wielded by Wilhelm and second the misfortune for European civilisation of his manifest suitability for such responsibility.


Forgotten Victory: The First World War: Myths and Realities
Forgotten Victory: The First World War: Myths and Realities
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5.0 out of 5 stars it had good reasons for going to war and that in the ..., 18 Oct. 2014
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I have read a number of books about WW1 this summer. This book synthesises much of what I have read. I can accept that the causes of the war are complex, that its conduct was lethally mismanaged and the peace at its conclusion was imperfect. It is, however, refreshing to be reminded by Prof Sheffield that Britain was not an aggressor,it was not an autocracy, it had good reasons for going to war and that in the end it won. I also agree with him that the imperfect peace was not the cause of WW2.


The Great War: 1914-1918
The Great War: 1914-1918
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding description of why and how this war was fought., 8 Sept. 2014
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I greatly appreciated the analysis of why the generals acted as they did - an appalling learning process. I also appreciated the accounts written by the men doing the fighting.


Kindle Fire HDX 7", HDX Display, Wi-Fi and 4G, 32 GB - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 3rd)
Kindle Fire HDX 7", HDX Display, Wi-Fi and 4G, 32 GB - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 3rd)

4.0 out of 5 stars Useful and fun, 10 Jun. 2014
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My main interest is books but I'm gradually expanding into other apps and I'm enjoying and learning from it. I recommend it.


The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914
The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant unravelling of a mystery., 1 Jun. 2014
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My family was radically affected by WW1 and I have never thought that I had been given a satisfactory explanation of its causes. This book provides that explanation. I cannot forgive the politicians who let it happen but I can understand how they let it happen.


Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy
Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy
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4.0 out of 5 stars Persuasive analysis of problems. Less persuasive on solutions., 16 May 2014
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I found the description and analysis of the fault lines affecting the crisis and its aftermath very interesting. this is a book I shall use for reference. I am not as optimistic as the author about possible solutions.
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Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin
Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A hard but necessary read, 11 Aug. 2013
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This book describes in shocking detail the systematic murder of millions of humans in the name of ideology - communism and national socialism. Quite as shocking as the fate of the victims is the actions of the killers. Apart from the ideological leaders men and women did the most appalling things to other men women and children. Its a hard read but we need to know.


When the Money Runs Out
When the Money Runs Out
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4.0 out of 5 stars Economic realism, 28 Jun. 2013
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Good analytical description of the problems facing countries like the UK. Prescribing solutions is more difficult, but what is alarming is that no politicians are trying. All is being wagered on a return to economic growth but the extraordinary measures being taken to stimulate growth are not working. Good on conflict between debtors/creditors and between generations. This book forms part of a small but growing corpus of economic realism.


Edge of Empire: Conquest and Collecting in the East 1750-1850: Conquest and Collecting in the East 1750-1850
Edge of Empire: Conquest and Collecting in the East 1750-1850: Conquest and Collecting in the East 1750-1850
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very original insight to building an empire., 26 May 2013
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I chose this book because I enjoyed her history of the exiles created by the American was of independence so much. This earlier work is just as well written and her focus on collecting and collectors provides a fascinating insight on how empires come about. Utterly absorbing.


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