Dr Barry Clayton

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 77% (2,939 of 3,829)
Location: United Kingdom

Military Affairs ( retired senior army officer), History, Economics, Maths,
International Relations, Politics and Education ( university teacher). Wide reading, mainly non fiction or classics.Very fond of all kinds of 'good music'. All Sport espec… Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 542 - Total Helpful Votes: 2939 of 3829
A Short History of the First World War (Short Hist&hellip by Gary Sheffield
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This short account is a reissue plus a new introduction. The author was previouly a Professor of Modern History at King's College, London, and then Professor of War Studies at Birmingham University. He is now Chair of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton. He lives in Oxfordshire.

As Gary Sheffield, the author of many excellent books on the Great War, including a recent on on Haig, reminds us that the war was a series of events that destroyed four Empires, led to the 1917 Russian Revolution, and was a major factor in the rise of fascism. It set free many nationalities that then formed new states such as Yugoslavia. No less than eleven republics featured on the post 1918… Read more
Gaza: A History by Jean-Pierre Filiu
Gaza: A History by Jean-Pierre Filiu
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The word masterpiece is often overused in book reviews. It merits use in respect of this magnificent account of the history of Gaza. It puts other accounts in the shade. Along with his previous books on the Middle East this cements his position as one of the foremost specialists on the turbulent region.

The author is a French professor of Middle East studies at the prestigious Sciences Po in Paris. He was previously a diplomat and a government advisor. His latest book is that very rare thing a balanced account of a tiny piece of land called Gaza. A land whose history embraces the Egyptians as well as Babylonians, Romans and Jews.

Around 1842/3 Jewish settlements… Read more
Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies a&hellip by Bernard Cornwell
10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The forthcoming bicentenary of the battle of Waterloo is attracting authors like moths to a flame. By Xmas some 6 new books will have been published inthis country alone. More are due out next year. The battle was a 'turning point' but then so were many other battles, the Marne for one, Stalingrad for another. Why then the continuing fascination for a battle that Victor Hugo called the'hinge of the nineteenth century'?

It is worth recalling that as early as 1817 Wellington was complaining about the 'creatures' who after visiting the battle site 'feel compelled to write about it'. A few years later Sgt Major Cotton who fought in the battle, and later became a guide to visitors to… Read more