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The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark
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An important book, especially for those who may disagree with the views it implies on German War Guilt, who need to deal with the evidence prsented here.

The author does have a reputation for being more sympathetic to German views on how the war arose than is common amongst British historians at any rate.

The Sarajevo assassination and the Serbian entanglement with this is treated in great detail. There are also valuable discussions on the different ways that decisions were made in the major countries concerned. How Austria-Hungary for example to make a decision on anything will puzzle many modern political commentators. Much detail will surprise those not specialists… Read more
Running with Mother by Christopher Mlalazi
Running with Mother by Christopher Mlalazi
4.0 out of 5 stars The Gukurahundi, 19 Sep 2013
This book is set in real events in 1983, called the Gukurahundi, which means 'the early rain which washes away the chaff before the spring rains'.

The troops conducting the massacres were the so-called Fifth Brigade of the Zimbabwean army. When Zimbabwe achieved recognised independence, the various guerilla forces combined into four brigades. These were intended to be integrated so none were drawn exclusively from one or other of the peoples of Zimbabwe. However the Zimbabwean Government got funding from North Korea for a fifth brigade, which was trained by North Korean advisers separately from the rest of the army, and rapidly became an all-Shona force. It was deployed under… Read more

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