Luis Garmendia

Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (35 of 38)
Location: Algete, Madrid Spain



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The Military in Greek Politics by S. Victor Papacosma
The Military in Greek Politics by S. Victor Papacosma
Professor Papacosma's book is a relatively short narrative of how modern Greece came into being. Starting with an introduction on turn-of-the-century Greece, its defeat at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in 1897, the increasing feeling of stagnation, and the pervasive imperialism of the Megali Idea, the book tells the story of the removal of the old political elite by the newly-created Military League in 1909 and its influence on the country's politics till the arrival of Venizelos (himself called by the military). Though concentrating mainly in those months when the League indirectly control politics, the book carries on with a less detailed narrative of Venizelos first years and then… Read more
Thirteen Days: Diplomacy and Disaster - The Countd&hellip by Clive Ponting
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
In his very detailed book Mr. Ponting traces the diplomatic events in the main European capitals that plunged Europe and then the world in the first modern world. Starting by a wonderful narrative of the murder of the Austro-hungarian heir in Sarajevo (personally, my favourite bit of the book), the author then carries on with a day by day account of events in the different European capitals where the war was decided upon.

The book itself is rather easy to read and I consider it suitable even for people who are not used to reading history books though I feel the narrative goes down somewhat towards the end. The main setback of the book is the author's goal of proving a point that… Read more
Germany and Yugoslavia, 1933-1941 (East European M&hellip by Littlefield
This is a rather short book on the events that led to the German-Italian invasion of Yugoslavia in the spring of 1941. Being a little more than 150 pages I found the book a bit shallow at times and based maybe too much on secondary sources, the classic narrative by Mr. Hoptner, "Yugoslavia in Crisis, 1934-1941" being one of its main pillars. Dr. Mac'ek's (the main Croat leader at the time) own account of events is also heavily relied on though in a more critical way.

On the plus side of this book I found a rather nice treatment of the economic conditions of the country (chapter 2), a jolly fair description of the characters involved in the crisis and a good description of events… Read more

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