Gaius Demetrius

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The Time Machine (Penguin Classics) by H.G. Wells
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Warning?, 29 July 2007
In 1895, when Wells wrote the Time Machine, Britain was the greatest super power the world had ever seen. However, despite this, the poorer working classes were some of the most poverty stricken and desperate in all of Europe. The Time Traveller believes he has stumbled upon a world where the consequences of the growing gap between the rich and the poor can be seen. The poor people have evolved into the Morlocks and the rich people have evolved into the Eloi.
The brilliance of the narrative comes from how it blends a social commentary with Darwinism. It must be noted however, that the Time Traveller only ever says this is his theory about the origins of the Eloi and the Morlocks, he… Read more
Origins of the European Economy: Communications an&hellip by Michael McCormick
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
McCormick, Michael, Origins of the European Econmy: AD 300-900

The economic machinery of Europe during the Early Middle Ages is a topic that on the surface at least, has left very little evidence for us to be able to deduce any conclusions from. While politically, there was undoubtedly great change in Western Europe, particularly with the rise of the Carolingians and the expansion of Frankish power into Spain, Germany and Italy. However, the economic development that was happening during the years from 700-900 AD have never really been explored in the depth with which McCormick approaches them.

McCormick's brilliant book changes all this. The brilliance of the… Read more
Boudica: Dreaming The Eagle: Boudica 1 by Manda Scott
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Dreaming the Eagle gives a fantastic account that is heavily felt of the oppression Britain was subjected to under the Roman Empire. I think it is easy to just look at what the Romans did for Britain on terms of road networks and trade, and then forget the brutality they subjected native Britons to, particularly in the early years under Suetonius Paulinus.
This book does not leave that aspect of Roman rule untouched and actually highlights the situation. If historical fiction is your thing I would also recommend Ascent of an Eagle by Gaius Demetrius. This book is wonderfully crafted and compels the reader into the realities of a very grim political situation, set against deep… Read more

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