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Old November 7th, 2012, 12:49 PM   #1902

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Well I bought the "Age of Capital" as well, and I'm enjoying his style so far so quite possibly yes. He's a Marxist too, or so I heard, that will make his interpretation of this period very interesting. Have you read the books DW?
I have, at least Revolutions, Capital and Empires. I havent read Extremes because....well because Nazi's and that I havent gotten over the whole gamut of 20th century history WW1/Nazis/Stalin that gets forced down your throat at school.

But yes, I liked his writing style very much, and the organisation and focus of the works and interpretations are quite Marxists, means of production and very bottom up sort of take on things. Yet he doest layer it on with the clunky language and terminology that I have often found in other Marxist works which tends to bore a little.
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Old November 7th, 2012, 08:24 PM   #1903

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I can't personally stand Hobsbawm's works, particularly Revolution - outdated scholarship, which wouldn't even be as bad if every lay reader didn't take him so seriously on 1789.

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Vita Nuova (Oxford World's Classics): Dante Alighieri, Mark Musa: 9780199540655: Amazon.com: Books
Vita Nuova (Oxford World's Classics): Dante Alighieri, Mark Musa: 9780199540655: Amazon.com: Books

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Old November 7th, 2012, 08:42 PM   #1904
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Just taking this one on. Having fun doing so.

To Play the Fool: Amazon.co.uk: Laurie R. King: Books
To Play the Fool: Amazon.co.uk: Laurie R. King: Books

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Old November 8th, 2012, 02:45 AM   #1905

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I'm reading Bring Me Sunshine by Charlie Connelly. It's about the weather and how it affects us and people who have made important discoveries to do with weather, like Benjamin Franklin etc. It's very interesting and amusing.
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Old November 9th, 2012, 01:35 AM   #1906

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Finally about to read this one:

The English Press in the Eighteenth Century (Routledge Revivals) eBook: Jeremy Black: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store
The English Press in the Eighteenth Century (Routledge Revivals) eBook: Jeremy Black: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store


Arrived today. I had ordered a copy for next to nothing from some Texan bookshop months ago, but it never arrived (first time I've had that happening to me, despite having ordered literally hundreds of books on the net from all over the world), so I had to reorder it from some other bookshop (and for twice as much) in the UK.
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Old November 9th, 2012, 02:37 AM   #1907

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Fideles Crucis - Schein. Very good, very interesting. Difficult to understand at times, but puts across some good points

Fideles Crucis: Papacy, the West and the Recovery of the Holy Land, 1274-1314 Oxford University Press academic monograph reprints: Amazon.co.uk: Sylvia Schein: Books
Fideles Crucis: Papacy, the West and the Recovery of the Holy Land, 1274-1314 Oxford University Press academic monograph reprints: Amazon.co.uk: Sylvia Schein: Books


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Old November 13th, 2012, 09:13 PM   #1908

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The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916: Sir Alistair Horne: 9780140170412: Amazon.com: Books
The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916: Sir Alistair Horne: 9780140170412: Amazon.com: Books


Almost finished and I can't say enough good things about it.
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Old November 13th, 2012, 09:20 PM   #1909

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I'm reading Gentlemen's Gentlemen, by Rosina Harrison. It's about some of the male servants she got to know well during her years in domestic service. Very interesting.
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Old November 13th, 2012, 11:59 PM   #1910

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Claire Tomalin's biography of Pepys. Very good so far, but has an annoying quantity of endnotes that mean reading is a bit spoilt by constantly having to flick to the back of the book.

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