OK Amateur Historians, What are You Reading For the 2nd Half of '08 (July =>December)
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Fromkin is giving two stories. The first one about the partition of the Middle-East by the big powers, especially Great Britain, after WW I. The second one is about how British officials and politicians changed their minds between 1914 and 1922, so that when remaking the M.-E. really started, they no longer believed in it. An old order destroyed, a new one imposed with lack of conviction…
Author(s): Martin Schmitt
This is a short (fun) article that begins with Antelope and ends with Wolverine, covering a variety of creatures (sandhill crane anyone?) that early western travelers ate... including 'man meat'.
It will shortly be a blog item.
Eats, Shoots, and Leaves by Lynne Truss
The Return of Martin Guerre by Natalie Davis
A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard by Laurel T. Ulrich
Dead Certainties: Unwarranted Speculations by Simon Schama
Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland by Christopher R. Browning
Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust by Daniel J. Goldhagen
A Pocket Guide to Writing in History by Mary Lynn Rampolla
At first I questioned the inclusion of the Truss book. She does get a little into the history of punctuation but the class is about how to interpret your research and even the title of the book shows how punctuation can change the meaning of a sentence. Look at the title of ThePam’s article. “Meat’s Meat” it could be ‘meat is meat’ or ‘meat that belong to or is for meat.’ Since the article covers cannibalism both work.
Is anybody familiar with the Schama book? Even after looking at reviews I am not sure what it is about.
This is an awesomely entertaining book, imo. Published in 1881, it gives all kinds of how-to information on Army field life. Available free on-line in pdf format for anyone that's interested.
I was in a historiography class with someone who wrote a paper on Goldhagen's book and she absolutely hated it, something about it being filled with a lot of specious lies or rather streched truths that were rather easily destroyed by professional historians.
TL Crawford, I love meeting people who are 'back to school', as I'd like to do that, myself, were it not for the fear of debt I'd find myself in. Are you in traditional classes, or did you find a good online school? (I don't know alot about online programs, and am always interested in hearing others' opinions)
Right now I am reading A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard , the last one for the class I listed up in message 7.
I never had a particular interest in Walt, per se, but this book is changing that. It's very well written and gives a fascinating picture of our country in the 1830's, 40's, and now 50's. Mostly in Brooklyn, which was then a little hamlet; and DC.
(I think it's hysterical that people in the 1840s were totally into flipping houses. At least before the crash)