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Hey /his/, it's your dad /lit/. Want to know how to make your board better? Read a book.

Its a book thread.
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what are the best books on kievan rus/federation of rus?
also books on the guild system?
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>>7083127
oh and polish-lithuanian commonwealth books would be nice also
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https://mega.nz/#F!HbBXzIjC!AjsOUnEGMpcQPrWQG_MdEQ
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>Find out about this book, costs anywhere between $50-$80 anywhere you look
>Check multiple vendors every month or two to see if price drops
>It don't.
Help. I'll literally just take any book on church history at this point as long as it's good, I just need to scratch this itch already
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>>7083165
Try visiting the library? University libraries especially usually tend to have rare and specific ones.
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>>7083127
>>7083136
Bumping this
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>>7081204
Fuck this board. I tried to make a book thread a few days ago and I got like 4 replies and now you've only got 8 counting me. Why do only 5 people on this board actually read?
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>>7083512
>/lit/
people come here to be historically racist, talk about wars, larp, and meme ancient insane people/events
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What’s your reading backlog? I just finished “The Greek Experience of India”, and now am currently 50 pages into Tacitus, retrying after my failed attempt in high school (when that was my first real foray into primary sources, and I was poorly informed about Roman history)
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>>7081204
>/his/lit/
>reading
lol, this place is for paradoxfags and sabatonfags as your board is for /pol/acks and lefty/pol/acks
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>>7083512
>Why do only 5 people on this board actually read?
Because most people on this board don't care about anything else than skin color.
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bump
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I'm currently reading "Through the Eye of Needle" by Peter "What's a feudalism" Brown and it's really interesting to read considering how weirdly specific the topic is
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>>7083615
Yesterday I got the History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides, the Hellenica by Xenophon, the Art of Horsemanship by Xenophon, and the Conquest of New Spain by Bernal Diaz. I still need to finish Sowing the Dragons Teeth which is a collection of Byzantine Historical manuals as well as the Alexiad. However, I think I'll move straight into Thucydides since I finished the Anabasis recently and I'm still in a Greek mood.
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I recently just finished watching I, Claudius and going to read Suetonius Twelve Caesar's.
Should be a fun read and I'm pretty hyped about it.
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>>7083615
I am currently finishing Dancing in the
Shadow of Monsters, a fantastic book on the first and seconr Congo wars. Planning on finishing Heart of Europe, on the HRE after this
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>>7083991
>Heart of Europe
This book was unreadable for me. So fucking confusing.
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>>7084013
How so?
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I've read vol. 1 and 2 of Kotkin's Stalin biography 3 times.
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>>7083615
I also just finished the Greek Experience of India. Right now I'm working on the Arthashastra and after that I plan on tackling the Rigveda.
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has anyone read anything good about Celtic housing/settlements?
like I wanna learn more about Crannogs, Hillforts, shit like that.
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a made this guide to the Anglo-Irish war incase anyone is interested
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Currently reading "The Lais of Marie de France". Highly suggest it if you're into medieval poetry about chivalry and courtly love. Afterward I'm going to move onto "The Book of Margery Kempe".

For anyone interested in early Norman England, I'd recommend "The History Of England from the Norman Conquest to the Death of John" by George Burton Adams. It's a fairly comprehensive history of the time, dealing mostly with the relationship between the crown and the church and the changing political climate. It's also pretty unbiased as far as history books go.
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>>7084202
nice
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>>7084035
i think there's an osprey on that
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>>7084883
Thank you
>>7084894
do you know it's called? any pdf links?
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>>7081204
anything about america's exploration and initial conquest?
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I'm planning on making a /his/ guide to the Devik and Witchcraft soon, since I'm taking a module about Witchcraft and the Devil. Pretty excited about it.
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>>7084202
Noice
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>>7083827
Nice collection, anon!
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>>7083615
Currently 20 pages in Stuart Britain: A Very Short Introduction
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>>7083574
this, I've never pretended this board is anything but a more highbrow /pol/
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>>7084202
>>7085281
more complete list
https://imgur.com/0PNHW6u
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>>7085344
Thank you, anon
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Anyone got more of these charts?
Specifically about Ancient Greece/Rome
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>>7085786
You're very welcome
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>>7085804
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What's the most interesting Persian/Iranic state/empire to read about?
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>>7083615
>>7084031
>Greek Experience of India
Is there an ebook of this. It's not on libgen
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Anything on the Taiping Rebellion for someone who does know shit about China. Seems like a crazy and interesting event but I'm not sure if it's a good place to start
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>>7086955
Nah bruh, I had to get a physical copy for my podcast research (and personal interest). I attempted to find a PDF, but no avail
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>>7086955
>>7087147
Yeah, the book just came out this year. Plus its such a specialized subject it'll probably never be put on there.
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>>7087138
Autumn in the heavenly kingdom can almost be read like a novel if you want and there's an audiobook of it
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>>7087324
Will check it out, thanks.
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Canadian history? There seems to be nothing in the mega folder and I'd like to dive in (I assume there's not too much give how new of a couple try it is)
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>>7087556
Penguin history of Canada is probably okay
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>>7085280
Looking forward to it anon
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>>7086941
safavid
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>>7081204
This mega is from /lit/ but it has almost all the /his/ charts on it
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>>7087741
Woops
http://sys.4channel.org/derefer?url=https%3A%2F%2Fmega.nz%2F%23F!ywtXwYjC!LXU3e7knFpZK_dnHeC9ixA
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>>7087147
Is it hard to make a podcast, anon. Im curious to make one in the distant future. I like you podcast its interesting that Age of Napoleon became so popular while yours hasn't as big an audience? I suspect cause that guy has connections to Chapo Trap House who he interviewed in his like 5th episode
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>>7081204
>Want to know how to make your board better? Read a book.
Considering the (lack of) quality of this board suggesting to just read more books isn't really going to help. These people need professional guidance in the form of a professor if they want any hope of climbing out of their hole of ignorance. So please, take a course at your local university instead of regurgitating meme-history you hear off from here/youtubers/podcasters.
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>>7087138
Although it focuses on the Boxer Rebellion, History in Three Keys by Paul Cohen is fantastic
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>>7084202
the illustrations in the volunteer are like kids drawings
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>>7084943
https://mega.nz/#F!ZAoVjbQB!iGfDqfBDpgr0GC-NHg7KFQ!lB5XkBZI
check here
reminder to take all osprey works with a huge pinch of salt
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>>7087736
>>7087880
I like your podcast but it’s interesting*

Also i encourage anons here to listen to this anons “hellenistic age” podcast, he’s literally /ourguy/
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any charts about US history?
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Indecisive reader for yet another book thread. This time around, which topic should I read about?
Yuan Dynasty
Tang Dynasty
Boxer Rebellion
Meiji Restoration
Soviet Union
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>>7088334
the one's in the mega has some civil war ones and US presidents one
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>>7088352
yuan dynasty if you can find a book, or meiji restoration if you can't
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>>7087880
>I like you podcast its interesting that Age of Napoleon became so popular while yours hasn't as big an audience?

Thank you, but it’s been consistently growing every month, and I have been hitting numbers that most podcasts struggle to make in 2 years, never mind in their first (35,000 downloads in 12 months and 26(?) episodes released)

Age of Napoleon does a fine job, and he’s been at the game longer than I have. It’s a matter of being consistent, which has been hard with Grad school, but I should be on a more regular basis again.
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>>7088506
id prefer a general overview...would you happen to have any recomendación?
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>>7081204
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>>7084022
Damn can't wait to start them.
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What's the starter pack on American history/ the founding fathers? I honestly know next to nothing about those times.
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>>7089469
For general history the oxford History of the united states seems pretty good. I have read Washington a life by Ron chernow and I thought it was amazing highly recommend it
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>>7089469
William Hogeland is the best historian on the Founding Fathers.
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>>7087741
>>7087746
Thanks, anon
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>>7084031
Can you recommend the book? Greek influence of Asia is an interesting topic.
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>>7091093
I know some french books delved into Bactria.
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>>7081204
based /lit/izen
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>>7091099
Sorry, I don't speak any French, but thanks for the thought.
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>>7091093
It’s not for the faint of heart. The first 250-300 pages are almost entirely dedicated to the analysis of sources, followed by an actual narrative history and analysis of Greco-Indian interaction. so if you’re okay with that then it should be up your alley.

If you’re looking for Hellenistic Bactria, Frank Lee Holt’s “Thundering Zeus” and “Lost World of the Golden King” are up your alley, and I have a PDF of the former if you’re interested. Other authors include W.W. Tarn
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Just finished Stalingrad: How the Red Army Triumphed and thought it was really good
Any other books about the battle I need to check out?
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>>7091339
>tarn over bopearachchi

Clearly someone hasn't finished reading Lost World yet
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>>7091371
Stalingrad: City on Fire by A. Isaev when it gets translated, mostly about the fight in the city.
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>>7083615
>penguin translations of Appian and Cicero
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>>7091393
I can read Russian so this is not a big problem for me, thank you.
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>>7091421
Nothing wrong with that.
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>>7091539
They're actually notorious in the academic community for using both incorrect translations and faulty manuscripts. Hell even Loebs, which have a bit more credibility, have this issue.
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>>7091339
Isnt Tarn a bit dated?

I guess for an introduction he'd be ok.

Holt definitely seems like an emerging leader in the field though. I would go that route.

Thanks for the recommendations.
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>>7091580
Are Oxford World's Classics good?
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Is this book alright?
Sorry for the weird angle.
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>>7091609
Guy with Penguin Appian and Cicero here. I tend to prefer OWC because of their footnotes and generally solid translations (such as their collection of Livy), and they’re relatively inexpensive compared to Penguin. Penguin has a superior Plutarch, and has actually translated all the lives (unlike OWC, I mean what the fuck)
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>>7091609
It's all dependent on the translation. On the whole Loebs have the best reputation but there are some very notable examples of bad Loebs, such as Arrian's Anabasis having an outdated manuscript, and some translations are over a century old. There's no easy "this is the best" answer for translations. You need to look up each individually to see their credibility and if any issues have been found with them.
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>>7091421
Ive been meaning to read some of Cicero's work. If penguins edition isn't good, what is?
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>>7085280
This'd be fucking cool. I hope you do that.
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I love books
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>>7091850
For specifically On the Republic from Penguin I legitimately don't know the quality of the translation because Siobhan McElduff's translation is so recent. He's not a real renowned classicist but that doesn't mean much. Most of their other Cicero translations are older and are not great. I have a Loeb copy of In Catilinam 1-4 and Macdonald does a servicable translation. He's a bit heavy on english idioms that are obviously not a direct transliteration and the introductions have not aged well. But there's no inaccuracies I have found and I'm not aware of more recent translation that's been well received. If you're just reading for leisure Penguins are fine. If you're doing scholarship, you should have multiple translations even if you have a good Loeb.
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>>7091998
>If you're doing scholarship, you should have multiple translations even if you have a good Loeb.

If you're reading for scholarship you should know greek and Latin.
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>>7092039
And if you do translate yourself you should have multiple translations to check your own work because there are not universally agreed upon translations and context for some words and phrases, Spiro Fagnew.
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>>7091916
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>>7091670
I think so, but I have yet to find peer reviews.
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>>7091916
You also love bait
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>>7092090
>Spiro Fagnew
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This is mainly for autists like me, but if you're interested in primary sources for vedic religion, I hope it's helpful. One could also add the translations of selected Grihya Sutras in the Sacred Books of the East, but they're not strictly part of the Vedas.
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Can anyone recommend a book about the Vietnam War? So far I know as much as Wikipedia can tell me and I want more.
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>>7083827
>Gute Nachricht
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>>7092757
Max Hastings' vietnam book is good
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>>7092870
Thanks.
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Any books on Afghanistan and Iraq?
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>>7083827
Absolute gentleman and scholar
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>>7092724
Primary sources should be posted here more! I'm not interested in the topic,but with your idea I am!
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>>7081204
Bump
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>>7083136
god's playground vol 1 by norman davies
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>>7093126
Modern conflicts? If so, check this book out.
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Any good books on the Freikorps or post-WWI conflict?
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>>7095478
War in peace.
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>see Pic

This book is full of wisdom bois. buy it.
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>>7095693
thanks anon
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>>7081204
Any good book on the gaulish people?
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I have a mega filled with Precolumbian resources, especially for Mesoamerica here mega.nz/#F!vtQ2EIKK!Z7R8gN5vTsfalKDn18jOmw . I also have an art drive (more exclusively mesoamerican) here drive.google.com/open?id=15iey5ZMTHflLHbMVGPRsyBLKLcHGCsKb which will eventually get folded into that mega

reddit.com/r/history/comments/9jwhhu/silly_questions_saturday_september_29_2018/e72toxp/ is a post by a dude I coordinate with on Mesoamerican stuff which has additional resources (booklists, suggested artists/channels etc; the askhistorians post list in particular is a good starting place for Meso history)

also here's a bunch of prior posts of mine

>Daily aztec life desuarchive.org/his/thread/5446429/#5466013 and OP here desuarchive.org/his/thread/5529489/#5529489
>Info on sacrifice desuarchive.org/his/thread/7000651/#7005025, specifically for the last link there with the 20 post series, see also boards.fireden.net/v/thread/468469029/#468479573 as a disclaimer
>Info on Aztec warfare: archived.moe/k/thread/39206407, an updated version here I never finished here: boards.fireden.net/v/thread/461820979/#461904652 and desuarchive.org/k/thread/42148105/#42180011
>Info on on metallurgy, watercraft, and briefly on politics and administration: desuarchive.org/his/thread/4232340/#4233526, way more info on politics here pastebin.com/h18M28BR
>Info on why the Conquest of Mexico was extremely lucky and how itt easily could have failed desuarchive.org/his/thread/5526254/#5526329 and shorter version: boards.fireden.net/v/thread/441551507/#441565260
>An overall summery of Mesoamerican history: desuarchive.org/his/thread/4176613 Albeit the posts posts 11 to 16 in the main reply chain is made obsolete by desuarchive.org/his/thread/5285820/#5290147; see also pic related
>A brief overview of city sizes, hydraulics, sanitation, and botany: desuarchive.org/his/thread/5506706/#5528682 and a much longer version which I never finished here: desuarchive.org/k/thread/39546199/#39557233
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>>7096258
This Anon knows his stuff
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The Bible is the only book that matters. The others are for entertainment.
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if you type encyclopedia archive folskaconomy (or something like that) you'll find some interesting encyclopedia for free not too old.
I think about it because i know there's one world history (too large so kind of useless if you want to be specific) but there's one about ancient world ,ancient greece,hindouism.
It can be good.
https://archive.org/details/folkscanomy?and%5B%5D=encyclopedia&sin=
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Might be too oddly specific but does anyone know good books on pre-1700s Finland?
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One of most underrated Romans
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>>7097219
That's a pretty good book. I like his reordering of events as I think it makes a bit more sense compared to the traditional order. I also enjoyed his perspective that Sertorius' romanization of the Spanish laid the groundwork for how Rome would romanize provincials though I don't honestly know if that is a common belief or not. I think he downplayed his connection with Mithridates a little bit too much.
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>>7097261
There wasn't that big of a connection between them
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>>7096795
Yes, but they're in Finnish unfortunately.
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god i want to read this book so fucking badly but i dont want to spend a minimum of $30 on it. you know how many packs of instant ramen i can buy with that?

also what are some military history books about serious mismanagement? working my wage slave job at the office has made me fascinated about dysfunctional hierarchies.
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>>7097838
read it for free then
http://93.174.95.29/main/1398000/d0f689631e1f0b855d3bf75d11d6b816/David%20C.%20Evans%2C%20Mark%20R.%20Peattie%20-%20Kaigun_%20Strategy%2C%20Tactics%2C%20and%20Technology%20in%20the%20Imperial%20Japanese%20Navy%2C%201887-1941-Naval%20Institute%20Press%20%282012%29.pdf
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>>7097801
please gib, I can speak Finnish somewhat fluently
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>>7096258
based mesoanon, I wish there were more guys like you on here
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>>7097372
Sertorius literally sent his third in command to train Mithridates troops in legionnairy combat. Please don't post about that which you don't know.
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>>7097838
it's in the mega
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>>7097849
>>7098714

thanks guys, i was able to take a trip to the public library in NY to see if i could borrow it and some other books.
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>tfw overdid it with WW2-related books recently and never want to read more about it again
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>>7099001

that's the part where you shitpost and ruin ww2 foreveryone
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>>7099026
Sounds like a plan



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