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Your favorite history books?

UtherPenguin
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3/25/2016 4:19:56 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
"The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire"
-Edward Gibbon

"Why the West rules...for now"
-Ian Morris

Used to love reading Horrible Histories as a kid.
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-Siddhartha Gautama
Skepsikyma
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3/25/2016 6:05:02 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/25/2016 1:58:18 AM, someloser wrote:
Recommendations too

'The Formation of Christendom' and 'The Dividing of Christendom', by Christopher Dawson.

Anything by Herbert Butterfield.

Niccolo Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy

Ibn Khaldun's 'Muqaddimah'

'On War', by Carl von Clausewitz

'Muhammad at Mecca' and 'Muhammad at Medina', by W. Montgomery Watt
"See now Oblivion shimmering all around us, its very tranquility deadlier than tempest. How little all our keels have troubled it."
- Lord Dunsany -

"The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born? "
- W. B. Yeats -

Virtutem videant intabescantque relicta
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3/26/2016 1:51:00 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/25/2016 6:05:02 AM, Skepsikyma wrote:
At 3/25/2016 1:58:18 AM, someloser wrote:
Recommendations too

'The Formation of Christendom' and 'The Dividing of Christendom', by Christopher Dawson.

Anything by Herbert Butterfield.

Niccolo Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy

Ibn Khaldun's 'Muqaddimah'

'On War', by Carl von Clausewitz

'Muhammad at Mecca' and 'Muhammad at Medina', by W. Montgomery Watt

Pro or con Durant?
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-- And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

"I believe that my powers of mind are surely such that I would have become in a
certain sense a resolver of all problems. I do not believe that I could have remained in
error anywhere for long. I believe that I would have earned the name of Redeemer,
because I had the nature of a Redeemer. "
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3/26/2016 4:16:44 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/26/2016 1:51:00 AM, ShabShoral wrote:
At 3/25/2016 6:05:02 AM, Skepsikyma wrote:
At 3/25/2016 1:58:18 AM, someloser wrote:
Recommendations too

'The Formation of Christendom' and 'The Dividing of Christendom', by Christopher Dawson.

Anything by Herbert Butterfield.

Niccolo Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy

Ibn Khaldun's 'Muqaddimah'

'On War', by Carl von Clausewitz

'Muhammad at Mecca' and 'Muhammad at Medina', by W. Montgomery Watt

Pro or con Durant?

I've read excerpts from The Story, but I haven't read enough to come to a conclusion either way. It's quite the investment...
"See now Oblivion shimmering all around us, its very tranquility deadlier than tempest. How little all our keels have troubled it."
- Lord Dunsany -

"The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born? "
- W. B. Yeats -

Virtutem videant intabescantque relicta
breakingamber
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4/6/2016 12:00:49 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
How they Croaked

Does that count as a history book?
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4/18/2016 2:56:42 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/25/2016 1:58:18 AM, someloser wrote:
Recommendations too

As a young lad of fourteen I stumbled on a copy of An Outline of History by HG Wells in my local library. I was fascinated by the book dipping into it and skimming the more difficult parts. Later it led me on to reading the Well's science fiction novels. It wasn't until much later I realised Wells had his own axe to grind.