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Book Review: ‘Eastern Europe! Everything You Need to Know About the History (and More) of a Region that Shaped Our World and Still Does’ by Tomek Jankowski

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This one-volume history is both readable and an impressive achievement in scholarship. Read More »

Blu-ray Review: ‘Vikings – The Complete First Season’

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The History series has action and violence, sure, but also character development, questions of morality in a different time and place, and some really surprising twists. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Panaceia’s Daughters: Noblewomen as Healers in Early Modern Germany’ by Alisha Rankin

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These women enjoyed considerable respect, from patients and professionally trained physicians. Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Food Industries of Europe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries’ edited by Derek J. Oddy and Alain Drouard

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From Oyster Ketchup to Roquefort, fish fingers to chicken nuggets, via chocolate and olive oil. Read More »

From Gilgamesh to the Moon and Beyond: The Enduring Geekdom of Science Fiction

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Science fiction is metaphor for a troubled world and a medium to give expression to the apprehensions we all feel as we advance into the unknown. Read More »

Book Review: ‘The English in Love: The Intimate Story of an Emotional Revolution’ by Claire Langhammer

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From emotional blackmail to Fifties 'hook-ups', there's little that's new. Read More »

Book Review: ‘How to Lose a War at Sea: Foolish Plans and Great Naval Blunders,’ edited by Bill Fawcett

Book Review How to Lose a War at Sea Foolish Plans and Great Naval Blunders edited by Bill Fawcett

Errors spanning the centuries: from the days of the Spanish Armada to naval blunders from the 1960s. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Armor and Blood: The Battle of Kursk’ by Dennis E Showalter

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Cuts through propaganda and myth to provide a strategic and tactical understanding of one of history's greatest armored battles and a turning point of World War II. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Destiny of the Republic’ by Candice Millard

Book Review Destiny of the Republic

A non-fiction account of the assassination of President James A. Garfield that opens up this lesser known historical event. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century’ by Christian Caryl

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Historical change tends to happen in big leaps, rather than by gradual evolution. Read More »