Category Archives: Military History

Accidents Of Survival

When I was an undergraduate in college, I took a course that required me to read a diary written by a Napoleonic soldier who had ended up later in life as a German immigrant to Kansas, where his edited diary … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ancient Chinese Warfare

Ancient Chinese Warfare, by Ralph D. Sawyer Now, I have been familiar with the author’s work for some time as a translator of ancient Chinese military texts as well as a historian of ancient Chinese military warfare for some time, … Continue reading

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Remembering Fields Of Blackbirds

One of the more odd sort of travel interests I have is visiting battlefields.  Having frequently traveled between Florida and Pennsylvania during my youth, I had the opportunity to visit many fortresses and battlefields relating to the long martial history … Continue reading

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Boris Gudunov And The Russian Dilemma

For the past few days I have been listening to a Russian opera in my car.  Not being someone who has listened to a lot of operas, and certainly not Russian ones, I have found this particular opera to be … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Sleepwalkers

The Sleepwalkers:  How Europe Went To War In 1914, by Christopher Clark This book was a painful one to read, and not only because of its length at more than 500 pages of material.  Part of the painfulness of reading … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Fall Of The Ottomans

The Fall Of The Ottomans:  The Great War In The Middle East, by Euguene Rogan What this book does in a very crowded market of books that deal with World War I is to examine the war from the point … Continue reading

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Book Review: The War That Ended Peace

The War That Ended Peace:  The Road To 1914, by Margaret MacMillan If reading about the way that Europe stumbled through the beginning of the 20th century and finally found itself involved in the horrors of World War I is … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Arsenal Of Democracy

The Arsenal Of Democracy:  FDR, Detroit, And An Epic Quest To Arm An America At War, by A.J. Baime For a book written by someone who worships the military-industrial complex and is a propagandist for FDR, this book reads well … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sicily

Sicily:  An Island At The Crossroads Of History, by John Julius Norwich In this book the author captures the melancholy of Sicilian history.  What is it that makes an area of sunshine and agricultural wealth (at least from the time … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Civil War Military Machine

The Civil War Military Machine:  Weapons And Tactics Of The Union And Confederate Armed Forces, by Ian Drury & Tony Gibbons This book was an easy one to appreciate, and is likely one that would be appreciated by any others … Continue reading

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