Peaceful Conquest by Sidney Pollard

Peaceful Conquest by Sidney Pollard

Peaceful Conquest by Sidney Pollard – The Industrialization of Europe 1760-1970 might not be on our wish list for Christmas, but it is surely a very good book for students reading history. I’ve read it quite fast and I like the amount of data included…

Instant History by Sandra Lawrence

Instant History by Sandra Lawrence

Instant History by Sandra Lawrence* is a small but informative book from the Instant series. I have three more books from this series to review, including one that I’m reading at the moment, on Engineering. The book is divided into four periods: Early modern period;…

Europe’s Uncertain Path 1814-1914 by R.S. Alexander

Europe’s Uncertain Path 1814-1914 by R.S. Alexander

Europe’s Uncertain Path 1814-1914 by R.S. Alexander – State Formation and Civil Society – is one of the books I was recommended for European History at University. It is well written and I’ve enjoyed reading it. As the subject is not exactly easy, I don’t…

Concise History of Romania by Keith Hitchins

Concise History of Romania by Keith Hitchins

I got Concise History of Romania by Keith Hitchins from Bodleian as I was curious to find out how much of Romanian history I still remember from school. Also, I wanted to read a non-biased view, by an American professor. The book was so interesting…

Europe Under Napoleon by Michael Broers

Europe Under Napoleon by Michael Broers

I read Europe Under Napoleon by Michael Broers for an essay. It is a very interesting book, written nicely, not dry at all. Of course, the subject, Napoleon, is fascinating too. I got another book of his, about Napoleon, for the essay and that one…

Story of Israel by Martin Gilbert and Giveaway

Story of Israel by Martin Gilbert and Giveaway

I read quite a few books on the Holocaust, but I did not know a lot about Israel. So, I was very curious to learn about the formation of the state, from the Story of Israel by Martin Gilbert*. I did not know much about…

The Revolutions in Europe by Robert Evans

The Revolutions in Europe by Robert Evans

The Revolutions in Europe by Robert Evans and Hartmut Pogge von Strandmann is a collection of essays about the 1848 revolutions in Europe. As it happens with this kind of books, some chapters are more intriguing that others, both due to the subject and to…

The Tudors by Linda Collins, Siobhan Clarke

The Tudors by Linda Collins, Siobhan Clarke

I was asked if I want to review The Tudors by Linda Collins, Siobhan Clarke – The Crown, the Dynasty, the Golden Age*. Of course I said yes, especially as I’m studying the period. I like to mix up serious books (as in those kinds…

The Napoleonic Empire by Geoffrey James Ellis

The Napoleonic Empire by Geoffrey James Ellis

This book, The Napoleonic Empire by Geoffrey James Ellis is part of the Studies in the European History collection. It is a really good book, very well written, making it easy to read. I’ve enjoyed it. He talks about Napoleon’s legacy and that part was…

The French Revolution by William Doyle

The French Revolution by William Doyle

The French Revolution by William Doyle is quite a biased book, not to the standard I expected it to be. I will talk about two things from the book which stand out. ‘All power, all authority, all institutions were now provisional, valid only so long…

The French Revolution by Stephen Clarke

The French Revolution by Stephen Clarke

The French Revolution by Stephen Clarke has the very appropriate subtitle: and What Went Wrong. This is the 3rd book I read by Clarke and I will start reading the 4th one in a couple of months or so. All his books are hilarious and…

Tudor Economic Problems by Peter Ramsey

Tudor Economic Problems by Peter Ramsey

Tudor Economic Problems by Peter Ramsey was such a great book. I had no intention of reading it cover-to-cover, but I did. I was doing an essay on Tudor economics and this book was so good, I didn’t want to put it down. It was…

England and Europe by Susan Doran

England and Europe by Susan Doran

England and Europe by Susan Doran. This book too is from the Seminar Studies in History collection. After reading a highly biased book by Doran about Elizabeth (link to that book is at the end of this post), I wasn’t sure I would be happy…

Tudor Rebellions by Anthony Fletcher

Tudor Rebellions by Anthony Fletcher

Tudor Rebellions by Anthony Fletcher, a book in the Seminar Studies In History collection. It is a book for historians, heavy in facts, and thus, quite dry. Definitely not the kind of book you’d see on the bedside table. I wished the book covered the…

New Worlds, Lost Worlds by Susan Brigden

New Worlds, Lost Worlds by Susan Brigden

New Worlds, Lost Worlds by Susan Brigden – The Rule of the Tudors 1485-1600. It is a good book about the Tudors, starting with Henry VII going all the way to Elizabeth I. From my point of view, she is focusing a bit too much…

Shakespeare’s London by Stephen Porter

Shakespeare’s London by Stephen Porter

This is the last book I’ve read last year: Shakespeare’s London by Stephen Porter – Everyday Life in London 1580-1616. I had this book in the bookcase, waiting for me to read it and now the moment was right, as it is something I liked…