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    “War is waged by men; not by beasts, or by gods. It is a peculiarly human activity. To call it a crime against mankind is to miss at least half its significance; it is also the punishment of a crime.” - Frederic Manning, The Middle Parts of Fortune

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    Received this book for Christmas from an uncle.

    Misleading title however, the book stops when the official battle for the Rhine starts, it's really about the prelude to the breakthrough on the Rhine (Market Garden and the bogged down Western Front after the failure of Market Garden), which, I guess, could be considered a battle for the Rhine of sorts too.

    British military (armchair) historians love to criticize the American strategy in WW2, especially after D-Day, and American military (armchair) historians take their time to rip holes in the British strategy, especially prior to D-Day. This book belongs to the former genre. The author's arguments regarding the British narrow front strategy (allies ignoring and not liberating most of France after breaking out of Normandy and pushing straight through the Low Countries to reach Northern Germany instead of Eisenhower's historical strategy of overrunning as much of France as possible) are compelling and convinced me.
    “War is waged by men; not by beasts, or by gods. It is a peculiarly human activity. To call it a crime against mankind is to miss at least half its significance; it is also the punishment of a crime.” - Frederic Manning, The Middle Parts of Fortune

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    Vikings - Norsemen in the Low Countries.
    Is there an English translation for this book?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salsa
    Is there an English translation for this book?
    No, I looked around for a translation but it does not exist. It's a shame because the Dutch author is the go-to authority on Scandinavian (mostly Danish) activity in the Low Countries in the 9th and 10th centuries. He devoted countless books to the era but this amazing book is the benchmark for the genre in the Low Countries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chlodovech View Post
    No, I looked around for a translation but it does not exist. It's a shame because the Dutch author is the go-to authority on Scandinavian (mostly Danish) activity in the Low Countries in the 9th and 10th centuries. He devoted countless books to the era but this amazing book is the benchmark for all books of its genre in the Low Countries.
    Thanks. It really looks interesting. It's pretty easy though to understand Dutch in print but I'd probably still wouldn't understand large parts. Shame indeed.

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    Is peace an aberration? The bestselling author of Paris 1919 offers a provocative view of war as an essential component of humanity.

    NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW AND THE EAST HAMPTON STAR

    “Margaret MacMillan has produced another seminal work. . . . She is right that we must, more than ever, think about war. And she has shown us how in this brilliant, elegantly written book.”—H.R. McMaster, author of Dereliction of Duty and Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World

    The instinct to fight may be innate in human nature, but war—organized violence—comes with organized society. War has shaped humanity’s history, its social and political institutions, its values and ideas. Our very language, our public spaces, our private memories, and some of our greatest cultural treasures reflect the glory and the misery of war. War is an uncomfortable and challenging subject not least because it brings out both the vilest and the noblest aspects of humanity.

    Margaret MacMillan looks at the ways in which war has influenced human society and how, in turn, changes in political organization, technology, or ideologies have affected how and why we fight. War: How Conflict Shaped Us explores such much-debated and controversial questions as: When did war first start? Does human nature doom us to fight one another? Why has war been described as the most organized of all human activities? Why are warriors almost always men? Is war ever within our control?

    Drawing on lessons from wars throughout the past, from classical history to the present day, MacMillan reveals the many faces of war—the way it has determined our past, our future, our views of the world, and our very conception of ourselves.
    “War is waged by men; not by beasts, or by gods. It is a peculiarly human activity. To call it a crime against mankind is to miss at least half its significance; it is also the punishment of a crime.” - Frederic Manning, The Middle Parts of Fortune

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    Hidden History: The Secret Origins of the First World War





    Hidden History uniquely exposes those responsible for the First World War. It reveals how accounts of the war’s origins have been deliberately falsified to conceal the guilt of the secret cabal of very rich and powerful men in London responsible for the most heinous crime perpetrated on humanity. For ten years, they plotted the destruction of Germany as the first stage of their plan to take control of the world. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was no chance happening. It lit a fuse that had been carefully set through a chain of command stretching from Sarajevo through Belgrade and St Petersburg to that cabal in London.

    Our understanding of these events has been firmly trapped in a web of falsehood and duplicity carefully constructed by the victors at Versailles in 1919 and maintained by compliant historians ever since. The official version is fatally flawed, warped by the volume of evidence they destroyed or concealed from public view.

    Hidden History poses a tantalising challenge. The authors ask only that you examine the evidence they lay before you . . .



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    “War is waged by men; not by beasts, or by gods. It is a peculiarly human activity. To call it a crime against mankind is to miss at least half its significance; it is also the punishment of a crime.” - Frederic Manning, The Middle Parts of Fortune

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