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    Currently reading this:


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    An excellent story that reminds me of my youth....


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    Empires & Barbarians

    Just bought Empires and Barbarians by Peter Heather. Paperback edition, 2012, Oxford Univ. Press. 734 pages. Took him 16 years to write with 4 leaves of absence from his job as history professor at Kings college, London. Also author of The Fall of the Roman Empire, Goths and Romans 332-489, The Goths and the Visigoths in the Migration Period.

    Hundreds of pages about the Goths. He shoots down Michael Kulikowski's theory of Goths origins and migrations. Goths did indeed come from Scandinavia. And there were huge migrations south from the Baltic sea to the Black sea. After the Goths arrived, the Romans were doomed.

    New info about the Rus also. They were more warlike than previously thought. They attacked the port city of Abaskos on the SE coast of the Caspian sea circa 864-883. They also had 2 small battles with the eastern Roman empire at the city of Constantinople. This was enough to make the Roman emperor sign a peace treaty with them and allow trade inside Constantinople. This with about a thousand warriors? Amazing. It would be interesting to find out more of this. There were more groups of Scandinavian "traders" besides the Rus. There were conflicts between the groups.

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    Hello readers!

    Started over again with the "Hornblower-Anthology" in English now as the German translation was made by three different translators of very different qualification.

    As always the original is much better than any translation could perform.

    The paperbacks of the Penguin-Edition are very bad quality and fall apart to single sides after reading them once which is a pain in the a..e on the more as the English edition is much more expensive than the more durable edition of Ullstein/Germany.

    Good reading, fascinating details on the British Grand Fleet wis all their small and big secrets withheld from keel to mast-tip, bow to stern and throughout the British admiralty...

    My recommendation: "thumbs up",

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plantagenet View Post
    Currently reading this:

    The title is fascinating, what's the book about??
    Let truth and falsehood grapple...truth is strong-
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingOvGermania View Post
    The title is fascinating, what's the book about??
    It's just the collected writings of the Christian mystical/neo-Platonic theologian Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite. Overall worth a read for anyone interested in spirituality or mysticism, even if you don't happen to be a Christian.

    Here is a small sample of the content:

    Realizing all this, the theologians praise it by every name--and as the Nameless One...This surely is the wonderful "name which is above every name: and is therefore without a name...And yet on the other hand they give it many names, such as "I am being," "life," "light," "God," the "truth." These same wise writers...use names drawn from all the things caused: good, beautiful, wise, beloved, God of gods, Lord of Lords, Holy of Holies, eternal, existent, Cause of the ages. They call him source of life, wisdom, mind, word, knower, possessor beforehand of all the treasures of knowledge, power, powerful, and King of Kings, ancient of days, the un-aging and unchanging, salvation, righteousness and sanctification, redemption, greatest of all and yet the one in the still breeze. They say he is in our minds, in our souls, and in our bodies, in heaven and on earth, that while remaining ever within himself he is also in and around and above the world, that he is above heaven and above all being, that he is sun, star, and fire, water, wind, and dew, cloud, archetype stone, and rock that he is all, that he is no thing.

    He is super-essentially exalted above created things, and reveals Himself in His naked Truth to those alone who pass beyond all that is pure or impure, and ascend above the topmost altitudes of holy things, and who, leaving behind them all divine light and sound and heavenly utterances, plunge into the Darkness where truly dwells, as the Oracles declare, that ONE who is beyond all.

    That divine Darkness is the unapproachable light in which God dwells. Into this Darkness, rendered invisible by its own excessive brilliance and unapproachable by the intensity of its transcendent flood of light, come to be all those who are worthy to know and to see God.

    We pray that we may come unto this Darkness which is beyond light, and without seeing and without knowing, to see and to know That which is above vision and above knowledge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plantagenet View Post
    It's just the collected writings of the Christian mystical/neo-Platonic theologian Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite. Overall worth a read for anyone interested in spirituality or mysticism, even if you don't happen to be a Christian.

    Here is a small sample of the content:
    I'm fascinated already! I must check this out!! I am by no means a Christian, but I always love learning about esoteric currents of various religions.
    Let truth and falsehood grapple...truth is strong-
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    Congo Mercenary by Mike Hoare. It is an entertaining, if somewhat sanitised, account of the exploits of "Mad" Mike Hoare's 5 Commando of white, mostly European, mercenaries against the Simba rebels in the Congo in 1964-65.


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    "Manifesto for a European Renaissance" - Alain de Benoist & Charles Champetier

    A 50-page summary of the philosophical and ideological position of G.R.E.C.E. written for their thirtieth anniversary at the beginning of the present millennium...

    "Man evolved in cooperating groups united by common cultural and genetic ties, and it is only in such a setting that the individual can feel truly free, and truly protected. Men cannot live happily alone and without values or any sense of identity…" - Alain de Benoist
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    I've decided to check out a copy of Hitler's Mein Kampf from the local library:



    I've always been fascinated by this man and his struggle to free Germany from the forces that bind her. This book has been on my "to read" list for the longest time.

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