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10-13-2012 07:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: books reading

I am a big history reader. I would like some suggestions about history books that are from a non- United States perspective. They would have to be written in English so that limits me, but still would really like some suggestions that might extend my world perspective on history. I am not married to one period of time, but I seem to spend a lot of my reading hours in the 1800’s.

Thanks in advance.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine


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#1 posted 10-13-2012 08:07 PM

That’s such a broad request as to be almost impossible to answer. What particular part of 1800’s history or events are you interested in? I’m from Canada so my favorite author of Canadian 1800’s and early 1900’s history is Pierre Berton. But that’s just the tinest viewpoint of specific events compared to everything else going on in the world.

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#2 posted 10-13-2012 08:15 PM

Jeff I’m not very particular about the event/period of tme, I’m just looking to get history of any sort from an outside of the USA perspective. it is hard to know what authors to look at without some suggestions outside of my group of friends who seem to read the same authors.

I’ll look up Berton. Thanks

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 10-13-2012 08:30 PM

harold lamb (1920 on)

wrote pulp
(to pay the bills)
but some of the best historical (in my opinion)
writing ever done

the crusades (a two part book
the iron men and the flame of islam)

did you know there were approx. 100 crusades
that lasted about 100 years

this isn’t cut and dry college professor writing you are there

ghengis khan
alexander
suleman
tamerlane
hannibal
cyrus the great
charlemagne
new found world the first 100 years of america

well there are many
all used too

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?an=harold+lamb&sts=t

another is ‘indian givers’
by jack weatherford

how the new world
transformed the old

a must read

enjoy

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 10-13-2012 09:49 PM

Thanks Patron. That gives me some to lok into.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#5 posted 10-13-2012 10:03 PM

we were taught in school
that some of these guys
were pretty heavy handed
(and they were to their enemy’s)
but in conquering a peoples
(they killed all the generals and mucky-mucks
so they wouldn’t plot against them)
then brought
hospitals
schools
water
sanitation
churches
and agriculture
and left everyone alone
so long as they paid their due

the bottom line is they did more for civilization
than most of the ‘do-gooders’
(think inquisition and serfdom)

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 10-14-2012 03:16 AM

If it is written in English, the perspective is going to be American or European. If you would like an excellent American history book that is taken from perspectives other than the “sanitized” versions we would usually get in school, try this one – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_People's_History_of_the_United_States. Another good historian, I would highly recommend is Daniel Boorstin. His books on the discoverers and the creators are favorites of mine in my library. They are histories detailing things we don’t normally think of like mankind’s attempts to categorize plants or find a consistent means to tell time. I know it sounds like dry reading but he handles the topics very well.

David

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#7 posted 10-14-2012 05:19 AM

War and Peace
Translated works of Anton Checkov

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#8 posted 10-14-2012 06:40 AM

People and Empires by Anthony Pagden
A history from Alexander the great to present day on every empire then and now.

But one of the best is Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl, proving the south Pacific natives got there from South America by impossible ways

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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#9 posted 10-14-2012 06:40 PM

Thanks guys. This will give me some new reading/authors.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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