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28 June 2011 @ 02:26 pm
it’s aaaaaliiiiiiive  

I thought I hadn’t been blogging because I didn’t have time to sit down and write a post, but it seems I may not have been blogging because I’ve got squat-all to say. I’ve been trying to get this post going for like half an hour, and keep coming up blank. :)

I need a couple good research books. I need a nice basic overview about the Napoleonic era in Europe* and equally good basic overview of 1940s America. Suggestions welcome!

And apparently I can’t think of anything else to say right now, so I’m going to go do a little work…

*Reading the Temeraire books doesn’t count. :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
 
 
 
tamagotamago on June 28th, 2011 01:48 pm (UTC)
I'll see if I can get Chris to give you some book suggestions on the Napoleonic era. That's his hobby horse.
kitmizkit on June 28th, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
Indeed! Just one good basic one, really, because I don't have time to read a dozen books, even though I'd enjoy it...
Chrisberchrisber on June 28th, 2011 04:52 pm (UTC)
I don't really have a good basic overview of the Napoleonic era. Most of mine are much more specific. (If you want a good overview of the Royal Navy in the Napoleonic era, I have a couple I can recommend, starting with _Nelson's Navy: The Ships, Men, and Organization, 1793-1815_ by Brian Lavery)

Otherwise, you might look at the _Reminiscences of Captain Gronow_ by R. H. Gronow, found on gutenberg.org. It's not an overview, or at all objective, but it is a lot of local color, and amusing to read. (Though I should qualify that I am only half way through it myself; it's my current iPhone book.)

Mostly I just wander around on Wikipedia when I want the history these days.
kit: headdeskmizkit on June 28th, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC)
...somehow I didn't think of Wikipedia.

I'll look at the Gronow book--that will be perfect for part of what I want. Thank you!
joycemocha on June 28th, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC)
Damnit, I know just the book you want for 1940s America but I can't find it because I purged it years ago! It does exist. Just not sure where. I think it was published in the 70s or 80s, a Penguin Press release.
kitmizkit on June 28th, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
*laughs* Do you have any sort of recollection of the title?
joycemocha on June 28th, 2011 03:42 pm (UTC)
I wish I did! It was something I picked up used and I really liked it; however I purged it because of limited library space and it didn't fit my changing needs when I went into special education for a day job. I'll poke around--DH may have stuck it into the special resale pile that's still around (after five years).
Jannejanne on June 28th, 2011 06:55 pm (UTC)
I like 1940s gettyimages (and 1950, 60, 70... ), lots of lovely photographs with useful captions that give decent mini-views of the decade.

*searches amazon* ... Uh, I don't believe the $100 pricetag. They're practically giving away the norwegian translation of same right now! http://www.amazon.com/1940s-Decades-Century-Getty-Images/dp/0841602530/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1309287165&sr=8-1

Amazon.co.uk has them at a saner price :) http://www.amazon.co.uk/1940s-Images-20th-Century-Getty/dp/3833110805/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1309287234&sr=8-1-spell

Malkhosmalkhos on June 30th, 2011 06:21 am (UTC)
If you're interested in military matters, Chandler's Campaigns of Napoleon is the thing.

This might also be of some use:

The Columbia history of post-World War II America