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Neil Evans

I'm sure you could do a great job on the fall of the Ottoman Empire. 'Istanbul' by Bethany Hughes is a brilliant read. On the Roman Empire, anything by Mary Beard is invaluable.

Lukas

I don't know whether it is available in Audible, but I read through Stephen Kinzer's "Blood of Brothers" on the Nicaraguan Revolution. It's basically the definitive account of it. Of course some of the people involved at the time also wrote stuff, but e.g. Sergio Ramirez' (Ortega's first VP) account is blatantly self-serving ad more an attempt at literature than historiography.

Kinzer knows Nicaragua and he's been there before the Revolution and during the civil war. If you ever do the Nicaraguan Revolution, this is the book where you should start research.

Milum

It's kind out of the scope of this podcast, but I would like to recommend the book Panzer Commander by Col Hans von Luck. It is the autobiography of Hans von Luck who joined the German military before Hitler came to power in the 1930's.
Of course, Hitler did come to power, causing Luck to, no joke, fight in the invasion of Poland, invasion of France, Invasion of Russia, Retreat from Moscow, Fall of North Africa, D-Day, the Falaise Pocket, the Battle of the Bulge, and some of the last battles on the Eastern Front, where he was captured and, well, let's just say that his capture was when his fight for survival really began. The man was a personal friend of Erwin Rommel, and fought in just about every major engagement of WWII. I can't recommend this WWII classic enough.

Colin

Hi Mike, I'm loving Revolutions, I just started it earlier in the week, I was a huge fan of THOR.

I would like to recommend two books:

Empire of Cotton, by Sven Beckert - Beckert examines the ways in which cotton as a commodity became integral to the formation of European colonial empires from the beginning of the colonial period to its end, with a focus on the British Empire in particular.

The Military Revolution, by Geoffrey Parker - Parker is one of the leaading authorities on the revolution in military technology and logistics, etc. This book builds upon previous scholarship, examining developments in siege and naval warfare in addition to developments in militaries already examined by previous scholarship. Its surprisingly easy to read and understand.

steve

Could you put up links for your advertisers? It helps us support you. On other notes, have you read the works of Brigadier General Vincent J Esposito? His book on Napoleon is a favorite, but he has a lot of other good material.

When I heard you mention Eugen Weber, I hoped for a recording of you saying bourgeoisie.

Richard

"The History of Mike Duncan: Part I" (currently unpublished)

Would be great for the extra nerdy of us out here. Could cover many fascinating things, like the ideas a little Mike used to think of about the world or history, his school/college years, the efforts to start THoR and see it through to the end, and of course, all the familial intrigue that goes with any great story.

Seems to me that just getting THoR done must of had many ups and downs and racing for deadlines. Would be great motivation or inspiration for others to know about these types of things.

Keep on keep'n on with all the fantastic work Mike. It is greatly appreciated.

Cheers from Canada :)

p.s. Noticed the age of most of the other posts so I still hope this is relevant. If so then here is a counter idea that could be explored in Revolutions... We are taught in school here that Canada is the only modern industrialized nation to not have a revolution or civil war directly linked to it's founding... why is that and how did we bypass that step?

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