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Offline JasonPratt

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5115 on: July 05, 2020, 03:47:15 PM »
Got through Churchill's two chapters on the rise of Lenin and Bolshevism, in The Aftermath this weekend.

I had been a little puzzled why he hadn't said much about them yet, even in his extended commentary addendum on The Eastern Front volume; but I finally realized that Churchill had decided to focus on what happened with Russia during the War -- thus also explaining why his East Front volume just sharply stops upon the fall of the Czar.

The Aftermath really backfills some details for the final couple years of the war, including what was happening in Russia from March 1917 (when the revolutions started) onward.

Currently I'm on the chapter about Wilson and the Fourteen Points.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5116 on: July 05, 2020, 06:31:09 PM »
Just started The Pope and Mussolini - The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe by David Kertzer.

Pius XI died before the start of WW2.  Pius XII was the wartime Pope.  His papers were scheduled to be unsealed in March, 2020 - but I don't know if the plague changed that timetable.

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5117 on: July 05, 2020, 06:38:02 PM »
Right, this is the story of the relationship between Pius XI and the rise of Mussolini's fascist Italy, from 1920 through the 1930s.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5118 on: July 06, 2020, 10:24:10 AM »
I really liked Dan Jones' Wars of the Roses.  I found it much easier to follow than Alison Weir's version.  I was bummed, though, that it ended with little baby Henry VIII...he's the best part!  Although, I get it, the wars were over at that point, but still.
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