Top 4 Historical Books That Are Worth Reading in the Age of Information
Historical literature gives us several unique opportunities. It helps you to construct a complete picture of the past from those sources that we ourselves choose and trust.
In a world full of information noise and “their” truth from the lips of the leaders, books are still a lifeline that will help set up your own filters to critique modern realities, anticipate scenarios that can be used by modern political leaders, and how it will affect our lives.
We’ve put together a review of five historical publications that will make your filters more accurate.
The Memoirs of Marshal Mannerheim
by Carl Mannerheim
Carl Gustav Emil Mannerheim is the father of modern Finland, a prominent politician and military leader, diplomat, aristocrat, and intellectual of his time.
In his memoirs, he shares his memories of the journey from cadet to colonel, horseback ride to Asia, World War I on the Eastern Front, the Russian Revolution, the liberation war, the mission in London and Paris, his tenure as regent and, most importantly, the development of Finnish society. His personal passions are hunting and life observations. The author removes the veil from the world of big politics and diplomacy.
Mannerheim’s openness and simplicity make us believe in the truth and allow us to immerse ourselves in the atmosphere of the first half of the 20th century. The book will be interesting not only for lovers of historical literature and biographies, but also for anyone who wants to learn to think strategically and negotiate, and with the rest to get a dose of humanity, even in the context of war.
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Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World
by Niall Ferguson
British historian and journalist Neil Ferguson has studied the phenomenon of imperialism, in particular the British Empire, from different angles.
On the one hand, being part of it has brought technical progress and mutual exchange of cultural heritage to the colony countries, and on the other hand, we have a stain of violence, suppression of protests, prosperity of racism and exploitation of the resources of the colonies.
The scale of the former size of the British Crown is impressive. At one time it was a quarter of the world’s population.
Neil Ferguson rethinks Britain’s influence on modernity and answers provocative questions: what the modern world be like without the British Empire, and who now holds the position of the most powerful state?
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Memoirs of the Second World War
by Winston S. Churchill
It is difficult to form an idea of World War II without quoting Winston Churchill. A person who influenced the end of the bloodshed and one of the most prominent politicians of the 20th century, the Prime Minister of Great Britain, and a literary Nobel laureate.
The book is even more impressive if you realize that it was not the observer who wrote it, but the participant, who was able to comprehend the events and invest them in a multi-volume work.
The publication begins with a description of the end of the First World War. The writer emotionally and liberally examines the socio-political atmosphere that existed in the world on the eve of World War II.
But it is worth noting that this is not just a memoir, because Churchill refers to historical documents, numerous citations, and official reports of world leaders. The pages of the publication unfold a huge panorama of the reality of that time, the political backstage and life and concerns of ordinary citizens and soldiers.
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Thinking the Twentieth Century
by Tony Judt, Timothy Snyder
Often historical works are criticized for being excessively detached, their narrative is too abstract, and the heroes are nations, not specific “living” people.
This publication rejects the conventional approach. Tony Judt is a scholar, author of 12 historical publications and journalism.
In his conversation with Timothy Snyder, Judd shows how political ideas: liberalism, socialism, communism, nationalism and, unfortunately, fascism – have affected his life, and at the same time the lives of generations and nations. They provide food for thought on the ethics of political decisions and the responsibilities that leaders must take on.
All these reflections are designed to explain and finally realize that a state is good, valuable, and comfortable for free, thinking people.
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