The Timetables of History


Title:                      The Timetables of History

Author:                  Bernard Grun

Grun, Bernard (1975). The Timetables of History: A Chronology of World Events. London: Thames and Hudson

LCCN:    76364586

D11 .G78 1975b

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Date Posted:      December 10, 2014

This chronology is Based on W. Stein’s Kulturfahrplan.[1]

As a writer and teacher, this book has been very helpful for me, especially when looking at the chronology of the spying game. It helps make connections between different events in different parts of the world. It helps expand the study to a variety of interest areas. The book is also helpful when reading as I often look up the particular time span and find out what else was going on at that time. For example, the year I was born, 1938, was the year that the Church of England accfepteed the Theory of Evolution, the first jazz concert (Benny Goodman) was held at Carnegie Hall, The Battle of Taierzhuang took place, and Dutch writer Maurits Dekker sentenced to 50 days for “offending a friendly head of state” (Hitler). These connections make the reading so much more interesting and expansive. It is truly a handy reference book.

[1] Stein, Werner (1974). Kulturfahrplan: die wichtigsten Daten der Kulturgeschichte von Anbeginn bis 1973. München: F.A. Herbig. LCCN: 74349749

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Timelines of the 20th Century


Title:                  Timelines of the 20th Century

Author:                  David Brownstone

Brownstone, David (1996) and Irene Franck. Timelines of the 20th Century: A Chronology of 7,500 Key Events, Discoveries, and People that Shaped Our Century. Boston: Little, Brown and Company

LCCN:    95035200

D422 .B76 1996

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Date Updated:  April 9, 2015

A useful book for looking at the chronology of events in the 20th century. The book is organised in charts to portray events in politics and war, science, technology and medicine, art and literature and social and economic life.

Counterintelligence Reading

This is one of many books on the Department of Energy Hanford counterintelligence reading list. The entire list is as follows (with links when appropriate.) The entire list is found at Historical Dictionary of Cold War Counterintelligence

Miscellaneous References

Brownstone, David (1996) and Irene Franck. Timelines of the 20th Century: A Chronology of 7,500 Key Events, Discoveries, and People that Shaped Our Century

Daniel,Clifton (1994), ed. in chief. Chronicle of the 20th Century: The Ultimate Record of Our Times

U. S. Department of State (1918). Diplomatic Correspondence with Belligerent Governments Relating to Neutral Rights and Duties

New York Times (2002). The New York Times Page One, 1951—2002

New York Times Page One, 1951—2002


Title:                      New York Times Page One, 1951—2002

Author:                   New York Times

New York Times (2002). The New York Times Page One, 1951—2002. Edison, NJ: Galahad Books

LCCN:    2002111815

D358 .N49 2002

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Date Updated:  June 26, 2015

This collection of front pages of the New York Times is a unique format for studying U S History. It is historicist, because the journalists who did the news reports are always contemporary to the event, (the biases of the time are evident). Also, since newspapers are businesses, the front page must always be relevant to the audience’s concerns if the newspaper is to remain popular. The New York Times has had the reputation of excellence in journalism for centuries. This is a classic in journalism and a great resource for teachers, students, and history buffs.

Diplomatic Correspondence with Belligerent Governments


Title:                      Diplomatic Correspondence with Belligerent Governments Relating to   Neutral Rights And Duties

Author:                                US Department of State

U. S. Department of State (1918). Diplomatic Correspondence with Belligerent Governments Relating to Neutral Rights and Duties. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office

LOC:       18016648

D619 .A4 1918

Date Posted:      November 5, 2013

The 1915 version of this report is available online at https://archive.org/details/diplomaticcorr00unit and the 1918 version is available online at http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000444904. Diplomatic These works bring together foreign, comparative, and international titles in two-volumes resource. Its International Law component features works of some of the great legal theorists, including Gentili, Grotius, Selden, Zouche, Pufendorf, Bijnkershoek, Wolff, Vattel, Martens, Mackintosh, Wheaton, among others. The materials in this archive are drawn from three world-class American law libraries: the Yale Law Library, the George Washington University Law Library, and the Columbia Law Library.

Timelines of the 20th Century


Title:                      Timelines of the 20th Century

Author:                   David Brownstone

Brownstone, David (1996) and Irene Franck. Timelines of the 20th Century: A Chronology of 7,500 Key Events, Discoveries, and People that Shaped Our Century. Boston: Little, Brown

LOC:       95035200

D422 .B76 1996

Date Posted:      November 5, 2013

I got this book when it first came out. It is a useful book to have for comparing events along different axes. Organized into reader-friendly charts, this is a portrait of the 20th century, covering worldwide highlights in politics and war, science, technology and medicine, art and literature, and social, economic and everyday life. Text is arranged in a four-column format divided horizontally by year.

Timelines


Title:                      Timelines

Author:                  John Rees

Rees, John (2012). Timelines: A Political History of the Modern World. Abingdon; New York: Routledge

LOC:       2011040530

D421 .R35 2012

Date Posted:      April 2, 2013

The following description is the book review from books.google.com.

War and revolution, economic crises and political conflict are the very stuff of modern history. This guide to the last 100 years of great power conflict, social rebellion, strikes and protests gives us the essential history of the world in which we live. Based on the Timeline TV series this is a rapid and accessible guide for those who want to know how power is exercised, by who, and for what purposes in the modern world.

From the rise and fall of great empires in two world wars, the Cold War and the “war on terror” through to the rise of China Timelines describes the shifts in the imperial structure of the world. And it looks at the impact of those changes in the conflict zones of the 21st century, including Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran.

Finally Timelines looks at moments of popular resistance, from the Russian and Spanish revolutions to the fall of Apartheid in the 1990s and the ongoing socialist experiment that is Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela. We live in turbulent times. These essays show us how we got here and outline the forces that are going to shape the history of the 21st century.

The Face of Battle


Title:                      The Face of Battle

Author:                   John Keegan

Keegan, John. (1983). The Face of Battle: A Study of Agincourt, Waterloo, and the Somme. New York: Viking Press

LCCN:    76010611

D25 .K43 1976

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Date Updated:  September 25, 2015

I received The Face of Battle through a book club membership. I didn’t know much about Keegan at that time, and wasn’t thrilled to have the book. Not thrilled, that is, until I actually read it. I became a fan of Keegan’s work. In fact, I used some of his books in my courses on Technology and War.

War may be about great leadership, and Keegan has a book like that, or it may be about feints and flanking maneuvers, and Keegan has handfuls like that, but at some point someone has to pull all the statue-builders and map-gazers off their seats and remind them that war, throughout history, has always come down to an actual living, breathing human being facing a charging sword inches away or a raking machine gun, heard but never seen.

What is going on when a man stands to face a charging horseman or goes over the top from a muddy trench to a likely death? Would a horse, no matter how trained, charge directly into a mass of armed men? Would they flinch? Would the horse turn? Could they really be routed in ways so colorfully portrayed in paintings of war when it seems simply impossible to fit so many horses or men into so small a space, to leap through the mass of other flesh? What did it really mean to be struck a sword’s blow or a by musket’s ball? What became of a man wounded in no man’s land, or taken captive, or one who was a slaughterer of captives? Keegan’s questions range from the deepest questions of humans facing death to the pragmatic problems of daily needs and mud and dirt and flesh. This book is apparently unique among military histories in raising and contemplating them.

Keegan offers an oddly heightened awareness of these questions by noting right at the beginning that he has not, in fact, ever been a soldier. He has been called upon to teach and to mentor them as one of the most esteemed military historians of our era but he has not stood in those boots. But much more so than any foot soldier or general he has studied “battle” enough to understand that the confusion that underlies these encounters can only be distilled from a distant perspective. Although he honors and acknowledges the first-hand accounts of participants, by simply noting the level of confusion, the restrictions and overload on sensory input, and the inevitable role of the survivor’s ego, he reminds us that much more is happening than the personal viewpoint or formalist analysis could describe.

Keegan chooses to look at three battles from history: Agincourt, Waterloo and The Somme. All three are what historians apparently term “set battles” but each called upon its participants to face death, or glory, or simply the esteem of their neighbor, in different ways. While he maintains his focus on the individual soldier, Keegan does a fine job of making each of these three historically momentous battles come to life in full scale.

Written in a style that is relaxed but incisive, The Face of Battle is a fascinating work.