22 July 2008

Books I am reading

I'm reading 'The later Thirty Years War: From the Battle of Wittstock to the Treaty of Westphalia' by William P. Guthrie. I finished 'Battles of the Thirty Years War: From White Mountain to Nordlingen 1618 - 1635' last night. I was also looking through a pictorial, 'German Sturmartillerie at War Volume 1'.

What are you reading?

4 comments:

Andy said...

My latest purchase:

Charles XII and the Collapse of the Swedish Empire, 1682- 1719
R. Nisbet Bain; G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1895. 330 pgs.

I also got The First Peninsular War 1701-1713 by David Francis.


Still reading The Age of Battles though.

Chuang Shyue Chou said...

Charles XII and the Great Northern War! Poltava! That's highly unusual and interesting too.

That is something that I know little about beyond accounts of Poltava and a summary of his campaigns.

I went to take a look. The First Peninsular War is a reference to the War of Spanish Succession? Hmm...
http://www.dwr.org.uk/dwr.php?id=60&pa=207

In other words, relating to the campaigns of Prince Eugene and Marlborough? I have Churchill's two volumes on Marlborough, his ancestor. I have Chandler's book on Marlborough and one or two other volumes. I read one by John Hussey some years back. The Hussey volume has narratives of the annual campaigns.

I haven't read a volume of the complete political overview of the War of Spanish Succession at this point.

How is the First Peninsular War?

Chuang Shyue Chou said...

I also noted that most of the campaigns were sieges. Battles were uncommon. Annual campaigns had skirmishes, sieges and attempts at relief. It's not unlike the preceding Thirty Years War.

Andy said...

Charles XII and the Great Northern War! Poltava! That's highly unusual and interesting too. That is something that I know little about beyond accounts of Poltava and a summary of his campaigns.

There was a lot more to the Great Northern War than Poltava, although that was the battle that more or less finished off the Swedes. Denmark, Saxony and Poland were also involved. Prussia-Brandenberg came in to scavenge territory at the end.


I went to take a look. The First Peninsular War is a reference to the War of Spanish Succession? Hmm...
http://www.dwr.org.uk/dwr.php?id=60&pa=207

In other words, relating to the campaigns of Prince Eugene and Marlborough? [...] I haven't read a volume of the complete political overview of the War of Spanish Succession at this point. How is the First Peninsular War?


It was very good, I read a library copy perhaps ten years ago. I also got a book by Henry Kamen, "The War of Succession in Spain".
Haven't read it.

"The First Peninsular War" was my all-time price record for a book, whew!

I think my next read will be a rereading of "The Rise of Modern Warfare 1618-1815" by H.W. Koch. A nice coffee-table book.