Obsessed with bringing the story of this (forgotten) part of the world to the general public. he has recently completed his work with a very up-to-date Las nueva rutas de la seda that incorporates the events still present in the newspapers . 6 – Svetlana Aleksievich. Second Hand Time. The end of the red man | Green Ray. 2015 This is also a contribution from literature. by a Nobel laureate who builds a patchwork of voices. This approach is a fascinating interweaving of witnesses that brings us closer to that Soviet world in which the world was divided . Like the rest of his work. Aleksievich’s books are one of the best gateways to the world behind the steel curtain. On sunken worlds. the Year Zero is also a complementary reading. History of 1945 by Ian Buruma . 7 – Karl Schlögel.
Terror and Utopia. Moscow in 1937 | Cliff. 2014 From a case study. the Moscow of 1937. Schlögel offers us a 360-degree portrait of the Soviet world that was gradually moving away from the initial utopia to delve into the authoritarianism represented by Stalin. . As a result of the collapse of the Soviet Union. researchers have experienced a new golden age in accessing unpublished documentation that has often altered many of the existing preconceptions and allowed us to penetrate the lives of nearby but unknown societies. . Those years also saw the rise of Nazism and fascism. for which we have excellent books by historians such as Ian Kershaw. Laurence Rees. Robert Gellately and Donald Sassoon . among others. 8 – Orlando Figes. The Europeans.
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Of a Cosmopolitan Culture | Penguin Books. 2020 Belize phone numbers history booksComing soon. this book consolidates Orlando Figes as one of the great contemporary historians. Through three unique characters. the cultural history of much of the West is reconstructed. with special attention to the emergence of modern opera. the close link between the different arts and the fluid cultural exchange that made it possible to move from the ‘Spain anchored in the past in the great salons of Paris or Moscow and in the best settings of New York or Vienna. With a more scientific but equally exciting look. we also find the works of Peter Watson or Peter Gay . 9 – Saul Friedländer . The Third Reich and the Jews Gutenberg Galaxy.
2016 contemporary history bookscontemporary history booksTalking about contemporary history leads us at one time or another to talk about the different genocides suffered around the world. Among them. of course. the Holocaust marks one of the darkest pages in human history . The literature on concentration camps is immense (from testimonies such as Primo Levi or Heda Margolius . to the work of specialists such as Nikolaus Wachsmann or Laurence Rees ). but the two volumes by Saul Friedländer are referential. These crimes against humanity often take place under the umbrella of war. be it World War II (see Rick Atkinson ‘s Liberation Trilogy or the contributions of Antony Beevor .
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World War I ( Margaret MacMillan …) or more recent conflicts like Vietnam ( Max Hastings ) or the Balkans ( Misha Glenny ). 10 – Kim Ghattas. Black Wave. Saudi Arabia. Iran. and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture. Religion. and Collective Memory in the Middle East | Henry Holt and Co.. 2020 contemporary history booksJust published. its author demonstrates how history can be useful in understanding facts of high complexity and how good history can also deal with very recent events . In the line of other great experts in the Islamic world such as Robert Fisk . Black Wave shows us how the simplism of much current information hides a much more diverse reality. strongly conditioned by the influences of the great world powers. the resources existing economic and religious. cultural.
social and political dividing lines . If you are interested in ancient history. we suggest you approach. Mary Beard with these 5 recommendations by Òscar Gonzàlez: Since the summer of 1944. U.S. forces have been systematically hitting Japanese territory with air raids involving B-29 flying fortresses. The so-called strategic bombing campaign. often with incendiary projectiles. Wiped out military and industrial targets. But also entire cities seeking to undermine morale in the rear. One hundred thousand people were killed in one of the raids in Tokyo alone. bringing the death toll to nearly half a million. affecting some 60 Japanese cities during those final months.