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Samuel Hynes - The Soldiers' Tale

This is a book about war narratives - not war as such. Even if Hynes wrote one himself.

Did he study too few narratives? )
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Ben Shephard - The Long Road Home

After World War Two ended, there were still lots of people who were not where they wanted to be, where they were supposed to be or were in a situation where they would still be killed in short order if they did not move.

Post-WW2 refugee movements were bit bigger than the current ones )
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Ben Shephard - A War of Nerves

Warfare causes more than just physical wounds – but the mental side of the toll of war was really not studied for centuries (mainly because common soldiers were expendable anyway). So the study really started only around the World War One. Ben Shephard traces some of those developments, mostly based of Western European and US records.
From shell shock to PTSD )
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Heather Pringle - The Master Plan; Himmler's Scholars and the Holocaust

This is the story of Ahnenerbe nazi organization that tried to prove the existence of Aryans and rebuild the (nonexistent) Aryan world. In popular culture Ahnenerber has been turned into a nazi mad scientist or occultist organization, due to Himmler's interest to occult and his occult oriented castles.
Delusions of scholarship )


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