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No.4813

I'm looking for complete books about history. I'm interested in every periods. You know, that kind of book that are fully exhausives on their subject.

  No.4820


  No.4821

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1. Think of the subject you want to look for. Let's say "Tang Dynasty Military Strategy"
2. Go to wikipedia, look for the article on the period you're looking for. This led me to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_history_of_China_before_1911#Sui-Tang.
3. Look at the sources and google around a bit.

The nature of history books is a tradeoff between detail and scope. If you have a large scope ("The Roman Empire"), you'll have little detail. If you have a very specific scope ("Appius Claudius Caecus's work on Roman Aqueducts") you can find much more detailed information.

I can't give you any recommendations on books until you disclose what sort of periods you are interested in, but I hope you understand that there is incomprehensible amounts of knowledge out there, and you have to be very specific about what you are looking for.

  No.4823

Evry once in a while you can find a history book that goes over all the general stuff while remaining witty and entertaining. I found one for the middle ages, but I have since lost it.

Chances are you won't find them online. They're very niche.

  No.4824

>>4820
>>4821
How reliable is the historical information on Wikipedia? I understand that it's a great tool to get sources on things but is the information that is contained on it accurate? Most of my historical knowledge comes from straight reading the articles.

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>>4824
For the average joe wanting to know more about the Russian Revolution, it's pretty good. If you're doing cutting-edge research, not so much.

You can check out WP:IRS (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Identifying_reliable_sources) and judge for yourself though.

  No.4828

>>4824
I've found that many times when I needed exact dates (research for a "novel"), Wikipedia wasn't that great. It'd be May in one article and April in another. That doesn't bother me as long as there's other more in-depth sources out there that I can look at, but when it's a niche topic that doesn't raise much interest, there's sometimes no way to tell which date is true. That's when I actually resort to the public library.


  No.4830

>>4828
I'm with this lainon, usually it's better to just check out the references linked in a particular article, but Wikipedia is a good start for general information and finding out where to look deeper.

I was kind of going for a "Google it" response because you're not going to find a be all end all source for history. There's just too much.

  No.4832

>>4829
>pic
idiot here, what am i looking at exactly?

  No.4833

>>4832
Milo Manara, I think.

  No.4860

>>4829
that pic is funny until it gets to the holocaust.

  No.4862

>>4832
History of mankind, focus on the violence and sex (without it we'd go extinct).

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>>4813
I've heard file related is a very interesting alternative history read. alternative as in, not the usual discourse.

This question could use some clarification though. Do you mean one field, and in depth? Or are you looking at big history (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_History)?

  No.5027

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_City_in_History

from the banks of the Euphrates to Detroit as exhaustive as it gets on the subject of cities written in a very non-academic tone. I had to read it for a class. I really loved it.

  No.5037

https://cdn.preterhuman.net/texts/history/
https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/world-history
https://www.gutenberg.org/

https://www.scribd.com/doc/310920820/R-Buckminster-Fuller-Critical-Path-PDF

I guess The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, by Edward Gibbon, is pretty good, even if it completely ignores muh Byzantine Empire.

Byzantine Empire gets NO LOVE, fam, NO LOVE.

Warren Ellis' Crecy is the best historical comic I've read in memory.

Julius Caesar's letters from his campaigns are good reading, as is Xenophon's Anabasis, and Ahmad ibn Fadlan's account of his travels among the Rus Vikings.