Tuesday, December 20, 2005

A few noted things...

1) Utterly brilliant, not at all log-rolling review of the book, by some chap called Sheffield (never heard of him) from the Indy a couple of weeks ago. Also a very positive review in this month's History Today - but not in the free online bit of it.
2) Turns out that my defence of gallant Brits torturing evil Huns was completely misplaced, as the Guardian turns up even more information (great use of FoI) on all the nasty things some bits of the army were doing after the war. (On the other hand, at least there was an uproar at the time - more on this in a later post).
3) Wonderful carnival of teaching hosted by New Kid on the Hallway.
Upcoming posting on this term's progress, teaching Clausewitz as part of WW2, and even, would you believe it, some First World War books reviewed.

4 Comments:

Blogger MaryB said...

Your book arrived just before Christmas from Amazon. I'll dig in after the holidays and report back!

8:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just read most of your book and Sheffield's comments in Independant;

Just one point about the quote below:

"the British felt worse about losing Sir Douglas Haig than they did about losing Princess Diana".

How do we know? The size of a crowd turning out for an event especially in the 1920's is no sure guide to suggest they were all deeply mournful of the old boys passing (I used a similiar quote about Haig's passing for a source on a piece of Year 11 coursework, and this was one of the comments I was subjected too at a History teachers Conference)

Anyway, that said a most excellent chapter on Veterans.

Regards

David Blanchard ( ex student of Mark Connelly and world expert on the 2nd Battle of the Aisne, May 1918)

blanchie@btinternet.com

9:28 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Well, it's _just_ possible I was being provocative there, in an effort to get readers to think about how Haig's status has changed. And possibly there was also a hint of the old curmudgeon in my reaction to recent demonstrations of mass public mourning. Crowds are, of course, no particularly reliable measure of popularity or depth of mourning. But my point - one which I've developed more since I wrote the book - is that Haig was, in the 1920s, a celebrity. That's one way to understand how the debates about his abilities developed. One way that you can make money is to publish something scandalous about a celebrity - that's exactly what Alan Clark was doing with The Donkeys.
Glad you enjoyed the veterans chapter: hope you like whatever you've still to read.

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just another point. I was very surprised to see you quote Barbara Cartland. How did you come by her autobiography in the first place? And secondly how did you find the comment about her father, without reading most of the book?

The reason why I am interested is that Major Cartland was killed on the 27th May 1918, the beginning of the Aisne Battle- my own area of interest.

If you require a scan of Major Cartland send me an e mail and I will send one to you.

Regards

David

6:28 PM  

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