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review 2018-08-19 01:01
1066 Graphic Novel
1066: Guillaume Le Conquérant - Patrick Weber,Emanuele Tenderini

Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley


                In terms of history, this is spot on.  It would help if you are familiar with the general events surrounding the 1066 invasion as well as the politics leading up to it. 

                I mean, Weber remembers the women.  So, you have Harold, Edward, and William.  But you have Edith and Mathilda among others. 

                The one problem is that too many of the men are drawn too much alike, so I had to flip back and forth a couple times.  Still, this is a good, solid comic history of the events.  In particular, while it does have nudity and blood (quite a bit of blood), it would be a fitting read for a younger student of history. 

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text 2018-08-17 05:16
A reading reprieve!
The Spanish Frontier in North America - David J. Weber

Today was the day when my school's administration made the final decision as to what classes would be cut for the fall semester. Given our declining enrollments, it's come to be an anxious time when schedules set months in advance are upset with bare days for people to adjust before classes start.


This time, though, I got the best news I could hope for, as among the classes cancelled was the History of the Southwest course I was scheduled to teach.


Back in June I was informed that one of my colleagues was giving up the class and that they needed me to teach it. This meant that I had to read up on the subject to prepare for the course. I made some progress, but I had a fall ahead of me in which most of my available reading time would be spent reading books on the American Southwest and synthesizing them into lectures.


Only with the class's cancellation I no longer have to worry about it! Now I can focus instead on reading with which I'm more intellectually engaged at the moment, namely the history of 19th and 20th century Europe, and take my time with the books I had planned to read to prepare my new course. What a relief!

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review 2018-08-12 18:08
When the Southwest was the far north
The Mexican Frontier, 1821-1846: The American Southwest Under Mexico - David J. Weber

Before the American Southwest was the American Southwest it was the northern frontier of Mexico, representing a third of the territory of the country after its leaders declared their independence from Span in 1821. What the region was like in the quarter century between its possession by Spain and its conquest by the United States is the subject of David J. Weber's book. It's a comprehensive work that begins by examining how the news of Augustin de Iturbide's declaration of independence was received in the region and concludes with the outbreak of the war that would lead to the U.S.'s annexation of the territory.


While Weber's text surveys the span of human activity in the territory, two themes emerge over the course of his text. The first is the sense of isolation for the Hispanic residents of the region. Independence was a fait accompli for them, one in which they had no say. In many ways little changed with the news, as the region went from being the sparsely settled northern region of Spain's empire in the Americans to the sparsely settled northern lands of the United States of Mexico. Many of the key issues and developments that defined the area during the last decades of Spanish control continued, with the Mexicans dealing with economic change and relations the Indians just as they had before. While independence meant shifts in the dynamics involved, these were concerns that engaged locals no matter who was in charge,


What changed most with Mexican independence was its relations with the United States. This emerges as the second theme of the book: the growing drift of the region into the U.S. orbit. Independence from Spain meant an end to the mercantilist policies restricting trade with the United States, just as the presence of Americans on the frontier was growing. American merchants and trappers eagerly entered the region in search of economic opportunities, establishing a visible presence for the U.S. while economically orienting the region to the northeast. Close behind them were American settlers, whose presence in Texas in particular disrupted the dynamics of the region. Mexican authorities were conflicted about this presence, welcoming the economic benefits brought by trade and the stabilizing effects of non-Indian settlement while increasingly wary of what would follow from the growing American interest in the region. Their concerns would be validated with the outbreak of war in 1846, as the American presence served as the wedge for annexation two years later.


Weber makes plain the factors that led to the region's takeover by the United States, yet this is only one of his book's many strengths. For while Weber details the growing interest in the region by many Americans it also tells the story of the residents themselves and the lives they led. His chapters highlight the many challenges they faced, from their limited resources to the indifference with which they were often treated by Mexican institutions and the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church. Such coverage illustrates the challenges of life on the frontier in the early 19th century while underscoring how annexation came about. In all it makes Weber's book essential reading for anyone interested in the region, as he fills in the valuable details of what proved a critical period of transition in its history.

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review 2018-08-05 15:31
Ein Buch was mich echt berührt hat
Die Blumenschwestern: Roman - Gabriele Weber-Jaric,Cathy Hopkins

Erstmal geht mein Dank an den Goldmann Verlag für das kostenlose Rezensionexemplar :)
Als ich das Buch angefangen habe, dachte ich nur das wird sicher langweilig, aber das gegenteil war der Fall.
Wir lernen hier drei Schwestern kennen, unterschiedlich wie Tag und Nacht und die treffen sich zur Testamentveröffentlichung der Mama wieder. Sie haben bis da kaum noch Kontakt gehabt, aber ihre Mutter will das Unmögliche. Die 3 sollen sich wieder annähern und das Erbe tritt erst in Kraft wenn sie bestimmte Wochenenden zusammen verbringen, eins der Tage wird nicht Wahrgenommen geht das Erbe nicht an die Frauen. Also reißen sie sich zusammen und treten die Aufgabe an , die Mutter hat die Wochenende komplett durch geplant und langsam finden sie wieder zusammen, aber ein Schatten sieht über die Frauen und trifft sie erneut schwer.

Das Buch bringt ein zu lachen und zum Nachdenken. Mich hat es echt gepackt , Ich habe mit Daisy,Rose und Fleur mitgelitten, jede hat ihr Päckchen zu tragen und nur langsam kommen sie ans Licht.
Die Idee mit der Mama und ihren Videos finde ich persönlich zu genial, auf diese Idee muß man erstmal kommen.
Die Charakter sind auch alle gut ausgearbeitet und nicht so hingeklatscht.

Mein Fazit:
Wer Familienstorys mag wird das Buch lieben :)

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text 2018-06-07 15:24
My sudden reading re-orientation
The Mexican Frontier, 1821-1846: The American Southwest Under Mexico - David J. Weber

One of the things I love about my job is the breadth of subjects that I'm called upon to teach. Though my area of specialty is modern British history, over the years I've taught everything from early Asian civilizations to post-1945 U.S. history. Recently, I thought that they were running out of new courses for me to undertake.


Then I received an email yesterday proving me wrong. One of my co-workers gave up a course he taught on the history of the American Southwest, which is one of the last classes in the catalog that I haven't taught. Though I work with someone who is probably better qualified to teach it, he passed on the opportunity, which means that I have a new course to put together over the next few months.


As disruptive as this is of my plans, I really do enjoy the challenge of prepping new courses, not the least of which is the reading that I get to undertake for it. Not only does this bump a couple of books that have long been on my shelves to the top of the TBR stack, but I will be adding a few more to it in the months to come.Of course this will come at the price of some of my other reading goals, but if there's one thing I've learned about life it's all about the trade-offs.

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