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The Industrialisation of Soviet Russia, Volume 1: The Socialist Offensive: The Collectivisation of Soviet Agriculture, 1929-1930
Robert William Davies
Progress: 116/512 pages
The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914
Richard J. Evans
Progress: 219/928 pages
Young Wilhelm: The Kaiser's Early Life, 1859-1888
John C. G. Röhl
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Reading progress update: I've read 171 out of 688 pages.

The Great Nation: France from Louis XV to Napoleon - Colin Jones

I'm about a quarter of the way in, and so far it's probing to be an excellent history of 18th century France -- comprehensive and full of insights. If the other two volumes in the series are as good, then I'll finally have the background on French history that I've needed for so long!