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The Sinews of Habsburg Power: Lower Austria in a Fiscal-Military State 1650-1820
William D. Godsey Jr.
Pandora’s Box A History of the First World War
Jörn Leonhard, Patrick Camiller
Progress: 111/1104 pages
The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914
Richard J. Evans
Progress: 219/928 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 250 out of 630 pages.

The Hundred Years War, Volume 2: Trial by Fire - Jonathan Sumption

The last chapter just amazed me. Having already read the first volume, I knew how good he was, but the second book might very well be better. He is one of the few writers who can describe a battle in a way that makes it easy to visualize (though admittedly the maps helped as well), and thanks to it I understand the battle of Poitiers and its significance better than I thought I ever would. It makes the reading ahead of me (nearly 400 pages, plus two more volumes) more of a pleasure than a slog, though whether I'll feel that way by the time I get through the next volume may be another matter entirely.