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The Industrialisation of Soviet Russia, Volume 1: The Socialist Offensive: The Collectivisation of Soviet Agriculture, 1929-1930
Robert William Davies
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The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914
Richard J. Evans
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Young Wilhelm: The Kaiser's Early Life, 1859-1888
John C. G. Röhl
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Worldly Philosopher: The Odyssey of Albert O. Hirschman - Jeremy Adelman

Perhaps I'm too prone to making connections between what I am reading and contemporary events, but as I read the author's chapter about Hirschman's experiences as a development economist in Colombia in the early 1960s, I was struck by some of the (admittedly superficial) parallels between his subject's observations of the contemporary social reactions to the disruptive changes that the modern economy was imposing upon them and what we are experiencing today. Back then the economic transformations taking place in Colombia led to a half-century of civil war that seems only now to be coming to an end, and while I doubt things will get that bad in America I do think that a lot of what we are seeing in politics today reflects people who are reacting to economic change in a similarly anxious and frustrated way.