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The Sinews of Habsburg Power: Lower Austria in a Fiscal-Military State 1650-1820
William D. Godsey Jr.
Progress: 69/448 pages
Pandora’s Box A History of the First World War
Jörn Leonhard, Patrick Camiller
Progress: 346/1104 pages
The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914
Richard J. Evans
Progress: 219/928 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 78 out of 792 pages.

World War II at Sea: A Global History - Craig L. Symonds

In his introduction, Craig Symonds wrote that his goal with this book was to provide a history of the Second World War at sea that demonstrated its centrality to the overall conflict. It's a laudable goal, but so far it's reading like a highlight reel: Prien's sinking of the Royal Oak, the German invasion of Norway, the British attack on the French fleet. It's all well-written (I suspect that many a dad will be getting this as a gift for Christmas this year), but I'm still waiting for the complementary analysis to emerge.