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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 311 out of 792 pages.

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

I just finished Symonds's coverage of the battle of Savo Island, which highlights what I like best about him as an author. His ten pages of narrative and analysis did a better job of explaining why the battle developed the way that it did (both as a Japanese victory and why Gunichi Mikawa didn't follow up on it by destroying the vulnerable transports supporting the Guadalcanal invasion) than authors such as Ian Toll and James Hornfisher who have written longer accounts of it.