Sources for the Roman Empire

While writing the recent posts on the rise and fall of the Roman Empire I made use of a vast array of sources that I believe I should list below for my own sake and for that of others potentially interested in following a similar line of inquiry. The sources are divided in 2 categories: Primary sources and Secondary Sources (articles and books). I have added some general comments on my opinion of each source and some of the uses I made of them.

Primary Sources

Secondary Sources – Articles

Secondary Sources -Books

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Holocaust Memorial Day – Never Forget

On this day 70 years ago, Soviet troops liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps in present-day Poland. The scale of death and human destruction they found there was not lost to these men, even though they had been fighting on the most violent front of the most violent war in the history of mankind for 3 years.

Today we remember and hope it may never happens again.

Some sources of testimonials from survivors and related articles:

I also personally recommend the following:

Kristallnacht 08-09.11.1938

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… and yet we know if continued to happen elsewhere, such as Rwanda and Cambodia.

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A New Phase in Euro-Zone Crisis – Zero Coupon Perpetuities for Greece?

I don’t have an enormous amount of time to consider the implications of the Greek election yesterday in a tremendous amount of detail. So the following are my thoughts, disorganised and potentially incoherent.

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Je Suis Charlie

All the cartoons they don’t like. Because freedom of expression, that’s why!

If you think they had it coming you are one of those people who thinks women (or any other minority for that sake) deserve to be raped (or suffer any other form of abuse) because of the way they dress, what they say or of the way they act, which, let’s be honest, is just plain ignorant!

Now let’s wait for the right-wing extremists to capitalise on this for their xenophobic agenda

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3 Accounts of Euro-Zone Crisis Management

If you are interested in EU integration and if you’ve been following the Euro-Zone crisis for the last 5 years, then last  week would have definitely registered the publication of the following blog post by Peter Spiegel on the FT’s Brussels Blog: “Draghi’s ECB management: the leaked Geithner files

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