I'm not sure if anyone else out there is a big fan of history in general, but over the years I have had a great opportunity to study much of the world's factual per se, and ethnographic/anthropological history, and its really been a great pleasure.
As I've gotten older, I've found that there have been a few more stones, that I had never really thoroughly turned over. Amongst these was for example the history of the oriental spice islands, for example Indonesia, and the like, and also the history of the strip(large strip) of Eurasia that runs from the Balkans, down through eastern Europe, and down to the Caucausus per se into Iran, and also I guess one could say some Siberian for example history, which Im sure isn't that busy given the regions inhospitable climate, and lastly I guess one could say, the "stans" per se, Uzbek, Kazak, Turkmen.
Needless to say as a history fan, a really rich and diverse history is really a great find, and in this recent study I've began conducting, my search, I feel, has been very rewarding per se.
Just to share my current roadmap per se, for this particular current fascination if anyone else wants to enjoy similar studies per se, I've included a little bit to get you started and a little bit of where Im going.
As a good primer, on the central region of this study per se, namely "Eastern Europe", a good book I've found is; "The Other Europe: Eastern Europe to 1945". This book devotes a lot of time to the soviet period, which wasn't exactly what I was particularly looking for, but the first 200 pages, will serve as a good primer on a background for,generally speaking, some large local groups in this region, and some long running "dialogues", or "cultural conversations" on could say, that will presumably also play a part in the later study of the Balkan states per se, and the Caucasian states per se.
You can of course read these in any particular order, but now that I've gotten the chance to understand that central regions history, I'm now embarking on reading, and really enjoying so far, "The Ghost of Freedom", which is, as mentioned in the text, a reference to a Pushkin narrative poem per se, about the Caucasus, and is really an interesting history. So far its been involving the many varieties of locals, their dialogue with the Persians, and Turks so far, and of course the Russian empire. This is a great book so far, and its really interesting. For a great addition to this book, one migiht also want to check out that Pushkin poem, and of course, and "A Hero of Our Time" by Lermontov, which touches on this same regions history per se, or at least an element of it.
Once I'm into this guy its only about 200 pages, so its not so daunting, there should be another book on the Balkans more specifically, whether its good or not I'll mention presumably at some point. Either way, if anyone else was intrigued by the previous discussions of Eastern Europe, feel free to follow along, or forge your own paths of course, on studying the regions history, and if you're a history fan, I bet it will be rewarding, if you haven't looked into this regions history before in the past.
Thanks again for reading,