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    Hello, everyone, my name is Andrew, month-long listener and first-time forum-goer of the British History Podcast. I was introduced to the BHP by my girlfriend, who decided to one day put this on in her car, instead of her normal country music repertoire. Believe me, I was thankful for that, and not just for being introduced to this wonderful podcast.As for me, I am 22 years old and reside near Townsend, Delaware in the United States. A lifelong Delawarean, I am the son of a British father and an American mother. Unlike our esteemed host, it seems that I picked up and kept my father's anglophonic accent, despite having been born and raised here, with only him and British television programmes as sources of inspiration. If its any indication for how strong of one I have, most Americans mistaken me for being British, but I believe most native Britons would be able to tell I'm not one of them. It's the diction rather than strictly the pronunciation.Academically, I'm a recent graduate of the University of Delaware. In May 2011, I received my Bachelor of Arts, with a major in political science and a minor in history. While at university, I studied the cultures and historiography of a number of European and East Asian nations, focusing on political and military history in particular. Two of my major research papers were on the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905 and the personal union between Britain and Hanover that lasted between 1714 to 1837. I like to think I have a pretty good grasp of global history from the Victorian Era onwards to the present. My choice, I just happen to like that particular portion of time. Pax Britannia and all that.I reading a few books for personal research into the First World War at the moment. I have "To End All Wars", by Adam Hochschild, and "The First World War", by Hew Strachan, to provider a broader perspective, and "The Flatpack Bombers", by Ian Gardiner, about the British Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) fighting German Zeppelins. I actually picked up the latter while over in Britain at the Royal Marine Corps Museum in Portsmouth during a trip in April.Anyway, its nice to meet all of you. I look forward to contributing what I can.

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    Welcome, Andrew!  Along with your reading about the first WW, have you considered Into the Silence?  Along with Mallory's attempts on Everest, there's quite a lot on the war.Good on your girlfriend for switching to the podcast!

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    The BHP, eliminating country music one car trip at a time.  ;)  Please pass on my thanks to your girlfriend for sharing the show.  This spreads largely through word of mouth, so it's really cool to hear stories like that.Oh and I might have to pick your brain once we get into the 18th century, considering your historical focus.  Anyway, welcome to the forums!

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    Carol, thanks for the recommendation. It certainly looks interesting. I'll try to pick up a copy at some point.Jamie, I will certainly pass along what you said. Whether or not she'll still have the same opinion of you afterwards is another matter. She's quite fond of her country music. I would love to contribute what I can once we get into the 18th and 19th centuries and finally do something with that college education, not to mention my own research.

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    Welcome to the forum Andrew.I have an interest in WWI, that being the war my great grandfather died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, and the Regiment in which he served. I can recommend 'The First Day on the Somme' by Martin Middlebrook and 'Mud, Blood and Poppycock' by Gordon Corrigan, two interesting reads.

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    If you're interested in the Canadian perspective to WWI history, I would recommend Tim Cook's At the Sharp End and Shock Troops. Two of the best WWI books ever!Welcome to the forumsDiane

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