I thought I'd start a book request thread. That way we can build an informed base of people on this board who can talk serious. So request, or even ask general questions, about and of the following topics and I will try to provide you books:
>the specific time period
>the geographical area
>a famous historical figure
>history of a people
>history of a religion/sect/religious figure
>military history/ famous battles
resources for history book downloads:
resource for finding topics and books:
Not well versed in Carthaginian history, but I did read the following:
Richard Miles- Carthage Must be Destroyed
Its focuses a lot on how Carthage developed a trade network spanning from Spain to the Middle East and it discusses the Punic Wars too. Very nice read
The Qur'an and Bible. They have some serious glaring historical errors, so I wouldn't take those into account, but their philosophy and teachings influenced that region and shaped it into what it is today.
The Crusades through Arab Eyes by Amin Maalouf, Orientalism by Thomas W. Said, A History of Islamic Societies by Ira M. Lapidus, The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History by Ibn Khaldun, A Peace to End All Peace by David Frumkin, 1001 Nights by Ynav Bosseba, Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by Omar Khayyám, Shahnameh by Ferdowsi, Samarkand by Amin Maalouf, Gulistan by Saadi Shirazi, Diwan by Nasir Khusraw, Bustan by Saadi Shirazi, Masnavi by Jalal al-Din Muhammad Balkhi.
Its long as fuck but try
Abulafia, David, ed. The New Cambridge Medieval History. Vol. 5. c. 1198–c. 1300. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1999.
this is when the Angevins ruled, so you can be sure there will be specific chapters that you can read on them. don't read the whole thing mind you, its almost like a historical encylopedia with very detailed entries on specific aspects of medieval history
I need some books about Paris in 1871, the government of the Thiers and of the National Guard, the Paris Commune, "the bloody week" and Napoleon III for the backstory.
I need also something about costums and traditions of this years in France and in Italy. I must know very precisely how they used to dress, if the Italian bourgeoise and the aristocracy went to vacation or to live in France and the economic situation in the two countries (I know that some years later starts the "Belle epoque", so maybe in that period they are becoming wealthier).
I would like also something about the days after the bloody week, those days that also Rimbaud described when he talked about the brothel of rue de Moulins.
no prob, for balkan history, I could only find these general works, not on the balkan wars in particular. They no doubt discuss the balkan wars (or the wars of Balkan independence more generally, which lasted from 1872-1911)
Hall, Richard C. The Modern Balkans: A History. London: Reaktion, 2011.
>This is a short introduction that treats mainly the political history of southeastern Europe.
Mazower, Mark. The Balkans: A Short History. New York: Modern Library, 2000.
>This work is a short but sophisticated history of southeastern Europe. It is written by a historian whose opus includes works on modern Greece. His comprehensive perspective is a major asset of this work.
Stavrionos, L. S. The Balkans since 1453. New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1958.
>Although published in the mid-20th century, this work remains a highly accessible and comprehensive portal for the study of the region. This is an excellent place to start study of southeastern European history.
long ass hell but probably talks about balkan wars a lot
This course covers the emergence of modern France. Topics include the social, economic, and political transformation of France; the impact of France's revolutionary heritage, of industrialization, and of the dislocation wrought by two world wars; and the political response of the Left and the Right to changing French society.
John Merriman is Charles Seymour Professor of History at Yale University. Specializing in French and modern European history, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. His publications include The Agony of the Republic: The Repression of the Left in Revolutionary France, 1848-1851, A History of Modern Europe Since the Renaissance, and Police Stories: Making the French State, 1815-1851. He is currently at work on Dynamite: Emile Henry, the Café Terminus, and the Origins of Modern Terrorism in Fin-de-Siecle Paris. In 2000, Professor Merriman was the recipient of the Yale University Byrnes-Sewall Teaching Prize.
If you need more reading material he provides it in the syllabus.
yes I can
Bartlett, Thomas. The Fall and Rise of the Irish Nation: The Catholic Question, 1690– 1830. Savage, MD: Barnes and Noble, 1992.
>Examines the political struggle to obtain rights for Catholics in a country where Protestants saw themselves as the nation.
Connolly, S. J. Religion, Law, and Power: The Making of Protestant Ireland, 1660– 1760. Oxford: Clarendon, 1992.
>Focuses on the Protestant north and pays particular attention to how Protestants were compelled to change their underlying assumptions of identity to fit with the reality of the preindustrial society in which they lived.
Dickson, David, Dáire Keogh, and Kevin Whelan, eds. The United Irishmen: Republicanism, Radicalism, and Rebellion. Dublin, Ireland: Lilliput, 1993.
>Study of the radical/ revolutionary movement in the 1790s.
no links from bookzz sadly, check libgen though
Murphy, James H. Ireland: A Social, Cultural and Literary History, 1791–1891. Dublin, Ireland, and Portland, OR: Four Courts, 2003.
>Presents an introduction to the area and a synthesis of research and is suitable for undergraduates. The text intersperses accounts of literature and cultural movements with sections on social and political development in order to provide a context for literature.
Claydon, Tony, and Ian McBride, eds. Protestantism and National Identity: Britain and Ireland, c. 1650– c. 1850. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1998. DOI: 10.1017/ CBO9780511560439
>This useful set of essays, particularly good on Ireland, challenges commonly held notions that Protestant religion was a unifying force in the British Isles. The editors seek here to delve beneath platitudes about the place of religion in the 18th century and find a deeper understanding of the place and influence of the Protestant faith in British nation building.
Pittock, Murray G. H. Inventing and Resisting Britain: Cultural Identities in Britain and Ireland, 1685– 1789. Basingstoke, UK: Macmillan, 1997.
>Stresses the tensions within the process of creating a national identity.
Connolly, S. J. Divided Kingdom: Ireland, 1630–1800
>The best single-volume history of early modern and 18th-century Ireland has a chapter dedicated to Ireland in the Atlantic economy. The book also examines in detail the effects of the Cromwellian and Williamite settlements in Ireland. Despite the major changes brought by these attempts to pacify Irish Catholics and to transfer their property to loyal Protestants, Ireland remained a kingdom and not just merely a colony.
Looking for this book
>"Flugzeugindustrie und Luftrustung in Deutschland 1918-1945" by Lutz Budrass
Someone please help, it costs like $500 but is supposedly a VERY good book about the Luftwaffe
Brady, Ciaran and Raymond Gillespie, eds. Natives and Newcomers: Essays on the Making of Irish Colonial Society, 1534–1641. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1986.
>A significant collection of the best scholarship on Ireland up to 1986, with the Tudor contributions relating to England’s governance and reformation impositions, as well as the Gaelic aspects of the insurrections and the state of Irish towns during the period. Brady’s article “Court, Castle and Country: The Framework of Government in Tudor Ireland,” is especially illuminating.
I want to point you guys to these annotated bibliographies here. They contain lists of books with short descriptions on their content. When you find a book you like just look it up on libgen or bookzz and you can usually find it
Dropping a list of books on pre-Greco-Roman civilizations, from a list inside the book ""Civilizations before Greece and Rome" by H. W. F. Saggs, which also serves as a good introduction to them as a whole:
S. N. Kramer: The Sumerians; their History, Culture, and Character"
H. W. F. Saggs "The Greatness that was Babylon
H. W. F. Saggs "The Might that was Assiria"
O. R. Gurney "The Hittites"
Sir Alan Gardiner "Egypt of the Pharaohs"
T. G. H. James "Pharaoh's People. Scenes from life in Imperial Egypt"
J. R. Harris "The Legacy of Egypt"
R. W. Hutchinson "Prehistoric Crete"
Sinclair Hood "The Minoans: Crete in the Bronze Age"
R. F. Willetts "The Civilization of Ancient Crete"
Sir Mortimer Wheeler "The Indus Civilization"
D. P. Agrawal "The Archaeology of India"
G. L. Possehl "The Harappan Civilization"
W. A. Ward "The Role of the Phoenicians"
S. Moscati "The World of the Phoenicians
N. K. Sandards "The Sea Peoples: Warriors of the Ancient Mediterranean"
All of these are written by well renowned scholars. There's actually a list on more specific details such as ancient religion, Writing, and so on. I'll transcribe the rest if anyone's interested.
What's everyone's favorite translation of The Histories?
Also I've been wondering which translation of Suetonius 12 Caesars to buy
Which translation of Plutarch is best?
Beckett, Ian F. W. The Great War, 1914–1918. 2d ed. Harlow, UK: Pearson/Longman, 2007.
>Beckett provides an excellent survey of the Great War. Detailed, knowledgeable, and very well referenced, with an excellent bibliography, maps, and chronology, it contains much on the Western Front.
Sondhaus, Lawrence. World War I: The Global Revolution. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
>Aimed at general readers and students, Sondhaus provides an impressive array of sources to support his informed global history of the war, with up-to-date syntheses of the latest publications on the subject.
Stevenson, David. Cataclysm: The First World War as Political Tragedy. New York: Basic Books, 2004.
>A magisterial overview that examines the war’s outbreak, escalation, outcome, and legacy. Contains an extensive bibliography and a number of useful maps.
Strachan, Hew. The First World War. Vol. 1, To Arms. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.
>In the first of three planned volumes, Strachan examines the causes of the war and its opening battles on land and sea, and includes the economic history of the war, the war in Africa, and the expansion of the war outside Europe.
Strachan, Hew. The First World War: A New Illustrated History. London: Simon & Schuster, 2003.
>Written with a general audience in mind, to accompany the critically acclaimed television series The First World War. The book is richly illustrated and contains a lot of material on the Western Front, but also on all other aspects of the war.
realize these are on the war itself I'll find more
>Which translation of Plutarch is best
The Modern Library Version is very special to me personally, I think it is beautifully done and it really turned me into a reader almost a decade ago. Although im sure the loeb versions are excellent as well.
Any "History of the World" is going to be pretty much broken.
general histories are always somewhat bullshitty and, even more than the usual history books, drenched in the authors own opinions, values, ideologies and whatever story he feels like he wants to tell
Stone, David R., ed. The Soviet Union at War, 1941–1945. Barnsley, UK: Pen & Sword, 2010.
>New collection of essays, including Mark Harrison on industry and the economy; Reina Pennington on women’s roles, both military and civilian; and several essays focused on effects on civilians, nationalities, and the rural population. Many essays refer to Stalingrad.
Mawdsley, Evan. Thunder in the East: The Nazi-Soviet War 1941–1945. London: Hodder Arnold, 2007.
>A broader overview than Glantz and House 1995, incorporating diplomatic and economic aspects of the war, and adding material from another decade’s worth of Soviet archival materials. Accessible and nicely structured to keep readers on track. A glossary, chronology, and other supporting appendices are useful. More appreciative of Zhukov’s abilities than is Glantz.
Glantz, David M., and Jonathan M. House. When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1995.
>The best overview of military operations. A single, accessible book, focusing on the transformation of the Red Army from a “stumbling colossus” to a strategically savvy, well-organized, and combat-capable force. Excellent appendix on archival sources, and no serious researcher should fail at least to skim the extensive, substantive notes.
Bellamy, Chris. Absolute War: Soviet Russia in the Second World War. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.
>Excellent survey of the war as a whole, with an emphasis on military aspects and a more extensive discussion of the first two years than of the latter half of the war. Incorporates recently available Russian sources and fresh interpretations; useful for researchers at all levels.
Lafore, Laurence. The Long Fuse: An Interpretation of the Origins of World War I. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1981.
>Eschews discussion of war guilt in favor of analyzing Europe’s changing structure and mentality as central to the war’s outbreak. First published in 1965 (Philadelphia: Lippincott).
Martel, Gordon. The Origins of the First World War. Rev. 3d ed. London: Longman, 2008.
>Latest edition of a book first published with James Joll in 1987. Its conciseness (196 pages), sophisticated presentation, well-chosen sample of significant documents, and updated bibliography continue to make this an ideal “backpack book” for undergraduates.
Stevenson, David. The Outbreak of the First World War: 1914 in Perspective. Studies in European History. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 1997.
>Focuses on the discussions surrounding the war’s outbreak, still useful after more than a decade as a summary of the main lines of causes and responsibilities. Ideal for classroom use.
Strachan, Hew. The First World War. Vol. I, To Arms. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.
>Includes a brilliantly presented analysis of the war’s origins, a state-of-the-art synthesis of evidence and approaches. The first one hundred pages are definitive and provide a useful overview.
"Osprey publishing" books. Literally thousands.You welcome.
Toland, John. Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936–1945. Barnsley, UK: Pen & Sword Military, 2011.
>A nonacademic history of wartime Japan, with some sections on the IJA’s activities in China and in the Pacific theater. First published in 1970 (New York: Random House).
Spector, Ronald. The Eagle against the Sun: The American War with Japan. New York: Vintage, 1985.
>Along with Costello 2002, Spector’s general history on the Pacific War is among the most reliable sources of background information on the ground campaigns which the Imperial Japanese Army waged against its Allied opponents.
Hoyt, Edwin. Japan’s War: The Great Pacific Conflict, 1853–1952. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1986.
>A general history of the key developments and decisions which led Japan to declare war on the Western powers in 1941, with a focus on the growing tide of militarism and nationalism. Hoyt also explains the many atrocities which the Japanese committed, including the massacre of civilians at Nanking, and the use of POWs for slave labor.
Collier, Basil. The War in the Far East, 1941–1945: A Military History. London: Heinemann, 1969.
>A general history of the war against Japan.
Costello, John. The Pacific War, 1941–1945. New York: Perennial, 2002.
>One of the most prominent works on the Pacific War, Costello puts forward a balanced account of the campaigns between the Allied and Japanese forces, including many of the ground battles. Although based largely on English language sources, the book nevertheless is a good source of background information on the Imperial Army’s wartime operations. Originally published in 1981 (New York: Rawson-Wade)
Ward-Perkins, Bryan. 2005. The fall of Rome and the end of civilization. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
A provocative reassessment of the consequences of the barbarian invasions.
To add to this anon, there's a 50GB torrent of osprey books sorted almost entirely by type (New Vanguard, Campaign and so on)
Magnet link for the torrent, should still work.
Europe's Tragedy: A History of the Thirty Years War
The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land
Ive read both they are excellent. CV Wedgwoods 30 Years War is good as well.
I was going to make this exact thread. This sort of thing is exactly what I would like this board to have - more /lit/ than /pol/.
I've read a book which briefly compared the US Revolutionary War to the French Revolution. I'm wondering if there are any good books which go into any detail on discussing the two revolutions. I'm thinking "Reflections on the Revolution in France" by Burke. y/n?
What are some good books to read for someone who's just really getting into the subject? Most of my historical knowledge just consists of U.S history, and European History Renaissance - Modern day. And even then the European is just very basic.
check out this post for thirty years' war material
you saw that i recommended the medieval japan book?
Israel, Benjamin J. The Jews of India. New Delhi: Mosaic, 1998.
>This book surveys all three Indian Jewish communities and provides brief accounts of their history and social life. It focuses on the Bene Israel community, showing how a miniscule community could live in India in harmony with its fellow Indians.
Katz, Nathan. Who Are the Jews of India? Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000.
>Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, this book is an integrated, comprehensive work on all three of India’s Jewish communities. It discusses the strategies each community developed to maintain its Jewish identity in India.
Roland, Joan G. Jews in British India: Identity in a Colonial Era. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1989.
>This comprehensive history focuses on the Bene Israel and the Baghdadi Jews from the 19th century through the 1980s. It examines the relationships between the two groups as well as each community’s connection with the British government, Indian nationalism, and Zionism.
Any books on South and/or Central America during the 19th and 20th centuries? Looking for general political overview and if any revolutionary ideas in Europe made its way over there or how those countries adapted them
This book is excellent
It covers Japanese history from the late Sengoku period on
To the Bitter End: Paraguay and the War of the Triple Alliance (Contributions in Military Studies)
The War of the Triple Alliance was one of the longest, least remembered, and, for one of its participants, most catastrophic conflicts of the 19th century. The decision of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay to go to war against Paraguay in May 1965 has generally been regarded as a response to the raids by the headstrong and tyrannical dictator, Francisco Solano Lopez. While there is some truth to this view, as Lopez had attacked towns in Argentina and Brazil, the terms of the Triple Alliance signed that same month reveal that the motivation of these two nations, at least, was to redraw the map in their favor, at the expense of Paraguay. That the resulting conflict lasted five years before Lopez was defeated and his country fully at the mercy of its neighbors was a tribute to the heroic resistance of his people, as well as to the inadequacies of the allied command.The military campaigns, which took place on land and on the rivers, often in appalling conditions of both climate and terrain, are examined from a strategic perspective, as well as through the experiences of ordinary soldiers. Leuchars looks in detail at the political causes, the course of the conflict as viewed from both sides, and the tragic aftermath. He brings to light an episode that, for all its subsequent obscurity, marked a turning point in the development of South American international relations.
Watch and laugh as Paraguay gets btfo
If someone ever finds a copy of the Barrington's Atlas of the Ancient World (i.e. the greatest piece of cartography ever made) please post it on here. I will literally suck dick for it.
This appendix for it lets you take a brief look at each of the provinces of the Roman Empire. Good for some general reading if you're interested.
anyone read this?
"THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF A RENAISSANCE-ERA EXECUTIONER AND HIS WORLD, BASED ON A RARE AND OVERLOOKED JOURNAL.
In a dusty German bookshop, the noted historian Joel F. Harrington stumbled upon a remarkable document: the journal of a sixteenth-century executioner. The journal gave an account of the 394 people Meister Frantz Schmidt executed, and the hundreds more he tortured, flogged, or disfigured for more than forty-five years in the city of Nuremberg. But the portrait of Schmidt that gradually emerged was not that of a monster. Could a man who practiced such cruelty also be insightful, compassionate―even progressive?"
History of trains? I've always been interested but never able to find any books beyond what's included in other books about trains but not specifically their history, and books directed at people aged 8-12.
What are some good compelling reads to ease you into reading about historical settings and histories. It could be for any civlization or period of time, as long as it's fascinating and really sort of drags you in.
I feel like I've been reading a lot of dry stuff lately, and I'd like something that's both informative and well done.
Tom Holland's books. Simon Montefiore's books. Dan Carlin's podcast. all "popular history"
Much of what is being posted here could probably be called monographs, or at least scholarly primers
Thank you. I really appreciate it.
>“So gorgeous was the spectacle on the May morning of 1910 when nine kings rode in the funeral of Edward VII of England that the crowd, waiting in hushed and black-clad awe, could not keep back gasps of admiration. In scarlet and green and blue and purple, three by three the sovereigns rode through the palace gates, with plumed helmets, gold braid, crimson sashes, and jeweled orders flashing in the sun. After them came five heirs apparent, forty more imperial or royal highnesses, seven queens – four dowager and three regnant – and a scattering of special ambassadors from uncrowned countries. Together they represented seventy nations in the greatest assemblage of royalty and rank ever gathered in one place and, of its kind, the last. The muffled tongue of Big Ben tolled nine by the clock as the cortege left the palace, but on history’s clock it was sunset, and the sun of the old world was setting in a dying blaze of splendor never to be seen again.”
Chills, every time.
Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947
I cannot recommend this highly enough, it is an engaging accessible and well written study. Not as concise as you would want, but believe me they have a great deal on Wilhelm and his court and management of society and administration.
If anyone here is having trouble with PDFs by the way, MOBI Pocket Creator converts PDFs with text OCR'd or embedded into .PRC files, which calibre can convert to EPUB or AZW3 or MOBI. You would do well to crop out and erase hidden data for page numbers in acrobat portable first
Anyone know some really good books on the economic effects of Prohibition in the United States
Alternatively, anything about the Lost Generation and World War I.
Or anything that has to do with the Slavic people before, during, and after the war.
Looking for a book on the historical background of the council at Nicaea, namely, the public opinion on Trinitarianism and Arianism. Anyone have a good book on this subject? Can be from the period/a church father, but I'd prefer an unbiased (that is, in either a theistic or nontheistic way) text.
Reading about the author, she seems to have an interesting obserssion with DARPA and Area 51. She has also been accused of fraudulent reporting. If she really had an uncensored look at DARPA, she wouldnt be producing the book since most of the stuff is either PR worthy (robots and railguns) or top secret (improved gps/missile defense/telemetry tech for spy planes).
She looks like a fucking hack, and doesnt belong in any list of scholars.
I haven't read it but it seems to be well-reviewed on Amazon and book review sites. You can always just look through bibliographies on wikipedia articles.
The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Constantine (Cambridge Companions to the Ancient World)
Intended as an introduction to all aspects of Constantine and his reign. Includes sections on political history, religion, art and architecture, social and legal history, and foreign policy.
John Keay's India: A History.
For Korea, Lee's A New History of Korea is a decent overview. Personally, I'm more looking forward to the Cambridge History for Korea project which just begun.
Grayson, James Huntley. Korea: A Religious History. Oxford: Clarendon, 1989.
>Although comprehensive and accessible, a highly superficial introduction to Korean religious history.
Kim Yong-tae. Global History of Korean Buddhism. Seoul, Korea: Dongguk University Press, 2014.
>An overview of Korean Buddhist history from a “global” and “local” perspective, reflecting the state of the field in Korean scholarship in 2010 and recognizing contributions by Japanese and Western scholars.
The Korean Buddhist Research Institute, ed. The History and Culture of Buddhism in Korea. Seoul, Korea: Dongguk University Press, 1995.
>An overview of Korean Buddhist history reflecting the state of the field in Korean scholarship at the end of the 1980s.
Have you considered the Cambridge history series? It's usually what I turn to when I'm not sure what to read, and it's never a bad read.
Indian history is so long that it's usually just better to pick out a book focusing on a more limited time period though.
McEachern, Patrick. Inside the Red Box: North Korea’s Post-Totalitarian Politics. New York: Columbia University Press, 2010.
>Challenges the conventional view that the North Korean political system is entirely under control of one man and argues instead that it has transitioned into a posttotalitarian stage where policies are drawn based upon pluralism among institutions.
Oberdorfer, Don. The Two Koreas: A Contemporary History. Rev. and updated ed. New York: Basic Books, 2001.
>One of the most authoritative journalistic accounts on Korean politics. Insights gained by Oberdorfer’s own reporting in the region and numerous interviews with high-level officials who were directly involved in important critical junctures. Succinct and interesting for both students and researchers.
Robinson, Michael. Korea’s Twentieth-Century Odyssey: A Short History. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2007.
>An exceptionally comprehensive and succinct overview of Korea’s modern political history. Can be used as a college textbook for its balanced historical interpretations. Builds upon prior historical research on the two Koreas while providing a dense and yet illuminating reconstruct of important events.
Cha, Victor D. The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future. New York: HarperCollins Ecco, 2012.
>The first published work on North Korea after the death of Kim Jong-il. Argues controversially the regime is under dual stresses that it ultimately cannot manage: A post–Kim Jong-il leadership that adheres to conservative Juche (self-reliance) ideals, and a society that has grown more independent with an emerging market mentality.
Cumings, Bruce. Korea’s Place in the Sun: A Modern History. Updated ed. New York: W. W. Norton, 2005.
>A historical overview of Korean politics. Using original English and Korean archives, the chapters are dense with details but are very informative.
wait theres a special feature ;)
Diamond, Larry, and Byung-Kook Kim. Consolidating Democracy in South Korea. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2000.
>Provides a social science overview of various aspects of the South Korean political system on the theme of democratic consolidation. The chapters include discussions on party politics, civil society, labor issues, economic development, and electoral politics provided by leading Korea scholars.
naturally you wouldn't read these all, I just dumped a bunch so you have a selection to choose from
Anything about confederate (CSA) Jews.
Anything written by Paul Hausser or Felix Steiner.
Anything about royalist French military forces during the Revolution and/or the Napoleonic wars.
Any hard and factual military history of the Sengoku Jidai.
Any non-Osprey books about the military history of Africa and the Americas focusing on the natives rather then European colonists.
A non politicized military history of the Chinese Civil War.
A non politicized military/political history of Columbia (FARC, war on drugs etc.)
Sledgehammers: Strengths and Flaws of Tiger Tank Battalions in World War II
Christopher W. Wilbeck
Inside the Third Reich
The Face of Battle
Blood, Steel, and Myth
>Basically Glantz, if Glantz wasn't so dry to read and he leaned more on the German sources then Soviet.
Hitler and his Generals
>Stenographic records of Hitler meeting with the top brass. Really shows what an obnoxious prick Hitler was.
The Leibstandarte (Part III)
>Blow-by-blow logs for the Battle of Kharkov and Kursk.
Reporting WWII (Library of America)
Good Podcasts: Hardcore History, History of Rome, Ancient Warfare Podcast
Good Documentaries: (Read: Older documentaries)
Osprey Books: Short, lots of pretty pictures.
Haven't heard of it, but looks interesting. Thanks fellow /his/torian.
Now here's a specific request; scholarly texts (bools, articles, dissertations, whatever) on masculinity in 14th century France. The closer to that time/place the better. I already have Lees and Karras's books on the subject.
Also, bookzz looks kinda sketchy, any of you guys used it yet?
The Last of the DoughBoys maybe for the Lost Generation? It was an ok book, but its like Band Of Brothers in the way the story is presented, as ti goes back and forth from the war time period to modern day with the guys the author is interviewing.
Not general, My idea is that we compile books by their respective periods or catalogue them so if we sticky it would be easy to access and can provoke more discussions in this board.
Its just my suggestion though.
Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization by Perkins. A concise book that presents a counter-argument to the revisionist theory popular several decades ago that the barbarian invasions wasn't as harmful as once thought.
>scholarly texts (bools, articles, dissertations, whatever) on masculinity in 14th century France. The closer to that time/place the better. I already have Lees and Karras's books on the subject.
Holiness and Masculinity in the Middle Ages
Cullum & Lewis
Sodomy, Masculinity, and Law in Medieval Literature (France and England, 1050-1230)
Gender and Difference in the Middle Ages
Edited by Farmer & Pasternack
Magic and Impotence in the Middle Ages
For Japan, there's really only the Osprey books mostly by Turnbull for military-focused books, which is a bit ugh, because he comes across as a weeaboo.
Honestly, I've yet to see any good English books on pre-modern Japanese military history and the general history books that mention some military history stuff often contain a lot of inaccurate misinformation that even Japanese historians don't even buy anymore.
For instance, you see Western historians go on and on about the battle of Nagashino as this decisive engagement proving the superiority of the gun, but Japanese historians have largely dismissed this account for a while now, since both sides used roughly same amount of gunners.
For Han China, try Nicolo Cosmo's Ancient China and its enemies, which deals with Chinese response to steppe nomads culminating in the Han-Xiongnu war.
Eastman, Lloyd E. Seeds of Destruction: Nationalist China in War and Revolution, 1937–1949. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2002.
>Overview of the political, economic, and military history of the Republic of China from 1937 to 1949. Concludes that the fundamental reasons for the Kuomintang (KMT) defeat were weaknesses deeply embedded in the regime itself, rather than betrayal by the American government. First published 1984.
Lary, Diana. China’s Republic. Cambridge, UK, and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
>A recent textbook introduction to the entire Republican period, including discussion of the civil war. A good starting point for those who need to put the civil war years into context.
Bell, David. The First Total War: Napoleon and the Birth of Modern Warfare. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2007.
>A vigorous and controversial book whose title should really be “The French Revolution and the Birth of Total War” as it reaches well back into the 18th century rather than just looking at the Napoleonic epoch. Too much use is made of examples—the Vendee and the Peninsular War—that are clearly unrepresentative, but the book is beyond doubt a stimulating read.
Best, Geoffrey. War and Society in Revolutionary Europe, 1770–1870. London: Fontana, 1982.
>An early contribution to the field that in its time was an important work. While it covers a much wider period than just the 1790s, the early chapters make useful introductory reading. However, coverage of everywhere other than France and Britain is at best suggestive and, at worst, downright weak, while the French Revolutionary Wars are neglected in favor of the Napoleonic epoch.
Fremont-Barnes, Gregory. The French Revolutionary Wars. Oxford: Osprey, 2001.
>A well-illustrated primer equipped with what is probably the best set of maps in the field that will be found useful by anyone looking for a starting point in so far as a military narrative is concerned.
Ross, Steven T. Quest for Victory: French Military Strategy, 1792–1799. South Brunswick, NJ: A. S. Barnes, 1973.
>A narrative of the campaigns of the period 1792–1799 that was one of the first texts seriously to question the notion that the French Revolutionary Wars were an ideological struggle. Though now more than forty years old, it remains worth consulting, particularly as an introductory text.
Hämäläinen, Pekka. The Comanche Empire. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2008.
>An ambitious narrative that posits the military and economic power of the Comanches within the purview of imperialism more commonly attributed to larger, more populous states.
Nichols, Roger L. Warrior Nations: The United States and Indian Peoples. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2013.
>Through eight case studies, Nicols highlights the impact of local conditions and cultural differences in leading to conflicts.
Secoy, Frank Raymond. Changing Military Patterns of the Great Plains Indians 17th Century through Early 19th Century. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1992.
>Originally published in 1953, this pioneering monograph argues that the introduction of horses and guns in intertribal warfare hastened the decline of Apache military power but renewed Sioux expansion.
Utley, Robert M. The Indian Frontier of the American West, 1846–1890. 2d ed. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2003.
>A classic blend of military and political history by the most acclaimed scholar of the wars against the Indians. The best single source for the latter half of the 19th century, slightly revised from the original 1984 edition.
Vandervort, Bruce. Indian Wars of Mexico, Canada, and the United States, 1812–1900. New York: Routledge, 2006.
>Much-welcomed comparative study that addresses the Indian wars of North America in a global context.
Wooster, Robert. The American Military Frontiers: The United States Army in the West, 1783–1900. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2009.
>In the most recent one-volume assessment of the army’s role in the American West, Wooster contends that military affairs were an essential ingredient of western development.
Chickering, Roger, and Stig Förster, eds. War in an Age of Revolution, 1775–1815. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
>This volume is the sixth in a series of books that derive from conference proceedings dedicated to the rise and reign of total warfare from the 1860s to the 1940s. It offers a rich and stimulating collection of essays written by historians from five different countries. The essays look at both sides of the Atlantic and propose treating the Age of Revolution as one of acceleration and expansion rather than innovation in warfare.
Clayton, Anthony. The French Wars of Decolonization. London: Longman, 1994.
>A synopsis of French counter-insurgency struggles in Madagascar, Indo-China, and Algeria.
Clayton, Anthony. Frontiersmen: Warfare in Africa since 1950. London: Routledge, 1999.
>This book surveys the history of armed conflict in Africa during the second half of the 20th century including wars of independence.
Edgerton, Robert B. Africa’s Armies: From Honour to Infamy: A History from 1791 to the Present. Boulder, CO: Westview, 2002.
>Within this concise military history of Africa, one of the chapters provides an overview of the continent’s wars of independence.
Turner, John W. Continent Ablaze: The Insurgency Wars in Africa 1960 to the Present. Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball, 1998.
>An overview of insurgency in late-20th-century Africa with chapters on Rhodesia and South West Africa (Namibia).
Moore, Christopher 1867: How the Fathers Made a Deal
>Great book on how Canadian Confederation came about.
Belich, James Replenishing the Earth: The Settler Revolution and the Rise of the Angloworld
>This make good compare and contrast of the settlement of North America and Australasia.
Nellis, Eric Guest An Empire of Regions: A Brief History of Colonial British America
>A nice short introduction to pre-War of Independence USA.
Williamson, Edwin The Penguin History of Latin America
>Gives a brief overveiw of the history of the region.
MacQuarrie, Kim The Last Days of the Incas
>A narrative history of the Conquest of Peru from the first arrive of Pizarro to the execution of the last Inca Emperor. Not terribly deep, but still fun to read.
Stapleton, Timothy J. A Military History of South Africa from the Dutch-Khoi Wars to the End of Apartheid. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2010.
>A comprehensive military history of South Africa from the 1650s to the present drawn mainly from secondary sources. The Zulu Wars are placed in their wider sub-continental framework in the two chapters on the period from 1830 to 1885. Maps.
Guy, Jeff. The Destruction of the Zulu Kingdom: The Civil War in Zululand, 1879–1884. Pietermaritzburg, South Africa: University of Natal Press, 1998.
>Based on a doctoral dissertation and originally published in 1979. The first truly scholarly analysis of the loss of Zulu independence between 1879 and 1884. An essentially materialist approach that explains events in terms of the demands of advancing capitalism in southern Africa. Has proved an influential monograph. Maps, diagrams, and illustrations.
Laband, John. The Rise and Fall of the Zulu Nation. London: Arms and Armour, 1997.
>A comprehensive account, first published in 1995, of the emergence of the Zulu kingdom in the 19th century and its dramatic collapse under the impact of Boer and British colonialism. Social and political organization, diplomacy, and military events are emphasized. Maps, diagrams, and illustrations.
Morris, Donald R. The Washing of the Spears: A History of the Rise of the Zulu Nation under Shaka and its Fall in the Zulu War of 1879. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo, 1998.
>Although overtaken by subsequent research, especially with regard to the rise of the Zulu kingdom, this work, first published in 1966 and reprinted many times, has proved the most enduring popular history of the Zulu kingdom up to 1879 because of the stirring panache with which it is written. Maps, diagrams, and illustrations.
Gibson, James Young. The Story of the Zulus. London: Longmans, Green, 1911.
>Covering Zulu history from the earliest times to 1888, this is the first general history of the Zulu ever published. It maintains its value as an overview because it was written by a 19th-century Zululand official with first-hand knowledge of the country and acquaintance with many of its leaders. Rare book. Illustrations.
Greaves, Adrian, and Xolani Mkhize. The Zulus at War. The History, Rise, and Fall of the Tribe That Washed Its Spears. New York: Skyhorse, 2014.
>A broad, popular account of the Zulu from the time of Shaka to the Zulu Rebellion of 1906 that incorporates the Zulu perspective.
Ballard, Charles. The House of Shaka: The Zulu Monarchy Illustrated. Durban, South Africa: Emoyeni, 1988.
>Succinct but reliable biographies of all eight of the Zulu kings from Shaka to Goodwill Zwelithini by an expert in the field with access to the Zulu royal house. A useful introductory text. Map and illustrations.
Walker, William, III. Drug Control in the Americas. Rev. ed. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1989.
>Focused on origins of controls and institutions, drawing on a wide use of US sources about Latin American, if mainly Mexican, drugs. A critical history that calls for new research. Originally published in 1981.
Biglaiser, Glen. Guardians of the Nation? Economists, Generals, and Economic Reform in Latin America. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2002
>Seeks to explain why the military rulers in Latin America adopted particular economic policies; discusses policy choices, appointments to government posts of economists favoring neoliberal policies, policy formulation, privatization, and the role of ideas and ideology under military governments in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. Also includes some comparative material on Brazil, Peru, Colombia, and Mexico.
Loveman, Brian. For la Patria: Politics and the Armed Forces in Latin America. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 1999.
>A political scientist and historian presents a history of the role of the armed forces in Latin American politics. Chapters 6–9 focus on the policies and ideology of military governments from 1960 to 1990, as well as transition to civilian government and constraints on democratic consolidation. Treats national security doctrine and human rights violations by military regimes. Extensive bibliography.
Remmer, Karen L. Military Rule in Latin America. Boston: Unwin Hyman, 1989.
>Remmer, a political scientist, analyzes the origins and political and economic consequences of military rule, and compares and contrasts the policies of military governments and civilian regimes. Creates a typology of military regimes often cited in the literature. Part two of the book focuses on the Chilean case.
Rouquié, Alain. The Military and the State in Latin America. Translated by Paul Sigmund. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1987.
>Historical treatment of the armed forces in Latin America by the outstanding French expert; chapters 8–11 focus on the 1959–1990 period. Also examines the role of US policy in the region.
Stepan, Alfred. “The New Professionalism of Internal Warfare and Military Role Expansion.” In Armies and Politics in Latin America. Rev. ed. Edited by Abraham F. Lowenthal and J. Samuel Fitch, 134–150. New York: Holmes & Meier, 1986.
>Often-cited article on the “new professionalism” of the Latin American military, focused on internal order and counterinsurgency. Stepan’s seminal work is sometimes compared to Nunn 1992, which emphasizes the continuity of professional values and long-term focus on internal security.
Brands, Hal. Latin America’s Cold War. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2010.
>Based on multinational archival research, this is a survey of the Cold War in Latin America that puts forth the traditional thesis that the Cuban Revolution in 1959 spawned superpower competition in the region—along with the radicalization of both the political Left and Right. Updated version of the argument first advanced by Castañeda 1993 that posits blame on the armed New Left for provoking state terror and the emergence of dictatorial regimes.
Carr, Barry, and Steve Ellner, eds. The Latin American Left: From the Fall of Allende to Perestroika. Boulder, CO: Westview, 1993.
>An assortment of contributions that trace the performance of the Latin American Left (defined in party, electoral, and union terms) in the last decades of the Cold War. Essays focus on Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela to collectively argue that the Latin American Left emerged ready to engage a democratic, postdictatorship era. Good for undergraduates and scholars.
Castañeda, Jorge. Utopia Unarmed: The Latin American Left after the Cold War. New York: Vintage, 1993.
>Foundational text that presents the traditional thesis on the armed New Left: guerrilla groups, largely disconnected from popular support, waged suicidal war against states only to provoke terror and the emergence of military dictatorships. Also presents Cuba as the “crucible” for the vast majority of armed groups. Argues that the armed Left interrupted the emergence of organic social democracies.
Grandin, Greg. The Last Colonial Massacre: Latin America in the Cold War. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004.
>Forceful response to the traditional thesis regarding the armed New Left. Dates the beginning of the Cold War to the late 1940s, when US-aided dictatorships around the region deposed nascent social democracies. Such acts, along with state terror, radicalized an entire generation during the 1950s and 1960s—some choosing armed struggle as a political option. Uses Guatemala as a case study.
Sorenson, Diana. A Turbulent Decade Remembered: Scenes from the Latin American Sixties. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2007.
>Cultural-literary history of Latin America after 1959 that focuses on specific moments—the Cuban Revolution and 1968 Tlatelolco student massacre, for example—and their impact on writers and intellectuals. Argues that the politics of the 1960s were defined by a tension that existed between the desire for utopia (unleashed by the Cuban Revolution) and the recovery of past cultural memory.
Wright, Thomas C. Latin America in the Era of the Cuban Revolution. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1991.
>A broad-ranging study based on secondary sources that traces the history of the Cuban Revolution and its effect on US foreign policy in Latin America and on other revolutionary movements in Latin America, including Peru under the revolutionary military officers, Allende’s Chile, and the Nicaraguan Sandinistas. Useful for undergraduate courses on the subject.
Johnson, John J. The Military and Society in Latin America. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1964.
>Groundbreaking study that seeks to locate Latin American army officers as distanced from their violent historical past. Focuses on their emerging role as largely middle-class progressive civil engineers committed to social services. This remains an important work, though scholarship and events following its publication undermine his overall argument.
Nunn, Frederick M. Yesterday’s Soldiers: European Military Professionalism in South America, 1890–1940. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1983.
>Important historiographical examination of foreign influences on Latin American military officers. This work challenges the widely accepted role of the United States as a major factor in the development of Latin American militarism, focusing instead on the influence of Germany on Argentina and Chile and France on Brazil and Peru.
Lieuwen, Edwin. Arms and Politics in Latin America. New York: Published for the Council on Foreign Relations by Praeger, 1960.
>This is the first systematic analysis of the Latin American military, including Central America and the Caribbean. It links the conservative Creole elite to the officer class in the first decades of independence, while identifying middle-class origins among contemporary officers who are both more liberal and radical and thus more committed to social change. It further examines US military policies in Latin America. This remains essential reading to understand the origins of the modern wave of Latin American military history.
Rouquié, Alain. The Military and the State in Latin America. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1987.
>Originally published as L’Etat militare en Amérique latine (Paris, 1982)—in Spanish, El estado militar en América Latina (Buenos Aires, 1984)—this overview draws on Rouquié’s experience as French ambassador to El Salvador and masterfully contextualizes Latin America’s struggle between civilian and military leadership throughout both the colonial and modern periods. Highly readable and likely the most approachable narrative for readers of all levels.
Scheina, Robert L. Latin America’s Wars. 2 vols. Washington, DC: Brasseys, 2003.
>Starting with the Haitian Revolution and ending with Colombia’s ongoing drug wars, this exhaustive two-volume examination of armed conflict in Latin America offers a clear narrative and analysis of events throughout the region. An excellent introduction for all readers, offering descriptions of obscure events alongside better-known and documented conflicts.
lots of middle eastern history books and there is a pastebin link to a bibliography on scandinavian history
Rowe, William T. China’s Last Empire: The Great Qing. Cambridge, MA: Belknap, 2009.
>A succinct exposition of recent research by a leading scholar among the “revisionists” of Qing historians. An excellent supplement to other more traditional overviews, helping us to place Qing history on a sounder basis as that of a state, or empire, in recent history.
Spence, Jonathan D. The Search for Modern China. 3d ed. New York: W. W. Norton, 2013.
>Good as a first introduction to the field and a great pleasure to read. Political and economic history with a great deal of social history often focused on individuals. Chapters 2 to 6 on the period. First edition 1990. Third edition has been revised to incorporate recent scholarship, including commerce and related topics. A volume with sources has been published to accompany its use as a textbook.
Peterson, Willard J., ed. Cambridge History of China. Vol. 9, The Ch’ing Dynasty, to 1800: Part 1. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
>Like other volumes of the Cambridge History, it has chronological chapters, starting with the period before 1644 and each of the three emperors to the end of the 18th century. Followed by topical chapters on the conquest elite, literati, women, social conditions, and economy. Valuable as a more recent volume but, unfortunately, still with the Wade-Giles transcription.
qing dynasty to 1800
late qing part 1
late qing part 2
Hsü, Immanuel C. Y. The Rise of Modern China. 6th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
>The best introduction to more traditional scholarship on the period, but the author’s strength is clearly after 1840. Good for foreign relations. Originally published in 1970. Substantially reedited with the third edition in 1983. Chapters 1 to 8 deal with the period with no major changes since that edition.
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heres a bibliography on the crusades that might address these issues
Hainsworth, P. The Extreme Right in Western Europe. London: Routledge, 2008.
>Offers a concise overview of the concept, varying trajectories, policies, electorate, and impact of extreme-right parties. Can be used for introductory undergraduate courses on European politics and political extremism.
Ignazi, P. Extreme Right Parties in Western Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
>Comprehensive historical overview of the evolution of extreme-right parties in western Europe. Links phenomenon with value change in postindustrial societies.
Kitschelt, H., with A. McGann. The Radical Right in Western Europe: A Comparative Analysis. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1995.
>A systematic analysis of demand- and supply-side factors affecting support for radical-right parties in western Europe. Argues that successful radical-right parties put forth a winning formula combining ethnocentrism and neoliberalism.
Merkl, P. H., and L. Weinberg, eds. Right-Wing Extremism in the Twenty-First Century. London: Cass, 2003.
>An overview of the main theories, trends, and developments in right-wing extremism, combining theoretical overviews and cross-country and country-specific analyses.
Mudde, C. The Populist Radical Right in Europe. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
>The most comprehensive overview of the literature on populist radical-right parties in western and eastern Europe. Can be used as a textbook for advanced undergraduate courses on the radical Right.
Norris, P. Radical Right: Voters and Parties in the Electoral Market. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
>Thoroughly reviews and statistically examines various explanations for the varied performance of radical-right parties in Europe and elsewhere. Can be used as a textbook for advanced undergraduate courses on the radical Right.
McCormick, John. Understanding the European Union. 5th ed. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
>A brief survey of principles, history, institutions, processes, and policies, offering a general introduction to the EU, the details of which can be followed up in other more in-depth treatments.
Dinan, Desmond. Ever Closer Union: An Introduction to European Integration. 4th ed. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2010.
>A survey of the history, institutions, and policies of the EU, written by a historian and offering more detail on the evolution of the EU than most other surveys.
Ginsberg, Roy H. Demystifying the European Union: The Enduring Logic of Regional Integration. 2d ed. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2010.
>Unlike several of the other surveys, this one is written by an American author and aimed primarily at readers in the United States. The US perspective on the EU can be usefully compared with European perspectives offered by other survey texts.
Bomberg, Elizabeth, John Peterson, and Alexander Stubb, eds. The European Union: How Does It Work? 2d ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
>Another edited collection, emphasizing institutions, processes, and policies.
Bache, Ian, Stephen George, and Simon Bulmer, eds. Politics in the European Union. 3d ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
>This book covers much the same ground as Cini and Borrigan 2009, with similar effects.
Birnbaum, Norman. After Progress: American Social Reform and European Socialism in the Twentieth Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.
>Compares European socialism and US progressivism from a radical perspective, outlining the differences in their respective origins and assessing the postwar development of the welfare state. Also looks at national and regional variants of socialism in Europe.
Cohen, G. A. Jerry. Why Not Socialism? Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2009.
>A concise and accessible assessment of the case for socialism from the point of view of normative political theory. Outlines the criteria for a socialist society, drawing on the values of egalitarianism and community.
Esping-Andersen, Goesta. Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism. Cambridge, UK: Polity, 1990.
>Develops a typology of welfare regimes contrasting those built on the social democratic ideas with those inspired by liberalism or conservatism. Esping-Andersen also presents the power resources theory of social democracy, which stresses the differing success of European left parties in building cross-class electoral alliances to win government power and implement socialist policies.
Lindemann, Albert S. A History of European Socialism. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1983.
>Broad-reaching history of the socialist movement in Europe from its origins in the second half of the 19th century through to the postwar period. Particularly focuses on the early period of development of the labor movement and on the larger European democracies.
Newman, Michael. Socialism: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.
>Introduces socialist and social democratic theory and ideology, contrasts social democracy in western Europe with the communist tradition, and outlines the tensions between the key concepts of socialist theory.
Padgett, Stephen, and William E. Patterson. A History of Social Democracy in Postwar Europe. London: Longman, 1991.
>An outline of the successes and failures of socialist and social democratic parties in the postwar period up to the end of the Cold War. Analyzes the ways in which left parties competed electorally and the dynamics of ideological and policy change in the European labor movement.
Pierson, Christopher. Hard Choices: Social Democracy in the 21st Century. Cambridge, UK: Polity, 2001.
>Offers a balance sheet of the social democratic project at the end of the 20th century, reviewing the historical evolution of social democracy and discussing the challenges facing it in the new century, with particular reference to globalization and demographic changes.
Sassoon, Donald. One Hundred Years of Socialism: The West European Left in the Twentieth Century. London: New Press, 1996.
>A sweeping historical account of social democracy in western Europe through the last century, with a particular focus on the ideological and organizational evolution of socialist and social democratic parties and their successes and failures in government.
Castles, Francis G., ed. Families of Nations: Patterns of Public Policy in Western Democracies. Aldershot, UK, and Brookfield, VT: Dartmouth, 1993.
>A historical-cultural approach to explaining differences across Western welfare states; the authors identify “families of nations”—English speaking, German speaking, and Scandinavian speaking—and argue that shared cultures produced similarities in policy approaches and outcomes.
Anybody have any thoughts/experiences on books by Kissinger and Nehru? I've skimmed through the first few chapters of some of their stuff, and I'd really like to get into Glimpses of World History when I have the time. I read a few chapters of Diplomacy too, and it seemed alright. Is it worth the effort?
I literally have no knowledge in that area, but the most famous one would have to be Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Don't know how it's seen nowadays though, and that might be too intimidating as an introduction.
Heavily outdated, though influential.
Honestly, I'd recommend going through the entire Cambridge history volumes as it's so comprehensive, but you could try shorter books just about smaller sections of dramatic periods or with interesting characters. Adrian Goldsworthy's The Punic Wars is one example.
Baumgartner, Frederic J. France in the Sixteenth Century. New York: St. Martin’s, 1995.
>An introductory survey, organized in three parts chronologically. Part 1 (1484–1530) covers the early Renaissance, Part 2 (1530–1562) the period leading up to the Wars of Religion; and Part 3 (1562–1614) the wars themselves. Each part has chapters on the monarchy, the church, the nobility, the people, justice, and culture.
Holt, Mack P., ed. Renaissance and Reformation France, 1500–1648. The Short Oxford History of France. Edited by William Doyle. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.
>A topical and thematic approach to the subject with essays by six American historians of early modern France; covers the state, social groups, rural and urban economies, gender and family, religion and religious conflicts.
Knecht, Robert Jean. The Rise and Fall of Renaissance France, 1483–1610. 2d ed. London: Blackwell, 2001.
>A sound and readable narrative introduction to France in the “long sixteenth century,” especially strong on political history. The bibliographical essay is an excellent guide to further reading.
Potter, David. A History of France, 1460–1560: The Emergence of a Nation State. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 1995.
>A good introductory text, focusing on the development of monarchical authority and state institutions; argues that a recognizable national identity developed by the late 15th century despite continued regional diversity.
Salmon, John H. M. Society in Crisis: France in the Sixteenth Century. London: Ernest Benn, 1975.
>Reflecting social history approaches dominant at the time it was written, the book begins with description and analysis of French social structures and political and religious institutions and then moves on to blend narrative and analysis in its account of the Wars of Religion. Not an easy read, but still considered an important interpretive account.
Li, Peter S. 2003. Destination Canada: Immigration debates and issues. Toronto: Oxford Univ. Press.
>This accessible overview introduces many issues central to public debates over immigration in Canada, from the social construction of who, exactly, is an immigrant, to the economic dimensions of immigration and integration in a context of population renewal. Li provides informative figures and tables, and also argues for the importance of race in understanding immigration in Canada.
Satzewich, Vic, and Nikolaos Liodakis. 2010. ‘Race’ and ethnicity in Canada: A critical introduction. 2d ed. Don Mills, ON: Oxford Univ. Press Canada.
>This book presents an accessible overview of theoretical debates on race and ethnicity, and applies them to Canadian history and the contemporary context, including chapters on immigration, multiculturalism, and transnational identities in a globalized context.
May, Stephen, Tariq Modood, and Judith Squires, eds. Ethnicity, Nationalism and Minority Rights. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2004.
>This interdisciplinary collection addresses the position of minorities in democratic societies, with a particular focus on minority rights and recognition. Topics addressed include the constructed nature of ethnicity, its relation to class and to “new racism,” different forms of nationalism, self-determination and indigenous politics, the politics of recognition versus the politics of redistribution, and the reemergence of cosmopolitanism.
Castles, Stephen, and Mark Miller. The Age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World. 4th ed. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
>This is the leading, continually updated textbook in migration studies, covering everything relevant in the field, including, of course, immigrant integration. While it is, therefore, not narrowly on integration, it is still the indispensable beginner’s source.
Hampshire, James. The Politics of Immigration: The Contradictions of the Liberal State. Cambridge, UK: Polity, 2013.
>This major overview of the entire migration field from a political science perspective (including entry policy and integration policy) argues that some features of the liberal state work toward inclusion (constitutionalism and capitalism), while others have restrictive effects (representative democracy and nationhood).
Heckmann, Friedrich, and Dominique Schnapper, eds. The Integration of Immigrants in European Societies. Stuttgart: Lucius and Lucius, 2003.
>This volume of the traditional “country study” type contains chapters on France, Germany, Britain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Finland written by leading national experts.
Joppke, Christian, and Ewa Morawska, eds. Toward Assimilation and Citizenship: Immigrants in Liberal Nation-States. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
>The volume diagnoses state policies moving away from multiculturalism toward citizenship as well as immigrant behavior oscillating between assimilation and transnationalism. The focus is comparative (western Europe and the United States), with contributions from leading scholars from both sides of the Atlantic.
>Also interested in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Appreciate any help.
Norman Davies' God's Playground was a book I really enjoyed. It starts at the Christianization of Poland so it's much before what you're interested in, but it does devote a lot to discussing the PLC. That said it focuses on particular aspects of the state, so if a snapshot of Gdansk and its role in the commonwealth doesn't interest you it might bot be very interesting for you.
For requests, I'm wondering if anyone has good general histories on medieval France and Germany?
I can't speak for its quality in comparison to the rest of the works cited but as an introduction to pre-modern Poland, and for English readers at that, I think it definitely serves its purpose well.
well the description they give for it is positive too
>In many ways a landmark book, first published in 1984, this multifaceted exposition is the first part of a two-volume introduction to both the history of Poland and its place in the history of Europe. Like Jasienica, Davies takes the position that beginning in the late 16th century the Lithuanian portion of the Commonwealth began to be perceived as a drain on the Republic’s strength.
Bar-On, Mordechai, ed. A Never Ending Conflict: A Guide to Israeli Military History. New York: Praeger, 2004.
>Edited by Moshe Dayan’s personal assistant during the 1956 Suez War, this anthology includes the work of twelve Israeli historians and covers the period from the outbreak of the Arab Revolt in 1936 through that of the al-Aqsa intifada in 2000.
Hadawi, Sami. Bitter Harvest: A Modern History of Palestine. Rev. ed. New York: Olive Branch, 1989.
>Written by an Arab Christian from Jerusalem who fled his home during the 1948 War of Independence, and published in the immediate wake of the 1967 Six-Day War, this work argues that the dispute over Israel/Palestine is one primarily between Palestinians, rather than Arabs in general, and Jews.
Herzog, Chaim, and Shlomo Gazit. The Arab-Israeli Wars: War and Peace in the Middle East from the War of Independence through Lebanon. Rev. ed. London: Greenhill, 2004.
>This updated, straightforward version of what has become the standard account of the Arab-Israeli wars through the first three decades of Israel’s existence now covers events such as the al-Aqsa intifada. First published in 1982.
Karsh, Efraim. Palestine Betrayed. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2010.
>While the scope of this book goes beyond the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, the author has made excellent use of primary sources, particularly the Israel State Archives, to produce a narrative that places blame for the disaster that befell the Palestinian population in that conflict on Arab leaders.
Khalidi, Rashid. The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood. Boston: Beacon, 2006.
>In this work, Khalidi, a well-known Palestinian-American academic, criticizes Palestinian leaders as well as the policies of Great Britain and the United States for victimizing the Palestinian masses.
I'm not trying to discourage or anything, I just haven't read anything else in the bibliography so I don't know if there's something "better" in English I just haven't looked yet. As it is I'd wholeheartedly recommend it, and even if there were something factually better Davies' writing style is so readable that I'd probably still recommend it.
Morris, Benny. Righteous Victims: A History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict, 1881–2001. New York: Vintage, 2001.
>This broad overview by perhaps the most well-known Israeli revisionist historian offers insights into social and cultural aspects of the protracted dispute between Arabs and Jews, and the victimhood that both have long claimed.
Said, Edward W. The Question of Palestine. New York: Vintage, 1992.
>A Palestinian professor of English and leading figure in postcolonial theory, Said presents a passionate defense of Palestinian identity as well as what he presents as his people’s moral and human rights in their dispute with Israel, Zionism, and Western imperialism. First published in 1979.
Shlaim, Avi. The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World. New York: W. W. Norton, 2001.
>In this work, Shlaim, a revisionist “new historian” and Oxford professor, examines forty years of Israel’s history, beginning with the creation of the Jewish state, to contend that Israeli leaders such as David Ben Gurion were not interested in peace with their Arab neighbors, but instead sought to use military strength and diplomatic alliances in pursuit of Zionist goals.
Tessler, Mark. A History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009.
>This remarkably objective and comprehensive study is well researched and makes for compelling history. This account sets a standard no other textbook or general account has thus far met.
We could make a wiki or a list of resources for educating yourself on history. A wiki would work well, as users could easily add recommended reading on topics they're knowledgeable about.
Not general history, but you should get your hands on Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence (of Arabia). It's a great look at 20th century politics and a view of WWI beyond the trenches in France and Germany.
What are some good books on Bismarck and his wars, especially the Franco-Prussian war, or anything else on the unification of Germany in general? Thanks in advance.
I'd like a History book on the Russian communist revolution and what went wrong besides the obvious
>communism is doomed to fail
I want a more what specifically went wrong in Russia and why it happened. Preferably not entirely Stalin/Lenin-centric, a focus on the peasants.
Magnetic Mountain by Stephen Kotkin is a "a street-level inside account of what Stalinism meant to the masses of ordinary people who lived it." check out amazon reviews to see if you'd like it or not
Hanebrink, Paul A. In Defense of Christian Hungary: Religion, Nationalism, and Antisemitism, 1890–1944. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2006.
>Although not focused on Hungarian fascism per se, useful for understanding the place of Ferenc Szálaszi and his fascist Arrow Cross Party in the complex cross-currents on the Hungarian right by the 1930s and on into the culminating wartime phase, leading to Hungary’s participation in the Holocaust in 1944. Although the Arrow Cross claimed to defend and revive Christian Hungary, it worried many church leaders, who feared it would politicize religion.
Nagy-Talavera, Nicholas M. The Green Shirts and the Others: A History of Fascism in Hungary and Romania. 2d ed. Iaşa, Romania: Center for Romanian Studies, 2001.
>First published by the Hoover Institution Press in 1970. Highly sensitive not only to the distinctiveness and sensitivities of the region, but also to the differences between Hungary and Romania, with their disparate histories and religious traditions. Includes differences in the place of Jews in the two countries. Argues that, despite such differences, fascism in each case was not merely reactionary but revolutionary, reflecting strains in the modernization process, though it was romantic, irrational, and deeply unrealistic overall.
Sugar, Peter F., ed. Native Fascism in the Successor States, 1918–1945. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 1971.
>Includes two new essays each on Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Yugoslavia—the states that resulted from, or were transformed by, the breakup of the Austro-Hungarian (Habsburg) Empire in 1918. Stresses the homegrown quality of fascism in the region as opposed to the imitation of Italy or Germany. This volume was influential when published and, though written during the Cold War period when access to sources was often problematic, still provides insights.
Gaull, Marilyn. English Romanticism: The Human Context. New York and London: W. W. Norton, 1988.
>A highly readable, information-packed survey of Romantic-era writing and culture, ideal for new students. Gaull discusses authors individually, but also key genres and political and cultural issues.
Roe, Nicholas, ed. Romanticism: An Oxford Guide. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.
>An accessible and thorough handbook, with contributions by many eminent critics, to the literature and culture of the period. Topic-based essay discussions and bibliographies provide a helpful introduction to debates in the scholarly field, as well as to the period itself.
not entirely on the early years:
Barber, Malcolm. The New Knighthood: A History of the Order of the Temple. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1994a.
>Malcolm Barber provides a comprehensive and reliable overview of the Knights Templar from their origins in the Holy Land around 1119 to their expansion as an international order and finally their suppression and dissolution in 1312. Barber’s work is one of the most popular and readable scholarly accounts on the subject.
Barber, Malcolm. The Trial of the Templars. 2d ed. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
>Malcolm Barber provides the definitive account of the suppression of the Knights Templar from 1307 to 1314. Barber considers the charges of heresy against the Templars, including the denial of Christ, homosexuality, and worship of idols, all extracted under torture by agents of King Philip IV, and the Templar effort to mount a defense of their order. Originally published in 1978. The second edition takes account of new scholarship since its original publication.
Barber, Malcolm, ed. The Military Orders. Vol. 1, Fighting for the Faith and Caring for the Sick. Aldershot, UK: Variorum, 1994b.
>This surprisingly coherent volume contains no less than forty-one conference papers. Fourteen of the essays consider various issues related to the Hospitallers, eight consider the Knights Templar, seven consider the Teutonic Knights, and four consider the Spanish orders, while the remaining eight deal with more general topics. The essays are prefaced by an excellent introduction by Jean Richard.
Mallia-Milanes, Victor, ed. The Military Orders. Vol. 3, History and Heritage. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2008.
>This volume’s essays consider topics including Hospitaller and Spanish historiography as well as issues related to the liturgy and heraldry of the Hospitallers. The third section considers various issues regarding the Knights Templar and the Teutonic Knights, including the trial of the Templars and the use of indulgences by the Teutonic order. The final section presents a wide-ranging collection of essays on the Hospitallers.
Upton-Ward, Judi, ed. The Military Orders. Vol. 4, On Land and by Sea. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2008.
>This volume of twenty-seven essays deals with a wide range of topics beyond just military and naval matters, such as the architecture, archaeology, and spiritual lives of the orders. The focus of these essays is on the Hospitallers, but the book also includes essays on Portuguese military orders as well as the Knights Templar and the Teutonic Knights.
Nicholson, Helen J., ed. The Military Orders. Vol. 2, Welfare and Warfare. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 1998.
>The thirty-three essays in this volume focus on the origins of the crusading orders and their efforts in the Holy Land but also consider the various efforts of the knightly orders in Europe as late as the 18th century. The essays are organized into four sections: “Welfare,” “Warfare,” “Life within the Military Orders,” and “Relations with the Outside World.”
Looking for some books about economy and trade in the middle ages.
I dont know much about this and im getting a bit burned out of military history.
Something detailled that talks about products and stuff would be very appreciated.
these may help, though you'll probably find them too broad
Crick, Julia C., and Elisabeth M. C. van Houts, eds. A Social History of England 900–1200. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
>This volume sets the period’s invasions, migrations, and regime changes against a background sketched out by more than two dozen readable and individually authored chapters. Written by experts in history, literature, and archaeology, it focuses on everything from towns to violence, health and disease, and esoteric knowledge. Each essay includes a concise, thoughtful bibliography.
Davies, Wendy, ed. From the Vikings to the Normans. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
>Offers thematic chapters on the political, economic, intellectual, and religious history of 9th- through 11th-century England, by leading scholars in the field. Each chapter explores developments not only in England but also elsewhere in the British Isles and Ireland
Fleming, Robin. Britain after Rome: The Fall and Rise, 400–1070. London: Penguin, 2010.
>A narrative history of the entire Anglo-Saxon period, based as much on archaeological as on written evidence. The book emphasizes economic and social history and the history of everyday life. It also provides a model for how material culture can be used to write Anglo-Saxon history.
James, Edward. Britain in the First Millennium. London: Arnold, 2001.
>A complete history of Britain, beginning with the Roman Conquest and ending with the Norman Conquest, with writing based both on texts and archaeology. Investigates the ways in which developments in Britain both mirrored and differed from those elsewhere in Europe. Especially strong on the 4th through the 7th centuries.
Stafford, Pauline, ed. A Companion to the Early Middle Ages: Britain and Ireland c. 500–1100. Chichester, UK, and Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.
>Comprises interesting, readable, thought-provoking essays by leading experts on everything from Christianity to lordship to kingship. Each chapter provides an entry into the debate and the most recent scholarship for the topic at hand.
Cipolla, Carlo M. Before the Industrial Revolution: European Society and Economy, 1000–1700. London: Methuen, 1976.
>A broad and readable sketch of European economic history over seven centuries, but (perhaps unsurprisingly) there is a great deal of generalization and speculation.
Epstein, Steven A. An Economic and Social History of Later Medieval Europe, 1000–1500. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
>This is a textbook survey of the current state of scholarship on European economic history. There is a broad geographical range to the study, and a select, recent bibliography for each chapter.
Pirenne, Henri. Economic and Social History of Medieval Europe. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 2006.
>This book provided the foundation and spur for many of the surveys that followed, even though much of it has been superseded by subsequent research. Pirenne’s focus was on the cities, merchants, and commercial institutions, regarding this as of fundamental importance for the development of the medieval European economy and the rise of commerce. Originally published in 1936.
Pounds, Norman J. G. An Economic History of Medieval Europe. 2d ed. London: Longman, 1994.
>This is one of the first general surveys of European economic history. There is a particular focus on demography (drawing upon the work of Postan) and the use of resources, which Pounds contentiously (and perhaps erroneously) argued led to a growth in aggregate and per capita income in the 12th and 13th centuries. First published in 1974.
Verhulst, Adriaan. The Carolingian Economy. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
>Verhulst argues that the Western European economy grew significantly in the 8th and 9th centuries. He recognizes the problems of the documents and thus also uses archaeological evidence to support his emphasis on smaller “peasant” producers, growing craft specialization, and small rural markets where, he argues, commodities were exchanged for profit. This provides a different perspective to Chris Wickham’s focus on monastic and royal estates.
Wickham, Chris. Framing the Early Middle Ages: Europe and the Mediterranean, 400–800. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.
>An extensive synthesis of the current state of knowledge about the history of the early Middle Ages. The economy is an important part of the discussion throughout the four main issues of the state, aristocracy, peasantry, and means of exchange.
Rose, Susan. The Medieval Sea. London and New York: Hambledon Continuum, 2007.
>This scholarly but accessible work provides a good introduction to its subject. It covers the period 1000–1500, and a wide range of themes, including shipbuilding, navigation, life at sea, shipowning, ports, trade, warfare, and many other topics.
Scammell, Geoffrey V. The World Encompassed: The First European Maritime Empires c. 800–1650. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1981.
>Each chapter in this very wide-ranging book focuses on a different maritime culture or empire: the Vikings, the Hanse, Venice, Genoa, Portugal, Spain, Holland, France, and England. The material covered includes everything from maritime technology and trade to ideology and literature.
Unger, Richard W. The Ship in the Medieval Economy, 600–1600. London: Croom Helm, 1980.
>Unger’s work takes a pan-European and multiperiod perspective. Although this work has been criticized in some aspects, it firmly relates changes in ship technology to social, economic, and political changes, and draws the sometimes rather cloistered world of medieval and 16th-century ship scholarship into the mainstream of historical debate.
Pryor, John H. Geography, Technology and War: Studies in the Maritime History of the Mediterranean, 649–1571. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1988.
>This work looks at the geographical, hydrographical, and meteorological context of Mediterranean maritime history in the Middle Ages, as well as politics, trade, warfare, and technology. However, note that Gluzman 2010 (cited under Navigation and Voyages) challenges Pryor’s propositions regarding sailing routes.
Scully, Terence. The Art of Cookery in the Middle Ages. Woodbridge, UK: Boydell and Brewer, 1995.
>The most comprehensive treatment of the subject from a scholar with a particular interest in the medical background. Includes an extensive section on beverages (chap. 6) and discusses the training of a professional cook.
Woolgar, Christopher M. The Great Household in Late Medieval England. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1999.
>Contains detailed chapters called “Food and Drink” and “Cooking and the Meal,” and some interesting information on mealtimes and fasting practices in the chapter “The Rhythms of the Household.”
Henisch, Bridget. The Medieval Cook. Woodbridge, UK: Boydell, 2009.
>Basically a study of cooks and their activities, as found in historical and literary sources as well as in medieval art. Many well-chosen illustrations. Written primarily for the general public, this would be an excellent introduction for students new to the field.
Adamson, Melitta Weiss. Food in Medieval Times. Food through History. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2004.
>Includes a section on regional cuisines and discusses the roles of religion and medical theories of the time in determining what food and drink was appropriate for whom, and when, with attention to the diet of the peasants and townspeople. Drinks are included.
Albala, Ken. Cooking and Dining in Europe 1250–1650. Greenwood Press Daily Life through History Series: Cooking Up History. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2006.
>Introductory volume and overview on what was eaten during this period, with recipes. Includes glossary, sources for unusual ingredients, and information on components of the banquets ranging from sweets to drinks to main dishes.
I don't have a particular recommendations on Novgorod, but you can check out these "general" works on early Russia and I can bet they contain plenty of info on novgorod
Bogatyrev, Sergei. “Ivan IV, 1533–84.” In The Cambridge History of Russia. Vol. 1, From Early Rus’ to 1689. Edited by Maureen Perrie, 240–263. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
>A short survey of Ivan’s reign that covers domestic and foreign affairs. The most original sections rely upon the author’s own research on ideology and symbolism. Rejects the notion of a boyar oligarchy or an illiterate or poisoned Ivan. In more recent articles, Bogatyrev has modified or expanded his analysis.
this is a huge book with only a single chapter devoted Ivan the terrible, probably a lot of focus on novgorod considering its importance in medieval Russia
Crummey, Robert O. The Formation of Muscovy, 1304–1613. London: Longman, 1987.
>See pp. 143–178 for a very sound analysis of major interpretations of Ivan’s reign and the various theories that have sought to explain Ivan’s motives and policies.
Martin, Janet. Medieval Russia, 980–1584. 2d ed. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
>While a broad general history, the work includes a sensible overview of Ivan’s reign in the later chapters focusing on political and economic issues and carefully explaining changes in central and local governments and the impact of economic developments (pp. 364–415).
this is also probably good
If you want to read about a certain time period you can pick up the cambridge histories of Africa. each volume covers a different time period. There's also cambridge histories of South Africa (from prehistoric to modern times) and one on egypt too
is there a particular period you wish to know about? pre-colonial, colonial, post-colonial?
I like Robert Marks' Global History. Its 250 pages or so
Also, don't give up if gou get stuck, the beauty of history is the more you read, the more you start seeing interconnections between different events
Asher, Catherine B., and Cynthia Talbot. India before Europe. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
>A recent attempt to understand the diverse multicultural history and art history of India from the 13th to the 18th century.
Metcalf, Barbara D., ed. Islam in South Asia in Practice. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2009.
>An outstanding collection of readings that sets out the extraordinary variety of expressions of Islam in South Asia through time and space, and in so doing enables the reader to make contact with Muslim lives as they are lived.
Mujeeb, Mohammad. The Indian Muslims. London: Allen and Unwin, 1967.
>A magisterial survey of South Asia's Muslim history from an “Indian Muslim” post-partition point of view.
cambridge histories of india
Schimmel, Annemarie. Islam in the Indian Subcontinent. Leiden, The Netherlands: E. J. Brill, 1980.
>A good overview that is informed, in particular, by the author's deep knowledge of literature and Sufism.
Roy, Kaushik. From Hydaspes to Kargil: A History of Warfare in India from 326 BC to AD 1999. Delhi: Manohar, 2004.
>This book gives a bird’s-eye view of decisive wars and battles in Indian history.
Eaton, Richard M. The Rise of Islam and the Bengal Frontier, 1204–1760. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1994.
>In order to explain how the establishment of an Indo-Muslim community in Bengal led to its vast expansion over a period of five centuries, Eaton proposes a model for the gradual, nearly imperceptible Islamization of the regional population. This suggests stages of inclusion, identification, and displacement.
Thanks OP for this thread.
Anyone can inform me of good books on Italian and German high to late medieval+renaissance books?
Anything concerning that period goes. Military, economy, politics, anything. German and Italian specifically.
Holloway, R. Ross. 1991. The archaeology of ancient Sicily. London and New York: Routledge.
>Traces Sicily's rich heritage from the Palaeolithic to the late Roman period, working with a wide variety of kinds of material evidence. Includes treatment of coinage.
this will definitely discuss greek colonies
Hurwit, Jeffrey. 1987. The art and culture of early Greece, 1100–480 B.C. Ithaca, NY: Cornell Univ. Press.
>An art historical work informed by literary scholarship, this volume seeks to place Archaic material evidence in its historical and intellectual contexts, discussing, for example, the origins of Greek narrative, epic, and artistic representation.
Boardman, John. 1999. The Greeks overseas: Their early colonies and trade. Baltimore: Penguin.
>An amply illustrated introduction to the economic and cultural interactions between the mainland Greeks and their neighbors in other lands.
Brunt, P. A. 1966. Athenian settlements abroad in the fifth century B.C. In Ancient society and institutions: Studies presented to Victor Ehrenberg on his 75th birthday. Edited by Ernst Badian, 71– 79. Oxford: Blackwell.
>Examines the variety of Athenian settlements from colonies to cleruchies and their varying relationships to Athens.
Dougherty, Carol. 1993. The poetics of colonization: From city to text in Archaic Greece. New York: Oxford Univ. Press.
>Focuses on Greek representations of colonial origins.
Graham, A. J. 1999. Colony and mother city in ancient Greece. Manchester, UK: Manchester Univ. Press.
>Stresses the varieties of relationships between at least seven Greek cities and their colonies. Includes translated decrees in appendices.
Tsetskhladze, Gocha R., and Franco De Angelis, eds. 1994. The archaeology of Greek colonisation: Essays dedicated to Sir John Boardman. Oxford: Oxford Committee for Archaeology.
>Eight essays by different authors, with an archaeological emphasis.
Painter, Sidney. “The Third Crusade: Richard the Lionhearted and Philip Augustus.” In A History of the Crusades. Vol. 2, The Later Crusades, 1189–1311. Edited by Robert Lee Wolff and Harry W. Hazard, 45–87. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1969.
>Although dated, this essay by Sidney Painter provides a useful overview of the Third Crusade. Painter considers the early efforts to bring unity between the kings of France and England to insure their cooperation on the Crusade as well as their efforts in the Holy Land.
Check out this Pastebin bibliography on the Crusades for more books on the conflict or on crusading warfare in general
A general work on the Song Dynasty
Mote, Frederick W. Imperial China: 900–1800. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2003.
>Mote’s massive study provides an accessible political history that is not bound by dynastic divisions. Although it covers only the latter portion of Middle-period history, that section takes four hundred pages. Its focus is on political history and it is especially informative in its treatment of the peoples and states along the borderlands.
Hucker, Charles O. China’s Imperial Past: An Introduction to Chinese History and Culture. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1975.
>Chapter 12 deals with economy and society in the late empire (960–1850); chapters 2 and 7 deal with the economy in earlier periods.
Cambridge Histories of China:
The Song Dynasty And Its Precursors, 907-1279 AD
Alien Regimes and Border States, 907-1368
Warfare in Medieval Hungary
Hundred Years' War
bibliography on Medieval Folk Custom and Entertainment
Check out this Renaissance thread, mostly focuses on italy
check out pic related and search on bookzz
bibliography on the Hittites
. Hattusa: Hauptstadt der Hethiter in Zentralanatolien.
>Includes illustrated reports of recent excavations in the Hittite capital of Hattusa, as well as an extensive bibliography relating to the excavations. For those seeking an introduction to the site, a “city tour” and “city history” are available in German, Turkish, and English. The related printed publication by Jürgen Seeher, Hattusha Guide: A Day in the Hittite Capital (Istanbul: Ege Yayinlari, 2002), is also available in Turkish and German.
Neve, Peter. Hattuša: Stadt der Götter und Tempel. Neue Ausgrabungen in der Hauptstadt der Hethiter. Mainz, Germany: von Zabern, 1996.
>New interpretations (especially relating to the chronology of temple construction) have since replaced those of Neve; however, this volume remains an attractive and useful introduction to the archaeology of the Hittite capital and especially the modern excavations there.
looks like the site is under the direction of german archaeologists
to access articles I post here for free, look up the article on google, open up page that gives you a pay wall and then paste the web address into the search bar of this site
Dixon, C. Scott. The Reformation in Germany. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2002.
>The best brief introduction to particular aspects of the German Reformation in the early part of the 16th century; concentrates on the meaning of the movement for the German people, and especially emphasizes the role the German princes and their territorial entities played in the propagation of the new set of beliefs.
Scribner, Robert W., and C. Scott Dixon, eds. The German Reformation. 2d ed. Studies in European History. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
>This somewhat idiosyncratic collection of essays posits the Reformation as only one of several movements for social and spiritual growth and renewal and speaks to its incomplete nature.
Dollinger, Philippe. The German Hansa. Translated by D. S. Ault and S. H. Steinberg. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1970.
>This study by a French scholar, originally published as La Hanse (XIIe–XVIIe siècles), in 1964 (Paris: Aubier), remains the most accessible overview of the history of the Hanseatic League from the 12th to the 17th centuries. The basic starting point for the field. The German translation, Die Hanse (Stuttgart, Germany: Kröner, 1998), is now in its fifth edition.
other works on hanseatic league whose quality i can't comment on
companion to hanseatic league
England and the German Hanse, 1157-1611: A Study of their Trade and Commercial Diplomacy
The Hanse in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
I liked to read parts again if I have the time. I've heard taking notes (making annotations, writing down key dates) has worked wonders for memory retention but I haven't done it when I read history for fun. However, when I do annotate for school, writing down a 5-10 word summary of each paragraph in the margins, it does help me understand how the author is developing his argument.
listening to some calm music can help sometimes if there is a distracting sound bothering you, but its not a panacea.
> Or just read one then on to the next?
Depends. I can find it jarring sometimes when I read two books from totally different eras. Sometimes I find it a nice break from reading about one period. Reading multiple books on one period, event or historical figure will most certainly give you a more rounded perspective on history, but at the same time if I'm not passionate about the period it can feel like a repetitive chore.
tl;dr its subjective
Larsen, Stein Ugelvik, Bernt Hagtvet, and Jan Petter Myklebust, eds. Who Were the Fascists: Social Roots of European Fascism. Bergen, Norway: Universitetsforlaget, 1980.
>Influential, unusually comprehensive collection of new essays, still widely cited. Includes contributions from forty-four scholars from a wide variety of countries. Covers the whole of Europe, including such areas as Iceland and Ireland rarely included in discussions of European fascism during the era of the two world wars. Particularly strong on Austria and the Nordic countries. Includes a useful comparative conclusion by Peter H. Merkl.
Borejsza, Jerzy W., and Klaus Ziemer, eds. Totalitarian and Authoritarian Regimes in Europe: Legacies and Lessons from the Twentieth Century. New York: Berghahn, 2006.
>Although the three “classic” regimes—Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, and the Communist Soviet Union—find their place, the collection encompasses fourteen different national cases. Especially prominent is the recent experience of eastern and east-central Europe, primarily those countries that have recently turned from communism, though the two articles on Austria and the one on Greece prove especially illuminating.
Bischof, Günter, Anton Pelinka, and Alexander Lassner, eds. The Dollfuss/Schuschnigg Era in Austria: A Reassessment. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction, 2003.
>Although an eclectic collection of essays, provides several angles on the complex Austrian case, which entailed competing (pro- and anti-German) fascist movements as well as an antidemocratic, Catholic-corporativist government prior to the German annexation of the country in 1938. Some characterize that government as “Austrofascism,” but most distinguish it from full-scale fascism. Tim Kirk’s essay “Fascism and Austrofascism” (pp. 10–31) provides an especially good point of entry.
Sugar, Peter F., ed. Native Fascism in the Successor States, 1918–1945. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 1971.
>Includes two new essays each on Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Yugoslavia—the states that resulted from, or were transformed by, the breakup of the Austro-Hungarian (Habsburg) Empire in 1918. Stresses the homegrown quality of fascism in the region as opposed to the imitation of Italy or Germany. This volume was influential when published and, though written during the Cold War period when access to sources was often problematic, still provides many insights.
bibliography on fascism
for bibliographies on roman army (cause germanicus was a general after all)
A culturally unbiased (no Jumanji safari-hunterman curling his mustachio, looking down and saying, "Hmmm...what curious creatures") history of Japan.
Also, history of Norway?
And the Inquisition.
And the history of Russia.
Czech Republic, too.
And, lastly, of Soren Kierkegaard.
Start with this. It's strictly political history though.
>history of Japan
The Cambridge Histories of Japan
The books cover Japan from prehistory to modern times. I've read parts of their book on 20th century Japan and I've enjoyed it a lot. I say you can trust Cambridge to be unbiased.
>history of Norway
here is a bibliography on early modern scandinavia, with plenty of titles on norway. search bookzz to see if you can get free online.
let me give you some books on vikings too:
Forte, Angelo, Richard Oram, and Frederik Pedersen. Viking Empires. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
>Sets the Viking expansion into a wide perspective and long span of time, continuing into the 13th century. Concludes with the integration of Scandinavia into European history. Special interest in the development of Viking ships and navigation. Authors teach on the Vikings at the University of Aberdeen. Has been criticized for many errors and insufficient coverage of Scandinavia.
Hall, Richard. The World of the Vikings. London: Thames and Hudson, 2007.
>Survey by archaeologist who excavated Viking town of York (Jorvik), England. Comprehensive with strong emphasis on material culture and development of Viking towns, yet traditional in its focus on Viking raids and settlement abroad and the development of kingships in the three Scandinavian countries. Well illustrated with photographs and drawings. Includes a gazetteer of museums that contain Viking artifacts from Turkey to Canada.
Logan, F. Donald. The Vikings in History. 3d ed. London: Routledge, 2005.
>Emphasizes the Viking expansion to the West. Often used as a textbook for Viking history courses. Each chapter concludes with suggestions for further reading, which have been updated in the third edition.
Christiansen, Eric. The Norsemen in the Viking Age. Peoples of Europe. Oxford: Blackwell, 2002.
>Skeptical of much research on Vikings, stresses archaeological over textual sources. Brings an anthropological perspective to Viking history, crediting Vikings with being resourceful in the face of challenging environments. With an insightful and sometimes irreverent twenty-four-page summary of recent research in an appendix.
Sawyer, Peter H. Kings and Vikings: Scandinavia and Europe AD 700–1100. London: Methuen, 1982.
>Sequel to Sawyer 1972. Brief examination of Viking piracy in western Europe and the Christianization of Scandinavia. Studies how kings gained power and were supported by loyal retainers, especially in Viking settlements outside of Scandinavia.
Turville-Petre, E. O. Gabriel. Myth and Religion of the North: The Religion of Ancient Scandinavia. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1964.
>Basic general work on the history of Nordic religion, focusing on the written sources
Page, R. I. Norse Myths. The Legendary Past. London: British Museum, 1990.
>Succinct account of the written sources on Viking mythology and illustrated with the most compelling examples of art identified with specific Norse gods and heroes. A brief but informative bibliographic essay at the end.
DuBois, Thomas A. Nordic Religions in the Viking Age. Middle Ages Series. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999.
>Considers not only Germanic-based Nordic mythology but also religions of the Finns and Sámi in northern Scandinavia, examining contact between pre-Christian northern Europe and the Christian Mediterranean area.
Sverre Bagge- Cross and Sceptre: The Rise of Scandinavian Kingdoms from the Vikings to the Reformation
Charles-Edwards, Thomas - Early Christian Ireland
Valante, Mary - The Vikings in Ireland
Cahill Wilson, Jacqueline (ed.) - Late Iron Age and 'Roman' Ireland
Sheehan, John & Ó Corráin, Donnchadh (eds.) - The Viking Age - Ireland and the West
Roesdahl, Else - The Vikings
Brink, Stefan & Price, Neil (eds.) The Viking World
Bhreathnach, Edel - Ireland in the Medieval World AD 400-1000
Parker, Philip - Northmen's Fury
Brondsted, Johannes - The Vikings
Jones, Gwyn - A History of the Vikings
Roesdahl, Else - From Viking to Crusader: Scandinavians and Europe, 800-1200
Bagge, Sverre - From Viking Stronghold to Christian Kingdom: State Formation in Norway 900-1300
Benedikz, Benedict - The Varangians of Byzantium
>The history of Russia.
for eastern front WWII
russia before 1692 (i.e. Peter the Great)
has tons more Russian history books
Bethencourt, Francisco. The Inquisition: A Global History, 1478–1834. Translated by Jean Birrell. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
>The translation marginally updates a 1995 French original, L’inquisition à l’époque moderne (Paris: Fayard) without benefiting directly from the 1998 opening of ACDF. Includes quick guides to censorship under papal and Iberian systems. Suggests that, in Spain and Portugal, visitations of bookshops and libraries seem to have been more intense than in Italy.
Black, Christopher F. The Italian Inquisition. London and New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2009.
>Covers the Roman Inquisition from 1542 to the 18th century, and comparative inquisition activity in Naples, Sicily, and Sardinia; dealing with central organization and local tribunals; trial procedures, punishments, changing targets over the period. Highlights offense categories such as superstition, pretend sanctity, solicitation in confession. Surveys changing censorship problems.
Tedeschi, John. The Prosecution of Heresy. Collected Studies on the Inquisition in Early Modern Italy. Binghamton, NY: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1991.
>An invaluable collection on many aspects of the Roman Inquisition, densely end-noted. The leading essays on organization and procedures of the Roman Inquisition: inquisitorial sources; dispersed archives (Dublin, Brussels, Paris); on manuals; censorship. Scholars should use Italian translation, and update, Il giudice e l’eretico (Milan: Vita e Pensiero, 2003).
Kamen, Henry. Inquisition and Society in Spain in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1985.
>Retains many features of Kamen’s earlier study The Spanish Inquisition (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1965) but incorporates much of the new research from the 1970s and 1980s.
Kamen, Henry. The Spanish Inquisition: A Historical Revision. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1997.
>This revision unconvincingly downplays the institution’s impact on Spanish religious, intellectual, and social life.
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Peters, Edward. Inquisition. New York: Free Press, 1988.
>Explains the legal underpinnings, procedure, polemics, and myths surrounding the medieval and modern inquisitions.
Rawlings, Helen. The Spanish Inquisition. Oxford: Blackwell, 2006.
>An up-to-date, balanced starting point for students.
Pérez, Joseph. The Spanish Inquisition. Translated by Janet Lloyd. New Haven, CT, and London: Yale University Press, 2005.
>A brief introduction tending toward generalizations and relying on an older bibliography of French and Spanish works.
like the modern czech republic? or its longer history? cause i have both
nothing on this one family
aka French Calvinists:
Benedict, Philip. Christ’s Churches Purely Reformed: A Social History of Calvinism. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2002.
>This wide-ranging study offers detailed analysis of the formation of the Reformed tradition in Zurich and Geneva, and of Calvinism’s expansion into France, Scotland, the Netherlands, the Empire, the British Isles, and central Europe. The second half of the book addresses political and theological developments in the 17th century and considers the impact of Calvinism on the lives of individuals and communities.
Gray, Janet G. The French Huguenots: Anatomy of Courage. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1981.
>A highly readable survey of Huguenot history with an emphasis on the 16th century.
Rothrock, George A. The Huguenots: A Biography of a Minority. Chicago: Nelson-Hall, 1979.
>Accessible and well-written narrative history of the Huguenots in France with an emphasis on the 16th century.
Treasure, Geoffrey. The Huguenots. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2013.
>In this book Treasure rigorously surveys the history of the Huguenots from Calvin’s time to the early years of the 18th century in placing it in a French and European context. Well-written and richly illustrated The Huguenots is a welcome addition to the English-speaking literature on the topic.
Holt, Mack P. The French Wars of Religion, 1562–1629. 2d ed. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
>The best single introduction to the French religious wars. Holt defines the wars as culminating with the political defeat of the Huguenots at the siege of La Rochelle in 1629 rather than the promulgation of the Edict of Nantes in 1598. This longer-term perspective helps to contextualize Henri’s contribution to religious peacemaking.
Greengrass, Mark. France in the Age of Henri IV: The Struggle for Stability. 2d ed. London: Longman, 1995.
>Surveys the situation as France emerged from the Wars of Religion and then focuses on the restoration of royal authority under Henry IV; especially strong on the problem of religious coexistence and the work of financial and economic recovery.
Salmon, John H. M. Society in Crisis: France in the Sixteenth Century. London: E. Benn, 1975.
>Reflecting social history approaches dominant at the time it was written, this book begins with a description and analysis of French social structures and political and religious institutions. It then moves on to blend narrative and analysis in its account of the wars themselves. Not an easy book but still considered by many to be the best history of the wars in English.
Scoville, Warren C. The Persecution of the Huguenots and French Economic Development. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1960.
>A classic account of the economic effects of the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, which drove many Huguenots into exile. However, most scholars now conclude that Scoville overestimated the damage done to the French economy by the Revocation.
Graham, W. Fred, ed. Later Calvinism. International Perspectives: Sixteenth Century Essays and Studies. Kirksville, MO: Sixteenth Century Journal, 1994.
>The focus of the articles in this collection is on Calvinism after Calvin’s death. There are sections on Reformed churches in the Swiss lands, France, the Rhineland, the Netherlands, and England.
Prestwich, Menna, ed. International Calvinism, 1541–1715. Oxford: Clarendon, 1985.
>This collection includes articles that reveal important insights about Calvinism in the Empire by Henry Cohn, Calvinism in central Europe by Robert Evans, and the “ambivalent face of Calvinism” in the Netherlands by Alastair Duke.
Pettegree, Andrew, ed. The Reformation World. London and New York: Routledge, 2000.
>This large collection of articles includes surveys of the ways in which countries and societies were affected by reform, and a wide range of different themes of political, cultural, and social life in Reformation Europe.