The following does not constitute a reading list to be completed before you arrive, but rather a selection of titles that will help to introduce you to some subjects and styles of thinking in undergraduate history.
The general readings listed on the history faculty reading lists will also be extremely useful in preparing you for your options in the coming year.
Reflections on History
- Peter Burke, History and Social Theory (or, for cultural history, Eyewitnessing)
- H. Swain (ed.), Big Questions in History
- R. J. Evans, In Defence of History
- Peter Singer, Marx – A Very Short Introduction
- Anthony Smith, The Nation in History: Historiographical Debates About Ethnicity and Nationalism
- Helen Castor, Blood and Roses
- E. La Roy Ladurie, Montaillou
Early Modern History
- Peter Laslett, The World We Have Lost
- John Morrill, ed., The Oxford Illustrated History of Tudor and Stuart Britain
- Natalie Zemon Davis, The Return of Martin Guerre
- C.A. Bayly, The Birth of the Modern World, 1780-1914: Global Connections and Comparisons
- Jane Burbank and Frederick Cooper, Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference