History Wider Reading Watch
I'm thinking of applying for History this year and most universities offer no reading list on their websites and instead suggest students read around areas that are of specific interest to them.
Does anyone have any respectable suggestions for the history of:
-The Anglo-Saxon era
-The English Civil War
Look forward to hearing your suggestions, I just didn't want to spend my summer reading a few books to then discover after using them in my personal statement that they're not academically respected/historically accurate
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'My friend the enemy'
just for fun!
They're awesome historical novels!
You forgot Ancient Greece, Alexander the Great, and The Roman Empire off your list of interests!
For historiography itself, A Global History of Modern Historiography (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Global-Histo...032940&sr=1-10) is the obvious tomb for world historiography, but relies on some background knowledge. Edward Said's Orientalism, even with its many shortcomings, is a basic requirement for any historian to read.
As for British History, This Sceptred Isle is the best background book which is exceptionally readable.
That said, if there was one single book that I would recommend to understand world history and people from the past, it would be a non history book. The book, Freakonomics, by Levitt and Dubner, analyses and discusses human interactions and decisions from an economic and game theory viewpoint, and this is invaluable when considering history as it allows the reader to consider in wider terms why people make decisions which seem really stupid, but make rational economic sense.
Hope this helps.