malteserlover
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Hello everyone,
So I've decided that I definitely want to do a history degree and have started doing some extra reading to put in my personal statement/interviews etc. Just wondered if anyone had any good recommendations, mainly interested in Modern history particularly British. But any areas would be great.
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Read something you're interested in. It's so easy to tell if someone has read something because they think they should - it doesn't come across as convincing. You need to discuss why you love history in your PS, and so you need to show you love it. So if you're interested in modern history, read modern history. If you like the vikings, read that. If you're interested in helping stones to speak then read about that!
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Start with this - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Studying-His.../dp/1403987343

It is one of those really easy to read books that explains complicated stuff in a really straightforward way, In particular it will introduce you to 'Historiography' - the different ways history has been studied and why. This takes you beyond looking at 'topics' and the supposed facts of history into the more interesting theory stuff you will have to grapple with in your first year at Uni. If any of the ideas its explains intrique you there are lots of suggestions for further reading - stuff you can get from a public library (inter-library loans).

Two other books worth looking at (after you've read the one above) -
In Pursuit of History (John Tosh), The Houses of History (Anna Green).

PS. Resist the urge to litter your PS with 'books I've read'. The admissions tutor has already read them, and understands them a great deal better than you do. One simple statement like 'I've recently begun reading on topics outside my A level syllabus such as the Holocaust/Chartism/Indian history/whatever' and mentioning that you have started reading about historiography and are 'interested in how the study of history was changed by the 'History from Below' movement' or whatever, will be far more interesting/impressive.
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Try look around for some university's reading list for History.
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