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    Am sure this thread has been made countless times before...but nevertheless

    Could anyone recommend any 'must-reads' or 'classics' in the way of books...preferably something thats outside the standard school curriculum.


    (In terms of things I'm vaguely interested in: The Dutch Golden Age, English Civil War, The Enlightenment..French Revolution.. but also historiography) Absolutely ANY recommendations would be great though

    Thanks in advance
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    Hi,

    If you want to do some reading on the Dutch golden age there are two must reads; The Embarrassment of Riches: An interpretation of Dutch culture in the Golden Age, by Simon Schama (One of my all time favourites) and the Dutch Republic: Its Rise, Greatness and Fall, 1477–1806 by J.I. Israel (Slightly more challenging and quite a heavy read but very insightful). Other books I'd recommend are SPQR by Mary Beard (or if you don't want to read she is currently presenting a documentary on the BBC) and the Global Cold War: Third World interventions... by Odd Arne Westad. Focusses on the cold war in the context of Africa instead of West-European (think Berlin Wall, Prague Spring, Cuban Missile Crisis)
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    Thank you so so much - super helpful! Yes I bought the embarrassment of riches a while ago - still haven’t got round to reading it but aiming to ASAP - and am currently loving Civilisations on BBC, will give Mary beards book a read. Thanks so much again
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    No problem, happy to help!

    Is civilisations any good ? It keeps popping up but never watched it.
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    (Original post by evienicholson)
    Am sure this thread has been made countless times before...but nevertheless

    Could anyone recommend any 'must-reads' or 'classics' in the way of books...preferably something thats outside the standard school curriculum.


    (In terms of things I'm vaguely interested in: The Dutch Golden Age, English Civil War, The Enlightenment..French Revolution.. but also historiography) Absolutely ANY recommendations would be great though

    Thanks in advance
    If you want an overview of historiography try Richard Evans: In Defence of History, or Black and Macraild's Studying History.
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    (Original post by elisevanderwiel)
    No problem, happy to help!

    Is civilisations any good ? It keeps popping up but never watched it.
    i've only watched the first two but yes particularly loved Simon Schama's (although it was unsurprisingly slightly overblown in the way of presenting) But yes definitely recommend - it's also largely 'non-western' - which is always nice
 
 
 
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