History books for my personal statementWatch
I hope to study history at university and I'll be applying by the end of this year and so I've started working on things to add to my personal statement. I'd like to do some personal reading of some history books for this but I'm not sure where to start. Does anyone have any recommendations?
As someone mentioned, maybe read books that you will use for your coursework. My teacher let us pick our own topics of interest so I did 1600's & witchcraft. I picked two interpretations from the books I've read and evaluated already and summarised my views into my personal statement. By doing this you show your understanding of historiography. It also helps if you pick something you are not already doing at A level, so you show your genuine interest in the subject. If you can't do this with your coursework, you could pick a couple of books up about a similar subject (Russian revolution, American civil rights movement, Chinese empire or whatever strikes your fancy) and pick a debatable issue to write about. This is just an idea though!
I'm considered as EU student and I've firmed my offer to do History at Edinburgh & put Nottingham as insurance so if that's kind of place where you are looking to study this might help - every university is different though.