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    (Original post by 123banana123)
    Ah okay, thanks for the reply.

    Sorry to bring this issue up again, but what books would you recommend me to read before I apply? E.g. which specific books give the best preparation for the course.

    Thanks so much!

    Bernard Crick's "In defence of Politics" is a good introduction to pluralism.

    Jonathan Wolff's "An introduction to Political Philosophy"

    And then ask your teacher about extra reading relevent to your history A level course, because unless you did Tudors/The Russian Revolution/ Nazi Germany, I can't advise you on that.

    Might be worth getting some stuff on historiography, which is basically the philosophy of history EH Carr's "What is History" and G Elton's "The Practice of History" are the standard introductions to the topic.
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    (Original post by Andy the Anarchist)
    Bernard Crick's "In defence of Politics" is a good introduction to pluralism.

    Jonathan Wolff's "An introduction to Political Philosophy"

    And then ask your teacher about extra reading relevent to your history A level course, because unless you did Tudors/The Russian Revolution/ Nazi Germany, I can't advise you on that.

    Might be worth getting some stuff on historiography, which is basically the philosophy of history EH Carr's "What is History" and G Elton's "The Practice of History" are the standard introductions to the topic.

    Awesome, I will definitely read those.

    Would you also recommend Aristotle, Marx, Rousseau, Hobbes etc, as another poster recommended, and if so which books by them?

    Sorry to bother you once again! :o:

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    (Original post by 123banana123)
    Awesome, I will definitely read those.

    Would you also recommend Aristotle, Marx, Rousseau, Hobbes etc, as another poster recommended, and if so which books by them?

    Sorry to bother you once again! :o:

    Thanks
    I would just say read what you're interested in and what you'd be happy talking about. There's plenty of time once you get in and are doing the course to read the set texts. Part of this process should be enjoyable and you should be exploring bits of History that you're interested in, whether that's building on what you already know or taking something completely different.

    If you're looking for different approaches to take something like EH Carr would be decent enough, but only read that sort of stuff if you feel confident about talking about it in an interview situation and if you are genuinely interested in it (if you're not the interviewer will know and this won't put you in the best light).

    As an example I had barely done any non twentieth century history so did quite a bit of reading on the Napoleonic Wars and the Congress of Vienna. For Politics I read a bit of Paddy Ashdown and Nick Cohen (his most recent book had just come out and had caused a bit of an uproar so thought it might be a good thing to have an opinion on).

    Again, if you don't want to talk about something at interview like political theory that you've never done before, don't mention it in your personal statement and don't waste time reading about it!
 
 
 
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