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The Resource List of the Week – History

This week, our Resource List of the Week concentrates on History. Before starting, let’s give a definition of the topic.

What is History?

According to History in Focus, it can be defined as…

“The bodies of knowledge about the past produced by historians, together with everything that is involved in the production, communication of, and teaching about that knowledge.”

To better understand the topic, we suggest you read the following titles.

1. A History of the British Isles – Black, Jeremy 

A History of the British Isles

This title tells the story of a group of islands, their inhabitants and their remarkable impact on the rest of the world. Firstly, it provides a balanced and absorbing narrative, with equal attention paid to England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. Secondly, the narrative covers a wide range of history, all the way up to the present day and pays greater attention to social developments.

2. History: A Very Short Introduction – Arnold, John H.

History: A Very Short Introduction

This book is a stimulating piece about how we study and understand history. Firstly, it begins by inviting us to think about various questions provoked by our investigation of history and explores how they have been answered in the past. Concepts such as causation, interpretation, and periodization, are introduced by means of concrete examples.

3. The Oral History Reader – Perks, Robert/Thomson, Alistair

The Oral History Reader

This book introduces significant developments in oral history from the last decade, and is arranged into five thematic sections, each with an introduction to contextualise the selection and review of relevant literature and articles. The key issues that this text discusses include: key debates in the development of oral history over the past seventy years; first hand reflections on interview practice, and issues posed by the interview relationship; the nature of memory and its significance in oral history; the practical and ethical issues surrounding the interpretation, presentation and public use of oral testimonies; how oral history projects contribute to the study of the past and involve the wider community.


4. The Origins of the Modern World – Takacs, Sarolta

The Modern World

This five-volume encyclopedia explores world history from approximately 5000 C.E. to the present. Organized alphabetically within geographical volumes on Africa, Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Southwest Asia, and Asia and the Pacific. Entries cover the social, political, scientific and technological, economic, and cultural events and developments that shaped the modern world.


5. World Histories From Below- Martin, B. R./Shaw, Graham

World Histories From Below

This book places ‘ordinary’ people at the heart of its analysis, arguing that disruption and dissent are overlooked factors of historical change. The contributors range from leaders in the field to rising stars, and cover themes including religious conversions; political revolutions; labor struggles and body politics. Each chapter takes a global view of the topic at hand, creating an accessible study of its subject from 1750 to the present day.


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