100 Best History Books

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  1. A Study of History by Arnold J. Toynbee
  2. The Making of the English Working Class by E. P. Thompson
  3. The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II by Fernand Braudel
  4. The Age of Revolution: 1789–1848 (4 Volume History of the Modern World) by Eric Hobsbawm
  5. The Radicalism of the American Revolution by Gordon S. Wood
  6. Plagues and Peoples by William H. McNeill
  7. The Sources of Social Power by Michael Mann
  8. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
  9. What Is History? by E. H. Carr
  10. The Inheritance of Rome: Illuminating the Dark Ages 400–1000 by Chris Wickham
  11. The Contours of American History by William Appleman Williams
  12. The Origins of The Second World War by A.J.P. Taylor
  13. The Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
  14. A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  15. The Black Jacobins by C.L.R. James
  16. The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time by Karl Polanyi
  17. Liberty before Liberalism by Quentin Skinner
  18. Gender and the Politics of History by Joan Scott
  19. Search for Modern China by Jonathan Spence
  20. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson
  21. The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy by Kenneth Pomeranz
  22. Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West by William Cronon
  23. The Strange Death of Liberal England: 1910–1914 by George Dangerfield
  24. Religion and the Decline of Magic by Keith Thomas
  25. The American Political Tradition: And the Men Who Made it by Richard Hofstadter
  26. A History of the Ancient World (Greece & Rome): Rome by Michael Rostovtzeff
  27. The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman
  28. Hidden From History: 300 Years of Women’s Oppression and the Fight Against It by Sheila Rowbotham
  29. The Century of Revolution: 1603–1714 by Christopher Hill
  30. Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 by Tony Judt
  31. A Preponderance of Power: National Security, the Truman Administration, and the Cold War by Melvyn Leffler
  32. The Venture of Islam by Marshall G. S. Hodgson
  33. The Sinews of Power: War, Money and the English State, 1688–1783 by John Brewer
  34. Coercion, Capital and European States: AD 990–1992 by Charles Tilly
  35. Orientalism by Edward W. Said
  36. A History of the Arab Peoples by Albert Hourani
  37. Commoners: Common Right, Enclosure and Social Change in England by J. M. Neeson
  38. Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party before the Civil War by Eric Foner
  39. The Annals: The Reigns of Tiberius, Claudius, and Nero by Cornelius Tacitus
  40. Mass and Elite in Democratic Athens: Rhetoric, Ideology, and the Power of the People by Josiah Ober
  41. The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy by Jacob Burckhardt
  42. American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World by David E. Stannard
  43. The Great Chain of Being by Arthur O. Lovejoy
  44. Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
  45. The American Age: United States Foreign Policy at Home and Abroad 1750 to the Present by Walter LaFeber
  46. The Blood Never Dried: A People’s History of the British Empire by John Newsinger
  47. Reflections on the Cuban Missile Crisis by Raymond Garthoff
  48. The Landscape of History by John Lewis Gaddis
  49. Imagined Communities by Benedict Anderson
  50. The Destruction of the European Jews by Raul Hilberg
  51. Famine: A Short History by Cormac O Grada
  52. Imperial China 900–1800 by F. W. Mote
  53. The Historian’s Craft by Marc Bloch
  54. How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney
  55. African Perspectives on Colonialism by Albert Adu Boahen
  56. A History of Russia by Nicholas Riasanovsky
  57. The Discovery of India by Jawaharlal Nehru
  58. Colonising Egypt by Timothy Mitchell
  59. The Fall of Rome: And the End of Civilization by Bryan Ward-Perkins
  60. The City in History by Lewis Mumford
  61. The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers by Paul Kennedy
  62. The French Revolution: From its Origins to 1793 by Georges Lefebvre
  63. The Political Economy of Merchant Empires: State Power and World Trade, 1350–1750 by James D. Tracy
  64. The Great War and Modern Memory by Paul Fussell
  65. The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller by Carlo Ginzburg
  66. The Korean War: A History by Bruce Cumings
  67. The Idea of History by R. G. Collingwood
  68. History of the Byzantine State by George Ostrogorsky
  69. Age of the Democratic Revolution by R. R. Palmer
  70. The Crowd in History by George Rude
  71. History of the Russian Revolution by Leon Trotsky
  72. The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic by Peter Linebaugh
  73. Africa: A Modern History by Guy Arnold
  74. The Conquest of the Incas by John Hemming
  75. The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb by Gar Alperovitz
  76. American Slavery: 1619–1877 by Peter Kolchin
  77. The Battle For Homestead, 1880–1892: Politics, Culture, and Steel by Paul Krause
  78. Zapata and the Mexican Revolution by John Womack
  79. Reformation by Diarmaid MacCulloch
  80. Anatomy of a War: Vietnam, the United States, and the Modern Historical Experience by Gabriel Kolko
  81. The Face of Battle by John Keegan
  82. The Great War: 1914–1918 by Marc Ferro
  83. Radical Enlightenment: Philosophy and the Making of Modernity 1650–1750 by Jonathan I. Israel
  84. Europe and the People Without History by Eric R. Wolf
  85. The History of Sexuality by Michel Foucault
  86. Kingdoms and Communities in Western Europe 900–1300 by Susan Reynolds
  87. Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World by J. R. McNeill
  88. Elementary Aspects of Peasant Insurgency in Colonial India by Ranajit Guha
  89. The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by Ilan Pappe
  90. Colonial Empires and Armies 1815–1960 by Victor Kiernan
  91. History of the Italian People by Giuliano Procacci
  92. Bond Men Made Free: Medieval Peasant Movements and the English Rising of 1381 by Rodney Hilton
  93. Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent by Eduardo Galeano
  94. The Military Revolution: Military Innovation and the Rise of the West, 1500–1800 by Geoffrey Parker
  95. Ancient Egypt: Anatomy of a Civilisation by Barry J. Kemp
  96. A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891–1924 by Orlando Figes
  97. The Brenner Debate: Agrarian Class Structure and Economic Development in Pre-industrial Europe by T. H. Aston
  98. Society and Culture in Early Modern France by Natalie Zemon Davis
  99. The Machiavellian Moment: Florentine Political Thought and the Atlantic Republican Tradition by J. G. A. Pocock
  100. Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America 1492–1830 by John H. Elliott

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