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1IntroductionTilly, Charles. "How (and What) are Historians Doing?" American Behavioral Scientist (July-August 1990): 685-711.
2Classic Problems in PeriodizationCore Readings

Amazon logo Huizinga, Johan. The Autumn of the Middle Ages. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1997. Chapters 1, 2, 13, and 14. ISBN: 9780226359946.

Glance around at some of the chapters in between as well - 10 is particularly interesting.

Amazon logo Goldstone, Jack. Revolution and Rebellion in the Early Modern World. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1993. pp. 349-390. ISBN: 9780520082670.

Starn, Randolph. "The Early Modern Muddle." Journal of Early Modern History 6, no. 3 (2002): 296-301.

Supplementary Readings

Goldstone, Jack. "The Problem of the Early Modern World." Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 41, no. 3 (1998).

Amazon logo Ladurie, Emmanuel Le Roi. "History That Stands Still." In The Territory of the Historian. Vol. 2. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1979. pp. 1-27. ISBN: 9780226473277.

Amazon logo Besserman, Lawrence, ed. The Challenge of Periodization: Old Paradigms and New Perspectives. New York, NY: Routledge, 1996. ISBN: 9780815321033.

Kaminsky, Howard. "From Lateness to Waning to Crisis: the Burden of the Later Middle Ages." Journal of Early Modern History 4, no. 1 (2000): 85-125.

Darling, Linda. "Rethinking Europe and the Islamic World in the Age of Exploration." Journal of Early Modern History 2, no. 3 (1998): 221-246.
3The Annales SchoolCore Readings

Bloch, Marc. "The Advent and Triumph of the Water Mill." In Land and Work in Medieval Europe. London: Routledge, 1967. pp. 136-68.

Braudel, Fernand. The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1996. pp. 25-138, 246-67, 418-60, 543-70, 734-57, and 1088-1106. Amazon logo ISBN: 9780520203082 (vol. 1) and Amazon logo ISBN: 9780520203303 (vol. 2).

Supplementary Readings

Bloch, Marc. French Rural History. London: Routledge & K. Paul, 1978.

Burke, Peter. The French Historical Revolution: The Annales School, 1929 1989. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1991.

Stoianovitch, Traian. French Historical Method: The Annales Paradigm. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1976.

Fink, Carol. Marc Bloch: A Biography. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.

Febvre, Lucien. A New Kind of History. New York: Harper and Row, 1973. (Collected writings.)

Bloch, Marc. Feudal Society; The Historian's Craft. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1968.

Ladurie, Emmanuel Le Roy. Montaillou. New York: George Braziller, 1978.

Journal of Modern History (1972/12). Special issue on Braudel [PCP3].
4Labor History: Class as a Historical CategoryCore Readings

Amazon logo Thompson, E. P. The Making of the English Working Class. New York, NY: Peter Smith Publisher, 1999. ISBN: 9780844669939.


Amazon logo Gordon, Andrew. The Evolution of Labor Relations in Japan. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1988. ISBN: 9780674271319.

Supplementary Readings

Perry, Elizabeth J. Shanghai on Strike: The Politics of Chinese Labor. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 1993.

Keyssar, Alex. Out of Work: The First Century of Unemployment in Massachusetts. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986.

Montgomery, David. The Decline of the House of Labor. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987.

Gutman, Herbert. Work, Culture, and Society in Industrializing America. New York: Vintage Books, 1977.

Hershatter, Gail. Flying Hammers, Walking Chisels: The Workers of Tianjin (China). Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 1986.
5Women's History: Gender as a Historical CategoryCore Readings

Amazon logo Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher. The Age of Homespun. New York, NY: Vintage, 2002. ISBN: 9780679766445.


Amazon logo Bray, Francesca. Technology and Gender: Fabrics of Power in Late Imperial China. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1997. pp. 173-273. ISBN: 9780520206854.

Supplementary Readings

Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher. A Midwife's Tale. New York: Knopf, 1991.

Davidoff, Leonore, and Catherine Hall, Family Fortunes: Men and Women of the English Middle Class, 1780-1850. New York: Routledge, 2003.

Davis, Natalie. Women on the Margins: Three Seventeenth Century Lives. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1995.

Pedersen, Susan. Family, Dependence and the origins of the Welfare State. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Amazon logo Scott, Joan. Gender and the Politics of History. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 1999. pp. 15-50. ISBN: 9780231118576.
6Global and Comparative History: Economic and EnvironmentalCore Readings

Amazon logo Pomeranz, Ken. The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2001. ISBN: 9780691090108.

Supplementary Readings

McNeill, William. The Pursuit of Power: Technology, Armed Force, and Society since A.D. 1000. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1983.

———. Plagues and Peoples. New York: Anchor Books, 1989.

Kennedy, Paul. The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers. New York: Vintage Books, 1989.

Amazon logo Braudel, Fernand. Capitalism and Material Life, 1400-1800. 3 vols. New York, NY: Harper & Row, 1974. ISBN: 9780061318368. (Especially look at volume 1.)

Tilly, Charles. Huge Structures, Large Processes, Big Comparisons. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1984. (Reviews and critiques some of the above works.)

Journal of World History. (Scan a few articles and reviews.)

Wolf, Eric. Europe and the People Without History. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1997.

Chaudhuri, K. N. Asia Before Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

Reid, Anthony. Southeast Asia in the Age of Commerce, 1450 1680. 2 vols. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993.

Diamond, Jared. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1999.  
7Historical DemographyCore Readings

Amazon logo Wrigley, and Schofield. The Population History of England, 1541-1871. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1989. ISBN: 9780521356886. (Skim the methodology work in Chapters 1-5 quickly; skim slightly more carefully Chapters 6-9; and read Chapters 10-11.)


Hatcher, John. "Understanding the Population History of England, 1450-1750." In Past and Present, 180 (2003): 83-130.

Supplementary Readings

Wrigley, Davies, Oeppen and Schofield, eds. English Population History from Family Reconstitution, 1580-1837. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997. (Includes chapters by various authors.)

Lee, James Z., and Wang Feng. One Quarter of Humanity: Malthusian Myths and Chinsese Realities. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999.

Caldwell, John. "The Global Fertility Transition: the Need for a Unifying Theory." Population and Development Review 23, no. 4 (1997): 803-12.

Saito, Osamu. "Historical Demography: Achievements and Prospects." Population Studies 50, no. 3 (1996): 537-53.

McCants, Anne. Civic Charity in A Golden Age: Orphan Care in Early Modern Amsterdam. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1997.
8Environmental HistoryCore Readings

Amazon logo McNeill, John. Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the 20th Century World. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, 2001. ISBN: 9780393321838.

Supplementary Readings

Cronon, William. Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West. New York: W. W. Norton, 1992.

———. Changes in the Land. New York: Hill and Wang, 1983.

Amazon logo Crosby, Alfred. Ecological Imperialism. 2nd ed. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2004. ISBN: 9780521837323. 

Worster, Donald. Rivers of Empire. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992.

White, Richard. The Middle Ground. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.

"A Round Table: Environmental History." Journal of American History (1990/3).
9The 'New' Cultural HistoryCore Readings

Amazon logo Kuhn, Philip. Soulstealers. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1990. ISBN: 9780674821514.


Amazon logo Hunt, Lynn. The Family Romance of the French Revolution. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1993. ISBN: 9780520082700.

Supplementary Readings

Davis, Natalie. The Return of Martin Guerre. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1983.

Ladurie, Emmanuel Le Roy. Montaillou. New York: George Braziller, 1978.

Hunt, Lynn, ed. The New Cultural History. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989. (Especially the chapter by Alberta Bierstadt.)

Ginzburg, Carlo. The Cheese and the Worms. London: Penguin, 1992.

Spence, Jonathan. The Death of Woman Wang. New York: Penguin Books, 1979.

Amazon logo Darnton, Robert. The Great Cat Massacre. New York, NY: Vintage Books, 1985. pp. 3-107. ISBN: 9780394729275.


Kuhn, Philip. Soulstealers. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1990.

Geertz, Clifford. "Notes on the Balinese Cockfight." In The Interpretation of Cultures. London: FontanaPress, 1993. 
10History and FictionCore Readings

Amazon logo Ghosh, Amitav. In an Antique Land. New York, NY: Vintage, 1994. ISBN: 9780679727835.


Amazon logo Demos, John. The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America. New York, NY: Vintage, 1995. ISBN: 9780679759614.
11Race and CultureCore Readings

Amazon logo Genovese, Eugene. Roll Jordan Roll: The World the Slaves Made. New York, NY: Vintage Books, 1976. pp. 1-112, 162-93, 255-79, and 588-612. ISBN: 9780394716527.


Amazon logo Dower, John. "Race, Language and War in Two Cultures." In Japan in War and Peace: Selected Essays. New York, NY: The New Press, 1995. ISBN: 9781565842793.

Supplementary Readings

Amazon logo Field, Barbara. "Racial Ideology in American History." In Region, Race, Ideology: Festschrift for C.Vann Woodward. Edited by J. Morgan Kousser and James M. McPherson. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1982. pp. 143-177. ISBN: 9780195030754.

White, Landeg. Magomero: Portrait of an African Village. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987.
12Nationalism(s)Core Readings

Amazon logo Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. New York, NY: Verso, 1991. ISBN: 9780860915461.


Amazon logo Greenblatt, Stephen. Marvelous Possessions: The Wonder of the New World. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1992. ISBN: 9780226306520.

Supplementary Readings

Perdue, Peter. "Empire and Nation in Comparative Perspective: Frontier Administration in 18th c China." Journal of Early Modern History 5, no. 4 (2001): 271-281.

Hegel, Georg. The Philosophy of History. Kitchener, Ont.: Batoche, 2001. This book makes for interesting background reading for this topic, although this book clearly marks a break from our rule of reading 20th century historians.

Hobsbawm, Eric. The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, 1914-91.New York: Vintage Books, 1996.
13Where are Historians Going? The Future of the History ProfessionLook back at Charles Tilly's article, "How and What are Historians Doing", and compare it to the following:

Amazon logo Appleby, Jacob, and Hunt. Telling the Truth About History. New York, NY: W.W. Norton, 1995. ISBN: 9780393312867.

Supplementary Readings

Articles by Theodore Hamerow, Gertrude Himmelfarb, Lawrence Levine, Joan Scott, John Toews. "AHR Forum: The Old History and the New." In American Historical Review. June 1989.

Amazon logo Novick, Peter. That Noble Dream. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1988. ISBN: 9780521343282. (Last chapter) Symposium on Peter Novick's book in American Historical Review: articles by Hexter, Megill, Hollinger, et. al.


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