Reading Lists

Reading List Blog

Reading Lists

The editors of H-Grad are making some changes to our blogs!

First, to add clarity to the purpose of each of our blogs and more resources for subscribers to H-Grad, we created a new blog called "Reading Lists." This blog will contain sample reading lists for a variety of fields to help graduate students prepare for their comprehensive exams, historigraphical essays, or research projects. Existing reading lists posted under the "Resource Blog" will be relabeled as posts in this new "Reading Lists" blog.

Public History Reading List

Reading Lists

Public History Readers

      Frisch, Michael.  A Shared Authority: Essays on the Craft and Meaning of Oral and

      Public History (1990)

      Gardner, James and Peter LaPaglia. Public History: Essays from the Field (1999)

      Kean, Hilda and Paul Martin. The Public History Reader (2013)

      Tyrrell, Ian. Historians in Public: The Practice of American History, 1890-1970 (2005)

Public History Theory

      Abrams, Lynn. Oral History Theory (2010)

History of Capitalism Reading List

Reading Lists

There is no question that trying to compile a comprehensive list about the history of capitalism is a daunting, if not impossible, task. Thus, take what follows as a very small sliver of what is available. Admittedly, this list is skewed heavily towards North and South America (with a bit of Great Britain thrown in) as those are the areas I am most familiar with. One will also notice how studies of capitalism often go beyond state borders and are becoming increasingly global in scope. I and the editors at H-Grad welcome any additions you wish to leave in the comments.

Colonization Reading List

Reading Lists

Coloniazation, Empire, and Nationalism Reading List

Africa (Books)

Appiah, Anthony, In My Father’s House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture

Bills, Scott, The Libyan Arena: The United States, Britain, and the Council of Foreign Ministers, 1945-1948

Boahen, A. Adu, African Perspectives on Colonialism

Coombes, Annie E., Reinventing Africa: Museums, Material Culture, and Popular Imagination in Late Victorian and Edwardian England

Environmental History

Reading Lists

Defining the Field

McNeill, J. R. Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World (2000)

Sutter, Paul S. “The World with Us: The State of American Environmental History,” Journal of American History, June 2013, Vol. 100, 1.

Rome, Adam. “What Really Matters in History? Environmental Perspectives on Modern America.” Environmental History, April 2002, 7, 2.

Special Issue, Journal of American History 76.4 (1990)


Reading Lists

The topic of gender history has become ubiquitous within the past few decades with everyone asking, ‘What about the women?’ This question led to revisionist histories of all major historical events such as the evolution of a two-party political system in early America in Catherine Allgor’s Parlor Politics: In which the Ladies of Washington Help Build a City and a Government (2000), American slavery in Deborah Gray White Ar’n’t I a Woman?: Female Slaves in the Plantation South (1985) and Annie L.