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June 16, 2009 9:06 AM Subscribe
What are some great books about history?
posted by zennoshinjou to Education (43 answers total) 39 users marked this as a favorite
I recently finished reading Rubicon
by Tom Holland and its ignited a desire to read more history. I am not necessarily after narrative history but I'm not against it. What I'm after here are books you consider to be exemplary from any period in western history. I have read my fill for now of eastern history and feel like my knowledge of the west isn't what it should be. The scope can be wide or narrow.. the main criteria I'm after are scholarly, considered to be reputable/respected and interesting. Primary or secondary texts are both fine.
I realize this is a pretty broad question but I find that my interests are too and I love to learn about things I didn't know I liked so fire away!