The Periods of History Niall Ferguson Thinks You Should Learn About

Niall Ferguson, in his recent lecture The Decline and Fall of History, when talking about the intellectual paucity of current history major’s course offerings, lists the periods of history he submits should not be omitted in one’s education. I figured it would be helpful to have a list of books covering those topics for me to go through so I am sharing the list I’ve come up with..

Note that I have not read any of these, I am choosing based solely on whether they look authoritative, have been recommended by someone who’s judgment I trust, or appear in the r/AskHistorians book list.

The English and Their History by Robert Tombs
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Reformation : Europe's House Divided 1490-1700
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The Invention of Science: A New History of the Scientific Revolution by David Wootton
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The Dream of Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Philosophy by Anthony Gottlieb
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The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787 by Gordon S. Wood
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Liberty or Death: The French Revolution by Peter Mcphee
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America's Constitution: A Biography by Akhil Reed Amar
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The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective by Robert Allen
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The Enlightened Economy by Joel Mokyr
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A Savage War by Williamson Murray & Waine Wei-Siang Hsieh
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Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia 1600-1947 by Christopher Clark
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The First World War by Hew Strachan
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Revolutionary Russia: 1891-1991 by Orlando Figes
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Freedom from Fear by David M. Kennedy
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The Anatomy of Fascism by Robert O. Paxton
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Hitler's Empire: How The Nazis Rules Europe by Mark Mazower
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A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II by Gerhard L. Weinberg
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Decolonization: A Very Short Introduction by Dane Kennedy
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The Global Cold War by Odd Arne Westad
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Israel: A History by Martin Gilbert
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Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945
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The Periods of History Niall Ferguson Thinks You Should Learn About - December 12, 2016 - joao eira