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text 2019-07-21 22:01
Crowdsourced History Reading -- Miscellaneous Addenda


* Colin Thubron - The Lost Heart of Asia

(Central Asia; post-USSR trip with historic sidelights)

* Mark Twain - A Tramp Abroad

(19th century; Germany, Austria, Italy)
* David Dary - The Santa Fe Trail: Its History, Legends, and Lore

(19th century; US)

* Terry Townsend - Jane Austen's Hampshire

(19th century; England)
* Elizabeth von Arnim - The Adventures of Elizabeth in Rügen

(19th century; Germany)
* Victor Hugo - Le Rhin (The Rhine: A Tour from Paris to Mayence by the Way of Aix-la-Chapelle)

(19th century; France and Germany)
* Thomas Jefferson - Memorandum on a Tour from Paris to Amsterdam, Strasburg, and back to Paris

(18th century; France, Germany,  and Netherlands)
* Annette Fimpeler - Die Schifffahrt und ihre Fahrzeuge auf dem Niederrhein

(Middle Ages through 19th century; Germany and Netherlands -- unfortunately not in English)



* Isak Dinesen - Out of Africa / Shadows on the Grass

(20th century; Kenya)

* Gregory Doran, Antony Sher - Woza Shakespeare!: Titus Andronicus In South Africa

(20th century; South Africa during Apartheid / touring Shakespeare)

* Bernal Díaz del Castillo - Historia verdadera de la conquista de la Nueva España

(16th century; the classic eyewitness account of the conquest of Mexico)
* Gabriel García Márquez - Vivir para contarla (Living to Tell the Tale)

(20th century; Colombia)

* Xinran - The Good Women of China

(20th century; China)
* Reginald Fleming Johnston - Twilight in the Forbidden City

(20th century; China)
* Vladislav Tamarov - Afghanistan: A Russian Soldier's Story

(20th century; Afghanistan and Russia)

* Clea Koff - The Bone Woman: A Forensic Anthropologist's Search for Truth in the Mass Graves of Rwanda, Bosnia, Croatia, and Kosovo

(20th century; Rwanda and Former Yugoslavia)

* National Museum of the American Indian / Smithsonian Institution - Stories of the People: Native American Voices

(19th-20th century; U.S.)

Rina Swentzell, Luci Tapahonso, Tony Chavarria (eds.) / Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (Santa Fe, NM) - Here, Now, and Always: Voices of the First Peoples of the Southwest

(20th century, U.S.)

Maria Grammatico - Bitter Almonds

(20th century; Italy)
Marcel Pagnol - La gloire de mon père

(19th-20th century; France)

* Voltaire - Letters on England

(18th century; England)

* Oscar Wilde - De Profundis

(19th century; England)

* Heinrich Böll - Irish Journal

(20th century; Ireland)

* Evelyn Doyle - Tea and Green Ribbons

(20th century; Ireland)

* Hildegard of Bingen - Selected Writings

(Middle Agles; Germany)

* Otto von Bismarck - Gedanken und Erinnerungen (Thoughts and Reminiscences)

(19th century; Germany -- Bismarck's memoirs)

* Joseph Roth - What I Saw: Reports from Berlin 1920-1933

(Interwar; Germany)

Thomas Mann - Tagebücher (Diaries) 1944-1946

(20th century; U.S. and Germany)

* David E. Murphy / Sergei A. Kondrashev / George Bailey - Battleground Berlin: CIA vs. KGB in the Cold War

(Cold War; Germany, U.S., and Russia)

* Richard von Weizsäcker - Address on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the end of WWII, May 8, 1985

(20th century; Germany -- to the best of my knowledge, in German only)




* C.W. Ceram - Gods, Graves & Scholars: The Story Of Archaeology

(chiefly the history of (worldwide) archeology as a field of its own from the 18th century onwards, but with individual chapters hearkening back to earlier times; e.g., re: Prehispanic America and Mesopotamia)

* William Dalrymple - The Last Mughal

(19th century; India)

* Peter Finn, Petra Couvée - The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book 

(20th century; Russia)

* Mary S. Lovell - Straight on Till Morning: A Biography of Beryl Markham

(20th century; Kenya, Britain, U.S.)
* María Rosa Menocal - The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain

* Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Kwang-ching Liu - The Cambridge Illustrated History of China

* Régine Pernoud - Aliénor d'Aquitaine

(Middle Ages; France and England)

* Frank O'Connor - The Big Fellow: Michael Collins and the Irish Revolution 

(20th century; Ireland)

* Tom Standage - The Turk: The Life and Times of the Famous Eighteenth-Century Chess-Playing Machine

(18th century; Europe)

* Muriel Spark - Emily Bronte: Her Life And Work

(19th century; England)
* Daniel Stashower - Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle

(19th-20th century; Scotland and England)
* Florian Illies - 1913: The Year before the Storm

(20th century just pre-WWI; Europe)

* Joseph J. Ellis - His Excellency: George Washington

(American Revolution)

* Truman Capote - In Cold Blood
(20th century; U.S.)

* Dean King, John B. Hattendorf - Harbors and High Seas: An Atlas and Geographical Guide to the Complete Aubrey-Maturin Novels of Patrick O'Brian

(more than a guide to the novels, this is actually quite a neat little book with a lot of background on early 19th century naval warfare and commerce generally, as well as the history of the (worldwide) locations metioned in O'Brian's novels -- including places in Africa, South America, and Asia)


@Chris: I'm going to add these myself. ETA: Added.

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text 2019-07-17 23:46
Crowdsourced History Reading -- TA's List No. 10: Stragglers and Addenda
Ancient Egypt - David P. Silverman
A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya - Linda Schele,David A. Freidel
Joseph Fouché: Bildnis eines politischen Menschen - Stefan Zweig
Debt: The First 5,000 Years - David Graeber
A Brief History Of Time: From Big Bang To Black Holes - Stephen Hawking
The Story of My Life: The Restored Edition (Modern Library Classics) - Helen Keller,James Berger
The Gulag Archipelago Abridged An Experiment in Literary Investigation - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
An Autobiography - Robert Herrick,Agatha Christie

* 5 books that didn't seem to fit onto any other list, and

* 3 addenda which will also go, retroactively, onto the "first hand accounts", "women's history" and "literary and cultural history" lists.



* David P. Silverman: Ancient Egypt
* Linda Schele & David A. Freidel: A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya

* Stefan Zweig: Joseph Fouché
* David Graeber: Debt: The First 5,000 Years
* Stephen Hawking: A Brief History of Time



* Helen Keller: The Story of My Life
* Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Gulag Archipelago

* Agatha Christie: An Autobiography

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Crowdsourced History Reading -- TA's List No. 9: Primary Sources

This is largely a recap; most of these have already appeared on one or several other lists.  So instead of cross-referencing, this time I'm just going to put the new entries in bold.


(Note: These are primary sources other than first hand accounts.)


* Cicero: An Attack on an Enemy of Freedom (Philippicae)
* Suetonius: Lives of the Twelve Caesars
* Various Authors: Woman Defamed and Woman Defended: An Anthology of Medieval Texts
* Christine de Pizan: La Cité des Dames (The City of the Ladies) / Le débat sur le roman de la rose (The Debate on the Romance of the Rose) / Le ditié de Jéhanne d'Arc
* Moderata Fonte: The Worth of Women
* Martin Luther: Basic Theological Writings
* Elizabeth Tudor, Leah Marcus (ed.): Collected Works
* Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: La Respuesta (The Answer)
* John Stuart Mill: On Liberty
* Montesquieu: L'esprit des lois
* French Constitution of 1791 and Premiers articles de la constitution (1789)
* Déclaration des droits de l'homme et du citoyen (France, 1789)
* Thomas Paine: The Rights of Man and Common Sense
* Declaration of Independence (U.S.A., 1776)
* Constitution of the United States (1788)
* Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay: The Federalist Papers
* George Washington: Farewell Address
* Abraham Lincoln: Gettysburg Address
* Émile Zola: J'accuse
* Mary Wollstonecraft: A Vindication of the Rights of Women
* Virginia Woolf: A Room of One's Own
* Dorothy L. Sayers: Are Women Human?
* Thomas Mann: Deutsche Hörer! Radiosendungen nach Deutschland aus den Jahren 1940-1945 (Listen, Germany! -- Letters to German listeners broadcast on BBC in 1940-1945)
* Charter of the United Nations

* Statute of the International Court of Justice

* Universal Declaration of Human Rights
* Grundgesetz für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland (1949) (German Constitution)
* Martin Luther King Jr.: Letter from Birmingham Jail / A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches
* Simon Sebag Montefiore (ed.): Speeches That Changed the World

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Crowdsourced History Reading -- TA's List No. 8: At Home and Abroad

Cross-references to my other topical lists, as always, marked with the addition "cf."


* Peter Ackroyd: London: The Biography

(London through the ages, from Roman times to present day)
* Anna Quindlen: Imagined London: A Tour of the World's Greatest Fictional City

(London through the ages -- cf. list no. 7, "Literary and Cultural History")
* James Herriot: All Creatures Great and Small

(early 20th century rural Yorkshire; veterinary practice -- to be added retroactively to list no. 3, "First Hand Accounts")
* Ellis Peters: Strongholds and Sanctuaries: The Borderland of England and Wales

(Shropshire and Wales, chiefly in the Middle Ages)

* Rosemary Goring (ed.): Scotland: the Autobiography: 2,000 Years of Scottish History by Those Who Saw it Happen

(Scotland through the ages -- cf. lists no. 3 & 4, "First Hand Accounts" and "History of the British Isles")

* Ernest Hemingway: A Moveable Feast

(early 20th century Paris -- cf. list no. 3, "First Hand Accounts")

* Wolfgang Ribbe & Jürgen Schmädeke: Kleine Berlin-Geschichte

(Berlin from its 13th century foundation to the present day; to the best of my knowledge, unfortunately not translated.  The title translates as "A Little History of Berlin")
* Doris & Arnold E. Maurer: Bonn erzählt: Streifzüge durch das literarische Bonn von 1780 - 1980

(Bonn, 1780-1980 -- cf. list no. 7, "Literary and Cultural History")



* Laurence Bergreen: Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe

(early 16th century; Portugal / Spain / global circumnavigation)

* Samuel Johnson: Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland, and James Boswell: The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson LL.D.

(18th Century, Scotland -- cf. list no. 3, "First Hand Accounts")

* Miles Bredin: The Pale Abyssinian: A Life of James Bruce, African Explorer and Adventurer

(18th century; North-Eastern Africa, especially Ethiopia)

* Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Italian Journey

(late 18th century Germany and Italy -- also to be added retroactively to list no. 3, "First Hand Accounts")

* Alexandra David-Neel: Voyage d'une Parisienne à Lhassa (My Journey to Lhasa)

(Early 20th century, Tibet / Himalayas / exploration -- cf. lists no. 2 & 3, "Women's History" and "First Hand Accounts")

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Crowdsourced History Reading -- TA's List No. 7: Literary and Cultural History

Literary biographies and other works on literary history -- as opposed to literary criticism.

Cross-references to my other topical lists, as always, marked with the addition "cf."



Stanley Wells:

* Shakespeare: For All Time

* Shakespeare: A Life in Drama

* Shakespeare: An Oxford Guide

* The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare

* Shakespeare and Co.: Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Dekker, Ben Johnson, Thomas Middleton, John Fletcher and the Other Players in His Story

* Coffee with Shakespeare

* Is It True What They Say About Shakespeare?

-- for all, cf. list no. 1, "Bulk Entries and Basics"


* Samuel Schoenbaum: Shakespeare: A Documentary Life
* Peter Ackroyd: Shakespeare: The Biography
* Stephen Greenblatt: Will in the World
* Anthony Burgess: Shakespeare
* Michael Wood: Shakespeare
* Bill Bryson: Shakespeare
* Tarnya Cooper, Stanley Wells et al.: Searching for Shakespeare
* James Shapiro: Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?
* Marchette Chute: Geoffrey Chaucer of England
* Claire Tomalin: Jane Austen: A Life

-- cf. list no. 2, "Women's History"
* Elizabeth Gaskell: The Life of Charlotte Brontë

-- cf. list no. 2, "Women's History"
* A.S. Byatt: Unruly Times: Wordsworth and Coleridge in Their Time
* Edna O'Brien: James Joyce and Byron in Love
* Virginia Woolf: A Room of One's Own

-- cf. list no. 2, "Women's History"
* The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers: 1899-1936: The Making of a Detective Novelist and Barbara Reynolds: Dorothy L. Sayers: Her Life and Soul

-- cf. lists nos. 2 & 3, "Women's History" and "First Hand Accounts"

* Agatha Christie: An Autobiography

-- cf. lists nos. 2 & 3, "Women's History" and "First Hand Accounts"

* Martin Edwards: The Golden Age of Murder and The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books
* Anna Quindlen: Imagined London: A Tour of the World's Greatest Fictional City

-- cf. list no. 8, "At Home and Abroad"
* Thomas Mann: Über mich selbst: Autobiographische Schriften

-- cf. list no. 3, "First Hand Accounts"
* Doris & Arnold E. Maurer: Bonn erzählt: Streifzüge durch das literarische Bonn von 1780 - 1980

(Unfortunately not translated into English.  The title translates approximately as "Bonn narrates: Forays into Bonn's Literary Life, 1780-1980".  Cf. list no. 8, "At Home and Abroad")
* Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature
* The Smithsonian Book of Books



* Hugh Honour & John Fleming: A World History of Art

* Charles Quest-Ritson: The English Garden: A Social History
* Jackie Bennett & Shakespeare Birthplace Trust: Shakespeare's Gardens

* Beatrice Hohenegger: Liquid Jade: The Story of Tea from East to West
* Carl Van Vechten: The Tiger in the House: A Cultural History of the Cat
* Howard Koch: Casablanca: Script and Legend
* Eddie Muller: Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir

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