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MODL1070 World Histories Reading List

World Histories, 2017/18, Semester 1, 2
Dr Nina Wardleworth
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Students are not expected to read all the items on this list, but rather to select from it items that are of particular interest to them. With that in mind, we have included a certain number of texts that are not available in English, for the benefit of those students with the requisite language skills. Items marked with an asterisk have been identified as useful starting points.Where possible, we have digitised copies of these texts and made them available as Online Course Readings, which are available through the "Learning Resources" page in the VLE.

Introduction to World Histories (first half of semester 1)

World Historiographies

Iggers, Prof Georg G, Prof Q. Edward Wang, and Prof Supriya Mukherjee, A global history of modern historiography, 1st edn (Longman, 2008)

Woolf, D.R., A Global encyclopedia of historical writing, 1st edn (Routledge, 1998)

Woolf, Daniel, ‘Historiography’, in New dictionary of the history of ideas, 6 vols. (Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2005), i, xxxv–lxxxviii in Online Course Readings

East Asian, Chinese and Japanese Historiography

Choy, H.Y.. 2008. Remapping the past : fictions of history in Deng's China, 1979 -1997. Leiden: Brill.

Conrad, S. 1999. What Time is Japan? Problems of Comparative (Intercultural) Historiography. History and theory.. 38 (1),pp.67–83.

Duara, P. 1995. Rescuing history from the nation : questioning narratives of modern China. U of Chicago Press.

Ebrey, P.B. et al. 2009. East Asia: a cultural, social, and political history. Belmont, Calif: Wadsworth.

Embree, A.T. and Gluck, C., 1941 1995. Asia in western and world history : a guide for teaching. Armonk, N.Y: M.E. Sharpe.

Hamashita, T. et al. 2008. China, East Asia and the global economy : regional and historical perspectives. London: Routledge.

Holcombe, C. 2011. A history of East Asia : from the origins of civilization to the twenty-first century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Mehl, M. 1997. History and the state in nineteenth-century Japan. London: Macmillan.

Moloughney, B. and Zarrow, P. 2011. Transforming history : the making of a modern academic discipline in twentieth-century China. Hong Kong and Oxford: Chinese UP.

Ng, O. and Wang, Q.E. 2005. Mirroring the past : the writing and use of history in imperial China. Honolulu:: U of Hawai’i Press.

Park, H.J. 2014. East Asian Odyssey towards One Region: The Problem of East Asia as a Historiographical Category. History compass.. 12 (12), pp.889–900.

Qian, S. and Watson, B. (trans) 1993. Records of the grand historian : Han dynasty. Hong Kong: Research Centre for Translation, Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Schneider, A. and Weigelin-Schwiedrzik, S. 1996. Chinese historiography in comparative perspective. Middletown, Conn: Wesleyan University.

Tanaka, S. 1993. Japan's Orient : rendering pasts into history. Oxford; Berkeley: University of California Press.

Unger, J. 1993. Using the past to serve the present : historiography and politics in contemporary China. Armonk & London: M.E. Sharpe.

Vogelsang, K. 2005. ‘Some notions of historical judgment in China and the West’ In: H. SCHMIDT-GLINTZER et al., eds. Historical truth, historical criticism and ideology : Chinese historiography and historical culture from a new comparative perspective. Leiden: Brill. 

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Diasporas (second half of semester 1)

Christlelow, Allan, Algerians without borders : the making of a global frontier society (University Press of Florida, 2012)

Kenny, Kevin, Diaspora : a very short introduction, (Oxford: OUP, 2013)

Knott, Kim & McLoughlin, Sean, Diasporas : concepts, intersections, indenties (London: Zed Books, 2010)

Kamen, Henry, The disinherited : the exiles who created Spanish culture (London: Allen Lane, 2007)

Lloréns, Vicente, Liberales y Románticos: Una Emigración Española En Inglaterra (1823-1834) (Madrid : Valencia: Editorial Castalia ; Biblioteca Valenciana, 2006)

Manning, Patrick, The African diaspora : a history through culture, Columbia Studies in International and Global History (Columbia University Press, 2010)


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Conflict (first half of semester 2)

Conflict: World War I as an international conflict

There are many hundreds of books on the First World War. If you have no previous knowledge the following are good introductions:

Strachan, Hew, The First World War (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001)

Howard, Michael, The First World War (Oxford University Press, 2007)

You could also visit the websites http://www.1914-1918.net/ and http://www.firstworldwar.com/ - although they tend to focus more on British/Western Front experience.

French African Soldiers in WWI

Das, Santanu, ed., Race, empire and First World War writing (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012)

Echenberg, Myron, Colonial conscripts : the Tirailleurs Sénégalais in French West Africa, 1857-1960, Social History of Africa (Portsmouth, N.H. : London: Heinemann ; Currey, 1991)

Fogarty, Richard Standish, Race and war in France : colonial subjects in the French army, 1914-1918 (John Hopkins University Press, 2008)

Lunn, Joe, Memoirs of the maelstrom : a Senegalese oral history of the First World War (Currey, 1999)

Michel, Marc, Les Africains et la grande guerre : l'appel à l'Afrique, 1914-1918 (Carthala, 2003)


Conflict: China and Japan in World War I

Barnhart, M.A. 1995. Japan and the world since 1868. London: Arnold.

Callahan, W. 2004 National Insecurities: Humiliation, Salvation, and Chinese Nationalism Alternatives : global, local, political., 29: 199-218.

Chow, Tse-tsung,  The May Fourth Movement : intellectual revolution in modern China, Harvard East Asian Series, 6 (Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1960)

Cohen, P.A. 2002. Remembering and Forgetting National Humiliation in Twentieth-Century China. Twentieth-century China. 27 (2),pp.1–39.

Cohen, P.A. 2003. China unbound : evolving perspectives on the Chinese past. London: RoutledgeCurzon.

Das, S. 2011. Race, empire and First World War writing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Dickinson, F.R. 1961 1999. War and national reinvention : Japan in the Great War, 1914-1919. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Asia Center.

Dickinson, F.R. 2014. Toward a Global Perspective of the Great War: Japan and the Foundations of a Twentieth-Century World. The American historical review.. 119(4), pp.1154–1183.

Luo, Z. 1993. National Humiliation and National Assertion: The Chinese Response to the Twenty-One Demands. Modern Asian studies.. 27 (2),pp.297–319.

Minohara, T. et al. (eds.). 2014. The decade of the Great War : Japan and the wider world in the 1910s. Leiden: Brill.

Mitter, Rana. 2005. A bitter revolution : China's struggle with the modern world. OUP.

Mitter, Rana. 2008. Modern China : a very short introduction. OUP.

Shimazu, N. 1998. Japan, race, and equality : the racial equality proposal of 1919. London: Routledge.

Shimazu, N. 1989. The Japanese attempt to secure racial equality in 1919. Japan forum.. 1 (1),pp.93–100.

Xu Guoqi.2004. China and the Great War : China's pursuit of a new national identity and internationalization. Cambridge UP ·


Chinese Labourers in World War I

Bailey, Paul, ‘From Shandong to Somme: Chinese Indentured Labour in France During World War I’, in Language, labour and migration, ed. by A.J. Kershen (Farnham: Ashgate, 2000)

· ---, ‘The Chinese Work-Study Movement in France’, The China quarterly., 11 (1988)

· Chen, San-ching, The Chinese Labor Force in the First World War (Taipei: Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, 1986)

Fitzwilliam, Helen. 2014. ‘China’s forgotten foreign legion’, short documentary film available at http://www.chathamhouse.org/event/china-western-front

· *Li, Ma, ed., Les travailleurs Chinois en France dans la première Guerre Mondiale (Paris: CNRS Alpha, 2012) especially chapters:

Li Ma, ‘Introduction: la Chine dans la Première Guerre mondiale’

Marilyn Levine, ‘Le Chinese Labour Corps pendant la Première Guerre mondiale: prélude à l’activisme politique et culturel’

Marianne Bastid-Bruguiere, ‘Conclusion: Le retour en Chine des travailleurs chinois de la Grande Guerre: quel héritage? ’

Summerskill, Michael, China on the Western Front : Britain's Chinese work force in the first World War (London: The author, 1982)

Xu, Guoqi, China and the Great War : China's pursuit of a new national identity and internationalization (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004)

· ---, Strangers on the Western Front : Chinese workers in the Great War (Harvard University Press, 2011)


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Nations and Nationalisms (second half of semester 2)


Readings on Nationalism and National Identity

Connor, Walker, When is a Nation? (˜From Tribe to Nation’), in Walker Connor,Ethnonationalism : the quest for understanding (Princeton, 1994), pp. 210-26. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Anthony D. Smith, National identity (Cambridge, 2001).

Peter Alter, Nationalism, 2nd edn, (London, 1994).

Anderson, Benedict, Imagined communities : reflections on the origin and spread of nationalism, Second Edition (London/New York, 1991), chapter 1.

Hobsbawm, E.J. and Ranger, T., The Invention of Tradition (Cambridge University, 1977), chapter 1.

Nationalism and National Identity in Europe, 1789-1914. General Studies

Mark Hewitson and Timothy Baycroft (eds), What is a nation? : Europe 1789-1914 (Oxford, 2004).

Stefan Berger, ‘National Movements’, in Stefan Berger (ed), A companion to nineteenth-century Europe, 1789-1914 (Oxford, 2006), pp. 178-192.

Joost Augusteijn and Eric Storm (eds), Region and state in nineteenth-century Europe : nation-building, regional identities and separatism (Basingstoke, 2012).

Individual Countries


Brian Jenkins, Nationalism in France : class and nation since 1789 (London: 1990).

Ernest Renan, Qu'est-ce qu'une nation (1882). English translation: "What is a nation? " trans. by Martin Thom, in Homi K. Bhabha , Nation and narration (London: 1990), pp. 8-22.

Brian Sudlow (ed.), National identities in France  (London: 2012).

Robert Tombs France 1814-1914 (London, 1996).

Eugen Weber, Peasants into Frenchmen: The Modernization of Rural France (Stanford, 1976).


Adrian Shubert, A Social History of Modern Spain (London, 1990).

Clare Mar-Molinero and Angel Smith (eds), Nationalism and the nation in the Iberian Peninsula : competing and conflicting identities (Oxford, 1996), chs, 1, 5, 6. in OCRAvailable as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

José Alvarez Junco, Spanish identity in the age of nations (Manchester, 2011).

Stephen Jacobson, ‘Spain: the Iberian Mosaic’, in Mark Hewitson and Timothy Baycroft (eds),What is a nation? : Europe 1789-1914 (Oxford, 2006), pp. 210-27.

Juan Pablo Fusi, ‘Centre and periphery 1900-1936: national integration and regional nationalism reconsidered’, in P Preston and F. Lannon (eds.), Élites and power in twentieth-century Spain : essays in honour of Sir Raymond Carr (Oxford, 1989). Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Sebastian Balfour, ‘The loss of empire, regenerationism, and the forging of the myth of national identity’, in Helen Graham and Jo Labanyi (eds), Spanish cultural studies : an introduction : the struggle for modernity (Oxford, 1995). Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

María Mar Pozo,, and J.F.A. Braster, ‘The Re-Birth of the Spanish Race: State, Nationalism and Education in Spain, 1875-1931’, European history quarterly., vol.29, no.1, 1999.

Joan-Lluís Marfany, ‘Catalonia and Spain’, in Isabel Burdiel and James Casey (eds), Identities : nations, provinces and regions, 1550-1900 : proceedings of the III Anglo-Spanish Historical Studies Seminar held at the University of East Anglia, 25-26 October 1996 (Norwich, 1999), pp. 121-132 in OCR Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Stanley Payne, ‘Catalan and Basque nationalism’, Journal of contemporary history., vol. 6, no. 1 (1971).

Daniel Conversi, ‘Language or race? The choice of core values in the development of Catalan and Basque nationalisms’, Ethnic and racial studies., no. 13 (1990). - Available online:http://easyweb.easynet.co.uk/conversi/lr.pdf

Josep Llobera, ˜The idea of Volksgeist in the formation of Catalan nationalist ideology’, Ethnic and racial studies., vol. 6, no. 3 (1983). Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Marianne Heiberg, The making of the Basque nation (Cambridge, 1979), Part One.

Borja de Riquer, ‘La crisis del ’98 y la irrupción del catalanismo en la política española’, in Borja de Riquer, Escolta, Espanya : la cuestión catalana en la época liberal, pp. 185-203. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Angel Smith, The origins of Catalan nationalism, 1770-1898 (Basingstoke: 2014).


David Blackbourn, The Long Nineteenth Century: A History of Germany (Oxford, 1998).

Stefan Berger, Germany: Inventing the Nation (London, 2004).

John Breuilly, The formation of the first German nation-state, 1800-1871 (London, 1996)

Abigail Green, Fatherlands : state-building and nationhood in nineteenth-century Germany(Cambridge, 2001).

James Harold, A German identity : 1770 to the present day, rev. ed (London, 1990).

Mark Hewitson, Nationalism in Germany, 1848-1866 : revolutionary nation (Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2010).


Martin Clark, Modern Italy 1871-1995. 2nd ed. (London, 1995).

Lucy Riall, The Italian Risorgimento : state, society and national unification (London, 1994).

Lucy Riall, Risorgimento : the history of Italy from Napoleon to nation state (Basingstoke, 2009).

Albert Russell Ascoli and Krystyna von Henneberrg, Making and remaking Italy : the cultivation of national identity around the Risorgimento (Oxford, 2001).

Eugenio D.Biagini and Derek Beales, The Risorgimento and the Unification of Italy (London, 2002).

Derek Beales and Eugenio Biagini (eds), The Risorgimento and the Unification of Italy, 2nd ed (Harlow: Longman, 2002).

Martin Clark, The Italian Risorgimento (London, 1998).

John A, Davis (ed), Italy in the nineteenth century : 1796-1900 (Oxford, 2000).

Silvana Patriarca and Lucy Riall (eds), The Risorgimento revisited : nationalism and culture in nineteenth-century Italy (Basingstoke, 2012).


Nation-building in Japan

**Doak, Kevin (2004) A history of nationalism in modern Japan : placing the people, Leiden: Brill;

McCormack, Gavan (2000) ‘Nationalism and Identity in Post-Cold War Japan’, Pacifica review.: Peace, Security & Global Change, 12:3, pp.247-63;

**Mochizuki, Mike M. & Samuel Parkinson Porter (2013) ‘Japan under Abe: toward Moderation or Nationalism? ’, The Washington quarterly., 36:4, pp.25-41;

Pyle, Kenneth B. ‘The Future of Japanese Nationality: An Essay in Contemporary History, The journal of Japanese studies., 8:2 (Summer 1982), pp.223-63;

*Shimazu, Naoko (2006) Nationalisms in Japan, London: Routledge;

Suzuki, Shogo (2015) ‘The rise of the Chinese “Other” in Japan's construction of identity: Is China a focal point of Japanese nationalism? ’, The Pacific review., 28:1, pp.95-116;

Wilson, Sandra (2002) Nation and nationalism in Japan in Japan, London: Routledge.




This list was last updated on 22/09/2017