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MODL1070 World Histories Reading List

World Histories, 2019/20, 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

Chinese and wider East Asian Historiography

Primary sources:

de Bary, Wm Theodore and Irene Bloom, comp. Sources of Chinese Tradition, Vol. 1: From Earliest Times to 1600, 2nd edn. (New York: Columbia University Press, 1999). You can find more writings on the Chinese historiographical tradition from the index. 

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

Zuoqiu Ming, (trad. comp.), Zuo's Commentary, trans. into English by Hu Zhihui and into modern Chinese by Chen Kejiong (Changsha: Hunan renmin, 1996). This is the version we are reading in class.

Zuo Tradition, Zuozhuan: Commentary on the "Spring and Autumn Annals", vol. 1, trans. and intro. by Stephen Durrant, Wai-yee Li and David Schaberg (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2016). This is not the version we are reading for class, but you may wish to compare.

Secondary sources (discussions of Chinese historiography):

Some of these readigns are quite advanced, but even reading some of them will give you a good sense of the issues in Chinese, and to some extent East Asian, historiography. 

Durrant, Stephen W., The Cloudy Mirror: Tension and Conflict in the Writings of Sima Qian (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1995). Although this book focuses on a rather specific topic, it gives a clear example of some of the tensions in early Chinese historiographical writing.

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.

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

Leung, Vincent S. The Politics of the Past in Early China (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019)

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.

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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)

Heike Liebau, Katrin Bromber, Katharina Lange, Dyala Hamzah and Ravi Ahuja (eds), The world in world wars : experiences, perceptions and perspectives from Africa and Asia ISBN: 9789004185456 (hardback : alk. paper); 9004185453 (hardback : alk. paper) (Brill, 2010)

You could also visit the websites and - 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)

Fell, Alison and Nina Wardleworth, Alison S. Fell & Nina Wardleworth (2016) The Colour of War Memory: Cultural Representations of Tirailleurs SénégalaisJournal of war and culture studies. ISSN: 1752-6272; 1752-6280, 9:4, 319-334.

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)

Michelle Moyd Centring a sideshow: local experiences of the First World War in Africa, First World War studies. ISSN: 1947-5020; 1947-5039, 7:2 (2016), 111-130

Michelle Moyd Violent Intermediaries:  African Soldiers, Conquest, and Everyday Colonialism in German East Africa (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2014).

Strachan, Hew, The First World War in Africa ISBN: 0199257280 (alk. paper) (Oxford University Press, 2004)


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Diasporas (first half of semester 2)

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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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:  

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 28/10/2019