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MODL1070 World Histories Reading List

World Histories, 2021/22, Semester 1, 2
Professor Emma Stafford
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.

1. Introduction to World Histories (first half of semester 1)

World historiographies

Iggers, Georg G, Q. Edward Wang, and 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 

Ancient Greek and Roman historiography

Erskine, A. ed. 2009. A Companion to Ancient History. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Feldherr, A. (ed.) 2009. The Cambridge Companion to the Roman Historians. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Grant, M. 1995. Greek and Roman Historians: information and misinformationLondon: Routledge.

Hedrick, C.W. Jr. 2006. Ancient History: monuments and documents. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Kraus, C. and Woodman, A. 1997. Latin Historians. Greece & Rome, New Surveys in the Classics 27. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Luce, T. J. 1997. The Greek Historians. London and New York: Routledge.

Marincola, J. 2001. Greek Historians. Greece & Rome, New Surveys in the Classics 31. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Marincola, J. ed. 2007. A Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Mellor, R. 1999. The Roman Historians. London: Routledge.

Pitcher, L. (2009) Writing Ancient History. London: Bloomsbury.

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)

Lewis, Mark Edward. Writing and Authority in Early China (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1999). This is a bit technical for this level, but it thinks about early Chinese historical writing as 'world history' to some extent.

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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2. Memory (second half of semester 1)

Memory in ancient Greece and Rome

Galinsky, K. (ed.) 2014. Memoria Romana: Memory in Rome and Rome in Memory. Supplements to the Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome, 10. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press

Galinsky, K. (ed.) 2016. Memory in Ancient Rome and Early Christianity. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Galinksy, K. and Lapatin, K. (eds.) (2016), Cultural Memories in the Roman Empire, Los Angeles: Getty Publications.

Marincola, J., Lewellyn-Jones, L. and Maciver, C. (eds) 2012. Greek Notions of the Past in the Archaic and Classical Eras (Edinburgh Leventis Studies EUP Book 6)

Pieper, C. and J. Ker 2014. 'Chapter 1. General Introduction: Valuing Antiquity in Antiquity' in Pieper, C. and Ker, J. (eds) Valuing the past in the Greco-Roman world: proceedings from the Penn-Leiden Colloquia on Ancient Values VII (Brill): pp. 1-22.

Thomas, R. 2019. Polis Histories, Collective Memories and the Greek World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


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3. 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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4. Nations (second half of semester 2)

Nationalism and national identity in the modern world 

Primary sources

Emmanuel Joseph Sieyes, 'What is the Third Estate?', in Michael Sonescher, Emmanuel Joseph Sieyes: Political Writings (Hackett, 2003).   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (HT 27/11/2020)  

Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Addresses to the German Nation, edited with an introduction and notes by Gregory Moore (Cambridge, 2008).

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.   

Giuseppi Mazzini, 'On the Duties of Man', in Stefan Recchia and Nadia Urbinati (eds), A Cosmopolitan of Nations: Giuseppi Mazzini's Writings on Democracy, Nation Building and Internalional Relations (Pinceton United Press, 2009), pp. 80-108.    

J.S. Mill, 'Nationality', in S.J Woof, Nationalism in Europe, 1815 to the Present: A Reader (1996)    

Omar Dahbour and Micheline R. Ishay (eds), The Nationalism Reader (1995) [with texts by a wide range of nineteenth century authors] 

Secondary sources

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.   

Thomas Nipperdey. "In Search of Identity: Romantic Nationalism", in J.C. Eade (ed.), Romantic Nationalism in Europe (Canberra, 1983).   

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).

U.V. Hirshausen and L. Leonard, Nationalism in Europe (Gottingen, 2001).

M. Teich and R. Porter (eds), The National Question in Europe in Historical Context (Cambridge, 1993).

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. 

Willam H. Sewell, 'The French Revolution and the Emergence of the National Form", in Michael A. Morrison and Melinda S. Zook (eds), Revolutionary Currents: Nation Building in the Transatlantic World, 1688-1821 (Lanham, 2004), pp. 91-125.   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

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. Available 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, Preston and F. Lannon (eds.), Elites and power in twentieth-century Spain : essays in honour of Sir Raymond Carr (Oxford, 1989). 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:   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

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 espanola", 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).

Adrian Lyttleton, "Creating the National Past. History, Myth and Image in the Risorgimento", in Alberto Russell Ascoli and Krysyna von Henneberg (eds), Making and Remaking Italy (Oxford, 2002)   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

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 (eds), 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 20/09/2021