Historical Studies Reading List One of the most important things all universities look for in History applicants is genuine curiosity in the subject. It is crucial to show your interest by exploring history further in your own time. The best way to do this is through reading. Reading is fundamental to all historical study, research and writing, and getting into the habit now will help your development as a historian. You can find interesting books by browsing in libraries and bookshops, exploring university faculty pages, and getting recommendations from teachers. Here are a few suggestions you can start with. Remember, keep exploring until you find something you enjoy. Bailkin, Jordanna. 2012.The afterlife of empire. Berkeley, University of California Press. Beckert, Sven. 2015.Empire of cotton: a global history. New York: Knopf. Darnton, Robert. 1984.The great cat massacre: and other episodes in French cultural history. New York: Basic Books. Greenblatt, Stephen. 1991.Marvelous possessions the wonder of the New World. Oxford: Clarendon Press. Hobsbawm, E. J. 1962.The age of revolution: Europe, 1789-1848. London: Abacus. Jordanova, L. J. 2006.History in practice. London: Hodder Arnold. Landes, David S. 1998.The wealth and poverty of nations. London: Abacus. Laqueur, Thomas W. 2015.The work of the dead: a cultural history of mortal remains. California: Princeton University Press. Rosenberg, Charles E. 1968.The cholera years: the United States in 1832, 1849, and 1866. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Said, Edward W. 2003.Orientalism. New York: Penguin Modern Classics. Scott, Joan Wallach. 1999.Gender and the Politics of History. Ney York: Columbia University Press. Thompson, Edward P. 1966.The making of the English working class. New York: Vintage Books.