Jahoclave wrote:Everything ever. You may be interested in New Historicism, since that's somewhat close to what you're advocating here. However, the idea of canon can be quite a tricky idea given you have to get past the oppressive nature of the canon in the first place. They're inherently exclusionary. Just looking at your list you're going to get a skewed perception of history based on your list being primarily left leaning authors.
Pez Dispens3r wrote:I think "left-leaning" is the minor problem (especially considering it's a highly contextual accusation). Bar Austen, you've got exclusively male authors, and of those authors most of them appear to be American or British. That's not great for building a meaningful, holistic understanding of the past.
In any event, many of the books you would have been required to read at school were less than ideal, as history is often a highly politicized topic. Any narrative that doesn't affirm Western values tends to get labelled as Revisionist crap with a liberal agenda. Having said that, the best textbook I could recommend would be Bentley and Ziegler's Traditions & Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past. Of all the textbooks I've read, it turns up the least inaccuracies or over-simplifications, it's wonderfully illustrated with primary source material, and it's written to be both informative and accessible. C.A. Bayly's The Birth of the Modern World: 1780-1914 is similarly commendable, and Hobsbawm's Age histories offer an unashamedly Marxist view of the past. But they're both more focused than Bentley and Ziegler.
I can't really recommend any fiction, because any novel will tell you something about the era and culture it was written in and it would be difficult to recommend one text over another. I could only suggest to read broadly, across cultures, times and, if at all possible, languages.
LaserGuy wrote:On the fiction side of things, you may be interested in some of Ken Follett's historical novels: Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, and Fall of Giants.
Jahoclave wrote:I dunno about conservative leaning books, I'm a raging liberal. One of the problems with history, especially coming out of some conservative realms is that they unabashedly fuck up accuracy. There's slant and then there's wrong. I was just pointing that out as an example of selection bias.
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_Axle_ wrote:Not 100% if this fits exactly what you are looking for, but I would recommend :
The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
I remember reading a few paragraphs from it in my high school text book, which later prompted me to find a translated copy to read. This book helped me 'design' my strategic RPG characters that I play .
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