BA (Hons) History course preparation
To help you feel prepared for your university studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Open the links below to find out more:
You will be given lots of information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies in September.
In the meantime, there are a few suggested books you might like to read before starting your degree if you can. We don’t recommend rushing out to buy texts before you arrive but if you can pick some up second hand, borrow from a library or access online to read over the summer, we suggest:
- A Short History of the Middle Ages – by B. Roswein
- Barricades and Borders: Europe 1800 – 1914 by R. Gildea
- In Defence of History by R. Evans
Peter Brown (2003) The Rise of Western Christendom
- Barry Coward (1998) Social Change
- B. Kumin (Ed) (2009) The European World, 1500-1800. An Introduction to Early Modern History
- Robert Gildea (2003) Barricades and Borders 1800 – 1914
- S. Berger (Ed) (2004) A Companion to Nineteenth Century Europe
Eric Hobsbawm (1994) Age of Extremes
- Roger Spalding & Christopher Parker (2007) Historiography: An Introduction
- Jeremy Black & Donald M. MacRaild (2000) Studying History
- Margaret MacMillan (2009) The Uses and Abuses of History
- John Tosh (2008) Why History Matters?
Useful websites and podcasts
Listen to these podcasts:
Make sure to visit the Prospects website if you’re thinking about a future career in History.
Things to do now
This summer you should…
- Get into the habit of regularly reading a ‘good’ newspaper. Wrestling with the complexities of the present is good practice for dealing with the complexities of the past.
- Get into the habit of reading on a regular basis, at least 30 minutes a day. The evidential basis of history has no limit.
- Try to read in an interactive way – identify the author’s argument, spend time thinking about its validity. Just because something is in print, it is not necessarily either right or accurate.
Apply the above bullet points to the History text that we have sent to you, The Uses and Abuses of History by Margaret Macmillan, and tweet us your findings.
A few more ideas for you to try over the summer
- Take a virtual tour of the The Natural History Museum
- Visit Worldwide Exhibitions from your own home
- Explore British Historical Locations such as Stonehenge and the Roman Baths
- Take a tour of The Great Exhibition
- Like and follow our Facebook page
Your programme lead – Roger Spalding
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