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Core Texts and Further Reading

History Component

Students are strongly advised to read their respective core text in advance of the first 'Language for Historians' seminar in the spring term. Several copies are available in the Library, but it is anticipated that demand will increase in the run-up to the summer exam. Language groups may wish to agree 'time windows' to ensure equitable access to these texts.

 

French Core Text

Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Carnival in Romans: Mayhem and Massacre in a French City, trans. Mary Feeney (London: Phoenix, 2003)

German Core Text

Peter Blickle, Communal Reformation: The Quest for Salvation in Sixteenth-Century Germany, trans. Thomas Dunlap (Atlantic Highlands: Humanities Press, 1992)

Italian Core Text

Carlo Ginzburg, The Night Battles: Witchcraft & Agrarian Cults in the Sixteenth & Seventeenth Centuries, trans. John & Anne Tedeschi (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1992)

Spanish Core Text

Henry Kamen, Spain’s Road to Empire: The Making of a World Power, 1492—1763 (London: Allen Lane, 2002)


General Historiographical Surveys For Wider Context

P. Burke (ed.), New Perspectives on Historical Writing (1991)
Q. Skinner (ed.), The Return of Grand Theory in the Human Sciences (1990)
G. Walker (ed.), Writing Early Modern History (2005)

 

Language Component

The precise texts may vary from year to year, but will always be the non-English versions of the core texts listed above:

French Core Text

E. Le Roy Ladurie, Le Carnaval de Romans (1979)

German Core Text

Blickle, Peter, Gemeindereformation (1987)
 

Italian Core Text

C. Ginzburg, I benandanti (2002)

Spanish Core Text

Henry Kamen, Imperio - La forja de España como potencial mundial (2003)

 

Letter by Cardinal [St] Carlo Borromeo about the Council of Trent (1563)
Letter by Cardinal [St] Carlo Borromeo about the Council of Trent (1563) [Source]

 

Preface of the “SIX LIVRES DE LA REPUBLIQUE” [Six Books of the Commonwealth] by Jean Bodin (1576)
Preface of the “SIX LIVRES DE LA REPUBLIQUE” [Six Books of the Commonwealth] by Jean Bodin (1576) [Source]