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Crowdsourced History Reading -- TA's List No. 8: At Home and Abroad

Cross-references to my other topical lists, as always, marked with the addition "cf."

 

AT HOME: REGIONAL AND LOCAL HISTORY
* Peter Ackroyd: London: The Biography

(London through the ages, from Roman times to present day)
* Anna Quindlen: Imagined London: A Tour of the World's Greatest Fictional City

(London through the ages -- cf. list no. 7, "Literary and Cultural History")
* James Herriot: All Creatures Great and Small

(early 20th century rural Yorkshire; veterinary practice -- to be added retroactively to list no. 3, "First Hand Accounts")
* Ellis Peters: Strongholds and Sanctuaries: The Borderland of England and Wales

(Shropshire and Wales, chiefly in the Middle Ages)

* Rosemary Goring (ed.): Scotland: the Autobiography: 2,000 Years of Scottish History by Those Who Saw it Happen

(Scotland through the ages -- cf. lists no. 3 & 4, "First Hand Accounts" and "History of the British Isles")

* Ernest Hemingway: A Moveable Feast

(early 20th century Paris -- cf. list no. 3, "First Hand Accounts")

* Wolfgang Ribbe & Jürgen Schmädeke: Kleine Berlin-Geschichte

(Berlin from its 13th century foundation to the present day; to the best of my knowledge, unfortunately not translated.  The title translates as "A Little History of Berlin")
* Doris & Arnold E. Maurer: Bonn erzählt: Streifzüge durch das literarische Bonn von 1780 - 1980

(Bonn, 1780-1980 -- cf. list no. 7, "Literary and Cultural History")

 

ABROAD: EXPLORATION AND TRAVEL

* Laurence Bergreen: Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe

(early 16th century; Portugal / Spain / global circumnavigation)

* Samuel Johnson: Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland, and James Boswell: The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson LL.D.

(18th Century, Scotland -- cf. list no. 3, "First Hand Accounts")

* Miles Bredin: The Pale Abyssinian: A Life of James Bruce, African Explorer and Adventurer

(18th century; North-Eastern Africa, especially Ethiopia)

* Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Italian Journey

(late 18th century Germany and Italy -- also to be added retroactively to list no. 3, "First Hand Accounts")

* Alexandra David-Neel: Voyage d'une Parisienne à Lhassa (My Journey to Lhasa)

(Early 20th century, Tibet / Himalayas / exploration -- cf. lists no. 2 & 3, "Women's History" and "First Hand Accounts")