This library will direct you to some of the most important monographs of modern European history. It is built on the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History & New Media's Zotero platform. Sorting with tags, you can generate bibliographies and reading lists on given fields and topics. Graduate students reading in European history or preparing for oral qualifying examinations should find this a valuable resource.
- Consider sorting the lists by tags. You will find a variety of tags to help you identify the most useful books to introduce you to a given topic. For instance, click on "best_starting_points" for central or introductory texts.
- The organization of the library is neither scientific or systematic. I have built it according to what I believe other researchers and my students will find most useful.
- In most cases, if a good English translation of a text is available, I have cited it rather than the original. I have included the original in cases when, in my opinion, the translation is poor or when there is particular value to reading the original.
- This library features a variety of classic texts of European history. In nearly all cases, I have cited the earliest publication to allow ease of access for researchers and students in finding subsequently revised versions in their own libraries.
- This library helps identify major schools of historiographical development by clicking on relevant tag identifiers. Students preparing for oral qualifying examinations should find these features particularly useful.
- These lists privilege texts published in English, French, and German, perhaps to the detriment of other literatures. Researchers and students using these lists to generate their own bibliographies should bear that bias in mind and supplement their work accordingly.
- Similarly, these lists privilege the classic texts of European history. Such an approach is intentional on my part. Many research libraries can seem overwhelming at first. To begin learning about a given topic, one needs to find sources that (1) are the classical texts, (2) offer important responses to the classics, and (3) provide a concise but thorough overview. These lists are designed for those purposes.
- In most cases, multi-volume works have been entered individually by volume.
- When browsing lists alphabetically, alas, you will need to search with initial articles included, such as "the," "der," "das," "die," "le," "la," etc.