The Periods of History Niall Ferguson Thinks You Should Learn About

Niall Ferguson, in his recent lecture The Decline and Fall of History, when talking about the intellectual paucity of current history major’s course offerings, lists the periods of history he submits should not be omitted in one’s education. I figured it would be helpful to have a list of books covering those topics for me to go through so I am sharing the list I’ve come up with..

Note that I have not read any of these, I am choosing based solely on whether they look authoritative, have been recommended by someone who’s judgment I trust, or appear in the r/AskHistorians book list.

  • Any period of British history
The English and Their History by Robert Tombs
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  • The Reformation
Reformation : Europe's House Divided 1490-1700
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  • The Scientific Revolution
The Invention of Science: A New History of the Scientific Revolution by David Wootton
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  • The Enlightenment
The Dream of Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Philosophy by Anthony Gottlieb
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  • The American Revolution
The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787 by Gordon S. Wood
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  • The French Revolution
Liberty or Death: The French Revolution by Peter Mcphee
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  • US Constitution
America's Constitution: A Biography by Akhil Reed Amar
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  • The Industrial Revolution
The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective by Robert Allen
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The Enlightened Economy by Joel Mokyr
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  • The American Civil War
A Savage War by Williamson Murray & Waine Wei-Siang Hsieh
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  • The German Unification
Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia 1600-1947 by Christopher Clark
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  • World War One
The First World War by Hew Strachan
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  • The Russian Revolution
Revolutionary Russia: 1891-1991 by Orlando Figes
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  • The Great Depression
Freedom from Fear by David M. Kennedy
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  • Rise of Fascism
The Anatomy of Fascism by Robert O. Paxton
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  • The 3rd Reich
Hitler's Empire: How The Nazis Rules Europe by Mark Mazower
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  • World War Two
A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II by Gerhard L. Weinberg
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  • Decolonization
Decolonization: A Very Short Introduction by Dane Kennedy
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  • Cold War
The Global Cold War by Odd Arne Westad
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  • The History of Israel
Israel: A History by Martin Gilbert
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  • European integration
Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945
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