Simon Schama's Favourite History Books 

Beginning in the Spring of 2002, The Guardian, the UK's most popular newspaper began assembling a list of books to form the "Guardian Essential Library." Dozens of writers were and are being asked to choose 10 essential books from their respective fields. The Guardian began publishing these lists on June 1, 2002. This list of ten essential books in history was assembled by Simon Schama. Dr. Schama, who is a professor at Columbia University who specializes in European cultural and environmental history and the history of art. He received his degrees from Cambridge in 1966 and 1969. His publications include Patriots and Liberators: Revolution in the Netherlands, 17801813 (1977), Two Rothschilds and the Land of Israel (1978), The Embarrassment of Riches: an Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age (1987), Citizens: a Chronicle of the French Revolution (1989), Dead Certainties: Unwarranted Speculations (1991), Landscape and Memory (1995), and Rembrandt's Eyes (1999). He is also the art critic for the New Yorker. Dr. Schama's comments on each his favourite history books can be read by clicking HERE.


1 Richard Cobb The Police and the People: French Popular Protest 1789-1920
2 Edward Gibbon Decline and fall of the Roman Empire
3 Garrett Mattingly The Spanish Armada
4 Bernard Bailyn The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson
5 Roy Porter London: A Social History
6 Fernand Braudel The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II
7 John Keegan The Face of Battle
8 Thomas Carlyle The French Revolution
9 Carlo Ginzburg The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller
10 Tacitus Annals aand Histories