I have spent some time today putting together a list of books that I would recommend to people about to start training as history teachers. In particular, I wanted to recommend some books that did some serious work on knowledge breadth. The list I put together can be found here. It is by necessity a personal and eclectic mix, but most of the books (a) are written by leading scholars, (b) have chronological, geographical and thematic breadth, (c) are written in a style that is easily accessible to the general reader but are nevertheless (d) scholarly in their approach with clear references to the historiography and source material.
Do feel free to add further recommendations in the comments!
A General Reading List for New History Teachers
- M. Beard, SPQR: a history of Ancient Rome
- N. Higham & M.J. Ryan, The Anglo-Saxon World
- C. de Hamel, Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts
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